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With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.
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.
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.
Vitamin D helps support the immune system and the hormones that regulate mood and sleep.
SheaMoisture looks to help women capture their individuality with The Art of Color.
Learn about the food sovereignty movement and what it means to you.
Lisa’s Organics, the maker of a line of certified organic vegetable frozen side dishes, has combined the highest-quality veggies with chef-inspired sauces that go from freezer to dinner plate in just five minutes.
Choosing the ideal products for your skin type can get complicated. Take the guesswork out of your beauty routine and get a head start on clean skin in 2013 with Elemental Herbology’s NEW Starter Kits.
Perfect Seasonal Styles with Peter Lamas Naturals’ "Hold Me" and "Repair Me"
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
Made from Tagua, Habitus tiles are natural sustainable and suitable for floors or walls.
Uncover what colorful, fragrant flowers make up the London 2012 victory bouquets during this summer's Olympic Games.
According to new research, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) may lower fatigue in cancer patients.
Researchers have discovered even more proof that drinking black tea is just plain good for you. Read on to learn more.
Take the guesswork out of planting with the new ZIP-code tailored When to Plant app from Mother Earth News magazine.
Protect eyes from the sun this summer with a cool pair of shades. Read on to find your perfect pair of sunglasses.
An extract from the kudzu plant may help drinkers learn to indulge in moderation.
Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide. See where your favorite sunscreen sits on the list.
The wild tomatillo plant may provide the compounds needed to win the fight against cancer.
Munching on three bananas per day, or any potassium-rich food, could slash your risk of stroke.
New guidelines suggest using butterbur root extract can drastically reduce the frequency of migraines.
Researchers have discovered patients can enjoy good heart health after bypass surgery with the help of turmeric.
Researchers have discovered that using a thyme tincture to treat acne may prove more effective than over-the-counter treatments.
The symposium will feature a special guest lecturer, informational herbal workshops and a special garden tour.
A study has found that healthy fats and oils may make fried foods better for you.
Researchers have added "antioxidants" to the list of popcorn health benefits.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares four ways to reduce daily sugar consumption.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Sodas cause abnormal weight gain and are laced with unpleasant ingredients like brominated vegetable oil and BPA. Need a reason to stop drinking soda? We’ll give you six.
If you're starting seeds indoors, consider making your own biodegradable seed-starting pots out of newspaper, cardboard or eggshells.
More and more are joining the meatless movement. Find out what meatless dishes have to offer you.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
Scientists in Russia have brought a narrow-leafed white campion to life from 30,000-year-old tissue.
Use these five excellent resources for help planning a productive, healthy, money-saving vegetable garden this spring.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
The list of benefits of owning a pet is growing longer and longer. Discover your excuse to bring home a pet today.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
The list of health benefits of black tea seem to have no end. Check out this article to learn more.
Researchers may have found the herb to stop tooth decay: licorice root.
Learn to protect yourself so you don't become one of the reported swine flu cases.
Feeling stressed is no fun! Drinking orange juice may help you stay a step ahead of everyday anxiety.
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.
Two Lousiana residents have died after using a neti pot incorrectly. Learn which mistakes to avoid.
The Federal Drug Administration has issued a cilantro recall on a certain brand of the popular herb. Read on to keep your family safe.
Wrigley, a giant in the chewing gum industry, has received approval from the FSA to use magnolia bark extract in future products.
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.
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.
A new study suggests aromatherapy may help patients feel less stress before a procedure.
Experts provide a few more reasons why snacking on this sweet is good for your health.
Sales of antibiotics for domestic food animals increased 6.7 percent in the last year, while meat production increased just 1.3 percent.
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.
Editor in Chief K.C. Compton interviews some experts who are spreading the word on herbs.
Ten percent of Americans opt out of their morning meals. Find out why chowing down may be the better option.
This herb's medicinal use dates back to 400 B.C., and researchers may have found another reason why our anchestors may have been onto something.
