New Family Holiday Traditions

Foster family and community and make new memories with holiday crafts, natural decorations and group activities.

8 Household Uses for Cloves

Beyond baking and pomander balls, learn the many ways to use cloves in your home, including homemade natural mouthwash and DIY potpourri.

Unique Artisan Christmas Gifts from Etsy

Practice responsible shopping with our guide to some of Etsy’s best gift options, from handmade kitchen accessories to small batch products and beyond.

How to Use Color in Your Home

Make your home a colorful, tasteful sanctuary with wall painting tips and editor-recommended products for the palette of your dreams.

The Psychology of Color

Learn the connection between color and mood, and how the right color scheme can change how your home makes you feel.

Videos from Mother Earth Living

Learn how to live naturally and prosper from our expanding collection of videos on topics ranging from the best foods for moisturizing skin to making your own natural air freshener.

3 Most Toxic Chemicals in Your Home

With thousands of chemicals in home products, eliminating them all can be difficult. Start by reducing these three most-toxic chemicals for a healthier home.

In Basket: September 2012

The Herb Companion readers talk about vegetables that have gone to seed and flower, growing lavender in humid climates and skin safety with rue.

In Basket: July 2012

The Herb Companion readers discuss silver herbs at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the use of natural pesticides, the wonders of the lavender plant, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”

In Basket: March 2012

The Herb Companion readers discuss growing heirloom roses, identifying crimini mushrooms, growing strawberries in Texas, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”

List of Likes: Products That Give Back

Proceeds from the purchase of these products go to organizations that are looking to restore forest ecosystems, fight poverty, cure cancer and more.

In Basket: January 2012

The Herb Companion readers discuss using fresh stevia leaves, the proper way to make olive leaf tea, growing garlic chives, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”

Spice Island: Fish Curry

The tiny Southeast Asian island-country of Singapore owes much of its history and ethnically diverse cuisine to piquant spices and herbs

In Basket: September 2011

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters from the September 2011 issue.

In Basket: May 2011

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the May 2011 issue.    

In Basket: March 2011

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the March 2011 issue, which includes information about kicking up your cuisine with horseradish.

In Basket: January 2011

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the January 2011 issue, which includes information about sweetening holiday treats with stevia.

In Basket: November 2010

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the November 2010 issue, which includes information about brewing tea with caraway seed.

In Basket: September 2010

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the September 2010 issue, which includes information about keeping your sage alive.

In Basket: July 2010

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2010 issue, which includes information about the toxicity of apricot kernels.

Round Robin: Angelic Purples

Note from a Regional Gardener: One summer, following a recipe in an Australian herb book, I tried to candy some angelica from my garden. I failed miserably—it came out wet and soggy instead of firm and dry, as it should be. Read more.

Video Review: Little Medicine and Native American Medicine

Little Medicine: The Wisdom to Avoid Big Medicine (1995) takes its name from a distinction Native Americans make among medicinal plants. The “little medicines” are herbs that anyone can learn to use as first-aid treatments for everyday medical problems. The “big medicines” are the plants reserved for more highly trained medicine people. Read more.

Book Review: Spontaneous Healing

Spontaneous Healing is Andrew Weil’s fourth book devoted to natural healing. Like his earlier books, this one treats healing as a compendium of therapies, including herbs, lifestyle changes, and beliefs that hinder or help healing. Learn more.

Round Robin: Fact and Fiction

Notes from regional herb gardeners: The British are coming! The British are coming! Or so it seems. My favorite bookstore is filled with a wealth of new herb books from England. Read more.

Round Robin: Messy Fun

Notes from regional herb gardeners: “I’m having a Martha Stewart weekend” has become a popular expression among my friends. It means that one of us is tackling a wonderful, ambitious project or two (or three or four). Read more.

Round Robin: Luminous Pinks

Notes from regional herb gardeners: If you’ve grown mountain mint (Pycnanthemum sp.), you must love it as much as I do. If you don’t know it, let me tell you about it.

Editor's Pick: Holly Blues

This month, our Editor's Pick regards the latest installment in the China Bayles mystery series.

Fresh Clips: Herb Day

Everyone’s favorite grassroots herb movement has changed its date of celebration from the fall to the first Saturday in May, so mark your calendars for HerbDay on May 1, 2010.

