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12/9/2014
Make zero-waste living easy with 20+ ways to minimize landfill-bound trash in your home.
10/7/2014
These 12 common houseplants are scientifically proven to reduce indoor air pollution.
10/7/2014
Find the perfect gifts to promote relaxation, organization and comfort with our eco-friendly gift guide.
12/16/2013
Learn how to live naturally and prosper from our expanding collection of videos on topics ranging from the best foods for moisturizing skin to making your own natural air freshener.
5/28/2013
Fend off pesky ants, bedbugs, dust mites and other pests. Make your own natural home pest control solutions with ingredients including vinegar, corn syrup and chile peppers.
2/22/2013
Make your home a haven from the discomfort of allergy symptoms with these tips for reducing home allergens.
1/23/2013
How to submit article queries and write for Mother Earth Living magazine.
10/11/2012
With thousands of chemicals in home products, eliminating them all can be difficult. Start by reducing these three most-toxic chemicals for a healthier home.
7/11/2012
The Herb Companion readers talk about vegetables that have gone to seed and flower, growing lavender in humid climates and skin safety with rue.
5/8/2012
The Herb Companion readers discuss silver herbs at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the use of natural pesticides, the wonders of the lavender plant, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”
4/10/2012
The Natural Home & Garden editors share 11 tips for an eco-friendly kitchen.
1/12/2012
The Herb Companion readers discuss growing heirloom roses, identifying crimini mushrooms, growing strawberries in Texas, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”
1/10/2012
These holistic products will help keep you healthy all year long.
11/17/2011
Use these tips and tricks to create a warm, welcoming and cozy home that kicks winters chill to the curb.
10/24/2011
Proceeds from the purchase of these products go to organizations that are looking to restore forest ecosystems, fight poverty, cure cancer and more.
10/24/2011
Add a hint of botanical bliss to your holiday giving with these herbal gifts.
10/24/2011
The Herb Companion readers discuss using fresh stevia leaves, the proper way to make olive leaf tea, growing garlic chives, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”
10/12/2011
Keep the fresh-herb taste from fading and enjoy your favorite herbs throughout the fall and winter months.
10/12/2011
Keep the fresh-herb taste from fading and enjoy your favorite herbs throughout the fall and winter months.
10/12/2011
Keep the fresh-herb taste from fading and enjoy your favorite herbs throughout the fall and winter months.
10/12/2011
The tiny Southeast Asian island-country of Singapore owes much of its history and ethnically diverse cuisine to piquant spices and herbs.
10/12/2011
The tiny Southeast Asian island-country of Singapore owes much of its history and ethnically diverse cuisine to piquant spices and herbs
7/12/2011
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters from the September 2011 issue.
3/23/2011
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the May 2011 issue.    
1/31/2011
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the March 2011 issue, which includes information about kicking up your cuisine with horseradish.
11/17/2010
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the January 2011 issue, which includes information about sweetening holiday treats with stevia.
11/16/2010
Check out our six picks for giving outstanding herbie presents.
9/17/2010
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the November 2010 issue, which includes information about brewing tea with caraway seed.
9/16/2010
Discover a few fun uses for star anise (Illicium verum).
7/2/2010
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the September 2010 issue, which includes information about keeping your sage alive.
5/5/2010
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2010 issue, which includes information about the toxicity of apricot kernels.
4/22/2010
Note from a Regional Gardener: One summer, following a recipe in an Australian herb book, I tried to candy some angelica from my garden. I failed miserably—it came out wet and soggy instead of firm and dry, as it should be. Read more.
4/16/2010
Little Medicine: The Wisdom to Avoid Big Medicine (1995) takes its name from a distinction Native Americans make among medicinal plants. The “little medicines” are herbs that anyone can learn to use as first-aid treatments for everyday medical problems. The “big medicines” are the plants reserved for more highly trained medicine people. Read more.
4/16/2010
Spontaneous Healing is Andrew Weil’s fourth book devoted to natural healing. Like his earlier books, this one treats healing as a compendium of therapies, including herbs, lifestyle changes, and beliefs that hinder or help healing. Learn more.
