If you are new to making your own herbal remedies, or have never tried drying herbs before, the task can seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, with this easy step-by-step method for cleaning herbs, you will be a pro in no time.
After you have harvested your herbs, check them for bugs, droppings, and damaged parts. Gently shake the herbs to rid them of dirt and bugs, and discard any that are damaged or are covered with droppings.
Fill your kitchen sink or large tub with water and dip the herbs in so they are fully immersed. Gently swirl them around to remove all the dirt.
Take the herbs out of the water, shake gently, and place in a salad spinner. Spin both ways several times to remove as much water as possible.
Carefully place the herbs on a clean, dry tea towel and spread them out to dry.
Allow herbs to dry off for at least several hours; after a few hours, put them on another clean, dry towel and leave them until the majority of the moisture has evaporated. This can take anywhere from several hours to 1 or 2 days.
If you are using the herbs for a fresh plant remedy, use them immediately after drying. If you want to preserve the herbs by drying them out completely, tie them into bunches and hang them in a bright, airy place to dry (can take up to a week or two) or dry them in a dehydrator.
There you have it! An easy, simple method to get you started on your herbal journey.