baby food recipes
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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.
One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (Viva Edtions, 2009) offers excellent recipes and tips for the everyday cook. Here's a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Feta Pizza.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
How to stay healthy when you eat at a restaurant four or more times per week.
Go plum crazy with these delectable treats: stewed plums and a gluten-free plum dessert recipe known as a “Butter Baby.”
Skip the hardy snacks that Super Bowl parties usually provide by replacing them with these great, healthy finger snacks. Trust us, no one will complain.
Spice up your Meatless Monday with a recipe borne out of fresh produce at the farmers market. Blogger Jennifer Rose uses local acorn squash and baby kale to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence gives easy green nursery tips.
Get inspired by these tips and make something useful out of your used glass instead of just recycling it. From wine bottles to baby food jars, you’ll find a repurposing project that suits your recycling bin.
Our art director tries her best to avoid processed food but can't resist snacking on cheese and crackers. Follow her recipe to make homemade crackers.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
According to TastingTable, black garlic is very trendy with foodies right now.
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
Don't be afraid of breads anymore, well at least whole-grain breads. A new study shows that whole-grain foods that are rich in fiber at may be beneficial to your health.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Opt for these five foods before hitting the gym for a better workout.
Forget starting from scratch each evening: End weeknight menu madness with this wholesome meal-plan hack.
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
Baby wearing allows mama and baby to navigate through the world as a unit, offering security and comfort.
Heavy cream and sherry lend this simple mushroom soup a sophisticated flavor. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy guest blogger KyLynn Hull.
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.
See how a mother of two young boys saves money on groceries while eating mainly fresh, organic food.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a new line of natural baby products from leading baby products powerhouse Johnson's. The Johnson's Natural line provides eco-conscious moms natural baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion and more.
Try GloryBee Foods Organic Fair Trade Certified Honey—retail jars coming soon to your local natural foods market!
The American Humane Association announces their newest certified humane producer of dairy products: Brown Cow.
Organic Vintners, seller and importer of wines made from 100 percent organically grown grapes, has introduced a new Spanish wine brand, Sol de Agosto, to the US market.
Uncle Matt's announced today the next addition in its premium line of organic juices: not-from-concentrate, flash-pasteurized and refrigerated lemonade.
Ecoike creator Faith Moser shares a healthy, easy and family-friendly muffin recipe!
Consider bringing the health benefits of tea into your meals with these smart techniques and recipes for cooking with tea.
Freekeh Foods is a fun, delicious way to add more whole grains to your family's diet.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a rich and hearty recipe for potato-vegetable soup.
Coyuchi’s baby items, which include bedding, blankets, clothing, and bath basics are made from 100% organic cotton, which feature low-impact dyes and a nontoxic production process, perfect for sensitive skin.
My favorite grocery store is the healthiest, how about yours?
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a simple and tasty recipe for hearty mushroom and leek soup.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
SheaMoisture expands on their Organic Raw Shea Butter Baby Collection with two new products formulated with organic ingredients to heal and soothe delicate baby skin.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
As recently discussed on The Dr. Oz Show, watercress is high in iodine and rich in many essential vitamins and nutrients. Eat several servings a week to boost skin health, promote healthy thyroid function and help prevent cancer.
Celebrate the end of eggplant season with a plate of homemade baba ganoush. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll be on your way to a yummy appetizer or a scrumptious side dish.
Spice up chilly nights with this meat-free reciepe chickpea and tomato curry, courtsey of Muir Glen.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's one that many of us fill with sugars and empty carbs. Start the day off right with this recipe for healthy blueberry bran muffins, courtesy of Driscoll's.
Try these intriguing Mashed Potato Pancakes next time you have leftovers to use up!
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.
Skip these foods for a better mood, better energy and better overall mental health.
Try these five editor-recommended picks for quick-fix foods.
Get maximum flavor and brilliant color in a small garden space with peppers.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Johnson’s Natural Head-To-Toe Foaming Baby Wash.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for homemade French Onion soup, a classic favorite.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Whole Foods has teamed up with Chef Ann Cooper to create The Lunch Box, an online resource that encourages schools to make meals healthy again.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Sprout Foods new line of Sprout Smash Organic Kids Snack Pouches have the great taste school-aged kids love, and the nutrition their parents demand.
Whole Foods Market commits to verifying it products as free of genetically modified organisms. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the grocer's commitment to providing natural and organic products.
Giving fruit as a reward for potty training was successful with my niece and healthier than candy, even the natural kind.
When the weather gets warm take your lunch outside. Try these healthy picnic foods, plus get a recipe for a simple pea pesto!
Cool weather means it’s time to cozy up with a bowl of homemade soup. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her favorite soup recipes—and why she loves soup so much.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares an inexpensive and easy recipe for yellow pea soup, a low-fat but tasty vegetarian soup.
