Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
September ... long month, no? The election frenzy is roiling; the DOW keeps tanking as the $700 billion bailout plan goes to vote in Washington; banks are scared to lend each other money, causing over-leveraged companies to hit a brick wall; the President is on TV telling us that, indeed, there are problems afoot.
Get to know Traditional Community Herbalist Kristine Brown and enter to win a subscription to Herbal Roots Zine, a great resource for teaching kids about herbs!
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.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
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.
Bring Andrea Candee’s Healing Kitchen workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Learn to craft herbal medicine at home or in the wild using the folk method. This informative and useful guide provides helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for making tinctures the traditional way.
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.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras.
The Hawaiian summer sun is relentless and can leave you with achy sunburns. Fortunately aloe vera naturally soothes burns and leaves your skin feeling soft.
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
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.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Erin McIntosh enjoyed a weekend exploring Western holistic medicine at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference located at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, New Mexico.
Plants originally considered harmful to the environment may actually restore the Earth's ecosystems and possess powerful healing properties. Learn more.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, guest blogger Marguerite Dunne made sure she found a wise woman, a root woman and a healer with whom she could discuss the ethnobotany of the area.
Erin McIntosh spent a weekend in July filled with community herbalism in the Oregon countryside.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Parsley has been used in medicine, cosmetics and rituals throughout history.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
Ginger is a natural remedy for many stomach ailments: nausea, menstrual cramps, indigestion and more. Ginger also eases tired muscles and may help lower cholestrol.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
It's important to have accurate information about any herbal remedy you are thinking of using. Dr. Jaclyn Chasse shares her own experience with misleading media representation and clinical studies of St. John's wort.
After its exploding popularity in the late 19th century, echinacea was widely researched. Since then, numerous echinacea benefits have been discovered. Try these two simple echinacea remedies to fight the common cold.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
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.
The art of healing our bodies with herbs is a new fascination in Erin McIntosh's life. Learn more about her journey on the path to herbalism.
Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.
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.
These three pregnancy skin care products will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
The Herb Companion is partnering with Poppy Swap, a new online herbal marketplace, to bring you a free herbal product of your choice.
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
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On February 21, 2011, herb grower and author Thomas DeBaggio died in his sleep. Learn more about this important herbalist.
Do you know your herbal history? Learn about the folklore and legends that surround a popular herb.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
Gray skies and frigid temperatures can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Here are a few ways to brighten your day even when the sun is nowhere in sight.
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Visit an herb festival this season for fun new herbal inspirations.
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.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Herbs such as arnica, capsaicin and ginger relieve KC's aching muscles after a painful car crash.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
This smooth, caffeine-free herbal tisane is rich in antioxidants and a fresh addition to summer meals.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
The discovery of medicinal pills onboard an ancient Italian merchant ship lends credence to the historic practice of herbal medicine.
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.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
This easy-to-grow herb has a wide array of medicinal uses and is a favorite for summer salads and teas.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
The Lemon Verbena Lady makes a visit to an herbal Peruvian clinic & botanical garden in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.
Herbs do work -- when you take them.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe: zallouh. This gnarled root from Syria may boost libido and treat erectile dysfunction.
Find out how to make new friends like blogger Jessy Rushing has done through involvement with her local chapter of The Herb Society of America.
It's difficult to understand supplements when reputable sources just can't seem to get it right. The NPA recently challenged the Wall Street Journal about an article they published concerning dietary supplements. Read more.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
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.
One doctor decides to make a cross-country journey to promote natural healing and health.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
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.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
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.
Garlic has been used for centuries to treat colds and infections. Modern research shows that garlic may also be useful in preventing cancer.
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Modern research suggests that beer, considered medicinal in many ancient cultures, may have some health benefits after all.
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.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
My herbie radar goes into overdrive during this time of year and I’m on the prowl for celebrations of all things herbal. How fortunate to know about the Herb Fest in Beaumont, Texas—my old stompin’ grounds.
Medication isn't your only option for allergy relief. Give these at-home remedies a try.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, says schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many common pharmaceuticals--without the onerous side effects.
Light up your Valentine's Day with all natural, herbal homemade candles.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
During her recent visit to England, our Lemon Verbena Lady explored the historic gardens on the grounds of London's Fulham Palace.
I'd love to see "modern" medicine get hip to herbs before they get patented and turned into expensive medicine.
When the Lemon Verbena Lady visited the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens during her NYC vacation she quickly learned that timing is everything when it comes to herbal travels.
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
The Herb Society of America will honor the rose this year at its annual spring symposium.
Herbal immune boosters really work.
Organique by Himalaya, a line of pure personal care products made by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, received the NPA Natural Standard Seal on all 20 products.
Rishi Tea will be donating a portion of its sales from its Organic Unity Herbal Tea to the National Yoga Month organization.
If you’re a dog owner you know that fleas can be a common hassle. These three herbs offer an alternative way to battle this pesky problem.
