Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
Herbs are versatile plants that enhance our lives by adding beauty, aroma, nutrition, seasoning, and a varied landscape. Because they can be grown indoors, or outdoors in pots, as part of landscaping or in the garden, everyone has room to grow herbs.
We’ve succeeded at drying herbs and greens in our SunWorks solar dehydrator, which promises to make future meals all the more flavorful and nutritious.
Preserving herbs from your garden is easy, whether you freeze or dry them.
Here are some helpful online resources where you can start learning more about medicinal herbs.
Preserving food was a must during the Great Depression. Doris Zicafoose relates memories of drying corn, canning tomatoes, the necessity of a water bath canner and the joy of acquiring a pressure canner.
A homemade solar food dryer allows you to dry tomatoes and apples for delicious and nutritious winter snacks and addition to your meals.
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
These books are great sources of information on the best herbs and foods for maintaining good health.
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine suggests effective herbs and supplements for the treatment of macular degeneration.
Stick with culinary sage whenever you don't know if a specific type of sage is edible.
Household hints from 1909 reveal useful tips for hanging clothes out to dry.
How to make chipotles and other smoked peppers using a biochar trench.
Fed up with cheap, easily breakable clothespins, craftsman Herrick Kimball is now making Classic American Clothespins and has a vision for inspiring others to make them in their communities.
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
Solar food drying is incredibly easy with a solar food dehydrator, which requires very little effort to make perfectly preserved produce.
Here’s a relative newcomer plant that’s easy to grow, and very useful for the “survival garden” and the gardener with limited (or no) gardening skills.
Readers share drink recipes that highlight fresh herbs.
The Herb Companion Editor KC Compton talks to Sebastian, a young fairgoer who is passionate about growing herbs at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
The little used herb lovage makes an attractive addition to the edible landscape and provides a smoky flavor to soups and stews.
This addition to the product line will fill a need for smaller households or ones that don’t have enough yard space to accommodate a large clothesline.
If you've been wondering how to dehrydrate tomatoes, look no further! We've compiled step-by-step instructions on solar dehydrating tomatoes, complete with photos from our own experience drying veggies in the solar dryer at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office.
Slightly underripe apples that fall to the ground must be picked up, so why not cut away the bugs and bruises and put them to good use? Here’s how to turn windfall apples into supernutritious drinks and snacks.
After spending several years drying food in an electric food dehydrator, I built a SunWorks solar food dehydrator to try and create truly sun-dried tomatoes.
Paul Carmichael of Lily of the Valley Herb Farm talks about his experience at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR, including the top herbs and working with kids at the Treehouse Club.
Use herbs from the garden in your Christmas dinner. This post shares a complete Christmas meal using garden herbs.
Using a mortar and pestle to create a variety of spice and herb blends.
Rishi Tea has handcrafted 12 new loose leaf tea blends, including 6 innovative botanical blends, 3 delicious chai teas, 2 energizing green teas and an aromatic oolong – perfect for fall and the holidays.
How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.
How to use herbs on goats, blends, suggestions, and tips.
Try this refreshing herbal lemonade recipe.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
There are some veggies, herbs and edible flowers that are self seeders. Plant them once, let them go to seed, and you will have continuous plants year after year.
Learn growing methods, health benefits and preparations for echinacea, elecampane, sweet Annie, spilanthes and astragalus.
How using a refractometer can increase your honey production, how a refractometer works and how to use a refractometer.
This is a brief description of how to stack lumber so that it dries evenly after sawing. Also description of a chain saw dovetail bench.
Solar drying experiences in 2012, including tomato varieties Principe Borghese and Long Tom.
Grow calcium in your garden with collards, kale, and parsley. Suggestions are given for including these crops in your meals. Learn about companions to plant among your collards and kale to deter harmful insects.
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year.
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting, bee forage, year-round herb as well as delicious pesto.
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
Finca Luna Nueva's Sacred Seeds Sanctuary is a living laboratory to nurture tropical and native species through the next 10 years of climate change.
Southern Exposure celebrates Slow Food's Terra Madre Day with a fresh winter greens salad, featuring yacon, a South American root vegetable that tastes like fresh pear! Plus garden planning to have your own farm fresh food through the winter.
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in medicinal plants, places garlic among the best all-around plant medicines in the world. Learn about the host of ailments garlic can alleviate and prevent, and discover some of the added health perks of this flavorful, folklore-infused herb.
Part II of a tutorial on how to make cold-process soap. The directions are intended for the absolute beginner and use easy-to-locate materials.
Part I of a two-part tutorial on how to make soap for the absolute beginner. Readers will assemble materials and prepare the mold this week in anticipation of combining the ingredients to make a batch of cold-process soap.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols--herbs and eggs--in this simple project that celebrates spring.
Perfect for spring, this pasta dish can be made with the spring herbs that are popping up in your garden or market and a little leftover wine (either red or white will do).
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
Sweet Iced Tea is a delicious Southern tradition, but store-bought concoctions are often full of high fructose corn syrup and other nasties. This recipe incorporates fresh herbs, which add natural sweetness and help knock down the sugar content.
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food