Herb Drying 101

The French have been stirring up batches of wilted herbs and moldy flower petals to make air fresheners  for 500 years. At Gardenista, we’re ready to try a more modern take on pot pourri, thanks to blogger Karen Larko. We spotted her quick and easy techniques for drying fragrant herbs.  When you’re ready to harvest your own herbs, you can visit Umelecky for her step-by-step instructions; in the meantime, here’s some inspiration.

Above: Photograph by Karen Larko.

You can tie bouquets of rosemary, sage, anise, parsley, thyme, and lavender and hang them upside down to dry.

Above: To snip, use sharp herb shears such as Tajika Flower Shears made by a Japanese company that has been producing handmade tools for four generations; $57.92 from Analogue Life.

Photograph by Karen Larko.

You can also tie bundles of herbs using a technique similar to making Native American smudge sticks; after they dry, bundles can be tucked into drawers to scent them.

Above: A Triangular String Bobbin comes wound with jute twine; $16.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

Looking for more ideas for drying herbs? For a countertop herb dryer, see An Herb Dryer for Harvest on Gardenista.

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Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

I grow my own and pick as I need, but drying has its benefits.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Beautiful herbs thanks.

Michael H.
Mike H.2 years ago


Silas Garrett
Silas Garrett2 years ago

I would really like to see a better article on this, that actually addresses the basics of drying herbs, rather than just trying to sell me overpriced items that are just things that I already have less expensive versions of laying around my house.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener2 years ago

Love this...

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran2 years ago

thanks. i use an wire box wrapped in organza or an organza bag.

Debbie Miller
Debbie false2 years ago

sounds pretty simple..

Dianne D.
Dianne D.2 years ago

I wondered how to do this. I had lavender that I wanted to dry, but all of a sudden, all 4 of bushes died a couple of years ago.

Ernie Miller
william Miller2 years ago

Anise how sweet I love that stuff but never thought about growing it. thanks for the article

Melinda K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks. Its good to choice the driest part of the year to do this to avoid humidity and possible mould affecting the drying herbs.