Monthly Archives: March 2011

Meet the Herbalist ~ Giveaway!

 Meet Kathi Keville!   Kathi Keville has been teaching and writing about herbal medicine, aromatherapy, herb gardening, and ethnobotany for over forty years. She is the author of 14 books, hosts an herb centered radio show, is the director of the American Herb Association, founding member of the American Herbalist Guild and United Plant Savers, was given honorary membership to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and the American Aromatherapy Association for her work, and much more as this impressive list of experience goes on! We are thrilled and honored to have Kathi share her wisdom with us at this year’s Rootstalk Festival!  The Giveaway! To celebrate, we are giving away a copy of her book Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art  along with one of our Classic Essential Oil Kits so you can experiment! There are 5 easy ways to enter for a chance to win this awesome prize: 1. Read our interview with Kathi below and leave […]

Marvelous Maqui!

Three cheers for Maqui berry! We would like to introduce you all to this amazing little fruit (we hate to call them “super fruits” simply because we consider all fruit “super”) that comes to us from our Chilean contract farm as a wild forest item. One interesting bit that we would like to share with you is that there are no commercial orchards that produce Maqui on a commercial scale and most of the world’s supply is from wild gathered areas. This delectable little beauty has several trade names and it is most commonly referred to as Chilean Wineberry because of its use in producing experimental wines during the last 4 centuries. Maqui or Chilean Wineberry has been successfully cultivated in England since the 1700s, and was cultivated sparingly in the United States by the early 1900s. In 1844 the French botanist Claude Grey documented that Maqui berries were widely consumed by the […]

  • How to Make Natural Green Cleaning Solutions

How to Make Natural Cleaning Solutions

Snow is melting away, green leaves are peeking out on limbs, and early blossoms are coloring the city pink and yellow. The long awaited warmth of spring is a little more noticeable as the days pass and I’m excited about the promise of a new garden space. While it’s still a bit early for dreams of tomatoes ripening on the vine, a deep spring cleaning is surely calling my name. We all know that commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, burn the eyes, sting the lungs, and poison the land and water we cherish. Not to mention the budget-busting expense and all the waste produced by those empty plastic bottles and extra packaging. I’ve been using my own cleaning formulas for years now and love how easy and inexpensive they are to create.  These quick and easy recipes will help you prepare your home […]

Congrats to Steven!

  We are so proud of Steven Yeager, our awesome QC Laboratory Manager, for being elected to the AHPA Board of Trustees during Expo West this year! Steven is second from the right in the snazzy gray sweater. AHPA, also known as the American Herbal Products Association, has been actively promoting the responsible commerce of herbal products for 30 years. This important industry organization works to ensure that consumers are informed and have access to a wide variety of herbal goods, and to guide healthy regulatory and business environment practices for the entire range of health-related products. This is a huge accomplishment and we are thrilled for Steven to be part of this esteemed group! 

Photo Thursday!

The Tall Oregon Grape is showing off its pretty yellow flowers all along our sidewalks here at Mountain Rose. The blossoms sure inspired Tom, our graphic designer. He made this for Photo Thursday. OoOoOoh!

Rootstalk Ticket Discount Extended!

Happy spring equinox to everyone! In celebration, we are extending the Spring Equinox Special ticket price for our Rootstalk Festival for one week only! Extending the discount date has been a popular request, so now you can get tickets for the entire Rootstalk Festival for just $199 until March 28th! Don’t miss this awesome deal! Rootstalk Festival  Spring Equinox Special Ticket Price $199.00 Discount Deadline – March 28th  Rootstalk is a three-day, three-night festival which takes place on 300 acres of old growth forest just outside of Salem, Oregon. Join us for this unique celebration of herbal living, love of wilderness, homesteading skills, folk-infused music, plant lore, organic agriculture, and a return to our community’s roots. Enjoy 35 celebrated teachers, 3 nights of music, herbal biergartens, sleeping under the stars, and more! All profits will be donated to Cascadia Wildlands!  Buy your Rootstalk tickets today!

Photo Thursday

We just returned from a wonderful, inspirational, and fun-filled Natural Products Expo West!  We had a blast meeting our customers in person, connecting with allies in the organic movement, waving at Guayaki’s booth across the aisle from ours, hanging out with buds from Coconut Bliss, making new friends, and seeing old ones.  Thank you to everyone to took the time to stop by our booth to visit us.  It truly was a joy to see you! ~ irene

Photo Thursday

Check out these amazing witch hazel flowers blooming just outside our office. Such curious and lovely petals. Spring is upon us!

Double Your Donation To Land Conservation

Want to make your donation to land conservation go even further? Donate to the McKenzie River Trust by March 31st and Mountain Rose Herbs will automatically match your donation dollar for dollar up to $2,500. This is a perfect opportunity to double your investment in Western Oregon land conservation, and it will help advance the programs put into place by this priceless organization we all love and adore. Please help McKenzie River Trust secure these much needed funds by sending them your contribution by the deadline, and remember for each dollar you donate, Mountain Rose Herbs will match it up to $2,500. To learn more about the Mountain Rose Herbs matching gift campaign and to donate please visit

Doug Elliott's Wild Wisdom

Doug Elliott will share plant lore and useful herbalism between harmonica riffs at this year’s Rootstalk Festival! He’s hosting our Storytelling Night around the ceremonial fire pit too. It’s a real hoot to watch this jolly naturalist, author, and storyteller perform. Check out this video of Doug making  some poplar bark berry baskets, tending to his beehive, and singing the Strawberry Boogie!

Announcing! SO BEYOND excited to announce this amazing festival we’re hosting September 22nd – 25th!  35 Celebrated Teachers 70 Classes, Workshops, & Walks 3 Nights of Music Fireside Folklore Moonlight Masquerade Ball Crafter’s Bazaar Organic Food Court Oregon Micro-Brew Biergartens Peace Tea Pavilion 300 Lush Forested Acres Canoeing on Pagoda Pond Solar Heated Pool, Archery Range, Hiking Trails and more! The dream of creating a festival steeped in herbal tradition, eco-activism, wilderness skills, joyous revelry, and blossoming community is rooted deep in the history of Mountain Rose Herbs. As plant lovers and herbalists, we are intimately connected with the incredible healing power and ultimate beauty offered through our experiences with the wild. It’s this deep connection to nature and community we hoped to cultivate when we finally decided to go for it! When we started planning Rootstalk early last year, we knew that the location would be essential to the experience. We traveled the […]