Monthly Archives: December 2010

Herbal Cheers for 2011!

Who doesn’t enjoy sipping a celebratory libation to help ring in the New Year? These delicious herbal cocktail recipes make perfect signature drinks to share with friends during the festivities or at home snuggled by the fire. Enjoy!  Vanilla Bean Brandy Eggnog 4 large farm fresh eggs 6 oz granulated sugar 1 tsp freshly-grated nutmeg 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 4 oz brandy 4 oz spiced rum 12 oz organic whole milk 8 oz organic heavy cream Beat eggs in a blender for one minute on medium speed. With the blender still running, slowly add the sugar and blend for one additional minute. Next, add the scraped vanilla bean pulp, nutmeg, brandy, rum, vanilla extract, milk, and cream and blend until all ingredients are combined. Chill thoroughly to allow the flavors to develop and serve in frosty glasses with a dust of nutmeg on […]

Week 4 Winners!

Thanks to everyone for making our Holiday Giveaway Series so much fun! We’ve really enjoyed reading your stories, tips, and recipes, and hope  you’re excited to be a part of our new blogging community. We have more herbal projects, recipes, videos, and contests to come! Congratulations to this week’s Holiday Giveaway winners! #159 – wysrose #83 – Willew Winners ~ We will contact you by e-mail for your name and mailing address, and then we’ll ship this wonderfully relaxing package right out. Enjoy the herbal goodness and many cheers to a joyous holiday season!

Holiday Giveaway ~ Week 4!

    The next few weeks will be the busiest time of the year for most of us as we run from party to party balancing baked treats, stacks of gifts, and bottles of wine to share. I love the fun that comes with winter gatherings, enjoying time with friends and family, but definitely seek some much needed quiet time once January settles in for the new year. This week’s giveaway will help you relax as you pamper your skin with these incredible handmade bodycare formulas! Two winners will receive a collection of our favorite herbal skincare products including our classic and divine Rose Skin Cream which is made by hand in small batches, the fragrant and gentle Rose Facial Wash, natural Cleansing Grains made with pure ingredients like rose petal powder, clay, and almond meal, our amazing Wild Rose Facial Toner to invigorate your skin, and a bottle of Relaxing Herbal Bath Salts to soothe […]

Week 3 Winners!

Thanks to everyone for sharing these amazing, heartwarming, exciting, and diverse tea experiences with us this week! I hope you’ve all had a chance to read them. The stories are truly awesome.   Congratulations to this week’s Holiday Giveaway winners! #378 – gingergargoyle #172 – cindyrwyomail Winners ~ We will contact you by e-mail for your name and mailing address, and then we’ll ship this delightful tea package right out. Enjoy the herbal goodness! Our last Holiday Giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, so if you weren’t chosen this week, be sure to enter for another chance to win!

Herbal Trivia!

Herbs are rich in history, usage, and folklore. We are constantly intrigued and amazed by all of the interesting ways that they have been utilized throughout time.  We thought that it would be fun to share some of these unique facts with you in the form of a little herbal trivia. We guarantee that everyone will learn a little something.  Have fun, and we wish you the best of luck! 1. Which spice is harvested from the stamens of a beautiful purple crocus? 2. What spice, according to Malaysian folklore, had the power to protect against crocodiles? 3. Some common French names for what plant are “Pissenlit” and “Dent-de-lion”? 4. What herb was once utilized as an antidote for poisoned arrows? Today, it is used to thicken culinary dishes and in body care preparations. 5. The essential oil distilled from what spice is used by Fishermen to disguise their scent when fishing? 6. Which North American herb was named […]

Holiday Giveaway ~ Week 3!

   This week’s exciting giveaway is sure to keep you warm throughout the long winter months…    The allure of tea has captivated the world for more than 5,000 years. According to ancient legend, this treasured libation was discovered by a Chinese Emperor as leaves floating on the wind from a nearby tree drifted into a pot of boiling water. The Emperor gazed with wonder as the water took on an intoxicating color and aroma. With one sip, the world became mesmerized by the powerfully restorative and delightfully quenching benefits of herbal infusions. This week’s winners will receive a collection of our favorite organic teas including Mango Ceylon, Genmaicha, Vanilla Rooibos, Firefly Chai, and Peace Tea! We will also send along one of our certified organic cotton Make Tea Not War  tote bags, and this elegant 32oz porcelain tea pot. This is the perfect set for tea lovers to sample a beautiful […]

Week 2 Winners!

