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St John’s Wort

Take a look at this wondrous sculpture of the St John’s Wort Serpent newly installed in Dilston Physic Garden, here in Northumberland. The new sculpture represents a fascinating bridge between magic and medicine and was made by sculptor in residence, John Rutherford.

The ancients believed St John’s Wort (SJW) plant would exorcise the devil or their demons – the metaphor used when people felt depressed and thinking they were possessed. What a great old story to illustrate how magical ideas have kept the medicinal use of this plant going all these years because SJW is still used today as an antidepressant herbal medicine.

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