Canadian car manufacturers have developed an electric vehicle with a body made from hemp fiber.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how hemp, a renewable resource, can aid in building zero-carbon homes.
After years of caving to the chemical industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has delcared formaldehyde—common in particleboard, plastics and textiles—a known human carcinogen.
We just received this letter from Mary Jackson in Lincoln, Nebraska, and our editorial assistant, Karen Brock, said, 'Hey, aren’t you facing this same dilemma?' Well . . . as a matter of fact, I am. I've been noodling (loudly) about whether to renew the lease or purchase my Honda Civic Hybrid.
It's no secret that a woman's metabolism slows down as she approaches menopause. Instead of unrealistically eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, think along the lines of a moderate carbs diet.
Researchers at the University of Bath are all set to test the efficiency of the HemPod, a building made from a hemp-lime composite.
Tradical Hempcrete, a concrete-like substance made from hemp and lime, is used in two Asheville, North Carolina, homes.
Will harvesting hemp aid in the American green collar jobs movement? Products made from hemp grown in Canada, China and Eastern Europe (where it’s legal) amounted to $300 million in annual retail sales in North America last year. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains hemp's appeal.
JWTIntelligence predicts big green changes in the coming year (including tube-free toilet paper).
Choosing natural, environmentally friendly flooring is an easy way to keep your home healthy. Choose natural linoleum, cork, sustainable wood, natural wool carpet or tile.
Auburn University students build a home using bales of non-recyclable corrugated cardboard.
As economic turmoil peaks and a staggering number of Americans file for unemployment, Ogden Publications, publisher of Natural Home magazine, is connecting job seekers and green employers through its website Great Green Careers.
Carrotmob, a project of Virgance, a company that organizes activism campaigns, works to create social change by rewarding green businesses through consumer buying. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about this innovative activism group.
Here are three great reasons that hemp cultivation should be legal in the United States: food, health and shelter.
Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.
Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, carrots offer many health benefits, from maintaining healthy eyes to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
In 2010, Chevrolet announced that the company was embarking on a Carbon Reduction Initiative, an effort to invest $40 million in carbon offset projects across the country with the goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.
This week green building author, architect and Natural Home columnist Carol Venolia dispenses advice on green remodeling during workshops sponsored by Design~Build~Live in Austin, Texas.
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
Uruguay has authorized industrial hemp cultivation on an experimental basis. The South American country’s officials want to know how the crop responds to Uruguayan soil and its productive capacities before authorizing nationwide cultivation.
Two electric cars, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, will be released this year. Which would you buy?
EU's ban of five chemicals commonly used in building materials will 'shake up the industry,' Healthy Building Network official predicts.
While federal regulators fiddle, Wal-Mart bans controversial flame retardants from its shelves. Will more retailers follow suit?
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
Celebrate hemp, one of Mother Nature's most useful plants, during Hemp History Week. This versatile, multi-purpose plant has a rich history in the United States. Unfortunately, it's now illegal to grow it here.
Oregon becomes the sixth state to make hemp legal to produce, trade and possess.
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.
Serve this easy-to-make caramelized onion-tomato focaccia bread as an appetizer or side to soups and salads.
Dark chocolate may be good for more than just antioxidants—it might protect your body from a range of health conditions, including heart failure and strokes.
ThermaCell’s Outdoor Lantern can simultaneously be used as a mosquito repellent and light, making it a great choice for the patio, cottage or camping.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
Protect your heart and brain and prevent cancer by eating grapes. Check out these five health benefits of grapes!
Loaded with coconut, banana, carrot, cinnamon and zero refined sugar, this coconut banana carrot cake recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
Filtering tap water instead of buying plastic bottles helps my family’s carbon footprint—and bottom line.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Greenpeace report that links major shoe companies to rainforest destruction.
Designer David Stark creates furniture and room accessories from discarded packing materials for West Elm’s newest store.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
Shortages and soaring cotton prices have prompted U.S. farmers to plant more cotton and less food. Hemp is much more versatile and less resource-intensive to grow. Unfortunately, outdated U.S. laws prohibit its production.
CRAiLAR, a new fiber made from hemp stalks, could revolutionize the sustainable fabrics industry by bringing down the cost of organic textiles.
Farmers in northern Michigan urge county officials to support hemp farming.
