The Herb of the “Green Man”
He is a wild one who grows down by the river.
He is a wild indigenous soul
who dresses himself in herbs
and feeds on the wild.
He will bring you to the river to baptize your dry or rocky roots .
He will bring your darkness to the light
And send you to the action
of the soul of the fiery sun
Rise up sleeping indigenous ones . Rise up wild child
Happy solar Birthday Saint John
Saint johns wort‘s are blooming at this time ,during the time known as Saint John’s birthday June 24.
He was a wild man a beast like man , a “green man” who lived down by the river feeding on locusts and wild things dressed in plants and herbs.
He represents our darker side while his cousin Jesus celebrated at the time of winter solstice represents the light.
During the summer solstice times we sometimes think of it as bright and light and beautiful tho it actually bringing back the dark and being OK with those things and looking into that darkness . in the wild you can go out now and find the St. John’s wort blossoming along rivers edges and gravel roads. turning it into medicine that helps lift the darker parts of self into fuller integration and into the light.. from him will grow a new colour , Crimson like , bringing in more self-love and filling in leaking holes ( as seen in the pores in the leaves) , bringing in more wholeness🧡Let the light shine through to the darker places
St. John’s wort, goat weed
Family : Clusiaceae
Properties: Nervine, relaxant, antidepressant, astringent, analgesic, antispasmodic
Constituents: tannins, flavonoids
Meridians/organs affected: Liver, kidney, spleen, stomach
Energetics: Bittersweet, cool, drying
Forms of usage: tincture, oil or salve, tea.
Medicinal Uses: The oldest most common use of this plant was for skin care. It helped heal inflamed, damaged, torn , dry, painful or cracked skin. It was also used as a topical ointment for treating hemorrhoids Or in conditions where there was nerve pain ( or nerve damage such as sciatica, shingles, rheumatism, trigeminal neuralgia). One would create an oil or salve to use topically. Placing the aerial parts or flowers in an olive oil and allowing to infuse in the sun for approximately four weeks will create a beautiful red coloured oil.
One of the most common uses of St. John’s wort today is for treating nervous disorders including anxiety and depression. It helps to improve the overall mood of an individual and alleviate stress. Herbalists also use it in the case is a painful menstruation that is accompanied with moodiness.
If you crush the bud just before opening a bright red oil will release. The flavonoid hypericin is said to be responsible for this beautiful stain, and also for the herbs reputed antiviral an antidepressant action.
Saint johns wort is a herb that assists with the first stage of detoxification performed by the liver, and it is an antiviral and specific for shingles, pain relieving and a mild sedative for the nervous system. It is one of the true tropho restorative for the nervous system to help heal the tissue.
Folklore/mythology/magic: This plant is said to have an infinity with the “little people”. Matthew Wood writes about this in the book of herbal wisdom.
Saint johns wort usually comes into bloom just after the solstice around Saint John the Baptist feast day, June 24. John was Jesus’s cousin , said to be born 6 months after him. Just as Jesus took over the functions of the pagan god of winter, St. John is associated with the pagan god of summer and vegetation. He was a wild man feeding on wild plants living in the wilderness much like the ‘green man’.
In Greek, Hyperion means “Over and Apparation “ as the plant was thought to protect one from evil. The word wort simply means herb. The leaves are yellow- green with transparent holes throughout the tissue. These dots are oil glands and held up to the light they give the leaves are “perforated” appearance.
Doctrine of Signatures :
St. John’s wort works primary on the solar plexus , like its bright yellow colour indicates. It also helps seal up those who have “leakage” or “holes” in their auric field, primary in the solar region, the seat of our will. It is said in Ayurvedic medicine that our second brain is located in our gut, and where many neurotransmitters are made (Including serotonin, the one most singled out as deficient in the treatment of depression – 70% of which is created in the in the gut)
Contraindications/ adverse reactions: Those on antidepressants should avoid this herb
Walking along the lovely shores of the old mining town of Weymss on the Frith of Forth , we stumbled across SEABUCKTHORNS!
Also known as Hippophae rhamnoides, Sea Berries, Ananas de Sibérie or Sand Thorn.
This was an important medicinal plant used in Ayervedic medicine and traditionally across Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
The name 'Hippophae' means shiny horse, and refers to the good coat developed by horses feeding off the plant!
