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Summer Harvest Guide





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7/15/2013
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!
6/18/2010
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
6/15/2011
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).
6/24/2010
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.
2/1/2011
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.
11/23/2010
A ForestEthics report calls out the American Forest and Paper Association-backed Sustainable Forestry Initiative label for not protecting forests.
4/21/2011
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
7/27/2010
Beat the heat and try this summer-friendly Lemon Verbena Jelly recipe.
7/7/2011
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!
4/18/2012
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.
2/24/2011
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.
12/8/2010
The U.S. Green Building Council singles out the Forest Stewardship Council as the only trusted wood certifier.
8/4/2010
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?
7/20/2010
This cooling French tarragon-infused drink can help you quickly beat the summer heat.
7/26/2011
Reap the benefits of parsley with this Parsley potato salad, a delicious addition to any summer meal.
5/18/2011
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
8/19/2009
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.
6/6/2011
This honey-lavender ice cream recipe is a delicious cure to hot summer afternoons.
6/17/2011
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.
12/10/2014
Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season? Check out these 30 awesome eco-friendly gift ideas!
1/15/2010
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.
6/21/2011
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.
4/25/2012
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
5/12/2011
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
11/17/2014
Bring a little autumn cheer into your home with these fun fall decoration tips.
11/20/2014
Let this close up look at a festive table setting inspire your Thanksgiving harvest feast!
8/10/2011
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.
11/30/2011
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!
8/4/2011
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
8/22/2013
Use this simple recipe to preserve fresh tomatoes as freezable stewed tomatoes.
9/24/2009
Celebrate the significance of the autumnal equinox with these harvest recipes.
10/1/2009
You should try the Lemon Verbena Lady's version of a Certo recipe for Herbed Garlic Jelly.
9/8/2009
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
10/15/2009
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
10/20/2009
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
6/22/2011
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore harvests her first round of fresh spinach from the garden to bring to the dinner table.
5/17/2011
Practice food safety with summer grilling tips.
6/27/2013
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Herbal Remedies resource app. This guide makes herbal health simple by breaking down 20 herbs you should know and 20 health concerns you probably want to know more about.
1/15/2014
Learn more about our new Guide to Healing Herbs resource app. This digital issue contains comprehensive information about growing, cooking and, best of all, healing with herbs in a handy mobile format.
2/2/2012
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.
8/4/2011
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
6/9/2011
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.
6/17/2009
Soul singer John Legend has teamed up with environmental group Reverb to make his summer tour eco-friendly.
4/8/2014
Get outside and enjoy nature this season with our ideas for fun summer activities.
6/23/2010
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.
5/16/2012
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
12/20/2010
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.
4/13/2010
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
7/30/2014
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.
4/4/2012
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
9/7/2011
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
6/28/2011
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.
10/7/2009
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.
5/12/2010
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
7/26/2011
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
5/23/2012
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
6/9/2011
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.
3/13/2009
A recipe for Charred Tomato Salsa–you can dip more than just chips in this flavorful summer dip.
6/30/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.  
6/9/2011
  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.
7/23/2009
Spice up classic picnic recipes with herbs from your own garden.
3/24/2009
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
8/9/2011
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
6/29/2010
Guest blogger, Kathy, loves summer because she gets to enjoy canning pickles, which is one of her favorite pastimes.
2/16/2012
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
8/9/2011
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.
6/9/2011
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.
7/31/2013
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
5/28/2014
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.
6/9/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares some natural treatments you can use to care for your sunburn this summer.
6/19/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest natural shampoo from luxurious beauty company Caudalie.
7/23/2009
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
8/10/2011
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
6/30/2009
For a healthy alternative, try these low-fat and herb-filled summer sausage recipes.
7/14/2009
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.
7/1/2009
Fire up the grill with these four delicious herbs. Also see some great grilling recipes.
7/27/2010
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.
7/1/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares a variety of organic beers and tips on how to green your beer drinking.
6/28/2011
Keep your home cool without air conditioning! Try these five ways to lower your home’s temperature—and utiliy bills—naturally.
6/24/2009
This recipe is great for summer picnics because it doesn't use mayonnaise. 
5/1/2013
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
6/8/2011
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.
8/29/2011
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.
8/14/2014
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
7/31/2012
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
8/8/2013
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
8/2/2013
Guest blogger Gail Hermenau, garden manager for Planting Hope in Delaware, shares her stuffed squash blossoms recipe.
6/20/2011
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.
7/24/2014
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
7/28/2011
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
6/1/2009
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.
8/11/2011
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
7/10/2009
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
6/2/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
7/10/2009
 Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
8/11/2010
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.
7/1/2011
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.
6/24/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares tips for greening your summer charcoal barbecue parties.
7/29/2009
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!
7/22/2010
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.
7/14/2009
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.
7/29/2010
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!
7/30/2012
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.
8/13/2013
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
7/9/2010
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
6/30/2011
Beat the heat with these mint-infused beverages.
10/14/2011
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.
6/2/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
7/27/2010
The recent trend towards e-readers may cut back on environmental impact, but they also take away the tangible qualities of reading a book.
8/9/2011
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.
5/27/2010
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
1/2/2012
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.
8/6/2012
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.
5/14/2010
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.
3/26/2009
Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen is loaded with vitamins, minerals and moisturizers.


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