TOTAL TIME: 720 hr 10 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: 720 hr
Cook: 5 min
1 to 1 3/4 ounces/30 to 50 g St John's wort flowering tops
2 1/8 cups sunflower oil, to cover
1 teaspoon beeswax
Lightly bruise the flowering tops, then place in a glass jar. Cover with the sunflower oil, then let steep on a sunny windowsill, turning occasionally, for up to 1 month. Sunlight is crucial for the reaction to work, and when it has you will be rewarded with an oil that, as if by magic, has turned a bright rusty red color.
If after a month the oil is still clear, leave it a little longer until the sun has done its work - don't worry, it will eventually get there. Once bright red, strain out the spent flowers and discard. The resultant oil can be applied to wounds as it is, or turned into a rich, thick salve perfect to pop into your hand/man-bag.
Gently dissolve the beeswax in 50 milliliters of the infused St. John's wort oil on the lowest flame possible - this should take no longer than 1 to 2 minutes. While still warm, pour into a wide-mouthed jar. The salve will set as it cools.
Apply as needed to cover the affected area, up to 3 times a day.
Do not expose treated skin to direct sunlight. If any irritation occurs, wash off immediately.
The salve will keep in a cool dark place for up to 1 year. The infused oil will keep for 6 months to 1 year.
The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.