How to Make St. John's Wort Oil & Salve - Unruly Gardening (2022)

Now that you’ve learned how to forage for St. John’s wort, let’s turn those flowers into an herbal oil and salve that’s helpful for tired muscles, sciatica, cold sores, shingles, or general aches and pains!

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If you haven’t read up about collecting this sunny summer herb, check out our article:

Foraging St. John’s Wort: How To Identify And Harvest

St. John’s Wort Oil Recipe

While we often use dried herbs to make infused oils, in this case we need to use fresh or slightly wilted plant instead.

Once dried, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) loses a lot of the effective compounds that you want to infuse into the oil. (If you don’t have fresh St. John’s wort available though, never fear! You can buy the ready made oil at Mountain Rose Herbs.)

St. John’s wort oil is for external use only – don’t take this oil internally!

Ingredients for the oil:

To make St. John’s wort oil, you’ll need:

  • fresh St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) flowers and flowering tops
  • oil of your choice (see below for options)
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Directions to make the oil:

  1. Pick the flower buds and flowering tops (approximately the top 6 to 8 inches of the plant – this can include leaves and stems) and either use them right away, or spread them on a screen or paper towel for a few hours to slightly wilt them.
  2. Next, place the flowers in a glass canning jar and fill about 3/4 way. (If you have a lot of plant material use a quart or pint jar, if you only have a little plant material, use a half-pint or smaller jar.)
  3. Mash, chop, or bruise the flowers/flowering tops to expose more surface area to the oil. (We like to use a pair of scissors with blades placed down in the jar, so we can snip into pieces in the same container that we infuse in.)
  4. Pour your favorite oil into the jar, almost to the top. (See below for some options and tips.)
  5. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter secured with a rubber band – to allow excess moisture to evaporate – and infuse for two weeks. The oil will turn a pretty shade of red as the beneficial components are infused into the oil.
  6. Some herbalists like to infuse St. John’s Wort in the sunlight, while others prefer a dark area. Both ways will work!
  7. Strain and let the oil settle for a day or two. You’ll likely notice a layer of residue settle to the bottom of the jar.
  8. Carefully pour the oil into a fresh clean jar, but leave behind that sludgy residue at the bottom of the infusing jar – this will help remove excess water and extend shelf life.
  9. Store the finished oil in a cool place. Many herbalists like to store the oil in the refrigerator to extend shelf life. If stored in a cool area and out of light, your oil should be good for at least 6 to 9 months, or longer. (Discard immediately if signs of mold, spoilage, or a bad smell develop.)
  10. Use the oil to make salves and creams. (Don’t use this oil internally or for food purposes.)
(Video) How to make St. John's Wort Oil
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What kind of oil to use for St. John’s wort oil and salve:

The classic oil to use for herbal infusions is organic extra virgin olive oil – and this is completely fine to use. Sunflower is another good choice, especially for those prone to eczema or sensitive skin.

If you’d like a lighter feeling oil (which helps make a lighter feeling and less greasy salve), try using an oil that absorbs into your skin more quickly than olive, such as apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, rice bran oil, or safflower oil.

You could also combine oils – including a small amount (about 0.25 to 0.5 oz) of a super light oil such as fractionated coconut oil (which is the kind still liquid when it gets cold) or grapeseed oil in your infusion will make the infused oil and resulting salve even lighter feeling.

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St. John’s Wort Salve Recipe

You can use all St. John’s Wort oil in this recipe to make an effective all-purpose basic salve, or you may wish to use part St. John’s wort oil and part of another kind of herbal infused oil.

(Video) How to Make St. John's Wort Infused Oil: Benefits and Uses

For pain relief or sore muscles, try combing with dandelion, goldenrod, or arnica flower. (Example: Instead of 3.5 oz St. John’s wort oil, you could use 2 oz St. John’s wort oil and 1.5 oz of arnica.)

If you’re making a salve for shingles or cold sores, try combining with lemon balm which is an herb specifically helpful for the herpes virus. (Example: 2 oz St. John’s wort oil and 1.5 oz lemon balm infused oil.)

