St. John's Wort is a shrub-like flowering plant also known as Chase-Devil and Goat Weed. The herb has a long history of use in Europe and North America, although there is evidence of its use in ancient Greece and Rome.
The powdered herb is used in cosmetic preparations, usually to make ointments and salves. The powder is also frequently encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Note: Be advised that St. John's Wort can render birth control pills and similar forms of contraception useless. St. John’s Wort should also not be taken by patients using Indinavir, a drug often given to AIDS patients, Cyclosporine, an immunosuppressive drug given to transplant patients, and Warfarin, an anticoagulant. Do not combine it with pharmaceutical anti- depressants. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should not use St. John’s Wort as it may cause miscarriage and side affects for nursing infants are unpredictable.
Magical Uses: Exorcism, death, rebirth, Midsummer celebrations
Elemental Correspondences: Fire
Planetary Correspondences: Sun
Zodiac Correspondences: Leo
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