St. John’s Wort Herb has been used for centuries both internally and externally to improve health and wellness. It may lighten your mood and restore your spirits. It was traditionally used to lessen the effects of long-standing stress and anxiety. Although a word of caution as it does interact with certain medications and is not to be taken on a long-term basis.
Externally, St John’s Wort Oil and salves have great value to calm the nerves and relieve inflammation in cases of neuralgia and sciatica as well as injuries and bruising.
The herb and flowers are harvested in high summer when the flowers can give of their blood-red color and steeped fresh in either a light carrier oil to be used directly or made into salves or in an alcohol-based tincture for internal use.