Charity Spotlight: Kiva

Looking for alternative gift ideas? Support entrepreneurs at home and in developing countries through microlending with a Kiva gift card.

Summer Yoga at the Beach for Kids

While planning your summer family activities, consider these yoga and mindfulness exercises for children to help them make the most of their time outdoors.

4 Eco-Friendly Home Decor Ideas

When it comes to redecorating your home, try these tips for making environmentally-sound choices, from sustainable hardwood flooring to monitoring VOC levels in your paint and more.

Why Businesses are Going Green

The ongoing development of eco-friendly technology and healthy workplace innovations can be profitable for big businesses.

Charity Spotlight: Living Goods

Learn how Living Goods fights diseases in developing countries and encourages economies through micro entrepreneurs.

5 Tips For Managing Stress

Do you find yourself constantly worrying? Try these tips, from mindfulness practices to the positive effects of creativity on your mental health.

Charity Spotlight: LIFT

45 million Americans live below the poverty line. Learn what LIFT is doing to help those in financial crisis escape poverty and achieve professional and financial goals.

9 Common Questions About Sleep

Discover simple ways to get a good night’s rest with the answers to these nine frequently asked questions about sleep.

What Your Spa or Salon Won’t Tell You About Skin Care Treatments

Skin care is a booming industry, but the number of appointments to correct botched cosmetic procedures has grown right along with it. Discover some of the most common treatments, often offered by spas and salons, which should only be performed by an experienced dermatologist.

5 Great Natural Body-Care Gifts

Check out these luxurious-yet-affordable, all-natural body-care products perfect as a gift for coworkers, kids' teachers and more.

Natural Remedies for Motion Sickness

A great vacation can quickly become unpleasant if you suffer from motion sickness. Add natural remedies, such as ginger chews, herbal teas and more, to your holistic travel medicine kit to keep symptoms at bay.

6 Ways to Stop a Migraine in its Tracks

Migraines can be inconvenient and, at times, debilitating. Discover simple ways to naturally manage migraine pain with essential oils, herbal remedies and more.

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Summer is great for relaxing, sunshine and bountiful harvests. Put your extra peaches, or any other kind of fruit, to good use with this great, easy cobbler recipe.

Charity Spotlight: Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary raises social awareness about the abuses suffered by animals raised on industrial farms and fights for their protection. Learn more about this organization and how you can help.

How to Start a Mini Backyard Orchard

Growing a variety of fruit trees doesn’t require a ton of space, and can be accomplished in an average-sized backyard with the right skill set.

4 Unusual Perfume Alternatives

If you’re on a tight budget, or just in a pinch and need a quick dab of perfume, try one of these unusual perfume alternatives.

Stretch Your Way to Mind-Body Balance

Achieve mind-body balance by committing to a long-term yoga practice. Find tips for getting started with classes, meditation and continued yoga education.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep

Although we know that getting enough sleep is crucial to our health, there are still a number of things we don’t know about this restful state. Discover 11 fun facts about sleep.

Purify Your World with Activated Charcoal

Discover the difference between charcoal and activated charcoal with a brief look a how charcoal works to purify the world around us, including water, air, food and more

15 Uses for Aloe Vera

Not only is aloe a low-maintenance plant to grow at home near a windowsill, it has a multitude of handy uses, from treating burned skin and sanitizing hands to aiding digestion.

5 Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

Getting kids outdoors in the winter can often prove challenging. Try these fun and creative activities to get your kids outside and connected to the natural world.

14 Uses for Turmeric

Treasure the golden spice turmeric for its health-boosting properties, as well as its myriad other uses.

Natural Remedies for Puffy Eyes

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Beat looking tired with these natural remedies for puffy eyes.

6 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

The pumpkin is one of autumn’s most beloved foods. Use this health-boosting food in these six sweet and savory pumpkin recipes for fall.

3 Favorite Healthful Skin-Care Products

Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.

Good Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s are important to brain health, reduce inflammation and are essential to reducing risk of chronic diseases. Boost your intake of this essential nutrient by turning to these good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

5 Quick-Fix Foods

Try these five editor-recommended picks for quick-fix foods.

