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4/14/2009
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
10/20/2009
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
4/7/2009
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
5/7/2009
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
3/31/2009
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
3/3/2009
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
7/28/2011
We think that we know our herbs, and exactly what they do. However, there are also those herbs with a mysterious past. Here are five of the weirdest herbs we’ve found that might be hiding in a garden near you.
6/17/2009
The resin taken from the bark of this tropical tree can help relieve inflammation, stiffness and joint pain.
9/10/2009
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
6/21/2011
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
9/9/2009
MyEmissionsExchange.com stimulates the economy and combats global warming by paying registered users for reducing their energy use.
2/14/2011
The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient book that has puzzled experts and scientists for years. But an important piece of the puzzle may have been solved. Read more.
12/1/2008
Link up with your favorite magazine via Facebook, MySpace or YouTube to get the most out of your Natural Home experience.
10/22/2009
Carving pumpkins is an age old tradition, but why do we do it? Learn its origins.
9/4/2009
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
3/26/2010
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
9/24/2009
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.
10/9/2009
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
5/10/2010
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.
9/16/2009
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina. 
9/10/2009
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.
12/28/2009
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.
7/26/2013
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
11/10/2011
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.
8/12/2009
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.
11/6/2009
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
8/6/2009
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.
8/20/2009
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
12/17/2011
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.
10/19/2010
Finding herbal blooms as the growing season comes to an end in the mid-Atlantic region.
10/2/2009
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
9/3/2009
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
9/21/2011
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
4/12/2011
Guest blogger Heidi Cardenas commits to a 100 percent recycling program and discusses the good—and free—things that can come from that.
8/19/2009
Throughout human history people have used herbs to protect themselves against lightning strikes.
11/20/2009
Our guest blogger from Texas, Cynthia Meredith, cleans out her herb beds to make way for thyme, chamomile, lovage and other herb plants.
1/4/2011
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
3/1/2010
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
10/29/2009
Editor in Chief, K.C. Compton, discovers a new cookbook that she has fallen in love with. What are your favorite cookbooks? 
2/2/2009
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!
8/8/2011
This plant in K.C. Compton's back yard might not be a record-breaking sunflower, but it's a tall, tall specimen.
2/16/2009
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.
7/14/2009
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
7/26/2012
What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne muses about gardening with children and how wonderful it is to introduce them to this fun and beneficial pastime. (There's always something to do in the garden!)
8/19/2009
Not often in this life do we get to experience perfection—and to know at the time that we are. Recently, I had an absolutely, unabashedly, undeniably perfect evening, complete with family, friends, fabulous food, good wine and an impeccable setting.
1/12/2010
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?
10/29/2009
With these black flowers in your garden, it's easier to make a spooky bouquet.
2/20/2008
An article in Oprah says it's the fresh herbs that make the difference.
5/30/2008
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.
8/4/2011
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
10/14/2011
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
2/11/2011
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
3/11/2011
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
6/15/2009
A highlighted tour of the 76th annual meeting and Educational Conference of the Herb Society of America.
6/17/2010
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
3/31/2009
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.
5/27/2010
Kathy Amen was excited to share photos of her home with The Herb Companion. She has been inspired to plant more herbs and build a greenhouse for them out of salvaged windows.
8/16/2010
Ladybugs are a simple, cheap and effective means of destroying an aphid infestation that just won't go away.
7/22/2009
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.  
12/9/2008
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.
10/15/2010
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.
6/29/2010
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
3/8/2011
Perhaps the more fitting expression would be, a watched seed never sprouts. But with this clever time lapse camera from Brinno, a great product for this spring, you can see your garden grow from day one until the first snow!    
11/12/2009
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.
3/17/2009
Mixing ergonomic structure with a functional, innovative design makes the Radius NRG line my favorite gardening tool set on the market. And not to sound too much like a salesman (I don't work on commission) they are now available from The Herb Companion. 
6/25/2009
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.
4/8/2011
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols—herbs and eggs—in this simple project that celebrates spring.
2/16/2012
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
12/11/2008
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.
2/17/2009
Eggling makes growing herbs easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb.
3/31/2011
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.
4/10/2008
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
1/31/2014
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
9/8/2009
Guest blogger Desiree Bell, explains the difference between herbs and spices once and for all.
