Monthly Archives: January 2011

Photo Thursday!

Welcome to our first installment of Photo Thursday! We thought it would be fun to post a picture from around Mountain Rose Herbs every week to give ya’ll a little inside look at what goes on in our bustling offices, warehouse, laboratory, the neighboring wetlands, our travels, and more. So, this week’s photo is an awesome shot of our Pesticide-Free Area sign that I took at our old facility in Pleasant Hill last summer. It reminds me that blue skies and green fields are just around the corner and I can’t wait to hang one in my new garden this year as the spring warmth brings us new beauty!  

Love Inspired Body Care Recipes

Valentine’s Day is just a few short weeks away. What better way to celebrate than by pampering yourself or a loved one with handmade body care products?  Even if you’re not too wild about the holiday itself, you can still craft these recipes to spoil yourself and those you love. Simple to make, these love inspired items can help create an unforgettable experience! Rose & Geranium Bath Bombs Enjoy taking a bath with these fun and fizzy aromatic bath bombs. Ingredients: – 1 cup Baking Soda – 1/2 cup Citric Acid – 1/2 cup Epsom Salt – 1 TBSP organic Rose Hydrosol or water – 1 tsp organic Olive oil – Dried organic Rose petals – 20 drops organic Geranium essential oil Instructions: Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle in Olive Oil and essential oil while stirring to prevent fizzing. Slowly spritz with hydrosol while stirring constantly until the mixture […]

Wild Foods ~ The Dandelion

Have you tried a dandelion burrito? Yum!  This is a really fun recipe to make after a day weeding in the garden. What’s your favorite way to use dandelions and other beneficial weeds?    

  • DIY: Craft Your Own Lip Balm

DIY: Craft Your Own Lip Balm

Lip balm is truly one of the easiest and most inexpensive beauty products to create at home. Not only is crafting your own surprisingly simple, you’ll have full control over all of the ingredients and the satisfaction of knowing that you’re putting pure, natural, and organic elements on your lips! Three of my favorite recipes are listed below, but feel free to experiment and create your own.  Let's make lip balm! It’s fun to concoct lip balm recipes using your favorite botanical ingredients and essential oils! As a general rule, blend 3 parts carrier oil to 1 part beeswax, and add 1 part butter if using. Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and add essential oils and vitamin E […]

A Passion For Organic

Back in 2001 I began the process of re-structuring Mountain Rose Herbs with an exclusive focus on certified organic materials- simply because I could not blithely ignore the harsh realities that conventional agriculture was causing to our communities, landscape, rivers and wildlife. This was a daunting task because it meant that no conventionally grown materials could enter our warehouse, which is much more difficult to enforce than you can imagine! However it fills all of us at Mountain Rose Herbs with an immense sense of pride knowing that we remain the only herbal products company that does not offer its customers conventionally grown items, nor do we allow them into our facilities. I was recently given an awesome opportunity to speak candidly with Organic Connections magazine about why organic agriculture is important to Mountain Rose Herbs and why other companies are not following our lead. It’s a great article and […]

Seeds of Inspiration

  What herbs do you plan to grow in your garden this year? Thanks to our awesome fans for this beautiful animation and inspiration!

A New Kind Of Fair Trade

Since our inception in 1987 we have always supported the principles based upon Fair Trade systems and in the late 1990’s when formal Fair Trade certification became available we made great haste in getting Mountain Rose Herbs certified and approved for the sale and distribution of Fair Trade teas, herbs and spices from our network of farms. However something was amiss as we quickly realized that the Fair Trade system as we knew it only guaranteed premiums for the farmers but little was done to ensure that the company offering, distributing, or processing the Fair Trade items was conducting itself ethically and responsibly. To our great joy we learned about the program offered by IMO which is called “Fair For Life” and we were ecstatic about the possibility of partnering with this unique organization. Unlike traditional Fair Trade programs that merely certify just the products, the Fair For Life program is […]

Make a Plant Press

The frosty, bloomless months of winter offer their own charms as mosses, lichens, and mushrooms pop from every moist nook under the forest canopy, but who doesn’t long for the sun filled beauty of handpicked wildflowers? The colorful blossoms of spring and summer can be enjoyed year round with one simple tool that is easily crafted during a lazy afternoon at home.  Plant presses have been used for hundreds of years to dry and preserve specimens for safe travel across vast continents and rough seas. Explorers would guard their botanical treasures like gold, hoping to return home with a variety of floral curiosities for later identification, taxonomic cataloging, and even cherished supplies for artwork. Presses can be small enough to carry in your hiking pack, perfect for collecting herbaceous plant leaves, roots, and flowers as you wander, or they can be made large enough to press a towering Verbascum thapsus […]