Ditch the Drugstore: Build Your Family's Herbal Apothecary

Effective, Safe, Natural Replacements for Common OTC Drugs

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Ditch the Drugstore is closed for enrollment until the next cadre opens up later this year. To receive notifications about when it's opening up again and future free webinars on using herbs, please click HERE, and you'll be added to a special list for Ditching the Drugstore!

In the meantime, please consider joining us in the Confident Herbalist Tribe! It's another way to dig into herbalism with lots of support and over 50 masterclasses to take!

Curious about Ditch the Drugstore?

Heres' a link to find out detailed information so you can be ready to get going on your personalized home apothecary next time we open the doors!

Ditch the Drugstore is only open twice a year with a limited enrollment so I can help students who are new to herbalism and/or aromatherapy (using herbs and essential oils for wellness) OR who just want questions answered in a structured environment to create a personalized, safe, effective home medicine chest ready for the family.

Each round, I spend six to eight concentrated weeks helping students in the student group to create and organize their home medicine chests. There's never been a better time to empower your health choices. **Students who own Ditch the Drugstore can go through as many rounds of the intensive portion as they want! And...students have access to all materials all the time.

If you're ready to get your home medicine chest finally made, I'm here to help you achieve this! Although you'll have lifetime access to the course (as long as the internet is around), I'm here to hold your hand and give you advice, additional formulation ideas for your unique family situation, and support you as you create your home apothecary in a special private student group that's just for this course.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your natural medicine kit ready to go? When your child comes down with a cold or flu; or when a bee sting strikes, or when those monthly menstrual cramps come around.... you'll have what you need and know what to do!

Here's what's inside Ditch the Drugstore:


I now have preparations in my apothecary that not only support symptoms of common ailments, but actually have healing and restorative benefits as well. Getting through things such as the flu will no longer require a chemical [email protected]#! storm (excuse me). We will actually be nourishing our bodies in the process. This course has changed my life because it helped me become intentional with my herbal preparations. I was able to use the guide in the course to list out the remedies most relevant to my family and immediately begin the process of building a diverse and we'll stocked apothecary.

--Courtney Cocke, R.N. and DTDS graduate

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Your Instructor

Heidi Villegas M.A., C.A.
Heidi Villegas M.A., C.A.

Ever since I learned how to use herbs and natural healing methods to solve my own health issues over 15 years ago, I have been on a path to learn as much as I can about plant medicine and natural health. I'm a certified professional level aromatherapist, clinical/community herbalist, and lover of all things natural living. I invite you to use my years of experience and study, teaching credentials, and ability to encourage others so you can bring the healing powers of the natural world into your own home, garden, and kitchen, for a happier, healthier life.

Everything about the course was fantastic… Before the course I have been dabbling with essential oils for about five years no trailing or class just reading some books and trying things…. The course changed my life in many ways I haven’t taken any allergy meds in 6 weeks I was a 2 a day Zyrtec-D person for the last 5 years. I also had a follow up with my doctor about my BP and said with the progress that I have made I do not need to go on any meds. Mullen and marshmallow root and hawthorn berry and flowers are my daily tinctures. Keep an open mind and be willing and ready for life changing results. Don’t be over whelmed any questions or concerns are always answered and point you in the correct direction to find the answers you need.

--Matt Wiedyk, DTDS graduate

Course Curriculum

  Ditch the Drugstore Recipe Book
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  Ready to Continue Your Herbal Learning?
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  BONUS: Herbal Medicine Making Basics (Full Course)
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  BONUS: Herbal Salves, Oils, Butters, and Balms
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  BONUS: Colds & Flus--A Complete Guide
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  BONUS: Kitchen Spices for Whole Body Health
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  BONUS! Live Question and Answer Chat Replays--Enjoy!
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  ANOTHER BONUS: Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing St. John's Wort
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Courses Included with Purchase

Herbal Medicine Making Basics: Creating Herbal Preparations with Recipes & Remedies
Home Remedy Techniques and Recipes
Heidi Villegas M.A., C.A.
Healing Herbs of the Bible and How to Use Them for Health Today.
History, Recipes, and Biblical Wellness
Heidi Villegas M.A., C.A.

Original Price: $134

As a newbie I had no idea where to begin, so I didn't. DTDS is the course that gave me the guidance to pick and choose which products WE need for our family and get them started. I now have daily tonics, tea blends, tinctures at the ready, and infused oils waiting to be strained. It was a great experience and highly recommend the course to everyone.

