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Wild medicines from a variety of plants and fungus. Harvest some of these plants and you quickly find yourself in a conundrum. It’s the same one we run into when we harvest meat and game. These things spoil and when they spoil, we are out of them. Not only that, we wasted the calories of harvesting, as well.
With meats we have created methods for holding onto these things longer. Be it curing or smoking the meats. Well, whether you know it or not we have done the same with wild medicines, too! Lets talk about some options for storing wild medicines longer and getting more out of them.
It should come as no surprise that we are going to be able to dry these wild medicines and use them for a later date. This works well across the board. It is great on leaves and plant parts, it works well on tubers and roots as well as fungus.
Dry your medicines by hanging and store them in sealed ball jars once they are fully dried.
You can also store medicine for longer by adding alcohol into the picture. You see, the process of making a tincture involves extracting the plants goodness by steeping it in alcohol. This method will keep your medicine and its best parts around for a while.
If you are looking for another method you could also look at a salve. Salves will require that you pulverize your herbs and roots then mix them with some beeswax and maybe some essential oils. The wax will maintain the active ingredients in your medicinal. This method is best for topical applications.
There are more ways than this to save those medicinal harvests but this is a good place to start. Give them all a try.