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by Erin Weaver

Everyone knows about the importance of keeping a romantic relationship fresh. You could throw a pebble and hit eighty self-help books about healthy love, sex, and romance practices, but what about healthy relationships with your friends? Female friendships are beautiful, supportive, and deep-rooted bonds which can withstand their fair share of ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean you should expect them to take care of themselves. As a farming woman in particular, your friendships can be integral to keeping you connected and engaged in a life away from your home. So why not nurture them by taking some bonding time off the farm and out in the world with your girls?

Being on the road and away from home offers up brand new bonding opportunities for you and your bestie (or besties!). The odd phone call or coffee date can keep your friendship moving, but it won’t provide the sort of deep bonding sessions that strengthen your relationships with your girls over time. Taking a couple of days or a week away gives you real time to spend together, giving you and your friends the chance to discuss more than the standard news and gossip from your everyday lives. What’s really going on in your friend’s life? These longer periods of time together, away from your usual routines, gives you the time to really open up to one another.

And if your friendship has weakened, or you’re working through conflict? Traveling can be a hugely valuable way to heal any wounds your relationship has suffered. Obviously you don’t want to hit the road with a friend you’re currently feuding with, but friendships that are in the recovery stage can really benefit from some time away from the environment where all that conflict took place. Out on your own, you guys can make space to talk through any lingering resentment and spend quality time bonding without distractions like work, family, and third-party friends. A new setting is neutral ground where you can fall back in bestie-love with each other.

On top of all that, it’s just so fun! Traveling with friends is a completely different experience to going on holiday with your partner, your family, or solo. You’ll get the chance to hit up exciting restaurants, try new activities, and make amazing memories that will last a lifetime. How often do you get the opportunity to do that with your girls? If you are lucky enough to be able to take a trip with a friend, don’t miss out on the opportunity for all that quality girl time.

Travel can change you as an individual, but it’s also the perfect way to reconnect with your girls and strengthen those all-too-important female friendships. It’s easy to prioritize romantic partners and family when it comes to holiday time, but think twice about your chosen travel buddy next time you’re going to hit the road. Traveling with your friend might be the best thing that you do for yourself, your bestie, and the bond that you both share.

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Rosemary, One Herb That Covers Everything

Ahhh, is there anything sweeter than the woodsy scent of rosemary? Aside from being a favorite seasoning for roast chicken, rosemary is also a staple in homesteaders’ medicine cabinets.

A popular medicinal herb since ancient Greece, rosemary’s potent power lies in its evergreen leaves. Rosemary contains some of the highest antioxidant levels found in common herbs. Oils are extracted from the leaves to make potent medicines.

If you’ve never used rosemary for healing, now’s the time to start! Here are a few of my favorite rosemary cures.

Skin healing

Rosemary’s antioxidants help heal skin more quickly. Use it as an anti-ager to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, or even to heal blemishes. It’s also a fantastic herb for getting a healthy shine back to your complexion.

Hair growth

Studies suggest that rosemary promotes hair growth. When massaged into the scalp, rosemary oil increases blood flow and circulation. It’s even been known to prevent baldness and treat dry, itchy scalps.

Muscle stiffness

Are your feet aching after working on the homestead all week? Don’t fret! Massage rosemary oil onto the soles of sore feet or any other sore muscle. Rosemary speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation, getting you back on your feet in no time.

Germ buster

If you find your home overrun with sniffles, guard your immune system with a daily cup of rosemary tea. Use the dried rosemary leaves to make a zesty tea with a hit of lemon. Rosemary helps boost your immune system and can even be used to speed up recovery times if you come down with a bug.

Stress reduction

There’s something soothing about the scent of rosemary. If you’re prone to stress or anxiety, diffuse rosemary oil for a soothing scent. In a pinch, you can also rub rosemary oil on your wrists for quick relief.
Some people report that they feel more relaxed after drinking a tea made of rosemary leaves. So sit down, enjoy the aroma, and have yourself a nice, hot cup of tea.

The bottom line

Rosemary is good for way more than seasoning chicken. This wonder of an herb is good for nearly anything that ails you. Remember to go to your doctor for recurring or more serious maladies. But if you suffer from minor ailments, give rosemary a try!


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