simple living tips
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
For those of us interested in living a sustainable and simple lifestyle, gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of healthy, fresh food and avoid the impacts of industrial agriculture. Get tips that will make gardening easy.
Start living simple with help from our January/February 2014 issue. From learning to crochet to making your own compost, we have the tools you need to live the good life.
If you are looking for simple ways to turn your home into a healthy oasis, look no further. Green living expert Christa O’Leary shares the two most important ways you can create lasting habits of change.
Learn how to be happier at home with these simple living tips.
Every once in a while we need to rebel against the machines. Hand a towel to your significant other and ask him to dry while you rinse. Sweep the floor with a real broomcorn broom. Have a real conversation. Enjoy things happening slowly.
A quiet life filled with appreciation for simple things is the richest life possible.
Elaborate, ostentatious Tea ceremony had become the norm in 16th century Japan when Sen no Rikyu proved that simplicity is ultimately more luxurious with his rustic, minimalist Tea ceremony--which endures to this day.
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
Feeling claustrophobic? Before you start looking for more space, make the most of what you have by containing clutter, choosing the right furnishings and color schemes, and creating new "rooms" with dividers.
Whether you should take stairs or the elevator is a daily question. So if you think you don't have time to take the stairs, think again. Research shows that taking the stairs saves time in the day.
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
A new study found that, obese or not, the number of years you live depends on your lifestyle.
If you're looking for an indoor garden that keeps animals away and requires little space, the Woolly Pocket is right for you!
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.
I'm sitting on the deck of my room at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California, on a gorgeous spring day.
Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence introduces her new blog, Natural Home Living, and shares everything you need to know about going green. Natural Home Living focuses on answering your green home questions, following green building news and showing you how to save money by going green.
I’ve heard that the moment you plunk down a deposit for a vacation or buy yourself a plane ticket, a good chunk of you is already at the beach (or the mountains or the city . . . or wherever).
Blogger Laurie Dickson is blogging from the Living Future "unconference" in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Living Future is devoted to promoting innovative green design that focuses on real solutions for real planetary problems.
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
In Japan, wabi-sabi can be found in the small moments of beauty and acts of hospitality that pervade the culture.
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?
Freelance writer and editor Kim Wallace interviews fellow foodie Lindsay Nixon, author of "The Happy Herbivore" cookbook.
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
Outdoor kitchens, dining areas and living rooms are a great way to expand your home's living space. Designers offer advice on how to make the most of the great outdoors—in your own backyard.
Think having a green home is out of your price range? Here are some easy, realistic ideas to create an eco-friendly living space that might actually save you money!
Get outside and enjoy nature this season with our ideas for fun summer activities.
The Living Building Challenge provides builders with information and a forum for sharing advice in an effort to promote the highest building standards.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
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.
MIT students have developed an outdoor rocking lounge chair that doubles as a solar charging station, recasting power generation as an integrated and distributed public activity.
Adding solar panels can increase a home's resale value by as much as $17,000, a new Lawrence Berkeley Lab report finds.
Deb and Tommy have spent just $7,500 to set up their off-the-grid homestead in Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, which relies on one 80-watt solar panel for power. As they learn more, they will continue to build their systems.
Michael Funk's 6,000-square-foot off-the-grid home and retreat center on 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevadas is an heirloom, handbuilt with reverence for the spectacle that surrounds it. He hopes it will inspire every visitor to preserve the paradise.
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
Reach for these taste-tested, healthy granola bars next time you need a snack.
Ranging in size from 528 square feet to 960 square feet, miniHomes are a combination of park model trailer, manufactured home and code-compliant residences that combine modern design with state-of-the-art building technology.
These seasoned off-the-grid veterans have found that hefty batteries make for a happy home.
Anecdotal evidence from coast to coast indicates that Americans have had enough of granite countertops and whirlpool tubs. They want smaller homes with green finishes instead.
An annual survey of home buyers found that Americans want smaller homes with a focus on casual living and togetherness. From larger kitchens to outdoor living spaces, these 10 features were the most popular. Find out how you can get them, too!
