Growing a variety of fruit trees doesn’t require a ton of space, and can be accomplished in an average-sized backyard with the right skill set.
Ditch the harsh chemicals in common skin-care products with this DIY face mask that gently cleanses and moisturizes.
Join our efforts and help water.org bring safe, clean water to communities across the globe.
Easy-to-make homemade tortilla chips are a great, healthy choice for snacking.
If you’re on a tight budget, or just in a pinch and need a quick dab of perfume, try one of these unusual perfume alternatives.
Increase your time spent in nature with these easy ideas for creating indoor-outdoor living spaces.
If you don’t get enough healthy bacteria in your diet, consider high-quality supplements.
Nutritious, easy-to-make jicama salads are the perfect spring accompaniment to any meal.
Achieve mind-body balance by committing to a long-term yoga practice. Find tips for getting started with classes, meditation and continued yoga education.
Add nutrient-rich foods to your diet to keep your skin clear and radiant.
Discover which items you use on a daily basis are most likely to be covered in germs.
Eliminate foul, unwanted personal odors with natural odor eaters such as activated charcoal.
Although we know that getting enough sleep is crucial to our health, there are still a number of things we don’t know about this restful state. Discover 11 fun facts about sleep.
There is something special about finding the perfect soap. Learn more about which soap is ideal for your long-term skin health.
Free of aluminum and other nasty ingredients, this citrus-rich deodorant stick from Primal Pit Paste smells amazing, isn’t hard to apply and works well.
Experience the power of healing oils with these editor-recommended natural body-care products.
Let them eat cake! It's hard to believe that this decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake is actually vegan.
Discover the difference between charcoal and activated charcoal with a brief look a how charcoal works to purify the world around us, including water, air, food and more
Not only is aloe a low-maintenance plant to grow at home near a windowsill, it has a multitude of handy uses, from treating burned skin and sanitizing hands to aiding digestion.
Add medicinal activated charcoal to your natural medicine chest to quickly treat infant colic and a variety of poisonings.
Just because it's freezing outside doesn't mean you can't enjoy your garden. Complete these simply activities and projects to be active in the garden this winter.
Enriched with a number of relaxing and healing ingredients, Erbaviva’s Relax Body Lotion is a great body-care product to store on the office desk.
Getting kids outdoors in the winter can often prove challenging. Try these fun and creative activities to get your kids outside and connected to the natural world.
Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.
Cure your winter doldrums with this uplifting Lemon Verbena Hand Cream from Vineyard Hill Naturals.
Tie your home to nature with these three seasonal centerpiece ideas from Pinterest. Your Thanksgiving dinner table will thank you.
Try these herbal remedies to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs).
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Beat looking tired with these natural remedies for puffy eyes.
Try this rich, savory, warm spiced acorn squash on a cold day.
The pumpkin is one of autumn’s most beloved foods. Use this health-boosting food in these six sweet and savory pumpkin recipes for fall.
Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.
Get your garden in shape this fall, and have some fun in it, with these fun and innovative fall garden ideas we've collected on our Pinterest page.
Use this gentle facial cleanser from Elemental Herbology in the evening to keep your complexion free of dirt and grime.
Similar to exercise, inactivity can impact the structure of our brains and increase the risk for heart disease.
Try our editor’s picks for five skin-care solutions that are sure to give you a healthy complexion.
Omega-3s are important to brain health, reduce inflammation and are essential to reducing risk of chronic diseases. Boost your intake of this essential nutrient by turning to these good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Prevent dry, cracked heels with this clove-scented Cracked Skin Relief Crème from derma e.
Getting kids outdoors can sometimes prove challenging. Help your kids lead a happier, healthier life with these six inventive outdoor activities.
Ditch that extra-large tub of heavily buttered popcorn from your local movie theater for one of these delicious, nutritious natural popcorn products.
Discover seven health benefits of blueberries, a tiny, nutrient-dense fruit that packs a powerful punch.
Try these five editor-recommended picks for quick-fix foods.
Treat your skin to the wonderfully delicious scent of vanilla with this luxurious vanilla sugar scrub from Garden Apothecary.
Organic spelt flour makes for a simple and healthier replacement for white flours in many recipes.
Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.
This bright green Dhaniya Chutney recipe makes a great dip for guests who can handle the spice.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe. Szechuan buttons are electric-packed flower buds that have numbing properties, giving them the aptly named moniker, the "toothache plant".
Reach for these taste-tested, healthy granola bars next time you need a snack.
Try this healthy, gluten-free alternative to the typical coconut macaroon or chocolate chip cookie that you can whip up in no time.
Tame frizz with this botanical-rich leave-in conditioning mist from John Masters Organics.
Learn how to establish a daily meditation schedule with these helpful tips.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
Summer beach days are fast approaching! Beyond the sand and surf basics, encourage kids to get creative at the shore this season by making sea life “touch tanks,” and creating beach art in the open air.
Learn the art of meditation and the joy it can bring back to your life.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe: zallouh. This gnarled root from Syria may boost libido and treat erectile dysfunction.
Keep your little ones busy outdoors with these five fun and innovative outdoor crafts for kids found on Pinterest. From backyard teepees to homemade slime, we've got you covered.
Prevent and relieve asthma attacks by turning to natural remedies for asthma, including an anti-inflammatory diet and hydrotherapy.
Treat yourself to an at-home manicure with nontoxic nail polishes from Scotch Naturals, a company that creates more than 40 different nail polishes with their eco-friendly, water-based formula.
Trade your unhealthy conventional potato chips in for one of our picks for best organic chips.
