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2/24/2012
Ditch the toxins in conventional laundry products. Keep your clothes clean with the best natural laundry detergent!
12/21/2011
The Mother Earth Living editors pick their top five favorite natural lip balms.
9/19/2013
These six great natural and organic chocolate bars will satisfy your sweet tooth while paying mind to the earth.
6/5/2012
Give your locks the love they deserve with these five best natural shampoos, handpicked by the Mother Earth Living editors.
5/24/2011
Going to be in the Seattle area the first weekend in June? Then join us at the Mother Earth News Fair, a fun, family-friend event focused on sustainability.
9/13/2013
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
4/8/2011
Landscape designer Alma Hecht turned a tiny house into a welcoming home and studio with cozy outdoor 'rooms' that extend her living space.
1/31/2011
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
6/24/2011
These pickled figs are sweet and slightly tangy, perfect for steak, Portabella mushrooms, cheese or ice cream.
3/10/2011
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
6/16/2011
These tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News, published in 1970, will make your housekeeping more enjoyable and efficient. Mother has always known best.
5/25/2012
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
2/9/2010
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
2/16/2010
Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I share a bit of the history of chai including hints for making the perfect cup. 
4/28/2009
A few herbal lessons from The Urban Herbalist.
7/13/2011
RSVP for the Bee-a-thon on July 16 to learn about the role of bees in our lives and what we can do about the challenges they face today.
8/23/2012
You can make these pickles with cucumbers or a plethora of other fresh vegetables plucked from your own garden or farmers' market, including summer squash, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions and more.
12/27/2010
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
7/25/2012
Cool off with a glass of refreshing iced tea with the Mother Earth Living Editors’ Picks of the best iced tea varieties for summer.
5/8/2009
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.
11/17/2011
Jessica visits the 890-acre farm belonging to the nonprofit Seed Savers Exchange, the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S. and a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nations heirloom seeds and biodiversity.
6/5/2011
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
6/7/2011
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
7/13/2011
James E. Churchill’s advice for finding and preparing chicory, mint, catnip and blackberries, from a 1970 issue of Mother Earth News, is timeless—and very timely right now. It's foraging season!
5/17/2011
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
10/19/2010
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
10/12/2011
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
8/25/2010
Mother Earth News Radio recently interviewed Jim May, the first person to bring Stevia rebaudioside into the United States. Stevia is known most for its naturally sweet leaves. Listen to the interview here. 
5/7/2010
Try even more of our favorite, flavorful herb pickling recipes. They only take minutes to make.
7/20/2010
This cooling French tarragon-infused drink can help you quickly beat the summer heat.
4/16/2012
Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.
3/25/2011
Chado-En tea company will donate 100 percent of profits from the sale of its special cherry blossom tea to Japanese relief efforts.
7/26/2011
A new study has found that lack of sleep can cause memory loss.
12/9/2009
In an effort to inspire others to participate in environmental and social activism, The Timberland Company named Wyclef Jean, a Grammy-award winning musician and humanitarian, one of its seven Earthkeepers Heroes.  
1/15/2010
The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s a delightful time to curl up with a stack of gardening books and begin planning next season’s harvest.
2/2/2011
The ground hog may be signaling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
2/16/2012
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
9/26/2013
With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
9/9/2011
The Lemon Verbena Lady has a wonderful harvest of lemon verbena leaves to use in cooking and crafts. She has also discovered a new pest that may be trying to harm her favorite herb.
11/3/2011
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
11/15/2011
Tomato-growing enthusiasts can now grow tomatoes in any climate - indoors, with all of the taste of home garden summertime tomatoes.
8/24/2009
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.
6/29/2010
Guest blogger, Kathy, loves summer because she gets to enjoy canning pickles, which is one of her favorite pastimes.
5/17/2012
A Tulikivi soapstone fireplace and cook stove complement the off-grid lifestyle of a Montana man and his Earthship home.
1/10/2011
As Passive House Institute standards up the ante, USA Today’s "Best Green Homes of 2010" list reflects Americans’ desire for affordability, efficiency and style.
8/16/2011
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
8/10/2011
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
3/26/2010
The fourth annual Earth Hour is Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Turn off the lights and take a stand against climate change!
4/22/2010
This year Earth Day turns 40 and focuses attention to building a global clean energy economy.
3/25/2011
Gather your friends to host a party or just enjoy the quiet as you turn off the lights for one hour to show your love for the planet.
4/22/2009
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence suggests some tasty, eco-conscious recipes and tips for your Earth Day celebration.
9/25/2013
This quick Spicy Pickled Chard Stems recipe provides a great way to preserve beautiful rainbow chard stems, embrace root-to-stem cooking, and make use of food that would otherwise go to waste.
8/6/2008
Gina takes her first step into sustainable living.
3/27/2014
Trade your unhealthy conventional potato chips in for one of our picks for best organic chips.
7/6/2010
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
5/3/2005
I'm sitting on the deck of my room at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California, on a gorgeous spring day.
2/27/2009
Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence introduces her new blog, Natural Home Living, and shares everything you need to know about going green. Natural Home Living focuses on answering your green home questions, following green building news and showing you how to save money by going green.
