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Successful Homesteading, Issue # 17, Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs
June 12, 2009

Issue #017, June 12, 2009. In This Issue...

--Frustrated with Modern Medicine?

--Lessons We Can Learn From the Shakers

--Homestead Cottage Gardening

--Homestead Healing Herbs

--The Methane Digester and How it Works

--Homesteading and Homeschooling

So take a break from working in your garden and read on!

Yes! You Can Build a Chicken Tractor

If youíve ever thought of keeping free range chickens in a chicken tractor, this book is for you! In addition to providing full plans and giving you step by step instructions on how to build your own chicken tractor, this handy guide gives tons of great tips, including great sources of free wood, how to recover your costs by selling chicks, chicken care and egg recipes. All for the great low price of $12.95.

Or save money and the environment by purchasing the e-book at the ridiculously low price of $7.95! Click here to learn more.

Frustrated With Modern Medicine?

You have flu-like symptoms so you go to the doctor, who tells you itís a virus and then charges you umpteen dollars for the visit. Has this happened to you? It has to me, which is why I started pursuing alternative medicines.

There is another way!

There are many herbs out there you can grow yourself that will help ease many symptoms including:

  • Coughs
  • Flu Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Sore Throat
  • Varicose veins
  • Warts
  • And many more!

Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs will show you many herbs you can grow in your garden that will help ease the discomfort of these symptoms and many more!

Watch for it later this summer!

Homesteading Lessons
We Can Learn From the Shakers

Recently Iíve been reading an interesting book entitled The Shaker Herb and Garden Book by Rita Buchanan. The Shakers started in the late 1700ís when a poor factory worker named Ann Lee started having visions and revelations and became a charismatic leader, calling people to a pure, Christly life.

Unfortunately, she also taught that the bible didnít have to be strictly adhered to, which caused her to be labeled a heretic. She fled her native country of England and came to America with relatives and a handful of followers. She eventually founded a group that grew to almost 17,000 members. They called themselves Believers, but were called Shakers by outsiders because they would shake violently during worship.

The Shaker faith was a tough one to follow and not one I personally recommend. For one thing, they demanded celibacy from all members. No way I could do that one; I like being married. :-)

But they did become successful in their businesses and in their gardening and managed to transform the wilderness land they lived in into a near paradise on earth.

Their secret? Among other things, Shakers believed you should be faithful and diligent in your work. In other words, donít rush, nurture the soil and take care of your tools.

Here are some of the virtues the Shakers embraced:

  • Be honest in all you do
  • Be kind to both friends and enemies
  • Work diligently, but donít become a workaholic
  • Be frugal, but donít be stingy
  • Be completely debt free
  • Make sure your children are well educated

Great tips to follow, although Iíll leave the shaking to someone else. :-)

What's New at Organic Gardening
and Homesteading!

Homestead Gardening and the
Importance of Beauty at Your Homestead

Sure, we need to grow things to eat, but beauty in our gardens can be equally important. Homestead Cottage Gardening is a way of combining practical, self-reliant gardening with beauty.

Homestead Healing Herbs

Can't wait for the book? Here are some homestead healing herbs you need in your self reliant garden now.

Ever Thought of Making Your Own Fuel?

A methane digester isn't for everyone, but rather a way for hardy homesteaders to make their own fuel.

Homesteading and Homeschooling
Homesteading and homeschooling go hand in hand. Here's why.

Here's Your Chance to Strut Your Homesteading Stuff!

I've come out with a new section on Organic Gardening and Homesteading that will give you the chance to shine as well as earn a chance to win a free e-book!

Are you keeping chickens successfully? Growing a fantastic organic garden? Have an awesome casserole recipe you'd love to share? Don't be shy about telling others; other aspiring self reliant souls will be inspired by your success. Tell us about it on My Homesteading Story and help others as they work toward self sufficiency!

Plus, if I feel your story is beneficial to others, I'll put your name in a hat (my gardener's straw hat, natch) for a chance to win You Can Build a Chicken Tractor. Just imagine! The satisfaction of knowing you helped others and a great book for free! Click here to learn more.

And as always, happy homesteading!

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