Archive for August, 2011

New! Circulation Care Extract

Posted by Christine|26 August 2011

Logan Pearsall Smith claimed that “the denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.” Well, whether you agree with that (tongue in cheek) opinion or not, we can all agree that healthy circulation is important for people of all ages.

Our 25th (and newest) combination herbal extract goes by the name Circulation Care. Like all of our amazing extracts, it’s painstakingly formulated with organic and wildharvested herbs in a base of organic grain alcohol.

This new blend is formulated with herbs commonly used to encourage good circulation and send warmth to the extremities: Garlic, Cinnamon, Gingko, Eleuthero, Prickly Ash, Cayenne and Rosemary. Just reading the ingredients makes me feel warmer!

Happy Friday! –Jessie

We are RE:think Certified!

Posted by Friends|23 August 2011

 

Mike Lasco has a big job as our Facilities Manager here at Mountain Rose Herbs, where he oversees our offices, herb warehouse, production areas, and more! He’s in tune with our daily power and water usage, waste reclamation program, mechanical repairs, and all other aspects of the company to ensure that we are adhering to strict green building standards. Thanks to Mike for sharing the exciting news that we are now RE:think Certified!  

 

A few weeks ago, Mountain Rose Herbs was presented with a plaque naming the company the newest member of the RE:think Certified Business program!

The RE:think program is a creation of Bring Recycling, Eugene’s premier used-goods marketplace and recycling center. RE:think Certification is awarded to companies in Lane County that are committed to reducing waste and conserving natural resources.
  
In order to become certified, the program requires all businesses to use paper products that contain a minimum of 30% recycled content, use biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners and to complete 50% of the required actions in the following categories: Recycling, Waste Prevention, Operation, Energy, Water Conservation and Water Quality.

Program Director Carolyn Stein presented the RE:think Award to Mountain Rose Herbs and said, “In 14 months RE:think has certified 21 businesses and Mountain Rose Herbs is truly in a league of it’s own. Your business’ score is the highest we have seen.”

We moved into our spacious new facility in July of 2010. Our building, erected in 1995,  was an award-winning energy-efficient facility when it was built. One function of my job as Facilities Manager is to see that the elements of the building function well, keeping everyone comfortable, productive and happy while doing all we can to reduce energy usage and minimizing our carbon footprint. A team consisting of an architect, energy specialist, and myself recently concluded a year-long audit of our facilities and were thrilled to find that although technology has improved significantly over the past sixteen years, our building still functions in the very top strata of environmentally designed buildings. 

 

 

Although a building shell and equipment are designed to be energy-efficient, that efficiency will not happen by itself. A well-designed building will fare no better than a substandard one if the occupants don’t follow through by using energy-efficient practices. That being said, I’d like to offer congratulations to all my co-workers here at MRH. This award belongs to all of them! It is because of all our employees’ efforts that our facility scored as high as it did.

And I’d like you, dear reader, to take a bit of this home with you. YOU can make a difference by turning that light off when you leave the room. RECYCLE that catalog. REPURPOSE that old blanket. DONTATE those old shoes. A small, seemingly insignificant action repeated over time will add up fast. We recently changed out our faucet aerators (on 22 sinks!) from 2.2 gallon per minute flow to 1.1 gpm. I am projecting this small, quick, and easy action to generate a savings of 60,000 gallons of water annually!

There are many exciting things underway here at Mountain Rose Herbs, and I’ll be sure to jump online and keep you updated as they happen….I’ll also be happy to pass on significant ideas that you can use in your life to help ease the burden on our first Mother, Mother Earth.

I’ll close with another quote from Carolyn Stein…

“Mountain Rose Herbs is the yardstick for how success should be measured, ‘People and planet before profit.’. Your practices are an inspiration to all businesses.”

 To learn more about our sustainability efforts at Mountain Rose Herbs, visit the Guiding Principles  page on our website!

