Western PA Unit of the Herb Society
The Lemon Verbena Lady spends time with Jekka McVicar, the "Queen of Herbs," and shows her the sights of Pittsburgh with herb gardens, both public and private, a retail experience and a delicious lunch cooked with fresh herbs and ingredients.
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.
A reader's request leads Lemon Verbena Lady into exploring the works of William Shakespeare for some of the herbal flowers and herbs of Elizabethan England. There is so much that there had to be a second act.
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
Erin McIntosh enjoyed a weekend exploring Western holistic medicine at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference located at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, New Mexico.
Celebrate your favorite actors, movies and television programs at home with great food, flavorful herbs and complimentary wines.
Texas artist Sandra Stevens has always been crazy about cows. Today she creates cow paintings for Western art lovers.
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.
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!
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
Rishi Tea will be donating a portion of its sales from its Organic Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization.
It was once stated by ethnobotanist Melvin Gilmore that echinacea was used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, and it's not hard to understand why. The history behind this versatile coneflower is rich in remedies and medicinal uses. Read on to learn more about the history of echinacea.
Lurie Garden is a popular tourist attraction in Chicago during the day, but a secret escape at night.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Find out how to make new friends like blogger Jessy Rushing has done through involvement with her local chapter of The Herb Society of America.
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
Texans Janie and Brent Farler hone their pottery skills as they start making bowls for Empty Bowls, a project that fights hunger.
There are many different ways to bake with lavender. Try my suggestions for lavender-infused baked goods, beverages and spice mixes, such as the classic combination of Herbes de Provence.
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.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
Madalene Hill left a lasting impression on many people in her life, including The Herb Companion. Such an influential and inspirational figure in the herb community, K.C. Compton reflects on Madalene's influence.
The latest Herb Society cookbook is by the St. Louis Herb Society. Learn more about it.
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
A highlighted tour of the 76th annual meeting and Educational Conference of the Herb Society of America.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
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!
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.
September ... long month, no? The election frenzy is roiling; the DOW keeps tanking as the $700 billion bailout plan goes to vote in Washington; banks are scared to lend each other money, causing over-leveraged companies to hit a brick wall; the President is on TV telling us that, indeed, there are problems afoot.
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, guest blogger Marguerite Dunne made sure she found a wise woman, a root woman and a healer with whom she could discuss the ethnobotany of the area.
An economical, new product from Yikes! Phone and Table Rescue revives cell phones—and other electronics—that unexpectedly go skinny dipping. Learn how to save a wet cell phone!
Embroidery artist Jenny Hart, founder of the online embroidery store Sublime Stitching, has taken an age-old needlework tradition and jazzed it up.
Young Austin, Texas, baker Kendall Melton studied theater but chose to become a baker instead.
Retired financial manager Rex Gardner of Nashville, Tennessee, returned to the piano after an absence of 35 years and wound up playing in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2007.
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
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).
The Herb Society of America hosted an open house to celebrate its newly constructed headquarters in Kirkland, Ohio. Check out the photos.
Herb Society of America meets in Boston June 26-28 to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. Keynote speaker Holly Shimizu urges members to advocate for plants.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
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.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
Some of Natural Home’s favorite paint and wallcovering companies get pretty in pink.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
A Texas couple who raises grass-fed beef without chemicals or hormones tried raising turkeys for the first time this Thanksgiving season.
This year, The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members is being held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.
During day two at The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members we stopped for breakfast at the Centennial herb garden.
The United States Postal Service is set to issue 29-cent Herbs postcard stamps in five designs. Check them out here.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
Choose organic cotton tampons, pads and panty liners from Organyc for a healthy, eco-friendly period.
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Combat insomnia with these herbal sleep aids.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Pacifica solid perfumes. These sweet little tins pack as much scent in just as cute packaging as the traditional sprays.
Although most of us would love a lush landscape or garden, in reality, few of us have the time, space or other resources available to maintain one. Whether you’re short on space or short on time, these small space garden
Try guest blogger Jennifer Robins coconut flour pancakes recipe for a breakfast treat that is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free!
Join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she visits some community gardens in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to get you ready for this year's gardening season.
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
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.
To help prevent rainforest destruction associated with growing palm oil trees, the WWF plans to rank major palm oil buyers on their commitment to sustainable practices.
