Daylighting systems company Solatube offers facts about daylight in conjunction with Daylight Saving Time.
MegaFood’s line of immunity-boosting supplements, including vitamin D3, a daily multivitamin and a probiotics blend, support good immune health.
The health benefits of kale are greater than
those of any other vegetable. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness
and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of many other vegetables. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
Yard full of dandelions? Harvest and cook these weeds to enjoy their many health benefits.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
In my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, kids are leaving town and dumping a lot of really good, useable stuff. If you have a college in your town, it's a great weekend to go Dumpster diving near campus.
Solatube International, the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), announces its new line of decorative fixtures, called Glass Distractions.
Washing the dishes is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be a burden on your wallet or the planet. Dani dishes about how to green your dishwashing routine.
The foods you’re eating could be chipping away at your bone density. Find out which four foods and drinks are eating away at your bones.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reveals what sunscreen active ingredients are safe and unsafe and recommends resources to find natural sunscreens.
Unused and expired medications are difficult to recycle. Participate in National Take-Back Day this Saturday for an easy, safe way to dispose of old pills.
Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.
Treat seasonal depression with bright light therapy, one tenant of the Therpeutic Lifestyle Change's program.
Individual reactions to color vary, but choosing color for your home’s rooms can have a strong effect on how you feel when you’re in them.
In the third in a series on potential toxins to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers associated with use of retinol in skin products.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
bambu creates modern goods for the kitchen and home, created from renewable materials, including bamboo and cork.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her newfound love for farm-fresh eggs after experiencing rich, nutritious eggs at DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa, California.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
You don't have to spend a fortune and buy nasty chemicals to run your dishwasher. Whip up powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent in minutes--and don't forget to add essential oil. You'll get a dose of aromatherapy while your dishes get clean.
Guest blogger Desiree Bell, explains the difference between herbs and spices once and for all.
Our bones need a variety of nutrients to keep them healthy. Make sure you're meeting the recommended amounts!
Make faerie dust with the wee folks in your family to get them interested in herbs at a young age.
New research has found yet another benefit to adopting the vegetarian lifestyle.
Sixteen states have banned the sale of dishwasher detergents with high phosphate levels, and the American Cleaning Institute has urged its members to remove them.
With more than 32 designs to choose from, you’re sure to find an organic cotton throw pillow for your home’s décor from Wabisabi Green’s EcoArt pillow collections.
A proper diet is crucial in promoting good heart health—so make sure you’re eating the right stuff! These seven foods are loaded with healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants to protect your heart.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
Diarrhea is an uncomfortable condition. Find relief with these natural home remedies for diarrhea.
With a little do-it-yourself effort, wooden shutters found at flea markets and antique stores can turn into shelves, room dividers and other home décor.
Jessica wears the Puridee Danielle sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Americans are being asked to turn up the thermostat 3 degrees on June 21. If you find you don't notice the difference, why not keep it up? You will notice the difference in your electric bill.
I confess: It's Friday, the sun is shining, it feels like summer, and the Little Discovery Channel Promo That Could is pretty much playing on a loop on my desktop.
Natural Home intern Carly Halvorson shares her recent research on the Monolithic Dome Institute website about monolithic dome houses.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try these herbal solutions.
Buck’s Biscuits Gourmet Dog Treats are made with organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, making them the perfect, all-natural dog treat for your furry friend.
Jessica shows off her heaboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
Based on a "Brownie Blind Taste Test" recently conducted, Dancing Deer's all-natural, baked-from-scratch brownies won the taste test battle by a wide margin.
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.
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to use more green products, check out Twist’s line of amazing sponges. Not only are they biodegradable, but they’re also free of dyes and made from all-natural, plant-based materials.
People with Alzheimer's and other dementias can benefit in many ways from gardening and being in the garden.
From August 4 to 6, Plover Organic will discount its non-sale items to 50 percent off. Plover sells organic cotton quilts, duvets, sheets and crib bedding.
The most popular supplements are fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10. Learn more about their health advantages.
Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!
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.
When the dining table is laden down with mail, laptops and other clutter, the entire house feels messy. Follow these seven steps to keep your dining table free of detritus. (Set it for dinner right after breakfast, if you have to.)
DuPont Building Innovations has achieved zero landfill status by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing byproducts and waste at manufacturing sites globally.
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
Organic Architect's Eric Corey Freed shows designers what green really means during Dining by Design, a charity event featuring tabletop installations in New York.
From West Africa to the Netherlands, furniture designers find oil drums an abundant, green material.
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
As world food prices hit a record high, follow these tips for reducing your grocery bill while still eating well.
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne and other chili peppers, offers a number of health benefits, from relieving pain to protecting the heart.
Jessica talks about abandoning conventional wedding traditions in favor of saving money and resources, creating a more sustainable wedding.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
When it comes time to choose what decking material to use for your next outdoor living project, consider wood composite decks that save old growth trees by utilizing recycled content.
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, carrots offer many health benefits, from maintaining healthy eyes to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
During national bedbug summit, health experts urge thorough cleaning and heat as the best prevention and cure for the nasty pests.
As organic industry leaders urge consumers to take action against GMOs—the biggest threat the industry faces this year—soapmaker David Bronner gives $25,000 to seed an anti-GMO march on Capitol Hill.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares resources, tips and essential eco-friendly items for a college dorm room.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence offers up some home decluttering tips.
Add a pop of color to a dull decorating scheme with these brightly colored recycled glass vases from Z Gallerie.
Learn how to make this cool summer drink, which puts an untraditional twist on iced tea.
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.
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.
There are lots of reasons to eat less meat, or even none at all, but have you ever considered whether your dog could be vegan?
Dehydrate fruits and veggies faster with Excalibur Food Dehydrators. Be sure to check out Excalibur’s recipe for Dried Tomato and Basil Sauce.
Vitamin D promotes good bone, immune system and mental health. Want to boost your intake of this essential nutrient? Add these good sources of vitamin D to your diet!
One doctor decides to make a cross-country journey to promote natural healing and health.
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.
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.
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews green home decor from MIO.
The Windfall reclaimed wood engineered panels are Douglas Fir and Hemlock Fir raw material harvested from demolition sites in the Pacific Northwest, and given new life as decorative panels for interior design.
Extend the life of your washer and dryer and save money on repairs with these 10 tips.
Most days I just don't have time to make breakfast. It's the most important meal, though, so usally it's a Larabar and juice for me. I like Larabars because the ingredient list is short and they are delicious. My favorite bar, the Apple Pie , is just dates, walnuts, unsweetened apples, almonds, raisins, and cinnamo
DiggersList, city-by-city home improvement classifieds, has expanded its website to bring its services to homeowners and contractors across the country.
Change we can believe in? The Obama administration paves the way for more than 300,000 megawatts of coal-fired energy.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, walnuts provide an array of impressive health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
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.
