Choosing the ideal products for your skin type can get complicated. Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine and get a head start on clean skin in 2013 with Elemental Herbology’s NEW Starter Kits.
Erin McIntosh enjoyed a weekend exploring Western holistic medicine at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference located at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, New Mexico.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
Atrazine, a common herbicide that can cause birth defects, washes off crops and lawns and makes its way to our drinking water supply. Atrazine levels in our water supply are highest between the months of April and July, especially in the Midwest.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
Get to know Traditional Community Herbalist Kristine Brown and enter to win a subscription to Herbal Roots Zine, a great resource for teaching kids about herbs!
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, guest blogger Marguerite Dunne made sure she found a wise woman, a root woman and a healer with whom she could discuss the ethnobotany of the area.
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.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
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.
The Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi), also known as the winter cherry, enjoys a library of culinary and medicinal benefits. Here are the answers to some of the questions you have asked about growing this incredible species.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
Erin McIntosh spent a weekend in July filled with community herbalism in the Oregon countryside.
My herbie radar goes into overdrive during this time of year and I’m on the prowl for celebrations of all things herbal. How fortunate to know about the Herb Fest in Beaumont, Texas—my old stompin’ grounds.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
In light of the recent natural disasters in Japan, two woman are asking herbalist to ban together to help protect a few lives and donate herbal supplies for an organization called Herb for Japan.
When the Lemon Verbena Lady visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens during her NYC vacation she quickly learned that timing is everything when it comes to herbal travels.
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.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse Here Sonya gets ready for a busy week of subcontractors for the NewenHouse kit home. The interior of the home is nearing completion!
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
Sonya Newenhouse describes the roof truss system and air-tight barrier between the second floor and the roof for the Passive House NewenHouse Kit Home.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses the southern-facing 17-inch-deep windowsills of her Passive House-certified home to grow seedlings.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated under the slab of the NewenHouse prototype home and the importance of air sealing to achieve Passive House certification.
It's difficult to understand supplements when reputable sources just can't seem to get it right. The NPA recently challenged the Wall Street Journal about an article they published concerning dietary supplements. Read more.
The art of healing our bodies with herbs is a new fascination in Erin McIntosh's life. Learn more about her journey on the path to herbalism.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Look no further! This adorable gift from the garden is inexpensive, easy to make and enriched with sentiment, courtesy of our good friends at Botanical Interests.
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
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.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the super-insulated, sustainable and small NewenHouse kit home she's planning to bring to market in 2012. The prototype, being built in Viroqua Wisconsin, is striving for LEED Platnium and Passive House certifications.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how and why the Passive House conference inspired her to change the NewenHouse kit home's design to meet Passive House certification.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the framing process and how she finds opportunities for borrowed light in the inner walls of the NewenHouse kit home.
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.
Here Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses her southern facing 17 inch deep window sills to grow seedlings. She also notes that their electrical bill for February in the furnace free home was only $11 -- $8 of which was service fees.
Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated the perimeter of her model Passive House slab and installed an EPS foam frost skirt around the slab for cold climate construction.
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.
Sonya Newenhouse discusses some of the issues with synthetic gypsum drywall and documents the steps she will take to avoid electromagnetic fields in her new house.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes moving into the first NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes building the 12-inch remote Larsen Truss wall, which, combined with the OSB air barrier, will create a 16-inch-thick insulated wall system for the NewenHouse kit home.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
There are many different ways to bake with lavender. Try my suggestions for lavender-infused baked goods, beverages and spice mixes, such as the classic combination of Herbes de Provence.
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.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
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.
Columbia University's Earth Institute will hold an informational session on its Sustainability Management program on February 10.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.
Visit an herb festival this season for fun new herbal inspirations.
Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.
Use this gentle facial cleanser from Elemental Herbology in the evening to keep your complexion free of dirt and grime.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s a delightful time to curl up with a stack of gardening books and begin planning next season’s harvest.
I made a New Year’s resolution about being really regular with my blog entries.
All too soon the winter months will be here, which is more reason to explore ways to preserve this vibrant and medicinal food to have on hand all year long.
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
Happy New Year! This year I’m happily going to my friends’ house to ring it in. If you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party this year, start 2010 out right by keeping it green.
