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.

Ibis Bay: An Eco-Friendly Resort

This gorgeous Florida getaway features fun retro interior design, a sustainable seafood restaurant, and low-waste operating principles.

Green Nutrition

Use this guide to discover the health benefits of mustard greens, chard, collards and other healthy leafy greens.

3 Eco-Friendly Hotels in Florida

When considering your family vacation options, consider these resorts, which are turning Florida into a green tourism destination.

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.

8 Household Uses for Sugar

Learn alternative uses for refined sugar, including a simple sugar scrub, cleaning a coffee grinder, and more.

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.

Why Businesses are Going Green

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

Lean In to Eco-Fashion

Take a stand against the mainstream, pollution-heavy fashion industry with ethical alternatives and brands.

5 Tips for Building a Green Home

Save money on utilities and reduce your home's environmental footprint by making it eco-friendly with low-flow water fixtures, energy saving lightbulbs and other measures.

5 Relaxing Beauty Routines

Add any of these practices into your daily beauty routines for an additional boost of stress-reducing, mind-clearing relaxation.

3 Must-Have Beauty Products for Fall and Winter

Perk up your beauty routine this season with these simple, must-have beauty products. Guest blogger Shar Veda shares her favorites—all of which would make excellent holiday gifts!

Shipping Containers: The New Eco-Homes

Shipping container homes are the biggest trend in sustainable architecture of today. Discover the innovative solutions they offer for green and off-grid living.

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.

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.

5 Healing Essential Oils

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

5 Ideas for an Eco-Bedroom

Go green in the bedroom with these simple ideas for creating an affordable eco-friendly haven.

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.

Growing Your Own Food: Tips for a Sustainable Homestead

For anyone who attempts to start their own homestead, there will be hurdles to overcome. Keep these five simple tips in mind when it comes to growing your own food, raising livestock and transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Understanding Female Hair Loss

Typically viewed as a male problem, hair loss can be an emotional time for women who experience it. Discover potential causes and treatments available for female hair loss.

Mushroom-Nut Burgers Recipe

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

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.

How to Reuse Christmas Cards

If the greeting cards you received over the holidays are too pretty to toss, turn to these simple reuse solutions! From homemade photo albums to DIY gift tags, we’ve got you covered.

14 Uses for Turmeric

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

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.

5 Ways to Boost Indoor Air Quality

Two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, our indoor air quality is worsening. Embrace these five healthful practices for cleaner air.

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.

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.

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.

Benefits of Consignment Clothes Shopping

Buying used clothes can be fun, affordable, and eco-friendly. Remember the benefits of consignment clothes shopping the next time you’re ready to buy new clothes.

Why You Should Choose Reclaimed Furniture

Reclaimed furniture can add a rustic yet elegant touch to your home. Find out why you should choose reclaimed over new and how to incorporate it in your home.

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.

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.

Perfect Pie Dough Recipe

Try this perfect pie dough recipe and discover answers to aggravating pie crust problems and pie-making blunders.

TropiClean Introduces Fresh Breath Dental Treats

TropiClean, a company that strives to perpetually innovate the finest products, packing, marketing and management in the pet industry, is gearing up for the launch of their new dental treats.

Think About a Moderate Carbs Diet for Menopause

It's no secret that a woman's metabolism slows down as she approaches menopause. Instead of unrealistically eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, think along the lines of a moderate carbs diet.

Heading to the Mother Earth News Fair

The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.

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.

Behold the Miracle of the Earth: 8 Healthy Living Tips

Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!

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.

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.

How to Vote With Your Wallet

Every time you take out your wallet, you have an opportunity to change lives or support causes you believe in. Here's how to vote with your wallet.

It Will Never Rain Roses: 6 Spring Gardening Tips

Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!

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.

How to Grow Citrus Trees from Seed

Grow your own beautiful houseplants from citrus seeds. Growing citrus trees from seed is easy, fun and, best of all, free.

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.

A Few Reasons to Love Plum Organics

One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.

Delicious Nutritious Barley Risotto

A healthier version of the classic rice risotto, delicious barley risotto is easy to make and fun to modify with whatever ingredients you have in your kitchen.

Raising Kids in Cohousing Communities

Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova explains the benefits of raising kids in cohousing communities such as the Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage her family is moving into.

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.

7 Eco-Friendly Gifts Under $40

In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.

Silk Flowers and Local Music

Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for silk flowers and local music for her eco-friendly wedding.

EWG’s Online Guide to Healthy Cleaning

In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.

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.

Eco-Friendly Nursery Decor

Finding adorable and eco-friendly nursery decor is easy! It's narrowing down the options that is the hard part. Check out this sustainable, handmade nursery decor for a healthy, great-looking nursery. 

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!)

Fireweed Plant: Surprisingly, it's Not Hot

The fireweed plant is a showy herb native to the northern hemisphere. Use it to make a deliciously sweet Fireweed Jelly or a tea useful in treating constipation.

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.

11 Uses for Salt

Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!

Understanding Food Labels

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

9 Uses for Epsom Salt

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help your body easily absorb magnesium, helping to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles and detox your body.

Spicy Pickled Asparagus Recipe

Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.

Sills for Seedlings(2)

Here Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses her southern facing 17 inch deep window sills to grow seedlings. She also notes that their electrical bill for February in the furnace free home was only $11 -- $8 of which was service fees.

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.

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!

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!

15 Uses for Olive Oil

From a homemade furniture polish to a skin and hair conditioner, olive oil has many uses around the home. Just check out these 15 uses for olive oil! 

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.

USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail.

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!

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.

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.

No More Excuses: Stairs or Elevator?

Whether you should take stairs or the elevator is a daily question. So if you think you don't have time to take the stairs, think again. Research shows that taking the stairs saves time in the day.

Natural Remedies for Relieving Anxiety

If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, there’s no need to panic—or pop a prescription pill. Try these natural remedies for relieving anxiety.

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.

Try This Out: Infusing Spirits at Home

Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!

20 Uses for Vinegar

Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.

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!

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.

Moving Into The NewenHouse Kit Home(2)

Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).

Building the NewenHouse Kit Home: Moving In!

Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes moving into the first NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).

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.

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.   

Tiny House: The Keret House

At only 156 square feet and just 4 feet across at its widest, the Keret House in Warsaw, Poland, might just be the skinniest tiny house ever.

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.

Eco-Friendly PopUp Houses Ready to Assemble

The PopUp House from House Port, Inc. embodies the definition of model green home as it utilizes sustainable methods, not only within the structure of the dwelling, but also within the interior of the home.

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.