Love Your Basil
This basil appetizer can be made ahead of time. Just mix sauce in a crock pot, add meatballs and cook. They'll be the hit of the party!
Cinnamon basil offers a mild cinnamon flavor to the dishes you infuse it with. This holiday season, try Ramona Werst's herbal twist on the traditional pumpkin pie: Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Cooking with basil is fun! Each variety of basil has its own unique flavor and way of enhancing any recipe. One of our guest blogger's favorites is cinnamon basil. Learn how to grow it and cook with it.
When she thinks of summer, our guest blogger, Ramona Werst, thinks of lemonade. Learn how to grow and cook with her favorite lemonade garnish: lemon basil.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
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.
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Colorful Harvest is a specialty produce company out of California and have developed a delicious new corn, Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. Guest blogger Ramona Werst created a risotto recipe using 'Spicy Globe' basil and Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. You can replace the corn with a sweet corn and it will be a tasty dish.
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Jessica shows off her heaboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
LOVE NATURE NYC’s line of bath, body and home products helps create an experience that nurtures and connects the mind, body and soul.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
Take charge of the pie selection this holiday season with this herbal twist on a classic persimmon pie.
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
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.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
Readers vote on which type of cheese they’d be most interested in learning to make at home.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
Before we go into mourning over the loss of our favorite fresh herb, basil, let's consider these five ways to stretch out our basil harvest.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Over the holidays someone gave me a jar of Chukar Cherry Salsa, a delectable treat with peaches, jalapenos and cherries, among other wholesome ingredients. Try my recipe for Parmesan Cheese French Toast.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
Patsy Bell Hobson reviews Doug Oster's book, Tomatoes Basil Garlic, which captures the simple pleasures of growing and cooking your garden's most versatile veggies.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
Readers vote on which type of reclaimed material they'd be most interested in adding to their homes.
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
Dani recounts her first “green” grocery trip, and touts the advantages of going green in small steps.
Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron, the design duo behind Nightwood, deconstruct abandoned furniture pieces and then reconstruct them into folksy-modern works of art.
This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.
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.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards and her family plan for spring gardening and growing food.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence finds a company that upcycles old yoga mats. Recycle Your Mat, a company founded by yogini Stephanie Stano in 2008 gives yoga mats a second life as an upcycled or recycled product.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores ways to make your commute a little greener.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst shows you how to throw a grand green graduation party.
Dani Hurst explains how to update your closet with eco-friendly fabrics and offers advice on what to do with your old clothes.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
Readers vote on which varieties of heirloom vegetables they’d be most interested in learning how to grow.
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.
Artist Boris Bally’s edgy, street-smart furniture is made from recycled street signs.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a chance to revisit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2013, getting a chance to finally see the newly renovated Herb Garden.
Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!
Spring cleaning in the garden, for the Lemon Verbena Lady, begins by examining some of her favorite herbs. Read on as she shares how she's pacing herself this spring.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
In the first of this series, we test out a hydroponics growing kit by planting lettuce and herbs indoors under the lights of a Worm's Way hydroponics system.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
These growing strategies will help any beginning herb garden. Discover which herbs are easiest to grow from seed, which are easily propagated from division, and which are easily grown from cuttings.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
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.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards offers a cookbook review of "D.I.Y. Delicious" by Vanessa Barrington.
Celebrate the end of eggplant season with a plate of homemade baba ganoush. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll be on your way to a yummy appetizer or a scrumptious side dish.
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.
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.
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity.
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.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
Napoleon Fireplaces provides some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the winter season.
A typical Make-Your-Own Beeswax Candle Kit contains several sheets of honeycomb-printed Beeswax made in the United States, 100% cotton wicks and instructions; enough supplies to make at least 10-12 individual candles.
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.
Washing the dishes is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be a burden on your wallet or the planet. Dani dishes about how to green your dishwashing routine.
Part one of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This one’s for all the dog lovers who want to raise a greener best friend.
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
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.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.
Deconstruction, breaking down houses bit-by-bit, is a great way to find free building materials to build small low-cost homes.
Thrift store finds have limitless uses if you look beyond their original purpose.
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.
Jessica hunts for eco-friendly and secondhand items to make her new townhome greener. Greening an apartment or home you don't own can be a challenge, but searching for eco-friendly products is fun.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
Rid your home of pesky fruit flies with this simple, nontoxic, homemade fruit fly trap.
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
Part two of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This time, it’s all about cats.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
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.
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.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
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.
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.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
Even something as little as conditioning your hair can help save thousands of acres of rainforest.
Rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and nutrients, Seaweed Bath Co. products hydrate the skin and soothe irritation often associated with various skin conditions.
You don't have to spend a fortune and buy nasty chemicals to run your dishwasher. Whip up powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent in minutes--and don't forget to add essential oil. You'll get a dose of aromatherapy while your dishes get clean.
Save money and energy by ditching the dryer and air drying your clothes instead.
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.
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.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
Slough off dead winter skin with homemade skin scrubs. Try one of these recipes that use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
After its exploding popularity in the late 19th century, echinacea was widely researched. Since then, numerous echinacea benefits have been discovered. Try these two simple echinacea remedies to fight the common cold.
Get inspired by these tips and make something useful out of your used glass instead of just recycling it. From wine bottles to baby food jars, you’ll find a repurposing project that suits your recycling bin.
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.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
It's not too late to start or expand your garden this summer! Plant sun-loving herbs, vegetables and flowers for a strong harvest and bright blooms.
Turn a boring wall into a vertical garden with The Woolly Wally Pocket. Made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, this hanging planter is the answer for anyone looking for a unique and eco-friendly planter for container gardening.
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!
If you’re looking for that perfect reusable bottle, check out ALEX. Not only is this water bottle BPA-free and made from premium grade 304 stainless steel, but it also twists apart in the middle, making clean-up a cinch.
Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.
Stylish furniture typically doesn’t involve discarded trash—but the designs of Studio Jo Meesters do. Studio Jo Meesters introduces “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces,” a fun collection of furniture pieces made from recycled materials that contain just as much panache
Feeling claustrophobic? Before you start looking for more space, make the most of what you have by containing clutter, choosing the right furnishings and color schemes, and creating new "rooms" with dividers.
Whether you’re searching for unique gifts for loved ones or just need a little snow day entertainment, look no further than a bottle cutting kit. It may sound complicated, but a little patience and a steady hand are all it takes to master this useful art.
Despite what you may have heard, you don't need to suffer through extreme diets or complicated menus to burn calories. Boost your metabolism with these great tasting herbs that you may already have growing in your kitchen garden.
If you’re looking for a unique container gardening experience, look no further than growbottles from Potting Shed Creations. These self-watering planters are made in the USA from reclaimed restaurant wine bottles, and they’re as sustainable as they are stylish.
If you’re looking for a healthy and eco-friendly dog shampoo that smells great, then look no further than Olive Bubble + Squeak Herbal Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is USDA approved organic, 100 percent biodegradable and bottled in recyclable plastic.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to use more green products, check out Twist’s line of amazing sponges. Not only are they biodegradable, but they’re also free of dyes and made from all-natural, plant-based materials.
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.
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!