Cold & Flu
One guest blogger's special, original recipe prevents illness and quickly helps recover from, or completely ward off, colds, flu and other malaise.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
Relieve the worst common cold symptoms with this natural drink.
Pre-packaged soup and an easy-to-make sandwich make me feel better, at least for a little bit.
Prevent jet lag, motion sickness, colds and the flu while traveling with these herbal remedies.
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.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
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.
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.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
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
Swine flu may or may not be the pandemic that cable newscasters are proclaiming - but why take chances? This most recent health scare is yet another reminder that eating local, organic food - preferably raised by a source you know and trust - is just a smart thing to do.
Some consumers are wary of the impending federal phaseout of incandescent light bulbs. Are you?
Most Americans have tried low-energy light bulbs and like them.
Conventional toothpaste is loaded with fluoride, SLS, triclosan and other chemicals. Learn the dangers of fluoride and explore the world of natural toothpastes!
Easily extend your growing season with a cold frame, a simple enclosure with a transparent lid.
A new government-sponsored program calls for India to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012.
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 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.
Recycling rewards program RecycleBank compiled this list of five household items that contain toxic materials or won’t biodegrade.
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.
President Obama and the Department of Energy are creating new standards for energy-efficiency in lighting.
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
Gray skies and frigid temperatures can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Here are a few ways to brighten your day even when the sun is nowhere in sight.
Make your own sweet, soothing elderflower infusion to help naturally alleviate cold symptoms.
Try these simple tips to keep yourself hydrated and drinking more water this winter.
Ginger root treats circulatory and digestive systems, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Use it in recipes like Ginger Pumpkin Pie and Indian Lemonade-Ginger Ale.
Get to know Traditional Community Herbalist Kristine Brown and enter to win a subscription to Herbal Roots Zine, a great resource for teaching kids about herbs!
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
Our Natural Home & Garden cover shoot process has evolved throughout the year. Read a behind-the-scenes take on our covers.
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.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated the perimeter of her model Passive House slab and installed an EPS foam frost skirt around the slab for cold climate construction.
PRIMAVERA skin care has just made its U.S debut and is quickly raising the bar in the field of natural and organic skin care.
Herbal syrups are a wonderful vehicle for immune-boosting, antiviral and antibiotic herbs for use any time of year. Use this simple method to make a powerful tool in the fight against biological baddies.
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Soothe sunburned skin with an easy-to-make cold compress, pure aloe vera or other natural sunburn remedies.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
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.
As snow and cold temperatures move in to stay, arm yourself with this creamy white chili recipe to warm you up.
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.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.
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.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and other major problems. Reduce yours with these six foods to lower cholesterol naturally.