Off-Grid Living

Every year people contact me via all methods available to ask questions about my medicine.

“How do I do this?”

“What do I use to treat this problem?”

“Is there a natural remedy for my problem?” “What herbs should I keep on hand?”

I love answering those questions and more, I love getting your emails and I love it that more and more people are turning to natural medicine to treat themselves.

We are half way into March 2018. Here on the homestead, it is time to plant cool weather crops (herbs that thrive in cool weather). Many medicinal herbs can be started indoors right now and can be moved to your medicinal garden for planting once it warms more. I like to plant whatever I can out in the soil in March but also like to start what can be planted outdoors in April and May, indoors now.

Here is a non-conclusive list of some herbs you can start indoors, now, for your medicinal garden, later: Basil, peppermint, oregano, rosemary, echinacea, sage, valerian, skullcap, lavender, chamomile, catnip, elderberry, parsley and cayenne. Now someone is going to ask me what all those herbs can be used for – ha! No problem, just drop me an email and I will answer that in-depth question for you.

For those of you who want to plant a medicine garden this year, those are some strong and easy-to-grow herbs that you will want to grow. Outdoors, it would be wise to go ahead and plant onions and garlic (if you missed last fall’s planting time). Those two herbs are an indispensable part of any medicinal garden and they will thrive in cool weather as long as you mulch heavy when you plant (I like to use straw for these two).

For the future harvest of your medicine garden, there are some things you might want to start investing in. You will need a drying rack. As long as the sun is hot and the wind not so strong, these are the times you can dry your medicinal herbs in the sun. I like to use an old window screen. You can make a drying screen with four 1X2-inch by 3-foot long pine pieces, some finishing nails, staples and some rolled screen.

After the herbs dry you will want to store them in some quart jars with lids. Canning jars are perfect. For your dried roots you will need a way to grind the root after it’s cut into pieces. I have found a good coffee grinder works great for this.

Living off-grid offers a great time in your life to learn some lost arts, such as healing yourself through natural medicine that your ancestors knew all about.

Along with being prepared to harvest and store your medicinal herbs, continued research will go a long way in your success.

Texas County resident Merlyn Seeley (a.k.a. Spirit Walker) is a natural living expert, herbalist, Cherokee medicine man and author of numerous books. His blog address is https://freelancermerlyn.wordpress.com/.

Email dogwoodhollow17@gmail.com.

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