Discover seven health benefits of blueberries, a tiny, nutrient-dense fruit that packs a powerful punch.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
A National Restaurant Association survey found that serving more local food tops chefs expected trends for 2012! Keep you home diet seasonal and local, too, with this vegetarian recipe featuring winter vegetables.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural shampoo California Baby Swimmer's Defense Shampoo and Body Wash.
Food and Garden Editor Tabitha Alterman introduces her blog about sustainable food and gardening, seasonal recipes and healthy eating.
Hemp seed is a powerful source of protein, omega-3, vitamins & minerals, and has a delicious nutty flavor!
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the environmental effect of consuming too much meat and offers tips on how to incorporate more vegetarian meals into your diet.
As snow and cold temperatures move in to stay, arm yourself with this creamy white chili recipe to warm you up.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
What you eat throughout the day can affect how you sleep at night. Avoid these five foods for a better night’s sleep.
Guest blogger Marcela De Vivo shares six ways that eating healthy can help you ace your exams.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
Be smart about buying honey with our tips on what to look for.
Purchase beeswax, soap making and candle making supplies from GloryBee Foods' online store.
Whether you're worried about the effects of aging or just looking to be healthier every day, the food you eat should be a top consideration.
Beaverton Foods’ Inglehoffer organic mustards will now sport a green cap to make the organic line easily identifiable from the original line.
These gluten-free snacks are ideal for a light breakfast or pre-workout snack.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
This guide to food labels will help you decode nutrition and sustainability claims on all kinds of food packaging.
Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.
BPA levels in families who ate fresh rather than canned and packaged food dropped by 60 percent, a study found. Cooking at home with fresh food is the best way to avoid this potentially dangerous chemical
Buying 'natural' cereal could get you a bowl full of GMOs. To keep genetically modified ingredients off your family's table, buy organic.
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
Finding adorable and eco-friendly nursery decor is easy! It's narrowing down the options that is the hard part. Check out this sustainable, handmade nursery decor for a healthy, great-looking nursery.
Do you eat like you spend? Similarities may exist between your relationship to food and your relationship to money. Learn to identify your patterns so you can heal them.
Practice food safety with summer grilling tips.
Reserveage Organics’ line of cocoa superfruit products featuring CocoaWell wins Natural Foods Merchandiser Editor’s Choice Award at Natural Products Expo West.
The vast majority of Americans believe labeling GMOs is necessary and ethical.
With the economy still in recession, more American families are eating at home rather than eating out, but most aren’t making hearty, traditional meals on the stovetop or in the oven. They’re nuking.
Food has become both a political and a fashion statement--and foodies could save the environmental movement.
In wake of slow federal action, Boulder, Colorado, parents make a grassroots push for healthy, nutritious school lunches.
A Consumer Reports study finds high BPA levels in Del Monte, Progresso, Campbell’s, Annie’s Homegrown, Eden Foods and Vital Choice canned foods.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
New research is suggesting that a mere single serving of fatty food per day could have major health implications in the long run.
This February marks American Heart Health month—discover 10 super heart-health tips from nutrition expert Jonny Bowden.
Colman’s Mustard is excited to show Americans about ways that they can incorporate traditional and authentic British foods into their Olympic viewing parties.
Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl, shares a recipe for Teriyaki Tofu Kebabs, perfect for a neighborhood block party or backyard cookout.
One Degree Organic Foods announces the launch of its sprouted, vegan cereal line featuring 100 percent traceable ingredients.
Depth products, created by college sweethearts Tim Schaeffer and Korie Johnson, boast 70 percent organic ingredients (including aloe vera and sunflower) and a working relationship with Camp SEA Lab, a non-profit camp in Monterey Bay, California (one of my favorite areas of the country!).
Tighten and brighten with NOW Solutions 2 in 1 Correcting Eye Cream.
Try these ten natural skin care and food solution to help prevent skin from signs of early aging.
Get inspired with these 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can make to help yourself, humanity, and the planet.
Add nutrient-rich foods to your diet to keep your skin clear and radiant.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a convenient natural sunscreen stick from Environmental Working Group-rated company California Baby.
In the first in a series of posts on the most important chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers of BPA (bisphenol-A)exposure to developing babies.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
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.
Maybe you're a locavore, or a flexitarian. But have you thought about how to make eating meat more sustainable, humane, or local?
Misunderstanding of the “use-by” or “sell-by” date on products (not the same as an expiration date) leads to tons of food waste each year.
Almost a third of chicken sold in the U.S. is injected with salt water, doubling or tripling the product’s sodium content. The USDA is considering revising its standards for chicken labeling so these products can't be labeled 'natural.'
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
Lisa’s Organics brings farmers market freshness to the dinner table with their serve-in-minutes frozen veggie line.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares some tips for avoiding artificial coloring in children's food products.
This Thanksgiving I am treating myself to a local, great tasting, eco-friendly turkey, thanks to my CSA farmer.
Pre-packaged soup and an easy-to-make sandwich make me feel better, at least for a little bit.