Our cornbread dressing recipe puts a twist on a Thanksgiving dinner menu classic.
Canadian-based RawFoodz launches with a line of organic, raw vegan salad dressings.
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
We found another cute garden decor idea. Check it out!
SunRidge Farms’ All-Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops feature natural premium quality chocolate and real vanilla in a pure cane sugar shell in seven beautiful colors, each of which is naturally derived from vegetable juice.
The Lemon Verbena Lady continues her search for more great herb catalogs and herb farms to visit either in person or online.
After trying derma e's new skincare product, Very Clear Cleansing Scrub, I soon discovered that tea tree oil may be the best natural disinfectant for my body.
Adding houseplants to your home’s décor is an easy, affordable way to enliven your home.
Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
Beyond Organic Skincare Detoxifying Cleanser is best for dry skin because it is packed with uber-moisturizing ingredients.
Keeping your own compost heap is a great way to benefit your garden while saving money. Learn more about DIY composting with guest blogger Rebecca Lynn Crockett.
Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts—and reassurance that they're buying green—through GreenDeals.
As we watch the devastation's aftermath in Japan, the world will learn valuable lessons from a culture that reveres service to others, deep acceptance and community.
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
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.
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
Gardening is for everyone, even those with disabilities who think they are unable to. The problem to overcome is how to adapt and make adjustments so hyou can grow your own organic vegetables and herbs.
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
Homeowners beware. Your drywall could be poisoning your home. Officials believe that since 2001, drywall imported from China has contained high levels of sulfur that could be leaking into homes and other buildings.
Don't overlook the health impacts of the container when shopping for healthier premade beverages.
The chemicals in everyday personal care products can negatively affect health. Watch out for these five!
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
GoodBelly has added two new flavors, Tropical Orange and Pink Grapefruit, to its line of probiotic drinks and launched a new on-the-go probiotic coconut water.
Bored with your headboard? Freshen up your bedroom’s look with one of these DIY headboard ideas.
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
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.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
Reed diffusers are a great way to fill your home with the fresh, healing scents of essential oils—but they're pricey. You can save a bundle by making your own using repurposed bottles and plant stalks.
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program offers a natural treatment plan for depression based on basic biological needs.
In the first in a series of posts on the most important chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses the dangers of BPA (bisphenol-A)exposure to developing babies.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
Beyond Coastal Mineral Sunscreen is loaded with vitamins, minerals and moisturizers.
ALŌ Drink blends are made with real aloe vera pulp and juice straight from the aloe vera plant - never reconstituted from powder.
Be on the look for these food dyes in your children's foods. They may be doing more harm than good.
These three plants are extremely creepy. Read more about the bizarre devil's claw, doll's eye and Buddha's hand.
Bypass cold and flu season this year with natural remedies, herbal supplements, TLC and a little common sense.
Celebrate spring by indulging in these 5 seasonal superfoods—delicious, nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables.
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
In accordance with this meeting of world leaders making decisions about climate change, The Timberland Company, has launched its global campaign, “Don’t Tell Us it Can’t Be Done.” The campaign is designed as a public forum encouraging people from all over the globe to participate in environmental activism by challenging government leaders attending the conference to reduce emissions.
Feeling plugged up? Relieve constipation with these natural laxatives and home remedies for constipation.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Try these three natural coat rinse recipes for your furry friends.
Levi's jeans brand introduces its Waste>Less denim collection made from recycled bottles as the next chapter in its sustainable design initiative.
DiggersList is giving away wildflower seeds to anyone who posts something for sale on its site, and Re-Nest just came out with an awesome guide to buying, selling and swapping stuff online. Spring cleaning just got easier!
An economical, new product from Yikes! Phone and Table Rescue revives cell phones—and other electronics—that unexpectedly go skinny dipping. Learn how to save a wet cell phone!
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
Favorite spices are often passed down like heirlooms, but they rarely stay the same between generations.
If you're not tech-savvy, gifts kids’ll like are hard to come by. If you don’t want to waste your money on some electrical gadget that’ll likely be outdated the day after you buy it, check out these fun, garden terrariums. They even come in different themes!
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.
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.
Handmade from start to finish, Michelle Prosek’s jazzy art glass adds an eco-modern element to any room. Find her unique glass art in her Etsy shop.
A bill that would make hemp production legal in California would create jobs and opportunities in the financially strapped state.
Saturday morning brings adventures with an overflowing dishwasher, pesky puppy and pretty sunflowers.
Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!
The urge to eliminate clutter and create space for ourselves is a healthy sign of self-respect. Why, then, is it so darn hard?
Brighten up your bathroom with lively organic cotton shower curtains from Amy Butler, VivaTerra and West Elm. Say goodbye to plain white curtains!
Jessica discusses her inability to locate eco-friendly bridesmaid dresses made from sustainable materials.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
Patters and personality galore, Plover Organic’s organic cotton bedding and kitchen textiles add just the right amount of spice to your green home decor.
Here are some herbal remedies that have specific healing properties for dealing with overcoming sorrow, anger and depression.
Problems with drywall continue as the Environmental Protection Agency finds traces of mercury and formaldehyde in drywall products.
Jessica Kellner's recent trip to three green conferences in San Francisco yielded some great conversations and fun lessons.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the designs for the new Bibliosphere in Germany.
Turn castoff shipping pallets into a DIY sofa, daybed, coffee table, headboard or shelving with just a little creativity!
No need to go it alone. Local herb societies are like old friends, and recipes and techniques abound.
On February 21, 2011, herb grower and author Thomas DeBaggio died in his sleep. Learn more about this important herbalist.
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
Decorating with mirrors is an easy way to increase your home’s natural light, make small rooms feel bigger, and improve your home’s interior without spending a fortune.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is teaming up with popular country, bluegrass and folk musicians, including Dave Matthews and Patty Loveless, for Music Saves Mountains—a one-night fundraising event to end mountaintop removal coal mining in the Appalachians.
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews certified-organic fabrics from Harmony Art.
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!
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
EnviroSAND is a stabilized joint sand that is specially designed for use with paving stones.
Keep warm with hand-knitted scarves, hats and hand warmers from Icebox Knitting’s two lines of products made from upcycled materials.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has invented an air conditioner, the DEVap, that’s up to 90 percent more efficient than traditional ACs.
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
Cable set-top boxes in the United States consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—equivalent to the annual output of nine coal-fired power plants. Cable providers have a lot of energy-efficient improvements to make.
Jessica discusses whether going green is more than just feeling good about the stuff we buy, and chats about the "virtual global marketplace" she uses to help make wise shopping decisions.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren offers tips on how to take eco-friendly car trips
Stinging nettles may sound intimidating, but once you get past their prickly exterior this classic spring weed offers many health benefits.
