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Balm (St John’s wort)

Kythera Healing Herbs

This plant is tinctorial. Yellow pigment that exists in its flowers is water-soluble, while red pigment that exists in stigmas and fruits is soluble in alcohol. Dioskourides mentions it as «askyron». In Kythera, people prepare a medicine for the healing of burns and wounds by mixing olive oil with St John’s wort flowers.

Scientific Name:

Hypericum perforatum

Family:
Hypericaceae

Kythera Name:

Valsamo, Votani tou Ai Yianni

Name in other places of Greece:


Spathochorto(Epirus region), Valsamo(Arcadia region), Valsamochorto,  Chelonochorto(Cefalonia), Lihinochorto, Valsamaki, Periki, Votani tou Ai Yianni tou Prodromou

Collection:
Tops with flowers and fruits and the whole plant are collected all through summer. It is found in wild fields with a lot of sunshine. It can be planted out to gardens as well.

Properties:
Mycolytic, emmenagogue, diuretic, anticonvulsant, sedative, tonic, digestive, antiseptic, antipyretic, painkilling. It treats stomach ulcers and heals internal and external wounds. It fights bowel parasites.

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