Congratulations to this week’s Holiday Giveaway winners! #361 – cleverk9s #39 – Rvnhawk Winners ~ We will contact you by e-mail for your name and mailing address, and then will mail you a parcel full of delights from our Epicurean Organics line right out. Enjoy! Our next Holiday Giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, so if you weren’t chosen this week, be sure to enter for another chance to win!

We Hate Trash

 Just recently Mountain Rose Herbs was formally recognized by the Lane County government for our Zero Waste program which has had a tremendous impact on the waste issue that the state of Oregon is plagued with. I just got the confirmation e-mail in November that we were accepted as a winner and recipient of the Lane County Trashbusters award, and I must confess that I was overcome with pure ecstatic delight and I could not help the creeping sensation of giddiness which caused a few distracted days for me. It was a real hoot to meet with the County Commissioners during session, and the awards were given out during the actual board session, which added an “air of authenticity” to it all. A television interview on KEZI followed the award ceremony, which was tastefully done, only because the interviewer had “environmental leanings” and was impressed with the Zero Waste program […]

Holiday Giveaway ~ Week 2!

It’s time for our second weekly holiday giveaway! With so many wonderful products filling our warehouse, it was difficult to choose what to give away but we finally decided upon a product line that is perfect for the holiday season. For this week’s giveaway, we will send two lucky blog readers a parcel full of delights from our Epicurean Organics line! Each Epicurean Organics gift set will include a bottle of organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, organic Macadamia Nut Oil, organic Green Peppercorns, Red Alaea Salt, organic Pumpkin Pie Spice, organic Seasoning Salt, and a vial filled with luscious organic Vanilla beans. Not only will these delectable ingredients make your taste buds swoon, but you can also feel good about using them.  The ingredients in our Epicurean Organics line are organic, fairly traded through our Good Trade Program, the bottles and labels are made with recycled materials, and a portion of the sales are donated […]

Week 1 Winners!

  Congratulations to this week’s Holiday Giveaway winners! #178 –  nancyikelly  #91 – writersblock    Winners ~ Please send your name and mailing address to and we will have your essential oil aromatherapy sets shipped right out. Enjoy! Our next Holiday Giveaway will be announced on Wednesday, so if you weren’t chosen this week, be sure to enter for another chance to win!

Herbal Stocking Stuffers

  Give the gift of herbal healing this holiday season with simple and unique homemade gifts Items purchased from a store never feel quite as good as giving gifts that have been lovingly handcrafted. Leave the usual stress of holiday shopping behind by creating these homemade goodies for your loved ones! Sipping on a comforting mug of tea and listening to some of your favorite tunes will help ensure that your gifting experience is much more enjoyable than a shopping trip to a crowded store could ever be. Herb Sachets Last year, I collected and dried wild Cedar tips from the woods and then packed them into small cotton muslin bags which I stamped with images of birds, owls, trees, and botanicals. They were a hit! Everyone loved them and the lingering herbal aromas that they imparted. – Herbs or Spices: I used Lavender and Cedar Tips, but any fragrant herb or […]

Holiday Giveaway ~ Week 1

Now this is exciting! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy creating herbal gifts and delicious treats for our friends and families. After filling  tubes with luscious homemade lip balm, whipping up velvety healing lotions, and baking super spiced pies and cookies, we started thinking…wouldn’t it be awesome to give herbal goodies to our blog readers, too? So, each Monday for the next four weeks, we will be giving away prizes from Mountain Rose Herbs to two lucky blog readers! That’s eight chances to win some extraordinarily fantastic herbal loot. This week, we’re giving away a beautiful aromatherapy gift set including our Classic Essential Oil Sampler, a Moroccan Soapstone Diffuser, and six handmade pure beeswax tea lights!    You can experiment with some of the most popularly used organic essential oils including Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree. This lovely kit includes oodles of helpful information about each […]