Storing Dried Herbs
- Properly stored dried herbs are best used within 2 years, after which potency may begin to diminish
- Use airtight, non-plastic containers
- Store in cool, dry places
- Keep out of direct sunlight by using dark colored glass jars, keep them in a closed, cool cabinet, or make a curtain to cover them if need be
- Whole herbs last longer than powders and cut/sifted herbs
- Store in the freezer for at least 3 days to kill weevils, eggs and larvae (weevils are harmless and they love organic herbs)
- Label container with name and purchase/discard date
Preparing Herbal Teas
- Use only purified water
- Do not use aluminum cookware, it can react with chemicals in herbs and accumulate in body causing chronic conditions, use stainless steel, earthenware, cast iron, or enamel free of cracks
- Brew in nonmetal teapot or mug
- Try to drink at least 3 cups of herbal tea daily
- Enjoy teas at least 10 minutes before or after eating in order to avoid diluting digestive juices
- Do not use white sugar to sweeten, instead try honey, coconut sugar, date sugar, stevia, etc.
- FOR BASIC TEAS: Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 tsp of herbs. Steep covered 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
- INFUSIONS: Infusions are stronger than teas and extract much more active constituents of the herbs than teas do. Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of dried herb. Steep covered 10-20 minutes. Strain and enjoy. May be stored in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- DECOCTIONS: For hardy plant parts such as roots, stems, bark (exceptions: Red Clover Blossoms and Oatstraw are not hard but need to be decocted in order to best extract their medicine). Simmer 1 pint of water with 1 ounce of dried herb, uncovered, on low heat, until about 1/4 of water evaporates. Strain and drink throughout the day in small portions. May be stored in refrigerator up to 72 hours.
I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.