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A majority of our days are often spent in an office, our homes or other indoor environments, so much so that our bodies and minds begin to think this is natural. Discover how time spent outdoors can improve your mental health.
Become a role model for your children with these tips to staying positive about living a healthy lifestyle.
The risk of produce contamination is now more than 80 percent. Follow these tips to safely wash and enjoy your nutritional fruits and vegetables.
Follow these basic best practices for home canning to ensure safe, long-lasting food.
Use this simple fruit preserves and butters recipe to quickly preserve your summer and fall fruit surplus. No canner required!
Make your next vacation or road trip a little lighter on the planet with these simple tips for reducing your carbon footprint while traveling.
Use this simple recipe to quickly preserve your spring and summer vegetables—no canning required.
A sedentary desk job can have a negative impact on our health, leading to such things as obesity and heart problems. Turn to these seven office fitness tips to help you stay healthy.
Stop worrying about typical garden woes and enjoy the beauty of your summer garden with these simple tips.
Naturopath and chiropractor Frank King, author of “The Healing Revolution,” has a passion for natural health, real food and self-empowerment. Here, he answers a few questions about what it means to take control of your health.
Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the numerous ins and outs of starting your very first home garden, start small with these simple planting tips.
Get your life back in-sync with these tips for alleviating work burnout.
Add style to your bedroom with these ideas for timeless window treatment options for any space.
Gardening and pets don’t always mix. These five simple tips will help you enjoy gardening and quality time with your furry friend, at the same time.
Save money and plastic consumption by repurposing old soda bottles into containers and greenhouses for your seedlings.
Growing a variety of fruit trees doesn’t require a ton of space, and can be accomplished in an average-sized backyard with the right skill set.
Discover how clutter and your health are connected, and get tips for how to start decluttering your space for better overall well-being.
While it may be tempting to buy that pretty, already-in-bloom flower from your local greenhouse’s sale, starting plants from seed is a more gratifying and less expensive way to garden.
If you are struggling with finding the right balance between work and your family, turn to these tips to attain happiness both personally and professionally.
A healthy balance of whole, organic foods that include grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables and fluids make up a diet perfect for runners, from hobby enthusiasts to marathon athletes.
There are several medicinal plants that are not only fun to grow, but also have beneficial properties that can boost skin health. Nourish and hydrate dry, dull skin, prevent breakouts and fight aging with the natural remedies provided by these five plants.
Add these six quick-and-easy organizational goals to your spring cleaning checklist for a happy, decluttered home.
There’s more to eco-friendly driving than choosing a fuel-efficient or hybrid car. Consider implementing these simple practices to make your driving habits a little bit greener.
For anyone who attempts to start their own homestead, there will be hurdles to overcome. Keep these five simple tips in mind when it comes to growing your own food, raising livestock and transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Living in a high-efficiency home can be a bit of an adjustment. Follow these four expert tips to make the transition go more smoothly.
Minimize indoor pollutants, protect your health and live in style with these ideas for incorporating eco-friendly, natural décor into your home.
This simple, 11 step sleep ritual from Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, Shar Veda will get you on the path to healthy, restful sleep.
Promote health and overall well-being when you consider these four tips while decorating your home.
Dig into the season with our favorite organic gardening tips and tricks to grow your own bounty.
Before handing your kid a gadget just to shut him up, learn about the long-term effects electronic media can have on a kid’s brain, as well as their overall development.
Combine spending quality time with your kids and cleaning house. These 11 tips can help you effectively maintain balance by cleaning with your kids.
This February marks American Heart Health month—discover 10 super heart-health tips from nutrition expert Jonny Bowden.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
Live 2015 to the fullest by cultivating these eight healthy habits. With these mindful New Year’s resolutions you are sure to make this year your year.
If you are looking for simple ways to turn your home into a healthy oasis, look no further. Green living expert Christa O’Leary shares the two most important ways you can create lasting habits of change.
Don't let shyness rule your child's life--try these tips to overcome shyness and let yourself be happier.
Try these simple tips to keep yourself hydrated and drinking more water this winter.
Use these craft hacks, that we've collected from Pinterest, to create handmade gifts this holiday season.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Beat looking tired with these natural remedies for puffy eyes.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle—and keeping it—doesn’t happen overnight. Use these expert tips to build the foundation of life well-lived.
All it takes is a few deliberate and creative tweaks to turn our living space into a healthful, stress-free environment. Follow these 10 simple solutions to do just that.
To lead a healthier lifestyle, green your home with these nine cost-effective solutions.
Although we should limit our sugar consumption for health, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined white sugar.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
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.
Get our best garden tips from the April/May issue of Mother Earth Living.
