Pine Needle Calendula Tea and Catching Up!

Did you ever try Pine Needle Tea?  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

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The Emotional Roller Coaster of My New Chicken Ownership

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I have wanted to have chickens forever.  So we moved to a place where we could:

 

After moving in and getting the garden going, we got the chicks, two guinea keets and four barred rocks.

 

Then we got two more guinea keets and four Easter Eggers (they lay colored eggs!):

 

We built a “Hoop Coop”

 

And learned all about our fowl:

 

THEN I got the cookies scared out of me:

And in the same day, learned how much I love my chickens!

 

So this is where I am with it now:

 

What ways do you keep your chickens safe when they are running around? I have also learned from a fellow homesteader that hawks are deterred by crows, so at Halloween I will be stocking up on life-size decoys!!

 

 

Repurposing with Purpose: Frankenclothes!

This is what I do with Olivia’s brother’s hand-me-downs and cheap sheets I buy at “Sal’s Fifth Ave,” or the thrift store, as we know it. We show off a couple of the many mad-scientist wearables 😀