The majority of our products have a shelf-life of 3-4 years but it is essential that they are stored correctly to ensure they last. Factors such as the amount of moisture, sunlight, temperature, and oxygen can cause dry herbs and concentrated herbal granules to expire or spoil faster than desired. Storing them correctly is imperative to ensure the herbs do not lose any potency or grow mould.
Storing Dry Herbs
Plants are living things and they should be treated with respect! At Phoenix, we do not use sulphur; this means that extra care must be taken to prolong the shelf life of the non-sulphur treated herbs supplied by Phoenix. To ensure your herbs stay fresher for longer, it is paramount that the herbs are stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. We also recommend ensuring lids are closed tightly to avoid contact with moisture. It is good practice to check your herb stock once a week to guarantee the condition has not been compromised.
Unsure of how to display your herbs? We sell 3.5 litre plastic storage jars which are perfect for dry herbs. The screw lid ensures the jar stays airtight to protect your herbs from moisture.
Storing Concentrated Herbal Granules
Our concentrated granules have been produced with just 5-10% of food-safe binder maltodextrin, which prevents the granules from clumping. This is a very small amount of binder and does not guarantee that clumping will not occur. We do not use cornstarch in our granules. Instead, we prioritise purity and quality over excessive use of starch and other additives.
It is essential to store your concentrated herbal granules in a cool, dry place, away from directed sunlight and moisture. We recommend checking all lids at the end of the day to ensure they are tightly closed and shaking all pots at least once a week to loosen any clumps.
To ensure there is no moisture trapped inside, practitioners can place a food-safe desiccant packet inside the granule pots. Silica gel packets are readily available to purchase on the internet and can help to keep the granules fresh and moisture-free. Another solution is placing a bag of rice or dried beans in your granule cupboard. This can also help to absorb any additional moisture.
If you do notice your herbal granules are starting to clump, we recommend shaking and knocking the pot to loosen any clumps. If this does not work, you can try sieving the clumps or using a fork to separate the granules.
It is also important to ensure that you use your herbal granules before the expiry date.
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If you would like to know about shelf life or storage, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.