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Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
Rosemary is known as a tasty condiment, but it has also long been used as medicine, and makes for a blissful foot soak.
Using rosemary plants in the landscape can offer a number of benefits such as being drought tolerant, desert soil and climate tolerant, aesthetically pleasing, great for cooking, attractive to honey bees, and more.
Tips for determining when to prune and when to yank rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme.
Working with medicinal plants can not only help heal ourselves and each other, but also contribute to the beauty of our lives and our world.
Plastic bags can help you begin to grow rose roots, instead of starting them out in pots.
Despite the challenges, momentum for GMO labeling is growing. Natural food retailers are either committing to labeling GMOs in their stores or removing them from shelves. National labeling legislation has been introduced. Even big food companies recognize the growing demand for labeling.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
Grow Red Thai Roselle hibiscus for a tea, health drink and sauce. Roselle, also known as Florida Cranberry, can be grown outside the sunbelt if you have the right variety. Red Thai is that variety.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
Preserving herbs from your garden is easy, whether you freeze or dry them.
A beautiful old, old, rambling rose bush that grows on my moms corner fence post greets us with pink blooms each spring.
Here are some helpful online resources where you can start learning more about medicinal herbs.
Deck: Infused vinegar is easy to prepare and makes a much-appreciated gift.
Watch an interview with Rosemary Gladstar, during which she discusses the goals of the non-profit United Plant Savers and the importance of plant conservation. Plus, read about how Rosemary became a leading figure in American herbal medicine.
Many criticize eliminating coal mining in West Virginia because of the amount of jobs the sector provides. A wind farm, however, would employ over 200 local residents during the two-year construction phase, and create 40-50 permanent maintenance jobs afterward. A wind farm would also allow the mountain to be used for other purposes, like sustainable forestry, mountain harvesting, and gathering of wild forest plants, creating additional jobs and the opportunity for stable income for locals.
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
Sweet, healthy, root vegetables that love growing through the heat of summer? Learn about adding Jerusalem artichokes, yacon, and sweet potatoes to your gardens. Plus, more on the incredible health benefits of roselle (hibiscus).
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
In the beauty of autumn comes a time of preparation for winter. The many necessary tasks to be prepared if you are self sufficient.
To counteract life's stresses and strains, to slow down the pace of life, stop and smell the roses...or any flower. In the absence of flowers, you'll find another way to bring a smile to your face, the songs of birds.
Goats are terrific weed eaters, and do a great job clearing land for you, why not utilize them for clearing your pastures!
This great recipe offers a new way to enjoy pumpkin.
This divine herb has a multitude of properties – it’s a potent skin-cell regenerative, mucolytic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, vulnerary, antioxidant, antifungal, analgesic and deodorizing agent. I use both the essential oil and the infused oil in formulas to relieve sinus and respiratory congestion, muscle tension and soreness, and headaches; to soften and fade scar tissue; to stimulate memory, creativity, confidence and mental energy; and to stimulate circulation to encourage hair growth.
These books are great sources of information on the best herbs and foods for maintaining good health.
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine suggests effective herbs and supplements for the treatment of macular degeneration.
Stick with culinary sage whenever you don't know if a specific type of sage is edible.
Herbs are versatile plants that enhance our lives by adding beauty, aroma, nutrition, seasoning, and a varied landscape. Because they can be grown indoors, or outdoors in pots, as part of landscaping or in the garden, everyone has room to grow herbs.
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
What to do with the three edible parts of roses, including the hips (fruit) that are in season fall through winter.
Michelle Corbett's grandmother and great-grandmother taught her to use a natural compost consisting of eggshells and coffee grounds.
Connecting deeply to place is crucial, explains bioregionalist Jesse Wolf Hardin, in this new series about reinhabiting the living land.
Roses are easy to grow successfully if you follow a few guidelines: provide good air circulation around the canes and keep the plants clean and not too damp. Roses come in many forms, including bush or shrub, climbing, and miniature.
Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
Why pay high prices at the grocery store when growing herbs outdoors is achievable all winter long?
Readers share drink recipes that highlight fresh herbs.
Here’s a relative newcomer plant that’s easy to grow, and very useful for the “survival garden” and the gardener with limited (or no) gardening skills.
The Herb Companion Editor KC Compton talks to Sebastian, a young fairgoer who is passionate about growing herbs at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
New varieties of herbs for pollinators.
The little used herb lovage makes an attractive addition to the edible landscape and provides a smoky flavor to soups and stews.
No party is complete without cake, and this delicious Sunshine Cake has been the crowning glory of every Summer Solstice party I’ve ever thrown. Sharon Kebschull Barrett, one of my favorite herbal chefs, developed this recipe for her 1999 book Desserts from an Herb Garden (one of my bibles). Lemony, with a surprising hint of rosemary, this cake just tastes like summer—and the bright yellow color celebrates the sun.
PBS and Ken Burns’ new series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” is stirring up interest in some of our country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring nature, as well as its people. And it’s no surprise that many of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have fond memories of these wilderness areas. What are your favorite memories and stories regarding our national parks?
What we do on snow days in the mountains when it is snowing hard outside.
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
Homesteading with dogs in remote mountain living. Considerations in providing a good safe homestead environment for your cherished pets.
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
Snow in the mountains is different than snow found at lower elevations.
How a single purchase of a magazine in newsprint in 1970 changed my life.
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting. This segment is on using natural resources around the homestead.
Pack Rats, cute, tricky and destructive
Sometimes you have your plans changed for you, so don't put off tomorrow what can be done today.
The forests in Colorado are dying at a fast rate. Find out what's to blame.
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
Hiking to the top of our mountain, the breathing view, the soothing effect.
Using the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, technique and a few changes, you can produce a sourdough olive oil/rosemary type bread that is just heavenly.
Use herbs from the garden in your Christmas dinner. This post shares a complete Christmas meal using garden herbs.
Using a mortar and pestle to create a variety of spice and herb blends.
Use the cold winter months to start your own shade garden with native woodland plants.
Use olive oil, garlic, oregano and more to create an appetizer that is both savory and satisfying. Easy to make, these seasoned crackers will be a hit at your next holiday gathering.
After the chicken dinner and hot dish and salads, there is one free meal left in that bird!
Paul Carmichael of Lily of the Valley Herb Farm talks about his experience at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, including the top herbs and working with kids at the Treehouse Club.
Renowned herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner outlines how plant medicines can prevent and treat emerging infections such as Ebola and discusses why these deadly outbreaks are happening. He explains how to use more than a dozen antiviral and immune-boosting herbs, including elder, licorice and skullcap.
"Numen: The Nature of Plants" is a cornucopia of intuitive wisdom, science based knowledge, and exuberant passion and reverence for plants around the world. The film opens with plant close ups and stunning time lapse photography of plants throughout their growing cycles, their intrinsic eye catching patterns and their symbiotic relationships with pollinators. Numen is defined as the spirit believed by animists to inhabit natural objects. The film describes that we sense this force the most abundantly through plants.
Natalia Bragg of Wade, Maine, is a sixth-generation herbalist who is gaining well-deserved recognition for her work with the rich variety of plants and trees on her remote farm.
'Tis the season for education and celebration, at this year's herbal gatherings.
Enjoy healthy blackberry and raspberry elixirs and teas, blessings from the brambles of Summer!
There is no experience or practice more valuable, empowering, and utterly satisfying than enabling the health and well being of ourselves, our family, friends and community... naturally.
This week's post is a guest submission by Kaitlin Rose from Bring Birth Home. She writes about preparing for a home birth, and why it's truly DIY.
The newest member at Goat Song Farm: A 3 week old, purebred Nubian doeling named 'Rose Of Summer'.
