Harvesting & Drying Medicinal Flowers
Using flowers for medicinal purposes is a fun way to bring the natural world into our medicine cabinets. Flowers like echinacea, calendula, nasturtium, lavender, red clover, chamomile, and yarrow are relatively simple to grow (all you really need is some space, sun, and soil) and boast many benefits. They can be used in teas, topical creams and salves, herb-infused oils, tinctures, and for many other purposes to heal, calm, strengthen immunity, and heal many ailments naturally. If you…
White Clover Blossoms
Last weekend our back lane sprang into a waving field of fluffy white pompoms as the white clovers bloomed. I was a tad hesitant to harvest them in case there was a British look-alike plant that wa…
Making and Using Dandelion Oil
Making and using dandelion oil is a simple but practical way to make the most of these yellow 'weeds'. Use it to treat sore joints and more.
145 Homesteading Skills Every Homesteader Must Be Well Equipped
This list of homesteading skills & ideas was compiled to help current homesteaders and inspire urban homesteaders in their long journey to self-sufficiency.
Herbal Remedies Tips and Links
I walk in my gardens on a July evening, admiring the lush green that abounds in midsummer. The bee balm is chest high and near blooming, the lavender, catnip, and oregano are in full flower; the sage, rosemary, thyme, and basil are growing tender new leaves almost daily; and the peppermint and lemon balm are spreading prodigiously.
Why and How to Dry Your Own Herbs
How to dry your own herbs: Drying your own herbs is really easy. All you need is some string or twine and a warm, dry place with hooks or pegs to hang...
Home Grown Smudge Sticks
Smudge sticks are tightly bound bundles of dried woody, resinous herbs, that are slowly burned as a way to purify and cleanse the air. While the roots of burning a smudge stick, or smudging, is in North American Native purification rites and ceremony, they can be used by anyone to bring the woody smell of the outdoors inside.If you have a garden, chances are good that you have enough ingredients to make at least one smudge stick. The traditional and most popular herbs used in smudging…
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