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I like to have Yarrow and St. John’s Wort in the herbal medicine cabinet. I’m an end user, not a doctor, pharmacist, etc., so you’ll have to look elsewhere for all the information on herbs you intend to use.
St. John’s Wort is considered an invasive species, but it’s also medicinal. To help identify this plant, hold a leaf up to the light and look for translucent dots.
My trusted homeopath prescribed homeopathic hypericum in place of tetanus shots when stepping on a nail or getting cut by rusty metal. The most well known use of this herb is for depression, and apparently some mainstream studies have been done that show it’s as effective as standard anti-depressants with fewer side-effects.
Yarrow has traditionally been used to stop minor bleeding, to reduce inflammation and as a sedative. In Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss says to use it to help alleviate head colds.
The flowers of these two herbs is what people use for medicine. Neither of them is particularly tasty as an infusion of steeped tea. I might sneak them into a tea with other, more delectable herbs, or I might use them in tinctures.
Joseph E Meyer says in The Herbalist, the best time to gather herbs is in the morning after the dew is gone.
To dry fresh herbs for the flowers, I tie them together in small bunches and hang them someplace shady and well-ventilated. If such a place is not available, I put them upside down into a large paper sack. When they are dry, I store them in tins or glass jars. If I don’t have any of those, I put them in zip lock bags.
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