This simple vegan piecrust can be assembled in minutes.
Don't throw away the Peeps left at the bottom of your Easter basket. They're the building blocks of many good projects.
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.
The origin story of CARE packages offers a deeper appreciation for the power of generosity and providing comfort to those in need or college students away from home for the first time.
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.
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.
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.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
For a quick (and inexpensive) burst of color, nothing beats painting the walls. Here’s why it’s worthwhile to make the paint you use low-VOC.
Magnificent mansions, cooperative living groups, sustainable cities—get a glimpse of what the Northwest has to offer.
This home in the Florida Keys stays cool by capturing prevailing breezes and taking advantage of passive cooling techniques such as open, screened walls and a reflective roof.
This guide to food labels will help you decode nutrition and sustainability claims on all kinds of food packaging.
Choosing the ideal products for your skin type can get complicated. Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine and get a head start on clean skin in 2013 with Elemental Herbology’s NEW Starter Kits.
A scientists who has studied plant pathogens for more than 50 years warns that Roundup Ready crops could cause 'a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.'
A new report from the Natural Resources Defense council lists 25 national parks at risk from climate change.
Heather Pyle of CalNaturale explains how she balances traditional winemaking practices with innovative initiative in organic winemaking.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Boost your immune system, control your cholesterol levels and stay full longer with healthy, easy-to-make winter soups.
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
The Jewish holiday of Passover is just around the corner. Check out these great recipes for a flaver-filled celebration.
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.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
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.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson bakes her first gluten-free cake using Pamela’s Products baking mix.
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.
Link up with your favorite magazine via Facebook, MySpace or YouTube to get the most out of your Natural Home experience.
Guest blogger Christine Wilson reviews Olympic's Premum Paint line.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
Palmpring introduces its line of hpyo-allergenic, 100 percent organic coconut fiber and natural latex mattresses to health-conscious Americans.
Jessica discusses her new car, a Volkswagen Passat, fuel efficiency and her lead foot.
Follow these three quick, simple steps to take your guest room from lifeless to luxurious.
Jayne-Young resurrects antique copper pots as lighting fixtures with old-world charm.
Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that is versatile, easy to make at home, and requires no special equipment or ingredients.
Erin McIntosh spent a weekend in July filled with community herbalism in the Oregon countryside.
This Saint Patrick's Day, make Irish stew that has many surprising herbs and spices.
Refresh the exterior of your house with a coat of YOLO Colorhouse paint inspired by the landscape around it.
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
Enjoy this blogger's favorite holiday with a healthier version of fish & chips.
Germinate your favorite parsley indoors this winter to get a head start on spring gardening. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
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.
Two varieties of the Passover Seder dish charoset. Try it with brown sugar or fragrant spices.
We love our neighborhood toy library, but found they wouldn’t accept certain toys. Now we’re donating toys in unexpected places.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
This quick Spicy Pickled Chard Stems recipe provides a great way to preserve beautiful rainbow chard stems, embrace root-to-stem cooking, and make use of food that would otherwise go to waste.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
These pancakes are tasty and decadent for a frosty fall morning.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace finds four shades of turquoise for her living room accent wall from Olympic Paint and Stain’s “Colors of Inspiration” paint color swatch booklet, which is filled with 1,200 zero-VOC interior paint colors.
Guest blogger Christine Wilson shares another snapshot of her new master bedroom's wall color, painted with VOC-free paint.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace gives in to paper towels. Find out why.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
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!
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova works with her children to turn the heaps of candy they collected at the St. Patrick’s Day parade into homemade art projects.
If you haven't joined in on our social networking fun, what are you waiting for? We'll post fun surveys, stories, blog posts and even coupon codes for our Natural Home Kitchen Products in the coming weeks. Join us now! Tell us what you want to see in 2010, and we'll be sure to incorporate your ideas into our magazine and web content.
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
Patchouli essential oil is a great remedy for wounds and scars because it regenerates skin cells. Learn more about its many health benefits.
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
Now Pacific Yurts introduces one of its most exciting innovations to date the unique Custom Curve™ window system. Custom Curve™ is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
A night in turns culinary delight with delicious pumpkin sage risotto made with local pumpkin and homegrown sage.
Creamy, delicious Parsnip Flan with Roasted Beets takes advantage of the last of the stored winter vegetables. Pair it with fresh spring greens for a wonderful spring meal.
