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5/25/2010
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a coalition of retailers, industry trade associations, and food and beverage manufacturers, has announced that it will cut a combined 1.5 trillion calories from its members' products.
1/18/2011
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
7/31/2014
Organic spelt flour makes for a simple and healthier replacement for white flours in many recipes.
3/14/2012
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
1/27/2011
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
2/8/2012
Organique by Himalaya, a line of pure personal care products made by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, received the NPA Natural Standard Seal on all 20 products.
7/19/2011
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.
5/16/2012
A new study from the Ecology Center found traces of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products—and that chemicals in hoses leach into water.
3/14/2012
The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and mercury in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.
8/30/2011
Milk thistle, which has a long history of safe and effective medicinal use dating back thousands of years, is medicinally valued for supporting healthy liver function.
12/19/2008
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
12/14/2011
Whether you should take stairs or the elevator is a daily question. So if you think you don't have time to take the stairs, think again. Research shows that taking the stairs saves time in the day.
7/19/2011
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
8/18/2011
A new study found that, obese or not, the number of years you live depends on your lifestyle.
5/9/2012
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
6/20/2011
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.   
10/19/2011
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
10/19/2011
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
8/27/2009
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
7/8/2009
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
7/24/2009
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
8/9/2011
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
6/14/2011
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
7/22/2014
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
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.
8/21/2014
Although we should limit our sugar consumption for health, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined white sugar.
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!
6/19/2009
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
1/7/2010
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
11/27/2009
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
4/29/2009
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.
10/12/2011
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
4/7/2009
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
10/10/2008
Which herbs will help keep you energized, focused and possibly in shape? One Herb Companion staffer looks for the answers.
9/21/2011
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
7/16/2009
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
12/28/2011
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
8/9/2011
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
7/13/2011
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
1/21/2010
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
11/22/2011
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
2/7/2014
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
4/4/2012
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
9/14/2011
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
12/21/2011
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
2/23/2011
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
2/14/2011
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
4/18/2012
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
7/7/2010
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.
7/4/2012
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
1/18/2012
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
4/18/2012
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
8/2/2011
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.
2/7/2011
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
1/10/2012
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
1/25/2012
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
5/28/2014
Learn how to naturally control garden pests while maintaining healthy soil.
6/20/2011
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
4/2/2010
Can’t afford to buy all organic produce? You don’t have to! Knowing which fruits and vegetables have the highest and lowest pesticide residue will decrease your exposure to toxic chemicals and save you money at the grocery store.
9/30/2011
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.  
2/18/2011
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
5/28/2009
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
8/14/2009
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
8/31/2009
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule. 
8/16/2011
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
10/28/2010
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
6/1/2009
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
3/9/2010
Diethyl phthalate is an ingredient used in many body care products that guest blogger Dawn has concern with. Learn how to use a costemic safety database to find out if your cosmetics are safe or include harmful ingredients.
3/4/2011
Don't be afraid of breads anymore, well at least whole-grain breads. A new study shows that whole-grain foods that are rich in fiber at may be beneficial to your health.
12/17/2009
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
1/4/2010
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
2/7/2011
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
7/10/2009
 Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
2/11/2011
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
8/24/2011
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
2/14/2011
Every herb has a story, and that of licorice begins with its reputation as a “sweet herb.” Plants are put on this earth to provide nourishment and healing benefits. Licorice is one of those unique and special plants that does both.  
7/11/2011
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
8/6/2009
If it is one thing we can all agree on, it is that having clear, glowing skin is the most important factor to your appearance. Clear skin boosts one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and certainly makes us all feel good! Learn more about how to obtain clear skin.
6/7/2011
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
2/8/2012
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
6/28/2011
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
4/22/2011
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
7/21/2011
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
6/22/2012
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!
1/31/2011
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.    
2/1/2011
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat many conditions including depression and stress. Its common name comes from associations with St. John the Baptist.
9/7/2011
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
12/28/2011
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
1/13/2011
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
5/2/2012
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
6/2/2009
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
12/14/2011
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
3/5/2012
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
10/15/2009
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
8/12/2009
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
1/18/2012
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
9/3/2009
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
3/30/2009
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
7/5/2011
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
7/21/2011
New research has found yet another benefit to adopting the vegetarian lifestyle.
3/11/2011
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
2/18/2011
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
8/2/2011
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
6/30/2008
Kneipp Healthy Feet Cooling Foot Gel gives a tingly relief to tired feet.