4/15/2010
Notes from regional herb gardeners: The British are coming! The British are coming! Or so it seems. My favorite bookstore is filled with a wealth of new herb books from England. Read more.
4/15/2010
Notes from regional herb gardeners: “I’m having a Martha Stewart weekend” has become a popular expression among my friends. It means that one of us is tackling a wonderful, ambitious project or two (or three or four). Read more.
4/15/2010
Notes from regional herb gardeners: If you’ve grown mountain mint (Pycnanthemum sp.), you must love it as much as I do. If you don’t know it, let me tell you about it.
3/5/2010
This guide to all things honey takes readers through the final stages of honey refinement. Read more.
3/5/2010
This month, our Editor's Pick regards the latest installment in the China Bayles mystery series.
3/5/2010
Everyone’s favorite grassroots herb movement has changed its date of celebration from the fall to the first Saturday in May, so mark your calendars for HerbDay on May 1, 2010.
3/1/2010
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the May 2010 issue.
2/18/2010
For those whose experience with mushrooms is limited to the bland white things at the supermarket (Agaricus bisporus), Hobbs, a fourth-generation herb­alist and an internationally recognized expert on the history, folklore, botany, and pharmacology of medicinal herbs, has written a magnificent introduction to the wide world of edible and medicinal fungi.
2/18/2010
Notes From A Regional Gardener: Each fall, I clean out the cold frame and test my soil-heating mat—a length of plastic webbing with a low-voltage heating cable snaking back and forth in the mesh. Plugged into an electrical power source, the mat keeps the temperature inside the frame above freezing, turning the cold frame into a hotbed. Read more.
2/18/2010
Notes From A Regional Gardener: Tonight we’re having pasta with a sauce I made and put in jars last summer. My husband grows many kinds of tomatoes, including paste tomatoes, but lately those with the best flavor have been the cherry tomatoes. Read more.
2/18/2010
Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners: It’s a fact of American life: as we become an increasingly complex society, our language must adapt to specialized interests. Sit down with a bunch of computer people and you’re unlikely to understand much of what they’re saying. Read more.
2/16/2010
Natural Healing: Pacific Botanicals Video Tour
2/16/2010
Doug Beall creates Earthlodge homes with native materials.
2/12/2010
Notes From A Regional Gardener: High fashion had come to my house. The Denver Post, for which I write a weekly gardening column, was shooting its fall fashion section. Read more.
2/12/2010
Notes From A Regional Herb Gardener: What a dry spring and summer it was! For weeks and months, the weatherman kept predicting rain, but all we got was wind, thunder, and lightning. Read more.
2/11/2010
Notes From A Regional Gardener: The Lord says that on the seventh day we should rest. I’d add that in the seventh or eighth month it is good to do the same: slow down, watch the grass grow, listen to the bees hum. Lady spends her dog-day afternoons lying in the shade. I lie in the hammock under two wonderful old oak trees.
2/11/2010
Sure, things go awry during the course of the summer—it’s been too hot, too cool, too wet, too dry, too buggy, too sluggy. When the going gets tough, the tough get planting.
2/10/2010
Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners: Don't be overwhelmed by your herb garden. Just take it one job at a time.
2/3/2010
Notes From a Regional Gardener: Thinking back on this past growing season, I noted an obvious decrease in the number of tree frogs, butterflies, and hummingbirds visiting my garden. I hope that it was only an aberrant year.
2/3/2010
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Was there ever such an exasperating plant as perilla? Ever a plant so determinedly, so single-mindedly, so frantically bent on procreation? It seeds itself into the center of every perennial in the garden, into pots of geraniums, and in the cracks between bricks and flagstones. How shamefully fecund it is, yet how useful!
2/3/2010
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: After last winter, the severest in years, one gardener took an inventory of the damage to her herb garden in hopes of forestalling devastation the next time around.
1/27/2010
Notes from a Regional Gardener: People have asked me if I shouldn’t like to have a greenhouse or to move south where I could garden all year, and the answer is no. Possibly I’m part grizzly bear, for I feel that winter is for hibernating and restoring the tissues, for reading, writing, and listening to music.