12/3/2008
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion. 
10/27/2008
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
3/21/2008
K.C. Compton's introductory blog on What Works ...
1/26/2009
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.
2/5/2013
Stop paying high prices for poor-quality herbs at the grocery store. Grow your own instead!
4/10/2008
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
4/15/2011
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.
10/30/2013
Eco Lips now offers [My] Eco Lips, a website that gives consumers the power to create a custom lip balm exactly the way they want it in just a few simple steps.
4/29/2011
Jessy Rushing explores a fun, locally owned nursery called Diggin' It  in Texas.
8/18/2010
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.
3/21/2012
The new Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Formula SPF 40 blends in clear for the ultimate in safe sun protection.
3/15/2011
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
12/28/2009
I had one of the best pork chops of my life last night, thanks to a homegrown hog and Nancy, also known to our blog friends as The Lemon Verbena Lady.
7/14/2009
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.
11/21/2010
When you write for a blog called The Garden Gnome, you tend to get a lot of wacky things many of that make great holiday gifts. Among my favorite is the new book and guide to life, How To Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.
6/29/2010
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
5/27/2010
This year, The Herb Society of America's 2010 Educational Conference & Annual Meeting of Members is being held in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee.
6/8/2009
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.
8/6/2009
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
10/7/2010
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!
10/6/2010
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.
8/18/2009
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.
10/29/2009
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
4/6/2009
We're still frosting in Kansas but the herbs have gone on sale, and I'm happy to report that even though times are tough I'm keeping our nurseries in business. Chocolate mint, pineapple sage and lemon thyme are just a few of the herbs I've added so far this spring.
7/19/2011
Saturday morning brings adventures with an overflowing dishwasher, pesky puppy and pretty sunflowers.
6/2/2010
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.
8/30/2010
When you are overwhelmed by the big picture or aggressive herbs take over, focus on smaller herbal vignettes.
7/28/2009
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.
9/24/2014
Cycling for just 30 minutes a day will not only make a profound difference on your health, but the health of your entire community. Ready on for five inspiring reasons to ride a bike today.
2/9/2010
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
11/11/2011
It wouldn't be fall without apple pie, cobblers, dumplings, baked apples and my favorite—apple crisp. But don't limit yourself to apple desserts. Create savory apple dishes with the help of these delicious herbs.  
7/11/2011
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
4/19/2011
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
6/19/2009
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
3/18/2010
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.
3/7/2011
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
2/17/2010
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
5/10/2011
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
12/22/2008
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.
6/17/2011
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.
7/29/2009
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
11/19/2008
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.
2/2/2009
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
4/28/2009
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
8/16/2011
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.
6/24/2008
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
4/15/2011
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
1/6/2011
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
10/29/2009
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
7/30/2011
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
8/28/2009
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.
5/16/2011
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
6/12/2008
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tries a new vegan, natural lip balm from Herbs of Grace.
11/14/2008
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.
5/12/2009
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
7/22/2009
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
7/13/2011
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
7/27/2010
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
6/1/2009
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
1/25/2010
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.
2/23/2011
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
9/22/2010
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits Jekka McVicar's Herb Farm outside of Bristol, England during Herb Farm Open Days in early September.
10/6/2010
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.
5/21/2008
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
8/23/2011
K.C. Compton hones in on the mystery of what variety sunflower is reaching for the sky in her back yard. And also sends kind wishes to the swallowtail butterfly who destroyed her parsley plant.
4/5/2012
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.
11/22/2011
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.
2/10/2012
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!
4/21/2009
I've had little opportunity to actually test live plants in my tenure with The Herb Companion. So, when DutchGardens.com sent me some of their beautiful tulip and hyacinth varieties, I was excited and impressed! See some results in this photo-blog!
5/27/2010
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
12/1/2011
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.
9/24/2008
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
10/5/2011
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
3/7/2012
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!
11/2/2011
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.
12/19/2011
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
7/28/2009
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.  
4/18/2012
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
6/22/2010
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Combat insomnia with these herbal sleep aids.
11/6/2012
Welcome the holidays with two flavorful Thanksgiving herbs. Use lovage in our recipe for Cream of Carrot and Lovage Soup, and sage in our recipe for a delicious Feta-Sage Cornbread.