Seventh Generation commits to using sustainable palm oil in all products by 2012.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
Used in water, teas and recipes, True Lemon is made from fresh lemons selected for their superior flavor.
West Paw Design adds two new patterns to its line of Bumper Beds, filled with a material created from reclaimed plastic soda bottles and turned into a soft, durable fill.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Paula’s Choice introduces its Earth Sourced collection—a line of natural and vegan skin-care products.
Derma e Scar Gel helps naturally reduce the appearance of old and new scars, stretch marks and minor burns.
Slower growth in crop yields, high oil prices and use of food crops to make biofuels could push food prices higher for the next year and beyond.
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.
This holiday season, Nordic Naturals is proud to promote the ‘Buy One, Pass it On’ campaign, which seeks to provide Ultimate Omega products to veterans and soldiers, both stateside and abroad.
The Windfall reclaimed wood engineered panels are Douglas Fir and Hemlock Fir raw material harvested from demolition sites in the Pacific Northwest, and given new life as decorative panels for interior design.
Covering an area about the size of California with solar panels would provide enough power to handle the world's needs.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Unearthed Paints, a start-up paint company, aims to change the industry by offering biodegradable, vegan and 100 percent VOC-free paints with full disclosure of ingredients.
A new study has found that lack of sleep can cause memory loss.
Each week guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards and her family set intentions for their meals. This week their focus is on being present for each other.
As our family focuses on nourishing meals and traditions, we’re practicing setting clear intentions. This week, our intention is to continue to bring joy and celebration to family meals, even when life is busy and stressful.
Rich, creamy Parmesan and Brie Polenta is a Meatless Monday meal fit for a king.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
Anyone who has ever grown garlic knows how delicious the green tops are in spring salads and perhaps have even tossed a handful into a soup stock. With their heady garlic scent and bright green goodness, these edible green grasses are just the thing for winter weary palates.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Garlic is a fantastic health food. Amy Mayfield, editor of The Herb Companion, gives a great recipe using garlic.
Conventional over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen carry risks such as internal bleeding, liver toxicity and increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Widely-recognized candle maker Yankee Candle introduces an all-natural, 100 percent soy wax candle collection.
The winter weather is putting a damper on my mood. Last night, in a desperate attempt to lighten things up, I cooked up Orecchiette with Goat Cheese, Peas and Mint, a quick pasta dish that celebrates spring.
Zemco Industries, a division of Tyson, has recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogens, a deadly foodborne bacteria, from Walart stores across the nation.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the Marrakesh House, the new sustainable home of filmmaker Chris Paine.
California rolls from supermarket sushi counters contain high fructose corn syrup. You don't have to look hard to find this information; it's listed right on the package!
Atrazine, a common herbicide that can cause birth defects, washes off crops and lawns and makes its way to our drinking water supply. Atrazine levels in our water supply are highest between the months of April and July, especially in the Midwest.
Try these alternative aromatherapy products for long lasting relaxation.
Fresh, easy and festive, this Cranberry Orange Salsa recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its crimson red color makes it a dazzling holiday appetizer!
When a fire destroyed their home and office near San Luis Obispo, Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper seized the opportunity to build the off-the-grid straw bale home of their dreams. Their comfortable compound now houses two other families as well.
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace recounts her two weeks without paper towels.
Follow a young environmental enthusiast through daily and long-term changes.
Don’t have extra money to drop on expensive picture frames or fancy artwork? Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses simple ways to spruce up any room in your house at no cost.
A restaurant heads to the rooftops for eco-friendly gardening.
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.
Andrea Carrothers, a registered dietitian with Horizon, makers of organic milk and dairy products, has developed several new quick, calcium-rich recipes that make perfect after-school snacks.
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a coalition of retailers, industry trade associations, and food and beverage manufacturers, has announced that it will cut a combined 1.5 trillion calories from its members' products.
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop accepting loans from the nationwide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which helps homeowners pay for the cost of energy-efficient retrofits.
As tough economic times hit the renewable energy industry, unsold solar panels are collecting dust in warehouses in many parts of the country. But in Gainesville, Florida, homes, buildings and schools are glittering with brand new panels, installed after the city passed a feed-in tariff law, requiring the power company to buy renewable energy from local producers.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
Concerned about GMOs in your family's food? Take action.