Scottish oatcakes are delicious and crispy crackers that taste wonderful with jam. If you’re looking for a gluten-free take on this traditional treat, check out the following recipe courtesy Bob’s Red Mill.
Minimize the appearance of dull, aging skin with Larenim Mineral's anti-aging serum, Youth Bloom Gel.
Consider the environment when choosing deck materials. Here’s a breakdown of your options.
For an extra burst of energy in the morning, indulge in this citrus-scented Sun Shower body scrub from The Orange Owl.
Toss this lotion from Benecos Natural Beauty in your purse for well-moisturized hands wherever you are.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
This champagne poached pears recipe can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
This bee-friendly body-care product from the Savannah Bee Company is a great winter product. Read on to learn why you should use the Royal Jelly Body Butter to moisturize and hydrate your skin.
Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.
This seven-serum set from ORGO Beauty is great for aging skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
Learn the facts about antibacterial soap, what the FDA has to say about it and how you can make your own simple soap.
Constantly buying pads and tampons can add up to a very large bill, inevitably costing women a lot of money. Cut down on expenses and save money by switching to reusable menstrual products.
Getting kids to play outside isn’t always easy, especially if they aren’t into a particular outdoor activity. It’s important to get them outside though—and not just for the physical benefits.
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Building a deck can be a challenge, but building with being “green” in mind can be an even bigger challenge. Learn what to look for and what questions and considerations to have when researching and selecting the best green building materials for a deck.
Spice up your Meatless Monday with a recipe borne out of fresh produce at the farmers market. Blogger Jennifer Rose uses local acorn squash and baby kale to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
Most people double or even triple recipes, but what do you do when the original will already feed your family for a whole week?
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
Too many tomatoes? Guest blogger Char Scace takes a few shortcuts and discovers a fabulous speedy spaghetti sauce recipe in the process.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.
Get rid of canker sores faster by turning to homemade mouth rinses, probiotics and other natural home remedies for canker sores.
The origin story of CARE packages offers a deeper appreciation for the power of generosity and providing comfort to those in need or college students away from home for the first time.
Inclement weather can really keep you out of your garden. Here are some of the challenges Mother Nature presents us and a couple of tricks you can use to keep her at bay.
Turn your backyard into a bird-watching hub by learning how to attract birds to your yard.
More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.
Think having a green home is out of your price range? Here are some easy, realistic ideas to create an eco-friendly living space that might actually save you money!
Grow a balcony herb garden to reap the many benefits of herbs while living in the city.
Sprout Foods new line of Sprout Smash Organic Kids Snack Pouches have the great taste school-aged kids love, and the nutrition their parents demand.
One Degree Organic Foods announces the launch of its sprouted, vegan cereal line featuring 100 percent traceable ingredients.
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
Discover a few health benefits of watermelon, a favorite summertime treat.
Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.
This Intensive Spot Treatment from Santalia is gentle on skin with plenty of acne-fighting power, perfect for sensitive skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.
You've probably heard of a BB cream, or at the very least seen one in your supermarket. But what is a BB cream, what does it do, why should you care, and what should you look for if you decide to buy one?
Overuse of hand sanitizers can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Here’s why you should keep hand sanitizer and endocrine disruptors such as triclosan out of the classroom.
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a hydrangea bouquet.
Explore the many health benefits of cauliflower, from cancer prevention to digestive support.
On the run? Try one of these on-the-go snacks that are both healthful and handy.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Moisturizing your face with botanical oils is a centuries-old practice from ancient Rome that is becoming popular once again. Check out three facial oils that I love using right now.
Air plants are perfect low-maintenance option for the home or garden. Learn how to care for air plants with these growing, watering and lighting tips.
This year at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, three new natural products stood out from the rest in the event's annual "Best of the West." Discover a new way to soothe the skin with ozonated oil, a new dipable snack option for kids, and new product to help you fall asleep faster.
After its exploding popularity in the late 19th century, echinacea was widely researched. Since then, numerous echinacea benefits have been discovered. Try these two simple echinacea remedies to fight the common cold.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
It was once stated by ethnobotanist Melvin Gilmore that echinacea was used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, and it's not hard to understand why. The history behind this versatile coneflower is rich in remedies and medicinal uses. Read on to learn more about the history of echinacea.
This lavender face toner from emerginC is a light, refreshing and gentle toner, perfect for sensitive skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.
As our family focuses on nourishing meals and traditions, we’re practicing setting clear intentions. This week, our intention is to continue to bring joy and celebration to family meals, even when life is busy and stressful.
Overindulged? Treat your hangover headache with one simple natural hangover remedy: honey.
Trouble with unsightly varicose veins? Try these herbal solutions and natural home remedies for varicose veins.
Headaches are one of the most common ailments. Next time you’re suffering from one, try one of these natural home remedies for headaches and pass on conventional painkillers.
Healthy and lightly sweet, these granola bites are perfect for packing in your child's lunch. Make your own with this granola bites recipe.
Napoleon Fireplaces provides some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the winter season.
Rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and nutrients, Seaweed Bath Co. products hydrate the skin and soothe irritation often associated with various skin conditions.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.
Try this delicious Nectarine Chutney recipe to savor the fresh flavors of fall.
Upcycled clothing company Looptwork abandons the traditional clothing-manufacturing model to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories repurposing abandoned materials .
Store this natural beauty balm from Medicine Mama's Apothecary somewhere so it's easy to grab. This balm soothes an array of skin woes, so it's fit for travel.
Simply Organic Black Pepper is now available in a reusable tin that features a triple-use closure that allows users to sprinkle, spoon or pour the pepper.
Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.
The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
These three health-food bars by Barre comprise of nutritious (and delicious) superfoods. Made with the dancer in mind, these bars are perfect for anyone needing an extra boost of energy while keeping the calorie-count down.
What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne muses about gardening with children and how wonderful it is to introduce them to this fun and beneficial pastime. (There's always something to do in the garden!)
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
Treat gout, a painful disorder that affects the joints, by controlling inflammation and lowering uric acid levels with these home remedies for gout.
Graco, one of the nation’s largest children’s products manufacturers, has committed to banning the use of four of the most toxic chemical flame retardant chemicals from its products.
Sit back with your favorite herbal beverage and join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she travels from Canada to Europe and back to the United States visiting gardens and checking items off her herbal bucket list.
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
Nature’s Gate introduces affordable anti-aging products for the face with it’s Facial Care collection.
This inconspicuous-seeming herb is well traveled and renounded for its medicinal properties throughout the majority of the world. Learn how it grows and what famed herbalists have said about it.
World Centric has unveiled a line of compostable toothbrushes and travel cases that are made from a plant-based resin called Ingeo.
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
GoodBelly has added two new flavors, Tropical Orange and Pink Grapefruit, to its line of probiotic drinks and launched a new on-the-go probiotic coconut water.
Although not a serious problem, if left untreated, bacterial or viral pink eye can cause serious damage. Speed up recovery with these natural home remedies for pink eye!
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and other major problems. Reduce yours with these six foods to lower cholesterol naturally.
This guide to food labels will help you decode nutrition and sustainability claims on all kinds of food packaging.
Diarrhea is an uncomfortable condition. Find relief with these natural home remedies for diarrhea.
Banish blemishes and balance skin with The Bearberry Collection by John Masters Organics.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Tessemae’s All Natural announces the release of its line of gluten-free salad dressing and marinades.
A Tulikivi soapstone fireplace and cook stove complement the off-grid lifestyle of a Montana man and his Earthship home.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
Exposure to UV rays can permanently damage and prematurely age eyes. Protect your eyes from UV radiation with these tips.
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
Decorating with materials that would otherwise be considered junk can bring pops of life and color to your home’s style. Check out these bottle cap crafts for a fun way to decorate with junk!
ThermaCell’s Outdoor Lantern can simultaneously be used as a mosquito repellent and light, making it a great choice for the patio, cottage or camping.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
The dandelion is one of the most hated weeds in America, but also the mostly widely used wild green in the world. Learn how this herb was used historically, how it can treat many ailments, such as liver diseases and eczema, and how to make a dandelion omelet.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, asparagus offers a lot more than a tasty side dish. Check out these health benefits of asparagus!
These nettle chips are deliciously unique and packed with nutrients. Try this perfectly satisfying salty snack in early spring.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her first attempt at container gardening.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
Combining entertainment and education into one fun experience, board games are a great addition to structured play for kids.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares images of the spring flowers blooming in her garden.
The new Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Formula SPF 40 blends in clear for the ultimate in safe sun protection.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel fulfills her desire to garden while respecting her black thumb by planting some cat grass for the family cat to destroy.
Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals. Discover the health benefits of chia seeds!
Conventional over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen carry risks such as internal bleeding, liver toxicity and increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Navitas Naturals is adding Blueberry Hemp to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks. Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks provide a diversity of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.
Cost-effective and easy to assemble, zen gardens bring an earthy, grounding energy to a home. Learn how to make a zen garden with these instructions from guest blogger Eileen Troemel.
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
Solatube International, the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), announces its new line of decorative fixtures, called Glass Distractions.
Upcycling and recycling company Terracycle introduces three new garden accessories made from recycled materials.
Badger’s Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil contains a blend of six moisturizing oils with antioxidant-packed extracts.
Relieve pain, reduce inflammation and treat cases of otitis media and otitis externa (swimmer’s ear) with these natural remedies for ear infections.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her tips for arranging silk flowers.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
Silk flowers are one way to get the pop of color with flowers and not have the plants die on you. Here's how to incorporate silk flower arrangements into your house.
Get in the mood with natural libido boosters, aphrodisiac spices and exercises to get your blood pumping!
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
Rock gardens are one way to brighten your house without having to actually grow things.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Learn to craft herbal medicine at home or in the wild using the folk method. This informative and useful guide provides helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for making tinctures the traditional way.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel offers landscaping tips for those with a black thumb looking to start a new garden bed, plant a live fence or grow outdoors.
Fight common ailments with these seven herbs for health and wellness.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Bookbinder Specialties recently added four new flavors to their line of gourmet, ready-to serve gluten-free soups packaged in resealable glass jars.
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.
Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
Give your immune system a boost with Berries for Life BerryImmune supplement, which combines the powers of elderberry, cranberry and beta-glucan.
Crispy Green Crispy Fruit are made from 100-percent freeze-dried fruit with no additives or preservatives and are full of delicious fresh fruit taste. FruitziO snacks combine the wholesomeness of fresh fruit with a pinch of cane sugar.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
These powerhouse herbs are great for runners. They act as natural energy enhancers, improve stamina and endurance, heal aches and pains and improve circulatory health.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Wrigley, a giant in the chewing gum industry, has received approval from the FSA to use magnolia bark extract in future products.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Tomato-growing enthusiasts can now grow tomatoes in any climate - indoors, with all of the taste of home garden summertime tomatoes.
Hammocks and High Tea designer and founder Karen Young describes the creative process and the steps it takes to create a sustainable home decor line.
