Herbs in Nature

Picked herbs, drying on a metal tray
Picked herbs, drying on a metal tray

Herbs in Nature

Look all around you when you are outside, walking in nature.  What I used to think were simple “weeds”, I’ve come to realize were all put there for a reason…to heal. The simplest of herbs, the common Dandelion is host to multiple healing possibilities. It is well known to Herbalists around the world as the best “spring tonic” available to man.  It’s been known to improve stagnation in the body, to improve the production of the liver, the pancreas and to be a great blood cleaner.  Have I said enough about that annoying spring weed we call Dandelion?

All you have to do to get inspired is look down and observe all the amazing volunteers that pop up below your feet.  Get familiar with the basic simple ones.  Then once you begin to take your first observation in, you store it in your mind, and recognize it when it returns by default the following spring, summer or fall.

Drying is key

The drying process of herbs is quite simple.  Find a cool, shady place to dry.  You can hang, you can spread them out, or you can just lay them in a favorite spot.  Be patient.  It usually takes a good 12+ days to completely dry the herb. Afterwards find a jar, or a plastic zip-lock bag, label it and store it.  If stored properly, your herbs will last you the season.  I say keep until used, and be sure to always check on the stored herbs to be sure all is well and no mold is forming.  If you find mold, just toss the entire content in the compost pile, and start fresh again.

The beauty here is that their always waiting for your attention, season after season, year after year.

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