If you’re new to the herbalist game like me and have no idea how to dry herbs - this is the post for you. Drying herbs is a phenomenal way of naturally preserving the great benefits of herbs. Drying them allows you to have your favorite herbs on hand throughout the long winter months, and ensures the best quality possible.
The process begins with harvesting the herbs. It’s important to cut your herbs in the morning (prior to lots of sunlight) for the best results, and benefits. Don’t cut any herbs that are brown or wilting, and if you notice any flowering you should immediately cut the tops off as this is an early sign of herb death or overgrowing. Most herbs do well with frequent pruning or cutting so don’t panic if you cut a little too much.
The next step is to pick which method you want to use for drying. We recently did an Herb Drying Screen DIY post, and that’s a great option if you will be drying quite a few herbs. Another option is to gather your herbs in little bunches of about 5 stems, and tie them together with twine.
You can put them in a paper bag, and punch a hole through the top to pull the twine out of to prevent dust accumulation as they are drying. The drying process should take place out of the sunlight, and with proper airflow.
The leaves should feel dry, but not crumble to the touch. Depending on the herbs, and drying setting it can take about 1-2 weeks for the full process. Once they feel ready you can pull the leaves off and store them in clean jars. Make sure the jars are airtight, and that you label them because herbs can start to look like one another after a while.
Will you start drying your herbs? Let us know what method you want to start using or use!