St John’s Wort

First day this year up at the allotment and not much doing but I transplanted some St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) which had self-seeded right in the roots of my Gooseberry bush which needed staking.  SJW is steadily thriving on the site in Harehills and I had a good crop last year to make some lovely fresh tincture.  The original plant was transferred from my father’s back garden in the Borders 10 years ago. So a very prolific plant as befits a restorative tonic for the nerves.  Not just your mind, also the nerve tissue itself.  Looking forward to making St John’s Wort Oil in the summer again – excellent base for nerve pain and earache treatments.

Interestingly, I have been chatting on LinkedIn recently with American herbalists some of whom can’t grow SJW in their locale – it really likes temperate conditions.


About donaldpurves

Traditional Herbalist since 1989, qualified originally with National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Tutorial Course, School of Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy), joined Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners in 2011. University lecturer in Herbal Medicine since 2005. Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. Higher Education at University of York (Biology 1980) and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (MSc Herbal Medicine 2003). Married to Rukshana Afia, an artist working with drawing, textiles and ceramics. Passionate about environmental, economic and social justice.
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