New! Cyprus Flake Salt

Posted by Christine|19 August 2011

We love adding delicious new salts to our Epicurean Organics line! Here’s the latest exciting addition:

Cyprus Flake Salt is not just salt, it’s history! For centuries, these delicately flaky, pyramid-shaped crystals have been harvested from lakes and salt rocks on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Long ago, this wonderful salt was a major export for Cyprus; the island’s “salty” history inspired the traditional Cypriot saying “we ate bread and salt together”, meaning that two people share a strong bond because they have gone through difficult times together.

Today, these salt flakes are still made in the traditional manner, through the evaporation of sea salt. Like all sea salts, Cyprus Flake Salt naturally contains beneficial trace minerals. Unlike other sea salts, it has a uniquely beautiful pyramid shape which lends not only flavor, but also beauty to any food.
The distinctive shape and texture of this gorgeous salt can transform your culinary creations from merely tasty to fabulously gourmet. Delectably versatile, Cyprus Flake Salt can be used for baking, brining, finishing, and more. Its delicate crunch makes it a tasty garnish for fish and vegetable dishes. Imagine these lovely crystals around the rim of a beverage glass or atop a gourmet salted caramel!

This is one occasion when being “flaky” is a wonderful thing! :-) –Jessie

Rootstalk Video Contest Winner!

Posted by Erin|18 August 2011

  

Congratulations to the winner of our Rootstalk Video Contest!

 Not only is this family sweet and creative, they are also eco-conscience, forest-protecting, old-growth advocates. We’re thrilled to have them join us at Rootstalk this year! As the winner of our contest, they will receive two free passes to Rootstalk and two gift bags filled with goodies from Mountain Rose Herbs. We love the celebratory dance at the end of the video and can’t wait to boogie down with them at the festival!   

A big heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. There were some fantastic entries and it was a really tough choice to make, so thank you for sharing your artistic energy and enthusiastic spirit with us!

We hope to see you all at Rootstalk!

MaryJanesFarm Giveaway!

Posted by Erin|16 August 2011

We’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with MaryJane Butters and MaryJanesFarm Magazine for several years now and couldn’t be more excited to have her join us at this year’s Rootstalk Festival! She’s a huge inspiration to us for her dedication to the message that organic living will lead to a healthy future for us all.

MaryJane Butters pioneered the Farmgirl movement, which promotes organic farming with a do-it-yourself attitude. Articles in her magazine, as well as her beautiful website, will inspire you to harvest green garlic scapes, sew a garden apron, or bake fresh biscuits from your own home-milled flour.

Cowgirl hat and all, MaryJane has always been a groundbreaker. She’s worked as a carpenter, wildfire lookout, founder of an environmental action group, and in 1976 she became the first woman station guard at the Moose Creek Ranger Station, the most remote Forest Service district in the continental US! Along the way, she built fences in the Tetons of WY, herded cows on the Snake River below Hell’s Canyon, and raised an organic market garden in White Bird, ID.

Today from her farm in Moscow, Idaho, MaryJane sells 60 different organic prepared foods and shares the message of simple organic living with readers of her magazine, newspaper column, and website www.maryjanesfarm.org. Her “everyday organic” lifestyle magazine, MaryJanesFarm, is available nationwide and her club the Farmgirl Sisterhood has over 3,000 members! In her spare time, she runs a Bed and Breakfast , blogs at the Raising Jane Journal, and manages the Pay Dirt Farm School. Whew!

“When we buy anything organic, we convey a powerful message. The demand for organic says, ‘enough.’ It says, we want to eat healthy food and we care about the health of farmers and whether or not they’re being wheedled down in price and essentially owned by a chemical or genetically engineered seed company. It’s no wonder cows are mad. And eaters. And yes, even us farmers. ”

 -MaryJane Butters

You won’t want to miss her dynamic presentation at Rootstalk about modern organic agriculture and the DIY lifestyle, drawn from her diverse life experiences as an organic farmer, wilderness ranger, and homegrown, sustainable business leader.

