Herbs

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

Savvy Salve Making on the Homestead

Healing herbal salves have been a popular remedy for centuries. During the mid-9th century, an educational reform was organized by…

3 weeks ago

Food Forever: Creating a Perennial Food Forest

Growing our own produce is an important part of the homesteading lifestyle. However, planting and depending solely on annuals season…

3 months ago

Medicinal Herbs: Kitchen and Field

There's nothing quite like having the right first aid kit handy when emergency strikes.  But what if you're fresh out…

5 months ago

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…

9 months 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…

9 months 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…

9 months 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…

9 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…

9 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…

10 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…

10 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…

10 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…

11 months ago