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Store Herbs

Shelf life varies from one herb to another. A powdered herb will lose its properties much faster than a whole or cut herb. Those with volatile oils like peppermint will lose their freshness much sooner than those without the oils. Roots have the longest shelf life as they are much denser than flowers or leaves.

So it's rather difficult to give a quick and simple answer. Most herb books have something to say on the subject but they are not very specific. Just as we did, you will gain insight in this area as you get more familiar with each herb.

In general, store herbs in air-tight containers, keep them as cool as possible, and don't expose them to light unless in use.

Listen to a Podcast on Storing Herbs


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Dear Shoshanna,
I am so excited that I hardly know where to begin. First of all, I want to thank you for sending us the complimentary food-grade glycerin for
tinctures!

We have been your customers for the last three or so years. Your service is always wonderful and shipping is quick. We appreciate the time and effort you put into educating those of us who wish to learn more about using herbs safely, especially for those of us who are oftentimes nursing and pregnant
or both. :-)

I have gained so much knowledge from your website, reviews, and the books that you sell. Thank you to your family from ours. We had dreamed of being able to take care of our family with herbs and when we had found you through your parents' website for NGJ ministry, it was an answer to prayer. Out of all our four children, we've only had one of them take antibiotics for just one little occasion. I didn't know then what I know now. I thank the Lord for making our pathway straight and helping us as we sought this information.

I wanted to let you know about our website work, especially the magazines because we are working on product reviews. I have directed many people your way for various books, herbs, and information.

I was also wanting to thank you for sending out the recent emails and tutorials on making tinctures. I have been told by mouth how to make them but didn't feel completely comfortable about tackling the feat myself (my husband made the bilberry one first) until I saw your DVD. For a busy homeschooling momma, this product is such a blessing. Thank you to all who produced it.

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For His glory,
Franicia


Did You Know?

After childbirth, a mama's body is gearing up for breastfeeding. It also begins a cleansing process as chemicals, hormones, and nutrients are all adjusting to proper levels as before the pregnancy. The liver, kidneys, colon, etc. are all very involved in this cleansing. Herbs that aid in this process are known as liver cleansers and as blood purifiers. Amazingly enough, many of the liver cleansers and blood purifiers also promote milk production. Some of these herbs are: Fennel, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Dandelion. Most of us may not see the relation between breastfeeding and cleansing. However, God provided the herbs that aid the new mother to get both jobs done. The Mama's Milk Tea recipe was contributed by one of our readers, and includes herbs for after birth.