To protest the ban on hemp farming, six hemp activists symbolically planted hemp seeds on the lawn of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
California’s Proposition 19, which would make it legal for adults to possess and grow marijuana, could also bring back industrial hemp, a multibillion dollar industry, to the United States.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
Ryan Mitchell, founder of TheTinyLife.com, is saving up to pay cash for a 130-square-foot home on wheels in North Carolina. He’s seeking perspective, clarity—and a girlfriend who gets it.
In North Carolina’s Triangle region, Crop Mob is reviving community farming.
Indoor air pollutants can cause a number of health problems. Breathe easier by removing or remedying these four sources of indoor air pollution.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
In partnership with the Department of Energy, Chevrolet offers free home charging stations to 4,400 owners of its newest electric car, the Volt.
La Chanh Nguyen's eco-friendly designs are changing the function common household items. Her process is simple; she deconstructs an object and recreates it with a green purpose and function.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren offers tips on how to take eco-friendly car trips
FLOR's Spring 2012 collection of modular carpet tiles includes cozy berbers and bold prints made from recycled Nylon, wool and other sustainable fibers.
Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
Lack of interest threatens ClimateSmart, a program that helps PG&E customers in California offset their carbon emissions, is about to be cut.
Take the initiative and reduce your carbon footprint at home with these six tips.
Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.
A Carnegie Mellon study finds fault with carbon footprint calculations. Thankfully, we have other ways of determining environmental impact.
Buying carbon offsets for flying is one way to green your travels.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Jessica talks about abandoning conventional wedding traditions in favor of saving money and resources, creating a more sustainable wedding.
What we eat throughout the day affects how we sleep at night. Try these five foods to help you sleep better at night.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
The first Tiny House Conference will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 16.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Imperial Cat has once again expanded its brand of high-quality, eco-friendly cat products to include new holiday themed Scratch 'n Shapes.
Jessica gives an update on her townhouse greening: a recycling center, cardboard art, and upgraded lighting and bathroom fixtures.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
For puffy eyes there’s nothing better than some good old fashioned cucumber.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace picks out her favorite Linda and Harriet stationery to use as Valentine's Day cards.
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
A new study finds that warming temperatures will cause up to two-thirds of the earth's permafrost to disappear by 2200, unleashing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Some consumers are wary of the impending federal phaseout of incandescent light bulbs. Are you?
Matt gets a reality check on his reusable bag habit and what needs to be done to really help the environment.
Natural Home chose bamboo for its kitchenware line because it's both sustainable and beautiful.
Now playing in select theaters, Carbon Nation is a non-preachy, solutions-based documentary that proves the benefits of a low-carbon economy.
Marley Audio Electronics collection, which debuted last week, showcases premium, eco-conscious manufacturing and materials, including hemp.
A new Facebook group, “I Want to Grow Hemp Like George Washington,” connects supporters of hemp reform and lets them share their views on hemp production in the United States.
Stackable chairs made from molded hemp represent a breakthrough in using the versatile, renewable fiber.
Hemp can be made into a wide variety of products, including fashionable, functional clothing.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
Future Foam recycles Nike Grind, salvaged scraps from old Nike Shoes, into StepAhead carpet cushion.
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
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.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Guest blogger Heidi Cardenas commits to a 100 percent recycling program and discusses the good—and free—things that can come from that.
Use a rain barrel or a larger rainwater collection and irrigation system instead of paying for water this summer.
Get a creative nightstand without spending a lot of money by repurposing thrift store finds and old items around the house into functional but cheap bedside tables.
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
Avocados are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and good fat that are beneficial for your health
Natural beauty is as close as the kitchen. Check out these seven foods for skin—as well as some homemade beauty treatments you can make from them.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
Shocked that nearly everything in their Dallas home was made overseas, a family starts over and furnishes their home only with items made in the USA. ABC News challenges everyone to take a pledge to purchase products made in America.
Every good home needs a porch. From fireside chats to sleeping—and even hanging laundry—porches can accommodate every aspect of our lives. Here are five inspiring examples to put a fire under your porch-sitting fantasies.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz helps her family plan an eco-friendly road trip complete with a hybrid car, organic snacks and energy-efficient hotels.
Inflammation and the loss of cartilage cause severe pain in arthritis sufferers. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain with these eight natural and herbal remedies.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
Bobble water bottles come with a built-in, replaceable carbon filter to produce great-tasting water on-the-go.
To meet its goal of making all new buildings carbon-neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects introduces an online tool that help designers predict how much energy their buildings will use.
