Archive for June, 2011

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Christine|30 June 2011

Here are a few photos from the trip Peggy and I took to the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas last week!

Here’s Peggy on her way into the exhibit hall. Her smile isn’t the only thing that’s sunny–it was about 105 degrees outside! Notice the stylish “Make Tea Not War” tote she brought along.

We stopped by the Herbal Experience booth to visit with our friend Nicole Carter. She is the mastermind (and star) of the great instructional DVD
Herbs That Heal.

Here’s Peggy carefully inspecting herb samples from a supplier’s nifty little sample suitcase.

This matcha grinder has been in this gentleman’s family for generations!

We were smitten with these bright copper kettles and Graham’s British accent!

Vibrant green tea leaves.

We saw a magic teapot that floated in midair!

I was pretty tired after visiting all the booths, so I decided to relax and unwind by having a tea party with my pal Peter Rabbit. He brews up a mean chamomile!


Three cheers for tea!

–Jessie

Medicine Making Basics ~ Herbal Infusions

Posted by Erin|28 June 2011

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Infusions

Herbal Infusions and Decoctions

Tea is a water extract of herbs called an infusion.

 

Hot Infusions

Hot infusions draw out vitamins, enzymes, and aromatic volatile oils.
A few good herbs for hot infusions include Chamomile, Holy Basil, Ginger, Nettle, Peppermint, and Skullcap.

Basic Method

~ Scoop 1-3 tablespoons of dried herb into a strainer.
~ Heat 1 cup of water until it just comes to a boil.
~ Place strainer in your cup.
~ Pour hot water over herbs and cover to keep the essential oils from escaping.
~ Steep for 15 minutes to 1 hour and strain.

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Infusions

Cold Infusions

Cold Infusions are ideal for slimy herbs and herbs with delicate essential oils.
A few good herbs for cold infusions include Marshmallow root, Chia seed, and fresh Lemon Balm.

Basic Method

~ Fill a quart jar with cold water.
~ Bundle 1oz of herb in cheesecloth.
~ Slightly moisten the bundled herb.
~ Submerge the bundle just below the water in the jar.
~ Drape the tied end of the bundle over the lip of the jar.
~ Secure by loosely screwing on the cap.
~ Allow to infuse overnight.

OR

~ Place herbs in a quart jar, fill with cold water, and cap.
~ Allow to infuse overnight.

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Infusions

Decoctions

Decoctions are simmered teas that are perfect for the extraction of hard roots, dried berries, barks, and seeds.

Basic Method

~ Place 3 tablespoons of dried herb into a small sauce pan.
~ Cover the herbs with a quart of cold water.
~ Slowly heat the water to a simmer and cover.
~ Allow to gently simmer for 20 to 45 minutes.
~ Strain the herb and reserve the tea in a quart jar.
~ Pour additional hot water back through the herb in the strainer to fill your jar.

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Infusions

Fun Tip!

Add a bit of honey, fruit juice, licorice root powder, or powdered Stevia leaf to sweeten your tea.
Freeze in ice cube trays or popsicle molds. Kids love these herbal ice pops!

Herbal Syrups

Making herbal syrup is a great way to preserve your medicinal teas. They are also soothing, good for sore throats, the flu, stomach upset, relaxation, and more depending on the herbs you use. Plus, they are super tasty!

Basic Method

~ Decoct roots, barks, and berries for 20 mins.
~ Add leafy herbs and steep for 10 mins.
~ Strain the herb and measure the liquid.
~ Add equal amount of raw local honey.
~ Simmer gently (below 110 degrees) until dissolved.

Storage
~ Pour into dry, sterilized amber bottles.
~ Optional: Add 1 part tincture to 3 part syrup for a medicinal boost and longer shelf life.
~ Label your syrup!
~ Store in refrigerator for 6 months.
~ Take 1 teaspoon as needed.

Medicine Making Basics: Herbal Infusions

Enjoy your herbal infusions!

~Erin

We Love Aubrey Products!!

