Homemade Health Care
From a homemade furniture polish to a skin and hair conditioner, olive oil has many uses around the home. Just check out these 15 uses for olive oil!
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
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.
As economic turmoil peaks and a staggering number of Americans file for unemployment, Ogden Publications, publisher of Natural Home magazine, is connecting job seekers and green employers through its website Great Green Careers.
California Baby Super Sensitive products have a naturally scentless formula that’s super safe for sensitive skin.
Connect with herbal artisans and vendors to ask questions and purchase homemade organic products on Poppy Swap.
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
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.
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
Reserveage Organics’ line of cocoa superfruit products featuring CocoaWell wins Natural Foods Merchandiser Editor’s Choice Award at Natural Products Expo West.
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.
Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many commercial products.
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it! It's easy.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
Organic spelt flour makes for a simple and healthier replacement for white flours in many recipes.
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.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
A recent visit to Salon Di Marco in Lawrence, Kansas has made me rethink the way I take care of my hair.
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.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
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.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
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.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
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.
John Masters Organics offers hair care enriched with essential oils. Read the review!
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.
Verikira Naturals is a Vegan Cosmetics Organization certified-company that pledges never to use synthetic fragrances, animal byproducts and unnecessary chemicals. What more could you ask for in a beauty brand? Oh yea – it donates 10 percent of its Pink Grapefruit Collection proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation all year long.
Try these three natural coat rinse recipes for your furry friends.
Natural Home editorial intern Ross Stewart reviews the best new natural, nontoxic men’s shaving products. Find out which natural shaving creams, aftershaves, soaps, shave brushes and razors are the best.
Not too long ago I discovered The Healing Seed, a new company that offers virgin organic hempseed oil body care products. Learn more about this company and hempseed.
We found the best lip balm for winter. Read our review!
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
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.
Soothe sunburned skin with an easy-to-make cold compress, pure aloe vera or other natural sunburn remedies.
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
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.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Beat looking tired with these natural remedies for puffy eyes.
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.
Fast-growing chickweed can soothe respiratory ailments, relieve skin conditions and aid weight loss.
This facial cleanser is packed with botanicals and is great for daily use.
After trying derma e's new skincare product, Very Clear Cleansing Scrub, I soon discovered that tea tree oil may be the best natural disinfectant for my body.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Natural and effective skin and hair care for our pets can be easy, economical and gentle. Learn which herbs guest blogger, Dawn Robnett, uses to make Castile soap for her pets.
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.
Try these alternative aromatherapy products for long lasting relaxation.
Whether you’re just starting out on the green path or looking for more ways to live sustainably, check out Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs, which teaches simple domestic skills to help you lead a DIY life.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
An herbalista reviews Jurlique shampoo and conditioner and investigates its sustainability.
The Herbalista begins her search for pictue perfect skincare. Herbs can keep your skin healthy and glowing and John Masters Organics combines rose and aloe to create a useful toning mist that the Herbalista uses to get a head start to each and every morning.
This herbal acne treatment became a favorite among this Herbalistas friends. Perfect size for travel!
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.
Recently, I discovered Thymes, a very girly company that sells paraben-free body care and home fragrance products. It was love at first sight.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.
Don't let chlorine destroy your lovely locks. Use these home-remedies to reverse the damage.
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust by Sam Epstein, MD, to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.
Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust by Sam Epstein, MD, to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
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.
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.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
Launching October 2011, new Heal Everything Balm from Miracle Skin Transformer works fast to soothe burns, cuts, bug bites, and other minor skin irritations.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces a limited edition spring collection that includes mascara and eyeliner.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.
Thanks to its live cultures, yogurt can balance bacteria in the body, offering a number of health and even beauty benefits. Discover the health benefits of yogurt!
Making your own compost bin is simple. Compost bins are great for disposing kitchen scraps to make fresh, rich compost for your garden.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
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.
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.
Kneipp Healthy Feet Cooling Foot Gel gives a tingly relief to tired feet.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
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.
Blissoma skincare is progressive, pure, effective, and sophisticated but it may still be the best organic facial brand most people still don't know.
derma e is proud to annouce that their line of natural skincare products is cruelty-free, vegan friendly and largely gluten-free.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
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.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
The benefits of home birth outweigh the risks for many expectant mothers. These simple perks can help you decide if it’s the right choice for you and your family.