In Basket: May 2010

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the May 2010 issue.

Book Review: Medicinal Mushrooms

For those whose experience with mushrooms is limited to the bland white things at the supermarket (Agaricus bisporus), Hobbs, a fourth-generation herb­alist and an internationally recognized expert on the history, folklore, botany, and pharmacology of medicinal herbs, has written a magnificent introduction to the wide world of edible and medicinal fungi.

Round Robin: Temperature Control

Notes From A Regional Gardener: Each fall, I clean out the cold frame and test my soil-heating mat—a length of plastic webbing with a low-voltage heating cable snaking back and forth in the mesh. Plugged into an electrical power source, the mat keeps the temperature inside the frame above freezing, turning the cold frame into a hotbed. Read more.

Round Robin: Tomato Memories

Notes From A Regional Gardener: Tonight we’re having pasta with a sauce I made and put in jars last summer. My husband grows many kinds of tomatoes, including paste tomatoes, but lately those with the best flavor have been the cherry tomatoes. Read more.

Round Robin: Shop Talk

Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners: It’s a fact of American life: as we become an increasingly complex society, our language must adapt to specialized interests. Sit down with a bunch of computer people and you’re unlikely to understand much of what they’re saying. Read more.

Round Robin: A Model Garden

Notes From A Regional Gardener: High fashion had come to my house. The Denver Post, for which I write a weekly gardening column, was shooting its fall fashion section. Read more.

Round Robin: Reflections on Summer

Notes From A Regional Herb Gardener: What a dry spring and summer it was! For weeks and months, the weatherman kept predicting rain, but all we got was wind, thunder, and lightning. Read more.

Round Robin: Lay-By Days

Notes From A Regional Gardener: The Lord says that on the seventh day we should rest. I’d add that in the seventh or eighth month it is good to do the same: slow down, watch the grass grow, listen to the bees hum. Lady spends her dog-day afternoons lying in the shade. I lie in the hammock under two wonderful old oak trees.

Round Robin: Sober Planting

Sure, things go awry during the course of the summer—it’s been too hot, too cool, too wet, too dry, too buggy, too sluggy. When the going gets tough, the tough get planting.

Round Robin: One Job At A Time

Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners: Don't be overwhelmed by your herb garden. Just take it one job at a time.

Round Robin: Feathered Friends

Notes From a Regional Gardener: Thinking back on this past growing season, I noted an obvious decrease in the number of tree frogs, butterflies, and hummingbirds visiting my garden. I hope that it was only an aberrant year.

Round Robin: Exasperating Perilla Frutescens

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Was there ever such an exasperating plant as perilla? Ever a plant so determinedly, so single-mindedly, so frantically bent on procreation? It seeds itself into the center of every perennial in the garden, into pots of geraniums, and in the cracks between bricks and flagstones. How shamefully fecund it is, yet how useful!

Round Robin: Rueful Memories

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: After last winter, the severest in years, one gardener took an inventory of the damage to her herb garden in hopes of forestalling devastation the next time around.

Round Robin: Easing Into Hibernation

Notes from a Regional Gardener: People have asked me if I shouldn’t like to have a greenhouse or to move south where I could garden all year, and the answer is no. Possibly I’m part grizzly bear, for I feel that winter is for hibernating and restoring the tissues, for reading, writing, and listening to music.

Round Robin: Garden Sing-A-Long

Notes from a Regional Gardener: One of the biggest stars in the garden last summer was Knautia macedonica. Try spelling that out loud a couple of hundred times in one afternoon. Learn more.

Round Robin: The Rosemary Mystery

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: On a recent trip to Point Lookout, Maryland, in search of sandy beaches and restful waves, I discovered St. Mary’s City—and a rosemary mystery. Learn more.

Round Robin: Fight Mice with Filbert Nuts

Notes from regional herb gardeners: In an earlier issue, I mentioned my trouble with mice eating my herb seed in the greenhouse, and I thought I’d bring you up to date on my progress.

In Basket: March 2010

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the March 2010 issue.

In Basket: January 2010

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the January 2010 issue.

Fresh Clips: The Newest, Hottest Pepper

The hottest pepper known has now been identified as a naturally occurring chile pepper hybrid from India, ‘Bhut Jolokia’ according to researchers at New Mexico State University.

