St. John’s Wort

Hello friends! Today I want to share about a very special herb: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). According to Penelope Ody’s book Home Herbal, St. John’s Wort has been used for hundreds or years to treat inflammation and wounds, applications we still use it for today.

St. John’s Wort is anti-inflammatory and good for burns and joints. One major benefit of the herb is its usefulness in helping with depression. According to the Mayo Clinic.org,

Studies have shown St. John’s wort may be equally effective as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants for mild to moderate depression.

Essential oils are made from St. John’s Wort, but the herb is most often used for infused oils, which can be used by themselves or as carrier oils.

In fact, St. John’s Wort is a major ingredient in the Trauma Trio triple infused oil sold by The Herbal Guy (find it here). I love to use it for comforting and healing oil blends.

So I hope this has piqued your interest in this sunny little flower! Have you ever used St. John’s Wort? What do you think? We’d love to hear from you!

Herbfest Products

Herbfest starts this Saturday! We’ve been busy making home and health products to sell, and we are super excited to share them with the public for the first time! Here’s a little sneak peek:

Peppermint Honey Lipbalm

IMG_6520We perfected our lip balm recipe, and if we do say so ourselves, it’s amazing! Buttery without being too greasy, pleasantly sweet and minty without being too sticky or strong.

Household Cleaner

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This stuff, made with a blend of all-natural cleaning soaps and essential oils, cleans well and smells amazing! It will leave your home with a fresh and clean scent that, unlike store-bought cleaners, won’t overpower your nose!

Laundry Soap

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This powdered laundry detergent is what we use for our clothes. It’s efficient, natural, gentle, and without harsh dyes or perfumes. We lightly scent it with bergamot essential oil for a woody, citrus-ey smell.

Tea Tree Throat Gargle

IMG_6511This stuff is awesome for colds and allergies! Hannah used it a few weeks ago for a seasonal allergy cough she had, and it helped clear her throat and open her airways! This gargle is a little strong but it does the trick for any respiratory/mucous related symptoms.

Not pictured are our all-natural dishwasher detergent, soap socks, specialty oil blends, calming bath salts, and clay essential oil pendants. As you can tell, we have quite the variety of products for home and bath and health! If you live in the Clarion/Venango area (or are willing to take the trip), do come down to the Cook Forest Herb Festival this Saturday and Sunday (starting at 10 am both days) and find our booth! We are so excited to show you what we’ve been working on!

“Home Herbal” by Penelope Ody

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When a friend first lent me this book nearly twenty years ago, I was in awe. So much knowledge in a small, easy to read book!

Home Herbal looks at health needs according to age, herbs that can be used medicinally for all manner of maladies, practical ways to use and prepare herbal remedies, and common complaints with instructions on how to treat them. Through beautiful pictures and expert advice, my knowledge was expanded. I got so excited! Mullein and St. John’s wort and calendula and arnica and licorice! Tinctures and infusions and emulsions and ointments!

This book helped me learn to treat my chronic bronchitis (with mullein) and set me on a road to looking at health and medicine differently than I ever had before. I got my own copy and I still keep it as a reference for using herbal remedies. Check it out yourself; you won’t be sorry! It’s an invaluable tool for anyone wanting to learn more about holistic health. Click the picture below to find it on Amazon for a penny!

Have you ever read Home Herbal? What do you think?

What resources have been invaluable to you in your journey towards healthful living?