Keep delectable baked apples moist by wrapping them in parchment paper before baking.
Guest blogger Jenn Leonard shares her experience with natural lawn nutrition service, Bio Green.
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.
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives.
The origin story of CARE packages offers a deeper appreciation for the power of generosity and providing comfort to those in need or college students away from home for the first time.
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!
Seasonal changes can leave hair frizzy and unmanageable. The shifting levels of dryness and humidity make it a challenge to achieve sleek, silky locks. Effectively tame the frizz and have smooth strands with the neuSmooth Collection from Neuma.
PRAVANA launches its NEVO line, a collection of all-natural shampoos, conditioners and deep treatments in biodegradable packaging.
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!
Highlights from the 'Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies' workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair: How to use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything.
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.
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.
Conventional household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that could have adverse effects on your health. Learn how to mix up your own homemade cleaners with these suggestions from Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence.
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
Keep your family healthy by paying close attention to your home's 10 germiest places.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
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.
Learn how to make homemade yogurt with this seasonal yogurt recipe.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
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.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
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.
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 chemicals in everyday personal care products can negatively affect health. Watch out for these five!
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.
Protect plants, trees and shrubs during the winter season with these tips from the Professional Landcare Network.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
Conventional deodorants contain aluminum and other chemicals linked to cancer, elevated estrogen levels and other health problems. Witch hazel provides an effective and economical natural deodorant alternative.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural hand, nail and cuticle care from Badger Healthy Body Care.
PRIMAVERA skin care has just made its U.S debut and is quickly raising the bar in the field of natural and organic skin care.
Patchouli essential oil is a great remedy for wounds and scars because it regenerates skin cells. Learn more about its many health benefits.
If you’re on the lookout for a vegan hair care product that garners the same results as high quality salon products, you’re in luck. Emmett Cooper Haircare is just that.
Mix and match these ingredients for simple skin care that will keep you glowing all winter.
Take care of yourself with our picks for natural personal care products.
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces its limited edition Lips and Lashes gift set for the holiday season.
Experience the power of healing oils with these editor-recommended natural body-care products.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing. Surprise your pup with these easy and delicious homemade frozen treats to keep him cool in the heat.
Light up your Valentine's Day with all natural, herbal homemade candles.
Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
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.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her likes and dislikes of homemade pizza and some of her favorite pizza parlors in the Seattle area.
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Readers vote on whether they'd be most interested in learning to make hard cider, apple wine, mulled wine, ginger beer, eggnog or amaretto at home.
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
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.
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they're not necessary. Learn how to clean your entire kitchen using vinegar, baking soda and a little salt and lemon juice. You'll love the results!
Save money and win your sweetie's heart with a beautifully set table and handmade candy hearts this Valentine's Day.
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
Can you craft delicious home cooked meals without eating up a ton of energy? Discover whether your slowly cooked Crock-Pots are any more energy efficient than stove top or oven cooking.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
Good stock is an important base to flavoring a lot of recipes. Learn how to make your own chicken stock at home with these instructions.
Keep your home clean and your family healthy with these easy tips.
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, omega-3, vitamins & minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by serving up a scoop of naturally sweet, organic and fair trade ice creams.
Eating spinach regularly has benefits for your entire body.
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.
True Natural expands its anti-aging lineup with the all-new Rose Anti-Aging system, providing dry and mature skin with the best care possible.
Guest blogger Dawn Robnett recently discovered a new herbal soap that touts fascinating benefits. Learn more.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares some natural treatments you can use to care for your sunburn this summer.
Popular fertilizers and mulches can be dangerous to our furry family members. Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses ways to make sure your lawn and garden are pet-friendly.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Check out this interesting art! Plein air artist Susan Bell transforms manure from her horses into animal sculptures that decompose in your yard.
Our newest guest blogger, Dawn Robnett, is always searching for great herbs to color soap and skin care products. She recently discovered comfrey, which provides a beautiful green color and wonderful skin benefits.
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.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces three new formulas to its collection of beloved Body Moisturizers.
