Starting to prep for the fall and winter “sickie seasons” by restocking some of my favorite oils from Rocky Mountain Oils. One of the top oil blends I like is Immune Strength, which we use on the kids’ feet and diffused in the air if we start getting ill.
They have some new fall scents out that sound like they would smell wonderful running through our diffuser at home. Check them out here!
I have some nice patches of lemon balm in my herb garden. I usually only make tea from it, but The Nerdy Farm Wife has some other great ideas on her blog post here.
credit The Nerdy Farm Wife
I bought an ice cream maker years ago and haven’t even tried using it yet! After reading this post by Fresh Eggs Daily I’m going to go get it out! Just got fresh milk and cream the other day so it’s a perfect time to try it!
Photo credit: Fresh Eggs Daily
From an article on Mercola.com:
But I’m interested in it as a bug repellent! Read more ….
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…
Working on creating a first aid kit using herbs from my Learning Herbs kit that my husband got for me at Christmas time, which includes ingredients for making a healing salve, echinacea tincture and elderberry syrup. Here is a link to an Herbal Travel First Aid Kit on the Learning Herbs website.
I just heard of this recipe for Bannock on Melissa K Norris dot com. Never heard of it before, but it sounds tastey and like something our family would enjoy! According to her website, “Bannock is a simple bread, traditionally made in aboriginal cultures. The potato variation is a Canadian heritage recipe” – which sounds interesting to me! Have you tried it?
There are so many ideas out there for how best to live and eat that it can feel overwhelming. I do believe that over the recent years (from my youth through adulthood), our food choices have left something to be desired. So many preservatives and additives that have been added in order to make food last longer on shelves, or to entice taste buds, especially of young people, simply cannot be good for us, especially in large quantities or over long periods of time, building up in our bodies.
Tracy at Our Simple Homestead had a great post the other day about Living Clean on a Homestead Diet. This is something I aspire to for myself and our family as it seems to me that if we ate more whole foods, the way God gave them to us in the form of plants and animals, we might not have some of the health issues we have.
Check out her post. Are there some ways you are incorporating a “homestead diet”? Do you grow your own food or have animals? Do you have access to a farm or market? Do you like to can or preserve foods?
Image credit: Our Simple Homestead