Preparing the Potions

Now you’ve got your herbs.

The next stage is to find some small clear glass containers. Ideally these are glass tubs that your mother has her make-up creams in. (Make sure you have her permission before you take them!)

You want strong tubs, made out of thick glass, because in the next stage of the process you’ll be heating them and you don’t want them to break!

I got my 30 ml glass jars (they’re called “powder jars”) from Compaksouth. You can contact them at

Please note: Plastic jars won’t work — they melt when heated!

Now put your calendula flowers in one tub, the lavender flowers in the next, and the St. John’s Wort in the third. ¬†Fill the tubs almost to the top with olive oil. ¬†(Don’t fill them up completely, because in the next stage we will be adding some beeswax and heating them up. Leave some space for both.)

If it’s summer, or warm where you live, you can put these pots on a sunny window sill for a month. The heat of the sun will release the oils from the plants. If you’re lucky, you will see the oil in the pots change colour!

If it’s not sunny or if you are impatient, you can go directly to the next step.

Sun shining through bottles