To celebrate, MaryJane is offering some real treasures for our Rootstalk Giveaway Series and there will be 5 lucky winners this time around!

The Giveaway

That’s right, 5 lucky winners will be chosen to win an amazing gift from MaryJane’s Farm!

 

MaryJanesFarm Magazine Subscription

Two winners will receive a 1 year subscription to MaryJanesFarm Magazine. That’s 6 issues packed with incredible recipes, home projects, gardening tips, and more goodies from the farm! MaryJanesFarm is an organic lifestyle magazine that aims to bring DIY inspiration and the healthy homegrown aspects of farmgirl living into everyone’s daily life. We always look forward to seeing the latest issue in our mailbox here at Mountain Rose!

 

MaryJanes Ideabook-Cookbook-Lifebook

One winner will receive this beautiful and practical 416 page guide to sustainable living! Looking for guidance on how to build a greenhouse, chop firewood, host a town event, care for a flock of chickens, make your own butter, grow a winter salad, or choose a water filter? MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook is both an inspiration and a useful road map for farmgirls of all stripes.  

 

Farmgirl Sisterhood Membership

 

Two winners will receive free membership to the Farmgirl Sisterhood! Receive special member benefits like the official Farmgirl Sisterhood badge depicting an adorable aproned hen, an official Farmgirl Sisterhood certificate signed by the Queen Bee herself, a special hexagonal Farmgirl Sisterhood designation by your name on the Farmgirl Connection, a 40-page monthly e-mail newsletter called MaryJane’s Cluck packed with project ideas, news, and tips.

Plus, you’ll receive “Members Only” special product offers from MaryJanesFarm, and you can start earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges right away by learning to weave on a handmade loom, planting a garden for the hungry, organizing a bike repair day in your neighborhood, or by writing letters of gratitude to people you appreciate most in your community. Think Girl Scouts for grown-ups! You can also post photos and narratives of your projects online to share with sister farmgirls!

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. Explore MaryJanesFarm and leave a comment here telling us how MaryJane’s story inspires you.

2. Like MaryJanesFarm 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. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here to let us know you’ve posted the link.

5. Tweet about our blog giveaway on Twitter using the tag #MaryJanesRootstalk and leave a comment here to let us know that you’ve tweeted. Be sure to follow us @MaryJanesFarm and @MtnRoseHerbs

6. Visit the Farmgirl Sisterhood and tell us which Merit Badge Project you’d start first with your membership!

You have until Wednesday, August 24th at 11:59pm PST to enter. We will pick 5 winners at random on Thursday, August 25th!

 And the winners are. . .

1 Year Subscription to MaryJanesFarm Magazine! 

13. Dirt Tribe says:
August 16, 2011 
Explored Mary Janes Farm, sooooo inspiring. My grandparents were farmers, As a mother of 5, I am trying to be one myself…I love self sustainability, and am proud to make my own soap, beauty products, laundry soap, and work in my own garden everyday. Everyday I try to grow in the simple life by small daily choices on living style…This is right up my ally, I am a farm girl at heart!! Much love, blessings and smiles to you! 

191. tree says:
August 21, 2011
i like MaryJanesFarm on Facebook.
FB name is tree tiemeyer

 Free copy of MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook!

150. equinnox says:
August 18, 2011
Liked both Rootstalk Fest and MaryJanesFarm on Facebook. Glad you are offering day passes for Rootstalk – very cool! I would not have been able to attend otherwise. Looks like a great line-up. See you in September!

Free membership to the Farmgirl Sisterhood!

83. Romantically Organic says:
August 16, 2011 
The first merit badge project I would start first with my membership is community service! the world can never have enough helping hands!

260. mkcmom says:
August 24, 2011 
Liked Rootstalk and MaryJanes Farm on Facebook! I’m really jazzed about the Farm Girl Sisterhood and can’t wait to explore the opportunities further! Not bad for someone who has just discovered natural living in her “middle years”! Mary Jane is a wonderful inspiration, and I am more than anxious to begin this awesome journey!

