Herb Health Benefits
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.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
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.
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.
Get to know Traditional Community Herbalist Kristine Brown and enter to win a subscription to Herbal Roots Zine, a great resource for teaching kids about herbs!
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, guest blogger Marguerite Dunne made sure she found a wise woman, a root woman and a healer with whom she could discuss the ethnobotany of the area.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
September ... long month, no? The election frenzy is roiling; the DOW keeps tanking as the $700 billion bailout plan goes to vote in Washington; banks are scared to lend each other money, causing over-leveraged companies to hit a brick wall; the President is on TV telling us that, indeed, there are problems afoot.
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
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.
Since Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.) is the state flower of Oregon, we thought it would be nice to spend a little time telling you about the Pacific Northwest's best kept secret.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
These three herbal staples treat acne, treat eczema and reduce inflammation.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
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.
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.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Check out these health benefits of eating more curry!
Choosing the ideal products for your skin type can get complicated. Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine and get a head start on clean skin in 2013 with Elemental Herbology’s NEW Starter Kits.
Erin McIntosh spent a weekend in July filled with community herbalism in the Oregon countryside.
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.
My herbie radar goes into overdrive during this time of year and I’m on the prowl for celebrations of all things herbal. How fortunate to know about the Herb Fest in Beaumont, Texas—my old stompin’ grounds.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
Erin McIntosh enjoyed a weekend exploring Western holistic medicine at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference located at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, New Mexico.
Eating spinach regularly has benefits for your entire body.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
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.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Enjoy the taste and health benefits of cherries!
Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a common spice that was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
Organic spelt flour makes for a simple and healthier replacement for white flours in many recipes.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
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.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
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.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Bee balm tea is difficult to come across, but has an array of health benefits.
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.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
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.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
Discover a few health benefits of watermelon, a favorite summertime treat.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Look no further! This adorable gift from the garden is inexpensive, easy to make and enriched with sentiment, courtesy of our good friends at Botanical Interests.
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
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.
The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and mercury in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.
The art of healing our bodies with herbs is a new fascination in Erin McIntosh's life. Learn more about her journey on the path to herbalism.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
Herbal syrups are a wonderful vehicle for immune-boosting, antiviral and antibiotic herbs for use any time of year. Use this simple method to make a powerful tool in the fight against biological baddies.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
Did you know that plants have personalities? Discover the personality of the vervain plant and how it can help you.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
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!
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.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
Double up on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey by pairing the two in our recipe for switchel, an ancient drink that quenches thirst and naturally boosts energy.
Uncover the ancient history of the vervain plant, a well-respected herb infamous for its medicinal uses all over the world.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
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.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
Discover seven health benefits of blueberries, a tiny, nutrient-dense fruit that packs a powerful punch.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
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.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
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.
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
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.
It's difficult to understand supplements when reputable sources just can't seem to get it right. The NPA recently challenged the Wall Street Journal about an article they published concerning dietary supplements. Read more.
Although there are many workshops and classes available that will teach you how to “make your own” medicines and crafts, it's sometimes just as easy as snipping herbs and heading into the kitchen. This article is a quick how-to look on making medicinal oils.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
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.
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
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.
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.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
There are many different ways to bake with lavender. Try my suggestions for lavender-infused baked goods, beverages and spice mixes, such as the classic combination of Herbes de Provence.
All it takes is a few deliberate and creative tweaks to turn our living space into a healthful, stress-free environment. Follow these 10 simple solutions to do just that.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
Herbs contan antioxidants and other helpful properties that can improve memory, boost cognitive function and keep your brain in shape as you age.
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.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
Riding the body of toxins is the key to maintaing a healthy complexion. These herbs work from the inside to rid your skin of pimples, wrinkles and rashes.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
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
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.
Try these herbal remedies to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.
Visit an herb festival this season for fun new herbal inspirations.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
Everybody’s looking for the cure to cancer. When will it be found and where will it come from? A new herb has recently emerged as a possible new treatment for cancer. If you’ve never heard of guinea hen weed, read this now.
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
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!
Use this gentle facial cleanser from Elemental Herbology in the evening to keep your complexion free of dirt and grime.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
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.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Combat insomnia with these herbal sleep aids.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
All too soon the winter months will be here, which is more reason to explore ways to preserve this vibrant and medicinal food to have on hand all year long.
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.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
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.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
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.
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!
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe: zallouh. This gnarled root from Syria may boost libido and treat erectile dysfunction.
Find out how to make new friends like blogger Jessy Rushing has done through involvement with her local chapter of The Herb Society of America.
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
The resin taken from the bark of this tropical tree can help relieve inflammation, stiffness and joint pain.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
When I saw Susan Belsinger's book about roses on the International Herb Association website, I was thrilled. She was kind enough to allow me to share this Rose Vinegar recipe from her "The Roses in Your Vinegar" article.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
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.
With spring on the way, herb festivals are coming up on the calendar. Are you planning to attend one this spring?