Fresh Clips: Does Pohnpei Cinnamon Redeem Sassafras?

Researches recently documented a species of cinnamon (Cinnamomum carolinense), known locally as madeu, that is found only on Pohnpei. They found that islanders commonly drink tea made from the tree’s bark to relieve pain.

In Basket: September 2009

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2009 issue.

In Basket: July 2009

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the May 2009 issue.

Essay Winner: Let the Lessons Live On

Looking Forward to Herbs: We were faced with many good choices as we read through the entries for our 20th anniversary essay contest, “Looking Forward to Herbs.” Our first-place winner, Shell Greenier’s “Let the Lessons Live On,” reminds us of the legacy we’ve inherited and the future we want to bequeath.

Body and Soul: Basic Baby Powder

Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.

Body and Soul: Bosom, Belly and Bottom Butter

Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.

Body and Soul: Skin Protection Balm

Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.

Body and Soul: Calendula Cream

 Raise your little one with these safe and natural remedies. From creams and body butters to basic baby powder, these recipes are essential and they won’t break your budget.

Round Robin: Garden Mambo

I’m a low-tech gardener and happy about it. I see tempting tools and gadgets in catalogs that are supposed to make my life easier, but I rarely succumb to their charms. If I wanted my life to be easier, I wouldn’t garden.

Fresh Clips: The Unlikely Lavender Queen

Looking for a great holiday gift for your herb-loving sister (or yourself)? I highly recommend The Unlikely Lavender Queen, the true story of Jeannie Ralston and Hill Country Lavender, a business she landed in unexpectedly.

Fresh Clips: The Future of Wild Herbs

With growing concerns about food safety and the environment, the market for organic products has exploded. But the worldwide demand for organic wild-harvested herbs has raised another concern: Could over-harvest of wild herbs endanger some species and their habitats?

Round Robin: Whirly-Birds

The fresh scent of nasturtiums is for me the defining scent of October, as coolness and moisture revive a fragrance smothered in the summer’s heat. The rest of the summer annuals are doomed, and they know it.

Round Robin: Final Tour

The garden is settling down, and so am I. If the garden is not weeded quite as meticu­lously as I would like it to be, so be it; there’s always next year to correct my failings. However, not being a zealous weeder and deadheader does have its benefits.

Round Robin: Garden Snobbery

The world of plants is so enormous that we can spend a lifetime discovering it. I go from passion to passion weekly, but some gardeners go far beyond mere enthusiasm.

Round Robin: Save or Savor?

Do I revel in the sweet smells and participate in the quiet living energy outdoors, or do I closet myself with the computer in an attempt to record what I am, at that moment, missing? Do I save or savor?

Round Robin: Backyard Beauties

Now, in the quieter days of August, I can think back on the hectic days of spring. It rained and snowed so continuously through March and April that we were unable to get out in the garden until well along in May.

Round Robin: Glad to Be Here

The annual conference of the International Herb Growers and Marketers Association (IHGMA) was held in Washington State in July, and it gave me the opportunity to compare notes with fellow herb growers from across the nation.

Reference Lists

Reference lists for August/September 2008 articles.

Herb to Know: Chicory

During times of the Pharaohs, herbalists added chicory juice to rose oil and vinegar to treat headaches.

Body & Soul: Tropical Spa Treatments

Although you might not be able to travel to the islands each winter, you can pamper yourself at home with island-inspired body-care treatments.

Herb to Know: Savory

Savory (Satureja hortensis), which has been used to treat digestive problems, is an old-fashioned, mild culinary herb that cooks have used for centuries.

Here & There: Herb Garden Helps Feed the Poor

The first thing Chef Timothy Tucker did after signing on as chef at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in Louisville, Kentucky, in January 2005, was start an herb garden. Learn more.

Candle Making with Herbs

These candle making with herbs projects use your favorite herbs to scent and decorate candles to warm your home or that of a dear friend. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.

Pressed Herb Candle Recipe

This Pressed Herb Candle recipe includes step-by-step instructions to create an aromatic candle for family or friends. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.

Spiced Honeycomb Candle Recipe

This Spiced Honeycomb Candle recipe includes step-by-step instructions to create an aromatic candle for family or friends. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.