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
Container water gardens are easy to design and maintain, making them a perfect low-cost accessory to your outdoor living spaces. Learn how to make a container water garden!
Blogger Laurie Dickson is blogging from the Living Future "unconference" in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Living Future is devoted to promoting innovative green design that focuses on real solutions for real planetary problems.
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
If the heat is getting you down—and out of your comfortable sleeping—take your bedroom outside and let Mother Nature cool you while you slumber.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
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.
Plant a patio garden, get a more efficient TV and change your light bulbs, suggests eco-designer Sabrina Soto.
Leap Adaptive's 480-square-foot, energy-efficient Hummingbird kit house makes green living affordable.
With no building experience but a lot of determination, Gary Zuker built an 800-square-foot straw-clay home on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas--for $40,000.
Solar energy use continues to climb by 20 percent every year. Learn more about this amazing clean energy by checking out these 10 fun facts about solar energy.
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
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.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
A wonderful, whimsical Austin eco-remodel is the playful expression of two highly creative minds.
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
Every good home needs a porch. From fireside chats to sleeping—and even hanging laundry—porches can accommodate every aspect of our lives. Here are five inspiring examples to put a fire under your porch-sitting fantasies.
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.
Liza Fleischer was a suburbanite through and through when she met her husband, Ted, who she says was 'born 100 years too late.' Now they live in a solar- and hydro-powered hand-built home on 160 acres in Vermont—and she loves it.
Luna Lodge, on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, relies on hydro power.
Landscape designer Alma Hecht turned a tiny house into a welcoming home and studio with cozy outdoor 'rooms' that extend her living space.
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
New research is suggesting that a mere single serving of fatty food per day could have major health implications in the long run.
Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
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.
Since they built their solar- and wind-powered cordwood home in Desboro, Ontario, Lisa and Ray Racicot have never looked back. The only thing they'll do differently next time is install the renewable energy systems first, to power the construction.
When a fire destroyed their home and office near San Luis Obispo, Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper seized the opportunity to build the off-the-grid straw bale home of their dreams. Their comfortable compound now houses two other families as well.
Our menstrual cup comparison looks at two leading reusable feminine hygiene brands: Diva Cup and Lunette. Make an informed decision about which is right for you and start your journey to zero-waste living and a life free from worry, even during "that time of the month."
There are myriad perks to turning your home into a net-zero living space. Learn how to find energy independence with these high-performance home tips.
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.
Get inspired with these 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can make to help yourself, humanity, and the planet.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment.
Transforming Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson’s space started with an empty living room, and now it slowly resembles a livable space with seating. After buying a used love seat and ottoman, she recovers both so they match the room’s theme.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
The Yube modular furniture system makes organizing simple and stylish for every room in the home.
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
Designed to be a comfortable, modern home with a minimum impact on the environment, the Cube generates its own energy and proves that you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to live in a small space.
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
Learning a few tips and tricks for cooking inexpensive cuts of meat can help you save grocery dollars on high-quality pastured, grass-fed and free-range meats.
Whether you don't have the space for outdoor composting or you just want to get to work on your gardening preparations as soon as possible, this indoor composting method is a simple way to start.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
Listen to these tunes to get you through tilling or motivate you to grow tomatoes.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
Herbs might not be the first thing that come to mind when you start considering ways to save money, but they actually can be a great help in cutting costs while boosting health, flavor and the general deliciousness of life.
Get our best garden tips from the April/May issue of Mother Earth Living.
I've never thought of myself one to carry on the family tradition of farming - but now that I have the opportunity to raise chickens within city limits, I am going to give it a shot! Read about how I'm getting started in urban chicken farming. And please, send me suggestions!
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson is attending the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies and reporting on rural economic development strategies.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
You'll be happy with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in your flower or herb garden border. It's an easy-to-grow herb to use for cooking and herbal remedies.
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Blogging about beginner gardening.
