From the moment of realization that the world of healing herbs was calling Susanna Raeven, to herfirst herbal class, to running a small-scale herb farm that grows medicinal herbs with organic methods, to creating artisan herbal products, and finally to working with clients to help them find balance in their lives with the generous support of the plant kingdom, the journey has been quite a ride with many joyous moments, but also doubts, insecurities, and cloudy days.
BioSafe Systems, LLC is the manufacturer of sustainable and environmentally responsible disease control solutions.
Highly nutritious, maca has been used as a staple food source by the people of Central Peru for thousands of years, as well as a ceremonial offering in traditional sacred rites, as currency, and as medicine to improve overall health in both animals and people.
'Tis the season for education and celebration, at this year's herbal gatherings.
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!
Two powerfully toxic herbicides, clopyralid and its close cousin, aminopyralid, persist in compost and endanger gardeners and the environment.
U.S. gardeners, organic farmers and commercial growers are reporting damaged or lost tomato crops from Milestone herbicide contamination.
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
Working with medicinal plants can not only help heal ourselves and each other, but also contribute to the beauty of our lives and our world.
Use herbs from the garden in your Christmas dinner. This post shares a complete Christmas meal using garden herbs.
An introduction from a goat-crazy Oregonian.
Learn growing methods, health benefits and preparations for echinacea, elecampane, sweet Annie, spilanthes and astragalus.
Tips for determining when to prune and when to yank rosemary, lavender, sage and thyme.
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.
Rosemary is known as a tasty condiment, but it has also long been used as medicine, and makes for a blissful foot soak.
Preserving herbs from your garden is easy, whether you freeze or dry them.
How to use herbs on goats, blends, suggestions, and tips.
Try this refreshing herbal lemonade recipe.
Don’t eat the plain, clean, boring stuff! Dirty it up with earth’s goodness in the form of herbs. There are many ways to use herbs in health and healing, and here we will share some of our favorite herb condiments to spice up any meal.
Oregano is well known as a culinary herb with warming and aromatic flavor. The oil of oregano has shown great promise in treating many illnesses, including colds, flu, muscle pain, GI problems, respiratory illnesses, skin conditions and urinary-tract infections.
An herbal, earthy and nutty cocktail bitter with a little extra ginseng zing on the side.
Echinacea tincture is easy to make. Getting through the psychological inertia might be the hard part of the process.
Watch an interview with Rosemary Gladstar, during which she discusses the goals of the non-profit United Plant Savers and the importance of plant conservation. Plus, read about how Rosemary became a leading figure in American herbal medicine.
Holy Basil is an herbaceous plant in the mint family that is native to South Asia. It grows throughout lowland regions of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, southern China, Thailand, and Malaysia. The species name, sanctum, reflects the sacred nature of the plant in Indian culture. Holy basil includes a few species and varieties.
The Sustainable Herbs Project is a new project by the producers of the award-winning documentary, Numen: the Nature of Plants, the first feature-length film on the healing power of plants. We are creating an online interactive documentary following medicinal plants through the supply chain to launch a more educated and responsible consumer movement supporting high quality herbal remedies and sustainable and ethical sourcing.
An aromatic Central American herb, said to prevent gas and indigestion.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
How to report application violations of herbicide abuse.
2,4,D Amine 4 is not a safe product. Read the multiple page information sheet if you can read tiny writing and hieroglyphics.
A study links Roundup herbicide and genetically modified maize to a wide range of health maladies, including liver and kidney damage.
Using manual control of weeds as opposed to chemical control.
Here are some helpful online resources where you can start learning more about medicinal herbs.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s love for local food has the nation wanting to know more about how to eat in-season. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence offers a healthy helping of advice on how to eat local.
Bastyr University is pleased to announce it has partnered with Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas to develop and launch a new line of flavorful, certified organic Wellness Teas. This marks the first time the University has lent its name on a consumer product.
Ease the suffering of asthma attacks with the help of these healthy herbs!
Keep your garden safe by testing your organic materials for herbicide residue. A few simple tests can help you avoid harming your plants.
By 2025 half of all children born will be autistic. Herbicides and pesticides are destroying the health of the American people.
We've been warning you about aminopyralid-containing killer compost for quite some time. Now there's a new deadly herbicide on the market, Imprelis, and it's wreaking havoc in at least seven states.
Learn how to make an herbal tincture with The Herb Companion team at the Mother Earth News Fair.
Keep your pets from licking off herbal ointments by adding a pinch of cayenne.
One reader from central Oregon shares her personal encounter with killer compost laced with aminopyralic, a toxic chemical herbicide, and the affects it has had on her small organic farm. Read about her experience, and find out what you can do to protect your own farm or garden.
The owners of Runamuk quickly realized the high demand for local, raw honey after selling their first few jars of it. See how this home-based business opportunity grew out of beekeeping.
Making strawberry preserves from just-picked berries is a very good thing.