Winners: Please email blog (at) mountainroseherbs (dot) com to collect your prize!

Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun and congratulations to our winners!

Natural Sunburn Relief

Posted by Irene|15 August 2011

It’s easy to underestimate the power of the sun, especially when busy playing, gardening, swimming, picnicking, hiking, and enjoying activities in the outdoors. The next time that you wind up with a sunburn, try these simple, homemade remedies utilizing herbs and natural elements.  Not only are they simple to whip up within a few minutes, the botanical ingredients are known for their ability to offer relief, assistance, and healing.

Note: Before using any of the tips or suggestions in this article, make sure to cool off the sunburned area with a cool shower or with compresses, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration, and only use moisturizers that are  alcohol and perfume-free.  In case of a severe burn or blistering, consult with a doctor before using any of these recipes.

Natural Sunburn Relief

Aloe & Calendula Mist

Aloe Vera Gel is one of the very best ingredients for burns; it offers immediate relief, shortens recovery times, and hydrates the skin. It can be used alone, but is even more powerful when combined with medicinal Calendula, gentle and relaxing Lavender, cooling Peppermint, and anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E Oil.

2 oz Aloe Vera Gel
2 oz organic Calendula Hydrosol
15 drops organic Lavender essential oil
5 drops organic Blue or Roman Chamomile essential oil
2-5 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Vitamin E Oil

Mix all ingredients together, pour into a 4 oz spray bottle, and mist onto the skin as often as desired.  Store in refrigerator to increase the cooling effect.

Yogurt After-Sun Relief

Yogurt contains enzymes and acids that sooth, cool, and reduce irritation. Adding Aloe Vera Gel and Lavender essential oil further increases the healing and soothing properties.

4 oz plain organic or homemade yogurt
1 oz Aloe Vera Gel
15 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Apply directly to sunburned areas and allow to dry. Once finished, rinse off with cool water. This process may be repeated as often as desired.

Natural Sunburn Relief

Peppermint & Green Tea Cooling Mist

Peppermint is very cooling to the skin and helps provide instant relief for irritated and hot skin. Incorporating Green tea into the blend helps reduce inflammation, redness, and the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure.

6 oz distilled water
2 TBSP dried organic Peppermint leaf
1 tsp organic Green Tea leaves
1-2 drops organic Peppermint essential oil (optional)

Pour boiling water over the Peppermint and Green Tea leaves, and infuse until cool. Strain out the leaves, and pour the remaining liquid into a 4 oz spray bottle. Add the essential oil (if using) and shake to combine all ingredients. Mist directly on sunburn for relief. Use within 1-2 days, or store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Green Tea Compress

Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and may be applied topically before and after sun exposure.  Green tea has been shown to help reduce skin inflammation and redness, protect skin cells, and to assist with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure.  It naturally contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease and repair sunburned skin. Aside from applying Green tea externally, try sipping on the cooled or iced tea throughout the day to further take advantage of Green tea’s beneficial properties.

To create a compress from Green tea, make an infusion by pouring boiling water over organic loose-leaf tea and allow to infuse until cool. Once that it has cooled, strain out the leaves, and reserve the liquid.  Soak a clean cloth into the infusion and place on the sunburned skin for 5-10 minutes at a time.  This process may be repeated several times a day.

Natural Sunburn Relief

Baking Soda & Lavender Paste

Baking Soda is extremely beneficial for treating sunburned and alleviating itchy skin while Lavender is soothing and healing.

¼ cup Baking Soda
1 ½ – 2 TBSP organic Lavender Hydrosol
5 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients until a medium thick paste forms. Apply gently to the skin and allow to dry. Once finished, rinse off carefully without irritating sunburned skin. Makes 1 treatment.

Oatmeal Herbal Bath

Oatmeal is a wonderfully soothing ingredient for sunburns, especially with the addition of these calming, therapeutic, and aromatic herbs.

