Saint John’s Wort has a strong affinity for the sun. His medicine, the purple hypericin-laden juice you can squeeze from his mature flowers, is ready when the sun is at it’s strongest. Midsummer is the time to call on this Magical Herb no matter what kind of Medicine you want to make.
That sunny, action-packed energy is exactly what I was after when I made Saint John’s Wort oil last summer. Some years, the oil turns a dark, almost bloody red, and others it’s a pale, ruddy hue. Last year was a medium-red sort of year. My plan for it was unclear until spring, when I realized I really needed a bit of light to see me through the tail end of the rainy season.
Saint John’s Wort has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for depression and anxiety. It was particularly helpful to those who suffer from what feels like an overwhelming sense of the world. Today, we call it hyper-sensitivity or being Highly Sensitive. Often, we’re an artistic, creative, compassionate lot who feel completely undervalued by our culture and exhausted by the overwhelming level of stimulation we encounter in this fast-paced, digital age. Sometimes, we’re just a little more open to the energies of the world because we’re going through some massive changes, like menopause or adolescence. Saint John’s Wort’s ability to help us put on a good, thick armor, so to speak, and see a light even when those around us are traveling dark and troubling paths, is a truly magical gift.
Saint John’s Wort Balm of Protection is a blend that makes use of that gift. Coupled with frankincense, copaiba balsam, vetiver, and yarrow, this balm is all about offering protection to those who need to be a little less expansive and open. A dab on your pulse points and at your throat before you go out or encounter others helps to protect your core, allowing you to be with others while not making their energies your own. It’s like a little ray of sunshine in the dark or a protective layer when the light’s too bright. For me, it’s a tool for keeping better balance while my loved ones navigate troubled waters, allowing me to be present for them without compromising my own health in the process.
Folks who struggle with nightmares, vivid dreams, and generally troubled sleep can also benefit from a dab of Saint John’s Wort Balm of Protection just before bed. Often, their astral bodies are becoming overly expanded during slumber and dreaming. That weakens the energy field and disturbs sleep, leading to feeling tired and worn out the next day. After several days, insomnia can set in, exacerbating the problem. Often, folks who expand too much during sleep also have stronger-than-average psychic skills or abilities, whether they recognize it or not. Children, in particular, can be overly expanded and not recognize it. Anxiety and feelings of over stimulation or a sense of potential trouble in even the simplest situations can accompany this kind of over expansion. If this is the case, a little Saint John’s Wort Balm of Protection by day can help keep their energetic bodies anchored to the physical and properly contained and protected, offering them a stronger sense of security.
Saint John’s Wort Balm of Protection Recipe
- 0.5 oz Beeswax
- 0.5 oz. Saint John’s Wort oil
- 4 drops Geranium Essential oil
- 4 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Copaiba Balsam essential oil
- 2 drops Vetiver essential oil
- 2 drops Blue Yarrow essential oil
- rubber scraper
- foil or other protective covering for counter to catch drips as you pour
- 7 lip balm tubes or a couple small tins
- labels and pen
This recipe yields approximately 1 oz finished balm.
- Heat the beeswax and oil until the beeswax is melted.
- Remove them from heat and add the essential oils.
- Stir well.
- Pour the balm into tubes or containers. For tubes, fill them proud; the balm will shrink as it cools. If possible, reserve a small amount in your pot, reheat it gently when the tubes have cooled and top off each tube as needed to make the finished tube look good.
Other Saint John’s Wort Ideas:
- Massage oil to Energize and Protect
- Sore muscle salve to Warm and Heal
- Runic charm for inspiration: Saint John’s Wort rubbed into a Madrone rune and strung on hemp as a bracelet worn on the right wrist.
- Perfume or Liniment for Light and Protection
- Saint John’s wort spritzer for good dreaming, particularly good for children
For more information on the medicinal and magical uses of Saint John’s Wort, see The Practical Herbalist.