worst chemicals for growing fetuses
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.
It can be hard to remember which types of plastic are most hazardous to our health. Use this simple guide to plastics as a refresher course, and keep toxic plastics out of your life.
If passed, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act would regulate dangerous chemicals and offer Americans better health protection from toxins in everyday products.
Environmentally induced cancer is more prevalent than expected, according to the President’s Cancer Panel’s first report on reducing environmental cancer risks.
Public outcry and increasing scientific evidence of the health hazards associated with chemicals such as BPA and triclosan cause 18 states to pass toxic chemical reforms.
Guest blogger Lorraine Halsted shares a list of toxic chemicals in cleaning products commonly found around the house.
Problems with drywall continue as the Environmental Protection Agency finds traces of mercury and formaldehyde in drywall products.
Up to 75 percent of antibacterial products carry triclosan and triclocarban, hormone-disrupting chemicals that affect brain and nervous system development.
Learn to grow stevia, a healthy, all-natural sweetener, at home.
As tick and flea season approaches, Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence won’t be dousing her dog, Rug, in flea medicine or attaching a flea collar because she knows that these can be harmful—both for Rug and for her. Flea collars often contain tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) or propoxur, which can jeopardize Rug’s immune system and leave damaging lifelong effects.
Thanks to the practice of bluing, optical brighteners can be found in a variety of household products. Find out what optical brighteners are and how these chemicals may be affecting your health.
Reform of chemical regulation would give the EPA a strong hand in which products get to consumers, and a new Senate bill limits formaldehyde levels in composite wood products.
Conventional flooring and wallpaper products contain high levels of toxic chemicals, an Ecology Center study finds.
EcoLogo, North America’s largest environmental standard and certification mark, is initiating standards for eco-friendly pool and spa chemicals.
The Environmental Protection Agency has added short-chain chlorinated paraffins, found in paint, adhesives and plastics, to its short list of dangerous chemicals.
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.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a likely carcinogen commonly used to line non-stick cookware, also lines the inside of microwave popcorn bags.
With reports stewing of some women suffering chemical reactions after wearing Victoria's Secret bras possibly laced with formaldehyde, the quest for organic fabrics as an industry standard continues.
A recent study found detectable levels of PBDEs and HBCDs, two flame retardant chemicals, in common foods. Butter and fish topped the list.
Keep your mint alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
Keep your lavender thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Learn more about growing vegetables and herbs with a hydroponic system with Worm’s Way.
Many of Cynthia's plants, such as bluebonnet and Kaffir lime, had a difficult battle during the winter. They are now blooming in her early spring garden.
Basil is the perfect herb to grow in Texas during the mid- to late-summer heat.
With fall rain comes weedy crops. Learn more about Texas rain and it what it's doing to Herb Companion reader, Cynthia Meredith's, garden.
The best herbs for fall, and the most commonly grown, are cilantro, dill, arugula and chervil, along with the edible flowers of calendula, violets and nasturtiums
I love seeding. It's just amazing to me how a little seed pushes itself through the soil and reaches for the sun. Just add water! Read more about thyme seedlings in Texas.
Soapwort is growing well for Cynthia Meredith, our guest blogger from Texas.
See which herbs survive the best with little water during a Texas drought.
Guest blogger Cynthia Meredith has recently invested in a wide varieties of specialty basils, which include Holy basil, Mtule basil and much more. Check out her basil tips.
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore grows Campari tomatoes in her Utah garden.
One herb gardener decides to fill one of her garden beds with spinach, nasturtiums and minutina.
Learn more about Salvia coccinea, also known as hummingbird sage or autumn sage, due to its great show of fall flowers. It's a beautiful, ornamental herb that you'll treasure forever.
This month, Scarlet Faith shares why growing a lemon tree from a saved seed of a bought lemon is a great winter project.
BPA is everywhere, but with a little know-how you can effectively cut this dangerous chemical from your life. Follow these five steps to avoid contact with BPA.
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.
Learn the facts about antibacterial soap, what the FDA has to say about it and how you can make your own simple soap.
A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.
BPA is a dangerous chemical found in canned foods and polycarbonate plastic. Avoid it by following these easy steps.
Graco, one of the nation’s largest children’s products manufacturers, has committed to banning the use of four of the most toxic chemical flame retardant chemicals from its products.
A new study from the Ecology Center found traces of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products—and that chemicals in hoses leach into water.
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!
The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and mercury in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.
The chemicals in everyday personal care products can negatively affect health. Watch out for these five!
The office hydroponics system has taken off and is producing food quite rapidly, prompting an investigation into the pros and cons of hydroponic vegetable growing versus conventional gardening.
In the first of this series, we test out a hydroponics growing kit by planting lettuce and herbs indoors under the lights of a Worm's Way hydroponics system.
Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.
Although the weather is still chilly, early spring planting has already begun in Texas.
Guest blogger and novice gardener Shelley Moore plants her vegetable seedlings.
With festivals such as the Blanco Lavender Festival, the Texas lavender industry is a constantly growing industry. Learn how to find a lavender that grows best in your Texas home.
The beautiful weather in Texas allows guest blogger Cynthia Meredith to prepare for winter.
In Texas, it has warmed up considerably, it's had plenty of rain and, best of all, the gardens are flourishing. See what's going on in Cynthia's Texas garden this month.
Well, much to my delight, we had rain this week! Two inches fell yesterday and it's raining lightly now as I write. I couldn't be more pleased. Read more.
One rookie gardener battles seasonal temperature fluctuations and too much rain in the quest to grow the perfect tomato—and realizes she isn’t alone.
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.
The unexpected, freezing temperatures in southern Texas haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia down. Here are some of her cold weather, garden care tips.
Cynthia, our guest blogger from Texas, winterizes her herb garden in preparation for the first winter snow.
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
Try these Texan tips for planting herbs in the fall.
Our “Herb 911” series is back! With new herbs to cover, get ready to have your questions about dying herbs answered.
Grow chervil with tarragon, chives and parsley for fresh fines herbes this gardening season.
Keep your sage alive. Check out our growing tips for dying herbs.
It's October and purslane is growing abundantly in Texas gardens. Learn more about this herb and discover a Cucumber-Purslane Yogurt Salad.
Keep your rosemary thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Pruning your mints, lemon balm and oregano will help them grow back more lush than ever.
These plants are less stressed and have begun to bloom now that the weather has finally cooled down.
Winter has certainly set in Texas. Learn more abouth how our Texas guest blogger is preparing her garden for the winter by perusing seed catalogs.
Keep your basil thriving with our helpful growing tips.
Tomato-growing enthusiasts can now grow tomatoes in any climate - indoors, with all of the taste of home garden summertime tomatoes.
Growing lettuce and other salad greens is easy when you plant in salad boxes.
Summertime in Texas means heat, humidity, and a thriving herb garden. The time is right to harvest basil and parsley.
Jessica talks about growing herbs on her townhouse balcony. With rising food prices, growing your own is a great way to save.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies helps parents find safer and affordable school supplies for their children.
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
Our guest blogger from Texas, Cynthia Meredith, cleans out her herb beds to make way for thyme, chamomile, lovage and other herb plants.
The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
You'll be happy with thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in your flower or herb garden border. It's an easy-to-grow herb to use for cooking and herbal remedies.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
Add sorrel to your kitchen garden to grow a super healthy green for salads, soups and side dishes.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
Protect your herb garden from freezing temperatures with Cynthia's winter gardening advice for Texas gardeners.
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.