I love to drive on our country roads early in the morning. The morning glories are out in full bloom, and the cornfields look like they are sprinkled with colorful confetti. The blooms are pink, purple, white, orange and blue, and I always wonder if someone planted them or if they are volunteers. Once, on a frosty autumn morning, I passed by a field where pumpkins and corn were growing together. Wound around them were morning glories. With the sun just coming up and giving off a dusky shade of pink, the field looked like something you would dream up. That is an image I will never forget. I guess that is why they call them morning glories, for they are indeed glorious.
Did you know that it is an old Native American tradition to plant corn, pumpkins, and beans together in a field? That trio is called the three sisters. I tried that the first year that we lived our land. I guess I was a bit greedy because I had my farmer friend plow way too big of a garden for me to handle. We harvested some pumpkins, beans, and corn that fall, but we mostly harvested weeds.
We are excited to be offering a series of work-shops here at Sweet Harvest Homestead. Our first being on Saturday, October 8th- Medicinal Tinctures, Herbal Salves & Lotions; 10:00 -1:00.
It is my belief that we are overmedicating our bodies with pharmaceuticals that cause way too many terrible side effects. We can use an effective and much more gentle approach with herbs. God gave us a plethora of healing plants that are all around us if we only take the time to learn about them. Come out and spend a beautiful autumn morning at Sweet Harvest Homestead and learn how to make a variety of medicinal herbal tinctures. (Herbs infused with alcohol). We will make Lemon Balm Tincture for relaxation, Valerian Tincture for Sleep, Goldenrod Tincture for seasonal allergies and a natural cold and flu remedy called Master Tonic. A delicious lunch is provided. After lunch, we will make a Healing Herbal Salve with Comfrey & Plantain that is good for bug bites, bee stings, rashes and other skin irritations and a luxurious herbal body cream.You will go home with four tinctures, a jar of salve, a jar of herbal cream, handouts and a full belly.
We will have guest speakers and demonstrators too. Come prepared to have fun and learn!
The class is limited to 12 people, and the spot is reserved upon payment.
$99 per person.
Email Lindy@LindySellers.com for more information.
That’s the news from the homestead, see you next week.
Lindy Mayberry Sellers is an author, entrepreneur, podcaster, pioneer wannabe and enthusiastic seeker of knowledge. She lives with her husband and three children on a 12-acre hobby homestead in the beautiful Carolina Piedmont. For more information visit her blog at www.sweetharvesthomestead.com.