St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is one of the most researched and prescribed herbal plants in the world. Known affectionately as ‘liquid sunshine’ by medical herbalist and founder of Artemis, Sandra Clair, she shares a special kinship with this plant. “When I first discovered it growing in Central Otago, I nearly cried”, she recalls.
As with thyme, every year Sandra and Artemis staff collect St John’s Wort in Central Otago to be processed into a strong, blood-red oil or to be dried for tea. This is the tradition of wild-crafting – a long-standing practice of harvesting plants in their natural environment, a science reliant on proper identification, a commitment to sustainability an understanding of when the plant’s active constituents are at their strongest.
St John’s Wort is widely used for natural mood support. Multiple studies have shown that St John’s Wort is effective for its support for lifting low mood. Used also for the management of other emotional disorders such as worry and support for sleep.
St. John’s Wort also supports physiological trauma and is dubbed “the Arnica of the Nerves” – it is proven to soothe nerves after trauma where nerves can be damaged. A first aid for burns (including sunburn), it helps regenerate skin and can be applied after radiotherapy treatments to aid recovery. Due to its tissue regenerating actions, it significantly reduces the appearance of scars and repairs damaged and aging skin.
Another lesser known fact of St John’s Wort is that it is highly effective for supporting nerve recovery.
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