2 cups organic Oatmeal
¼ cup Baking Soda
½ cup organic Chamomile flowers (fresh or dried)
½ cup organic Lavender flowers (fresh or dried)
½ cup organic Calendula flowers (fresh or dried)
2-4 TBSP organic Green Tea leaves

Place all ingredients in a muslin bag or cheesecloth, tie under the bathtub faucet, and draw a lukewarm bath (hot water will dry out and irritate the skin). Soak for 10-15 minutes. Allow the bag filled with oatmeal and herbs to float freely around the tub.

Cheers to a healthy summer!

~ irene

New! Pastilles for Every Occasion

Posted by Christine|12 August 2011

In the midst of summer fun and excitement, it’s easy to forget that we can quickly go from feeling great to not feeling our best. A few unfortunate occurrences that can catch us off-guard:

Summer Colds. Who expects a cold in the middle of summer? Nonetheless, it happens—even to your friendly Mountain Rose Herbs staff! A few poor souls around here have been hacking, coughing and just generally not feeling too well. That’s why I’m glad we just brought in these Throat Soother Pastilles. Made with organic ingredients, these tasty pastilles are formulated with herbs commonly used to soothe dry, scratchy throats. Not just for summer colds; these are sure to be on everyone’s desk when the winter cold season hits!

Upset Tummy. Too much BBQ? Belly feels like a balloon? These yummy and refreshing organic Tummy Soother Pastilles are formulated with herbs traditionally used to relieve nausea, gas, upset stomach and indigestion.

Nausea. Roller coasters are so much fun! For some of us, though, the world doesn’t stop spinning when we get off the ride. These spicy-sweet organic Ginger Pastilles are made with ginger root powder and natural ginger oleoresin, both commonly used to soothe nausea.


These naturally soothing drops come in a convenient, carry-with-you tin, so you can take them wherever your summer adventures lead you. Enjoy, and stay healthy out there!
–Jessie

Meet the Artist ~ Erika Beyer

Posted by Erin|10 August 2011

 


  

Erika Beyer grew up in Oregon and has always enjoyed exploring the outdoors, science, and art. She received a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College in 1999. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Erika spent most of her time exploring by bicycle before completing the intensive science illustration program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her illustration (and bug and monkey avoidance) skills were honed while working as a field illustrator for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Erika received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 2010. She now works in Eugene as a freelance illustrator and art instructor.

We have been working with the amazingly talented Erika for many years at Mountain Rose Herbs. She has created some of our most favorite designs including the original watercolor paintings found on our Epicurean Organics oil labels. We are so excited to learn how to create our own botanical drawings from Erika during Rootstalk this year. You won’t want to miss her illustration classes!

Enjoy the interview…

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

Botanical Field Sketching
Field sketching is a great tool for recording information about plants found in the field. When done with care, these sketches can serve as tools for later identification and be beautiful works of art. Students will see examples of both historical and contemporary botanical field illustrations, learn about field sketching materials and professional tips, and create field sketches of their own.

Please bring: drawing pencils (grades 2B, HB, or H preferred) and/or pens (Pigma Microns are a good choice), a pencil sharpener, eraser (Staedtler Mars Plastic white eraser is a good one), sketchbook or loose sheets of paper. You may also bring colored pencils if you’d like.

Botanical Illustration
Scientists have long relied on illustrators to help communicate information about plants. Botanical illustrators are often asked to create drawings to describe a single plant or relationships between different types of plants or plant parts. Students will see botanical illustration examples and hear professional tips before working on a botanical drawing of their own.

Please bring: drawing pencils (grades 2B, HB, or H preferred) and/or pens (Pigma Microns are a good choice), a pencil sharpener, eraser (Staedtler Mars Plastic white eraser is a good one), sketchbook or loose sheets of paper. You may also bring colored pencils if you’d like.

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

My most powerful moment in the wild was the first time I walked through an old growth forest.  It changed my sense of scale, color, and sound. 

