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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will harvest, dry, and store enough oregano leaf to make a tea, infusion or decoction.  

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of the fresh herb being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, in a bag, etc.)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labelled container, with the label indicating where the herbs came from, the method of drying, and the date
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Went out and picked oregano for long term storage. One of my favorites and I always run out.
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One of the plants I picked from.
One of the plants I picked from.
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Almost dry
Almost dry
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Shrunk down a lot, going to need more.
Shrunk down a lot, going to need more.
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Bagged up
Bagged up
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Oregano harvested and dried, from my garden and stored for cooking and winter ailments.
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Harvest
Harvest
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Drying in rack
Drying in rack
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Labeled
Labeled
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Back of jar
Back of jar
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I use a lot of oregano, and this year the oregano has multiplied in the garden - so it's almost silly not to store it for winter! Having a BB as impetus to "just do it" is very much appreciated.

This was my first try, and so I learned a few things:
- according to google, it should be harvested after the morning dew has evaporated, but before the sun is at its warmest (I did this)
- also according to google, it should be harvested before developing flowers (I was not in time for this - next time!)
- the air drying was effective, but the leaves never became "cornflake crisp". After a week or so they were as dry as they got, and further airdrying didn't seem to make any difference. So I let them hang perhaps too long. Will take note of the quality when using it - if they are not as tasty as they should be, I might try some other method the next time around.

Any input from more experienced herb driers will be received with much thanks
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Picking oregano volunteers in the garden
Picking oregano volunteers in the garden
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Drying oregano in the seedling room
Drying oregano in the seedling room
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Pulled of the dried leaves by hand and crushed them between my fingers
Pulled off the dried leaves by hand and crushed them between my fingers
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Ready for winter!
Ready for winter!
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Note: Great job, and I love your seedling room! If you were able to crush the oregano between your fingers, it sounds like it got dry enough. Since you asked for thoughts, here's the rest of my 2 cents. When my herbs don't air dry enough in my humid area, I either close the room's door and run a dehumidifier for a bit while they dry, or I store the dried herbs in the freezer to prevent mold. They generally need to be kept out of direct sunlight while drying, so if flavor seems to have deteriorated, maybe consider a place besides right by the window next time.

 
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Thanks Nikki! Much appreciated - then I'll avoid the sunlight and perhaps try the dehumidifier next time
 
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Where my fiercest competitor towards PEP-stardom up here, Ane, stay away from the flowers in the drying process, I wanted to include them. Mostly for the aesthetic effect of having deep purple bits, but also because I...uh...wanted to

All my air drying happen hung in a dark room with a low-power fan blowing, to pretty good results
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Nice handful of the big O
Nice handful of the big O
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Hung to dry.
Hung to dry.
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Dun
Dun
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And straight into my favorite grenade-shaped glas jar.
And straight into my favorite grenade-shaped glas jar.
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I dried and stored some greek oregano from our garden for future use. Its putting out a lot of growth right now and starting to form flower buds, so I made sure to get some of those for extra potency.
Oregano tea is really enjoyable in my opinion, especially together with mint. The oregano has a nice warm, earthy aroma.

For this BB, you will harvest, dry, and store enough oregano leaf to make a tea, infusion or decoction.  

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of the fresh herb being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, in a bag, etc.)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labelled container, with the label indicating where the herbs came from, the method of drying, and the date

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Harvesting oregano and other herbs
Harvesting oregano and other herbs
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Herbs arranged on baking sheets to oven dry, oregano on the right side
Herbs arranged on baking sheets to oven dry, oregano on the right side
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I used an oven temp of about 120° f / 48° c for ~3 hrs total, until the leaves are crumbly
I used an oven temp of about 120° f / 48° c for ~3 hrs total, until the leaves are crumbly
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Removed leaves from stem materials and lightly crushed the leaves
Removed leaves from stem materials and lightly crushed the leaves
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All done and ready to store and use
All done and ready to store and use
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Note: Now I want to try oregano tea with mint. I haven't tried those together, yet, so thank you for the idea.

 
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Oregano picked from our garden and air dried in our kitchen.
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