What are you
looking for?
Search this site here.


Natural Skin Care Soaps, lotions, baby care, emu oil...

Herbal Health and Healing Information

Home Medicine Cabinet

Community Medicine

Natural Mosquito Repellent

Birth, Babies and Breastfeeding


Natural Foods
In The Kitchen
Home Preparedness

Organic Gardening

Raising Small Livestock

Home Business

Kiahs Krafts 4 Kids
The Kid's Pages

About us

Contact us

Resourceful Links Index

Link To Us

Find resourceful links quick

Dr. David Williams is known as the Indiana Jones of alternative medicine! He travels the world looking for natural cures. You can find alot of very helpful and interesting information plus his excellent newsletter at his website. His drop down menu of medical conditions will quickly lead you to his cure. You will also find his article about discovering 4 key ingredients in Australia that help combat arthritis and joint discomfort. Click on link above.

**Homeopathics are another great addition for your homes medicine cabinet. Check back soon for information on homeopathics. In the mean time you can go to Homeopathic Educational Services at homeopathic.com


Family Homesteading Advocate
Simple living for the Urban and Rural Homesteader

Herbal Health and Healing

page 2
click here for page 1
click here for page 3

St.John's Wort- Learn how to harvest this very useful herb.
St.John's Wort in the News- Interesting facts about the latest controversy!
Soap Root-If poison oak has found you then you need to find this plant!
Arm Yourself Against Sickness - Herbal remedies are safer and work in harmony with our body.
Dare To Raise Your Kids Drug-Free - Free from Prescription Drugs, that is!
Favorite Herb Books-So many herb books to choose from! Here are a few of our family favorites to help you decide.
Natural Family Home Medicine Cabinet-Take a peek inside our medicine cabinet.

Herb and Health Related 
Links & Resources


Community Medicine Cabinet
See what others use for healing.

Today's Herbal Health : The Essential Reference Guide
by Louise Tenney
An excellent resource that should be on every home bookcase. If you like to use herbs for healing this is very helpful and easy to use.

St. John's Wort
(Hypericum perforatum)
by Kelly Frohnauer
An herb that our family uses frequently is St. John's Wort. This herb grows quite prevalent here in the Pacific Northwest. It can be found growing along roadsides, in meadows and abandoned lots. June - July is the time to harvest its bright, yellow flowers. This plant is very easy to identify as the leaves have lots of tiny little pores that can be easily seen when held up to the sun (see photo below). Also, the flowers, when crushed or rubbed between your fingers, will release a deep, red juice.
St. John's Wort Plant
The top flowering part of a 
St. Johns Wort plant
The children love this part. We try to make herb picking a family affair! 
SJW is best used fresh so before harvesting besure to have your tincture 
and oil ingredients ready (see next section). Grab a paper grocery bag and
your scissors and head for the nearest patch of SJW, preferably not right 
next to the road in order to avoid toxic lead from car exhausts that 
accumulate in the soil and also herbicides that the county roadside crews 
spray yearly.  Cut off about the top 3-4 inches of the plant. During flowering, 
a plants medicinal qualities are highly concentrated in the flowers and tops 
so that is the part you want to be harvesting. Gather enough to fill your jars crammed full. Do not wash the plants, the water can ruin your oils, just shake 
off any bugs that you see.
~Preparing the Herbal Formula
The juice of the SJW flowers is red and your oils and tinctures a beautiful shade of red. Put as much herb as you can pack into a clean canning jar. For tinctures, cover the herb completely with 100 proof vodka. For oils, cover the herb completely with Olive Oil. Cover tightly. Both the tincture and the oil take about 2 weeks to steep. Put both in a warm location and daily shake the jar. When done, strain through a sterile gauze pad, squeezing out as much as you can. Store in a dark cool place. (Please note: Before storing away your freshly made SJW oil, leave the lid off for about 24-48 hours to allow all the moisture from the plants to evaporate as the water could ruin your oil).
St. John's Wort Flower
Close up of flower
St. John's Wort Leaf - Notice the tiny spores!
Close up of leaves. Notice the tiny spores seen easily when held up to the sun.
 ~Medicinal Uses
We keep a 4 oz. bottle of SJW tincture in our bathroom medicine cabinet so that it is easy 
access to everyone.  Our major use for the 
tincture is to clean cuts, wounds and skin 
abrasions of any kind. St. John's Wort has been known to prevent Tetanus so when the children come in with a cut or puncture wound of any 
kind we automatically reach for the St. John's 
Wort tincture.  Now that our children are older 
they initiate using the tincture themselves. They have grown to realize the benefits of using it and have seen how quickly it helps to heal.
The oil makes a great massage oil for rubbing into sore and fatigued muscles. Also, itchy or stretched skin (like that of a pregnant belly) is instantly soothed from the application of SJW oil.
Other uses include...
Insect Bites - Crush the leaves and flowers(get the juices flowing) and apply directly to the sting for quick relief.
Crushed fingers or toes - Homeopathic St. John's Wort, a.k.a. Hypericum, is great for crushing blows to areas of the body that contain alot of nerve endings, such as the fingers and toes. The tincture can be used in a bowl of warm water that you can soak your foot or hand in.
Nervous Depression
Bladder Troubles
(c)2002 - Kelly is a WAHM of 5 children. She has been involved in Midwifery for the past 15 years and has attended many homebirths. Using natural remedies and herbs has been a way of life for her and her family for over 22 years now.

