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.
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
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.
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.
The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and mercury in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.
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.
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.
A new study found that, obese or not, the number of years you live depends on your lifestyle.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
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.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
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.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
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!
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
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.
Which herbs will help keep you energized, focused and possibly in shape? One Herb Companion staffer looks for the answers.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
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.
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
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.
Kneipp Healthy Feet Cooling Foot Gel gives a tingly relief to tired feet.
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.
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
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.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
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.
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.
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
New research has found yet another benefit to adopting the vegetarian lifestyle.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
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.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
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.
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.
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!
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
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.
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
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.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
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.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
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.
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.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
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.
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
Giving fruit as a reward for potty training was successful with my niece and healthier than candy, even the natural kind.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
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.
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.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
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.
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.
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.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
New research is suggesting that a mere single serving of fatty food per day could have major health implications in the long run.
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.
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.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
EU's ban of five chemicals commonly used in building materials will 'shake up the industry,' Healthy Building Network official predicts.
How to stay healthy when you eat at a restaurant four or more times per week.
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
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.
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.
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.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Trade your unhealthy conventional potato chips in for one of our picks for best organic chips.
Skips the hazardous commercial varieties and opt for one of these five natural air freshener options.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
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.
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.
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!
Campbell’s Soup Company announces that will phase out use of the toxic chemical BPA from its soup can linings.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
Take some time to focus on your heart health this month.
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!
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by serving up a scoop of naturally sweet, organic and fair trade ice creams.
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
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.
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.
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.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it! It's easy.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
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!
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
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.
Choose healthy whole grains for nutritionally complete and delicious vegetarian meals.
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
On the run? Try one of these on-the-go snacks that are both healthful and handy.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
This Roasted Vegetables Quesadilla recipe is easy to make and the whole family will enjoy it.
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.
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.
EuroPharma, Inc. has now released a nighttime version, Curamin PM, for those who need support for restful sleep.
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.
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, omega-3, vitamins & minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
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.
Eating spinach regularly has benefits for your entire body.
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.
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
Drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain, which can help prevent dementia.
Overindulged? Treat your hangover headache with one simple natural hangover remedy: honey.
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
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.
Exercising outside, close to nature, makes you happier than exercising inside, according to a study from the University of Essex.
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.
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!
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.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
Listen to these tunes to get you through tilling or motivate you to grow tomatoes.
Get our best garden tips from the April/May issue of Mother Earth Living.
Ward off iron-deficiency anemia by eating a healthy supply of iron-rich vegan foods.
Reserveage Organics’ line of cocoa superfruit products featuring CocoaWell wins Natural Foods Merchandiser Editor’s Choice Award at Natural Products Expo West.
Bed bugs are taking over America. You can prevent them naturally.
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.
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.
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.
A Consumer Reports study finds high BPA levels in Del Monte, Progresso, Campbell’s, Annie’s Homegrown, Eden Foods and Vital Choice canned foods.
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.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try these herbal solutions.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
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.
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
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.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
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.
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.
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.
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
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.
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
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.
If you're growing cilantro plants, sow the seed directly in your garden to use in various dishes.
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?
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
There is a beauty in discovering the lost art of keying wild plants. Learn more about this practice.
The best tips for natural pet-care from The Herb Companion's latest E-Book "Natural Pet Care."
Blogging about beginner gardening.
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
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
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
One restaurant owner in Chicago relies on local farms for outstanding in-season herbs and other produce.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
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.
Deer proof your garden with these 5 helpful tips.
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.
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.
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.
High blood sugar levels lead to decreased blood flow to the hippocampus, the part of the brain that forms and stories memories.
Find relief from the discomfort of psoriasis with these herbs, lifestyle tips and general home remedies for psoriasis.
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.
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.'
With a little know-how, you can avoid mosquito bites this summer.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.
Garlic is a fantastic health food. Amy Mayfield, editor of The Herb Companion, gives a great recipe using garlic.
