Medical marijuana was a $1.7 billion industry last year--just shy of Viagra as pot-related businesses crop up across the country.
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.
Check out these eco-friendly garden products that were designed by Northern California gardeners.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
A good layer of environmentally friendly mulch such as eucalyptus, pine bark or cocoa hulls will discourage weeds, keep soil up to 10 degrees cooler and help prevent plant disease. What's your favorite green mulch?
Skip the steaks if you're firing up the barbecue tonight. Marinated and grilled veggies and tofu, served up with wasabi mayo on grilled bread, is a hearty, delicious way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
A new study has found that lack of sleep can cause memory loss.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
Essentia introduces the world's first memory foam mattress made without chemicals.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence pledges to go 'Meatless in May' to raise awareness about the environmental effects of consuming meat.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
This Maple-Mustard Chicken recipe is a one-pan wonder and perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
Made from recycled aluminum and stainless steel, MasterShield Gutter Protection can protect gutters from falling debris and inclement weather and can earn a home LEED points.
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop accepting loans from the nationwide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which helps homeowners pay for the cost of energy-efficient retrofits.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip glaze and natural lip gloss from mineral makeup company, Monave.
What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne muses about gardening with children and how wonderful it is to introduce them to this fun and beneficial pastime. (There's always something to do in the garden!)
The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient book that has puzzled experts and scientists for years. But an important piece of the puzzle may have been solved. Read more.
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
Radio host for the WTBQ's The Urban Herbalist, Marguerite Dunne discusses Michael Jackson's death and the good and bad health protocols with herbs and with drugs.
Jessica discusses her new car, a Volkswagen Passat, fuel efficiency and her lead foot.
Colman’s Mustard is excited to show Americans about ways that they can incorporate traditional and authentic British foods into their Olympic viewing parties.
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
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.
Happy May 5th. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re like me, then today is the day to whip up your favorite tacos, snack on sensational salsa and, most importantly, mix yourself some margaritas. This year, why not try the stevia-sweetened mix Sinless Margarita.
The Reincarnated McMansion Project aims to tear down one inefficient, climate-insensitive suburban house and replace it with two small, green, handcrafted homes.
The recipe for a delicious mojito cocktail made from mint.
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.
Amy Mayfield introduces herself to the Herb Companion public.
NaturalNews readers overwhelmingly chose Monsanto as the world's Most Evil Corporation.
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.
MyEmissionsExchange.com stimulates the economy and combats global warming by paying registered users for reducing their energy use.
Matt ponders when the line of respect is crossed when critiquing friends' non-green habits.
These little loaves are packed full of protein, vegetables and deliciousness!
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.
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.
With a little know-how, you can avoid mosquito bites this summer.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
Herb Companion intern Stephanie Nelson shares her favorite recipe for Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
Marley Audio Electronics collection, which debuted last week, showcases premium, eco-conscious manufacturing and materials, including hemp.
When Steve Sikora and Lynette Erickson-Sikora restored Frank Lloyd Wright's first small, affordable home, they discovered how green the iconic architect really was.
Discover the tantalizing and aromatic flavors of teas from around the world with some of our guest blogger's favorite blends.
It's no secret that a woman's metabolism slows down as she approaches menopause. Instead of unrealistically eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, think along the lines of a moderate carbs diet.
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.
Try these intriguing Mashed Potato Pancakes next time you have leftovers to use up!
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Coal Country exposes the damages to communities and the environment caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence details her experience at Burning Man, a weeklong Leave No Trace arts festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert that comprises the world’s largest temporary, conscious community.
Try this healthy, gluten-free alternative to the typical coconut macaroon or chocolate chip cookie that you can whip up in no time.
Serve up these tasty gluten-free muffins and get your morning off to a great start.
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
With the economy still in recession, more American families are eating at home rather than eating out, but most aren’t making hearty, traditional meals on the stovetop or in the oven. They’re nuking.
The Jewish holiday of Passover is just around the corner. Check out these great recipes for a flaver-filled celebration.
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
Natural Home intern Carly Halvorson shares her recent research on the Monolithic Dome Institute website about monolithic dome houses.
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps' fair trade, hemp almond pure castile soaps are a competitive rival to conventional formulas in both moisturizing capabilities and scent.
Learn how to make delicious homemade mascarpone cheese.
September ... long month, no? The election frenzy is roiling; the DOW keeps tanking as the $700 billion bailout plan goes to vote in Washington; banks are scared to lend each other money, causing over-leveraged companies to hit a brick wall; the President is on TV telling us that, indeed, there are problems afoot.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a wonderful harvest of lemon verbena leaves to use in cooking and crafts. She has also discovered a new pest that may be trying to harm her favorite herb.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
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.
