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


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. 

I'm SO happy you're here!

Welcome to this blog that is about all the things I love and am passionate about---helping you to learn how to live naturally for a healthier, happier life. To be as independent of the modern, mindless systems as you can or want to be.

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: raising animals & poultry, gardening, preserving, 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!

Here’s one of the many emails I get each week about the website and the blog:

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 suck 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”

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 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!

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.   

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, 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 our knowledge and experiences have expanded to what it is for Mr. V. and me today. It’s continuing to expand too! So—-like we did years ago, all you have to do is start where you’re comfortable.

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 lots 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!

 I hope you’ll join us here, 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.

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 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)!

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 rises above our little village. You can see the remnants of an old fire that burned the mountain in the 80's and also how arid the land is. This is a little part of the Mojave Desert.

This picture was taken from the middle of the mountain that rises above our little village. You can see the remnants of an old fire that burned the mountain in the 80's and also how arid the land is. This is a little part of the Mojave Desert.


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 Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM!

Canning green tomatoes and peppers....YUM!

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