The Benefits of Chaga

Get the health benefits of chaga with a refreshing, healthy iced tea recipe.

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.

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.

5 Healing Essential Oils

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

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.

The Making of a Homesteader

Learning how to be a homesteader and become self-sufficient starts when you're young—long before you realize you’re even learning!

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.

3 Bhakti Chai Holiday Recipes

Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.

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.

10 Natural Remedies for Allergies

Discover 10 natural remedies for allergies from author Michelle Schoffro Cook to make the spring allergy season more tolerable.

7 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

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

Numi Announces Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Numi has created the Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection ($19.99 - $24.99). A handsome, sustainable bamboo box holds a premium sampling of Numi’s innovative, artisanal and delicious organic pu-erh teas — the perfect introduction to this innovative line.

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.

Try This: Lemon Iced Tea Pops

Iced tea pops make fun treats for hot summer days, only they are healthy for the whole family, totally customizable, and packed with herbal goodness you won’t find in store freezers.

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!

Stress Less with Calming Teas

Drinking tea is the perfect relaxation ritual. Stress less with help from three of my favorite calming tea formulas using calming herbs that can be enjoyed daily.

Future of Urban Gardening

The path to a sustainable New York City will involve covering much of the urban space with food farms and gardens.

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.

Aroma Naturals Introduces New Butterx Lip Care

Aroma Naturals is thrilled to introduce its new Butterx Lip Care line of all-natural lip balms packed with nourishing antioxidants, moisturizing nutrients and other natural ingredients.

Every Herb Has a Story: Herbs for Inflammation

When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.

Growing Herbs in Texas: Replant Herb Beds This Fall

Fall is the best time to replant herbs if you're in an area with moderate winter temperatures. Our guest blogger in Texas shares which herbs she planted this fall, including her newest addition Moujean tea (Nashia inaguensis), a lovely, fragrant shrubby herb.

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. 

Fight Colds and Flu with Green Tea

Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.

New Soy Wax Candles from Hammocks & High Tea

Made with soy wax and 100% essential oils, Hammocks & High Tea’s new candles are housed in reusable gold textured ceramic containers and offered in three scents.

Herbal College Care Package

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

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.

Handling Nettle Without the Sting

Whether you want it for tea or some other project, handling stinging nettle during harvesting does not have to be painful.

Cook with Your Kids!

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

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.

Facial Oil: Kaylala No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum

Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.

9 Ways to Reduce Stress

Chronic stress can harm both body and mind. Prevent and relieve stress in your life with these nine ideas.

10 Things I Learned About Herbs in 2010

Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.

Blending Teas at Home

Combine a variety of teas, as well as non-tea ingredients such as spices, flowers, herbs, and dried fruits, to create personal signature tea blends that you can use both for sipping and for cooking.

The History of Tea

As winter approaches a cup of Camellia sinensis can revive your soul. Learn more about the history and comfort of this simple beverage.

Natural Remedies for Clearing Up Acne

Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.

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!

Organic Cotton Tea Towels from Hammocks & High Tea

Tea towels are the perfect accessory to add life to your kitchen. Wipe your hands on them, or hang them up as décor. Hammocks & High Tea's collection of tea towels features global prints in rich colors.

Spring Cleansing: Sassafras Uses

Now that it's spring, it’s time for me to do an internal spring cleansing. My favorite springtime tonic is an herb I fell in love with as a child: sassafras. 

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.

Immune Boosters: Elderberry, Echinacea, Garlic and Oregano

The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elderberry, Echinacea, green tea, oregano and garlic are my favorite natural remedies for treating and preventing illness.

Mother Earth News Radio: Making Chai

Check out my latest radio segment on Mother Earth News Radio with Andrea Ridout and Dan Lepinski. I share a bit of the history of chai including hints for making the perfect cup. 

DIY: Compost Tea

If you’re an herbie, then chances are you love tea. But did you know that your herbs also enjoy tea? Discover the benefits of compost tea and learn how to use it in your garden.

Green Kitchen: Brewing Iced Tea

Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.

Journey Toward Healthy Skin: derma e

After trying derma e's new skincare product, Very Clear Cleansing Scrub, I soon discovered that tea tree oil may be the best natural disinfectant for my body.

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.

Journey Toward Healthy Hair: Organix

Read this Herbalista's review on the Pomegranate Green Tea shampoo and conditioner from Organix and learn just how green it really is.

Attack of the Killer Tea-Bag

Tea has a whole library of health benefits.  But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.

Natural Home Beauty Tips

Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!

Stressed? Try Tea Tree Soap

The Soap Kitchen Tea Tree Wake Up is an olive oil-based soap with palm, coconut and tea tree oils that soothe irritated, inflamed skin

Starting Small

I never could have imagined a few months ago, before I started working for The Herb Companion, that I would be contemplating planting my own herb garden.