St John’s Wort (Choli Phulya)
It is well known that St John’s Wort is effective as a sedative and can help lift mild to moderate depression. Less well known are its benefits when used externally as a tincture or macerated oil. These include an anti-inflammatory action on the skin, a calming effect on nerve pain, and a healing action for minor cuts and abrasions.
The use of this yellow flowering herb dates back to the Ancient Greeks who believed it protected them from evil spirits. Today, it’s known as an effective remedy for depression.
The flowers and leaves can be made into a medicinal tea.
The leaves of St John’s Wort plant have small oil glands that look like perforations or windows, which can be seen when they are held against the light.
Taking St John’s Wort as a tincture helps the herb get into your bloodstream quickly.
Made by infusing the fresh flowers into an oil such as olive oil, this deeply coloured oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
The relaxing and antidepressant effect of St John’s Wort can induce a restful night’s sleep.