Free free to get creative with the recipe and make it your own!

Ingredients for the salve:

Measurements are by weight; you’ll need a kitchen scale to make this salve.

  • 3.5 oz (99 g) St. John’s wort infused oil
  • 0.5 oz (14 g) beeswax (grated or pastilles)
  • up to 48 drops of essential oil (see essential oils section below)

Directions for the salve:

  1. Weigh the infused oil and beeswax into a heatproof jar. (For easy cleanup, you could also use an empty tin can.)
  2. Place the jar down into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.
  3. Place the pan over a medium-low burner until the wax is melted.
  4. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool a few minutes then stir in the essential oils, if using.
  5. Pour into tins or glass jars. This recipe fills about 2 1/2 two-ounce tins.

Essential oil options for St. John’s wort salve:

  • Leave out the essential oils if using on your lips, or add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (for scent & cooling sensation) and optionally, 2 drops of clove bud essential oil (for pain relief).
  • Leave out the essential oils if making an all purpose healing salve for using on wounds, scrapes, rashes and other itchy skin conditions, and general first aid.
  • Cooling pain relief salve (2% dilution rate): 30 drops peppermint essential oil, plus 10 drops juniper berry (or cedarwood or fir needle) essential oil, plus 8 drops rosemary essential oil.
  • Warming pain relief salve (2% dilution rate): 30 drops cypress, 10 drops juniper berry, fir needle, or cedarwood, plus 8 drops rosemary or lavender essential oil.

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  • 1 canning jar for infusing (use half pint jar for small amount of herb, use a pint or quart if you have a lot of herb)

  • a square of folded cheesecloth, old scrap t-shirt, or coffee filter

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  • 1 rubber band

  • kitchen scale

  • small saucepan

  • tins or jars for the salve (fills about 2 1/2 two-ounce tins; you could also pour the salve into a half-pint jar, or repurposed jelly jar)

For the Salve

  • 3.5 oz St. John's wort infused oil
  • 0.5 oz beeswax (grated or pastilles)
  • up to 48 drops essential oil (2% dilution rate) – optional, see notes below

To make the infused oil:

  • Pick the flower buds and flowering tops (approximately the top 6 to 8 inches of the plant – this can include leaves and stems) and either use them right away, or spread them on a screen or paper towel for a few hours to slightly wilt them.

  • Next, place the flowers in a glass canning jar and fill about 3/4 way.

  • Mash, chop, or bruise the flowers/flowering tops to expose more surface area to the oil. (We like to use a pair of scissors with blades placed down in the jar, so we can snip into pieces in the same container that we infuse in.)

    (Video) Make your own St. John's wort salve

  • Pour your favorite oil into the jar, almost to the top. (If in doubt about what kind to use, you can't go wrong with olive or sunflower oil.)

  • Cover the top of the jar with a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter secured with a rubber band – to allow excess moisture to evaporate – and infuse for two weeks. The oil will turn a pretty shade of red as the beneficial components are infused into the oil.

  • Some herbalists like to infuse St. John’s Wort in the sunlight, while others prefer a dark area. Both ways will work!

  • Strain after two weeks and let the oil settle for a day or two. You’ll likely notice a layer of residue settle to the bottom of the jar.

  • Carefully pour the oil into a fresh clean jar, but leave behind that sludgy residue at the bottom of the infusing jar – this will help remove excess water and extend shelf life.

  • Store the finished oil in a cool place. Many herbalists like to store the oil in the refrigerator to extend shelf life. If stored in a cool area and out of light, your oil should be good for at least 6 to 9 months, or longer. (Discard immediately if signs of mold, spoilage, or a bad smell develop.)

  • Use the oil to make salves and creams. (Don’t use this oil internally or for food purposes.)

To make the salve:

  • Weigh the infused oil and beeswax into a heatproof jar or container. (For easy cleanup, you could also use an empty tin can.)

  • Place the jar down into a small saucepan filled with a few inches of water, forming a makeshift double boiler.

