ST. JOHN’S WORT
The sacred herb of St. John is a classic midsummer herb with the power to soothe many ails. The bright red, slightly aromatic oil has a long history as a country remedy and is well known to protect against all kinds of demons, including those that torment worn muscles, nerves and bones. It can also be applied as a soothing and moisturizing ‘after sun’ lotion or blended into home-made skin care lotions. However, it should never be used as a pre-sun lotion as the herb has photosensitizing properties that will cause the skin to burn more easily. Cover any treated areas that may be exposed to sunlight for three hours after application of this oil. Caution: Do not apply to open wounds.
Some healing herbs do not contain much volatile essential oil, yet have very powerful healing properties. These herbs can be macerated (infused) in an oil base such as Almond or Olive oil to extract their healing virtues.
Infused oils can either be applied topically, directly to the skin, or mixed with other oils and waxes to create healing salves and lotions.The specific properties of infused oils depend on the plants that have lent their healing powers to a particular infusion. They can be used as soothing massage oils and body lotions or added to various cosmetic preparations to provide an extra therapeutic effect.