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Try a vegetarian version of traditional Hoppin John for good luck this New Year's day.
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
Green New Year's Eve Party
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
I made a New Year’s resolution about being really regular with my blog entries.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
Happy New Year! This year I’m happily going to my friends’ house to ring it in. If you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party this year, start 2010 out right by keeping it green.
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
Don't know what to do to be greener in 2009? Here's a few things Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace will be committing or recommitting herself to for the next calendar year.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Get inspired with these 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can make to help yourself, humanity, and the planet.
At the start of a new year, make a resolution to clear your spice cupboard of old herbs and spices.
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
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.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse Here Sonya gets ready for a busy week of subcontractors for the NewenHouse kit home. The interior of the home is nearing completion!
The Lemon Verbena Lady has been enjoying the 2012 Herb of the Year, the rose, in her garden. In this post, she shares her five favorite roses and instructions for how to make a delectable Rose Petal Jam.
The Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica, provides an opportunity to help endangered plants adapt to and thrive in changing climate conditions.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
Sonya Newenhouse describes the roof truss system and air-tight barrier between the second floor and the roof for the Passive House NewenHouse Kit Home.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses the southern-facing 17-inch-deep windowsills of her Passive House-certified home to grow seedlings.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated under the slab of the NewenHouse prototype home and the importance of air sealing to achieve Passive House certification.
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.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
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.
Some of Natural Home’s favorite paint and wallcovering companies get pretty in pink.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the super-insulated, sustainable and small NewenHouse kit home she's planning to bring to market in 2012. The prototype, being built in Viroqua Wisconsin, is striving for LEED Platnium and Passive House certifications.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how and why the Passive House conference inspired her to change the NewenHouse kit home's design to meet Passive House certification.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the framing process and how she finds opportunities for borrowed light in the inner walls of the NewenHouse kit home.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
Here Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses her southern facing 17 inch deep window sills to grow seedlings. She also notes that their electrical bill for February in the furnace free home was only $11 -- $8 of which was service fees.
Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated the perimeter of her model Passive House slab and installed an EPS foam frost skirt around the slab for cold climate construction.
The NewenHouse kit home has officially received Passive House certification! The Passive House is also the highest-rated Energy Star home in the state of Wisconsin.
Sonya Newenhouse discusses some of the issues with synthetic gypsum drywall and documents the steps she will take to avoid electromagnetic fields in her new house.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes moving into the first NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes building the 12-inch remote Larsen Truss wall, which, combined with the OSB air barrier, will create a 16-inch-thick insulated wall system for the NewenHouse kit home.
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Columbia University's Earth Institute will hold an informational session on its Sustainability Management program on February 10.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
The United Nations named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Celebrate this super grain with Alter Eco's Royal Quinoa line.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Try this recipe for Greek Chicken Pizza, courtesy Muir Glen.
Give your palate a break from heavy holiday food with this Crunchy Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Citrus Dressing from guest blogger Stephanie Meyer.
Planting heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds is a great way to help preserve endangered plant varieties--and the planet's very ecosystem.
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
The dried fruit and almonds included in Sun-Maid’s Autumn Apple Pie recipe adds a new fiber- and antioxidant-rich twist on this traditional treat.
These cornmeal waffles have a feather-light center, a crispy-crusty exterior, and they partner perfectly with fresh fruit or butter and maple syrup.
Healthy and lightly sweet, these granola bites are perfect for packing in your child's lunch. Make your own with this granola bites recipe.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a wonderful harvest of lemon verbena leaves to use in cooking and crafts. She has also discovered a new pest that may be trying to harm her favorite herb.
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
The ground hog may be signaling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Swap conventional flour with a gluten-free blend in this sweet crepes recipe.
Munch and crunch on nutritious kale chips with this easy recipe!
Feed your family a healthy snack alternative—roasted chickpeas!
The Lemon Verbena Lady visits New York City and discovers the New York Botanical Garden.
Learn how to use your leftovers to make the ultra-chic French dish clafoutis. Here we feature both a sweet and savory clafoutis recipe.
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
These little loaves are packed full of protein, vegetables and deliciousness!
Try this recipe for a healthy, hearty bowl of black bean and chorizo chili, courtesy Muir Glen.
Discover your next project in the herb garden, starting with rose hips and ending with an invigorating herbal tea.
When I saw Susan Belsinger's book about roses on the International Herb Association website, I was thrilled. She was kind enough to allow me to share this Rose Vinegar recipe from her "The Roses in Your Vinegar" article.
Sweet Bay is surprisingly easy to grow and offeres wonderfully spicy flavors to your kitchen.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares a family-friendly recipe for spaghetti casserole.
Try this healthy, gluten-free alternative to the typical coconut macaroon or chocolate chip cookie that you can whip up in no time.
Fusion Bread Salad makes use of the cherry tomatoes and basil that are prime right now—and you don't have to heat up the kitchen to make this hearty, nutritious main dish.
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.
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
For a barking dog, electric shock collars may do more damage than good. Read what I'm using to rid my dog's bark, without the bite.
The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.
KC has got her hands on another great cookbook: The Culinary Institute of America: The New Book of Soups.
A visit to The Cloisters medieval museum and gardens in New York City reminds the Lemon Verbena Lady just how close gardens an art are related.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
This recipe for homemade mango ice cream has the creamy goodness of ice cream and the refreshing taste of sherbet. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Bake a delicious treat for your family with this recipe for scrumptious whole wheat banana muffins!
