You’ve planted and grown your medicinal herbs, now when do you harvest them?
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Knowing when to harvest your medicinal herbs is different depending on what part of the plant you’ll be using for medicinal purposes.

For some herbs, it’s essential to harvest them before they flower, others you want to harvest just as the flowers are blooming, while others you will actually let completely die back in order to harvest the roots.

Follow along as Carolyn walks you through the Cottage Garden, showing you how she harvests each herb or plant and what they can be used for.

For more info about medicinal herbs you can grow yourself, check out our blog post: https://homesteadingfamily.com/15-medicinal-herbs-to-grow/

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  1. Stefan Mussen on July 22, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Wonderful as always thank you!!

  2. It's Me on July 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    I love love love this video! I was taking notes. I’m new to gardening and herbs. Would love more of these . I bought a lot of different herbs that was on your list and didn’t know what to do with them. When to harvest and what part to harvest. Thank you so much!

  3. Just Patty on July 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Such a tremendous blessing to share this information! Thank you so much!

  4. It's Me on July 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    How do you harvest the root? I’d like to not lose the whole plant.

  5. judy baugus on July 22, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    That is my favorite thing to sit in the garden and have some quite time. Time to just look and observe. Give thanks etc… your pottag garden is beautiful

  6. Milissa Schidecker on July 22, 2021 at 9:03 pm
  7. Meanwhile Back on the Hobby Farm on July 22, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Awesome video thank you for sharing

  8. Sarah Sanders on July 22, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I have so much to learn about herbs! What to grow, how and what to harvest, how to preserve and prepare…I have your cold and flu course, but will you be offering an herbs course covering all the things we need to know about “all things herbs”?

  9. Lauren Bowles on July 22, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you so much for this!!! Would you be open to doing another when it comes time to harvest your root plants?

  10. Lu Wrolstad on July 22, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    If like to know what i need to do to grow mullein. I’ve tried transplanting it in hopes that it will reproduce and it dies off. Sometimes it will go dormant and return in the spring but only that year. I had 3 flower last year, and nothing return. What soil matter is best. Grows in the ditches here, but i don’t want anything sprayed.

    Also i gave a friend some comfrey one year, she ate some leaves and got sick, someone else told she ate borage and that it is poisonous. How do i know the difference. Mine had white bell shaped flower clusters, not blue like yours. I appreciate all the info. Thank you

  11. Ohskelily Wurarah on July 22, 2021 at 9:08 pm


  12. Erica Turner on July 22, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Wonderful and super helpful! Can you do a part 2 (and 3 and 4) when you process them in the kitchen into tinctures or oils? Especially expounding on the mullein and earaches recipe.

  13. Melissa Lockrow on July 22, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge!! You are such a blessing and I try to use the knowledge or share it with my daughter who has four boys of her own!

  14. Jennifer Raiche on July 22, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    Hi! First off I LOVE you videos. Your family does a wonderful job. ❤️ question for you. Do you have a book recommendation for what jobs different herbs are used for? I’m a serious beginner. I am planning my spring herb garden and am wanting to know what to start with.

  15. Abbey Something on July 22, 2021 at 9:11 pm


  16. Howlett Home on July 22, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Hey Carolyn, my 10 month old daughter has a eczema on her neck which gets worse as the weather heats up. What herbal remedy mix would you recommend for her? Thank you from Natalie

  17. Donna Viers on July 22, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Can I lacto ferment onions?

  18. Rebecca Mercer on July 22, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Carolyn
    Thank you so much for sharing your videos! There are so many herbs and for me it is overwhelming. Where do you start? I garden a little this year( tomatoes, green beans , squash) very little luck. Having my soil tested in the fall . I am trying to educate myself but I also need help! Can you give me some advise? And a little encouragement? Thank you so much ! God Bless!

  19. urban patio container gardener on July 22, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Would you happen to know what type of nettle root would be used by old timers in Mississippi for cutting into beads that are strung on sewing thread and used to make a teething necklace for infants? My great aunt used to get them and they worked wonders. Sadly, I never learned what plant it was.

  20. J.A. M on July 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    ahhh…u stopped right before the hyssop lol….i was excited to hear what to do with it…we have it everywhere!!!… please tell when u get a chance…thank you so much!!!

  21. Kayla Andrews on July 22, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    What medicine is the bee balm for and how do you use it?

  22. chopis531 on July 22, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for another informative video! Have you ever used elecampane leaf? The modern herbal dispensatory book you recommended (I think) mentions you can make a tincture e from the leaf, but I wonder if it works as well as the root. Thanks for any info!

  23. Michelle Vermeulen on July 22, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    I really love your videos. You are a great teacher. Thank you

  24. Tiffany B on July 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    The view there is amazing! I wish my husband didn’t have to work in CDA and we could live farther north.

  25. Corner Lot Homestead on July 22, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I just clipped some herbs this morning to dry out. I kick myself for not buying more lemon balm. .

  26. jen m on July 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    I love your videos, and am following your cottage garden closely. I started one myself this spring after watching your videos from last summer. I know borage has lots of great uses but it gives me an intense rash. I have heard others say the same thing. But everything else I have planted in my garden as well, as was just trying to remember what to do with it all. thanks for posting this.

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  28. Sara B.Fraga on July 22, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Thank for this lovely video.
    My mother has been making Saint John’s Worth oil for decades and we use it for everything. Bumps, burns, leg circulation, earache… even after chemotherapy when the hair doesn’t grow back i have seen a friend applying it to her scalp and have amazing results. She infuses it over the summer months in olive oil.
    I couldn’t go without it with little ones!

  29. Northstar Prepsteader on July 22, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Lots of great tips, Carolyn. Thank you!!

  30. Mary Lou Blouse on July 22, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    How did you know I was wondering how to do this today ??

  31. Corner Lot Homestead on July 22, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    On the Mullan plant is that something wild, or something I can purchase ?

  32. Anmar Beltran, PT on July 22, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    You inspired me!!! Great content! Love your passion and amazing channel. Just watched and liked, hope u’ll do the same. . Thanks so much and more power to ur incredible channel!

  33. Tiaco thomas on July 22, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been treating herpes virus for several years with different medications until I saw a post on how a young lady got cured from herpes by Dr Apala, out of desperation i decided to contact him with little or no hope of a solution. After taken his herbal medications reluctantly to my biggest surprise I tested negative. God bless dr.apalaherbalhome@gmail.com for his wonderful work…

  34. Linda Burris on July 22, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    When you collect fresh elderberries and you are going to make syrup, can you use your steamer to get the juice out?

  35. BM W on July 22, 2021 at 9:38 pm


  36. Mary Lou Blouse on July 22, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you so much !!!!

  37. EcoCentric Homestead on July 22, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I have st. john’s wort. I found out that it is basically the same as prescription anti depressant/anxiety medication. Taken together could give overdose symptoms!

  38. Sylvia Hunt on July 22, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Please pray for my great-grandson. He has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. He turned 1 year old August 16th.

  39. H VP on July 22, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I take a lot of inspiration for developing my healing and cottage garden from y’all as well as my regular vegetable and fruit gardens. Thanks for taking the time to teach us <3

  40. Remnant Few ministries ministry on July 22, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    God bless you for sharing your wisdom and knowledge. You have helped many!

  41. You Too on July 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm


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