The St. John’s Wort plant has been medicinal for human beings for thousands of years. I blogged about the mythology of this wonderfully beneficial, friendly perennial plant here.
It is remarkably easy to extract medicinal benefits from herbaceous plants like St. John’s Wort into a tincture.To produce the tincture, all one needs is spirits, a canning bottle or two, and the recently harvested flower blooms. Here are the steps I followed to produce the St. John’s Wort tincture:
Fill a jar with recently harvested flowers;
Cover the flowers with spirits, such as a 100-proof, flavorless vodka;
Depress flowers below the surface of the spirits with a weight (e.g., a small rock);
Steep the flowers for about eight weeks. (Agitate the container once per week or so);
After eight weeks, strain the vegetable matter from the fluid retaining the spirits (tincture);
Store tincture in a dark cool location until needed.
The tincture produced here displayed a bright, sunny quality. The plant itself represents light so this is not surprising. It is a plant designed to lift human spirits.