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Elizabeth's Magickal Herbal Kitchen Garden
Harvesting , drying & storage of herbs

Some House-Keeping Rules..
General Tips for good Magickal Herbal Kitchen Gardening
Harvesting , drying & storage of herbs
The Magic Of Culinary Herbs...
In Tune With The Moon
Some tips in Herbal Magick...
Herbs as companions..

Sundial Rotating

              The harvesting of herbs may be at any points of the Wheel , such as some may prefer to harvest during the early autumn  . It all depends on the results you wish to achieve . Information on the methods of harvesting , drying and storage of herbs is available in any good herbal book . On this page , I have provided some simple common hints which may be useful on the harvesting to the final storage of your herbs .
              They are best harvested during the waning phase of the moon  till the few days beofre the New Moon . Once they are removed from the ground , be sure to wash them thoroughly under running water . Shake away any excess water before laying them out evenly on sheets of paper or newspaper  . Turn them over once or twice during the course of the day to ensure even drying .
                 To store them , you may  ground them up into powder form and store them in  an air-tight ,clean sterilizes glass jar  . In this way , they would be easy for use anytime  . ( Any form of moisture is a definite no-no . Store them on shelves , not refrigerated . )( * Do check them occasionally for any signs of mould )
                  Most would say that the best time to harvest flowers or the tops of the plant is usually the morning ( preferably before noon ) ( Or during the waxing phase of the moon ) . When harvesting them  , you can choose to use your bare hands ( the use of gloves is advised especially for plants which you may be allgeric to or for plants with thorns or sharp edges ) or  a simple kitchen knife or  even the bolline  . ( which ever you choose ) 
               To dry the flowers  , there are several methods ( I have provided some here ) . For instance :
 (1) you can place them on pieces of paper  , lay them out evenly and turn them over once or twice ( as you wish ) to ensure even drying ;
 (2) You can also choose to bind the stems of the herbs together with a string and hang them upside down near a window to dry overnight for about two days or so .  ( Depending on the level of humidity in the room and the surrounding environment ) .
(3)Alternatively , you may dry the flowers in a partially shaded area outdoors  . Lay them out either on a piece of newspaper or a flat woven basket ( If you have one ) . Let the heat of the day to do the drying . Place them somewhere you can keep watch easily ( Such as not to let your pet dog or cat to mess them up ) . Be sure also to take  the dried herbs indoors before sunset to prevent the evening moisture or dew  to settle on them . ( This is mostly for herbs that are harvested during spring and summer . This method may not be as effective for after summer months )  .
                To store them  , place them in an air-tight  , sterilizes glass jar ( Like wise  , no moisture ) .  Alternatively , you can store them refrigerated provided they are stored in ziplock bags .  *Do check them occasionally for any signs of mould .