Well, hello there! I'm Heidi, and this is Healing Harvest Homestead, my blog that helps you become more self-reliant, healthier, and naturally happy. I'm so glad you're here!

Well, hello there! I'm Heidi, and this is Healing Harvest Homestead, my blog that helps you become more self-reliant, healthier, and naturally happy. I'm so glad you're here!


I'm SO happy you're here!

Welcome to Healing Harvest Homestead! We are all about teaching our experiences to help you learn how to live naturally and independently for a healthier, happier life. To be as self-reliant from the modern, mindless systems as you can or want to be.

We are all about THINKING DIFFERENTLY in this modern world.

Here on this website: You’ll learn how to make your own products for health, forage and use herbs & essential oils; grow your own vegetables & meats; preserve them for later; become prepared for emergencies; and lots of the other lessons we've learned along the way!

You'll also get a behind the scenes look at our life around here: foraging, growing, and using herbs and essential oils for health; raising animals & poultry for food; gardening, preserving, and preparing for emergencies; and living naturally and healthfully.  

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 look forward to it soon!

***I think you’ll really enjoy reading through the articles on the blog and learning how to make and do so many useful things on your own homestead! No matter where you may live!

But why do I feel so strongly about these things?

I’ve had many people tell me “thank you” for sharing our experiences, recipes, and solutions so everyone who is interested can be more self-reliant. But there’s always that question, “Why do you do this?”

I teach through my writings about self-reliant living to help and inspire people to know they do not have to be at the mercy of the “ big” systems out there. Big Ag, Big Pharma, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.—-and boy is it ever sad), and that simplicity often wins the day.

You don’t have to be a victim to the herd mentality that has become rampant in our modern society!

Think different! Act different. Be happier, healthier, and more satisfied in your life.

You do this by learning to be as independent as you can possibly be, a little at a time, by experimenting and trying new (and old, traditional) things.

A Bit About Mr. V. and Me:

I'm a midlife homesteader, medicine maker, gardener, newbie goat-herder, poultry raiser & lover, and food preserver. I'm also a grandma, wife, yogi, and lover of Jesus. :-) I'm a GREAT fan of Dolly Parton. 

Mr. V. and I have been married for seven years and have evolved into this homesteading lifestyle when we realized the world we were living in in the city was no longer OK with us.

Both of us had been doing “homestead” type things in the city for decades, without even realizing it. You may be like this too?

But we have been on an evolving journey to where we are, and we are still learning.

Some people may think we are strange and perhaps even old-fashioned when they notice our herbal medicines in the window, or watch our "farm" animals that rotate through each year. 

For most of our 50 plus years, we lived in a huge urban city, working away just like most Americans do. But we knew some things weren’t quite “right.” We couldn’t put our fingers on it.

Then we began learning.

And then we moved an hour out of the big city (where we continued to drive in to work) so we could live off-grid and also learn to have a small homestead.

We used to live off-grid on a small 2/3 acre lot in the Mojave Desert, so some of the articles on the website will reflect that lifestyle.  

Recently we moved (4/2018) to a new homestead so we can continue with this amazing homestead journey. Our new place is on 26 acres in the panhandle of Idaho, filled with prairie grass, hillside, and pine trees.

We are currently overwhelmed with this new place. And that's perfectly ok. Because THAT is where the growth happens! Where the learning happens!

You will experience this growth too, as you take your own personal steps to learning how to be self-reliant.


Here at Healing Harvest Homestead, you will find information about herbalism, fermentation, raising animals, traditional foods, cooking from scratch, gardening, being prepared for emergencies, and lots more.   

The thing is: I am learning as I write to you. I am sharing my experiences, and they don't always turn out. My newsletter  to you all is very personal, as a matter of fact. 

I want you to know that homesteading is about becoming a stronger, better, more capable and independent person. And I also want you to know that it's a journey. One that you can start any time you want. One that you can start anywhere you live. 

Once you identify yourself as a "homesteader," even if you are living in an apartment or an urban environment---you will expand yourself! It’s all about the mindset!

How do I know this?

Because I was once living in a city of three million proper, at the mercy of commercialism and materialism (I thought), and I could see no way out. 

Heck! I didn't even realize there was a way out! I was so depressed.

And then I started learning "homesteading" kinds of things. Things that I could do where I lived.

And I didn't learn these things to become a full out homesteader at all. I started learning because I was searching for better, more natural health. That was my stepping stone.

And that is why I’m so passionate about sharing the things I’ve learned along the way with you!

And our knowledge and experiences have expanded to what it is for Mr. V. and me today. Our knowledge base continues to expand, just like yours will!

So—-like we did years ago, all you have to do is start where you’re comfortable.

Pick something to try, learn it, and then learn and do some more! Start with easy things.

Ask questions! Please ask in the comments section of articles. It’s where we all learn and can be helped. Or if you know something I don’t know or share, please share!

That’s all there is to it! Homesteading is so fun, useful, and empowering! And self-reliant!

I am here to tell you: You can do this! You can be who and what YOU choose to be, my friend! All you need to do is keep moving forward, a little bit each day.