Serve up these tasty gluten-free muffins and get your morning off to a great start.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Last week The Herb Companion published two reader recipes after a reader callout for delicious lavender muffin recipes on our Facebook fan page. The following recipes include Luscious Lavender Muffins and Agave Lavender Muffins.
Muir Glen's beef short ribs recipe creates a tender, smoky and flavorful dish that will please a crowd.
Start the grill and make a deliciously seasoned chicken recipe tonight!
Serve this easy-to-make caramelized onion-tomato focaccia bread as an appetizer or side to soups and salads.
This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."
Yesterday, The Herb Companion asked its readers for delicious lavender muffin recipes. Your submissions have made us ecstatic. The following recipes include White Chocolate and Lavender Muffins, and Lavender-Lemon Blueberry Muffins.
Impress dinner guests with this easy-to-make creamy tomato and crab bisque.
Celebrate the end of the growing season with this recipe one herbie discovered in Italy.
Adding recipes like this Vegan Cheesy Lasanga to your meal plan could do more than please your taste buds; it could also save your life.
This simple and delcicious spring soup is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults!
These pancakes are tasty and decadent for a frosty fall morning.
Although Angostura bitters may be short in supply, they're not short on flavor.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
The recipe for a delicious mojito cocktail made from mint.
Learn how to make delicious homemade mascarpone cheese.
Instead of corned beef, whip up traditional Irish colcannon—with a healthy twist.
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Ecoike creator Faith Moser shares a healthy, easy and family-friendly muffin recipe!
This sweet cake is the perfect addition to a cup of tea, a brunch or dessert!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull goes without meat for a month. Try her meatless recipes!
Think tropical, flavorful and delectable with this grilled chicken dish! The sauce is a blend of sprightly lime, creamy coconut and spicy ginger.
Enjoy this recipe for a delicious and moist variation of banana bread, made with almond flour!
Vitamin D helps support the immune system and the hormones that regulate mood and sleep.
SheaMoisture looks to help women capture their individuality with The Art of Color.
Sales of antibiotics for domestic food animals increased 6.7 percent in the last year, while meat production increased just 1.3 percent.
Perfect Seasonal Styles with Peter Lamas Naturals’ "Hold Me" and "Repair Me"
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a simple and tasty recipe for hearty mushroom and leek soup.
Rich, creamy Parmesan and Brie Polenta is a Meatless Monday meal fit for a king.
Learn how to make homemade yogurt with this seasonal yogurt recipe.
Take advantage of farmers market finds this spring and pick up a rack of lamb for these Garlic-Rosemary Lamb Chops.
Creamy, delicious Parsnip Flan with Roasted Beets takes advantage of the last of the stored winter vegetables. Pair it with fresh spring greens for a wonderful spring meal.
Delicious, nutritious quinoa gives nutty goodness to this summer dish that takes advantage of tomatoes, corn and eggplants--summer vegetables at their best.
Sangria is the perfect summertime libation for a thirsty crowd. Fresh fruits and herbs combine with wine and liqueur for a colorful, festive 'punch' that packs a punch.
This Meatless Monday, whip up a batch of Julia Butterfly Hill's Top Anything Sauce, made with peanut or almond butter, and make a meal out of fresh veggies and quinoa.
Fresh asparagus inspires fresh spring dishes.
Garlic is a fantastic health food. Amy Mayfield, editor of The Herb Companion, gives a great recipe using garlic.
For environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, food is a delicious and healthy form of activism. Whip up her delicious vegan lasagna to celebrate Meatless Monday—and enjoy!
Sometimes it takes two versions of a banana bread recipe to make a happy family.
Perfect for spring, this pasta dish can be made with the spring herbs that are popping up in your garden or market and a little leftover wine (either red or white will do).
Far from being weeds, spring's earliest greens are packed with nutrition and help detox the body.
Sauteed spring greens and mushrooms dress up polenta in this nutritious, satisfying main dish.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
This fresh spring soup is rich and creamy without the heaviness of cream.
If spring is giving you peas, it's best to eat them right away before their sugars degrade. Here's how to whip them up into a wonderful spring soup.
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a chance to revisit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2013, getting a chance to finally see the newly renovated Herb Garden.
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.
Designed as a shotgun-style house for natural ventilation, the Alligator House was designed and built as part of the rehousing effort in post-Katrina New Orleans.
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves a small straw bale house and make do with a few solar panels, they're realizing how little they really need.
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.
The Chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi), also known as the winter cherry, enjoys a library of culinary and medicinal benefits. Here are the answers to some of the questions you have asked about growing this incredible species.
The chinese lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) is mostly grown for decorative purposes, but it also has a history of medicinal treatments.
Apartment Therapy's annual Small Cool contest, featuring homes of less than 1,000 square feet, is a gold mine for smart ideas that make tiny spaces elegant, graceful and liveable.
Jessica hunts for eco-friendly and secondhand items to make her new townhome greener. Greening an apartment or home you don't own can be a challenge, but searching for eco-friendly products is fun.
