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