  • Place the pan over a medium-low burner until the wax is melted.

  • Remove from heat and let the mixture cool a few minutes then stir in the essential oils, if using.

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  • Pour into tins or glass jars. This recipe fills about 2 1/2 two-ounce tins, or you could pour the salve into a clean half-pint jar or repurposed jelly jar.

Essential oil options for St. John’s wort salve:

  • Leave out the essential oils if using on your lips, or add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (for scent & cooling sensation) and optionally, 2 drops of clove bud essential oil (for pain relief).
  • Leave out the essential oils if making an all purpose healing salve for using on wounds, scrapes, rashes and other itchy skin conditions, and general first aid.
  • Cooling pain relief salve (2% dilution rate): 30 drops peppermint essential oil, plus 10 drops juniper berry (or cedarwood or fir needle) essential oil, plus 8 drops rosemary essential oil.
  • Warming pain relief salve (2% dilution rate): 30 drops cypress, 10 drops juniper berry, fir needle, or cedarwood, plus 8 drops rosemary or lavender essential oil.

FAQs

What is St John's Wort salve good for? ›

Since St. John's Wort helps reduce inflammation and promote wound healing, it has been used topically to help heal wounds and burns, calm nerve pain such as sciatica, calm sore muscles and bruises and help improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

How do you make St John's wort cream? ›

Ingredients
  1. 4 oz St. John's Wort infused oil.
  2. 2 tsp organic cayenne powder.
  3. 1/2 ounce beeswax or 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles.
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How do I use St John's wort in my garden? ›

St. John's wort makes an attractive ground cover and soil stabilizer. Once established, the plants need no care, and this makes them ideal for out-of-the-way locations. You can also use it as an edging or to mark boundaries and pathways where you don't want to obstruct the view.

Can you use dried St Johns wort to make oil? ›

While we often use dried herbs to make infused oils, in this case we need to use fresh or slightly wilted plant instead. Once dried, St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) loses a lot of the effective compounds that you want to infuse into the oil. (If you don't have fresh St.

Can you make St Johns Wort oil with dried flowers? ›

St Johns Wort flowers must be infused fresh into oil as the dried flowers do not extract into oil. This means that creating the oil is a summer job - in Canterbury the plant starts flowering just before Christmas and continues through the summer.

Is St John's Wort oil good for arthritis? ›

John's wort may be used for nerve pain (neuralgia), anxiety, and tension. It may also aid in weakness, stress, irritability, and sleeping issues (insomnia). It's also claimed to ease the pain due to some conditions. These include sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, and menstruation.

What is St John's Wort oil used for topically? ›

Topical St. John's wort preparations such as oils or tinctures are used for the treatment of minor wounds and burns, sunburns, abrasions, bruises, contusions, ulcers, myalgia, and many others. Pharmacological research supports the use in these fields.

How quickly does St John's wort start working? ›

It may take 3 to 6 weeks to feel any effects from St. John's wort. DO NOT stop taking St.

What is the best form of St Johns Wort? ›

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Is St Johns Wort oil good for skin? ›

Since St. John's wort oil contains multiple wound-healing properties, it is perfect for skin care for dry skin, pimples, eczema and skin abrasions. For neurodermatitis or psoriasis, the active ingredients in the oil soothe the skin and relieve itching.

Can you drink St John's Wort oil? ›

Both can be applied externally and taken internally. Adults aged 11 and over should consume a teaspoon per day. As it may interact with especially antidepressant drugs, people who regularly are on medication should consult their doctor.

How long does it take for St John's Wort oil to turn red? ›

The oil will turn ruby red after 2 or 3 days. Leave the oil for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar once a day, or as often as you think of it, to redistribute the oil among the flowers. This will make your infused oil more potent.

How much does St John Wort work? ›

John's wort or an antidepressant found that 68.6% of people experienced a reduction in symptoms with St. John's wort, compared to 70.4% of those on an antidepressant ( 7 ).

