Sage Hair Rinse (Video)

Try this easy-to-make, all-natural sage hair rinse to achieve healthy, conditioned hair.

Herbalists’ Favorite Herbs

Discover outstanding herbs for a wide range of health concerns with these recommendations from five herb experts.

Acupressure Basics

Get to know your basic pressure points to address acute pain, relieve stress and more with acupressure.

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Long-standing dietary advice has told us to reduce cholesterol intake, but a closer look suggests that advice may be misguided. Learn more about the history of this information, studies surrounding cholesterol’s effects on heart health and how to protect your heart’s health.

Vital Nutrition: Common Vitamin Deficiencies

Although modern diets provide plenty of our most vital nutrients, many of us underconsume a few key vitamins and minerals. Learn about the most common vitamin deficiencies and how to ensure you’re getting enough.

Love Your Lungs

Learn more about the most common home chemicals linked to respiratory irritation and lung cancer.

Guide to Adrenal Health

Our adrenal system is responsible for hormones that affect our metabolism, immunity and more. Learn how to support this system and improve your overall health.

How to Build Better Bones

Build better bones with these essential nutrients to prevent bone loss and other osteoporotic fractures.

6 Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Avoid

Minimize these hormone-disrupting chemicals in your home and food to decrease the risk of breathing problems, chronic disease, excess weight and more.

DIY Beauty: 4 Foods for Skin

Next time you’re tempted to buy an expensive facial mask or body scrub, try one of these four skin-improving foods for a cost-effective DIY beauty treatments.

Guide to Seasonal Living

Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, know when to plant seeds and seedlings for the perfect garden, how to whip up all-natural cleaners for a fresher home and curb seasonal allergies.

Mother Earth Living Lifestyle Submission Requirements

Mother Earth Living magazine is interested in sharing stories of people bringing the Mother Earth Living lifestyle to their communities. Find out how to submit your lifestyle to be featured in the magazine.

Make Throat Soothers: Soothing Throat Pills

If you’re on the lookout for throat pain remedies, make these super-simple Soothing Throat Pills. They treat throat infections like sore throats and laryngitis.

5 Hazardous Chemicals to Ban for a Healthy Kitchen

Keep hazardous chemicals out of your family’s food by learning about the health impacts of common cooking and food storage items—and how to choose safer alternatives for a healthy kitchen.

A Guide to Self-Sufficient Living

Self-sufficient living isn’t just for manifesto-writing, backwoods cabin dwellers. Our tips will help you explore ways to grow and produce your own food, use less energy and water, live healthier and save money-no matter where you live.

Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics

With the rate of antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise, herbal antibiotics may be your best bet for keeping you and your family safe and healthy.

Natural Remedies for a Travel First Aid Kit

Pack these multipurpose natural remedies for a travel first aid kit for treating minor illnesses, scrapes and irritations that threaten to derail vacation enjoyment.

6 Health Benefits of Walking

Moderate exercise, such as walking, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Need some motivation? Check out these six surprising health benefits of walking.

The Health Benefits of Honey

In addition to being a tasty natural sweetener, honey is rich with healing antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Discover the many health benefits of honey!

Detox Menu for a Spring Cleanse

If you’re feeling sluggish or sub-par, refresh your body with a spring cleanse. Get started with this detox menu and cleansing tea!

Plants for a Strong Immune System

Stay well this winter by supporting a strong immune system with immune-boosting herbs and selected supplements and plant extracts.

Fresh Clips: All About Adaptogens

Herbal adaptogens have been used since the ancient times. Rediscover how these herbal wonders can fight off stress, improve the immune system and restore the body to its natural balance.

Q & A: Remedies for Recurring Cysts

Herbalists advise antibacterial herbs like thyme and essential oils or oregano and lavender to promote skin health and heal cysts.

Ancient Chinese Herbs in Northern California

Curiously close to where Asian laborers built the railroads nearly 200 years ago, ancient Chinese herbs again are taking root at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino, California.

Explore the Herbs of Peru

From medicines and foods to the richly hued textiles for which it is famous, herbs are in use everywhere in this ancient land.

Herbs to Increase Athletic Performance

Vitamins and other dietary supplements may improve your performance if they’re incorporated into a balanced diet and used with common sense.

The Sound of Silence: How to Reduce Home Noise

Loud neighbors, lumbering trucks, barking dogs, construction crews—the world’s a noisy place. But with a few simple fixes, you can turn your loud home into a quiet, serene haven.

Body & Soul: Soothe Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are common after pregnancy. It’s important to lubricate your body daily to prevent them. Try our Pregnant Belly Butter.

Your Home's 10 Germiest Places

Once you know the 10 most common places germs linger in your home, you can take simple steps to eliminate them.

De-Plasticize Your Life: 3 Harmful Plastics to Avoid

In everything from our food-storage containers and shampoo bottles to our flooring and kids' toys, plastic is pervasive. But with a few simple steps, you can get harmful plastics out of your life for good.

Capsules: Feverfew for Migraines

Newsbreaks in herb research: Feverfew is known as a home remedy for easing migraine headaches, but new evidence puts this reputation in jeopardy.

Q and A: Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Even if your case of psoriasis has a genetic origin, you may be able to mitigate your irritation with herbs such as yellow dock, stinging nettle and burdock root.

Improve Indoor Air Quality for Better Health

Indoor air is far more polluted than outdoor air. Because we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, improving our homes’ air quality can also improve our health.

Healthful Eating for a Safe Pregnancy

Nothing can replace the benefits of a well-balanced diet, but once healthful eating habits are established, women may benefit from taking dietary supplements to decrease the risk of birth defects in their babies and to prevent and treat ailments that can accompany pregnancy.

Fresh Clips: What Do Doctors Know About Herbs?

According to a recent survey published in the April 2010 issue of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, a newsletter for medical professionals in the United Kingdom, 71.8 percent of respondents believe consumers’ faith in herbal medicine is misplaced. Learn more.

Citrus Peel Medicine

Discover the tradition of healing with citrus peel—the zesty, invigorating flavor can help support your health.

Fresh Clips: Become a Professional Herbalist

As people get to know herbs, they realize that they want to learn everything they can about medicinal plants so they can become herbal healers. Learn how to become a practicing herbalist.

Herbal Medicine: Use These Medicinal Herbs for Holistic Healing

Treat your family’s coughs, colds, upset stomachs and headaches with fresh or dried herbs. Find them at your local or online apothecary this winter, then plant your own medicine next spring. For serious medical problems or illnesses lasting more than a few days, consult your physician or health-care professional.

Herbs for Health: Capsules

Herbal treatment news about ginkgo's memory-boosting powers, and the anti-inflammatory uses of pepper varieties and sacred lotus.

Why Should I Quit Using Plastic Bottles?

Phthalates have been found to cause birth defects in male reproductive organs, to cause liver and kidney damage, and to disrupt hormonal systems in children.

Fresh Clips: Conspiracy to Ban Herbs?

Since the Codex Alimentarius Commission was formed in 1963, the group has been suspected of conspiracy. The controversy keeps popping up online, where outdated information plagues worried readers.

Herbs for Health: Capsules

Herbal treatment news about anticancer fruits, using thyme as a protectant, and the medicinal benefits of witch hazel.

Herbs for Health: Benefits of Bilberry

Bilberry (V. myrtillus) is a foot-tall deciduous shrub with ovate leaves that bears globular pinkish bell-like flowers in spring. Learn more about its medicinal benefits.

Herbs for Health: Capsules

Herbal treatment news for lemon and orange juice, witch hazel for wrinkles and green tea for smokers.

