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Homesteading Projects

Madder Roots: A Natural Dye

Madder Roots: A Natural Dye

My project this weekend was dying a shirt with madder roots, which I got through a medicinal herb Community Supported Agriculture share with Sawmill Herb Farm. I had read that madder roots turn fabric a reddish color, and was interested in trying it out. My […]

Homemade Blueberry Jam: Preparing for Winter

Homemade Blueberry Jam: Preparing for Winter

Last weekend we spent the long weekend in the Berkshires, in Mt. Washington, Massachusetts, and I took my son baby son blueberry picking at Blueberry Hill Farm, an organic blueberry farm near where we were staying. It was a great way to introduce to him […]

Making a Comfrey Poultice

Making a Comfrey Poultice

Having suffered two herniated discs in my lumbar spine, I have been exploring which herbs and other plants can help with pain management and support the healing process. One thing I have been doing recently, now that comfrey is in season, is a fresh comfrey […]

Slow Baking: Making Sourdough Bread

Slow Baking: Making Sourdough Bread

My friend Sabine recently brought a delicious homemade sourdough bread to my annual Imbolc gathering, and she told me it had taken her several days to make. This got me interested in slow bread baking, so I sat down with her and we talked about […]

Homemade Applesauce: a Fall Ritual

Homemade Applesauce: a Fall Ritual

Every fall I have a ritual of making homemade applesauce. I like to eat it myself, and also give it as a gift and bring it to fall harvest and Thanksgiving celebrations. This year, it will also make a nourishing fall food for my baby, […]

Making Your Own Herbal Body Oils

Making Your Own Herbal Body Oils

Making herbal body oils for self-massage is actually surprisingly simple. It just involves letting the plant steep in the oil of your choice, and then straining out the plant material once the oil has been infused with it. I first made my own herbal body oil, […]

Making Elderberry Syrup

Making Elderberry Syrup

When I’m feeling under the weather, one of the first remedies I turn to is elderberry syrup, and making your own elderberry syrup turns out to be both simple and easy. According to Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal, elderberry has been called the “medicine chest of […]

Making Your Own Almond Milk

Making Your Own Almond Milk

Almond milk has many health benefits. According to The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen, it helps pacify insomnia and anxiety and is a wellness tonic for reproductive health. And making your own almond milk is surprisingly easy, I learned when I tried it this week. The basic […]