As fall approaches you are likely doing a variety of garden chores from cleaning up spent plants to planning your fall vegetable garden. Don’t forget to re-plant some of your favorite herbs for an extra harvest before the snow flies. Continue reading
Comfrey has been used medicinally since as early as 400 B.C. Its name literally means to grow together or to heal. It is known by other names as well including knitbone, bruisewort and boneset. This herb has been proven valuable through the ages and continues to have value to us today. Continue reading
Organic gardening is becoming a popular movement even though it was common-place to our ancestors. Of course, our ancestors didn’t call it organic gardening; they called it feeding their family. With the advent of synthetic chemical pesticides, farmers and gardeners thought their worries were over as they doused their crops with toxic chemicals that not only killed all the insects, but as was later discovered, also contributed to a variety of health issues. Continue reading
Of the many natural remedies for allergies, vitamins and nutritional supplements are useful tools for strengthening your body against seasonal attacks because they can balance your immune system. This balance is essential because allergic reactions are due to an immune system that is over-active, attacking harmless substances with the same vigor as it would a virus or bacteria. When your immune system is functioning properly, allergic reactions are reduced. Continue reading
If you are tired of the side effects from over-the-counter allergy medications, you may be ready to try a natural remedy. Herbs can ease allergy symptoms naturally so you’ll feel better. Continue reading
I really love to read and I’m trying to make more time in my day to just relax with a good book. I’m not a big fiction reader, however. I like reading books that I will learn from. Books that help me grow as a person.
Part of living self-sufficiently includes managing your health as much as possible. I’m not especially fond of going to the doctor if I can avoid it, so I try to use natural remedies as much as possible. My personal choices are herbs and essential oils in most cases. In my way of thinking, essential oils are an extension of herbalism. They are all plant medicine.
There are a few little clumps of snow on the ground and there is always a chance for more where we live, but Spring is near and on the farm, that means babies! In our case, we put eggs in the incubators. Soon we’ll have chicken and quail chicks. Again. Continue reading
On my quest to make as much of our own stuff as possible, I started making my own laundry soap. It isn’t difficult. You’ve probably seen recipes for it before. Continue reading
We really have a lot of birds. And I am not talking about the wild ones either (though we really have a lot of wild birds, too). I am talking about birds on our homestead. I think they are taking over. Continue reading