For those of us interested in living a sustainable and simple lifestyle, gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of healthy, fresh food and avoid the impacts of industrial agriculture. Get tips that will make gardening easy.
Start living simple with help from our January/February 2014 issue. From learning to crochet to making your own compost, we have the tools you need to live the good life.
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!
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.
The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.
Hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure in patients with mild hypertension, according to some studies. Make this delicious hibiscus tea recipe to better your health.
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.
The fireweed plant is a showy herb native to the northern hemisphere. Use it to make a deliciously sweet Fireweed Jelly or a tea useful in treating constipation.
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
Calendula is an easy flower to grow. Plant in full sun flower beds, containers, and vegetable and herb gardens.
Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
This inconspicuous-seeming herb is well traveled and renounded for its medicinal properties throughout the majority of the world. Learn how it grows and what famed herbalists have said about it.
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
The Lemon Verbena Lady has been enjoying the 2012 Herb of the Year, the rose, in her garden. In this post, she shares her five favorite roses and instructions for how to make a delectable Rose Petal Jam.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
Once you have this herb in your garden, you will never be without cutting leaf celery. It's a perfect container plant to grow close by the kitchen door.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
The dandelion is one of the most hated weeds in America, but also the mostly widely used wild green in the world. Learn how this herb was used historically, how it can treat many ailments, such as liver diseases and eczema, and how to make a dandelion omelet.
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.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
You'll be happy with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in your flower or herb garden border. It's an easy-to-grow herb to use for cooking and herbal remedies.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
One guest blogger's special, original recipe prevents illness and quickly helps recover from, or completely ward off, colds, flu and other malaise.
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.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares five laundry tips (including a homemade natural fabric softener) for cling- and chemical-free clothing.
Fennel is the perfect herb for the gourmet cook who loves to grow special ingredients. It requires some attention to blanching, mounding soil around the growing basal bulb to keep it white and tender, but is well worth the extra effort.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial, meaning it takes two years to mature and reproduce. Get your chance to grow parsley from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveawy. Ends April 2, 2012!
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
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.
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.
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel offers landscaping tips for those with a black thumb looking to start a new garden bed, plant a live fence or grow outdoors.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
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.
Whether you should take stairs or the elevator is a daily question. So if you think you don't have time to take the stairs, think again. Research shows that taking the stairs saves time in the day.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
Learning a few tips and tricks for cooking inexpensive cuts of meat can help you save grocery dollars on high-quality pastured, grass-fed and free-range meats.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
My favorite fast food during the hectic holidays? Bread and soup. In the time it would take to get drive-thru on the way home, you'll be sitting down to a bowl of bliss that will warm your heart and soul.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
The burdock plant has long been that pesky plant that attaches velcro-like pickers to your clothing, but it also has an abundance of health benefits.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
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.  
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.
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 year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
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.
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.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
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.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
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.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.  
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.   
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
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.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
Space and light are your home's most desirable ornaments. Here's how to clear the clutter so they can shine through.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
A new study found that, obese or not, the number of years you live depends on your lifestyle.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
Researchers have found that curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that gives it its distinct coloring, may help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
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.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
This school year pack a healthy lunch with zero waste!
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
Cinnamon is full of health benefits. It protects from health problems such as infections, heart disease, migraines and arthritis, and it even helps boost your brain function.
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
New research has found yet another benefit to adopting the vegetarian lifestyle.
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
Four-o’clocks are an old favorite that have been around a long time. There is a reason why they have been in your family garden for generations. Comment for your chance to win four-o'clock seeds, courtesy Renee's Garden.
Victoria Gazeley considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin, located on 7 acres of fertile earth in British Columbia, a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
With temperatures heating up, the one thing most people forget to consider is their skin. Rather than buying expensive, name-brand products full of artificial and synthetic chemicals, treat your skin with these five healing herbs. 
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
Feeling claustrophobic? Before you start looking for more space, make the most of what you have by containing clutter, choosing the right furnishings and color schemes, and creating new "rooms" with dividers.
We aren't the only ones who suffer from seasonal allergies. Try a few of these methods to get your pets back to their energetic, playful selves.
These tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News, published in 1970, will make your housekeeping more enjoyable and efficient. Mother has always known best.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
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.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
This garden favorite is great for salads, mesclun mixes, pastas and pizza. Comment for your chance to win a packet of arugula seeds from Renee's Garden.
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
As grocery prices rise, now more than ever we need tools to save money. These websites help you get organized and give you the tools you need to buy the best—for less.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with these natural insect repellents.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.
Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Don't be afraid of breads anymore, well at least whole-grain breads. A new study shows that whole-grain foods that are rich in fiber at may be beneficial to your health.
