Sourcing Herbs

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When you decide to use herbs and home herbal remedies it’s important to think about where and how those herbs were grown. Organic is naturally best of course as there will be no added chemicals. It is important for you to know where your herbs come from.

basil
basil

Grow Your Own

The most obvious answer is of course, to grow your own herbs. You’ll have complete control of the entire process from sourcing seeds and plants, the growth process, the drying process and any items you make from them as well.

lavender
lavender

Local Herbs

Not everyone is into gardening. If you don’t have the time and energy to devote to an herb garden consider buying your herbs locally, like at your local farmer’s market. A lot of the herbs found at farmer’s markets will be organically grown. You can always ask the grower. They want you as a customer and they often do their best to provide the freshest, locally and organically grown herbs for you. Most herbs found at the farmer’s market are also going to be fresh, much fresher than the supermarket, and often times picked that morning!

Freshly picked herbs will be nice and firm and not yellow or wilty. They’ll smell fresh. They’ll taste fresh (Yes, they’ll often let you take a nibble…)

chives
chives

Buy online

You can’t grow everything. I will often source dried herbs online. You can find organic herbs in bulk at very reasonable pricing. They often have a minimum purchase so consider going in with a family member or neighbor to order. You’d be surprised how ‘BIG’ a pound of bay leaves is!

Many times, the dried herbs in a local store will source their herbs from the same place as you can order. I’ve been in a ‘health food store’ before when they were unloading a shipment and was surprised to see that they source from the exact same place that I do! I then knew what they paid… and were surprised at the markup.

Just do a search for ‘bulk herbs’ in your favorite search engine and don’t be afraid to order! Many uses beyond tea. You can make your own infusions, tinctures, balms and salves. I’ve loved every single herb (spice and botanical) I’ve ever ordered!