St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) acts as an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative, stimulant, and vermifuge in various applications. The most prominent use of St. John’s Wort was in treating nervous issues, although it also has been tremendously successful at healing bruises and deep wounds, incontinence, and mood disorders such as depression. 

The name Hypericum derives from the ancient Greek “Yperikon” and a long evolution of Greek use. Historically, St. John’s Wort was used ceremoniously to dispel evil spirits, which relates to the plant’s medicinal properties and was likely inadvertently treating neurological illness within a patient. The most likely theory behind the plant’s name appropriately connects hyper (above) and eikon (a figure or spirit).

St. John’s wort has a unique astringent and bittersweet taste. The leaves, flowers, and seeds of this plant are most commonly brewed to make tea. This herbal tea’s strong flavor that’s quite pleasant, but can take some people a while to get used to. Sugar, honey, or lemon juice are often added into this concoction to make it more palatable. Fresh St. John’s wort leaves can be tossed into salads. The fresh flowers can also be used as a beautiful edible garnish in salads.

The plant has shown to be an effective antidepressant, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, expectorant, and sedative effects. Drinking St. John’s wort tea help relieve stress, anxiety, and mild depression. Insomniacs will also find that drinking this tea will help them sleep better. Much like other herbal teas, this tea can aid soothe sore throats, cough, congestion. upset stomachs, and menstrual cramps.

St. John’s wort can also be used externally to help skin problems. St. John’s wort tea or tincture is a popular remedy for burns, sunburns, wounds, bruises, sores, insect bites, and cramps. Alternatively, an infusion in olive oil can also be used. This plant also promotes skin health and beauty by hydrating skin cells, restoring the skin’s natural color and tone, and reducing wrinkles.

Priced for 10 blooms and branches with leaves (5 year plant) Grown in my organic (uncertified) and veganic garden.

Please inquire with any details or concerns prior to purchase. Must purchase with other items for shippment - $55 minimum.

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Mad for Mushrooms is dedicated to the proliferation and learning of wild foods and natural ecosystems. Predominantly foraged, I focus on offering unusual, and wildly delicious foodstuffs for regional chefs and restaurants. Collaboration is essential to the work, outside of foraging and sharing knowledge, I am interested in product development, and alternative applications of biomimetics. As a vendor with Foraged Market, I hope to reach a wider audience, exciting more minds and mouths with nutritionally dense wild food products. The majority of items will be sourced in the forests and hillsides of the Ohio River Valley. However, when indicated, certain items have been successfully wild-grown in my organic, vegan, urban garden to offer a greater variety.

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