11/22/2011
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
4/11/2012
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
8/23/2010
In an effort to help prevent childhood obesity, several health centers in the Northeast are offering low-income families fresh produce vouchers to local farmers’ markets.
4/19/2010
A psychology study at the University of British Columbia found that looking at sick people can trigger our bodies to step up their immune defenses by releasing infection-fighting substances.
5/9/2012
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
12/8/2009
Start your health regimen by looking at what you've been doing before.  You have to take charge of your health regimen, not anyone else.
7/12/2011
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
12/30/2010
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.
12/29/2010
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
1/28/2011
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
10/20/2011
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.
11/7/2012
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.
3/7/2012
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
6/6/2012
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
4/4/2012
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
3/5/2013
Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.
1/31/2014
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
2/14/2014
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
3/7/2014
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
10/24/2008
Giving fruit as a reward for potty training was successful with my niece and healthier than candy, even the natural kind.
2/4/2011
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
6/6/2014
When the weather gets warm take your lunch outside. Try these healthy picnic foods, plus get a recipe for a simple pea pesto!
8/26/2011
Rush Bowls are an all-natural blend of fruit and other natural ingredients frozen to perfection and served with a package of organic granola or gluten-free topping.
5/14/2012
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
6/23/2011
New research is suggesting that a mere single serving of fatty food per day could have major health implications in the long run.
2/2/2009
Going green on your lunch break is an easy way to show Mother Nature you really care. Dani delves into the art of greening your afternoon eats.
7/8/2010
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's one that many of us fill with sugars and empty carbs. Start the day off right with this recipe for healthy blueberry bran muffins, courtesy of Driscoll's.
1/26/2011
Kale is gaining popularity as a healthy, versatile superfood in the kitchen. Kale can be used for cooking soups, salads, stews and can be eaten raw or cooked.
7/12/2012
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
5/21/2010
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!
3/29/2013
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!
3/14/2012
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
4/18/2012
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.
8/6/2012
Hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension, according to some studies. Make this delicious hibiscus tea recipe to better your health.
4/20/2012
In the first in a series of posts on the most important chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers of BPA (bisphenol-A)exposure to developing babies.
5/13/2014
Start your morning off right with this breakfast smoothie recipe packed with a serving of fruits and vegetables.
6/20/2014
Try this healthy, gluten-free alternative to the typical coconut macaroon or chocolate chip cookie that you can whip up in no time.
4/18/2014
Skips the hazardous commercial varieties and opt for one of these five natural air freshener options.
4/30/2014
See how a mother of two young boys saves money on groceries while eating mainly fresh, organic food.
11/21/2013
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
6/10/2014
Opt for these five foods before hitting the gym for a better workout.
12/4/2008
How to stay healthy when you eat at a restaurant four or more times per week.
2/22/2011
EU's ban of five chemicals commonly used in building materials will 'shake up the industry,' Healthy Building Network official predicts.
1/6/2011
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
2/15/2011
A man’s room, or “man cave” is a private dwelling that a man can use to hang out with his buddies, watch tv, play games, etc. It can be decorated in a masculine fashion. There are some great natural products for this room. 
1/24/2013
A healthier version of the classic rice risotto, delicious barley risotto is easy to make and fun to modify with whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen.
3/12/2009
Jessica talks about the importance of healthy, nontoxic, organic mattresses and how much she loves her Land and Sky Rainforest Mattress from The Natural Bed Store.
10/5/2010
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
8/24/2011
Adding recipes like this Vegan Cheesy Lasanga to your meal plan could do more than please your taste buds; it could also save your life.
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.
11/23/2010
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
3/9/2012
Campbell’s Soup Company announces that will phase out use of the toxic chemical BPA from its soup can linings.
11/7/2011
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
2/10/2011
Take some time to focus on your heart health this month.  
5/16/2012
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
9/6/2013
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
1/17/2014
Discover natural health tips and remedies for every stage of your life. From tips for building better bones to relieving stress and PMS, we have the right tools for you in our Guide to Women’s Health app.
6/25/2014
Reach for these taste-tested, healthy granola bars next time you need a snack.
3/21/2011
Red apples, orange carrots, green kale, purple eggplant—eating colorful foods is good for little growing bodies! A great way to get kids excited & interested in fruits and vegetables is to talk about it's connection to color!
7/16/2010
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by serving up a scoop of naturally sweet, organic and fair trade ice creams.