Do bees like St John's wort? ›

John's Wort takes on a shrub-like form that can be pruned and shaped to the gardener's liking. This ultra-hardy, non-fussy native wildflower thrives in almost any type of soil and attracts bees, caterpillars, and butterflies – it's the host plant for the beautiful Gray Hairstreak butterfly.

Is St John's Wort oil anti-inflammatory? ›

St. John's wort (SJW) has been described to show anti-inflammatory properties due to its inhibitory effects on the expression of pro-inflammatory genes like cyclooxygenase-2, interleukin-6, and inducible nitric-oxide synthase (iNOS).

How much St John's Wort oil should I take? ›

St. John's wort is most often taken in liquid or capsules. The dried herb may also be used as a tea. The most common dose used in studies has been 300 milligrams, three times a day as a standardized extract.

What eats St Johns Wort? ›

Cattle, goats, sheep, pigs and horses have all been reported to have photosensitizing reactions to St. John's Wort. Cattle that eat 1% of their body weight of the plant show signs. Sheep are not poisoned until they have eaten 4% of their body weight.

Can you leave dried flowers in oil? ›

Yes. Though the original concept is to preserve collected or special occasion dried flowers.

How do you extract oil from dried flowers? ›

Steps to Extracting Fragrance From Flowers
  1. Step one: select your flowers. ...
  2. Step two: pick off the petals. ...
  3. Step three: add the oil. ...
  4. Step four: leave your flower mixture for 24 hours. ...
  5. Step five: drain your flowers and strain. ...
  6. Step six: record your results.

Are St John's wort berries poisonous to humans? ›

In large enough amounts, St. John's Wort is even toxic to humans. The main danger is the chemical Hypericin which causes photosensitivity in the skin, leading to severe rash and even skin death (necrosis). The chemical is mostly found in living plants and affects dogs, cats, and other livestock.

Is there a St John's wort essential oil? ›

John's wort oil is steam distilled from the aerial portion of Hypericum perforatum. This base note has a soft herbal aroma with balsamic undertones and is used in topical blends and aromatherapy. St. John's wort essential oil blends well with lemon, ginger, peru balsam, grapefruit, or petitgrain.

How long does it take St John's Wort oil to turn red? ›

The oil will turn ruby red after 2 or 3 days. Leave the oil for 4 to 6 weeks. Shake the jar once a day, or as often as you think of it, to redistribute the oil among the flowers. This will make your infused oil more potent.

What is St John's Wort oil used for topically? ›

Topical St. John's wort preparations such as oils or tinctures are used for the treatment of minor wounds and burns, sunburns, abrasions, bruises, contusions, ulcers, myalgia, and many others. Pharmacological research supports the use in these fields.

Can you get St John's wort in liquid form? ›

St John's wort is sold in a variety of different forms. The dosages available vary depending on the form and brand that you buy. It is most commonly sold as tablets and capsules. You can also get it as a tea, or as a liquid called a 'tincture', which you can take as drops in water.

Is St John's Wort oil good for arthritis? ›

John's wort may be used for nerve pain (neuralgia), anxiety, and tension. It may also aid in weakness, stress, irritability, and sleeping issues (insomnia). It's also claimed to ease the pain due to some conditions. These include sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, and menstruation.

What is the best form of St Johns Wort? ›

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  • NusaPure St. John's Wort Capsules. ...
  • Healths Harmony St. John's Wort Capsules. ...
  • Nature's Way St. John's Wort Capsules. ...
  • Solaray St. John's Wort Tablets. ...
  • VitaStrength St. John's Wort Capsules. ...
  • NOW Supplements St. John's Wort Capsules. ...
  • Sundown Naturals St. John's Wort Capsules.
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Can St John's wort affect eyesight? ›

The active ingredient in St. John's Wort (hypericin) has demonstrated potential for phototoxicity due to its absorption spectrum of light in both the ultraviolet and visible light ranges. This can lead to toxic retinal and lens effects, especially with outdoor sunlight exposure.

How long until St John's wort starts working? ›

It may take 3 to 6 weeks to feel any effects from St. John's wort. DO NOT stop taking St.

