Finally a warm and sunny day here in the South West of France! We have had a very chilly and rainy summer so far but things are looking bright! Finally the St. Johns Wort flowers are blooming everywhere so off I was into the fields this morning to pick some for making St. John’s Wort oil with.
To make St. John’s wort oil, pick the blooming flowers on a warm and dry day, preferably in the morning.
Put the flowers in a clean glass jar and pour a good, preferably organic, sunflower oil or olive oil over them. It is important that the flowers are completely submerged because otherwise they can start to mold.
Now place the jar in a warm, sunny spot on the windowsill. If the weather is sunny you can even put the jar outside for a while, because without sunlight and solar heat the oil does not really turn red!
After a few days it’s possible add some new flowers to get an even more powerful oil. You can repeat this up to 3 times.
Shake the jar gently every day.
You will see that the color of the oil changes from yellow to a deep red in a few weeks. When the oil is a deep red in color, the flowers can be removed by pouring the oil through a fine sieve or cheesecloth into a clean glass bottle or jar. Do not squeeze as this may allow moisture to come in. Just let it drain slowly.
If stored in a dark glass jar, your St. John’s wort oil will keep for at least a year.
Apply the oil (or make a salve or cream with it) in case of:
- Muscle pain
- Relief in rheumatic pain
- Aftersun care
- Minor cuts and abrasions
- Minor burns
- Massage oil for hands and feet
- Sports injuries and strains
Note: St John’s Wort oil makes your skin sensitive to the sun, so do not use it before going out in the sun.
Also, St. John’s wort has strong medicinal properties that can interact with medication. So if you are taking medication, always consult your doctor or pharmacy first to see if it is safe to use St. John’s wort.
A simple first aid salve can be made by slowly melting 5 grams of beeswax, then add 100 ml. St. John’s Wort oil.
Mix together well
Pour into a small jar or tin and let it harden in the refrigerator.
And there you have your first aid salve!