1/25/2011
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, omega-3, vitamins & minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
6/15/2011
EuroPharma, Inc. has now released a nighttime version, Curamin PM, for those who need support for restful sleep.
12/3/2010
With new warnings that children under six years of age should not be given cough syrups, what is a parent to do when their child needs something that’s safe and that really works? In a study at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine, researchers found that honey may hold the answer.  
6/15/2011
It appears that taking daily capsules of aged garlic extract (AGE) and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can slow—and may even reverse—the progression of atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty plaque in the coronaries, within this at-risk population.
7/5/2011
Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, a global leader in herbal medicines (sold in the U.S. as dietary supplements), and personal care products, has pledged to plant one tree for every person who visits any of their trade show booths in 2011.
6/20/2011
Eating spinach regularly has benefits for your entire body.
3/14/2013
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
5/13/2013
On the run? Try one of these on-the-go snacks that are both healthful and handy.
12/27/2013
This Roasted Vegetables Quesadilla recipe is easy to make and the whole family will enjoy it.
12/23/2013
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
6/16/2011
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
4/7/2011
Terrariums are beautiful in any room setting and they are a great activity to share with children. In honor of Earth Day, build your own!
8/17/2011
Gone are the days when I longed to present my home to guests filled with everything bright, shiny and new. My taste is now an eclectic blend of vintage and new.
4/4/2012
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
1/31/2011
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design. 
2/5/2013
One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.
11/28/2011
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
5/30/2012
In the third in a series on potential toxins to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers associated with use of retinol in skin products.
12/15/2008
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it!  It's easy.
1/18/2011
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
4/10/2012
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
2/11/2011
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
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.
9/21/2011
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
2/6/2012
Choose healthy whole grains for nutritionally complete and delicious vegetarian meals.
7/28/2011
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
11/9/2011
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
10/26/2011
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
8/18/2009
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
12/13/2011
Learning a few tips and tricks for cooking inexpensive cuts of meat can help you save grocery dollars on high-quality pastured, grass-fed and free-range meats.
6/28/2011
Drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain, which can help prevent dementia.
1/12/2010
Sometimes, when people hear what a fan I am of herbal medicine, they immediately decide that this means I’m NOT in favor of Western, high-tech medicine. If you could see my bandaged paw today, you’d see that this is not the case at all.
5/13/2010
Exercising outside, close to nature, makes you happier than exercising inside, according to a study from the University of Essex.
2/20/2008
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
12/27/2012
Overindulged? Treat your hangover headache with one simple natural hangover remedy: honey.
1/29/2013
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
2/1/2012
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
3/27/2014
Trade your unhealthy conventional potato chips in for one of our picks for best organic chips.
3/25/2011
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
12/13/2010
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
12/21/2010
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
1/12/2011
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious. 
5/22/2009
A new report issued by The Lancet, an international medical journal, says global warming and climate change will create health risks for billions of people worldwide.
11/26/2008
If you are having trouble sleeping, try these herbal solutions.
5/11/2011
Building homes using dangerous and impactful industrial chemicals--in the name of energy efficiency--is not sustainable or ecological, a green building veteran says. His Health-Based Building model is an important step forward for green design.
8/16/2011
Ward off iron-deficiency anemia by eating a healthy supply of iron-rich vegan foods.
3/30/2009
Homeowners beware. Your drywall could be poisoning your home. Officials believe that since 2001, drywall imported from China has contained high levels of sulfur that could be leaking into homes and other buildings.
4/29/2009
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.
1/4/2010
A Consumer Reports study finds high BPA levels in Del Monte, Progresso, Campbell’s, Annie’s Homegrown, Eden Foods and Vital Choice canned foods.
9/29/2010
Bed bugs are taking over America. You can prevent them naturally.  
4/26/2011
Reserveage Organics’ line of cocoa superfruit products featuring CocoaWell wins Natural Foods Merchandiser Editor’s Choice Award at Natural Products Expo West.
2/24/2011
Whether you don't have the space for outdoor composting or you just want to get to work on your gardening preparations as soon as possible, this indoor composting method is a simple way to start.
3/14/2014
Get our best garden tips from the April/May issue of Mother Earth Living.
7/22/2009
Listen to these tunes to get you through tilling or motivate you to grow tomatoes.
12/11/2008
Herbs might not be the first thing that come to mind when you start considering ways to save money, but they actually can be a great help in cutting costs while boosting health, flavor and the general deliciousness of life.