A handful of cities has implemented a new service that lets residents stop junk mail. If your city isn't one of them, you have options to keep wasteful, unwanted solicitations and catalogs out of your mailbox.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Impress guests by preparing rose desserts. Toss edible rose petals into custards, tea cakes, scones, cookies and ice cream, or make one of our reader-submitted recipes: Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Frosting and Muhallabiyeh.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for Sausage Vegetable Stew, a recreation of a soup she enjoyed at In the Red Wine Bar and Cafe in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
Try these recipes for homemade lunch staples, such as bread, deli meat and condiments.
Learn about the food sovereignty movement and what it means to you.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about cilantro. It's bold appeal becomes overwhelming for some. Let's just chalk it all up to genetics.
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
Warming winter soup can keep away the winter chill and make us healthier.
Cut back on sugar at breakfast time with this chocolate cherry breakfast cookie recipe, a perfect alternative to the conventional cereal bar.
Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.
Whip up a batch of these zesty Mini Lemon Pound Cakes with Bulgur for your next family gathering.
Fresh, easy and festive, this Cranberry Orange Salsa recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its crimson red color makes it a dazzling holiday appetizer!
Mayonnaise is a sandwich staple that you can easily make at home. It takes just minutes to make and you can experiment with new and exciting flavor combinations.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
Spice up chilly nights with this meat-free reciepe chickpea and tomato curry, courtsey of Muir Glen.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull reviews her seafood past along with a couple shellfish recipe from her Pacific Northwest family.
Heavy cream and sherry lend this simple mushroom soup a sophisticated flavor. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy guest blogger KyLynn Hull.
Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Please your spicier side with Muir Glen's recipe for savory Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers.
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
Try one of these three simple but tasty homemade salad dressings the next time you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch or dinner.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.
Loaded with coconut, banana, carrot, cinnamon and zero refined sugar, this coconut banana carrot cake recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
Celebrate the end of eggplant season with a plate of homemade baba ganoush. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll be on your way to a yummy appetizer or a scrumptious side dish.
Going meatless is a breeze when corn is at its late-summer best and the garden is bursting with squashes. Southwestern calabacitas is a delicious, hearty summer stew that makes the most of this bountiful season.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
On Thursday, March 10, our friends from the American Botanical Council hosted their annual ABCelebration. During the reception, three important people were recognized for their tremendous work in the herbal industry.
Beets are rich in minerals and B-vitamins. Make the most of them with this recipe for a Beet Salad with Goat Cheese.
Don't let chlorine destroy your lovely locks. Use these home-remedies to reverse the damage.
Here's a sneak peek from the upcoming June 2008 issue of Herbs for Health.
Love the taste of buttery super market rolls? Replicate the flavor at home with this homemade buttery rolls recipe.
A recipe for Charred Tomato Salsa–you can dip more than just chips in this flavorful summer dip.
No party is complete without cake, and this delicious Sunshine Cake has been the crowning glory of every Summer Solstice party I’ve ever thrown. Sharon Kebschull Barrett, one of my favorite herbal chefs, developed this recipe for her 1999 book Desserts from an Herb Garden (one of my bibles). Lemony, with a surprising hint of rosemary, this cake just tastes like summer—and the bright yellow color celebrates the sun.
Whip up a quick herbal snack of juicy mushrooms on toast with herb butter or fresh-from-the-oven herb and mushroom scones.
Kathy Amen's Nectarine Oatmeal Cobbler is a great fresh fruit recipe combined with the taste of classic chewy oatmeal cookies.
A gift of basil inspires me to be more creative for in my weeknight dinner.
As we try to find ways to describe what our magazine is about, the term “herbal lifestyle” often comes up. What does that even mean? Also, check out my two herbal recipes.
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
One of our readers asked us to help her locate Beau Monde, an ingredient for a tasty holiday dip she used to make in Christmases past. Check out our Beau Monde Seasoning recipe and learn how to use Beau Monde in your cooking.
A recipe for KC's Cranberry/Walnut Rice Pudding with spicebush berries. Delish!
Since I returned from my stay in Italy, I have been experimenting in the kitchen to create the perfect pasta, read more about my trip and check out my recipe-to-date.
Early mornings spark my desire for a fast, healthy breakfast.
This sensational orzo salad recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for homemade French Onion soup, a classic favorite.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a rich and hearty recipe for potato-vegetable soup.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
Lemon Verbena Lady continues her exploration of Shakespeare and the herbal flowers and herbs from his plays for a reader of The Herb Channeler. Also she updates some additional seed catalogs.
Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
The fight against obsesity continues; the Dietary Guidelines for Americans unveiled its new dietary guidelines. Learn what the guidelines say and what that means for America.
A summertime symbol, the firefly, is slowly disappearing from nature. Read how you can help prevent this from happening.
People on both coasts of the U.S. are worried about Japan's leaking radiation entering their food supply—but is there really cause for concern?
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient book that has puzzled experts and scientists for years. But an important piece of the puzzle may have been solved. Read more.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
A new study finds that people who take vitamins for a decade do better on certain memory tests that those who don’t take vitamins.
USDA tests have discovered pesticide residue on a large majority of cilantro samples, including products not approved for use on the herb.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.
Evidence of fenugreek seeds contaminated with E. coli leads to a recall of teas and dietary supplements in the EU.
Choosing the ideal products for your skin type can get complicated. Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine and get a head start on clean skin in 2013 with Elemental Herbology’s NEW Starter Kits.
'Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.'
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
In light of the recent natural disasters in Japan, two woman are asking herbalist to ban together to help protect a few lives and donate herbal supplies for an organization called Herb for Japan.
A Thanksgiving turkey is a staple for most families. But if you don’t eat meat and want some more substance besides starchy side dishes, prepare these delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes this year.
Herb Companion intern Stephanie Nelson shares her favorite recipe for Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
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.
This Roasted Vegetables Quesadilla recipe is easy to make and the whole family will enjoy it.
You can make these pickles with cucumbers or a plethora of other fresh vegetables plucked from your own garden or farmers' market, including summer squash, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions and more.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
The classic Italian flavors of basil and garlic mix with savory spinach, Parmesan and cream cheeses in this fall recipe for Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.
Ann Harvey Yonkers, founder of Washington, D.C.'s FreshFarm Markets co-op, nests eggs in a bed of wilted fresh greens for a delicious meatless summertime brunch or dinner.
Whip up this delicious vegetable-based soup tonight. You'll never miss the chicken.
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
Celebrate Meatless Monday with this sweet, tangy spring risotto.
When you celebrate Meatless Monday with hearty, savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, no one will miss the meat.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
If fiddlehead ferns are popping up in your local market or local woods, grab them while you can. Incorporate this fabulous, fleeting spring treat into a fresh, slightly tangy pasta dish for Meatless Monday.
Skip the steaks if you're firing up the barbecue tonight. Marinated and grilled veggies and tofu, served up with wasabi mayo on grilled bread, is a hearty, delicious way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
These tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News, published in 1970, will make your housekeeping more enjoyable and efficient. Mother has always known best.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her sugary-sweet recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds.
Halloween is over and there are pumpkins still sitting in your living room. What should you do with them? The Herb Companion helps.
Creating premixes of herbs and spices is a great way to give new flavor to your usual dishes.
These pressure cooking resources will help you make the most of your pressure cooker. Check out the recipes and recommended cooking times for pressure cookers.
You can make delicious, whole wheat tortillas from scratch.
This year at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, three new natural products stood out from the rest in the event's annual "Best of the West." Discover a new way to soothe the skin with ozonated oil, a new dipable snack option for kids, and new product to help you fall asleep faster.
Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Cool weather means it’s time to cozy up with a bowl of homemade soup. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her favorite soup recipes—and why she loves soup so much.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares an inexpensive and easy recipe for yellow pea soup, a low-fat but tasty vegetarian soup.
Mountain Rose Herbs new line of Epicurean Organic seasoning blends are worth a try. The Herbs De Provence and the West Indies Rub are wonderful for seasoning prawns and most seafood.
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.
Ever wondered: what is farro? Discover the history of this ancient grain, and put it to good use with a recipe for farrotto, a spin on the classic dish risotto.
Use this simple recipe to preserve fresh tomatoes as freezable stewed tomatoes.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
This quick Spicy Pickled Chard Stems recipe provides a great way to preserve beautiful rainbow chard stems, embrace root-to-stem cooking, and make use of food that would otherwise go to waste.
Olivia shares a vegetarian dressing recipe just in time for Thanksgiving.
Over the holidays someone gave me a jar of Chukar Cherry Salsa, a delectable treat with peaches, jalapenos and cherries, among other wholesome ingredients. Try my recipe for Parmesan Cheese French Toast.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
Chia Seed Drink: Try this deliciously soothing and refreshing cooler recipe made with chia seeds, ripe berries, and hibiscus flowers.
Follow the green roots of Thanksgiving from origin to contemporary culture.
A recent earthquake in Italy sparked memories of Stephanie Nelson's experience studying abroad in Italy. While in Italy she learned this tasty recipe: Ten Herb Sausages.
Delicious recipe with blueberries and cantaloupe
Jessy Rushing shares her experience of growing Italian parsley, a cool season herb, and her love for autumn in Texas.
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
Your kids will have fun sinking their fingers into this safe and natural play dough.
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but the concoctions we find on store shelves are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. In this recipe, fresh herbs add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
A cooking experiment turns into a delicious meal.
Vitamin C has been linked to lower cataract risks. To help protect your eyes, get your daily dose of vitamin C with this delicious breakfast smoothie.
Purchase beeswax, soap making and candle making supplies from GloryBee Foods' online store.
As snow and cold temperatures move in to stay, arm yourself with this creamy white chili recipe to warm you up.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
According to Physorg.com, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
Beware of certain produce if you're pregnant. Some pesticides may affect your growing child.
A new report from Food Safety News finds that up to one-third of all honey in the U.S. is illegally imported from China and possibly contaminated with antibiotics and lead.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
If you've been keeping up with this year's Winter Olympics, you may have noticed the strange bouquets being handed out to Olympians. Learn more about them.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
Interested in Kate Middleton's elegantly understated royal wedding bouquet? We've got the inside scoop.
Citing breaches of contract and “good faith,” Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut has announced that it is cutting ties with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), no longer allowing the branch to certify Passive Houses in the U.S.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
Sweet Beginnings, an urban apiary on an undeveloped strip of land near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, provides employment to former convicts and produces raw honey and a line of all-natural honey-based skincare products.