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
Learn about the food sovereignty movement and what it means to you.
Natural Home editorial intern Amanda Thompson talks about the benefits her family has seen from keeping a small organic food garden.
More than half a billion eggs possibly tainted with salmonella bacteria have been recalled. Avoid the scare by purchasing free-range, cage-free, organic and locally sourced eggs.
Bulk food sales rose 15 percent in 2009 and are expected to keep growing through 2010. That will keep a lot of packing out of the landfill.
Matt divulges into who really wins in the end when McDonalds' stock is up and the stock market is down.
Try these recipes for homemade lunch staples, such as bread, deli meat and condiments.
Kroger recently recalled select pet food brands from 19 states. Learn how to protect your pets from contaminants found in store-bought pet food by making your own.
Be on the look for these food dyes in your children's foods. They may be doing more harm than good.
As world food prices hit a record high, follow these tips for reducing your grocery bill while still eating well.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
Jovial Foods’ new line of organic, artisan European-style cookies are made with nutritious einkorn flour for a healthier, lower-calorie dessert.
Organic spelt flour makes for a simple and healthier replacement for white flours in many recipes.
These three health-food bars by Barre comprise of nutritious (and delicious) superfoods. Made with the dancer in mind, these bars are perfect for anyone needing an extra boost of energy while keeping the calorie-count down.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
Readers vote on whether making pasta, bread or butter sounds like the most fun, and which project seems easiest.
Here’s a roundup of great tips and resources for planning all your food preservation duties in advance.
Love those little expensive, jars of sun-dried tomatoes? Try this simple technique to make oven-dried tomatoes—a perfect way to preserve your end-of-season harvest.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, found in a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s love for local food has the nation wanting to know more about how to eat in-season. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence offers a healthy helping of advice on how to eat local.
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
Early mornings spark my desire for a fast, healthy breakfast.
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust by Sam Epstein, MD, to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.
Check out this excerpt from Healthy Beauty: Your Guide to Ingredients to Avoid and Products You Can Trust by Sam Epstein, MD, to find out more about how to swap out conventional products for healthier, natural alternatives.
Herb Companion intern Stephanie Nelson shares her favorite recipe for Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
A Thanksgiving turkey is a staple for most families. But if you don’t eat meat and want some more substance besides starchy side dishes, prepare these delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes this year.
Add spring color and crunch to meals with this light, refreshing asparagus salad.
Bell pepper boats make this Chickpea and Quinoa Salad a perfect spring and summer picnic dish.
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) lurks in many citrus-flavored sodas and sport drinks.
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
BPA is a dangerous chemical found in canned foods and polycarbonate plastic. Avoid it by following these easy steps.
Seattle leads the way in asking the federal government to implement a comprehensive, health-focused food system.
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it! It's easy.
Despite what you may have heard, you don't need to suffer through extreme diets or complicated menus to burn calories. Boost your metabolism with these great tasting herbs that you may already have growing in your kitchen garden.
Explore the many health benefits of cauliflower, from cancer prevention to digestive support.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
Creating premixes of herbs and spices is a great way to give new flavor to your usual dishes.
These little loaves are packed full of protein, vegetables and deliciousness!
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
These pressure cooking resources will help you make the most of your pressure cooker. Check out the recipes and recommended cooking times for pressure cookers.
You can make delicious, whole wheat tortillas from scratch.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her sugary-sweet recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds.
Halloween is over and there are pumpkins still sitting in your living room. What should you do with them? The Herb Companion helps.
Kids and veggies don’t mix, right? Guest blogger Stephanie Small doesn't buy it. Re-learn a few tried-and-true tips to help your children actually enjoy their vegetables.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson is attending the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies and reporting on rural economic development strategies.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares her struggles adjusting to life with a toddler and his finicky relationship with food.
Ever wondered: what is kamut? Learn the history of this ancient grain, and put it to good use with this Kushari recipe.
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.
Too many tomatoes? Guest blogger Char Scace takes a few shortcuts and discovers a fabulous speedy spaghetti sauce recipe in the process.
Check out a few of the best paleo blogs—each with fun new recipes, great pictures, lifestyle tips and more.
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
Celebrate your favorite actors, movies and television programs at home with great food, flavorful herbs and complimentary wines.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
A recent study found detectable levels of PBDEs and HBCDs, two flame retardant chemicals, in common foods. Butter and fish topped the list.
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
Back to the Roots (BTTR) is collecting 20,000 pounds of coffee grounds each week, cultivating them into a rich substrate from which to grow oyster mushrooms and make grow-it-at-home mushroom kits.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards and her family plan for spring gardening and growing food.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
As grocery prices rise, now more than ever we need tools to save money. These websites help you get organized and give you the tools you need to buy the best—for less.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
The Obamas plant an organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
Health care providers in Madison, Wisconsin, have teamed up with community-supported agriculture groups to provide rebates for buying local produce.
Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through a process that eliminates waste.
Concerned about pesticides in your food? The Pesticide Action Network’s online database helps you understand which carcinogens and pesticides are present in 89 common foods.
Use this simple recipe to preserve fresh tomatoes as freezable stewed tomatoes.
In Japan, wabi-sabi can be found in the small moments of beauty and acts of hospitality that pervade the culture.
Olivia shares a vegetarian dressing recipe just in time for Thanksgiving.
My parents’ customers reused their containers to buy honey in bulk. Now I reuse jars to store all kinds of foods.
A cooking experiment turns into a delicious meal.
Try these small tips to cut out unhealthy foods without missing on the fun.
Keep your kitchen storage containers lean and kind with these options that won’t leach chemicals into your food.
For anyone who attempts to start their own homestead, there will be hurdles to overcome. Keep these five simple tips in mind when it comes to growing your own food, raising livestock and transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares how food affects her culture and family.
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.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Nicobella Vegan Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles.
Herbs aren't traditionally used in breakfast dishes, nor is fish. Still, this dish is excellent any time of the day.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
Munch and crunch on nutritious kale chips with this easy recipe!
Feed your family a healthy snack alternative—roasted chickpeas!
This restorative chicken, kale and sweet potato soup recipe is not only nourishing, but colorful and delicious with a hint of smoky bacon.
Swap conventional flour with a gluten-free blend in this sweet crepes recipe.
Warm your tummy with this elegant butternut bisque.
Please kids of all ages with these healthy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Smooth, tangy, full of flavor, it just takes a few minutes to whip this up for spreading on focaccia or roasted chicken.
Most people double or even triple recipes, but what do you do when the original will already feed your family for a whole week?
Roast your own coffee beans and steam milk yourself to create a cheap and flavorful cup of coffee.
Homemade pizza doesn't have to require yeast-risen dough. Try this gluten-free polenta crust for your next pizza night.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares a family-friendly recipe for spaghetti casserole.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
John Masters Organics Shine On keeps your hair soft and shiny.
Red apples, orange carrots, green kale, purple eggplant—eating colorful foods is good for little growing bodies! A great way to get kids excited & interested in fruits and vegetables is to talk about it's connection to color!
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
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.
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
Visits to a local college market where they sell herbs and the local salsa man making his sauces and selling his garlic.
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Spice up classic picnic recipes with herbs from your own garden.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
The Lemon Verbena Lady celebrates the one-year anniversary of her blog, discusses her favorite herb and shares a recipe for lemon verbena bread.
Pumpkin spice lattes usually signifies the end of summer. Learn how to make this delicious seasonal brew.
The latest Herb Society cookbook is by the St. Louis Herb Society. Learn more about it.
Learn how the Lemon Verbena Lady met her husband at Thanksgiving, along with delicious recipes.
Learn how to get the full flavor of holiday baking without investing in 10 new jars of herbs or spices.
Bake a delicious chocolate cake next time you throw a party. The secret ingredient? Beets!
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
This honey-lavender ice cream recipe is a delicious cure to hot summer afternoons.
The dried fruit and almonds included in Sun-Maid’s Autumn Apple Pie recipe adds a new fiber- and antioxidant-rich twist on this traditional treat.
These cornmeal waffles have a feather-light center, a crispy-crusty exterior, and they partner perfectly with fresh fruit or butter and maple syrup.
This simple vegan piecrust can be assembled in minutes.
Try this delicious Nectarine Chutney recipe to savor the fresh flavors of fall.
Healthy and lightly sweet, these granola bites are perfect for packing in your child's lunch. Make your own with this granola bites recipe.
Who says Meatless Monday has to be boring? Try this creamy roasted cauliflower soup recipe for a delicious weeknight dinner.
This champagne poached pears recipe can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Learn to make delicious, hearty, from-scratch, whole-grain hamburger buns with this easy recipe.
Keep delectable baked apples moist by wrapping them in parchment paper before baking.
Mushroom-Nut Burgers are full of flavor and just as hearty as any meat-based burger you’ve ever had.
Two varieties of the Passover Seder dish charoset. Try it with brown sugar or fragrant spices.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.
Save money and waste less! Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains how to get the most out of your pumpkins.
Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.
Celebrate the end of National Berry Month with this recipe for cod with bluberry-mango salsa. Sweet and spicy, this recipe is sure to become a summertime favorite!
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
Guest blogger KyLynn shares a step-by-step photo gallery of how to clean razor clams.
Readers vote on whether they'd be most interested in learning to make hard cider, apple wine, mulled wine, ginger beer, eggnog or amaretto at home.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards offers a cookbook review of "D.I.Y. Delicious" by Vanessa Barrington.
Concentrated milk protein, also known as milk protein concentrate or MPCs, is a dry, high-protein additive that is largely unregulated.
Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.
This smoothie recipe, courtesy of Driscoll's, is perfect as a quick breakfast, a post-workout snack or a healthy summertime treat.
