Santo Iolo: “St. John’s Magic Wash”

For once, let’s talk about water instead of wine. We’re almost at the summer solstice, magic date in the universe, when the sun seems to stop (sol = stitium the sun stops), in fact for a few days it rises and sets at the same point.


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Magic night par excellence is that between 23 and 24 June, the night of St. John. During this night, according to countless beliefs of the folk tradition, syncretism between pagan, Christian and Celtic rites are performed related to light, fire, and water. In particular, the Christian tradition, has strongly tied this date to the celebration of Saint John the Baptist.
One of the many traditions has it that during the night, witches roam in the countryside in search of herbs and then gather under their magic tree: the walnut tree.

Herbs picked on this date enhance their healing power, they become a panacea for all ills. In particular it seems that they have in them, exceptionally, the greatest of powers: ward off the ageing process. Hypericum, artemether, vervain, rosemary, broom, mint. All you need to do is drain the herbs in water, and leave them all night to “breathe” and enrich with the magic of dew.


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The next morning, washing your face, cooling off and simply getting wet with this water will donate, based on tradition, beauty and health, purity and rebirth. Try and see!

Cantina Santo Iolo ( strada di Otricoli s.n. 05035 Narni, Terni (google map)


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