I never imagined that I would want to homestead in a hundred years. However, I now really enjoy it as a hobby! When I gather thyme and basil from my backyard garden for Thanksgiving supper! There is a great sense of satisfaction in growing your own herbs to take care of yourself and your family. There is also an immense feeling of calm and peacefulness when working in your own garden. It is a time to escape from the stresses of everyday life and just enjoy the moment with nature.
I’ve discovered that anyone can do this. You can create a little garden space in your backyard. You can grow a sizable garden if your plot is bigger. Hanging baskets in your patio and containers work well in small spaces. I call it
Some of my favorite moments happen in the quiet of the early morning—those moments when I harvest cayenne from our kitchen garden for the day’s lunch, or when I sip the soothing anti-agingCalendula tea early in the morning! Whether you are an enthusiastic homestead gardener or you’re already leading a self-sustaining lifestyle, you can learn how to grow different homestead herbs.
Nature has given us so many things that we can utilize for our homesteads…from creating herbal ointments that can heal wounds and soothe coughs and inflammation, to incorporating herbs into our daily diets to stay healthy, to drinking herbal teas to keep our bodies healthy.
When you start incorporating herbs into your homestead garden,you have the equivalent of a pharmacy in your backyard. Initially, herbalism can be overwhelming and scary. That’s why I’ll start off with some of simplest of herbs that anyone can plant, prune, harvest and use. You don’t need three hundred different herbs in your garden for four different ailments—I’ll teach you what to grow in your garden, how to grow it, and which wild herbs to forage.
In this book,“The Homesteader’s Herbal Handbook,” you’ll learn all about the basics of herbalism: the step-by-step guide to growing, pruning, harvesting, and storing 30 backyard herbs to create your own remedies and recipes. Also, you’ll learn about using and preserving herbs, and so much more. Another added benefit was finding new recipes packed with sweetness, which I will share with you—at least the ones that turned out to be mouthwatering.
While I’m not a professional physician, professional doctor, or professional cook, I ama dad, husband, and herbalist who longs for a better lifestyle for my family. I am just a learner who has grown a strong bond with herbal plants. I can tell you that my herbal homesteading practice has changed my life.
And as we all know, dads can go the extra mile for their family better than anyone, especially pertaining to safety! I researched the herbs to clearly understand their dosages, side effects, and interactions. Just because herbs are plants grown in nature, does not mean that they are solutions for everyone. And more than anything, I’m living it, and it works for my family and me. Herbal homesteading should be exciting. And that’s why I wrote this book. Be assured you’ll get to learn everything you need to know in the book. Before you rush out to gather your gardening materials and tools, let us start with the basics for beginners.