Are certified organic products worth the price and peace of mind? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tests out USDA organic shampoo and body cleanser.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
Clotheslines are the most energy-efficient—but not always the most practical--drying option. Levi Strauss’s Care to Air contest offers $10,000 for innovations that would improve or replace the clothesline.
Undo summer’s damage with S.O.A.P.’s new Brown Sugar Souffle Body Scrub.
Veria ID InnerDosha is a full range of natural skin, hair and body products designed to treat specific hair and skin types as defined by Ayurveda’s doshas.
Follow these tips for using essential oils to make your own organic perfumes.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
The benefits of sage essential oil are endless—it can be used as a home remedy for dandruff, an herbal acne treatment, a natural stress reliever and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For puffy eyes there’s nothing better than some good old fashioned cucumber.
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.
An easy description of making your own baby food from scratch. Create nutritional options for your baby and safe money!
Stand against animal testing with certified cruelty-free cosmetics and homemade lip balms and lotions.
Buck’s Biscuits Gourmet Dog Treats are made with organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, making them the perfect, all-natural dog treat for your furry friend.
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.
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
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.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Since 2005, the USDA has been certifying organic beauty products, but it has no control over the production and labeling of cosmetics and personal-care products—which is the exact problem the Organic Consumers Association wants to remedy with its “Coming Clean” campaign.
Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.
It’s getting colder, and even those of us with oily skin are starting to notice dry patches and flakes on our face. Fight dry facial skin with these natural skin care tips.
'Tis the season for dry chapped lips. Did you know that your lips do not have oil glands? Because of this, it’s very important to make sure they are protected especially if you plan on being outdoors in harsh weather or wind. Discover what helps chapped lips.
Natural beauty is as close as the kitchen. Check out these seven foods for skin—as well as some homemade beauty treatments you can make from them.
Your simply imperfect arsenal for getting the whole house clean--naturally.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
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.
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.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
The New Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from Peter Lamas provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Rejuvenate sun-drenched skin with soothing Almond Blossom products from Kneipp.
Give your skin care routine a boost with Eve Organics organic products.
With temperatures heating up, the one thing most people forget to consider is their skin. Rather than buying expensive, name-brand products full of artificial and synthetic chemicals, treat your skin with these five healing herbs.
This Mother’s Day, treat her to a selection of luxurious, all-natural Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products that are ideal for new moms, moms-to-be and their babies.
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lotions from Garden of Eve.
Freelance writer and natural beauty expert Kim Wallace feeds her lip balm addiction with Brew, a new natural lip balm from Skincando Luxe.
Fusing green science with time-honoured beauty rituals, Bionée provides certified organic beauty and personal care products for new mothers and babies.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
Onesta Smooth & Shine Thermal Straightening Crème controls frizz and adds shine to straight hair without the use of sulfates, parabens, synthetic colors and dyes.
Derma e Scar Gel helps naturally reduce the appearance of old and new scars, stretch marks and minor burns.
EO’s Everyday Body Lotion leaves skin soft and smooth without feeling greasy or oily.
Nature’s Gate introduces affordable anti-aging products for the face with it’s Facial Care collection.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest styling tools from Pure Heat Tools. The Pure Heat Tools Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is lightweight, made of recycled materials and is minimally packaged in recycled cardboard.
Poo-Pourri spray claims it can eliminate stinky bathroom odors. The Garden Gnome finds out if it really works.
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
Paula’s Choice introduces its Earth Sourced collection—a line of natural and vegan skin-care products.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Gardener’s All Natural Hand Balm with Shea Butter by SunFeather Natural Soap Company ($9) is a delectable combination of olive oil and shea butter scented with lavender, lemon and ginger essential oils.
Read this Herbalista's review on the Pomegranate Green Tea shampoo and conditioner from Organix and learn just how green it really is.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
With its new clothing tags, Levi’s encourages consumers to donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill.
Discover the benefits of shea butter, the featured beauty ingredient in our Whipped Shea Butter Skin Cream.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Learn which natural facial scrubs are good for you and the environment.
Looking for more information on natural beauty and organic skin car? Check out these blogs!
Try these ten natural skin care and food solution to help prevent skin from signs of early aging.
Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients that made my dull boots instantly shine.
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.
Using certified-organic ingredients, these products from John Masters Organics help naturally resolve the most stubborn problems.
