Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....
Hi! I'm Heidi--I'm a modern-day homesteader starting out in middle age! I'm all about plant medicine, raising animals for love & food, preparedness, traditional food practices, and being a natural health rebel for life! Join me on this journey!
I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger. He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.
Empowering Self-Sufficiency, Honoring Traditions, and Self Care
What is an herbal tincture, how do you make an herbal tincture, and how do you use (or dose) an herbal tincture? Here are all the basic guidelines to get your started down the herbal path to creating your own plant medicine. Herbal medicine is exciting, and best of all….it works!
Here is a list of the BEST essential oils to use to scent your handmade soap! Wonder what essential oils to use to make and scent natural handmade soap? Here are the 20 BEST Essential Oils for Soap Making!
Find out about the benefits and uses of Peppermint Essential Oil and why you need it in your home! Practical ways to use peppermint essential oil---things you can do with peppermint essential oil right now!
Whey is something interesting stuff! Some people love it and some don't---but here is how to make whey and why it's useful for your health and to help you in your fermentation endeavors. Make your own whey! Find out how to make whey now!
Have you ever thought about making your own dehydrated apple snacks? It's so easy to do. Don't waste those fresh apples! Here are simple directions for dehydrating apples, even if you don't have a dehydrator. I've also included my recipe for cinnamon apples too---Find out how to dehydrate apples for healthy snacks for your kids and you, too!
Here is a recipe for the most amazing Paleo Banana Bread I've ever made! Gulp! I hate to admit this, but my husband and I ate the whole thing in a day! Try this Grain-Free low sugar banana bread! You'll LOVE it! :-)
What is fermentation, exactly? Find out why you should eat fermented foods every single day! There are four main fermentation processes that help your body in SO many different ways---here is a breakdown of the process! Did you know our bodies have more bacteria than cells? Eating fermented foods keeps the balance healthy. Find out more!
Have you ever wondered what bacteria and yeasts are living in your kombucha SCOBY? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about these little creatures that make up that slimy blob called your SCOBY!
Confused about which kind of essential oil diffuser you should buy? Find out what kinds of essential oil diffusers are available, how they differ, and which kind of essential oil diffuser is just right for you! Which Kind of Essential Oil Diffuser is BEST?
Think you are eating healthy foods when you choose certain foods, like canned soups? Here are 10 foods you probably think are healthy but that are slowly killing you. Find out what they are! Some foods we think are healthy are VERY bad for you. Find out the top 10 unhealthy foods that you probably think are healthy.
My man is a Manly Man! And he loves tea....especially if that tea helps support his special male parts. Herbal remedies/medicine can do wonders for people, and here is a tea that when used as a tonic, can support the male body system and add some energy to his (and your) life!
Find out how to make natural goat milk and honey soap! This is a cold process recipe I adapted to the hot process method, and it turned out GREAT! The recipe is from Kelly Cable's new book: The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners, and it's a resource you need to have if you are interested in making soap!
When I first became interested in learning to make my own soap, I did NOT want to mess with lye. So the question arose: Can you make soap without using Lye? The Answer: Yes. And No. Find out how to get around using lye in hand made soap!
Did you know cardiovascular disease has become the leading cause of doctors visits and hospitalizations? And that over 650,000 people die every year from some sort of heart issue? And that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women? Not too many people are familiar with the fact that by adding an herbal element to your daily life, you can truly impact the overall health of your heart: and that includes your blood pressure!
"Plant rosemary by your garden gate for luck!" is one of my favorite quotes from the movie, Practical Magic, one of my all time favorites that I've watched about a million times. Besides being lucky, Rosemary is one awesome plant! It's a culinary wonder, smells fabulous, and has some pretty incredible medicinal qualities too. And the essential oil...Mmmmm. The essential oil of the Rosemary plant is the focus of this article. Find out all about the benefits and uses of the beautiful rosemary plant and its essential oil! If you want to know some INSANE things about Rosemary and why you need to keep a bottle in your home, read on!