I'm SO happy you're here!
Welcome to this blog that is about all the things I love and am passionate about: My hard-working husband, Mr. V., our many animals & poultry, gardens, and living naturally. 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!
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. We farm on our small 2/3 acre, off-grid, in the desert so we can eat wholesome, healthy food; we create our own plant medicines and natural remedies to stay well without side effects from chemicals; we preserve our food for winter use and long-term emergency storage; and we are learning more and more about living traditionally.
EDIT: We just recently moved (4/2018) to a new homestead. Yes--we are growing and learning even more. 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!
Anyhow. 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. I share all my recipes for body care, essential oil blends, making soaps, etc. Plus, once in awhile, I'll share more personal every day life things with you, my readers who I love.
And 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.
Besides all this---I want you to know that homesteading is about becoming a stronger, better, more capable 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!
How do I know this? Because I was once living in a city, 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!
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. And it expanded to what it is for Mr. V. and me today.
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.
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 have my kids with me, and I did…since homeschooling in the 90's wasn’t an option, 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 earning several degrees, up through a Masters degree plus various certifications in my field of education as well as studying herbalism for many years, I decided I wanted to teach in a different way. And here I am….teaching (in a way) through my blog, Healing Harvest Homestead.
My favorite list of Valuable Resources I use all the time!
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.
Try How to Amend the Most Horrible Soil in the World! and All About Growing Burdock, for starters.
Here's a post on Getting Your Food Storage Started. and another on Why You Need a Seed Bank! 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)!
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. 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!
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,
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This is the most amazing pressure cooker! It's great for creating meals, and also....you guessed it! Canning and preserving.