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
A solar-powered cooker made out of cardboard boxes, which aims to reduce carbon emissions, deforestation and the spread of water-borne diseases, took home the first prize at the Climate Change Challenge.
We all know that carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of global warming. Now, we can pinpoint exactly where the problem is concentrated.
Exercising is good for you—but what about for the environment? Getting your workout fix outdoors, using retrofitted or energy-efficient machines and buying sustainable workout gear will lessen your carbon footprint by pounds of CO2 a day.
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson is heading to Egypt after college graduation, and discusses ways to make her trip an Earthy-friendly one.
Based on a "Brownie Blind Taste Test" recently conducted, Dancing Deer's all-natural, baked-from-scratch brownies won the taste test battle by a wide margin.
A new study links diet soda to increased risk of fatal cardiac problems, while a health group connects caramel coloring in soda to cancer.
A naturally absorbent fiber, hemp could help clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast.
If the DEA can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants, says a former Kentucky governor, how can it distinguish between powdered sugar and cocaine? Hempsters: Plant the Seed is a must-see movie that gives pro-hemp activists a voice.
Far from being weeds, spring's earliest greens are packed with nutrition and help detox the body.
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.
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.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
Grow your own fresh supply of fragrant perennial flowers this year to scent your life and use as cut flowers, for crafts, and in natural personal care treatments.
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
Save water, time and money on your landscape with beautiful drought-tolerant ornamental grasses.
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
Rosemary is an aromatic perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that has many uses. This guest blogger loves to use it as a hair rinse. Learn more.
Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.
Add valerian to your herb garden or to a wet area of your landscape to grow your own natural sleep and relaxation aid.
Plant German chamomile and grow your own natural first aid and body care supplies.
Plastic we don't recycle ends up in our oceans. Alkaline batteries leak toxins into the air, water and soil when sent to landfills. What if we all took responsibility for recycling common items we use? Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011, by taking the pledge to recycle more.
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.
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
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!
Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.
This spring garden festival will provide herb enthusists with a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and more, all grown from local farms and greenhouses.
People living near massive livestock operations may be at risk from the pollution they generate--which is higher in some cases than the nation's most polluted cities.
It appears that taking daily capsules of aged garlic extract (AGE) and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can slow—and may even reverse—the progression of atherosclerosis, a buildup of fatty plaque in the coronaries, within this at-risk population.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces a limited edition spring collection that includes mascara and eyeliner.
EuroPharma, Inc. has now released a nighttime version, Curamin PM, for those who need support for restful sleep.
Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, a global leader in herbal medicines (sold in the U.S. as dietary supplements), and personal care products, has pledged to plant one tree for every person who visits any of their trade show booths in 2011.
Launching October 2011, new Heal Everything Balm from Miracle Skin Transformer works fast to soothe burns, cuts, bug bites, and other minor skin irritations.
With new warnings that children under six years of age should not be given cough syrups, what is a parent to do when their child needs something that’s safe and that really works? In a study at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine, researchers found that honey may hold the answer.
Connect with herbal artisans and vendors to ask questions and purchase homemade organic products on Poppy Swap.
California Baby Super Sensitive products have a naturally scentless formula that’s super safe for sensitive skin.
Ecoike creator Faith Moser shares a healthy, easy and family-friendly muffin recipe!
Ever wondered: what is sorghum? Learn the history of this ancient grain and put it to good use with this Curry Carrot Salad recipe.
Fresh fruits and veggies can still be grown during the winter; just grow them indoors.
Give your lips a hint of color with a tinted lip balm from the Yes to Carrots Color Balm line.
Natural Home assistant editor reviews USDA-certified organic natural lip balm from Yes To Carrots.
Whip up this delicious vegetable-based soup tonight. You'll never miss the chicken.
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.
Take advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes with these tips.
Sodas cause abnormal weight gain and are laced with unpleasant ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and BPA. Need a reason to stop drinking soda? We’ll give you six.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
In the wake of a study that shows access to public transportation is crucial to lowering carbon footprint, the Smarter Cities Project names the top regions for smart transit.
When you celebrate Meatless Monday with hearty, savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, no one will miss the meat.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Yes To Carrots natural sunscreen, which contains 10 percent zinc oxide and is free of parabens, petroleum and SLS.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews another natural shampoo in her natural shampoo series: Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Yes To Cucumbers Natural Glow Facial Towelettes.
