St. Johns Wort
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.