St. John's Wort, the sunny weed
St. John’s Wort has a rich and colorful history. From Antiquity to Middle Age, it was believed to have magical powers and it was used to ward off the evil and to protect from disease. The flowers of this sacred plant, used in St. John's Day celebrations, were harvested before daybreak, with a pure heart and bare feet, walking backwards. It is a plant with a sunny aura, symbolizing victory over the forces of darkness and evil.
Its medicinal and cosmetic applications are now "officially" recognized, ranging from depression to calming nerves to skincare ailments. Paracelsus, alchemist and medical practitioner of the 16th century, noted its action against "the evil spells that push men into despair" - an ancient way of defining depression-, a property of St. John's Wort that is now well established by science.
The main part of its constituents are found in its bright & beautiful yellow flowers: hyperforin naturally fosters the scarification process and helps reduce inflammations, and hypericin, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Its flavonoids are efficient antioxidants, which help fight aging signs.