The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
Vermont Castings Victory direct vent fireplace insert offers a clean design and an efficient heating source.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
I love skin care products that have multiple uses. Not only do they stretch your savings, but they offer skin care customization. This multipurpose skin care tea treats nearly all skin types and tastes delicious, too.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.
Vitamin D promotes good bone, immune system and mental health. Want to boost your intake of this essential nutrient? Add these good sources of vitamin D to your diet!
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
Jessica revisits Maison Madeleine, a beautifully restored historic Southern French cottage.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
Andrea Carrothers, a registered dietitian with Horizon, makers of organic milk and dairy products, has developed several new quick, calcium-rich recipes that make perfect after-school snacks.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares how food affects her culture and family.
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares her struggles adjusting to life with a toddler and his finicky relationship with food.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, walnuts provide an array of impressive health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull tries her hand at making gnocchi.
Mike Benziger, founder and winemaker at Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California, answers five questions about his 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.
Indoor air pollutants can cause a number of health problems. Breathe easier by removing or remedying these four sources of indoor air pollution.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
Mike Benziger, founder and winemaker at Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California, answers five questions about his 2007 Signaterra Three Blocks Red.
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.
Naturally cleanse your body with fruits, vegetables and other foods that fortify the liver, bind to toxins and help remove impurities from your body.
World renowned pharmacognosist Norman R. Farnsworth died September 10 in a Chicago hospital.
Used in water, teas and recipes, True Lemon is made from fresh lemons selected for their superior flavor.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
Going meatless is a breeze when corn is at its late-summer best and the garden is bursting with squashes. Southwestern calabacitas is a delicious, hearty summer stew that makes the most of this bountiful season.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
Meditating has never come naturally to me, probably because of my goal-oriented approach. Wabi-sabi helped me see find peace in simple solitude (and long dog walks) instead.
K.C. Compton hones in on the mystery of what variety sunflower is reaching for the sky in her back yard. And also sends kind wishes to the swallowtail butterfly who destroyed her parsley plant.
Bladder infections affect millions of women each year. Taking antibiotics for a bladder infection can increase chances of a repeat infection, so bypass the pharmaceuticals and treat your bladder infection naturally with these home remedies.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
Create growing space for a small space garden with pocket gardens for posts, chairs, walls and doors.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
Back to the Roots (BTTR) is collecting 20,000 pounds of coffee grounds each week, cultivating them into a rich substrate from which to grow oyster mushrooms and make grow-it-at-home mushroom kits.
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies helps parents find safer and affordable school supplies for their children.
This plant in K.C. Compton's back yard might not be a record-breaking sunflower, but it's a tall, tall specimen.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
This school year pack a healthy lunch with zero waste!
Yeast infections are most often a result of an imbalance in the body. Treat yeast infections naturally with these tips!
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
GE Lighting’s full line of light-emitting diode (LED) GE Energy Smart incandescent replacement bulbs are anticipated to be on store shelves within the next 16 months.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
When it comes time to choose what decking material to use for your next outdoor living project, consider wood composite decks that save old growth trees by utilizing recycled content.
Taza Chocolate introduces a new 87% dark chocolate bar to the Stone Ground line – the Taza 87% Bolivian Stone Ground Chocolate Bar.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Avocado, the main ingredient in guacamole, contains many vitamins and minerals that do a body good.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
A healthy diet plays an important role in healing a peptic ulcer. Try these five foods to relieve pain and naturally treat an ulcer.
Saturday morning brings adventures with an overflowing dishwasher, pesky puppy and pretty sunflowers.
Thanks to its live cultures, yogurt can balance bacteria in the body, offering a number of health and even beauty benefits. Discover the health benefits of yogurt!
Vitamin C has been linked to lower cataract risks. To help protect your eyes, get your daily dose of vitamin C with this delicious breakfast smoothie.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
Victoria Gazeley considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin, located on 7 acres of fertile earth in British Columbia, a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Recognizing Spinach plants when they bolt and harvesting what is left that is useful.
Victoria Gazely lives in a 650-square-foot homesteader's cabin built by a man who didn't need closets. She's found five great ways to stash her stuff without renovating—and her solutions work for anyone who needs to hide a few things.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
A well-known member of the mint family, peppermint has been used since ancient times to treat a number of ailments, including upset stomachs, skin irritations and more.
Give your bathroom a little flair—and have fun doing it—by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone—whether you're a DIYer or not.
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
Fresh basil, cilantro and parsley give this cold, tangy tomato soup fresh summertime flavor. You can make enough soup to feed a crowd in minutes. Enjoy!
Go ahead, play outside. These tips will keep you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
Diana and Tony Varnes are the happiest they’ve ever been, and they attribute their well being to living in a small home. They have more time for reading, talking and enjoying the outdoors—and their relationship is better than ever.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
Keep your home cool without air conditioning! Try these five ways to lower your home’s temperature—and utiliy bills—naturally.
Sayra and Dominic live with their 5-year-old daughter in a charming 550-square-foot home in rural Idaho. There are challenges, but they've found that less really is more. 'It's like living in a fun clubhouse,' Sayra says.
The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.
Feeling claustrophobic? Before you start looking for more space, make the most of what you have by containing clutter, choosing the right furnishings and color schemes, and creating new "rooms" with dividers.
This home in the Florida Keys stays cool by capturing prevailing breezes and taking advantage of passive cooling techniques such as open, screened walls and a reflective roof.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, says schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many common pharmaceuticals--without the onerous side effects.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, believes that schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many pharmaceuticals—without the onerous side effects.
