St. John’s Wort Materia Medica


Wild St. John’s wort grows mainly beside woods, in poor pastures, neglected and disturbed areas, hedgerows and meadows, on mountainsides, along roadsides and occasionally among crops.

It is unknown precisely how Hypericum perforatum acquired the common name St. John’s wort (wort is an ancient term that means herbaceous plant). There are a variety of tales
that explain why the plant was so named. For our purposes in Spiritual PhytoEssencing, the importance of these tales is not whether any of their content is accurate, but rather, that the undeniable fact of the widespread and persistent historical association between the plant and John the Baptist establishes a key spirit-level synchronicity that enables us to better understand the soul nature of St. John’s wort essential oil.

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29 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Malarial
Sefirot: Binah, Yesod and Malkhut
Primary Constitutional Type: Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and history; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; homeopathic remedy Hypericum perforatum; the gemstone bloodstone; etheric and astral bodies; light organization and light/dark polarity; John the Baptist; hysteria; Malarial miasm; the sefirot of Binah, Yesod and Malkhut.

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