Jessica shares a vegetarian trend she's noticed everywhere lately: Pan-Fried Veggie Cakes!
Navitas Naturals is adding Blueberry Hemp to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks. Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks provide a diversity of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.
As scandalous as it once seemed to be, the Hemp Lip Protector at The Body Shop isn't that crazy
A bill that would make hemp production legal in California would create jobs and opportunities in the financially strapped state.
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
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.
Fennel is the perfect herb for the gourmet cook who loves to grow special ingredients. It requires some attention to blanching, mounding soil around the growing basal bulb to keep it white and tender, but is well worth the extra effort.
Chamomile is both easy to grow and useful for treating various health problems.
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat many conditions including depression and stress. Its common name comes from associations with St. John the Baptist.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
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.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!
Calendula officinalis, a bright and cheery herb for any border or kitchen garden, is more than just another pretty flower. It has many uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet and personal care arena.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
Growing lettuce and other salad greens is easy when you plant in salad boxes.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Explore the many health benefits of cauliflower, from cancer prevention to digestive support.
Reserveage Organics’ line of cocoa superfruit products featuring CocoaWell wins Natural Foods Merchandiser Editor’s Choice Award at Natural Products Expo West.
derma e is proud to annouce that their line of natural skincare products is cruelty-free, vegan friendly and largely gluten-free.
Blissoma skincare is progressive, pure, effective, and sophisticated but it may still be the best organic facial brand most people still don't know.
John Masters Organics Shine On keeps your hair soft and shiny.
The recent trend towards e-readers may cut back on environmental impact, but they also take away the tangible qualities of reading a book.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
The Mother Earth Living editors pick their top five favorite natural lip balms.
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.
Guest blogger Jenn Leonard shares her experience with natural lawn nutrition service, Bio Green.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
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.
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.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
Forbes releases its list of the least toxic cities in America, from Texas to Pennsylvania.
The origin story of CARE packages offers a deeper appreciation for the power of generosity and providing comfort to those in need or college students away from home for the first time.
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives.
Seasonal changes can leave hair frizzy and unmanageable. The shifting levels of dryness and humidity make it a challenge to achieve sleek, silky locks. Effectively tame the frizz and have smooth strands with the neuSmooth Collection from Neuma.
PRAVANA launches its NEVO line, a collection of all-natural shampoos, conditioners and deep treatments in biodegradable packaging.
A proper diet is crucial in promoting good heart health—so make sure you’re eating the right stuff! These seven foods are loaded with healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants to protect your heart.
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
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.
The chemicals in everyday personal care products can negatively affect health. Watch out for these five!
Protect plants, trees and shrubs during the winter season with these tips from the Professional Landcare Network.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
Sick of the winter cold already? So are we. So here is one way Herb Companion staffers are surviving this winter: herbal baths.
A recent visit to Salon Di Marco in Lawrence, Kansas has made me rethink the way I take care of my hair.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces its limited edition Lips and Lashes gift set for the holiday season.
PRIMAVERA skin care has just made its U.S debut and is quickly raising the bar in the field of natural and organic skin care.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural hand, nail and cuticle care from Badger Healthy Body Care.
From a homemade furniture polish to a skin and hair conditioner, olive oil has many uses around the home. Just check out these 15 uses for olive oil!
If you’re on the lookout for a vegan hair care product that garners the same results as high quality salon products, you’re in luck. Emmett Cooper Haircare is just that.
Patchouli essential oil is a great remedy for wounds and scars because it regenerates skin cells. Learn more about its many health benefits.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Conventional deodorants contain aluminum and other chemicals linked to cancer, elevated estrogen levels and other health problems. Witch hazel provides an effective and economical natural deodorant alternative.
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
Take care of yourself with our picks for natural personal care products.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to use more green products, check out Twist’s line of amazing sponges. Not only are they biodegradable, but they’re also free of dyes and made from all-natural, plant-based materials.
Check out this interesting art! Plein air artist Susan Bell transforms manure from her horses into animal sculptures that decompose in your yard.
Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.
Veria ID InnerDosha is a full range of natural skin, hair and body products designed to treat specific hair and skin types as defined by Ayurveda’s doshas.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces three new formulas to its collection of beloved Body Moisturizers.
Undo summer’s damage with S.O.A.P.’s new Brown Sugar Souffle Body Scrub.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
True Natural expands its anti-aging lineup with the all-new Rose Anti-Aging system, providing dry and mature skin with the best care possible.
