For years drying roots, leaves, blossoms and bark has been a visual and unorganized nightmare for my personality! However my need to dry was greater than my ease for comfort! We have high automobile traffic outside and inside we have an air filter. This is why I dry garden plants inside.
After many years of using screens and cardboard spontaneously this solution appeared. This process settled down my irritation stimulated by the clutter of drying!
The materials are simple and items you may have in your household already. I had them!
You need: clothes rack, plant trays and parchment paper.
- Step one – set out the rack
- Step two – line trays with parchment paper
- Step three – place on clothes rack evenly to balance the weight
The convenience is that the trays are uniform, fit nicely on the rack with the added benefit of air circulation under the shelf. You can see that the basket, though visually attractive, is not efficient and visually distracting! It may also absorb unwanted waste over time whereas the parchment paper may be a cleaner solution.
Now your ready to gather and dry your own plant materials to make:
- Bath Balms
- Soap making
- Oil infustions
- Tincture Remedies
- Tea Remedies & Blends
- Vinegar Infusions
- Water Infusions
- Saving seeds
Check out my list of garden plants that I have been drying for some ideas.
- Dental Herbalism – Natural Therapies for the Mouth by Authors Leslie M. Alexander & Linda A. Straub-Bruce
- The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook – Your Comprehensive Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing by Author James A. Duke, Ph.D.
- Herbs for Natural Beauty by Author Rosemary Gladstar
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.