Category: Apothecary


The case of the mystery tincture

Always label your herbs! But just in case you forget, here’s how to identify St. John’s Wort tincture and infused oil. When in doubt, throw it out!

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Meet St. Joan’s Wort

I am always ecstatic when I get to meet a new plant – an energetic signature that I’ve never felt growing in-between my hands before, new opportunities to crouch down and disappear in fields of golden hypericum blossoms and listen…

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Working hard to find the perfect recipe

Kate Miller and Katy Able (with Arwen Ek behind the camera) at our greenhouse elixir tasting party at Alpine Botanicals last night! Believe it or not, it took the three of us two hours to perfect six amazing recipes for…

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How to make our best-selling Achy Joints Ointment!

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…

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7 Natural Remedies for the Flu

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 –…

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Watch this 2 minute video, learn how to make homemade cough syrup!

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)!…

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How to make All-Natural Heal-All salve

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…

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Ancient Traditions: Garbling on Samhain

“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…

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Take a video tour of Homestead HQ!

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A letter from a Thistle

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…

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