Eco Lips now offers [My] Eco Lips, a website that gives consumers the power to create a custom lip balm exactly the way they want it in just a few simple steps.
Rose hips are an excellent addition to many soaps and skin care products. Learn why.
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.
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.
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.
Pyreneese Lavender with Cardamom body lotion is one of Pangea Organics' body and hand lotion that moisturizes your skin without leaving an oily residue.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
There is something special about finding the perfect soap. Learn more about which soap is ideal for your long-term skin health.
Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the makers of Botox to place a “black-box” warning on its packaging. An update on the harmful toxins found in Botox.
With a little know-how, you can avoid mosquito bites this summer.
Need a quick way to clean your mouth at the office? Drink a cup of green tea. Studies have shown that green tea fights bacteria in your mouth that might be causing bad breath or gum disease.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
High blood sugar levels lead to decreased blood flow to the hippocampus, the part of the brain that forms and stories memories.
Almost a third of chicken sold in the U.S. is injected with salt water, doubling or tripling the product’s sodium content. The USDA is considering revising its standards for chicken labeling so these products can't be labeled 'natural.'
Similar to exercise, inactivity can impact the structure of our brains and increase the risk for heart disease.
Find relief from the discomfort of psoriasis with these herbs, lifestyle tips and general home remedies for psoriasis.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has concerns about how BPA affects infants’ and children’s health. Studies have shown that BPA can affect reproduction, development, metabolism and behavior in children.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
Though it reuses a waste material, fly ash concrete contains traces of mercury and other chemicals from coal-burning power plants. Do you want that in your home?
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Garlic is a fantastic health food. Amy Mayfield, editor of The Herb Companion, gives a great recipe using garlic.
Guest blogger Marcela De Vivo shares six ways that eating healthy can help you ace your exams.
A former international flight attendant shares her secrets to staying healthy and happy while flying.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, there’s no need to panic—or pop a prescription pill. Try these natural remedies for relieving anxiety.
Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center discovered that celery is high in 3-n-butylphthalides, a compound that can naturally lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and blocking stress hormones.
Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, carrots offer many health benefits, from maintaining healthy eyes to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Prevent and relieve asthma attacks by turning to natural remedies for asthma, including an anti-inflammatory diet and hydrotherapy.
This February marks American Heart Health month—discover 10 super heart-health tips from nutrition expert Jonny Bowden.
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
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.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Discover seven health benefits of blueberries, a tiny, nutrient-dense fruit that packs a powerful punch.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Good For You Girls, a new line of natural beauty products specially formulated for teen girls.
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.
Tame frizz with this botanical-rich leave-in conditioning mist from John Masters Organics.
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.
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.
Even something as little as conditioning your hair can help save thousands of acres of rainforest.
Herbal Choice Mari’s vegan, organic, natural hand and body lotions are naturally scented with plant-based oils.
The Herb Companion recently discovered One Love Organics—a company that focuses on making four sustainable beauty products. Comment to enter for a chance to win some of their products.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
Slough off dead winter skin with homemade skin scrubs. Try one of these recipes that use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Try our editor’s picks for five skin-care solutions that are sure to give you a healthy complexion.
Is your scalp littered with ugly white dandruff flakes? Skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
A new study links diet soda to increased risk of fatal cardiac problems, while a health group connects caramel coloring in soda to cancer.
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program offers a natural treatment plan for depression based on basic biological needs.
Premenstrual syndrome can leave you with cramps, bloating and severe mood swings. Tackle your symptoms naturally with these four remedies!
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Choose organic cotton tampons, pads and panty liners from Organyc for a healthy, eco-friendly period.
Avocados are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and good fat that are beneficial for your health
Vitamin D promotes good bone, immune system and mental health. Want to boost your intake of this essential nutrient? Add these good sources of vitamin D to your diet!
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
Discover a few health benefits of watermelon, a favorite summertime treat.
Herbs contan antioxidants and other helpful properties that can improve memory, boost cognitive function and keep your brain in shape as you age.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.
I’m finishing up the loose ends on my desk before I head off for Southern California (where I hear it’s raining) and the amazing world of the 2009 Natural Products ExpoWest.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
Samples of sushi tuna collected from restaurants and supermarkets around the country were found to have higher than recommended levels of mercury, according to a study from Rutgers University.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Do you think marijuana should be legalized? Why? Answer the question in our comments section below to join the conversation.
