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St John's Wort and Summer Celebrations

June 26, 2019

St John's Wort and Summer Celebrations

We are delighted to offer Fresh St. John’s Wort Oil, a classic preparation of this plant! The beautiful deep red oil can be especially helpful as a topical application for:

• nerve and spinal injuries
• bruises and swellings
• puncture wounds
• neuralgia and sciatica
• muscle pain
• shingles
• reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome
• varicose veins
• burns and sunburns
• hemorrhoid or hernia pain

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perfoliatum) is said to promote “sunny days during rainy times in your life”! It has been valued as a healing herb since ancient times, both for its pain-relieving and mood-elevating effects on the nervous system, and its antimicrobial, antiviral, and wound-healing properties.

St. John’s Wort is named after St. John the Baptist, whose feast day is celebrated on June 24—close to the summer solstice, and the herb’s peak flowering time. Traditionally St. John’s Wort would be hung on the doors of homes and stalls at this time to ward off evil spirits, sickness, and harm. Associated Midsummer Day celebrations have included bonfires, processions, street parties, dances, and fireworks.

St. John is known as the forerunner of Jesus’ ministry and the last of the Old Testament prophets. Marking his birthday around the summer solstice is the counterpart to celebrating Jesus’ birth around the winter solstice, and the Easter resurrection around the spring equinox. In this way, the Christian calendar incorporated key holidays from the pagan solar cycle, retaining many of their original features while adding new meanings to the turning points of the seasons.

If you don't already need Fresh St. John's Wort Oil today... chances are good that you or a family member will find it essential next week!

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