RSVP for the Bee-a-thon on July 16 to learn about the role of bees in our lives and what we can do about the challenges they face today.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Women with greater fiber intake are 11 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Many Americans don’t get enough fiber every day, so here are a few ways to add more fiber to your diet.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
The new USDA guidelines about sodium intake may be daunting, but it is possible to lower your salt consumption and still have delicious herbal meals.
Going to be in the Seattle area the first weekend in June? Then join us at the Mother Earth News Fair, a fun, family-friend event focused on sustainability.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
Misunderstanding of the “use-by” or “sell-by” date on products (not the same as an expiration date) leads to tons of food waste each year.
Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I share a bit of the history of chai including hints for making the perfect cup.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
Made from Tagua, Habitus tiles are natural sustainable and suitable for floors or walls.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
Michelle Obama's new organic White House vegetable garden is the first of its kind since World War II. I spoke with a friend who was at the scene as students from a local elementary school broke ground Friday, which was the first day of spring. Find out what the new "First Herbs of the United States" are.
This restorative chicken, kale and sweet potato soup recipe is not only nourishing, but colorful and delicious with a hint of smoky bacon.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
Herbs aren't traditionally used in breakfast dishes, nor is fish. Still, this dish is excellent any time of the day.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
Our art director tries her best to avoid processed food but can't resist snacking on cheese and crackers. Follow her recipe to make homemade crackers.
Most people double or even triple recipes, but what do you do when the original will already feed your family for a whole week?
Roast your own coffee beans and steam milk yourself to create a cheap and flavorful cup of coffee.
Smooth, tangy, full of flavor, it just takes a few minutes to whip this up for spreading on focaccia or roasted chicken.
Stay hydrated with these simple, sweet and refreshing infused water recipes using vanilla, fruit and herbs.
This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Forbes rates the ten most toxic cities in the United States.
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
Try this rich fruit soup with strawberry and lavender lavender from The Garden Bistro in Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a sweet special occasion.
Andrea Carrothers, a registered dietitian with Horizon, makers of organic milk and dairy products, has developed several new quick, calcium-rich recipes that make perfect after-school snacks.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.
Save money and waste less! Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains how to get the most out of your pumpkins.
Start eating healthy with our tips from the September/October issue of Mother Earth Living.
Who says Meatless Monday has to be boring? Try this creamy roasted cauliflower soup recipe for a delicious weeknight dinner.
This champagne poached pears recipe can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
Learn how to get the full flavor of holiday baking without investing in 10 new jars of herbs or spices.
The Lemon Verbena Lady celebrates the one-year anniversary of her blog, discusses her favorite herb and shares a recipe for lemon verbena bread.
Learn how the Lemon Verbena Lady met her husband at Thanksgiving, along with delicious recipes.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. Benefit from all these healthful properties by mixing it with milk.
The Garden Girl teaches you how to make pesto. We've got additional pesto recipes to spice up your pasta.
Besides its delicious flavor, basil offers many health benefits for your body, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Pumpkin spice lattes usually signifies the end of summer. Learn how to make this delicious seasonal brew.
Spice up classic picnic recipes with herbs from your own garden.
Try this delicious Nectarine Chutney recipe to savor the fresh flavors of fall.
Visits to a local college market where they sell herbs and the local salsa man making his sauces and selling his garlic.
The latest Herb Society cookbook is by the St. Louis Herb Society. Learn more about it.
Bake a delicious chocolate cake next time you throw a party. The secret ingredient? Beets!
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
This honey-lavender ice cream recipe is a delicious cure to hot summer afternoons.
This simple vegan piecrust can be assembled in minutes.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
Two varieties of the Passover Seder dish charoset. Try it with brown sugar or fragrant spices.
Learn to make delicious, hearty, from-scratch, whole-grain hamburger buns with this easy recipe.
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
Guest blogger Gail Hermenau, garden manager for Planting Hope in Delaware, shares her stuffed squash blossoms recipe.
Try this tasty vegetarian (and vegan) alfredo for a healthy weeknight dinner.
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a hydrangea bouquet.
Learn how to arrange flowers from your backyard with these step-by-step instructions for creating a zinnia bouquet.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
This smoothie recipe, courtesy of Driscoll's, is perfect as a quick breakfast, a post-workout snack or a healthy summertime treat.
When the weather gets warm take your lunch outside. Try these healthy picnic foods, plus get a recipe for a simple pea pesto!
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
Cooking with basil is fun! Each variety of basil has its own unique flavor and way of enhancing any recipe. One of our guest blogger's favorites is cinnamon basil. Learn how to grow it and cook with it.
Use common kitchen ingredients to whip up homemade face masks and body scrubs that will leave your skin soft and smooth this winter.
Take charge of the pie selection this holiday season with this herbal twist on a classic persimmon pie.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it! It's easy.
When she thinks of summer, our guest blogger, Ramona Werst, thinks of lemonade. Learn how to grow and cook with her favorite lemonade garnish: lemon basil.
Learn how to make Irish Soda Bread, a staple of the Irish diet that dates back to the 1840s, with Yankee senior food editor, Annie Copps.
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.
Cinnamon basil offers a mild cinnamon flavor to the dishes you infuse it with. This holiday season, try Ramona Werst's herbal twist on the traditional pumpkin pie: Cinnamon Basil Pumpkin Pie.
These nettle chips are deliciously unique and packed with nutrients. Try this perfectly satisfying salty snack in early spring.
