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How to Harvest Herbs

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There are many ways to harvest herbs. Here we will look at just one way of doing it.

You will need the following items to gather your herbs

  1. Plant identification book
  2. Scissors or clippers
  3. A shovel or garden spade
  4. Linen bags or a basket
  5. Gloves

Remember to always pick respectfully.  Be sure not to damage the plant or over harvest. Be sure to leave plenty for wildlife and next year.

Pick your herbs on a day that is bright and dry.

Do not pick plants that are sickly looking or have mold.

Be sure you are 100% sure that you have identified your plant properly

If after drying your herbs they do not still have some fragrant smell or smell musty of moldy, discard of these clippings.

Now to dry your plants.

Do not dry your herbs in the sunlight. Always use somewhere dry and dark.

•String

You can always string your herbs into small bunches and hang upside down to dry them. This is both a pretty way to dry them and efficient.

•Paper bags

In addition to string, you can use a paper bad to place the herbs that seed and drop loose parts. This way they do not fall on the floor and make a mess.

•Drying Rack

You can also purchase herb drying racks for larger amounts of herbs. Or you can make your own using a large wooden picture frame with kitchen linen towels stapled into it.

•Dehydrator

If you are in a hurry, or, like me, just impatient you can buy and use a dehydrator. This will be quick and done overnight. You can also use a baking sheet placed in the oven on the lowest setting with the oven door cracked to let out moisture. Make sure that when you take them out they are just hardened not burnt. This could be done with thicker parts of the plant. IE Stems, roots, fruits, and seeds.

 

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Building your Apothecary with Myrrh

Proverbs 7:17

 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Let’s start with the history of Myrrh. Myrrh shows up in Biblical times. It is one of the gifts given by the Magi to the Infant Jesus. In the new testament Myrhh is used as incense to celebrate through out the Christian Liturgical year. It has been used as a perfume incense and a medicine. Myrrh is a resin that comes from the Commiphora Myrrha tree. You can find this tree growing in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Oman, Yemen, Entrea, and Somalia.

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Myrrh is quite verstaile! It can be used in oral care, such as mouthwash, gargles, and toothpaste. You can also use it for toothaches. You can use it in salves for cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Myrrh has been used medicinally for thousands of years! It has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

Ayurvedic Medicine bases its priniciples that people are made up of three different doshas, or energies. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. To find out your Doshic type follow the link.

What’s your Dosha type?

Myrrh is an anti-fungal antiviral and antimicrobial. It kills bacteria, fungus and other dangerous microbes. To use this oil to protect from germs and bacteria, combine 2 drops of Myrhh along with coconut oils to skin abrasions such as wounds, cuts, and athlete’s foot will help them from getting infected.  You can use Myrhh for fighting all kinds of infections from, cough to diarrhea, cold to even measles and pox.

It can also boost your  immunity and help to battle cancer. To fight free radicals like above mix 2 drops of essential oil with coconut oil and rub on the affected parts of your body. You can also diffuse this oil for a pick me up.

Myrrh also aids with respiratory problems like cold, asthma, sinus infections, cough, sore throat, congestion, bronchitis and problems breathing.  Add 2 drops of Myrrh to steaming hot water, and inhale to relieve chest congestion and phlegm.

My grandmother has rheumatoid arthritis, I have given her Myrrh to lessen the pain. With its anti-inflammatory properties the swelling and pain have reduced and she has gotten some mobility back in her arthritic fingers.

I have used it for my daughters eczema. She had it really bad on her hands and in 1 day of using Myrrh diluted with almond oil lavender, tea tree and frankincense oil her hands were almost completely cleared from her eczema.

Recipe for Myrrh Oral Care Tincture

 

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The magical properties of Myrrh and Chinese Medicine

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