Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily has a great article about how to use herbs with your chickens. And no, I don’t mean how to prepare your chickens for dinner using herbs… I mean how to keep your flock of chickens healthy by utilizing herbs!
The Bible mentions 128 plants and herbs that were part of everyday life in ancient Israel. Some of these plants include almonds, apples, mustard, cucumber, grapes, mandrake, nettle, poppy, and wormwood and many others.
I wanted to look into a few of the most talked about herbs in the Bible and their roles in health, hygiene, and beauty and how they were traditionally used. You’d probably be surprised by how many of these you use on a regular basis!
Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Aloe was also used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume. We use it in a lot of the same ways today.
All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to reduce fevers as…
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Nice article outlining uses for various essential oils…
I love essential oils. They have so many uses- for our skin, our health, even cleaning our homes. It can be a little overwhelming with all the choices out there as to what oil to use for which ailment or issue. So I wanted to give you a few basic ones that we should all keep in our medicine cabinets at home. And if you want to read all about oils and how they are made and what their benefits are, go here!
Wintergreen- It has the same chemical properties as aspirin so it’s great as an alternative to all your OTC painkillers due to it’s anesthetic abilities. Put one drop behind your ears, or on your temples, neck or any other part of your body that needs pain relief. However, just like aspirin, it is possible to use too much so take it easy when using this oil.
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Rocky Mountain Oils posted an article about the best oils to use to help combat a variety of pesty bugs and ticks. We have Bug Off as well as a variety of other oils such as geranium and thyme that I have mixed in a spray bottle. The kids like it if I add a little bit of vanilla as well. So far so good! Check out their website here.
At our old house we had lemon balm growing. I loved the smell of it when we accidentally mowed over some of it, but I never really took advantage of using it the way I could have! After moving to our new homestead, I realized that I had missed out on all the good properties of lemon balm, and found some plants on sale last year at a garden sale. They came back up very nicely this year in my herb garden off the side of our deck, and now after reading this lovely post from The Simple Times, I look forward to utilizing this fragrant and useful herb!
photo credit ~ the simple times
Rocky Mountain Oils is offering a great Mother’s Day Sale but only for a few days! The sale started on the 3rd, and ends on the 5th. Check out the great oil sets and individual oils on sale here. I just got “Unwind” and love it… it’s a wonderful combination of all my favorite scents, including vanilla.
I’ve recently been drawn to Rocky Mountain Oils after reading up on the company itself, and reading some research done by folks who spent their time researching EO companies, using the same kind of criteria I would have if I had the time and energy to do so! In the end, it seems that RMO and I will be a good match. With that said, I have just ordered a new diffuser for our home, and their “Bug Off” EO for the kids. I also just noticed they have a Kid’s Kit of several oils diluted properly for use in a roller ball dispenser on children, and it’s on sale right now…
Jessica from Shower of Roses shared a delicious sounding way to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday today. I’m always behind with the novena and everything leading up to this very special day, so I appreciate it when I can see a simple way to get our children’s attention and incorporate the meaning and history of Divine Mercy Sunday. Here is a link to her post on her website. Always a great resource!
This is right up my alley! Hoping to do this in May! Love these shops!
It’s time once again for the Vintage Crawl presented by the Two Rivers Vintage Collective!
This year 8 shops along the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers are participating; five in Stillwater, two in Afton, and one in Hastings.
The Crawl takes place from Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7. Crawl hours: Thursday 10 -7, Friday & Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 12 -5.
Doing the Crawl is a great way to spend a day. Especially if you love vintage, repurposed, chippy, rusty, shabby, one of a kind items for your home!
I suggest starting in Stillwater and working your way south, or reverse that and start in Hastings and work your way north. If starting on the Stillwater end, may I suggest beginning at Apron Chicks.
Apron Chicks is a vintage home/accessory occasional sale operated out of a charming little cabin at Bergmann’s Greenhouse & Farm Market…
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