Enjoy sweet and spicy ginger snaps this holiday season.
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Two varieties of the Passover Seder dish charoset. Try it with brown sugar or fragrant spices.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
Give your palate a break from heavy holiday food with this Crunchy Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Citrus Dressing from guest blogger Stephanie Meyer.
To celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo I'm throwing a party featuring some of the special Mexican herbs growing in my garden. Try these four unusual recipes: Black Bean Salsa with Cilantro, Papadzules, Minto Mojitos and Chocolate Banana Burritos!
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
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!
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Consider bringing the health benefits of tea into your meals with these smart techniques and recipes for cooking with tea.
A recent study found that 63 percent of all couples plan to stay in for Valentine’s Day this year. Celebrating at home will save money and give you the opportunity to use green, healthy products for your day of love.
This basil appetizer can be made ahead of time. Just mix sauce in a crock pot, add meatballs and cook. They'll be the hit of the party!
Indulge on Fat Tuesday with these three Mardi Gras-inspired recipes. Bring the celebration right to your home.
Welcome the holidays with two flavorful Thanksgiving herbs. Use lovage in our recipe for Cream of Carrot and Lovage Soup, and sage in our recipe for a delicious Feta-Sage Cornbread.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace bakes vegan, gluten-free shortbread cookies for Santa Claus
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
Enjoy any holiday with special homemade herb-and-chocolate treats!
Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.
Quick and easy-to-make, these vegan Cherry and Chocolate Taco Cookies are sure to become your family's new holiday tradition.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
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.
Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
Give thanks and give back to the earth this Thanksgiving by greening your celebration. Here are eight tips to get you started.
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
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.
‘Tis the season to shop for green gifts—here’s how.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
After weeks of planning (and a little bit of panicking), the Natural Home team finishes decorating the Blair House and State Department for the holidays with a selection of fair trade, artisan-made items that benefit our planet and its citizens.
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
This easy-to-make edible centerpiece, courtesy of Driscoll's, will keep your footprint light and your home less cluttered with holiday decorations this holiday season.
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
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.
Eco luxury brand VivaTerra kicks off Home for the Holidays, a 25-day/25-products half-off shopping spree featuring some of their most popular items from the year.
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
Thinking about finishing up your holiday shopping online? Make sure to check out Earth Moment, a portal that will offset the carbon emitted by your purchase—at no extra cost. Also check out these websites—some of our staff favorites.
The average American family spends around $18,000 each year on goods and services. This holiday season, these are the questions we’re asking before we plunk down our own hard-earned dollars.
Throw a green New Year's eve party with these tips for decor, food and more.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
Last week, we sent you our warmest wishes for the holiday season. This week, I show you a special sneak peek behind the festivity of our holiday video. And let me tell you ... we're crazy.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace wishes you a great, green holiday. Eat in moderation and remember to reheat your leftovers in glass (not plastic!).
What are the benefits of being vegetarian? Answer these questions as you honor World Vegetarian Day on October 1.
Matt Hirschfeld tells you what to do with all that holiday waste to make the season greener.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
Inspired by an upcoming article on winter garden design, Jessica shares a project that turns autumn and winter plants into an elegant holiday centerpiece.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
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.
You don't need a Christmas tree to decorate for the holidays. Here are three herb-friendly and space-saving alternatives to make your home look classic.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace learns that FSC certification isn't just for green building supplies.
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova works with her children to turn the heaps of candy they collected at the St. Patrick’s Day parade into homemade art projects.
A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natural Christmas trees generate fewer greenhouse gases per year than artificial trees.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
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.
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
Manage and reduce holiday stress by focusing on the gift of joy.
Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season? Check out these 30 awesome eco-friendly gift ideas!
Get inspired by these simple holiday crafts that use herbs. The Lemon Verbena Lady features her favorite DIY potpourri and spice wreaths, pomander and potpourri.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
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
Try these recipes for homemade lunch staples, such as bread, deli meat and condiments.
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Higher in antioxidants and key nutrients, organic dark chocolate and wine make for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.
Find even more aromatherapy crafts for the holidays in this second post from the Lemon Verbena Lady.
