Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
Simply Organic Black Pepper is now available in a reusable tin that features a triple-use closure that allows users to sprinkle, spoon or pour the pepper.
Find happiness in the tub with Kneipp’s all-natural Pure Bliss Collection, made with essential oils of red poppy and hemp to relax the body.
Follow a young environmental enthusiast through daily and long-term changes.
Despite the worldwide increase in environmentally friendly lifestyles, the United States still ranks as one of the least eco-friendly consumer societies. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares ways to green your habits.
Growing invasive peppermints is not always a bad thing!
These five apps for modern gardeners are designed to help you get the best out of your cultivated garden.
Save money and stay chic with these recessionista style tips from Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Robyn shows you how to creatively reuse old shirts to dress up a bottle of wine and how to save money by having clothing swap parties.
Looser standards and self-certification have led to a market flooded with Energy Star appliances—many with questionable qualifications.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence lists some eco-friendly ideas for future Cash for Clunkers programs.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares what she's learned about the challenges of mass producing eco-friendly products that meet our own tough criteria.
Our “needs” for the latest gadgets elevates our energy consumption, even with the onslaught of energy-efficient appliances and consumer electronics in recent years.
‘Tis the season to shop for green gifts—here’s how.
When jalapenos take over, what’s a rookie gardener to do? Dry ’em, freeze ’em, smoke ’em, and more.
Cocoa supplements can be a great way to protect your heart and ward off many heart and age-related diseases.
Editorial intern Andrea Olsen finds environmentally friendly, recycled-paper notebooks that don’t scrimp on style.
Check out these eight household uses for apple cider vinegar.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz searches for the greenest school supplies.
Green your back to school shopping with Pentel’s Recycology line, featuring pens and pencils made from recycled plastic.
Get maximum flavor and brilliant color in a small garden space with peppers.
The GoodGuide, a website and iPhone application, offers consumers comprehensive reviews of the health, environmental and social impacts of more than 75,000 products.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace confesses her eco-sins.
PriscillaWoolworth.com makes conscious shopping easier by selling a variety of green household products and fair trade items from around the world.
Remember to look for these key words when buying good, green gifts.
The average American family spends around $18,000 each year on goods and services. This holiday season, these are the questions we’re asking before we plunk down our own hard-earned dollars.
Thinking about finishing up your holiday shopping online? Make sure to check out Earth Moment, a portal that will offset the carbon emitted by your purchase—at no extra cost. Also check out these websites—some of our staff favorites.
Bulk food sales rose 15 percent in 2009 and are expected to keep growing through 2010. That will keep a lot of packing out of the landfill.
This holiday season give yourself and your loved ones the gift of natural mood enhancement, improved skin, nails and hair, and overall kidney support with Canfo Natural Products NoWorries, BeautifyMe and NoStone.
Eco luxury brand VivaTerra kicks off Home for the Holidays, a 25-day/25-products half-off shopping spree featuring some of their most popular items from the year.
Check out these 6 amazing green apps designed to make the planet a better place.
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Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
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.
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.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
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.
Learn how to be happier at home with these simple living tips.
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson discovers the Apple Recycling Program, which is perfect for her aging PowerBook G4 Apple laptop.
Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts—and reassurance that they're buying green—through GreenDeals.
Carrotmob, a project of Virgance, a company that organizes activism campaigns, works to create social change by rewarding green businesses through consumer buying. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about this innovative activism group.
The Fair Tracing Project’s digital tracking technology supports fair trade by providing a stream of information to consumers.
Americans equate products made in the USA with sustainability and often choose American-made products over other options, a study finds.
'Tis the season for dry chapped lips. Did you know that your lips do not have oil glands? Because of this, it’s very important to make sure they are protected especially if you plan on being outdoors in harsh weather or wind. Discover what helps chapped lips.
Americans are tired of cheap, built-to-fail products made overseas. We want products we can pass down through generations. Slow Consumption, with its call for a return to “heirloom design,” could be our ticket out.
Check what products and companies use animal testing with PETA’s “Be Nice to Bunnies” iPhone app.
Home design apps for smart phones and iPads make visualizing your dream home even easier.