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
A new study finds that people who take vitamins for a decade do better on certain memory tests that those who don’t take vitamins.
To encourage Americans to get the two and a half hours of exercise a week they need, a group of health experts has developed the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan, which calls for increased funding for bike paths, physical education programs and fitness facilities.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne wonders what will happen to the people in Haiti, their gardens and their herbs.
Although I’m not a mother, I find myself worrying about my future children’s health. What are your children eating for lunch at their schools?
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.
What are the benefits of being vegetarian? Answer these questions as you honor World Vegetarian Day on October 1.
Gray skies and frigid temperatures can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Here are a few ways to brighten your day even when the sun is nowhere in sight.
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
I recently came across a new website, Fight Germs Now. The site’s primary focus is to alleviate concern about the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. However, I’d like to scream from the rooftops, “Antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary!”
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
Check out these health benefits of eating more curry!
This Monday at Herb Companion HQ, we all showed up with sniffles. I can feel it coming on ... my nose is twitchy, my shoulders are achy, and my throat is scratchy. Learn how I treated this cold with herbs.
Packed with antioxidants and other important nutrients, beets offer a lot of benefits for our hearts, brain and overall health. Just check out these six health benefits of beets!
Unlock the powers of antioxidant-rich tomatoes by checking out these many health benefits of tomatoes.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Mugwort, an herb that was once used as a charm used against evil spirits, treatment toward alleviating digestion and a preventative solution for tired feet, is also an herb that has been used to induce vivid dreams.
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.
Your liver works hard every day, eliminating toxins and pollutants from your body. Give your liver some TLC with these tips for natural liver cleansing.
Feeling plugged up? Relieve constipation with these natural laxatives and home remedies for constipation.
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.
A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.
A recent study found that consuming dairy products with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri can help reduce abdominal fat in overweight people.
MegaFood’s line of immunity-boosting supplements, including vitamin D3, a daily multivitamin and a probiotics blend, support good immune health.
A new study from the University of Washing found that scented products—including those labeled as organic, natural and green—release toxic chemicals that can harm our health.
Sleeping fewer than seven hours a night will cause your body to hold onto fat and lose muscle mass, but sleeping for a full night will help your body to burn fat.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
Zemco Industries, a division of Tyson, has recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogens, a deadly foodborne bacteria, from Walart stores across the nation.
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.
Exercise can boost mental health and help relieve depression as part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’s natural approach to treating depression.
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.
There are lots of reasons to eat less meat, or even none at all, but have you ever considered whether your dog could be vegan?
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
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.
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.
Unused and expired medications are difficult to recycle. Participate in National Take-Back Day this Saturday for an easy, safe way to dispose of old pills.
What we eat throughout the day affects how we sleep at night. Try these five foods to help you sleep better at night.
Learn the facts about antibacterial soap, what the FDA has to say about it and how you can make your own simple soap.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
BPA is everywhere, but with a little know-how you can effectively cut this dangerous chemical from your life. Follow these five steps to avoid contact with BPA.
Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, oatmeal offers many health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
A well-known member of the mint family, peppermint has been used since ancient times to treat a number of ailments, including upset stomachs, skin irritations and more.
Our bones need a variety of nutrients to keep them healthy. Make sure you're meeting the recommended amounts!
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Not only is aloe a low-maintenance plant to grow at home near a windowsill, it has a multitude of handy uses, from treating burned skin and sanitizing hands to aiding digestion.
John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Lotion lightweight and fragrance-free formula makes it a must-have for those with sensitivities to fragrance.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
Badger’s Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil contains a blend of six moisturizing oils with antioxidant-packed extracts.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Reveal fresh, healthy skin with Hugo Naturals Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub in Sea Fennel and Passionflower.
I don't know about you, but its absolutely impossible to keep my feet clean in sandals, my summer staple. So when I stumbled upon Wipe Your Feet by Jamar Labs, I was intrigued.
Aroma Naturals is thrilled to introduce its new Butterx Lip Care line of all-natural lip balms packed with nourishing antioxidants, moisturizing nutrients and other natural ingredients.
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.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
Yeast infections are most often a result of an imbalance in the body. Treat yeast infections naturally with these tips!
