It is so rewarding to create your own plant medicines. From growing the herbs, or wildcrafting, to preparing the plants into a potion that can help you when you need it. I love forming a relationship with the plants that I grow for medicine or the land where I wildcraft. This "relationship" is about studying it's life-cycle, habits, patterns and beauty. One of my favorite summer herbs is St. John's wort. It is a weed that grows all over the roadsides and in abandoned fields. I harvested this year on the day of Summer Solstice at the sun's peak. I soak it in oil, placed in my warm greenhouse, for 4-6 weeks. When it is done it has the most deep blood red color! It is great for first aid on the skin for painful stings or burns.
A tincture can also be made and used cautiously for internal use. It is contraindicated in those with Bi-polar and can react with some medications so it should be used with guidance. I use it when I sense the solar plexus chakra is out of balance. It is a common pattern to see the solar plexus chakra congested in depressed individuals with who are often having spinning self-defeating thoughts or seasonal depression in the autumn. This plant's medicine, over time, can help to bring in sunshine to the subtle energy system for balance.