St. John’s Wort and Their Greek History

Recently, I have introduced St. John’s Wort and what its benefits are. What I’m about to share today is the very interesting historial use of St. John’s wort. As I have researched, its history is well-documented. It’s been used in rituals, folklore and even magical attributes. It’s probably one of the most mystique histories that I’ve heard.

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St John’s wort is named after St John the Baptist, whose feast day on 24th June corresponds with the plant’s full bloom in Europe. The ancient Greeks and Romans used to this plant to treat many ailments, including backache and poisonous reptile bites as well as to shoo against evil spirits, placing stems of the plant on statues of their gods.

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As a practical folk-remedy, it has been used widely to heal wounds, kidney troubles, and nervous disorders, even insanity. St. John’s wort has been studied widely as a treatment for depression even now in the present years. Most studies show that St. John’s wort may help treat mild-to-moderate depression, and has fewer side effects than most other prescription antidepressants. Read a brief explanation of it here.
Mentioning about its magical properties, St. John’s wort blooms a bright yellow color, which was often associated with light, or with the sun. It is even used to forecast their chances for marriage of young girls. If the flowers were fresh in the morning, their chances of marriage were good. If wilted, it may negatively affect their outcome.

This poem is translated from the German, where this tradition was also practiced:

“The young maid stole through the cottage door,
And blushed as she sought the plant of power.
‘Thou silver glow-worm, oh! lend me thy light,
I must gather the mystic St. John’s Wort to-night;
The wonderful herb whose leaf will decide
If the coming year shall see me a bride.”

The plant was respected that much to be honored in a way where it’s a basis for the future. Here are some of the other beliefs about the plant:

St. John’s Wort is linked with the Sun and Leo, Midsummer’s Day, or St. John’s Day.
St. John’s Wort can be added to the fires for Midsummer celebrations and used to make garlands. The infused oil might be useful for an anointing oil for Midsummer rituals and exorcism. It’s bloody red color also lends it well to death and rebirth rituals and celebrations of women’s mysteries.
It can also be used for smudging during rituals of exorcism, especially of poltergeists.
It’s fascinating – all those ideas and conceptions show so much about how the world continually changes, but its use – being an antidepressant – has remained, which meant there was a lot of evidence in its results.  I could not find any studies that showed St. John’s Wort as ineffective.

All in all, it looks as if St. John’s Wort is a wonderful alternative medicine to the synthetic antidepressants.

Reference:
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/StJohn.htm
http://www.christopherhobbs.com/library/articles-on-herbs-and-health/st-johns-wort-ancient-herbal-protector/

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Ginger: How Do You Add It To Your Diet?

Anyone out there also doing a ginger diet?

This stuff is really awesome. Add it to your lifestyle for good health. Ginger will spice up your life and your calorie burning potential. If you happen to be just like me who is always on the lookout for new and natural ingredients, Ginger is worth the try. It offers some excellent health benefits.

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You must’ve heard that it’s good mainly for morning sickness in women only, but that’s not all there is.
They can also help with the following:

  • Cold & Flu Remedy
  • Heart Health & Weight Loss
  • Natural Painkiller
  • Healthier, Shiner and Thicker Hair
  • Strengthens Immune System

With many medicinal properties, many may feel that it’s a must in the medicine cabinet too. But they are not in medicines. So you may want to consider these four ways of adding flavor while improving your health with ginger:

1. For your tea – We drink gallons of hot ginger tea in the fall and winter, right? or at least I do! We just cut up a part of fresh ginger (no need to peel) and pour a lot of boiling water over it. Add up some honey, cinnamon, nutmeg or a little lemon to make it sweet. Ginger tea is very easy to make and can help to relieve gas, heartburn and indigestion after a large meal.

Ginger-Tea-Safe-During-Pregnancy2. Soup! – Fresh ginger, grated or pureed, brings wonderful zest to hot, creamy winter soups. Try carrot soup with ginger or this sweet potato soup with miso and ginger.

1146_l3. Fruit Juices – The tangy taste of ginger also goes well in freshly squeezed fruit juices such as mango, pineapple, oranges, pears and grapes. Just cut a one-inch chunk and toss it into your juicer. Ginger can be added to many different types of smoothies, too! You can just add it up basically anywhere.

carrot-juice4. In stir-fry – Grated ginger, along with minced garlic and salt, can bring any stir-fry dish to life.

ginger-and-carrot-stir-fry5. In sweets Milk with ginger for caramels. Ginger hand pies or pumpkin pie with fresh ginger. Ginger is also for baked goods such as cookies, cakes, cupcakes and muffins. It could be in dry ginger power or fresh grated ginger, whichever works best and convenient for you.

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Be sure to add gingers for your next grocery shopping! When purchasing, make sure to choose fresh ginger roots that do not have mold, and have a smooth surface. You will never regret something this good!

Add it to your diet as well. Get a little creative and just enjoy – it’s great for spicing up your drinks and meals at any time of the day, while giving a huge boost to your health!

We promote a healthy lifestyle!

References:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72

http://www.thealternativedaily.com/4-ways-add-ginger-diet/