I'm SO happy you're here!
I began this blog with the intention of sharing and creating a community of people interested in learning about how to be as self-sufficient in our modern world as one chooses to be and WHEREVER you happen to live! Healing Harvest Homestead has become a quickly growing collective of some truly wonderful people! It’s a blessing to have met so many of you “online!” And if I haven’t “met” you yet, then I truly look forward to it!
The reason I began blogging about some of the things I’ve learned in my 53 years—about herbalism, traditional living, beginning homesteading (even in an urban environment), gardening, and more—-is because I once had an online shop.
Yep. I had an online shop on Etsy, and it started doing really, really well. So well, in fact, that I could not keep up (I was still working outside the home full time as I had not yet retired). It was about that time that I started in on my Advanced Herbalism studies through the Herbal Academy of New England….and my eyes were opened to the unpleasant powers of the FDA and Big Government. Turns out, there are all kinds of laws (state and federal) that I was NOT in the know about—-and I was actually doing some things wrong. Very wrong. Like labeling. And trying to meet (impossible to meet for small businesses) GMP guidelines.
I never got in trouble for anything, but I heard horror story after horror story about people who did....They were doing very innocent things: informing their customers and selling valuable products!
I. Just. Stopped.
Neither the FDA or the government is interested in helping small business owners, especially herbalists in competition with Big Pharma, to create a stronghold in the modern world of the immediate gratification of modern (unhealthy) medicine—-just go grab a pill and funnel your money into Big Business and Government pockets. Just saying.
Now I am an herbalist on donation only. I consult with people who request my services, and I help them make lifestyle changes, and I’ll create remedies for them personally…but I no longer make products to sell. Just my personal choice based on what I know about the law at this time.
And I write! I write to teach others what I've learned!
But...I still wanted to help people. I wanted to create a learning space where I could show others what I had learned about plant medicine (using herbs and essential oils), cooking traditional foods (fermentation and from scratch), and sharing my beginning journey into raising poultry, keeping a “larger” garden, raising goats, and having fun with our (new to us) horses. Maybe it's the teacher in me. Maybe it's because I believe so DEEPLY in what I do. Regardless, I hope you'll join us!
I hope you’ll join us here! And if you are interested, here is a little bit more about me, so you can get to know who I am:
I have been a teacher for most of my life: preschool, then elementary school, then middle school (I wanted to bring my kids with me, and I did…since homeschooling back then wasn’t an option, I got to choose my children's teachers and schools), then I taught special education for children with learning and emotional disabilities. I loved every minute!
After earning several degrees, up through a Masters degree plus various certifications in my field of education, I decided I wanted to teach in a different way. And here I am….teaching (in a way) through my blog, Healing Harvest Homestead.
Have you ever wanted to make your own natural products you can trust? I have many articles on soap making and other body care products: Make Your Own Soap: My Favorite Hot Process Recipe, How to Make Your Own Deodorant, and lots more!
Interested in learning about how to use herbs and essential oils safely? Check out these articles to get started: INSANE Things You Must Know About Tea Tree Oil, Find Out Why Herbs Don't Work!, and How to Make a Tea for Allergy Relief (Safe for Kids)---and lots more!
Want to know about raising poultry and livestock on less than an acre of land? What You Need to Know Before Bringing Home Your Chicks, Seven Lessons We Learned About Raising Turkeys, What Do You Do About Pasty Butt?
Interested in Gardening topics and solutions? Try How to Amend the Most Horrible Soil in the World! and All About Growing Burdock, for starters.
I'm really into fermentation right now, too---both for the probiotic goodness and high level of nutrients for your health, but also as a food preservation method. Here are a couple articles that may interest you: How to Make Herbal Kombucha, Fermented Russian Tomatoes, How to Make Golden Beet & Turmeric Kvass!
I also write on survival and preparedness topics, mostly geared for the beginner and women. Here's a post on Getting Your Food Storage Started.
So you can get to know me better and get started with your own journey about how to use herbs and essential oils, I’ve written a “starter” herbal eBook just for you, “How to Relax Using Herbs.” It’s filled with information and recipes so you can begin right now to learn how to use herbs in specific, safe ways.
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Hugs & Self-Reliance,
I truly appreciate all of you sharing your tips, successes, things you've learned, and even your failures (I'll be sharing mine too!) Your comments, shares, and emails mean so much to me, and I look forward to learning along with you!
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