St. John’s Wort Herb and The Knights of St. John

St. John's Wort Herb and The Knights of St. John

St. John's Wort Herb and The Knights of St. John

When the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem looked at the dotted leaves of St. John’s wort, they saw symbols of puncture wounds.

This, combined with the tendency of the petals to “bleed” red oil when crushed earned St. John’s wort an honored place in Christian herbalism.

 Named for John the Baptist, St. John’s wort is said to bloom on or around St. John’s traditional birthday, June 24, and “bleed” on every August 24, which is the day St. John’s beheading is traditionally observed.

St. John’s wort is a plant with yellow flowers that has been used for centuries for health purposes, such as for depression and anxiety.

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