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
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.
Learn how to naturally control garden pests while maintaining healthy soil.
Annual meeting of International Herb Association offers information and support to herb professionals, IHA helps promote herbs and herb businesses.
Kneipp Healthy Feet Cooling Foot Gel gives a tingly relief to tired feet.
I'd love to see "modern" medicine get hip to herbs before they get patented and turned into expensive medicine.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
Herbal immune boosters really work.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe. Szechuan buttons are electric-packed flower buds that have numbing properties, giving them the aptly named moniker, the "toothache plant".
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
Commercial toothpastes and gels are not the only way to keep your mouth and teeth fresh and clean. Try these home remedies for healthy teeth and gums without the risky chemicals.
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.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer 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.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
Do you understand how herbs work? We profile dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a medicinal Chinese herb with high vitamin and mineral content along with many beneficial phytochemicals.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
The Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi), also known as the winter cherry, enjoys a library of culinary and medicinal benefits. Here are the answers to some of the questions you have asked about growing this incredible species.
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.
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
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.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
Bring Andrea Candee’s Healing Kitchen workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
The Herb Companion is partnering with Poppy Swap, a new online herbal marketplace, to bring you a free herbal product of your choice.
Check out these eight household uses for apple cider vinegar.
I confess: It's Friday, the sun is shining, it feels like summer, and the Little Discovery Channel Promo That Could is pretty much playing on a loop on my desktop.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
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.
Giving fruit as a reward for potty training was successful with my niece and healthier than candy, even the natural kind.
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
A highlighted tour of the 76th annual meeting and Educational Conference of the Herb Society of America.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
The Lemon Verbena Lady talks about some of her favorite sights in Pittsburgh during Christmas, as well as some of her favorite herbs, books and crafts for the holidays.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is hosting the Master Gardener Plant Sale in May. Find out why you won't want to miss it.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
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.
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
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!
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.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle—and keeping it—doesn’t happen overnight. Use these expert tips to build the foundation of life well-lived.
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.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
New research is suggesting that a mere single serving of fatty food per day could have major health implications in the long run.
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.
When the weather gets warm take your lunch outside. Try these healthy picnic foods, plus get a recipe for a simple pea pesto!
The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
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On February 21, 2011, herb grower and author Thomas DeBaggio died in his sleep. Learn more about this important herbalist.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
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.
Used for everything from curing headaches, sores and snakebites to attaining mystical foresight and thwarting bad spirits, white sage is an extremely culturally valuable herb.
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.
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.
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.
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
Tarragon is one of the most mislabled herbs. This spring, go armed to the nursery with a few tidbits to ensure you're getting the plant you want.
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
Madalene Hill left a lasting impression on many people in her life, including The Herb Companion. Such an influential and inspirational figure in the herb community, K.C. Compton reflects on Madalene's influence.
The latest Herb Society cookbook is by the St. Louis Herb Society. Learn more about it.
This herb cupcake is calorie-free and so darn cute!
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
We found this cute garden decor idea and insist you take a look!
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
EU's ban of five chemicals commonly used in building materials will 'shake up the industry,' Healthy Building Network official predicts.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
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.
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.
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.
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
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.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
Skips the hazardous commercial varieties and opt for one of these five natural air freshener options.
See how a mother of two young boys saves money on groceries while eating mainly fresh, organic food.
How to stay healthy when you eat at a restaurant four or more times per week.
Start your morning off right with this breakfast smoothie recipe packed with a serving of fruits and vegetables.
Try this healthy, gluten-free alternative to the typical coconut macaroon or chocolate chip cookie that you can whip up in no time.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
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.
Opt for these five foods before hitting the gym for a better workout.
More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.
Discover the benefits of shea butter, the featured beauty ingredient in our Whipped Shea Butter Skin Cream.
The health benefits of kale are greater than
those of any other vegetable. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness
and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of many other vegetables. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
Campbell’s Soup Company announces that will phase out use of the toxic chemical BPA from its soup can linings.
Take some time to focus on your heart health this month.
The United States Postal Service is set to issue 29-cent Herbs postcard stamps in five designs. Check them out here.
This year, The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members is being held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.
During day two at The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members we stopped for breakfast at the Centennial herb garden.
A new thyme variety at a local farmers' market inspired one blogger's interest in learning about this versatile herb.
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
Give homemade gifts for the ones you love with these herbal crafts for Valentine's Day, including tussie-mussies and potpourri.
Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.
Guest blogger Desiree Bell, explains the difference between herbs and spices once and for all.
As we try to find ways to describe what our magazine is about, the term “herbal lifestyle” often comes up. What does that even mean? Also, check out my two herbal recipes.
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
In light of the recent natural disasters in Japan, two woman are asking herbalist to ban together to help protect a few lives and donate herbal supplies for an organization called Herb for Japan.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
The Lemon Verbena Lady makes a visit to an herbal Peruvian clinic & botanical garden in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras.
