Fermentation Station!

It's time for a kombucha update. I successfully grew a SCOBY that did a wonderful job on my first ever batch of kombucha! The flavor is a little reminescent of a not-quite-as-fizzy cola, with the typical kombucha tartness and effervescence. It was really quite tasty, although I'm saving my kombucha drinking for after baby Henrik … Continue reading Fermentation Station!

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Making Plantain Salve

It's that time of year again... When I go through my herbal hutch and take inventory of everything and make new and fresh preparations before fall/winter. Right now, I have some glycerin tincture of muellien going that is about ready to be bottled, but the primary focus of today is plantain salve. Here's a step … Continue reading Making Plantain Salve

Herb Preserving

I have been hang drying sage in the kitchen and it was finally time to put it away today! For anyone interested in herbalism even if it's just growing kitchen herbs, I highly recommend the book, "The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual" by herbalist, James Green. It's a very pleasant, conversational, and enjoyable read, … Continue reading Herb Preserving

Sewing Project: Essential Oil Travel Holder

I'm always overwhelmed by the sheer volume of oils I think I need to take with me when I travel. Honestly, do I really need a dozen bottles of oil? Truthfully, probably not, so long as I take the big 4 (Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint). But let's face it, I like to be … Continue reading Sewing Project: Essential Oil Travel Holder

Holistic Bee Sting Care and Treatment

Welp, it happened. My first bee sting! Not the first ever in my life, just the first from my own bees. My husband and I were out at the hive yesterday evening trying to rectify the free-form comb situation that had developed. We added more frames to give them  some space as they've already begun … Continue reading Holistic Bee Sting Care and Treatment

Forsythias and Such

My husband and I joined the Arbor Day Foundation. People who see us cutting down most of the dogwood trees around our house may find that hard to believe, but we did. And we have a method to our madness. To start, we need more space to plant our fruit and nut trees for our "food forest" … Continue reading Forsythias and Such

Anything But That…

Ugh...So rough couple weeks topped off with a sick toddler. Last night after I emailed my Bible study small group to cancel on account of my feverish little man, I got a call from a friend. She started off with an apology, which is never a good sign. She went on to say that her … Continue reading Anything But That…

Herbalism: Shout Out

This is mostly a shout out to a really knowledgable young woman I had the opportunity to hear speak last weekend. I recently had the privilege of attending the Appalachian Homesteading Conference where I gleaned much information regarding homesteading things like raising chickens, meat, smoking/preservation, canning, and herbal medicine. The most pertinent information to me … Continue reading Herbalism: Shout Out

ACV Allergy Killer Drink

Pollen sucks. I'm pretty sure it's my husband's one weakness. It turns him from my Iron Man into a sniffly, snotty, congested mess. And seeing as how I never enjoy seeing my man suffer the clutches of springtime seasonal allergies, I came up with a remedy that had him cleared up within minutes. There are … Continue reading ACV Allergy Killer Drink

Tinctures

I'm a huge fan of herbal medicine. I believe that God endowed creation with everything we would need in order to heal sickness, eat healthily, and thrive as His children with all of that joy and gratitude rolling up to him as praise and worship. It's no secret to those who know me that I … Continue reading Tinctures