While it's almost impossible to completely avoid GMOs, you can minimize your exposure by eating organic and knowing which products are the worst offenders.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
There's a new graphic in town ready to help you with your dietary needs and help you craft each healthy and delicious meal you put on your plate.
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
Get a creative nightstand without spending a lot of money by repurposing thrift store finds and old items around the house into functional but cheap bedside tables.
If you’re looking for a healthy and eco-friendly dog shampoo that smells great, then look no further than Olive Bubble + Squeak Herbal Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is USDA approved organic, 100 percent biodegradable and bottled in recyclable plastic.
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
Deliciously cool off this summer with these naturally-sweetened chocolate ice cream toppings made with fair trade cocoa.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace introduces a green gardening series on Biodynamic farming based on her trip to DeLoach Vineyards in Sonoma, California. She details the meaning of Biodynamic farming and a field preparation called horn silica 501.
DeLoach Vineyards winegrower Eric Pooler explains the camaraderie amongst Biodynamic prep stirrers.
Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, asparagus offers a lot more than a tasty side dish. Check out these health benefits of asparagus!
While giving her small home a deep green retrofit, designer Tracy Parker finds that reclaimed wood flooring is grounding and gorgeous.
Mugwort, an herb that was once used as a charm used against evil spirits, treatment toward alleviating digestion and a preventative solution for tired feet, is also an herb that has been used to induce vivid dreams.
Space and light are your home's most desirable ornaments. Here's how to clear the clutter so they can shine through.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the successes and failures of the Beddington Zero-Energy Development.
My old wabi-sabi home stood witness to celebration, sorrow, our children’s first words and fumbling first steps, dinners shared at the end of each day. It provided all that a home could and should, and now it's my lesson in non-attachment.
The therapeutics of gardening and gardens have been known since ancient times. Health care professionals acknowledge this and have been putting it to practice for two-hundred years in this country. Horticultural therapy is good for the whole person.
Don’t have extra money to drop on expensive picture frames or fancy artwork? Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses simple ways to spruce up any room in your house at no cost.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
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.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
Skip the chemicals this Easter and naturally color your Easter eggs with herbs and foods.
Far from being weeds, spring's earliest greens are packed with nutrition and help detox the body.
Evergreen Institute founder's Missouri home burns; wood furnace is suspected cause.
Home design apps for smart phones and iPads make visualizing your dream home even easier.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
Grow your own fresh supply of fragrant perennial flowers this year to scent your life and use as cut flowers, for crafts, and in natural personal care treatments.
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.
Bonded Logic, Inc., a leading manufacturer of insulation products, announced that Menards, a home improvement chain in the Midwest, will carry UltraTouch Denim Insulation.
Levaqua’s OneTouch™ Digital Showerheads help consumers conserve water, while simultaneously providing a spa-quality shower experience.
Your kids will have fun sinking their fingers into this safe and natural play dough.
In Bethel, New York, a developer that has specialized in large luxury homes is building modest houses to appeal to a younger crowd--more anecdotal evidence that smaller homes are here to stay.
This year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner is revegetating African grasslands through holistic land management.
Coal Country exposes the damages to communities and the environment caused by mountaintop-removal coal mining.
Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner shares how to make a homemade bug-repellent spray.
After weeks of planning (and a little bit of panicking), the Natural Home team finishes decorating the Blair House and State Department for the holidays with a selection of fair trade, artisan-made items that benefit our planet and its citizens.
Enjoy this recipe for a delicious and moist variation of banana bread, made with almond flour!
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.
Getting back in shape to prepare for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure requires exercise and healing salves for aching joints. Try these natural remedies when soothing your aching muscles.
Reduce dark circles and minimize fine lines with Dr. Hauschka’s Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream.
Guest blogger Elise Roth Edwards offers a cookbook review of "D.I.Y. Delicious" by Vanessa Barrington.
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.
Jessica talks about the importance of volunteerism and service as she searches for some new ways to dedicate time.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Natural and effective skin and hair care for our pets can be easy, economical and gentle. Learn which herbs guest blogger, Dawn Robnett, uses to make Castile soap for her pets.
Mod Green Pod’s vinyl-free wallpaper is printed on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper using water-based inks and glazes. Check out the 12 funky, colorful designs.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
Jessica searches for eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings and explores a variety of sustainable options, including conflict-free diamonds, recycled diamonds, recycled gold, recycled jewelry, alternative wedding rings, Canadian diamonds and cultured diamonds.
Each flower means something different. Express your love for someone this Valentine's Day with one of our two meaningful potpourri mixes.
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.
Packed with antioxidants and other important nutrients, beets offer a lot of benefits for our hearts, brain and overall health. Just check out these six health benefits of beets!
I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the
Try this tasty vegetarian (and vegan) alfredo for a healthy weeknight dinner.
Jessica discusses the many challenges she faced in attempting to choose eco-friendly wedding dresses and suits.
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
Deer proof your garden with these 5 helpful tips.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
Organic gardening connects us with the earth and produces good-for-you food.
The Rhombin, a desktop organizer made from a plant-based plastic (bioplastic), merges sustainability with convenience and cutting-edge design.
Last weekend more than 12,000 people flocked to Washington, D.C., for a three day demonstration to demand the creation of green jobs, cuts in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and less dependence on fossil fuels.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
Learn four ways you can enjoy herbs in your daily life.
These six great natural and organic chocolate bars will satisfy your sweet tooth while paying mind to the earth.
Design your dining room with patterned placemats from Amenity. Made of organic cotton and hemp, these placemats come in a variety of colors and designs, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your room.
15 tips to help you get rid of clutter once and for all and create a clean, serene home.
Color your hair at home with Tints of Nature salon-grade permanent hair color, made with a natural soy base, which mitigates the damage and health risks typically associated with coloring hair.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Johnson’s Natural Head-To-Toe Foaming Baby Wash.
Clotheslines are the most energy-efficient—but not always the most practical--drying option. Levi Strauss’s Care to Air contest offers $10,000 for innovations that would improve or replace the clothesline.
Save your throat this cold season with homemade, herbal cough drops.
Old mirrors are a dime a dozen at flea markets--but what can you do with them? Group several of different shapes together for a pretty, unique display.
Exercise can boost mental health and help relieve depression as part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’s natural approach to treating depression.
Conventional deodorants contain aluminum and other chemicals linked to cancer, elevated estrogen levels and other health problems. Witch hazel provides an effective and economical natural deodorant alternative.
Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Although each home is different, these five keys to good entryway design will help you create a personalized, functional space.
Vitamin D helps support the immune system and the hormones that regulate mood and sleep.
J Clay Pottery features all your favorite foodie items—mugs and plates to bowls and sake sets—in all-natural clay and nature-inspired colors.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
A new study has found that lack of sleep can cause memory loss.