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.
Keep delectable baked apples moist by wrapping them in parchment paper before baking.
Upcycled clothing company Looptwork abandons the traditional clothing-manufacturing model to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories repurposing abandoned materials .
Soothe and relax achy limbs with four different Kneipp Arnica products that are ideal for use when feeling sore or after strenuous activities.
The NeoCell line of nutricosmetics is designed to nourish the body with essential healthy nutrients to enhance beauty from the inside out.
Give your immune system a boost with Berries for Life BerryImmune supplement, which combines the powers of elderberry, cranberry and beta-glucan.
Want to learn more about aromatherapy? There's an app for that!
Peppermint, one of the most widely known mints in North America, can be distilled to extract its essential oil. Use this oil to soothe indigestion, sore throats and much more.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
Napoleon Fireplaces provides some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the winter season.
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove narrows down her choices of Energy Star-rated appliances for her LEED-certified home in Tennessee.
If you don’t get enough healthy bacteria in your diet, consider high-quality supplements.
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
This Thanksgiving I am treating myself to a local, great tasting, eco-friendly turkey, thanks to my CSA farmer.
Garden Girl’s Zippity Do Dah Peppermint Foot Cream packs a light punch when it comes to refreshing and invigorating your feet.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
The Guerilla Gardener continues his mission with Operation Slippery Slope in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jessica offers her top tips for shopping for used and antique home furnishings.
Health care providers in Madison, Wisconsin, have teamed up with community-supported agriculture groups to provide rebates for buying local produce.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
Jayne-Young resurrects antique copper pots as lighting fixtures with old-world charm.
Jessica discusses whether going green is more than just feeling good about the stuff we buy, and chats about the "virtual global marketplace" she uses to help make wise shopping decisions.
EcoSmart's new line of natural bed bug repellents can prevent the pests from hitching a ride home with you.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
Serve this easy-to-make caramelized onion-tomato focaccia bread as an appetizer or side to soups and salads.
This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."
An easy appetizer and party favorite, baked garlic with rosemary and blue cheese tastes great spread on slices of crusty baguette.
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
Drizzled with sweet pepper sauce, hearty cauliflower steaks are full of robust flavor.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
Home sick for the day, Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren tests the effectiveness of natural home remedies for nasal congestion, sore throat and aching muscles.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
Plantiva’s botanical-based immune supplement ImmuneDx combines the power of ginseng, Stephania and other herbs to protect the immune system.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
Deliciously cool off this summer with these naturally-sweetened chocolate ice cream toppings made with fair trade cocoa.
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies helps parents find safer and affordable school supplies for their children.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Want to improve your memory? These natural memory enhancers can help you out: ginkgo biloba, magenisum, blueberry juice, rhodiola and fish oil.
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.
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.
As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with these natural insect repellents.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
The Total Omega Orange-Cream Swirl from Barlean’s Organic Oils combines flaxseed oil, borage seed oil and fish oil to provide a balanced source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Better yet? Its sweet orange-cream flavor makes taking your daily supplements fun!
Give the grocery store a rest and try some fresh local food options. Check out the nearest farmer's market, or look into joining a CSA.
A well-known member of the mint family, peppermint has been used since ancient times to treat a number of ailments, including upset stomachs, skin irritations and more.
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Combat insomnia with these herbal sleep aids.
MegaFood’s line of immunity-boosting supplements, including vitamin D3, a daily multivitamin and a probiotics blend, support good immune health.
The most popular supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10. Learn more about their health advantages.
Packed with antioxidants and other healthy substances, apples boast a variety of health benefits, giving credence to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews peppermint natural lip balm from EO.
Guest blogger Mike Samsel provides an overview on how the iPad and new apps relating to home automation can help you save energy through better control of heating and cooling, lights, window coverings, irrigation and security systems.
My favorite grocery store is the healthiest, how about yours?
Double up on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey by pairing the two in our recipe for switchel, an ancient drink that quenches thirst and naturally boosts energy.