Connect with herbal artisans and vendors to ask questions and purchase homemade organic products on Poppy Swap.
California Baby Super Sensitive products have a naturally scentless formula that’s super safe for sensitive skin.
A former international flight attendant shares her secrets to staying healthy and happy while flying.
Guest blogger Marcela De Vivo shares six ways that eating healthy can help you ace your exams.
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.
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?
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
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.
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.
Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, carrots offer many health benefits, from maintaining healthy eyes to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Prevent and relieve asthma attacks by turning to natural remedies for asthma, including an anti-inflammatory diet and hydrotherapy.
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.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
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.
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.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
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.
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
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.
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.
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.
Choose organic cotton tampons, pads and panty liners from Organyc for a healthy, eco-friendly period.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Premenstrual syndrome can leave you with cramps, bloating and severe mood swings. Tackle your symptoms naturally with these four remedies!
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program offers a natural treatment plan for depression based on basic biological needs.
A new study links diet soda to increased risk of fatal cardiac problems, while a health group connects caramel coloring in soda to cancer.
Avocados are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and good fat that are beneficial for your health
Herbs contan antioxidants and other helpful properties that can improve memory, boost cognitive function and keep your brain in shape as you age.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
Discover a few health benefits of watermelon, a favorite summertime treat.
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!
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
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!
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.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
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.
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
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.
Do you think marijuana should be legalized? Why? Answer the question in our comments section below to join the conversation.
What are the benefits of being vegetarian? Answer these questions as you honor World Vegetarian Day on October 1.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
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?
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
A recent visit to Salon Di Marco in Lawrence, Kansas has made me rethink the way I take care of my hair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
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!
Unlock the powers of antioxidant-rich tomatoes by checking out these many health benefits of tomatoes.
Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne wonders what will happen to the people in Haiti, their gardens and their herbs.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
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!
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
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.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
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.
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.
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
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
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.
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
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.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
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.
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.
Add valerian to your herb garden or to a wet area of your landscape to grow your own natural sleep and relaxation aid.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
If you’re out of eggs, don’t fret – use flax.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
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.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Follow these tips for using essential oils to make your own organic perfumes.
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.
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
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.
Ladybugs are a simple, cheap and effective means of destroying an aphid infestation that just won't go away.
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
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.
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 ...
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 …
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.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
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.
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.
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
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.
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
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.
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.
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.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
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.
Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, oatmeal offers many health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
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.
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.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
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.
MegaFood’s line of immunity-boosting supplements, including vitamin D3, a daily multivitamin and a probiotics blend, support good immune health.
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.
A recent study found that consuming dairy products with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri can help reduce abdominal fat in overweight people.
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.
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.
Feeling plugged up? Relieve constipation with these natural laxatives and home remedies for constipation.
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?
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.
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.
Exercise can boost mental health and help relieve depression as part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’s natural approach to treating depression.
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.
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.
What we eat throughout the day affects how we sleep at night. Try these five foods to help you sleep better at night.
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.
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.
Our bones need a variety of nutrients to keep them healthy. Make sure you're meeting the recommended amounts!
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.
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.
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.
Learn the facts about antibacterial soap, what the FDA has to say about it and how you can make your own simple soap.
Soothe sunburned skin with an easy-to-make cold compress, pure aloe vera or other natural sunburn remedies.
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.
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.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Yeast infections are most often a result of an imbalance in the body. Treat yeast infections naturally with these tips!
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!
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!
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.
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
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.
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.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, asparagus offers a lot more than a tasty side dish. Check out these health benefits of asparagus!
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.
Protect your heart and brain and prevent cancer by eating grapes. Check out these five health benefits of grapes!
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.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
Cocoa supplements can be a great way to protect your heart and ward off many heart and age-related diseases.
Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.
A recent study found detectable levels of PBDEs and HBCDs, two flame retardant chemicals, in common foods. Butter and fish topped the list.
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.
