Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum
Plant Family: Hypericaceae
Extraction: Maceration of the buds & flowers
Known as St Johns Wort it is excellent for use on the skin. A rich deep red oil, the flower buds of the plant is what gives it this bright colouring. A perennial plant growing up to almost 1 metre high, native to Britain and France.
When the buds of these plants are crushed hypericin is released which will stain your fingers blood red. Modern applications of Hypericum date back 2000 years, knights would use it on sword wounds t help with the healing process and there is modern evidence of the plant's bactericidal power.
(Len & Shirley Price: Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage 4th Edition)
No known contraindications on the use of the macerated oil however excessive use may cause skin allergy in some sensitive individuals, which is made worse by exposure to the sun.
Hypericum Saftey Data Sheet