I've had lots of folks lately asking for our Achy Joints Ointment, and by this time of the year, we are always sold out. Our infused oils and vinegars are always made with freshly, ethically, and beautifully wildcrafted herbs; and our batches are small and quality crafted by hand. (No wonder it's so popular!) Being … Continue reading How to make our best-selling Achy Joints Ointment!
Public health officials base their forecast on the Southern Hemisphere's flu season from the previous summer - and they're all saying THIS winter's flu forecast is worse than usual. That's also how they usually develop the current years' vaccine - from the specific flu strain that just finished it's course in Australia, and is on … Continue reading 7 Natural Remedies for the Flu
Favorite thing about the Holistic Homestead #67: We are more interested in EMPOWERING YOU to take charge of your health with simple, DIY, all natural remedies - than in making money from our products (we are a nonprofit, after all)! As it turns out, we know most folks will still buy our amazing Dr. B's … Continue reading Watch this 2 minute video, learn how to make homemade cough syrup!
What's in my All-Heal salve? Coconut Oil Calendula or Comfrey (fresh or dried) Oatmeal What's it good for? Rashes Bug Bites and Stings Eczema Psoriasis Burns How does it work? Let's start with Coconut Oil. Dr. Axe lauds the wound healing properties of Coconut Oil in his article, "77 Coconut Oil Uses". Here's Use #29: … Continue reading How to make All-Natural Heal-All salve
"Garbling" is herbal-parlance for working with herbs, which according to the ancient healers, was a sacred task. Once the raw herbal material has been harvested and dried, or infused into oil, honey, or alcohol, garbling is the next stage of transmuting plant material into healing ointments, salves, elixirs, and teas. Samhain (sometimes pronounced "sow-en") is … Continue reading Ancient Traditions: Garbling on Samhain
I submitted this letter about a month ago to our local paper, but they told me it's too long for print. (Fair enough.) I wrote "A letter from a thistle" as a passionate plea for peace after reading "How to control noxious weeds" by Irene Shonle, Director of the CSU Extension Office in Gilpin County, … Continue reading A letter from a Thistle
The Holistic Homestead.org is way more than a blog - it's a resource. We have cataloged literally hundreds of articles covering everything from health policy, the vaccine debate, herbalism, spirituality and health, and first aid...if there's a topic that intersects with "holistic" and "homesteading" anywhere on the internet, you can be it's here! That's why … Continue reading And our #1 most popular post is…
Matricaria discoidea, commonly known as Pineapple Weed, is an astoundingly fragrant herb. It grows everywhere, preferring driveways and sidewalk cracks, almost as if it preferred to be stepped on. This humble little herb is usually ignored, and not well understood or utilized, even among herbalists. However, as the name "matricaria" denotes, Pineapple Weed is actually … Continue reading Pineapple Weed for kids and kids-at-heart
Invariably, without fail, right on time: early spring in the Colorado Rockies brings on unbearable cabin fever! Before I know it, I'm outside, snow up to my knees, in a tee-shirt, chewing on pine needles. "Aaaahhh...blessed green-ness!" In fact, early spring - when the sap begins to rise - is the best time to harvest pine … Continue reading Pine Needle Vinaigrette a la Provence