6/30/2009
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
2/2/2009
I've never thought of myself one to carry on the family tradition of farming - but now that I have the opportunity to raise chickens within city limits, I am going to give it a shot! Read about how I'm getting started in urban chicken farming. And please, send me suggestions!
11/20/2013
Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.
8/14/2014
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
2/16/2012
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
4/25/2012
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
1/3/2011
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
11/24/2010
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
6/24/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.
4/28/2011
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
11/30/2010
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
1/21/2011
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
3/29/2013
Find relief from the discomfort of psoriasis with these herbs, lifestyle tips and general home remedies for psoriasis.
7/5/2013
Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.
3/1/2011
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
5/10/2011
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
7/20/2009
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the makers of Botox to place a “black-box” warning on its packaging. An update on the harmful toxins found in Botox.
7/12/2010
With a little know-how, you can avoid mosquito bites this summer.
3/30/2010
Need a quick way to clean your mouth at the office? Drink a cup of green tea. Studies have shown that green tea fights bacteria in your mouth that might be causing bad breath or gum disease.
5/11/2011
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
7/12/2011
High blood sugar levels lead to decreased blood flow to the hippocampus, the part of the brain that forms and stories memories.
8/4/2010
Almost a third of chicken sold in the U.S. is injected with salt water, doubling or tripling the product’s sodium content. The USDA is considering revising its standards for chicken labeling so these products can't be labeled 'natural.'
4/23/2013
A former international flight attendant shares her secrets to staying healthy and happy while flying.
9/24/2013
Guest blogger Marcela De Vivo shares six ways that eating healthy can help you ace your exams.
2/15/2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concerns about how BPA affects infants’ and children’s health. Studies have shown that BPA can affect reproduction, development, metabolism and behavior in children.
7/6/2010
California Baby Super Sensitive products have a naturally scentless formula that’s super safe for sensitive skin.
4/3/2012
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
10/8/2010
Though it reuses a waste material, fly ash concrete contains traces of mercury and other chemicals from coal-burning power plants. Do you want that in your home?
3/24/2011
Connect with herbal artisans and vendors to ask questions and purchase homemade organic products on Poppy Swap.
10/1/2009
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
6/17/2008
Garlic is a fantastic health food. Amy Mayfield, editor of The Herb Companion, gives a great recipe using garlic.
11/21/2011
Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, carrots offer many health benefits, from maintaining healthy eyes to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
4/17/2014
Prevent and relieve asthma attacks by turning to natural remedies for asthma, including an anti-inflammatory diet and hydrotherapy.
8/8/2011
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
12/14/2011
If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, there’s no need to panic—or pop a prescription pill. Try these natural remedies for relieving anxiety.
7/22/2010
Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center discovered that celery is high in 3-n-butylphthalides, a compound that can naturally lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and blocking stress hormones.
4/5/2012
You'll be happy with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in your flower or herb garden border. It's an easy-to-grow herb to use for cooking and herbal remedies.
2/1/2012
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
3/12/2014
For those of us interested in living a sustainable and simple lifestyle, gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of healthy, fresh food and avoid the impacts of industrial agriculture. Get tips that will make gardening easy.
4/9/2010
If you're growing cilantro plants, sow the seed directly in your garden to use in various dishes.
12/3/2008
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion. 
3/10/2008
Blogging about beginner gardening.
2/16/2009
Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers—they're safe around house pets, they come in a multitude of colors and shapes and ... they're edible?! Read more.
3/16/2010
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
7/26/2011
Cinnamon is full of health benefits. It protects from health problems such as infections, heart disease, migraines and arthritis, and it even helps boost your brain function.
5/12/2011
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
12/10/2010
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
9/8/2009
Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to grow and store garlic along with other cold climate information.
8/6/2008
The best tips for natural pet-care from The Herb Companion's latest E-Book "Natural Pet Care."
5/17/2010
There is a beauty in discovering the lost art of keying wild plants. Learn more about this practice.
1/15/2009
Deer proof your garden with these 5 helpful tips.
5/11/2009
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
3/31/2009
This spring, I am dreaming of delicious, beefy summer tomatoes. So I planted some; they're taking over my kitchen as we speak. I love fresh, homegrown tomatoes. And I just can't find delicious tomatoes in stores; even the local, organic market. Not to mention, I'm sick of paying for them! In fact, I'm tired of buying
4/15/2010
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
1/12/2010
I know an awful lot about plants. I know precious little about cooking. Could the old adage be true? Does any good relationship have a gardener and a chef?