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.
The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, omega-3, vitamins & minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
EuroPharma, Inc. has now released a nighttime version, Curamin PM, for those who need support for restful sleep.
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.
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.
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.
Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
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.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by serving up a scoop of naturally sweet, organic and fair trade ice creams.
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!
Reach for these taste-tested, healthy granola bars next time you need a snack.
Celebrate your favorite actors, movies and television programs at home with great food, flavorful herbs and complimentary wines.
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
Herb Society of America meets in Boston June 26-28 to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. Keynote speaker Holly Shimizu urges members to advocate for plants.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
The Herb Society of America hosted an open house to celebrate its newly constructed headquarters in Kirkland, Ohio. Check out the photos.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey with this recipe, adapted from "The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook."
Grow a balcony herb garden to reap the many benefits of herbs while living in the city.
Consider these garden planning tips for beginners before jumping in to gardening.
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 …
This spring garden festival will provide herb enthusists with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and more, all grown from local farms and greenhouses.
On the run? Try one of these on-the-go snacks that are both healthful and handy.
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
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!
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.
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.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
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.
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
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.
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it! It's easy.
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
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.
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
Choose healthy whole grains for nutritionally complete and delicious vegetarian meals.
A new study found that, obese or not, the number of years you live depends on your lifestyle.
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
Consider bringing the health benefits of tea into your meals with these smart techniques and recipes for cooking with tea.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
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.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
Live 2015 to the fullest by cultivating these eight healthy habits. With these mindful New Year’s resolutions you are sure to make this year your year.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Don’t let the flu, a cold or any aches, anxieties and pains get the best of you this season. With the season already upon us, here are a few herbs, fruits and foods to consider to help relieve your aches, pains and anxiety.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
With fall rain comes weedy crops. Learn more about Texas rain and it what it's doing to Herb Companion reader, Cynthia Meredith's, garden.
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
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
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.
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tries a new vegan, natural lip balm from Herbs of Grace.
Our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs have been named the 2008 Green Business of the Year in Coop America’s People’s Choice competition. We offer them our heartiest congratulations.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
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.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits Jekka McVicar's Herb Farm outside of Bristol, England during Herb Farm Open Days in early September.
Learn more about Salvia coccinea, also known as hummingbird sage or autumn sage, due to its great show of fall flowers. It's a beautiful, ornamental herb that you'll treasure forever.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Ten years ago the Lemon Verbena looked for big herbs that would take up space but still add a punch to the herb garden. Here are the results, ten years later.
Many of Cynthia's plants, such as bluebonnet and Kaffir lime, had a difficult battle during the winter. They are now blooming in her early spring garden.
Drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain, which can help prevent dementia.
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.
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
Overindulged? Treat your hangover headache with one simple natural hangover remedy: honey.
Light up your Valentine's Day with all natural, herbal homemade candles.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
When the Lemon Verbena Lady visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens during her NYC vacation she quickly learned that timing is everything when it comes to herbal travels.
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Rishi Tea will be donating a portion of its sales from its Organic Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
I wish you could experience the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Blooming wisteria drapes over rows of trellised classical columns and flowering fruit trees shimmer in the breeze.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Fight common ailments with these seven herbs for health and wellness.
The Lemon Verbena Lady describes her 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Loire Valley in France and shares her search for unusual herbs.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Relieve stress, boost spirits and get relaxed with these aromatherapy crafts for the holidays, including an herbal bath bag and a simmering citrus potpourri.
Find even more aromatherapy crafts for the holidays in this second post from the Lemon Verbena Lady.
It was once stated by ethnobotanist Melvin Gilmore that echinacea was used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, and it's not hard to understand why. The history behind this versatile coneflower is rich in remedies and medicinal uses. Read on to learn more about the history of echinacea.
Garden walks, wooded paths, natural sandy beaches and glacial lake waters abundant in restorative and healing minerals provide an experience not to be missed at Minnesota's Grand View Lodge.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
One of my favorite spring herbs chives comes in several different varieties. The uses for making herbal vinegar and cooking with chives are explored in this post and lots of resources for mail ordering unusual herbs such as curly chives are given.
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.
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
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.
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.
Although we should limit our sugar consumption for health, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined white sugar.
Trade your unhealthy conventional potato chips in for one of our picks for best organic chips.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Consumer Reports study finds high BPA levels in Del Monte, Progresso, Campbell’s, Annie’s Homegrown, Eden Foods and Vital Choice canned foods.
Bed bugs are taking over America. You can prevent them naturally.
Reserveage Organics’ line of cocoa superfruit products featuring CocoaWell wins Natural Foods Merchandiser Editor’s Choice Award at Natural Products Expo West.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try these herbal solutions.
Ward off iron-deficiency anemia by eating a healthy supply of iron-rich vegan foods.
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
You can make these pickles with cucumbers or a plethora of other fresh vegetables plucked from your own garden or farmers' market, including summer s