We are huge fans of John Gallagher’s Learning Herbs program. His collaboration with Rosalee de la Foret and Mountain Rose Herbs, along with their connection to Rosemary Gladstar, is auspicious indeed.
Jennifer Hunter (Aunt Jen to the Shepherds) read about Rosalee’s Self-Heal Serum for sun damage and decided to take her first shot at homemade remedies. It turned out beautifully. Here is the story of Shepherds Ridge Self-Heal Serum in pictures.
Self-Heal, or Prunella, is easy to overlook, despite it’s charming purple flowerets. It’s such a seemingly ordinary part of a Northeastern lawnscape (see also Cleavers and Plantain). Once Aunt Jen, found them though, it was easy to gather plenty for the recipe.
This is a photo of a few Self-Heal flowers after gathering. We try to pick them late in the flowering season, when they sort of look like pine cones with a purple crown.
This is what they look like dried. They lose a lot of bulk. Because we are not always at the Ridge, theyse we let dry about a week. It probably takes less time normally. Make sure you don’t dry them in the sun as the UV rays will interfere with the active constituents of any plant.
Once dry, they are added to the oil at a ration of . The result is a jar full of oily plant material so the oil gets full chance to extract.
A combination of Argan, Pomegranate, and Jojoba oils are used for smoothest consistency of the end product.