my 2017 mood: sheer clothes, luxury skincare, tinted balms, glowy makeup, sparkling water, jasmine, the shine of dark skin in the sun, the thick scent of rose, bare feet on white sand, messy, wind blown hair, carefree attitude, floral perfume, kisses that taste like coconut, berry and cherry colored cheeks, random things shaped like hearts, diversity, self love, shimmering eyes, soft silhouettes, pink lips, black tea, natural brows, glossy eyelids, sea air, southern italy, dreaming big, counting the stars and loving you for each and every one
Let me tell you somethin’: it’s
black people everywhere, you
remember that, okay? Ain’t no place
in the world ain’t what got no
black people, we was the first ones
on this planet.
I’m from Cuba. Lotta black folks in Cuba but you wouldn’t know it from being here. Was a wild lil’ shorty just like you, used to run around with no shoes on when the moon was out. This one time… I ran by this old, old lady, was just a runnin’ and a hollerin’ and cuttin’ a fool, boy. And this old lady, she stop me and she say to me, ‘Look at you. I was a lil’ bad ass too, you know.’ She say, ‘Look at you’ and I say ‘Look at you!’ Then she smiled and she say, ‘running around catching up all this light. In moonlight’ she say, ‘black boys look blue. You blue,’ she say. ‘That’s what I’m gone call you: Blue.’
Recently, I came across a post warning against storing your herbs in glass jars. “They will mold,” it claimed. I reblogged it, with my owns comments on the subject, explaining to others that simply is not the case.
If you have done the homework on the plants you are gathering, learned how each plant needs to be dried, and followed the proper steps, storing your herbs in glass jars will not make them mold.
*Herbs in the store can be purchased in glass jars.*
*Herbs have been stored in glass jars for hundreds of years.*
This is a small sample of my larder, all my herbs are carefully air-dried, and stored in glass jars.(Some are in plastic bags, as I ran out of jars!)None have ever molded.
My point is, don’t believe every post you come across, but read up on the subject, and educate yourself well. It’s disappointing to see misinformation being passed around as fact, when in truth, it is not.
Some leaves and flowers will need to be air-dried for 3-5 days.
Some leaves and plants need to be dried for 7-14 days.
Some flowers, (like lilacs) along with any member of the pine/evergreen family will require 3 weeks or more to dry.
Some plants with stems attached may need to be dried for 14-21 days, maybe even longer.
Air-drying maintains the colour, as well as essential oils/benefits of the plants the best, where oven drying can reduce them, and turns the plants brown.
Oven dry fruits like berries, at a very low setting (150°C-200°C) for anywhere from 2-4 hours, checking in between to see if they have completely dried yet. Since oven temps vary, you may have to tweek your drying times.
Do extensive reading on plants and drying/storing. You’ll have a far more rewarding and successful results!