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Harvesting and extracting Salvia

Maybe you are a veteran user and have decided to stop spending money on Salvia or have decided to start your very own Salvia business, whatever your reasons are, you will need to learn how to harvest and possibly extract the Salvia so it can be used.  However, before you can harvest and extract the Salvia, you have to have a Salvia plant.  There are several ways to obtain a Salvia plant and it is wise to consider every option as this is the only way to get the best use of your time and money.

One way to obtain a Salvia plant is through purchasing Salvia seeds.  However, there are a few issues to be addressed with Salvia seeds.  First, it is very rare that a Salvia plant actually cultivates seeds, but it is possible to obtain these seeds.  This leads you to the second issue with Salvia seeds, cost.  Because Salvia seeds are so rare, if and when you do find them, there is a high probability that they will be expensive.Another, more popular, way to obtain a Salvia plant is by growing it from cuttings.  This means getting a piece of a Salvia plant and allowing it to grow roots and then into a Salvia plant. Lastly, it is possible to purchase whole salvia plants.

Now that you know how to obtain your Salvia plant you can begin to learn the process of harvesting and extracting your Salvia. The first rule in harvesting leaves from your Salvia plant is to do so when it will cause the least amount of stress to the plant.  For smaller plants, grown inside, you can harvest leaves every so often and store them without stressing your plant too much.  While the same can be done for larger, outdoor Salvia plants, generally, it is best to wait until the plant stops growing, between October and December, and then harvest most of the leaves.  It is stated that this is beneficial for those who want a lot of Saliva leaves. 

If you do choose to harvest the leaves and store them, you need to know how to do so.  Generally, all Salvia leaves can be dried in your oven, at the lowest possible temperature.  Then you can either store the whole leaves in Ziploc bags or run them through a strainer to obtain a powder to be stored in jars.  Just remember to store your harvested Salvia leaves in cool, dark places.

Extracting your dried Salvia is somewhat of an easy process, although it does require high end scales, which can be difficult to obtain.  Basically, you grind your Saliva leaves into a powder, and place it in a glass jar.  Then you take a solvent, such as acetone or ethanol, and place it in the jar with the powdered Salvia.  There should be enough solvent to cover the Salvia and then “half again” past the Salvia.  The jar should be shaken through out a couple of hours and then strained through something such as a coffee filter into another dish.  You can replace the extracted Salvia into other dried Salvia and repeat the process, hence the 5X et
 
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Harvesting and extracting Salvia
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