Embedded Herbs Candle Recipe

This Embedded Herbs Candle recipe includes step-by-step instructions to create an aromatic candle for family or friends. Originally published as "Herb-wrapped Illumination" in Herb Companion.

Defeat Diabetes

Defeat Diabetes September/October 2006 By Michael Castleman L ast year, my friend Will, age 49, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His doctor warned that if he didn’t test his blood sugar daily and take all sorts of drugs and eventually inject insulin, he would lose his legs and die a horrible, premature

Coping with Candida

A personal experience with a mysterious, tough-to-treat condition.


Shake Up Your Makeup Try these healthy cosmetics to look naturally flawless.

Leaf Prints See the Light

Grant your lampshade new life with this simple, clever trick. Story and Photos By Dawna Edwards

A Riot of Useful Beauty

With sufficient affection and elbow grease, even a corner cursed with poor soil can become the loveliest of gardens.

Body & Soul: Natural, At-Home Pedicures

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. Try our five basic steps to the perfect pedicure.

Plant a Garden Party

With a tabletop landscaping project and recipes for herb-inspired sweets, cultivate a springtime party of your own.

Green Patch: Herbs for Walkways

One reader plans to grow herbs along her front walkway, which is made of concrete. She wants more of a garden than an edging. Learn what other ideas might work.


Historic Farm Becomes a Gardeners Dream Destination

The Buzz on Honey

Make a beeline for one of natures tastiest foods derived from herbs.

Coral Calcium: Hype or Highly Effective Supplement?

Coral Calcium: Hype or Highly Effective Supplement? September/October 2005 By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa C ould a coral calcium supplement really help keep us healthy and vital as we age? Is it better than other forms of calcium, worthy of its higher cost? Questions surround coral calcium. But for Fred Runnel

Case Studies

Preserve Your Memory, Sharpen Your Mind


Well-worn Volumes Tell Gardening Histories

Herb to Know: Rhodiola

Rhodiola rosea displays all the attributes of a classic adaptogen (a valuable tonic herb that strengthens the body’s nonspecific resistance to the effects of physical stress, such as that caused by overwork or extreme temperatures). Learn more.

Scents and Sensibility

Scents and Sensibility October/November 2004 BY KATHLEEN HALLORAN “Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” —Helen Keller T he sense of smell is both primitive and powerful. Our ability to smell is estimated to be 10,000 times more sen



Chefs’ Picks

Chefs’ Picks October/November 2004 A sk a true cook to describe his or her favorite kitchen companions and you’re sure to hear enthusiastic prose extolling the virtues, not of people, but of gadgets, gear and great cookbooks. Not fooled by pretty faces, experienced cooks require from their trusted servant

Green Patch: Harvesting Herbs

Harvesting herbs can be tricky as there are many factors at play. Get the most out of your herbal garden by harvesting the right way at the right time with our tips and pointers.



Herbal Dream Pillows

Herbal Dream Pillows keep bad dreams at bay and give one Vietnam veteran a peaceful sleep after decades of war filled nightmares.

Suds Up Your Harvest

Refresh your body and your senses with the cleansing power of herbal soap.

A Historical Look at Heirloom Gardening in America

Nancy Smith, heirloom gardener and managing editor of Mother Earth News magazine, recommends Restoring American Gardens, 1640-1940, by Denise Wiles Adams, and Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South, by James R. Cothran for your gardening bookshelf.

Spice Island

The tiny Southeast Asian island-country of Singapore owes much of its history and ethnically diverse cuisine to piquant spices and herbs.

Herb to Know: Anise

Anise is one of the world’s oldest and best-loved spices, flavoring the food, drink, and medicines of many cultures since ancient times. Learn more.

Horse Chestnuts

These nuts are useful and may even bring you luck.

Pumpkins and Spice

Five delicious recipes that use pumpkins and spices for a fall feast.

Round Robin: Spooky Halloween Garden

Your Spooky Halloween Garden can range from the exotic, Dracula orchid (Dracula vampira), to the basic, witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana).

Full-bodied Flavor

Keep the fresh-herb taste from fading and enjoy your favorite herbs throughout the fall and winter months.

Holiday Traditions

Our contributors share their favorite herbal holiday traditions.