Try this rich, savory, warm spiced acorn squash on a cold day.
There are lots of reasons to eat less meat, or even none at all, but have you ever considered whether your dog could be vegan?
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!
What we eat throughout the day affects how we sleep at night. Try these five foods to help you sleep better at night.
In an effort to help prevent childhood obesity, several health centers in the Northeast are offering low-income families fresh produce vouchers to local farmers’ markets.
The Corn Refiners Association is lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of high-fructose corn syrup on food labels to corn sugar.
A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.
Packed with antioxidants and other healthy substances, apples boast a variety of health benefits, giving credence to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
BPA is everywhere, but with a little know-how you can effectively cut this dangerous chemical from your life. Follow these five steps to avoid contact with BPA.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
Upcycling and recycling company Terracycle introduces three new garden accessories made from recycled materials.
Mix and match these ingredients for simple skin care that will keep you glowing all winter.
Kansas City's 18Broadway project is a superb example of how to capture and store rainwater to grow food in the heart of downtown.
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
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.
The office hydroponics system has taken off and is producing food quite rapidly, prompting an investigation into the pros and cons of hydroponic vegetable growing versus conventional gardening.
As farmers markets open across the country, here are 10 good reasons to get out and support your local farmers. (The freshest seasonal food is just a part of it.)
Concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's refusal to stop Monsanto? Here are four steps you can take now.
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
On the lookout for healthy snack food options, I discovered this quick and easy recipe.
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.
Exercise for health, a New Year’s decision.
Going green on your lunch break is an easy way to show Mother Nature you really care. Dani delves into the art of greening your afternoon eats.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus takes a look at the fundamental differences between organic and conventional farming practices for insight into choosing healthier food.
Making the jump to a vegan lifestyle is a difficult and life-altering decision. These informative blogs and resources that can help make the experience a bit easier.
This easy-to-make edible centerpiece, courtesy of Driscoll's, will keep your footprint light and your home less cluttered with holiday decorations this holiday season.
The Jewish holiday of Passover is just around the corner. Check out these great recipes for a flaver-filled celebration.
This smooth dessert recipe is brightly sweet and refreshing, a perfect break from the heat of the day. Try it with fresh mint or lavender and a hint of cinnamon.
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz marries raspberries with dark chocolate to make these decadent cupcakes.
Try this recipe for Greek Chicken Pizza, courtesy Muir Glen.
This sweet cake is the perfect addition to a cup of tea, a brunch or dessert!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull goes without meat for a month. Try her meatless recipes!
Enjoy this recipe for a delicious and moist variation of banana bread, made with almond flour!
Think tropical, flavorful and delectable with this grilled chicken dish! The sauce is a blend of sprightly lime, creamy coconut and spicy ginger.
Try Austin baker Kendall Melton's in-demand banana muffins with cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe.
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Learn how to use your leftovers to make the ultra-chic French dish clafoutis. Here we feature both a sweet and savory clafoutis recipe.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Let them eat cake! It's hard to believe that this decadent Chocolate Ganache Cake is actually vegan.
Top your spaghetti with flavorful, satisfying wheatballs for a quick weeknight meal.
Put together an elegant dessert quickly with this recipe for a Ginger Chocolate Mousse Pie.
These tasty, vegan cookie squares make an excellent treat for special occasions or afternoon get-togethers.
The pumpkin is one of autumn’s most beloved foods. Use this health-boosting food in these six sweet and savory pumpkin recipes for fall.
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull finally discovers the beauty of smoothies—and shares four recipes for homemade concoctions!
Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.
Gardening is for everyone, even those with disabilities who think they are unable to. The problem to overcome is how to adapt and make adjustments so hyou can grow your own organic vegetables and herbs.
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.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
Premenstrual syndrome can leave you with cramps, bloating and severe mood swings. Tackle your symptoms naturally with these four remedies!
October marks the beginning of pomegranate season. Dig in and enjoy the health benefits of this superfruit.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
Avocados are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and good fat that are beneficial for your health
The foods you’re eating could be chipping away at your bone density. Find out which four foods and drinks are eating away at your bones.
Four new all-natural whole grain granolas from Bob’s Red Mill offer hearty options for a healthy diet.
SunRidge Farms’ All-Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops feature natural premium quality chocolate and real vanilla in a pure cane sugar shell in seven beautiful colors, each of which is naturally derived from vegetable juice.
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
Throw a green New Year's eve party with these tips for decor, food and more.
Sweet Bay is not just for slow-cooked, savory foods. Try it fresh in desserts and puddings for a spicy flavor.
Gorgeous greens and fresh mint make a tasty, healthy, and quick soup.
This recipe is great for summer picnics because it doesn't use mayonnaise.
For a healthy alternative, try these low-fat and herb-filled summer sausage recipes.
Fire up the grill with these four delicious herbs. Also see some great grilling recipes.