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
Exploring the roots of the CSA concept.
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
The discovery of an uncommon remedy for blood poisoning in my pantry.
The editor of Herbs for Health magazine offers practical advice about some herbs and simple techniques gthat can help you sleep better.
It’s that time of year when the flying, buzzing, blood-sucking insects are at their peak annoyance, and, if you want to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll need to apply some sort of bug repellent to your body. Try this non-toxic, herbal remedy that Stephanie Tourles has for you!
Bring Andrea Candee’s "The Healing Kitchen" workshop to you and take charge of your wellness naturally.
Combine two of this hopeful season's symbols--herbs and eggs--in this simple project that celebrates spring.
A WWOOFer (Worldwide Opportunity on Organic Farms reflects on her second visit to an organic herb farm, where she learned more about plant harvesting, medicine making and natural building
Suggestions for what to have on hand - and handy - when you hear a storm is heading your way.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, shares three pregnancy skin care products that will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
The release of new genetically modified crops resistant to 2,4-D herbicide will mean a huge increase of potent, dangerous chemicals on American farmland and a serious threat of herbicide drift problems for other growers.
The EPA is poised to deregulate a new generation of genetically modified crops, including those resistant to 2,4-D herbicide. Voice your concerns now.
Monsanto’s most widely used herbicide has been found in the blood of agricultural workers and is now being linked to both mammal and human carcinomas.
The story of two ladies and their small CSA in the Rocky Mountains.
Learn a few tips for efficiency from seasoned CSA Farmers: La Vista CSA Farm.
The December garden is still full of life, both in the beds and under cover, providing fresh ingredients for home cooked meals. Winter farmers markets and CSA's are a great way to learn what grows well in your zone.
Using up CSA produce is often difficult, but I found a fun and easy way to do it.
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
You'll love this recipe from William Woys Weaver for garlic scapes sauteed with tomatoes, white wine and sheep's milk cheese.
Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter provide daily proof that an abundant amount of organic produce can be grown in urban and suburban yards of all sizes. But getting this ground-breaking operation off the ground was not easy.
Enjoy healthy blackberry and raspberry elixirs and teas, blessings from the brambles of Summer!
Cultivating and drying herbs for use as medicine throughout the seasons.
Why pay high prices at the grocery store when growing herbs outdoors is achievable all winter long?
Sometimes what starts out as a cold or flu develops into a deep bronchial cough that just won’t go away. These natural treatments can help you heal your bronchitis without antibiotics.
You don’t have to endure persistent fatigue. Use two stress-busting herbal remedies, Rhodiola and Ashwagandha, as part of your adrenal fatigue treatment program.
Most health problems we face in our lives are minor annoyances. It's time we cut out the expensive middle man and grow our own delicious tasting medicine to treat them.
Herbs have so many healthful properties. It just makes great sense to take advantage of their benefits and taste in warming teas. The only limits to homemade tea from homegrown ingredients is your imagination!
Valerian is known for its sedative qualities, which can help to increase sleepiness, as well as to decrease nervousness and restlessness.
Eating the whole fruit (peel, seeds, bloom, core and all) can have some surprising benefits. Do you eat the whole fruit?
Readers share drink recipes that highlight fresh herbs.
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.
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.
New varieties of herbs for pollinators.
The third and last of a three part blog on chemical herbicides.
The little used herb lovage makes an attractive addition to the edible landscape and provides a smoky flavor to soups and stews.
Chives and mint come to a duel for territory in the herb garden, while the spring sap-sucker marks time.
Life on a farm blanketed in snow.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
A comforting herb-baked macaroni makes for a simple meal on a short winter night.
End of summer is a great time to tidy garden beds and harvest herbs. Now is the time to plant your fall, winter and overwintering transplants.
This blog post shares some of The Thyme Garden’s experience with growing hops for over 25 years. It includes history of hops, useful information about hops and how and where to grow them.
Jessica expounds on the concept of cures in your cupboard with a few natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
There is deep nutrition in weedy herbal infusions that can fill a glaring gap in our modern, processed diets. As a passionate herbalist and vegetarian who’s endeavored to pay close attention to the nutrients in my diet, I found myself wondering: Can nourishing herbal infusions replace a daily multivitamin?
Organic Pond is pleased to announce that the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) has reviewed the company's PureBacteria+ Biological Pond Muck Reducer and has listed PureBacteria+ for use in organic production.
A first look at the newest vegetable crops in the garden before the CSA harvests begin.
Support your local food systems while getting the most from your home garden.
In the Spring of 2010, I quit my job as a high school theology teacher, because I wanted to be a farmer. I am now entering my fourth year of full-time farming, even though I had almost no experience farming. Here’s how I did it, and some tips to help you on your way.
