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2/7/2011
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.
10/18/2011
Inspired by an upcoming article on winter garden design, Jessica shares a project that turns autumn and winter plants into an elegant holiday centerpiece.
4/18/2014
Skips the hazardous commercial varieties and opt for one of these five natural air freshener options.
12/17/2009
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
12/4/2009
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
1/7/2010
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
4/7/2009
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
7/16/2009
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
12/3/2010
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
1/12/2011
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious. 
11/8/2010
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them. 
5/1/2008
Fresh asparagus inspires fresh spring dishes.
12/4/2012
Keep warm with hand-knitted scarves, hats and hand warmers from Icebox Knitting’s two lines of products made from upcycled materials.
6/28/2011
Keep your home cool without air conditioning! Try these five ways to lower your home’s temperature—and utiliy bills—naturally.
10/13/2014
Knowing if a plant is invasive, exotic, or native can save you a lot of time and trouble in your garden. In this article, Master Gardener, Stephanie Montalvo will explain the differences and give you tools to figure out if a plant is good or bad for your garden.
11/30/2010
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
8/11/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
3/7/2011
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
8/16/2010
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
2/20/2008
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
10/8/2009
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
3/18/2011
Tom Newmark won't rest until he's helped establish 10,000 seed sanctuaries—living gardens devoted to propagating and nurturing endangered plants—across the world. He came a step closer this week with the establishment of a sanctuary in India.
12/17/2010
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
12/6/2013
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.
5/19/2011
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
6/20/2011
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
5/10/2011
In my quest for the most energy efficient ceiling fan, one model blows the rest away. Now is the time to install ceiling fans for lower electricity bills this summer—here's how.
2/16/2011
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
6/24/2008
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
6/1/2009
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
11/9/2011
Adding houseplants to your home’s décor is an easy, affordable way to enliven your home.
2/16/2009
Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers—they're safe around house pets, they come in a multitude of colors and shapes and ... they're edible?! Read more.
1/25/2010
A University of Georgia study finds that common houseplants can remove toxins and improve indoor air quality.
5/17/2010
There is a beauty in discovering the lost art of keying wild plants. Learn more about this practice.
2/20/2008
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
1/19/2010
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares how snow has helped her winter herb garden grow.
2/22/2012
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
2/16/2011
The plants in the Voynich Manuscript has puzzled researchers and historians for years.
5/2/2012
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
7/17/2013
Guest blogger Jennifer Flaten discovers some easy plant identification tools to help her identify unknown plants in her Wisconsin garden.
3/26/2013
Air plants are perfect low-maintenance option for the home or garden. Learn how to care for air plants with these growing, watering and lighting tips.
4/19/2011
The stirrings of spring may make you want to buy every plant or seed in sight, but a little planning can help you create a garden you'll truly enjoy.
2/23/2011
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
3/14/2012
Container water gardens are easy to design and maintain, making them a perfect low-cost accessory to your outdoor living spaces. Learn how to make a container water garden!
7/4/2012
Save water, time and money on your landscape with beautiful drought-tolerant ornamental grasses.
6/23/2011
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, says schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many common pharmaceuticals--without the onerous side effects.
10/27/2008
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
4/10/2008
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
2/23/2010
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
9/14/2011
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.
10/16/2013
TropiClean, a company that strives to perpetually innovate the finest products, packing, marketing and management in the pet industry, is gearing up for the launch of their new dental treats.
6/13/2011
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
1/4/2011
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
6/22/2009
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
7/22/2010
Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.
1/16/2012
Warm up winter with a vegetarian tofu curry.
11/28/2011
If Thanksgiving weekend left you craving light, nutritious meals, try these recipes for winter-friendly salads.
11/2/2011
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
10/19/2011
Jessica recommends several sources for inspiration to grow vegetables into the fall and winter.
2/9/2011
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
10/26/2011
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
1/3/2011
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.
10/28/2010
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.
10/14/2011
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
9/21/2010
Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.
8/4/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
4/4/2011
My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.
2/17/2010
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
2/17/2010
If you've been keeping up with this year's Winter Olympics, you may have noticed the strange bouquets being handed out to Olympians. Learn more about them.
12/22/2008
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.
12/10/2009
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
2/13/2009
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.
12/15/2010
Impress dinner guests with this easy-to-make creamy tomato and crab bisque.
9/16/2009
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina. 
8/22/2013
Inclement weather can really keep you out of your garden. Here are some of the challenges Mother Nature presents us and a couple of tricks you can use to keep her at bay.
6/9/2009
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
2/21/2011
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
2/25/2011
There's more to your zodiac sign than you may think. Embrace your sign with these zodiac-related herbs.
3/16/2011
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
7/28/2011
We think that we know our herbs, and exactly what they do. However, there are also those herbs with a mysterious past. Here are five of the weirdest herbs we’ve found that might be hiding in a garden near you.
3/16/2011
Today is not a day for selling books. It's a day for prayer and solidarity with the Japanese people.
11/11/2010
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.
6/18/2010
Besides composting, eggshells have many great uses both in the garden and in the home. Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull details how to reuse eggshells.
12/14/2010
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
2/28/2011
These three plants are extremely creepy. Read more about the bizarre devil's claw, doll's eye and Buddha's hand.
1/22/2012
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
11/4/2010
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
2/1/2012
Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is hosting the Master Gardener Plant Sale in May. Find out why you won't want to miss it.
2/2/2011
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.
12/10/2011
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
12/17/2009
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
12/26/2013
Use winter down time to learn a new hobby, such as cross stitch, crochet, knitting and crewelwork.
12/18/2013
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
12/20/2010
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
2/12/2012
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
2/10/2011
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
12/17/2009
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
1/13/2012
The depths of winter are officially here, but with a few slight behavior modifications, you can beat the winter blues.
11/29/2011
The NewenHouse kit home has officially received Passive House certification! The Passive House is also the highest-rated Energy Star home in the state of Wisconsin.
12/8/2010
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
11/17/2011
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
11/22/2011
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
12/11/2009
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.
12/14/2011
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
11/15/2011
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
1/26/2011
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.
1/31/2011
The fragrant, taste and texture of cinnamon make it a popular spice during the winter months. Cinnamon not only tastes good while cooking but has an array of health benefits.    
12/17/2009
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
12/11/2009
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
2/17/2011
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.
12/16/2008
Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients that made my dull boots instantly shine.
11/22/2011
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.
12/8/2009
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
12/17/2010
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.
6/22/2010
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
7/1/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.
5/7/2011
One of my favorite spring herbs chives comes in several different varieties. The uses for making herbal vinegar and cooking with chives are explored in this post and lots of resources for mail ordering unusual herbs such as curly chives are given.
5/23/2011
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
10/1/2014
Two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, our indoor air quality is worsening. Embrace these five healthful practices for cleaner air.
4/10/2012
Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!
10/30/2013
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
12/8/2009
Start your health regimen by looking at what you've been doing before.  You have to take charge of your health regimen, not anyone else.
1/4/2011
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
12/29/2009
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.
2/1/2011
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.
11/2/2010
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. 
2/9/2012
A reader's request leads Lemon Verbena Lady into exploring the works of William Shakespeare for some of the herbal flowers and herbs of Elizabethan England. There is so much that there had to be a second act.
11/12/2010
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.
1/2/2012
As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.


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