What happens if you take too much St John's wort? ›

When taken by mouth: St. John's wort is likely safe when used in doses up to 900 mg daily for up to 12 weeks. It can cause some side effects such as diarrhea, dizziness, trouble sleeping, restlessness, and skin tingling.

Does St John's wort cause blood thinning? ›

Sure enough, the herb greatly increased Plavix's effect. No one should take St. John's wort to increase the effects of Plavix. This study shows that the two together could cause dangerous blood thinning that could lead to severe bleeding - even in the brain.

Is St Johns Wort oil good for skin? ›

Since St. John's wort oil contains multiple wound-healing properties, it is perfect for skin care for dry skin, pimples, eczema and skin abrasions. For neurodermatitis or psoriasis, the active ingredients in the oil soothe the skin and relieve itching.

How much does St John Wort work? ›

John's wort or an antidepressant found that 68.6% of people experienced a reduction in symptoms with St. John's wort, compared to 70.4% of those on an antidepressant ( 7 ).

Is topical St John's wort safe? ›

John's wort is safe when it's used topically. It may cause severe skin reactions to sun exposure.

Who should avoid St John's wort? ›

It can also interfere with anti-rejection medications, heart medications, and some drugs used for heart disease, HIV, and cancer. One 2011 study indicated the herbal supplement can reduce the effectiveness of Xanax, an anxiety medication. Wolf noted that pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid St. John's wort.

Can you take St John's Wort oil internally? ›

Internal use: to address burnout, stress, anxiety, depressive moods, nervous tension; St. John's wort oil (red oil) can also be used internally to strengthen digestion or for dyspeptic complaints.

Does St John's wort raise blood pressure? ›

Additionally, St. John's wort may cause problems with liver function and raise blood pressure. It has been shown to be responsible for an uneven heart rate and an increase in cholesterol levels. It can even lower the seizure threshold and cause other neurological problems.

While there are many applications for use with St. John’s wort, here are two of our favorite basic St. John’s wort preparations to keep on hand.

Historically, it has been used to protect people from illness, evil spirits, and curses, and many have hung dried St. John’s wort (or St. Joan’s wort as it’s sometimes called) above their door.. It is believed that hypericin, a prominent constituent in St. John’s wort, raises the concentration of melatonin which is formed from serotonin (Tilgner, 2009) and this is what contributes to St. John’s wort’s usefulness as a sedative.. Photosensitive reactions vary among individuals using St. John’s wort and are typically seen when large internal doses of the plant are used; however, it is generally suggested that anyone using St. John’s wort use caution in the sun (Hoffmann, 2003).. Secondly, it’s important to avoid using St. John’s wort when taking SSRI antidepressants and some other medications that are metabolized through the liver (Easley & Horne, 2016) as St. John’s wort, especially as a concentrated extract, such as a tincture, may decrease the efficacy of such medications because of the increased speed in which the medications would be passed through the body.. When it comes to using this well-known herb, there are a couple of basic St. John’s wort preparations to keep on hand, such as a simple herb-infused oil and a basic tincture.. St. John’s wort tincture has many uses.

Now that you’ve learned how to forage for St. John’s wort, let’s turn those flowers into an herbal oil and salve that’s helpful for tired muscles, sciatica, cold sores, shingles, or general aches and pains!If you haven’t read up about collecting this sunny summer herb, check out our article:Foraging...

To make St. John’s wort oil, you’ll need:. fresh St. John’s wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) flowers and flowering tops oil of your choice (see below for options). Next, place the flowers in a glass canning jar and fill about 3/4 way.. You can use all St. John’s Wort oil in this recipe to make an effective all-purpose basic salve, or you may wish to use part St. John’s wort oil and part of another kind of herbal infused oil.. 3.5 oz (99 g) St. John’s wort infused oil 0.5 oz (14 g) beeswax (grated or pastilles) up to 48 drops of essential oil (see essential oils section below)

Learn how to make your own St. John's wort oil and skin serum. This deeply nourishing and restorative serum is also ideal for healing scars.

