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The most famous of the hypericum family is the hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St John’s Wort. Hypericum comes from hyper-icon – a plant placed above St John’s image or painted icon, which was alleged to provide protection against unseen evil influences.
The tiny “holes” in the leaves are oil glands, through which the essential oil of St John’s wort may be extracted.
The deep red oil of St John’s wort is highly prized as a medicine as it strengthens the nervous and digestive systems, protects the liver, is antiviral, reduces pain and combats seasonal affective disorder (SAD) together with being a treatment for lightening depression.
A mixture of oils of St John’s wort and yarrow, blended into a cream base is excellent at healing wounds leaving little, if any scarring.
|Meditation:||What do I provide protection for?
What and who protects me?
Where can I find support when I need it?
What lightens my life when I am feeling down?
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