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
An affordable prototype home helps revitalize a blighted Syracuse, New York, neighborhood--and could be the city home of the future.
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
Try these spooktacular treats for your Halloween celebration. We've got mummified hot dogs, terrifying punch and much more.
For a natural cleanse, try detox herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric and more.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull reviews her seafood past along with a couple shellfish recipe from her Pacific Northwest family.
Guest blogger KyLynn shares a step-by-step photo gallery of how to clean razor clams.
In the late summer, Ocimum basilicum 'Thai' bares beautiful red or deep purple blooms. Check out Ramona's recipe for basil-infused chicken dumplings.
We think that we know our herbs, and exactly what they do. However, there are also those herbs with a mysterious past. Here are five of the weirdest herbs we’ve found that might be hiding in a garden near you.
Jessy Rushing explores a fun, locally owned nursery called Diggin' It in Texas.
Fishermen hired by BP to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are experiencing health problems such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and breathing problems. The negative side effects are likely due to BP’s failure to provide proper safety equipment.
Staying physically active as you age may help ward off memory loss.
The plants in the Voynich Manuscript has puzzled researchers and historians for years.
Zemco Industries, a division of Tyson, has recalled 380,000 pounds of deli meat suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogens, a deadly foodborne bacteria, from Walart stores across the nation.
Originally developed in Holland, DuChateau Floors feature antique reproduction hard wax oil floors that reflect styles from centuries ago.
JELD-WEN doubles up on the style and performance points with Custom Wood Double-Hung Window enhancements
Summit Chemical’s Mosquito Bits naturally kill fungus gnats using the biological control BTI.
The Recharge Mower Ultralite is a Cordless Lithium-powered push mower that weighs under 35 pounds.
Vermont Castings Victory direct vent fireplace insert offers a clean design and an efficient heating source.
Depth products, created by college sweethearts Tim Schaeffer and Korie Johnson, boast 70 percent organic ingredients (including aloe vera and sunflower) and a working relationship with Camp SEA Lab, a non-profit camp in Monterey Bay, California (one of my favorite areas of the country!).
Shocked that nearly everything in their Dallas home was made overseas, a family starts over and furnishes their home only with items made in the USA. ABC News challenges everyone to take a pledge to purchase products made in America.
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
Today is not a day for selling books. It's a day for prayer and solidarity with the Japanese people.
Jessica provides resources for biodegradable cups and sustainable bamboo plates for her green outdoor wedding.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
Deconstruction, breaking down houses bit-by-bit, is a great way to find free building materials to build small low-cost homes.
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.
Mindy Pennybacker’s new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, and her website, GreenerPenny.com, offer easy tips for daily green living.
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.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
Hang used fabric on your walls instead of paint or wallpaper.
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
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.
Green New Year's Eve Party
Moisturizing your face with botanical oils is a centuries-old practice from ancient Rome that is becoming popular once again. Check out three facial oils that I love using right now.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, expected to pass this summer, offers rebates for windows, doors, skylights, window films and storm windows and doors.
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
Super Bowls don't have to leave you in a stuffed, sleepy stupor. Snack on this layered bean dip recipe instead.
Plant herbariums collect herbal memories all summer long.
Stay focused for work or school with therapeutic-grade essential oils crafted for concentration from 21 Drops.
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.
Part one of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This one’s for all the dog lovers who want to raise a greener best friend.
Bring some spring into your life. Sprinkle some wheat grass seeds in an old apothecary jar and watch them grow.
Connect together inexpensive mending plates to make these top-shelf candleholders—perfect for patio and porch dining. This simple project takes minutes and costs next to nothing.
Try this award-winning recipe from 1963 to make sweetly wonderful cinnamon rolls.
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.
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 Charred Tomato Salsa–you can dip more than just chips in this flavorful summer dip.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, oatmeal offers many health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller shares discusses the lack of energy-efficient, insulated doors in the U.S.
Keep your storage off the floor and decorate your home using birdcages.
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.
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.
It's no secret that a woman's metabolism slows down as she approaches menopause. Instead of unrealistically eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, think along the lines of a moderate carbs diet.
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.
Natural Home chose bamboo for its kitchenware line because it's both sustainable and beautiful.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
Two students have created an inspirational blog that features one upcycling project—something made from discarded materials—each day. They've committed to keeping it going for 30 days, but with your help it could go forever.
Let the ancient Japanese art of wabi-sabi help you purge unwanted items and get organized for the new year.
We all have hoarding tendencies. If yours are getting the better of you, rest assured that there are support groups and professional organizations just waiting to help.
California architect Matthew Hofman gives a 1978 Airstream a good green makeover.
To freshen up your home without a major remodel, clean up and invest in lower-cost fixes such as paint, hardware and window coverings.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore grows Campari tomatoes in her Utah garden.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore harvests her first round of fresh spinach from the garden to bring to the dinner table.
Recognizing Spinach plants when they bolt and harvesting what is left that is useful.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore gets creative when the raised beds she orders for her garden are too deep.
Nourish Organic Citrus Stick Deodorant may be the best deodorant I have ever used. Unlike conventional deodorants, Nourish is 100 percent natural—with no trace of aluminum in its ingredient list—and is USDA organic.
Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through a process that eliminates waste.
A cooking experiment turns into a delicious meal.
After suffering second degree burns, one co-worker tries our favorite herbal salves and creams and experiences miraculous results.
Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many commercial products.
Explore the many health benefits of cauliflower, from cancer prevention to digestive support.
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
Seeking out social support, whether from friends and family, a support group or talk therapy, can help overcome depression as part of a natural treatment plan.
Sleep deprivation and depression go hand-in-hand. Improve your overall health and find relief from depression by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
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.
Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.
These nettle chips are deliciously unique and packed with nutrients. Try this perfectly satisfying salty snack in early spring.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares images of the spring flowers blooming in her garden.
Choice Organic Teas is adding four new varieties to its Original line of teas: Premium Korean Green, Decaffeinated Green, Masala Chai and Rooibos Chai.
Tessemae’s All Natural announces the release of its line of gluten-free salad dressing and marinades.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews peppermint natural lip balm from EO.
BuildingGreen’s 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products list includes a low-flow toilet, composite decking, a high-performing wall system and other products that conserve energy and resources.
BPA is a dangerous chemical found in canned foods and polycarbonate plastic. Avoid it by following these easy steps.
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).
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).
One Degree Organic Foods announces the launch of its sprouted, vegan cereal line featuring 100 percent traceable ingredients.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
The “Cash for Caulkers” home-retrofitting program, known as the Home Star program, is expected to pass the Senate this summer. The bill offers rebates for 13 different types of retrofits, including insulation and air and duct sealing
Laurel chronicles the tale of her hot water heater meltdown—and the quest to get a tankless water heater.