5/17/2005
I’ve heard that the moment you plunk down a deposit for a vacation or buy yourself a plane ticket, a good chunk of you is already at the beach (or the mountains or the city . . . or wherever).
3/26/2009
Turn out the lights. Light the candles. Tomorrow night (March 28) from 8:30-9:30 (in your time zone) is Earth Hour.
5/15/2009
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.
5/2/2011
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.
4/25/2013
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.
9/21/2010
Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.
4/21/2010
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson takes a step-by-step look at her daily activities to see just how environmentally friendly she really is.
4/27/2011
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
6/15/2011
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.
8/19/2013
Think having a green home is out of your price range? Here are some easy, realistic ideas to create an eco-friendly living space that might actually save you money!
8/28/2009
The Living Building Challenge provides builders with information and a forum for sharing advice in an effort to promote the highest building standards.
4/8/2014
Get outside and enjoy nature this season with our ideas for fun summer activities.
5/5/2011
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.
11/11/2010
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.
6/18/2008
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural lip balm made from Earth Sisters Herbals. The natural lip balm is made from beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin e and soy oil.
4/13/2009
We all know that carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of global warming. Now, we can pinpoint exactly where the problem is concentrated.
9/23/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains the environmental significance of September 25, 2009, which is Earth Overshoot Day.
5/12/2011
Deb and Tommy have spent just $7,500 to set up their off-the-grid homestead in Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, which relies on one 80-watt solar panel for power. As they learn more, they will continue to build their systems.
5/20/2011
MIT students have developed an outdoor rocking lounge chair that doubles as a solar charging station, recasting power generation as an integrated and distributed public activity.
5/3/2011
Adding solar panels can increase a home's resale value by as much as $17,000, a new Lawrence Berkeley Lab report finds.
5/6/2011
Michael Funk's 6,000-square-foot off-the-grid home and retreat center on 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevadas is an heirloom, handbuilt with reverence for the spectacle that surrounds it. He hopes it will inspire every visitor to preserve the paradise.
6/14/2011
After a wildfire destroyed their off-the-grid compound in Colorado, Betty and Rolland rebuilt—better than before—following Rolland’s creed: no plywood, no plastic and nothing that smells bad when it burns. The wildlife around their home approve.
1/31/2014
Start living healthy with our tips for getting well and staying well.
2/21/2014
Learn how to be happier at home with these simple living tips.
3/12/2014
For those of us interested in living a sustainable and simple lifestyle, gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of healthy, fresh food and avoid the impacts of industrial agriculture. Get tips that will make gardening easy.
5/10/2011
An update of my mother's pasta salad recipe, adding asparagus, tarragon and sorrel for cold pasta salad with hot nutrition and flavor.
5/3/2011
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
6/7/2011
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
3/15/2011
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
5/16/2011
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
3/7/2011
Leap Adaptive's 480-square-foot, energy-efficient Hummingbird kit house makes green living affordable.
2/8/2011
Ranging in size from 528 square feet to 960 square feet, miniHomes are a combination of park model trailer, manufactured home and code-compliant residences that combine modern design with state-of-the-art building technology.
4/20/2011
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
5/2/2011
These seasoned off-the-grid veterans have found that hefty batteries make for a happy home.
5/11/2011
Every once in a while we need to rebel against the machines. Hand a towel to your significant other and ask him to dry while you rinse. Sweep the floor with a real broomcorn broom. Have a real conversation. Enjoy things happening slowly.
4/6/2011
A quiet life filled with appreciation for simple things is the richest life possible.
6/10/2011
If the heat is getting you down—and out of your comfortable sleeping—take your bedroom outside and let Mother Nature cool you while you slumber.
3/14/2012
Container water gardens are easy to design and maintain, making them a perfect low-cost accessory to your outdoor living spaces. Learn how to make a container water garden!
3/4/2011
Anecdotal evidence from coast to coast indicates that Americans have had enough of granite countertops and whirlpool tubs. They want smaller homes with green finishes instead.
4/6/2011
Plant a patio garden, get a more efficient TV and change your light bulbs, suggests eco-designer Sabrina Soto.
2/24/2011
With no building experience but a lot of determination, Gary Zuker built an 800-square-foot straw-clay home on the shores of Lake Travis in Texas--for $40,000.
2/18/2010
An annual survey of home buyers found that Americans want smaller homes with a focus on casual living and togetherness. From larger kitchens to outdoor living spaces, these 10 features were the most popular. Find out how you can get them, too!
6/28/2013
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Homemade Household Cleaners resource app. Make your own natural cleaners with this easy guide.
1/18/2011
One Herb Companion intern shares her New Year's commitment to improved health habits with food, activities and herbs.
1/24/2014
Start living simple with help from our January/February 2014 issue. From learning to crochet to making your own compost, we have the tools you need to live the good life.
11/1/2012
In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.
12/4/2012
Paula’s Choice introduces its Earth Sourced collection—a line of natural and vegan skin-care products.