Relieve stress, boost spirits and get relaxed with these aromatherapy crafts for the holidays, including an herbal bath bag and a simmering citrus potpourri.
Learn how to make Irish Soda Bread, a staple of the Irish diet that dates back to the 1840s, with Yankee senior food editor, Annie Copps.
Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Herb Companion intern Stephanie Nelson shares her favorite recipe for Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
A Thanksgiving turkey is a staple for most families. But if you don’t eat meat and want some more substance besides starchy side dishes, prepare these delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes this year.
If there’s a tea aficionado on your gift list this year, look no further than Numi Organic Teas for one-stop shopping.
Jovial Foods’ new line of organic, artisan European-style cookies are made with nutritious einkorn flour for a healthier, lower-calorie dessert.
These delicious, healthful cookies are made with almond meal, coconut oil, dark chocolate chips and maple syrup.
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
Creating premixes of herbs and spices is a great way to give new flavor to your usual dishes.
These little loaves are packed full of protein, vegetables and deliciousness!
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
These pressure cooking resources will help you make the most of your pressure cooker. Check out the recipes and recommended cooking times for pressure cookers.
You can make delicious, whole wheat tortillas from scratch.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her sugary-sweet recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds.
Halloween is over and there are pumpkins still sitting in your living room. What should you do with them? The Herb Companion helps.
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.
Herbs aren't traditionally used in breakfast dishes, nor is fish. Still, this dish is excellent any time of the day.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
Munch and crunch on nutritious kale chips with this easy recipe!
Feed your family a healthy snack alternative—roasted chickpeas!
This restorative chicken, kale and sweet potato soup recipe is not only nourishing, but colorful and delicious with a hint of smoky bacon.
Swap conventional flour with a gluten-free blend in this sweet crepes recipe.
Warm your tummy with this elegant butternut bisque.
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.
Smooth, tangy, full of flavor, it just takes a few minutes to whip this up for spreading on focaccia or roasted chicken.
Most people double or even triple recipes, but what do you do when the original will already feed your family for a whole week?
Our art director tries her best to avoid processed food but can't resist snacking on cheese and crackers. Follow her recipe to make homemade crackers.
Roast your own coffee beans and steam milk yourself to create a cheap and flavorful cup of coffee.
Homemade pizza doesn't have to require yeast-risen dough. Try this gluten-free polenta crust for your next pizza night.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares a family-friendly recipe for spaghetti casserole.
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.
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.
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
Andrea Carrothers, a registered dietitian with Horizon, makers of organic milk and dairy products, has developed several new quick, calcium-rich recipes that make perfect after-school snacks.
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
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.
Visits to a local college market where they sell herbs and the local salsa man making his sauces and selling his garlic.
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Spice up classic picnic recipes with herbs from your own garden.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
The Lemon Verbena Lady celebrates the one-year anniversary of her blog, discusses her favorite herb and shares a recipe for lemon verbena bread.
Pumpkin spice lattes usually signifies the end of summer. Learn how to make this delicious seasonal brew.
The latest Herb Society cookbook is by the St. Louis Herb Society. Learn more about it.
Learn how the Lemon Verbena Lady met her husband at Thanksgiving, along with delicious recipes.
Learn how to get the full flavor of holiday baking without investing in 10 new jars of herbs or spices.
Bake a delicious chocolate cake next time you throw a party. The secret ingredient? Beets!
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
This honey-lavender ice cream recipe is a delicious cure to hot summer afternoons.
The dried fruit and almonds included in Sun-Maid’s Autumn Apple Pie recipe adds a new fiber- and antioxidant-rich twist on this traditional treat.
These cornmeal waffles have a feather-light center, a crispy-crusty exterior, and they partner perfectly with fresh fruit or butter and maple syrup.
This simple vegan piecrust can be assembled in minutes.
Try this delicious Nectarine Chutney recipe to savor the fresh flavors of fall.
Healthy and lightly sweet, these granola bites are perfect for packing in your child's lunch. Make your own with this granola bites recipe.