Readers share which herbs they can't wait to plant come springtime.
Cinnamon is full of health benefits. It protects from health problems such as infections, heart disease, migraines and arthritis, and it even helps boost your brain function.
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to grow and store garlic along with other cold climate information.
The best tips for natural pet-care from The Herb Companion's latest E-Book "Natural Pet Care."
There is a beauty in discovering the lost art of keying wild plants. Learn more about this practice.
Discover magazine (one of my non Herb Companion faves) features a magnified (by a scanning electron microscope) image of a strawberry (Fragaria spp.). Check it out it's really cool. The make up of the fruit is clearly visible, with the seeds looking like boulders
Fresh lilacs are just one of many edible flowers you can enjoy this spring.
I know an awful lot about plants. I know precious little about cooking. Could the old adage be true? Does any good relationship have a gardener and a chef?
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
Heartburn affects 44 percent of the population, and experts warn that serious side effects are more serious than we consider – potentially cancer. Learn about some treatments from experts that aren’t so tough to swallow.
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
This spring, I am dreaming of delicious, beefy summer tomatoes. So I planted some; they're taking over my kitchen as we speak. I love fresh, homegrown tomatoes. And I just can't find delicious tomatoes in stores; even the local, organic market. Not to mention, I'm sick of paying for them! In fact, I'm tired of buying
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
One restaurant owner in Chicago relies on local farms for outstanding in-season herbs and other produce.
Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Readers share what they are doing with their herbs until spring arrives.
Your fresh cut flowers will last longer if you give natural preservatives a try.
Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers—they're safe around house pets, they come in a multitude of colors and shapes and ... they're edible?! Read more.
Deer proof your garden with these 5 helpful tips.
If you're growing cilantro plants, sow the seed directly in your garden to use in various dishes.
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.
One rookie gardener battles seasonal temperature fluctuations and too much rain in the quest to grow the perfect tomato—and realizes she isn’t alone.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
This scrumptious, all-natural recipe gives you a healthy option your taste buds will love.
Sip on cherry juice; sleep soundly. Sleeping soundly through the night could be as easy as sipping on some cherry juice.
Strengthen your immune system now with herbs for improved vitality and protection from stress and winter illness.
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.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
Learn how to catch more fish using star anise essential oil. Blogger Dawn Robnett explains why Illicium verum oil with keep the fish nibbling all day.
Save time, money and backache with a few of these tips from the first leg of my series on outdoor gardening’s easy do's and don’ts.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
There are many ways to use parsley in your home. Enter for a chance to win parsley seed packets.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
Entertain your feline friends with a homemade catnip toy.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
Check out these few easy steps you need to know to start this innovative, non-traditional method to grow organic herbs at home.
Make herbal salves and lip balms, condition leather, polish metal and create stunning works of art with beeswax.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
Desperately waiting for the arrival of spring? Have patience! Using container herbs will help keep your spirits up during this long winter.
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
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.
Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.
There are both benefits and risks to drinking milk substitutes instead of cow’s milk.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
If you're having trouble falling asleep, try these herbal solutions for insomnia.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
I recently stumbled upon this great gardening tip. This project is an environmentally fun way to plant herbs.
Relieve stressed feet with this easy, do-it-yourself foot treatment.
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.
Which herbs will help keep you energized, focused and possibly in shape? One Herb Companion staffer looks for the answers.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
Walking can provide you with countless health benefits, and it's fun too!
This spring, guest blogger Patsy Bell Hobson is expanding her lavender collection to extend the bloom period with different varieties.
Ladybugs are a simple, cheap and effective means of destroying an aphid infestation that just won't go away.
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.
Like herbs, evergreen trees have a powerful fragrance, some even with medicinal properties, and with a few simple steps, you can find the perfect tree to keep safe from fire and fresh throughout the holidays.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
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.
