educating myself on the various wild edible & medicinal plants in the woods around us. love going for hikes and know the basic plants — ferns, blackberry, huckleberry, salal and oregon grape. want to learn more and see if i can prepare and use some natural products to replace the chemical ones in my house. plan on collecting nettles this weekend and reading up on how to dry wild plants.
Here’s what I’ve found: cut plants as low to the ground as you can and bundle with a rubber band about 1-2 inches from the cut ends. if they are very dirty, gently rinse. find a dark, dry place to hang upside down until totally dried. after they are dry, remove the leaves/flowers and store in a glass jar in a cool, dark area. be sure to label with the name and date collected. paper bags can also be used to dry them if hanging upside down doesn’t seem to work.
to make a cold infusion tea: suspend herb in cloth bag in room temperature water overnight. remove herb.
to make standard infusion tea: steep herb in hot water for 1 hour, strain.
to make strong decoction: boil herb in water for 10 minutes. cool and strain.
pictures of our nettle collecting trip to post in the next few days.