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Making Money With Your Homestead: How to Make Your Land Work For You

So it finally happened! You’ve got your land and you want to create a self-sustaining homestead. Perhaps the most important thing you can do with your land is to make it work for you. You can produce enough food and energy to take care of your family and your animals on even a small parcel of land, but you might be interested in ways you can use your land to make money for you as well.

Here are a few ideas you could utilize to make some extra cash with your land.

Hunting

  • Offer a hunting or fishing lease. Depending on the laws and how much land you have, offering hunting leases is a great way to make some extra cash from your property. There are lease listing services that will take care of the headache and promotion for you, so all you have to do is collect the money. Of course, you want to make sure your ponds are stocked well and there is an abundance of game on your property before offering it for lease.

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  • Offer camping. If your property is near a state or national park, a waterfall or any other recreational activity or landmark, you’re already way ahead of the game. We stayed at a rustic campground during a vacation to Delaware Beach and it was loads of fun – as well as being much cheaper than a hotel. Your campground can be as primitive or as luxurious as you’d like, and can operate seasonally or year-round. Hunters love camp sites! You could have a small petting zoo using your livestock, offer hiking in a nearby national park, horseback riding, swimming if you’ve got a lake or pond, fishing, boating, you could put up small cabins and rent them out, offer meals for more income… whatever you can afford and would like to offer. The possibilities are endless and are truly up to you. (Just about any one of these things could be offered alone as well, if camping on private land is not permitted in your area.) Check with your local government to make sure camping is permitted. An alternative to this idea if you have money to invest in it is to open a bed and breakfast or resort of some kind.

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  • Breed and sell animals. This is perhaps one of the best ways to make some cash with your land. Depending on how much land you own, the investment you can put in to a breeding pair and what the laws are where your land is, you could bring quite a bit of money in by breeding quality animals, either for show, companions or for food. This includes goats, chickens and rabbits, as well as dogs and cats. (Some people breed mink and foxes for fur, but we do not believe in raising or wearing fur and besides that, if any of these animals ever escape, they can devastate your ecosystem in a very short period of time. Especially minks; weasels and their relatives are pound for pound the most ferocious predator in any ecosystem.)

farmers

  • Sell fruits and veggies. If you find yourself with far more than you can possibly eat, open a roadside stand or become part of the local farmer’s market. People love to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Some farmers also offer baked goods as well.

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  • Create a spiritual retreat. It’s like a campground, but with spirituality-related activities. Some are more spa-like and others are rustic. Some are traditional, offering prayer groups and other Christian activities, while others are less traditional and have more esoteric or nature-based themes. It’s totally up to you. Spiritual retreats might offer things such as drum-circles, yoga, group meditations, art workshops, sweat lodges, instruction on meditation, herbal remedies or aromatherapy, aromatherapy treatments, massages, acupuncture, soul clinics, past-life regressions and much more. A variation on this is to create an artist’s retreat, where creative folks can come to create or be inspired in peace.

These are just a few of the ways you can make extra income with your land. Land is one of our most precious resources and one of the most valuable things we can have as human beings. Tell us your ideas in the comments!

DIY Facial Mask & Beauty Regimen

So I’m not much of a girly girl. I’m not into fashion and clothes and makeup and hair. My teenage daughters are though, and it’s always a struggle for me to find something to do with them that we are all interested in. Then it hit me: natural beauty treatments. I like natural, they like beauty. It’s girly enough to make them happy and not too girly that it makes me want to run screaming from the house. It’s a win-win.

Here are a few of the things we like to make. Links to buy everything are included. We make them, then we hang out talking while they work. My oldest rolls her eyes sometimes and sighs, “Mo-THER!” at me sometimes when I’m talking but she also asks me things like, “What does this oil do?” and “Which of these herbs is best for my skin?” so it’s good enough for me. She’s 18, so really I should be thankful she even talks to me at all.

Natural Glow Honey Cleanser

  • Raw honey (not kidding, that’s all you need)

Dab the honey onto your face with your finger and then spread it out, massaging upward until it covers your whole face. Leave it on anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. (I make the facial mask while we’re waiting.) When your time is up, wet a rag and wipe it off, just like you would any cleanser. It comes off really easily (don’t get it in your hair). You’re done! Honey has so many purifying benefits that it is a natural cleanser, even for problem skin. It even fights acne! You can use it every day, up to twice a day. It might sound silly, but seriously… don’t knock it until you try it. Honey is also a humectant, which means it draws moisture into your skin at the same time it’s cleansing. I love nature.

