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Home Medicine Course Teaches Skills You Can Use To Heal Yourself

Marjory Wildcraft is famous in the permaculture/gardening/prepper niches for her no-nonsense way of approaching just about everything. She’s put together a Home Medicine video class series I want to share with you. I took the course last year. Even though I’m a nurse practitioner and natural medicine expert, there were still things I learned for the first time and a bunch that I was reminded I already knew but had forgotten.

Many of us with chronic illness rely on doctors to know what is wrong. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. If you find yourself in a situation where doctors dismiss your complaints as anxiety or some other psychological cause, you need to take this course.

woman standing next to hoop house
Marjory Wildcraft standing next to the hoop house she used for shade cover at her Texas farm.


Our bodies have a wonderful way of healing themselves if we don’t muck it up too bad. I’m not saying someone with chronic pain can think their way out of it, or that MS is not a real illness. What I am saying is that we need to take control of our health. The best way is to listen to your body. The second best way is to take the Home Medicine 101 course.

Here’s a post that Marjory wrote.

My teenage son coughed and spoke in a hoarse voice “Mom, have you got something for my cold?”

I felt a rush of happiness at his question. I know that seems strange – and I was deeply concerned by all the mucus and congestion – but what made me happy was his faith in my remedies.

He knew the medicines I had were ones I had either made myself…something that I pulled from the pantry…or possibly it would be something I had grown in the garden.

Over the years he had seen me heal the various troubles that come up in every family. He didn’t know the specifics himself, but he knew that I had good medicine and there wouldn’t a trace of those chemicals mentioned in such tiny print you can’t even read it on the bottle.

It didn’t used to be this way.

Like a lot of people, I had a fast-paced, high-stress life with an investment company I had created.

herbs, garlic, oil
Many medicines have ingredients found in the kitchen

When any of us got sick – and it seemed to happen often – my husband, David, or I simply ran to the nearest drugstore, picked up two or three of the various brands of syrup or capsules, and hoped for the best.

We didn’t really know any better.

My son was a small toddler when I first decided to become my family’s primary caregiver. I’ll never forget the day I was on the phone with an attorney – in a fight with a shoddy building contractor – and I saw my son crawling around and playing with his toys on the floor of our home office.

I realized that if I didn’t start changing how I lived I would miss all the joys of really being with my kids. Here I was on the phone with a lawyer, and there was my son playing without me. I would miss everything that I had signed up for when I became a parent.

Including taking care of them when they were sick

Changing my life took many steps. I wound down my financial services company and left Austin, Texas for the small rural community of Red Rock. David and I began cultivating the land and growing our own food. Over time, I became a happier, healthier individual. The good food and the daily exercise made me feel young again.

But even before that, one of the first, simple steps I took toward escaping the clutches of the system was to learn about home medicine and quit depending on pharmacy drugs.

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Using home medicine to treat yourself is best.

Fortunately, I had an excellent herbalist teacher who guided me through all the most common ailments for a family; fevers, coughs, colds, bites, stings, wounds, stomach aches, and more. She showed me how to take care of my family with simple materials and techniques; most of which I already had on hand. Through the years I’ve used all I’ve learned and kept my family healthy and happy. 

And now my grown son comes to me when he needs help.These days my family is astonishingly healthy, and this cold is a bit of a rarity. But I am so grateful that his first thoughts are to ask his family for help – and not some big pharmaceutical company.

I believe that 90% of a family’s medical needs can be taken care of at home with herbal remedies. These techniques have been used and handed down for generations because they are effective.

The Home Medicine 101 Certification is an e-course that teaches natural first aid remedies for common afflictions.


✔  Live Q&A Webinar with Herbal Medicine Master Educator, Dr. Patrick Jones.February 28th, at 8pm CST

✔  Edible Flowers: Their Culinary and Medicinal Uses by Kami McBride (a digital video)

✔  Apocalypse Apothecary,by Dr. Patrick Jones (a digital video)

Here’s a link to a site that will explain all that is waiting for you in the videos.



Blog Feature: Pretty Sick Supply

Although it’s not even a year old yet, the disabled women behind this online store are making a difference in the lives of people with chronic illness. Kristie Denam and SarahCate Philipson have never been in the same room together, yet between them, they launched and run a store that offers medical supplies that are both fun and functional. Kristie is the more outgoing half of the partnership and deals with things like this interview, while SarahCate does most of the computer work.

Kristie Denam

These entrepreneurs met virtually on Tumblr about five years ago through mutual friends. They started following each other, sharing the ups and downs of life with illness. In May 2017 SarahCate was looking for a pill container that could hold all the medications she needs for a day away from home and looked good. She had a hard time finding a balance between big enough and attractive.

SarahCate Philipson

Frustrated by not finding what she wanted, she posted on Tumblr that if she had enough capital she would start her own store to sell attractive medical supplies.

That post, born out of frustration, was the beginning of something great. Kristie wrote SarahCate back saying there was no need for large amounts of capital invested in products–it could all be done online. They hashed things out long distance, starting with a Facebook page that quickly grew into the current site which “opened” July 1, 2017. Since then the site has seen more than 6,000 unique visitors from 59 countries and 20,000+ page hits.

The shop contains, as of this writing, 18 different categories and more than 320 different vendors. The pair welcomes suggestions and recommendations from shoppers and people who do not focus specifically on medical supplies but may have a line or several lines that are a good fit. For example, a leather goods website with an extensive line of different eyepatch styles, sizes, and colors.

So far, marketing is limited to strategically placed Facebook ads and being active on social media. Kristie and SarahCate were active on Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook disabled communities for years before starting the store. They define their shoppers as friends of people who are chronically ill, caregivers, people who themselves have a chronic illness.  

A big project, with an Indie GoGo campaign to help pay for it, is a professional marketing campaign with rack cards for medical offices and clinics. “We will print a good run of rack cards and ship them–reaching out to as many people in as many places as we can,” Kristie told me.

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Rack cards awaiting funding before printing and shipping to medical offices.

The pair has many plans for 2018.

The original plan was to find a way to monetize the site. Six months into it, and many discussions later, the focus changed to being a source of help for the chronic illness community and becoming a registered non-profit organization.

Kristie and SarahCate have plans to add even more resources to the site—not just shops to find beautiful gear and equipment, but also resources for finding prescription assistance, a glossary to help friends and family involved in the community better understand common illness language, like spoons, links to online therapy, and smartphone apps for medication and symptom tracking. The first project is finding and reviewing apps. Kristie tells me that it will “go live” very soon.

Although they have never seen each other person, that will change later this year when Kristie pulls up stakes and moves from North Carolina to Texas where she will move in with SarahCate. “It’s something that will help both of us,” Kristie said.