10/8/2009
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
10/6/2009
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
2/23/2010
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
11/3/2008
Heartburn affects 44 percent of the population, and experts warn that serious side effects are more serious than we consider – potentially cancer. Learn about some treatments from experts that aren’t so tough to swallow.
11/21/2008
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
6/17/2009
One restaurant owner in Chicago relies on local farms for outstanding in-season herbs and other produce.
8/13/2014
Discover seven health benefits of blueberries, a tiny, nutrient-dense fruit that packs a powerful punch.
9/11/2009
One rookie gardener battles seasonal temperature fluctuations and too much rain in the quest to grow the perfect tomato—and realizes she isn’t alone.
6/30/2011
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
4/14/2009
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
11/30/2011
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
11/17/2011
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
4/7/2009
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
6/8/2009
Save time, money and backache with a few of these tips from the first leg of my series on outdoor gardening’s easy do's and don’ts.
5/12/2010
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
11/22/2011
My favorite fast food during the hectic holidays? Bread and soup. In the time it would take to get drive-thru on the way home, you'll be sitting down to a bowl of bliss that will warm your heart and soul.
12/10/2010
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.
8/3/2010
Avocados are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and good fat that are beneficial for your health
10/6/2010
Herbs contan antioxidants and other helpful properties that can improve memory, boost cognitive function and keep your brain in shape as you age.
7/19/2013
Discover a few health benefits of watermelon, a favorite summertime treat.
2/18/2011
A new study links diet soda to increased risk of fatal cardiac problems, while a health group connects caramel coloring in soda to cancer.
11/23/2010
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program offers a natural treatment plan for depression based on basic biological needs.
9/17/2010
Premenstrual syndrome can leave you with cramps, bloating and severe mood swings. Tackle your symptoms naturally with these four remedies!
12/30/2010
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
9/15/2010
Choose organic cotton tampons, pads and panty liners from Organyc for a healthy, eco-friendly period.
10/24/2011
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!
1/23/2013
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
9/13/2013
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
5/4/2011
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.
6/7/2011
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.
1/10/2012
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!
6/21/2012
Packed with antioxidants and other important nutrients, beets offer a lot of benefits for our hearts, brain and overall health. Just check out these six health benefits of beets!
4/10/2008
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
2/1/2011
The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.
3/5/2009
I’m finishing up the loose ends on my desk before I head off for Southern California (where I hear it’s raining) and the amazing world of the 2009 Natural Products ExpoWest.
1/31/2011
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
4/29/2010
Samples of sushi tuna collected from restaurants and supermarkets around the country were found to have higher than recommended levels of mercury, according to a study from Rutgers University.
7/18/2012
Unlock the powers of antioxidant-rich tomatoes by checking out these many health benefits of tomatoes.
12/29/2009
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
7/5/2011
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
4/20/2011
Do you think marijuana should be legalized? Why? Answer the question in our comments section below to join the conversation.
3/21/2008
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
3/19/2009
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
8/2/2011
A new study finds that people who take vitamins for a decade do better on certain memory tests that those who don’t take vitamins.
5/7/2010
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.
6/28/2011
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
9/22/2009
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
11/18/2008
A recent visit to Salon Di Marco in Lawrence, Kansas has made me rethink the way I take care of my hair.
2/17/2010
Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne wonders what will happen to the people in Haiti, their gardens and their herbs.
4/22/2010
Although I’m not a mother, I find myself worrying about my future children’s health. What are your children eating for lunch at their schools?
8/11/2011
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
9/14/2011
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
5/3/2011
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
8/30/2011
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
12/30/2009
Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.
12/8/2008
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.
9/30/2009
What are the benefits of being vegetarian? Answer these questions as you honor World Vegetarian Day on October 1.
9/14/2011
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.
5/15/2009
Mugwort, an herb that was once used as a charm used against evil spirits, treatment toward alleviating digestion and a preventative solution for tired feet, is also an herb that has been used to induce vivid dreams.
3/4/2010
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
5/23/2011
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!”
6/23/2011
Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, oatmeal offers many health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
1/24/2011
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
6/27/2013
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Herbal Remedies resource app. This guide makes herbal health simple by breaking down 20 herbs you should know and 20 health concerns you probably want to know more about.
7/8/2011
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.
8/26/2010
BPA is everywhere, but with a little know-how you can effectively cut this dangerous chemical from your life. Follow these five steps to avoid contact with BPA.
