Hey there! How's the sunshine where you are? We are fresh out out here and under a perpetual heavy fog that leaves everything coated in a heavy hoarfrost. It's all the beauty of snow without the hassle.
But no sunshine. It's all too easy to feel subdued, dreary and down. One day of gloom is a nice excuse to stay on the couch drinking cocoa and vegging out, but day after day of light deprivation can take a toll on your emotional health. Common clues that you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder are sleeping a lot but still tired, depression, lack of energy, lowered resistance to infections, craving carbs, and social withdrawal. I think of a big grouchy bear crawling into his cave, fat, sleepy and wanting to be left alone. The best antidote of course is sunlight, or at least some full spectrum light bulbs, but there are some flower essences that are relevant to depression and S.A.D.
The Lynch Pin to any S.A.D Flower Essence Formula
It has entirely to do with light in every sense. We use this on people who are sensitive to light, who are afraid of the dark, and who are deprived of light such as in S.A.D or graveyard workers. Saint John's not only deals with external physical light, but brings light inward illuminating your soul.
Part of our understanding of plants is in a process called the Doctrine of Signatures. It is unclear when this originated, but we have writings that hint at it dating back to 131-200 A.D. However, it was not until Jacob Boehme's Book "Signatura Rerum; The Signature of all Things" that it became a clearer system usable by us plant people centuries later. Jacob had a spiritual experience revealing the simple concept that God marked everything He created with a sign. This sign points us in the direction of how we can use it for the purpose that it was intended. Jacob was promptly kicked out of town, based on the advice of the Pastor there (the mark of any juicy revelation) and later allowed to move back home provided he did not write any more books. He failed to comply, but I digress.
Things that we want to look at with a flower to understand it's action are it's overall appearance, habitat, color, flower shape, growth habit, unusual characteristics, and names.
St John's Wort, or Hypericum perforatum has some major clues in it's Signature. First of all, it's common name came about because of it's peak bloom around St John's Day which is also the summer solstice. It's a plant that is historically harvested for medicinal use at that time, so it makes sense that it is absolutely a container of light. St Johns Wort has a long history of being a great natural fighter of depression, but one of the side effects from the herbal preparation when taking too much over a long period, is being photosensitive. That means you take in light more efficiently and tend to sunburn. On the vibrational flower essence level, this doesn't happen, but it does address light sensitivity.
Another reason that it lives up to the St Johns name, is the signature in the red sap that oozes from the cut or bruised flower heads depicting the beheading of John the Baptist. The latin name "hypericum" means "over an apparition." The plant has a long folkloric history of warding off evil and an old name was even "Devil Chaser". The stories run a bit on the superstitious side, but as a flower essence it is a great strengthener in areas where one is fearful of the dark realms. We give it to kids who are afraid of the dark, anyone with nightmares, and those who need a deeper revelation of their own inner light and spiritual authority. The "beheading" in the plant's signature refers to helping one keep their head, or spiritual authority at times, when there are negative spiritual influences seeking to cut us off.
Basically, any time you need some light in your situation, St John's Wort is a good essence to take. You can get this as an individual essence in a 1 oz bottle or you can request it as part of a custom combo.