California rolls from supermarket sushi counters contain high fructose corn syrup. You don't have to look hard to find this information; it's listed right on the package!
Arnica cream, ointment, tincture or salve can relieve muscle and joint pain.
If you have sensitive skin, be careful when you cut back your angelica; it may result in contact dermatitis.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
Made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled steel, based on Prius engineering, with a gray water system and a living roof, this Mojave Desert residence and workplace is a prototype for low-cost prefab kit houses everywhere.
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.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Chemicals in conventional hair dye can cause allergic reactions and asthma, and have even been linked to cancer. Keep your beauty regime healthy; naturally dye your hair!
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing. Surprise your pup with these easy and delicious homemade frozen treats to keep him cool in the heat.
Save money and energy by ditching the dryer and air drying your clothes instead.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Here’s a roundup of great tips and resources for planning all your food preservation duties in advance.
Love those little expensive, jars of sun-dried tomatoes? Try this simple technique to make oven-dried tomatoes—a perfect way to preserve your end-of-season harvest.
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.
GE Lighting’s full line of light-emitting diode (LED) GE Energy Smart incandescent replacement bulbs are anticipated to be on store shelves within the next 16 months.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
Revive a feeling of ritual at your dinner table by summoning the family with a dinner gong made of reclaimed materials.
Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment.
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
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.
Consider these three ideas before you kill the dandelions in your garden.
As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.
Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's Sierra sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
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!
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
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.
Up to 75 percent of antibacterial products carry triclosan and triclocarban, hormone-disrupting chemicals that affect brain and nervous system development.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
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.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains why the first step in green building should be "don't build."
Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus takes a look at the fundamental differences between organic and conventional farming practices for insight into choosing healthier food.
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
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.
Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.
Inclement weather can really keep you out of your garden. Here are some of the challenges Mother Nature presents us and a couple of tricks you can use to keep her at bay.
TropiClean, a company that strives to perpetually innovate the finest products, packing, marketing and management in the pet industry, is gearing up for the launch of their new dental treats.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares some tips for avoiding artificial coloring in children's food products.
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
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.
Tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia and more.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
A man’s room, or “man cave” is a private dwelling that a man can use to hang out with his buddies, watch tv, play games, etc. It can be decorated in a masculine fashion. There are some great natural products for this room.
Learn how to press flowers and construct a plant press to preserve your favorite herbs for study, display, or crafts.
Guest blogger, Kathy, loves summer because she gets to enjoy canning pickles, which is one of her favorite pastimes.
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
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.
Cut old milk jugs into the shape of your choice, rough them up with sandpaper and string them together to make surprisingly pretty window shades that offer privacy while letting the sun shine in.
Turmeric, a curcumin-containing spice commonly used in Indian curry, has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines to cure a number of ailments. Discover the health benefits of turmeric!
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
Gray skies and frigid temperatures can leave you feeling down in the dumps. Here are a few ways to brighten your day even when the sun is nowhere in sight.
I recently came across a new website, Fight Germs Now. The site’s primary focus is to alleviate concern about the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. However, I’d like to scream from the rooftops, “Antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary!”
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
Use an old aluminum can and branch trimmings to make a rustic and beautiful vase. This simple project using humble materials costs nearly nothing and looks like a million bucks.
Higher in antioxidants and key nutrients, organic dark chocolate and wine make for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.
Scheckter’s Organic Beverages introduces Scheckter’s OrganicEnergy, a natural, vegetarian-approved organic energy drink.
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.
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
Think twice about ridding dandelions from your lawn; this herb has many health benefits.
Maintaining good heart health doesn’t have to be a chore! Incorporate these three steps into your life to have some fun while keeping your heart healthy.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Fresh ginger will perfume your whole kitchen while this sweet, rich, flavorful soup is cooking.
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.
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.
Natural beauty products crafted without parabens have a shorter shelf life. Discover the expiration date on some common natural beauty products.
Brand views her work, process and personal philosophy as the product of a mini ecosystem.
Overuse of hand sanitizers can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Here’s why you should keep hand sanitizer and endocrine disruptors such as triclosan out of the classroom.
Sleeping fewer than seven hours a night will cause your body to hold onto fat and lose muscle mass, but sleeping for a full night will help your body to burn fat.
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
The recent trend towards e-readers may cut back on environmental impact, but they also take away the tangible qualities of reading a book.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
A Detroit neighborhood garden demonstrates how citizens can work together to reclaim rundown sections of their cities and benefit their entire community.
Naturally sweet and healing, honey has uses in the pantry, the medicine cabinet and the beauty drawer. Discover the health and beauty secrets of honey with these four uses for honey.
I've had little opportunity to actually test live plants in my tenure with The Herb Companion. So, when DutchGardens.com sent me some of their beautiful tulip and hyacinth varieties, I was excited and impressed! See some results in this photo-blog!
Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.
Try these easy and delicious fresh mint-infused recipes for chutney, cucumber salad and fruit dip.
This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
Clearing out life's detritus is an important first step when spring cleaning. Follow these tips to make clutter-free, organized living possible.
Simple Living star Wanda Urbanska offers 3 easy steps to a serene, streamlined bedroom.
Clutter taking over? Organize your kitchen with these decluttering tips and storage solutions.
This year Earth Day turns 40 and focuses attention to building a global clean energy economy.
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence suggests some tasty, eco-conscious recipes and tips for your Earth Day celebration.
Hanging baskets on your walls helps to create storage and still offer decorative design in your home.
With these black flowers in your garden, it's easier to make a spooky bouquet.
Gone are the days when I longed to present my home to guests filled with everything bright, shiny and new. My taste is now an eclectic blend of vintage and new.
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.
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.
PURE Glass Bottle is a new portable re-usable glass drinking bottle designed with SafeShell technology to make it shatter-resistant.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces three new formulas to its collection of beloved Body Moisturizers.
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.
Two new federal programs, the Home Energy Scoring program and the PowerSaver program, make it easier for homeowners to save energy.
Last October, President Obama filled us all with hope when he announced he would install solar panels on the White House by this spring. The panels haven't materialized, and the White House isn't talking. Call Obama and find out what's up.
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
Summer's here, but the solar panels that President Obama promised to install on the White House this spring aren't. Today the administration announced that it's still working out the details. We'll just have to wait.
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
Discover help and inspiration from Sarah Magid’s Organic and Chic.
Muir Glen's beef short ribs recipe creates a tender, smoky and flavorful dish that will please a crowd.
Starting seeds indoors is economical, fun, and easy to do for most anyone. Gardening under lights can be as simple or complex, inexpensive or expensive as you desire. Starts can then be planted outdoors in easily accessed containers or raised beds.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Learn how to process sugar from sugar beets and make your own beet sugar body scrub.
Making beeswax candles is a fun and easy project, perfect for the holiday season.
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.
