A healer of the skin among other things, and specifically burns, St. Joan's wort is also known as St. John's wort, Hypericum perforatum -- but Joan knows more about burns than John according to my herbal tradition, thus the name. Normally, I make an oil for salves with the flowers, but this year I decided on an alcohol tincture to be used almost homeopathically -- by the drop rather than the dropperful. I am anxious to begin to use tinctures in a more energetic way, rather than by volume.
There have been so many bumblebees this year -- and while sitting with the St. Joan's wort I saw they were flying in and out of the base of Buddha's tree stump. A bumblebee nest! Look at the one's pollen baskets, she's just gorgeous.
You can see in the photo how St. Joan's wort flowers turn the vodka red almost immediately. The same goes for the dye-pot. To test it out and not wanting to use too many more flowers, I picked a quarter ounce for the dye-pot. After a simmer, the flowers were strained out and a tiny piece of unmordanted wool went in for a second short simmer and left in the dye-pot for a time. Another turn of the earth and I have a nice little mauve cloth for a future moondala. A while back I experimented with the flowers in a silk bundle, a totally different outcome.
It rained and hailed again last night -- we thought it was the loudest storm in a long time and the dogs barked and howled on top of it all. With all that moisture there is so much going on in the garden today, I can't stay inside a minute longer. Wishing you a wonderful week -- full moon on Saturday!