Monthly Archives: February 2011

Photo Thursday!

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!

A World of Tea ~ 6 Favorites

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 […]

Photo Thursday

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!  

Just In!

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….

Get Wild!

  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!  

Photo Thursday!

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

Alluring Vanilla Recipes

 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. […]

Good Earth Show

  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:

Herbal Gifts to Love

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 […]

Photo Thursday!

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…

Let Nature Design Her Own Blueprints

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 […]

Hawthorn for the Heart

 Marke the faire blooming of the Hawthorne tree Who finely cloathed in a robe of white, Fills full the wanton eye with May’s delight. – Chaucer Introduction Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is the most well-known herb for the heart. This member of the rose family has white to brownish flowers, deeply lobed and rose-like leaves, brown woody stems, and yellowish-brown to wine-red fruit which is oval, wrinkled, and berry-like (actually a pome). Commonly used in teas, tinctures, and capsules to treat the heart, the legends surrounding Hawthorn trees go back centuries – especially in Europe and the British Isles. Hawthorn has long been used as a food and medicine in Europe; particularly Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where it ranks as one of the most popularly used botanical medicines, supporting healthy heart function. Many clinical studies have been conducted on Hawthorn over the past 20 years with great promise. History The most famous Hawthorn in Britain […]