Book Review: Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health

Each month, Dr. Donald Brown reviews a selection of herb studies published in the medical literature and comments insight­-fully on the importance of the results. So I was not at all surprised to find his new book scientifically rigorous, thoroughly up-to-date, and medically sound. I expected that. However, I did not expect Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health to be as accessible and well written as it is. Learn more.

Book Review: Aromatherapy

I’ve read at least a half-dozen books on aromatherapy over the past few years, and I have to say that this comparatively slim ­volume is the best. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art truly lives up to its title. Learn more.

Herbs for Health: Capsules

Herbal treatment news for the side effects of fennel seeds, echinacea research, and papaw benefits.

Book Review: Wild Roots

Storyteller, herbalist, basket maker, artist, and wild-edibles expert Doug Elliott has brought all of his talents together in Wild Roots: A Forager’s Guide to the Edible and Medicinal Roots, Tubers, Corms, and Rhizomes of North America.

Herbs for Health: Capsules

Herbal treatment news for echinacea as a skin-protecting agent, Spanish moss, and sedative effects.

Herbs for Health: Benefits of Chamomile

In the realm of “simples”, herbs that are used by themselves by ordinary people for the treatment of common ailments, few herbs have garnered such a reputation for success as chamomile. It has been used for centuries in gentle teas to encourage sleep and alleviate fevers, colds, and stomach ailments. Learn more.

Herbs for Health: Peppers Pungent Medicine

If there is one plant group that embodies the concept of endless diversity, it is the New World peppers: about twenty species and hundreds of varieties in the genus Capsicum.

Natural Healing: Green Tea Extract for Weight Loss

Natural Healing: Green Tea Extract for Weight Loss January/February 2002 By Evelyn Leigh In recent years, there’s been a deluge of news about the potential protective effects of green tea against cancer and heart disease. Research shows that most of green tea’s health benefits can be attributed to i

Pet Corner: Pillars of Pet Arthritis Treatment

Randy Kidd, D.V.M. has developed a general six-pillar protocol for arthritis, adapted from the treatments of several other holistic practitioners. Each pillar helps simplify thinking while building a strong therapeutic base, and each one can be adapted to the individual patient.

Fresh Clips: Treatments for Malaria

To those of us living in the United States, malaria might seem like a disease that ended with the 19th century; worldwide, it remains a major health problem. Learn about new malaria treatments being studied.

Herbs for Life: Mid-50s and Up

After bone mass peaks during the third decade, we steadily lose ground. With the loss of estrogen at menopause (and in the absence of hormone replacement therapy), a woman’s bone loss accelerates. Weight-bearing and weight-lifting exercises slow bone loss—provided the availability of bone-essential nutrients. Learn more.

Herbs for Life: Mid-40s to Early 50s

Symptoms and signs of cardiovascular disease usually don’t surface until the fifth decade. About this time, annual screening tests may reveal elevations in blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammatory markers, and blood sugar levels. Herbs such as black cohosh and hawthorn may help. Learn more.

Herbs for Life: Mid-20s to Early 40s

During these exciting years, many people become involved in such energy-intensive activities as procreating, parenting and working. Stress creeps in. Sleep time shrinks. Kids bring home viruses and bacteria. Adaptogens to the rescue. 

Herbs for Life: Teens and Young Adults

At either end of the life cycle, people are more at risk for accidental injuries. Teens and young adults (and anyone else who hasn’t yet acknowledged his or her mortality) are vulnerable to scrapes and scratches. Herbs such as black haw and ginger are most helpful for this age group. Learn more.

Herbs for Health: Uses for Goldenseal

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is one of the most popular herbs on the U.S. market. Although a scientific basis for its use has not been established, it has been one of the herbal stars of American folk medicine for more than 200 years. Learn more about how it can be useful.

Book Review: The Backyard Medicine Chest

The Backyard Medicine Chest is a primer for the would-be herbalist, intended as a simple, fun, entry-level herbal for the reader who has little previous experience with the medicinal uses of herbs.

Herbs for Health: Health Benefits of Evening Primrose

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) opens its four-petaled blossoms after sunset or on dark cloudy or rainy days. It is worth the time to visit an evening primrose plant at dusk and watch as the cream to bright yellow petals unfold like a slow-motion film.

Book Review: The Information Sourcebook of Herbal Medicine

With the proliferation of books, computer databases, and popular and scientific articles on herbs, sifting through information to find the facts you need has become increasingly difficult. Herbalist David Hoffman has produced a comprehensive sourcebook that serves as a guide to information about Western herbal medicine.

Herbs for Health: Milk Thistle For Liver Disease

As a medicinal herb, this prickly member of the sunflower family (Compositae) has been associated with the liver for at least 2000 years. This is the first known reference to the use of milk thistle for liver disorders. Learn more.

Herb Basics: Herbal Medicine History

These three main healing systems make up the history of herbalism; ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional European Medicine.

Case Studies: Headache Tea

Brew this headache tea for immediate migraine relief or on a regular basis to reduce the incidence of headaches.

Natural Ways To Treat Diabetes

You may be able to eliminate type 2 diabetes with simple lifestyle modifications for diabetes: exercise and a healthy diet.

Herbal Spa: La Bella Spa Salon

After an active day spent hiking or biking in the Sandia Mountains, soothe the body at La Bella Spa Salon in Albuquerque.

Fresh Clips: Homemade Tinctures

Tinctures, or plants extracted in alcohol, assimilate efficiently into your bloodstream and remain potent longer than dried herbs. Don’t be afraid to make your own. 

Helpful Herbal Safety Tips

Before you take an herb, read up on it. Don’t just follow the latest fads or take your friend or neighbor’s word for it.

Body Cleansing Herbs: Herbal Detoxifying Bath

Herbal, mineral, and aromatherapy baths and saunas are an essential component of a cleansing program. These therapies stimulate deep inner cleansing by enhancing blood and lymph circulation and increasing perspiration.

Body Cleansing Herbs: Aromatherapy Purifying Bath

Herbal, mineral, and aromatherapy baths and saunas are an essential component of a cleansing program. These therapies stimulate deep inner cleansing by enhancing blood and lymph circulation and increasing perspiration.

Herbs for Health: St. John's Wort Research

Research has proven that St. John's wort is as effective as conventional antidepressant drugs in relieving mild to moderate depression with far fewer and less serious side effects.

Natural Herbal Remedies for Cuts

Natural Herbal Remedies for Cuts November December 2002 By Michael Castleman Herbs & Natural Remedies Aloe (Aloe vera), tea tree, calendula (Calendula officinalis), honey, and vitamins C and E. Form Aloe vera gel scooped from the plant. Tea tree

Q & A: Herbal Candida Cleanse

The carb cravings and rashes of candida albicans can be debilitating, but an herbal cleanse could help.

Herb Basics: Natural Burn Remedies

Before trying these natural burn remedies, you should first immerse the injured area in cold water for about ten minutes or until the pain stops.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

For acne, dandruff, psoriasis and other troublesome skin conditions, try this wonder from Down Under.

Case Studies: Herbal Digestive Teas

Case Studies Herbal Digestive Teas May June 2003 By Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac, A.H.G. Over the years, I’ve found that most patients prefer capsules or tablets to teas because of the convenience and because of taste. The digestive teas listed here

Health Alert: Swiss Water Decaf

The swiss water decaf process is a non-toxic alternative to chemical solvents used to extract the caffeine from your decaffeinated cup of joe.

Natural Healing: Herbal Bath Delights

An herbal bath can turn your bathtub, whether humble in its setting or ornately constructed, into a spa — a place to relieve tension, soothe aching joints, stimulate circulation or chase away a cold.

Microwave Emissions: To Zap or Not to Zap

Microwave ovens are certainly convenient and can also save energy, but how safe is your microwave? Learn what industrial microwave exposure is safe, and read about the dangers of microwaves.

What is PVC?