Try this tasty antipasto as a substitute for a fattening entrée.
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
Discover help and inspiration from Sarah Magid’s Organic and Chic.
Try this recipe for a tasty, healthy and versatile salad.
This marinade not only tenderizes meats and chicken, but it also has a wonderful zesty taste that is easy to get hooked on!
Learn how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
Celebrate the end of the growing season with this recipe one herbie discovered in Italy.
Celebrate the significance of the autumnal equinox with these harvest recipes.
You should try the Lemon Verbena Lady's version of a Certo recipe for Herbed Garlic Jelly.
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
Beat the heat and try this summer-friendly Lemon Verbena Jelly recipe.
Try this classic Thanksgiving side dish with a yummy fresh herbal taste.
Yesterday, The Herb Companion asked its readers for delicious lavender muffin recipes. Your submissions have made us ecstatic. The following recipes include White Chocolate and Lavender Muffins, and Lavender-Lemon Blueberry Muffins.
Last week The Herb Companion published two reader recipes after a reader callout for delicious lavender muffin recipes on our Facebook fan page. The following recipes include Luscious Lavender Muffins and Agave Lavender Muffins.
Skip the chemicals this Easter and naturally color your Easter eggs with herbs and foods.
Try these easy and delicious fresh mint-infused recipes for chutney, cucumber salad and fruit dip.
This tasty recipe for breakfast potatoes is lightly spicy and perfect for weekend mornings.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Adding recipes like this Vegan Cheesy Lasanga to your meal plan could do more than please your taste buds; it could also save your life.
Impress dinner guests with this easy-to-make creamy tomato and crab bisque.
Serve this easy-to-make caramelized onion-tomato focaccia bread as an appetizer or side to soups and salads.
Muir Glen's beef short ribs recipe creates a tender, smoky and flavorful dish that will please a crowd.
Start the grill and make a deliciously seasoned chicken recipe tonight!
Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.
This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."
Give your palate a break from heavy holiday food with this Crunchy Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Citrus Dressing from guest blogger Stephanie Meyer.
An easy appetizer and party favorite, baked garlic with rosemary and blue cheese tastes great spread on slices of crusty baguette.
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that is versatile, easy to make at home, and requires no special equipment or ingredients.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
This Maple-Mustard Chicken recipe is a one-pan wonder and perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
This tomato soup recipe packed with Italian tomatoes is perfect any time of the year.
Start your morning off right with this breakfast smoothie recipe packed with a serving of fruits and vegetables.
This moist French yogurt cake recipe is gluten-free and super simple.
Serve up these tasty gluten-free muffins and get your morning off to a great start.
This recipe for homemade mango ice cream has the creamy goodness of ice cream and the refreshing taste of sherbet. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Bake a delicious treat for your family with this recipe for scrumptious whole wheat banana muffins!
Smothered in a hearty walnut cream sauce this steamed kale recipe is sure to please everyone, even the naysayers.
This Vegan German Chocolate Cake is just as decadent and satisfying as the classic dessert.
The health benefits of whole tart cherries are widely documented – improving sleep, fighting off infection and slowing the aging process. Now there’s a cherry juice not from concentrate – read about CherryPharm and its benefits…
To celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo I'm throwing a party featuring some of the special Mexican herbs growing in my garden. Try these four unusual recipes: Black Bean Salsa with Cilantro, Papadzules, Minto Mojitos and Chocolate Banana Burritos!
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.
Lemon Verbena Lady has many herbal favorites in the herb garden. The sages were particularly beautiful this season. See some of her favorite salvias and try a recipe for your holiday dinners using the sage that is popular for Thanksgiving.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
Don’t let your lips dry up this winter season, take a few tips and pointers from Janice Cox and make your own lip gloss and soothing balms.
Ditch the sponge and the harsh chemical cleaners for this natural bathroom and kitchen multipurpose scrubbing cleaner.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
Carving pumpkins is an age old tradition, but why do we do it? Learn its origins.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
Some people are not a fan of drinking "boring" water, despite how good it is for you. Add herbal flair to water with this simple infusion recipe.
Make your own sweet, soothing elderflower infusion to help naturally alleviate cold symptoms.
Coffee may be more beneficial to your health than previously thought. A new study explains the connection of coffee and decrease in stroke risk among women.
Soothe and soften your feet with this DIY natural spa treatment.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey with this recipe, adapted from "The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook."
Does the huge task of cleaning windows leave you feeling overwhelmed? Follow these six simple steps—using inexpensive materials you already have around the house—to get your windows sparkling and streak-free.
A healthier version of the classic rice risotto, delicious barley risotto is easy to make and fun to modify with whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
Try these spooktacular treats for your Halloween celebration. We've got mummified hot dogs, terrifying punch and much more.
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley finds healthy road trip snacks.
Fresh basil, cilantro and parsley give this cold, tangy tomato soup fresh summertime flavor. You can make enough soup to feed a crowd in minutes. Enjoy!
