Summer Harvest Guide
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Here is the ideal guide for architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, facility managers, and building owners for understanding the project certification process for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.
The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.
A ForestEthics report calls out the American Forest and Paper Association-backed Sustainable Forestry Initiative label for not protecting forests.
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
Beat the heat and try this summer-friendly Lemon Verbena Jelly recipe.
Fresh basil, cilantro and parsley give this cold, tangy tomato soup fresh summertime flavor. You can make enough soup to feed a crowd in minutes. Enjoy!
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt consumption and still have delicious herbal meals.
The U.S. Green Building Council singles out the Forest Stewardship Council as the only trusted wood certifier.
The world's largest garden yields an abundance of fruits and vegetables, some easily recognized, others, a new experience! A mystery herb appeared in our box of organic vegetables this week. What in the world is stevia?
This cooling French tarragon-infused drink can help you quickly beat the summer heat.
Reap the benefits of parsley with this Parsley potato salad, a delicious addition to any summer meal.
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
Not often in this life do we get to experience perfection—and to know at the time that we are. Recently, I had an absolutely, unabashedly, undeniably perfect evening, complete with family, friends, fabulous food, good wine and an impeccable setting.
This honey-lavender ice cream recipe is a delicious cure to hot summer afternoons.
This smooth dessert recipe is brightly sweet and refreshing, a perfect break from the heat of the day. Try it with fresh mint or lavender and a hint of cinnamon.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove considers rainwater cistern options for harvesting rainwater at her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED standards.
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season? Check out these 30 awesome eco-friendly gift ideas!
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
Let this close up look at a festive table setting inspire your Thanksgiving harvest feast!
Bring a little autumn cheer into your home with these fun fall decoration tips.
Made from recycled aluminum and stainless steel, MasterShield Gutter Protection can protect gutters from falling debris and inclement weather and can earn a home LEED points.
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
Practice food safety with summer grilling tips.
You should try the Lemon Verbena Lady's version of a Certo recipe for Herbed Garlic Jelly.
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore harvests her first round of fresh spinach from the garden to bring to the dinner table.
Use this simple recipe to preserve fresh tomatoes as freezable stewed tomatoes.
Celebrate the significance of the autumnal equinox with these harvest recipes.
Learn to craft herbal medicine at home or in the wild using the folk method. This informative and useful guide provides helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for making tinctures the traditional way.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
Sangria is the perfect summertime libation for a thirsty crowd. Fresh fruits and herbs combine with wine and liqueur for a colorful, festive 'punch' that packs a punch.
Soul singer John Legend has teamed up with environmental group Reverb to make his summer tour eco-friendly.
Get outside and enjoy nature this season with our ideas for fun summer activities.
Chlorine has been linked to skin and eye irritation, and now asthma. Take these steps to help prevent chlorine’s negative effects on the body.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
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.
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.
Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
When my former boss suggested we photograph my annual summer solstice party, I quietly panicked and then got busy. Borrow some of our ideas for celebrating the longest day of the year--lavishly or lazily.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
No party is complete without cake, and this delicious Sunshine Cake has been the crowning glory of every Summer Solstice party I’ve ever thrown. Sharon Kebschull Barrett, one of my favorite herbal chefs, developed this recipe for her 1999 book Desserts from an Herb Garden (one of my bibles). Lemony, with a surprising hint of rosemary, this cake just tastes like summer—and the bright yellow color celebrates the sun.
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
Guest blogger, Kathy, loves summer because she gets to enjoy canning pickles, which is one of her favorite pastimes.
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
Spice up classic picnic recipes with herbs from your own garden.
A recipe for Charred Tomato Salsa–you can dip more than just chips in this flavorful summer dip.
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.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares some natural treatments you can use to care for your sunburn this summer.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest natural shampoo from luxurious beauty company Caudalie.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
For a healthy alternative, try these low-fat and herb-filled summer sausage recipes.
Fire up the grill with these four delicious herbs. Also see some great grilling recipes.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares a variety of organic beers and tips on how to green your beer drinking.
Keep your home cool without air conditioning! Try these five ways to lower your home’s temperature—and utiliy bills—naturally.
This recipe is great for summer picnics because it doesn't use mayonnaise.
Summer is heating up! Discover how you can cut costs, lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint all while beating the hot summer sun.
The Hawaiian summer sun is relentless and can leave you with achy sunburns. Fortunately aloe vera naturally soothes burns and leaves your skin feeling soft.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Going meatless is a breeze when corn is at its late-summer best and the garden is bursting with squashes. Southwestern calabacitas is a delicious, hearty summer stew that makes the most of this bountiful season.
It's not too late to start or expand your garden this summer! Plant sun-loving herbs, vegetables and flowers for a strong harvest and bright blooms.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares tips for greening your summer charcoal barbecue parties.
Guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews organic cotton and bamboo luxury blanket company Yumi & Laurie. Find out more details on Yumi & Laurie’s current 50 percent off sale!
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.
Celebrate the end of National Berry Month with this recipe for cod with bluberry-mango salsa. Sweet and spicy, this recipe is sure to become a summertime favorite!
Iced tea pops make fun treats for hot summer days, only they are healthy for the whole family, totally customizable, and packed with herbal goodness you won’t find in store freezers.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
Guest blogger Gail Hermenau, garden manager for Planting Hope in Delaware, shares her stuffed squash blossoms recipe.
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
Because The Herbal Husband is originally from Peru, we like to have tropical plants in our garden. The nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of our favorites. Try my three favorite nasturtium recipes.
Riding the body of toxins is the key to maintaing a healthy complexion. These herbs work from the inside to rid your skin of pimples, wrinkles and rashes.
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
Beat the heat with these mint-infused beverages.
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
The recent trend towards e-readers may cut back on environmental impact, but they also take away the tangible qualities of reading a book.
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.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
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.
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.
Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen is loaded with vitamins, minerals and moisturizers.