Logan’s Private Reserve – St. John’s Wort Spagyric Tincture
Locally wildcrafted in the Santa Cruz mountains this tincture is extracted with organic cane alcohol, spring water and calcined to obtain the “salts” which are added back in to complete the spagyric process.
The flower gets its name from the common time of harvesting it, during the peak of it’s flowering on St John’s Day, June 24th.
Its Latin name, Hypericum perforatum is one of those names that actually refers to something (rather than being named after someone). Perforatum refers to the perforations or small holes, that can be seen in the leaves. And with the doctrine of signatures, this is one reason it is used topically with puncture wounds.*
St. John’s Wort is most commonly thought of for depression.*
More specifically it is known for helping with SAD (seasonal affective disorder). If you get blue when the sun is not out, then give St. John’s Wort a try, an herb that carries the sun energy.
The 2008 Cochrane Meta-Analysis, which included 29 trails and a total of 5489 subjects, found that St. John’s Wort was effective for helping alleviate symptoms of depression.
St. John’s Wort is active on the nervous system, via it’s “active constituents” include hypericin, pseudohypericin, hyperforin, and adhyperforin.* Affecting certain neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, it can be dangerous to combine with certain classes of pharmaceuticals. At the same time, this shows that it can have potent effects.
When I shot the video below, I was planning on only doing it for my personal stash, but I went out again and wildcrafted enough to make a small batch of Private Reserve available. There is a very limited supply.
Another use is that it is specific for nerve pain, especially when it traces a specific pathway in the body.*
Some people report that is it also useful for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and mood changes.*
The recommended dose is two squirts per day.
This one ounce or 30mL bottles hold approximately 30-40 doses.
This tincture is extracted with organic cane alcohol, spring water and calcined to obtain the “salts” which are added back in to complete the spagyric process.
What is spagyric? Learn more details here: https://lostempireherbs.com/what-is-a-spagyric-tincture/
The taste is somewhat bitter but with sweet, fruity overtones.
St. John’s Wort induces several enzymes (such as CYP3A4) used in phase 1 metabolism. This can cause interactions with various drugs such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, anxiolytics, anesthetics, and analgesics. Some specific drugs or types of drugs to avoid include SSRI’s, warfarin, calcium channel blockers, and proton pump inhibitors.
- Linde K, Berner MM, Kriston L. St John’s wort for major depression. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. (2008) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18843608