Ditch the toxins in conventional laundry products. Keep your clothes clean with the best natural laundry detergent!
Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a new natural exfoliating mask, Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator.
Headaches are one of the most common ailments. Next time you’re suffering from one, try one of these natural home remedies for headaches and pass on conventional painkillers.
If you use cast-iron cookware, try this indispensable tool—a stainless-steel mesh scrubber.
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
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.
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.
Meditating has never come naturally to me, probably because of my goal-oriented approach. Wabi-sabi helped me see find peace in simple solitude (and long dog walks) instead.
The new Microsoft Hohm application makes it easy to track your energy use and provides simple recommendations to save energy and money.
Add eco-friendly home décor to your space by displaying upcycled art such as vintage fabrics, old t-shirts, magazines and ephemera. Personalize your art with family memorabilia and a unique frame to make a one of a kind eco-friendly creation.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
Learn to craft herbal medicine at home or in the wild using the folk method. This informative and useful guide provides helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for making tinctures the traditional way.
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.
World renowned pharmacognosist Norman R. Farnsworth died September 10 in a Chicago hospital.
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
Made from 100 percent bamboo charcoal, Moso Bags are a fragrance free, non-toxic, and eco-friendly air purifier.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
The new Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Formula SPF 40 blends in clear for the ultimate in safe sun protection.
Childhood music lessons have long-term, positive effects on the brain.
Choose healthy whole grains for nutritionally complete and delicious vegetarian meals.
Rancho Margo in Costa Rica's Arenal district is a self-sufficient farm and intentional community that sends guests home with a new sense of what's possible in sustainable living.
Matt divulges into who really wins in the end when McDonalds' stock is up and the stock market is down.
Taking a yoga class or scheduling a message session is a way of detoxing your body without the fad diets.
Tea, salt, vodka, corn starch—even ketchup and mayonnaise—can be used to get your entire house clean. No kidding.
Concentrated milk protein, also known as milk protein concentrate or MPCs, is a dry, high-protein additive that is largely unregulated.
Throughout human history people have used herbs to protect themselves against lightning strikes.
Make homegrown tomatoes the star of tonight’s dinner with Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion. Made with just three ingredients, this sweet, rich sauce is a classic.
Go ahead, play outside. These tips will keep you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
ThermaCell’s Outdoor Lantern can simultaneously be used as a mosquito repellent and light, making it a great choice for the patio, cottage or camping.
Spice up chilly nights with this meat-free reciepe chickpea and tomato curry, courtsey of Muir Glen.
With these easy ideas, you can make the most of all the leaves that have taken over your yard.
Whip up a batch of these zesty Mini Lemon Pound Cakes with Bulgur for your next family gathering.
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.
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
Check out these 6 amazing green apps designed to make the planet a better place.
Healthy home advocates are concerned that wireless power and gas meters, which are being installed in homes across the country, could release dangerous radiation.
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
Calendula officinalis, a bright and cheery herb for any border or kitchen garden, is more than just another pretty flower. It has many uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet and personal care arena.
Try these five herbs to ease winter aches.
Explore fresh herb flavors and mouth-watering recipes with this recommended cookbook.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
John Masters Organics introduces a new men’s collection, featuring 2-in-1 products that provide men with quick and easy grooming essentials for a painless two-step routine.
Spring is the perfect season to start a nature journal. Observe and record the natural wonders of the season and connect to both nature and self, while practicing mindfulness and expressing creativity. Try these simple spring journaling prompts to get started!
Spice up your Meatless Monday with a recipe borne out of fresh produce at the farmers market. Blogger Jennifer Rose uses local acorn squash and baby kale to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
Sauteed spring greens and mushrooms dress up polenta in this nutritious, satisfying main dish.
When you celebrate Meatless Monday with hearty, savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, no one will miss the meat.
I confess: It's Friday, the sun is shining, it feels like summer, and the Little Discovery Channel Promo That Could is pretty much playing on a loop on my desktop.
The newest articles of Natural Home are in. See what's inside.
Jessica Kellner's recent trip to three green conferences in San Francisco yielded some great conversations and fun lessons.
The Organic Exchange released the 2007-2008 Organic Cotton Market Reports—and the top 10 list contains a few surprises. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about these organic cotton retailers.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
Natural beauty products crafted without parabens have a shorter shelf life. Discover the expiration date on some common natural beauty products.
Do you think marijuana should be legalized? Why? Answer the question in our comments section below to join the conversation.
Get your friends together for a good time for little to no cost with these four swap party ideas.
This marinade not only tenderizes meats and chicken, but it also has a wonderful zesty taste that is easy to get hooked on!