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
Ditch the toxins in conventional laundry products. Keep your clothes clean with the best natural laundry detergent!
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.
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
Treat gout, a painful disorder that affects the joints, by controlling inflammation and lowering uric acid levels with these home remedies for gout.
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.
Use old jars to make these cute, inexpensive candle lanterns—for a fraction of what you'd pay if you bought them at the store.
Cocoa supplements can be a great way to protect your heart and ward off many heart and age-related diseases.
Jessica posts the photos of the Adele Wechsler "Flora" sustainable wedding dress she tried on for her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Sunshine" sustainable wedding gown from her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Magnolia" sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Puridee's Rebecca sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Puridee's Sarah sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
While federal regulators fiddle, Wal-Mart bans controversial flame retardants from its shelves. Will more retailers follow suit?
Gina gives her dog a chance to try out some eco-friendly pet products from Olive Green Dog.
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.
Jessica explains how she achieved an entirely biodegradable wedding reception with bamboo disposable plates, biodegradable plastic cups and soy candles.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that is supposed to evaluate what’s good for you and not good for you, does not evaluate ingredients in beauty products. If the FDA isn’t going to monitor beauty products, who will? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews two organizations that campaign for safer beauty products.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Diabetes affects 25.8 percent of citizens in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming just another statistic.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.
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.
Zephyr’s new range hoods are quieter, more powerful and more energy-efficient with DC Energy Technology, HD LED Bulbs and an Integrated PC Board.
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!
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.
One blogger shares her investigation of an elusive culinary herbal blend.
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!
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
Derma e Scar Gel helps naturally reduce the appearance of old and new scars, stretch marks and minor burns.
Jessica talks about giving thanks and the Hanna's Lunchbox program, in which a family is donating half the value of their home to starving people in Africa.
In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.
Alchemy Architects builds its first weeZero, or net-zero weeHouse, in the desert near Moab, Utah.
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.
With its new clothing tags, Levi’s encourages consumers to donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill.
What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne muses about gardening with children and how wonderful it is to introduce them to this fun and beneficial pastime. (There's always something to do in the garden!)
Natural herbs and supplements such as blackcurrant and ginseng can give your athletic performance a boost.
Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne wonders what will happen to the people in Haiti, their gardens and their herbs.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
Check out these tips for growing cilantro, an aromatic herb that is often used in Mexican cooking, from our newest guest blogger.
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
Guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the similarities between Sumo wrestlers' diets and Americans' diets.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz bakes her first batch of organic cupcakes from scratch.
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
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.
Natural Home guest blogger Stephanie Small reveals the little food allergy that could mean big weight gain.
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.
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
The $300 House Project challenges student and professional designers to create housing that shelters the poorest of the poor with safety and dignity. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to see their $300 houses built and reproduced.
Light pollution can interfere with your body’s ability to sleep through the night. Get a better night’s sleep by reducing light pollution in your bedroom and getting in sync with natural cycles.
Is your scalp littered with ugly white dandruff flakes? Skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.
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.
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Herbs aren't traditionally used in breakfast dishes, nor is fish. Still, this dish is excellent any time of the day.
Fire up the grill with these four delicious herbs. Also see some great grilling recipes.
Grow the kind of dill that fits your gardening and dining style. Also, comment to enter our latest garden giveaway!
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Incorporating bright and vivid colors, a variety of textures and scents as well as soothing sounds make gardening for the visually impaired possible,rewarding, relaxing and safe.
Learn how to make a tea for pain or menstrual cramps using white willow bark.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Yeast infections are most often a result of an imbalance in the body. Treat yeast infections naturally with these tips!
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
Badger’s Damascus Rose Antioxidant Face Oil contains a blend of six moisturizing oils with antioxidant-packed extracts.
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
Our newest guest blogger, Dawn Robnett, is always searching for great herbs to color soap and skin care products. She recently discovered comfrey, which provides a beautiful green color and wonderful skin benefits.
The benefits of sage essential oil are endless—it can be used as a home remedy for dandruff, an herbal acne treatment, a natural stress reliever and more.
Guest blogger Dawn Robnett recently discovered a new herbal soap that touts fascinating benefits. Learn more.
Solar-powered jar lights are pretty but too pricey. You can easily make your own using easy-to-find items from the hardware store.
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap—and surprisingly elegant.
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
Reuse those baby food jars and create a beautiful chandelier! Make this rustic, elegant candleholder or stop before power tools are required to make pretty votives, perfect for patio dining.
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof—but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
This spring become more self-reliant by planting herbs in pots, building raised garden beds, creating a worm composting bin and making your own fence paint. These gardening tips for spring will have you anticipating sunny days.
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.
Herbal tincture brings deep sleep -- and shuts down the internal early-morning conversation.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
Changing hormone levels during menopause bring a number of less-than-desirable side effects. Treat hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia naturally with these herbal remedies.
Jessica features Dan Phillips, Phoenix Commotion founder and builder of fascinating houses built with reclaimed materials, as the first in her Throwback Thursdays series.
Elizabeth Richardson lays out her plan for building her own salvaged home.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
A well-known member of the mint family, peppermint has been used since ancient times to treat a number of ailments, including upset stomachs, skin irritations and more.
Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.
Get rid of canker sores faster by turning to homemade mouth rinses, probiotics and other natural home remedies for canker sores.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
Terrariums are beautiful in any room setting and they are a great activity to share with children. In honor of Earth Day, build your own!
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.
Does the Cookie Monster no longer have a sweet tooth? What is he teaching our kids? Learn more.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
The growing incidence of obesity worldwide leaves individuals vulnerable to other chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes.
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
Gina Luker of The Shabby Chic Cottage turns a flea market suitcase and baskets into a wonderful bedside table that doubles as valuable storage.
Give your bathroom a little flair—and have fun doing it—by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone—whether you're a DIYer or not.
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
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.
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.
This cooling French tarragon-infused drink can help you quickly beat the summer heat.
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
The KangerHanger Pouch Bag from The Green Garmento serves multiple uses, making it the ultimate reusable bag and eliminating the need for plastic dry cleaning bags.
Indulge in your own therapeutic treatment with SheaMoisture’s Bath Soaks that help relieve pain, congestion, muscle aches and dry skin ailments.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
You could spend a fortune on flowers from faraway for Mom—but why? This sweet bouquet made from fresh-picked flowers and flea market finds is cuter than anything FTD could deliver. This one's great for weddings and graduation parties, too.
Celebrate a technology-free Sabbath with a jug of organic wine, a loaf of homemade bread and handmade candles. Could you go 24 hours without your smartphone?
Don't forget to protect your skin this summer! Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus discusses the importance of organic sunscreen for summertime enjoyment.
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
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.
This sweet cake is the perfect addition to a cup of tea, a brunch or dessert!