3. What is your primary environmental concern?

Urban sprawl and auto dependence.

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

Ride your bike.  Carpool.  Use public transportation.  Walk.  Support initiatives that protect open spaces and expand public transportation.  Shop and eat locally.  Promote safe routes to schools. Support urban density.   

    

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

I am working on a re-design of my website, which should be complete by summer 2011.  Visit www.erikabeyer.com to see new illustrations, learn about upcoming talks and shows, and shop online!

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

I’m looking forward to learning from the other educators and participants.  It seems like an ideal environment in which to share knowledge and experience.

7. What is your favorite plant and why?

I am a big fan of carnivorous plants.  As an artist, I really enjoy drawing them because of their unique shapes, patterns, and colors.  Plus, what’s not to love about plants that eat bugs?

For more information, visit the Rootstalk Festival website!

Hiker’s Iced Tea

Posted by Erin|08 August 2011

 

This delicious iced tea is the perfect treat to quench your thirst and restore electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals during a long hike in the forest or after a hot day digging in the garden. I like to take a cold quart with me when heading out for an adventure in the mountains seeking blooms, berries, and birds, but this nutritive tea really is wonderful whenever thirst strikes.

Hiker’s Iced Tea

Ingredients:

• 1 part Nettle Leaf
• 1 part Red Clover Blossoms
• 1 part Alfalfa Leaf
• 2 parts Hibiscus High Tea
• 1/8 tsp per brewed quart Himalayan Pink Salt

Directions:

Blend all of the herbs together and store in an airtight container. Steep 1 cup of the herbal blend per quart of boiling water overnight and add 1/8 tsp of mineral rich Himalayan Pink Salt to the tea as it cools. Refrigerate or pour over ice for a replenishing drink.

Enjoy and stay hydrated out there!

2 New Products: Pink Rose Salt and Salt Grater

Posted by Christine|05 August 2011

What are these lovely pink objects?


It’s Pink Rose Salt, hand-mined from the pristine Andes mountains! This precious salt was formed millions of years ago when lava flows covered sea salt deposits; the hardened lava protected the salt from pollution, resulting in a beautiful, pure salt that’s high in many trace minerals. Pink Rose Salt is a vastly preferable alternative to conventional refined table salt, from which virtually all trace minerals have been removed and which can cause mineral imbalances. Pink Rose Salt is also just gorgeous to look at! I keep a piece on my desk to admire; it reminds me of rose quartz.
So how to get this tasty pink deliciousness into your food? Why, a salt grater, of course! The unique grating surface of this convenient tool is entirely flat, but sharp enough to do a fabulous job of easily and quickly grating salt chunks into a fine, flaky powder.

The dynamic duo of beautiful and delicious Pink Rose Salt and a durable salt grater are a truly fun and simple way to incorporate a delicious, high-mineral salt into your favorite dishes!

Healing with Calendula

Posted by Irene|04 August 2011

Healing Calendula

Calendula’s cheerful blossoms repel garden pests and have incredible healing properties.

Calendula is one of my very favorite herbs. The cheerful orange and yellow blossoms look gorgeous in the garden and have incredible healing properties.   My first experience with Calendula was during college when a friend developed an uncomfortable and embarrassing rash on her face. She diligently applied a cream prescribed by her doctor, but after several frustrating and miserable weeks, the rash had only become worse and was spreading. Wanting to help somehow, I consulted my herbal books and prepared a bottle of Calendula infused Olive oil for her. Neither of us had much faith in it, but she was willing to try anything. I was beyond awestruck when she excitedly called a few days later to let me know that the rash had not only improved, but was almost completely gone!  This was the first, but certainly not the last, time that I have witnessed the awesome curative properties of Calendula.

Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold or garden marigold, has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks. This versatile botanical can be incorporated into baths, creams, compresses, washes, salves, ointments, massage oils, baths, facial steams, tinctures, and teas. It is also gentle enough to use for babies, children, or animals. Internally, gargling with Calendula infused water may ease a sore throat, sores in the mouth, and inflammations in the mouth and throat.

