Advice 1: How to store herbs

Medicinal herbsthat help to fight against diseases, only then will give the effect, when properly assembled, properly dried and properly stored. Violations in any of these stages can negate all your work on the preparation of medicinal raw materials. There are special rules for storing herbs, roots, fruits and flowers.
How to store herbs
Each kind of herbs must be stored separately. This rule is especially important if we are talking about plants with a strong odor, which a high percentage of essential oils and other volatile substances. These include, for example, mint, oregano, thyme, Valerian. Such herbs and flowers (as well as roots and fruits) are best kept in glass jars. If you define them in storage in cardboard boxes or linen bags, which will be located next to other herbs, the strong scent will be transferred to all the plants.
The same should be kept separately in different parts of the plant. Separate the leaves, separate flowers, separate the roots, etc. Even the parts that belong to one plant, it is necessary to determine different places, because they have different terms and conditions of storage.
Herbs should be stored in cardboard boxes, wooden boxes, baskets, canvas bags or paper bags. That is in the container, letting in air. Plants with strong odor, store in glass or ceramic jars with a tight lid, and always in a dark place or wrap the jar in dark paper. Periodically cover open in order to ventilate. If conditions allow (no direct sunlight, dry air, good ventilation), you can store herbs in bunches hanging on the rope or on a nail. Plastic bags, bags of coffee and tea, plastic containers are not suitable for storing medicinal herbs, because they are too dense, the grass they might just "choke".
Herbs should be stored in clean, dry, well-ventilated place. Direct sunlight and high humidity are harmful for them. As often as possible to check your stocks – iterate, inspect, sniff. If herbs, roots or fruits covered with mold, without regret discard them, benefit from them will not be. Some roots (dandelion, burdock, rhubarb and bark quickly affected by insects, so their storage is best suited canvas pouches that you should hang on a draught. Ideal – storing roots on the balcony or in the basement, in a box with clean, dry river sand.
Sign plants. On the box or bag with a Sharpie write the name of the herb (flowers, fruits, roots), year and month of collection. Herbs do not lose their medicinal properties over two years, the fruits of three years, roots and bark – up to five years. However, there are exceptions. So, for hawthorn fruit characterized by a longer storage – up to 8 years, cherry – up to 6 years, horsetail stored 4 years, the leaves of bearberry 5 years, and the roots of licorice – up to 10 years.

Advice 2 : How to collect, dry and store herbs

Herbal treatment generally allows to achieve a good result without side effects. To collect medicinal plants is necessary in dry weather. With the exception of the roots: they can be harvested in the rain.
How to collect, dry and store herbs
Best time for collection is morning and day, from 8-9 to 16-17 hours. I do not advise to collect plants next to highway with heavy traffic, Railways. Grass damaged by the pests, the spots are also not suitable.
A few words about drying. From the fact, whether it is produced, depends on the quality of raw materials. Medicinal plants dried in a well ventilated area. And in clear weather, dried in the open air. Roots, fruits and seeds is recommended to dry in the sun. Leaves, flowers, stems, and roots and rhizomes of plants, which is composed of essential oils and glycosides, it is recommended to protect from direct sunlight.
In inclement weather, you can use special dryers or conventional ovens, ovens. It is important to monitor the temperature. The oven should be preheated and then make the minimum fire and open up the door to provide air flow. Raw materials it is recommended to periodically stir.
Buds dry in a cool, well-ventilated room, as the warmth they start to blossom.
The well dried roots, rhizomes, bark when bent, do not bend, and with a Bang
break the leaves and flowers pounded into a powder, and the fruits break up into several parts.
Often medicinal plants are used in the form of decoctions and infusions.
How to cook the broth? The crushed raw materials put in an enamel bowl, pour a glass hot boiled water, close lid and heat on a water bath for half an hour, then let cool, wring out the remaining raw materials, bring the volume of the resulting broth to two hundred milliliters, topping boiled water.
The infusion can be prepared the same way, but heated in a water bath it should only 15 minutes. You can just pour the raw materials with boiling water and let it brew under the lid.
Keep medicinal plants in cardboard boxes, paper bags or cloth bags in a dry dark place. Herbs that contain essential oils and other volatile substances in tightly sealed glass jars.
If you are taking any infusion or decoction for a long time, consult your doctor — this will help to identify the right tactics of treatment, to avoid allergic reactions.
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