Homemade Carrot Ketchup

Discover a unique vegetable preservation recipe, and learn about agricultural education efforts at a New York farm that's part of the farm to table movement.

Growing Dwarf Orange Trees

Get your own stash of home-grown oranges by growing your own tree, one of many healthy houseplants that can improve your home and quality of life.

Natural Insect Repellent Recipe

Available in two versions, this simple recipe uses geranium essential oil for skin friendly protection against bugs.

How to Use and Where to Find Wild Ramps

Ramps, also called wild leeks, are a delicious seasonal ingredient. Learn all about using and wild foraging for this tasty, vitamin-rich veggie.

3 Ways to Save on Hobbies for Kids

Discover simple ways to encourage your children to pursue inexpensive hobbies that can help them develop life-long skills, and how to save money on their more expensive endeavors.

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.

Warming Veggie Soup Recipe

Warming vegetable soups are perfect for casual dinners or quick lunches during fall and winter.

Vegetarian “Liver” Recipe

Serve a traditional-tasting pâté during the holidays with this delicious Vegetarian “Liver” recipe.

3 Tips on How to Make Bedtime Easier

Make bedtime easier by creating an inviting atmosphere for your little ones with these tips for creating a routine and cozy, comfortable beds.

Transitioning to a Net-Zero Home

After one family built a home they loved in Belfast, Maine, they soon realized it was using too many resources to heat. Here’s what they learned when they transitioned to a more efficient, net-zero home.

Bolted Vegetable Flower Arrangements

Just because your garden’s gotten away from you, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Learn how to use the flowers from your overgrown veggie garden around the house.

Best Products for a Healthy Summer

Stay healthy during the dog days of summer with this roundup of useful ideas and products, including better sunscreen, smart eye protection, chemical-free insect repellent and more.

10 Amazing Herbs for Kids

Introduce your little ones to the benefits of herbs and natural remedies early in life with these herbs that are great for kids.

Best Organic Foods for Runners

A healthy balance of whole, organic foods that include grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables and fluids make up a diet perfect for runners, from hobby enthusiasts to marathon athletes.

5 Natural Remedies for Healthy, Nourished Skin

There are several medicinal plants that are not only fun to grow, but also have beneficial properties that can boost skin health. Nourish and hydrate dry, dull skin, prevent breakouts and fight aging with the natural remedies provided by these five plants.

Mushroom-Nut Burgers Recipe

Mushroom-Nut Burgers are full of flavor and just as hearty as any meat-based burger you’ve ever had.

Garden Gear

Get ready for planting and picking with fun, useful garden gear.

Smart Kitchen Storage Ideas

Try one or more of these smart kitchen storage ideas to add comfort, convenience and style to small-space kitchens.

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.

4 Benefits of Martial Arts Training at Home

Martial arts training can help with weight loss and improved mobility. Discover how this fitness regimen could benefit you and pick up a few tips for success.

Home Remedies for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Commercial toothpastes and gels are not the only way to keep your mouth and teeth fresh and clean. Try these home remedies for healthy teeth and gums without the risky chemicals.

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.

A Year in a High-Performance Home

After a year with her family spent in a high-performance home, one blogger shares the joys of living in a home that offers low utility bills, energy independence, comfort, lasting memories and much more.

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.

Summer in a High-Performance House

In Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, high-performance houses experience much more comfortable temperatures with little electric output.

A New Favorite Flour

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

Yummy Herbal Beverages

Try tasty herbal beverages recipes for strawberry-basil sparkling beverages and a thyme lemonade to make the most of your summer herb garden.

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.

5 Favorite Handmade Gift Shops

Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.

Upcycled Art: Stylish, Eco-Friendly Home Décor Ideas

Add eco-friendly home décor to your space by displaying upcycled art such as vintage fabrics, old t-shirts, magazines and ephemera. Personalize your art with family memorabilia and a unique frame to make a one of a kind eco-friendly creation.

Vegetarian Pot Pie Recipe

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

Zesty Cranberry Orange Salsa Recipe

Fresh, easy and festive, this Cranberry Orange Salsa recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its crimson red color makes it a dazzling holiday appetizer!

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.

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.

Study: To Live Longer, Eat Fewer Calories

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.

Adventures at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Part 2

The Lemon Verbena Lady shares more about her experience at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a popular flower show in the United Kingdom. Here she discusses which of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens were her favorites.

How to Make a Ginger Compress

Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.

7 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia and more.

10 Homemade Holiday Gifts

This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.

2 Thanksgiving Staples: Lovage and Sage

Welcome the holidays with two flavorful Thanksgiving herbs. Use lovage in our recipe for Cream of Carrot and Lovage Soup, and sage in our recipe for a delicious Feta-Sage Cornbread.

Unwind with SheaMoisture’s Bath Soaks

Indulge in your own therapeutic treatment with SheaMoisture’s Bath Soaks that help relieve pain, congestion, muscle aches and dry skin ailments.

Foods for Eye Health

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

Better Beverage Containers

Don't overlook the health impacts of the container when shopping for healthier premade beverages.

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.

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!

Finding Beauty in the Flaw

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.

Herb Catalogs: Ready, Set, and Plant Those Herbs, Part 1

Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!

Savory Vegetarian Dinner Pies

For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.

6 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda

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.

Creating Space for Alchemy

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.

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.

5 Keys to Good Entryway Design

Although each home is different, these five keys to good entryway design will help you create a personalized, functional space.

