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.

The Importance of Organic Sunscreen

Don't forget to protect your skin this summer! Guest blogger Seleyn DeYarus discusses the importance of organic sunscreen for summertime enjoyment.

Natural Sunburn Remedies

Soothe sunburned skin with an easy-to-make cold compress, pure aloe vera or other natural sunburn remedies.

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?

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.

Waste Not with Sun-Mar Composting Toilets

The Sun-Mar composting toilet uses a first-of-its-kind technology to deliver a pollution-free and sanitary product that can save owners up to 27 percent in water costs.

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.

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.

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!

FDA Declares New Regulations for Sunscreen

Starting in 2012, the FDA will require sunscreens to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, have a minimum SPF of 15, and remove all references to “waterproof” on their labels.

5 Dangers of Conventional Sunscreens

Conventional sunscreens aren't as effective—or as safe—as you might think. From false claims to partial protection, here are 5 scary reason why conventional sunscreens aren't the best choice.

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.

Naturally Glowing Skin 101, Part 2: Skin Care Basics

Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.

Fall Recipe: Quick Side Dish Stuffing

Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Natural Skin Care Tips for Dry Facial Skin

It’s getting colder, and even those of us with oily skin are starting to notice dry patches and flakes on our face. Fight dry facial skin with these natural skin care tips. 

Green Your Fourth of July Party

Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.

Natural Sunscreen: Elemental Herbs Sunscreen

Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.

Natural Sunscreen: Badger Sunscreen

Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Badger Sunscreen. This natural sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays using zinc oxide and an array of organic ingredients.

Biodegradable Wedding Reception

Jessica explains how she achieved an entirely biodegradable wedding reception with bamboo disposable plates, biodegradable plastic cups and soy candles.

After-Sun Summer Skin Care: Badger Bali Balm

Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.

The Many Uses of Sunflowers

Sunflower seeds have been found at several archaeological sites in the United States. Discover the many uses of this ancient plant.

Herbal Sun Soother: Aloe Vera

The Hawaiian summer sun is relentless and can leave you with achy sunburns. Fortunately aloe vera naturally soothes burns and leaves your skin feeling soft.

Green Summer: Sunburn Care

Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares some natural treatments you can use to care for your sunburn this summer.

Herbal Sun Burn Remedies

Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.

Sustainable Sunglasses

  When choosing summer sunglasses, look for products that are both stylish and environmentally friendly. Eco-conscious companies iWood and Kayu both offer trendy lines of sunglasses made using sustainable materials and methods. These sunglasses also offer 100 percent protection from harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage eyes.

Product Review: SunFeather Natural Soap

Gardener’s All Natural Hand Balm with Shea Butter by SunFeather Natural Soap Company ($9) is a delectable combination of olive oil and shea butter scented with lavender, lemon and ginger essential oils.

Whole Foods Introduces Depth Body Care Products

Depth products, created by college sweethearts Tim Schaeffer and Korie Johnson, boast 70 percent organic ingredients (including aloe vera and sunflower) and a working relationship with Camp SEA Lab, a non-profit camp in Monterey Bay, California (one of my favorite areas of the country!).