Herbs can be dried by placing them on a rack in a warm room. This will take several days to dry thoroughly. If your stove is capable of being at 140° it can be used as a dehydrator. A more convenient way to dry herbs is to use a dehydrator. These are available commercially, or one can be made easily. There are several references at the end of this document for instructions and commercial suppliers
Jars – for storing herbs Ceramic or translucent jars work the best, though transparent canning jars are more readily available.
Knife – a good sturdy knife for cutting herbs. Thinner and smaller blades do not offer the control when working with harder herbs
Mortar and pestle or a food processor – grinding herbs. I personally recommend 2 different mortar and pestles one for toxic and one for non-toxic as it is difficult to get them thoroughly clean.
Labels – identify and date formulas Herbs are sometimes difficult to identify after they have been ground or formulated, plus it helps you track the shelf life
Notebook – It cannot be stressed enough; Record everything. Purchase and formulation dates, as well as formulas both the ones that worked and the ones that didn’t.
Pots and pans – When making some formulas it is better to have a specific set of pots as the formulations can sometimes destroy a good pot. Ceramic is the best choice, steel is the second best. Avoid iron, copper, brass or other metal pots as the pots can contaminate the herbs.
Double boiler – for working with wax If you don’t have one a makeshift one can be made by simply placing one pan into a large skillet with water in it.
Dehydrator – a simple one can be made by building a box with screen shelves and a 100 watt light bulb.
Scale – it is better to apply formulas by weight rather then volume as you have different volumes for some of your lighter leaves. A scale that can measure grams is best.
Alcohol – Though many sources say to use vodka, I prefer Everclear as it is stronger and will pull more of the constituents out.
Vinegar – clear vinegar works better then apple vinegar
Oils – Olive oil, grape seed oil almond oil and other varieties work well.
Beeswax – This works much more efficiently then paraffin wax and will work better on the skin
Honey – For making lozenges and to flavor teas.
Tincture of benzoin – to add as a preservative for formulations
Strainers – tea balls, metal strainers and cheesecloth all work well to
this is a bulk herb sample