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.

Borago Officinalis Adds Blue to Your Garden

The borage plant (Borago officinalis) is a tall herb with hairy foliage, blue starshaped flowers and many useful properties. Whether you use it for healthy, tasty greens, a medicinal herb or a companion plant for your strawberries and tomatoes, you’ll be happy you planted borage.

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.

Can I Really Build My Own Home?

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.

17 Uses for Lemons

Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!

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!

Last Minute Gift: Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts

December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.

Zero-Waste Holiday Decor for the Home

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.

Angelica Sinensis: The Science Behind Dong Quai

Do you understand how herbs work? We profile dong quai (Angelica sinensis), a medicinal Chinese herb with high vitamin and mineral content along with many beneficial phytochemicals.

Eco-Candles from Aroma Naturals

While other candle companies are still adding synthetic fragrances to their candles and claiming to be natural, Aroma Naturals candles are made from 100 percent pure plant aromas and natural vegetable waxes (VegePure).

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.

Meatless Monday Recipe: Yummy Veggie Meatloaf

Veggie meatloaf makes for a hearty, delicious entree or side dish perfect for vegetarians and vegans at Thanksgiving. Check out these three varieties: one features chickpeas, one lentils and one vegetarian meat substitute.

Meatless Monday Recipe: Thanksgiving Specialties

No one will miss the meat when you serve up fabulous vegetarian versions of Thanksgiving favorites. Try two versions of mushroom stuffing, mushroom gravy or delicious roasted Brussels sprouts this holiday!

Give Gifts that Give Back

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

17 Uses for Baking Soda

Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.

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.

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.

What's in a Name? Growing the Best Sage Varieties

Lemon Verbena Lady has many herbal favorites in the herb garden. The sages were particularly beautiful this season. See some of her favorite salvias and try a recipe for your holiday dinners using the sage that is popular for Thanksgiving.

Soup Season: Carrot Soup

Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.

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.

Easy Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe

Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.

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.

SunRidge Farms Offers New All-Natural Milk Chocolate Treats

SunRidge Farms’ All-Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops feature natural premium quality chocolate and real vanilla in a pure cane sugar shell in seven beautiful colors, each of which is naturally derived from vegetable juice.

GE Lighting Announces New LED Bulbs

GE Lighting’s full line of light-emitting diode (LED) GE Energy Smart incandescent replacement bulbs are anticipated to be on store shelves within the next 16 months.

Secrets of the Garden: 5 Mysterious Plants

We think that we know our herbs, and exactly what they do. However, there are also those herbs with a mysterious past. Here are five of the weirdest herbs we’ve found that might be hiding in a garden near you.

Decorating with Upcycled, Weathered Wood

Writer Julia Normand reclaims the weathered wood doors from a Quonset hut on the edge of her Alaska homestead to decorate her living room wall and create a living history memorial to her husband’s family history in fishing.

5 Foods to Eat for Ulcer Relief

A healthy diet plays an important role in healing a peptic ulcer. Try these five foods to relieve pain and naturally treat an ulcer.

9 Beauty and Health Benefits of Yogurt

Thanks to its live cultures, yogurt can balance bacteria in the body, offering a number of health and even beauty benefits. Discover the health benefits of yogurt!

5 Health and Beauty Benefits of Peppermint

A well-known member of the mint family, peppermint has been used since ancient times to treat a number of ailments, including upset stomachs, skin irritations and more.

Live Well: Food, Herbs and Your Health

Whether you're worried about the effects of aging or just looking to be healthier every day, the food you eat should be a top consideration.

8 Great Micro-Houses

In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.

Celebrating Horseradish: The 2011 Herb of the Year

The Lemon Verbena Lady and her Herbal Companion celebrated Herbfest and the 2011 Herb of the Year, horseradish, at The Village Herb Shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  This was an herbal destination not to be missed.

Herbal Projects: Make Your Own Toothpaste

Whether you're worried about your synthetic chemical intake or simply want to save some money, making your own herbal toothpaste or powder can be a simple change.

Cook with Your Kids!

Here are some ingredients to make cooking with kids a tasty experience!

An Herbal Dream Come True

One herb lover gets a chance to write her very own blog for her favorite herb magazine, The Herb Companion.

Study Links PFC Exposure to Early Menopause

A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.

Natural Products Expo West 2011: Fresh Ideas for Change

My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.

Grow White Sage: A Sacred Herb for Health

Used for everything from curing headaches, sores and snakebites to attaining mystical foresight and thwarting bad spirits, white sage is an extremely culturally valuable herb.

A Green Home: Repurposed Clothing: Skirt into Shirt

Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.

Get Kids to Eat Their Colors!

Red apples, orange carrots, green kale, purple eggplant—eating colorful foods is good for little growing bodies! A great way to get kids excited & interested in fruits and vegetables is to talk about it's connection to color!

Recommendations for a Lazy Gardener?

In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.

Saponaria Officinalis: Growing Soapwort

Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.

Gearing Up For Spring Gardening

It’s never too early to start thinking about planting your garden for the spring. I know I am already thinking about spring and warm weather. Spring officially starts Sunday, March 20th and it’s important to know when it is the right time to purchase your flowers and begin the planting process.

Natural Remedies to Relieve Arthritis Pain

Inflammation and the loss of cartilage cause severe pain in arthritis sufferers. Reduce inflammation and relieve arthritis pain with these eight natural and herbal remedies.