Posted by Christine|24 June 2011

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we’re big fans of Aubrey shampoos and conditioners—not only do they work great and smell even better, but they’re all SLS free and are manufactured without the use of artificial fragrances, preservatives, surfactants, and cleansing agents, and most of them are blended with certified organic botanical ingredients. There are about as many types of hair among Mountain Rose Herbs employees as you’ll find anywhere, and everyone has his or her favorite Aubrey products. Here are testimonials from a few of us:

Krissy, our Administrative Assistant, has the cutest natural golden curls you can imagine—her only problem is that her spirallicious locks tend towards frizziness. She loves the Island Naturals shampoo and conditioner because they soften and moisturize, leaving her curls bouncy and smooth.

Mason in Customer Service has thick, wavy “normal” hair (whatever that means, right?) and a righteous beard. He keeps both of them clean and fresh with the Blue Camomile shampoo and conditioner.


I myself am quite partial to the Green Tea shampoo—it makes my longish, fine, stick-straight hair shiny, swingy, and tangle-free. When I need a conditioner, I use the oily-hair trick of applying Green Tea conditioner below my ears only.


We’ve also just introduced 2 new sets of Aubrey hair care: Camomile Luxurious shampoo and conditioner (not to be confused with Blue Camomile) and Honeysuckle Rose shampoo and conditioner.
Happy (and healthy) lathering!
–Jessie

Poppy Swap Giveaway!

Posted by Erin|23 June 2011

 

Calling all plant loving, body care crafting, medicine making, and backyard gardening herb enthusiasts! We are thrilled to introduce a one-of-a-kind herbal marketplace and community to you all.

Welcome to Poppy Swap!

So, what is Poppy Swap?  

Think of Poppy Swap as the Etsy of herbal products. You can browse the site for amazing holistic medicinals, herbal edibles, bodycare and cosmetics, aromatherapy, pet care products, and many more high quality goodies – all handcrafted by small-scale, cottage-industry herbalists. Plus, every creation offered through the site is made with natural ingredients that have been produced in a sustainable manner. Too awesome, right?

Whether selling your homemade goods as an independent vendor or supporting the livelihoods of other skilled herbalists, Poppy Swap will connect you to an inspiring DIY community of sustainable commerce and herbal education.

 

The Giveaway!

 

Poppy Swap will join us at the Rootstalk Festival this September to share new and exciting community building tools that bring plants to the people! In anticipation of this amazing gathering, several Poppyswappers have offered their lovingly made herbal crafts to help spread the word. There are two prizes up for grabs!

Herbal Roots Zine Subscription

 

One winner will receive a 1 year subscription to the Herbal Roots Zine by Kristine Brown! That’s 12 free issues! Herbal Roots Zine is a monthly PDF magazine for children and adults that teaches herbal medicine through games and stories. Beautifully illustrated, each edition focuses on one herb and contains many activities to make learning fun. Enjoy stories, crossword puzzles, mazes, crafts, recipes and much more!

Recipe Book and Herbal Tooth Powder

 

Our second winner will receive a copy of Balms & Salves: How to and Recipes by Tina Sams as well as Cinnamon Stick Tooth Powder from Aquarian Bath!

Balms & Salves is 55 pages of herbal information and recipes for lotion bars, pomades, ointments, muscle rubs, solid perfumes, lip balms, and more! With well over 20 years of experience, Tina Sams has created a handy guide filled with 50 wonderful recipes for health and healing.

The wonderfully natural Cinnamon Stick Tooth Powder is a great non-abrasive alternative to toothpaste. This powder is made with food grade Bentonite Clay, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder, Activated Charcoal, 5x Myrhh powder, and organic stevia to detoxify and tone oral tissue!

How to Enter:

 

There are several ways to enter and you can submit up to 6 entries for a chance to win these marvelous prizes!

1. Visit Poppy Swap and leave a comment here telling us about another product from their marketplace you’d like to try.

2. Like Poppy Swap on Facebook and leave a comment here to let us know that you’re a fan.

3. Like the Rootstalk Festival on Facebook and leave a comment here to let us know that you’re a fan.

4. Post a link to our blog giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here to let us know you’ve posted.

5. Tweet about our blog giveaway on Twitter using the tag #PoppySwapping and leave a comment here to let us know that you’ve tweeted.