A Celebration of Herbs

A Celebration of Herbs This annual Cleveland event showcases herbal treasures to buy or make yourself. October/November 2001 By MAUREEN B. HEFFERNAN HERBAL PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Potpourri Jams, jellies, and vinegars Soaps, scented lotions, oils, and scrubs Teas and seasoning blends Herb-dyed bags and

Try This Caper on for Sighs

The delicate buds of the caper bush are flavor enhancers that, once pickled, you wont want to miss.

Rewards of theSeason

Entertain your tastebuds and your friends with everything herbal.

Fall Chores

Tuck in your garden for a long winter nap.

Now and Then: Mint Jelly Recipe

Try this mint jelly recipe on some biscuits and take a delicious trip back in time to when jellies were always made from herbs in the garden.

Herb to Know: Epazote

Epazote, once cultivated on a large scale as a medicinal herb, is now grown in few herb gardens. Learn more.

The Spread of Serious Chai Tea

The popularity of spiced chai tea has taken off in coffeeshops across America in recent years. Why now? Try a cup of chai and find out for yourself.

Green Patch: Fall Planting

When to expand your herb garden and more instructions for both the beginner and the advanced gardener.

The Beautiful Milkweeds

That old standby definition of a weed—any plant growing where it’s not wanted—doesn’t always apply in the world of herbs. Their usefulness and sometimes neglected beauty make them welcome guests despite their eagerness to run unchecked through the garden. Learn more about milkweed.

Salsa Dishes from the Garden

Spice things up by planting a garden full of salsa ingredients. Fresher is better, and once you taste your personal brand of salsa, you won't want to go back.

Low-fat and Herb-loaded Sausage

Herbs and spices not only define the taste of traditional sausages but also help us lighten up this old favorite without sacrificing flavor for lower fat. Try these herb-loaded favorites and low-fat sausage recipes.

Down to Earth: Night Blooming Plants

One student created a delightful miniature garden, complete with night-blooming plants that attracted evening pollinators. This garden was meant to be strolled through in the dark to get the entire sensory experience.

Gardening Tips from All Over

Herb gardeners from all over North America give insight into their regional gardening experiences and share ideas for their future endeavors.

Cooking With Cilantro

Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is a gift to any garden, offering ornamental, culinary, medicinal, and aromatic allure. Learn more.

Natural Garden Pest Control

Learn how to best size up and deal with any problems you encounter in your garden. Identify the exact pest or disease that is hurting your plants, and then find the most effective treatment.

Herbs for Teas

Make your perfect cup of herbal tea with flavorful herbs grown in your own garden. Try citrus, mint, or spicy herb combinations.

Garden Craft Ideas: Hattie the Pot Lady

Introduce your kids to gardening with this cute summer project: Hattie the Pot Lady is easy to put together and will make growing herbs fun for children.

Kitchen Table

Try these unique recipes sent in by our very own readers! Pesto waffles make brunch an entirely different event or experiment with the ingredients in the Ole Guacamole recipe.

Round Robin: Growing Basil from Seed and More

Regional herb gardeners offer their tales and trials each season brings. See what it's like growing basil plants in Nova Scotia, or learn about the best dwarf garden plants to accompany a miniature train winding through your herbs.

Tuscan Farm Gardens

Arleigh and Heather Fair have created a beautiful bed & breakfast and planted acres of herbs like echinacea and lavender on their property in British Columbia.

Herbed Olive Oil Marinade

Keep things simple this summer - try this rosemary-infused marinade to flavor your chicken.

Herb to Know: Chickweed

Widely known and despised as a weed, chickweed (Stellaria media) is also a nourishing salad green or potherb that’s available almost year-round in much of the country. Learn more.

Herbs for Health: Natural Weight Control

Herbs for Health provides valuable information for a variety of health issues, from natural weight control to the benefits of Saw Palmetto for aging men.

Herbs in the Cookie Jar

The cookie recipes that follow are some of the Reppert family favorites. We hope that you enjoy them and keep your cookie jar full.

Herb to Know: Black Cohosh

Black cohosh (C. racemosa), the species probably most familiar to herb gardeners, is a wildflower of moist or dry woods in eastern North America and is also cultivated as an ornamental.

An Affectionate Look at Herbal Aphrodisiacs

There are three categories for herbal aphrodisiacs: substances whose sensual appeal has strong erotic associations, those that enhance physical health and ease and thus free the body and mind for erotic connections, and those that in themselves reputedly have a physical or erotic effect. Learn more.