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
Constantly buying pads and tampons can add up to a very large bill, inevitably costing women a lot of money. Cut down on expenses and save money by switching to reusable menstrual products.
Plant a patio garden, get a more efficient TV and change your light bulbs, suggests eco-designer Sabrina Soto.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.
Guest blogger KyLynn shares a step-by-step photo gallery of how to clean razor clams.
Pyreneese Lavender with Cardamom body lotion is one of Pangea Organics' body and hand lotion that moisturizes your skin without leaving an oily residue.
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
Pangea Organics Hand and Body Lotion goes on smoothly, leaves hands moisturized and comes in four unusual scents.
Try these intriguing Mashed Potato Pancakes next time you have leftovers to use up!
Revive a feeling of ritual at your dinner table by summoning the family with a dinner gong made of reclaimed materials.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
Craving fresh food during the long winter months? Here are nine vegetables that you can find fresh in February--and great ways to prepare and serve them.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Look no further! This adorable gift from the garden is inexpensive, easy to make and enriched with sentiment, courtesy of our good friends at Botanical Interests.
Learn how to make Irish Soda Bread, a staple of the Irish diet that dates back to the 1840s, with Yankee senior food editor, Annie Copps.
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.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst shows you how to throw a grand green graduation party.
Get your friends together for a good time for little to no cost with these four swap party ideas.
Readers vote on whether making pasta, bread or butter sounds like the most fun, and which project seems easiest.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Since I returned from my stay in Italy, I have been experimenting in the kitchen to create the perfect pasta, read more about my trip and check out my recipe-to-date.
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.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
Light up the night on Valentine’s Day with eco-friendly soy and beeswax candles. These candles have fewer toxins and less soot, making them a healthier option for a green Valentine’s Day.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
Guest blogger Stephanie Small reviews the importance of fat and its crucial role in the body. Stephanie explains why trans fats are toxic, why saturated fats are necessary and why low-fat diets don't work.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller details plans for a National Passive House Alliance in the U.S. and shares the activities of current regional Passive House alliances.
Adding solar panels can increase a home's resale value by as much as $17,000, a new Lawrence Berkeley Lab report finds.
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
An update of my mother's pasta salad recipe, adding asparagus, tarragon and sorrel for cold pasta salad with hot nutrition and flavor.
If fiddlehead ferns are popping up in your local market or local woods, grab them while you can. Incorporate this fabulous, fleeting spring treat into a fresh, slightly tangy pasta dish for Meatless Monday.
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
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.
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
Citing breaches of contract and “good faith,” Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut has announced that it is cutting ties with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), no longer allowing the branch to certify Passive Houses in the U.S.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
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.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller offers an introduction to the Passive House standard, including what makes Passive Houses energy-efficient and how they differ from passive solar homes.
The Soap Kitchen Tea Tree Wake Up is an olive oil-based soap with palm, coconut and tea tree oils that soothe irritated, inflamed skin
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller pinpoints areas where unconditioned air could be leaking into or out of homes.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how and why the Passive House conference inspired her to change the NewenHouse kit home's design to meet Passive House certification.
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.
Jessica shares a vegetarian trend she's noticed everywhere lately: Pan-Fried Veggie Cakes!
A new Campaign for Safe Cosmetics report reveals traces of lead and other heavy metals in children’s face paints.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
This spring become more self-reliant by planting herbs in pots, building raised garden beds, creating a worm composting bin and making your own fence paint. These gardening tips for spring will have you anticipating sunny days.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
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.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
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!
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four dangerous ingredients to avoid when choosing safe makeup as well as some of the products in her beauty bag.
Warts, which are caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), can take years to disappear without treatment. Make your warts disappear in record time with these natural remedies!
Celebrate spring by indulging in these 5 seasonal superfoods—delicious, nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables.
Unlock the powers of antioxidant-rich tomatoes by checking out these many health benefits of tomatoes.
Headaches are one of the most common ailments. Next time you’re suffering from one, try one of these natural home remedies for headaches and pass on conventional painkillers.
Bake a delicious chocolate cake next time you throw a party. The secret ingredient? Beets!
Matt ponders when the line of respect is crossed when critiquing friends' non-green habits.
Visit an herb festival this season for fun new herbal inspirations.
