DIY: Summer Solstice St. John's Wort Oil
Posted by : Mary Wutz /
If this is your first time making St. John's wort oil, I'm truly so EXCITED for you! Brace yourself: You're about to experience one of the most magical plant medicine transformations right before your eyes! Not to spoil it, but, a deep ruby red color appears after infusing fresh plant material in oil in the hot summer sun...a perfect way to celebrate the solstice!
To find St. John's wort: It is listed as a noxious weed in many states and other countries. It appears in soils that are disturbed-like clear cuts, roadsides, and agri-business intensive fields. If you're not sure if you've found the magic, crush a fresh flower between your fingers and if it's truly Hypericum, it will stain your hand a dark redish-black. There may also be a citrusy smell released as well.
- A Smile
- A basket or Drying Screen
- A Ball Jar
- Olive Oil (I also used Castor Oil once for poultices!)
- Organic Alcohol in a Spray bottle
- Small Piece of Wax Paper to cover the top of the ball jar
- Chop Stick (or stick)
Harvest St. John’s wort flowers in the early morning or evening. Make sure the flowers are dry (no dew).
- Image: @renegadehoneyherbs