Who says Meatless Monday has to be boring? Try this creamy roasted cauliflower soup recipe for a delicious weeknight dinner.
This champagne poached pears recipe can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Learn to make delicious, hearty, from-scratch, whole-grain hamburger buns with this easy recipe.
Keep delectable baked apples moist by wrapping them in parchment paper before baking.
Mushroom-Nut Burgers are full of flavor and just as hearty as any meat-based burger you’ve ever had.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.
Save money and waste less! Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains how to get the most out of your pumpkins.
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
The Jewish holiday of Passover is just around the corner. Check out these great recipes for a flaver-filled celebration.
This smooth dessert recipe is brightly sweet and refreshing, a perfect break from the heat of the day. Try it with fresh mint or lavender and a hint of cinnamon.
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz marries raspberries with dark chocolate to make these decadent cupcakes.
Try this recipe for Greek Chicken Pizza, courtesy Muir Glen.
Ecoike creator Faith Moser shares a healthy, easy and family-friendly muffin recipe!
This sweet cake is the perfect addition to a cup of tea, a brunch or dessert!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull goes without meat for a month. Try her meatless recipes!
Enjoy this recipe for a delicious and moist variation of banana bread, made with almond flour!
Think tropical, flavorful and delectable with this grilled chicken dish! The sauce is a blend of sprightly lime, creamy coconut and spicy ginger.
Try Austin baker Kendall Melton's in-demand banana muffins with cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe.
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
Learn how to use your leftovers to make the ultra-chic French dish clafoutis. Here we feature both a sweet and savory clafoutis recipe.
Go plum crazy with these delectable treats: stewed plums and a gluten-free plum dessert recipe known as a “Butter Baby.”
Let them eat cake! It's hard to believe that this decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake is actually vegan.
Top your spaghetti with flavorful, satisfying wheatballs for a quick weeknight meal.
The pumpkin is one of autumn’s most beloved foods. Use this health-boosting food in these six sweet and savory pumpkin recipes for fall.
Sweet Bay is not just for slow-cooked, savory foods. Try it fresh in desserts and puddings for a spicy flavor.
Gorgeous greens and fresh mint make a tasty, healthy, and quick soup.
This recipe is great for summer picnics because it doesn't use mayonnaise.
For a healthy alternative, try these low-fat and herb-filled summer sausage recipes.
Fire up the grill with these four delicious herbs. Also see some great grilling recipes.
Try this tasty antipasto as a substitute for a fattening entrée.
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
Discover help and inspiration from Sarah Magid’s Organic and Chic.
Try this recipe for a tasty, healthy and versatile salad.
This marinade not only tenderizes meats and chicken, but it also has a wonderful zesty taste that is easy to get hooked on!
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
Celebrate the end of the growing season with this recipe one herbie discovered in Italy.
Celebrate the significance of the autumnal equinox with these harvest recipes.
You should try the Lemon Verbena Lady's version of a Certo recipe for Herbed Garlic Jelly.
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
Beat the heat and try this summer-friendly Lemon Verbena Jelly recipe.
Try this classic Thanksgiving side dish with a yummy fresh herbal taste.
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.
Yesterday, The Herb Companion asked its readers for delicious lavender muffin recipes. Your submissions have made us ecstatic. The following recipes include White Chocolate and Lavender Muffins, and Lavender-Lemon Blueberry Muffins.
Last week The Herb Companion published two reader recipes after a reader callout for delicious lavender muffin recipes on our Facebook fan page. The following recipes include Luscious Lavender Muffins and Agave Lavender Muffins.
Skip the chemicals this Easter and naturally color your Easter eggs with herbs and foods.
Try these easy and delicious fresh mint-infused recipes for chutney, cucumber salad and fruit dip.
This tasty recipe for breakfast potatoes is lightly spicy and perfect for weekend mornings.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
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.
Impress dinner guests with this easy-to-make creamy tomato and crab bisque.
Serve this easy-to-make caramelized onion-tomato focaccia bread as an appetizer or side to soups and salads.
Muir Glen's beef short ribs recipe creates a tender, smoky and flavorful dish that will please a crowd.
