Does anyone dry the herbs they grow?
Topic: Does anyone dry the herbs they grow?
October 14, 2019 / By Abbigail Question:
If so, how?And what are other options for keeping and storing an overabundance of herbs.
Not herb. HERBS- seasonings.
Best Answers: Does anyone dry the herbs they grow?
Stan | 1 day ago
Drying is the easiest method of preserving herbs. Simply expose the leaves, flowers or seeds to warm, dry air. Leave the herbs in a well-ventilated area until the moisture evaporates. Sun, oven and dehydrator drying are not recommended because the herbs can lose flavor and color.
The best time to harvest most herbs for drying is just before the flowers first open when they are in the bursting bud stage. Gather the herbs in the early morning after the dew has evaporated to minimize wilting. Avoid bruising the leaves. They should not lie in the sun or unattended after harvesting. Rinse herbs in cool water and gently shake to remove excess moisture. Discard all bruised, soiled or imperfect leaves and stems.
Basil, tarragon, lemon balm and the mints have a high moisture content and will mold if not dried quickly Try hanging the tender-leaf herbs or those with seeds inside paper bags to dry Tear or punch holes in the sides of the bag. Suspend a small bunch (large amounts will mold) of herbs in a bag and close the top with a rubber band. Place where air currents will circulate through the bag. Any leaves and seeds that fall off will be caught in the bottom of the bag. Another method, especially nice for mint, sage or bay leaf, is to dry the leaves separately. Remove the best leaves from the stems. Lay the leaves on a paper towel, without allowing leaves to touch. Cover with another towel and layer of leaves. Five layers may be dried at one time using this method. Dry in a very cool oven. The oven light of an electric range or the pilot light of a gas range furnishes enough heat for overnight drying. Leaves dry flat and retain a good color. When the leaves are crispy dry and crumple easily between the fingers, they are ready to be packaged and stored. Dried leaves may be left whole and crumpled as used, or coarsely crumpled before storage. Husks can be removed from seeds by rubbing the seeds between the hands and blowing away the chaff. Place herbs in airtight containers and store in a cool, dry dark area to protect color and fragrance. Microwave ovens are a fast way to dry herbs when only small quantities are to be prepared. Follow the directions that come with your microwave.
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Originally Answered: Can these 2 herbs hurt me?
Mullein,licorice, and marshmallow root have historically been used in the herbal treatment of asthma.
Lobelia ( Lobelia inflata ), also called Indian tobacco, has a long history of use as an herbal remedy for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and cough. Native Americans historically have smoked lobelia as a treatment for asthma. Today, lobelia is considered effective in helping clear mucus from the respiratory tract, including the throat, lungs, and bronchial tubes. Although few studies have thoroughly evaluated the safety and effectiveness of lobelia, some herbalists today incorporate lobelia into a comprehensive treatment plan for asthma.
It is important to note that lobelia is a potentially toxic herb. Lobelia can be safely used in very small doses (particularly homeopathic doses), but moderate-to-large doses can cause serious adverse effects ranging from dry mouth and nausea to convulsions and even coma. Under the guidance of a qualified health care provider, however, lobelia, in combination with other herbs that affect the respiratory system, is considered relatively safe.
People with high blood pressure, heart disease, tobacco sensitivity, paralysis, seizure disorder, and shortness of breath, and those recovering from shock should not take lobelia. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should also avoid this herb.
Possible Interactions - There are no known scientific reports of interactions between lobelia and medications. However, based on some of the chemicals contained in lobelia, use caution with the following medications:
Psychiatric medications, including anti-depressants, anti-anxiety agents, and stimulants.
I have a Nesco dehydrator that works very well for everything, herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, meat, fish, poulty, fruit roll ups, jerky and it works well for drying sourdough starter for storage and shipment. I have the model 60 which has an adjustable thermostat (which makes it the most flexible dehydrator I've seen or used) and is expandable up to 12 trays. So far it has handled everything I've tried and they have great instructions. I think that they have actually used it.
I would recommend that if you decide to go with this company to get one that has the fan and heating unit on the top which will avoid the problem of juices dripping into the electrical housing.
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Do not cure herbs in the sun, it reduces potency. Slow drying herbs is cured by hanging buds upside down in a ventilated space. That is all that is needed to have great sensi. Drying in a paper bag works too, and may be much more convenient. Bud tastes great when slow dried over the course of a week or three.
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Well, we bought a nice dehydrator years ago; still working fine. It has a temperature control and fan inside with trays.
You put them in for a day or so until they're obviously dry, crisp and brittle, then store them in zip lock bags.
Usually, you don't "carry over" from year to year; using up what you grew the previous season. Fresh and freshly dried herbs are better than old stuff.
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It depends on the herb as to the best or easiest way...small leafed plantslike cilantro can be cut at base and tied into a bundle, hung upside down till dry, then remove leaves by running your hand down each stem while holding the bundle above a catch basin like a cookie sheet. Large leafed hebs like basil ,, remove each leaf and lay on white paper totwels till dry. You can also oven dry [250 degrees for 2-3 hours or till dry] then store in glass jars out of sunlight and away from humidity. Freezing is probably best for a large amount, spread single layers on cookie sheets till frozen, I would cover with plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn, then store in freezer bags.
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Originally Answered: Can I take these herbs and minerals together?
I'll answer this just to correct a totally wrong answer "Some of the amino acids you are combining will cause your serotonin to increase causing depression. Antidepressants inhibit serotonin". No they don't. Antidepressants in the form of SSRI inhibit the re-uptake of serotonin thus making it stay active longer. The re-uptake absorbs serotonin from the synapse taking it out of use, the inhibitor stops this re-uptake and increases the amount at the synapse.
Why don't you just eat better rather than be spending money on all this stuff. Look at the ingredients, you can easily get then from fruit and veg. Broccoli extract (whatever that is) go and eat a stalk of the stuff instead of eating pills.