Product: St. John’s Wort
Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum syn. Hypericum deidesheimense, Hypericum vulgare, Hypericum lineolatum, Hypericum mixtum.
Plant Family: Hypericaceae
Other Names: Chase-Devil, Demon Chaser, Goatweed, Hardhay, Klamath Weed, Rosin Rose, Saynt Johannes Wort, Tipton Weed, Saint John’s Wort, Mille Pertuys & St. John’s Grass.
Description: St John's wort is a perennial plant native to Europe, western Asia, and North Africa and is now naturalised in North America and Australia. It grows to a height of 80-100cm on erect stems which are branched at the top. The leaves are 2.5-4cm in length, stalk-less, narrow, oblong, greeny-yellow in colour and covered with tiny ‘perforations’ which give rise to the plant's Latin name ‘perforatum’. The 5-petaled flowers are 2.5-3cm in diameter, golden yellow in colour with tiny black dots around the lower edges of the petals.
The leaves and flowers can be used to make a tea or tisane, a dye can be obtained from the plant giving shades of yellow, gold and brown depending on the mordant used and whether the flower or the leaf is used. The flowers if infused in oil turn the oil red, the oil can be used to make soothing salves and creams for the skin.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.