Monthly Archives: June 2011

Photo Thursday!

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 […]

Herbal Infusions, Tea, and Decoctions

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. 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 […]

We Love Aubrey Products!!

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 […]

Poppy Swap Giveaway!

  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 […]

Meet The Herbalist ~ 7Song

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 […]

Summertime Remedies from the Garden

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. Lavender, Calendula, and Chamomile are calming, soothing, 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 medicinal herbs available and has been used historically for occasional 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 […]

Julie's Amazing Maca Bars

  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 […]

Chives Goes To Rootstalk!

  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

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 the occasional anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness, aches and pains, and muscle tension we all […]

Just in time for summer: Chemical-free Sunsticks!

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 […]

Photo Thursday!

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.

Fish Love US Because Of Our Bioswale

Sadly I will admit that up until 5-6 years ago, I had no idea what a bioswale was and when I first heard the term I thought it was another name for a biologically rich prairie. Thankfully for me things have changed and recently Mountain Rose Herbs finished the enhancement and expansion of our bioswale located at our West Eugene headquarters, where this system collects and filters all of the storm water runoff from our 2 acre industrial complex. The restoration of this bioswale was done through low-impact methods and we only used native trees, shrubs, and plants that are rated high for their ability to soak up pollutants and other particulate matter. Bioswales often get overlooked for their environmental contributions, and having them in place is essential for healthy rivers, aquatic communities, fish, and waterfowl. Now that I think about it, my only regret was that we did not […]