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.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe: zallouh. This gnarled root from Syria may boost libido and treat erectile dysfunction.
Find out how to make new friends like blogger Jessy Rushing has done through involvement with her local chapter of The Herb Society of America.
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
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.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
Green New Year's Eve Party
Planting heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds is a great way to help preserve endangered plant varieties--and the planet's very ecosystem.
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
The resin taken from the bark of this tropical tree can help relieve inflammation, stiffness and joint pain.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
When I saw Susan Belsinger's book about roses on the International Herb Association website, I was thrilled. She was kind enough to allow me to share this Rose Vinegar recipe from her "The Roses in Your Vinegar" article.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits New York City and discovers the New York Botanical Garden.
With spring on the way, herb festivals are coming up on the calendar. Are you planning to attend one this spring?
Annual meeting of International Herb Association offers information and support to herb professionals, IHA helps promote herbs and herb businesses.
Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Herbal Remedies resource app. This guide makes herbal health simple by breaking down 20 herbs you should know and 20 health concerns you probably want to know more about.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe. Szechuan buttons are electric-packed flower buds that have numbing properties, giving them the aptly named moniker, the "toothache plant".
I'd love to see "modern" medicine get hip to herbs before they get patented and turned into expensive medicine.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
Herbal immune boosters really work.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
Don't know what to do to be greener in 2009? Here's a few things Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace will be committing or recommitting herself to for the next calendar year.
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
For a barking dog, electric shock collars may do more damage than good. Read what I'm using to rid my dog's bark, without the bite.
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of Soups.
A visit to The Cloisters medieval museum and gardens in New York City reminds the Lemon Verbena Lady just how close gardens an art are related.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
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 more about our new Guide to Healing Herbs resource app. This digital issue contains comprehensive information about growing, cooking and, best of all, healing with herbs in a handy mobile format.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
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.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
Do you understand how herbs work? We profile dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a medicinal Chinese herb with high vitamin and mineral content along with many beneficial phytochemicals.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
The borage plant (Borago officinalis) is a tall herb with hairy foliage, blue starshaped flowers and many useful properties. Whether you use it for healthy, tasty greens, a medicinal herb or a companion plant for your strawberries and tomatoes, you’ll be happy you planted borage.
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
Although Angostura bitters may be short in supply, they're not short on flavor.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Bring Andrea Candee’s Healing Kitchen workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
The Herb Companion is partnering with Poppy Swap, a new online herbal marketplace, to bring you a free herbal product of your choice.
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.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
Vitamin D helps support the immune system and the hormones that regulate mood and sleep.
SheaMoisture looks to help women capture their individuality with The Art of Color.
Sales of antibiotics for domestic food animals increased 6.7 percent in the last year, while meat production increased just 1.3 percent.
Perfect Seasonal Styles with Peter Lamas Naturals’ "Hold Me" and "Repair Me"
A highlighted tour of the 76th annual meeting and Educational Conference of the Herb Society of America.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
The Lemon Verbena Lady talks about some of her favorite sights in Pittsburgh during Christmas, as well as some of her favorite herbs, books and crafts for the holidays.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
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.
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.
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!
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita 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.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
Get inspired with these 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can make to help yourself, humanity, and the planet.
Designed as a shotgun-style house for natural ventilation, the Alligator House was designed and built as part of the rehousing effort in post-Katrina New Orleans.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves a small straw bale house and make do with a few solar panels, they're realizing how little they really need.
At the start of a new year, make a resolution to clear your spice cupboard of old herbs and spices.
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
Apartment Therapy's annual Small Cool contest, featuring homes of less than 1,000 square feet, is a gold mine for smart ideas that make tiny spaces elegant, graceful and liveable.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
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.
A handful of cities has implemented a new service that lets residents stop junk mail. If your city isn't one of them, you have options to keep wasteful, unwanted solicitations and catalogs out of your mailbox.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Blogging about beginner gardening.
