Victoria Gazeley considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin, located on 7 acres of fertile earth in British Columbia, a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
Guy and Kay Baker and their three sons spent five years building a small weekend cabin in Alabama from scraps and salvage. When the 1,100-square feet house was complete, they loved it so much they made it their permanent home.
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
This 275-square-foot cabin on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Ontario provides its owners with a comfortable vantage point for watching sunsets and enjoying nature.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
Perched atop a cliff overlooking Montana’s Flathead Lake, this 830-square-foot off-grid cabin steps lightly on its site so as not to disturb osprey nesting in the surrounding forest.
Innermost House, a 144-square-foot off-grid cabin in Northern California, provides a retreat for Michael Anthony and Diana Lorence to pursue simple living.
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
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.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
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.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
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.
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.
Learn more about blue cohosh's medicinal uses.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
Learn more about herbal cures and causes of nosebleeds.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Trouble getting pregnant? Consider these fertility-boosting herbs for both men and women.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
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.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
Black cherry juice is a delicious way to help sore muscles heal naturally.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
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.
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.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
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.
Learn the benefits of an infant massage and how to give one from certified infant massage instructor and practitioner Brenda Stansfield.
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help you relax.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
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.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Learn how one blogger discovers the benefits of a peeving plant from her childhood.
Our newest blogger discusses the role of adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with the effects of stress.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
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.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
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.
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.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
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.
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.
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.
Our newest guest blogger discusses her experience as a naturopathic doctor and shares one of her favorite plants—holy basil.
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!
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
Kick-start your immune system and combat arthritis and high cholestorol with this spicy rhizome.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
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.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
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.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Flowering herbs have a long history of medicinal use across the world: Discover seven components of Eastern alternative medicine.
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.
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.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Want to know all the ways herbs can benefit your health? Traditional Indian medicine offers herbal healing through your clothes and sheets.
The most popular supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10. Learn more about their health advantages.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
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.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
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.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
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.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.
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.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
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.
Follow these tips to pick the best carrier oils for aromatherapy blends.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
Medication isn't your only option for allergy relief. Give these at-home remedies a try.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
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.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
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.
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.
There are many natural ways to provide painful sunburn relief.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Take a look at these herbs to fight colds, flus and ear infections.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
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.
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.
For puffy eyes there’s nothing better than some good old fashioned cucumber.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
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.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Learn how a calendula and lavender baby bar soap helped make child care a little easier for this blogger.
With a little do-it-yourself effort, wooden shutters found at flea markets and antique stores can turn into shelves, room dividers and other home décor.
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.
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.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
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.