7/7/2010
Your liver works hard every day, eliminating toxins and pollutants from your body. Give your liver some TLC with these tips for natural liver cleansing.
6/19/2013
Soothe sunburned skin with an easy-to-make cold compress, pure aloe vera or other natural sunburn remedies.
4/25/2012
Feeling plugged up? Relieve constipation with these natural laxatives and home remedies for constipation.
12/18/2013
Learn the facts about antibacterial soap, what the FDA has to say about it and how you can make your own simple soap.
3/18/2010
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.
11/22/2010
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
4/12/2011
A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.
8/20/2010
A recent study found that consuming dairy products with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri can help reduce abdominal fat in overweight people.
12/23/2010
MegaFood’s line of immunity-boosting supplements, including vitamin D3, a daily multivitamin and a probiotics blend, support good immune health.
10/28/2010
A new study from the University of Washing found that scented products—including those labeled as organic, natural and green—release toxic chemicals that can harm our health.
10/26/2010
Sleeping fewer than seven hours a night will cause your body to hold onto fat and lose muscle mass, but sleeping for a full night will help your body to burn fat.
7/29/2010
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.
7/28/2010
What we eat throughout the day affects how we sleep at night. Try these five foods to help you sleep better at night.
8/27/2010
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.
2/9/2011
If you’re a dog owner you know that fleas can be a common hassle. These three herbs offer an alternative way to battle this pesky problem.
12/15/2010
Exercise can boost mental health and help relieve depression as part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’s natural approach to treating depression.
1/27/2011
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.
3/10/2011
There are lots of reasons to eat less meat, or even none at all, but have you ever considered whether your dog could be vegan?
7/7/2011
Our bones need a variety of nutrients to keep them healthy. Make sure you're meeting the recommended amounts!
4/6/2010
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.
6/9/2010
Atrazine, a common herbicide that can cause birth defects, washes off crops and lawns and makes its way to our drinking water supply. Atrazine levels in our water supply are highest between the months of April and July, especially in the Midwest.
9/23/2010
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.
8/8/2011
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
10/1/2009
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
5/28/2014
Summer is heating up! Discover how you can cut costs, lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint all while beating the hot summer sun.
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.
2/11/2011
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
3/11/2011
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
8/4/2011
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
4/13/2011
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
11/9/2010
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
11/23/2010
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
10/12/2009
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
6/17/2010
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
2/17/2010
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
4/21/2009
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
7/23/2009
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
7/25/2012
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
8/30/2010
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
3/31/2009
Ever had trouble growing rosemary outdoors, or getting it to survive past winter? Want to learn everything you need to know about growing gardenias? Find answers to the toughest questions and watch your plants return next spring with these simple steps.
2/28/2011
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
7/15/2009
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
11/23/2010
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
5/11/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
2/19/2013
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
3/23/2010
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
8/16/2010
Ladybugs are a simple, cheap and effective means of destroying an aphid infestation that just won't go away.
9/17/2009
If you’re out of eggs, don’t fret – use flax.
7/22/2009
Got some mint? Try some of these easy-to-make recipes for smooth, rich, dark chocolate mint truffles and candied mint leaves. You'll never wonder what to do with mint again.  
12/9/2008
Like herbs, evergreen trees have a powerful fragrance, some even with medicinal properties, and with a few simple steps, you can find the perfect tree to keep safe from fire and fresh throughout the holidays.
10/15/2008
Starting a worm composting system from your kitchen scraps is easy – and what better time to discover the disturbing art, than the Halloween season?  Read what you can do with 8,000 red wigglers …
5/18/2010
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
10/15/2010
Artemisia absinthium, more commonly known as wormwood, is a bitter herb with many medicinal purposes. It is also an attractive plant in the landscape. Learn more about it.
11/12/2009
Follow these tips for using essential oils to make your own organic perfumes.
11/23/2010
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
11/27/2009
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
10/29/2009
The best herbs for fall, and the most commonly grown, are cilantro, dill, arugula and chervil, along with the edible flowers of calendula, violets and nasturtiums
6/25/2012
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.
10/28/2009
When I bake cookies, they look like pancakes. I need to adjust the recipe for a higher altitude, but I’m not sure how. I need your help!
10/29/2010
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
8/28/2009
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
6/10/2009
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey from the book The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook (Quarry Books, 2009) by Kim Flottum.
7/14/2009
The Hawaiian summer sun is relentless and can leave you with achy sunburns. Fortunately aloe vera naturally soothes burns and leaves your skin feeling soft.
