Make Your Own Medicine
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
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.
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.
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.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards offers a cookbook review of "D.I.Y. Delicious" by Vanessa Barrington.
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.
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.
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.
Part two of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This time, it’s all about cats.
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.
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards and her family plan for spring gardening and growing food.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Deconstruction, breaking down houses bit-by-bit, is a great way to find free building materials to build small low-cost homes.
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.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
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.
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.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.
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.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip glaze and natural lip gloss from mineral makeup company, Monave.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
Jessica shows off her headboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
Create kissable cheeks with hot chocolate. Is this a crazy idea or would you try it?
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
Give your skin care routine a boost with Eve Organics organic products.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace explains how to recycle your empty cosmetics containers.
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.
Relieve the worst common cold symptoms with this natural drink.
Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that is versatile, easy to make at home, and requires no special equipment or ingredients.
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
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
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four dangerous ingredients to avoid when choosing safe makeup as well as some of the products in her beauty bag.
I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the
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Learn how to make ricotta cheese with guest blogger Pier Jones. For the beginner cheesemaker, ricotta is a surefire confidence builder.
Craft these DIY Asian-inspired guest soaps to reinvigorate road-weary visitors.
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.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
Readers vote on which type of reclaimed material they'd be most interested in adding to their homes.
Dani recounts her first “green” grocery trip, and touts the advantages of going green in small steps.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron, the design duo behind Nightwood, deconstruct abandoned furniture pieces and then reconstruct them into folksy-modern works of art.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
Bring Andrea Candee’s Healing Kitchen workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
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.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
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 ways to make your commute a little greener.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
Readers vote on which varieties of heirloom vegetables they’d be most interested in learning how to grow.
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.
To lead a healthier lifestyle, green your home with these nine cost-effective solutions.
Take the initiative and reduce your carbon footprint at home with these six tips.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst shows you how to throw a grand green graduation party.
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.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
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.
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
In lieu of World Health Day, a campaign sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), we wanted to take the time to share a few simple tips on medication safety.
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.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.
One doctor decides to make a cross-country journey to promote natural healing and health.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thrift store finds have limitless uses if you look beyond their original purpose.
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
Rid your home of pesky fruit flies with this simple, nontoxic, homemade fruit fly trap.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
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.
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this 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.
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.
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.
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
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.
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.
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.
Napoleon Fireplaces provides some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the winter season.
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
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!
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.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
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.
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.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
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.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
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.
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.
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.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Some people are not a fan of drinking "boring" water, despite how good it is for you. Add herbal flair to water with this simple infusion recipe.
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.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Modern research suggests that beer, considered medicinal in many ancient cultures, may have some health benefits after all.
Coffee may be more beneficial to your health than previously thought. A new study explains the connection of coffee and decrease in stroke risk among women.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
The Hawaiian summer sun is relentless and can leave you with achy sunburns. Fortunately aloe vera naturally soothes burns and leaves your skin feeling soft.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
Medication isn't your only option for allergy relief. Give these at-home remedies a try.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
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.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
Save money and energy by ditching the dryer and air drying your clothes instead.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
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.
Even something as little as conditioning your hair can help save thousands of acres of rainforest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slough off dead winter skin with homemade skin scrubs. Try one of these recipes that use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
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.
Rich in essential amino acids, vitamins and nutrients, Seaweed Bath Co. products hydrate the skin and soothe irritation often associated with various skin conditions.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
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.
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.
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.
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
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.
Researchers have found that curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that gives it its distinct coloring, may help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
Learn how to make a tea for pain or menstrual cramps using white willow bark.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Ginger root treats circulatory and digestive systems, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Use it in recipes like Ginger Pumpkin Pie and Indian Lemonade-Ginger Ale.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help you relax.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
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.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
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.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, believes that schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many pharmaceuticals—without the onerous side effects.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
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.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
This herb's medicinal use dates back to 400 B.C., and researchers may have found another reason why our anchestors may have been onto something.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Kick-start your immune system and combat arthritis and high cholestorol with this spicy rhizome.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
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.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Herbal syrups are a wonderful vehicle for immune-boosting, antiviral and antibiotic herbs for use any time of year. Use this simple method to make a powerful tool in the fight against biological baddies.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
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.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Since Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.) is the state flower of Oregon, we thought it would be nice to spend a little time telling you about the Pacific Northwest's best kept secret.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
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.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
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.
Learn the benefits of an infant massage and how to give one from certified infant massage instructor and practitioner Brenda Stansfield.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves.
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.
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.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
It's important to have accurate information about any herbal remedy you are thinking of using. Dr. Jaclyn Chasse shares her own experience with misleading media representation and clinical studies of St. John's wort.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
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.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
There are many natural ways to provide painful sunburn relief.
The burdock plant has long been that pesky plant that attaches velcro-like pickers to your clothing, but it also has an abundance of health benefits.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
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.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
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.
Store this natural beauty balm from Medicine Mama's Apothecary somewhere so it's easy to grab. This balm soothes an array of skin woes, so it's fit for travel.
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.
For puffy eyes there’s nothing better than some good old fashioned cucumber.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
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.
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.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension, according to some studies. Make this delicious hibiscus tea recipe to better your health.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.