Learning how to make a soil block is a simple skill capable of permitting one to become involved within their local CSA or farm. It can also be a great way to meet local farmers, reduce CSA membership fees, and learn about organic gardening. Before each seed is sowed it must have a soil block to grow in. Being part of that initial step brings great joy.
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
Pass the cold, wintry months with warm thoughts of how you can eat more local food while supporting sustainable agriculture this coming season.
The benefits of a membership in a CSA and how supporting local organic farming is not only good for you but good for the Earth as well.
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
Using a mortar and pestle to create a variety of spice and herb blends.
Use the cold winter months to start your own shade garden with native woodland plants.
Use olive oil, garlic, oregano and more to create an appetizer that is both savory and satisfying. Easy to make, these seasoned crackers will be a hit at your next holiday gathering.
After the chicken dinner and hot dish and salads, there is one free meal left in that bird!
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.
Renowned herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner outlines how plant medicines can prevent and treat emerging infections such as Ebola and discusses why these deadly outbreaks are happening. He explains how to use more than a dozen antiviral and immune-boosting herbs, including elder, licorice and skullcap.
"Numen: The Nature of Plants" is a cornucopia of intuitive wisdom, science based knowledge, and exuberant passion and reverence for plants around the world. The film opens with plant close ups and stunning time lapse photography of plants throughout their growing cycles, their intrinsic eye catching patterns and their symbiotic relationships with pollinators. Numen is defined as the spirit believed by animists to inhabit natural objects. The film describes that we sense this force the most abundantly through plants.
Natalia Bragg of Wade, Maine, is a sixth-generation herbalist who is gaining well-deserved recognition for her work with the rich variety of plants and trees on her remote farm.
Using rosemary plants in the landscape can offer a number of benefits such as being drought tolerant, desert soil and climate tolerant, aesthetically pleasing, great for cooking, attractive to honey bees, and more.
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
With our chickweed and lavender salve, the bites I typically get that are swollen and painful were nothing more than a minor annoyance. All came from ingredients that we made ourselves.
Fenugreek has been indicated in some historical texts as being used for inflammation of the stomach and digestive tract, too. It is said to be the oldest recorded herb found so far. When you couple this flower with another common flower, Thyme, there isn’t a swollen sinus passage that stands a chance!
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies offers scientific backing to herbal and natural medicine.
Sipping on medicinal herbal tea is one of the best steps you can take to shorten the duration of illness when the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, or other upper respiratory infection begin.
A bombilla is a Latin American tea straw used to drink yerba mate. Why not use it to enjoy all kinds of loose herbal teas? Ilene White Freedman shares a story, a tea recipe and links to others recipes.
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is used in so many ways in herbal medicine, which is why it has been tagged the "village pharmacy." Neem is used to combat tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestations and so much more.
If you are new to aromatherapy, start building your home kit with these 19 essential oils!
Using herbs and food to dye Easter eggs gives them beautiful, earthy color--without scary chemicals. And it's surprisingly easy.
Many of the herbs used for beauty and health today have been tested and tried over centuries. A new article by James A. Duke, Ph.D., discusses the history and uses of flax, myrrh and others.
Skullcap is the best herb for calming nerves, according to Erin McIntosh at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup.
Grow Red Thai Roselle hibiscus for a tea, health drink and sauce. Roselle, also known as Florida Cranberry, can be grown outside the sunbelt if you have the right variety. Red Thai is that variety.
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.
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.
How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.
Cultivation and uses of six medicinal herbs for the respiratory system, including tincture, oxymel, tea and steam bath recipes.
A philosophical look at the coming of winter, with ideas for preserving the summer after the end-of-the-season pepper harvest.
Use your abundance of basil to handcraft this delightfully different custard-style ice cream.
Sandy Boyce's sauerkraut was a hit, selling out each week, until her county health department asked her to stop. Across the nation, regulations can prevent small-time home producers from distributing their 'cottage foods' to the public.
FairShare CSA Coalition partners with health insurance groups to offer a rebate for selecting fresh, organic, local produce.
There is no experience or practice more valuable, empowering, and utterly satisfying than enabling the health and well being of ourselves, our family, friends and community... naturally.
It's not always easy to use natural remedies on your chickens. Here's a trick to keep up your sleeve that will have them begging for their medicine.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
The sweet smell and healing properties of bay, eucalyptus and ginger will make your sweetheart's Valentine's Day massage memorable.
Sangria is the perfect summertime libation for a thirsty crowd. Fresh fruits and herbs combine with wine and liqueur for a colorful, festive "punch" that packs a punch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A story of life, death and rebirth of a hoop house.
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).
Skip the steaks if you're firing up the barbecue tonight. Marinated and grilled veggies and tofu, served up with wasabi mayo on grilled bread, is a hearty, delicious way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
Simran Sethi enjoys the fruits of late summer at a local farm dinner.
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.
One of our most common grasses is limiting the bobwhite quail population, killing broodmares and their foals, rotting cow hooves, and cutting milk production.
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