How to Dry Lavender Leaves

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Lavender leaves make a great ingredient for potpourri as well as serving medicinal and cosmetic purposes, and you can hang them up to dry indoors or outdoors. View a demonstration in this free video on harvesting and using edibles from your garden.

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Hi, I'm Marci Degman, the aspiring gardener. And today, we're going to talk about how to dry lavender leaves. Now, a lot of people don't think about the leaves, they're pretty much focused in on the flowers. Because first of all, they're very pretty. And they are a little bit sweeter in flavors. So a lot of times when we're talking about cooking, we do want to use the flowers. But every part of the lavender plant is completely safe to use. And all of the parts do have aromatic oils, even though they're slightly different. And the way to decide if you like is to just smell the different lavender flowers as well as the different lavender leaves to see if it's something that you like. What you would probably user lavender leaves for would be first of all, things that smell good but not necessarily culinary. You might make potpourri out of them. And one thing that they do when they use lavender medicinally, they dry the leaves and make them into a powder and use that along with the flowers for therapeutic things. So, it's used a lot in cosmetic type things and everything else besides edibility. But it won't hurt you. You can eat the leaves. You can use them in tea, anything that you can use the flowers for you can use the leaves for. So, what I do is when I go out and cut my lavender, I do three things. I cut it far enough back to keep the shape of the shrub so I can keep a form. I cut all the leaves with the stem and I cut the flowers. So, I don't even have to think about what I'm going to do with it. I just tie it together and hang it to dry. And I've got leaves, flowers and stem. Now, the stem isn't really useful for too much. I wouldn't really recommend keeping that. But it's a good way to hang your lavender. So, cut your stem as long as you can. So, you can just hang it like this. The other reason you want to do that is because for the flowers, it keeps it as straight as possible, while it's drying because lavender will fall over. So, this is all you have to do. You hang it up inside your house. It can be in your kitchen, it can be outside as long as long as it's really dry and you get them inside right when they're done. I don't like to do that because we can get a rain shower and then they're wet again. I have to start over. So, I usually bring them inside, hang them from whatever is convenient and then once they're dry you can trim the parts you want, put them away in a dry place, in a bin, in a jar, whatever it is you wan to do. But you can just do the drying now, think about what to do with it later. And you notice that different plants have different leaves. And here's an example of a plant that has a lot of leaves up and down. So, if I really wanted the leaves for something, I'd want to use this type of a plant. This is more of a spike lavender which has very sparse thin leaves. And so, by the time they dry there's nothing left. So, if you really want to dry them, you want to look for the right kind of plant. So, look for a very stocky stiff plants with a lot of leaves going up and down. And that's the type that you're going to want to dry. This one here is already dry. So you can kind of see that once they dry, they disappear a lot. So, that's basically how you would mostly dry it. But if you don't like this method, you can always go through and pick the leaves off individually, put them into a basket and just let them dry like that. It's a lot of work, but it's another method. So, however you dry it, that's the way you dry lavender leaves.


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