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.
Learn to grow stevia, a healthy, all-natural sweetener, at home.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares the pros and cons of using stevia as a sugar substitute.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Instead of corned beef, whip up traditional Irish colcannon—with a healthy twist.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Although we should limit our sugar consumption for health, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined white sugar.
This restorative chicken, kale and sweet potato soup recipe is not only nourishing, but colorful and delicious with a hint of smoky bacon.
Swap conventional flour with a gluten-free blend in this sweet crepes recipe.
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.
One beginning gardener is growing oregano, basil, cilantro and stevia this spring.
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.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
Learn how to use your leftovers to make the ultra-chic French dish clafoutis. Here we feature both a sweet and savory clafoutis recipe.
Learn more about the peanut butter fruit that could be a part of your fruit garden.
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
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.
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
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.
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
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.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
I confess: It's Friday, the sun is shining, it feels like summer, and the Little Discovery Channel Promo That Could is pretty much playing on a loop on my desktop.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
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 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.
Reveal fresh, healthy skin with Hugo Naturals Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub in Sea Fennel and Passionflower.
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.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Herbs might not be the first thing that come to mind when you start considering ways to save money, but they actually can be a great help in cutting costs while boosting health, flavor and the general deliciousness of life.
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
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.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Guest blogger Desiree Bell, explains the difference between herbs and spices once and for all.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
As we try to find ways to describe what our magazine is about, the term “herbal lifestyle” often comes up. What does that even mean? Also, check out my two herbal recipes.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
In light of the recent natural disasters in Japan, two woman are asking herbalist to ban together to help protect a few lives and donate herbal supplies for an organization called Herb for Japan.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Many of Cynthia's plants, such as bluebonnet and Kaffir lime, had a difficult battle during the winter. They are now blooming in her early spring garden.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
Don’t let the flu, a cold or any aches, anxieties and pains get the best of you this season. With the season already upon us, here are a few herbs, fruits and foods to consider to help relieve your aches, pains and anxiety.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
If you heard me on Martha Stewart Radio this morning, I talked about healing burns with herbs, calendula, and getting enough sleep during the holidays. Curious about some of the topics I talked about? Here are links to more information about these topics.
With fall rain comes weedy crops. Learn more about Texas rain and it what it's doing to Herb Companion reader, Cynthia Meredith's, garden.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
The resin taken from the bark of this tropical tree can help relieve inflammation, stiffness and joint pain.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
The best herbs for fall, and the most commonly grown, are cilantro, dill, arugula and chervil, along with the edible flowers of calendula, violets and nasturtiums
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tries a new vegan, natural lip balm from Herbs of Grace.
Ten years ago the Lemon Verbena looked for big herbs that would take up space but still add a punch to the herb garden. Here are the results, ten years later.
Our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs have been named the 2008 Green Business of the Year in Coop America’s People’s Choice competition. We offer them our heartiest congratulations.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
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, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits Jekka McVicar's Herb Farm outside of Bristol, England during Herb Farm Open Days in early September.
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.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
These powerhouse herbs are great for runners. They act as natural energy enhancers, improve stamina and endurance, heal aches and pains and improve circulatory health.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Rose Herbs new line of Epicurean Organic seasoning blends are worth a try. The Herbs De Provence and the West Indies Rub are wonderful for seasoning prawns and most seafood.
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.
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Combat insomnia with these herbal sleep aids.
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.
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elderberry, Echinacea, green tea, oregano and garlic are my favorite natural remedies for treating and preventing illness.
Perfect for spring, this pasta dish can be made with the spring herbs that are popping up in your garden or market and a little leftover wine (either red or white will do).
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
Get to know Traditional Community Herbalist Kristine Brown and enter to win a subscription to Herbal Roots Zine, a great resource for teaching kids about herbs!
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
In Texas, it has warmed up considerably, it's had plenty of rain and, best of all, the gardens are flourishing. See what's going on in Cynthia's Texas garden this month.
It is still very hot here in my part of Texas. Day after day the temperature reaches 100 degrees or above with no rain. I was in town this morning and two people stopped me to ask how to keep their plants alive in this weather. Here is my advice.
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
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.
These three herbal staples treat acne, treat eczema and reduce inflammation.
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
When I saw Susan Belsinger's book about roses on the International Herb Association website, I was thrilled. She was kind enough to allow me to share this Rose Vinegar recipe from her "The Roses in Your Vinegar" article.
Do you understand how herbs work? We profile dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a medicinal Chinese herb with high vitamin and mineral content along with many beneficial phytochemicals.
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
During her England vacation, the Lemon Verbena lady visited with Jekka McVicar and enjoyed front row seats during one of her hands-on herbal lessons.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
The art of healing our bodies with herbs is a new fascination in Erin McIntosh's life. Learn more about her journey on the path to herbalism.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
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.
There's more to your zodiac sign than you may think. Embrace your sign with these zodiac-related herbs.
The Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi), also known as the winter cherry, enjoys a library of culinary and medicinal benefits. Here are the answers to some of the questions you have asked about growing this incredible species.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
We think that we know our herbs, and exactly what they do. However, there are also those herbs with a mysterious past. Here are five of the weirdest herbs we’ve found that might be hiding in a garden near you.
Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves.
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
The borage plant (Borago officinalis) is a tall herb with hairy foliage, blue starshaped flowers and many useful properties. Whether you use it for healthy, tasty greens, a medicinal herb or a companion plant for your strawberries and tomatoes, you’ll be happy you planted borage.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
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.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
Ginger is a natural remedy for many stomach ailments: nausea, menstrual cramps, indigestion and more. Ginger also eases tired muscles and may help lower cholestrol.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
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.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.
Our guest blogger from Texas, Cynthia Meredith, cleans out her herb beds to make way for thyme, chamomile, lovage and other herb plants.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
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.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
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.
If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
Alcohol-based infusions are wonderful for deglazing the skillet after searing a steak or piece of chicken, or you can drizzle them on ice cream for a grown-up dessert.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
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.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is hosting the Master Gardener Plant Sale in May. Find out why you won't want to miss it.
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
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.
More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a wonderful harvest of lemon verbena leaves to use in cooking and crafts. She has also discovered a new pest that may be trying to harm her favorite herb.
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
Cool off with a glass of refreshing iced tea with the Mother Earth Living Editors’ Picks of the best iced tea varieties for summer.
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
My herbie radar goes into overdrive during this time of year and I’m on the prowl for celebrations of all things herbal. How fortunate to know about the Herb Fest in Beaumont, Texas—my old stompin’ grounds.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
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.
Turmeric, a curcumin-containing spice commonly used in Indian curry, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to cure a number of ailments. Discover the health benefits of turmeric!
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares more about her experience at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a popular flower show in the United Kingdom. Here she discusses which of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens were her favorites.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.