Every good home needs a porch. From fireside chats to sleeping—and even hanging laundry—porches can accommodate every aspect of our lives. Here are five inspiring examples to put a fire under your porch-sitting fantasies.
Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
Kim takes on a new eco-challenge at her apartment: Is it possible to keep naturally beautiful and clean without paper towels?
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
Learn how to make a tea for pain or menstrual cramps using white willow bark.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Try these five herbs to ease winter aches.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
Reap the benefits of parsley with this Parsley potato salad, a delicious addition to any summer meal.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects with natural insect repellents.
The Natural Home and Garden offices have been overflowing with lotion recently In preparation for a product roundup in our September October 2011 issue, we called in lotions from more than half a dozen companies. With almost two dozen scents
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.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
Jessica discusses the eco-profile of the soy candles, recycled glassware, recycled-content paper and vintage and handmade wedding decor.
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Dan and Karen Cripes made a few big upfront investments—including solar panels and a geothermal system—when they built their home in Round Rock, Texas. Now they're reaping the rewards with nearly nonexistent utility bills and a home they love.
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
These seasoned off-the-grid veterans have found that hefty batteries make for a happy home.
Last October, President Obama filled us all with hope when he announced he would install solar panels on the White House by this spring. The panels haven't materialized, and the White House isn't talking. Call Obama and find out what's up.
Summer's here, but the solar panels that President Obama promised to install on the White House this spring aren't. Today the administration announced that it's still working out the details. We'll just have to wait.
Willis Tower in Chicago, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, gets new windows that could generate up to 2 megawatts of solar power.
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller offers solutions to thermal bridging.
Follow along as architect Mark Miller takes his energy-efficient design skills to the next level with the Passive House standard.
If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, there’s no need to panic—or pop a prescription pill. Try these natural remedies for relieving anxiety.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller continues his introduction to the Passive House standard.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse Here Sonya gets ready for a busy week of subcontractors for the NewenHouse kit home. The interior of the home is nearing completion!
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
The Mother Earth Living editors pick their top five favorite natural lip balms.
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.
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
The NewenHouse kit home has officially received Passive House certification! The Passive House is also the highest-rated Energy Star home in the state of Wisconsin.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Jessy Rushing shares her experience of growing Italian parsley, a cool season herb, and her love for autumn in Texas.
Learn how to get the full flavor of holiday baking without investing in 10 new jars of herbs or spices.
If you're growing cilantro plants, sow the seed directly in your garden to use in various dishes.
Grow spinach (Spinacia oleracea 'Bloomsdale Long Standing') from seed this spring with this garden giveaway.
John Masters Organics Shine On keeps your hair soft and shiny.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Wabi-sabi is sinewy, flecked browns and yellowed greens, the myriad stone and moss shades, a slate-gray cloud’s washed violet underside. Like nature, wabi-sabi paints in multidimensional swatches that are never what they appear to be.
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.
Try these small tips to cut out unhealthy foods without missing on the fun.
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
Today's a great day to follow our tips for creating a home office that's easy on you and light on the planet.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
When my former boss suggested we photograph my annual summer solstice party, I quietly panicked and then got busy. Borrow some of our ideas for celebrating the longest day of the year--lavishly or lazily.
I read cookbooks like some people read mystery novels or the latest steamy romance. The object of my affections this month is Everyday Flexitarian: Recipes for Vegetarians and Meat-lovers Alike, by Nettie Cronish and Pat Crocker.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
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.
Natural Home guest blogger John Patrick explains why he and his wife, guest blogger Rebecca Selove, designed their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse for passive solar gain and a 5.17-kilowatt photovoltaic system. John and Rebecca are building their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse home to LEED Platinum standards.
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
Wabi-sabi has infused Western design for centuries—though its advocates rarely knew it. It’s in the plain, efficient homes built by the Shakers, the unsentimental Arts and Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses and midcentury furniture.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller shares discusses the lack of energy-efficient, insulated doors in the U.S.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller explores high-performance windows, a key element in reaching the Passive House standard.
Try this tasty vegetarian (and vegan) alfredo for a healthy weeknight dinner.
As world food prices hit a record high, follow these tips for reducing your grocery bill while still eating well.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
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.
Want to take advantage of the health benefits of kale but don't know how to eat it? Brian Patton, author of The Sexy Vegan Cookbook, shares five ways to eat kale.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated under the slab of the NewenHouse prototype home and the importance of air sealing to achieve Passive House certification.
