Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Book: Herbal Healing for Children

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we are passionate about herbal education, which is why we’re pleased to offer the new book Herbal Healing For Children. Published earlier this year, it’s already received rave reviews from its readers. The helpful and informative volume is written by the brilliant Demetria Clark, a traditional family herbalist who has worked with families 20 years as an herbalist, aromatherapist, midwife, doula and traditional medicine maker. If you’ve been thinking about how to incorporate herbal medicine into your children’s lives and are a bit nervous about it, or if you’d simply like more ideas to add to your repertoire of herbal remedies for your little ones, you’ll find this book to be a vital resource. Clear and concise instructions cover everything from explanations of how herbs work, a “pantry list” of herbs to keep on hand, to a comprehensive alphabetical list of common childhood illnesses accompanied […]

Rootstalk Day Passes Available!

  Big News!  We are now offering Single Day Passes for Rootstalk! Single Day Passes are the perfect option for anyone who wants to attend amazing classes, workshops, wilderness walks, and live music happening during one of the festival dates, but can’t stay to camp with us all weekend. These passes allow you entry to the festival from 7am to 11pm. You can also purchase a Weekend Pass to gain entry to over 70 classes, workshops, and guided hikes, 4 days and 3 nights of live concerts, a 100+ page proceedings book, and camping on 300 forested acres, for an incredible deal! And most importantly, your attendance at Rootstalk directly supports wilderness protection in our bioregion. Mountain Rose Herbs will donate all profits from the festival to Cascadia Wildlands! Now you can come to Rootstalk for the day or stay all weekend and celebrate with us! Visit the Rootstalk website for more details. Rootstalk Festival Website See you in the forest!

Gardener’s Pickling Spice

Our gardens are finally swelling with sun-kissed fruits and veggies here in the Pacific Northwest. Preserving these gems of summer now will bring much pleasure during the deep cold months of winter as I pop open jar after jar of colorful sauces, jams, salsas, and chutney. Of course, another classic canning technique is pickling! Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites. Experiment with cauliflower florets, pearl onions, peppers, carrots, fresh garlic cloves, green beans, watermelon rind, or my favorite, stinging nettle leaves ~ harvested before the plant flowers or goes to seed ~ for a unique and nutritious treat! Feel free to customize the blend by playing with the ratios or add other spices that call to you from the rack. Ingredients     • 3 tbsp Mustard Seed, whole • 3 tbsp Rainbow Peppercorns • 1 tbsp Allspice, whole • 1 tbsp Cardamom, hulled • 3 tsp Coriander Seed, whole • 1 tsp Mace, powder • 1 tsp Ginger, ground • 3 […]

The International Herb Symposium

In late June, I was fortunate enough to attend the truly incredible and inspirational 10th International Herb Symposium.  Rosemary Gladstar and Jeff Carpenter (Rosemary’s step-son and owner of Zach Woods Herb Farm) facilitate the conference biennially at Wheaton College, an utterly beautiful college within the quaint town of Norton, Massachusetts.  The event was attended by over 650 plant and herb loving folks from all around the world, including places as far flung as South America and Europe.   The International Herb Symposium is a benefit for United Plant Savers, a non-profit organization that Rosemary founded and works tirelessly to save native medicinal plants within the United States and Canada. Our days at the symposium were extremely full as we tended to our booth in the busy vendor area, learned from renowned herbalists, explored the gorgeous campus, chatted with customers and friends, and enjoyed nighttime revelries.  The schedule was so packed with inspirational classes that the most difficult part of attending […]

Art, Beauty and Tea Filters

For quite some time now, we’ve offered disposable single-use tea filters made from 100% natural, unbleached, and chlorine free paper. These are ultra-convenient for when it’s not practical to use a tea strainer. I took them camping this summer (I can’t live without my daily cup of Jasmine Green tea) and tossed them in the campfire after using them—and of course, they can be placed in the compost if you’re at home or near someone else’s compost bin. They can hold enough tea for a cup or a teapot. These filters are great! However, the packaging they arrived in was just a little ho-hum. Tom, our talented graphic designer, came to the rescue by creating this beautiful custom packaging featuring a Victorian motif. Now when you order our disposable tea filters, you’ll receive the same filters at the same price, but they’ll be tucked into this lovely packet! As you’re […]

A Summer Essential: Epicurean Organics Grilling Herbs!