[back to top]

St. John's Wort In The News
by Kelly Frohnauer, editor of this website

St. John's Wort has been getting alot of great, positive publicity in the past 
couple years and has gained a reputation as a viable alternative to prescription antidepressant drugs. It's easily available, can be bought over-the-counter and does not have the dangerous side effects that it's prescription counterparts 
have. With the sales of St. John's Wort exploding it's not surprising that some prescription drug manufacturers and the American Medical Association are 
getting uptight!

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal addressed the issue of a newly 
published study which may tarnish the credibility of SJW. Pfizer, a major prescription antidepressant drug manufacturer, has recently funded a study 
on SJW and concluded that SJW's claim as an antidepressant is a sham. But 
a closer look at Pfizer's study has revealed some significant flaws. To quote Richard Friedman, director of the psychopharmacology clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, "The study has major problems. If you want to 
draw the conclusion that they did - that SJW is ineffective and shouldn't be 
used in depression - that's premature and scientifically suspect."

Friedman's statement and the fact that the study's authors, who are regarded 
as some of the country's most respected depression researchers, also agree 
that more research is essential, proves that the study is far from conclusive 
and contains obscure data.

One would tend to wonder why Pfizer reacted so hastily to proclaim the 
unreliable conclusions of their study? We should also wonder why a drug 
maker would sponsor a study on an herb? And why didn't they include their 
own product in the study?

Even with SJW's proven positive results from 24 previous randomized trials 
done on more than 1,700 patients, advocates of SJW have only claimed that 
it works best for mild to moderate depression. But the Pfizer backed study 
was done on patients who were seriously depressed.

With the unfair and truly unnecessary rising costs of prescription drugs, 
natural herbal remedies are being given more consideration by the public. 
You can see, by the obvious retaliation from the drug company above, that 
herbs truly are a viable, medicinal alternative and pose a threat to the drug industries profits. I'm sure we can expect more rediculous attempts in the 
future. We can only pray that the truth will prevail.

(c)2002 - Kelly is a WAHM of 5 children. She has been involved in Midwifery for the past 15 years and has attended many homebirths. Using natural remedies and herbs has been a way of life for her and her family for over 22 years now.

[back to top]

Soap Root
(chlorogalum pomeridianum)
Written by Kelly Frohnauer, editor of this website

It never fails! Spring time comes and I get a poison oak rash, even if I don't 
go out in it! The oils are so potent in the Spring that I must get it from petting 
our dog or cat. The nice Spring weather also invites the children outside to play. We don't have alot of poison oak on our property but what little we do have is located right where the best places to build a fort or tree house are! Our 
children know what poison oak looks like so it is rare that they get it, but 
during the winter and early spring it is missing its leaves, thus camouflaging 
it. So we get our share of poison oak rashes. When we do, we get out the 
shovel and head for the Indian Soap Root patch!

Wherever Poison Oak grows chances are you will find Soap Root growing. You can harvest Soap Root anytime of the year and it looks the same year round, except for having tall flowering stalks in the spring. The part to use is the bulbous root, so you will need to dig it up. Usually one bulb is all you will need.  Peel off the brown, furry outer covering until the white layer underneath is exposed. While using, keep it in a plastic bag to keep from drying out.
Indian Soap Root
Top view of Indian Soap Root
~Medicinal Uses & Preparation
Usinf externally as a treatment for Poison Oak is the only condition we use it for, but according to tales we have heard and confirmation in herb books, the Aztec Indians used it to intoxicate fish! They would put the "soap" in pools of water and wait for the fish to float to the top. An easy catch! They also used it as a soap to wash their clothes. I can see how that would work as you can get a nice lather from crushing the layers. Peel off a layer and crush with a little water until you have worked up a lather. Then gently smear the soapy lather over the poison oak irritation and let it air dry. Repeat process several times a day and the rash should dry up quickly. There is a little stinging when first applied, but like with all herbs being used for the first time, if you feel it is an adverse reaction then discontinue use! Different people are allergic to different things.  Our whole family has used this with success along with several other families that we have recommended this to.
(c)2002 - Kelly is a WAHM of 5 children. She has been involved in Midwifery for the past 15 years and has attended many homebirths. Using natural remedies and herbs has been a way of life for her and her family for over 22 years now.
DISCLAIMER The herbal information you find here is not intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way and is not to be used against medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for professional help. The intent here is to offer our personal use and opinion of herbs and their benefits. Those who are sick should research the alternatives and consult their chosen health professional.

[back to top]


©2001-2005, naturalfamilyhome.com