The best herbs for fall, and the most commonly grown, are cilantro, dill, arugula and chervil, along with the edible flowers of calendula, violets and nasturtiums
This inconspicuous-seeming herb is well traveled and renounded for its medicinal properties throughout the majority of the world. Learn how it grows and what famed herbalists have said about it.
When I bake cookies, they look like pancakes. I need to adjust the recipe for a higher altitude, but I’m not sure how. I need your help!
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
Rue is an interesting addition to the flower garden, a useful herb, and an attractive houseplant. You won’t regret growing rue.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
Ratatouille is a delicious way to preserve a lot of garden produce fast. Also, comment to win a French thyme seed packet.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
As grocery prices rise, now more than ever we need tools to save money. These websites help you get organized and give you the tools you need to buy the best—for less.
Use herbs as a homemade remedy for annoying bad breath.
Thyme is a very useful and decorative herb in the garden and in the kitchen.
One reader asked us to help her diagnose some brown spots she noticed on her basil plant's leaves.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Use fresh tarragon as the main ingredient in vinegars, salad dressings, and rotisserie herbed chicken recipes to extend its harvest.
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
Discover how herb gardens were used in ancient Greece.
Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.
Add valerian to your herb garden or to a wet area of your landscape to grow your own natural sleep and relaxation aid.
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.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
Cool your inflamed muscles the healthy way with turmeric.
Try these simple tips to keep yourself hydrated and drinking more water this winter.
To lead a healthier lifestyle, green your home with these nine cost-effective solutions.
Summer is heating up! Discover how you can cut costs, lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint all while beating the hot summer sun.
Use these craft hacks, that we've collected from Pinterest, to create handmade gifts this holiday season.
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.
Capsaicin heats up your mouth and your endorphins, so try out a homemade hot sauce recipe.
There are a lot of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. Check out the Lemon Verbena Lady's favorite recipe for turkey leftovers.
If you’re out of eggs, don’t fret – use flax.
Follow these tips for using essential oils to make your own organic perfumes.
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
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.
Use fresh herbs to treat anxiety instead of potentially harmful drugs.
Use these beauty recipes to prevent the summer weather from getting to your skin and hair.
Learn how to make your own delicious herb-infused honey with this recipe, adapted from "The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook."
Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.
Someone in your family always says, “Work smarter, not harder,” and that’s true. Here are seven smarter - not harder - tips from the second part of my outdoor gardening’s easy-do’s- and don’ts.
Garlic does best if planted in the late fall and early winter. If you can find a sunny spot with a foot of soil, you can plant garlic.
Medicines and extracted herbs can be disgusting, even diluted in water. Luckily, there's a trick for those of us who don't want to grimace every time we try and do something healthy for our bodies! Read more ...
Starting a worm composting system from your kitchen scraps is easy – and what better time to discover the disturbing art, than the Halloween season? Read what you can do with 8,000 red wigglers …
Eating local doesn’t have to be limiting or expensive. Learn how to eat local using tips from the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Ever had trouble growing rosemary outdoors, or getting it to survive past winter? Want to learn everything you need to know about growing gardenias? Find answers to the toughest questions and watch your plants return next spring with these simple steps.
Artemisia absinthium, more commonly known as wormwood, is a bitter herb with many medicinal purposes. It is also an attractive plant in the landscape. Learn more about it.
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
Combine spending quality time with your kids and cleaning house. These 11 tips can help you effectively maintain balance by cleaning with your kids.
Before handing your kid a gadget just to shut him up, learn about the long-term effects electronic media can have on a kid’s brain, as well as their overall development.
Dig into the season with our favorite organic gardening tips and tricks to grow your own bounty.
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
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.
Ease the symptoms of the common cold with herbs and other natural treatments.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
Check out these weekly tips for growing healthy, beautiful plants indoors.
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.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
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.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
Researchers have found that curcumin, the ingredient in turmeric that gives it its distinct coloring, may help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation.
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
Many Americans have insomnia. Try these herbal remedies to reset your sleeping schedule.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
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.
