Starting a Tea Garden — Planning an Ozark Homestead

I’ve been taking many herbal classes lately.  This totally caught my eye! I had to reblog this awesome article by Planning an Ozark Homestead:

If you like tea and are thinking of starting an tea herb garden, here are some herbs to consider. Lemon Verbena – Said to improve digestion, joint pain and fever reducer Mint – Is used for digestive disorders, abdominal pain and stomach cramps Thyme – Said to calm stomach problems and sore throat. Chamomile – […]

via Starting a Tea Garden — Planning an Ozark Homestead

Happy New Year from Noble Homestead 2019!

We are moving along, just like you are 🙂 We hope you are doing well.  Right now we are dealing with some broken pipes and a broken furnace, but are grateful for employment, contingency backups and positive thinking! Annnnnnnyway…

As you might know, I, Vicki, am an herbalist (among many other things!). Just  recently, I started formal training because so many of my products have become successful and necessary remedies not just in my home, but many of my extended family and friends’.

Here is the newest addition to our Etsy store:

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Available is four sizes, 1, 2, 3 and 4 ounces.

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All of our jars are reusable. No plastic nor aluminum, the two smaller sizes are in cobalt blue glass.

~WHY WE USE ONLY GLASS CONTAINERS at the end of this post~

Spring Fever! Already.

I’m also so far gone into a case of Spring Fever that I have signed up for Misfits Market.  It’s a really cool idea they have.  Organic ugly produce gets thrown out/ WASTED all the time.  This is a service that delivers it right to my remote country dirt-road door!  I don’t even have to go hunting for organic produce in three different stores and be limited to carrots and spinach.  These guys have rutabagas, radishes, endive.. MMMMmmm!  Makes a plant-based Mama happy!

From the FAQ on their page:

What is Misfits Market?

It’s a subscription box of sometimes funny-looking, always delicious produce, designed to break the cycle of food waste. Think of us like an online grocery store, except one that specializes in rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away. We source high-quality organic produce that has a few quirks—onions that are too small, potatoes that are shaped like your favorite celebrity, and carrots that fell in love and got twisted together. It may sound like a joke, but billions of pounds of this fresh and delicious food is tossed each year because grocery stores only want “perfect” foods on their shelves. We step in and buy this food from hundreds of farms across the country and bring them to your doorstep, saving you money and helping you save the world.

Get 30% off your first box if you click through here!

SO …. when it comes in next Monday for the first time, I’ll do an unboxing video 🙂

Happy New Year and we hope you had a great holiday.

If you missed our last video, it was for a Kids’ Gift exchange created by Vicki and Sammy of  Little Creek Homestead:

and oh yeah…

~WHY WE USE ONLY GLASS CONTAINERS for our skin solutions (& whenever possible otherwise)~
These are just a few reasons…
“There are environmental impacts associated with each stage of aluminum production, from extraction to processing. The major environmental impact of refining and smelting is greenhouse gas emissions. … Sulfur dioxide and sodium fluoride are emitted from smelters and electrical plants.” – The Environmental Literacy Council (https://enviroliteracy.org/special-features/its-element-ary/aluminum/)

“Plastic has a large impact on the environment. It is possible to recycle plastic, depending on your city’s recycling system, but many people do not. Plastic is not biodegradable, which means it is not possible for the earth to naturally absorb this material back into the soil. Rather, the light breaks down the plastic into small pieces that contaminate the soil. It is expensive to manage and clean the toxicity that plastic creates. Recycling programs aim to get you to reduce the amount of items you use, reuse your containers and recycle what you can no longer use. Plastic can also adversely affect your health.” – Hunker.com (https://www.hunker.com/12003598/the-advantages-disadvantages-of-plastic-containers)

(… among many others… so we just use glass bc we can and we CARE about you and our environment. XO We sourced our jars as inexpensively and responsibly as possible after much research.)

VERY much love,

Vicki, Ray, the kids, Demmy the dog, the cats, and the chickens  xo

New Items in our Etsy Store

I sent my friend Suzanne of WTFarmGirl a couple treats and her reaction has inspired me to sell them on our Etsy store.

I had made these reusable cotton face masks to help me with the dust when I am working in the barn or woodshed.  They help keep the dust out.  You can wear them either way, whatever suits your fancy, as they are curved to fit your face and the straps are a soft, round elastic.

SUPER hot-off-the-presses-I’m-listing-stuff-right-NOW!

I have no packaging or labels ready yet, but up it goes! I made some awesome apple butter with orange and clove that I call “Sunshine Butter” and also some “Salve So Good!” that has Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive oil infused with plantain, Grapeseed Oil infused with Jewelweed, Carrotseed, Cedarwood, Lavender, Red Raspberry Seed, Clove, Calendula, Geranium, Vitamin E, and Rosemary oils.  You see many salves with some ingredients, but mine will rock your socks!  While you’re at it, slather some on dry heels and cover with cotton socks for a mini spa treatment!

Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea? I learned about it on YouTube, through Off Grid with Doug & Stacy . I bet you never knew it was delicious!

It is simple and a whole food and so mild.  Be careful though, and know what you are harvesting:

A few words of caution: while there are over 100 different varieties of pine, the Ponderosa, Norfolk Island and Yew needles should be avoided, as brewing can prove toxic. You’ll want to collect your needles from trees at a distance from the roadside to be sure they haven’t been

exposed to exhaust or chemicals, and far away from dump sites. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked by some sources to miscarriage. -source: http://www.medicinalfoodnews.com/articles/pine-needle-tea

What’s so good about pine needle tea?

1. Pine needle tea has a pleasant taste and smell (always a good start).

I LOVE these bags!

2. It is rich in vitamin C (5 times the concentration of vitamin C found in lemons) and can bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints and fatigue

3. Vitamin C is also an immune system booster which means that pine needle tea can help to fight illness and infections.

4. Pine needle tea also contains high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight, improves hair and skin regeneration and improves red blood cell production.

5. It can be used as an expectorant for coughs and to help relieve chest congestion; it is also good for sore throats.

6. It brings you clarity and mental clearness.

7. It can help with depression, obesity, allergies and high blood pressure.

8. Pine needles contain antioxidants. These reduce free radicals, which are harmful to humans and can cause disease.

9. Taoist priests drank pine needle tea as they believed it made them live longer. There is researched evidence that pine needle tea can help to slow the ageing process.

10. Pick some pine needles and let them soak in boiling water on your stove and it will add a crisp pine smell all over the house. Perfect for Christmas.

source: https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/forestipedia/10-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-pine-needle-tea

8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

I have been the lucky recipient of a windfall of cucumbers.  I found this article “refreshing:”

Cucumber water is one drink that you’ll want to consider the next time you’re feeling thirsty. It not only helps genuinely hydrate the body, it can help you feel better overall, and even look better.

Click here for all of the benefits you’ll reap, and some recipes to help you along.


Source: 8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

Picking Flowers for Violet Syrup and a Tick Rant

A sea of violets…  I was so thrilled to realize my whole back yard is edible!  I’ll be playing with a dandelion recipe soon.  This didn’t keep me from being careful.  We have guinea hens on order, and are working on fencing in the back yard.  In the meantime, it’s leggings and boots for me.  I’m SICK of ticks!