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.
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!