Medicinal Monday – Self-heal

Prunella, heal thyself…

… or turn to nature for your healing, which I personally think Continue reading “Medicinal Monday – Self-heal”

Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle


Ouch! If you’re a hiker, forager or outdoor enthusiast, you may have run into Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) and have the welts to show for it.

The plant has small hair-like stingers containing a compound called, Formic Acid, similar to the compounds found in some insect stings. For some folks, this amounts to minor skin irritation, lasting several hours, while others may experience Continue reading “Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle”

Foraging


The fields and hills are a table constantly spread.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Isn’t that a lovely quote? Yet, I wonder how many of you truly understand it and how it relates to prepping.   Continue reading “Foraging”

Wild Wednesday


Here at Misty Meadows, Wednesday’s are all about being… Wild! Re-wilding. Wildcrafting. Exploring the wilds of our homestead.

Today we’re going to talk about Continue reading “Wild Wednesday”

Saponification Saturday

I have psoriasis.  If you, too have been afflicted with this autoimmune disorder, you know how irritating, embarrassing and even painful it can be.

The only thing, not a prescription, I have found that helps soothe my skin is, “Grandpas Wonder Pine Tar Soap”.  Oh, boy! Is it a wonder!!

Shhhh…don’t tell the FDA, they don’t appreciate people making claims such as these, but the rumor is: Pine Tar Soap not only soothes skin irritations (personal experience), it also deodorizes, which you may find helpful to use prior to hunting – it might give you that stealthy edge you’ve been needing, and it may also keep the ticks and chiggers away!

When I began researching how to make my own soap, I ran across people making their own, Pine Tar Soap. What?! Yep! It can be made at home for a fraction of the cost of Grandpa’s – talk about wonder!!

I decided to give it a whirl.

This is my first batch

Look at that rich color.  Many have commented it looks like fudge!  And, those bubbles are luscious!!  It contains olive oil, coconut, lard, pine tar, water & lye, and has rosemary, eucalyptus & tea tree essential oils for their skin soothing qualities.

I’m pretty happy with how it smells and most importantly, how well it soothes my skin!

Do you make soap?  Please post a tip in the comments below!!

It’s available for sale in our Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/500104102/old-fashion-pine-tar-soap

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Survival Sunday – Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

When it comes to survival, you have to plan for it and understand who (and what) you are planning for.

Be it any disaster: storm, earthquake, civil unrest…SHFT, our family has preparations for X number of adults and X number of children… and you’re not Continue reading “Survival Sunday – Look Who’s Coming to Dinner”

Misty Meadows Update

Please welcome the newest members of Misty Meadows Homestead… Continue reading “Misty Meadows Update”

Wildcraft Wednesday – Infusions & Tinctures

Have I mentioned how sore and worn out we all are? Homestead restoration is hard work and comes with a price, a non-monetary price, we are finding we didn’t budget for.

A couple of weeks ago, while researching for a post on St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L.) (SJW), I found SJW isn’t only used Continue reading “Wildcraft Wednesday – Infusions & Tinctures”

Misty Meadows Update – Chickens


One of the last things we did, before making our move to the homestead was to give away our chicken coop. It was far too cumbersome, and dangerous, to transport over curvy mountain passes.

I’m still amazed it only took 3 adults to get it loaded!!

For now, the chickens have a pretty shabby looking coop.  It’s only a temporary measure until we have time to build them something a little more befitting.


They seem thrilled having twice Continue reading “Misty Meadows Update – Chickens”