St. John's Wort, Common Hypericum perforatum (Perforate St. John's Wort)
St. John's Wort can be used to help support nervous exhaustion, depression, insomnia, bronchial catarrh, stomach complaints and madness. Externally, it can be used to help support wounds (particularly deep sword cuts), sores, burns, bruises, inflammations, sprains, haemorrhoids and nerve pains, such as neuralgia and sciatica.
The fresh leaves of St. John's Wort were added to salads.
A native of Britain, St. John's Wort was reputed to possess rejuvenating and protective powers derived from John the Baptist: the red spots on its leaves (said to appear on 29 August, the anniversary of his death) representing the blood spilled when the saint was beheaded. When crushed, the yellow flowers also release a red juice. Alternatively, some authorities claim that the herb takes its name from the Knights of St. John, who used it to help support symptoms of those wounded in the Crusades. The glandular dots or 'perforations' around the edges of the leaves were said to have been caused by the devil in a vain attempt to destroy the plant with a needle. As a protection against evil, the herb was once known as Fuga daemonium, or the 'devil's flight', because its scent was said to be so abhorrent to the devil that he was forced to keep well away. Its botanical name Hypericum is thought to be derived from the Greek for 'over a picture', a reference to the flowers being placed above a religious image to ward off evil. Superstition claimed that those treading on the plant after sunset would be carried away by a fairy-horse on a wild journey that would last the entire night. The herb yields a yellow dye with alum and a violet-red dye with alcohol.
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