How to harvest and dry lavender….
Oh man, was today a delightfully pleasant day. A day where the kids just went with the flow and there was no bickering involved with anyone. A day where you just feel like you utilized and appreciated every second. These days happen all the time which, I am so thankful for but most days the day flies by and I am left wonder what the hell happened. So when the day flows and I am able to actually connect with the energy that surrounds me, I have to stop and appreciate it.
Today, was harvesting lavender day. We have five mature lavender bushes that I harvest from. I love lavender because it is so hardy. For most of the year we have beautiful lavender flowers and when there are no flowers, it still stays green and lush. Plus, the medicinal properties to lavender is just absolutely incredible and a must have when you are building your skills with herbal medicine.
What medicinal properties does lavender have?
Lavender is one of those scents that everyone is familiar with. However, the real scent of lavender is SO much more beautiful than you could imagine. It is a staple for herbalist to have in their apothecary cabinet because it has such a wide range of uses. Here are just a few uses, if you would like more information you can read our medicinal herb series on lavender.
- Wounds and scrapes
Okay, let’s get to the point you came here for.
How to dry lavender
The best time to cut any flower or herb is in the morning before the sun hits them. You want them to be perky and still full of life. Cutting them at this time also allows you to beat the bees. Because if you have lavender in your garden, you know those sweet little bees just love themselves some lavender.
You don’t want to cut any flowers that look spent or are dying. Cut the dead ones off and throw in your compost.
On any plant there is what you call the node. It is the part where you have two leaves coming out to the sides and a stem in the middle. When cutting your flowers, you want to cut the stem in the middle of the node.
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Yes! I want it!
There you have it, cut away my friends.
This process couldn’t be easier.
Once you have all the flowers that tickle your fancy, go ahead and bundle them at the stems. Take some twine and tie the bundle up. At the end of your twine you want to make a loop, where you can hang your bundle to dry.
Find a spot that you can hang your lavender for about 4 to 6 weeks. Once you are able to touch the flowers and hear a slight crunch to it, those bad boys are done.
What to do with it once your lavender is dry
After it is done drying, take a bowl and lay down a piece of cardboard or newspaper, something that can catch all the little flowers that come off on their own. Something I don’t do and regret every time. Now softly just twist at the flowers and they will fall right off.
Once you are done, store your harvested lavender in an air tight container, label with variety of lavender and the date it was harvested.
You got all this lavender, now what in the world do you do with it? Go ahead and read our 7 uses for lavender.
And if propagating tickles your fancy and you want more lavender then you know what to do with, read here.
Here is a video on how to make lavender and rosemary bundles!