1/27/2010
Notes from a Regional Gardener: One of the biggest stars in the garden last summer was Knautia macedonica. Try spelling that out loud a couple of hundred times in one afternoon. Learn more.
1/27/2010
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: On a recent trip to Point Lookout, Maryland, in search of sandy beaches and restful waves, I discovered St. Mary’s City—and a rosemary mystery. Learn more.
1/22/2010
Notes from regional herb gardeners: In an earlier issue, I mentioned my trouble with mice eating my herb seed in the greenhouse, and I thought I’d bring you up to date on my progress.
1/12/2010
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the March 2010 issue.
1/12/2010
Strengthen your body, mind and spirit with these herbal goodies.
11/12/2009
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the January 2010 issue.
11/11/2009
Revive the Yule tradition with an herbie twist.
11/11/2009
Searching for the perfect gift? Give these 12 herb-infused products to your friends and family.
11/11/2009
The sacrifices some folks make to talk about herbs.
11/9/2009
Unwind by the Pacific ocean at this issue's "Herbal Spa."
10/20/2009
This dill infused vodka recipe is one of the many flavored spirits offered at Russian Samovar in New York.
10/20/2009
At New York's Russian Samovar you can drink infused vodka like a true Russian
10/20/2009
The hottest pepper known has now been identified as a naturally occurring chile pepper hybrid from India, ‘Bhut Jolokia’ according to researchers at New Mexico State University.
10/20/2009
Green cleaning services are gaining popularity around the country.
10/20/2009
Bionic Gardening Gloves do more than keep hands clean - they're orthopedic too. 
10/20/2009
Bioflavonoids (generally, plant pigment compounds) are widely associated with reducing risk for cardiovascular disease, cancers, metabolic syndrome and a host of other ailments.
10/20/2009
Chill with holy basil the night before you expect to have a noisy, hectic day.
9/16/2009
Letters from our readers.
9/16/2009
Try these products for indoor entertainment (from fancy laundry to garden planning) during the long winter days.
9/10/2009
Researches recently documented a species of cinnamon (Cinnamomum carolinense), known locally as madeu, that is found only on Pohnpei. They found that islanders commonly drink tea made from the tree’s bark to relieve pain.
9/10/2009
Ulluchu has remained an unidentified plant until now. Learn more about this Peruvian mystery herb here.
7/13/2009
Check out our favorite products for September 2009.
7/13/2009
Get ready to experience an all-encompassing botanical encounter at the Oregon Garden Resort’s Moonstone Spa.
7/13/2009
If you’re looking for an herbal escape that goes beyond beautiful gardens, Fredericksburg Herb Farm in Texas is a wonderful place to relax, rejuvenate and be inspired.
7/13/2009
Three Chicago mixologists are using herbs to make bitters, potent taste accents for cocktails such as Manhattans, Tom Collins and Pisco Sours.
7/6/2009
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2009 issue.
5/20/2009
Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the May 2009 issue.
5/14/2009
Check our favorite products and enter for a chance to win them!
3/27/2009
Madalene Hill, a former president of The Herb Society of America (HSA), passed away on March 5, 2009.
3/13/2009
The Board of Trustees of the American Botanical Council recently elected Steven Foster as its new chair.
3/13/2009
This is our second place winner's essay in our 2009 essay contest, "Looking Forward to Herbs."
3/13/2009
Here is the third place winner's essay of our 2009 essay contest "Looking Forward to Herbs."
3/13/2009
Looking Forward to Herbs: We were faced with many good choices as we read through the entries for our 20th anniversary essay contest, “Looking Forward to Herbs.” Our first-place winner, Shell Greenier’s “Let the Lessons Live On,” reminds us of the legacy we’ve inherited and the future we want to bequeath.
3/12/2009
Letters from our beloved readers.
3/11/2009
Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.
3/11/2009
Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.
3/11/2009
Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.
3/11/2009
 Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.
2/5/2009
Bay Laurel may be the best known, but it is not the only type of bay.
