I dropped two tabs of LSD yesterday and had an experience that was quite something. I didn't get a lot of sleep today but that's no problem. I had a dream I succumbed to my video gaming urges (first dream like this) and then in my dream I stopped myself - So I take this as a good sign! Today I'm grateful for: 1) A storm which is bringing amazing winds 2) The class I will be holding tonight on herbal medicine 3) My partner's coming to England for a month today
So things to watch out for in an urban environment. Don't pick: 1) by old industrial land - Contamination of heavy metals is a problem. 2) By busy main roads - Same as above. 3) From your neighbour's garden, unless you ask first (or it's late at night and you have ninja skills.)
Harvesting herbs is pretty simple. The best time to do it is 24 hours after rain on a dry day. That way you don't have to worry about dog pee or anything of the like (the rain washes them better than you ever could) and the herbs shouldn't be wet when you pick them. Just tie them up with string (not too big a bunch) like the image.
Keep your drying herbs out of the sun, in a cool dark place. To make a tea just put 1-2 teaspoons of the dried herb and add hot (not boiling) water. Leave them for 5-15 minutes and enjoy! If you're interested, get yourself a Peterson Field Guide. Yes you have to learn a few botanical terms (what's a lobed leaf look like etc.) but I was surprised at how quick I could identify plants.
I'm still working on my handout but I'll put it up when I'm ready