With temperatures heating up, the one thing most people forget to consider is their skin. Rather than buying expensive, name-brand products full of artificial and synthetic chemicals, treat your skin with these five healing herbs.
Did you know that fenugreek was once used in embalming mummies? Explore the history and benefits of fenugreek around the world.
Learn about the history of mistletoe and find out how to grow this Christmas plant.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
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.
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.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
If you’re an herbie, then chances are you love tea. But did you know that your herbs also enjoy tea? Discover the benefits of compost tea and learn how to use it in your 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.
This year, use herbs to maximize your weight loss potential.
Prevent and relieve poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites and bee stings with these herbs.
It is still very hot here in my part of Texas. Day after day the temperature reaches 100 degrees or above with no rain. I was in town this morning and two people stopped me to ask how to keep their plants alive in this weather. Here is my advice.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
Guest blogger, Randy Buresh, knowns that life can be stressful. He provides a list of herbs to help you relax.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Use herbs and essential oils for itchy bug bites.
Do you understand how herbs work? We profile dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a medicinal Chinese herb with high vitamin and mineral content along with many beneficial phytochemicals.
This garden favorite is great for salads, mesclun mixes, pastas and pizza. Comment for your chance to win a packet of arugula seeds from Renee's Garden.
Hydrate your dry scalp and make you hair shine this winter with these three soothing herbal hair rinses.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares five laundry tips (including a homemade natural fabric softener) for cling- and chemical-free clothing.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Get into the holiday spirit by learning how to grow your own holly plants and discover the many uses of this seasonal treasure.
Discover delightful garden projects for kids. The author of the Fairy House Handbook shows you how to make fabulous fairy creations out of mud.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
Every herb has a story, and that of licorice begins with its reputation as a “sweet herb.” Plants are put on this earth to provide nourishment and healing benefits. Licorice is one of those unique and special plants that does both.
Bilberries can help you maintain your eye health.
At the start of a new year, make a resolution to clear your spice cupboard of old herbs and spices.
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.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
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.
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.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Herbs will reseed all over the garden as volunteer plants if you let them.
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.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
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 Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
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.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
Grow chervil this spring for a mild gourmet flavor.
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.
Educate yourself about the recent outbreak of foodborne illnesses caused by sprouts and how to protect yourself.
Discover one of our guest bloggers favorite heirloom seeds, lemon basil. Then learn more about unique heirlooms.
Read on to learn how saw palmetto can help to relieve prostate problems.
The borage plant (Borago officinalis) is a tall herb with hairy foliage, blue starshaped flowers and many useful properties. Whether you use it for healthy, tasty greens, a medicinal herb or a companion plant for your strawberries and tomatoes, you’ll be happy you planted borage.
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
Before we go into mourning over the loss of our favorite fresh herb, basil, let's consider these five ways to stretch out our basil harvest.
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!
Until this year our newest guest blogger thought loofahs were a sea sponge. Wrong! While visiting California she came across The Luffa Farm in Nipomo, California. Discover what's so great about growing a luffa gourd!
The fragrant, taste and texture of cinnamon make it a popular spice during the winter months. Cinnamon not only tastes good while cooking but has an array of health benefits.
Reduce stress with these three fabulous annuals. These herbs for stress relief are easy to grow and can help treat other health ailments.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
Try saving seed from a few of your garden favorites this year. The number of seeds sold in the seed catalogs decreases every year. Saving seed may save that particular variety from extinction.
It wouldn't be fall without apple pie, cobblers, dumplings, baked apples and my favorite—apple crisp. But don't limit yourself to apple desserts. Create savory apple dishes with the help of these delicious herbs.
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat many conditions including depression and stress. Its common name comes from associations with St. John the Baptist.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
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.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
One guest blogger loves building fairy houses for kids and with kids. She never ceases to be amazed at their instinct for this activity. They see things in nature to use and create with that we could never imagine. Check out some fairy garden ideas from the brightest children.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
No cash and no space? No problem. With attractive treasures that serve as extra storage, you can decorate a funky and functional space. Natural Home guest blogger Julie Collins shows you how.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
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.
Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? Try this easy solution.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Calendula officinalis, a bright and cheery herb for any border or kitchen garden, is more than just another pretty flower. It has many uses in the kitchen, medicine cabinet and personal care arena.
For some, the cold winter months may bring many ‘a’ merry moment. But for the sympathetic gardener, the humbugs start as the plants begin die. Bring your garden indoors this fall with help from your own personal gardening expert – the EasyBloom.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
Use these herbs to relieve stress, increase energy and stimulate sleep this school year.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
Starting an exercise program isn't as tough as you think! Just follow these simple tips to get moving.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Combine a variety of teas, as well as non-tea ingredients such as spices, flowers, herbs, and dried fruits, to create personal signature tea blends that you can use both for sipping and for cooking.
This school year pack a healthy lunch with zero waste!
Try using aromatherapy to reconnect with family and friends.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
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.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
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.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
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.
New research has found yet another benefit to adopting the vegetarian lifestyle.
Learn the benefits of an infant massage and how to give one from certified infant massage instructor and practitioner Brenda Stansfield.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Kidney stones affect many Americans. Here are some herbal remedies to help stop them.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Try using essential for skin care. Blends include remedies for acne, shingles and cold sores.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
Got Hosta, Day Lilies or maybe some old records you’re not using? Recycle them in these fun, easy-to-make decorations, perfect for a Horrific Halloween!
Learn which natural facial scrubs are good for you and the environment.
All it takes is a few deliberate and creative tweaks to turn our living space into a healthful, stress-free environment. Follow these 10 simple solutions to do just that.
These tiny, sweet strawberries are hard to find but perfect for any home gardener. Enter for a chance to win strawberry seed packets.
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.
Create your own secret ingredient chili recipe.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle—and keeping it—doesn’t happen overnight. Use these expert tips to build the foundation of life well-lived.
Ease your cold and flu symptoms this season with these tried-and-true natural remedies.
Live 2015 to the fullest by cultivating these eight healthy habits. With these mindful New Year’s resolutions you are sure to make this year your year.
Don't let shyness rule your child's life--try these tips to overcome shyness and let yourself be happier.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
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.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
Try these valuable bug repellent formulas for a weekend in the woods.
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.
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.
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.
Stop forgetting and take these herbs to improve your memory retention.
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
Fennel is the perfect herb for the gourmet cook who loves to grow special ingredients. It requires some attention to blanching, mounding soil around the growing basal bulb to keep it white and tender, but is well worth the extra effort.
In the final installment of my series "7 Tips for Everyday Outdoor Gardening", I help you explore some simple yet effective tips to grow and propagate healthy plants, scare away pests and learn which common plants may be hazardous to your health.
Watch for beneficial ladybugs the next time you rid your garden of tansy. The Lemon Verbena Lady shares pictures and a short story about tansy, russian sage and ladybugs in her herb garden.
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
"Help! My plant is under insect attack - what are they, what will they do to my other plants and how can I attack back?" Find out here!
Tea has a whole library of health benefits. But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.
Essential Oils really are properly named! But do you know all the ways to use them? 19 tips and tricks you can use for an essentially wonderful life.
One reader from California asked us about growing thyme. Check out our suggestions for how to get her thyme to flourish in containers and in walkways.
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
One of my favorite herbs from Hort Couture is Salvia officinalis ‘La Crema’, a fragrant, variegated sage that is currently thriving in my Zone 6 garden. Learn more about this brand with style.
This February marks American Heart Health month—discover 10 super heart-health tips from nutrition expert Jonny Bowden.
Promote health and overall well-being when you consider these four tips while decorating your home.
We aren't the only ones who suffer from seasonal allergies. Try a few of these methods to get your pets back to their energetic, playful selves.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.
It’s never too early to start thinking about planting your garden for the spring. I know I am already thinking about spring and warm weather. Spring officially starts Sunday, March 20th and it’s important to know when it is the right time to purchase your flowers and begin the planting process.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
Space and light are your home's most desirable ornaments. Here's how to clear the clutter so they can shine through.