12/9/2008
I’m a low-tech gardener and happy about it. I see tempting tools and gadgets in catalogs that are supposed to make my life easier, but I rarely succumb to their charms. If I wanted my life to be easier, I wouldn’t garden.
11/11/2008
Supporting charities that promote the use and preservation of nature makes for a great, long-lasting and meaningful gift.
11/11/2008
Try some of these products when you start your holiday shopping this year.
11/7/2008
Looking for a great holiday gift for your herb-loving sister (or yourself)? I highly recommend The Unlikely Lavender Queen, the true story of Jeannie Ralston and Hill Country Lavender, a business she landed in unexpectedly.
11/7/2008
With growing concerns about food safety and the environment, the market for organic products has exploded. But the worldwide demand for organic wild-harvested herbs has raised another concern: Could over-harvest of wild herbs endanger some species and their habitats?
11/3/2008
The fresh scent of nasturtiums is for me the defining scent of October, as coolness and moisture revive a fragrance smothered in the summer’s heat. The rest of the summer annuals are doomed, and they know it.
11/3/2008
The garden is settling down, and so am I. If the garden is not weeded quite as meticu­lously as I would like it to be, so be it; there’s always next year to correct my failings. However, not being a zealous weeder and deadheader does have its benefits.
11/3/2008
The world of plants is so enormous that we can spend a lifetime discovering it. I go from passion to passion weekly, but some gardeners go far beyond mere enthusiasm.
11/3/2008
Do I revel in the sweet smells and participate in the quiet living energy outdoors, or do I closet myself with the computer in an attempt to record what I am, at that moment, missing? Do I save or savor?
11/3/2008
Now, in the quieter days of August, I can think back on the hectic days of spring. It rained and snowed so continuously through March and April that we were unable to get out in the garden until well along in May.
11/3/2008
The annual conference of the International Herb Growers and Marketers Association (IHGMA) was held in Washington State in July, and it gave me the opportunity to compare notes with fellow herb growers from across the nation.
10/7/2008
A quick Q&A with The Herb Companion's founder, Linda Ligon.
9/30/2008
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Herb Companion, we invite you to enter our essay contest. Winners will receive prizes with a total value of up to $750!
9/17/2008
The Herb Companion chooses six of their favorite and most luxurious products.
9/8/2008
 The Herb Companion reviews three gourmet chocolate products. You can thank us later.
7/11/2008
Reference lists for August/September 2008 articles.
5/15/2008
The Chia Pet® appears to be making a comeback, this time in its more traditional form—as a food.
12/1/2006
During times of the Pharaohs, herbalists added chicory juice to rose oil and vinegar to treat headaches.
12/1/2006
Q: Every spring I lose several herbs that are supposed to be winter hardy. What can I do to improve the winter survival of these herbs?
12/1/2006
Gather inspiration for your spring garden with these uncommon treasures.
12/1/2006
Although you might not be able to travel to the islands each winter, you can pamper yourself at home with island-inspired body-care treatments.
12/1/2006
The first thing Chef Timothy Tucker did after signing on as chef at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in Louisville, Kentucky, in January 2005, was start an herb garden. Learn more.
12/1/2006
Savory (Satureja hortensis), which has been used to treat digestive problems, is an old-fashioned, mild culinary herb that cooks have used for centuries.
10/1/2006
This Embedded Herbs Candle recipe includes step-by-step instructions to create an aromatic candle for family or friends. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.
10/1/2006
A Surprising Audience for Herbs
10/1/2006
These candle making with herbs projects use your favorite herbs to scent and decorate candles to warm your home or that of a dear friend. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.
10/1/2006
This Pressed Herb Candle recipe includes step-by-step instructions to create an aromatic candle for family or friends. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.
10/1/2006
This Spiced Honeycomb Candle recipe includes step-by-step instructions to create an aromatic candle for family or friends. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.
9/1/2006
Defeat Diabetes September/October 2006 By Michael Castleman L ast year, my friend Will, age 49, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His doctor warned that if he didn’t test his blood sugar daily and take all sorts of drugs and eventually inject insulin, he would lose his legs and die a horrible, premature
9/1/2006
Make dietary hemp a part of your health-care regimen.