11/9/2010
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
8/4/2011
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
8/3/2010
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
9/28/2011
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
4/25/2011
As grocery prices rise, now more than ever we need tools to save money. These websites help you get organized and give you the tools you need to buy the best—for less.
5/12/2009
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
7/10/2009
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.  
3/2/2011
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
6/10/2011
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
10/20/2009
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
1/25/2010
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
11/12/2009
Garlic does best if planted in the late fall and early winter. If you can find a sunny spot with a foot of soil, you can plant garlic.
2/2/2010
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
2/23/2011
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
3/9/2011
Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.
2/21/2011
Add valerian to your herb garden or to a wet area of your landscape to grow your own natural sleep and relaxation aid.
6/25/2009
Someone in your family always says, “Work smarter, not harder,” and that’s true. Here are seven smarter - not harder - tips from the second part of my outdoor gardening’s easy-do’s- and don’ts.
10/10/2011
Lemon Verbena Lady has many herbal favorites in the herb garden. The sages were particularly beautiful this season. See some of her favorite salvias and try a recipe for your holiday dinners using the sage that is popular for Thanksgiving.
4/27/2011
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
11/17/2008
Medicines and extracted herbs can be disgusting, even diluted in water.  Luckily, there's a trick for those of us who don't want to grimace every time we try and do something healthy for our bodies!  Read more ...
2/18/2011
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
7/22/2011
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
8/30/2010
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
11/22/2011
The burdock plant has long been that pesky plant that attaches velcro-like pickers to your clothing, but it also has an abundance of health benefits.
4/13/2010
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
8/6/2010
Hormone fluctuations the week before your period can lead to cramps, bloating fatigue and mood swings. Prevent PMS symptoms by monitoring your diet and avoiding these six foods.
4/13/2012
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, asparagus offers a lot more than a tasty side dish. Check out these health benefits of asparagus!
2/3/2012
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
11/15/2012
Protect your heart and brain and prevent cancer by eating grapes. Check out these five health benefits of grapes!
1/13/2011
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
10/16/2012
Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.
8/4/2011
Yeast infections are most often a result of an imbalance in the body. Treat yeast infections naturally with these tips!
8/12/2010
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.
11/30/2011
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
7/12/2011
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
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.
6/15/2012
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!
8/19/2011
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.
10/12/2010
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!
12/3/2010
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
11/8/2013
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
3/11/2014
Find out what is oil pulling and how it can benefit your oral health.
4/22/2014
Skip these foods for a better mood, better energy and better overall mental health.
3/30/2009
Our standard shampooing practices often leave hair dull and damaged. Benefit from our botanical allies to achieve balance for scalp and hair by using natural herbal rinses.
8/18/2011
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
12/5/2008
John Masters Organics offers hair care enriched with essential oils. Read the review!
6/21/2011
 Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
5/6/2011
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
9/4/2009
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
8/19/2011
A new report from Food Safety News finds that up to one-third of all honey in the U.S. is illegally imported from China and possibly contaminated with antibiotics and lead.
4/27/2010
Phosphate levels in soda have risen dramatically in the last 20 years, and new research finds that too much phosphate intake can quicken the aging process and shave years off our lives.
6/22/2011
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
5/1/2009
You don’t have to abandon your love for herbs to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Keep herbal knowledge at your fingertips with the new iPhone and iPod Touch application “Natural Cures.”
11/19/2008
If you heard me on Martha Stewart Radio this morning, I talked about healing burns with herbs, calendula, and getting enough sleep during the holidays. Curious about some of the topics I talked about? Here are links to more information about these topics.
2/26/2010
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
3/4/2011
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
2/18/2009
Prepare your body and mind for delivery with prenatal yoga poses and delicious red raspberry and nettle tea.
8/1/2011
Women with greater fiber intake are 11 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Many Americans don’t get enough fiber every day, so here are a few ways to add more fiber to your diet.
6/13/2011
Enjoy the taste and health benefits of cherries!
5/19/2010
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
6/27/2011
Cocoa supplements can be a great way to protect your heart and ward off many heart and age-related diseases.
10/22/2009
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
2/18/2010
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
1/29/2010
KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of Soups.
7/30/2011
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
3/25/2009
Does the Cookie Monster no longer have a sweet tooth? What is he teaching our kids? Learn more.
11/5/2009
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
2/24/2011
The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt consumption and still have delicious herbal meals.
