How to Store Herbs Safely

Learn how to store herbs safely to keep air out and freshness in.

| November/December 2003

Learn how to store herbs safely to keep air out and freshness in. You must store herbs safely because they are organic materials vulnerable to the elements, even when they come in capsules or tablets. Exposure to light, heat or oxygen can reduce an herb’s potency, so it’s generally recommended that you store your herbs in a cool, dark place such as a pantry or cellar.

Some of the best herb protectors are colored glass bottles, particularly amber or cobalt-blue ones. Many commercial products are packaged in these and other materials to block out direct light, which causes oxidation and reduces effectiveness.

If you buy bulk herbs, make sure your supplier stores the products as carefully as you would at home. Andrew Chevallier, author of The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants (DK, 1996), recommends that you:

• Avoid herbs stored in clear containers.
• Smell the herbs. Good-quality herbs should have a distinct scent and taste.
• Check for signs of adulteration (dried grass or other non-medicinal materials mixed with the herbs). Also, check for mold.
• Herbs lose their color as they age, so look for bright material.

If you’re storing bulk material, fill your containers as full as possible and move the herbs to smaller containers as you use them to minimize contact with air.

Read more about the health benefits of herbs: How Herbs Improve Your Health.

mother earth news fair 2018 schedule


Next: August 4-5, 2018
Albany, OR

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds

Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265