9/1/2006
A personal experience with a mysterious, tough-to-treat condition.
8/1/2006
How Do Your Marshmallows Grow?
8/1/2006
Shake Up Your Makeup Try these healthy cosmetics to look naturally flawless.
8/1/2006
Managing Powdery Mildew
8/1/2006
Grant your lampshade new life with this simple, clever trick. Story and Photos By Dawna Edwards
6/1/2006
Death by Violets
6/1/2006
Plan a relaxing and rejuvenating pedicure once a week (or every other week). You can keep feet soft and smooth in between pedicures by running a pumice stone or foot file over your heels and smoothing on a rich moisturizing cream at night after washing your feet. Try our five basic steps to the perfect pedicure.
6/1/2006
With sufficient affection and elbow grease, even a corner cursed with poor soil can become the loveliest of gardens.
6/1/2006
Savor Herbal Flavor in Summer Syrups
4/1/2006
One reader plans to grow herbs along her front walkway, which is made of concrete. She wants more of a garden than an edging. Learn what other ideas might work.
4/1/2006
Kick it up a notch with this pungent perennial plant.
4/1/2006
Hail the Essential Parsley
4/1/2006
These natural baby care tips and recipes are essential for your little one and won't break your budget.
4/1/2006
With a tabletop landscaping project and recipes for herb-inspired sweets, cultivate a springtime party of your own.
4/1/2006
Historic Farm Becomes a Gardeners Dream Destination
11/1/2005
Boost your comprehension with this compendium of herbal terms for the lay person.
11/1/2005
A guide to healthy gifts for those you love.
9/1/2005
A Place to Start
9/1/2005
Coral Calcium: Hype or Highly Effective Supplement? September/October 2005 By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa C ould a coral calcium supplement really help keep us healthy and vital as we age? Is it better than other forms of calcium, worthy of its higher cost? Questions surround coral calcium. But for Fred Runnel
9/1/2005
Preserve Your Memory, Sharpen Your Mind
9/1/2005
Learn which scents make sense.
9/1/2005
An Earful of Health
9/1/2005
Make a beeline for one of natures tastiest foods derived from herbs.
7/1/2005
Reap the many benefits of ancient spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barley grass.
3/1/2005
Meet Herbal Ed Smith: A globetrotting herbalist with a passion for plants that heal.
12/1/2004
Useful plants promenade through popular novels.
10/1/2004
Chefs’ Picks October/November 2004 A sk a true cook to describe his or her favorite kitchen companions and you’re sure to hear enthusiastic prose extolling the virtues, not of people, but of gadgets, gear and great cookbooks. Not fooled by pretty faces, experienced cooks require from their trusted servant
10/1/2004
After-dinner Fennel
10/1/2004
Scents and Sensibility October/November 2004 BY KATHLEEN HALLORAN “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” —Helen Keller T he sense of smell is both primitive and powerful. Our ability to smell is estimated to be 10,000 times more sen
10/1/2004
Well-worn Volumes Tell Gardening Histories
10/1/2004
TOPICAL GARDENING TIPS
10/1/2004
CONTAINER GARDENING ESSENTIALS
10/1/2004
NOTES FROM REGIONAL HERB GARDENERS
10/1/2004
Rhodiola rosea displays all the attributes of a classic adaptogen (a valuable tonic herb that strengthens the body’s nonspecific resistance to the effects of physical stress, such as that caused by overwork or extreme temperatures). Learn more.
8/1/2004
Harvesting herbs can be tricky as there are many factors at play. Get the most out of your herbal garden by harvesting the right way at the right time with our tips and pointers.
8/1/2004
Mediterranean herbs
8/1/2004
NOTES FROM REGIONAL HERB GARDENERS
8/1/2004
Refresh your body and your senses with the cleansing power of herbal soap.
8/1/2004
Nancy Smith, heirloom gardener and managing editor of Mother Earth News magazine, recommends Restoring American Gardens, 1640-1940, by Denise Wiles Adams, and Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South, by James R. Cothran for your gardening bookshelf.
