How to Make Dandelion Wine and Dandelion Cookies

Dandelion Wine Recipe -  "In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was not proper for ladies to drink alcohol; however, dandelion flower wine was considered so therapeutic to the kidneys and digestive system that it was deemed medicinal even for the ladies."

We have been inundated by dandelions – LOTS OF DANDELIONS!  They are everywhere!  Along the driveway…

driveway dandelions

…in the garden, in the yard – hundreds (maybe thousands?) of dandelions. What do yo do when you’re overrun with dandelions?  Eat them (and make some wine)!  :-) The boys and I got picking and we gathered a large bowl full of dandelion flowers for wine and cookies, plus some greens for a decoction.  I grabbed some roots, too, but then I read that you’re supposed to harvest those in fall, so my dried and roasted dandelion root coffee substitute is on hold. [Read more...]

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?  What you need to know about  wild plants and friendly bacteria.  The truth may surprise you.

“The trend in bacterial development of antibiotic resistance is not unlike the increasing resistance of agricultural pests to pesticides. In 1938, scientists knew of just seven insect and mite species that had acquired resistance to pesticides. By 1984 that figure had climbed to 447 and included most of the world’s major pests.  In response to heavier pesticide use and a wider variety of pesticides, pests have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for resisting the action of chemicals designed to kill them. Pesticides also kill the pests’ natural enemies, much like antibiotics kill the natural enemies of harmful bacteria in the body.”

– by Michael Schmidt, from Beyond Antibiotics

What if I told you weeds and bacteria we are trying so hard to kill could save your life? Would you think I was crazy? I’ve been doing a lot of reading and a lot of thinking lately, and I’ve come to realize that much of what we are told in our day to day lives is not only inaccurate, but flat out wrong.  Here are my latest thoughts on our wild and tiny neighbors. [Read more...]

Breast Health – Healing with Foods and Detoxification

Breast Health - Healing with Foods and Detoxification @ Common Sense Homesteading

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime (isn’t that crazy?), I thought it was a good time to pull together some tips and tools to help you help yourself to keep your breasts healthy.  Our health is critical to our quality of life.  This is why I feature health related content on a “homesteading” site, and why my first e-book is titled “Common Sense Health:  Diet, Detox and Physical Activities“.  This post will focus on the diet and detoxification aspects of breast health. [Read more...]

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Common Questions, Misconceptions and Myths

Get Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Help

As some of you who have been around for a while know, I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  I shared part of my story back in the post My Thyroid Journey.  Although my condition has stabilized and improved through diet, lifestyle changes and Armour Thyroid,  I haven’t really made the progress I would like on healing.  As such, I’ve decided I need to make time to make more changes, no matter how crazy life may be.   This is a guest post by Magdalena Wszelaki, a certified nutrition coach and the founder of Thyroid Diet Coach, addressing some of the common questions, misconceptions and myths associated with Hashimoto’s disease.  Magdelena is an affiliate of Common Sense Homesteading, which means that at some point if you decide to purchase one of her programs through the links on this website, I receive an affiliate payment.  I think she has a good product and makes a lot more sense than the local doctors I deal with, who just seem to want to treat the symptoms instead of addressing the cause, which has made me very frustrated.  I have signed up for this workshop. [Read more...]

Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale

Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale

The Harvest Your Health Bundle collection includes 52 eBooks and dozens of discount codes, so you’ll have plenty of tools to start 2014 off with your best foot forward.  There are books on cooking and preparing food, meal plans, personal and home care, intentional/simple living, fitness, natural motherhood, detoxification and more.  My own e-book, Common Sense Health, is one of the many resources featured.

For 4 days only, we are bringing BACK the Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle Sale from October 2013. This great collection is available for 95% off retail value! You pay just $39! [Read more...]