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We know there’s no replacement for modern medicine, but natural remedies also have a place in our lives, especially on the homestead. Stings, scrapes, mild headaches, and sniffles are daily annoyances that over the counter medicines don’t always treat quickly. Fortunately, homesteaders can grow their own medicine to ward off minor maladies. Check out these common medicinal herbs that will keep you (and even your animals!) in tip-top shape.

Aloe vera

This plant is a must-have in every home. Use it topically to treat burns from the beach or your kitchen. People also swear by aloe vera’s benefits when consumed as a juice, helping with digestion and acne. It’s also a fantastic makeup remover! (more ways to use aloe vera)


Horseradish is more than a sandwich condiment. Use horseradish root to open up congested sinuses in a flash. The best part? You don’t need to eat a huge chunk of the root. Simply include it in your meals for quick and easy congestion relief, with no pill bottles required.


In addition to making tasty treats in the kitchen, peppermint can also be used to soothe stomach troubles and headaches. Gather a fistful of leaves and brew them in a tea for quick relief. If you have a ton of peppermint growing, consider drying the leaves to preserve the harvest for year-round use.


If you’re looking for the plant kingdom’s equivalent of Tylenol, look no further than echinacea. This complex herb contains compounds that improve immune function, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation, both in humans and animals (but consult with a vet before giving herbs to your livestock). To use echinacea, you can make a tea with its dried leaves or roots.


Having trouble sleeping? A soothing tea made of chamomile flowers will set you right again. Chamomile tea also provides quick relief for stress and anxiety. (see how it helps with depression)

The bottom line

There’s no replacement for a doctor’s advice, so remember to consult with your physician before consuming homemade medicines. If you want quick relief for minor ailments without a trip to the pharmacy, consider growing your own medicine.

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Take Care Of You

While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us. It is easy to neglect yourself when taking care of others. Sometimes we are so incredibly occupied taking care of other folks that we just ignore ourselves. Like everyone else, we have our own special needs, and we have to guarantee that these are addressed. Taking care of yourself or self-nurturing is an essential ingredient to self-respect and your own inner and outer beauty. It’s so easy sometimes to talk about these things, and difficult to implement them on a regular basis, and not let them fall by the wayside. As women, mothers, farmers, nurses, teachers, spouses, and a plethora of other professional care-giving titles…we’ve learned to be great caretakers…of others! Learning to care for oneself is an ongoing experience. It starts today and continues throughout our lives. Here are some ways you can get that much needed “me time”.

Body Care

Start with your body, make sure you eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Eating a balanced diet does not just mean high protein and less carbohydrates. It also means making the right choices and smarter decisions with the food you eat and drink. Exercise regularly. If you are not physically fit, then you may not have enough energy to build up reserves to deal with everyday life and be happy. Find a fitness program that fits you. That includes a daily walk around your property, in a park or around your neighborhood, going to a gym, swimming, biking, playing sports and so forth.


Having healthy-looking skin is critical to feeling good about your appearance. Your skin is the largest organ on the body, so its beauty is not only important – but its health is too. If you have problems with your skin, then do whatever it takes to find resolve. And for some reason, skincare is usually overlooked by many women farmers who work under the sun everyday. You should change your routine to include a soak in that fragrant bubble bath you love so much every week, or mix up that sugar scrub recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Because when it comes right down to it, you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Hair Care

A woman’s hair is her crowning glory. A change of hairstyle can spell a huge difference on how she looks and how she feels about herself. Like our skin, our hair is often a neglected part of our bodies that we either forget about, not even bothering to do anything with it. Your hair can be either a pleasant addition to your overall appearance or it can be a distraction from your overall appearance. By taking care of your hair (regular maintenance and styling) your hair will look healthier and shinier creating a simple yet flawless look. And by all means go ahead, take that much-deserved occasional trip to the salon.

Leisure Time

Spending some of your free time in such activities that help you relax and reset is one way to stay happy and feel better. In day-to-day life there is (and should be) room for fun stuff. So learn how to balance the work with restful/recreational activities. Spend time with your family, play with children, go for hangouts with friends, or you plan for a fantastic vacation. Find a time when you can get away and recharge. Take up a hobby that you abandoned a long time ago, but would still enjoy doing.

Yes, women who take care of other people have the best jobs – doing for others is an unselfish and truly rewarding way to live. But again, you cannot keep doing all the wonderful things you do for others if you fail to recognize the importance of taking care of you. Implement a little me time in your daily life, it’ll help you to reset and make your life more balanced.

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