About that same time I was doing research for an herb monograph on St. John’s wort for HerbMentor.com .. However, there is a degree of controversy surrounding St. John’s wort and its ability to protect people from the sun vs. increasing the negative effects of the sun.. However, there have been several case studies showing that internal use of St. John’s wort increased photosensitivity, leading to blisters and severe burns.. Topically using St. John’s wort infused oil can be a mild protectant from the sun.. Modern clinical trials have verified that a cream made from St. John’s wort has the ability to protect the skin from the harmful effects of sunburn.. Once you have the fresh St. John’s wort and the oil in the jar, stir it well and cover it with a tight fitting lid.. While the flower buds are infusing, I place the jar in the sun.. Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ) One of my favorite essential oils because of its lovely scent, lavender is also a wonderful choice for protecting and healing the skin.. This face serum combines several sources of oils, extracts, and essential oils to create a deeply nourishing and restorative oil for the skin.. What you’ll need… 2 ounces fresh infused St. John’s wort oil (see above for instructions) 1 teaspoon rosemary antioxidant extract 12 drops helichrysum essential oil (optional) 20 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

The recipe for St. John's Wort Healing Salve is for one of my all-time favorite herbal healing salves. I even use it as a hand moisturizer after doing the dishes and because of this, never deal with those split and cracked fingers from working outside in the cold. It's pretty amazi

The recipe for St. John's Wort Healing Salve is for one of my all-time favorite herbal healing salves.. I like using it in salves for sciatica and back pain as well; and I feel that it’s this herb in conjunction with several others that helped my body heal my painful sciatica.. Salves are simple to make, and they can really do some fabulous things for your skin, depending on the herbs you choose to use, and why you are creating the salve.. St. John's Wort Healing Salve is a general healing salve, safe to use, and smells wonderful too!. I have made this from her recipe and this is a keeper .I have a jar on my sink .Also to tell you I burned my fingers while cooking and right away put my fingers into the salve and the pain was gone and no red boils on the fingers.. St. John's Wort is a powerful healing herb.. Long used as both an edible nutritive herb as well as for a great variety of health issues (lung problems, respiratory issues, urogenital infections, and many more), Plantain also is extremely helpful when it comes to calming and quickly healing skin ailments.. In this salve it works well in conjunction with the healing properties of the other herbs!. At any rate, I add Lavender essential oil to this salve because of its anti microbial properties and also how well it helps heal skin issues.. ***NOTE : I simply use a dedicated Mason Jar for each of the salves I make.. 1) Pour 1 cup of the infused oil into your Mason jar or double boiler. 6) Once the beeswax is completely melted, remove the Mason jar or top of the double boiler to a heat safe surface.. I also get my essential oils there for making salves.

Learn how to forage Usnea, a forest lichen with medicinal benefits! Includes recipes for usnea tincture, infused oil, salve & wound powder.

Also includes recipes for usnea tincture, infused oil, salve, and wound powder.. Usnea ( Usnea spp ), is also called beard lichen, lungs of the forest, or old man’s beard.. To make usnea wound powder, take dried usnea and run it through a coffee grinder.. Just sift out the powder and add those extra bits into your nearest infusing jar of usnea tincture or infused oil.. You just need chopped pieces of usnea, covered with about twice as much oil.. 1/4 cup chopped usnea 1/2 cup oil of choice. Directions to Infuse Usnea Oil Place the lichen/oil mixture into a heatproof jar – a half pint jar works nicely – then set the uncovered jar down into a pan filled with several inches of water.. (Examples: If you only have 1 tbsp chopped herb available then 1 tbsp usnea, 2 tbsp boiling water, 3 tbsp alcohol OR if you have 1/4 cup chopped usnea then you’d use 1/4 cup usnea, 1/2 cup boiling water, 3/4 cup alcohol.). If you have high proof alcohol – 151 Everclear: 1 part chopped usnea (fresh is preferred, dried is ok) 2 parts boiling water 3 parts high proof drinkable alcohol (151 proof Everclear, or 75.5% alcohol by volume)

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a common weed with beautiful yellow flowers that are well loved by pollinators and herbalists alike!

