HYPERICUM as a Homeopathic Remedy (Hypericum perfoliatum)

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In medieval times the hanging of St John's wort or hypericum (Greek for 'over an apparition') in one's home was believed to ward off evil spirits.

Hypericum is more commonly known as St John's wort, a name linking the plant to the 29th of August, the alleged anniversary of St John the Baptist's execution, as well as an being an ancient order of knights known as the knights of St John the Baptist.


Other names: St John's wort.


Description and places it grows in: This plant can grow up to three feet in height, with long, oval dark green leaves that appear to be covered in black spots (although in reality they are glands that secrete a blood-red oil). It has large, bright yellow flowers that bloom in the summer months. Hypericum is native to Britain, Europe and Asia.


Parts used: The whole fresh green plant and flowers.

Saint John's Wort is an outstanding herbal remedy steeped in many folk legends and traditions of healing. It has five-petaled, bright yellow blossoms with protruding stamens which flower at the height of summer. This erect, woody-stemmed plant is filled with many oil glands and thrives in sunny, hot and dry conditions, as though exulting in the light.

The Greek name for this plant is Hypericum (also its Latin botanical name), which means "over a spirit." It was so named because it was believed to provide special protection, particularly during the summer months, when there is a tendency to feel overly expanded and adversely affected by heat and light. Later, it was associated with St. John the Baptist, regarded as a great solar adept within the Essene tradition, and whose feast day is commemorated at high summer. Despite the great spiritual power of St. John the Baptist, he pointed to the Christ as the very source of the Sun. His famous words, "I must decrease, so that He may increase," refer to the descent of Christ into the Earth. Through Christ, a solar initiation is possible, not in high summer, but at the midnight hour of winter, when the sun is in the depths of the Earth. The alchemical significance of this great Christ mystery is reflected in the St. John's Wort oil. Also called the "Blood of Christ," the St. John's Wort oil is made from a sun-infusion of bright yellow blossoms of the plant. Gradually, this substance changes to a deep blood-red color.


When analyzed bio-chemically, the St. John's Wort is found to contain significant amounts of hypericin, a photosensitizing substance that reacts with the light to cause skin burns in light-skinned persons. This plant is also known to produce adverse reactions in animals who over-graze on it. However, when prepared as a herbal medicine or as a homeopathic tincture, the St. Johns Wort protects against sunburn, and is a highly effective remedy for wounds, injuries, and nerve pain.


As a flower essence, these themes of Light and Incarnation are further enhanced. Those who need St. John's Wort flower essence are always highly sensitive people, who carry a great deal of light within themselves. They may even be very fair-skinned. However, it is hard for them to contain the light, or to incarnate into the Earth with their light, thus the bodily sheath of the skin is often highly sensitive and easily prone to disturbance. Many such persons are allergic or unusually subject to environmental stress or trauma, or immune-related illnesses.

It should be noted that St. John's Wort flower essence can also be indicated from the opposite polarity of healing. It can help regulate and sustain light within souls that are too depressed ("deep-pressed"). Those who are prone to melancholia, and especially those who experience depression due to light deprivation, can be helped very much with this remedy.

St. John's Wort is one of the premier remedies for protection during the night-time and is indicated for a wide variety of sleep disturbances such as insomnia, nightmares, night-sweats and night-time incontinence. Though the St. John's Wort herb has become popular for its ability to successfully treat depression, a deeper understanding of this five-pointed, radiant yellow-blossomed plant, is that it helps the soul encounter darkness, and gives protection from negative spiritual entities.

The St. John's Wort plant blooms at the height of summer, and the soul who needs this plant has many naturally expansive qualities. However, this expansiveness leaves the soul too open and sensitive. The consciousness becomes frayed and open to invasion or attack from negative elementals or parasitical entities. Also, such persons maintain a loose connection to their earthly body and can expand quite far with their astral body during sleep. The spiritual lesson or journey for those who need St. John's Wort is to anchor the Spiritual Sun as a source within, rather than outside the Self.

A night-time bath or massage with the St. John's Shield oil as well as use of the St. John's Wort flower essence is highly beneficial in helping such individuals. For children who have nightmares or who are prone to bed-wetting, the St. John's Shield oil should also be applied to the inner thighs and urinary tract area before sleep.