--Ann Gaquinto-Scott, DTDS graduate

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course is a hybrid. You can go through the current and future "rounds" of the course each time I open it to new students as an intensive. In addition, you can also consider it an ongoing course, starting now and never ending. It is a completely self-paced online course - you can also decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
You'll have access to the course for as long as Healing Harvest Homestead owns and operates the course, for as long as you like, across all devices. Text materials are all downloadable too. Basically, you'll have access for a very long time, maybe even forever.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 5 days and we will give you a full refund.

I highly recommend this course. I have taken a similar course before and even had already made some of the recipes, yet the experience of going through this course live was invaluable. This course helps you to organize and prioritize your family's specific needs while you assemble a cabinet full of the most practical herbal preparations that you will want to have on hand and gives you the confidence to use them appropriately when needed. I learned so much having direct access to Heidi in the live classes as well as the other people in the student group.

--Jenn Vitkauskas, DTDS graduate


Good news, my friend!

I just opened up enrollment for the second ever round of students of Ditch the Drugstore! The first round of Ditch the Drugstore back in June was a raving success, so I decided to open it up again just in time for cold and flu season.

This is your chance to get live, step-by-step instruction directly from me about how to plan and execute your personalized home medicine chest that's specifically tailored for your own family's needs.

I'll show you how to fast-track your herbal learning; plan a home medicine chest for YOUR family, not everyone else's; and in the process you'll be medically prepared for common ailments, you'll save a ton of money, and you'll be giving your family the healthiest options that they deserve.

In Ditch the Drugstore, I'm there for you in person for six to eight weeks, depending on the needs of the group so that you can FINALLY get your home apothecary built out and created with your own unique family in mind. You'll be learning how to use both herbs and essential oils safely, and I'll help you make any adjustments to remedies and formulas for your family members' special needs.

Sounds pretty exciting, right?

Click here for more information and to enroll in Ditch the Drugstore.

Honestly, you have no idea just how exciting this is for your family's health and your preparedness.

I've been studying herbalism for around 15 years, when I learned about essential oils and plant medicine. I've been teaching herbalism to students and customers of my herbal shop since around 2012, and I realized something after thousands of discussions with customers and students....very few were actually getting a REAL and organized home medicine chest figured out for themselves. One that's ALL ready to go for your own family's needs.

And...I thought about how LONG it took me to learn herbal skills, as well as thousands of dollars in investment over the years.

Now, I'm a holistic herbalist, and this means that I match remedies to my client's individual constitutions and needs....but in the area of common ailments, there's a lot more room for flexibility. And this is what I can help you with in Ditch the Drugstore. It's what I wish I had available to me when I first started learning how to use medicinal plants and essential oils for my family's needs.

You see, when I started learning, there was not one single online course at the time. There was NO one I could speak with directly. And this slowed my progress tremendously as a brand new beginner. I had to learn by trial and error, and in the process I learned just how many dangerous and false recipes and remedies are out there, especially once the internet got more and more herbal information. I wasted a lot of time and dollars....

So, my goal is to help you streamline your beginning and boost your confidence level so you can bypass several years of wondering if you're doing things right. In the process you'll save countless hours and dollars, too.

I also realized (of course) that all families are very different. Some families have ten children! Others might only have one or two members. And other people serve their neighbors, too, like I do. This means that my needs for common ailments aren't going to be the same as yours. And ours won't be the same as the man down the street. Right?

And so....Ditch the Drugstore was born.

And it's good. It's really, really good. Life-changing, even! And I don't say that lightly.

Here's what one of my students from the first round of Ditch the Drugstore (who also happens to have a medical background), says about Ditch the Drugstore:

"I now have preparations in my apothecary that not only support symptoms of common ailments, but actually have healing and restorative benefits as well. Getting through things such as the flu will no longer require a chemical [email protected]#! storm (excuse me). We will actually be nourishing our bodies in the process. This course has changed my life because it helped me become intentional with my herbal preparations. I was able to use the guide in the course to list out the remedies most relevant to my family and immediately begin the process of building a diverse and well stocked apothecary." ---Courtney Cocke, R.N.

I love teaching people herbalism skills so they can be medically prepared in the safest and healthiest of ways.