You could alternately mix the honey with some milk to enhance the softening and purifying properties of this cleanser if you like but it’s not really necessary. This cleanser can be used on your whole body. I do it at least once a month.

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Mask is almost dry.

Chamomile & Rosemary Facial Mask

Place the distilled water in a small pot and simmer until hot. Place the herbs in the water and steep about 20 minutes, until the water looks brown like tea (you’ll know when it’s ready). Add more water if you need to. Strain the herbs out and set the herb-infused water aside to cool. When it’s cooled enough, mix the water and clay together, adding more of either until the desired consistency is reached (you want it to be creamy and smooth; if it’s too thick it won’t spread and if it’s too thin it won’t be a good enough layer on your face). Add the essential oils (optional, but I always use them because I have them) and mix very well. It’ll be a dark greenish-grey. Apply to your face and let it dry. When dry and stiff, wet a rag and gently scrub the mask off. Done! You’ll notice a difference right away in how your skin looks and feels.

After mask. I know, I got some in my hair.

After mask. I know, I got some in my hair.

Fuller’s Earth Clay is a natural antioxidant and brightener for the skin. It’s excellent for lightening acne marks and evening out skin tone. Chamomile calms the skin, evens tone and is also a natural brightener. Rosemary increases circulation and tightens skin, and using a fresh or dried infusion of Rosemary is less harsh on the skin than using Rosemary essential oil. Rose oil promotes circulation, renewal and much more. Geranium is good for tissue regeneration, healing and many other things. Texas Cedarwood oil aids elasticity, tightens skin and promotes circulation. Patchouli softens, smooths, heals and all these oils fight aging.

Some variations of this mask include adding a few drops of Tea Tree oil to fight acne and oil, adding some dried or fresh Hibiscus flowers to the water instead of Chamomile to promote young, fresh skin (Hibiscus-infused water will stain your clothes if it gets on them), adding Lavender essential oil to the clay or fresh/dried Lavender flowers to the water to promote circulation, to calm the skin and to soften… the variations are endless.

There are some oils you should not use on your skin, including citrus oils. Yes, they smell great and they have antioxidant properties but they also create photosensitivity on the skin, which can lead to a chemical burn if you go out in the sun. Cinnamon essential oil of any kind smells wonderful but it will also burn the crap out of you. Best to avoid these altogether as additives to beauty treatments. Because of the lightening properties of this particular mask, I would not use it more than once a week.

ACV Toner

All done!

Done! If you’re wondering if this regimen works, keep in mind that I am 35 years old. :)

Dilute the vinegar with the water at a ratio of 1:1. You might find you need to dilute it further, depending on your skin sensitivity (ACV can be harsh if not diluted enough). I use a 1:3 dilution on my face. That means 1 part ACV to 3 equal parts water. So if you were to use 1 cup ACV, you’d use 3 cups water (that would make a lot of toner, but you get the idea). When I use ACV to rinse my hair, I can mix it a little stronger. You can add essential oils to your toner, or infuse the vinegar* with herbs to get their benefits. Rosemary is fantastic for this and so are roses or other flowers. Shake the toner and then apply to your face with a cotton ball or the tips of the fingers.

We usually follow this with a thin layer of plain coconut oil right out of the jar to moisturize. You can do that or try this instead. So there you have it. A beauty regimen you can do with your girly daughters. I use this time to teach them about natural things and they feel pampered and beautified. These recipes also actually work. Win-win!

*Infusing vinegar is very easy. You simply place the herbs of your choice into a jar or container with a lid, heat the vinegar to hot but not boiling and then pour the vinegar into the container, completely covering the herbs. Let it sit for a few weeks in a dark cabinet, shaking once in awhile, then strain the herbs out and use the vinegar. Simple! (Infusing vinegar for eating or use with food requires more care. Doing it wrong can lead to some serious problems, so please research more before attempting it.)

Healing Herbs Chart

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Need more info about essential oils?

You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.

Ridiculously Simple Relaxing Chamomile Tea Recipe

Chamomile has a lot of really great benefits: it’s good for skin, hair, digestion, coughs colds… but perhaps the thing it is known for the most is it’s relaxation properties. One of the best ways to enjoy chamomile is as a tea. I know, I know… technically it’s not tea. But by steeping the fresh or dried flowers in boiling water, you can make a delicious, relaxing tea to drink before bed or as you sit in a nice hot bath. This particular recipe is almost absurdly easy.