Sonya Newenhouse describes the roof truss system and air-tight barrier between the second floor and the roof for the Passive House NewenHouse Kit Home.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses the southern-facing 17-inch-deep windowsills of her Passive House-certified home to grow seedlings.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
The resin taken from the bark of this tropical tree can help relieve inflammation, stiffness and joint pain.
A California couple is hitting the road in a greened-up Airstream to share and gather lessons on living sustainbly.
For less than the cost of an SUV, a Michigan couple rehabbed their historic home to include solar panels and a geothermal system. The 110-year-old house now produces more energy than it needs.
Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves a small straw bale house and make do with a few solar panels, they're realizing how little they really need.
A wonderful, whimsical Austin eco-remodel is the playful expression of two highly creative minds.
My home is going nearly 100 percent solar thanks to a local solar leasing program.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
Get maximum flavor and brilliant color in a small garden space with peppers.
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
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.
Try growing chervil in your garden this spring. Also, enter our latest garden giveawy by leaving us a comment, explaining how you would use the plant.
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
With spring on the way, herb festivals are coming up on the calendar. Are you planning to attend one this spring?
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
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.
Stinging nettles may sound intimidating, but once you get past their prickly exterior this classic spring weed offers many health benefits.
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.
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Annual meeting of International Herb Association offers information and support to herb professionals, IHA helps promote herbs and herb businesses.
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
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.
Concerned about Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops and genetic engineering of our food? Let President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack know.
Happy New Year! This year I’m happily going to my friends’ house to ring it in. If you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party this year, start 2010 out right by keeping it green.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
There is nothing better for building community than gathering your friends and neighbors for a soup party. Here are five ideas to help you plan yours.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
Herbal immune boosters really work.
I'd love to see "modern" medicine get hip to herbs before they get patented and turned into expensive medicine.
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Herbal Remedies resource app. This guide makes herbal health simple by breaking down 20 herbs you should know and 20 health concerns you probably want to know more about.
After picking out colors and a design theme, guest blogger Erica Binns turns her attention to finding eco-friendly wedding invitations and stationery for her green wedding.
Invite the birds into your yard with this simple bird feeder made from a toilet paper roll.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
Sit down with Brian Patton, author of "The Sexy Vegan Cookbook" and executive chef at Vegin' Out, to learn about being vegan and eating healthy.
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
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.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the framing process and how she finds opportunities for borrowed light in the inner walls of the NewenHouse kit home.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes building the 12-inch remote Larsen Truss wall, which, combined with the OSB air barrier, will create a 16-inch-thick insulated wall system for the NewenHouse kit home.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes moving into the first NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Sonya Newenhouse discusses some of the issues with synthetic gypsum drywall and documents the steps she will take to avoid electromagnetic fields in her new house.
Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Here Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses her southern facing 17 inch deep window sills to grow seedlings. She also notes that their electrical bill for February in the furnace free home was only $11 -- $8 of which was service fees.
As Passive House Institute standards up the ante, USA Today’s "Best Green Homes of 2010" list reflects Americans’ desire for affordability, efficiency and style.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated the perimeter of her model Passive House slab and installed an EPS foam frost skirt around the slab for cold climate construction.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the super-insulated, sustainable and small NewenHouse kit home she's planning to bring to market in 2012. The prototype, being built in Viroqua Wisconsin, is striving for LEED Platnium and Passive House certifications.
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.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
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.
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.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
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.
Learn more about our new Guide to Healing Herbs resource app. This digital issue contains comprehensive information about growing, cooking and, best of all, healing with herbs in a handy mobile format.
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.
The Herb Companion is partnering with Poppy Swap, a new online herbal marketplace, to bring you a free herbal product of your choice.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
Green New Year's Eve Party
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
Jessica offers a sneak peek of her biodegradable wedding, which featured recycled glassware, handmade decor, recycled paper table runners, biodegradable plates and cups and soy candles.
The recent trend towards e-readers may cut back on environmental impact, but they also take away the tangible qualities of reading a book.
Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for eco-friendly stationery with a hunt for wedding thank-you notes and silk flowers for her green wedding.
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.
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.