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore harvests her first round of fresh spinach from the garden to bring to the dinner table.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
Eating spinach regularly has benefits for your entire body.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, found in a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
Check out these eco-friendly garden products that were designed by Northern California gardeners.
Now Pacific Yurts introduces one of its most exciting innovations to date the unique Custom Curve™ window system. Custom Curve™ is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
Chemical antibacterials, including triclosan, are health and environmental hazards. You don't have to bring these nasties into your home. Put hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to work killing germs and disinfect.
If the heat is getting you down—and out of your comfortable sleeping—take your bedroom outside and let Mother Nature cool you while you slumber.
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean—and safeguard your family's health.
Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust by Sam Epstein, MD, to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
The playground classic of jumping rope seems to have disappeared. It’s time for a comeback!
If you find yourself with a bag that seems to swallow up all of your things, consider adding snap-in coin purses to help you organize.
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
I recently came across a new website, Fight Germs Now. The site’s primary focus is to alleviate concern about the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. However, I’d like to scream from the rooftops, “Antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary!”
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
In my quest for the most energy efficient ceiling fan, one model blows the rest away. Now is the time to install ceiling fans for lower electricity bills this summer—here's how.
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull goes without meat for a month. Try her meatless recipes!
Designed to be a comfortable, modern home with a minimum impact on the environment, the Cube generates its own energy and proves that you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to live in a small space.
Here are some ingredients to make cooking with kids a tasty experience!
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust by Sam Epstein, MD, to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
The Herb Companion recently discovered One Love Organics—a company that focuses on making four sustainable beauty products. Comment to enter for a chance to win some of their products.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
Bend, twist and turn upside down for a happy baby and healthy child!
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
Soothe and soften your feet with this DIY natural spa treatment.
Chronic exposure to noises such as traffic can have serious side effects. Find out how noise pollution is affecting your health—and how you can reduce noise at home.
Don't throw away the Peeps left at the bottom of your Easter basket. They're the building blocks of many good projects.
Old mirrors are a dime a dozen at flea markets--but what can you do with them? Group several of different shapes together for a pretty, unique display.
Gardening is for everyone, even those with disabilities who think they are unable to. The problem to overcome is how to adapt and make adjustments so hyou can grow your own organic vegetables and herbs.
When stacks of mail, cards and school pictures start taking over your kitchen table or refrigerator, wage war with this project to keep it all organized and unclutter your life.
In GE's new bulb, a halogen capsule—which turns on instantly—is nestled inside a compact fluorescent swirl. The halogen bulb turns off when the CFL warms up, maintaining the light's energy efficiency.
Treat your building professional as you would want to be treated—and more great advice from contractors and designers who have seen it all.
Feed your family a healthy snack alternative—roasted chickpeas!
Used for everything from curing headaches, sores and snakebites to attaining mystical foresight and thwarting bad spirits, white sage is an extremely culturally valuable herb.
Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.
Munch and crunch on nutritious kale chips with this easy recipe!
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
Tom Newmark won't rest until he's helped establish 10,000 seed sanctuaries—living gardens devoted to propagating and nurturing endangered plants—across the world. He came a step closer this week with the establishment of a sanctuary in India.
Slower growth in crop yields, high oil prices and use of food crops to make biofuels could push food prices higher for the next year and beyond.
Celebrate spring by indulging in these 5 seasonal superfoods—delicious, nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a common spice that was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history.
Today is not a day for selling books. It's a day for prayer and solidarity with the Japanese people.
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
When you celebrate Meatless Monday with hearty, savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, no one will miss the meat.
Put your money where your principals are—supporting eco-conscious living projects. Invest in green companies to make a greater impact on our environment.
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
Yard full of dandelions? Harvest and cook these weeds to enjoy their many health benefits.
A new study shows that olive leaf extract may lower blood pressure.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
Got kitchen clutter? Turn a picture frame into a beautiful, useful storage solution.
Fracking, buying American, GMOs and unplugging topped the green news this week.
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
There's more to your zodiac sign than you may think. Embrace your sign with these zodiac-related herbs.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
Most Americans have tried low-energy light bulbs and like them.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Herbs can help increase fertility in men and women, but it's not recommended to take fertility drugs and herbs at the same time.
A new study links diet soda to increased risk of fatal cardiac problems, while a health group connects caramel coloring in soda to cancer.
The original Coke recipe, a closely-guarded secret, is reportedly built on the distinctive flavors of herbal essential oils.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.
Whip up a quick herbal snack of juicy mushrooms on toast with herb butter or fresh-from-the-oven herb and mushroom scones.
Last week The Herb Companion published two reader recipes after a reader callout for delicious lavender muffin recipes on our Facebook fan page. The following recipes include Luscious Lavender Muffins and Agave Lavender Muffins.
Rescue old windows and recycle them into beautiful light fixtures.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
Maintaining good heart health doesn’t have to be a chore! Incorporate these three steps into your life to have some fun while keeping your heart healthy.
Hanging baskets on your walls helps to create storage and still offer decorative design in your home.
Yesterday, The Herb Companion asked its readers for delicious lavender muffin recipes. Your submissions have made us ecstatic. The following recipes include White Chocolate and Lavender Muffins, and Lavender-Lemon Blueberry Muffins.
A proper diet is crucial in promoting good heart health—so make sure you’re eating the right stuff! These seven foods are loaded with healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants to protect your heart.
Keep your family healthy by paying close attention to your home's 10 germiest places.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
Skip the hardy snacks that Super Bowl parties usually provide by replacing them with these great, healthy finger snacks. Trust us, no one will complain.