On February 21, 2011, herb grower and author Thomas DeBaggio died in his sleep. Learn more about this important herbalist.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Herbs might not be the first thing that come to mind when you start considering ways to save money, but they actually can be a great help in cutting costs while boosting health, flavor and the general deliciousness of life.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
Learn about the food sovereignty movement and what it means to you.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about cilantro. It's bold appeal becomes overwhelming for some. Let's just chalk it all up to genetics.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Used for everything from curing headaches, sores and snakebites to attaining mystical foresight and thwarting bad spirits, white sage is an extremely culturally valuable herb.
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
Tarragon is one of the most mislabled herbs. This spring, go armed to the nursery with a few tidbits to ensure you're getting the plant you want.
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
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.
The latest Herb Society cookbook is by the St. Louis Herb Society. Learn more about it.
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
This herb cupcake is calorie-free and so darn cute!
We found this cute garden decor idea and insist you take a look!
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
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.
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.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
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.
More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.
Give homemade gifts for the ones you love with these herbal crafts for Valentine's Day, including tussie-mussies and potpourri.
The United States Postal Service is set to issue 29-cent Herbs postcard stamps in five designs. Check them out here.
Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.
This year, The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members is being held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.
During day two at The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members we stopped for breakfast at the Centennial herb garden.
A new thyme variety at a local farmers' market inspired one blogger's interest in learning about this versatile herb.
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
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.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
On Thursday, March 10, our friends from the American Botanical Council hosted their annual ABCelebration. During the reception, three important people were recognized for their tremendous work in the herbal industry.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Guest blogger Desiree Bell, explains the difference between herbs and spices once and for all.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
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.
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.
A summertime symbol, the firefly, is slowly disappearing from nature. Read how you can help prevent this from happening.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
People on both coasts of the U.S. are worried about Japan's leaking radiation entering their food supply—but is there really cause for concern?
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
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.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
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.
USDA tests have discovered pesticide residue on a large majority of cilantro samples, including products not approved for use on the herb.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.
Evidence of fenugreek seeds contaminated with E. coli leads to a recall of teas and dietary supplements in the EU.
'Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.'
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
Our standard shampooing practices often leave hair dull and damaged. Benefit from our botanical allies to achieve balance for scalp and hair by using natural herbal rinses.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
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.
The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.
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.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
The Lemon Verbena Lady makes a visit to an herbal Peruvian clinic & botanical garden in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
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.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.
Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
It wouldn't be fall without apple pie, cobblers, dumplings, baked apples and my favorite—apple crisp. But don't limit yourself to apple desserts. Create savory apple dishes with the help of these delicious herbs.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
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.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
These tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News, published in 1970, will make your housekeeping more enjoyable and efficient. Mother has always known best.
Grow a balcony herb garden to reap the many benefits of herbs while living in the city.
Consider these garden planning tips for beginners before jumping in to gardening.
Celebrate your favorite actors, movies and television programs at home with great food, flavorful herbs and complimentary wines.
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Starting a worm composting system from your kitchen scraps is easy – and what better time to discover the disturbing art, than the Halloween season? Read what you can do with 8,000 red wigglers …
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
Herb Society of America meets in Boston June 26-28 to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. Keynote speaker Holly Shimizu urges members to advocate for plants.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
The Herb Society of America hosted an open house to celebrate its newly constructed headquarters in Kirkland, Ohio. Check out the photos.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey with this recipe, adapted from "The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook."
This spring garden festival will provide herb enthusists with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and more, all grown from local farms and greenhouses.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
This year at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, three new natural products stood out from the rest in the event's annual "Best of the West." Discover a new way to soothe the skin with ozonated oil, a new dipable snack option for kids, and new product to help you fall asleep faster.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Many of Cynthia's plants, such as bluebonnet and Kaffir lime, had a difficult battle during the winter. They are now blooming in her early spring garden.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
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.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
If you heard me on Martha Stewart Radio this morning, I talked about healing burns with herbs, calendula, and getting enough sleep during the holidays. Curious about some of the topics I talked about? Here are links to more information about these topics.
With fall rain comes weedy crops. Learn more about Texas rain and it what it's doing to Herb Companion reader, Cynthia Meredith's, garden.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
The best herbs for fall, and the most commonly grown, are cilantro, dill, arugula and chervil, along with the edible flowers of calendula, violets and nasturtiums
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tries a new vegan, natural lip balm from Herbs of Grace.
