I just discovered this medicinal plant growing wild and ready to bloom in some beds that are normally weeded by now. In some areas, it is in full bloom and precisely ready to gather and make medicine in the form of tincture, oil for topical use or a calming tea.
St. Johnswort oils can work wonders for sore muscles, leg cramps , and swollen joints. Other chronic issues such as anxiety and low mood are relieved as well. St. Johnswort is worth researching if you have a source and can make your own oil or tincture.
Bear in mind that this herb can sometimes cause photosensitivity and should be avoided if you are spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun. Use in the evening or during the rainy days. St. Johnswort you gather and make into oils and tinctures or dry for tea today can be quite helpful this winter when the sun is not as strong.
St. Johnswort Infused Oil:
- 4-6 Branches St. Johnswort that have flowers (some dry flowers ok)
- Approximately 1/2 cup organic Olive Oil
- Chop the branches finely including all the flowers, leaves and most of the stems.
- Place chopped St. Johnswort into a small jar (4-6 oz.) until full to the top.
- Pour olive oil over the plant material until completely submerged.
- Cover tightly and label with the herb name and include the date.
- After about 6 weeks, the plant medicine will be in the oil and ready to decant.
- Remove plant material and use oil on your skin to relieve cramps, pain and swelling.
How to Identify in the Wild or Your Garden
Look for 3/4 inch yellow flowers with brushy stamen in center.
There are thin lanceolate leaves with .
They grow along road sides in the northeast early in the summer.