Salvia Storage: How Long Will It Keep and stay Fresh

Salvia Divinorum is a psychoactive herb that is commonly used for spiritual healing, and it has also been found to be highly effective in the treatment of diarrhea, rheumatism, anemia, and as diuretic in treating certain kidney, liver and heart diseases. Despite these benefits, its use remains illegal in some parts of the world. The focal point of this discourse is however on the shelf life of the plant. Salvia, due to its active ingredient (Salvinorin A), it is known to have a very long shelf life – although depending on the condition under which it is stored. As a matter of fact; the leaves may dry out after a few months but its potency can be preserved for many years.

Storing Salvia Divinorum

As salvia Divinorum is becoming very popular, a lot of persons, aside reading up facts, are now making purchase and looking for information on how best to store the plant [or its extract]. When you are attempting to store the fresh leaf; it’s important to carefully wash it with water, cut off the bottom stem and then pat to dry. After this, wrap the leaf in a paper towel; place it in a plastic bag and then store in the refrigerator.

Though, the potency of salvia may not be affected upon the drying out of the leaf [as earlier stated]; it is still necessary that you stored it right. This can be done by keeping the leaves in an airtight container – a Tupperware or glass container – and keep in a cool dry place – away from ultraviolet light. It should not be kept in the refrigerator or any cold environment; the drawer or kitchen cabinet should be ideal. Its (salvia’s) liquid extract can however be stored in tincture bottle or vials and then kept in a cool dry place as it is with the dry leaf storage.