Relieve Itching from Insect Bites and Stings
We purposely do not show any graphics of the plants we're discussing. It is your responsibility to be sure you have identified them correctly! This is particularly important during the season when there are no flowers present, which normally aid in identification.
It is your health, so be sure you know what you're doing!See also the comments on using common sense below!
St. John's Wort
- Hypericum Perforatum
Because it likes sun, you will find it along roads and other open spots. Its bright yellow, star-like flowers are quite conspicuous. When you pick individual flowers, the oil in the flowers will stain your finger tips a deep - almost black - red.
Curiously enough, Hildegard does not attribute much use to this herb.
Using St. John's Wort Oil
Simply rub a little of the oil on the welts several times a day.
If necessary soak the gauze pad of a band-aid. But be careful to not get any oil on the sticky parts, since it won't stay put after that.
Applying the oil in this manner is preferred for spots where clothing might otherwise be stained and rub off the oil and especially for little ones.
Some folks use St. John's wort oil as relief for sore muscles.
Don't use it on open wounds or welts which have been scratched to the point of bleeding.
Preparing St. John's Wort Oil
St. John's wort Oil is quite easy to make.
Gather the plants when they start to bloom, which, depending or your location, can anywhere from June to September.
Collect the top flower heads as one piece. Be sure the flowers are dry and free from dew or rain. Perhaps let them wilt a bit to drive off more moisture before picking the individual flowers.
Drop the flowers into a jar and then cover them well with some fresh olive oil.
Make sure that any air which might be trapped between the flowers is all removed - you might have to shake or tilt the jar or perhaps stir the flowers a bit. If necessary, add more oil so that the flowers stay submerged and covered.
Cover the jar top with some clean cloth fastened with a ribbon. This allows moisture to escape, but keeps dust, flies, bug and other things out of the oil. Set the jar in a safe and warm and well ventilated place - possibly a sunny windowsill - for two or three weeks, depending on the daily temperature, and gradually the oil will take on a deep red color. At that time, you should strain the oil through several layers of cheese cloth or something similar and then keep the oil in a tightly capped container in a cool and dark place.
Make a fresh batch every season.
If mold forms at any stage, either your flowers were too wet or the location to cool without sufficient air movement.
Discard it all and start over!
|Common Sense: When you are new to such herbal remedies, it is best to initially test them only in very small amounts, to be sure it does not cause you any problems and to eliminate any possibility of allergies and such.
It goes without saying that the plant material should be organically grown and clean and free of all fertilizer and pesticides - if you do use them. Otherwise wash and clean everything thoroughly!
|Know the plants : Before using any plant material, be absolutely sure that you have identified the plant correctly, especially during the season when flowers are not present!|
|If in doubt, try a very small piece at first.|