Concerned about Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops and genetic engineering of our food? Let President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack know.
Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.
In Costa Rica, all the elements are in place for a Slow Food revolution. Check out the organic bounty--and enjoy a delicious gourmet take on a traditional native dish.
Inflammation and the loss of cartilage cause severe pain in arthritis sufferers. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain with these eight natural and herbal remedies.
The fragrant, taste and texture of cinnamon make it a popular spice during the winter months. Cinnamon not only tastes good while cooking but has an array of health benefits.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
A pillowcase and foam board are all you need for a simple, cheap and environmentally friendly way to organize notes and lists in this project.
Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range of health conditions, including heart failure and strokes.
Guest blogger KyLynn shares a step-by-step photo gallery of how to clean razor clams.
Make your own sweet, soothing elderflower infusion to help naturally alleviate cold symptoms.
Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica’s verdant San Carlos agricultural region is a dynamic, living example of permaculture and biodynamic farming, where every being is part of a system that nurtures the body and the soul.
Finca Luna Nueva's Sacred Seeds Sanctuary is a living laboratory to nurture tropical and native species through the next 10 years of climate change.
Keep your storage off the floor and decorate your home using birdcages.
Grow spinach (Spinacia oleracea 'Bloomsdale Long Standing') from seed this spring with this garden giveaway.
Hemp can be made into a wide variety of products, including fashionable, functional clothing.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Look at your closet, and your shopping, in a whole new way. Repurpose items you already have, making a dress out of a shirt or a handbag out of men’s ties.
One way to fight against animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry is to buy from certified cruelty-free companies. Another is to make your own products at home.
Hang used fabric on your walls instead of paint or wallpaper.
It's important to have accurate information about any herbal remedy you are thinking of using. Dr. Jaclyn Chasse shares her own experience with misleading media representation and clinical studies of St. John's wort.
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison explores creative storage solutions to declutter her small space.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
Serve this easy-to-make caramelized onion-tomato focaccia bread as an appetizer or side to soups and salads.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
It's officially seed catalog season. The Herb Companion has been receiving tons and tons of beautiful seed catalogs. Check out my favorite ornamental echinaceas from Burpee. Enter for a chance to win some yourself.
Learn how to catch more fish using star anise essential oil. Blogger Dawn Robnett explains why Illicium verum oil with keep the fish nibbling all day.
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
Despite what you may have heard, you don't need to suffer through extreme diets or complicated menus to burn calories. Boost your metabolism with these great tasting herbs that you may already have growing in your kitchen garden.
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
When you write for a blog called The Garden Gnome, you tend to get a lot of wacky things many of that make great holiday gifts. Among my favorite is the new book and guide to life, How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
TerraChoice’s annual Sins of Greenwashing study finds that 95 percent of the products claiming to be green have used vague language, unproven claims and false certification labels.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
Plantiva’s botanical-based immune supplement ImmuneDx combines the power of ginseng, Stephania and other herbs to protect the immune system.
Turmeric, a curcumin-containing spice commonly used in Indian curry, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to cure a number of ailments. Discover the health benefits of turmeric!
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
October marks the beginning of pomegranate season. Dig in and enjoy the health benefits of this superfruit.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Unused and expired medications are difficult to recycle. Participate in National Take-Back Day this Saturday for an easy, safe way to dispose of old pills.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
The Natural Resources Defense Council sues the FDA to get triclosan and triclocarban, synthetic hormone-disrupting chemicals that are bad for our health and the environment, out of personal-care products.
Try this recipe for a healthy, hearty bowl of black bean and chorizo chili, courtesy Muir Glen.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
Zemco Industries, a division of Tyson, has recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogens, a deadly foodborne bacteria, from Walart stores across the nation.
My baby chicken, Blondie, is growing up to become quite the obedient bird and developing quite the personality.
More than half a billion eggs possibly tainted with salmonella bacteria have been recalled. Avoid the scare by purchasing free-range, cage-free, organic and locally sourced eggs.
If passed, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act would regulate dangerous chemicals and offer Americans better health protection from toxins in everyday products.
Finding used art can brighten your garden without emptying your pocketbook.
A recent study found that consuming dairy products with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri can help reduce abdominal fat in overweight people.
Weeds may be a pain to pull, but some weeds are edible—and good for your health! Try eating purslane. This weed is full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Banish bad moods by eating right, exercising and changing your daily habits. Follow these five steps to improve your mood!
Eating a proper diet will help your body get rid of excess estrogen, the culprit behind PMS symptoms. Prevent cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings by incorporating these five foods into your diet.
Avocados are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and good fat that are beneficial for your health
I don't know about you, but its absolutely impossible to keep my feet clean in sandals, my summer staple. So when I stumbled upon Wipe Your Feet by Jamar Labs, I was intrigued.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.
The recent trend towards e-readers may cut back on environmental impact, but they also take away the tangible qualities of reading a book.
Suffering from a hangover? Get relief from your hangover symptoms with these natural remedies.
Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop accepting loans from the nationwide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which helps homeowners pay for the cost of energy-efficient retrofits.
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
Naturally sweet and healing, honey has uses in the pantry, the medicine cabinet and the beauty drawer. Discover the health and beauty secrets of honey with these four uses for honey.
Changing hormone levels during menopause bring a number of less-than-desirable side effects. Treat hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia naturally with these herbal remedies.
Staycations, a vacation taken at home or in-town, are a smart way to save money, reduce travel emissions and support your local economy. Follow these tips for a great staycation!