8/1/2004
Herbal Dream Pillows keep bad dreams at bay and give one Vietnam veteran a peaceful sleep after decades of war filled nightmares.
8/1/2004
Vanquish Varicose Veins with Herbs
8/1/2004
This sunflower, calendula and nasturtium trio can brighten any garden space. These brilliant annual herbal flowers adds personality to any herb garden.
8/1/2004
An Authentic Tearoom Comes to Life
8/1/2004
CONTAINER GARDENING ESSENTIALS
9/1/2003
Exploring the impact of the German Commission E.
10/1/2002
The tiny Southeast Asian island-country of Singapore owes much of its history and ethnically diverse cuisine to piquant spices and herbs.
10/1/2002
Keep the fresh-herb taste from fading and enjoy your favorite herbs throughout the fall and winter months.
10/1/2002
One expert reveals new trends in gardening that may change your views as well.
10/1/2002
Your Spooky Halloween Garden can range from the exotic, Dracula orchid (Dracula vampira), to the basic, witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).
10/1/2002
Create your favorite herb-scented cleansers with essential oils and botanicals.
10/1/2002
Five delicious recipes that use pumpkins and spices for a fall feast.
10/1/2002
Anise is one of the world’s oldest and best-loved spices, flavoring the food, drink, and medicines of many cultures since ancient times. Learn more.
10/1/2002
Autumn is an ideal time to reflect and reconsider your garden plan.
10/1/2002
Our expert gives six convincing reasons you should start the garden you've always dreamed about.
10/1/2002
Read about the fascinating legacy of Euell Gibbons
10/1/2002
These nuts are useful and may even bring you luck.
10/1/2001
Tuck in your garden for a long winter nap.
10/1/2001
The delicate buds of the caper bush are flavor enhancers that, once pickled, you wont want to miss.
10/1/2001
BODY AND SOU
10/1/2001
Bayberry plants give light and life.
10/1/2001
Sometimes following a few simple steps can make gardening a lot easier.
10/1/2001
Different uses for Italian herbs
10/1/2001
Our contributors share their favorite herbal holiday traditions.
10/1/2001
Entertain your tastebuds and your friends with everything herbal.
10/1/2001
Knowing a plant's name can open a whole new world of information.
10/1/2001
Escape to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for an experience unbridled by Londons busy streets.
10/1/2001
Learn how you can give involved with plant conservation
10/1/2001
A Celebration of Herbs This annual Cleveland event showcases herbal treasures to buy or make yourself. October/November 2001 By MAUREEN B. HEFFERNAN HERBAL PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Potpourri Jams, jellies, and vinegars Soaps, scented lotions, oils, and scrubs Teas and seasoning blends Herb-dyed bags and
8/1/1998
Herb gardeners from all over North America give insight into their regional gardening experiences and share ideas for their future endeavors.
8/1/1998
One student created a delightful miniature garden, complete with night-blooming plants that attracted evening pollinators. This garden was meant to be strolled through in the dark to get the entire sensory experience.
8/1/1998
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a gift to any garden, offering ornamental, culinary, medicinal, and aromatic allure. Learn more.
8/1/1998
Herbs and spices not only define the taste of traditional sausages but also help us lighten up this old favorite without sacrificing flavor for lower fat. Try these herb-loaded favorites and low-fat sausage recipes.
8/1/1998
Try this mint jelly recipe on some biscuits and take a delicious trip back in time to when jellies were always made from herbs in the garden.
8/1/1998
The popularity of spiced chai tea has taken off in coffeeshops across America in recent years. Why now? Try a cup of chai and find out for yourself.
8/1/1998
Try this refreshingly tangy recipe for ginger lemonade.
8/1/1998
That old standby definition of a weed—any plant growing where it’s not wanted—doesn’t always apply in the world of herbs. Their usefulness and sometimes neglected beauty make them welcome guests despite their eagerness to run unchecked through the garden. Learn more about milkweed.
