Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
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.
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.
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!
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
Stumped on what to give your friend or family member with an apartment garden? Try one of these ideas for gifts for gardeners.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
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.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
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.
Erin McIntosh spent a weekend in July filled with community herbalism in the Oregon countryside.
When you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, consider shopping for a good cause. By giving all of your loved ones Cookies for Kids' Cancer this holiday season you may help bring kids with cancer that much closer to a cure.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
Show your love for your sweetie and the earth this Valentine’s Day with these eco-friendly ideas.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Be inspired by these eco-friendly Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are fun, easy, and decorative ways to wrap your holiday gifts this season.
Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season? Check out these 30 awesome eco-friendly gift ideas!
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares what she's learned about the challenges of mass producing eco-friendly products that meet our own tough criteria.
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.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
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 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.
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.
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
America's Best Organics introduces American-made gift box.
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.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz looks for green Father’s Day gifts any dad would love.
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
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.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
When Joan King Salwen is invited to speak with Bill and Melinda Gates about The Power of Half, she learns how valuable homemade gifts can be.
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
If you find your back hurting while gardening, or if it’s just too hard on the knees to bend down for weeding, there’s a product you need to try out: The Wearable Gardening Stool.
It's time for fall gardening, indoor gardening and spring preparation. In preparation, do you know which products to choose and which to lose? Check out my picks for the best autumn gardening products! Part I.
Finally, the Top Four Autumn Gardening Products are revealed! See my top picks of the best items for a fun fall of indoor gardening. Part II.
If you're not tech-savvy, gifts kids’ll like are hard to come by. If you don’t want to waste your money on some electrical gadget that’ll likely be outdated the day after you buy it, check out these fun, garden terrariums. They even come in different themes!
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
Use these craft hacks, that we've collected from Pinterest, to create handmade gifts this holiday season.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
If the greeting cards you received over the holidays are too pretty to toss, turn to these simple reuse solutions! From homemade photo albums to DIY gift tags, we’ve got you covered.
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.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
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.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
Higher in antioxidants and key nutrients, organic dark chocolate and wine make for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.
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.
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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.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
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.
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.
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.
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.
Visit an herb festival this season for fun new herbal inspirations.
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.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
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.
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.
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
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.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
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.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
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.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
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.
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.
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.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
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.
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.
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
Herbal immune boosters really work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
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).
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.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
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.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
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".
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
If you’re looking for a healthy and eco-friendly dog shampoo that smells great, then look no further than Olive Bubble + Squeak Herbal Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is USDA approved organic, 100 percent biodegradable and bottled in recyclable plastic.
Use your old garden and herb calendars to craft colorful envelopes and stationery. Also, try some of their old recipes, like this St. John's Wort And Lavender Cream.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her travels to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, an apothecary herb garden in the heart of London.
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!
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.
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Bee balm tea is difficult to come across, but has an array of health benefits.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Herbal Choice Mari’s vegan, organic, natural hand and body lotions are naturally scented with plant-based oils.
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.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
If there’s a tea aficionado on your gift list this year, look no further than Numi Organic Teas for one-stop shopping.
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Take a trip across the pond with the Lemon Verbena Lady to discover a 300-year-old garden.
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.
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.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Try these three delicious herbal iced tea recipes to cool off this summer in our second part blog about tea.
The Herb Channeler visits the Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and finds a movable herbal feast among the trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.
After its exploding popularity in the late 19th century, echinacea was widely researched. Since then, numerous echinacea benefits have been discovered. Try these two simple echinacea remedies to fight the common cold.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
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.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Prairie Essence Herbal Garden Lip Balm, a natural lip balm made from a blend of rosemary and herb essential oils.
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
Sit back with your favorite herbal beverage and join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she travels from Canada to Europe and back to the United States visiting gardens and checking items off her herbal bucket list.
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.
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.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.