|St. John's Wort Oil labeled for storage|
and dried St. John's Wort for tea.
I've made St. John's Wort Oil for a few years in a row, but this was the first I'd actually used it. It's not hard to make. Someone was selling it for $10.00 a 1/4 oz. at the farmer's market last summer. I had made a pint of it, so I figured it was worth $320.00..... :-)
St. John's Wort blooms in late June around here. I pack the flowers tightly in my jar (whatever size you want). Don't use the stems or leaves -- just the flowers. Then I pour the jar full of olive oil and prick open a vitamin E capsule and squeeze it in (to help preserve it). Cap it with a nice screw on lid. Now, put it in a sunny window where you will see it often, and shake it every day for 2 weeks. When it's done, use a strainer to get out the flowers. It will be a beautiful rusty red color. Now label it, and store in a cool dark place. Mine is stored in my "medicine" cabinet. It is now my official "go to" for a burn.
More to come on St. John's Wort when it's growing this summer.