Use proper stor­age tech­niques to main­tain medic­i­nal prop­er­ties

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Health & Wellbeing -

Just like other foods, herbs should be pro­tected from light, air, warm tem­per­a­tures and mois­ture. Store your herbs in a dark con­tainer – prefer­ably glass – in a cool, dark en­vi­ron­ment. Clear glasses are fine, but make sure they are not in light. Ideal stor­age tem­per­a­ture is be­tween 18°C and 22°C.

Buy or har­vest small amounts – only what you can use within a few months. The ther­a­peu­tic qual­ity of your herbs di­min­ishes over time. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, dried flow­ers and leaves will last for six months to one year if stored prop­erly. Dried roots and bark last 1-2 years, or longer. Pow­dered herbs have the short­est shelf-life – less than six months. Bear­ing that in mind when pur­chas­ing and stor­ing your herbs will help you get the most out of them.

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