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Post Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:06 pm
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We store our herbs in brown paper grocery bags. In most environments this helps keep the material dry and in the dark.

As noted earlier, unless the material is ABSOLUTELY dry you will tend to get molds in plastic or glass containers.

Also, for the zip lock bags, just buy storage bags from Walmart or some other source. Get the freezer bags if you are concerned about material poking through.

Post Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:18 pm

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After vacuum sealing, would you say the potency is still there then? Has anyone come across a study or anything? If they taste the same would that be a good indication that they are still potent? I remember that Doc told a class once that the better the herb the more you can smell it's smell--or something similar.

Post Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:28 pm
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annett wrote:
After vacuum sealing, would you say the potency is still there then? Has anyone come across a study or anything? If they taste the same would that be a good indication that they are still potent? I remember that Doc told a class once that the better the herb the more you can smell it's smell--or something similar.


Vacuum sealing won't do anything but improve shelf life. No threat to potency there.

Post Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:32 am

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Hey, Doc-

How long would you expect that your poultice mix would
remain potent/effective in storage? Say in the back of a
dark cabinet and at least 70 degrees F year round? The
missus likes to keep the place warm- she grew up in
southern California.

Thanks, Clutter

Post Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:22 pm
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Because of the flax I would keep it in the fridge. Flax has lots of oils/fats in it. You could expect 6 - 12 months out of it then.

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