Walking into the garden and look to your right you might notice some brightly colored yellow flowers growing towards you. This plant is known as St. John’s Wart.  This bright plant has a short flowering life and extensive medicinal history.

St. John’s Wart is native to parts of Europe and Asia and was often used to hang above religious icons in their homes during St. John’s Day (June 24) to help with the warding of of evil spirits. It is also revered for its medicinal uses that help with Depression though may have side effects and issues when taken with other antidepressants. ]

This plant is often referred to as an invasive species because of how fast it spreads and is listed as a noxious weed in more than 20 countries. It can cause issues with livestock if they are consuming it. It may cause symptoms like restlessness, skin irritation and depression in livestock as well as spontaneous abortion in pregnant livestock. So it is important to be aware of what plants your livestock is eating for it may be life threatening and cause discomfort for your animals.

All in all St. John’s Wart can be an amazing cure for your depression or the worst thing that could happen to your livestock.

Happy gardening!

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