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The Herbal Homestead ~ Growing & Preserving Herbs

Homesteaders Herbal Companion is a great resource for herbalism

Are you craving a herbal homestead?

When we started homesteading it was to grow food on a large-scale to feed our family. It wasn’t long before we made a herb spiral and grew many herbs. Now we grow a tea garden and love calendula flowers to make calendula oil and creamy calendula lotion. Our family loves essential oils and learning more about the importance of plants and healing. Our goal is to plant a large medicinal herb garden and make our own tinctures, salves, syrups, tea and more.

As our homestead grew, we saw more value in herbalism

Herbalism courses & books

In search of deeper herbal knowledge, I began looking for resources that helped with the basics. I love the online herbalism courses from the Herbal Academy of New England. They offer beginner to advanced courses, as well as a wild crafting course.

I love great herbal books, which is why I’m thrilled to announce this fantastic new book for your herbal homestead

the Homesteaders Herbal Companion book- a great resource for growing to preserving herbs

The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs by Amy.K Fewell

‘The Homesteaders Herbal Companion’ book is a fantastic resource for selecting your herbs, growing a herb garden and making homemade herbal remedies. This inspiring book also offers recipes and tips for using herbs with farm animals, an important aspect of the homestead. Amy Fewell walks you through the basics of herbalism from infusing your oils, drinking herbal tea, making tinctures, syrups, poultices and choosing the best herbs for your needs.

I love that she’s also included many recipes with essential oils, and guides you through herb profiles including foraging for wild herbs to wildcraft. Some of my favorite recipes were the immune boosting lollipops made with elderberries and herbal gummies for our kids. I can’t wait to make the shaving cream recipe! Amy Fewell covers everything from selecting your herb seeds, making your own herb seed potting mix, growing your herbs and even saving and storing your herb seeds. From soap making and herbal body care products to choosing herbs for chickens and treating your livestock parasites, this book has your homestead covered. This book should be on all homesteaders bookshelves, whether you’re an urban homesteader or rural.

‘the homesteaders herbal companion’ is the perfect resource for creating a herbal homestead

BOOK Giveaway

*Giveaway rules*: This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only. One entry per person. One winner will be selected to receive one book ‘The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Growing, Preserving, and Using Herbs’ by Amy. K Fewell.

The winner will be emailed and must claim the prize within 2 days or new winner will be drawn. Contest opens April 29th 2018 and ends on May 22nd 2018. Best of luck everyone!

the Homesteaders Herbal Companion book


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  1. We are embarking on a more natural path to include a herbal garden and using the herbs in our daily life. I’m searching for an amazing lotion recipe amongst other helpful recipes. This book would be a welcomed addition to my getting back to natural journey.

  2. We just moved across the country and, since there’s no garden where we are, it’s start from scratch time! I’m looking forward to using the resources offered here. The book will help me on my journey.

  3. It is so refreshing to find a website with easy wonderful recipies and info on herbs and self care. I am reintroducing myself to the herbal green way—I did it in my 20’s. Thank you

  4. I have been raising my own herbs for years but the idea of new uses is wonderful. Can’t wait to get this one!

  5. This book looks amazing!!! I’d love to gain the knowledge inside as I plan to rely less on mainstream society and more on nature for help with managing my health issues. <3

  6. I gave truly enjoyed Your Gardening tips and I am looking forward to seeing what is in the book on how to grow herbs.

  7. I am starting an herbal garden for medicinal plants. I have had some form of an herb garden in all the the homes that I have lived in since 1985. I want to branchout and start making things out of the herbs. This book sounds like it would really help me out.

  8. I am a beginner with gardening and growing plants. I’ve always had more of a black thumb but slowly it’s turning into a green thumb and I’m actually able to keep some plants alive. I recently enrolled in Herbal Academy and would love to learn more through this book as well!!

  9. I have been trying to learn about herbs and the medicinal uses not only for the better of my health but for my husband and our 3 daughters! This book looks so wonderfully written!! Thank you for this chance! 🙂

  10. We just bought our first new home, can’t wait to have my own garden! Would love to add this to my garden books collections!

  11. I am making steps toward living a healthier lifestyle, including growing our own fruits, vegetables, and herbs and would love to win this awesome resource!

  12. I love “real” books there is something magical about holding a book in your hands. And one can’t learn enough about herbs. I frequently feel overwhelmed when thinking about or trying to use herbs because there is so much to know. Maybe this book would help with that. Thanks for the opportunity to participate n the give a way.

  13. I would absolutely love to have this book! I love learning about herbs and all the things you can use them for! Thanks in advance for this offering!

  14. I would like to treat my health concerns naturally and this book would be a big help with this. Please consider me.

    Thank you

  15. This is exactly what I need to help me with my back porch herb garden in my new (100-year-old) farmhouse. Love this!!

  16. This would be an excellent resource for us as we move to a different part of the country. I have been trying to grow herbs in a tropical climate, now I have to learn how to grow herbs in a mountain temperate zone.

  17. Our family LOVES herbs!!!!!!!! Hello from Bonner’s Ferry Idaho just south of where you are…….The book looks to be a truly brilliant read.

    Blessings and sunshine to you all.

  18. I always wanted to plant a herb garden. Especially a spiral one. It would be cool to win the book to help me do it right!

  19. I am putting in a herb garden and I am hoping to use my herbs for more than just cooking. I’d be eager to read and learn more. What a great way to enjoy the herbs I will grow into the winter.

  20. I think my favorite part of my garden is the herbs. My lavender usually dies, so maybe the book could help me.

  21. My husband and I moved to a new home recently. I am in the prices of gettmy a garden going this year and want to expand every year. This garden will be, not only for us, but for those in our congregation and community. We want to be a blessing to other just as God says in the Bible. This book would help us in so many ways! I am looking forward to learning from it and getting my hands in the soil so I can bless those around me and future generations since it will be a learning garden for many of our young people.

  22. I love herbs, I use them for nearly everything -for kids, for pets, to heal, to relax and to clean. can’t wait to see what else I can use them for

  23. The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion looks beautiful and full of great information! Can’t wait to read it!

  24. Thanks for doing this book give away. I moved to a totally new area and need a resource to find what grows in the wild here.

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