gardening

Our indoor herb garden

My dear husband is the cook in our family, I’m so blessed  😉  He loves using seasonings and herbs in his cooking, but we haven’t always been able to get fresh herbs from the big box stores.

Since we have started this homesteading journey, I wanted to plant an herb garden in the kitchen so he can have a fresh supply of what he uses most when preparing our meals!  I am a gardener at heart (I really should have been born in the 1800s and lived on the prairie) so I planted our starter herbs today!

We will have Cilantro, Sage, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, and Oregano! I also picked up some lavender seeds that I am going to plant outside – for our eye pleasure, to cut and use in many diy recipes, and for the nesting boxes in our coop!

I’m happy with my little greenhouse…until I can have a “real” one!

(Our “farm dog” Mike was very curious!)

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Essential Oil - Recipes, Essential Oils

DIY Mouthwash

How To Make Homemade Mouthwash

  • 20 oz. of Purified or Distilled Water
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 25 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 20 ounce glass bottle (essential oils can degrade plastic)

Put the baking soda in the bottom of the bottle to “soak up” the oils when you put them in…it’s a known fact that oil and water don’t mix, add the essential oils to the baking soda, add the water and shake. Done! Easy right? 30 seconds tops!

I add the Young Living essential oils to the baking soda before I add the water because the baking soda helps to keep the oils and water from separating (it’ll still happen a little bit).

You may want to adjust the ratios of essential oils. Thieves Oil Blend has some cinnamon flavor (which I love) but some people may enjoy peppermint more – feel free to use the Thieves Essential Oil instead of the Peppermint. You may also like it the flavor to be stronger or weaker so feel free to use a drop more or a drop less per your taste buds.

I hope you enjoy this mouthwash recipe!  I’d love to know what you think about it.

Important consideration: Tap water has chlorine, mercury, fluoride, nitrates, and may even contain some carcinogens. I want to avoid all of that so I use distilled or purified instead.

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Chickens, Essential Oil - Recipes, Essential Oils, Homestead

Cleaning the Coop!

A great natural alternative for cleaning those coops! No harmful chemicals, all natural, and safe for your feathered friends!

We always try to use a chemical free product whenever possible, for pretty much everything!  A lot of what we use for household cleaning, skin care, pet care, and now “chicken care” are DIY recipes made with essential oils!

I am loving this coop cleaning spray! Smells fresh and has great cleaning properties!  Read more about lemon oil here, and to find out more about essential oils, check out our “How do I get those essential oils” tab on our main menu!

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