Find out what you need to know about PVC.

Herbs for Health: Basic Healing Salve

In a healing salve, a combination of fats and oils is used as a base to carry the active herbs, allowing them to absorb through the skin.

Natural Sleep Help: Sweet Dreams Pillow

A sweet dreams pillow is a small bag or pillow filled with herbs. Tucked inside your pillowcase, the herbs will be crushed slightly as you sleep, thus releasing their subtle aromas.

Uva-Ursi Leaf

Uva-ursi leaf, with its urinary antiseptic properties, can be helpful for bladder infections or mild kidney infections.

Digestive Bitters

Digestive bitters are easy to make and use — simply sip before meals to offset indigestion.

Red Wine or Green Tea

Should you choose red wine or green tea? How about both: Compounds from both beverages have been found to inhibit growth of colon cancer

Healthy Bones

For healthy bones avoid smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and excessive intake of phosphorus, salt, caffeine and alcohol.

Herbs for Depression

Fight depression with holistic approach that incorporates diet, exercise, lifestyle and nutritional supplements along with herbs.

Kudzu Extract for Liver Protection

In China and India, kudzu extract and other Pueraria species are valued as diuretics, contraceptives, aphrodisiacs and treatments for liver protection, high blood pressure and angina pectoris.

Aloe Vera Diabetes Treatment

Thai researchers have been studying an aloe vera diabetes treatment, long used in Thailand, as a possible alternative to expensive imported drugs.

Echinacea Extract Eases Chemotherapy

 Since the late 1970s, cancer treatment centers in China have used herbal immunostimulants, like this echinacea extract, to bolster the immune system during or after chemotherapy.

Willow Herbal Pain Relief

 One group of plants, the willows (Salix spp.), not only have a long history of pain relief but are indirectly the 'parents' of America’s most popular over-the-counter analgesic.

Mint: Medicinal Uses

 Of the 18 species and hundreds of varieties and cultivars of the genus Mentha, two stand out because of their medicinal uses: spearmint (M. spicata) and peppermint (M. ¥ piperita).

Aromatherapy Baths for Children

Aromatherapy baths for children should use smaller amounts of essential oils for children's sensitive skin, includes a recipe for a homemade essential oil bath. Originally published as "Aromatherapy Baths for Kids" November/December 2003 Herb Companion.

Include Essential Fatty Acids in Your Diet

Discover how Omega-3s in seed oils and fish provide essential fatty acids for your diet that keep you healthy. Originally published as "Natural Healing: Eat your EFA's" November/December 2003 Herb Companion.

Medicinal Mushrooms: Reishi

The Latin word lucidum means “shiny” or “brilliant” and refers to the varnished surface of reishi’s cap.

Sunny Day Cream

Protect yourself when you’re out in the garden with this sun cream.

Spring Cleaning: Spice Sachet Blend

Sandalwood and ginger would be nice additions to this recipe. Sometimes I add essential oils of the spices used in this blend to intensify the fragrance.

Spring Cleaning: Minty Fresh Sachet Blend

Use this blend in drawers and closets, particularly where woolens and furs are stored. The bulk herbs absorb the oils and help fix and marry the fragrances.

Spring Cleaning: Disinfectant Air Freshener

I make a variety of convenient sprays by combining essential oils with alcohol and water. I like to keep several on hand, including orange, lavender, and spruce as well as the combination given below.

Spring Cleaning: Fragrant Wood Polish

 This formula forms a soft paste that can be applied with a wool or cotton rag or lamb’s-wool pad. I use it on fine furniture about once a year.

Fresh Clips: Herbs and Climate Change

A recently published article is the first comprehensive survey of how climate change might affect the availability of some commonly used herbs.

Body & Soul: Soothing Cucumber Splash

This splash has a cool scent that will lift your spirits and tone your skin. Cucumber juice is a natural astringent that also is cleansing and refreshing. It can be used all over your body and works wonders to soothe a sunburn.

An Ocean of Health: Hijiki Stir-Fry

Although the dark green-black appearance might deter you from eating seaweed, the sea vegetable is a great source of nutrients.

The Best Herbs for Pain Relief

More than 100 plants are known to have pain-relieving properties, but some are really outstanding. Here's a look at some outstanding herbs known to soothe chronic pain.

Fresh Clips: Become a Locavore

Buying locally sourced herbs not only benefits your community but also your health. Find out more about the advantages of taking medicinal herbs grown in your community.  

Fresh Clips: Herbal Wines in Ancient Egypt

Wine was not just for indulgence at the evening dinner table in ancient Egypt—Egyptians added various herbs to create medicated wines. Find out which herbs were used to make medicated alcoholic beverages.

Healing Herbs Around the World

Although the people of ancient cultures—those who discovered and passed their herbal knowledge on to scores of succeeding generations—no longer survive, many of these healing herbs around the world still do.

Herbal Apothecary 101: Herbal Decoction

The amount of plant material will vary depending upon which plant you are decocting. Usually, the proportion is 5 parts medicinal herb to 100 parts water, but the amount of herb varies based on what form it takes.

Herbal Apothecary 101: Echinacea Summer Tincture

Echinacea stimulates the immune system. It also works as an antiviral, fighting colds and flu, and promoting healing of infections. We take this tincture when fighting an infection, when traveling, or we apply it topically to minor inflammations, such as hangnails and bug bites.

Herbal Apothecary 101: Herbal Infusion

Sometimes we prepare an herb infusion with a single herb or flower. However, we also use a combination of two or three herbs to make a blend. To prepare 1 cup, quarter the recipe.

Protect Your Bones with Herbs

Reducing your chances of osteoporosis is as easy as digesting sage, rosemary and thyme. The common herbs prevent the breakdown on bone.

Body & Soul: Aromatherapy Foot Powder

Plan a relaxing and rejuvenating pedicure once a week (or every other week). You can keep feet soft and smooth in between pedicures by running a pumice stone or foot file over your heels and smoothing on a rich moisturizing cream at night after washing your feet.

The Ayurvedic Approach to Taming Trauma

 Modern medicine cures physical aliments, but what about your mind and spirit?  Recovering from a trauma or loss drains the physical and emotional beings. With the help of Ayurveda a complete healing can occur. 

Herb Basics: Fire Cider Zest

 Ever want to know more about herbs  but don’t know where to start? We have the perfect place for you, right here. Learn the basics about herbs and take a fun quiz to see how much you know.

15 Herbs to Save Money on Medical Bills

The following herbs are powerful promoters of good health and can tackle many everyday maladies in both good times and bad. Think of them as Mother Nature’s medicine chest!

Are You Raising Fit or Fat Kids?

An hour worth of exercise and healthy foods are the key to raising a fit and well-rounded family. Turn off the television and get outside.

The Power of Plants

Being around plants offers a host of benefits, including reducing stress and aggression.

Fresh Clips: Good Herbs in a Bad Economy

How will herbal products fare in these bad economic times? Health-care spending generally is immune from drastic cutbacks. But as the cost of a trip to the doctor or pharmacy increases, consumers will focus on wellness and disease prevention.

Grow Your Heart Health: Herbal Remedies

The statistics might be dreary, but heart ailments are not inevitable. Low-tech, low-cost changes in lifestyle and diet, plus health-building herbs,can make all the difference.

A Long Winter’s Nap: How Hibernation Helps You

Season changes in weather also affect how our minds and bodies work. In the depths of winter, do you find yourself wanting to sleep more, eat more and curl up by the fire? We often behave as if seasonal changes are irrelevant to a modern lifestyle.