Ten years ago the Lemon Verbena looked for big herbs that would take up space but still add a punch to the herb garden. Here are the results, ten years later.
Our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs have been named the 2008 Green Business of the Year in Coop America’s People’s Choice competition. We offer them our heartiest congratulations.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
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.
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits Jekka McVicar's Herb Farm outside of Bristol, England during Herb Farm Open Days in early September.
Learn more about Salvia coccinea, also known as hummingbird sage or autumn sage, due to its great show of fall flowers. It's a beautiful, ornamental herb that you'll treasure forever.
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.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
Beware of certain produce if you're pregnant. Some pesticides may affect your growing child.
A new report from Food Safety News finds that up to one-third of all honey in the U.S. is illegally imported from China and possibly contaminated with antibiotics and lead.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
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.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Interested in Kate Middleton's elegantly understated royal wedding bouquet? We've got the inside scoop.
Citing breaches of contract and “good faith,” Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut has announced that it is cutting ties with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), no longer allowing the branch to certify Passive Houses in the U.S.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
Sweet Beginnings, an urban apiary on an undeveloped strip of land near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, provides employment to former convicts and produces raw honey and a line of all-natural honey-based skincare products.
RSVP for the Bee-a-thon on July 16 to learn about the role of bees in our lives and what we can do about the challenges they face today.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Women with greater fiber intake are 11 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Many Americans don’t get enough fiber every day, so here are a few ways to add more fiber to your diet.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt consumption and still have delicious herbal meals.
Going to be in the Seattle area the first weekend in June? Then join us at the Mother Earth News Fair, a fun, family-friend event focused on sustainability.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
Misunderstanding of the “use-by” or “sell-by” date on products (not the same as an expiration date) leads to tons of food waste each year.
Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I share a bit of the history of chai including hints for making the perfect cup.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
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.
Michelle Obama's new organic White House vegetable garden is the first of its kind since World War II. I spoke with a friend who was at the scene as students from a local elementary school broke ground Friday, which was the first day of spring. Find out what the new "First Herbs of the United States" are.
Made from Tagua, Habitus tiles are natural sustainable and suitable for floors or walls.
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.
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.
The dandelion is one of the most hated weeds in America, but also the mostly widely used wild green in the world. Learn how this herb was used historically, how it can treat many ailments, such as liver diseases and eczema, and how to make a dandelion omelet.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
Light up your Valentine's Day with all natural, herbal homemade candles.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Find even more aromatherapy crafts for the holidays in this second post from the Lemon Verbena Lady.
Relieve stress, boost spirits and get relaxed with these aromatherapy crafts for the holidays, including an herbal bath bag and a simmering citrus potpourri.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
It was once stated by ethnobotanist Melvin Gilmore that echinacea was used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, and it's not hard to understand why. The history behind this versatile coneflower is rich in remedies and medicinal uses. Read on to learn more about the history of echinacea.
Organique by Himalaya, a line of pure personal care products made by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, received the NPA Natural Standard Seal on all 20 products.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Rishi Tea will be donating a portion of its sales from its Organic Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization.
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.
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
Garden walks, wooded paths, natural sandy beaches and glacial lake waters abundant in restorative and healing minerals provide an experience not to be missed at Minnesota's Grand View Lodge.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
I wish you could experience the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Blooming wisteria drapes over rows of trellised classical columns and flowering fruit trees shimmer in the breeze.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Fight common ailments with these seven herbs for health and wellness.
The Lemon Verbena Lady describes her 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Loire Valley in France and shares her search for unusual herbs.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.
Try these herbal remedies to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Essential Oils really are properly named! But do you know all the ways to use them? 19 tips and tricks you can use for an essentially wonderful life.
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
You can make these pickles with cucumbers or a plethora of other fresh vegetables plucked from your own garden or farmers' market, including summer squash, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions and more.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
Fennel is the perfect herb for the gourmet cook who loves to grow special ingredients. It requires some attention to blanching, mounding soil around the growing basal bulb to keep it white and tender, but is well worth the extra effort.
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.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
Watch out for these three common technique mistakes in your garden this spring.
