St John's Wort Tincture

the bright spirit of summer

  • Prep Time:
    10 mins post harvest

  • Cook Time:
    6 weeks or 2 lunar cycles

  • Difficulty:
    Easy

  • Serves:
    makes 4 cups/1quart

Botanical Benefits*: mood uplifting, hormone balancing, anti-inflammatory, bitter*

Diet Style: medicinal herb, plant medicine.

*The flowers & buds are the part of the St John’s wort with curative properties.  The flowers and flower buds are ready when you squish them between your fingers and you see a red fluid on your fingers ~ this is Hypericin, the essence, medicinal constituent of the plant flower.

*Caution St. John’s Wort can be effective for uplifting mood. However, the supplement interacts with many medications and can cause serious side effects. Don’t use St. John’s wort if you take prescription medications.

 

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups fresh St John’s Wort flowers

  • 3-4 cups vodka or gin

  • Quart size / 4 cup mason jar

Method

Pack flowers in clean mason jar semi-tightly to 3/4 full.
Add alcohol to cover.
Stir slowly, pressing to remove air bubbles.
Fill right to the very top of the jar so plant material is completely covered – top off – alcohol is brimming the top of the jar.
Screw lid on tightly and shake in some moving energy.

Label your jar – date, plant name, part of plant used, alcohol % 
40% – 50% (80-90 proof vodka).  This is a very important step! 

Infuse for 6 weeks or 2 lunar cycles out of direct sunlight – shake occasionally to energize the infusion process. If any alcohol has evaporated, top off the jar; you always want the plant material to be submerged.

To strain or not to strain; Different people have different approaches to the next step, some like to keep the plant material in the alcohol jar long term but others strain off the plant material (mark) and re-bottle ~ follow your instinct.

Strain some of the extract into a small amber or dark bottle to use regularly and leave the remainder of the plant material in the jar.  Store in a dark cool place.
         OR
Strain all the liquid through a fine strainer or a piece of muslin, squeezing flowers to capture every last drop. Compost the plant material. Pour the extract into small dark bottles or a clean jar and store in a cool dark place.

Use extract as part of your plant medicine routine.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

Recipe ancient traditional medicine.