Primitive Diva

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Three Goats Farm of Montgomery, Texas
Melissa is a former beauty queen, personal trainer and certified holistic health coach. Melissa founded Queen Bee Wellness to specialize her coaching practice towards Women's Wellness and Beauty. She helps women focus on finding their own natural beauty from a integrative approach of balancing Mind, Body and Soul. Melissa believes that what we put in our mind is just as important as the nourishing food we put in our bodies and products on our skin. She strives to coach women to balance a healthier body image, approach to wellness and authentic living. With her passion for a clean lifestyle, Queen Bee Wellness therapeutic skin care products were born- to help women enhance their natural glow, without causing harm to their health from chemical laden toxic products. Melissa's philosophy to real beauty is summarized in "Wellness is Beauty". Melissa resides on a 10 acre farm in Montgomery, Texas with her husband and teen aged children. In her spare time she is chief goat wrangler and milker of her "Queen Bee" herd of dairy goats at Three Goats Farm.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wild Foraging

I have committed myself to discovering and identifying two new wild edible plants, each week, at the farm. Using my favorite local foraging website Foraging Texas and the sage wisdom of the master forager himself, Merriwether. This week, I have located several patches of Chickweed and Pimpernel. As you can see below, they look quite similar. However, taking the time to study each...they are quite unique! Continue reading to see how I used my harvest today.

Chickweed: Chickweed sprouts were a common source of greens on early navy ships and helped prevent scurvy before the discovery of vitamin C. Their small amount of saponins help give dishes containing chickweed a creamy texture, especially when diced finely and simmered in pasta sauces. It's also tastes wonderful in pesto, salsas, and raw food/vegan "green drinks" as well as greatly increasing the nutritional value of these foods.

The hairy "Mouse-Eared Chickweed" must be cooked before eating to soften the hairs on the stems and leaves.

Pimpernel:The scarlet pimpernel has a tradition of medicinal use going back to the ancient Greeks. They considered it to be a "cure-all", capable of treating any sort of injury, illness, or infection of bone, muscle, eye or other organ. The plant was dried and powdered, this powder then consumed in a drink. The raw plant has a rather unpleasant taste, probably due to the small amount of bitter saponin compounds it contains. It was also used as a wash for bad skin. Perhaps more importantly the pimpernel was thought to raise spirits and dispel melancholy, for which tea made from the fresh plant was recommended.

The pimpernel flowers close up when rain approaches, allowing them to be used as a crude method of predicting bad weather. The flowers also close up in the evening and won't reopen until stuck by sunlight.

Growing Wild Tip: I encourage you to discover one new wild food near you this week......wild edibles offer such amazing primitive nutrition. There are numerous books on the subject that are beneficial. But remember, if you are uncertain its best to hire a guide or teacher to get you familiarized with your local wild food.  Once you have some ingredients to work with, there are great recipes at sites like Edible Wild Food

Wild Chickweed Smoothie..........Green Apples, Strawberries, Banana, Local Bee Pollen and freshly harvested Chickweed!

The smoothie was great. It provided great energy to nourish me for a busy afternoon.

Now, I am dehydrating the Pimpernel for a wonderful medicinal tea.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Raves and Reviews

Totally wanted to share my discovery of these awesome EcoJarz lids......! Give it a full Thumbs UP (except for the fact that I ordered four and only received one--I will work that out later)

I have cleared out 99% of the plastic in my home and we do not drink bottled water. I love my Mason/Ball Jars for my beverages. These drinking convereter lids are free of any plastic, BPAs, Phtalates. I love them for grab and go beverages. They are dishwasher safe too (medical grade stainless steel). They fit ANY small mouth canning jar. ONLY $6.99 Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Reuse...Reuse!

Check them out in my Amazon Store HERE:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Grow WILD......!

Sorry to disconnect from the blog world for a bit.  I have been busy with life, kids, work, goats and farm planning. I guess I almost feel that I am steadily breaking out of a cocoon, that I developed for myself during this strangely unsettling move to the farm. It is everything that myself, kiddos and husband have dreamed of.....BUT uprooting and transferring to NEW soil, is always hard. I am posting this photo as a reminder to myself to find my path again as I grow WILD into my new, but now familiar, surroundings.

Such simplicity in these words, but so much TRUTH in the way we should ALL be living and growing. I have many things to share with you this Spring on the topic of Growing WILD......Including a 6 weeks course on becoming a Primitive Diva. I am also remodeling the BLOG and finally getting it transferred over to my Primitive Diva domain.

With Love~ Melissa