Are certified organic products worth the price and peace of mind? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tests out USDA organic shampoo and body cleanser.
We found the best lip balm for winter. Read our review!
John Masters Organics offers hair care enriched with essential oils. Read the review!
Verikira Naturals is a Vegan Cosmetics Organization certified-company that pledges never to use synthetic fragrances, animal byproducts and unnecessary chemicals. What more could you ask for in a beauty brand? Oh yea – it donates 10 percent of its Pink Grapefruit Collection proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation all year long.
Clotheslines are the most energy-efficient—but not always the most practical--drying option. Levi Strauss’s Care to Air contest offers $10,000 for innovations that would improve or replace the clothesline.
Natural Home editorial intern Ross Stewart reviews the best new natural, nontoxic men’s shaving products. Find out which natural shaving creams, aftershaves, soaps, shave brushes and razors are the best.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares some natural treatments you can use to care for your sunburn this summer.
Not too long ago I discovered The Healing Seed, a new company that offers virgin organic hempseed oil body care products. Learn more about this company and hempseed.
Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many commercial products.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Try these three natural coat rinse recipes for your furry friends.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
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.
Our newest guest blogger, Dawn Robnett, is always searching for great herbs to color soap and skin care products. She recently discovered comfrey, which provides a beautiful green color and wonderful skin benefits.
Guest blogger Dawn Robnett recently discovered a new herbal soap that touts fascinating benefits. Learn more.
Follow these tips for using essential oils to make your own organic perfumes.
Our standard shampooing practices often leave hair dull and damaged. Benefit from our botanical allies to achieve balance for scalp and hair by using natural herbal rinses.
Popular fertilizers and mulches can be dangerous to our furry family members. Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses ways to make sure your lawn and garden are pet-friendly.
The benefits of sage essential oil are endless—it can be used as a home remedy for dandruff, an herbal acne treatment, a natural stress reliever and more.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.
Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.
Don't let chlorine destroy your lovely locks. Use these home-remedies to reverse the damage.
'Tis the season for dry chapped lips. Did you know that your lips do not have oil glands? Because of this, it’s very important to make sure they are protected especially if you plan on being outdoors in harsh weather or wind. Discover what helps chapped lips.
It’s getting colder, and even those of us with oily skin are starting to notice dry patches and flakes on our face. Fight dry facial skin with these natural skin care tips.
Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.
Since 2005, the USDA has been certifying organic beauty products, but it has no control over the production and labeling of cosmetics and personal-care products—which is the exact problem the Organic Consumers Association wants to remedy with its “Coming Clean” campaign.
With temperatures heating up, the one thing most people forget to consider is their skin. Rather than buying expensive, name-brand products full of artificial and synthetic chemicals, treat your skin with these five healing herbs.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
Garden walks, wooded paths, natural sandy beaches and glacial lake waters abundant in restorative and healing minerals provide an experience not to be missed at Minnesota's Grand View Lodge.
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.
Give your skin care routine a boost with Eve Organics organic products.
Pyreneese Lavender with Cardamom body lotion is one of Pangea Organics' body and hand lotion that moisturizes your skin without leaving an oily residue.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
Fusing green science with time-honoured beauty rituals, Bionée provides certified organic beauty and personal care products for new mothers and babies.
This Mother’s Day, treat her to a selection of luxurious, all-natural Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products that are ideal for new moms, moms-to-be and their babies.
Using certified-organic ingredients, these products from John Masters Organics help naturally resolve the most stubborn problems.
Nature’s Gate introduces affordable anti-aging products for the face with it’s Facial Care collection.
The New Naturals Skincare Sheer Zinc Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from Peter Lamas provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Paula’s Choice introduces its Earth Sourced collection—a line of natural and vegan skin-care products.
Rejuvenate sun-drenched skin with soothing Almond Blossom products from Kneipp.
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
Freelance writer and natural beauty expert Kim Wallace feeds her lip balm addiction with Brew, a new natural lip balm from Skincando Luxe.
EO’s Everyday Body Lotion leaves skin soft and smooth without feeling greasy or oily.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lotions from Garden of Eve.
Derma e Scar Gel helps naturally reduce the appearance of old and new scars, stretch marks and minor burns.
Onesta Smooth & Shine Thermal Straightening Crème controls frizz and adds shine to straight hair without the use of sulfates, parabens, synthetic colors and dyes.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest styling tools from Pure Heat Tools. The Pure Heat Tools Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is lightweight, made of recycled materials and is minimally packaged in recycled cardboard.