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.
Wake up your tastebuds with this herbal twist on an apple tart.
Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.
Nothing screams summer like ice cream. Rodelle and KitchenAid are partnering together to present the first ever ‘Great American Ice Cream Challenge.’
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Celebrate the end of National Berry Month with this recipe for cod with bluberry-mango salsa. Sweet and spicy, this recipe is sure to become a summertime favorite!
Iced tea pops make fun treats for hot summer days, only they are healthy for the whole family, totally customizable, and packed with herbal goodness you won’t find in store freezers.
This easy-to-make edible centerpiece, courtesy of Driscoll's, will keep your footprint light and your home less cluttered with holiday decorations this holiday season.
Whether you are pruning, trimming or deadheading, early pruning is better for the lavender in your herb garden. Also, try my recipe for Lavender Lemonade.
According to the Okinawan diet, those who eat fewer calories just might live longer. Dr. Amber French discusses this study and analyzes how cutting 20 percent of your daily calorie intake might help you lose weight stave off age-related disease.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
Diethyl phthalate is an ingredient used in many body care products that guest blogger Dawn has concern with. Learn how to use a costemic safety database to find out if your cosmetics are safe or include harmful ingredients.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration to get the government agency to finalize a law banning triclosan and triclocarban, two chemicals commonly found in antibacterial products.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
The original Coke recipe, a closely-guarded secret, is reportedly built on the distinctive flavors of herbal essential oils.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
October means it’s time for Breast Cancer Awareness month—and a new onslaught of pinkwashing.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
A new study shows that olive leaf extract may lower blood pressure.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
Kroger recently recalled select pet food brands from 19 states. Learn how to protect your pets from contaminants found in store-bought pet food by making your own.
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
Mother Earth News Radio recently interviewed Jim May, the first person to bring Stevia rebaudioside into the United States. Stevia is known most for its naturally sweet leaves. Listen to the interview here.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Wrigley, a giant in the chewing gum industry, has received approval from the FSA to use magnolia bark extract in future products.
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
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.
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.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
Atrazine, a common herbicide that can cause birth defects, washes off crops and lawns and makes its way to our drinking water supply. Atrazine levels in our water supply are highest between the months of April and July, especially in the Midwest.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.
Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.
The Jewish holiday of Passover is just around the corner. Check out these great recipes for a flaver-filled celebration.
Try Austin baker Kendall Melton's in-demand banana muffins with cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe.
Try this blue condiment when topping your favorite hamburgers and french fries.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz marries raspberries with dark chocolate to make these decadent cupcakes.
Don't let the fun of football season leave you fatter! Try these low-fat calories are your next tailgate instead.
This smooth dessert recipe is brightly sweet and refreshing, a perfect break from the heat of the day. Try it with fresh mint or lavender and a hint of cinnamon.
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
Chef Gordon Hamersley's Vegetable Tian is perfect for right now. Make use of late summer's bounty of tomatoes, squash and eggplant--and you'll never miss the meat.
Try guest blogger Jennifer Robins coconut flour pancakes recipe for a breakfast treat that is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free!
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Homemade Household Cleaners resource app. Make your own natural cleaners with this easy guide.
This moist French yogurt cake recipe is gluten-free and super simple.
This tomato soup recipe packed with Italian tomatoes is perfect any time of the year.
Start your morning off right with this breakfast smoothie recipe packed with a serving of fruits and vegetables.
This Maple-Mustard Chicken recipe is a one-pan wonder and perfect for an easy weeknight meal.
Paneer is a traditional Indian cheese that is versatile, easy to make at home, and requires no special equipment or ingredients.
Get a jump start preserving basil with these three inspiring ideas.
Don't let National Peach Month slip away before biting into this juicy fruit and all of its health benefits.
Does the huge task of cleaning windows leave you feeling overwhelmed? Follow these six simple steps—using inexpensive materials you already have around the house—to get your windows sparkling and streak-free.
Try these easy and delicious fresh mint-infused recipes for chutney, cucumber salad and fruit dip.
Celebrate the significance of the autumnal equinox with these harvest recipes.
Discover help and inspiration from Sarah Magid’s Organic and Chic.
Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.
You should try the Lemon Verbena Lady's version of a Certo recipe for Herbed Garlic Jelly.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
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 how to use leftover basil from your summer harvest to create delicious scented basil jellies.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley finds healthy road trip snacks.
Make your own sweet, soothing elderflower infusion to help naturally alleviate cold symptoms.
For a healthy alternative, try these low-fat and herb-filled summer sausage recipes.
The health benefits of whole tart cherries are widely documented – improving sleep, fighting off infection and slowing the aging process. Now there’s a cherry juice not from concentrate – read about CherryPharm and its benefits…
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
We may have found the perfect pineapple sage jelly recipe. Read the recipe.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
Got some mint? Try some of these easy-to-make recipes for smooth, rich, dark chocolate mint truffles and candied mint leaves. You'll never wonder what to do with mint again.
Garlic, saffron and parsley take me straight to the Mediterranean.
This tasty recipe for breakfast potatoes is lightly spicy and perfect for weekend mornings.
Soothe and soften your feet with this DIY natural spa treatment.
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey from the book The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook (Quarry Books, 2009) by Kim Flottum.
Try this recipe for a tasty, healthy and versatile salad.