Start the grill and make a deliciously seasoned chicken recipe tonight!
Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.
This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."
An easy appetizer and party favorite, baked garlic with rosemary and blue cheese tastes great spread on slices of crusty baguette.
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that is versatile, easy to make at home, and requires no special equipment or ingredients.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
This Maple-Mustard Chicken recipe is a one-pan wonder and perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
This tomato soup recipe packed with Italian tomatoes is perfect any time of the year.
Start your morning off right with this breakfast smoothie recipe packed with a serving of fruits and vegetables.
This moist French yogurt cake recipe is gluten-free and super simple.
Serve up these tasty gluten-free muffins and get your morning off to a great start.
This recipe for homemade mango ice cream has the creamy goodness of ice cream and the refreshing taste of sherbet. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Bake a delicious treat for your family with this recipe for scrumptious whole wheat banana muffins!
Forget starting from scratch each evening: End weeknight menu madness with this wholesome meal-plan hack.
Smothered in a hearty walnut cream sauce this steamed kale recipe is sure to please everyone, even the naysayers.
This Vegan German Chocolate Cake is just as decadent and satisfying as the classic dessert.
The health benefits of whole tart cherries are widely documented – improving sleep, fighting off infection and slowing the aging process. Now there’s a cherry juice not from concentrate – read about CherryPharm and its benefits…
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.
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.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
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.
Ditch the sponge and the harsh chemical cleaners for this natural bathroom and kitchen multipurpose scrubbing cleaner.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
Carving pumpkins is an age old tradition, but why do we do it? Learn its origins.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
Some people are not a fan of drinking "boring" water, despite how good it is for you. Add herbal flair to water with this simple infusion recipe.
Make your own sweet, soothing elderflower infusion to help naturally alleviate cold symptoms.
Coffee may be more beneficial to your health than previously thought. A new study explains the connection of coffee and decrease in stroke risk among women.
Soothe and soften your feet with this DIY natural spa treatment.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey with this recipe, adapted from "The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook."
Does the huge task of cleaning windows leave you feeling overwhelmed? Follow these six simple steps—using inexpensive materials you already have around the house—to get your windows sparkling and streak-free.
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.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
Try these spooktacular treats for your Halloween celebration. We've got mummified hot dogs, terrifying punch and much more.
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley finds healthy road trip snacks.
Fresh basil, cilantro and parsley give this cold, tangy tomato soup fresh summertime flavor. You can make enough soup to feed a crowd in minutes. Enjoy!
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
Impress guests by preparing rose desserts. Toss edible rose petals into custards, tea cakes, scones, cookies and ice cream, or make one of our reader-submitted recipes: Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Frosting and Muhallabiyeh.
Try this recipe for a healthy, hearty bowl of black bean and chorizo chili, courtesy Muir Glen.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for Sausage Vegetable Stew, a recreation of a soup she enjoyed at In the Red Wine Bar and Cafe in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Whip up this batch of chocolate and coconut granola for a grain-free granola recipe that’s packed with healthful nuts and seeds.
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a simple and tasty recipe for hearty mushroom and leek soup.
A healthful fall-flavored twist on the classic carrot cake, this recipe for Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream “cheese” frosting is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
July 19th is National Ice Cream Day, so celebrate with these delicious ice cream recipes.
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.
Make this succotash recipe to use up your garden's excess of squash, corn and zucchini.
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
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.
This Saint Patrick's Day, make Irish stew that has many surprising herbs and spices.
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.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
The world's largest garden yields an abundance of fruits and vegetables, some easily recognized, others, a new experience! A mystery herb appeared in our box of organic vegetables this week. What in the world is stevia?
Because The Herbal Husband is originally from Peru, we like to have tropical plants in our garden. The nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of our favorites. Try my three favorite nasturtium recipes.
These pancakes are tasty and decadent for a frosty fall morning.
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.
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
This sweet, tart, colorful salsa is a surprisingly complex medley that transforms simple and familiar flavors into something really special—but takes only about ten minutes to prepare.
