St. John's Wort: Basics


St. John's Wort normally flowers at summer solstice on or around St. John's day on June 24. Thus, this perennial flowering herb was named "St. John's Wort" and is usually harvested around the same time that it blooms.

St. John's Wort has been used in the past by the ancient Greeks and Romans. During the medieval period, St. John's wort was used in magic potions to ward off malevolence by protecting humans and animals against witches, demons and evil diseases. St. John's Wort was even added to the moulding process when forming "Freikugel" - a magical bullet that always hit its target.

In the past, St. John's Wort has been used to treat many different ailments, including nervous conditions, menstrual cramping and arthritis. St. John's Wort "Rotoel" tincture is still used today for wound healing and skin protection due to its antiseptic properties.

Today, St. John's Wort is still used for similar remedies as mentioned above. Due to the rich history and folklore remedies associated with it, St. John's Wort has been studied extensively and found to be therapeutic in treating depression. Scientists are still studying St. John's Wort to see if there are possible treatment applications against viruses, preventing cancer and other mental disorders.
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