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.
Kids learn about herbs and cooking through a Louisiana woman's "kitchen garden marketplace," Passionate Platter.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
Four-o’clocks are an old favorite that have been around a long time. There is a reason why they have been in your family garden for generations. Comment for your chance to win four-o'clock seeds, courtesy Renee's Garden.
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.
Alcohol-based infusions are wonderful for deglazing the skillet after searing a steak or piece of chicken, or you can drizzle them on ice cream for a grown-up dessert.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Corn silk, the fine, silky growth at the tops of corn cobs, is a soothing diuretic for irritation of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and prostate.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
These growing strategies will help any beginning herb garden. Discover which herbs are easiest to grow from seed, which are easily propagated from division, and which are easily grown from cuttings.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel offers landscaping tips for those with a black thumb looking to start a new garden bed, plant a live fence or grow outdoors.
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
All too soon the winter months will be here, which is more reason to explore ways to preserve this vibrant and medicinal food to have on hand all year long.
Calendula is an easy flower to grow. Plant in full sun flower beds, containers, and vegetable and herb gardens.
Does stress or anxiety keep you jittery during the day and awake all night? Check out the benefits of passionflower for a calming rest.
Here we go back in time to see beliefs and folk uses surrounding Stinging Nettle, how it is most commonly utilized by herb lovers today, along with flower essence information, my own personal favorite uses for this stinging European native, and references for further information.
New research is suggesting that an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil may help prevent the common cold in infants if taken during pregnancy.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Beat looking tired with these natural remedies for puffy eyes.
Although we should limit our sugar consumption for health, coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to refined white sugar.
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
Enjoy easy comfort food with these three single serving recipes.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.
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.
New studies show that ginger, in addition to its other health benefits, may help regulate the body's inflammatory response.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
It's not too late to start or expand your garden this summer! Plant sun-loving herbs, vegetables and flowers for a strong harvest and bright blooms.
Little gnatty flies smothering your prized houseplants? Learn what they are and how to eradicate them, once and for all.
The four-lined plant bug is a regional pest that plagues plants belonging to the mint family and other of your herbal favorites.
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Scientific research now supports many of the traditional applications of this plant, including treating respiratory health problems and healing wounds.
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.
One guest blogger's special, original recipe prevents illness and quickly helps recover from, or completely ward off, colds, flu and other malaise.
Could you have an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, or orthorexia? Learn the differences between normal and harmful behaviors around food and weight.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
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.
Bathing suit season approaches! Guest blogger Stephanie Small goes beyond the standard "portion-control-and-exercise" weight loss tips to bring you the top five truths you must know in order to drop the pounds. Look for one new tip on each Monday in May.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a biennial, meaning it takes two years to mature and reproduce. Get your chance to grow parsley from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveawy. Ends April 2, 2012!
Once you have this herb in your garden, you will never be without cutting leaf celery. It's a perfect container plant to grow close by the kitchen door.
Companion planting can help your favorite plants achieve their full potential.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
Following a diet out of a book means you're just adhering to a set of externally imposed rules. Learn how to listen to your body for direction on what nourishes you.
The dandelion is one of the most hated weeds in America, but also the mostly widely used wild green in the world. Learn how this herb was used historically, how it can treat many ailments, such as liver diseases and eczema, and how to make a dandelion omelet.
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.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
The Lemon Verbena Lady gets you organized for fall clean up and ready for spring planting. There are lots of herbal seed and plant catalog choices as well.
Natural Home guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the little food allergy that could mean big weight gain.
Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.
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.
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!
Bathing suit season approaches! Stephanie goes beyond the standard "portion-control-and-exercise" weight loss tips to bring you the top five truths you must know in order to drop the pounds. Look for one new tip on each Monday in May.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.
Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.
Guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the similarities between Sumo wrestlers' diets and Americans' diets.
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.