Dream Affirmation:

My Spirit-Self is a being of pure Light.
A shield of radiant light protects me as I travel in Starry worlds.
I learn to trust my own inner Light.
The Sun is shining in my Soul.

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St. John's Wort

Hypericum perforatum

St. John's wort is known for its effectiveness as an herbal medication to treat depression. In addition, presently scientists are studying St. John's wort to find out whether it may also be used to treat specific types of somatoform disorders (a condition distinguished by symptoms that imply a physical problem but for which there are no definite organic findings or identified physiological systems), Parkinson's disease and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Since long, St. John's wort has been recognized by people for the health benefits possessed by the herb. For instance, it possesses wonderful anti-viral as well as antiseptic characteristics and is also effective when used as an analgesic. Long back, health benefits of this herb was discovered by homeopaths and over the years it has developed into a very useful homeopathic medicine. Precisely speaking, an extract obtained from the St. John's wort is administered to patients suffering from depression. Nevertheless, it needs to be mentioned that unlike in herbal medication, in homeopathy this medication prepared from this herb works somewhat in a different way. Like in the instance of any other homeopathic medicines, preparation of the homeopathic medication hypericum is very crucial.

Grandma's St. John's Wort 
Benefits Guide

photo of a closeup of a St. John's Wort flower growing in a garden photo of two cups of hot steaming St. John's Wort tea photo of a St. John's Wort plant in a garden

The unique therapeutic benefits of St. John's wort may not appear for several weeks, and the remedy must be used for at least a few months to produce lasting effects. This medicinal herb is prescribed for mild to moderate depression and anxiety and is also applied externally to heal wounds and reduce inflammation.

In natural medicine, the herb St. John's wort is considered to be the psychological counterpart of arnica, which alleviates physical pain. Thebenefits can temper emotional discomfort, lift depression and calm the nerves.

St. John's wort is also very similar to some types of antidepressantmedications. It's believed to raise the concentration of serotonin in the brain and enhance its activity. This neurotransmitter (or chemical nerve messenger) helps to regulate mood. You can also make a tea from this medicinal herb and is known to relax and soothe the psyche without causing sleepiness or addiction.

Caution: Avoid overexposure to sunlight and ultraviolet light when taking St. John's wort. Because the hypericin in the herb increases the skin's photosensitivity, a bad sunburn, rash or even blistering could result!

More Therapeutic Benefits of 
St. John's wort

The Benefits of St. John's wort improves:

  • capillary circulation
  • relieves mild to moderate depression
  • relieves anxiety
  • supports healthy sleep
  • eases gastrointestinal distress
  • increases cardiac circulation
  • promotes wound healing
  • reduces inflammation

Studies have shown evidence that it may also be effective against viruses.

Hypericin - Main Active Ingredient

Hypercin, the red pigment contained in the petals of the St. John's wortflower, is possibly the substance responsible for the healing properties of the medicinal herb. It alleviates depression, assists the brain's pineal gland in balancing sleep-wake cycles and supplies oxygen to the cells. Drinking St. John's wort tea is an effective way to get these benefits.

Flavonoids & Essential Oils

These plant components help fight inflammation and soothe pain. For this reason, the St. John's wort tea can also be used for nerve pain, inflammation, first-degree burns and wound healing.

Medicinal Herbal Uses

Disinfecting Wounds

When applied externally, a St. John's wort tincture disinfects wounds and first-degree burns. The tincture also relieves frostbite and general hypothermia by improving capillary circulation, thus bringing blood and oxygen to the affected tissues.

To Make a Tincture Crush 1 2/3 ounces of St. John's wort flowers in a mortar. Steep the herb, covered in 1/2 cup of 100-proof alcohol for 10 days. Strain the liquid and pour it into a dark bottle for storage. Use the herb tincture as needed. Needless to say, it's good to make this tincture and keep it on hand for emergency.