This version of the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich known as smörgås—featuring smoked herring and hard-boiled egg—is crowned with a pinch of fragrant, beautiful, fresh dill.
Reap the benefits of parsley with this Parsley potato salad, a delicious addition to any summer meal.
Avocado, the main ingredient in guacamole, contains many vitamins and minerals that do a body good.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
As recently discussed on The Dr. Oz Show, watercress is high in iodine and rich in many essential vitamins and nutrients. Eat several servings a week to boost skin health, promote healthy thyroid function and help prevent cancer.
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
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.
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
The winter weather is putting a damper on my mood. Last night, in a desperate attempt to lighten things up, I cooked up Orecchiette with Goat Cheese, Peas and Mint, a quick pasta dish that celebrates spring.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Enjoy this blogger's favorite holiday with a healthier version of fish & chips.
July is National Berry Month! Kick off the start of this month—and celebrate our nation's independence—with this recipe for Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes, courtesy of Driscoll's.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull reviews her seafood past along with a couple shellfish recipe from her Pacific Northwest family.
Heavy cream and sherry lend this simple mushroom soup a sophisticated flavor. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy guest blogger KyLynn Hull.
Celebrate the end of eggplant season with a plate of homemade baba ganoush. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll be on your way to a yummy appetizer or a scrumptious side dish.
Try one of these three simple but tasty homemade salad dressings the next time you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch or dinner.
Spice up chilly nights with this meat-free reciepe chickpea and tomato curry, courtsey of Muir Glen.
Please your spicier side with Muir Glen's recipe for savory Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers.
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
Mayonnaise is a sandwich staple that you can easily make at home. It takes just minutes to make and you can experiment with new and exciting flavor combinations.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.
Loaded with coconut, banana, carrot, cinnamon and zero refined sugar, this coconut banana carrot cake recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
Learn how to make ricotta cheese with guest blogger Pier Jones. For the beginner cheesemaker, ricotta is a surefire confidence builder.
Perfect for fall and full of flavor, this butternut squash soup recipe is a great example of an easy meal made with delicious whole foods.
Spice up your Meatless Monday with a recipe borne out of fresh produce at the farmers market. Blogger Jennifer Rose uses local acorn squash and baby kale to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
Cut back on sugar at breakfast time with this chocolate cherry breakfast cookie recipe, a perfect alternative to the conventional cereal bar.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
Erin McIntosh shares a great recipe for a unique nettle biscuit.
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.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this chili chocolate pots de crème recipe with salted caramel sauce.
Scottish oatcakes are delicious and crispy crackers that taste wonderful with jam. If you’re looking for a gluten-free take on this traditional treat, check out the following recipe courtesy Bob’s Red Mill.
If you're looking for a fruity cookie that's also high in fiber, look no further than this delicious recipe for Whole-Grain Apple Blueberry Granola Cookies, courtesy Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods.
With spring brings fresh ingredients. Use fresh harvested herbs to whip up a flavorful pesto and pair it with buckwheat or your favorite grain to make a delicious grain salad. This Buckwheat Pesto Salad recipe comes courtesy Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods and Melanie of Nutritious Eats.
This colorful concoction uses vibrant veggies that taste great any time of the year. Whip up this Confetti Cornbread recipe to serve alongside chili, or to enjoy all on its own.
Whip up a batch of these zesty Mini Lemon Pound Cakes with Bulgur for your next family gathering.
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.
Fresh, easy and festive, this Cranberry Orange Salsa recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its crimson red color makes it a dazzling holiday appetizer!
A meatless dish, Grilled Tomato Polenta tastes excellent alongside grilled veggies and makes a delicious weeknight meal.
This bright green Dhaniya Chutney recipe makes a great dip for guests who can handle the spice.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
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.
This gluten-free cornbread stuffing with sausage, sage, cranberries and walnuts is a delicious and simple addition to any Thanksgiving table.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves.
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.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
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.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
Ginger root treats circulatory and digestive systems, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Use it in recipes like Ginger Pumpkin Pie and Indian Lemonade-Ginger Ale.
Looking for a safe but effective way to deter deer from using your garden as their personal buffet? Sprinkle this plant tonic on their favorite garden munchies.
