How to Dry Herbs

Mint, Catnip and Spearmint grow like weeds. They have many medicinal properties and If you allow it to turn to seed it will return every year.  It grows fast and it smells wonderful. Fall is almost here and they are starting to flower.  It is time to pick the remaining mints out of the garden and hang them to dry.

Note: It is important to pick your mint family herb before it flowers. After this they will start to loose their flavor.

Respect your herbs and ask permission to pick them. Let them know that they will be adding to your health and well being and for that you thank them.

You may want to wash them depending on if animals are getting into your herb space.

Take a bunch, by the stem and wrap some strong string around the bottoms

Pick a sunny spot that wont get wet and hang them upside down, by the string at the end

Note: Dry herbs in the direction in which you want the most energy.  For example if you were drying some Yarrow Root, you would hang it from the tops, so the energy and medicinal properties fall to the roots.  In the case of the mint, hang it from the stem, so the leave obtain the energy properties. 

Repeat until your whole bushel is hanging

Allow to dry for at least a week

When they feel dry to the touch. You can hang them in your kitchen for some great aromatherapy or crumble the dried leaves into a bag and have fresh picked tea at you fingertips.

Uses for Mint:  Mint can be used as an appetite stimulant, reduce hunger for short period of time.  It can aide in digestion, stomach cramps, menstrual cramps, flatulence, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting. Used in a cold compress can relieve pain from arthritis and chronic joint pain.

Uses for Spearmint: Aides in digestive problems or colic in small children. It can used to prevent Scurvy due to its high content of Vitamin C. It can help with the hiccups and nausea creating when pregnant.  It has also been used to treat hirsutism in women – an imbalance of testosterone that manifests in an abnormal, masculine hair growth.

Uses for Catnip: Catnip is most generally consumed in a tea.  It has a wide variety of medicinal uses.  It can be used to aide colic, headaches, toothaches, colds, and spasms. It contains a natural sedative that helps with anxiety, insomnia and nervousness. It holds strong anti-bacterial properties and it has actually been proven to be 100% more effective than deet.

 

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