Our yard is over taken with black berry leaves, here in Oregon they are invasive and usually a pain for many a land owner. They grow wild on the side of the road, they over take everything if not kept at bay. We have taken that problem and turned it into a solution by using them in one of our most popular teas. Check out this weeks YouTube video on how we use many of the wild edibles and weeds in our yard!
Howdy there! We get lots of questions about our greenhouse/hoop house/ poly tunnel when it shows up in the background of pictures, videos and in conversations. So we thought this week that we would give you a tour of our poly tunnel. We grow all four seasons in our poly tunnel and the bulk of our veggies for our family of 6. Come watch us grow!
Last week we built a portable chicken coop and this week on our Farm Channel we are putting the chickens in their new area surrounded by electric poultry netting. They will till, fertilize and debug the space for our future tea garden. Check it out below!
The abundance of rain this week on the farm kept us working inside the house and inside the barn. It proved time to get the chicken coop done though and one step closer to getting our herbal tea garden in the ground. Check it out on this weeks Youtube video!
Have you checked out our 10 Ways to Brew Loose Leaf tea? This video shows you one of those 10 ways as we brew up some loose leaf tea in a barn!
Find out in our latest video! We also take you on a tour of our farm, give a progress update on our tea studio construction and lift a 23 foot long beam up - Like a farmer!
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Violet Leaf Lotion Bars
We are so excited to finally share this farm project with you! Its been a long time in the making and gathering to get to this point. Our farm has the great privilege of reviewing one of the best herbal books that I've ever seen and we can't wait to share it with you!
101 Easy Homemade Products for Skin, Health & Home was given to us to review here on our farm blog. While we are very picky about the books and products we share we were more than happy to share this one with you all. It is a rare find indeed to come across an herbal book that doesn't dive into pagan history, magic, myth ect. This lovely book is strictly and herbal home care book.
Written by Jan Berry, of the Nerdy Farm Wife Blog, it contains so many wonderful and useful recipes. It was hard to pick one to start with and as you can see from the photo below I have many markers in it for future projects. Jan shares many things on her blog from soaps, to skin care, lip balms, scrubs and more on her blog. She homeschools and lives on a 7 acre farm with plenty of animals. Jan also calls herself a "serial hobbiest", if one didn't know better we could be sisters.
The 101 Easy Homemade Product book is not only chalk full herbal information regarding herbs and their properties but also very well written instructions on basic herbal principles. The book has so many beautiful pictures of herbs and flowers that it just inspires one to get in the kitchen and start creating some herbal goodness. There are resources listed making it super simple to find the ingredients that are in the recipes.
The layout and design of this lovely book is very crisp, clean and clear, making it super easy to follow while you are working away in the kitchen. Many of the pages also contain little blurbs of helpful information pertaining to the recipe you are crafting. Jan also offers substitution suggestions incase there is the chance that you can't find an ingredient, that it is too costly for your budget or you are wanting to use something else that you already have on hand.
Isn't this Peony & Orange Sugar Scrub lovely?! It is just so beautiful and to think that it is also chemical free and fragrance free using God's natural herbs that have such wonderful medicinal qualities! This sweet sugar scrub reminds me so much of our friends and wonderful bakers from the Salem Saturday Market, Sweet Peony Flour Shop! It looks good enough to eat! It would pair perfectly with some sweet confections, tied up with a little burlap bow and gifted to a new mommy or to brighten a friends day.
There are also some wonderful herbal lip balms in this book to help take care of dry cracked lips, perfect for winter! And those colors! They surely will brighten up any cloudy day and sore chapped lips.
See the details in which Jan explains all the ingredients in the recipe? Visuals are just worth so much. Jan also features many, easy to grow herbs that are commonly found in the yard and around the home making it super easy to make your very own skin and home care products. In our day of food recalls, chemical additives and the like it is a blessing to know what is going in your home and skin care products. Add to that the benefit to the home budget and its a win, win, all the way around.
After placing so many sticky notes on many of Jan's recipes in the book we decided our first one to make would be the Violet Leaf Lotion Bars. As a person with really light skin, redness is something I struggle with and so I wanted to test out the herbal properties of violet leaf that are suppose to help with that redness and irritation. Today we have for you one of our very first Youtube videos as we start adding to our channel. Follow along to make your very own lotion bars. The recipe is in the video description along with all the links to the supplies. Make sure to subscribe to our channel while you are there for future notifications of more videos. We will have a fun cheese making video up here soon. And if you enjoy the video please share the love by giving us a "thumbs up" and sharing our video with friends and family.
Thanks for stopping by the farm! If your looking for a copy of Jan's book click here and take a peek inside. Here is to natural beautiful skin and a naturally beautiful and clean home!
Welcome to our Family Tea Farm!
Howdy from our farm to your home! It is said that the, "farm is the nursery of the family," and that "the family is the nursery of the nation." We hope you enjoy your visit to our blog as we share with you the happenings on our little "nursery". Thank you for following us on our journey and watching us GROW! Read more about our farm HERE.
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