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
Although not a serious problem, if left untreated, bacterial or viral pink eye can cause serious damage. Speed up recovery with these natural home remedies for pink eye!
Bladder infections affect millions of women each year. Taking antibiotics for a bladder infection can increase chances of a repeat infection, so bypass the pharmaceuticals and treat your bladder infection naturally with these home remedies.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
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!
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Eating a proper diet will help your body get rid of excess estrogen, the culprit behind PMS symptoms. Prevent cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings by incorporating these five foods into your diet.
Hormone fluctuations the week before your period can lead to cramps, bloating fatigue and mood swings. Prevent PMS symptoms by monitoring your diet and avoiding these six foods.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, asparagus offers a lot more than a tasty side dish. Check out these health benefits of asparagus!
Protect your heart and brain and prevent cancer by eating grapes. Check out these five health benefits of grapes!
Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
A new report from Food Safety News finds that up to one-third of all honey in the U.S. is illegally imported from China and possibly contaminated with antibiotics and lead.
Phosphate levels in soda have risen dramatically in the last 20 years, and new research finds that too much phosphate intake can quicken the aging process and shave years off our lives.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
You don’t have to abandon your love for herbs to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Keep herbal knowledge at your fingertips with the new iPhone and iPod Touch application “Natural Cures.”
Which herbs will help keep you energized, focused and possibly in shape? One Herb Companion staffer looks for the answers.
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
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.
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Prepare your body and mind for delivery with prenatal yoga poses and delicious red raspberry and nettle tea.
Women with greater fiber intake are 11 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Many Americans don’t get enough fiber every day, so here are a few ways to add more fiber to your diet.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
Enjoy the taste and health benefits of cherries!
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
Cocoa supplements can be a great way to protect your heart and ward off many heart and age-related diseases.
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of Soups.
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
Does the Cookie Monster no longer have a sweet tooth? What is he teaching our kids? Learn more.
The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt consumption and still have delicious herbal meals.
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
Prometheus Springs’ capsaicin-spiced elixirs pack the spiciness—and health benefits—of capsaicin into six delicious flavors.
Childhood music lessons have long-term, positive effects on the brain.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
Green your oral hygiene routine with toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt containers by Preserve. Each toothbrush’s package doubles as a return envelope, so when you’re finished with the brush, mail it back to keep up the recycling process.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
A recent study found detectable levels of PBDEs and HBCDs, two flame retardant chemicals, in common foods. Butter and fish topped the list.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
This year I got the chance to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. Check out the highlights.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Try this tasty antipasto as a substitute for a fattening entrée.
Whether you're worried about the effects of aging or just looking to be healthier every day, the food you eat should be a top consideration.
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.
Chronic exposure to noises such as traffic can have serious side effects. Find out how noise pollution is affecting your health—and how you can reduce noise at home.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale), a common spice that was considered a luxury more than 5,000 years ago, has a very rich history.
According to TastingTable, black garlic is very trendy with foodies right now.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
Find out what is oil pulling and how it can benefit your oral health.
Skip these foods for a better mood, better energy and better overall mental health.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Changing hormone levels during menopause bring a number of less-than-desirable side effects. Treat hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia naturally with these herbal remedies.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
Light pollution can interfere with your body’s ability to sleep through the night. Get a better night’s sleep by reducing light pollution in your bedroom and getting in sync with natural cycles.
Suffering from a hangover? Get relief from your hangover symptoms with these natural remedies.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
Exposure to UV rays can permanently damage and prematurely age eyes. Protect your eyes from UV radiation with these tips.
If you’re sick of your allergies but don’t want to pop a pharmaceutical pill, check out these natural remedies for the prevention and treatment of seasonal allergies.
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hopsital in Boston found that drinking one to two glasses of beer, wine or spirits a day can help women keep off extra weight.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
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.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
Sleep deprivation and depression go hand-in-hand. Improve your overall health and find relief from depression by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Seeking out social support, whether from friends and family, a support group or talk therapy, can help overcome depression as part of a natural treatment plan.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
Naturally sweet and healing, honey has uses in the pantry, the medicine cabinet and the beauty drawer. Discover the health and beauty secrets of honey with these four uses for honey.