Be sure to follow us @poppyswap and @MtnRoseHerbs

6. Blog about our giveaway with a link back to this post, and leave a comment here with a link to your blog post so we can check it out!

You have until Wednesday, June 29th at 11:59pm PST to enter. We will pick two winners at random on Thursday, June 30th!

And the winners are. . .

Winner #1 

 Balms & Salves: How to & Recipes by Tina Sams and Cinnamon Stick Tooth Powder

#12 dabroad:
Poppy Swap liked on FB. Thanks for letting me know about it!

Winner #2

1 year subscription to the Herbal Roots Zine 

#74 jess:
June 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm I love tea! Went to check out the poppy swap site, and I would love to try their sassy mama loose leaf tea blend. looks delicious!

 Congratulations to you both and enjoy the goodies from Poppy Swap!!!

Meet The Herbalist ~ 7Song

Posted by Erin|21 June 2011

7Song has been enamored with herbalism since the early 80’s. He sees herbal medicine as an excellent blending of two favorite activities: studying nature and helping community.

From the community end, 7Song is director and teaches at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY – an endeavor he began in 1992. He also practices as a Western Clinical Herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic, which is one of a few integrated free clinics with an herbalist on staff. This has been an excellent avenue to help make herbal medicine more affordable, accessible, and to help those who know little of it.

On the naturalist side, he studies to learn the names of all living things he encounters from plants and insects to reptiles. 7Song also likes to take photos of these encounters, accurately label them, and share them on his website and on Facebook.

We are so excited to have 7Song share his wealth of experience as a clinical herbalist, botanist, and teacher with us at Rootstalk. Enjoy our interview!

1. What classes will you be teaching at Rootstalk this year?

Herbalists and Herbalism at Free Clinics
This is an informal talk for herbalists interested in bringing herbal medicine to free clinics. It will focus on my work at the Ithaca Free Clinic over the past 5 years and will include practical suggestions such as how to procure medicines, working with patients, working with staff, making patients’ medicines, useful equipment, and the like. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Plants Around Us – A Walk through the 4-H Center

We will look at botanical detail, clinical uses, interesting tidbits, and other aspects of the plants we encounter around the facilities, taking a closer look at plants and natural phenomena.

2. What is one of the most powerful moments you have experienced in the wild or through your work?

Two times come to mind. The first is when I am wildcrafting a plant, and have spent time seeking it out, making sure there is enough to harvest, finding a comfortable place to set up camp and prepare medicines, and then…gathering the plant in some beautiful far-off place just feeling my surroundings and glad to be a part of a tradition where this aspect is still present.

Also, when someone with a long-term chronic condition gets clear relief from herbal medicine. I know I shouldn’t admit it, but each time a person has a dramatic positive change in their health, I am surprised and once again, glad to be of service as an herbalist.

3. What is your primary environmental concern?

That is a tough one to answer as asked and it will be clear that I am not of the optimistic persuasion. I think my primary environmental concern is about many people’s lack of respect for each other and the environment. Until this happens, it seems we will degrade, degrade, degrade until a catastrophe hits. And later, we will begin our damage anew.

4. What can people do to help combat this in their community?

There is a lot we can do to help in our communities. While many people take the fight to the point of impact (i.e., West Virginia to help stop mountain top removal), or to raise community awareness through classes, I try to do it by teaching about herbal medicine. While this may just be the mutterings of a cynical activist, I feel that making a direct connection can be helpful, such as; ‘I picked this Actaea from a beautiful spot in West Virginia,’ hoping that it registers a connection between people and plants. But I don’t patronize about this, my patients are here for treatment not environmental awareness seminars.

But also while teaching classes, whether it is about wildcrafting or heath care, there are plenty of opportunities to help people see how important keeping proper ecological balance is. However, all this is limited in that many people who choose herbal medicine as a study or way to health, often have a good notion of this. Sigh.

