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!
Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
Green New Year's Eve Party
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
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.
Take charge of the pie selection this holiday season with this herbal twist on a classic persimmon pie.
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.
I made a New Year’s resolution about being really regular with my blog entries.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
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.
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
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.
This simple vegan piecrust can be assembled in minutes.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
At the start of a new year, make a resolution to clear your spice cupboard of old herbs and spices.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
Don't throw away the Peeps left at the bottom of your Easter basket. They're the building blocks of many good projects.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
A new study shows that olive leaf extract may lower blood pressure.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
Try this delicious Nectarine Chutney recipe to savor the fresh flavors of fall.
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.
As climate variability causes coffee yields to shrink and prices to soar, we may need to start looking at alternatives.
This Maple-Mustard Chicken recipe is a one-pan wonder and perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares an inexpensive and easy recipe for yellow pea soup, a low-fat but tasty vegetarian soup.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
Love those little expensive, jars of sun-dried tomatoes? Try this simple technique to make oven-dried tomatoes—a perfect way to preserve your end-of-season harvest.
Polish nails naturally with safe ingredients like Argan oil.
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
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!
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!
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
Growing lettuce and other salad greens is easy when you plant in salad boxes.
Discover the tantalizing and aromatic flavors of teas from around the world with some of our guest blogger's favorite blends.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that is versatile, easy to make at home, and requires no special equipment or ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel sets out to find easy-to-grow indoor plants that she can successfully keep alive with a black thumb.
The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.
The dried fruit and almonds included in Sun-Maid’s Autumn Apple Pie recipe adds a new fiber- and antioxidant-rich twist on this traditional treat.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
Learn more about the peanut butter fruit that could be a part of your fruit garden.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods announces the availability of three new delicious varieties of Pearl Couscous: Whole Wheat, Natural Pearl and Tricolor Pearl Couscous.
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Some of Natural Home’s favorite paint and wallcovering companies get pretty in pink.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
Learn how to make ricotta cheese with guest blogger Pier Jones. For the beginner cheesemaker, ricotta is a surefire confidence builder.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
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
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
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.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore documents the beginnings of her family's organic food garden.
If spring is giving you peas, it's best to eat them right away before their sugars degrade. Here's how to whip them up into a wonderful spring soup.
Columbia University's Earth Institute will hold an informational session on its Sustainability Management program on February 10.
Two electric cars, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, will be released this year. Which would you buy?
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
It's not too late to plant cover crops to increase your garden soil's fertility and enhance garden beauty this winter.
Celebrate Meatless Monday with this sweet, tangy spring risotto.
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.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
Starting seeds indoors is economical, fun, and easy to do for most anyone. Gardening under lights can be as simple or complex, inexpensive or expensive as you desire. Starts can then be planted outdoors in easily accessed containers or raised beds.
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!
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
Weeds may be a pain to pull, but some weeds are edible—and good for your health! Try eating purslane. This weed is full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
The United Nations named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Celebrate this super grain with Alter Eco's Royal Quinoa line.
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial, meaning it takes two years to mature and reproduce. Get your chance to grow parsley from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveawy. Ends April 2, 2012!
Enjoy South Beach food, culture and the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.
Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.
Ann Harvey Yonkers, founder of Washington, D.C.'s FreshFarm Markets co-op, nests eggs in a bed of wilted fresh greens for a delicious meatless summertime brunch or dinner.
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
Don’t just throw away pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Did you know pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious snack? And now you can use them in a fresh basil pesto.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
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.
Herbs can help increase fertility in men and women, but it's not recommended to take fertility drugs and herbs at the same time.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Cooking with basil is fun! Each variety of basil has its own unique flavor and way of enhancing any recipe. One of our guest blogger's favorites is cinnamon basil. Learn how to grow it and cook with it.
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.
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.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
Cool weather means it’s time to cozy up with a bowl of homemade soup. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her favorite soup recipes—and why she loves soup so much.
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
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.
Eating a proper diet will help your body get rid of excess estrogen, the culprit behind PMS symptoms. Prevent cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings by incorporating these five foods into your diet.
A healthy diet plays an important role in healing a peptic ulcer. Try these five foods to relieve pain and naturally treat an ulcer.
Making your own baby food not only saves you money but allows you control over what's in your baby's food. Get started—and find out just how easy it is—with these homemade baby food recipes.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits New York City and discovers the New York Botanical Garden.
With all of the rain, the Lemon Verbena Lady has found the perfect time to prune the herbs in her herb garden.
If there’s a tea aficionado on your gift list this year, look no further than Numi Organic Teas for one-stop shopping.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
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.
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
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.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
Before we go into mourning over the loss of our favorite fresh herb, basil, let's consider these five ways to stretch out our basil harvest.
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.
KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of Soups.
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
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.
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
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.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.
Although Angostura bitters may be short in supply, they're not short on flavor.
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.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
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.
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
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"
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.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Over the holidays someone gave me a jar of Chukar Cherry Salsa, a delectable treat with peaches, jalapenos and cherries, among other wholesome ingredients. Try my recipe for Parmesan Cheese French Toast.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
Patsy Bell Hobson reviews Doug Oster's book, Tomatoes Basil Garlic, which captures the simple pleasures of growing and cooking your garden's most versatile veggies.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
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.
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
Learn about the food sovereignty movement and what it means to you.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
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.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen is loaded with vitamins, minerals and moisturizers.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!
Spring cleaning in the garden, for the Lemon Verbena Lady, begins by examining some of her favorite herbs. Read on as she shares how she's pacing herself this spring.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
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.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
Evidence of fenugreek seeds contaminated with E. coli leads to a recall of teas and dietary supplements in the EU.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
USDA tests have discovered pesticide residue on a large majority of cilantro samples, including products not approved for use on the herb.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
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.
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.
'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.'
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
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.
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
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.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
A summertime symbol, the firefly, is slowly disappearing from nature. Read how you can help prevent this from happening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
These growing strategies will help any beginning herb garden. Discover which herbs are easiest to grow from seed, which are easily propagated from division, and which are easily grown from cuttings.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
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.
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.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
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.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
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.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
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.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
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.
Made from Tagua, Habitus tiles are natural sustainable and suitable for floors or walls.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
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.
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.
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
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.
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.
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.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
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.
Interested in Kate Middleton's elegantly understated royal wedding bouquet? We've got the inside scoop.
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.
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.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
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.
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.
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.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Forbes rates the ten most toxic cities in the United States.
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.
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.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
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.
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 EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
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.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
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 found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
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.
October means it’s time for Breast Cancer Awareness month—and a new onslaught of pinkwashing.
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.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
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!
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!
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
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.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
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.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
The original Coke recipe, a closely-guarded secret, is reportedly built on the distinctive flavors of herbal essential oils.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
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.
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.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions.
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
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.
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.
Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
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.
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.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
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.
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.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
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.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
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.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
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.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
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.
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.
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.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
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.