Let me tell you about this theory I heard a while back from a good friend.
Because we are all connected with everything and all, everything is a reflection of the self. The weeds that grow in your garden are the ones your garden needs. Your garden is an extension of your house and, if you will allow it, it will grow accordingly to the ecosystem that surrounds it. Since you are a part of that ecosystem, even if you never physically interact with it, you are still connected to it energetically. The garden will therefore provide what you need to heal yourself.
Although this theory is well romantic for us all ‘luvy-duby-hippy‘ folk. It’s clearly not a conversation topic you would casually bring up with anyone unless they are wearing batik clothes. So the theory had gradually slithered away in the corners of my mind. But it came back to me when I noticed how abundant St John’s Wort is all over Luxembourg. And I literally mean ALL OVER!
Its Latin name is hypericum perforatum and it is common all over Europe. Some of you may know it as a pill-version from your pharmacy or your local health shop. But if you know how to spot it, you will see it often on cleared grasslands (it enjoys sunshine). It has colorful yellow petals that are dappled with small brown spots. These spots are actually translucent glands where light can shine through. Symbolically, the light trapped in the plant is what gets released when you ingest it. It can therefore help with the lack of light experienced in the winter.
So, in a country like Luxembourg. Where most of the population is in need of a sun boost in winter – it seems Mother Earth is flooding us with this magnificent plant.
In the past, St John’s Wort was very common for various illnesses. Humans have honored this herb in its role of defending against evil and dark supernatural forces.
St. John’s wort doth charm all witches away
If gathered at midnight on the saint’s holy day.
Any devils and witches have no power to harm
Those that gather the plant for a charm:
Rub the lintels and post with that red juicy flower
No thunder nor tempest will then have the power
To hurt or hinder your houses: and bind
Round your neck a charm of similar kind.
The science today, confirms it heals cuts and wounds and helps with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It’s anti inflammatory and anti microbial. It helps with digestive/stomach problems and is especially helpful for neuralgia, sciatic and rheumatic pain as well as helping to repair nerve damage from trauma or injury. More recently, studies showed that it can be used to treat people with moderate depression or anxiety issues. It may also increase appetite and concentration, and make it easier to sleep.
I got introduced to it in Greece and, fascinated by its abilities; I proudly included it in my catalog of products to sell. And here I am going to explain the very simple process of creating the oil or tinctures by yourself.
Bear in mind that any medicine that you make yourself is a lot more potent and effective to your needs, since you are better connected to it energetically.
So, what you waiting for? Go harvest this shizzle (best harvest late june/early July )!
- Go find the herb at a distance at least 200m from a busy road. It’s a perennial plant (meaning it spreads through roots) so there will always be a bunch of them together. With scissors, cut the flower heads and top leaves and put in a glass jar. Take about 1/3 of the flower heads so the plant can regenerate.
- Give thanks to the plant. You may offer something in return.
- Fill up the jar with oil (almond, olive, sunflower or any vegetable oil) until all the flowers are submerged.
- Leave on a sunny window for 40 days and shake it up every once a day. Strain. Ready
For tinctures (more potent)
Replace oil with pure alcohol (90-95%) and store in a dark place for 4 weeks. Strain. Ready
Yep, you don’t have to buy from me or from naturata. A pint of that oil will cost you like € 10 to make yourself, instead of € 60 in the shop.
Happy healing x
Note: Hypericum can make you light sensitive, it reacts to light so cover the skin after usage and don’t expose to sunlight. It also reacts with other medicines so do not go crazy with it. Better to not be taking anything else, it can even affect contraceptive pills. So check yo self before you wreck yo self.