Monthly Archives: November 2010

Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve received tons of requests for herbal gift ideas as the holidays approach and decided it would be fun to create a Holiday Gift Guide, including a  list of our favorite organic products, gift sets, and recipes. We hope these will help inspire herbal cheer among your friends and family!                                                        Sampler  Sets Samplers are a great way to gift a variety of your favorite herbal goodies. These sets are beautifully packaged and offer the perfect opportunity for experimentation. • Loose Leaf Tea Sampler – Organic Ceylon, Organic Green Sencha and Organic Red Rooibos • Massage Oil Sampler –  Moon Massage Oil, Arnica & St. John’s Oil, and Goddess Dreams Massage Oil • Herbal Salve Sampler –  Injur-Heal Balm, Powerful Skin Compound, and Comfrey-St. Johns Wort Compound • Herbal Oil Sampler – St John’s Wort Oil, Calendula Oil, and Injur-Heal Oil • Herbal Facial Kit – Herbal Steam, Cleansing Grains, Green Clay Mask, Facial Oil Blend, and Flowerwater Toner • Essential Oil Samplers: Classic, […]

Elder Berries

Elder is one of our favorite wintertime herbs!  Found growing in moist areas along rivers, roads, and in forests, this immune boosting botanical is native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Western and Central Asia. Its flowers and berries have a long history of use in traditional European medicine. Native Americans have also used the flowers, berries, and bark of Elder trees for hundreds of years. Elder berries may be easily incorporated into teas or tinctures, but here are some other fun ways to make medicine with them: Elder Berry Syrup Elder berry syrup is a wonderful remedy for wintertime and offers antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. For children under 2, add the syrup to hot water to kill any microbes in the honey. You can even drizzle the delicious syrup over pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream! – 1 cup fresh or 1/2  cup dried organic Elder berries (harvest blue or […]

Herbal Extracts

We’re excited to announce our new herbal tincture line! We have been handcrafting each extract using traditional methods according to the distinct character of each plant. So far, we’ve made 95 different single herb tinctures, from Angelica and Kava Kava to Red Clover and Yarrow, with certified organic grain alcohol and organically grown or ethically wild-harvested plants. The holidays and flu season are upon us, so I’ve been bundling a nice collection of these extracts to make herbal medicine kits for my friends. Here’s a list of the herbal tinctures I’ll be including in their gift packages this year: Herbal Medicine Kit Echinacea – to help boost immunity Milk Thistle – to help support healthy liver functioning Elder Berry – to help strengthen the immune system Oregon Grape – to stimulate digestion, anti-bacterial, alterative for colds and flu Skullcap – to help calm the nerves Valerian – to help bring restful sleep Mullein – […]

23rd New England Women's Herbal Conference

  Into the herbalists’ cauldron we find nearly 600 women of all ages. Students, teachers, shaman, elders, a fire circle, the hot August sun, the beauty of New Hampshire, storytelling, a Red Tent, family tradition, herbal lineage, plant walks, recipes, medicines, drumming, singing, half moon pond, a cordial contest, story telling…add a little Mountain Rose Herbs spice in the mix. When you have Rosemary Gladstar stirring up this brew you get the New England Women’s Herbal Conference. An epic event of teaching, earth healing, and just good old fashioned magic!  “From a spectrum of deeply spiritual tribal vibes, to that of cutting edge science in naturopathic medicine revealed” I was fortunate enough to attend the New England Women’s Herbal Conference again this year  on behalf of Mountain Rose. I was amazed by the organization of this growing event. World class herbalists came together to share their knowledge. Authors debuted their new books […]

Green Festival Photos

We are back from San Francisco after an amazing time at the Green Festival! It was incredibly inspiring to be surrounded by 34,000 passionate people dedicated to living and working in harmony with the planet. I discovered so many exciting non-profits, community projects, publications, and green companies out there striving to change the course of this country and beyond. If you couldn’t be there this year, you can read about the participating organizations on the Green Festival’s website. It was truly awesome to witness the powerful momentum growing toward the innovation of conscience-driven, sustainable practices in all aspects of our complicated modern lives. We’ve posted some photos from the festival on our Facebook page too, so be sure to take a look!

Winter Recipes with Spice

For me, spices are the perfect complement to chilly autumn and winter months. The tantalizing aromas are reminiscent of holiday favorites like apple and pumpkin pie, mulled apple cider, eggnog, clove-studded oranges, and hot toddies. Plus, the scents are uplifting to the spirits, comforting, energizing, and good for overcoming mental fatigue and stress. Topically, they are warming and excellent for increasing circulation making them useful for sore muscles and arthritis. Winter Spice Aroma Spray Mist this intoxicating scent around your home for a nostalgic holiday aroma, or just because it smells so good! 3 oz Water 1 oz Witch Hazel Extract 20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil 15 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil 10 drops organic Clove essential oil 5 drops organic Ginger essential oil Add all ingredients to a 4 oz bottle and cap with a mister top. Shake before each use as the contents will naturally separate. Clove […]

Harvest Potluck

Fall is finally here! Our cozy little city is aflame with autumnal beauty as crispy leaves flutter to the ground in orange and red swirls. I’ve been finding pointy maples hiding in my hair and coat every day this week after walks around the neighborhood. I adore this time of year, when we can keep our homes warm with wood stoves, slow cooked meals, and friendly gatherings. You know its potluck season when cool weather tiptoes in! These recipes were created by our dear friend Beverly Lynn Bennett of  The Vegan Chef , and are perfectly spicy crowd pleasers for any party. Need options for gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, or vegetarian friends? These treats will surely be welcomed by all. Enjoy!                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bourbon, Pumpkin, and Spiced Pecan Tart  1 1/2 cups pecan halves, divided 2 T. water 2 T. unbleached cane sugar 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1 cup rolled oats 2 […]