So, I wrote this article with the complete beginner to prepping and food storage in mind. But even if you already have food storage going on, I recommend taking a look because I have found that everyone's opinions differ. It's a really good idea to have a broad view of the topic, then make your own decisions.
I have to laugh...I used to think Tea Tree Essential Oil was stinky! :-) It's amazing what happens to your perception about something once you realize the value of it! Right? Tea Tree Oil is one of the oils I think every single home should have on hand all the time! It's great for so many things and has some absolutely amazing properties! Find out more!
Given the just-right devastating crisis event, food storage and the ability to grow your own food may become more valuable than precious metals! Every responsible person should be thinking about learning how to garden, getting even a small one started (even if only using containers on a balcony--like I used to do when I rented), and of course, having good seeds set aside for current and future use. Right now! Here's more about what to consider and how to get your seed storage going!
Uh Oh! It's allergy season, and with this beautiful time of year comes stuffy and runny noses!....Pretty much misery in the sinus area. I recently wrote about how to make a great natural decongestant, and here is another idea: an herbal tea that really works and tastes delicious on top of it! Relax with a cup of tea while your nose clears up like magic!
So many times, I have heard people talk about how, when they have a health issue, they go and do a little research on the internet to try to find a natural remedy. It makes me CRAY, people!Here's the scenario: They have a health issue. They look it up on the 'net. They find an "herb" that will solve the problem for them, run off to (horrors) a big box store and grab the cheapest bottle of powdered herbal capsules they can find, give it a try for a few days, then proclaim in frustration, "Herb's don't work!" If you have ever wondered why herbal remedies aren't working for you, here are some potential reasons to consider.
My husband loves beer! I'm just barely starting to learn an appreciation for beer and ale, but I love the fact that we can make our own, and it's MUCH better than commercially made beer! Plus, when we use herbs to make it, the beer contains the health benefits from all the plant goodness! This recipe below is for what I am calling "Spring Bitters." This herbal ale turned out very well-balanced, and my husband has pronounced that it is the best one yet!
Then I began learning about herbs, and with this blessed confidence in using actual plants as medicine, I truly began to understand the value of using essential oils for more than simple cleaning and a wonderful and natural way to scent our house (and my classroom). Essential oils have therefore become a huge part of my health, arsenal these days. Here, I'll share some INSANELY amazing things Frankincense essential oil can do for you and your family! Seriously, my friends. EVERYONE should have some Frankincense in their home!
Mr. V. and I have decided it's time to start searching for a "forever" homestead & survival property. Essentially, it's time to "get out of Dodge," so to speak! Here are the whys and hows of our decision to make this huge life change.
When I was at the organic market the other day, I just couldn't resist these beautiful golden beets. I grow bright red/purple beets, and when I need beets from the store, I generally turn to these typically colored beets. But on this day, I decided to opt for the lovely golden beets! The color of the flesh reminded me of the color of Turmeric, an incredible medicinal herb that helps with all kinds of ailments, and especially inflammation in the body.
So.....I decided to try making some Golden Beet Kvass with Turmeric! YUM!!! Here is how I made Golden Beet Kvass and how it turned out with the addition of Turmeric.
Here's a little rundown of some great gift ideas for your gardening friends, family, and maybe even yourself! And if these don't match up completely, hopefully you'll get some other great ideas just from looking!
Recently we went to our local orchard, which had just opened for the season. They still had some of their organic, freshly pressed full juice apple cider in frozen jugs! We bought some, so we decided to experiment with making some "EASY" hard cider. It turned out GREAT! Here's how we made Hard Cider!
One of my friends asked me to make some of my Spearmint-Eucalyptus soap for her, so I thought I'd share my recipe with you! I use the hot process method of soap making most of the time because the soap can be ready to go right away, even though you're using sodium hydroxide (lye), which ALL true soap must be made with. She wanted the soap quickly, so here it is, along with my recipe for you to try out!
Have you ever cleaned out your freezer and found things in there that you should really just use already? I found a bag of frozen fresh cranberries hiding out in my freezer, and I decided I'd just go ahead and ferment them! The reason I decided to ferment my old cranberries is because 1) it's not Thanksgiving or Fall, and I just didn't feel like a cranberry sauce deal; and 2) I just wanted to see how it would go! Plus, fermented foods are GREAT for your gut! So here's how I fermented my cranberries and also how I used these fermented beauties.
I was recently approached by one of the co-founders of Block Island Organics to take a look at their sunscreen, as it contains natural and organic ingredients. Since I live in the desert Southwest where the sun is KILLER, sunscreen is a very important item to use! Now, I'll be honest---I am NOT a fan of any kind of commercial skincare product in general, and that's because most of them contain chemicals that are damaging to a great variety of your body parts, including your brain, endocrine system, and liver, plus many are carcinogenic. I actually make my own sunscreen (recipe below). However, since many people just aren't into the DIY thing like I am, I was pretty excited to take a look at this organic and "natural" sunscreen!
I have become addicted to fermenting foods--ALL the foods! So when I was gifted with about a million lemons about a month ago, I had to find some great ways to use them! Of course, I turned to fermentation, which is a way to preserve your food so it lasts longer while (magic of all magics)---supplies probiotic goodness to your body! I'm a fan of fermentation because you have two great things going on at the same time: preservation AND raw health benefits and probiotics in your food to serve your body. Here's how to ferment lemons!
Ales (beer) have been around for literally thousands of years, and most of these ancient recipes called for using herbs. In this manner, they became "healing" in nature. Since they are also a fermented drink, they are good for you in terms of gut health too. My Chamomile Ale was inspired by a recipe from the book by Harold Buhner's book, Sacred Herbal Healing Beers. This recipe is several hundred years old and involves using Chamomile. Chamomile is a relaxant, is great for helping with anxiety and soothing nerves. It also helps solve sleep issues and is calming in the evening. It's a delicious little herb, too, with a honey-like sweetness. Here's how to make Chamomile Ale!