Preserving the Plants: Ramblings & Rants on Storage, Processing & Expiration Dates

Preserving the Plants: Ramblings & Rants on Storage, Processing & Expiration Dates

You know those hard and fast timelines for storage of tinctures and dried plants included in most herbal books? Well, they suck. Or rather, many of them are terribly inaccurate. But wait, that doesn’t mean your dried herbs are immortal, or that the stuff in the shiny foil bags from herb stores is even worth opening. Here’s a few guidelines and tips for processing and storing your precious medicinals. I just stuck my face in a bag full of White Sage wildcrafted about seven years ago, and wow, it smells nearly just like the other bag I have that was harvested six months ago. I’ve also got some Wild Mugwort from about four years ago. Made into a tea, it’s still tongue twistingly bitter and pretty damn aromatic too. I even have Rose buds and...