Build a DIY Coffee Station

Get your morning started right with this woodworking project, and create a space for all your coffee-making supplies.

Charity Spotlight: Dress for Success

Learn how Dress for Success helps unemployed women learn job interview skills, build a professional support network, and acquire a professional wardrobe.

10 Household Essentials for Eco-Moms

Whether you consider yourself an eco-mom or you’re looking for a smart gift for one, these essentials will keep any green household running smoothly.

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.

Avocado Salad Parfaits Recipe

Serve these simple salad parfaits for a unique start to any meal. Load them up with your favorite fresh, seasonal produce to enjoy them throughout the year.

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.

Vegetarian “Liver” Recipe

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

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.

White Bean Cashew Dip Recipe

A pop of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a hint of cayenne pepper round out the flavor of this delicious White Bean Cashew Dip recipe.

5 Healing Essential Oils

Enlist healing essential oils to relieve pain, improve respiration, repel insects and more.

Haymaker’s Switchel Recipe

A refreshing summer drink, this recipe for Haymaker’s Switchel has deep American roots and contains a combination of healthful ingredients.

Baked Apples Recipe

Keep delectable baked apples moist by wrapping them in parchment paper before baking.

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.

Whole-Grain Apple Blueberry Granola Cookies Recipe

If you're looking for a fruity cookie that's also high in fiber, look no further than this delicious recipe for Whole-Grain Apple Blueberry Granola Cookies, courtesy Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

3 Homemade Popcorn Seasonings

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

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.

The Herb Shop Owners Who Inspired Me to Start My Blog

In the summer of 2008, one guest blogger started reading Rosemary’s Sampler, an herb blog by two of her two favorite sisters from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to start writing her own blog: Lemon Verbena Lady’s Herb Garden.

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.

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.

The Herbal Artist: 3 Flowers for Skin Care

Pamper yourself with herbal skin care tips. These three flowers lend themselves to fragrant homemade skin-care products that work great, are easy to make and are cost effective.

5 Herb Container Garden Favorites

The Herbalista's container garden is planted and almost ready for harvesting. Check out her five favorite herbs to grow in an herb container garden.

Small-Space Garden Projects

Although most of us would love a lush landscape or garden, in reality, few of us have the time, space or other resources available to maintain one. Whether you’re short on space or short on time, these small space garden

Savory Vegetarian Dinner Pies

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

Cinnamon Apple Crisp Recipe

This simple, delicious cinnamon apple crisp recipe will have your family "oohing" and "ahhing."

Beauty Ingredient: What Helps Chapped Lips?

'Tis the season for dry chapped lips. Did you know that your lips do not have oil glands? Because of this, it’s very important to make sure they are protected especially if you plan on being outdoors in harsh weather or wind. Discover what helps chapped lips.

The Herbal Artist: Make Your Own Medicinal Oils

Although there are many workshops and classes available that will teach you how to “make your own” medicines and crafts, it's sometimes just as easy as snipping herbs and heading into the kitchen. This article is a quick how-to look on making medicinal oils.

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.

5 Health Benefits of Pears

Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, pears make a delicious but healthful snack. Just check out these five health benefits of pears!

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.

Antibacterial Foods and Herbs

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

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.

Transformation Tuesday: Trash Turned Giftwrap

Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.

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!

Maximize your Apple Harvest with Sweet and Savory Herbs

It wouldn't be fall without apple pie, cobblers, dumplings, baked apples and my favorite—apple crisp. But don't limit yourself to apple desserts. Create savory apple dishes with the help of these delicious herbs.  

Baked Apple Chips

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

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.

4 Health Benefits of Eating Apples

Packed with antioxidants and other healthy substances, apples boast a variety of health benefits, giving credence to the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Late Summer Brings Jalapeno Pepper Bounty

All too soon the winter months will be here, which is more reason to explore ways to preserve this vibrant and medicinal food to have on hand all year long.

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.

Prevent Illness with Immunity-Boosting Teas

Oregon's Wild Harvest Immuni Tea is packed full of many beneficial medicinal herbs that can help with the prevention and treatment of dozens of ailments from constipation to headache relief.

Tiny House: The Surfshack

Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.

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.

Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff

Is your scalp littered with ugly white dandruff flakes? Skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.

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.

Save Energy with Home Automation Apps on the iPad

Guest blogger Mike Samsel provides an overview on how the iPad and new apps relating to home automation can help you save energy through better control of heating and cooling, lights, window coverings, irrigation and security systems.

Prevent Household Pests Now

As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with these natural insect repellents.

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.

Green Your Life: How to Dry and Dehydrate Food

Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.

Fall Recipe: Autumn Apple Pie

The dried fruit and almonds included in Sun-Maid’s Autumn Apple Pie recipe adds a new fiber- and antioxidant-rich twist on this traditional treat.

Green Your Life: Pick Your Own Apples

Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.

Product Review: Cook With These Gourmet Peppercorns

NOTE We never trade products for mentions in our blogs or our published magazine. We do receive free samples and will mention them only if we like the product or find it especially effective.  A few years ago a friend

Natural Remedies for Getting Rid of Warts

Warts, which are caused by different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), can take years to disappear without treatment. Make your warts disappear in record time with these natural remedies!

Fresh Berries Recipe: Blackberry Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a perfect summertime treat. Cold and refreshing, this blackberry gazpacho recipe is a fruity variation of the traditional Spanish soup that makes for a stunning appetizer or side dish.

Natural Headache and Migraine Relief

Have a headache? Instead of reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen, try one of these natural remedies for headache relief: lavender, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, feverfew or willow bark.

Supplements Review: Barlean’s Organic Oils Total Omega Swirl

The Total Omega Orange-Cream Swirl from Barlean’s Organic Oils combines flaxseed oil, borage seed oil and fish oil to provide a balanced source of Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Better yet? Its sweet orange-cream flavor makes taking your daily supplements fun!

Beauty Review: Pattern Body Wash

I love discovering beauty products that use essential oils in lieu of artificial fragrances, which is what Pattern does with its body washes.

How To: Make Chili Rellenos

A Mexican restaurant shares the secrets of chili rellenos ''stuffed chillis'' without the long wait.

Green Rookie: After-Christmas Cleanup

Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more

Winter Health: 7 Warming Herbs

Improve circulation with these seven warming herbs and spices, recommended by Brigitte Mars from The Huffington Post.

Green Apple Recycling Program

Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson discovers the Apple Recycling Program, which is perfect for her aging PowerBook G4 Apple laptop.  

Putting the Garden Back in The Garden Gnome

We're still frosting in Kansas but the herbs have gone on sale, and I'm happy to report that even though times are tough I'm keeping our nurseries in business. Chocolate mint, pineapple sage and lemon thyme are just a few of the herbs I've added so far this spring.

All Wrapped Up

Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.

See You At Eco Gift Festival

Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.

Shopping the Virtual Global Marketplace

Jessica discusses whether going green is more than just feeling good about the stuff we buy, and chats about the "virtual global marketplace" she uses to help make wise shopping decisions.

My Favorite Green Gifts

Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.