How to Dry Lavender and Rosemary
Spring is such a beautiful time of year with everything green and colorful. Plants are fragrant and blooming at their peak. It's a time for getting outside to do some home gardening while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Drying herbs and flowers is a wonderful way to capture a little of those springtime fragrances for a few home projects. My favorite plants to dry are: lavender, rosemary, and mint. They seem to grow very well; they smell great, and they are easy to dry. It doesn't matter what variety your plants are unless you are using them for a specific purpose. Just enjoy the process of bringing a few earthly goods into the home.
Preparing the Plant
Cut 4 to 6 inch pieces of the plant so that they are a manageable length. Form them into small bundles with all of the cut ends placed together. Tie the bundle on the cut end with a small string or piece of twine. Take a paperclip and twist it to create a hook. Push the hook around the twine. Find a cool dry place to hang bundles upside-down. Allow them to dry for at least one week or until completely dry.
*If the plants are not completely dry, they will create moisture in a closed container and cause them to mildew.
Break up bundles into small pieces. Remove any large twigs. If the pieces don't crumble easily, place them on a small tray and allow them to dry in the sun until drying process is complete.
Putting Them Into Containers
This is my favorite part about drying plants. I love containers of all shapes and sizes. They are functional and provide nice touches to the home decor. Here are some ideas for storing dried plants:
- Wooden boxes (with the lid open)
- Ceramic or glass bowls
- Clear glass bottles or jars
- Cloth bags (great for a drawer sash)
Store them up in your home or pass them on as gifts for friends and family.