Drizzled with sweet pepper sauce, hearty cauliflower steaks are full of robust flavor.
Leafy spring greens add lively color and substance to this vegan stuffed shells recipe.
Nutritious, easy-to-make jicama salads are the perfect spring accompaniment to any meal.
Add protein and whole grains to your menu with this hearty red quinoa salad recipe.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
Impress guests by preparing rose desserts. Toss edible rose petals into custards, tea cakes, scones, cookies and ice cream, or make one of our reader-submitted recipes: Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Frosting and Muhallabiyeh.
Try this recipe for a healthy, hearty bowl of black bean and chorizo chili, courtesy Muir Glen.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for Sausage Vegetable Stew, a recreation of a soup she enjoyed at In the Red Wine Bar and Cafe in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Whip up this batch of chocolate and coconut granola for a grain-free granola recipe that’s packed with healthful nuts and seeds.
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by serving up a scoop of naturally sweet, organic and fair trade ice creams.
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.
Although pumpkins play more of a festive role in today’s society, this fall vegetable provides numerous health benefits that would make it wise for us to incorporte it into our diet.
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.
Bathing suit season approaches! Guest blogger Stephanie Small goes beyond the standard "portion-control-and-exercise" weight loss tips to bring you the top five truths you must know in order to drop the pounds. Look for one new tip on each Monday in May.
Natural Home guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the little food allergy that could mean big weight gain.
Could you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or orthorexia? Learn the differences between normal and harmful behaviors around food and weight.
Following a diet out of a book means you're just adhering to a set of externally imposed rules. Learn how to listen to your body for direction on what nourishes you.
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.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
A healthful fall-flavored twist on the classic carrot cake, this recipe for Pumpkin Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream “cheese” frosting is grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
July 19th is National Ice Cream Day, so celebrate with these delicious ice cream recipes.
Make this succotash recipe to use up your garden's excess of squash, corn and zucchini.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
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.
This Saint Patrick's Day, make Irish stew that has many surprising herbs and spices.
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.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
The world's largest garden yields an abundance of fruits and vegetables, some easily recognized, others, a new experience! A mystery herb appeared in our box of organic vegetables this week. What in the world is stevia?
Because The Herbal Husband is originally from Peru, we like to have tropical plants in our garden. The nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of our favorites. Try my three favorite nasturtium recipes.
These pancakes are tasty and decadent for a frosty fall morning.
Enjoy sweet and spicy ginger snaps this holiday season.
This basil appetizer can be made ahead of time. Just mix sauce in a crock pot, add meatballs and cook. They'll be the hit of the party!
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
Kale is gaining popularity as a healthy, versatile superfood in the kitchen. Kale can be used for cooking soups, salads, stews and can be eaten raw or cooked.
Enjoy any holiday with special homemade herb-and-chocolate treats!
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Indulge on Fat Tuesday with these three Mardi Gras-inspired recipes. Bring the celebration right to your home.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
This sweet, tart, colorful salsa is a surprisingly complex medley that transforms simple and familiar flavors into something really special—but takes only about ten minutes to prepare.
This version of the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich known as smörgås—featuring smoked herring and hard-boiled egg—is crowned with a pinch of fragrant, beautiful, fresh dill.
Reap the benefits of parsley with this Parsley potato salad, a delicious addition to any summer meal.
Avocado, the main ingredient in guacamole, contains many vitamins and minerals that do a body good.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
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.
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
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.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Enjoy this blogger's favorite holiday with a healthier version of fish & chips.
July is National Berry Month! Kick off the start of this month—and celebrate our nation's independence—with this recipe for Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes, courtesy of Driscoll's.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull reviews her seafood past along with a couple shellfish recipe from her Pacific Northwest family.
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.
Try one of these three simple but tasty homemade salad dressings the next time you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch or dinner.
Please your spicier side with Muir Glen's recipe for savory Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers.
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
Mayonnaise is a sandwich staple that you can easily make at home. It takes just minutes to make and you can experiment with new and exciting flavor combinations.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.
Loaded with coconut, banana, carrot, cinnamon and zero refined sugar, this coconut banana carrot cake recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
Learn how to make ricotta cheese with guest blogger Pier Jones. For the beginner cheesemaker, ricotta is a surefire confidence builder.
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.
Perfect for fall and full of flavor, this butternut squash soup recipe is a great example of an easy meal made with delicious whole foods.
Cut back on sugar at breakfast time with this chocolate cherry breakfast cookie recipe, a perfect alternative to the conventional cereal bar.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
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.
Erin McIntosh shares a great recipe for a unique nettle biscuit.
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of many other vegetables. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this chili chocolate pots de crème recipe with salted caramel sauce.
Scottish oatcakes are delicious and crispy crackers that taste wonderful with jam. If you’re looking for a gluten-free take on this traditional treat, check out the following recipe courtesy Bob’s Red Mill.
