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12/10/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren weighs the pros and cons of live and artificial trees in her quest for an eco-friendly Christmas tree.
12/27/2010
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
11/21/2008
You don't need a Christmas tree to decorate for the holidays. Here are three herb-friendly and space-saving alternatives to make your home look classic.
12/18/2008
Matt Hirschfeld tells you what to do with all that holiday waste to make the season greener.
12/28/2009
A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natural Christmas trees generate fewer greenhouse gases per year than artificial trees.
12/6/2010
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.
11/30/2010
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
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.
12/28/2009
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
12/13/2010
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
12/29/2009
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.
1/31/2011
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
1/23/2011
Finca Bella Vista in Costa Rica, a community of sustainable treehouses in the jungle canopy, connected by zip lines and suspension bridges, is an Ewok Village come to life.
2/19/2013
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
3/23/2009
Green artist Yuken Teruya uses shopping bags, empty toilet paper rolls, old to-go bags and discarded pizza boxes as a canvas for his beautiful and insightful art.
11/10/2009
With these easy ideas, you can make the most of all the leaves that have taken over your yard.
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.
12/15/2010
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
12/14/2010
‘Tis the season to shop for green gifts—here’s how.
11/25/2008
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares what she's learned about the challenges of mass producing eco-friendly products that meet our own tough criteria.
12/13/2010
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
11/23/2009
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
12/16/2008
Thinking about finishing up your holiday shopping online? Make sure to check out Earth Moment, a portal that will offset the carbon emitted by your purchase—at no extra cost. Also check out these websites—some of our staff favorites.
12/16/2008
The average American family spends around $18,000 each year on goods and services. This holiday season, these are the questions we’re asking before we plunk down our own hard-earned dollars.
12/18/2008
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
12/16/2008
Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
12/3/2008
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion. 
1/7/2010
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
2/1/2012
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
12/1/2011
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
12/12/2012
Give your palate a break from heavy holiday food with this Crunchy Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Citrus Dressing from guest blogger Stephanie Meyer.
12/16/2010
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
12/22/2011
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
12/10/2010
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
12/10/2009
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
4/12/2011
A spontaneous idea to erect a "spring tree" brings together a neighborhood and community.
8/11/2008
The Soap Kitchen Tea Tree Wake Up is an olive oil-based soap with palm, coconut and tea tree oils that soothe irritated, inflamed skin
6/8/2011
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean—and safeguard your family's health.
5/3/2011
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
12/16/2008
Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients that made my dull boots instantly shine.
2/21/2011
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
6/12/2009
After trying derma e's new skincare product, Very Clear Cleansing Scrub, I soon discovered that tea tree oil may be the best natural disinfectant for my body.
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.
12/11/2011
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.
12/7/2011
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.
4/28/2011
Made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled steel, based on Prius engineering, with a gray water system and a living roof, this Mojave Desert residence and workplace is a prototype for low-cost prefab kit houses everywhere.
5/13/2011
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
12/30/2010
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
9/21/2011
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.   
4/27/2011
Is your scalp littered with ugly white dandruff flakes? Skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.
12/8/2010
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
12/20/2010
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
12/23/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace bakes vegan, gluten-free shortbread cookies for Santa Claus  
12/6/2012
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
11/15/2011
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
12/9/2010
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
12/8/2011
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
12/24/2009
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
11/25/2009
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
12/15/2009
After weeks of planning (and a little bit of panicking), the Natural Home team finishes decorating the Blair House and State Department for the holidays with a selection of fair trade, artisan-made items that benefit our planet and its citizens.
12/22/2011
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
12/9/2011
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
12/21/2011
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
12/12/2011
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
12/7/2011
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
12/8/2009
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
12/17/2010
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
12/9/2013
The Lemon Verbena Lady talks about some of her favorite sights in Pittsburgh during Christmas, as well as some of her favorite herbs, books and crafts for the holidays.
8/4/2011
Yeast infections are most often a result of an imbalance in the body. Treat yeast infections naturally with these tips!
9/2/2010
Purple Prairie Botanicals Orange and Tea Tree Facial Toning Bar combines the bacteria-fighting power of tea tree and orange essential oil for a product that promotes healthy, glowing skin.
6/13/2011
Chemical antibacterials, including triclosan, are health and environmental hazards. You don't have to bring these nasties into your home. Put hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to work killing germs and disinfect.
9/1/2010
Warts, which are caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), can take years to disappear without treatment. Make your warts disappear in record time with these natural remedies!
2/22/2012
Relieve pain, reduce inflammation and treat cases of otitis media and otitis externa (swimmer’s ear) with these natural remedies for ear infections.
9/7/2010
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.
12/21/2011
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.
12/11/2012
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
12/8/2011
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.


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