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how to dry herbs

There are two simple ways to dry herbs.

Hang drying:

  1. Cut healthy stems from the plant. In this case I wildcrafted yarrow from a local open space.
  2. Remove any dead plant matter or debris
  3. Rinse your herbs gently in cool water
  4. Gather them in a bunch with 4-6 sprigs together. This group I did a little bit more because the length of the stems were so different that I could stagger them without affecting how well they dry.
  5. Tie a rubber band around the base of the stems holding the stems together, then put a paper clip through the rubber band to hang your herbs with. You want to use a rubber band because as the stems dry they will shrink. When they shrink the rubber band will contract with the herb, but a regular string will not resulting in fallen and wasted herbs.
  6. Hang the herbs in a dry room with good air flow.
  7. Check them every week until they are dry, then store in a cool, dark, dry place for up to 1 year.

Dehydrator:

If you are in a hurry to dry and store your herbs, or do not have the room to hang dry them, you can place them in the dehydrator at the lowest temperature (95* on mine) and run in the dehydrator until the herbs are nice and dry and ready to store.

That is it! Easy as tea. How do you like to dry and store your herbs?

 

This blog shared on: Tiny Tip Tuesday, Frugal Days Sustainable WaysWildcrafting WednesdayFrugal Days Sustainable Ways

About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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4 Responses to How to dry herbs

  1. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! 🙂

    ~ Kathy

  2. Geri Sharp says:

    What is the name of the herb at the very top of the page I have this growing in my yard????

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