Loaded with coconut, banana, carrot, cinnamon and zero refined sugar, this coconut banana carrot cake recipe will quickly become a family favorite.
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.
Serve seasonal fruit kebabs with a delicious, homemade raspberry fruit dip!
Concentrated milk protein, also known as milk protein concentrate or MPCs, is a dry, high-protein additive that is largely unregulated.
Crispy Green Crispy Fruit are made from 100-percent freeze-dried fruit with no additives or preservatives and are full of delicious fresh fruit taste. FruitziO snacks combine the wholesomeness of fresh fruit with a pinch of cane sugar.
Concerned about GMOs in your family's food? Take action.
On the lookout for healthy snack food options, I discovered this quick and easy recipe.
Love the pumpkin spice latte? Then try this dairy-free, sugar-free pumpkin spice latte recipe that calls for real pumpkin—not just flavoring!
Try Austin baker Kendall Melton's in-demand banana muffins with cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe.
What we eat throughout the day affects how we sleep at night. Try these five foods to help you sleep better at night.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
Prepare your body and mind for delivery with prenatal yoga poses and delicious red raspberry and nettle tea.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
An overview on how the IPad and new apps relating to home automation can help you save energy through better control of heating and cooling, lights, window coverings, irrigation and security systems. The leading systems providers each have IPad apps
Find relief from the discomfort of psoriasis with these herbs, lifestyle tips and general home remedies for psoriasis.
Learn how to be health conscious when your candy cravings start this Halloween.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Help ring in another fall season with these tasty treats.
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.
This Mother’s Day, treat her to a selection of luxurious, all-natural Dr.Hauschka Skin Care products that are ideal for new moms, moms-to-be and their babies.
Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps' fair trade, hemp almond pure castile soaps are a competitive rival to conventional formulas in both moisturizing capabilities and scent.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture deems Roundup Ready alfalfa safe, leaving organic crops vulnerable to contamination and paving the way for more superweeds.
Fearing a sugar shortage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would defy a District Court judge's ban on Roundup Ready sugar beets.
Concerned about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's refusal to stop Monsanto? Here are four steps you can take now.
Dr. Hauschka Skin Care introduces its limited edition Lips and Lashes gift set for the holiday season.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Lavera Baby and Children Sun Milk.
Use a simple hobby kit to cut glass wine bottles and transform them into drinking glasses, candleholders or this stylish candelabra.
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.
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.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Nicobella Vegan Organic Dark Chocolate Truffles.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
Prometheus Springs’ capsaicin-spiced elixirs pack the spiciness—and health benefits—of capsaicin into six delicious flavors.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
Phosphate levels in soda have risen dramatically in the last 20 years, and new research finds that too much phosphate intake can quicken the aging process and shave years off our lives.
Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras.
Despite criticism by some of the scientific community, this classic 1939 materia medica is still one of the best herbal reference books in Western herbology.
On a recent trip to Puerto Rico, guest blogger Marguerite Dunne made sure she found a wise woman, a root woman and a healer with whom she could discuss the ethnobotany of the area.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
Sort through all the hype over dietary fat with this Fit Fat Guide from Dr. Christopher Mohr.
Jessica wears Lea-Ann Belter's Sabrina sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
In the wake of a study that shows access to public transportation is crucial to lowering carbon footprint, the Smarter Cities Project names the top regions for smart transit.
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
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 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.
John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray is great for recreating beach hair or getting a tousled look.
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.
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help your body easily absorb magnesium, helping to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles and detox your body.
Take care of poison ivy the old-fashioned way, with herbs from nature. Jewelweed is an excellent treatment for poison ivy. Use this herbal wonder to make a natural salve.
Hawthorn herb can help support your heart and prevent coronary heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
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.
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
Fond memories of an anniversary trip to France and the beautiful Chateau de Villandry inspires the Lemon Verbena Lady to advocate kitchen gardens. Not only do they attract beautiful insects but they also spice up your summer meals.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
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.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
Make this succotash recipe to use up your garden's excess of squash, corn and zucchini.
Camping is a great way to enjoy nature, but it may not be as eco-friendly as you think. Reevaluate your camping methods. How green are they really?
Choose healthy whole grains for nutritionally complete and delicious vegetarian meals.
Say cheers to the health benefits of cilantro.
Guest blogger Eileen Troemel shares her tips for arranging silk flowers.
Silk flowers are one way to get the pop of color with flowers and not have the plants die on you. Here's how to incorporate silk flower arrangements into your house.
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
Weeds may be a pain to pull, but some weeds are edible—and good for your health! Try eating purslane. This weed is full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Plantiva’s botanical-based immune supplement ImmuneDx combines the power of ginseng, Stephania and other herbs to protect the immune system.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
Peppermint, one of the most widely known mints in North America, can be distilled to extract its essential oil. Use this oil to soothe indigestion, sore throats and much more.
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.
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.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares more about her experience at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a popular flower show in the United Kingdom. Here she discusses which of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens were her favorites.
After coming down with a cold, this Herb Companion editor kicks her sinus congestion to the curb with an herbal steam, an effective natural remedy for runny noses.
Exposure to UV rays can permanently damage and prematurely age eyes. Protect your eyes from UV radiation with these tips.
For part two in our 2010 Predictions series, Natural Home forecasts warm, vibrant colors and more natural light as the top interior design trends
This lavender face toner from emerginC is a light, refreshing and gentle toner, perfect for sensitive skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.
You've probably heard of a BB cream, or at the very least seen one in your supermarket. But what is a BB cream, what does it do, why should you care, and what should you look for if you decide to buy one?
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
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.
Try guest blogger Jennifer Robins coconut flour pancakes recipe for a breakfast treat that is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free!
Although pickling is the most well known use for dill, don't forget all the wonderful ways to include this herb in your life. Enter for a chance to win dill 'Dukat' seed packets.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
If you’re a dog owner you know that fleas can be a common hassle. These three herbs offer an alternative way to battle this pesky problem.
Looking for a safe way to treat common pet maladies naturally? This article outlines some common herbs and their uses.
From flea rinses to natural homemade doggie treats, my dog Addi is living the herbal dog life.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity.
Alabama Chanin makes sumptuous fabrics from scraps, Mona Hoffman imagines the people she's crafting each lamp for as she makes it, and potter Shiho Kanzaki believes that attitude is everything. These are a few of my favorite wabi-sabi artists.
Baskets make great storage, helping you to reduce clutter around the house. Add a touch of character and culture to your home’s décor with a fair trade storage basket.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the benefits of shea butter, the featured beauty ingredient in our Whipped Shea Butter Skin Cream.
Rose hips are an excellent addition to many soaps and skin care products. Learn why.
Patchouli essential oil is a great remedy for wounds and scars because it regenerates skin cells. Learn more about its many health benefits.