You will need: tea

2 tbsp dried or fresh chamomile flowers

2 apple slices 

2 cups water

You simply heat the water to boiling and put it aside in another container.  Add the apple slices to the pot and mash them up as good as you can with a spoon, then add the chamomile flowers. Pour the 2 cups boiling water back in to the pot, cover and let it steep (sit) for about 5 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey or sugar and enjoy. That’s it!

This recipe is very easy to double, triple or half. It’s just 1 tbsp flowers and 1 apple slice per 1 cup of water. Easy! You can also add a teaspoon of dried or fresh lavender flowers to make it even more relaxing, or a teaspoon of coconut oil to get your daily coconut oil in a tasty new way. A little dash of fresh mint gives it a little zip. Experiment and see what you come up with.

Herb Gardening For Beginners

Posted by Self Sufficient and Sustainable on Facebook. Very interesting read. Lots of good information.

A highlight from the article, which appears on IntoxicatedOnLife.com:

You can use your medicinal herbs to create salves, tinctures, syrups, and teas. It is best to have a good book to refer back to, especially until you are more comfortable with them. Some good herbs to start with:

  • Chamomile – Chamomile tea is great for helping you relax at the end of the day. Plus, the flowers are pretty.
  • Lavender – Lavender is an all-around great herb that you can use to make sachets for freshening drawers or even make a spray to fresh up bed linens or a room. Lavender is a beautiful plant that attracts bees and butterflies, which is highly beneficial for your garden.
  • Mullein – Mullein is one of my go-to herbs for respiratory issues. The plant is unique with soft, fuzzy leaves and a single flower stalk that has many little yellow blossoms. I’ve seen mullein plants as tall as me—just over 5 feet.
  • Plaintain – You’ve probably weeded one of these things from your flower beds or yard. It is a common plant that is very useful for creating poultices to draw out infections or slivers.
  • Dandelion — Another one that you have probably long-considered a weed. However, the root is a classic herb for detoxifying the liver; the leaves are a good source of iron, calcium, and trace minerals; and the flowers can be made into dandelion wine or gently sauteed in butter for a side dish.

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The Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines [FREE DOWNLOAD]

An invaluable resource to survivalists, homesteaders, herbalists, shamans and all those interested in herbal medicine, here is the revised and updated 4th edition of the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) for Herbal Medicines. Not just a sample or pamphlet. Contains over 1,100 pages, including side effects, drug/herb interactions, homeopathic indications index, use of herbs in Chinese and Indian medicine, herb identification guide and much more. Download it in .pdf form or read it online [UPDATED LINK!]. Visit our Learning Academy for more free resources and information.

After you download the PDR, you can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon as a companion. This app is also available on the Google Play store. 

Enjoy!

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Natural Facial & Body Moisturizer

The moisturizer I have been using for years is a personal recipe I came up with. It is a wonderful softening agent and oilit smells great, too without being too heavy or greasy. It uses coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin E oil and a blend of essential oils. I’m not a big measurer; I eyeball everything so these measurements are mostly by-guess-and-by-gosh but I will give one word of caution: too much unrefined virgin shea butter can make the oil gritty. It also doesn’t smell very good in it’s raw state, to be perfectly honest. It’s great for the skin though.

Heat the coconut oil and shea butter over very low heat until they are melted. Mix together and pour into the container you will keep your moisturizer in (best to be a dark-colored glass container to preserve the oils) and add the essential oils and vitamin E. Shake to combine well. That’s it! Above room temperature, the moisturizer will be more like oil and below room temperature, it will be harder and more solid, like butter.

PS: You can also just use coconut oil right out of the jar with nothing added to it. ;)

Need more info about essential oils?

You can download the most popular essential oil encyclopedia app on Amazon. This app is also available on the Google Play store.

A Change For Spring

Spring is here at long last. We had a thunderstorm yesterday!! In keeping with the rebirth and renewal that goes along with Spring, think about things you can do to start anew. Maybe kick a old bad habit, or start a new good one. Maybe throw out/re-purpose old clothes and get/make some new ones. There are a million things you can do, including good old Spring Cleaning.

For myself, among kicking some old habits, I have decided to go for a rather dramatic change. Change doesn’t always have to be hard and scary. It can be fun, too! From a blonde to a redhead. (I know, it’s not natural. But every once in a great while you have to take a risk. Also, a note: Since I have been using natural shampoo so long, the dye did not burn my scalp as it always did when I used to dye my hair years ago.)

 

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