1/15/2014
Learn more about our new Guide to Healing Herbs resource app. This digital issue contains comprehensive information about growing, cooking and, best of all, healing with herbs in a handy mobile format.
8/7/2014
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
3/18/2010
The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elderberry, Echinacea, green tea, oregano and garlic are my favorite natural remedies for treating and preventing illness.
3/28/2011
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).
7/1/2011
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!
6/1/2011
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
5/13/2010
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
6/9/2009
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
4/26/2010
In Texas, it has warmed up considerably, it's had plenty of rain and, best of all, the gardens are flourishing. See what's going on in Cynthia's Texas garden this month.
12/17/2009
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.
12/4/2009
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
3/25/2010
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
1/31/2011
These three herbal staples treat acne, treat eczema and reduce inflammation.
3/10/2011
Try this fun garden-layout idea for your medicinal herbs this spring.
3/9/2011
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
1/25/2012
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
2/1/2012
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.
10/5/2010
During her England vacation, the Lemon Verbena lady visited with Jekka McVicar and enjoyed front row seats during one of her hands-on herbal lessons.
7/20/2010
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.
10/5/2009
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
6/28/2011
Oregon's Wild Harvest Immuni Tea is packed full of many beneficial medicinal herbs that can help with the prevention and treatment of dozens of ailments from constipation to headache relief.
2/25/2011
There's more to your zodiac sign than you may think. Embrace your sign with these zodiac-related herbs.
4/14/2010
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. 
3/5/2009
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
11/16/2010
Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
12/14/2011
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
4/20/2009
Spring is the perfect time to wild craft gently soothing vulnerary herbs, such as plantain and violet leaf, to make healing oils and salves. Learn more about these wonderful springtime botanicals with useful recipes for infused oils and medicinal salves. 
10/26/2011
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
2/6/2012
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.
5/30/2012
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
7/1/2011
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
3/26/2012
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
11/11/2010
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
7/25/2011
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
2/9/2011
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
12/11/2009
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
5/19/2011
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
10/5/2010
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
11/18/2010
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
1/7/2010
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.
4/6/2010
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.
6/18/2010
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
7/10/2008
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
5/18/2011
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
6/7/2011
Learn some simple tricks to introduce your children to herb gardening
11/17/2011
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
11/19/2014
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
2/9/2012
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.
6/11/2012
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.
8/13/2013
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
6/8/2011
It's not too late to start or expand your garden this summer! Plant sun-loving herbs, vegetables and flowers for a strong harvest and bright blooms.
7/22/2014
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
6/8/2010
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.
4/16/2012
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!
11/7/2011
Prevent and treat heartburn at home with these natural remedies.
5/31/2012
The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.
11/11/2011
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.
3/1/2012
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.
11/4/2010
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
11/2/2010
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.
5/9/2012
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
6/13/2011
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
12/30/2010
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
7/6/2011
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
3/14/2011
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
1/18/2012
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
2/1/2011
In Costa Rica, all the elements are in place for a Slow Food revolution. Check out the organic bounty--and enjoy a delicious gourmet take on a traditional native dish.
4/18/2012
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
11/30/2010
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
2/1/2012
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.
4/16/2012
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.
12/3/2010
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
3/9/2010
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
1/2/2012
As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.
8/19/2013
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.
2/3/2012
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
11/18/2010
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
9/9/2011
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.
9/18/2013
Reaching for the painkillers every month? Read on for natural ways to relieve PMS symptoms.
7/25/2012
Cool off with a glass of refreshing iced tea with the Mother Earth Living Editors’ Picks of the best iced tea varieties for summer.
4/20/2009
A list of health promoting herbs for cooking and healing.
4/6/2011
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.
12/10/2011
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
11/11/2010
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
12/5/2011
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
7/31/2012
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
3/27/2012
Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.
10/12/2010
Turmeric, a curcumin-containing spice commonly used in Indian curry, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to cure a number of ailments. Discover the health benefits of turmeric!
11/30/2010
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
7/10/2013
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.
2/22/2011
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.
2/17/2011
High blood pressure can lead to serious health complications. Reduce your risk for hypertension by incorporating these eight steps into a healthy lifestyle.


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