Although pickling is the most well known use for dill, don't forget all the wonderful ways to include this herb in your life. Enter for a chance to win dill 'Dukat' seed packets.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
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.
Take advantage of bargain prices to add these heirloom herbs to your garden!
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.
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
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.
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
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.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
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.
Win sunflower seeds, attract pollinators and help bee populations in your area.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
The Lemon Verbena Lady talks about some of her favorite sights in Pittsburgh during Christmas, as well as some of her favorite herbs, books and crafts for the holidays.
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.
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.
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.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
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.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
From Colorado to California, these green ski resorts are some of the most environmentally focused ski resorts in the U.S.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
Tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia and more.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
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.
Numi Organic Tea products give more health benefits and less harm to the environment.
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
On February 21, 2011, herb grower and author Thomas DeBaggio died in his sleep. Learn more about this important herbalist.
Blogging about beginner gardening.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace picks out her favorite Linda and Harriet stationery to use as Valentine's Day cards.
With a little do-it-yourself effort, wooden shutters found at flea markets and antique stores can turn into shelves, room dividers and other home décor.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
Calendula is an easy flower to grow. Plant in full sun flower beds, containers, and vegetable and herb gardens.
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.
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.
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
Marci O'Brien writes about sharing her love of gardening with her daughter.
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
We found this cute garden decor idea and insist you take a look!
This herb cupcake is calorie-free and so darn cute!
Tarragon is one of the most mislabled herbs. This spring, go armed to the nursery with a few tidbits to ensure you're getting the plant you want.
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.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Herbal syrups are a wonderful vehicle for immune-boosting, antiviral and antibiotic herbs for use any time of year. Use this simple method to make a powerful tool in the fight against biological baddies.
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
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.
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.
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
A new thyme variety at a local farmers' market inspired one blogger's interest in learning about this versatile herb.
Give homemade gifts for the ones you love with these herbal crafts for Valentine's Day, including tussie-mussies and potpourri.
These three homes--in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina--use passive cooling techniques to eliminate the need for mechanical air conditioning. Check them out and learn a few tricks for reducing--or eliminating--your AC bills this summer.
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
As snow and cold temperatures move in to stay, arm yourself with this creamy white chili recipe to warm you up.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
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.
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
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.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
Guest blogger Desiree Bell, explains the difference between herbs and spices once and for all.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Don't get stuck growing just one kind of basil. Try one of these basils for extra flavor and fragrance.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
The Lemon Verbena Lady makes a visit to an herbal Peruvian clinic & botanical garden in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Our standard shampooing practices often leave hair dull and damaged. Benefit from our botanical allies to achieve balance for scalp and hair by using natural herbal rinses.
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.
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.
It's difficult to understand supplements when reputable sources just can't seem to get it right. The NPA recently challenged the Wall Street Journal about an article they published concerning dietary supplements. Read more.
Although there are many workshops and classes available that will teach you how to “make your own” medicines and crafts, it's sometimes just as easy as snipping herbs and heading into the kitchen. This article is a quick how-to look on making medicinal oils.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
The Guerilla Gardener plants marigolds, basil, tomatoes and other herbs and plants in downtown Kansas City.
Grow a balcony herb garden to reap the many benefits of herbs while living in the city.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey from the book The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook (Quarry Books, 2009) by Kim Flottum.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
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 …
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
Consider these garden planning tips for beginners before jumping in to gardening.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
This spring garden festival will provide herb enthusists with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and more, all grown from local farms and greenhouses.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
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.
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.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
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.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
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
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.
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
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.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tries a new vegan, natural lip balm from Herbs of Grace.
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
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.
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
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.
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.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
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.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits Jekka McVicar's Herb Farm outside of Bristol, England during Herb Farm Open Days in early September.
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.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
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.
One of my favorite spring herbs chives comes in several different varieties. The uses for making herbal vinegar and cooking with chives are explored in this post and lots of resources for mail ordering unusual herbs such as curly chives are given.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
I wish you could experience the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Blooming wisteria drapes over rows of trellised classical columns and flowering fruit trees shimmer in the breeze.
The Lemon Verbena Lady describes her 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Loire Valley in France and shares her search for unusual herbs.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
If you’re a dog owner you know that fleas can be a common hassle. These three herbs offer an alternative way to battle this pesky problem.
Garden walks, wooded paths, natural sandy beaches and glacial lake waters abundant