Herbs

Homesteading Herbs articles collected over two decades from experienced homesteaders who know what they’re talking about.

Foraging for Old Field Tea

Years ago, I, like many college students, spent a lot of time in cafes and coffee shops as I pursued…

4 weeks ago

Say “Yes” to Oregano

Oregano’s name means “joy of the mountain” derived from two Greek words, oros (mountain) and ganos (joy), because of the…

1 month ago

Some Sage Wisdom

Salvia officinalis—from the Latin word "salvere"—the name means "to save" and refers to its alleged curing properties. Ancient Egyptians promoted…

1 month ago

Thyme is on Your Side (Yes, it is!)

Most herbal writers agree that thyme may be the oldest herb known to man. To the Greeks, it was an…

2 months ago

Forage for Borage

Borage (Borago officinalis) is commonly recognized as the herb with the cucumber-like tasting leaves. This is one of my favorite…

2 months ago

Catch the Feverfew

Since the time of Plutarch, feverfew has been used in the Western world as a medicinal herb.  One source states…

2 months ago

Parsley: It’s Actually Good For Something

Don’t despise parsley, that sprig of green that usually sits as a decoration on your dinner plate. It has much…

3 months ago

Chive Talkin’: Facts About Chives

When the colonists arrived on the shores of America, among the kitchen and medicinal herbs that crossed the ocean with…

3 months ago

Artemisia: Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

The genus of Artemisia, consisting of over two hundred mostly aromatic plants was named in honor of the sister and…

3 months ago

There’s Something About Rosemary

Just the name evokes mystery and romance. Its Latin name means literally "dew of the sea" and this herb has…

3 months ago

Preventive Medicine: What You Need to Know

  There is a lot of talk today about healthcare in America.  Why does it cost so much?  Am I…

3 months ago

Elder: Heirloom Herb and Source of Elderberry Syrup

The elder is a deciduous shrub of myth, legend, beauty, and usefulness.  In June through early July, the whole bush…

4 months ago