Cleaning with Herbs: Eucalyptus-Mint All-Purpose Disinfecting Soap for Kitchen and Bath

This soap can be used for washing dishes, floors, stoves, refrigerators, sinks and hands. It’s mild to the skin but effective enough to get cleaning jobs done. The eucalyptus and mint provide a disinfecting quality as well as a fresh scent. Any areas washed with this soap will be undesirable to crawling insects and flies – they’ll stay away for quite a while.

Cleaning with Herbs: Lemon-Mint Window Wash

If you live where flies routinely cause problems in the summer, you’ll love this recipe. Your windows will be sparkling clean, and the fresh lemon juice and peppermint oil in the formula discourages the pesky critters from perching on your windows again.

Preventing and Treating Winter Colds

The signs don’t lie: scratchy throat, nasal congestion, watery eyes. It is, indeed, the start of another cold. If your first thought is to reach for the Airborne, that over-the-counter herbal cold remedy invented by a teacher, think again. It probably won’t make a dent.

Fresh Clips: Boosting Scent in Scented Geraniums

Researchers in South Africa have found a way to produce more oil. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind you put in your car—it’s the fragrant essential oil of rose-scented geranium.

Fresh Clips: Distilling the Essence of Herbal Waters

More herbies are trying their hand at home distillation, now that small distillation units are becoming more widely available. Water-based plant extracts, called hydrosols, can be used creatively in cosmetics and cooking.

Scented Essentials: Garden Mint Soap

When traveling long distances, the author likes to keep a “sniffing bar” of this peppermint soap on the dashboard to stay awake.

Fresh Clips: Star Anise's Hidden Talents

Most people associate anise with Christmas cookies and licorice candy, but now add fungicide, insecticide and anti-inflammatory to the list of this plant’s attributes.

Fresh Clips: Mate - More than an Energy Drink

Like chocolate and tea, mate once was thought to be merely a social beverage and stimulant, but new studies have shown yerba mate to offer other potential health benefits, as well.

Lavender and Rose Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Lavender and Rose Incense recipe, combining the loose incense with the charcoal recipe makes for a long burning, aromatic scent.

Frankincense and Lavender Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Frankincense and Lavender Incense recipe, combining the loose incense with the charcoal recipe makes for a long burning, aromatic scent.

Charcoal Briquettes Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Charcoal Briquettes Incense recipe, combining the loose incense with the charcoal recipe makes for a long burning, aromatic scent.

Christmas Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Christmas Incense recipe, combining the loose incense with the charcoal recipe makes for a long burning, aromatic scent.

Japanese Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Japanese Incense recipe, liquid, a binder and powdered aromatics make the basic incense dough.

Romantic Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Romantic Incense recipe, liquid, a binder and powdered aromatics make the basic incense dough.

Tibetan Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Tibetan Incense recipe, liquid, a binder and powdered aromatics make the basic incense dough.

Indian Incense Recipe

Make your own homemade incense using this Indian Incense recipe, liquid, a binder and powdered aromatics make the basic incense dough.

Boost Your Immunity with Tea

A recent study reveals yet another way in which tea promotes good health — by boosting the natural ability of the immune system to fend off disease.

Nurture with Nature: Band-Aids and Boo-Boos

Whether it’s a cut, bruise or bug bite, childhood is filled with minor emergencies. What’s a smart parent to do? Put together an herbal first-aid kit to handle those inevitable accidents.

Revamp Your Diet for Spring

Revamp Your Diet for Spring Spring is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes—try these tips for making your diet more nutritious and satisfying. March/April 2008 By Kim Erickson Do you ever get the feeling you could be trapped by a diet full of fast food, convenience dinners and sugary snacks

Anti-Aging Alchemy

Can the right diet and supplements help you look and feel younger?

It's a Guy Thing

A man's healthy sexual function can be as close as the nearest herb market.

Horse Chestnut Healing

In Europe, horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) gel is used to treat the painful swelling and bruising of sports injuries.

Down to Earth: Winning the Battle for Better Health Care

As the next presidential election draws near, politicians and the public are debating health care again. But a look at medical care in the not-so-distant past puts this issue in perspective: Medicine certainly has come a long way since Civil War times.

Q and A

Expert Answers to Your Health Questions

Herb Basics

Guide to Common Aromatherapy Terms


Expert Answers to Your Health Questions

Protect Your Prostate

This small gland plays a big role in men health; we reveal which natural remedies can help.

25 Ways to Better Sex

Foods, supplements, relationship techniques and lifestyle practices all add up to a great sex life.

Wrangling an“Herban” Legend

Wrangling an“Herban” Legend January/February 2007 By Jessica Kellner More than 25 years after being dubbed the “Herbal Cowboy,” American Botanical Council Executive Director Mark Blumenthal is still slingin’ the information on herbs far and wide. M ark Blumenthal may play a bigger role in your life than

Chocolate-Flavored Sunscreen

According to recent studies, you may be able to protect your skin by adding a serving of dark chocolate to your daily sunscreen regimen.

A Place to Start

Looking for a special pick-me-up on a cold afternoon? Try this delicious Middle Eastern coffee for a guaranteed energy boost.

Victory Over Viruses

Smart lifestyle choices and easy herbal supplements can reduce your colds and flus this season, and bolster long-term health.

Drink Clean Water: Tap Water vs. Bottled Water

How healthy is the water you drink? Tap water is better tested than bottled water, but the quality of your tap water depends on a number of factors. Find out how to choose the best water filter, and learn what could be lurking in your tap—and bottled—water.

Natural Sleep Help

This natural sleep help puts herbs to work for peaceful slumber.

Liver-Loving Herbs

The liver has an incredibly hard job making sure the body absorbs everything it needs and dumps everything it doesn’t. Improve your liver health with these liver-loving herbs.

Stay Cheerful

Natural remedies to boost your spirits and improve your mood.

Case Studies

Conquer Cholesterol: The Bad with the Good

Native America's Pharmacy on the Prairie

For thousands of years, the native people of North America sustained life and health with plants found all around them. Getting to know this ecosystem is the first step in preserving plants that can offer beautiful benefits to our health.

Love Your Lymph

Give your body a breath of fresh air by cleansing this vital but often-overlooked system.

Breathe Easy

Lung disease kills one out of seven people in the United States each year. That’s nearly 342,000 Americans. Not only is lung disease a leading cause of death — fourth behind heart disease, cancer and stroke — but more than 35 million Americans live with chronic lung disease, according to the American Lung Association.

Keep Kids Healthy with Herbs

Natural remedies can be a parent’s best friend when it comes to treating children’s ailments and upsets.

Burdock Does It All

Try this great herb if you have skin problems or skin infections. Or try it as a traditional liver tonic.

Turn Back the Clock!

You can look and feel younger and more radiant just by taking these super supplements.

Eat Your Colors

Pick bright produce for the picture of health.

Spring Cleaning for Your Nose

Irrigating your sinuses can work wonders to relieve stuffiness, sneezing and other symptoms of the season.


Natural Teeth and Gum Helpers:Good for Your Smile and Your Body

Eat Your Lignans

New study shows certain foods can boost memory and mental ability.

Stop the Seasons Sneezin

Minimize the misery caused by tiny allergens with these natural non-drug approaches.

How to Detoxify Your Body

Spring is the best time to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Learn how to detoxify your body naturally using these herbs and tips. Originally published as "Springtime is Cleanse Time" in Herb Companion.

Herb Basics

Hops: A Calming Herb for Beer and Tea

Cleanliness is Next to Healthiness

Cleansing our bodies from the inside out is more than just a bright idea. Here’s a 7-day plan with herbs and juices to get you started.

Fiber Matters

Boost your nutritional IQ with these 10 important facts about fiber.

Case Studies: Herbs for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (a syndrome characterized by chronic pain and fatigue) often is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. The precise causes of each remain a mystery—though not for lack of speculation.

Women’s Herbal Wisdom

Transformations and alterations mark a woman’s path through life. Every step of the way, herbs can enhance the quality of the journey.

