Here comes St. John…. well the oil that is!
St. Johns wart or Hypericum perforatum has been used for thousands of years for all types of elements. The ancient Greeks used it to help heal wounds, a diuretic and for pain relief. The herb itself is known as a mild anti-depressant, but to me it should be use as a supporting supplement when under a MD’s care.
The infused oil of St. Johns wart is made by soaking the flowers and buds as well as some leafs in high quality oil. Most use organic virgin olive oil, but I like to use lighter oil, Jojoba or fractionated coconut oil. Using them also gives the infused oil an extremely long shelf life. You do this by adding fresh flowers dally and letting it sit in the sun for 6 to 8 months. I do this a little different as I let it sit for about 2 months, strain out the old flowers and start it all over using the same oil and adding new flowers. This seems to give me a stronger infusion and a deeper red color to the oil. Yes, the bright yellow flowers turn the oil a dark / burnt red. They say the darker the oil the better so by double infusing it I get a good deep red.
So what all can you use this oil for, it would be quicker to tell you what not to use it for. This stuff is an all over healer for the body. It is a very strong anti-inflammatory, useful for all types of skin irritations, burns and even hemorrhoids. It is known to help ease the pain associated with bruising and helps to speed the healing of open wounds. It is beneficial for muscle aches and pains and may help those who suffer from arthritis. The plant has been shown to have some antiseptic properties that can help prevent infections.
One of the things I really love about this infused oil is that it is wonderful for nerve pain, I have been using it on my feet (I have diabetic neuropathy) and it has helped a lot. I soak my feet in warm water for 10 to 15 min, then massage a little of the oil into my feet for about 5 min per foot, working the oil in very well. I started seeing some relief in 3 or 4 days. I have seen reports about this oil helping people with all types of nerve pain, so it is my go to oil for clients with “neuropathy” type of issues.
One of the nice things about this oil is a little goes a long way; I have seen results with as little as 10% in a massage blend. So the 1oz or 4oz that I will have for sale in late summer or early fall will last you a year or so.
Look for more info soon when the oil will be ready for all of you.