ST JOHN’S WORT FOLKLORE (JUST A TINY NUGGET) ANCIENT HERBAL PROTECTOR
The tops of Hypericum were considered effective for keeping away undesirable influences and bringing luck. For instance, one belief was that bringing the flowers of St. John’s Wort into the house on a midsummer eve would protect one from the evil eye, banish witches, promote good fortune and protect the house from fire. In one case in 1696, the story is that of a poltergeist bothering the occupants of a house in London. A well-placed bunch of St. John’s Wort under the householder’s pillow proved to exorcise the apparition.