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Herb Love

I gotta do a post about my growing love for herbs and alternative health.

A few months ago I dove into tincture making. Passionflower, eleuthero, you name it! Nearly almost all of my herbs are preserved. So when I need them I can take out my little brown bottles and administer!

Aaron bought me a juicer and I have used it quite a bit in the past two days! I have found out that if you want to juice greens you can add an apple or a pear to make your concoction more palatable. So far I have juiced, kale, dandelion greens, parsley, lettuce, apples, pears, carrots and celery.

A few weeks ago I had a very busy week and was traveling back and forth to Saginaw, I took spirulina capsules (homemade! thanks to Aunt Carolyn who bought us a capsule maker for our wedding). I didn’t need to worry about not meeting my daily requirements well enough, I took a few of those along with me to keep most of my needs met.

I started getting interested in alternative health right before I got married, after I got married it continued with some gifts from Aunt Carolyn, some library books and websites. Now when I go to Barnes & Noble or the library I don’t really see much of anything I can get because what is there is basic stuff about what I already know, it’s dissapointing but at the same time it feels good. So now I am at the mercy of my search engine, Facebook friends, youtube and pinterest. ūüôā


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Feeling herby

I’m trying to kick a cold…

  • Elderflower tea with raw honey- It’s so rich tasting, it is soo good!
  • My horehound candy and other herbal cough drops are¬†all gone.
  • I made onion syrup, ugh it’s definatly an aquired taste. It almost has this numbing affect when you eat it. Next time I think I will make garlic syrup and see how I like that.
  • I am also been taking baths with peppermint, lavender, wintergreen, eucalyptus, and lemon esstential oils. I have tried different combos and like the combos that contain lavender and eucalyptus the best.
  • I have been taking activated charcoal in capsules to try and cleanse my system.
  • I sniffed lavender esstential oil when I had¬†a headache, I was amazed at how quickly it worked!
  • And the last two don’t really have anything to do with curing a cold but I have been practicing them anyway…
  • Once a week I put in a little castor oil with my shampoo, it really softenes the hair.
  • And every once in awhile I brush my teeth with black walnut powder, it polishes them and it has astringent qualities in it.

But still its hack, hack, hack. It is kind of frustrating that I don’t have access to fresh herbs. Because I’m sure if I have them I would be able to break up all of the stubborn muscus in my chest. My husband’s uncle sugessted Mucinex, so I might bend and try some of that. Any one of my readers know of any other way to break up really stubborn gunk in the lungs?

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  • Three kinds of dry beans
  • Bush beans
  • Pole Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Yellow onions
  • Summer and Winter squash
  • Garlic
  • Nasturitum
  • Two kinds of peas
  • New herbs: Hyssop, Valerian, Ginseng, Goldenseal
  • Many varieties of loose leaf salads.

I am so pleased with how everything is going despite my not getting a greenhouse until later int he season. I feel like I am better prepared for this season because my garden is more organized and it is bigger than it was last year. Since some of the seedlings died, I am able to pay more attention to the healthy, living plants.

New pets

I kept three of Alley’s five kittens. I named them Basil, Iris, and Trinket. Basil¬†has stripes and spots all over him, he will be quiet a fetching sight when he gets older. He looks like a little wild cat. Iris has¬†a long black coat with some coloring throughout. She has a brown spot on her head. She is the¬†smallest one, she has the shortest tail and her eyes are¬†a little close together, so has such a sweet face. Trinket kind of looks like Iris, but her coat is smoother and she has more spots and streaks through. Her most noted characteristic is a brown stripe down her face. When she was a newborn she reminded me of a little bear.¬†

Now that the weather has turned each Monday I use my clothesline, except today it is rainy. ūüė¶ But since we have so little laundry I will either wait until this evening if the rain lets up, or I will do it on Tuesday.

My goal as to living more modestly is going well, I would like to downsize my wardrobe. I still have stacks of material waiting to be sewn into garments and stacks of white and off-white cotton waitingt o be sewn into bloomers.

Aaron has an appointment on Wednesday for his arm, please pray for us!

That’s all for now!

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What I love about our house,

It’s OURS.