If you're looking for a fruity cookie that's also high in fiber, look no further than this delicious recipe for Whole-Grain Apple Blueberry Granola Cookies, courtesy Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods.
With spring brings fresh ingredients. Use fresh harvested herbs to whip up a flavorful pesto and pair it with buckwheat or your favorite grain to make a delicious grain salad. This Buckwheat Pesto Salad recipe comes courtesy Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods and Melanie of Nutritious Eats.
This colorful concoction uses vibrant veggies that taste great any time of the year. Whip up this Confetti Cornbread recipe to serve alongside chili, or to enjoy all on its own.
Whip up a batch of these zesty Mini Lemon Pound Cakes with Bulgur for your next family gathering.
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!
A meatless dish, Grilled Tomato Polenta tastes excellent alongside grilled veggies and makes a delicious weeknight meal.
This bright green Dhaniya Chutney recipe makes a great dip for guests who can handle the spice.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.
This gluten-free cornbread stuffing with sausage, sage, cranberries and walnuts is a delicious and simple addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Quick and easy-to-make, these vegan Cherry and Chocolate Taco Cookies are sure to become your family's new holiday tradition.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
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.
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.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
If it is one thing we can all agree on, it is that having clear, glowing skin is the most important factor to your appearance. Clear skin boosts one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and certainly makes us all feel good! Learn more about how to obtain clear skin.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
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.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
Looking for a safe but effective way to deter deer from using your garden as their personal buffet? Sprinkle this plant tonic on their favorite garden munchies.
Learn how to preserve the fabulous scents from your garden in essential oils to make your own perfume. Enjoy your flowers all year with your personal bottled garden scent.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with these natural insect repellents.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
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.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
We asked our readers to share some of their favorite cold and flu remedies. Check out 20 of our favorite reader-submitted remedies, from hot toddies to essential oil rubs.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace bakes vegan, gluten-free shortbread cookies for Santa Claus
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.
Warming winter soup can keep away the winter chill and make us healthier.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
Boost your immune system with KC's delicious chicken immunity soup recipe, made with Avena Botanicals' Immune Soup mix.
Happy May 5th. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re like me, then today is the day to whip up your favorite tacos, snack on sensational salsa and, most importantly, mix yourself some margaritas. This year, why not try the stevia-sweetened mix Sinless Margarita.
An update of my mother's pasta salad recipe, adding asparagus, tarragon and sorrel for cold pasta salad with hot nutrition and flavor.
The fireweed plant is a showy herb native to the northern hemisphere. Use it to make a deliciously sweet Fireweed Jelly or a tea useful in treating constipation.
The health benefits of kale are greater than
those of any other vegetable. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness
and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
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.
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening. It’s made with green tea for guilt-free imbibing.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
Craft these DIY Asian-inspired guest soaps to reinvigorate road-weary visitors.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
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.
Bathing suit season approaches! Stephanie goes beyond the standard "portion-control-and-exercise" weight loss tips to bring you the top five truths you must know in order to drop the pounds. Look for one new tip on each Monday in May.
Guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the similarities between Sumo wrestlers' diets and Americans' diets.
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
Try these three delicious herbal iced tea recipes to cool off this summer in our second part blog about tea.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
Don’t just throw away pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Did you know pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious snack? And now you can use them in a fresh basil pesto.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
Beat the heat with these mint-infused beverages.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
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.
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
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!
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
The Herb Channeler visits the Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and finds a movable herbal feast among the trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.
Use your old garden and herb calendars to craft colorful envelopes and stationery. Also, try some of their old recipes, like this St. John's Wort And Lavender Cream.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
One way to fight against animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry is to buy from certified cruelty-free companies. Another is to make your own products at home.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Research into the potential causes of obesity doesn't lead exclusively to a poor diet and lack of exercise: Environment and exposure to endocrine disruptors can also play a role in weight gain.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
I love skin care products that have multiple uses. Not only do they stretch your savings, but they offer skin care customization. This multipurpose skin care tea treats nearly all skin types and tastes delicious, too.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
Looking for inspiration for meat-free meals? Try these three of my favorite sources of vegetarian meal recipes.
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.
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.
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
Deliciously cool off this summer with these naturally-sweetened chocolate ice cream toppings made with fair trade cocoa.
Colorful Harvest is a specialty produce company out of California and have developed a delicious new corn, Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. Guest blogger Ramona Werst created a risotto recipe using 'Spicy Globe' basil and Ruby Jewel Sweet Red Corn. You can replace the corn with a sweet corn and it will be a tasty dish.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
One guest blogger's special, original recipe prevents illness and quickly helps recover from, or completely ward off, colds, flu and other malaise.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
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.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
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.
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
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.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
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.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that is supposed to evaluate what’s good for you and not good for you, does not evaluate ingredients in beauty products. If the FDA isn’t going to monitor beauty products, who will? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews two organizations that campaign for safer beauty products.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
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.
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.
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.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.