10/21/2011
In its ongoing search for sources of high-quality botanicals, the organic spice experts at Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ recently established a working partnership with tea growers in South Africa.
3/16/2009
Everyone needs balance in life. Whether or not scent plays a role in keeping you calm and balanced is up to each individual, but when I get a whiff of Golden Earth chakra oils, I feel relaxed.
6/10/2011
  Existing homes that are certified as “green” sold for 30 percent more than homes without such a designation, according to an analysis of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region released today by Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource. Newly constructed homes with a sustainability certification sold for 8 percent more than non-certified homes. This result continues a four-year trend in which new homes with third-party certification for sustainable construction and energy performance have consistently sold for more than newly constructed homes that had not been certified. The term 'certified home' includes homes that received an Earth Advantage New Homes, ENERGY STAR, or a LEED for Homes designation, or a combined Earth Advantage/ENERGY STAR certification.  
3/17/2011
A California couple is hitting the road in a greened-up Airstream to share and gather lessons on living sustainbly.
4/21/2011
In honor of Earth Day, the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance has teamed up with Anthropologie to create unique window display art made from recycled corks.
11/28/2008
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
7/22/2011
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.
7/18/2011
Victoria Gazeley considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin, located on 7 acres of fertile earth in British Columbia, a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
6/27/2011
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.
1/21/2011
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
8/18/2011
A new study found that, obese or not, the number of years you live depends on your lifestyle.
7/19/2011
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
6/23/2011
New research is suggesting that a mere single serving of fatty food per day could have major health implications in the long run.
12/14/2011
Whether you should take stairs or the elevator is a daily question. So if you think you don't have time to take the stairs, think again. Research shows that taking the stairs saves time in the day.
4/26/2011
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
2/25/2011
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
5/31/2011
When a fire destroyed their home and office near San Luis Obispo, Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper seized the opportunity to build the off-the-grid straw bale home of their dreams. Their comfortable compound now houses two other families as well.
4/27/2011
Liza Fleischer was a suburbanite through and through when she met her husband, Ted, who she says was 'born 100 years too late.' Now they live in a solar- and hydro-powered hand-built home on 160 acres in Vermont—and she loves it.
5/4/2011
Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
4/25/2011
Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves a small straw bale house and make do with a few solar panels, they're realizing how little they really need.
5/27/2011
Since they built their solar- and wind-powered cordwood home in Desboro, Ontario, Lisa and Ray Racicot have never looked back. The only thing they'll do differently next time is install the renewable energy systems first, to power the construction.
1/18/2011
Luna Lodge, on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, relies on hydro power.
3/10/2011
The bad news? Coal-fired power plants are our biggest source of industrial pollution. The good news? Solar grew by 67 percent last year, making it our fastest-growing energy sector.
2/12/2012
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
12/28/2009
Happy New Year! This year I’m happily going to my friends’ house to ring it in. If you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party this year, start 2010 out right by keeping it green.
3/3/2011
A wonderful, whimsical Austin eco-remodel is the playful expression of two highly creative minds.
5/16/2011
Every good home needs a porch. From fireside chats to sleeping—and even hanging laundry—porches can accommodate every aspect of our lives. Here are five inspiring examples to put a fire under your porch-sitting fantasies.
3/11/2011
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
12/28/2009
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
10/28/2009
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
6/27/2013
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Herbal Remedies resource app. This guide makes herbal health simple by breaking down 20 herbs you should know and 20 health concerns you probably want to know more about.
2/7/2011
Herbs and cheese go great together in the kitchen and offer an array of flavor. Try our recipes.
1/27/2011
Protect yourself from illness and help your immune system stay in top form.
9/29/2009
If you're looking for an indoor garden that keeps animals away and requires little space, the Woolly Pocket is right for you!
8/6/2009
Terrariums are easy to make and a great way to incorporate nature into any room.
11/18/2013
There is nothing better for building community than gathering your friends and neighbors for a soup party. Here are five ideas to help you plan yours.
12/31/2013
Get inspired with these 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can make to help yourself, humanity, and the planet.
1/15/2014
Learn more about our new Guide to Healing Herbs resource app. This digital issue contains comprehensive information about growing, cooking and, best of all, healing with herbs in a handy mobile format.
11/2/2011
Learn more about two conferences that could open your mind to the world of herbal medicine.
4/20/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
4/27/2009
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.
6/17/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment. 
12/23/2010
The Yube modular furniture system makes organizing simple and stylish for every room in the home.
5/9/2011
Designed to be a comfortable, modern home with a minimum impact on the environment, the Cube generates its own energy and proves that you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to live in a small space.
5/20/2011
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
11/22/2010
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
9/6/2013
These five effective and useful products are among my top picks for a healthy, natural baby.
12/11/2012
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.
6/1/2011
Elaborate, ostentatious Tea ceremony had become the norm in 16th century Japan when Sen no Rikyu proved that simplicity is ultimately more luxurious with his rustic, minimalist Tea ceremony--which endures to this day.
5/22/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson is attending the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies and reporting on rural economic development strategies.
12/29/2009
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
5/28/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
4/13/2009
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
7/15/2013
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!


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