A New Favorite Flour

Organic spelt flour makes for a simple and healthier replacement for white flours in many recipes.

Creamy Herb Dip Recipe

Use up your herb harvest to whip together this creamy herb dip recipe in under five minutes and serve it as a dip or use it as a spread for your favorite wraps.

Dhaniya Chutney Recipe

This bright green Dhaniya Chutney recipe makes a great dip for guests who can handle the spice.

5 Herbs for Healthy Hair

When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.

Have You Heard of This Herb: Szechuan Buttons

Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe. Szechuan buttons are electric-packed flower buds that have numbing properties, giving them the aptly named moniker, the "toothache plant".

10 Ways to Reuse Your Cosmetic Containers

Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.

Beach Fun with Kids: 2 Creative Ideas

Summer beach days are fast approaching! Beyond the sand and surf basics, encourage kids to get creative at the shore this season by making sea life “touch tanks,” and creating beach art in the open air.

Have You Heard Of This Herb: Zallouh

Delve into the research behind another unusual herb from across the globe: zallouh. This gnarled root from Syria may boost libido and treat erectile dysfunction.

Natural Remedies for Asthma

Prevent and relieve asthma attacks by turning to natural remedies for asthma, including an anti-inflammatory diet and hydrotherapy.

Natural Product Review: Scotch Naturals Nail Polish

Treat yourself to an at-home manicure with nontoxic nail polishes from Scotch Naturals, a company that creates more than 40 different nail polishes with their eco-friendly, water-based formula.

Gluten-Free Scottish Oatcakes Recipe

Scottish oatcakes are delicious and crispy crackers that taste wonderful with jam. If you’re looking for a gluten-free take on this traditional treat, check out the following recipe courtesy Bob’s Red Mill.

Parmesan and Bacon Bites Recipe

Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.

Natural Product Review: ORGO 7 Serums

This seven-serum set from ORGO Beauty is great for aging skin. Read on to learn why you should add this product to your beauty arsenal.

How Much Is Your Period Costing You?

Constantly buying pads and tampons can add up to a very large bill, inevitably costing women a lot of money. Cut down on expenses and save money by switching to reusable menstrual products.

Encouraging Your Kids to Play Outside

Getting kids to play outside isn’t always easy, especially if they aren’t into a particular outdoor activity. It’s important to get them outside though—and not just for the physical benefits.

Vegetarian Pot Pie Recipe

This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.

Under Pressure Dinner

Most people double or even triple recipes, but what do you do when the original will already feed your family for a whole week?

5 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Create a healthier Halloween for your family by choosing secondhand costumes, nontoxic face paints, fair trade candy and smart snacks.

Speedy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Too many tomatoes? Guest blogger Char Scace takes a few shortcuts and discovers a fabulous speedy spaghetti sauce recipe in the process.

3 Vegan Comfort Food Recipes

With fall here, try these vegan versions of classic comfort foods: nachos, sloppy Joes and Swedish meatballs from Hilary’s Eat Well.

Low-Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.

5 Green Beauty Products from A Night of Green Beauty

This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.

Battling the Elements in Your Garden

Inclement weather can really keep you out of your garden. Here are some of the challenges Mother Nature presents us and a couple of tricks you can use to keep her at bay.

Go No-Poo: 3 Herbal Hair Rinses

More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.

3 Light Summer Recipes

Guest blogger Lynn Schriner of Trolley Farms shares three light summer recipes for blender ice cream, a summer salad and gazpacho.

Make Your Own Reed Diffuser Oil

Try your hand at making your own reed diffuser oil. This fun DIY project keeps homes smelling clean and fresh without the use of possibly harmful chemicals.

What Is A BB Cream?

You've probably heard of a BB cream, or at the very least seen one in your supermarket. But what is a BB cream, what does it do, why should you care, and what should you look for if you decide to buy one?

3 Facial Oils I Love

Moisturizing your face with botanical oils is a centuries-old practice from ancient Rome that is becoming popular once again. Check out three facial oils that I love using right now.

How to Care for Air Plants

Air plants are perfect low-maintenance option for the home or garden. Learn how to care for air plants with these growing, watering and lighting tips.