Because of one company's generosity, a pack of endangered wolves in Oregon may have a chance at survival.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
Relax and relieve your stress with these three herbs.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds a lovely vegetable and herb garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in South Beach, Florida.
I wish you could experience the English Walled Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois. Blooming wisteria drapes over rows of trellised classical columns and flowering fruit trees shimmer in the breeze.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Fight common ailments with these seven herbs for health and wellness.
The Lemon Verbena Lady describes her 20th wedding anniversary trip to the Loire Valley in France and shares her search for unusual herbs.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
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.
Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.
Try these herbal remedies to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Relieve stress, boost spirits and get relaxed with these aromatherapy crafts for the holidays, including an herbal bath bag and a simmering citrus potpourri.
Find even more aromatherapy crafts for the holidays in this second post from the Lemon Verbena Lady.
It was once stated by ethnobotanist Melvin Gilmore that echinacea was used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, and it's not hard to understand why. The history behind this versatile coneflower is rich in remedies and medicinal uses. Read on to learn more about the history of echinacea.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
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.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe. Szechuan buttons are electric-packed flower buds that have numbing properties, giving them the aptly named moniker, the "toothache plant".
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
If you’re looking for a healthy and eco-friendly dog shampoo that smells great, then look no further than Olive Bubble + Squeak Herbal Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is USDA approved organic, 100 percent biodegradable and bottled in recyclable plastic.
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 Lemon Verbena Lady shares her travels to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, an apothecary herb garden in the heart of London.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Bee balm tea is difficult to come across, but has an array of health benefits.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Herbal Choice Mari’s vegan, organic, natural hand and body lotions are naturally scented with plant-based oils.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
If there’s a tea aficionado on your gift list this year, look no further than Numi Organic Teas for one-stop shopping.
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Take a trip across the pond with the Lemon Verbena Lady to discover a 300-year-old garden.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Monroe County is hosting the Master Gardener Plant Sale in May. Find out why you won't want to miss it.
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Try these three delicious herbal iced tea recipes to cool off this summer in our second part blog about tea.
The Herb Channeler visits the Arboretum Trompenburg in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and finds a movable herbal feast among the trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
Peppermint, one of the most widely known mints in North America, can be distilled to extract its essential oil. Use this oil to soothe indigestion, sore throats and much more.
Researchers have found that curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that gives it its distinct coloring, may help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
Learn how to make a tea for pain or menstrual cramps using white willow bark.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
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.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help you relax.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
The most popular supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10. Learn more about their health advantages.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
Every herb has a story, and that of licorice begins with its reputation as a “sweet herb.” Plants are put on this earth to provide nourishment and healing benefits. Licorice is one of those unique and special plants that does both.
TV personality and author Chris Kilham, founder of Medicine Hunter, believes that schisandra, cacao and San Pedro cactus could replace many pharmaceuticals—without the onerous side effects.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
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.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
This herb's medicinal use dates back to 400 B.C., and researchers may have found another reason why our anchestors may have been onto something.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Kick-start your immune system and combat arthritis and high cholestorol with this spicy rhizome.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
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!
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.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
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.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Since Oregon grape (Mahonia spp.) is the state flower of Oregon, we thought it would be nice to spend a little time telling you about the Pacific Northwest's best kept secret.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center discovered that celery is high in 3-n-butylphthalides, a compound that can naturally lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and blocking stress hormones.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Learn the benefits of an infant massage and how to give one from certified infant massage instructor and practitioner Brenda Stansfield.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
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.
Radio host for the WTBQ's The Urban Herbalist, Marguerite Dunne discusses Michael Jackson's death and the good and bad health protocols with herbs and with drugs.
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
During her afternoon walk, one blogger stumples upon a breathtaking plant with an ugly name that catches her eye with its unique beauty.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
During farm tours at Finca Luna Nueva, an organic farm and resort in Costa Rica,, guests learn about the biodynamic preparations and compost that feed the vibrant, tasty produce they eat for dinner. The resort is connecting tourists to their food.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
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.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
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.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
There are many natural ways to provide painful sunburn relief.
The burdock plant has long been that pesky plant that attaches velcro-like pickers to your clothing, but it also has an abundance of health benefits.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
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.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
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.
Store this natural beauty balm from Medicine Mama's Apothecary somewhere so it's easy to grab. This balm soothes an array of skin woes, so it's fit for travel.
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
Start your health regimen by looking at what you've been doing before. You have to take charge of your health regimen, not anyone else.
For puffy eyes there’s nothing better than some good old fashioned cucumber.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
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.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
Craft a refreshing jelly that resembles light floral lemonade or grapefruit juice with the delightful Queen Anne's lace.
Sit back with your favorite herbal beverage and join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she travels from Canada to Europe and back to the United States visiting gardens and checking items off her herbal bucket list.
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.