5. Are there any projects that you are working on and would like to share?

Making herbal medicine affordable and assessable are both important to me. I have been working as a Western Clinical Herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic here in Ithaca, New York for the past 6 years. The first year was organizing the clinic and the past 5 years treating patients. It has been a valuable learning experience for me as an herbalist and for the many patients I have seen. Getting a less media-saturated view of herbal medicine, as well as taking plant-based medicines for their various health conditions is empowering. It’s an idea I hope to teach others about, to let herbalists see how we can help in this way.

I also help at Natural Doctor’s International (NDI) in Nicaragua, run by Tabatha Parker ND, a person I am honored to know and work with.

Mostly, I hope other herbalists consider who their community is, and how they can best help.

6. What do you hope to experience at Rootstalk this first year?

Networking is a primary reason I travel and meet people, trade ideas, and learn different ways of looking at things. And also to have some fun and late night discussions.

7. What is your favorite plant and why?

This is a question I have been being asked for about 30 years and I still don’t have an answer other than the one in front of me.

For more information about 7Song’s amazing work, visit:

http://www.rootstalkfest.com/page/seven-song

Summertime Remedies from the Garden

Posted by Irene|20 June 2011

Calendula flowers are great for summer time healing.

Cheerful and Vibrant Calendula Flowers in the Garden.

Summertime activities like hiking, gardening, and camping often result in sore muscles, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, sprains, sunburns, and other discomforts. Luckily, you can treat yourself with homemade herbal remedies straight from your garden!

These simple recipes can turn classic herbs into medicinal preparations that soothe, heal, and rejuvenate. Rosemary and Thyme are natural pain relievers with antiseptic properties, plus Rosemary increases circulation. Lavender, Calendula, and Chamomile are calming, anti-inflammatory, and healing making them useful for treating minor abrasions, cuts, and scrapes. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are refreshing, cooling, and relieve soreness. Sage helps deodorize and can be used as a disinfectant for minor cuts and abrasions. Oregano is one of the best herbal antiseptics available and has been used historically for aching muscles and spider bites. How amazing that we can grow all of this medicine right in our own gardens!

Aloe Vera, Lavender & Peppermint Sunburn Spray

Aloe Vera and Lavender offer immediate relief, shorten healing times, and are soothing while Peppermint is cooling and refreshing.

- 4 oz organic Aloe Vera Gel
- 15 drops organic Lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 2-5 drops organic Peppermint essential oil

Mix all ingredients, pour into a 4 ounce bottle, and apply to the skin as often as desired. Store in refrigerator to increase its cooling effect upon the skin.

DIY Herbal Liniment for sore muscles, bruises and spains!

Herbal Liniment Helps Relieve Sore Muscles, Bruises and Sprains.

Herbal Liniment

Herbal liniments offer instant relief for pain, inflamed muscles, bruises, and sprains.

- Rubbing Alcohol
- Fresh or dried herbs – combine any of the following: Calendula flowers, Chamomile flowers, Eucalyptus leaves, Lavender flowers, Peppermint leaves, Rosemary, Thyme, or Oregano.

Chop herbs finely and place in a clean glass jar. Cover thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and cap with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm area and shake daily or as often as possible. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth and pour the remaining liquid into glass bottles with mister tops. When properly stored in a cool dark place, the liniment will keep almost indefinitely. Make sure to label the liniment for “External Use Only”.

Herbal Massage Oil

This botanical-infused goodness accelerates healing times and soothes aching muscles, sprains, and areas that are inflamed or swollen.

- 4 oz herbal infused oil (see recipe below)* – choose one or a combination: Calendula, Chamomile, or Lavender.
- 10 drops Organic Peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops Organic Rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops Organic Eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops Organic Juniper Berry essential oil

Pour all ingredients into a glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. Massage into sore and tender muscles. If in a pinch, organic extra-virgin olive oil may be substituted for the herbal infused oil oils, but it will not have quite the same medicinal effects.

