Remedies for healing
(lat. Hypericum perforatum L.)
The name of St. John’s Wort originates from the fact that its flowering period begins “at Johanni”, at the time of St. John’s Day (June 24) and the summer solstice. The botanical name Hypericum was given to the plant by the Greeks, who garlanded the heads of their gods’ busts with it, hence “hyper Ikon”. Its bright golden-yellow flowers make it one of the most beautiful flowers of our fauna.
The ingredients of St John’s Wort are: essential oils, flavonoids, tannins, hypericin, chlorogenic and caffeic acid. The entire plant is collected at the time of flowering.
In folk medicine, St John’s Wort is used as a wound healing agent and nerve agent. It has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, contracting, antispasmodic and digestive effects. Especially the oil of St. John’s Wort is famous in medicine.
Production of St. John’s Wort Oil:
The open and half-open blossoms and leaves of St. John’s Wort are carefully peeled off, put into a glass with a wide neck and poured over with a high-quality cold-pressed olive oil. Then, the glass, simply covered with a compress, is exposed to the sun to allow the moisture to escape. Afterwards, the glass has to be well sealed and exposed to the sun for another 5 – 6 weeks until the oil has taken on a bright red color. During that time, the glass will be frequently shaken. Now the oil is carefully strained through a tea filter or fabric strainer and stored in a dark glass. “This oil is the best and most effective remedy for burns, scalding, corrosive poisons (even inwardly), greasy splashes into the eyes, wounds, abrasions and insect bites”, writes Pastor Künzle.
Paracelsus writes: “In St John’s Wort, God has created a special will and a particular arcanum for the human being, whether this person is good or evil. Just like the sun shines on all things, the good and the bad, so does the medicine.” (Vol III, p. 629) St John’s Wort is a special herb, because it presides over the others. The power that God has put into the Perforata is the power that drives out bad spirits and worms and heals wounds, leg fractures and bruises.
The signature of St. John’s Wort is reflected in the perforation of the leaves, in the shape of the leaves and blossoms, in the branches and also in the veins of the leaves. That this herb is a help for all internal and external openings of the skin is indicated by the holes in the leaves. Whatever is supposed to be expelled through the pores can be achieved by St. John’s Wort. The blossoms decay in the form of the blood. This shows that it is beneficial for wounds and for everything that comes from wounds. (Vol. III, pp. 630ff)
The veins on the leaves are a sign that St. John’s Wort exorcizes all images or fantasies within the human being as well as outside. These imaginative pictures or constructions are producing phenomena (spectra), so that people see bad spirits and ghosts and hear fantasies. These are the diseases which are forcing people to commit suicide. They are losing their senses, get fits of raving madness, fall into lunacy, and the like. Against this disease, not many remedies are determined by God, says Paracelsus, and only St. John’s Wort and corals are known to him. Only these remedies contain the strength and the force to fight the disease. When St John’s Wort is recommended against such fantasies, it should be given without any additives, as it is a medicine which God himself has composed and which is complete.
In magic, St. John’s Wort is not only known as a “weather herb”, as it protects against lightning, but it is also resistant to all harmful influences and negative energies. The best effect of the herb can be achieved, when it has as many blossoms as possible and when it is picked around June 24 (St, John’s Day) and at noon time when the sun is at its highest point. Then the St. John’s Wort is supplied with the highest possible solar and light energy.
Paracelsus did not only use St. John’s Wort internally, but also made amulets with it, which mainly worked against demonic impacts. He said: “This herb should always be carried under the beret (flat head cover), at the bosom as a wreath, or otherwise carried in the hands. One should often smell at it, put it under the pillow during the night, stick it around the house or hang it on the walls.” As an amulet worn around the neck, it is supposed to arise love and favor. The doctor should know that God has put a great arcanum into the herb, for St. John’s Wort is a universal medicine for the whole human being. (Vol III, p.632f)
Today it is scientifically proven that St John’s Wort is an excellent nerve agent. It has very good healing powers against mild to moderate depression, anxiety, nervous restlessness and psycho vegetative disorders. It is important to know that high dosages must be given, and that the healing effect starts slowly, i .e. until eight days, after the beginning, although the full efficacy can often be expected within four to six weeks. In return, one has a good long-term effect without side effects. Daily in the morning and evening, 1 to 2 cups of tea can be drunk, or 3 times daily 5 drops of St. John’s Wort extract be taken. This can be increased to 5 -10 drops, for a duration of 3 weeks.
Internally the St John’s Wort can be given teaspoon-wise in case of an nervous stomach and for supporting the healing of stomach ulcers. These are just a few of the many possible applications.
– Paracelsus: Complete Works (Sämtliche Werke), Anger: Publisher Eick; 1993, Vol. III
– Pastor Künzli: Das Große Kräuterbuch. Walter Verlag Olten; 1945, 17th issue