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How to Dry Honeysuckle

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Honeysuckle blossoms are widely used in home remedies, teas and tinctures to treat a variety of ailments. Because honeysuckle grows so prolifically, many gardeners are able to grow all the honeysuckle they desire for medicinal purposes. The process of drying the blossoms is quick and easy and you will be ready to use your honeysuckle blooms in short order.

Watch the honeysuckle growing in your garden so that you know when the vine begins to bloom. Blooms should be at their peak for drying.

Use the pruning shears to clip the blossoms from the vines in the morning hours. Wait until any dew has evaporated from the blooms and then clip them off just under the blossoms. Place the blossoms in the basket while you clip all of the blooms you can find.

Take the basket of blooms indoors and pour them carefully onto the window screen. Arrange the honeysuckle blossoms so they are not touching each other and they have as much space between each blossom as possible for adequate air circulation.

Place the window screen into a location that is dry, warm and dark. Leave the window screen undisturbed for one day and then rearrange the blossoms carefully by turning them over one by one.

Leave the blossoms to dry, turning them every day or two to ensure complete drying. The drying process should not take more than one week.

Touch the blossoms to check for dryness. The blossoms will feel crisp and brittle when they are sufficiently dry. Remove the blossoms from the window screen carefully and place them into the airtight container until you need them.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Basket
  • Window screen (stretched in a frame)
  • Airtight container

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About the Author

 

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.