DIY Calendula, Lavender & Shea Butter Balm

Homemade Calendula, Lavender & Shea Butter Balm.

Calendula, Lavender & Shea Butter Balm

A soothing and healing balm. Rub into sore muscles or apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, chapped skin, and other skin irritations.

- 3 oz Calendula flower infused herbal oil (see recipe below)*
- 1 oz Shea Butter
- 1/2 oz Beeswax
- 20 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Melt beeswax, Shea butter, and Calendula oil over a double boiler until melted, then remove from burner and mix in the Lavender oil. Quickly pour into tins or glass jars and allow to cool thoroughly before using or capping jar.

Milk & Oatmeal Herbal Bath

Nothing feels better on sore muscles than a peaceful soak in a bathtub!

- 1 cup organic Milk
- 1 cup organic Oatmeal
- 1 handful fresh Chamomile flowers or 2 TBSP dried
- 1 handful fresh Lavender flowers or 2 TBSP dried
- 1 sprig fresh Rosemary or 1 TBSP dried

Place oatmeal and herbs into a cloth or muslin bag and tie under the tub faucet. Turn hot water on and allow it to run through the bag so that the bathwater will be infused with the healing properties of the herbs and oatmeal. Once that the bathwater has reached desired temperature, pour the milk directly in. You can continue to use the bag like a washcloth and rub it along your skin, especially in areas that need some extra care!

Sage is Medicinal Plus Attracts Beneficial Bees & Butterflies.

Herbal Foot Soak

Soak those tired “dogs” with this rejuvenating and therapeutic blend of salt and herbs fresh from your garden.

- 1/2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1 tsp Olive Oil

- Sprigs of fresh Chamomile flowers, Eucalyptus leaves, Lavender flowers, Peppermint leaves, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, or Oregano. If fresh herbs are unavailable, substitute with dried herbs or a few drops of essential oil.

Boil water and pour over herbs, then add salt and olive oil. Once the water has cooled to a comfortable temperature, soak feet for as long as desired. For an even more luxurious experience, place a few smooth stones into the bottom and gently roll your feet over the stones to naturally massage and relax them.

*Making Herbal Infused Oils:

Place herbs in a clean, dry glass jar. If using fresh herbs, then wilt them first for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid) and cut into small pieces before adding to the jar. You can skip these extra steps if your herbs are dried. Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1 inch of oil so they will have space to expand. Stir well and cap the jar tightly. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out of the oil using cheesecloth. Make sure to squeeze out every precious drop of oil! Pour into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.

Happy medicine making!

~ irene

NEW! Mountain Rose Herbs Combination Herbal Extracts!

Posted by Christine|17 June 2011

We’re über-pleased and proud to announce the launch of our own line of combination herbal extracts! We now offer 24 Mountain Rose Herbs combination extracts, each one tailored to meet a specific need. These top-quality extracts are painstakingly formulated with organic or wildharvested herbs in a base of organic grain alcohol. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Libido Care: Formulated with aphrodisiac herbs, this is a delightful formula for increasing the libido and promoting romantic intimacy. Made with damiana, kava kava, cinnamon, rose hips, kola nut and vanilla bean, this will make you think you’ve finally found that “Love Potion #9”!

Male Care: This blend is especially formulated for men and helps enhance libido, improve energy, increase endurance and maintain men’s general health. Ginseng, catuaba, epimedium, damiana, muira puama, and saw palmetto are combined in a powerhouse blend to rev you up!

Adrena Care: Borage, burdock, licorice, nettles, alfalfa, wild yam are combined in this formula that supports, nourishes and rejuvenates adrenal glands that are exhausted by stress. This blend is also helpful before and during allergy season!

Sleep Care: Peaceful, restful sleep without a morning-after groggy feeling can be yours with this blend of valerian, wild lettuce, blue vervain and hops. Safe, effective and non-habit forming, it’s also excellent for helping to relieve nerve pain.

Stocking an herbal medicine cabinet has never been easier! Between these four and our 20 other combinations, you’ll be able to keep pre-formulated herbal medicine on hand for every contingency.