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
Kids and veggies don’t mix, right? Guest blogger Stephanie Small doesn't buy it. Re-learn a few tried-and-true tips to help your children actually enjoy their vegetables.
July is National Berry Month! Kick off the start of this month—and celebrate our nation's independence—with this recipe for Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes, courtesy of Driscoll's.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.
If you have sensitive skin, be careful when you cut back your angelica; it may result in contact dermatitis.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, expected to pass this summer, offers rebates for windows, doors, skylights, window films and storm windows and doors.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
The foods you’re eating could be chipping away at your bone density. Find out which four foods and drinks are eating away at your bones.
The “Cash for Caulkers” home-retrofitting program, known as the Home Star program, is expected to pass the Senate this summer. The bill offers rebates for 13 different types of retrofits, including insulation and air and duct sealing
If you’re sick of your allergies but don’t want to pop a pharmaceutical pill, check out these natural remedies for the prevention and treatment of seasonal allergies.
Have a headache? Instead of reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen, try one of these natural remedies for headache relief: lavender, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, feverfew or willow bark.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz helps her family plan an eco-friendly road trip complete with a hybrid car, organic snacks and energy-efficient hotels.
Fishermen hired by BP to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are experiencing health problems such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and breathing problems. The negative side effects are likely due to BP’s failure to provide proper safety equipment.
California rolls from supermarket sushi counters contain high fructose corn syrup. You don't have to look hard to find this information; it's listed right on the package!
DeLoach Vineyards winegrower Eric Pooler explains the camaraderie amongst Biodynamic prep stirrers.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a green gardening series on Biodynamic farming based on her trip to DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma, California. She details the meaning of Biodynamic farming and a field preparation called horn silica 501.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, which passed the House on May 5, would provide $6 billion in rebates to homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Good For You Girls, a new line of natural beauty products specially formulated for teen girls.
To encourage Americans to get the two and a half hours of exercise a week they need, a group of health experts has developed the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan, which calls for increased funding for bike paths, physical education programs and fitness facilities.
A new Facebook group, “I Want to Grow Hemp Like George Washington,” connects supporters of hemp reform and lets them share their views on hemp production in the United States.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural sunscreen from Pratima. Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen features zinc oxide and is SPF 30.
With Earth Day afoot, it’s important that the rest of our nation keep a close eye on Chicago’s green initiatives.
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reveals what sunscreen active ingredients are safe and unsafe and recommends resources to find natural sunscreens.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Yes To Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes.
Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.
Up to 75 percent of antibacterial products carry triclosan and triclocarban, hormone-disrupting chemicals that affect brain and nervous system development.
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
Ginger is a natural remedy for many stomach ailments: nausea, menstrual cramps, indigestion and more. Ginger also eases tired muscles and may help lower cholestrol.
Our art director tries her best to avoid processed food but can't resist snacking on cheese and crackers. Follow her recipe to make homemade crackers.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a new natural exfoliating mask, Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elderberry, Echinacea, green tea, oregano and garlic are my favorite natural remedies for treating and preventing illness.
Mindy Pennybacker’s new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, and her website, GreenerPenny.com, offer easy tips for daily green living.
Learn which natural facial scrubs are good for you and the environment.
This facial cleanser is packed with botanicals and is great for daily use.
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
A GE Lighting survey finds that 82 percent of Americans use compact fluorescent light bulbs—and 75 percent have no idea that the government plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.
This book is packed with 20 intricate designs, charts, gardening tips and tricks and conventional wisdom passed down through the years.
Design your dining room with patterned placemats from Amenity. Made of organic cotton and hemp, these placemats come in a variety of colors and designs, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your room.
Light up the night on Valentine’s Day with eco-friendly soy and beeswax candles. These candles have fewer toxins and less soot, making them a healthier option for a green Valentine’s Day.
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
The Fair Tracing Project’s digital tracking technology supports fair trade by providing a stream of information to consumers.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Badger Headache Soother Mind Balm, which helps clear sinuses with eucalyptus and peppermint oils while calming your senses with a light touch of lavender.
I had one of the best pork chops of my life last night, thanks to a homegrown hog and Nancy, also known to our blog friends as The Lemon Verbena Lady.
If you haven't joined in on our social networking fun, what are you waiting for? We'll post fun surveys, stories, blog posts and even coupon codes for our Natural Home Kitchen Products in the coming weeks. Join us now! Tell us what you want to see in 2010, and we'll be sure to incorporate your ideas into our magazine and web content.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace bakes vegan, gluten-free shortbread cookies for Santa Claus
Recycling rewards program RecycleBank compiled this list of five household items that contain toxic materials or won’t biodegrade.
In accordance with this meeting of world leaders making decisions about climate change, The Timberland Company, has launched its global campaign, “Don’t Tell Us it Can’t Be Done.” The campaign is designed as a public forum encouraging people from all over the globe to participate in environmental activism by challenging government leaders attending the conference to reduce emissions.
In an effort to inspire others to participate in environmental and social activism, The Timberland Company named Wyclef Jean, a Grammy-award winning musician and humanitarian, one of its seven Earthkeepers Heroes.
Polish nails naturally with safe ingredients like Argan oil.
Find out who won Project Green Search’s eco-modeling competition.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
On the lookout for healthy snack food options, I discovered this quick and easy recipe.
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
Editor in Chief, K.C. Compton, discovers a new cookbook that she has fallen in love with. What are your favorite cookbooks?
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
With these black flowers in your garden, it's easier to make a spooky bouquet.
A new Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report reveals traces of lead and other heavy metals in children’s face paints.
