Behind Sunflowers and Calendula, I don't think there is is a flower that embodies light and sunshine more than St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). It has been used for centuries to treat depression and low moods to great effect but it has so many more uses for the body and spirit!
St. John’s Wort helps to calm the nervous system and repair nerve damage. It is useful for a variety of conditions including nerve pain, nerve inflammation, herpes, shingles, insomnia, anxiety, and ADD. St. John’s Wort is also anti-inflammatory, and can reduce pain and swelling in cases of arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, sore muscles and joints, and hemorrhoids. It can also reduce ulcer pain and encourage healing of stomach ulcers. The oil of St. John’s wort can be applied to hemorrhoids, fistulas, cuts, bruises, sore muscles, and mild sunburns. St. John’s Wort tincture and oil are most effective when prepared from the fresh flowers and leaves.
**Contraindications: this herb should not be combined with certain pharmaceutical prescriptions, including birth control pills. Consult a practitioner before using St. John’s wort internally if you are taking medications. Internal consumption of this herb may cause photosensitivity in some individuals.** - Christa Sinadinos
Growing St. John's couldn't be easier. It grows in almost any kind of soil, loves disturbed areas and doesn't need much care whatsoever. It prefers partial shade but I have seen some luscious specimens grow in full sun. A true survivor and thriver, this sweet summer plant!
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Beat those "down in the dumps" feelings with this wonderful and great tasting infusion. Blended with botanicals known for their mood boosting effects; this tea is mild enough to use on a daily or a delightful pick me up for those isolated times of need.
It contains: Organic Nettle leaf, organic St. John's wort, organic Damiana leaf, organic Spearmint leaf, organic Valerian root, and organic Stevia.
Uplift: A Vitanica blend
Uses: Promotes emotional well-being and mood support.
Contains: Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, St. John's Wort flower extract (Hypericum perforatum), Rhodiola root (Rhodiola rosacea) extract, Ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba) extract, Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis) extract. Warning: Avoid if pregnant, nursing or bi-polar.
Blend ingredients into glass bottle. Use a few drops each day and/or night after cleansing and toning skin. Enjoy the glow!