Whether you're a mom or grandparent who wants to give your family the best healthy and natural options; or maybe you're just sick and tired of the side effects of over-the-counter (often dangerous) drugs; or maybe you're a person who wants to be more medically prepared in case of a disaster or emergency situation, Ditch the Drugstore is for you. In this course, I help you learn and understand how to use common and available herbs and essential oils to create a workable, usable, personalized, and practical home medicine chest (home apothecary).

And....we do this in just six to eight weeks!

Here's what else I know from listening to my herbal students and readers...

Most people who want to create a home apothecary that's healthy and natural using plant medicine and essential oils are going about it all wrong!

Maybe they're trying to surf the internet to find remedies they hope will work, and often these are downright dangerous! Seriously. I can't tell you how many times I've seen one that makes my heart shudder in its cringe-worthy, dangerous ingredients---especially with essential oils.

Or, they've realized that REAL herbalists are rarely showing up in Google searches anymore, and we're being eliminated from the internet---censorship.

Yes....It's becoming harder and harder to find information from REAL herbalists who actually USE the herbs, instead of medically approved articles written by content researchers just out of college.

And...perhaps they've realized that actually learning about the benefits as well as the contraindications of the plants is vital to what they choose for their home apothecary... And this information takes FOREVER to sift through.

This is where Ditch the Drugstore shines.

Here are a couple of the questions that have come up the past couple of days:

Question #1: Who is Ditch the Drugstore for?

Answer: Ditch the Drugstore is for anyone who:

** is wanting a more natural and healthy life;

** who wants to give their family the best;

** who wants to save money by not having to purchase expensive over-the-counter drugs;

** and for those who want to be more self-reliant in these uncertain times.

Question #2: What's the Investment?

It never ceases to amaze me how many people are afraid to invest in themselves and their potential. And maybe you're feeling that way too? You might be worried that you won't get your money's worth, or that the content in this program won't be anything you haven't already heard before. Deep down, though, there's probably a deeper fear---the fear that you're not worth it or that you might fail.

But here's the thing---Ditch the Drugstore has the potential to fast-track you into an herbal journey that you'll never regret...and in the process build out a home apothecary for your family that's safe, effective, and works.

That's why Ditch the Drugstore is being offered at the initial price from back in June, even though I've been advised to raise the price. The investment (for a course which you own for life or as long as the internet exists, by the way) is $297.

When you put it into context, it's pretty amazing to consider that this is less than you would pay for a grocery shopping trip or some new clothes or for some of us, preparedness gear. And yet...Ditch the Drugstore has the power to change your whole future and life!

Between all the BONUS materials, regular course materials, and me showing up for you live each week of the course time, you'll be fully able to tackle and have ready:

** remedies for common aches and pains

** cold and flu issues

** digestion and elimination issues

** female complaints

** seasonal allergies

** stress, sleep, and relaxation needs

** basic first aid

** common skin conditions

** and miscellaneous needs

And...I'll be adding to the materials based on your needs. So if you ask me about a common need or remedy that's not already included, I'll work on this and add it to the included Ditch the Drugstore Recipe Book as well as make sure it's addressed in the course materials.

One more thing I need to mention: This course is interactive. At least if you want it to be. You can certainly go through it at any time that's convenient for you, but I'm here for you in person each time we open the course (which I'm planning only a couple times a year right now).

Each week, we'll have a live Question and Answer chat so you can get REAL answers to your questions about creating safe, effective remedies for your own family's home apothecary. And, as a special bonus, you get the replays to ALL the previous live Question and Answer sessions, including the 15+ videos from Round One last June, with an index of what we discussed in the description of each video. My consultation rate is around $100 an hour, so just this aspect alone is worth more than double the price of the course.

I've been getting a lot of questions today about Ditch the Drugstore, how it works, and whether or not it's right for your situation. If you're wondering about anything to do with Ditch the Drugstore, shoot me a quick response to this email, and I'll get back to you within the day. Or, simply click through the link to see if your question is answered there!

Have a beautiful and blessed day, and...

Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,


P.S. Don't forget to check out the information page, too! There are two other payment options for you to consider. Click here to learn more about Ditch the Drugstore. I hope to see you in this round!

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Heidi, Not only do I use the things I have made but my family has started using them too. I put together a small apothecary for 2 granddaughters going to college. My son is a respiratory therapist so now takes fire cider every day as he is exposed to covid all the time. My neighbors have loved the salves and things I have given them to try. Thank you so much for the DTD course and all the other courses you have made available on the " Confident Herbalist Tribe Group

--Norma Steiner, DTDS graduate