Sage and Basil Apple Tart
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
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.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.
Check out these eight household uses for apple cider vinegar.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
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.
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.
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!
Ecoike creator Faith Moser shares a healthy, easy and family-friendly muffin recipe!
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson discovers the Apple Recycling Program, which is perfect for her aging PowerBook G4 Apple laptop.
Keep delectable baked apples moist by wrapping them in parchment paper before baking.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
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!
Some foods can help you get better sleep. Try these tips to fight insomnia with natural sleep aids.
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.
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!
The benefits of sage essential oil are endless—it can be used as a home remedy for dandruff, an herbal acne treatment, a natural stress reliever and more.
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.
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.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
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.”
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.
Take charge of the pie selection this holiday season with this herbal twist on a classic persimmon pie.
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.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Sometimes, when people hear what a fan I am of herbal medicine, they immediately decide that this means I’m NOT in favor of Western, high-tech medicine. If you could see my bandaged paw today, you’d see that this is not the case at all.
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
Ponca City, Oklahoma, gathering draws more than 20,000 visitors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This gluten-free butternut squash soup is sweet, spicy and satisfying.
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.
Naturally cleanse your body with fruits, vegetables and other foods that fortify the liver, bind to toxins and help remove impurities from your body.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
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.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
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.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
A night in turns culinary delight with delicious pumpkin sage risotto made with local pumpkin and homegrown sage.
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
Lemon Verbena Lady has many herbal favorites in the herb garden. The sages were particularly beautiful this season. See some of her favorite salvias and try a recipe for your holiday dinners using the sage that is popular for Thanksgiving.
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.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
Suffering from the pain of swimmer’s ear? Try one of these natural home remedies to treat your case of swimmer’s ear.
Four new all-natural whole grain granolas from Bob’s Red Mill offer hearty options for a healthy diet.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
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.
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.
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.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
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.
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!
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.
Age spots are a sure sign of getting older. Prevent or reduce the appearance of age spots with these natural home remedies!
The United States Postal Service is set to issue 29-cent Herbs postcard stamps in five designs. Check them out here.
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
I had one of the best pork chops of my life last night, thanks to a homegrown hog and Nancy, also known to our blog friends as The Lemon Verbena Lady.
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
Standing true to its motto, “Free yourself of harmful chemicals,” Onesta Hair Care is a promising new natural shampoo and hair care line.
Gardener’s All Natural Hand Balm with Shea Butter by SunFeather Natural Soap Company ($9) is a delectable combination of olive oil and shea butter scented with lavender, lemon and ginger essential oils.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
When you are overwhelmed by the big picture or aggressive herbs take over, focus on smaller herbal vignettes.
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.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
Watch for beneficial ladybugs the next time you rid your garden of tansy. The Lemon Verbena Lady shares pictures and a short story about tansy, russian sage and ladybugs in her herb garden.
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.
One of my favorite herbs from Hort Couture is Salvia officinalis ‘La Crema’, a fragrant, variegated sage that is currently thriving in my Zone 6 garden. Learn more about this brand with style.
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.
High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and other major problems. Reduce yours with these six foods to lower cholesterol naturally.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
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.
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
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!
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.
In the first of this series, we test out a hydroponics growing kit by planting lettuce and herbs indoors under the lights of a Worm's Way hydroponics system.
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.
Explore fresh herb flavors and mouth-watering recipes with this recommended cookbook.
One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.
I read cookbooks like some people read mystery novels or the latest steamy romance. The object of my affections this month is Everyday Flexitarian: Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-lovers Alike, by Nettie Cronish and Pat Crocker.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Commercial toothpastes and gels are not the only way to keep your mouth and teeth fresh and clean. Try these home remedies for healthy teeth and gums without the risky chemicals.
Herbs contan antioxidants and other helpful properties that can improve memory, boost cognitive function and keep your brain in shape as you age.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
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.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
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.
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
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.
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.
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.
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.