Raising Healthy Homemakers

by Joy on December 17, 2012 in Food, Gardening, Gardening, Homemaking, Tools, Uncategorized

There are so many skills I’d like to teach my daughters as I equip them to manage their own homes someday.  To the basics of cooking, cleaning, organizing, financial wisdom, simple sewing skills, and gardening, I would add health, nutrition, and natural and herbal remedies.

A homemaker can save time and money by learning how to treat basic ailments at home, using healing foods such as garlic and honey, and also herbs such as peppermint, Chamomile, and Echinacea (to name only a few!).

The foundation for physical health begins with our food and what we put into our bodies.  I want my daughters to know how to prepare delicious-tasting, body-building, health-fortifying food.

I will be teaching them how to make basics like bone broth (something they’ve seen me make their whole lives) and homemade vanilla.  I’ll also be using the recipes from Nourishing Traditions, Simply In Season, and Trim Healthy Mama as I continue to teach them how to cook.

This book is a dream come true for me!  I’ve been waiting years for it to be published!  (Read my full review of Trim Healthy Mama here.)  There is some information in the back of the book about intimacy in marriage that might be more appropriate for older or married daughters, but the nutrition information is very valuable, and we’re loving the hearty main dish recipes.

I want my daughters to have a basic understanding of growing and using herbs. I’ll be turning to this wonderful resource for that:

My husband discovered Homegrown Herbs last year and gave it to me as a gift (he knows what I like!).  This book is packed with full-color photographs of many common herbs.  It includes growing and harvesting information for each herb, and also recipes.  It’s my newest favorite herb book.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health is another book that I plan to use to teach my daughters about herbs.  It contains recipes for teas, tonics, oils, salves and tinctures.

Be Your Own Doctor is a newer favorite in the last couple of years.  Written by a Master Herbalist, midwife, and mother of nine children, it contains a wealth of useful information and also recipes for salves, tinctures, teas, and tonics.

And finally, I’ll also be passing down all the wisdom I’ve learned along my mothering journey from Shonda Parker in The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy, and Mommy Diagnostics.

These books were really the beginning of my journey into herbal health over 12 years ago.  They have been with me all of those years, and I still reference them regularly.

There are so many other books I plan to use along the way, but these are some of my favorites.

Do you have any favorite resources for teaching your daughters about health and nutrition? If so, feel free to add them to the comments!


Joy is living her dream of being a wife and mother. She has been married to her best friend for fifteen years, and they have been blessed with five beautiful children. Joy loves Jesus, homemaking, sewing, crafting, learning with her children, creating happy family memories, and going out with her husband. She blogs at Artful Homemaking.

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Maria B. December 17, 2012

Joy, I have most of these books and they are wonderful! In a way, most of the information on these books are something that I was taught as a young woman from my maternal grandmother ~ Abuela, but in my ineptness and immaturity, I chose to ignore.

Now in my later years, I have embraced this knowledge and have used it ever since. What joy to be able to pass it down to our own children. God is good! 😀


Joy December 17, 2012

Maria, that is the best way to learn such skills–from a special older woman in your life! I know what you mean about ignoring such wisdom when we were young. There was so much more that I could have learned from my grandmother, but chose not to. Thankfully, I did learn a few things (mostly sewing skills) from her before she died.

I’m praying that my daughters will many of these skills from me, and not need to rely so much on books as I have. I’m thankful that already, my older daughter knows the value of herbs, and she’ll even make herself a cup of herbal tea when she feels she needs it.

Thanks for your comment, Maria!

natasha December 17, 2012

This is a really refreshing post. I’ve stopped going to this website because it seems to be the same stuff. I will be requesting these books from the library to see which ones I want to buy. Thank you! I hope to read more posts like yours 🙂

Joy December 17, 2012

Thank you so much, Natasha!

Jennifer Dunn December 17, 2012

I have the same desire to share these wonderful skills with my children. I am still learning – I have just started to learn about these things (herbs and natural eating etc) in the last few years. It’s a bit of a journey I’m on. Thank you for sharing all these books! I’ll be on the look out for them because I’d love to read them!

Joy December 17, 2012

I’m still learning, too, Jennifer! It seems there are never enough hours in the day to learn all I’d like to. 🙂 I hope you find these books to be as helpful and enjoyable as I have!

Joquena December 17, 2012

I love that you’re teaching your daughters to look to natural cures and not race off to the doctor for everything! You have to have a lot of confidence to make it through pregnancy without them pressuring you to take drugs for a number of things. I had a midwife for all 3 of my children so I expected only natural based advice. Yet, in my third pregnancy I was lectured for losing weight (I needed to I had gestational diabetes and was overweight), told I needed to take a number of drugs, and warned against drinking raw carrot juice (which strengthened me to be able to deliver naturally a 10 lb. 2 oz. baby). If I hadn’t had healthy references it would have been a C-section for sure.

Joy December 17, 2012

Thanks, Joquena! That’s too bad that you received such treatment from a midwife. It seems that not all midwives are as natural as one might think. I’ve had midwives with all 5 of my babies, but they were all born at home, and my midwives were very into herbs and natural health. At least you were able to prevent a C-section! 🙂

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