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
Whether you don't have the space for outdoor composting or you just want to get to work on your gardening preparations as soon as possible, this indoor composting method is a simple way to start.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
Add valerian to your herb garden or to a wet area of your landscape to grow your own natural sleep and relaxation aid.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Every herb has a story, and that of licorice begins with its reputation as a “sweet herb.” Plants are put on this earth to provide nourishment and healing benefits. Licorice is one of those unique and special plants that does both.  
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
It’s never too early to start thinking about planting your garden for the spring. I know I am already thinking about spring and warm weather. Spring officially starts Sunday, March 20th and it’s important to know when it is the right time to purchase your flowers and begin the planting process.
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat many conditions including depression and stress. Its common name comes from associations with St. John the Baptist.
The fragrant, taste and texture of cinnamon make it a popular spice during the winter months. Cinnamon not only tastes good while cooking but has an array of health benefits.    
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 superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
At the start of a new year, make a resolution to clear your spice cupboard of old herbs and spices.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
It's important to have accurate information about any herbal remedy you are thinking of using. Dr. Jaclyn Chasse shares her own experience with misleading media representation and clinical studies of St. John's wort.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.    
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
Learn how to catch more fish using star anise essential oil. Blogger Dawn Robnett explains why Illicium verum oil with keep the fish nibbling all day.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
Calendula officinalis, a bright and cheery herb for any border or kitchen garden, is more than just another pretty flower. It has many uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet and personal care arena.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Combine a variety of teas, as well as non-tea ingredients such as spices, flowers, herbs, and dried fruits, to create personal signature tea blends that you can use both for sipping and for cooking.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
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.
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
Artemisia absinthium, more commonly known as wormwood, is a bitter herb with many medicinal purposes. It is also an attractive plant in the landscape. Learn more about it.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
One reader from California asked us about growing thyme. Check out our suggestions for how to get her thyme to flourish in containers and in walkways.
Until this year our newest guest blogger thought loofahs were a sea sponge. Wrong! While visiting California she came across The Luffa Farm in Nipomo, California. Discover what's so great about growing a luffa gourd!
Try saving seed from a few of your garden favorites this year. The number of seeds sold in the seed catalogs decreases every year. Saving seed may save that particular variety from extinction.
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
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.
Ladybugs are a simple, cheap and effective means of destroying an aphid infestation that just won't go away.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help you relax.
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Learn how to preserve the fabulous scents from your garden in essential oils to make your own perfume. Enjoy your flowers all year with your personal bottled garden scent.
Following a diet out of a book means you're just adhering to a set of externally imposed rules. Learn how to listen to your body for direction on what nourishes you.
Could you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or orthorexia? Learn the differences between normal and harmful behaviors around food and weight. 
Looking for a safe but effective way to deter deer from using your garden as their personal buffet? Sprinkle this plant tonic on their favorite garden munchies.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
Guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the similarities between Sumo wrestlers' diets and Americans' diets.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
Natural Home guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the little food allergy that could mean big weight gain.
There is a beauty in discovering the lost art of keying wild plants. Learn more about this practice.
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
Bathing suit season approaches! Stephanie goes beyond the standard "portion-control-and-exercise" weight loss tips to bring you the top five truths you must know in order to drop the pounds. Look for one new tip on each Monday in May.
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.
Bathing suit season approaches! Guest blogger Stephanie Small goes beyond the standard "portion-control-and-exercise" weight loss tips to bring you the top five truths you must know in order to drop the pounds. Look for one new tip on each Monday in May. 
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.
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
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. 
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
If you're growing cilantro plants, sow the seed directly in your garden to use in various dishes.
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
Learn which natural facial scrubs are good for you and the environment.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
Diethyl phthalate is an ingredient used in many body care products that guest blogger Dawn has concern with. Learn how to use a costemic safety database to find out if your cosmetics are safe or include harmful ingredients.
Vegetable soup is the reward a summer's worth of hard work in the garden can produce. Spring is the time for spring cleaning, emptying the freezer and washing canning jars.
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.
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
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.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
I know an awful lot about plants. I know precious little about cooking. Could the old adage be true? Does any good relationship have a gardener and a chef?
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
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.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
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.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
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.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Garlic does best if planted in the late fall and early winter. If you can find a sunny spot with a foot of soil, you can plant garlic.
Follow these tips for using essential oils to make your own organic perfumes.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.  
Ginger root treats circulatory and digestive systems, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Use it in recipes like Ginger Pumpkin Pie and Indian Lemonade-Ginger Ale.
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
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
When I bake cookies, they look like pancakes. I need to adjust the recipe for a higher altitude, but I’m not sure how. I need your help!
