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Medicinal Use

St John’s Wort is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, astringent, analgesic and a powerful nerve tonic. It’s also a sedative and antidepressant. St. John’s Wort is native to Britain, Europe and Asia. Common medicinal uses include: restores and refreshes the nervous system, decreases irritability, depression and anxiety, aids in the treatment of insomnia, stabilizes mood and emotions, increase immunity.

Spiritual/Magical Use

The Welsh called this plant the “leaf of the blessed.” It was understood to be an ideal combination of water and fire, the ultimate healing essence. Fire symbolized the fruitful light-filled forces of summer, and water the gathering and settling forces of the dark season. Midsummer was the time of balance between these forces of light and dark.

In Brittany the plant is still ritually gathered by people wearing loose, flowing clothing. One must pray and ask permission before plucking it with the left hand. The earth around the plant is first loosened with a knife, and the whole plant is pulled out at once. Great care is taken to ensure that the roots are intact and undisturbed. The picking of this herb symbolizes the dismemberment of the God, the Summer Lord. It is a solemn sacrifice.

After drying or tincturing the plant is administered to the sick. When you give this plant to one who is sick, you are remembering the God: putting back together the pieces of his body that have been scattered.

The mere scent of this plant causes evil spirits to fly away. It is picked at Midsummer and dried over the Midsummer fire. Use it to keep madness at bay and to keep all evil forces from the home.

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Important Note: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.