Rawsome Health

A raw foods diet could help control your weight and enhance your health. Is it right for you?

Build Your Best Bones

A healthy diet, herbs and plenty of exercise can keep your bones strong.

Flu Fighters

Holistic ways to stay healthy this season.

Have a Healthy Heart

Reduce your risk of heart disease with herbs and a nutrient-rich diet.

Herbs or Drugs?

A look at the pharmaceutical industry, drug advertising and herbal alternatives.

Top Flu Fighters

This fall, the shortage of flu vaccine made headlines nationwide. Even the most at-risk populations — such as the elderly — faced long lines or were unable to receive the flu shot.

Our Lady of Losing It

With her weekly Kick in the Tush Club, weight-loss artist Janice Taylor provides a light-hearted romp through the fat cells, encouraging health and creativity along the way.

Fragrances Life

Capture plant essences from the garden for long-lasting enjoyment.

The Perils of PVC

PVC is a widely used material, but it has numerous health and environmental risks.

Promising Herbs to Diminish Diabetes

Roughly 17 million Americans have diabetes and the number is rising every year. For those who suffer from the disease, there are several herbs that help diabetes.

Herbal Tea Recipes and Tips

From harvesting, drying and storing tea, Tammy Safi walks tea enthusiasts through the basic steps of growing and making your own delicious brews with seven delicious herbal tea recipes.

Dig Up Great Taste

Roots and rhizomes provide flavor, medicine and more, from the ground up.

Case Studies

Acupuncture for an Easier Surgery


Expert Answers to Your Health Questions

The Gourmet Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms

The Gourmet Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms November/December 2003 By Gina Mohammed, Ph.D. T he shiitake mushroom proves that looks aren’t everything: What could be scruffier or more taciturn-looking as it hunkers down on your grocer’s produce shelf? Yet this mushroom with an attitude is a study in con

Cancer-Fighting Foods and Lifestyle Changes

Learn how you can choose cancer-fighting foods and make lifestyle changes that will decrease the chance of you getting cancer, including cancer-beating strategies such as exercise, stress reduction and foods for a healthy diet. Originally published as "You Can Beat Cancer" November/December 2003 Herb Companion.

Learn How to Control Cholesterol Naturally

Learn how to control cholesterol naturally by maintaining a healthy balance with vitamins, herbs and a great diet to help keep your arteries smooth and clear. Originally published as "Keep Cholesterol in Check" November/December 2003 Natural Home and Garden.

Herbal Cures for Diabetes

You can combine diet and exercise with these herbal cures for diabetes in order to lower your blood sugar naturally. Originally published as "Beat Diabetes" November/December 2003 Natural Home and Garden.

Q and A

Expert Answers to Your Health Questions

How Herbs Improve Your Health

Learn how herbs improve your health, includes a recipe for roasted garlic and articles about storing herbs safely, making an herbal decoction, the human use of the catnip herb and creating an aromatherapy bath for children. Originally published as "Herb Basics" November/December 2003 Natural Home and Garden.

The Medicinal Uses of Honey

In honey's liquid gold, you can find the many medicinal uses of honey: a cache of antioxidants, digestive aids, detoxifiers and even soothing balms for wounds, all rolled into one delightful concoction. Originally published as "Natural Healing Honey: Our Old Friend Keeps Getting Better" November/December 2003 Natural Home and Garden.

Mother Earth Living Reader Favorite Herbal Teas

Discover Mother Earth Living readers' favorite herbal teas, includes comments by readers about their special teas, herbal tea health benefits and tips about tea making. Originally published as "Terrific Teas" November/December 2003 Herb Companion.

Homemade Medicine

These healthy herbal tinctures are easy to make at home.

Case Studies

Ready to Quit Smoking? Acupuncture Can Help!

Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, bears a striking resemblance to fibromyalgia, a frustrating and debilitating syndrome characterized by musculoskeletal pain and fatigue.

Build Immunity

Immune system support to get you ready for fall and winter.

Endometriosis Natural Treatment

The cause of endometriosis has yet to be understood by medical science but eventually this discovery could lead to gentle, safe, effective treatments.

How Safe is Teflon Coating?

Eliminate the potential risks associated with Teflon by choosing cookware such as stainless steel, cast iron, and porcelain-enameled cast iron, and furniture with removable slipcovers that can easily be laundered.

Adaptogens: The Original Preventives

Adaptogens are the original preventives so taking them regularly is like raising the bar that disease has to jump over in order to get to you.

Q and A

Practitioners answer your questions on ADHD and depression.

Herb Basics

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

Herbal Apothecary

Safe, effective and dependable, these herbs deserve to be staples in your herbal apothecary.

Q and A: Healing Sarcoidosis and Managing Migraines

When it comes to migraines, try these herbs that our herbal expert recommend. Reduce head pressure and pain the natural way with herbs like feverfew, passionflower and eleuthro. For sarcoidosis, our experts recommend gotu kola, rishi and a pesticide- and chemical-free organic diet.

Case Studies: Herbal Hepatitis Treatment

Unlike many pharmaceutical hepatitis treatments known to be toxic to the liver, herbs generally promote liver health and tend to be mild in nature.

Herb Basics: Sunburn Bath

This soothing sunburn bath will help take the sting out of your sunburn and speed healing.

Natural Libido Enhancers

Natural libido enhancers offer plenty of assistance to build and maintain our sexual health and to get things back on track when our erotic groove takes a hike.

All About Ayurveda

This ancient Indian science offers a unique understanding of the body and teaches us how best to support lifelong health.

An Ocean of Health

Although the dark green-black appearance might deter you from eating seaweed, the sea vegetable is a great source of nutrients. 

Arnica Montana: Natural Magic

Noch mal!” says Herr Gehring, pouring more beer. “Have another!” My husband and I don’t protest. When in Germany, where we recently spent nearly a year, we do as the Germans do. Is it the beer, or a trick of the Black Forest light? Glinting among the kohlrabi and rhubarb of the Gehrings’ garden we see a magical sight: a bottle of what looks like liquid sunshine.

Eat Your Medicine

Enjoy these herb-enhanced recipes, full of great taste and good health.

Homeopathic Healing

Hemeopathic healing is a unique approach that packs powerful remedies into minute doses.

Herb Basics

Ever want to know more about herbs  but don’t know where to start? We have the perfect place for you, right here. Learn the basics about herbs and take a fun quiz to see how much you know.

Seasonal Allergy Help

Seasonal allergy help starts with natural remedies which can help you fight severe symptoms.

Case Studies: Asthma

Breathing issues are among the scariest medical problems Christopher Hobbs has dealt with. He offers tips to prevent and help alleviate breathing problems, with a focus on Asthma.

Down to Earth: Native Plants, Native Medicine

Ever since I was in fourth grade and read a National Geographic article about New Guinea, I have wanted to visit that area. I have always been fascinated by primitive cultures, by people who rely completely on the plants they grow or find in the wild. Read more.  

True Hunger and False Cravings

Feeding your hunger is more then eating when your day planer permits. Learn how to decipher that little feeling in the pit of your stomach from a craving for sweets, and you’ll feel more productive and healthier.

Handling Hypertension

Avoid Hypertension by reducing the stress in your life and adapt your diet to a healthier lifestly.

We’re All Connected

Connective tissue is vital for the health of our organs. Learn to support it naturally.

Herb Basics

The health of the people is  the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.

Herbs for Menopause Symptoms

There are many natural herbs to ease menopause symptoms, including black cohosh, vitex and dong quai.

Herbs for Alzheimer's

Some herbs—including many members of the mint family, such as sage, rosemary, and balm—may hold potential for keeping Alzheimer’s at bay.