–Jessie

Julie’s Amazing Maca Bars

Posted by Friends|16 June 2011

 

Julie DeBord oversees the extraordinarily difficult task of managing the production and packaging of nearly all the products Mountain Rose Herbs has to offer! In addition to this, she oversees our tea and spice formulating and created many of our favorites including Herbal Coffee and Firefly Chai.

Before finding Mountain Rose Herbs, I was a baker for a few years at a local organic bakery – The Bread Stop. So when on maternity leave from Mountain Rose Herbs, in the spring of 2006, I decided to pick it back up. I presented a menu to Shawn and asked if I could bake for the employees of Mountain Rose Herbs. Shawn loved the idea. We had around 50 employees at the time, Shawn and Julie included. I would bake twice a month, three different organic  and wheat free goodies for the employees to choose from. Those were good times! I am now far too busy managing Production and formulating teas and spice blends to bake like I used to. I thought it would be fun to share one of my most favorite recipes with all of you and my fellow employees that remember the good ol’ days.

In good health,

–JD

Maca ~ Lepidium meyenii

 

Maca, the ancient Peruvian herb, is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes turnips and radishes. It grows at high elevations of 12,000 feet and higher! Used as early as 1600 BC in Peru, the traditional use is for mental acuity, physical vitality, endurance, and stamina.

Another well known use is as an aphrodisiac tonic that enhances sexual desire, performance, and fertility in men, women, and animals. It’s a highly nutritious food too. It contains: carbohydrates, proteins, calcium, fiber, lipids, iodine and other beneficial compounds similar to broccoli and cabbage. The nutrition alone can have a positive effect on people who are overworked, overstressed, and nutritionally unfulfilled.

Maca Bars

        Ingredients
1/2 cup raw local honey
½ cup organic unrefined coconut oil
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 local free-range eggs or substitute
½ cup to 1 cup wheat-free flour or arrowroot powder
1 pinch Himalayan Pink Salt
½ cup organic maca Powder
1 cup organic oats
1 cup organic nuts (your choice)

 

       

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 325 to 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes in a greased  9×12 glass pan. Allow to cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!

Chives Goes To Rootstalk!

Posted by Erin|14 June 2011

 

Introducing our new video contest!

Watch Chives the Mouse and her bluegrass band’s adventure to the Rootstalk Festival!

Then, if you want to explore the forest, learn new skills, and dance in starlight at Rootstalk too, simply create a video telling us why for a chance to win free passes along with Rootstalk gift bags filled with organic goodies from Mountain Rose Herbs. A total value of $598!

All profits raised at Rootstalk go to Cascadia Wildlands, so help us spread the word by sharing this video with your Facebook friends!

Click here for the Official Rules!

Good luck!

We can’t wait to see your video entries!

Sip Tea and Stress Less

Posted by Erin|13 June 2011

 

Stress is something that we all experience on some level in our everyday lives. While a little stress can help motivate us to do the things we want to do, too much stress can take a toll on our bodies and our emotional wellbeing.

After giving energy to family members, work projects, home duties, and friends there is often little time left for ourselves! Taking a few minutes to brew, sip, and enjoy herbal tea provides an easy and much needed opportunity for personal reflection and self-care during an otherwise hectic day.

Adding herbs with calming, nervine, and adaptogen properties to your favorite tea blends can benefit your whole body and mind by strengthening and preparing your nervous system for the busy day ahead.

Herbs like Skullcap, Milky Oats, Holy Basil, and Chamomile can help ease anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, aches and pains, muscle tension, and can support us during times of heartbreak and grief. Thank goodness for the generous healing comfort they offer!

Here are a few of my favorite calming herb tea recipes that can be enjoyed daily.  Feel free to play with the ratios to find the best cup of tea for your needs.

Good Morning Tonic Tea

 

1 tsp Skullcap Leaf
1 tsp Peppermint Leaf
1 tbsp Yerba Mate
Add 3 droppers of Milky Oat Tops tincture

~ Skullcap is a wonderful nervine herb that is nutritive to the nervous system and helps ease anxiety.

