Blood Root (Sanguinaria canadensis) ©Juniperous 2016

Blood Root (Sanguinaria canadensis) ©Juniperous 2016

Blood Root  

Sanguinaria canadensis

Historically blood root has been used as an emetic and as a respiratory aid by many indigenous peoples, as well as a topical application  formulated for use on melanomas, or, skin cancer.  It has been used in toothpastes and mouthwashes, as well as in plant extracts and tinctures. 

It is native to eastern North America and is the only species of the genus Sanguinaria in the Papaveraceae family.  

It has also been historically used as a dye plant in textiles and basketry, as it's roots produce a beautiful color ranging from red to vibrant orange.





Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is an ally whose virtues are extensive and varied. Species and subspecies of the Achillea genus grow naturally all over the world. Its range of  offerings to human health span the many layers of our wellbeing: physical, emotional, psychological and energetic. Millefolium can stop bleeding, relieve pain, disinfect wounds, break a fever, tonify tissue, calm nerves, strengthen personal power, and encourage a courageous heart. 

Yarrow's roots are deep and its' leaves are mineral rich. It offers stability to the soil in erosive and disturbed environments and can help improve soil health with it's mineral rich leaves. Yarrow's flower repels some insects and attracts others. They can attract wasps and other predatory insects which feed upon insects that are parasitic to plants. In this way, Achillea is a great healer and protector of it's ecological community, and maintains this role when applied to the human healing process. 

Achillea is not commonly used as a dye plant presently nor historically.  It produces a beautiful light golden color on botanical fibers.  Incorporating this plant in clothing and objects we use everyday is powerful because of its' protective and healing nature. 



  Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) ©Juniperous 2016 

  Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) ©Juniperous 2016 


Blood Root (Sanguinaria canadensis) ©Juniperous 2016

Blood Root (Sanguinaria canadensis) ©Juniperous 2016

St. Johns Wort  

Hypericum Perforatum

St. Johns Wort is best known for its aid in times of sadness, grief, and trauma. By some, it is called "Sunshine for the Soul" because of its ability to infuse our being with light and clear darkness from the mind and the spirit. St. Johns Wort can alleviate pain on a multitude of levels: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and energetic. It has been called upon in cases of depression, psychosis, and spiritual possession for centuries. It has also been a great companion  in the relief of muscular pain, and bruises, abrasions and burns on the skin. 

St. John's Wort grows naturally all over the world, but is originally native to the Himalayan region. It is considered invasive in most places because it out-competes plants originating in the top 5 feet of the earths hummus and topsoil layers. Hypericum self-pollinates and cross-pollinates, and reproduces both from seed and through its extensive vertical and a lateral root systems. It experiences population swings dependent on temperature at the time of seed germination in spring, appearing more or less abundant from year to year. One plant produces between 15,000 - 30,000 seeds, which are viable in the soil for up to ten years.  It is also important to note that St. Johns Wort can create photosensitivity in livestock when ingested,  which can lead to an array of problems for them, including death. Wild animals know not to eat it.    

St. Johns wort shares lessons and aid in the process of strengthening our individual tenacity, and will-power (our inner sun). It teaches about the resulting abundance and longevity offered by the practice of intentional energetic expense and conservation, and about the value of being willing to grow in multiple directions at once.