Down to Earth

A young boy learns about the art and delight of freshly brewed tea.

Q & A: Herbs for Rosacea

Dermatological creams may not always work for rosacea, instead try these herbal remedies.

Natural Remedies for PMS

These natural remedies for PMS can help with the complex emotional, cultural and psychological factors that influence how women experience their bodies

Herb Basics: Lemon Potpourri

This lemon potpourri is a great way to scent your home naturally with a homemade herbal potpourri and potpourri sachets make thoughtful holiday gifts.

Natural Remedies for the Flu

Discover these natural remedies for the flu. Boost immunity, nip illness in the bud, and relieve dreaded symptoms of fever, body aches, and coughs simply and naturally. Originally published as "Herbal Flu Fighters" November/December 2001 Herb Companion.

Comfort Cold-and-Flu Tea Recipe

Herbs make this Comfort Cold-and-Flu Tea recipe a soothing choice for times when you feel sick and provides health benefits as well.

Natural Nettle Sting for Arthritis Relief

A clinical study shows daily application of nettle sting for arthritis relief works, read the complete results of using stinging nettle and consumption of stewed nettle leaf as a natural arthritis remedy.

Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliator Recipe

This Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliator recipe uses fresh herbs for an aromatic face and body exfoliator you can use in your next bath or shower to make your skin feel like new.

Hibiscus Spearmint Iced Tea Recipe

Herbs make this Hibiscus Spearmint Iced Tea recipe a refreshing choice for warmer weather and provides health benefits as well.

Stress-Calming Tea Recipe

Herbs make this Stress-Calming Tea recipe a soothing choice for times when you feel stressed and provides health benefits as well.

Better Digestion Tea Recipe

Herbs make this Better Digestion Tea recipe a soothing choice for times when your digestion isn't working quite right and provides health benefits as well.

Do You Need the Flu Vaccine?

Do you need the flu vaccine? Learn who needs a flu shot, how long it takes for the shot to work, and the possible side-effects of the flu vaccination.

Salt Glow Body Scrub Recipe

This Salt Glow Body Scrub recipe uses Dead Sea salt and fresh herbs for a soothing, aromatic body scrub you can use in your next bath or shower to make your skin feel like new.

Natural Remedies for Food Allergies

Discover these natural remedies for food allergies. A stressed immune system can become sensitive to allergens, a combination of herbs can help solve these problems. Originally published as "Case Studies" November/December 2001 Herb Companion.

The Dangers of Grapefruit Juice Interacting with Drugs

A doctor warns of the dangers of grapefruit juice interacting with drugs, includes how the body processes foreign compounds and specific drugs that interact when mixed with common grapefruit juice. Originally published as "Herb Drug Mix" November/December 2001 Herb Companion.

Health Benefits of Herbs

Learn about the many health benefits of herbs, including herbs for healing the body, herbs for skin care, herbs for medicinal use and herbs for healthy eating.

Glycolic Treatment Serum Exfoliator Recipe

This Glycolic Treatment Serum Exfoliator recipe uses fruit peels, aloe vera and glycolic acid which exfoliates dead skin and encourages new skin to form.

Vegetable Mask Skin Recipe

This Vegetable Mask Skin recipe uses fresh vegetables blended into a facial mask to make your skin feel like new.

Therapeutic Mustard Herbal Bath Recipe

This Therapeutic Mustard Herbal Bath recipe uses dried mustard and fresh herbs for a soothing, aromatic bath you can experience in your own home.

Yoga and Herbs

Combining yoga and herbs is effective for decreasing stress and natural remedies for healing or managing illnesses.

Mint-Rosemary Herbal Bath Recipe

This Mint-Rosemary Herbal Bath recipe uses fresh herbs for a soothing, aromatic bath you can experience in your own home.

Herbs for Tea Blends

Expand your herbal tea repertoire by learning about twenty four commonly used herbs for tea blends and the benefits you can gain for your health by using them.

Profile Herbal Practitioner: Kathi Keville

This interview with herbal practitioner Kathi Keville shares her background, how she became involved in alternative medicine and herbs and her daily routine of alternative therapies.

The Nutrient-Packed Pumpkin

The nutrient-packed pumpkin is a super vegetable containing vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc, iron, protein, and B vitamins in its seeds and pumpkin flesh.

Combating Computer Eye Strain

Helpful tips when combating computer eye strain, includes suggestions on how to rest your eyes, computer glasses, monitor print size and laptops vs desktop computers.

Create your own Spa at Home

Create your own spa at home, pamper yourself using these simple suggestions for herbal baths, facial treatments and facial masks.

Natural Healing Using Soybean Foods

Soybean foods are a path to natural healing, including such health benefits as preventing osteoporosis, reducing the risk of heart disease, preventing and reducing cancer risk and reducing perimenopausal symptoms. Originally published as "Natural Healing" November/December 2001 Natural Home and Garden.

News from the Herb Research Foundation

The Herb Research Foundation goal is improving world health by linking reputable herb buyers in the Western world with sustainable harvesters and growers in developing nations.

Natural Healing: Fix-ups for Hiccups

There are as many hiccup remedies as there are people. Most of the remedies, in my experience, don’t stand up to their reputations—but a few truly are outstanding.

Stress Less

Herbs, relaxation therapies, and tend-and-befriend coping can keep you mellow in a crazy world.

Ode to Jim Duke: America's Chief Herbalist

James A. Duke, Ph.D., a key figure of the herbal renaissance, is a Renaissance man in the broadest sense. The amazing career of James Duke, from bluegrass fiddler to USDA plant expert, is still flourishing—six years after his retirement. Learn more about America's chief herbalist here.

Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

Scientists are identifying herbs and supplements to help you naturally lower your cholesterol number and reduce your cardiovascular risks.

Tips for Herbal Safety

Holistic minded pharmacists give tips for herbal safety including knowing when not to use them.

Soy Health: Tofu and Isoflavones

Isoflavones are the key to soy health, so learn how to incorporate more tofu and soy bean products into your diet.

Herb Basics 101

Preparations of hops are used to relieve anxiety, nervous tension, and sleep disturbances.

Something To Smile About

Holistic dental strategies can save threatened teeth and gums without extractions.

30 Digestive Herbs

Regulate digestion with these stomach-soothing digestive herbs.

Case studies

Although there is no sure cause for chronic fatigue syndrome, traditional chinese medicine can help ease symptoms.

Natural Remedies for Ulcers

Ulcer research is making holistic practitioners and doctors alike rethink causes, prevention and treatment of this painful condition.

Q&A: Migraine Relief

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, problems with the gallbladder can cause migraine pains.

The heart of the matter

An Ayurvedic herb improves cardiac muscle function and the pumping activity of the heart.

Natural Depression Help

Get natural depression help with these herbs, supplements and lifestyle suggestions.

Natural Healing

Midwifery offers natural approach to pregnancy and birth

The Diet Dilemma

Everyone wants to sell you a weight-loss philosophy. But which one works?

Wishing You a Safe New Year

Herb-drug interactions made headlines in 2000. Be careful when taking herbs with prescription drugs.

2001: A Good Year for Herbs

First there was a positive media blitz. Then came a stinging backlash. This year, determined and well-funded science may lead the way to a new era of herbal medicine. 

How To Use Medicinal Herbs

Teas are the optimal form of medicine for urinary problems. This article talks about how to use medicinal herbs safely to benefit your health.

Natural Healing with Juice

Juicing can sometimes be misleading and you might not be getting all the information that you need. This article will guide you in the right direction.

Herbal Tricks for Easing Anxiety

When panic attacks or everyday worries tie you in knots, natural remedies can help you loosen up and reclaim serenity.

Focus On Your Bone Density

Osteoporosis is no longer just a disease of the aged. Because its effects are so drastic, it pays to focus on bone density now and for a lifetime.

