About the Author

Jennifer Vanbenschoten

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, I never dreamed that I would find myself living on a small farm in upstate New York before I was 30. But for the last 13 years, my husband and I have been busy raising chickens for eggs, keeping bees for honey, and gardening, all while raising our son. In 2011, I discovered home remedies for anxiety after conventional medicine didn't work for me, and since then I have been educating myself through formal training and not-so-formal training about creating my own herbal remedies for common ailments. We love living the life of simple homesteading in the heart of the Adirondack mountains. We've dabbled in vermiculture and using worms to create great compost for our gardens, raising ducks for meat, and do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint. I spend my days in the kitchen cooking wonderful meals for my family, writing creative nonfiction and poetry, teaching yoga in a variety of settings, and creating handmade beaded jewelry of all types.
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Articles by Jennifer Vanbenschoten

Home Remedy Hacks for Sunburn Pain

Add to Favorites As I write this, we’re sitting here in upstate New York waiting for another two feet of snow to dump on us. It feels a little weird …

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The Magic Greenhouse: How to Make a Cheap Greenhouse
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites For as long as I can remember, my husband has wanted a greenhouse. But we weren’t sure how to make a cheap greenhouse — all of the greenhouse …

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Fertilizer Numbers and the Basics of Fertilizing Vegetables
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Fertilizer numbers are something that I learned about when I was a biology major in college. Both my chemistry and biology classes taught me the importance of …

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Essential Home Remedies for Carpal Tunnel
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites When the weather gets cold and dry every winter, I break out my home remedies for carpal tunnel syndrome. It used to be that I spent the …

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What Are the Best Natural Remedies for Anxiety?
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Learning about natural remedies for anxiety was part of my own healing journey many years ago. After prescription medications had failed me and left me feeling sicker …

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How to Make Essential Oils At Home
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Have you ever wondered how to make essential oils from your own plants? With new research into the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of aromatherapy, knowing how to …

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Home Remedies for Gout: Herbal Medicine, Diet, and Lifestyle Tips
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites When my husband suffered his first attack of gout, we decided early on that we would look for a good home remedy for gout to treat and …

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Natural and Effective Home Remedies For Head Lice
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Anyone with school-age children knows the value of having a few home remedies for head lice. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting that note from …

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10 Natural Constipation Remedies That Work
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Natural constipation remedies can take on many forms: you can use gentle herbs and herbal teas, lifestyle changes, diet changes, and gentle exercise to relieve constipation. While …

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12 Natural Home Remedies for Toothaches
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites In my experience, a toothache can pop up when you least expect it or when it’s most inconvenient. That’s why having a few options for home remedies …

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Growing Catnip for Home and Medicinal Uses
February 13, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites A recent stroll around my backyard revealed that we are growing catnip among the wildflowers we planted several years ago. I was excited to discover this new …

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Home Remedies for Headaches Using Essential Oils and Herbs
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Home remedies for headaches can be lifesavers when you find yourself coming down with a headache and don’t have any over-the-counter painkillers or can’t take a painkiller …

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Stye Home Remedies From Your Home and Gardens
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Stye home remedies can come in handy when you least expect them. I can still remember the first time I came down with a stye as a …

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Have a Wasp Sting Home Remedy Ready This Summer
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites When you spend most of your time outdoors, whether you’re in the garden or in the woods, you’ll want to have a wasp sting home remedy handy. …

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Laryngitis Home Remedies That Actually Work
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As if getting sick from a virus isn’t bad enough, it’s the laryngitis that comes along with my symptoms that turns me into a total wimp. Fortunately, …

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