Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tonight my soul is wandering. I feel like many small pieces swirled together. Whispers of the past, present and future. Memories of things not yet lived, but felt as strongly as if they were from yesterday.
Magic hangs heavy in the air. Layers upon layers. I breathe it in and am filled with it. It smells like the forest. Feels like a lovers embrace.. Tastes like dew.
The ground beneath my feet is damp. A leaf falls and catches in my hair. In the distance I hear the cracking of a small twig and know I'm not alone. Something catches my attention and I look up.
It is the moon.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lughnasadh, (pronounced Lunassa) and also called Lammas, is the first harvest festival. It's an ancient Gaelic celebration that often lasts from July 30th to August 2nd. It is about starting to prepare for the coming winter and honoring all that goes into that. Traditionally grains are harvested, breads are baked, mead is ready and we give thanks for the what we have and also for the hard work and bounty of the harvests to come.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


We are not our …
Skin color

We’re not our
Body shape

We’re not products of our environments or society or our parents

We are simply, our choices

How we choose to

How we choose to treat others, ourselves, the Earth

We are whomever we choose to be.

Choose wisely

~ Julia Catfeather

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


What a productive day!  I did some wild harvesting this morning, Started around 6am and got home around 9:00. I wish I had taken Anya, I found more than I expected. But I went out alone and enjoyed it immensely. I went looking specifically to find and mark wild coffee and crab apples. Didn’t find either one. But also just to check on how fall goods are coming along.

Did farm chores and harvested from the homestead, then in for a rest, cold tea and a big bowl of my homemade granola with dried raspberries and goats milk. Poppy is getting much better on the stand so we’re starting to get more usable milk from her.

From the homestead today we got 9 eggs, a pint of milk, Vervain, wormwood, yarrow, mugwort, peppermint, spearmint, Thuja, grape leaves tansy, lemonbalm, polk berries and leaves, plantain, lambs quarters, blue catnip (spicy flavored, I use for teas only), gooseberries, Echinacea and a bouquet of queen ann, just for her beauty.

From wild harvest, late cinquefoil, willow, wild onion, cat brier and grape tendrils, plantain, the first drying dock seeds, sorrel, bergamot, purslane, self heal, chickweed,

I spent a few hours on preparing the herbs I harvested for drying etc. Most will go toward winter stores. I always start thinking about winter in July. There could be hard cold and snow in 5 months.

The rest of the day I sent on tincturing. I also had two orders to fill and worked on online listings etc on my breaks.

All in all a most excellent day  :)

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Things I believe in...

Hard work
The Wind 
Good food
The Rain


Monday, April 4, 2016

Wild Moon Cottage Herbals & Handmade Goods

Wild Moon Cottage Herbals 
Herbals & Handmade Goods– Sales & Barter

You can order directly from me or find my goods at the following ....
Email - WildMoonCottage@gmail.com
Text only - 417-234-1180
WMC Facebook page
WMC Etsy shop
Gainesville, Mo. at the Farm, Fork & Fiddle
Mon, Wed. & Fri. 10:00 to 2:00

391 Third Street - (417) 989-1794

** I occasionally deliver to Ava, Mo.
I can ship anywhere in the continental US 

*Salves are $5 first jar, $1.50 each additional
*Tinctures 2oz- $5 first bottle, $1.50 additional
*Tinctures 1oz - $4 first, $1.00 additional

**Disclaimer - Please consult your Care Provider before using any herbs or natural medicinals. Anyone can be allergic to anything, if you're unsure it's better not to use it. Double check everything with you Care Provider if you're pregnant or nursing.


Muscle Balm – 1.5 oz tin – $8.

Wild Moon Cottage Herbal Muscle Balm works on sore, pulled and tired muscles, joints, sprains and regular aches and pains. It works well for arthritic pain and helps reduce swelling. It has a mild numbing effect and a topical pain reliever. It works at the spot and into the deep tissue as it's absorbed. It gives longer lasting relief than most other muscle rubs. It's thicker than the salves but not as hard to rub in as some balms can be.

As with all my salves, balms and rubs, a little goes a long way.

** Do not use on broken skin

To Use: apply as needed, usually up to 3 times a day for severe pain. For mall areas just dip your fingertip, for larger areas use a pea sized dab, rub in until completely absorbed. There will be a warming sensation followed by pain relief and relaxation.

Contains: beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E, comfrey, clove, white willow, ginseng, chamomile, ginger root, calendula, capsicum, rosemary and lavender.
All ingredients, except the beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E and clove, are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.


Herbal Healing (antibiotic) Salve - 1.5 oz tin – $6

Herbal Healing Salve is antibacterial and antifungal, It can be used on cuts, sores, scrapes, bruises and even on puncture wounds (which many similar salves cannot). It can be used to heal badly dry cracked skin. It reduces scaring & swelling and causes bruising to disperse within minutes. It contains a very mild topical pain reliever, which is especially good for children. I started making it in 1994 and it's honestly the best topical antibiotic I have ever used. A little goes a very long way. It's completely non-toxic and all natural. Can be used on humans and animals. All herbs grown organically by me.

Contains: beeswax, olive oil, echinacea, mullein, mugwort, calendula and vitamin E. All ingredients except beeswax, olive oil and vitamin E are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.


Black Walnut Drawing/Drying salve - 1.5 oz tin – $6

Black Walnut Drawing Salve can be used to draw out Infection, Splinters, Stingers etc.. It can be used to treat Acne, Cysts, Poison Ivy, Boils, Blisters, Ringworm, Psoriasis, Fungal Infection, Eczema, Athletes Foot, Insect Bites ...

This salve draws and dries, it's anti-fungal, antiseptic, reduces inflammation and heals. It doesn't take much and is non-toxic and natural. Can be used on humans and animals.

For Drawing (splinters, stingers etc) - Apply a small amount to the area to be drawn out. Cover with bandage or plastic wrap. Reapply as needed.

For Drying (poison ivy, athletes foot etc.) - Apply a small amount and rub in well, leave open to the air for extra drying. Reapply as needed.

Contains: beeswax, olive oil, black walnut, ginger, sea salt, rosemary, lavender, plantain, burdock & yarrow. All ingredients except beeswax, olive oil and sea salt, are our own, organically grown and ethically wildcrafted.