Question and Answer: Rosacea

An estimated 13 million Americans are afflicted with rosacea and Rosemary Gladstar and Robert Rountree give an insight into rosacea.

Make your 40s healthy and vital

Heres expert holistic anti-aging advice to keep your ticker ticking, avoid the afternoon energy slump, shrink your waistband, restore good digestion, and soothe your stressed-out soul.

For Your Health: Stay Safe with Your Herbs

Feeling the sting of negative news about herbs and other dietary supplements? Dont change your health routine, just let our experts tell you how to be smart and stay safe.

Case Studies: Natural Solutions for Heat Conditions

Dampness and heat are two major disease-causing factors in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but a diet program can help balance hot and cold in our systems and goes a long way toward preventing disease.

St. John's Wort: Be Aware

Its safe for most people, but be aware of drug-combination risks associated with St. John's Wort.

Herbs and Drugs: Are They Safe?

According to a pharmacologist at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center, studies in his laboratory showed that hypericin, one of the active ingredients in St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), had been found to interfere with the action of etoposide, a chemotherapy agent used in the treatment of lung, ovarian, and testicular cancer.  

Incorporate Basic Herbs Into Your Life

Herbal salves are an excellent remedy for cuts, scrapes, and minor burns and there are tips about how to cook and garden with your herbs. Herbs make for a healthy lifestyle.

Use Yoga For Natural Healing

Yoga steps up as antidote for aging and disease prevention and is a great way for natural healing.

Schisandra: A Rising Star

Schisandra (pronounced shiz’-an-dra) will pucker your mouth in more ways than one: Rolling the word across your tongue and chewing on the plant’s dried fruit can both be a taste treat.

Active Citizen: Fluoridated Water

Public water has been treated with fluoride since the 1940s to enhance Americans' dental health, but this toxin could cause serious health risks. Should you be concerned?

Fight Hepatitis C with Holistic Herbs

Often undiagnosed, hepatitis C affects 4 million Americans and millions more worldwide. And herbs may be some of the best tools for managing the disease.

Natural Stress relief

Natural Stress relief Does your life feel like one disaster after another? Remain cool, calm, and in control with these tips. March/April 2000 By Michael Castleman Suddenly you become a victim of forces beyond your control: You’re late for a theater show, for which your husband spent a fortune. Just

Six Paths to Menopausal Wellness

Whether natural or ­conventional, your choice of menopausal health-care regime is a uniquely ­personal decision.­

Herbs 101: Back to the Basics

Herb basics January/February 2000 HOW FRESH ARE BULK HERBS? B uying bulk herbs, teas, and spices that are kept in glass jars at herb and health-food stores is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to obtain your herbs. However, it’s difficult to know how long the herbs have been sitting on the

Knights of the Garden

The herbs dubbed officinalis have rich histories as medicinal plants, and many provide beauty in the garden.

Evening Primrose for Eczema

Soothe agitated skin with evening primrose. The herb is one of the best substance for maintaining and restoring healthy skin. 

Keep it Clean

Use these natural cleaning remedies to clean your home

Preventing Alzheimer's with Herbs

Rosemary affects the body in two distinct ways: It normalizes nerve impulses in the brain and operates as a powerful antioxidant.

Citizens' Watch

Dietary supplements now require a label of ingredients

The Herb Drug Mix

Cautious doctors have chosen to avoid herbs, but is this rational?

Herb Basics

Herb combinations can have broad benefits because of synergy

Herbal Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dismissed by much of the mainstream medical community, sufferers of chronic fatigue may find relief in herbs. Here’s one medical doctor’s experience treating the condition

Plants at Risk

To be a wise consumer, look for the word cultivated on the bottle

Herbs on the Move

Will mainstream interest help or hurt botanicals? The experts offer predictions

Herb Basics

A ripe banana contains more alcohol than a dose of tincture

License to practice?

Group considers regulating herbalists, while others fear tradition will be lost.

Pages from the Past

The Herbalist Almanac, I was to learn, was started in 1925 and came out every year for more than fifty years

Herbs for a First-Aid Kit

Black eyes, bloody noses, and other childhood events can all be healed with herbs in this natural first-aid kit.

Safe Natural Enhancements

Herb-packed products promising everything from bigger muscles to larger breasts have flooded the market. But do they work?

Herbs for Women: Vitex Agnus Castus

Learn about the historical use of Vitex agnus castus to treat gynecological problems, botanicals used for skin care, the cooling effect of aloe vera gel, the benefits of saw palmetto and much more.

Dangers of Herb-Drug Interactions

Patients who combine herbal remedies with prescription medications without consulting a physician can be at risk for dangerous herb-drug interactions.

Health Benefits of Garlic

There are many health benefits of garlic, taking garlic supplements can help improve circulation, reduce blood pressure, prevent yeast infections and more.

Herbal Treatments for Digestion Problems

With the help of Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, discover the best herbal treatments for some of the most common digestive problems.

Saponin: Natural Steroids

Saponins are one class of plant steroids. They are found in a multitude of foods, for example yams. Saponins can mimic human hormones, but only weakly.

Natural Remedies for Children

If you don't like giving prescription medication to your kids, try one of these natural remedies for children and learn which herbs are most kid-friendly for treating common ailments.

Inside Plants: Arginine For Impotence

Arginine is an ingredient found in the impotence drug Viagra (sildenafil). Arginine promotes better blood circulation to the heart, brain, and bladder. Seeds, nuts, and legumes are typically rich in arginine. Read more about the plants that might help treat impotence naturally.

Naturally Relieve Lower Back Pain

A combination of traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion therapy and a warm ginger compress can work wonders to relieve chronic lower back pain naturally.

Integrating Chinese Tradition and Western Medicine

Explore the differences between Chinese and western medicine, the history of Chinese medicine, and more as you explore the life of a Chinese doctor who brought his knowledge to the United States.

Best Herbs for the Common Cold

These herbal remedies for the common cold can boost immunity to prevent illness or support the body’s natural fighting tendencies, shortening the time we spend suffering.

Herbal Tips for a Healthy Mouth

Treat gum disease, fight plaque and keep an overall healthy mouth with the help of herbal toothpastes, gum packs and natural mouth washes.

Herbal First Aid

Whether you're flying or driving, when you take a trip away from home don't forget to pack a mini herbal medicine kit for yourself. Use these tips to prepare for your trip, so you can deal with problems as they arise and concentrate on enjoying yourself.

Case Studies: Sprained Hip

Herbs heal even the nastiest of injuries. Helen was able to treat her sprained hip effectively with a combination of calendula salve, St. John's Wort, and an echinacea tincture.

The Fresh Juice Bar Era

Fresh juice bars have become more popular in recent years, with their "nutrition in a cup" boasts. Now you can add any number of herbal extracts to a fruit smoothie to give yourself a boost. Here are some tips to keep in mind while trying out these sweet beverages.

Herb Basics: How to Store Herbs

Make sure you cover all your bases when it comes to choosing and storing the right herbs for you. With this guide, you can be confident in every aspect of your herbal life.

Herbs for the Heart

Learn how the hawthorn herb can benefit your heart's health. These berries benefit your heart's strength, as well as blood pressure and circulation.

The Health Benefits of Soy

Dr. Earl Mindell explains the many health benefits of soy, how to incorporate soy-based foods into your diet and how it can help you live a longer life.

Q & A: MS Alternative Treatments

Herb Professionals answer reader questions about alternative treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, allergies, and more.

Herbs for Digestion

By slowly eliminating cold, watery foods and beverages from your diet, you can improve your digestive system and lose weight in the long run.

Herbs to Heal: Integrating Medicine

Doctors and herbalists are working together to provide the most comprehensive care for their patients. Read their suggestions for the most successful trips to the doctor's office.