Relieves Inflammation

St. John's wort oil is used for external inflammation. Mash 2 handfuls of St. John's wort flowers and put them into an airtight container. Pour 1 quart of olive oil over the flowers, cover and let the mixture sit in the sun for 3-4 weeks, shaking it daily. The oil will assume a reddish hue. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil or chamomile essential oil. It can be used externally as a massage oil to ease joint pain, inflammation and sprains. It can also be applied to bruises, wounds, skin inflammations andhemorrhoids.

Premenstrual Syndrome

The calming and diuretic effects of St. John's wort tea helps relieve thesymptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including headaches, nervousness, water retention, moodiness and cramping.

St. John's Wort Tea Recipes

Preparation of the Tea

In a teapot, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried St. John's wort. Steep for 10 minutes then filter the tea through a strainer as you pour it into a cup. If desired, add honey to sweeten the beverage to our taste. Drink 1 or 2 cups of the freshly prepared tea every morning and evening, unless instructed to do otherwise by your health practitioner.

Medicinal Tea Blends

Nervous Tension

  • 1 1/2 ounce St. John's wort
  • 1 ounce lemon-balm leaves
  • 1 ounce valerian

Use 1 teaspoon of the herb mixture per cup of boiling water. Drink a cup of this tea before going to bed each night for several weeks to calm overwrought nerves, lift depression and help you fall asleep more easily. Make sure you steep the tea for 10 minutes, strain before drinking.

Relieve Coughing Fits

  • 1 1/2 ounce of St. John's wort
  • 2/3 ounce thyme
  • 2/3 ounce linden flowers

Use 1 teaspoon of this herb mixture per cup of boiling water to soothe irritations of the upper respiratory tract that cause coughing. This tea has proved helpful with bronchitis and whooping cough. Steep for t to 10 minutes, strain before drinking.

Relieve Migraines

  • 1 2/3 ounce St. John's wort
  • 1 ounce valerian
  • 1 ounce linden flowers
  • 1/4 ounce juniper berries

Use 1 teaspoon of the mixture per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, strain. This tea helps dilate blood vessels and improves circulation. If our headaches are triggered by weather, drink the tea whenever you notice the weather is changing.

link: http://www.grandmas-wisdom.com/st-johns-wort.html

Making an Infused Oil with St. John’s Wort

Hypericum_perforatumMany people have heard of St. John’s wort, often as an herbal aid for depression. But St. John’s wort is also a marvelous herb for your skin.

Surprised? Well, many herbs have both internal and external uses, and St John’s wort is no exception.

This wonderful herb has been used for hundreds of years for nerves. We have nerve cells both inside our bodies (the central nervous system, where neurotransmitters regulate our moods) and in our skin, where nerves let us know if we’re hot or cold, or if our skin (our body’s outer defense layer) has been hurt in any way, such as scratches or insect bites or sunburn.

Over the years, many cultures observed that a plant’s shape and/or growth seemed to roughly correlate to parts of the human body. People realized that the herb, or the relevant part of it, benefits the corresponding area of the body (in Christianity, this was known as the “Doctrine of Signatures”).

It is easy to make a beautiful, dark-red oil from St. John’s wort to be used directly on your skin, or add to salves and lotions.

All you need is a clean, dry jar with a lid, good-quality olive, sweet almond oil, or other vegetable oil (preferably organic), and a nice stand of the plant in bloom.

St. John’s wort is easily identified with the help of a good field guide. The cultivar you want is known botanically as Hypericum perforatum, the “perforatum” of the species name referring to little translucent glands scattered throughout its leaves, somewhat mimicking the nerves and glands of our skin.

Other species of Hypericum don’t have the constituents that are needed, so even if you have a beautiful ornamental St. John’s wort shrub in your yard, resist the temptation to use it –you’ll get disappointing results.

St. John’s wort grows in sunny fields and roadsides, as well as partial shade. I was surprised one year to find it taking over the woodsy hill in my backyard!

It blooms from the middle of June until August or September, though less profusely after July. The herb got its name because it blooms around St. John’s Eve, June 24.

So, on a beautiful, sunny day, when dew or rain have dried off the plants (usually late morning), take a pair of scissors and a basket or paper bag and go harvest St. John’s wort tops.

Take only the top quarter of the plant (flowers, buds, possible seed heads, leaves, and stems). All these parts contain active ingredients.

Two cups loosely packed is enough.