Everybody’s looking for the cure to cancer. When will it be found and where will it come from? A new herb has recently emerged as a possible new treatment for cancer. If you’ve never heard of guinea hen weed, read this now.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
The Lemon Verbena Lady and her Herbal Companion celebrated Herbfest and the 2011 Herb of the Year, horseradish, at The Village Herb Shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This was an herbal destination not to be missed.
Milk thistle, which has a long history of safe and effective medicinal use dating back thousands of years, is medicinally valued for supporting healthy liver function.
Until this year our newest guest blogger thought loofahs were a sea sponge. Wrong! While visiting California she came across The Luffa Farm in Nipomo, California. Discover what's so great about growing a luffa gourd!
Ponca City, Oklahoma, gathering draws more than 20,000 visitors.
Enjoy an herb garden no matter where you live or the time of the year by starting your own indoor garden system. With these starter tools it is simpler than ever.
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.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
The Guerilla Gardener finds that his downtown Kansas City guerilla garden has been vandalized. Find out his next plan of action to keep fresh herbs and vegetables growing in downtown Kansas City.
When you are overwhelmed by the big picture or aggressive herbs take over, focus on smaller herbal vignettes.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
The fireweed plant is a showy herb native to the northern hemisphere. Use it to make a deliciously sweet Fireweed Jelly or a tea useful in treating constipation.
NOTE We never trade products for mentions in our blogs or our published magazine. We do receive free samples and will mention them only if we like the product or find it especially effective. A few years ago a friend
Enter the Go Solar Giveaway Sweepstakes for a chance to win a solar powered hot water system valued at over $10,000.
Got Hosta, Day Lilies or maybe some old records you’re not using? Recycle them in these fun, easy-to-make decorations, perfect for a Horrific Halloween!
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.
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Forbes rates the ten most toxic cities in the United States.
Mountain Rose Herbs new line of Epicurean Organic seasoning blends are worth a try. The Herbs De Provence and the West Indies Rub are wonderful for seasoning prawns and most seafood.
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.
Use your old garden and herb calendars to craft colorful envelopes and stationery. Also, try some of their old recipes, like this St. John's Wort And Lavender Cream.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her travels to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, an apothecary herb garden in the heart of London.
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.
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
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.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Bee balm tea is difficult to come across, but has an array of health benefits.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
Herbal Choice Mari’s vegan, organic, natural hand and body lotions are naturally scented with plant-based oils.
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.
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.
If there’s a tea aficionado on your gift list this year, look no further than Numi Organic Teas for one-stop shopping.
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Take a trip across the pond with the Lemon Verbena Lady to discover a 300-year-old garden.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
Try these three delicious herbal iced tea recipes to cool off this summer in our second part blog about tea.
The Herb Channeler visits the Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and finds a movable herbal feast among the trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Combat insomnia with these herbal sleep aids.
Welcome the holidays with two flavorful Thanksgiving herbs. Use lovage in our recipe for Cream of Carrot and Lovage Soup, and sage in our recipe for a delicious Feta-Sage Cornbread.
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.
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elderberry, Echinacea, green tea, oregano and garlic are my favorite natural remedies for treating and preventing illness.
Perfect for spring, this pasta dish can be made with the spring herbs that are popping up in your garden or market and a little leftover wine (either red or white will do).
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
In Texas, it has warmed up considerably, it's had plenty of rain and, best of all, the gardens are flourishing. See what's going on in Cynthia's Texas garden this month.
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.
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.
These three herbal staples treat acne, treat eczema and reduce inflammation.
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
During her England vacation, the Lemon Verbena lady visited with Jekka McVicar and enjoyed front row seats during one of her hands-on herbal lessons.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
Oregon's Wild Harvest Immuni Tea is packed full of many beneficial medicinal herbs that can help with the prevention and treatment of dozens of ailments from constipation to headache relief.
There's more to your zodiac sign than you may think. Embrace your sign with these zodiac-related herbs.
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.
Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
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.
