One of the best ways to utilize the healing properties of St. John's Wort is by making an herbal oil. You can then use the oil as a massage oil, or make it into a liniment, salve, ointment or balm. You can even use this oil in the kitchen as your prepare your food and meals, it is a great way to take St. John's Wort internally. Here is a refresher on the healing properties of St. John's Wort so you know what to use your oil for.
Fresh is always best when making an herbal remedy but if you don't have fresh you can certainly use the dried herb. I have used both Mountain Rose Herb and Bulk Herb Store to purchase St. John's Wort and have been really pleased with the quality and potency of their herbs. The flowers are where the healing goodies are in this plant but I throw in both the leaves and blossoms because it is easier that way. You want to cut the blossoms right before their bloom or just as they are blooming. A good way to tell if they are ready is to squeeze the bud and if a dark red or purple juice oozes out, they are ready and at their top potency level. Fill a quart jar with the blossoms and cover with olive oil or carrier oil of choice. I prefer olive oil because it has a longer shelf life than most other carrier oils. Fill with the oil until it comes about an inch above the herb. Shake well, label and place in a sunny spot for 4-6 weeks or follow one of the other methods for a quicker infusing time, here.
You will notice the oil turns a beautiful red color as the blossoms are infused into it. Strain the herb out, then add 5 drops of rosemary essential oil per cup of herbal oil to act as a preservative and prolong the shelf life. Make a label for your oil listing what it is, what oil it is infused in and the date you strained and bottled the oil. Big Woman is my official label maker because she always adds cute designs and pictures to them. If stored in an airtight, glass container in a dark, cool room your oil could last up to 5 years. I like to re-purpose my glass jars from the grocery store just for my herbal oils and tinctures.
Costco has organic, cold pressed olive oil, which is where I like to purchase mine from. St. Johns Wort can be purchased from Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs. Mountain Rose Herbs also carries St. John's Wort herbal oil if you would rather skip the project and just purchase the oil ready made. The herbs and oils they use are organic and the highest quality out there. Email me privately for where I purchase my essential oils.
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