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 Remedies for Allergies
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Although I’m fortunate enough to never have suffered from the symptoms of seasonal allergies, I’m married to someone who suffers greatly every year once the pollen, spores …

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4 Home Remedies for Bruises
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites If I had a dollar for every time I needed to use one of my home remedies for bruises, I’d have a lot of dollars. I’m not …

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Using Comfrey, Parsley, St. John’s Wort, and Arnica For Bruises
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites As the mother of a very active little boy, one of the best things I’ve learned to do through my training as an Ayurvedic practitioner is how …

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Easy Home Remedies For Diarrhea
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Diarrhea is one of the more unpleasant digestive symptoms that you can encounter, but thankfully, home remedies for diarrhea are easy and effective when you find yourself …

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Ginger Tea Benefits (and Other Herbal Remedies) for Relieving Gas
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites A cup of ginger tea is the perfect end to any meal, and when you know some of the ginger tea benefits (like relieving digestive discomforts), you’ll …

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Beat Colds and Flu with this Fire Cider Recipe
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites My eight-year-old son seems to bring home a new cough or cold from school every other week. Since busy moms and dads don’t often get sick days, …

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Easy Home Remedies for Chapped Lips
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites While most people turn to commercial lip balm for chapped lips during the dry months, there are a number of easy home remedies for chapped lips that …

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Treat a Sore Throat with Turmeric Tea and Other Herbal Teas
February 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites When cold and flu symptoms start to show up, the first thing I do is reach for a mug of hot turmeric tea. Turmeric tea is a …

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Making Natural Clothing Dye From Vegetables
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites My mother was always fascinated with using vegetables for natural clothing dye, and some of that interest must have rubbed off on me. While she was primarily …

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