This herbal acne treatment became a favorite among this Herbalistas friends. Perfect size for travel!
An herbalista reviews Jurlique shampoo and conditioner and investigates its sustainability.
The Herbalista begins her search for pictue perfect skincare. Herbs can keep your skin healthy and glowing and John Masters Organics combines rose and aloe to create a useful toning mist that the Herbalista uses to get a head start to each and every morning.
Gardener’s All Natural Hand Balm with Shea Butter by SunFeather Natural Soap Company ($9) is a delectable combination of olive oil and shea butter scented with lavender, lemon and ginger essential oils.
Whether you’re just starting out on the green path or looking for more ways to live sustainably, check out Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs, which teaches simple domestic skills to help you lead a DIY life.
Discover the benefits of shea butter, the featured beauty ingredient in our Whipped Shea Butter Skin Cream.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
Herbalists can benefit greatly from tending a backyard beehive in their garden. Learn why every herbalist should consider keeping bees and how to go about it.
Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients that made my dull boots instantly shine.
With its new clothing tags, Levi’s encourages consumers to donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill.
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.
I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.
Recently, I discovered Thymes, a very girly company that sells paraben-free body care and home fragrance products. It was love at first sight.
Read this Herbalista's review on the Pomegranate Green Tea shampoo and conditioner from Organix and learn just how green it really is.
Learn which natural facial scrubs are good for you and the environment.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
Riding the body of toxins is the key to maintaing a healthy complexion. These herbs work from the inside to rid your skin of pimples, wrinkles and rashes.
Natural and effective skin and hair care for our pets can be easy, economical and gentle. Learn which herbs guest blogger, Dawn Robnett, uses to make Castile soap for her pets.
Try these alternative aromatherapy products for long lasting relaxation.
Rose hips are an excellent addition to many soaps and skin care products. Learn why.
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.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Poo-Pourri spray claims it can eliminate stinky bathroom odors. The Garden Gnome finds out if it really works.
This facial cleanser is packed with botanicals and is great for daily use.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
Soothe sunburned skin with an easy-to-make cold compress, pure aloe vera or other natural sunburn remedies.
Fast-growing chickweed can soothe respiratory ailments, relieve skin conditions and aid weight loss.
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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.
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Good For You Girls, a new line of natural beauty products specially formulated for teen girls.
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Even something as little as conditioning your hair can help save thousands of acres of rainforest.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
The Herb Companion recently discovered One Love Organics—a company that focuses on making four sustainable beauty products. Comment to enter for a chance to win some of their products.
Although there are many workshops and classes available that will teach you how to “make your own” medicines and crafts, it's sometimes just as easy as snipping herbs and heading into the kitchen. This article is a quick how-to look on making medicinal oils.
Herbal Choice Mari’s vegan, organic, natural hand and body lotions are naturally scented with plant-based oils.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
Slough off dead winter skin with homemade skin scrubs. Try one of these recipes that use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
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.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.
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.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Tame frizz with this botanical-rich leave-in conditioning mist from John Masters Organics.
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.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Aroma Naturals is thrilled to introduce its new Butterx Lip Care line of all-natural lip balms packed with nourishing antioxidants, moisturizing nutrients and other natural ingredients.
John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Lotion lightweight and fragrance-free formula makes it a must-have for those with sensitivities to fragrance.
Reveal fresh, healthy skin with Hugo Naturals Sea Salt and Sugar Scrub in Sea Fennel and Passionflower.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
Badger’s Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil contains a blend of six moisturizing oils with antioxidant-packed extracts.
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
I don't know about you, but its absolutely impossible to keep my feet clean in sandals, my summer staple. So when I stumbled upon Wipe Your Feet by Jamar Labs, I was intrigued.
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.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Prairie Essence Herbal Garden Lip Balm, a natural lip balm made from a blend of rosemary and herb essential oils.
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.
Leading organic personal-care products company Badger celebrates national Fair Trade Month 2010 one fair trade-certified cocoa butter kiss at a time.
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.
Thanks to its live cultures, yogurt can balance bacteria in the body, offering a number of health and even beauty benefits. Discover the health benefits of yogurt!
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews all-natural, vegan Hurraw! lip balm's new Black Cherry Tinted Lip Balm and Tinted Cinnamon Lip Balm.
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.