Lesson learned, it takes a lot of basil to make a little dried basil. I shall return to the forest again soon. It takes a long time to dry out the leaves at 170 degrees F. Now I totally understand the prudence in drying out the leaves as much as possible. The lavender won't give up the ghost, another 10 minutes and it will have been in there cooking for 2 hours.
The trinity of herbs in little baggies are a bit drug-dealer-esque.
My grandmother, now departed, had basil in the backyard. She would pick the leaves every week, roll them into baggies and place them in the freezer.
She was a little looser in the lips after she passed age 80 and would frequently tell me if I can't be good, be careful, and never taken any wooden nickels. She would rave about her Mary Jane collection in the freezer.
When we cleared out their house 8 years later, I pulled all the frozen basil out and brought it home. Took me close to 4 years of home made spaghetti sauce and meatballs to use it all up. Have you ever been happy to have known someone who isn't with you anymore? Even though it hurts a little?