Last week we had a day in the high 60’s and I spent it out in the garden. While the weather was holding out it was time to harvest and preserve the remaining herbs.
The herbs were fine even though the temps dropped down at night. I cut down parsley, sage, oregano, chives and a little bit of thyme.
I used the same method for all the herbs. Each herb was washed and any yellow or rotten leaves were removed.
Spin the herbs dry in a salad spinner after rinsing them.
After drying the herbs lay them on paper towels and dried for about an hour.
Next line a cookie tray with wax paper and lay the individual herbs on them.
Try not to have the herbs touching and freeze thicker leafed herbs for 2 hours and thinner ones for 1 hour.
After freezing slipped them into freezer bags…when needed just pull out the amount you need.
Freezing the leaves separately allows you to pull out the amount needed and not all frozen together.
You’ll have great herbs all winter long.
I had a lot of lavender left over….
This late in the season there wasn’t any flowers but the leaves/stems will make a great lavender oil.
Grab a jar and break the lavender stem and leaves into a jar. I used a mason jar.
Packed the lavender down and fill the jar up completely. Then fill the jar with oil which I used light olive oil which has less odor then regular olive oil.
Seal the jar and the sit it upside down in the sun. Shake the jar a few times each day. After 3 days open the jar and smell to see if the aroma is strong enough. If not redo the process over again using more leave/stems. My plants were at the end of their cycle and weren’t as strong during the summer.
If you are happy with the scent just strain and reserve the oil and throw away the leaves/stems.
Use the lavendar oil as you would any bought in a store. I wouldn’t use it for food if it has pesticides on it.
Lavender is also good to prevent moths in clothes stored over the summer. I also use whole lavender stems in my vintage suitcase to get rid of the “musty” smell…
Lavender oil makes a great carpet cleaner/odor remover. Take 2 cups baking soda and shake in 10 -15 drops of lavender oil. Mix and sprinkle on your rugs, let sit 1 hour an vacuum up.
A great natural room freshener is using 1 cup water and 15-20 drops lavender oil into a spray bottle. Make sure you shake the bottle each time before using to disperse the oil in to the water.