I’ve been taking walks around my neighborhood on these pleasant summer evenings. As I admire my neighbors’ charming bungalows and fragrant flower gardens, I’m inevitably greeted with the delicious, smoky aroma of someone grilling tasty food. It makes me want to turn around, go home, and fire up the grill! Whether I’m grilling fish, chicken, tofu or vegetables (grilled corn on the cob, anyone? Mmmmmm…), Epicurean Organics Grilling Herbs is my go-to seasoning. Made with garlic, black pepper, rosemary, thyme, and other mouthwatering spices, the bold piquancy of this tasty blend is perfect for accentuating flavors and making the neighbors jealous of MY dinner!

Lovely Lemon Balm

Imagine the aromatic joy of walking through a field of this lemony plant in bloom, buzzing with happy bees! The blissfully uplifting perfume of Lemon Balm is one of our very favorite mood elevating scents. A lovely member of the Lamiaceae or Mint family, Melissa officinalis is known for its wonderful ability to calm rattled nerves, improve mental performance, and shoo away those dark rain clouds that seem to shadow our heads from time to time. Helpful and easy to grow, Lemon Balm will also support your health during a bout with the common cold or herpes virus.  The fragrant green leaves can be prepared for a variety of formulas. If you are using the fresh plant, making a preserved juice from the leaves, also known as a succus, is delightful. Simply juice the leaves and add 1 part grain alcohol to 3 parts fresh juice. You can also make fresh […]

Introducing The Mountain Rose River Project!

As most of you know, all of us at Mountain Rose Herbs have an unbridled soft spot for our wilderness areas and the great outdoors. In fact, our love for wild places is so strong that we dedicate time, staffing, and money to the preservation and expansion of our state’s natural heritage, and in doing this we realized that we could accomplish something much larger. Just over a year ago we began the groundwork for a company run grassroots program called the Mountain Rose River Project which focuses on the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of our Northwest rivers, and we are happy to announce that the Mountain Rose River Project is now official! When you live in the Pacific Northwest (or the Cascadian Bioregion) you quickly learn how vitally essential wild fish populations are to our regions ecology, and when you come to Oregon you might hear folks say that “Salmon […]

Another "Mommy Tea" : Nurse-Me Rhyme!

Several weeks ago when we introduced Fecundi-Tea, we hinted at the imminent introduction of yet another mothers’ blend—and today we’re delighted to unveil Nurse-Me Rhyme Tea! Nurse-Me Rhyme was lovingly crafted with the nursing mother in mind. Designed to help your body give your little one the best nutrition available, this blend is formulated using organic herbs that have traditionally been used to support healthy lactation. Red rooibos, raspberry leaf, lemon balm, fenugreek and other nutritious herbs combine to make a tasty and invigorating blend. Christine, our assistant lab manager, came up with the charming name “Nurse-Me Rhyme” for this tea. A nursing mother herself, she brews and enjoys this blend on a daily basis. Her little one looks pretty happy about it too! Enjoy, mamas! –Jessie

Meet the Herbalist ~ jim mcdonald

jim mcdonald is an herbalist in southeast Michigan (that cool state that looks like a mitten you can see from space) where he teaches, sees clients, wildharvests, and concocts herbal formulas. His approach to herbalism is a blend of traditional folk and indigenous influences mixed up with a bit of 19th century eclectic and physiomedical vitalism, which he tries to blend with a bit of humor and discretionary irreverence so as not to appear to be too serious about life! Jim hosts the website which lists his offerings and conveys his thoughts of plants and herbalism (and if you’ve ever wondered, the lack of capitalization is an homage to e.e. cummings). We can’t wait to have jim back in the Pacific Northwest to share his quirky teaching style and deep knowledge of herbs with us at the Rootstalk Festival! Enjoy the interview… 1. What classes will you be teaching […]