8/1/1998
Spice things up by planting a garden full of salsa ingredients. Fresher is better, and once you taste your personal brand of salsa, you won't want to go back.
8/1/1998
Learn how to make your own custom garden signs, with advice on the most durable materials to use and tips to make your signs unique even if you aren't an artist.
8/1/1998
When to expand your herb garden and more instructions for both the beginner and the advanced gardener.
8/1/1998
Epazote, once cultivated on a large scale as a medicinal herb, is now grown in few herb gardens. Learn more.
8/1/1998
Learn how to use a variety of herbs to lower your blood pressure, ease menopause and improve your overall health and well-being.
8/1/1998
A dozen favorites of a Northern plant lover
6/1/1998
Widely known and despised as a weed, chickweed (Stellaria media) is also a nourishing salad green or potherb that’s available almost year-round in much of the country. Learn more.
6/1/1998
Keep things simple this summer - try this rosemary-infused marinade to flavor your chicken.
6/1/1998
Yucca is a sometimes underappreciated plant, but holds a rich history of uses and benefits.
6/1/1998
Introduce your kids to gardening with this cute summer project: Hattie the Pot Lady is easy to put together and will make growing herbs fun for children.
6/1/1998
Learn how to best size up and deal with any problems you encounter in your garden. Identify the exact pest or disease that is hurting your plants, and then find the most effective treatment.
6/1/1998
Simple, clean, and refreshing, an occasional spritz of your own homemade herbal waters could make even the hottest days more bearable.
6/1/1998
Arleigh and Heather Fair have created a beautiful bed & breakfast and planted acres of herbs like echinacea and lavender on their property in British Columbia.
6/1/1998
Regional herb gardeners offer their tales and trials each season brings. See what it's like growing basil plants in Nova Scotia, or learn about the best dwarf garden plants to accompany a miniature train winding through your herbs.
6/1/1998
Herbs for Health provides valuable information for a variety of health issues, from natural weight control to the benefits of Saw Palmetto for aging men.
6/1/1998
Make your perfect cup of herbal tea with flavorful herbs grown in your own garden. Try citrus, mint, or spicy herb combinations.
6/1/1998
Try these unique recipes sent in by our very own readers! Pesto waffles make brunch an entirely different event or experiment with the ingredients in the Ole Guacamole recipe.
10/1/1995
This knot herb garden, or an arrangement of low hedges tightly sheared to look like interwoven ribbons, couples old tradition with modern design. Learn why we call it a subversive knot garden.
10/1/1995
Black cohosh (C. racemosa), the species probably most familiar to herb gardeners, is a wildflower of moist or dry woods in eastern North America and is also cultivated as an ornamental.
10/1/1995
There are three categories for herbal aphrodisiacs: substances whose sensual appeal has strong erotic associations, those that enhance physical health and ease and thus free the body and mind for erotic connections, and those that in themselves reputedly have a physical or erotic effect. Learn more.
10/1/1995
Herbs are the heart of this celebrity chef's approach to flavor.
10/1/1995
Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Many people like to tidy up the herb garden before putting it to bed for the winter, but I’ve decided to take a different approach this year. Learn more.
10/1/1995
This carefree, cuddly Stachys species is always a comfort
10/1/1995
Do you have a talent for herb gardening, or does your enthusiasm greatly exceed your cultivation skills? No matter what degree of success you have had in the past, the following quiz may help define your aptitude for raising and using herbs.
10/1/1995
These recipes make some of our favorite herbal soaps. Feel free to experiment with scents that please you, essential oils that you have on hand, and plants that grow in your garden. Using the ingredients in the recipes, follow with our soapmaking instructions.
10/1/1995
A folk treatment for kidney disorders, horsetail offers new health remedies. As a natural fungicide, this herb is used for black spots and mildew on plants, athlete's foot fungus and fingernail fungus. Incorporate horsetail in your herb garden because the new uses prove just as valuable.
10/1/1995
The cookie recipes that follow are some of the Reppert family favorites. We hope that you enjoy them and keep your cookie jar full.
