St. Johns Wort
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s wort is an herb whose reputation may precede itself, but no matter what you’ve heard about mild to moderate depression, here’s the truth: if ever there were a plant that embodied sweetness and bliss, innocence and baby duckies, here it is. Hypericum, so named because it used to be placed besides altars or icons of sacred figures to protect from evil juju, is an herbal amulet for happiness and sunshine. She practically grins as she blooms during the longest and lightest days of the summer, only hoping that you’ll smile back at her.
As for the dirt on why, how, and when to use this herb, it’s up to you to hit the books / browsers and do a little sleuthing of your own. We’ll be here for you if you need a hand – or an herb – to hold.