~ Peppermint is a great choice for the morning since it helps promote mental focus.

~ Yerba Mate is a delightful source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and caffeine for a stimulating boost that is mellower than coffee.

~ Milky Oat Tops is a classic tonic for the nervous system.

Afternoon Uplift Chai

1 tsp Holy Basil Leaf
1 tbsp Firefly Chai or loose-leaf chai of your choice

~ Holy Basil is an important adaptogenic herb in India that helps the mind adapt to incoming stressors.

~ Chai is spicy, mildly stimulating, and balancing. You can use a rooibos, green tea, or black tea chai for this blend, depending on the amount of caffeine you want in the afternoon.

Sunset Tea

1 tsp Chamomile Flowers
1 tsp Catnip Leaf
1 tsp Skullcap Leaf
1 tsp Rose Buds

~ Chamomile is a mildly sedative herb that helps promote healthy digestion.

~ Catnip is another mild sedative that can be helpful for headaches and is gentle enough for children.

~ Skullcap is a wonderful nervine herb that is nutritive to the nervous system and helps ease anxiety.

~ Roses help elevate your mood and can offer antidepressant effects.

~ This is a gently relaxing blend to be sipped 1 hour before bed.

Wishing you much peace and relaxation!

Just in time for summer: Chemical-free Sunsticks!

Posted by Christine|10 June 2011

Here in Eugene, Oregon, summer has been playing hide-and-seek with us. We’ll have a day or two of brilliant sunshine and warmth, followed by a few days of gray skies and sprinkles. It’s hard to know how to prepare for the changeable weather! That’s why I’m glad I have one of these Elemental Herbs SPF 30 zinc sunsticks tucked into my bag.


Its diminutive size, spillproof formulation, and ease of application make it easy to take along and whip out when I unexpectedly need a quick layer of sun protection. I love its light coconut scent (although you can choose the Unscented version if you’re not into coconut). Unlike old-school “white nose” zinc sunblocks, this product goes on perfectly clear, and the rich, certified organic oils–including jojoba, coconut and avocado–leave skin beautifully moisturized and protected.
Whether you’re in a “temperamental summer” area or in a locale where summer has arrived for real, this convenient and chemical-free alternative to conventional sunscreens is a must-have for outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, busy moms, and anyone else who wants sun protection without slathering chemicals on their skin.
May your skies be sunny! ~Jessie

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|09 June 2011

I’m back in Eugene after an amazing weekend of sustainable living, urban farming, and DYI culture at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA!

Here’s a photo of me preparing for my Herbal Medicine Making Basics class on Saturday afternoon. It was an honor to share tea-making, tincturing, oil infusions, salves, and herbal syrups with such an engaged and enthusiastic crowd.  As promised, I’ll be posting information, tips, and recipes from both herbal classes here on the blog, so be sure to check back  in the coming weeks.

Thanks to everyone who joined me at the Mother Earth News Fair. It was WONDERFUL to meet you all! 

To view more photos from the fair, check out our album on Facebook.

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    Erin is the Marketing Director at Mountain Rose and studied herbalism, botany, and ethical wildcrafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She spends her days making botanical illustrations, playing in the garden, creating culinary gems, and formulating medicine in the magnificent Oregon Cascades.
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    AlyssaAlyssa (26)
    Alyssa is the Director of Sustainability at Mountain Rose Herbs and an expert social butterfly. When not fluttering between community and non-profit events, she enjoys hiking, gardening, playing with her chickens, and organizing potlucks.
    On the FarmOn the Farm (16)
    Our team of farm representatives travel around the US and the world to visit our organic crops. They bring back stories and photos from their meetings with our farmers and important news about our herbal harvests.
    ShawnShawn (14)
    Shawn is the Vice President at Mountain Rose Herbs, which means he has his hands in just about everything here, but he is most passionate about advancing the company's ecological platforms for sustainable business practices. In his spare time, he can be found deep in Oregon’s designated wilderness areas or fly fishing (strictly catch and release) with his furry friends Abigail and Maggie.
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