Enjoy beautiful fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay in a green bed and breakfast, visit the eco-friendly Blue Ridge Parkway Destination and Visitor Center, or indulge in a number of outdoor activities.
Seventh Generation commits to using sustainable palm oil in all products by 2012.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
From Colorado to California, these green ski resorts are some of the most environmentally focused ski resorts in the U.S.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
Located near mountains, beaches and the rainforest, Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica offers guests comfort, natural beauty and a host of eco-friendly options that earned the resort a four-leaf rating from the Certification in Sustainable Tourism program.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Greenpeace report that links major shoe companies to rainforest destruction.
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
Not often in this life do we get to experience perfection—and to know at the time that we are. Recently, I had an absolutely, unabashedly, undeniably perfect evening, complete with family, friends, fabulous food, good wine and an impeccable setting.
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews certified-organic fabrics from Harmony Art.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
The Canning Across America blog brings canning enthusiasts and young canners together with its CAN-A-RAMA canning and preserving events.
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
President Obama and the Department of Energy are creating new standards for energy-efficiency in lighting.
Spice up classic picnic recipes with herbs from your own garden.
Try this recipe for a tasty, healthy and versatile salad.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley finds healthy road trip snacks.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how the new energy and climate legislation that creates opportunities in green building.
Trash Track, an MIT research project, aims to highlight consumers’ waste habits by electronically tracking trash from homes to landfills.
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
Riding the body of toxins is the key to maintaing a healthy complexion. These herbs work from the inside to rid your skin of pimples, wrinkles and rashes.
Radio host for the WTBQ's The Urban Herbalist, Marguerite Dunne discusses Michael Jackson's death and the good and bad health protocols with herbs and with drugs.
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil. Get 20 percent off this product until July 31, 2009.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
Summer marks the start of buzzing AC units, but this doesn’t have to waste energy or drain your wallet. By accessing the energy leaks in your home with a simple energy audit, you’ll save money on utility bills. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how to perform a home energy audit.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment.
Gorgeous greens and fresh mint make a tasty, healthy, and quick soup.
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
Carrotmob, a project of Virgance, a company that organizes activism campaigns, works to create social change by rewarding green businesses through consumer buying. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about this innovative activism group.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
When choosing summer sunglasses, look for products that are both stylish and environmentally friendly. Eco-conscious companies iWood and Kayu both offer trendy lines of sunglasses made using sustainable materials and methods. These sunglasses also offer 100 percent protection from harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage eyes.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
According to TastingTable, black garlic is very trendy with foodies right now.
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.
Discover magazine (one of my non Herb Companion faves) features a magnified (by a scanning electron microscope) image of a strawberry (Fragaria spp.). Check it out it's really cool. The make up of the fruit is clearly visible, with the seeds looking like boulders
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson discovers the Apple Recycling Program, which is perfect for her aging PowerBook G4 Apple laptop.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence reviews the latest proposals banning urban chicken farming.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren offers tips on how to take eco-friendly car trips
Transforming Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson’s space started with an empty living room, and now it slowly resembles a livable space with seating. After buying a used love seat and ottoman, she recovers both so they match the room’s theme.
I've had little opportunity to actually test live plants in my tenure with The Herb Companion. So, when DutchGardens.com sent me some of their beautiful tulip and hyacinth varieties, I was excited and impressed! See some results in this photo-blog!
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
Environmental activist and musician Jack Johnson spreads the importance of taking care of the land through the Curious George soundtrack and his Kokua Foundation.
Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen is loaded with vitamins, minerals and moisturizers.
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
A new government-sponsored program calls for India to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012.
Weigh in as Natural Home collects reader and contributor suggestions on "greening the White House."
December 26 added a whole new meaning to “Black Friday” as the island of Oahu, Hawaii, was without power for roughly 12 hours starting shortly after sunset at 6:30 p.m.
Jessica talks about the importance of volunteerism and service as she searches for some new ways to dedicate time.
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
Don’t let the flu, a cold or any aches, anxieties and pains get the best of you this season. With the season already upon us, here are a few herbs, fruits and foods to consider to help relieve your aches, pains and anxiety.
Our colds have died down to a dull roar over here, but we're still struggling with some nagging symptoms. We've been relying on Burt's Bees Lavender Complexion Mist to perk us up in the morning, drinking lots of water, eating healing soups ... and
This Monday at Herb Companion HQ, we all showed up with sniffles. I can feel it coming on ... my nose is twitchy, my shoulders are achy, and my throat is scratchy. Learn how I treated this cold with herbs.
This herbal acne treatment became a favorite among this Herbalistas friends. Perfect size for travel!
Every now and then I love bumping into something that makes my brain twitch. Fractals are my most recent obsession. Read more ...
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Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
Magnificent mansions, cooperative living groups, sustainable cities—get a glimpse of what the Northwest has to offer.
Can't find herbs at your local pizza place? Make your own.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray is great for recreating beach hair or getting a tousled look.
Jessica discusses whether going green is more than just feeling good about the stuff we buy, and chats about the "virtual global marketplace" she uses to help make wise shopping decisions.
Beyond Organic Skincare Detoxifying Cleanser is best for dry skin because it is packed with uber-moisturizing ingredients.
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Pacifica solid perfumes. These sweet little tins pack as much scent in just as cute packaging as the traditional sprays.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tries a new vegan, natural lip balm from Herbs of Grace.
Herbal immune boosters really work.
Great shampoo from Dr. Hauschka.
Men love spruce and lavender -- or maybe it's the Soaptopia body balm.