According to legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferred food of the mythical winged horse Pegasus. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan, creddited Sea Buckthorn with giving his armies incredible strength and endurance
It is called the "Holy Fruit" of the Himalaylas where it grows in the Spiti Valley
And Golly, was I ever greatfull to find it this day, as we had set on on an adventure, without packing a lunch, as well as battling some winter cold symptoms. This magical plant gave us just the zest n vitality we needed!
and wow ! OMMMMM YuMMMMM
so bursting with tang !
due to its protein building amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids, too. Its a power house of nutrients!
Thanks to a local Herbal Enthusiuast Benny, ( who made 15 litres of this juice!) I was shown how to properly harvest the berries without getting too poked. (theres a reason its called Seabuck THORN.) There are spiny branches that protect the super potent berries, that are ready to burst!
I wished I could have eliminated my fingers and just put my face under the bush and let the berries fall in my mouth....but it was just too poky!
the berries burst as soon as you touch them , so there is a technique of "milking" where you squeeze the branch with the berries, and you catch the juice with a bucket.
an other option would be to cut the branches, and freeze them, allowing you to then collect the whole berry, skin and seed.
the entire plant is medicinal , but in this winter season, we were just collecting the berries as the leaves had already fallen......
and here you have an amazzzzzing cold and flu winter tonic , immune boosting , anti oxidant rich beverage !
if you have no access to a harvest yourself , here is a link to a beautiful ethical company selling the juice ~ bless!
I love this video by Yarrow Willard. check out Harmonic Arts ~ Amazing Herbal Jedi , who is super passionate about this abundant medicine! tons of great information here :
Gathering your herbs.
Always practice ethical harvesting. If you ever read "Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree " , you'll remember how the Tree felt when the cookie monster tried to grab at the cookies, or take one too many!
There is much evidence leading us to believe that all of Nature has a voice . With silence and attention, we can tune in to the plant kingdom and develop our relationships through practice, as our art & meditation.
It is possible to increase our intuitive abilities and tune into the energy and medicine of plants. While traveling in Colombia, I was blessed to learn from the Kogi indiginous people , of the Sierra Nevada coastal mountain range. I witnessed how they connected with the plant kingdom around them while taking in a sacred herb, they would honor its wisdom and be given the vision of the plant. It was if the plant had lent them its "eyes" to see. They would then be able to know what was food or medicine.
learning to tune in , is part of the fun!
and soon , you'll be feeling presence, of a plant or tree, before even seeing it!
...and this will help you on the treasure quest ......
Usnea has a very special relationship with the trees. its been growing there for sometimes hundreds of years. the best time to harvest this medicinal lichen , is after a storm, where branches are broken or it has blown off the tree, and is shared with us humans as a gift !
So Remember, just like in Cookie Monster & the Cookie tree, do not just grab at the Usnea and pull, wait until the tree drops some for you ! :)
I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR HERBAL JOURNEY !
Empowers the Immune System !
excellent after chemotherapy .
increses natural killer cells. they are enhanced within 4 weeks.
see paul stamets for more mushroom wisdom & Turkey Tail Breast Cancer story ~on reversing stafe 4 cancer
its the season of the pitchfork!
and you'll sure need one to dig burdock. the roots go deep deep into the earth. and thats where the energy goes this time of year, storing its nutrients and vitality beneath the ground.
Clivers, Goosegrass, Catchweed, Stickyweed, Robin-run-the-hedge, Sticky Willy and Grip Grass is a herbaceous annual plant of the family Rubiaceae.
Cleavers juice – This is said to be the most potent way to consume cleavers. To make it all you need to do is to clean your harvested cleavers, chop it roughly and then squeeze out the juice through a jelly bag or clean tea towel. The recommended dose is 1 teaspoon, 2 – 3 times daily as a tonic.
Cleavers tea – Add 1-2 tsp of this per cup of boiled water.
Cleavers tincture – Harvest the top two thirds of plant when in flower or setting seed. Tincture in 100 proof vodka.
Cleaver Oil - allow fresh cut cleavers to wilt dry for approx 24 hours. as water and oil do not mix well. combine with avocado, sesame, or high quality oil. this makes an excellent breast massage oil.
Medicina ~ one of the best herbal lymphatic cleanser. excellent for those who awake feeling groggy and tired. a wonderful cleansing remedy, clearing toxins from the system and reducing heat and inflammation.