Learn how to preserve the fabulous scents from your garden in essential oils to make your own perfume. Enjoy your flowers all year with your personal bottled garden scent.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
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.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with these natural insect repellents.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
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.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
Craving fresh food during the long winter months? Here are nine vegetables that you can find fresh in February--and great ways to prepare and serve them.
Warming winter soup can keep away the winter chill and make us healthier.
Try these intriguing Mashed Potato Pancakes next time you have leftovers to use up!
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
I had one of the best pork chops of my life last night, thanks to a homegrown hog and Nancy, also known to our blog friends as The Lemon Verbena Lady.
Boost your immune system with KC's delicious chicken immunity soup recipe, made with Avena Botanicals' Immune Soup mix.
Happy May 5th. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re like me, then today is the day to whip up your favorite tacos, snack on sensational salsa and, most importantly, mix yourself some margaritas. This year, why not try the stevia-sweetened mix Sinless Margarita.
An update of my mother's pasta salad recipe, adding asparagus, tarragon and sorrel for cold pasta salad with hot nutrition and flavor.
The fireweed plant is a showy herb native to the northern hemisphere. Use it to make a deliciously sweet Fireweed Jelly or a tea useful in treating constipation.
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.
There is nothing better for building community than gathering your friends and neighbors for a soup party. Here are five ideas to help you plan yours.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening. It’s made with green tea for guilt-free imbibing.
An easy description of making your own baby food from scratch. Create nutritional options for your baby and safe money!
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
Try these three delicious herbal iced tea recipes to cool off this summer in our second part blog about tea.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
Don’t just throw away pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Did you know pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious snack? And now you can use them in a fresh basil pesto.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
Beat the heat with these mint-infused beverages.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
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.
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for homemade French Onion soup, a classic favorite.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a rich and hearty recipe for potato-vegetable soup.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
The Herb Channeler visits the Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and finds a movable herbal feast among the trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.
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.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
One way to fight against animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry is to buy from certified cruelty-free companies. Another is to make your own products at home.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Research into the potential causes of obesity doesn't lead exclusively to a poor diet and lack of exercise: Environment and exposure to endocrine disruptors can also play a role in weight gain.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
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.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
I love skin care products that have multiple uses. Not only do they stretch your savings, but they offer skin care customization. This multipurpose skin care tea treats nearly all skin types and tastes delicious, too.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
Mountain Rose Herbs new line of Epicurean Organic seasoning blends are worth a try. The Herbs De Provence and the West Indies Rub are wonderful for seasoning prawns and most seafood.
Deliciously cool off this summer with these naturally-sweetened chocolate ice cream toppings made with fair trade cocoa.
Colorful Harvest is a specialty produce company out of California and have developed a delicious new corn, Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. Guest blogger Ramona Werst created a risotto recipe using 'Spicy Globe' basil and Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. You can replace the corn with a sweet corn and it will be a tasty dish.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
One guest blogger's special, original recipe prevents illness and quickly helps recover from, or completely ward off, colds, flu and other malaise.
Cool weather means it’s time to cozy up with a bowl of homemade soup. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her favorite soup recipes—and why she loves soup so much.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares an inexpensive and easy recipe for yellow pea soup, a low-fat but tasty vegetarian soup.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a wonderful harvest of lemon verbena leaves to use in cooking and crafts. She has also discovered a new pest that may be trying to harm her favorite herb.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Discover seven health benefits of blueberries, a tiny, nutrient-dense fruit that packs a powerful punch.
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
Making your own baby food not only saves you money but allows you control over what's in your baby's food. Get started—and find out just how easy it is—with these homemade baby food recipes.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
The ground hog may be signaling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
A National Restaurant Association survey found that serving more local food tops chefs expected trends for 2012! Keep you home diet seasonal and local, too, with this vegetarian recipe featuring winter vegetables.
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.
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.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has been enjoying the 2012 Herb of the Year, the rose, in her garden. In this post, she shares her five favorite roses and instructions for how to make a delectable Rose Petal Jam.
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.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.