3 New Natural Products from Expo West 2013

This year at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California, three new natural products stood out from the rest in the event's annual "Best of the West." Discover a new way to soothe the skin with ozonated oil, a new dipable snack option for kids, and new product to help you fall asleep faster.

The History of Echinacea, Part 2

After its exploding popularity in the late 19th century, echinacea was widely researched. Since then, numerous echinacea benefits have been discovered. Try these two simple echinacea remedies to fight the common cold.

3 Homemade Popcorn Seasonings

Forget butter and salt. These three homemade popcorn seasonings will blow guests away with just a little effort.

The History of Echinacea, Part 1

It was once stated by ethnobotanist Melvin Gilmore that echinacea was used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant, and it's not hard to understand why. The history behind this versatile coneflower is rich in remedies and medicinal uses. Read on to learn more about the history of echinacea.

Setting Intentions for Family Meals

As our family focuses on nourishing meals and traditions, we’re practicing setting clear intentions. This week, our intention is to continue to bring joy and celebration to family meals, even when life is busy and stressful.

Natural Home Remedies for Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common ailments. Next time you’re suffering from one, try one of these natural home remedies for headaches and pass on conventional painkillers.

Granola Bites Recipe

Healthy and lightly sweet, these granola bites are perfect for packing in your child's lunch. Make your own with this granola bites recipe.

Buying Olive Oil for Your Health

Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.

Foods for Eye Health

Protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts with these foods for eye health.

The Herbal Harvest: 3 Lemon Verbena Recipes

The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.

Discovering the Purslane Plant, Part 3

In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.

Review: Health-Food Bars for Dancers, by Barre

These three health-food bars by Barre comprise of nutritious (and delicious) superfoods. Made with the dancer in mind, these bars are perfect for anyone needing an extra boost of energy while keeping the calorie-count down.

Gardening with Children in the Summertime

What is more fun than digging in the dirt? Or better yet, playing in the mud? Our guest blogger Marguerite Dunne muses about gardening with children and how wonderful it is to introduce them to this fun and beneficial pastime. (There's always something to do in the garden!)

Discovering the Purslane Plant, Part 2

Uncover even more information about the vitamin-rich weed purslane, including useful recommendations from renowned herbalists all over the world.

Natural Home Remedies for Gout

Treat gout, a painful disorder that affects the joints, by controlling inflammation and lowering uric acid levels with these home remedies for gout.

Discovering the Purslane Plant, Part 1

This inconspicuous-seeming herb is well traveled and renounded for its medicinal properties throughout the majority of the world. Learn how it grows and what famed herbalists have said about it.

Portulaca Oleracea: Growing Garden Purslane

Eating purslane greens provides a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation, boost heart health and lower triglycerides that cause stroke, heart attack, fatty liver and pancreatitis. Green your health with purslane!

Natural Home Remedies for Pink Eye

Although not a serious problem, if left untreated, bacterial or viral pink eye can cause serious damage. Speed up recovery with these natural home remedies for pink eye!

Make Medicinal Vinegar Extracts

Medicinal vinegars are potent and easy to make at home. A strong alternative for children or those with alcohol sensitivities, this is a wonderful option for making and using herbal medicines.

Understanding Food Labels

This guide to food labels will help you decode nutrition and sustainability claims on all kinds of food packaging.

Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Exposure to UV rays can permanently damage and prematurely age eyes. Protect your eyes from UV radiation with these tips.

Bottle Cap Crafts for the Home

Decorating with materials that would otherwise be considered junk can bring pops of life and color to your home’s style. Check out these bottle cap crafts for a fun way to decorate with junk!

Herb Farms A-Z: Finding Farms that Sell Herbs, Part 2

The Lemon Verbena Lady finds even more great herb farms to buy herbs for your herb garden in this second installment of Herb Farms A-Z. Take an adventure to an herb farm near you. It will lift your herbal spirits!

6 Uses for Sugar

Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.

Herb Farms A-Z: Finding Farms that Sell Herbs, Part 1

The Lemon Verbena Lady searches for herb farms across the United States that can be visited to buy herbs for spring herb gardens. Most of these herb farms are destinations you can enjoy with your family.