What you eat throughout the day can affect how you sleep at night. Avoid these five foods for a better night’s sleep.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, walnuts provide an array of impressive health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!
October marks the beginning of pomegranate season. Dig in and enjoy the health benefits of this superfruit.
Maintaining good heart health doesn’t have to be a chore! Incorporate these three steps into your life to have some fun while keeping your heart healthy.
Leading organic personal-care products company Badger celebrates national Fair Trade Month 2010 one fair trade-certified cocoa butter kiss at a time.
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.
Light up the night on Valentine’s Day with eco-friendly soy and beeswax candles. These candles have fewer toxins and less soot, making them a healthier option for a green Valentine’s Day.
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.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.
Next time you need a boost of energy, put down the caffeinated beverage and pick up one of these natural remedies for boosting energy.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Warts, which are caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), can take years to disappear without treatment. Make your warts disappear in record time with these natural remedies!
Get in the mood with natural libido boosters, aphrodisiac spices and exercises to get your blood pumping!
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
Diarrhea is an uncomfortable condition. Find relief with these natural home remedies for diarrhea.
Celebrate spring by indulging in these 5 seasonal superfoods—delicious, nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Treat seasonal depression with bright light therapy, one tenant of the Therpeutic Lifestyle Change's program.
Treat gout, a painful disorder that affects the joints, by controlling inflammation and lowering uric acid levels with these home remedies for gout.
Purple Prairie Botanicals Orange and Tea Tree Facial Toning Bar combines the bacteria-fighting power of tea tree and orange essential oil for a product that promotes healthy, glowing skin.
Omega-3s are important to brain health, reduce inflammation and are essential to reducing risk of chronic diseases. Boost your intake of this essential nutrient by turning to these good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Get rid of canker sores faster by turning to homemade mouth rinses, probiotics and other natural home remedies for canker sores.
Tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia and more.
Explore the many health benefits of cauliflower, from cancer prevention to digestive support.
Discover 10 natural remedies for allergies from author Michelle Schoffro Cook to make the spring allergy season more tolerable.
Age spots are a sure sign of getting older. Prevent or reduce the appearance of age spots with these natural home remedies!
Although pumpkins play more of a festive role in today’s society, this fall vegetable provides numerous health benefits that would make it wise for us to incorporte it into our diet.
Don't forget to protect your skin this summer! Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus discusses the importance of organic sunscreen for summertime enjoyment.
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.
Yard full of dandelions? Harvest and cook these weeds to enjoy their many health benefits.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.
Stinging nettles may sound intimidating, but once you get past their prickly exterior this classic spring weed offers many health benefits.
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Badger Sunscreen. This natural sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays using zinc oxide and an array of organic ingredients.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
Peppermint, one of the most widely known mints in North America, can be distilled to extract its essential oil. Use this oil to soothe indigestion, sore throats and much more.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
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.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
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.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
Up to 75 percent of antibacterial products carry triclosan and triclocarban, hormone-disrupting chemicals that affect brain and nervous system development.
Exercise for health, a New Year’s decision.
Bee stings can cause pain and swelling. Treat your bee stings naturally with these home remedies.
These three herbal staples treat acne, treat eczema and reduce inflammation.
Did you know that plants have personalities? Discover the personality of the vervain plant and how it can help you.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Want to improve your memory? These natural memory enhancers can help you out: ginkgo biloba, magenisum, blueberry juice, rhodiola and fish oil.
October means it’s time for Breast Cancer Awareness month—and a new onslaught of pinkwashing.
Fishermen hired by BP to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are experiencing health problems such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and breathing problems. The negative side effects are likely due to BP’s failure to provide proper safety equipment.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
The most popular supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10. Learn more about their health advantages.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Purple Prairie Botanicals SunStuff natural sunscreen lotion. SunStuff uses zinc oxide to provide SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
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.
GoodBelly has added two new flavors, Tropical Orange and Pink Grapefruit, to its line of probiotic drinks and launched a new on-the-go probiotic coconut water.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
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.
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
The Total Omega Orange-Cream Swirl from Barlean’s Organic Oils combines flaxseed oil, borage seed oil and fish oil to provide a balanced source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Better yet? Its sweet orange-cream flavor makes taking your daily supplements fun!
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.