May 212014

Dandelion Wine Recipe -  "In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was not proper for ladies to drink alcohol; however, dandelion flower wine was considered so therapeutic to the kidneys and digestive system that it was deemed medicinal even for the ladies."

We have been inundated by dandelions – LOTS OF DANDELIONS!  They are everywhere!  Along the driveway…

driveway dandelions

…in the garden, in the yard – hundreds (maybe thousands?) of dandelions. What do yo do when you’re overrun with dandelions?  Eat them (and make some wine)!  :-) The boys and I got picking and we gathered a large bowl full of dandelion flowers for wine and cookies, plus some greens for a decoction.  I grabbed some roots, too, but then I read that you’re supposed to harvest those in fall, so my dried and roasted dandelion root coffee substitute is on hold. Continue reading »

Nov 082012

Home Remedies for Congestion - naturally relieve sinus congestion at home. The discomfort associated with congestion is one of the most common symptoms associated with colds and flus.  We've got a great collection of remedies that are safe for kids and adults.

It’s that time of year again for many of us – less daylight, busy holiday schedules and colds and flus making the rounds.  The discomfort (and even pain) associated with congestion is one of the most common symptoms.  (Not to mention that the inability to breath is just plain annoying.)  In this post I’ve gathered together several home remedies for congestion that will hopefully get you breathing right and on the fast track to healing the next time you’re battling congestion. Continue reading »

Nov 012012

Herbal antibiotics have long been used by herbal healers to ward off colds and flu, clear infections and speed wound healing. Top 15 herbal antibiotics.

Herbal antibiotics have long been used by herbal healers to ward off colds and flu, clear infections and speed wound healing.  Now, they may be moving back into the mainstream as an alternative for bacteria that have become resistant to synthetic antibiotics.  This post is based on the book “Herbal Antibiotics” by Stephen Harrod Buhner, and related materials.  We’ll start with some background information and then discuss antibiotic herbs and their use. Continue reading »

Sep 242012

Cooking with Herbs - How to Use Herbs in the Kitchen-which herbs are best fresh, which herbs are best cooked, which herbs to pair with vegetables and fruit.

This is a guest post from Jennifer Downing of Nourish about cooking with herbs.

I love my vegetable garden. It’s tucked in the corner of the yard surrounded by a white picket fence. It makes me happy. Buzzing with honey bees from our hive, bushels of beans and towering tomatoes, this modest garden produces a lot of food for my family.

I dream of acres and neat rows of rotational planting but ironically, the yellow house garden has wonky paths and a patchwork of seed plots. It’s fun, but not efficient. So, it may make sense a disproportionate percentage of my garden is filled with randomly placed herbs. They creep across the dirt and sway in the breeze. In spring, I anticipate the arrival of perennials like old friends. Selecting annuals is thrilling as I search for something new to play with in the kitchen. Since many herbs are easy to grow, I am left with little do but harvest and, harvest, and harvest. I step into the garden, gather fragrant arm loads full and return to the kitchen and get cooking with herbs. Continue reading »

Jun 112012

How to Infuse Herbs in Oil, Water, Vinegar, Alcohol or Honey @ Common Sense Homesteading

Looking for creative, easy ways to use homegrown herbs, or maybe you’ve tried some fancy flavored oils or vinegars and wondered about making your own?  Now you can make any meal a little special with your home infused oils, vinegars, alcohols and honey. Continue reading »