October means it’s time for Breast Cancer Awareness month—and a new onslaught of pinkwashing.
People with pale skin may have more troubles than being unable to get a summer tan, a new study suggests.
Get all the information about how to protect yourself from the latest listeria outbreak.
Big news in the world of herbs: A new experimental drug derived from milk thistle saved two men after they consumed poisonous mushrooms.
A new study from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford finds that 15 minutes of laughter increases pain tolerance.
New research suggests that with every piece of chocolate you devour, your heart may get a little healthier.
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.
New research reveals the least and most obese states in America, with Colorado and West Virginia taking the top and bottom slots.
Sweet Beginnings, an urban apiary on an undeveloped strip of land near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, provides employment to former convicts and produces raw honey and a line of all-natural honey-based skincare products.
Researchers have found a diet that may prevent heart disease.
A new report from Food Safety News finds that up to one-third of all honey in the U.S. is illegally imported from China and possibly contaminated with antibiotics and lead.
Citing breaches of contract and “good faith,” Dr. Wolfgang Feist of the Passivhaus Institut has announced that it is cutting ties with the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), no longer allowing the branch to certify Passive Houses in the U.S. 
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.
A new study found that your office chair may be hurting your health.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
A recent study finds that fiber can lower the risk of colon polyps, a cancer precursor. Fiber can also help prevent heart disease and cancer and aid in weight loss.
Glymes, strong solvents that are part of the chemical family known as glycol ethers, have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, including miscarriages.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
Cargill has announced one of the largest meat recalls in history. Learn if you are at risk.
Kids who chew gum at school perform better on standardized tests, new research suggests.
New research is suggesting that an ingredient in wine may have ultraviolet ray protection qualities.
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.
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.
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.
McDonald's has new, healthier plans for its popular kids' meal.
Evidence of fenugreek seeds contaminated with E. coli leads to a recall of teas and dietary supplements in the EU.
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!
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.
A new study has shown folic acid to play a large role in academic achievements among teens.
Researchers add another item to the long list of health problems caused my secondhand smoke.
The stevia sweetener may be marketed across Europe as early as next year.
A new study may have found out why it's impossible to just eat one potato chip.
A new study has found that massage may do more to relieve lower back pain than traditional medial treatment.
New research suggests that a healthy diet has no room for diet soda.
Mercury levels in fish have no affect on heart health, researchers say.
 Researchers have found that including olive oil in a healthy diet may reduce your risk of stroke.
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.
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
Stevia is a better alternative to most artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes.
Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
Flavonoids in cocoa can decrease blood pressure, improve circulation and lower cholesterol.  
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
USDA tests have discovered pesticide residue on a large majority of cilantro samples, including products not approved for use on the herb.
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.
Packaged brownies sold as dietary supplements with added melatonin raise health concerns from the public.
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Recent studies find that many public bathrooms contain soap dispensers with bacteria-infected soap.
A new study shows that low-sodium diets may increase risk of heart-related problems for some people.
A recent recall of grape tomatoes may also affect supermarket salad products.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
As the use of supplements and vitamin increase in the U.S., they are under scrutiny in other parts of the world.
Interested in Kate Middleton's elegantly understated royal wedding bouquet? We've got the inside scoop.
Some foods can help you get better sleep. Try these tips to fight insomnia with natural sleep aids.
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
Beware of certain produce if you're pregnant. Some pesticides may affect your growing child.
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.
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
People on both coasts of the U.S. are worried about Japan's leaking radiation entering their food supply—but is there really cause for concern?
'Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food.'
A recent scientific reviews finds that hawthorn may be useful in treating a variety of mild heart ailments.
You know what they say about an apple a day: discover the health benefits of apples.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Coffee may be more beneficial to your health than previously thought. A new study explains the connection of coffee and decrease in stroke risk among women.
According to recent British studies, the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent breast cancer, and can slow the growth of existing cancer conditions. 
