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Summer brings outdoor fun as well as sunburn, bug bites and stings, and scrapes and bruises. Saint John’s wort can be used to make an all-purpose first aid oil to soothe all of these.
Soothing Red Oil
¾ cup fresh flowers, leaves, and buds of Saint John’s wort coarsely chopped
1 pint sweet almond oil
Place the herbs in a clear glass jar and slowly pour in the oil. Gently swirl the contents to mix. Store the jar out of direct light where it will stay at room temperature for two to three weeks. The oil will turn a rich, deep red color. Strain out the plant material and bottle.
In addition to first aid, this also makes a good magical oil for anointing ritual participants and for consecrating candles. Before using it for magical purposes, place the bottle of oil in the light of a full moon.
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