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5/12/2011
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
1/16/2012
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.
10/25/2011
Learn to grow stevia, a healthy, all-natural sweetener, at home.
3/3/2009
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
7/11/2011
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
3/29/2012
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares the pros and cons of using stevia as a sugar substitute.
6/14/2011
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
3/17/2011
Instead of corned beef, whip up traditional Irish colcannon—with a healthy twist.
2/10/2010
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
11/11/2011
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.  
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?
8/25/2010
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. 
5/5/2011
Happy May 5th. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re like me, then today is the day to whip up your favorite tacos, snack on sensational salsa and, most importantly, mix yourself some margaritas. This year, why not try the stevia-sweetened mix Sinless Margarita.
5/16/2008
One editor discovers mountain basil at her local Farmer's Market.
10/5/2010
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.
12/2/2010
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!
2/18/2013
This restorative chicken, kale and sweet potato soup recipe is not only nourishing, but colorful and delicious with a hint of smoky bacon.
5/29/2014
Swap conventional flour with a gluten-free blend in this sweet crepes recipe.
7/18/2011
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but the concoctions we find on store shelves are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. In this recipe, fresh herbs add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
8/21/2014
Although we should limit our sugar consumption for health, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined white sugar.
9/11/2013
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
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.
10/28/2010
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.
11/15/2010
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
10/1/2009
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
2/17/2009
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
4/19/2010
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.
3/25/2010
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.
10/15/2010
Take charge of the pie selection this holiday season with this herbal twist on a classic persimmon pie.
5/4/2010
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.
3/14/2011
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
4/4/2011
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
8/20/2010
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
6/24/2010
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.
3/14/2013
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
12/10/2013
Learn how to use your leftovers to make the ultra-chic French dish clafoutis. Here we feature both a sweet and savory clafoutis recipe.
2/23/2011
Learn more about the peanut butter fruit that could be a part of your fruit garden.
4/21/2011
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
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.
8/24/2011
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
6/5/2011
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits the VanDusen Botanical Garden's herb garden and finds that it doesn't take a lot of room to have a fragrant and flavorful herb garden.
7/5/2011
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
2/16/2009
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
2/20/2008
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
2/5/2013
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
12/2/2010
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
2/22/2011
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
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.
10/19/2010
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
11/18/2010
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
7/17/2014
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
12/11/2012
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.
1/23/2013
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
12/29/2010
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!
7/31/2013
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
2/9/2009
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.
5/21/2010
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.
9/8/2009
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
7/20/2009
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
7/29/2009
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
6/10/2011
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
3/1/2010
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.
12/3/2010
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
2/2/2011
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.
5/18/2012
Reveal fresh, healthy skin with Hugo Naturals Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub in Sea Fennel and Passionflower.
6/20/2012
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.
5/16/2012
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
8/16/2013
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.
2/19/2014
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.
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.
9/30/2010
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
10/19/2010
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
3/25/2010
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.
8/17/2012
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
12/14/2011
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
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.
1/18/2012
Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!
6/18/2010
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
9/21/2011
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
8/13/2013
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
5/1/2013
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
1/10/2014
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
12/8/2009
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.
9/23/2010
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
5/31/2012
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.
7/6/2011
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
1/28/2011
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.
12/30/2010
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.
8/24/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews all-natural, vegan Hurraw! lip balm's new Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm and Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm.
8/31/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Prairie Essence Herbal Garden Lip Balm, a natural lip balm made from a blend of rosemary and herb essential oils.
12/19/2011
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.
4/20/2009
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
12/10/2011
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
10/21/2010
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
3/27/2012
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.
4/10/2012
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!


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