St. John's Wort Oil by Heather
I have not been able to make St John’s Wort oil for a couple of years, as could not find more than an odd small patch of plants, preferring to leave those for the butterflies and bees. However, in a field during a walk I finally found a larger plot, so collected some flowers.
St John’s wort is simple to identify; if you squeeze a flower it should leave a purple stain on your skin, and if you hold one of the leaves up to the light, you will see tiny little perforations (holes) hence its Latin name Hypericum perforatum.
The oil is really easy to make;
Harvest the blossoms from St. John's Wort flowers and let them wilt for 24 hours.
Place the wilted petals in a clean jar, pour in almond oil to cover the flowers (olive or sunflower oil work well too).
Seal the jar tightly and place on a windowsill where it will receive sunlight.
Open the jar whenever you see any condensation that has formed and wipe this away.
The oil will gradually turn red.
Strain out the flowers after about a month and store the oil in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
If using this in skin oils, balms or creams the dilution is 3 – 5 drops of your St John’s Wort oil to 30ml/1oz carrier oil. A drop or two can be used neat on minor cuts, grazes, and burns.
Or the oil can be used to anoint spell candles in spells for happiness, abundance, prosperity, dispelling negativity, adding the power of the Sun to any of your spells.
Magical uses of St John's Wort are -
Folklore states that burning it would drive off evil spirits and demons.
Carried on the person for courage, protection, detecting other magicians, and strengthening the will when confronted with bad situations.
The leaves can be made into a necklace to ward off sickness and tension, and to enhance endurance.
For protection from lightening, fires, strong storms, and evil spirits place sprigs of St. John's Wort in a jar and place the jar on a windowsill.
Hanging bunches of the plant over every window of the house is said to protect from evil spirits and black witchcraft.
Burning St. John's Wort as incense or in the fireplace thought to protect the home and repel unfriendly spirits.
Placing St. John's Wort under the pillow of a single woman at night is said to induce dreams of her future husband.
An old Welsh custom was to hang a sprig for each family member on a rafter for the night. The degree of wilting of each sprig the next morning was said to foretell how soon each individual would die, giving clues on the state of the health of the individual.
Planet – Sun
Element – Fire