A Home Remedy for Allergies

Herbal remedies such as garlic, cayenne, licorice, and Ma Huang can help relieve many allergy symptoms.

Protect the Body with Carotenoids

Carotenoids, a lycopene, are found in foods such as watermelons, tomatoes, bitter melons, carrots and apricots. Carotenoids are great for you as lycopenes protect against colon, breast and prostate cancer according to some studies.

Down to Earth: The Lavender Wand

Lavender is well-known for its soothing properties. Making fragrant lavender wands out of its stems can be relaxing work, with an intricate, beautiful end-product to enjoy.

Design an Aromatherapy Garden

Design an aromatherapy garden and get the benefits of aromatherapy while working or relaxing in your garden.

Spring Cleansing

Rid your body of toxins with a cleansing detox fast. Learn how to tailor the fast to your needs to improve and keep all aspects of your body toxin-free.

Case Studies: Eastern Versus Western Medicine

A combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and herbal tea can help stave off a nasty cold. Try warming herbs such as cinnamon, cayenne, and cardamom in a strong tea to push out any cold or damp influences.

Peruvian Shamanism: A Different Kind of Medicine

Antonio Montero Pisco, a shaman in Northern Peru, practices medicine and uses plants we've often never heard of in extraordinary ways. The ayahuasca ritual is a seemingly ageless one that he has practiced for at least thirty years, but its mystery still remains intact.

Herbal detox cleansing: Not as scary as it sounds

Follow the detox fasting diets of nine of the Herbs for Health staff takes on a new lifestyle for a few days. The ups and downs, the cravings and the benefits - see it all, and maybe get inspired to try one yourself.

Medical Marijuana

Can it help you? Should it be legal? A report from California

Menopause and Black Cohosh

Many women are plagued by menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, or hot flashes at some point during their lifetimes. Now they can take a tip from European women, who are increasingly turning to black cohosh for relief from these discomforts.

Propolis: An Age-Old Medicine

Propolis is an age-old medicine used across cultures and periods of time. In addition to prior use for cleaning wounds, killing microbes and curing inflammation, modern uses for Proplis  include combating staph and strep infections  and it might be effective against specific cancers.

Q&A: Cayenne, Kidneys, and Estrogen

Health professionals answer readers' questions on using cayenne ointment and supplements, maintaining kidney health, and natural estrogen replacement treatment options.

Primer Choosing and using medicinal herbs

Get started with herbal medicine by gathering information about measurements, tried-and-true combinations, and how to create your own custom herb capsules.

Home Cure Care Packages

Natural remedies, preventative health care and caffeine alternatives for the illness-prone, stressed and tired student.

Fending off the Flu

A researcher from Israel finds that elderberry may protect us from a longtime foe.

Herbs for Health and Aging

Improve your blood circulation, eyesight and heart and liver health with these herbs and supplements.

Capsules: Medicinal Mushrooms in Chinese Medicine

Newsbreaks in herb research: New studies and products indicate that reishi mushrooms and other fungi long used as Chinese medicinal herbs have strong health benefits for hypertension and other conditions.

Ginkgo Biloba Benefits

Improve your memory, circulation and other health factors with ginkgo biloba.

Lower Risk for Heart Disease

The outer skin on onions hold the highest concentration of quercetin. Quercetin is a common bioflavonoid that can lower risks for heart and blog vessel disease.

Bringing Baby Home

Five common problems in infants and herbal remedies that can help.

Herb for Health: Capsules

New health uses for clove oil, home remedies for ringworm, anticancer herbs, the benefits of chamomile aromatherapy and cat's claw.

Spring Cleaning

Improve spring cleaning by incorporating herbs into scouring compounds, floor and wall soaps, sanitizing room sprays, and fragrant ­sachets.

Labrador Tea History

Herbal tea has long been associated with rebellion in America. Hippies, beatniks, and jazz musicians all steeped their movements in herbed beverages. Learn more.

The Legacy of Dioscorides

Physician, soldier and botanical genius, Dioscorides set a foundation for meticulous medicine in ancient Rome.

Insomnia: Wake up to Ten Simple Solutions

The causes of insomnia are varied, but psychological factors are present in more than 50 percent of the cases. Fortunately, lifestyle changes and herbal medicines can help treat the problem.

Herbs for Health: Capsules

Herbal treatment news about horse chestnut as a skin protectant, eucalyptus as an insect repellent, the dangers of pennyroyal and much more.

Keep Diabetes In Check With Plants

Research has shown that some substances found in plants can contribute to diabetes care, and other phytochemicals are under investigation.

Primer: Identifying Plant Medicines

The common names of many plants have a charm and ­poetry of their own. But for all their beauty and simplicity, common names can be a source of ­extreme confusion. Learn more.

Shiitake Health Benefits

Shiitake (shee-TAH-kee) mushrooms are a culinary rage in the United States today, but have been important in Chinese culture for thousands of years. Learn more.

The Better Aperitif: Make Bitters

Commercial bitters formulas are still available in health-food stores for that purpose, but it’s easy enough to make your own.

Under the Sun

Protect yourself when you're out in the garden

Herbs for Health: Gentle Natural Laxatives

These plant-based laxatives, available in health food stores and pharmacies, can help during those times when even eating plenty of fiber, drinking plenty of liquid, and exercising regularly haven’t helped you avoid this annoying problem.

Herbs for Health: Herbs That Ease Respiratory Allergies

Respiratory allergies are hyperinflammatory reactions that cause an array of symptoms, including watery itchy eyes, a stuffy or runny nose, itchy nasal passages, lung congestion, and, in severe cases, asthma. Learn which herbs will help.

Herbs for Health: Natural Cold and Flu Prevention

Although there is still no known cure for, several herbs may help reduce the severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms, and at least one that even seems to help prevent the infections.

Herbs for Health: Beware Poisonous Herbs During Holidays

Red-berried holly wreaths on front doors, beribboned sprigs of mistletoe strategically placed to encourage stolen kisses, a colorful poinsettia plant on the coffee table: young children often find these Yuletide symbols irresistible to touch and to taste, provoking thousands of frantic calls to poison control centers nationwide. Learn more.

Herbs for Health: Cancer and the Plant World

The institute has been searching for new anticancer agents from plants for more than thirty-five years. From 1960 to 1980, its researchers screened about 35,000 species of higher (flowering) plants for activity against cancer. About 3000 of those demonstrated reproducible activity, and a small fraction of these were eventually chosen for clinical trials. Learn more.

Herbs vs. Bugs

Scents to discourage flies, fleas and other bothersome insects.

Herbs: The Herbal Histories of Love

Plants have been intertwined in the history of human love affairs since Adam ate an apple. From love potions and aphrodisiacs to kisses stolen under mistletoe, herbs and flowers have played many seductive roles in private lives. Here are some snippets from the lusty side of horticulture.

The Next Miracle Tree: Tea Tree and Its Relatives

Any plant product that’s touted as “nature’s miracle healer” and “medicine chest in a bottle”, as tea tree oil is on the American market, garners more than the normal degree of skepticism from this herbal curmudgeon.

Spring Tonics

My neighbor Pearl, like earlier generations of country folk, went foraging early in spring for the tender wild greens that she felt would restore her family’s health. She avoided dependence on supermarket greens, choosing instead to harvest the great variety of spring tonic herbs that grow in the wild, available to all. She didn’t know the “correct” names for several of them, but their vital uses were second nature to her.

Patent Medicines

In America in the midnineteenth century, the practice of medicine was on the brink of change.

Making Herbal Incense

Learn about making herbal incense, includes information on the differences between dough incense and loose incense, ingredients in incense, tools and how to store your homemade incense.