St John’s wort oil is one of the most important herbal remedies in the alpine medicine chest. Due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and warming effect, it is used for joint pain, rheumatism, gout, but also for minor burns, neurodermatitis and for scar care.
The flowering herbs (cut off the upper third)
Organic olive oil
a screw-top jar with lid
Strip the flowers and leaves from the stem.
Loosely fill the screw-top jar with the herb.
Pour in the oil so that all the parts of the plant are covered.
Leave to infuse in a warm and, if possible, sunny place for at least six weeks, shaking it from time to time.
Strain the oil, which by now has turned red, and store it in a dark place at room temperature. We recommend using dark apothecary bottles.
Apply topically only. You can also use the finished product to make a St John’s wort ointment.
St. John’s wort makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you should apply it directly to the skin only on cloudy days and protect treated areas from the sun, as it may cause unpleasant redness.