Category: Homesteading

Homesteading: The Cost of Keeping Chickens

How much will it cost for those wonderful, free-range eggs laid in your backyard coop? Are chickens worth the expense? How long will it take to re-coop the start up costs? One of the first questions on the minds of future city chicken farmers is the cost of keeping chickens. They might dream of free-range …

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5 Recipes for DIY Spring Cleaning

Many of the products we use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have negative long-term effects on our health and environment. For example, ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass cleaners. These ingredients can linger on surfaces and are …

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Creating a Container Salad Garden

Many salad crops are suitable for growing in outdoor planters and if you are new to home-grown produce they are an easy and fairly maintenance vegetable group to start with. Like any home-grown produce, salad crops have a unique taste all of their own (once you have tasted your own lettuce you will never go …

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Now Remember Rosemary

Mad Ophelia tells us: “There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance”. In Shakespeare’s day it was common knowledge that rosemary helped one remember. Today, as then, herbalists agree: “For weyknesse of ye brayne, sethe rosemaria in wyne and keep ye heed warme”. The leaves of this tough, evergreen shrub, are valued for both medicinal and culinary uses. …

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6 Home Remedies For Honeybee Stings

Getting a Honey-bee-sting is no fun. Moreover, the pain can last up to several hours, even days if no correct remedial measures are applied immediately. Since summer time is at its peak, people who work in their gardens have high risk of getting stung by a bee. Fortunately, there are now a bunch of home …

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Chai Honey Tea Recipe

Experience the health benefits of honey Healthy ingredients are the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Whether it be a minor addition for flavor, or an increased dosage that completely transforms a meal, finding healthy ingredients that are both nutritious and delicious can enhance your diet and your life. Honey is a diverse ingredient that can …

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Dandelion Blessings! 

The first yellow spots in the lawn and along roadsides are telling me every year that winter is finally over, and that the promise of life has come back, and Mother Earth will provide for us with an abundance of food and beauty again. Shining like little yellow stars they take over controlled lawns. They …

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Bringing the Herb Garden Home for Health and Happiness

For thousands of years, people have grown plants for culinary and medicinal uses. These days, outside of certain communities, it is less common to have an herb garden, and many people don’t know the difference between lemon balm and lemongrass. But rest assured; this guide to the must-haves in any herb garden will help stave …

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How to Make Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is made from the ginger root, or the rhyzome. It is a knotty root, and has a light brown skin and a light juicy flesh on the inside. You can find ginger root in the fresh produce section in most grocery stores. But if you like you can grow your own ginger no matter …

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Lemon Balm Tea (Melissa Officinalis) Health Benefits

Lemon balm tea is a caffeine-free herbal tea made from the plant, Melissa officinalis. Melissa officinalis is one of many herbs which have a natural lemony fragrance without the sourness and acidity caused by citric acid in lemons. This article explores the health benefits and medicinal uses of lemon balm, and the benefits of drinking an …

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