Although it does present it’s challenges, it is such a pleasure running your own home. It gives you a sense of comfort and accomplishment¬†when your husband tells you that he feels loved when he comes home.

Furnishing our home with things that I have made or collected, putting up food, even something as simple has making the bed gives my a little spring in my step to move onto my next chore whether it is an enjoyable one or not.

A few days ago, I harvested what I assumed was the last of the herbs. I am giving them a rest and when the frost becomes heavy I will be covering my more tender plants, such as rosemary, to try to winter them over. I brought in my stevia and the sweet marjoram that Betsy bought for me for my birthday. Though they might peter out because they are annuals I plan on seeing how long I can keep them. There is something about having herbs that is so enjoyable. They are forgiving plants, and they love you right back.

Aaron put up shelving in the closet of the unoccupied, unfinished front bedroom. It felt good to organize the filled jars. I told him that I loved his quality of being so handy, he warned me that I might not think so at times when he wants to fix everything. As of now I think that it is much better than being lazy, leaving projects unfinished or things falling apart. Along with the shelving, he fixed a wood horse shaped swing that my Grandpa made, and a bench that has been begging for his attention for a long time to be repaired. I am really looking forward to spending more time with him this winter.

Alley and Tuxedo have been well. They love goats milk. I give them ¬†a small bowl full¬†when the milk is close to a week old and is getting a more goaty¬†taste. This is nice because I don’t feel bad for having it go to waste. Aaron only has milk on his cereal¬†in the mornings, and I am not a big fan. The last few samplings¬†I have had have been goaty. When I taste it I immediately¬†think of Merry, the ‘boss’ of my brother-in-law Brian’s small goat herd.

I haven’t been online in nearly four days. I like this release, it’s freeing.

Happy Tuesday Readers!

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Monday after doing my bags of corn, I began to develop a sore throat. Ugh, not what I wanted!

Yesterday I didn’t do anything productive, I rested and napped. I was also popping horehound candies, and I was amazed at how much mucus my nose was producing! Which was a good thing because I could blow my nose to get rid of the junk. I also sipped on a tangerine drink mixture and before bed I tried to clear my nose with the steam from chamomile tea. Ahh, I love herbs.

The second day of being sick is not fun either. I feel sluggish, lazy, tired. The house is a mess because we haven’t been home much these past few weeks so all we do is drop stuff off and run. I don’t feel like doing anything, but there is so much to do!

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Two days ago I was pleasantly surpirised by a black raspberry bush that I found growing amoungst a lilac bush. The berry bush in taller than I am so it has been there for awhile. Today I thought about cutting back part of the lilac bush so I can access those sweet berries better. I would have to ask Aaron though. Any pointers on berry bushes?

I have been blessed to live outside of the city in a house that is 100% ours that we have to make no payments on which is a praise within itself. There is so much I want to learn and do!

Growing our food from salads to corn to watermelons to cabbage.

Canning, drying, freezing our harvest.

Making my own jams, jellies, relishes and other condiments.

Buying pantry staples in bulk.

Using hand powered kitchen appliances.

Planting and using culinary herbs like Basil to make fresh pesto and Tarragon to put in vinegar for salad dressing.

Planting and using medicinal herbs from harvesting wild plantains for postpartum relief to making white horehound lozenges and cough syrup to echinacea tinctures.

Digging a root cellar

Having a home library versus a video game collection

Cloth diapers hanging on the clothesline.

Going to pick…anything blueberries, apples, blackberries, strawberries, cherries…

Using my wood stove for more than just heating the house.

Patchwork quilts and crocheted afghans for everyone.

Home birthing


Family devotions.

Little girls running around in home sewn dressies with little lacy headcoverings and little boys running around with ‘spa-menders’


ūüôā What would you like to learn?

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Sweeeet, totally.

Today I went to Farmer’s Market with Naomi and Betsy.

They visited with some of the vendors they knew and with the market master.

As for me I bought four new herbs

Echincea, Pennyroyal, Stevia, and Sweet Fennel.

The Sweet Fennel and Echinacea have their own spots over by the lilac bushes where they can spread out, and I put the Stevia in a pot because it is a perennial, so I’m not going to bother putting it into the ground and my pennyroyal in a pot because it looks wickedly invasive.

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