Worn to prevent colds & fevers.
Placed under pillow to induce prophetic, romantic dreams.
Protects against all forms of black witchcraft.
Place in a jar in a window or burn in a fireplace to protect from lightning, fire and evil spirits.
Used for banishing, protection & blessing.
Carry to strengthen courage and convictions or when confronting nasty situations.
Burn to banish spirits and demons.
Used in divination for the care of crystals.
Note: Can be poisonous, use with caution.
Also Called: Goat Weed, Herba John, Kalimath Weed, Tipton Weed
The flowers and leaves are analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, astringent, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, nervine, resolvent, sedative, stimulant, vermifuge and vulnerary.
The herb is used in treating a wide range of disorders, including pulmonary complaints, bladder problems, diarrhoea and nervous depression.
It is also very effectual in treating overnight incontinence of urine in children.
Externally, it is used in poultices to dispel herd tumours, caked breasts, bruising etc.
Use the plant with caution and do not prescribe it for patients with chronic depression.
The plant was used to procure an abortion by some native North Americans, so it is best not used by pregnant women.
A tea or tincture of the fresh flowers is a popular treatment for external ulcers, burns, wounds (especially those with severed nerve tissue), sores, bruises, cramps etc.
An infusion of the flowers in olive oil is applied externally to wounds, sores, ulcers, swellings, rheumatism etc.
It is also valued in the treatment of sunburn and as a cosmetic preparation to the skin.
The plant contains many biologically active compounds including rutin, pectin, choline, sitosterol, hypericin and pseudohypericin. These last two compounds have been shown to have potent anti-retroviral activity without serious side effects and they are being researched in the treatment of AIDS.
A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh whole flowering plant. It is used in the treatment of injuries, bites, stings etc and is said to be the first remedy to consider when nerve-rich areas such as the spine, eyes, fingers etc are injured.