Folklore ties the name Saint John’s Wort to John the Baptist. When the Romans severed John the Baptists head his blood drained to the ground. St. John's Wort sprung up out from the earth where his blood lay. Saint John’s Wort blooms around or on July 4th - Independence Day.
How does freedom play into such lore? We know St. John’s Wort is beneficial for issues of blood, with many similarities, 'It is sweet, oily, warm and drying'.
Externally it soothes the pain, eliminates swelling and clears the skin condition before blood corpuscles rupture, preventing hemorrhaging. It mends bruises and black and blue marks. Swelling caused by poor circulation may cause varicose veins. Left untreated the blood corpuscles begin to explode causing black and blue marks and eventually rupture. St. John's Wort Oil soothes and comforts a weary soul. Hypericum's natural anti-inflammatory, protects the skin eliminating soreness, is a first aide which may protect from ruptures and hemorrhaging. We also know Hypericum perforatum is an astringent with a powerful nervine antidote. An astringent tightens skin tissue which alleviates swellings. A nervine stops the throbbing needle like condition and nerve pain associated with some inflammatory conditions. It may become so bad something could explode by surfacing outward toward the skin for relief from all the swelling. St. John’s Wort Oil soothes while bringing down the swelling and throbbing nerve spasms. Freedom from stressful conditions within the skin is associated with the virtue of this beautiful flower.