Color can tell us a lot. In just a minuet or two of observation, some subtleties about a plant can come forward.
Start with simple observations and comparisons:
Comfrey has purple flowers, but what is so significant is it’s deep, dark, rich and earthy green-brown it makes from the olive oil infusion. The bottle is full of leafy pigments.
What images come to mind?
The other oils are sun-shiny yellow flowers. Yes, Chamomile, Arnica, St. John’s Wort are like little suns’ in a bottle with their golden colors. Chamomile with its yellow dome flowers surrounded by white picket-fence petals, smelling like a sweet, soft baby.
Ground it; what is its homeland like?
Another composite family member Arnica is more wild and windswept. This batch came form the areal parts of a patch in the dry, hot rolling hills and pine-lined peaks of Eastern Oregon. The yellow petals have a deep center fold, framing the textured curly center flowers.
The reddish-hued oil is from the infused St. John’s Wort flowering tops. The good time to pick St. John’s Wort is when the buds are just beginning to flower, when it is at the furthest-most-point of it’s reach to open it’s petals and feel the sun. It would only be natural that the Earth is behaving in the same manner at the summer solstice (or St. John the Baptist’s Day, which is pretty much the same time as the solstice). There are little pigment pockets pocking the tops, do you see them?