How do you gather and store medicinal plants?

How you prepare the medicine depends on which part of the plant you’re using. If gathering a root, I try to brush as much of the dirt off as I can, then I chop it up and I lay it out on some kind of brown paper, like a paper bag, to dry. Once it’s dry then I put it away.

With leaves, say raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus), I cut them off the bush and lay them out on brown paper to let them dry. If it’s a whole plant, like catnip (Nepeta cataria), I cut it off at the base once the plant is full, hang it upside down to dry, then put it away. And barks, the same thing. You take it off, let it dry, and then put them away. I always store my medicines in paper or in glass, not in plastic.


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