Herbalist Sue-Ryn Burns of Hill Woman Productions on Wellesley Island, New York, employs the ancient art of salt-drying to preserve the delicate fragrances of herbs and flowers. "Some scents, tike lily-of-the-valley and peony, are almost impossible to preserve through any other means," says Sue-Ryn. She prefers to make single-scent salts, but it's fine to mix them if you don't have enough of any one plant. "Moist flowers, like peonies, may cause the salt to cake, so I cover the jar with cheesecloth for a few days to allow some of the moisture to escape before closing it up," says Sue-Ryn. "The extra trouble is worth it for the scent."
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