Monthly Archives: February 2011

24 02, 2011

Photo Thursday!

By |February 24th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |1 Comment

We’ll have a BIG announcement to share with ya’ll next week! And we mean old-growth BIG!  How about a sneak peek? Clue #3 For more clues, visit our Twitter page!
23 02, 2011

A World of Tea ~ 6 Favorites

By |February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |4 Comments

The allure of tea has captivated the world for more than 5,000 years. I too have been an enchanted teahead since the delicious liquor of Orange Pekoe first passed my lips. As a kid, my dad would make a fresh pitcher of sweet tea every few days, steeping a strong black amber brew and then whipping sugar into the hot infusion before tossing just-sliced juicy lemon wheels into the dark swirling goodness. So refreshing during hot summer barbeques, the tea’s sweetness and astringency cut right through the wonderfully salty and greasy southern cooking of my childhood. Not knowing where to begin, I decided to try them all. The diverse world of tea blossomed for me 10 years ago when I moseyed into a new little tea house in my funky neighborhood. I stood at the counter in complete awe of the tea rainbow that surrounded me. Not knowing where to begin, I decided to […]
21 02, 2011

Herbal Remedies for Sniffles

By |February 21st, 2011|Categories: Recipes and DIY|Tags: |20 Comments

During the cold winter months when our bodies are vulnerable to seasonal sicknesses, herbs can help keep us healthy. Many herbs have antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help the body resist germs and infection, others boost the immune system and shorten recovery times, and some herbs can be used to naturally treat, sooth, and relieve cold and flu symptoms including sore throats and nasal congestion. Keep these herbal remedies in your home medicine chest and you’ll have them on hand whenever you need them! Herbal Vapor Balm Interestingly enough, two of the common active ingredients in commercially-made vapor rubs are Eucalyptus essential oil and Menthol. But, the classic ointments also contain things like Petroleum and Turpentine oil. Luckily, we can make a homemade version utilizing all-natural elements and botanicals! – 1/2 cup organic Olive Oil – 1/2 – 1 tsp organic Menthol Crystals – 1 oz Beeswax, coarsely chopped or use pastilles – 15 drops organic […]
17 02, 2011

Photo Thursday

By |February 17th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |1 Comment

Meet Tom. He’s the man behind all of the aesthetically exciting and smart design here at Mountain Rose. From catalogs, to product labels, our advertisements, website photography, and beyond, he makes our herbal world a true work of art…while rocking out to Bad Religion and The Misfits!  
15 02, 2011

Just In!

By |February 15th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |1 Comment

We just love expanding our liquid herbal extract (also known as tinctures) line and recently we completed 5 new single extracts which we are now offering. They include Catnip, Cilantro, Blue Vervain, Alfalfa, Raspberry, and Rosemary. Oh boy are they good! We are also working on a select line of about 20 combination extracts and with a little luck they should be available in the next month or so. Click here to see our complete line of herbal extracts. Also, instead of buying our herbal extracts, you can very easily make your very own from freshly harvested materials from your garden or surrounding area, which is infinitely more fun and satisfying. If this is something that might interest you, check out this video….
14 02, 2011

Get Wild!

By |February 14th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |1 Comment

  Congratulations to our VP here at Mountain Rose, Shawn Donnille for becoming the most recent board member for Oregon Wild! This is really exciting news and a wonderful opportunity for us to deepen our previous partnership with this incredible group that protects and restores Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and natural waterways. Oregon Wild works to sustain an enduring legacy of thriving ecosystems for Oregonians, that will surely ripple throughout the planet. We hope that you’ll pay them a visit to check out all of the awesome projects they’re leading – or better yet, become a member! You can learn more about Oregon Wild here!  
10 02, 2011

Photo Thursday!

By |February 10th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |1 Comment

Maggie, the magnificent Mountain Rose office pup, enjoying fields of aromatic pennyroyal in the lush West Eugene Wetlands!   
10 02, 2011

Alluring Vanilla Recipes

By |February 10th, 2011|Categories: Recipes and DIY|Tags: |8 Comments

 What could be better than adorning ourselves with the exquisite scent of orchids? Did you know that Vanilla Beans come from gorgeous orchid flowers? Growing Vanilla is truly labor intensive. Every orchid must be hand pollinated by farm workers who carefully transfer the pollen from the anther to the stigma of the flower. The Vanilla flower has a very short life span, and only blooms for less than a day.  This means that the growers have to inspect their plantations daily for open flowers to pollinate. 6-9 months after pollination, the long green pods begin to turn yellow at their tips, which means that they are ready to be harvested. The Beans are picked and then cured for 3-6 months on drying racks in the sun and in special conditioning rooms. During this time, they develop the dark color, rich aroma, and delicious flavor that we all know and love. Aside […]
9 02, 2011

Good Earth Show

By |February 9th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |0 Comments

  We’ve posted photos from our weekend at the Good Earth Show here in Eugene! We had an awesome time hanging out in our recycled herbalist’s garden and connecting with our neighborhood folks. Click the link below to see our photo album from the event! Good Earth Show Photos: http://on.fb.me/hof36B
8 02, 2011

Herbal Gifts to Love

By |February 8th, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |3 Comments

If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine’s Day, just remember that February 14th is the perfect excuse to honor that special someone. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your exceptionally beautiful  lover, best friend, favorite aunt, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence? These all natural and organic gift ideas will be well enjoyed by the one you hold dear! Lover’s Essential Oil Kit Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of Rose essential oil? This set is much better than a bouquet! We love this romantic collection of sensuous and arousing essential oils. Each pure botanical oil comes in its own glass vial, beautifully packaged in a crimson gift box. The perfect way to enjoy Clary Sage, organic Ylang Ylang, organic Palmarosa, organic Sandalwood, organic Patchouli and a 1/24 ounce vial of true Rose.    ~~  Lover’s Essential Oil Kit ~~   Massage Oils Everyone loves […]
3 02, 2011

Photo Thursday!

By |February 3rd, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |1 Comment

In the cold winter days of 2010, our Operations Manager Jennifer Gerrity traveled to sunny India, colorful with culture and history, to visit our farms and meet with longtime suppliers who grow organic herbs around the country.  During her trip, she visited our gorgeous organic chili pepper crops, ripening in the sun! More photos and stories from her trip coming soon…
2 02, 2011

Let Nature Design Her Own Blueprints

By |February 2nd, 2011|Categories: Misc|Tags: |2 Comments

As most of you have heard, we have been sadly hit with another defeat by the USDA’s recent deregulation of genetically modified Alfalfa. All of us at Mountain Rose Herbs don’t like the idea of folks in funny lab suits manipulating nature’s blueprint and for these people who have always promoted that it COULD be done, we have always retorted with SHOULD it be done. In 1999 Mountain Rose Herbs began campaigning for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food items and at that time we had partnered with a ground breaking organization called Mothers For Natural Law. Sadly they are no longer with us but we have not stopped the fight! Currently our regulatory compliance manager Bryan Burnette has begun developing a partnership with Organic Consumers Association as the Oregon representative for the national campaign for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food crops and you can be rest assured that […]