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Drying Your Own Herbs

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  1. Nancy says:

    What can you tell me about lavender. I am growing my own & would like to make some sachet bags for gifts to use in drawers, bowls for fragrance, and just the pretty colours. Lavender has a soothing effect & I’m wondering if it may even be used in a tea drink as well? Thank you!!???

  2. t berokoff says:

    Nancy,

    I am a big fan of lavender! It’s a beautiful plant, easy to grow and maintain. The flowers make fragrant sachets! You will need to dry the lavendar. Cut the buds when they are just opening; don’t wait too long as once they start to open, it’s a quick process to a complete open bud! Cut the stem just above where the leaves start. (There’s the flower, a long stem and then the leaves.) Gather a bunch of these and tie the stem end with a rubber band. I tried string once but it didn’t work because as they dry they get smaller and they fell out. A rubber band contracts with the stems as they dry. Hang the bunch upside down in a dark place . You want it dark because sun fades the flowers. It will take 2-4 weeks for the flowers to completely dry. When the flowers come off easily, they are dry. Now you can place the flowers in small sachet bags! They work great! You can also dry the lavender outside spread out on a piece of wood. It takes about 1 week in the hot sun to dry it this way. I don’t like it though because the flowers will be faded, and I think it takes away from their fragrance plus here in the south I don’t want any bugs on my lavender! To make tea, use 3 T fresh lavender flowers or 1 1/2 T dried lavender flowers and add 2 cups of boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and it’s ready to drink and flavor if you wish. This tea is good to calm and relax you plus it’s good for an upset stomach! Hope this helps! Thanks for writing! T

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