St. John’s Wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) is a common weed with beautiful yellow flowers that are well loved by pollinators and herbalists alike!. St. John’s Wort is a sprawling plant that grows between 1 to 3 feet and tends to spread over a place (by rhizomes and by seed) – if you see one patch of St. John’s Wort, you’re likely to see another clump growing nearby!. St. John’s wort is one herb that’s best used fresh – so don’t collect flower tops unless you have a plan to use them right after.. You can also dry St. John’s wort flowers or flowering tops to use for tea.. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on EmailLearn how to forage, identify, and harvest black walnuts (Juglans nigra) plus how to dry and cure the nuts, and use the hulls and leaves for remedies!. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on EmailLearn how to identify and forage for jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), then how to use it to make a soothing poison ivy salve, and a jewelweed itch remedy with witch hazel or vinegar.. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on EmailTasty and nutritious, black locust flowers are only in bloom for about two weeks each spring.

While there are many applications for use with St. John’s wort, here are two of our favorite basic St. John’s wort preparations to keep on hand.

With its nervine and sedative properties, St. John’s wort can be helpful for those who can’t fall asleep or who wake multiple times within the night.. Using tinctured St. John’s wort internally can be useful in alleviating pain and working on the virus.. Secondly, it’s important to avoid using St. John’s wort when taking SSRI antidepressants and some other medications that are metabolized through the liver (Easley & Horne, 2016) as St. John’s wort, especially as a concentrated extract, such as a tincture, may decrease the efficacy of such medications because of the increased speed in which the medications would be passed through the body.. It also has the ability to help a pain picture, like nerve pain, with its topical application.. Place freshly picked buds and flowers and place in a pint-sized canning jar, filling the jar ¾ full of fresh herbs.. When the oil is deep red, strain and bottle your final product in a labeled, amber-colored glass bottle.. Use topically on scrapes, cuts, burns, bruises, and areas of pain.. Using fresh St. John’s wort in your preparations is of benefit.. With fresh herb, you will be working with more active constituents than if using dried plant material.. St. John’s wort tincture has many uses.. To help call in the sunshine during the long winter months, prepare St. John’s wort preparations during the summer in an effort to support your future self.

St Johns Wort side effects? Like many herbs it has been cast into suspicion. We consider this, its benefits, and give a homemade St. John's Wort oil recipe.

This is true when the concentration of a specific chemical within the plant, hyperfolin, is increased beyond the normal amount found when using the herb itself.. My favorite way to use St. John’s wort is topically.. For this preparation, we turn back to the sunny, yellow flowers and make a St. John’s wort oil, which we use for:. Here’s how I make our oil:. (For those looking to purchase St. John’s Wort Herbal Oil, you can find it here .). Ingredients St. John’s Wort flowers and leaves (must be fresh, not dried) Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Pick the flower buds that are just about to open, or simply snip the flowers, buds and top few leaves from each plant and place them in a canning jar.. DISCLAIMER: Information on DIY Natural™ is not reviewed or endorsed by the FDA and is NOT intended to be substituted for the advice of your health care professional.. It removes smells, is natural, and is simple to make and use!

St. John's wort oil is one of my most used home remedies! Discover five St. John's wort oil uses and how to make your own healing oil.

It is a superb massage oil, but it also helps with cuts and scrapes, minor burns, and muscle pain.. I am talking about using St. John’s wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) infused oil that you can make in your own kitchen.. St. John’s wort oil is an amazing home remedy for minor burns.. It helps to stop the pain and heal the burn.. The trick to using St. John’s wort oil for burns is to apply it to the burn right away.. Apply it several times during the first day of being burned.. St. John’s wort has a vulnerary action, which means it helps the skin to regenerate and heal.. As always, make sure your cuts and scrapes are well cleaned, and then you can apply St. John’s wort oil to help it heal quicker.. I make sure everything is clean and then apply the oil several times a day to help heal the scrapes and scratches.. If you apply St. John’s wort oil several times a day to a cut, it will reduce the scarring.. As you can see, there are many St. John’s wort oil uses!. I’ve made St. John’s wort oil every single summer for 25 years and now, I make about 3 gallons at a time…. St. John’s wort oil is just one of the oils we’ll be making together in my online course, Handcrafted Healing Herbal Oils, where you will learn how to make herbal infused oils that are what I call the affordable, least amount of effort for maximum return home remedy.