Healing Harvest Homestead is a place for you IF:

  • You want more independence from the current health industry and want to take charge of your family’s health—

  • You want to learn about healthy and traditional ways of living and creating foods—thereby becoming naturally more healthy

  • You’d like to learn more about using natural plant medicines so you can move away from Rx and OTC medications.

  • You are interested in taking your own baby steps in areas of urban and suburban homesteading by learning about gardening, keeping backyard chickens, ducks, turkeys, and goats, and more.

  • You want to learn more about how and why to become prepared for potential emergencies so you can keep your family safe.

  • You are interested in beginning to garden: amending soil, composting, sprouting seeds, growing, and harvesting!

  • You want to learn along with us! And hopefully share your experiences on the website, Facebook page, Instagram etc. It's a collective journey!

  • AND LOTS more!

Here are a few testimonials from readers:

"What a delightful website you have created!!!  I can see that you’ve put a BUNCH of time, thought and Love into all the information you have organized.  Thank you very much … that is a blessing to me!" --Heather

“Hi Heidi!  Just getting your weekly newsletter helps me.  Even when things are down you always find a way to end your news with something cheerful, uplifting and full of hope.  Your writing style is delightful and fun to read.  I just started back to an online school and went through and unsubscribed from a bunch of my weekly reports because I didn't have time to keep up with them.  There was never any question about keeping yours!” —Karen

Hi Heidi: I love your site because you talk about using herbs and aromatherapy in a very practical manner (how you have used them with your family). In so many herbal courses, you just get lists of herbs and what they do. But no real world practical application.
So for example, a question might be: how do I use herbs and essential oils for cold and flu season to protect against getting sick or once I am sick what do I do? Now I can pick up a book and see lists of herbs and oils, but then what?? You tell stories of how you have used these remedies and then you give recipes on how to make them and use them and that makes all the difference in the world! So like "Elderberry Syrup" or a tea blend for dry throat here's how you make it and how you take it. ...The practical is so much more interesting and useful than just academic studies of herbs and oils. Thank you, Sarah”

 I hope you’ll join us often on our website, and help us build this community by sharing your own thoughts & ideas with us! 

And if you are interested, here is a little bit more about me, so you can get to know me a little better:

I hold B.A. and M.A.Ed. degrees, plus various certifications in the field of education, herbalism, and soon, clinical aromatherapy. Soon, I will be a certified aromatherapist and will add the title C.A. behind my name too.

I have been a teacher for most of my life: preschool, then elementary school, then middle school (I wanted to have my kids with me, and I did…since homeschooling in the 80's and 90's wasn’t an option where we lived.

When I started teaching, I got to choose my children's teachers and schools). Then I taught special education for children with learning and emotional disabilities when my own kids were older. I loved every minute!

After working for several decades in the public school system, I decided I wanted to teach in a different way to a different group of people. 

And here I am….teaching through my blog, Healing Harvest Homestead. 

Here's a bit more about things on the blog:

My favorite list of Valuable Resources I use all the time!

Favorite Blog Posts: 

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!

PLUS, if you want extreme details on how to make the perfect hot process soap and customize it the way YOU want it, take a look at my eBook, How to Make Hot Process Soap. 

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, How to Make an Herbal Tincture, and How to Make a Tea for Allergy Relief (Safe for Kids)---and nearly a hundred more articles on herbalism and essential oils.

Want to know about raising poultry and livestock on less than an acre of land?

Interested in Gardening topics and solutions?

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:

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.  and another on 140+ Emergency Supplies You Should Have Stocked Away. You'll also be interested in What Every Gal Should Have in Her Get Home Bag-- (Every woman--and man, for that matter, should have one in their car)!

So you can get started experimenting with using herbs and essential oils, I’ve written a free “starter” herbal eBook just for you, “How to Relax Using Herbs.” 

It's a gift from me to you! 

"How to Relax Using Herbs" is filled with information and recipes so you can begin right now to learn how to use herbs in specific, safe ways for peace, stress relief, and relaxation.

I have a second free eBook for you, too, if you want some easy and favorite essential oil blends for your diffuser, aromatherapy sprays, or roll-ons! Even if you are experienced in herbalism or using essential oils, I think you'll love these books! I continue to enjoy learning from others, even though I've been practicing herbalism and using essential oils for a long time!

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I truly hope to hear from you!  Leave comments! I love them and always reply! Sign up for the newsletter and email me with your thoughts and questions! I love and appreciate the feedback...and more than anything, I'd love to get to know you! 

Hugs, Health, & Self-Reliance,


 This picture was taken from the middle of the mountain that rose above our little off-grid village in the Mojave Desert. You can see the remnants of an old fire that burned the mountain in the 80's and also how arid the land is. It’s a beautiful place.

This picture was taken from the middle of the mountain that rose above our little off-grid village in the Mojave Desert. You can see the remnants of an old fire that burned the mountain in the 80's and also how arid the land is. It’s a beautiful place.


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 Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM!

Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM!

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