Keeping dried herbs and other natural health/beauty ingredients fresh, clean, and dry is crucial when creating your own potent DIY products. I love using what nature has to offer to make my own beauty products as well as for healing and health promoting tonics. I previously wrote this article about some of my favorite herbal remedy books that I adore and have learned much of what I know about using herbs for beauty and health.
I buy 90% of my herbs and other natural ingredients in bulk online.
Mountain Rose Herbs is my #1 favorite source for herbs because of the quality, freshness, and the abundance of organic herbs and other natural ingredients that they offer. Most of my herbs and other natural ingredients actually comes from Mountain Rose Herbs. I also purchase some of my supplies from local organic grocery stores and specialty shops.
Mountain Rose Herbs as well as other bulk suppliers sell their products in plastic packaging. I always transfer my herbs into clean glass jars. We eat and cook with a lot of organic extra virgin coconut oil in my home, so I’ve gotten into the habit of saving these jars for my organic ingredients.
Soap, water, and some diligence helps me remove the coconut oil labels from the jars. I replace the coconut oil labels with same labels that each herbal product is shipped with, or I create my own labels. On the side of the Mountain Rose Herbs labels is always the date in which the herbs were packaged. These labels help with knowing how long your product will remain potent and fresh if stored properly.
Whole dried herbs and spices can last for up to 4 years, ground herbs for 2-3 years, and dried leafy herbs for 1-3 years.
I have a cabinet that has been designated especially for my herbs and natural health/beauty ingredients. It is important to keep these ingredients in a cool and dark place. I also find that keeping my herbs in glass jars keeps my cabinet tidy and makes things easy to find.
How do you store your herbs?
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