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Apothecary Lesson #2: Drying your herbs

     Guess who’s back, back again? Davide’s back, tell a friend. Either way, hello everyone, and today, we’re getting a little old-fashioned. Like real old-fashioned. Like, pioneer witch old, y’know? That’s right kids, we’re drying our own herbs, and I’ve got three methods for each herb-drier out there: The “I’m, like, totes a wiccan,” The “Well, this should work faster,” and then the “This better goddamn work.”

Method One: Oldest

What You’ll Need:

  • Herbs, tied with twine
  • Twine
  • Thumbtack


  1. You’re going to tie a piece of twine to the thumbtack, and attach the other end of the twine to the herb bundle. 
  2. Push the thumbtack either into the wall or the ceiling to hang them. 
  3. Let dry for 6-12 months (Keep in dry, warm room, and if you’re harvesting seeds, you might want to wrap your herbs in cheesecloth first) 

Method Two: Nature n’ Shit

What You’ll Need:

  • Herbs to dry
  • Table to place herbs on
  • Glass to put over herbs (and something to support the glass so it doesn’t touch the herbs) 


  1. Place herbs onto the table, and spread out so as to not have the herbs touch each other. 
  2. Put table into the sun, and place the glass panel over the table
  3. Let dry in direct sunlight for 12 hours (until brittle) 

Method Three: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

Originally posted by lussia-neve

What You’ll Need:

  • A Microwave
  • Paper Towels
  • Herbs to dry


  1. Place your herbs in a thin layer on one paper towel, and lay another paper towel on top of that. 
  2. Place into your microwave, and cook on high for one minute. Let rest for thirty seconds. Then microwave again for thirty seconds–you will repeat a series of rest for thirty seconds then cooking for thirty seconds
  3. The herbs should be dried after approximately 10-15 minutes

Well… that was fun, right? Either way, thank you for reading through this, and I hope you guys stay tuned for the next installment of “Apothecary Lessons.” Talk to y’all later :) 

First ascent team, El Capitan, Yosemite. 1964, Tom Frost, Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Yvon Chouinard

“I failed on a climbing problem eight times before realizing I was climbing as high as I knew I could and then letting go. On my next try I climbed with no thought of failure and reached the top. We cannot know what we can do in advance. The only way to find out is to go all-out trying, thinking only of success.” -Royal Robbins 

So here’s my best story about being a non-Mormon in Utah.

Mormons are proud of their pioneer heritage, and they’re really into the stories about their ancestors trekking across the plains to end up here. Sometimes they like to re-create pioneer events.

In 7th grade Utah history, we were learning about the pioneers and early days of Mormon settlement, and we had an assignment to come to school dressed as our first ancestors to come to Utah. NOT to dress up as pioneers–only our first ancestors to come to Utah.

I’m not Mormon. My parents moved here in 1990 and they lived in Boston beforehand. So for that assignment, I wore my dad’s MIT sweater and Red Sox hat. Most of the class wore nice, old fashioned pioneer-ish clothes. (This was in a highly Mormon Salt Lake suburb.)

Teacher: You were supposed to dress up as your first ancestors to come to Utah! Did you forget?

Me: I’m not related to any pioneers. My parents lived in Boston before here.

Teacher: ……oh.

Peak trans moment: “hope someone slits Germaine Greer’s saggy fucking throat”

For me the catalyst in getting me to finally create a throwaway account to post on here was this Germaine Greer thing. Seeing all the abuse directed at her from trans people and ‘feminists’ on twitter has given me the need to write a massive vent about this utter crap. These people say they’re fighting for human rights but will happily use sexist slurs against a 76 year old woman, a pioneer in the feminist movement, and say they’re looking forward to her death, call for her to be murdered in brutal ways etc. I know you’re all familiar with the sorry state of what passes for 'trans inclusive feminist discourse’ online and how fucking vile and misogynistic it can actually be. People often say that this sub is a 'hate sub’ for bigots but I’ve never seen anyone in here write anything like this:

I’d understand it if Greer was actually campaigning to have transgendered’s rights taken away or something, but she just doesn’t think that they’re women! People say that by having and expressing that opinion she’s encouraging violence towards them but I fail to see how? It’s almost like they think that just by existing and thinking something negative about them she’s causing them actual harm. This is ludicrous and childish and the responses they put out (misogyny, threats, wishing for her death) are out of all fucking proportion. You NEVER see this shit from any other marginalised group: were gay people saying that kentucky clerk should be killed for withholding licenses? If they did I never saw it, and now that I think of it I bet if anyone did do that it was probably some unhinged twitter trans 'activist’ calling for violence out of a misplaced sense of solidarity with zir’s fellow “queers”.

It blows my mind that this goes on, that it’s all quite visible, but the liberal feminists just ignore it. Are they like, scared of these nut jobs? Is that why? I mean I guess I am because I’m posting this from a throwaway!