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.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a common spice that was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history.
Prometheus Springs’ capsaicin-spiced elixirs pack the spiciness—and health benefits—of capsaicin into six delicious flavors.
Childhood music lessons have long-term, positive effects on the brain.
We found the best lip balm for winter. Read our review!
John Masters Organics offers hair care enriched with essential oils. Read the review!
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.
Does the Cookie Monster no longer have a sweet tooth? What is he teaching our kids? Learn more.
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.”
According to TastingTable, black garlic is very trendy with foodies right now.
KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of Soups.
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
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.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
This year I got the chance to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. Check out the highlights.
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
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.
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.
Try this tasty antipasto as a substitute for a fattening entrée.
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.
Enjoy the taste and health benefits of cherries!
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.
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
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.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
Prepare your body and mind for delivery with prenatal yoga poses and delicious red raspberry and nettle tea.
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.
Try these three natural coat rinse recipes for your furry friends.
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.
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
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.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
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.
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
Find out what is oil pulling and how it can benefit your oral health.
Skip these foods for a better mood, better energy and better overall mental health.
October marks the beginning of pomegranate season. Dig in and enjoy the health benefits of this superfruit.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
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.
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.
Exposure to UV rays can permanently damage and prematurely age eyes. Protect your eyes from UV radiation with these tips.
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.
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.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
Suffering from a hangover? Get relief from your hangover symptoms with these natural remedies.
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
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.
Sleep deprivation and depression go hand-in-hand. Improve your overall health and find relief from depression by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!
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.
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.
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.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
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!
What you eat throughout the day can affect how you sleep at night. Avoid these five foods for a better night’s sleep.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, walnuts provide an array of impressive health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
Vegetable soup is the reward a summer's worth of hard work in the garden can produce. Spring is the time for spring cleaning, emptying the freezer and washing canning jars.
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.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
It wouldn't be fall without apple pie, cobblers, dumplings, baked apples and my favorite—apple crisp. But don't limit yourself to apple desserts. Create savory apple dishes with the help of these delicious herbs.
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (Viva Edtions, 2009) offers excellent recipes and tips for the everyday cook. Here's a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Feta Pizza.
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.
The borage plant (Borago officinalis) is a tall herb with hairy foliage, blue starshaped flowers and many useful properties. Whether you use it for healthy, tasty greens, a medicinal herb or a companion plant for your strawberries and tomatoes, you’ll be happy you planted borage.
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
Fennel is the perfect herb for the gourmet cook who loves to grow special ingredients. It requires some attention to blanching, mounding soil around the growing basal bulb to keep it white and tender, but is well worth the extra effort.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
This garden favorite is great for salads, mesclun mixes, pastas and pizza. Comment for your chance to win a packet of arugula seeds from Renee's Garden.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
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.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
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.
It is still very hot here in my part of Texas. Day after day the temperature reaches 100 degrees or above with no rain. I was in town this morning and two people stopped me to ask how to keep their plants alive in this weather. Here is my advice.
Until this year our newest guest blogger thought loofahs were a sea sponge. Wrong! While visiting California she came across The Luffa Farm in Nipomo, California. Discover what's so great about growing a luffa gourd!
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
Try saving seed from a few of your garden favorites this year. The number of seeds sold in the seed catalogs decreases every year. Saving seed may save that particular variety from extinction.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Cooking with basil is fun! Each variety of basil has its own unique flavor and way of enhancing any recipe. One of our guest blogger's favorites is cinnamon basil. Learn how to grow it and cook with it.
One reader from California asked us about growing thyme. Check out our suggestions for how to get her thyme to flourish in containers and in walkways.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.
Watch for beneficial ladybugs the next time you rid your garden of tansy. The Lemon Verbena Lady shares pictures and a short story about tansy, russian sage and ladybugs in her herb garden.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
"Help! My plant is under insect attack - what are they, what will they do to my other plants and how can I attack back?" Find out here!
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.
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.