The best way to store herbs

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You’ll notice that when you purchase loose dried herbs or resins over the internet or in a store, that most times, it is packaged in a paper or plastic bag. But upon returning home or receiving your shipment in the mail, the herbs should be immediately transferred to a glass container. In my experience, the best way to store herbs has been to store them in glass jars.

I save almost every glass container that I have finished using such as jelly jars, pesto jars, peanut butter jars, etc. So I usually have more than enough to store the herbs I use. But if you happen to only have a few glass containers available, you can either purchase the amount needed at stores such as Walmart, or you can keep them in their plastic or paper containers and store a few small bags of herbs together in one jar. Be mindful that storing multiple types of herbs in one jar can cause “contamination” so its best to group herbs together according to usage. For instance herbs such as St John’s Wort, Passion Flower, and Vervain are all usually used for insomnia, depression, and nerves so this would generally be a good group of herbs to put in the same jar if necessary.

Not only will this help to preserve the plant material longer, but will also cut down on having your house or storage area smell like a forest of herbs depending on how much you store at one time (although I do love the abundance of smells).

And lastly, don’t forget to label the jar with the name of the herb(s) and the date!

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