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Learn the benefits of an infant massage and how to give one from certified infant massage instructor and practitioner Brenda Stansfield.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
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.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
If you're looking for an indoor garden that keeps animals away and requires little space, the Woolly Pocket is right for you!
If you’re out of eggs, don’t fret – use flax.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
One rookie gardener battles seasonal temperature fluctuations and too much rain in the quest to grow the perfect tomato—and realizes she isn’t alone.
Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to grow and store garlic along with other cold climate information.
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule. 
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.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
No cash and no space? No problem. With attractive treasures that serve as extra storage, you can decorate a funky and functional space. Natural Home guest blogger Julie Collins shows you how.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
For some, the cold winter months may bring many ‘a’ merry moment. But for the sympathetic gardener, the humbugs start as the plants begin die. Bring your garden indoors this fall with help from your own personal gardening expert – the EasyBloom.
If you’re an herbie, then chances are you love tea. But did you know that your herbs also enjoy tea? Discover the benefits of compost tea and learn how to use it in your garden.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
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.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
If it is one thing we can all agree on, it is that having clear, glowing skin is the most important factor to your appearance. Clear skin boosts one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and certainly makes us all feel good! Learn more about how to obtain clear skin.
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
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.
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.
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.  
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Listen to these tunes to get you through tilling or motivate you to grow tomatoes.
Got some mint? Try some of these easy-to-make recipes for smooth, rich, dark chocolate mint truffles and candied mint leaves. You'll never wonder what to do with mint again.  
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (Viva Edtions, 2009) offers excellent recipes and tips for the everyday cook. Here's a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Feta Pizza.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
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.
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.
In the final installment of my series "7 Tips for Everyday Outdoor Gardening", I help you explore some simple yet effective tips to grow and propagate healthy plants, scare away pests and learn which common plants may be hazardous to your health.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
 Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.  
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
Someone in your family always says, “Work smarter, not harder,” and that’s true. Here are seven smarter - not harder - tips from the second part of my outdoor gardening’s easy-do’s- and don’ts.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
One restaurant owner in Chicago relies on local farms for outstanding in-season herbs and other produce.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey with this recipe, adapted from "The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook."
Save time, money and backache with a few of these tips from the first leg of my series on outdoor gardening’s easy do's and don’ts.
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
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.
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe. 
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
Discover magazine (one of my non Herb Companion faves) features a magnified (by a scanning electron microscope) image of a strawberry (Fragaria spp.). Check it out it's really cool.  The make up of the fruit is clearly visible, with the seeds looking like boulders
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Ever had trouble growing rosemary outdoors, or getting it to survive past winter? Want to learn everything you need to know about growing gardenias? Find answers to the toughest questions and watch your plants return next spring with these simple steps.
This spring, I am dreaming of delicious, beefy summer tomatoes. So I planted some; they're taking over my kitchen as we speak. I love fresh, homegrown tomatoes. And I just can't find delicious tomatoes in stores; even the local, organic market. Not to mention, I'm sick of paying for them! In fact, I'm tired of buying
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers—they're safe around house pets, they come in a multitude of colors and shapes and ... they're edible?! Read more.
I've never thought of myself one to carry on the family tradition of farming - but now that I have the opportunity to raise chickens within city limits, I am going to give it a shot! Read about how I'm getting started in urban chicken farming. And please, send me suggestions!
Deer proof your garden with these 5 helpful tips.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
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.
Like herbs, evergreen trees have a powerful fragrance, some even with medicinal properties, and with a few simple steps, you can find the perfect tree to keep safe from fire and fresh throughout the holidays.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion. 
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Medicines and extracted herbs can be disgusting, even diluted in water.  Luckily, there's a trick for those of us who don't want to grimace every time we try and do something healthy for our bodies!  Read more ...
"Help!  My plant is under insect attack - what are they, what will they do to my other plants and how can I attack back?" Find out here!
Heartburn affects 44 percent of the population, and experts warn that serious side effects are more serious than we consider – potentially cancer. Learn about some treatments from experts that aren’t so tough to swallow.
Starting a worm composting system from your kitchen scraps is easy – and what better time to discover the disturbing art, than the Halloween season?  Read what you can do with 8,000 red wigglers …
Which herbs will help keep you energized, focused and possibly in shape? One Herb Companion staffer looks for the answers.
Got Hosta, Day Lilies or maybe some old records you’re not using?  Recycle them in these fun, easy-to-make decorations, perfect for a Horrific Halloween!
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants?  Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
Essential Oils really are properly named!  But do you know all the ways to use them?  19 tips and tricks you can use for an essentially wonderful life.
Tea has a whole library of health benefits.  But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
The best tips for natural pet-care from The Herb Companion's latest E-Book "Natural Pet Care."
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