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.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
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.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
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.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
According to the Okinawan diet, those who eat fewer calories just might live longer. Dr. Amber French discusses this study and analyzes how cutting 20 percent of your daily calorie intake might help you lose weight stave off age-related disease.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
Diethyl phthalate is an ingredient used in many body care products that guest blogger Dawn has concern with. Learn how to use a costemic safety database to find out if your cosmetics are safe or include harmful ingredients.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
The original Coke recipe, a closely-guarded secret, is reportedly built on the distinctive flavors of herbal essential oils.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
October means it’s time for Breast Cancer Awareness month—and a new onslaught of pinkwashing.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
A new study shows that olive leaf extract may lower blood pressure.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
Kroger recently recalled select pet food brands from 19 states. Learn how to protect your pets from contaminants found in store-bought pet food by making your own.
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
Mother Earth News Radio recently interviewed Jim May, the first person to bring Stevia rebaudioside into the United States. Stevia is known most for its naturally sweet leaves. Listen to the interview here.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Wrigley, a giant in the chewing gum industry, has received approval from the FSA to use magnolia bark extract in future products.
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
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.
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.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has been enjoying the 2012 Herb of the Year, the rose, in her garden. In this post, she shares her five favorite roses and instructions for how to make a delectable Rose Petal Jam.
Herbs contan antioxidants and other helpful properties that can improve memory, boost cognitive function and keep your brain in shape as you age.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants? Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
You'll be happy with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in your flower or herb garden border. It's an easy-to-grow herb to use for cooking and herbal remedies.
Gardening is for everyone, even those with disabilities who think they are unable to. The problem to overcome is how to adapt and make adjustments so hyou can grow your own organic vegetables and herbs.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
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.
With all of the rain, the Lemon Verbena Lady has found the perfect time to prune the herbs in her herb garden.
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
In the summer of 2008, one guest blogger started reading Rosemary’s Sampler, an herb blog by two of her two favorite sisters from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to start writing her own blog: Lemon Verbena Lady’s Herb Garden.
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.
One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.
I've had little opportunity to actually test live plants in my tenure with The Herb Companion. So, when DutchGardens.com sent me some of their beautiful tulip and hyacinth varieties, I was excited and impressed! See some results in this photo-blog!
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
Tie your home to nature with these three seasonal centerpiece ideas from Pinterest. Your Thanksgiving dinner table will thank you.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
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.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.
Our guest blogger from Texas, Cynthia Meredith, cleans out her herb beds to make way for thyme, chamomile, lovage and other herb plants.
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
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.
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
Alcohol-based infusions are wonderful for deglazing the skillet after searing a steak or piece of chicken, or you can drizzle them on ice cream for a grown-up dessert.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
In Costa Rica, all the elements are in place for a Slow Food revolution. Check out the organic bounty--and enjoy a delicious gourmet take on a traditional native dish.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
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.
Some foods can help you get better sleep. Try these tips to fight insomnia with natural sleep aids.
Join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she visits some community gardens in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to get you ready for this year's gardening season.
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
Although most of us would love a lush landscape or garden, in reality, few of us have the time, space or other resources available to maintain one. Whether you’re short on space or short on time, these small space garden
Once you have this herb in your garden, you will never be without cutting leaf celery. It's a perfect container plant to grow close by the kitchen door.
The Lemon Verbena Lady gets you organized for fall clean up and ready for spring planting. There are lots of herbal seed and plant catalog choices as well.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Prairie Essence Herbal Garden Lip Balm, a natural lip balm made from a blend of rosemary and herb essential oils.
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!
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.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
Cool off with a glass of refreshing iced tea with the Mother Earth Living Editors’ Picks of the best iced tea varieties for summer.
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.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
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.
Turmeric, a curcumin-containing spice commonly used in Indian curry, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to cure a number of ailments. Discover the health benefits of turmeric!
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
Sodas cause abnormal weight gain and are laced with unpleasant ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and BPA. Need a reason to stop drinking soda? We’ll give you six.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
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.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
Sit back with your favorite herbal beverage and join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she travels from Canada to Europe and back to the United States visiting gardens and checking items off her herbal bucket list.
Lemon Verbena Lady continues her exploration of Shakespeare and the herbal flowers and herbs from his plays for a reader of The Herb Channeler. Also she updates some additional seed catalogs.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
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.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares more about her experience at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a popular flower show in the United Kingdom. Here she discusses which of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens were her favorites.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.