This allows the perennial plant to keep growing and blooming so it can come back next year.

Be aware of where you are picking. Do not take plants closer than a few yards next to a highway or busy street, or from an area you know or suspect is contaminated with lead or other chemicals/heavy metals. Remember that whatever goes onto your skin gets absorbed into your body to some extent.

When you get home, spread the St. John’s wort out to wilt for a few hours or overnight, or place in a very low-temp oven for a short time. This gets out some of the moisture, so your oil is less likely to mold. It is called fresh-wilting.

Next, cut up the plant material to some extent.

Lightly pack the St. John’s wort into your clean jar. You don’t want to cram as much plant material as possible into the jar, but you also want more than a few sprigs of herb. The herb matter should be slightly springy.

Pour the oil in and fill the jar to a little above the top of the plant matter, then take a skewer or chopstick and stir to get air bubbles out.

Screw on the lid.

Label your jar with the date, the herb, and the kind of oil you used.

Check the jar the next day and add more oil if necessary, because the plants may have absorbed some and the level may have dropped. Make sure plant material is completely covered, because any plant matter that is above the oil, in air, can easily cause molding. You can shake the jar to get the herb and oil to combine more completely.

Depending on your preference you can leave your oil on a sunny windowsill or place it in a dark cupboard. Either way, put it on a plate or something oil-resistant! Some of the oil will inevitably ooze out of the jar. Let this mixture brew for six weeks (if you’re in a hurry, 4 weeks will do), checking it occasionally and stirring out air bubbles.

After six weeksyour oil may go bad if you wait too long. Using cheese cloth or clean muslin (don’t use a coffee filter or paper towels, the pores are too fine and will clog up), strain out the plant matter, then squeeze out any leftover oil from the plant matter.

Put your infused oil into another clean, dry jar. Label this jar also.

The oil will last for several years, especially if you keep it refrigerated or in a cool place.

You can use the oil directly on your skin, or as the base for salves and lotions. St. John’s wort oil is a great soother for sunburn, sun-poisoning rash, and some eczemas. It is also a fine moisturizer. Traditionally St. John’s wort has been used externally to help with nerve pain.

Remember not to use it on open wounds, and always consult a health-care practitioner about any skin problems.

link: http://irisweaver.com/2013/06/04/making-an-infused-oil-with-st-john...

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Replies to This Discussion

Sorry to have to correct you, Rosey but there is no 'y' in Attic Greek, neither is there a 'um' ending in the declension of nouns. This is the province of Latin.

The Greek word is huperikon (using English letters)   BTW there is no 'h' in Greek, this sound is shown by the upsilon having a "rough breathing" or reverse comma over it - ergo, u[perikon.

I have removed the Latin name and please let me know which name you think is best or just leave St John's Wart. Ill be back in a little while!!!!

Thank you!

I adore you Dr. Gareth!! THANK YOU AND BIG HUG! So, if I just remove the 

latin word and keep St John's Wart will that be good? Also, I am not someone who really knows all this homeopathy material and gosh-I wish more mebers would share like you! Seriously-this is Our (everyone's) group!

So, I should change the hypericum to huperikon or should I use u[perikon?

From my heart (and you know me)-Thank you so much!!!!!

I will remove the so called Latin and Greek names shortly and replace with the correct word!

I like how this plant is so easy to identify. Many folks new to the concept of gathering herbs to use as medicine are afrain they might misidentify a plant but with SJW that is hard to do. First off, you can smoosh the flowers in your fingers and they'll turn them red...

And just look at the color here...

Another tell in ID-ing SJW are the perforated leaves (hypericum perforatum) All it takes is holing it up to the light to see them...

Thank sis! Im sorry to have taken so long to reply! I was working on the libraries! I love your wisdom and you! I am going to try to grow some and see what I can do!!! :)

If you can provide the right environment you should be OK. Personally SJW is one that I wildcraft, it grows in abundance where I gather it from and I know the soil is good and it isn't sprayed or polluted.

Art- Camille Pissarro; Woman Gathering Herbs

ty sis! I have lots of weeds! LOL! Ill ask my housemate as she may know! :)

 Awesome! You are very lucky! 


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