A meatless dish, Grilled Tomato Polenta tastes excellent alongside grilled veggies and makes a delicious weeknight meal.
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!
From Colorado to California, these green ski resorts are some of the most environmentally focused ski resorts in the U.S.
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.
Learn how to keep your kitchen a safe and healthy space for your family by following these tips.
To protest the ban on hemp farming, six hemp activists symbolically planted hemp seeds on the lawn of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Support aging skin with mature skin essentials from John Masters Organics.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
If you still want to do everything you can to make your home healthy—for your family and the planet—take a look at how you clean. Like it or not, we have to clean our homes on a regular basis. Natural Home offers lots of great ideas for making your own healthy, natural cleaning solutions—or look to some of the great green solutions now available at your grocery store.
Try Austin baker Kendall Melton's in-demand banana muffins with cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe.
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 belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
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.
Upcycled clothing company Looptwork abandons the traditional clothing-manufacturing model to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories repurposing abandoned materials .
I don't know about you guys, but this time of year can be rough. As in your skin. It's cold outside, you are busy getting everything ready for the upcoming holidays, and maybe you haven't gotten in the habit of
Great shampoo from Dr. Hauschka.
Golden Globe nomination news for the major motion picture Revolutionary Road.
British scientists have found that many pesticides--including those commonly found in food and 16 that were previously considered safe--disrupt male hormones.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses mandatory green building codes for all new commercial buildings nationwide.
Here is the ideal guide for architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, facility managers, and building owners for understanding the project certification process for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Kathy Amen grows pumpkins straight out of a fairy tale.
Trash Track, an MIT research project, aims to highlight consumers’ waste habits by electronically tracking trash from homes to landfills.
As we try to find ways to describe what our magazine is about, the term “herbal lifestyle” often comes up. What does that even mean? Also, check out my two herbal recipes.
Madalene Hill left a lasting impression on many people in her life, including The Herb Companion. Such an influential and inspirational figure in the herb community, K.C. Compton reflects on Madalene's influence.
In North Carolina’s Triangle region, Crop Mob is reviving community farming.
Mindy Pennybacker’s new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, and her website, GreenerPenny.com, offer easy tips for daily green living.
Lurie Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Chicago during the day, but a secret escape at night.
We found this cute garden decor idea and insist you take a look!
Beaverton Foods’ Inglehoffer organic mustards will now sport a green cap to make the organic line easily identifiable from the original line.
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.
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!
Farmers in northern Michigan urge county officials to support hemp farming.
A year-long study in Oklahoma found that consumers who used energy-tracking technology and pricing plans that let them analyze their usage can cut their consumption in half.
Kansas City's 18Broadway project is a superb example of how to capture and store rainwater to grow food in the heart of downtown.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
People with Alzheimer's and other dementias can benefit in many ways from gardening and being in the garden.
A bill that would make hemp production legal in California would create jobs and opportunities in the financially strapped state.
Palmpring introduces its line of hpyo-allergenic, 100 percent organic coconut fiber and natural latex mattresses to health-conscious Americans.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
Problems with drywall continue as the Environmental Protection Agency finds traces of mercury and formaldehyde in drywall products.
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.
Jessica talks about her recent travels to Wisconsin for the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair and gears up to find an energy-efficient vehicle.
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.
The Recharge Mower Ultralite is a Cordless Lithium-powered push mower that weighs under 35 pounds.
The Sun-Mar composting toilet uses a first-of-its-kind technology to deliver a pollution-free and sanitary product that can save owners up to 27 percent in water costs.
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.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
It is still very hot here in my part of Texas. Day after day the temperature reaches 100 degrees or above with no rain. I was in town this morning and two people stopped me to ask how to keep their plants alive in this weather. Here is my advice.
Love the taste of buttery super market rolls? Replicate the flavor at home with this homemade buttery rolls recipe.
One of our readers asked us to help her locate Beau Monde, an ingredient for a tasty holiday dip she used to make in Christmases past. Check out our Beau Monde Seasoning recipe and learn how to use Beau Monde in your cooking.
Ever wondered: what is millet? Discover the history of this ancient grain, plus put it to good use with a millet stir-fry recipe.
Want to improve your memory? These natural memory enhancers can help you out: ginkgo biloba, magenisum, blueberry juice, rhodiola and fish oil.
Learn how to establish a daily meditation schedule with these helpful tips.
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
Herbal immune boosters really work.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
Change we can believe in? The Obama administration paves the way for more than 300,000 megawatts of coal-fired energy.
This school year pack a healthy lunch with zero waste!
In celebration of National Non-GMO Month, Nature’s Way releases an infographic to help explain the basics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).