An easy appetizer and party favorite, baked garlic with rosemary and blue cheese tastes great spread on slices of crusty baguette.
A healthier version of the classic rice risotto, delicious barley risotto is easy to make and fun to modify with whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen.
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.
Soba noodles and sesame oil are both high in nutrients that lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar, making this recipe a must eat.
Gorgeous greens and fresh mint make a tasty, healthy, and quick soup.
Beat the heat and try this summer-friendly Lemon Verbena Jelly recipe.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
This marinade not only tenderizes meats and chicken, but it also has a wonderful zesty taste that is easy to get hooked on!
Fire up the grill with these four delicious herbs. Also see some great grilling recipes.
Skip the chemicals this Easter and naturally color your Easter eggs with herbs and foods.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
Skip the hardy snacks that Super Bowl parties usually provide by replacing them with these great, healthy finger snacks. Trust us, no one will complain.
Try this tasty antipasto as a substitute for a fattening entrée.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
Carving pumpkins is an age old tradition, but why do we do it? Learn its origins.
This recipe is great for summer picnics because it doesn't use mayonnaise.
Fresh basil, cilantro and parsley give this cold, tangy tomato soup fresh summertime flavor. You can make enough soup to feed a crowd in minutes. Enjoy!
Try this classic Thanksgiving side dish with a yummy fresh herbal taste.
Lemon Verbena Lady has many herbal favorites in the herb garden. The sages were particularly beautiful this season. See some of her favorite salvias and try a recipe for your holiday dinners using the sage that is popular for Thanksgiving.
Ditch the sponge and the harsh chemical cleaners for this natural bathroom and kitchen multipurpose scrubbing cleaner.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
Sweet Bay is not just for slow-cooked, savory foods. Try it fresh in desserts and puddings for a spicy flavor.
Try these spooktacular treats for your Halloween celebration. We've got mummified hot dogs, terrifying punch and much more.
To celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo I'm throwing a party featuring some of the special Mexican herbs growing in my garden. Try these four unusual recipes: Black Bean Salsa with Cilantro, Papadzules, Minto Mojitos and Chocolate Banana Burritos!
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
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.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
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.
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
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.
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.
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.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Some foods can help you get better sleep. Try these tips to fight insomnia with natural sleep aids.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer recipes.
Try these healthy, delicious party foods to serve at this year's Super Bowl festivities.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
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.
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
Despite what you may have heard, you don't need to suffer through extreme diets or complicated menus to burn calories. Boost your metabolism with these great tasting herbs that you may already have growing in your kitchen garden.
Make homegrown tomatoes the star of tonight’s dinner with Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion. Made with just three ingredients, this sweet, rich sauce is a classic.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace tests out a new, USDA organic sesame teriyaki sauce from Organicville. The sauce inspired her to make a delicious chicken chow mein stir fry for dinner.
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.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s a delightful time to curl up with a stack of gardening books and begin planning next season’s harvest.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Try these three delicious, healthy recipes for a happy St. Patricks Day.
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.
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.
Erin McIntosh shares a great recipe for a unique nettle biscuit.
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of many other vegetables. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
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.
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it's one that many of us fill with sugars and empty carbs. Start the day off right with this recipe for healthy blueberry bran muffins, courtesy of Driscoll's.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
Perfect for fall and full of flavor, this butternut squash soup recipe is a great example of an easy meal made with delicious whole foods.
This colorful concoction uses vibrant veggies that taste great any time of the year. Whip up this Confetti Cornbread recipe to serve alongside chili, or to enjoy all on its own.
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
If you're looking for a fruity cookie that's also high in fiber, look no further than this delicious recipe for Whole-Grain Apple Blueberry Granola Cookies, courtesy Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods.
With spring brings fresh ingredients. Use fresh harvested herbs to whip up a flavorful pesto and pair it with buckwheat or your favorite grain to make a delicious grain salad. This Buckwheat Pesto Salad recipe comes courtesy Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods and Melanie of Nutritious Eats.
Scottish oatcakes are delicious and crispy crackers that taste wonderful with jam. If you’re looking for a gluten-free take on this traditional treat, check out the following recipe courtesy Bob’s Red Mill.
Spice up your Meatless Monday with a recipe borne out of fresh produce at the farmers market. Blogger Jennifer Rose uses local acorn squash and baby kale to make a delicious vegetarian meal.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this chili chocolate pots de crème recipe with salted caramel sauce.
There is nothing better for building community than gathering your friends and neighbors for a soup party. Here are five ideas to help you plan yours.
Learn how to make ricotta cheese with guest blogger Pier Jones. For the beginner cheesemaker, ricotta is a surefire confidence builder.
A meatless dish, Grilled Tomato Polenta tastes excellent alongside grilled veggies and makes a delicious weeknight meal.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
This bright green Dhaniya Chutney recipe makes a great dip for guests who can handle the spice.
Skip the store-bought hand sanitizers. Instead create your own natural herbal hand sanitizers with Aloe Vera and essential oils.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.
Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.
This pesto goes beyond traditional basil by adding several summer herbs lending complexity and delight to the summer palette.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace bakes vegan, gluten-free shortbread cookies for Santa Claus
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
As recently discussed on The Dr. Oz Show, watercress is high in iodine and rich in many essential vitamins and nutrients. Eat several servings a week to boost skin health, promote healthy thyroid function and help prevent cancer.
