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Successful Homesteading, Issue # 64, The Importance of Growing Your Own Medicine
March 27, 2017

Issue #64, March 27, 2017

Growing Your Own medicine

Growing Your Own Medicine

Let's face it; with our convenient, open-24-hour-a-day, lifestyle, we have come to rely on having medications available instantly at our fingertips.

But times are getting a little scary, and there may come a day when those corner drug stores might not be open. In such times, a little knowledge of the old ways can be a good thing.

That's why it's important to be growing your own medicine now, before things get really scary. Plus, it provides a more natural way of healing. So here are a few items to consider adding to your backyard garden this spring:


Not only is it great for seasoning your food, but it can also help clear away parasites, lowers blood pressure and is an excellent antioxidant that can help you fight both the common cold and cancer.


Not only does this scented, delicate flower make an excellent tea, it also relieves anxiety and depression and helps you sleep at night. It can also lower blood sugar. Chamomile essential oil may also help ward off breast cancer.


This herb is the go-to remedy the next time you have a lingering cough that won't seem to go away. Mullein helps remove the phlegm from your body naturally. It can also help heal ulcers.


This little seed has a licorice scent and adds excellent flavor to meat dishes. But did you know it also helps with digestion and can even help you lose weight?

Aloe Vera

A must have for every room in your home, aloe vera helps filter out toxins in the air and provides healing for burns, cuts and scrapes.

And Don't Forget...

That organic produce, including carrots and kale are good for fighting cancer and promoting healing. So when planting your garden this spring, add a few of these healthful plants as well for a more natural form of healing.

Finding the Right Garden Spot

Practical organic gardening methods include choosing the best spot for your garden. It's one of the most important steps of organic gardening.

You will either have pleasure and a bountiful harvest or years of headaches depending on the location. That’s why considering a few points now will make your organic gardening easier and fun. Here are eight tips on picking the perfect spot for your organic garden:

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The Beauty of Earth Worms

Earthworms and organic gardening go hand in hand. These little worms are your secret weapon to a healthy, happy garden. They loosen the soil so your plants can extend their roots more easily and they also fertilize soil as they eat their way through dead matter. What relationship could be more perfect?

But did you know that these darling little worms can also turn kitchen waste into rich soil for the best garden ever? And while you could buy one of those expensive worm composters for about $200, you can easily make one for less then $20. Here's how.

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Growing the Self-Sufficient Garden

Self sufficient gardening - gardening that allows you to grow your own food without relying on a grocery store - is possible. Folks have been doing it for centuries, planting a huge garden each spring so they could have enough fresh vegetables to last them through the winter. Other generations have done it; so can you.

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Growing Echinacea

How to grow echinacea is a good thing to know. Herb Echinacea is a beautiful purple flower that is also known as coneflower because of the round cone in the center of each blossom. This plant is not only useful; it's beautiful and makes an excellent cutting flower.

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Simple Gardening Tips

Simple organic gardening methods can make gardening productive as well as pleasant. Yes, there is work involved in growing your own, healthy food, but it why make it a miserable chore? Here are six secrets to make your gardening easier and more fruitful.

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