Monthly Archives: May 2011

Our First Mothers' Tea: Presenting Fecundi-Tea!

fe•cun•di•ty [fi-kuhn-di-tee] noun 1. The quality of being fecund; capacity of producing young. 2. Fruitfulness or fertility, as of the earth. 3. The capacity of abundant production: fecundity of imagination. A number of months ago, we asked our customers “If you were in charge of making a pregnancy tea blend for Mountain Rose Herbs, what herbs would make the perfect blend?”, and the response was overwhelming! We passed all of your brilliant suggestions on to our skilled tea formulators. After collecting nettles, lemon balm, spearmint, dandelion leaf, alfalfa and several other herbs, they disappeared into the tea formulation lair, leaving us to wait expectantly outside. Finally, they emerged triumphantly with our long-awaited first mothers’ tea blend: Fecundi-Tea! Although it’s a tasty anytime tea, Fecundi-Tea has been meticulously formulated to be particularly helpful for expectant mothers by supporting general uterine health during pregnancy. As an added plus, this refreshing blend includes […]

Photo Thursday

This is a photo of the gift basket we put together for the Wildflower Festival! Every year, amazing prizes are raffled off to help raise money for the Mount Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. We piled up sacks of herbal tea, organic seasonings, gourmet oils, medicinal extracts, a tea set, and more goodies for the celebration this year!   You can see more photos from this year’s festival in our Facebook album HERE. Happy spring!

Meet the Author ~ William Sullivan

William Sullivan has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. He is a 5th generation Oregonian and has authored seven books about Oregon’s outdoors, as well as two books on Oregon history, two adventure memoirs, and three novels! The journal of his 1000-mile hike across the state, Listening for Coyote was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s 100 Books.   We are beyond honored to have this phenomenal wilderness expert share his knowledge and experiences with us at Rootstalk! Enjoy our entertaining interview with him below, filled with poisonings, forest spirits, and old fashioned stick-ups!   1. What classes will you be teaching at Rootstalk this year?  Because I’ve written so many hiking guidebooks, people often ask me “What is your favorite spot in Oregon?” This is such a complicated question that I’ve decided to give a slide show about it at Rootstalk on Friday evening.  […]

New Product Friday: 4 New Herbs!

Herbs are the foundation, heart and soul of Mountain Rose Herbs, and we’re always delighted to be able to add fresh new offerings to our lineup. This week, we’re unveiling 4 new herbs! The tantalizing thalli of Oak Moss Organic Cordyceps Mushroom Powder As students of traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicines know, use of Cordyceps sinensis dates back to the 15th century. In these traditional medicines, Cordyceps is regarded and valued for restoring energy, promoting longevity, and general improvement of quality of life. Because wild Cordyceps is rare and expensive, a strain isolated from the wild form has been cultivated and is now commonly used. We’re happy to offer a type of Cordyceps that’s organically grown in the United States. Organic Red Sage (Dan Shen) Root Red Sage, also known as dan shen, has been a staple of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Traditionally used for increasing circulation of the […]

Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea

Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a beautiful flowering herb in the mint family native to Central America. When soaked in water, the mucilaginous nature of the seed makes Chia a diverse ingredient for smoothies, baked goods, sprouting, and soothing drinks. These marbled black, gray, and cream colored seeds are little treasure troves of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and anti-oxidants! This recipe gives the traditional Chia Fresca drink a creative twist. The tartness of Hibiscus tea paired with the sweetness of honey and the viscous Chia gel come together in superbly refreshing harmony. Not only delicious and nourishing, this tea is the perfect demulcent treat to help soothe and relax mucus membranes in your digestive system that may be irritated. Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea 1 tbsp organic Hibiscus High Tea 1 tbsp organic Hibiscus Flowers, dried 1 handful of fresh blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries, blended 2 tbsp raw local honey […]

May Wine

May Wine is an old, traditional beverage that originated in Germany and is consumed throughout Europe. Infusing white wine with Sweet Woodruff gives this libation an herbal flavor with green notes that are refreshing and pleasant. Often served on May Day and at spring and early-summer weddings, this beverage is perfect for sharing with friends and family during dinner parties, backyard barbeques, picnics, and at other get-togethers.  May Wine was historically brewed during the May and June months when Sweet Woodruff is in flower, but there is no need to restrict consumption to these months.  This light and refreshing herbal infused beverage is a perfect treat that can be enjoyed throughout the year! Not only does May Wine taste delectable, but Sweet Woodruff has a long history of herbal and medicinal use. It has been used throughout the ages to treat ailments including liver problems and jaundice. During the Middle Ages, Sweet Woodruff was widely applied as a poultice for […]

Even More Oregon Soap Company Goodness!

Around here, we’re huge fans of Oregon Soap Company! For several years, we’ve offered (and enjoyed) their luscious, long-lasting organic bar soaps. Carefully handcrafted with organic vegetable oils and scented with pure plant-derived essential oils, these soaps are the real thing. These friendly soapcrafters are friends of the natural world as well; for every 10 bars or 5 gallons of soap sold, they are committed to planting one tree or native plant! That’s why, when our customers asked us to carry more Oregon Soap Company products, we wasted no time. We contacted our friend and “Soapman” Sat Atma Singh, who very obligingly sent an assortment of organic foaming hand washes for us to try. When the package arrived, we eagerly unpacked it and ran to the sink for a little handwashing party! We weren’t disappointed—the foaming hand washes smell every bit as delicious as the bar soaps, and the lavish […]

Photo Thursday

    Okay, who reads tea leaves around here? I have a feeling the message is,”drink more tea!” We’ve been getting creative with all of the lovely green, white, black, and herbal teas brewed around the office this week. This incredible teapot is indeed made of tea! Feeling inspired? Send a photo of your herbal  masterpieces to us and we’ll post them!  

Share the Bear!

New Seeds from Horizon Herbs!

In celebration of Spring, and in eager anticipation of lush summer herb gardens, we’ve added eleven new varieties to our family of organically grown herb seeds from our good friends at Horizon Herbs! In addition to our existing vast collection, you can now select from Zaatar, Madder, Hibiscus, Cilantro, Elecampane, Parsley, Cayenne Pepper, Purslane, Garden Sage, Summer Savory or Thyme. Founded by world-renowned herbalist Richo Cech (who will be teaching at Rootstalk this year!), Horizon grows and hand-harvests an unbelievable variety of medicinal herb species on their beautiful organic herb farm in Williams, Oregon. Grown with love and harvested with care, these are truly special seeds from truly special growers. Happy planting! –Jessie

Rose & Lavender Facial Toner

  This is one of my all-time favorite facial toner recipes!  I love how hydrating, soothing, refreshing, and gentle it is. This facial toner is suitable for all skin types and is perfect for using at any time of the year.  The Vegetable Glycerin in this recipe acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin, Witch Hazel Extract and Rose Flower Water are gently cleansing and toning, and the Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Extract and Lavender Essential Oil are soothing and calming. Facial toners are an important part of daily skin care routines.  They improve the skin’s tone and texture by naturally tightening and toning pores, hydrating the skin, and removing any residue of make-up or dirt left behind after washing.  Please feel free to adapt and embellish this recipe to see what works best for you. Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, Calendula, Chamomile, and Rose Geranium flower waters are also […]

And the Winner is. . .

21. bluemoonnl says: April 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm I liked the FB profile page and tweeted on twitter My favorite herb to grow is Mint. I know that must sound funny but it brings back childhood memories. My mother always had mint growing. It always smelled great, grew fast tall and green. All it takes is for me to walk past a patch of mint and I am a little girl again. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for taking part in the giveaway. May all of your gardens be full of flowers!