Plants are powerful teachers. Sometimes when I'm feeling really depressed, I go out into the garden and just sit with the plants. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and...alive.
Plants are aware. They can communicate with us, and they do...we don't always pay attention, but they're doing it all the time. A great many scientific studies have been done regarding this "phenomenon". The Secret Life of Plants is an excellent book which details some of these experiments.
Just now, I was feeling...not very good...and I happened to look in the direction of one of my beautiful house-plants. The plant was glowing; it caught my eye. I stared at it for several moments, and felt myself being filled with a very subtle, very gentle energy which I would characterize as Love. This transmission of love helped me to feel a little better.
Part of the magic of plant medicine is in the energy of the living plants...this is true for all plant medicine.
This is definitely true for St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort is an herb of the sun; it grows in sunny, warm areas and blooms around the summer solstice. It has a very special affinity for that warm, life-giving energy which characterizes the sun. As such, it is particularly effective for treating depression where there is a lack of "light" in the life: it is very helpful for people who need that warming, vital force of the sun.