7 Health Benefits of Asparagus

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, asparagus offers a lot more than a tasty side dish. Check out these health benefits of asparagus!

Try This Out: Salty Nettle Chips

These nettle chips are deliciously unique and packed with nutrients. Try this perfectly satisfying salty snack in early spring.

Making Savory Nettle Chips

Try this delicious recipe for salty, crunchy stinging nettle chips made fresh from the garden.

Board Games Help Kids Learn

Combining entertainment and education into one fun experience, board games are a great addition to structured play for kids.

The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals. Discover the health benefits of chia seeds!

The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Painkillers

Conventional over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen carry risks such as internal bleeding, liver toxicity and increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

New Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks

Navitas Naturals is adding Blueberry Hemp to their award-winning line of organic Navitas Power Snacks. Blueberry Hemp Navitas Power Snacks provide a diversity of the most nutrient-dense organic superfoods and organic seeds, fruits and nuts.

3 Tips for Small-Space Gardening

If you're hoping to grow some of your own food but are short on space, use these three tips for small-space gardening success in containers, on your patio, balcony or roof.

Natural Remedies for Ear Infections

Relieve pain, reduce inflammation and treat cases of otitis media and otitis externa (swimmer’s ear) with these natural remedies for ear infections.

9 Anti-Aging Herbs

Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.

A Practical Guide to Making Herbal Tinctures

Learn to craft herbal medicine at home or in the wild using the folk method. This informative and useful guide provides helpful tips and step-by-step instructions for making tinctures the traditional way.

Antibacterial Foods and Herbs

Foods and herbs with natural antibiotic powers keep our immune systems healthy. Check out these antibacterial foods and antibacterial herbs!

DIY: Homemade Lip Tint

Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.

6 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!

Herb Seed Catalogs Mark the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.

My Favorite Christmas Thyme Book and Spice Wreaths: Part 2

Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.

My Favorite Christmas Thyme Book and Dried Herb Wreaths: Part 1

Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.

Give Gifts that Give Back

The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.

DIY: Multipurpose Skin Care Tea

I love skin care products that have multiple uses. Not only do they stretch your savings, but they offer skin care customization. This multipurpose skin care tea treats nearly all skin types and tastes delicious, too. 

Salvia Apiana: Growing White Sage

White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.

Baked Apple Chips

Baked apple chips are a healthy snack that's simple to make with your kids.

Good Sources of Vitamin D

Vitamin D promotes good bone, immune system and mental health. Want to boost your intake of this essential nutrient? Add these good sources of vitamin D to your diet!

Recipes for Calcium-Rich After-School Snacks

Andrea Carrothers, a registered dietitian with Horizon, makers of organic milk and dairy products, has developed several new quick, calcium-rich recipes that make perfect after-school snacks.

Feel-Good Friday: More Cures in Your Cupboard

Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.

Tasty Homemade Granola Recipe

Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.

A Family's Adventure with Food

Guest blogger Faith Moser shares her struggles adjusting to life with a toddler and his finicky relationship with food.

4 Health Benefits of Eating Walnuts

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, walnuts provide an array of impressive health benefits, from protecting our hearts to preventing cancer and diabetes.

Naturopathic Health: Cleanse and Detox 101

Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.  

4 Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollutants can cause a number of health problems. Breathe easier by removing or remedying these four sources of indoor air pollution.

Every Herb Has a Story: Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.

Herbal College Care Package

Assemble this simple list of herbal items and send them to your student to show how much you care.   

7 Cleansing Foods for a Natural Detox

Naturally cleanse your body with fruits, vegetables and other foods that fortify the liver, bind to toxins and help remove impurities from your body.

A Mutant Grows in Kansas: Update

K.C. Compton hones in on the mystery of what variety sunflower is reaching for the sky in her back yard. And also sends kind wishes to the swallowtail butterfly who destroyed her parsley plant.

Natural Home Remedies for Bladder Infections

Bladder infections affect millions of women each year. Taking antibiotics for a bladder infection can increase chances of a repeat infection, so bypass the pharmaceuticals and treat your bladder infection naturally with these home remedies.