St. John's Wort is a sun-loving, hardy perennial, which prefers a more dry soil.  However, it isn't too picky and will adapt in most places.  It grows best in zones 3-9 and prefers a Ph of 6 to 7, making it an ideal medicinal plant to grow in Utah.  There are many hybrid forms of St. John's Wort that look pretty and provide pollen for honey bees, however, they do not hold the medicinal properties like the species H. perforatum.  When gathering the fresh flowers for use, make sure it is on a sunny day when the buds have just opened.  I usually go out every morning and the new ones that have just opened over night.  You can tell they are ready because they will leave a reddish purple stain on your fingers.   The optimum window for harvesting is usually mid June to the first of July.   Some say that the peak of harvest is on June 24th!  I have found that I can get a little more as I continue to pick the blossoms on a regular basis.  This is another [...]

There are many hybrid forms of St. John’s Wort that look pretty and provide pollen for honey bees, however, they do not hold the medicinal properties like the species H. perforatum.. When gathering the fresh flowers for use, make sure it is on a sunny day when the buds have just opened.. St. John’s Wort red rich oil is made from the fresh flowers and is a very good remedy for trauma to the skin.. I add garlic to my St, John’s Wort oil for earaches too!. As I have gathered St. John’s Wort fresh flowers and buds every morning I have simply kept adding them to the oil.. The best ratio between buds, flowers and leaves for the oil is to use 70% buds and 30% flowers and leaves.. Cover the flowers and buds with an inch or two of oil.. Use 1 part calendula flowers, 1 part comfrey leaves, 1 part St. John’s Wort leaf and flower.. Cover with olive oil by 1-2 inches and let steep for 2-4 weeks.. For each cup of medicinal oil, use 1/4 cup beeswax to make a salve.. St. John’s Wort tincture can be made with either vegetable glycerin or an 80 or 100 proof alcohol like vodka.. Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops.. Early June Bloomers Medicinal Herb – Dandelion Medicinal Herb Post – Rosemary August 2013 Honey Harvest Beneficial Insect and Butterfly Loving Plants Medicinal Skin Salve

St. John’s Wort Oil for Pain Relief St. John’s Wort Oil for Pain Relief: All-Natural BullRyder Body Balm™ Active Ingredient Benefits: reduces inflammation, relieves pain caused by injuries, relieves burn pain, relieves swollen joints, reduces muscle cramps Botanical Name: Hypericum perforatum Method of Extraction: Infusion (in organic olive oil) Parts Used: Flowers and tops Country […]

The St. John’s Wort Oil (also know as Hypericum) used in all-natural BullRyder Body Balm™ is an infused oil (St. John’s wort flowers in organic olive oil).. In addition, St. John’s Wort oil helps with: pain caused by impact; relief of pain caused by injuries; injuries to nerves; crushed fingers & toes; puncture and deep wounds; burns of all types.. The St. John’s Wort Oil that we use in our BullRyder Body Balm™ formula is made from St. Johns Wort flowers infused in organic olive oil.. Some sources say the plant is called St. John’s wort because it blooms on St. John’s Day (June 24); others say it was St. John’s favorite herb, and still others note that the deep red pigment in the plant resembles the blood of the martyred saint.. The flowering tops of St. John’s wort may be used as a cream or infused oil and applied externally for alleviating pains, inflammations as well as an antiseptic.. One may blend a few drops of lavender oil with the St. John’s wort infused oil and apply the blend on burns or blend yarrow oil with the infused oil for inflammations for quick healing.

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