The Medicine Person’s Guide to Herbalism (my newly released book!)

My first herbal remedy book was released over five years ago when I closed my first apothecary to become a full time farmer (three months later we opened a new apothecary!). Homesteader’s Pharmacy has been my best seller ever since. I am grateful that I have been able to share my knowledge and the many recipes I have developed over the years as a Master Herbalist. I am grateful because I have been able to write and homestead and there are folks out there that support my work by reading my books. Wado, Tapadh leat, Thank you.

The funny thing about being a writer is, one cannot just sit down and write a book. It just comes. As if I am not writing the book at all. My cousin calls it the Writing Witch. Once it hits, the dishes don’t get done, the house goes to the wayside, and the writer is consumed with words, writing as fast as they can before the precious prose vanishes. Well, around here, the dishes weren’t getting done.

My new book has just been released and I am so excited to share it. It follows up Homesteader’s Pharmacy with over fifty new recipes and new ways to create and brew medicines with detailed instructions. This book goes a step further and teaches many things that I have learned from studying with medicine people, and my experiences as a medicine woman.

The Medicine Person’s Guide to Herbalism; Healing with Plant Medicines, Stones, Animal Spirits, and Ceremony draws from my own work. It is important to have a knowledge base of plant medicine. It is essential on a homestead, in my opinion. Most folks also understand, however, that there are many ailments that manifest as physical, but are often emotional, stemmed from trauma, or are purely spiritual in nature. This book covers different ways to blend modalities in order to achieve true healing. I am honored to share it with you now!

To celebrate the release of my new book, my other books have been newly edited and have lower prices. I hope you enjoy my books and thank you for allowing me to teach, write, and follow my calling!

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Three Autumn Medicinal Herbs to Harvest Now

20170929_113435This year I was able to harvest over thirty different medicinal herbs from my gardens.  There are three of them right now that would serve you well for the winter if you can find them, and if not, plant some next year!

20170929_114035The first one is Burdock.  There are three kinds of docks; yellow dock that grows in the marshes and on the sides of roads.  Curly dock is the same, it loves willow trees.  I have some popping up in my yard unexpectedly.  Then there is burdock.  They will all work the same.  Burdock has those annoying round burrs.  I harvested mine before their growth.  I planted seeds in the spring and had a beautiful crop.  The roots won’t let you pull them completely which assures that you will have some more next year.  Perennials are a beautiful thing and this perennial could save your life.

Docks have pretty amazing blood cleansing abilities.  They are used to detoxify the body and to kill cancer.  Their long tap roots are eaten in many cultures.  Just chop them up like carrots or parsnips.  They are also available in the health food store at times in the produce section.

The leaves of the burdock are green which tells us that it is specific to organs as well.  They are very nutritious and will make a lovely tea to help cleanse the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys as well as the entire lymphatic system.  I dried mine in a large box because they were so huge.

You can add both leaves and roots to a canning jar with rum, vodka, brandy, etc. and let brew for four weeks but don’t strain it as you want it as strong as possible.  Put one teaspoon in a shot glass of orange juice to take in the mornings as an immunity booster and preventative.  Enjoy the tea with other green herbs like mint and lemon verbena.

20171017_171507Rose Hips contain the highest amount of Vitamin C of any fruit and are specific to Arthritis and as an anti-inflammatory.  They contain anthocyanins for heart health and the prevention of cancers.  We harvested a lot of roses off of nearly-hundred-year old bushes during the year.  I always leave some of the roses.  One, they look beautiful, and two, they will produce hips which contain their seeds and are a delicious fruit.  These can be dried in paper bags and used in extracts or teas.  Or for fun they make a lovely jelly or liqueur.  They take down swelling quickly and taste delicious.

The third medicinal plant is the humble onion.  The onion contains over 150 phytochemicals, quercetin (anti-inflammatory and pain reliever), and saponin (soap to help clean the organs and blood) and is anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-yeast, and kills the flu quick.  Forget chicken soup, if the household is coming down with colds or flu make French onion soup with lots of onions and garlic!

These three autumn plants will keep you healthy, strong, and feeling your best to take on the winter days ahead.

If you prefer to use plant medicines already made you can do so by ordering from my website  My daughter and I handcraft powerful medicines that we know will work!  You can find the burdock in our Detox and rose hips in our Arthritis.  Thanks for supporting traditional herbalists!

How to Make Your Own Witchhazel


IMG_2302I held the bottle of witchhazel in my hands at the store and wondered why it was clear.  Plant extracts are never clear!  There are pigments in plants.  I decided to make my own.  That was years ago and my face wash in my shop was one of my best sellers.  It is astringent without being drying.  It clears skin.  It heals up wounds.  It works as deodorant.  It has many uses.  So, are you ready to see how easy it is to make?  Here is my recipe.

You will need 4 Tablespoons of either witch hazel bark or leaf.  If using to heal varicose veins (yes, topically it does this) then get the bark.  If you are not lucky enough to have it growing by you (it does not grow in Colorado) then you will need to order some. or are both good sources.