The Herb Companion is partnering with Poppy Swap, a new online herbal marketplace, to bring you a free herbal product of your choice.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
We're still frosting in Kansas but the herbs have gone on sale, and I'm happy to report that even though times are tough I'm keeping our nurseries in business. Chocolate mint, pineapple sage and lemon thyme are just a few of the herbs I've added so far this spring.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
Turn your backyard into a bird-watching hub by learning how to attract birds to your yard.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
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.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
The Organic Exchange released the 2007-2008 Organic Cotton Market Reports—and the top 10 list contains a few surprises. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about these organic cotton retailers.
Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
In a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood, residents are getting off the grass. They're donating their front yards to a community organization that grows enough fruits and vegetable on the former lawns to feed 50 families. Now, that's local food.
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.
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
Handmade from start to finish, Michelle Prosek’s jazzy art glass adds an eco-modern element to any room. Find her unique glass art in her Etsy shop.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
This gluten-free butternut squash soup is sweet, spicy and satisfying.
Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.
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.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
Please your spicier side with Muir Glen's recipe for savory Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers.
Ecoike creator Faith Moser shares a healthy, easy and family-friendly muffin recipe!
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
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!
If you're looking for a fruity cookie that's also high in fiber, look no further than this delicious recipe for Whole-Grain Apple Blueberry Granola Cookies, courtesy Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods.
Rejuvenate sun-drenched skin with soothing Almond Blossom products from Kneipp.
Have a headache? Instead of reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen, try one of these natural remedies for headache relief: lavender, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, feverfew or willow bark.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
Seeking out social support, whether from friends and family, a support group or talk therapy, can help overcome depression as part of a natural treatment plan.
Suffering from the pain of swimmer’s ear? Try one of these natural home remedies to treat your case of swimmer’s ear.
Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!
Naturally cleanse your body with fruits, vegetables and other foods that fortify the liver, bind to toxins and help remove impurities from your body.
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
Is your scalp littered with ugly white dandruff flakes? Skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.
Toss this lotion from Benecos Natural Beauty in your purse for well-moisturized hands wherever you are.
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.
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.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.
With all of the rain, the Lemon Verbena Lady has found the perfect time to prune the herbs in her herb garden.
One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.
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.
Made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled steel, based on Prius engineering, with a gray water system and a living roof, this Mojave Desert residence and workplace is a prototype for low-cost prefab kit houses everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
Four new all-natural whole grain granolas from Bob’s Red Mill offer hearty options for a healthy diet.
Keep things sexy with all-natural, non-toxic ‘XTC Get Wet,’ the first personal lubricant of its kind.
Warts, which are caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), can take years to disappear without treatment. Make your warts disappear in record time with these natural remedies!
Relieve pain, reduce inflammation and treat cases of otitis media and otitis externa (swimmer’s ear) with these natural remedies for ear infections.
Diarrhea is an uncomfortable condition. Find relief with these natural home remedies for diarrhea.
Get in the mood with natural libido boosters, aphrodisiac spices and exercises to get your blood pumping!
Next time you need a boost of energy, put down the caffeinated beverage and pick up one of these natural remedies for boosting energy.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
Age spots are a sure sign of getting older. Prevent or reduce the appearance of age spots with these natural home remedies!
Omega-3s are important to brain health, reduce inflammation and are essential to reducing risk of chronic diseases. Boost your intake of this essential nutrient by turning to these good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Explore the many health benefits of cauliflower, from cancer prevention to digestive support.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares money-saving secrets learned from years of shopping secondhand.
A National Restaurant Association survey found that serving more local food tops chefs expected trends for 2012! Keep you home diet seasonal and local, too, with this vegetarian recipe featuring winter vegetables.
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
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.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
Third-party certifications are extremely helpful. While you’re out shopping, look for the following logos.
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
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.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
One guest blogger's special, original recipe prevents illness and quickly helps recover from, or completely ward off, colds, flu and other malaise.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
Inflammation and the loss of cartilage cause severe pain in arthritis sufferers. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain with these eight natural and herbal remedies.
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.
High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and other major problems. Reduce yours with these six foods to lower cholesterol naturally.
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.
John Masters Organics Shine On keeps your hair soft and shiny.
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.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
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.