Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summer Herbal Makings

St John's Wort
Making homemade remedies is one of my favorite things to do. Today, I strained my infused St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) oil. I typically harvest St John's Wort around Summer Solstice. Then I put the dried chopped steams leaves and flowers in oil. This year I used olive oil. I let it sit for a few weeks then strain it.The St John's Wort oil is a beautiful vibrant red. I love the color because it's such a surprise. The flowers are yellow! Be sure you find the medicinal plant and not the ornamental.

Lemon Balm aka Melissa
Lemon balm (Melissa officialis) is a great one to infuse as well. I infused Melissa for the first time this year. It's important to dry the flowers first so you don't get extra moisture in the oil infusion. We have a billion lemon balm plants all over our property! It was great to be able to use some. It's not only good to use for a topical treatment it also makes an excellent tincture. Typically I make a glycerin tincture and add chamomile. My son loves this blend. We use it at night as a natural relaxer and gets him ready for bed. The lemon balm has anti-viral qualities as well so I love to use it around the beginning of the school year to help bolster his immune system.

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