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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.

In this badge bit, you will harvest, dry and store lavender blossom.



You need to dry enough to make a tea, infusion or decoction. If you have not already, you will also make a journal page about the uses and attributes and how to ID and how to grow the herb

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labelled container.
    - label shows where the herbs came from, the date and method of drying.
- (optional) a picture of your journal page listing the attributes and uses of the herb.
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I need some help with this, please.

Using this video: How to Harvest Lavender, I'm attempting to harvest some of my lavender.
It appears from the video that it's little black seeds that are the harvest.

ETA
: Found the seeds.  They're so small and a little labor-intensive to extract.  The videos on YT look like the tincture is made from vodka and the dried flowers.  Anyone have experience with this?  My flowers are dried and not colorful any longer.

 
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My mom's herb book used the whole flower, and I've only ever seen people use the flower. I think you can use the whole flower for this BB. (I mean you could just use the seed, but I don't think that's necessary!)

Maybe the video you watched was focused on harvesting the seeds to plant? (I can't watch it right now, as I'm singing my daughter to sleep right now)
 
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Approved BB submission
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labelled container.
   - label shows where the herbs came from, the date and method of drying.

We have a rocky hillside that the lavender (and the basil!) just love.  Pretty sure the plants are Anouk and Provese varieties.  They are bumblebee heaven when they're in bloom.  I took off the buds once the blooms were gone.  They were pretty dry already, but I left them out in a heated room spread out on paper towels on my desk to take out any excess moisture.  I stripped the pods off most of the buds, and harvested the seeds.  They're amazingly small!  I have the perfect "guerilla spot" in mind for them in the spring.  For now, I'm going to try the tea and use a lot of the rest (there are still buds waiting to be harvested) for pot pourri Christmas gifts.

ETA: My photos apparently didn't load.  Reuploading.
lavender01b.jpg
Harvesting
Harvesting
lavender02.jpg
Drying
Drying
lavender03.jpg
Pulling seeds from the pods
Pulling seeds from the pods
lavender04.jpg
Labeled quart jar
Labeled quart jar
lavender05.jpg
Tiny, tiny seeds!
Tiny, tiny seeds!
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jordan barton approved this submission.
Note: Great Job on finding the seeds!

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