This afternoon we gathered with friends to learn about Midsummer and St John's Tide
. St John's Wort is just emerging from bud, and we gathered the flower heads to marinate in extra virgin olive oil in the sunshine until the oil turns red to produce an antiseptic oil, good for use on broken or bruised skin and for rubbing in to soothe aching muscles and joints. I have friends who know about such things, and am trusting their advice. For now, our jar of oil sits infusing upon our window sill.
We also gathered a basketful of sweet-scented elderflowers with which to try making elderflower cordial, inspired by my friend, who had made some already and shared it with us today. Absolutely delicious with sparkling water for a refreshing summer tipple.