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4/4/2011
My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.
1/13/2011
Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts—and reassurance that they're buying green—through GreenDeals.
6/22/2010
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
4/7/2009
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
7/16/2009
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
1/12/2011
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious. 
5/1/2008
Fresh asparagus inspires fresh spring dishes.
11/30/2010
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
12/22/2010
Seeking out social support, whether from friends and family, a support group or talk therapy, can help overcome depression as part of a natural treatment plan.
3/7/2011
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
8/11/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
8/16/2010
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
10/8/2009
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
2/20/2008
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
2/16/2011
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
12/6/2013
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
6/24/2008
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
6/1/2009
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
2/7/2011
It’s never too early to start thinking about planting your garden for the spring. I know I am already thinking about spring and warm weather. Spring officially starts Sunday, March 20th and it’s important to know when it is the right time to purchase your flowers and begin the planting process.
12/9/2011
When you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, consider shopping for a good cause. By giving all of your loved ones Cookies for Kids' Cancer this holiday season you may help bring kids with cancer that much closer to a cure.
3/1/2011
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
2/4/2011
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.
12/10/2009
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
1/25/2011
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
4/19/2011
The stirrings of spring may make you want to buy every plant or seed in sight, but a little planning can help you create a garden you'll truly enjoy.
12/13/2013
Stumped on what to give your friend or family member with an apartment garden? Try one of these ideas for gifts for gardeners.
12/23/2013
Get your friends together for a good time for little to no cost with these four swap party ideas.
1/24/2014
Start living simple with help from our January/February 2014 issue. From learning to crochet to making your own compost, we have the tools you need to live the good life.
11/11/2011
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
11/23/2011
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
7/22/2010
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.
6/13/2011
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
1/4/2011
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
6/22/2009
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
10/16/2013
TropiClean, a company that strives to perpetually innovate the finest products, packing, marketing and management in the pet industry, is gearing up for the launch of their new dental treats.
7/19/2011
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
6/14/2011
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
11/1/2012
In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.
7/18/2011
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.
8/13/2009
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
6/1/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Lavera Baby and Children Sun Milk.
2/21/2011
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
2/2/2012
Our Natural Home & Garden cover shoot process has evolved throughout the year. Read a behind-the-scenes take on our covers.
2/18/2011
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
3/3/2011
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
6/2/2010
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Badger Sunscreen. This natural sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays using zinc oxide and an array of organic ingredients.
7/13/2010
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
6/11/2010
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Purple Prairie Botanicals SunStuff natural sunscreen lotion. SunStuff uses zinc oxide to provide SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB rays.
10/14/2011
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
8/4/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
9/21/2010
Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.
10/28/2010
Don’t just throw away pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Did you know pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious snack? And now you can use them in a fresh basil pesto.
6/23/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Yes To Carrots natural sunscreen, which contains 10 percent zinc oxide and is free of parabens, petroleum and SLS.
2/7/2011
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
12/6/2012
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
12/21/2011
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
3/15/2011
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
10/22/2009
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
6/1/2011
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
6/15/2009
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
2/8/2011
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
5/26/2011
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
12/9/2013
The Lemon Verbena Lady talks about some of her favorite sights in Pittsburgh during Christmas, as well as some of her favorite herbs, books and crafts for the holidays.
1/28/2014
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
2/7/2014
Give homemade gifts for the ones you love with these herbal crafts for Valentine's Day, including tussie-mussies and potpourri.
6/18/2010
Besides composting, eggshells have many great uses both in the garden and in the home. Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull details how to reuse eggshells.
11/11/2010
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
12/5/2011
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
2/7/2011
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
1/4/2011
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
7/6/2011
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
7/7/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a convenient natural sunscreen stick from Environmental Working Group-rated company California Baby.
4/29/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reveals what sunscreen active ingredients are safe and unsafe and recommends resources to find natural sunscreens.
7/1/2010
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.
7/15/2013
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
5/16/2012
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
7/14/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Johnson’s Natural Head-To-Toe Foaming Baby Wash.
5/7/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Good For You Girls, a new line of natural beauty products specially formulated for teen girls.
3/26/2012
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
12/17/2012
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
5/18/2009
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that is supposed to evaluate what’s good for you and not good for you, does not evaluate ingredients in beauty products. If the FDA isn’t going to monitor beauty products, who will? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews two organizations that campaign for safer beauty products.


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