Herbs for Health: Migraine Headaches and Feverfew

Of the many herbs that have been called upon over the centuries to counteract the painful, often debilitating symptoms of migraines, the most thoroughly researched has been feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium).

The Herb Garden Aptitude Test

Do you have a talent for herb gardening, or does your enthusiasm greatly exceed your cultivation skills? No matter what degree of success you have had in the past, the following quiz may help define your aptitude for raising and using herbs.

Create a Subversive Knot Herb Garden

This knot herb garden, or an arrangement of low hedges tightly sheared to look like interwoven ribbons, couples old tradition with modern design. Learn why we call it a subversive knot garden.

Horsetail: New Uses to a Folk Remedy for Your Herb Garden

A folk treatment for kidney disorders, horsetail offers new health remedies. As a natural fungicide, this herb is used for black spots and mildew on plants, athlete's foot fungus and fingernail fungus. Incorporate horsetail in your herb garden because the new uses prove just as valuable.

Round Robin: Seasonal Secrets

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Many people like to tidy up the herb garden before putting it to bed for the winter, but I’ve decided to take a different approach this year. Learn more.

Scented Essentials

These recipes make some of our favorite herbal soaps. Feel free to experiment with scents that please you, essential oils that you have on hand, and plants that grow in your garden. Using the ingredients in the recipes, follow with our soapmaking instructions.

Down to Earth

Plant Terrorists: These plants like to move in and take over.

Herb to Know: Hyssop

This lesser-known member of the mint family is used more for medicinal purposes than cooking.

A One-Step Garden

Imagine my delight several years ago when I discovered two Italian parsley plants growing from the cracks in the deteriorating mortar of the brick steps that descend from my house to the backyard.

How To Acquire an Herbal Education

The more you learn about herbs, the more there is to learn. The hallowed halls of herbal education are neither set in stone nor bound by the usual walls of higher learning. Experts agree that the ultimate form of education is experience, but ask them about other ways to learn about herbs and each answer differs.

The Noble Bay

The earliest known cookbook, by Apicius in first-century Rome, featured bay laurel as an important seasoning. It was used in many elaborate and varied dishes from aromatic beverages, salts, and sausages to sauces for meats, birds, wild game, and seafood.

Garden Pots in Herbal Landscapes

Not only can potted herbs line the kitchen windowsill or claim a place on the patio, but sometimes they nestle into the garden proper and add a welcome element of beauty and versatility to the landscape.

Passing on the Heritage of Herbs to the Next Generation

All their voices are silenced now, but from these women and my mother comes my heritage of herbs. The knowledge, passed on from mother to daughter, is a wisdom gained by countless years tending sick children, husbands, and neighbors, for women were the first healers.

National Herb Week Recipes

As spring swings in, chances are your herb beds are dug, planted, watered, and weeded, and you’re ready for a break. Or perhaps those chores still lie ahead, and you need some inspiration. Either way, take some time during the week of May 2–8 to celebrate National Herb Week.

A Tribute to Six Medicinal Plants

Find out why ginseng, bloodroot, evening primrose, goldenseal, horsemint and mayapple should have been commemorative stamps.

DIY: Sleep Pillows

In a good night, sleep sneaks in and drifts across the consciousness in a gentle wave.

Herbs Up Close

If you were suddenly transformed into a tiny bug with big eyes crawling across the surface of a leaf, you might be astonished at the complexity of the landscape that unfolds. What humans see as a smooth, flat leaf leaps into another dimension when seen from a bug’s-eye view: leaf veins look like giant storm drains, pores become craters, and barely visible hairs turn into towering structures. At The Herb Companion, we found a way to accomplish this surreal shift of perception—with the technology of scanning electron microscopy.

Round Robin: Looking Back

It’s as hard not to hover appreciatively over the most recently acquired plant as it is over a new baby, but luckily there’s no danger of arousing sibling ri­valry and a lifelong inferiority complex.

Herbs To Treat The Common Cold

In addition to using herbs to alleviate the symptoms of a cold, they also use them to promote the good general health that they feel prevents cold viruses from taking hold in the first place.

How to Make Wine From Home

Learn how to make wine from home—for cooking or drinking, these brews are worth the wait.