2/13/2009
Don’t let your lips dry up this winter season, take a few tips and pointers from Janice Cox and make your own lip gloss and soothing balms.
7/17/2009
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
12/1/2008
We found the best lip balm for winter. Read our review!
2/25/2009
Not too long ago I discovered The Healing Seed, a new company that offers virgin organic hempseed oil body care products. Learn more about this company and hempseed.
6/13/2011
Prometheus Springs’ capsaicin-spiced elixirs pack the spiciness—and health benefits—of capsaicin into six delicious flavors.
12/15/2008
Verikira Naturals is a Vegan Cosmetics Organization certified-company that pledges never to use synthetic fragrances, animal byproducts and unnecessary chemicals. What more could you ask for in a beauty brand? Oh yea – it donates 10 percent of its Pink Grapefruit Collection proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation all year long.
11/20/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Ross Stewart reviews the best new natural, nontoxic men’s shaving products. Find out which natural shaving creams, aftershaves, soaps, shave brushes and razors are the best.
9/12/2011
Childhood music lessons have long-term, positive effects on the brain.
6/23/2010
Green your oral hygiene routine with toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt containers by Preserve. Each toothbrush’s package doubles as a return envelope, so when you’re finished with the brush, mail it back to keep up the recycling process.
10/8/2009
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
1/12/2011
A recent study found detectable levels of PBDEs and HBCDs, two flame retardant chemicals, in common foods. Butter and fish topped the list.
2/25/2010
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
1/31/2011
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
3/31/2010
This year I got the chance to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. Check out the highlights.
7/10/2009
Try this tasty antipasto as a substitute for a fattening entrée.
5/24/2011
Whether you're worried about the effects of aging or just looking to be healthier every day, the food you eat should be a top consideration.
5/14/2010
Try these three natural coat rinse recipes for your furry friends.
8/15/2011
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
6/3/2010
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
10/21/2011
Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.
4/21/2011
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.
3/16/2011
Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a common spice that was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history.
5/21/2009
According to TastingTable, black garlic is very trendy with foodies right now.
2/14/2012
Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!
7/27/2010
What you eat throughout the day can affect how you sleep at night. Avoid these five foods for a better night’s sleep.
10/13/2011
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, walnuts provide an array of impressive health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
7/16/2010
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.
7/9/2010
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
6/30/2010
Light pollution can interfere with your body’s ability to sleep through the night. Get a better night’s sleep by reducing light pollution in your bedroom and getting in sync with natural cycles.
7/23/2010
Suffering from a hangover? Get relief from your hangover symptoms with these natural remedies.
9/28/2011
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
5/15/2012
Exposure to UV rays can permanently damage and prematurely age eyes. Protect your eyes from UV radiation with these tips.
6/16/2010
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.
4/13/2010
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hopsital in Boston found that drinking one to two glasses of beer, wine or spirits a day can help women keep off extra weight.
10/4/2010
October marks the beginning of pomegranate season. Dig in and enjoy the health benefits of this superfruit.
12/1/2011
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.
6/28/2010
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
12/17/2010
Sleep deprivation and depression go hand-in-hand. Improve your overall health and find relief from depression by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
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.
12/16/2010
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
11/16/2011
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
7/20/2010
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.
2/11/2011
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.
5/25/2011
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
2/10/2010
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.
6/27/2011
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.
5/19/2011
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.
12/17/2009
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
9/15/2009
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
9/9/2008
Essential Oils really are properly named!  But do you know all the ways to use them?  19 tips and tricks you can use for an essentially wonderful life.
8/18/2008
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
6/8/2012
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.
6/11/2010
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
11/10/2011
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
2/2/2012
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.
8/18/2010
One of my favorite herbs from Hort Couture is Salvia officinalis ‘La Crema’, a fragrant, variegated sage that is currently thriving in my Zone 6 garden. Learn more about this brand with style.
2/9/2010
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
9/3/2008
Tea has a whole library of health benefits.  But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.
6/10/2010
Learn how to preserve the fabulous scents from your garden in essential oils to make your own perfume. Enjoy your flowers all year with your personal bottled garden scent.
8/16/2011
Researchers have found that curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that gives it its distinct coloring, may help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
8/12/2009
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
8/9/2011
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
7/18/2011
With temperatures heating up, the one thing most people forget to consider is their skin. Rather than buying expensive, name-brand products full of artificial and synthetic chemicals, treat your skin with these five healing herbs. 
10/12/2010
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.