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
Tinctures are becoming mainstream! But what IS a tincture? You can purchase tinctures in health stores, but did you know you can make your own medicinal herbal tinctures? Find out how to make a tincture, what is a tincture, and how you use tinctures!
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!
Here's how to preserve all those seasonal Fall apples easily for the long-term: Make your own plain or cinnamon dehydrated apples! Have you ever had so many apples you didn't know what to do with all of them? After all, you can only make so many pies!
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?
You know, we try to eat healthy, and most people try to feed their kids right, too! But here are 10 foods that you might THINK are healthy and good for you....but are REALLY POISONING your body. Find out what these foods are and what substitutes you can make instead!
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!
Have too much eggplant? Or some large eggplant you don't know what to do with? How about trying fermentation? Here is a DELICIOUS way to preserve eggplant! You'll be giving your body some probiotic goodness at the same time! :-)
You CAN make your own necessities! You'll be better off for it, save TONS of money, and feel empowered that you just don't need to run to the store! I've been making many of my own things for years, and it's just really added up! You, too, can make things yourself, and save TONS of money and have higher quality products to use. Making your own things is part of being self-sufficient!