10/1/1995
Of the many herbs that have been called upon over the centuries to counteract the painful, often debilitating symptoms of migraines, the most thoroughly researched has been feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).
10/1/1995
This is good with a crusty bread and green salad.
4/1/1995
A handsome plant with fine flavor and stature in the garden.
4/1/1995
Plant Terrorists: These plants like to move in and take over.
4/1/1995
How to make an everlasting dried flower and herb wreath.
4/1/1995
Check out the National Herb Week events in your area.
4/1/1995
Imagine my delight several years ago when I discovered two Italian parsley plants growing from the cracks in the deteriorating mortar of the brick steps that descend from my house to the backyard.
4/1/1995
Gardeners are planning their planting for spring.
4/1/1995
April 23 is celebrated as William Shakespeare's birthday. What better time to re-create and Elizabethan garden?
4/1/1995
Notes from regional herb gardeners.
4/1/1995
Herbalists all over the country celebrate National Herb Week.
4/1/1995
Try these recipes for hot and hearty main dishes using greens.
4/1/1995
Try these herbs as a natural remedy for your health ailments.
4/1/1995
This lesser-known member of the mint family is used more for medicinal purposes than cooking.
8/1/1994
The more you learn about herbs, the more there is to learn. The hallowed halls of herbal education are neither set in stone nor bound by the usual walls of higher learning. Experts agree that the ultimate form of education is experience, but ask them about other ways to learn about herbs and each answer differs.
4/1/1994
Not only can potted herbs line the kitchen windowsill or claim a place on the patio, but sometimes they nestle into the garden proper and add a welcome element of beauty and versatility to the landscape.
4/1/1994
She came with no real plant knowledge, but she had a quiet assuredness that everything would grow if given a chance.
4/1/1994
Find out why ginseng, bloodroot, evening primrose, goldenseal, horsemint and mayapple should have been commemorative stamps.
4/1/1994
All their voices are silenced now, but from these women and my mother comes my heritage of herbs. The knowledge, passed on from mother to daughter, is a wisdom gained by countless years tending sick children, husbands, and neighbors, for women were the first healers.
4/1/1994
Handcrafted hypertufa handles the outdoors.
4/1/1994
Notes from regional herb gardeners.
4/1/1994
As spring swings in, chances are your herb beds are dug, planted, watered, and weeded, and you’re ready for a break. Or perhaps those chores still lie ahead, and you need some inspiration. Either way, take some time during the week of May 2–8 to celebrate National Herb Week.
4/1/1994
Here’s a hearty main dish with a spritely rosemary flavor.
4/1/1994
The earliest known cookbook, by Apicius in first-century Rome, featured bay laurel as an important seasoning. It was used in many elaborate and varied dishes from aromatic beverages, salts, and sausages to sauces for meats, birds, wild game, and seafood.
4/1/1994
Get to know this sometimes controversial herb.
12/1/1993
In addition to using herbs to alleviate the symptoms of a cold, they also use them to promote the good general health that they feel prevents cold viruses from taking hold in the first place.
12/1/1993
Unexpected pairings make sparks in a garden.
12/1/1993
In a good night, sleep sneaks in and drifts across the consciousness in a gentle wave.
12/1/1993
If you were suddenly transformed into a tiny bug with big eyes crawling across the surface of a leaf, you might be astonished at the complexity of the landscape that unfolds. What humans see as a smooth, flat leaf leaps into another dimension when seen from a bug’s-eye view: leaf veins look like giant storm drains, pores become craters, and barely visible hairs turn into towering structures. At The Herb Companion, we found a way to accomplish this surreal shift of perception—with the technology of scanning electron microscopy.
12/1/1993
We used to make bottled medicine that we compounded specially, with ingredients like gentian, rosemary, horehound.
12/1/1993
It’s as hard not to hover appreciatively over the most recently acquired plant as it is over a new baby, but luckily there’s no danger of arousing sibling ri­valry and a lifelong inferiority complex.
12/1/1993
Learn how to make wine from home—for cooking or drinking, these brews are worth the wait.
12/1/1993
Where herbs and spices make a difference.


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