July 19th is National Ice Cream Day, so celebrate with these delicious ice cream recipes.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
I had one of the best pork chops of my life last night, thanks to a homegrown hog and Nancy, also known to our blog friends as The Lemon Verbena Lady.
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.
Don't be afraid of breads anymore, well at least whole-grain breads. A new study shows that whole-grain foods that are rich in fiber at may be beneficial to your health.
As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with these natural insect repellents.
The world's largest garden yields an abundance of fruits and vegetables, some easily recognized, others, a new experience! A mystery herb appeared in our box of organic vegetables this week. What in the world is stevia?
Make some iced tea with herbs from your own garden.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
Take a look at these exotic herbs that you can add to your garden.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
This Saint Patrick's Day, make Irish stew that has many surprising herbs and spices.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
The winter weather is putting a damper on my mood. Last night, in a desperate attempt to lighten things up, I cooked up Orecchiette with Goat Cheese, Peas and Mint, a quick pasta dish that celebrates spring.
Try this Valentine's Day-inspired spicy basil pie recipe for a heart-healthy treat.
Make this succotash recipe to use up your garden's excess of squash, corn and zucchini.
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
Because The Herbal Husband is originally from Peru, we like to have tropical plants in our garden. The nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) is one of our favorites. Try my three favorite nasturtium recipes.
Try these intriguing Mashed Potato Pancakes next time you have leftovers to use up!
Reap the benefits of parsley with this Parsley potato salad, a delicious addition to any summer meal.
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
This mojito recipe from a surprising source--a Teahouse--is light, refreshing and not too sweet--perfect for a warm summer evening. It’s made with green tea for guilt-free imbibing.
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.
Boost your immune system with KC's delicious chicken immunity soup recipe, made with Avena Botanicals' Immune Soup mix.
Enjoy this blogger's favorite holiday with a healthier version of fish & chips.
There are many different ways to bake with lavender. Try my suggestions for lavender-infused baked goods, beverages and spice mixes, such as the classic combination of Herbes de Provence.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Enjoy sweet and spicy ginger snaps this holiday season.
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
July is National Berry Month! Kick off the start of this month—and celebrate our nation's independence—with this recipe for Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes, courtesy of Driscoll's.
This version of the Scandinavian open-faced sandwich known as smörgås—featuring smoked herring and hard-boiled egg—is crowned with a pinch of fragrant, beautiful, fresh dill.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
This sweet, tart, colorful salsa is a surprisingly complex medley that transforms simple and familiar flavors into something really special—but takes only about ten minutes to prepare.
Happy May 5th. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re like me, then today is the day to whip up your favorite tacos, snack on sensational salsa and, most importantly, mix yourself some margaritas. This year, why not try the stevia-sweetened mix Sinless Margarita.
An update of my mother's pasta salad recipe, adding asparagus, tarragon and sorrel for cold pasta salad with hot nutrition and flavor.
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.
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
Kale is gaining popularity as a healthy, versatile superfood in the kitchen. Kale can be used for cooking soups, salads, stews and can be eaten raw or cooked.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
This basil appetizer can be made ahead of time. Just mix sauce in a crock pot, add meatballs and cook. They'll be the hit of the party!
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook (Viva Edtions, 2009) offers excellent recipes and tips for the everyday cook. Here's a recipe for Roasted Garlic, Spinach, and Feta Pizza.
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.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Looking for a safe but effective way to deter deer from using your garden as their personal buffet? Sprinkle this plant tonic on their favorite garden munchies.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
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.
Avocado, the main ingredient in guacamole, contains many vitamins and minerals that do a body good.
My favorite fast food during the hectic holidays? Bread and soup. In the time it would take to get drive-thru on the way home, you'll be sitting down to a bowl of bliss that will warm your heart and soul.
Use leftover corned beef and Serata basil to make these Reuben Sandwiches.
The fireweed plant is a showy herb native to the northern hemisphere. Use it to make a deliciously sweet Fireweed Jelly or a tea useful in treating constipation.
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
This recipe adds a few of our favorite spices to create a flavorful pumpkin seed unlike any you've tasted before.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Vegetable soup is the reward a summer's worth of hard work in the garden can produce. Spring is the time for spring cleaning, emptying the freezer and washing canning jars.
Indulge on Fat Tuesday with these three Mardi Gras-inspired recipes. Bring the celebration right to your home.
The spicy flavor of 'Spicy Globe' basil adds a unique taste to many sauces and fresh fruit desserts. Try my delicious 'Spicy Globe' Blackberry Tart.
Enjoy any holiday with special homemade herb-and-chocolate treats!
Looking for refreshing drinks to serve to your little one? Use herbs to make drinks the whole family will enjoy!
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.
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
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.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the 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.
An easy description of making your own baby food from scratch. Create nutritional options for your baby and safe money!
No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
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.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
This travel-savvy Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar recipe is high in nutrition and rich in great taste.
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.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Don’t just throw away pumpkin seeds after carving your Halloween pumpkin! Did you know pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious snack? And now you can use them in a fresh basil pesto.
Beat the heat with these mint-infused beverages.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than chilled soup. These recipes fill you up while cooling you down.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is happily finding herbs in her spring herb garden while she remembers favorite recipe to use with each herb.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.