Last weekend we celebrated beginning of Summer and of course John’s namesday. We took our guests for local folk music festival next to Lithuanian border. Next day was perfect for collecting St. John’s Wort flowers and making the oil – Red Oil.
Flowering St. John’s Wort should be collected on a sunny day. Put flowers into the jar and add sunflower oil. Leave to rest for three weeks in sunny place. After this time, the oil should be drained through a cheesecloth and pour into a dark bottle.
In the cosmetics industry the oil is used for body lotion for dry, sensitive, itchy skin, also damaged by the sun, with burns, rheumatism and cellulite.
In natural medicine, this oil is recommended as a soothing back pain, lumbago and sciatica.
This oil increases skin’s sensitivity to light (photosensitizing reactions), after application, do not expose skin to the sun (also a solarium).