Place the 4 Tablespoons in a pint canning jar.  At this point I like to add other herbs.  Calendula, lavender, and roses are all lovely on the skin.  Goldenseal and arnica could be added for wounds.  Nettle for bug bites.  Yarrow could be added for veins.  A fresh leaf of aloe.  Maybe 2 Tablespoons total of extra herbs.  It doesn’t really matter, you can’t mess it up!

Now pour vodka over the herbs leaving 1/2 inch head space.  Yes, all extracts whether in shampoo or witch hazel are indeed alcohol based.  Alcohol is what pulls the plant medicines from the plant.  Screw on lid and label what you put in it and the date.  You will likely forget, trust me!

Place in window for two weeks, shaking when you see it.  Now the base is complete.

It is important to cut this extract as it would be too strong for the skin.  1 part base to 3 parts water will make a lovely extract.  Add some essential oils and make your own face wash/deodorant.  This is a great gift.  Add aloe or a tea of chamomile and comfrey for a wound healer.  Use in a spray bottle with essential oils to make a room spray.  Or a facial spray.

Witchhazel is a wonderful thing to keep on hand.  Now that you see how easy it is to make I hope you will whip up a batch!



Farmacy-St. John’s Wort

Feeling depressed?  Anxious?  Worrisome?  Sad?  I, myself, have been a bit of a bitc…ahem…not as nice as I can be lately.  My husband would agree, but probably wouldn’t dare.  This is the all consuming time called Seasonal Affective Disorder that saddens the likes of thousands of people due to the lack of daylight.  Gardeners are particularly affected, I’d guess.  There is a simple remedy for this though.  St. John’s Wort.  Named for St. John the Baptist.

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St. John’s Wort is mild enough to give to a small child before school each day and strong enough to replace anti-anxieties and anti-depressants if desired.  Most pharmaceutical anti-depressants, anti-anxieties, and chronic pain medicines are made from a lab created derivative of St. John’s Wort.  Why don’t they just use the actual plant?

Because, you can’t patent a plant.  “I remember when I made up peppermint way back.”  Nope, You Know Who upstairs is the one who created our perfect medicines to match our bodies.  You can’t patent a plant, therefore you can’t make very much money off of it.  Now, we’re back to it.  Greed.  Your welfare is not the primary drive for the pharmaceutical companies.  For if you knew that you could drink a simple tea, from a flower you might have grown, and were completely well, folks would lose a lot of money out there.  Time to take back our own health and medicine.

There is a lot of false information out there as well (generally warned on pharmaceutical sites) about St. John’s Wort.  They say not to take it if you are pregnant, if you are nursing, if you are on birth control, if you will be in the sun, and a myriad of other ridiculous warnings all to keep us away from one of the strongest and best medicines God gave us.  St. John’s Wort is very safe.

Not only does St. John’s Wort help you feel like yourself in three minutes flat, it helps you cope with things like loss, bullying in school, death, or general distress.  It also is an amazing nervine, which means that it can help heal nerve pain and nerve damage.  I have had a lot of success helping folks with Neuropathy and severe pain from cancer and post-car accidents with St. John’s Wort.  It is also great for sleeping when combined with other sleepy herbs.

Besides its nerve and stress relieving properties, it also suppresses auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Arthritis, Herpes, and HIV.  It is a great cold and flu remedy and preventative.  Because of its blood cleansing and immunity properties, it holds a place in fighting cancer.

Here’s the kicker, if you are taking any anti-depressants or chronic pain medicines you can’t take St. John’s Wort at the same time because they negate each others effects since they are virtually the same thing.  One a robot, one a plant.  Folks, the plant is better.  If you don’t take the lab created stuff, you don’t have any side effects.  Period.  Except for healing; I guess that is the side effect we were all going for in the first place!  (There is a simple solution to getting off the drugs and quickly on the herbs with no side effects though. You can contact me directly for information.)

I am not a doctor, nor do I want to be.  I don’t even trust doctors (not even my friends who are doctors).  I am a Master Clinical Herbalist which means I know my stuff about how herbal medicines work and how to make them.  I have seen some amazing things with this herb, no more amazing then on myself.  Three minutes after taking my St. John’s extract, I will feel better.

St. John’s Wort is a powerful herb, so I like to combine it with herbs of similar properties to make it more well rounded.  You can grow these herbs, or order from a place like Mountain Rose Herbs.  You can make these into a honey like in my Elderberry Honey post, or into an extract like my Cold Medicine post.  A simple tea is lovely too.

For Pain- 2 parts St. John’s Wort, 1 part Willow Bark, 1/2 part Chamomile, and 1/2 part Lemon Balm

For Sadness- 3 parts St. John’s Wort, 1/2 part of one or more of the following; rose petals, lavender, lemon balm, borage, peppermint, chamomile

For Sleep- 1 part St. John’s Wort, 1 part Catnip, 1 part, Chamomile, 1 part Skullcap

For Cold and Flu- 1 part St. John’s Wort, 2 parts Elderberries, 1 part Echinacea, 1/2 part Peppermint

I do have a Stress and Blues and a Pain Reliever already brewed up nice and strong if you should like to just purchase it.

Wishing you all great happiness and less stress!  Is it time to plant yet?