A new study shows that olive leaf extract may lower blood pressure.
According to, about 26 percent of herbs and 20 percent of spices sold in Spain are contaminated by various bacteria. Read more.
Scientific research backs the use of two familiar herbs for the treatment of mild depression.
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
A recent study tested the effects that tart cherry juice has on fibryomyalgia patients and discovered marginal benefits in patient's muscle strength.
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.
The original Coke recipe, a closely-guarded secret, is reportedly built on the distinctive flavors of herbal essential oils.
The Voynich Manuscript is an ancient book that has puzzled experts and scientists for years. But an important piece of the puzzle may have been solved. Read more.
A new study suggests chocolate can help maintain healthy arteries. Its antioxidants reduce the risk for CAC. Read more.
Vitamin Water's false claims about its flu prevention powers may have resulted in a lawsuit.
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.
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.
Take a photographic tour of Finca Bella Vista, a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica.
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.
Back to the Root makes growing mushrooms at home simple and sustainable.
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
NaturalNews readers overwhelmingly chose Monsanto as the world's Most Evil Corporation.
Modern-day lore and magical herbs are being put to political use by Romanian witches.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
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.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
The Herb Companion magazine recently attended the first ever Mother Earth News Fair. We hope you can come visit us at the next one!
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. 
Beside the fact that the blooming "Corpse Flower" smells like, well, a rotting corpse, it's still quite the event.
Editor in Chief KC Compton could barely believe it when she opened Consumer Reports and read a poorly researched article about dietary supplements.
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.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
A new study suggests that cell phone radiation may be to blame for the massive decline in the bee population.
Retirement from work doesn't mean retiring from having fun in life. Help yourself and others by starting a community garden.
A summertime symbol, the firefly, is slowly disappearing from nature. Read how you can help prevent this from happening.
Believe it or not, terrariums are coming back into style. Learn how to make your own terrarium with these easy steps.
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.
Native ladybugs are disappearing around the nation. Learn more about how you can help stop this problem.
Love it or hate it, everyone has an opinion about cilantro. It's bold appeal becomes overwhelming for some. Let's just chalk it all up to genetics.
Watch Rachel Maddow as she celebrates the return of Angostura bitters with two fabulous recipes and a fun story concerning its shortage this past winter.
A new discovery is leading the way to production of opiate painkillers in labs instead of poppy fields.
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.
Buying local sustainable food is now as close as the nearest Wal-Mart.
For natural appetite control, skip your morning bagel and add some rye instead.
If you've been keeping up with this year's Winter Olympics, you may have noticed the strange bouquets being handed out to Olympians. Learn more about them.
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. 
I offer instructions on how to make a very basic pasta.
Although Angostura bitters may be short in supply, they're not short on flavor.
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.
Chaste tree is not just for maidens; find out how its medicinal properties can alleviate many gynecological woes.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) may be useful for more than just snagging kisses. According to a recent study it may help the battle against bowel cancer.
New studies discover the health benefits of dark chocolate, which include helping people relieve stress.
A new study shows how freshly cut garlic can help protect your heart. Learn more.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.  
A recent study discovers a new use for basil.
A recent study theorizes that core body temperature might play a vital role in getting the sleep you need.
As state and local governments are scrambling to ban salvia divinorum, Editor-in-chief K.C. Compton defends the 900 other salvia species.
For a refreshing change, toss together a salad made with fresh herbs instead of lettuce.
Could a poisonous plant used by ancient colonizers to hurt be used by modern dermatologists to help?
Human cases of Swine Influenza, otherwise known as swine flu, may be emerging in the United States. Learn how you can take control of your health with these facts and tips on washing your hands.
Michelle Obama's new organic White House vegetable garden is the first of its kind since World War II. I spoke with a friend who was at the scene as students from a local elementary school broke ground Friday, which was the first day of spring. Find out what the new "First Herbs of the United States" are.
Washing your hair daily is way too often. Learn what you should do instead.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.

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