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
Enjoy a hearty Italian dinner with this recipe for stuffed pasta shells, courtesy of Muir Glen.
Concerned about Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops and genetic engineering of our food? Let President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack know.
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Conventional sunscreens aren't as effective—or as safe—as you might think. From false claims to partial protection, here are 5 scary reason why conventional sunscreens aren't the best choice.
Tired of looking tired? Try these home remedies for dark under-eye circles.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
Thrift store finds have limitless uses if you look beyond their original purpose.
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.
Dani recounts her first “green” grocery trip, and touts the advantages of going green in small steps.
Add garlic to your daily diet by taking these tips into consideration.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares a vegetable juice recipe.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
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.
Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison explores creative storage solutions to declutter her small space.
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.
Follow these tips to banish clutter and increase your efficiency, from your home office to your garage.
Packed with antioxidants and other healthy substances, apples boast a variety of health benefits, giving credence to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Modern research suggests that beer, considered medicinal in many ancient cultures, may have some health benefits after all.
Chronic exposure to noises such as traffic can have serious side effects. Find out how noise pollution is affecting your health—and how you can reduce noise at home.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
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!
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.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
These three homes--in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina--use passive cooling techniques to eliminate the need for mechanical air conditioning. Check them out and learn a few tricks for reducing--or eliminating--your AC bills this summer.
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!
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Skip the hair dryer this summer with products from John Masters Organics for easy, air-dry styling.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest styling tools from Pure Heat Tools. The Pure Heat Tools Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is lightweight, made of recycled materials and is minimally packaged in recycled cardboard.
The effect on our environment from discarded dry cell batteries can be catastrophic over time, polluting our world’s ground soil and water supply, resulting in health hazards to humans, plants, and animals; switching to rechargeable batteries has vast environmental benefits.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
This smoothie recipe, courtesy of Driscoll's, is perfect as a quick breakfast, a post-workout snack or a healthy summertime treat.
Tomatoes and watermelon combine in this unique salad with flavors that will wow every part of your palette.
If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, there’s no need to panic—or pop a prescription pill. Try these natural remedies for relieving anxiety.
Fast-growing chickweed can soothe respiratory ailments, relieve skin conditions and aid weight loss.
Guest blogger Stephanie Small reviews the importance of fat and its crucial role in the body. Stephanie explains why trans fats are toxic, why saturated fats are necessary and why low-fat diets don't work.
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.
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.
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
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.
Honeydrop Beverages’ new “Buy a Bottle – Save a Bee” campaign will help save the threatened bee population, as a percentage of profits from every bottle sold will be donated to community beekeeper partners.
Tighten and brighten with NOW Solutions 2 in 1 Correcting Eye Cream.
The depths of winter are officially here, but with a few slight behavior modifications, you can beat the winter blues.
Learn how to incoporate healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods into your daily meals.
Learn how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder using aromatherapy.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Store this natural beauty balm from Medicine Mama's Apothecary somewhere so it's easy to grab. This balm soothes an array of skin woes, so it's fit for travel.
This Intensive Spot Treatment from Santalia is gentle on skin with plenty of acne-fighting power, perfect for sensitive skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.
Step into summer early with these three delicious summer 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.
Ever wondered: what is chia seed? Discover the history of this ancient grain, plus put it to good use with a lemon chia fresca recipe.
Readers vote on whether they'd be most interested in learning to make hard cider, apple wine, mulled wine, ginger beer, eggnog or amaretto at home.
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.
Beat the winter blues with this warming mint hot chocolate recipe.
Herb gardening and natural health products are featured at the annual Expo East in Boston.
Riding the body of toxins is the key to maintaing a healthy complexion. These herbs work from the inside to rid your skin of pimples, wrinkles and rashes.
Radio host for the WTBQ's The Urban Herbalist, Marguerite Dunne discusses Michael Jackson's death and the good and bad health protocols with herbs and with drugs.
It's a constant battle: medicine versus herbs. This is how Marguerite got interested in herbs.
Your liver works hard every day, eliminating toxins and pollutants from your body. Give your liver some TLC with these tips for natural liver cleansing.
Don't let chlorine destroy your lovely locks. Use these home-remedies to reverse the damage.
Conventional over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen carry risks such as internal bleeding, liver toxicity and increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
Age spots are a sure sign of getting older. Prevent or reduce the appearance of age spots with these natural home remedies!
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.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
The Yube modular furniture system makes organizing simple and stylish for every room in the home.
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.
A reader's request leads Lemon Verbena Lady into exploring the works of William Shakespeare for some of the herbal flowers and herbs of Elizabethan England. There is so much that there had to be a second act.
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.
Use spirulina or wheat grass instead of iffy chemical dyes to turn your beer green this St. Patrick's Day.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
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.
Hormone fluctuations the week before your period can lead to cramps, bloating fatigue and mood swings. Prevent PMS symptoms by monitoring your diet and avoiding these six foods.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace finds four shades of turquoise for her living room accent wall from Olympic Paint and Stain’s “Colors of Inspiration” paint color swatch booklet, which is filled with 1,200 zero-VOC interior paint colors.
Give Mom a gift that offers fair wages and opportunity to people and communities in developing countries. There are now more Fair Trade products available than ever.
The average American uses twice as much water as the rest of the world. We can lower our consumption by taking a look at how we eat, shop, travel and live. (Taking shorter showers isn't even the half of it.)
How you spend your money matters more than ever these days. Here’s an easy way to connect with your community and make your dollars count.
A recent study found that 63 percent of all couples plan to stay in for Valentine’s Day this year. Celebrating at home will save money and give you the opportunity to use green, healthy products for your day of love.
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson takes a step-by-step look at her daily activities to see just how environmentally friendly she really is.
What are the benefits of being vegetarian? Answer these questions as you honor World Vegetarian Day on October 1.
We found this cute garden decor and insist you take a look!
Artist Boris Bally’s edgy, street-smart furniture is made from recycled street signs.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a convenient natural sunscreen stick from Environmental Working Group-rated company California Baby.
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.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron, the design duo behind Nightwood, deconstruct abandoned furniture pieces and then reconstruct them into folksy-modern works of art.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural shampoo California Baby Swimmer's Defense Shampoo and Body Wash.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
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.
Banish bad moods by eating right, exercising and changing your daily habits. Follow these five steps to improve your mood!
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores ways to make your commute a little greener.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst shows you how to throw a grand green graduation party.
Dani Hurst explains how to update your closet with eco-friendly fabrics and offers advice on what to do with your old clothes.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
Honeybees are disappearing fast, and nobody really knows why. One way you can help yourself and the bees is to try the classic Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Five percent of the sales from the balm will go to CCD research.
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.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
Inflammation and the loss of cartilage cause severe pain in arthritis sufferers. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain with these eight natural and herbal remedies.
Beat the heat with these mint-infused beverages.