Other Names: St. John’s wort, St. John’s Wort, Swordwort, Kangaroo, Hypericum perforatum, Centaury
Botanical Information: It is an annual or biennial herbaceous plant from the genus genus. It is 30 – 80 cm high, hairless. It has a single stem, upright, quadrangular, hairless, up to the half, and very frequently forked after the half. The lower leaves are attached to the ground, in the form of a rosette, the stem leaves are in the shape of a long egg, pointed at the tip, two opposite each other sitting on the trunk, crossed with the next, their edges are slightly upturned, and the uppermost leaves are spear-shaped. The flowers are at the ends of the branches, in 5 parts, bright yellow in color and with black hairy edges. Their length is between 8 – 15 mm. When the leaves are held against the light, oil glands are seen as bright spots. The name Binbirdelik comes from here.
Known Composition: Resin, pectin, choline, gum, hyperin, gensiopicrin, erythramine, etheric oil, erythrocentaurin, nicotine acid, protopsevdohypericin, hypericodehydrodiantrone, routinekversitin, frangulaemodinanthranol, pseudohypericin.
Collection: When the St. John’s Wort begins to bloom towards the end of June, it is cut 5cm above the ground, dried in the shade, in a cool place where the vineyard is made, or used fresh to make tinctures.
It gives good results in neurological stuttering.
It provides relief against menopause problems.
It relieves menstrual pain and has a muscle relaxant effect.
It is very effective against diarrhea.
It is a good expectorant.
It is good for colds.
It is useful in curing flu.
Tea: Heat a teaspoon of finely chopped herb in 1 glass of water to boiling point, remove it from the stove and brew it covered for about 5 minutes.
It is very useful in mild and moderate depression.
It also gives good results in cases of fear, tension and insomnia.
Urinary incontinence during sleep also gives good results in treatment because it is generally neurological in origin.
How to Use :
Tincture: Up to 1/5 of a wide-mouth bottle is filled with finely chopped leaves and plants collected in the flowering phase, and up to 4/5 of it is added with a 35-40 degree alcohol-water mixture or vodka or brandy.
It is left for about two weeks, shaking occasionally. It is thoroughly filtered and stored in dark colored bottles that can be tightly closed.
If applied by massaging, it gives very good results in rheumatism, sciatica, back and waist pain.
It is useful for all kinds of burns and sunburns.
It relieves the abdominal pain of babies with abdominal pain.
It can also be used by drinking it against nervous stomach aches.
St. John’s wort oil compress is good for hoarseness.
It is good if massaged by applying it to the tension in the neck muscles.
St. John’s wort oil is good for shingles.
Oil: Young flowers collected in sunny weather are lightly crushed and filled up to the neck of a transparent glass jar, add extra virgin olive oil and leave it in the sun with its mouth open for 3 – 4 days until the fermentation process is completed. Approximately 100 gr. Flower; 250 gr. ratio of olive oil. Then, it is left to stand for 4-5 weeks with the lid closed, shaking occasionally. The oil, which has a beautiful red color (Red St. John’s wort is used), can be filtered well and stored in dark colored bottles in a not too hot environment and can be used for 2-3 years.