Bread! hits the water on Lake Ontario while taking a week long sailing course. The Rosemary Olive Oil Sourdough was featured for dinner.
Tips that we have learned gardening at a high elevation.
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
A chirping predator may be an unexpected and unwanted visitor. Mountain lions do chirp and one set me on edge.
Living in the mountains or remotely requires physical endurance as well as being fit.
The most basic part of food is the seed. Learn to grow and save your own. You can do this at home, but if you want to further hone your skills, attend Seed School.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
Communication and honesty is essential to decide important issues like a complete lifestyle change.
Location near public transporation and walkability are as important as green materials and design in creating a green home, study finds.
Jim and Holly Smith, founders of Today’s Abundant Living, sent us this great review of a Homesteading Education Month open house and country skills workshop they hosted at their Michigan homestead.
There are some veggies, herbs and edible flowers that are self seeders. Plant them once, let them go to seed, and you will have continuous plants year after year.
Learn growing methods, health benefits and preparations for echinacea, elecampane, sweet Annie, spilanthes and astragalus.
How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.
Rishi Tea has handcrafted 12 new loose leaf tea blends, including 6 innovative botanical blends, 3 delicious chai teas, 2 energizing green teas and an aromatic oolong – perfect for fall and the holidays.
How to use herbs on goats, blends, suggestions, and tips.
Try this refreshing herbal lemonade recipe.
Don’t eat the plain, clean, boring stuff! Dirty it up with earth’s goodness in the form of herbs. There are many ways to use herbs in health and healing, and here we will share some of our favorite herb condiments to spice up any meal.
Cultivation and uses of six medicinal herbs for the respiratory system, including tincture, oxymel, tea and steam bath recipes.
A philosophical look at the coming of winter, with ideas for preserving the summer after the end-of-the-season pepper harvest.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
Oregano is well known as a culinary herb with warming and aromatic flavor. The oil of oregano has shown great promise in treating many illnesses, including colds, flu, muscle pain, GI problems, respiratory illnesses, skin conditions and urinary-tract infections.
In the hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this true Christmas celebration was simple, inexpensive and rich with tradition.
This is part two of my visit to King Arthur Flour, the concluding blog of the four-day event.
Where we go to reflect on life and relax.
Elizabeth Van Deventer has been on a quest to find the answer to sustainable farming and an ethical diet most of her life. Follow along as she discovers the impacts of producing tea, palm oil and fruit, and how she eventually settles on a lifestyle that is in tune with the earth and all of its creatures.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting, bee forage, year-round herb as well as delicious pesto.
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
Finca Luna Nueva's Sacred Seeds Sanctuary is a living laboratory to nurture tropical and native species through the next 10 years of climate change.
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in medicinal plants, places garlic among the best all-around plant medicines in the world. Learn about the host of ailments garlic can alleviate and prevent, and discover some of the added health perks of this flavorful, folklore-infused herb.
We’ve succeeded at drying herbs and greens in our SunWorks solar dehydrator, which promises to make future meals all the more flavorful and nutritious.
Highly nutritious, maca has been used as a staple food source by the people of Central Peru for thousands of years, as well as a ceremonial offering in traditional sacred rites, as currency, and as medicine to improve overall health in both animals and people.
Part I of a two-part tutorial on how to make soap for the absolute beginner. Readers will assemble materials and prepare the mold this week in anticipation of combining the ingredients to make a batch of cold-process soap.
Part II of a tutorial on how to make cold-process soap. The directions are intended for the absolute beginner and use easy-to-locate materials.
Southern Exposure celebrates Slow Food's Terra Madre Day with a fresh winter greens salad, featuring yacon, a South American root vegetable that tastes like fresh pear! Plus garden planning to have your own farm fresh food through the winter.
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols--herbs and eggs--in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Perfect for spring, this pasta dish can be made with the spring herbs that are popping up in your garden or market and a little leftover wine (either red or white will do).
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food