There are many ways to dry your herb harvests: you can bundle them up and hang them upside down, you can use a food dehydrator, or you can simply lay them flat in a place with good air circulation. I use all of the above. Here’s my makeshift herb dryer (a clothes drying rack) that I lay bundles on. 🌿 One of the tricky things about summer herb drying is that for many plants the peak harvest time corresponds to the peak amount of humidity in the air! So it can take a while for herbs to air dry.... possibly several weeks. As soon as they are dry (and you’ll know they are when the leaves AND stems snap cleanly, not just bend) you must store them in a glass jar with a good fitting lid. Otherwise they’ll reabsorb any moisture in the air... It’s a learning process for sure, and what I’ve learned from most are my mistakes in drying and storing herbs, i.e. discovering mold growing in a batch of herbs I put away that I thought were dry, but really weren’t. 😢 There are so many ways to preserve herbs and drying is a good skill to learn so that you have access to all your favorite herbs over the cold months 🍵#herbsforeverydayliving
Joy ✨ Abundance ✨ Beauty ✨ Love ✨ Healing ✨ Grace ✨ Harmony ✨ ...all can be found in nature
Typical kitchen table scene: teas a-brewing, dried herbs just bottled up, and empty jars awaiting a new potion. Getting ready for tonight’s first class of the summer session of #herbsforeverydayliving 🌿💕
I finally, finally had the chance to spend a wonderful morning helping out at @muddyriverherbals farm 🌿✨🌿 It is so heartening and inspiring to see what my friend Jenny has created there, and all the beautiful medicinals she is growing for our local community. Rows and rows of healing plants tended by a farmer who is passionate about bringing people and herbs and community and the land together. Thank you for all you do, Jenny.
Sparkling water with lemon + hibiscus ice cubes? ✅ I love hibiscus for staying cool in the summer heat. Other favorite cooling herbs include: mint, rose, elderflower, and lemon balm🌿
I’ve got a Yarrow and St. John’s Wort oil infusion going at the moment. These two bloom at that same time, at the peak of the summer sun and heat. Both are known as vulnerary herbs that help heal damaged skin, and Yarrow is the best and most effective first aid remedy I know of — it stops bleeding, is antiseptic and reduces pain. I love both of these plants for their applications on an energetic level — helping us to be clear about our boundaries and providing protection against negative external forces. I don’t usually mix them together but it felt right. ✨ I’ll let this oil steep in the sun for a few weeks then strain out the herbs and use the oil directly or make it into a salve. It will be lovely to use this oil in the wintertime to remind me of the summer days, and whenever I feel the need for a little extra strength and energetic protection.