Not only is Calendula a wonderful healing and medicinal herb, but it is also a lovely and useful plant in the garden!  Calendula repels many common garden pests including aphids, eelworms, asparagus beetles, and tomato hornworms, and is a companion plant for potatoes, beans, and lettuce. Plus, it grows quickly and is easy to cultivate from seed.  The fresh vibrant petals can be used to color butter, cheese, custards, sauces, or sprinkled atop salads, cakes, and sandwiches.

Calendula Herbal Oil

Calendula infused oil is simple to prepare and has many medicinal and cosmetic uses.

Calendula Herbal Oil

This medicinal oil is simple to prepare and has so many uses. The gentle, soothing, and healing oil is perfect for cradle cap, diaper rash, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, and sore or inflamed muscles. The oil can be used alone, or incorporated into salves, massage oils, lip balms, ointments, creams, and lotions.

Organic Olive oil
Organic Calendula flowers

1. Place Calendula flowers in a clean, dry glass jar. If using fresh Calendula, wilt for 12 hours to remove most of the moisture (too much moisture will cause the oil to go rancid) before adding to the jar. Pour olive oil into the jar, making sure to cover the flowers by at least 1” of oil so they will have space to expand. Stir well and cap the jar tightly.
2. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake once or more per day.
3. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. Pour the infused oil into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place.

Heat Method: I prefer to infuse oils utilizing the solar or folk method described above, but heat can be applied if you need the oil quickly. To prepare, follow step 1 from above, but place the Olive oil and Calendula flowers in an uncovered container. Warm over low heat at approximately 100 degrees F for at least 3-5 hours, the longer the better. A yogurt maker, double boiler, or inside the oven with a pilot light on are all effective ways to heat the oil, just make sure to check the temperature occasionally to ensure that the oil isn’t getting too warm. Once the oil has infused, strain out the herbs using cheesecloth and package the infused oil into glass bottles.

Calendula Salve

A soothing and healing salve. Rub into sore or inflamed muscles, apply to minor cuts, scrapes, insect bites, rashes, diaper rashes, stretch marks, chapped lips, chafed skin, bruises, and other skin irritations.

4 oz Calendula flower infused herbal oil (from above recipe)
½ oz Beeswax
20 drops organic Lavender essential oil (optional)

Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Melt beeswax and Calendula oil over a double boiler.  Once melted, remove from burner and stir in the Lavender essential oil. Pour into tins or glass jars. Allow to cool thoroughly before using or placing caps on the jars.

Calendula & Shea Butter Lip Balm

This nourishing lip balm is made from healing ingredients which soothe dry and chapped lips.

1 Tablespoon Shea Butter
3 Tablespoons Calendula Herbal Oil (from above recipe)
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Beeswax
10-15 drops essential oil of choice
A few drops of Vitamin E Oil

Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oil in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oil and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or small containers. This recipe will make approximately 1.5 oz of lip balm, enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes, 6 of your 1/4 oz plastic jars, or 3 1/2 oz tins or plastic jars.

Calendula officinalis has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations.

Healing Calendula Spray

A healing spray that can be misted on burns, insect bites, rashes, minor cuts and scrapes, bee stings, inflammations, bug bites, or used as a medicinal and soothing facial toner for acne or other skin irritations.

4 oz organic Calendula Flower Water (Hydrosol)
15 drops organic Lavender essential oil
10 drops Calendula Herbal Extract/Tincture (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 4 oz bottle with a mister top. Use as often as desired!

Calendula Compress

A soothing and medicinal treatment that’s effective and simple to prepare. Calendula compresses can be applied to burns, cuts and scrapes, bee stings, bug bites, inflammations, and other skin irritations. They can even be used on animals with minor skin conditions or injured paws.

Pour 1 cup boiling water over fresh or dried Calendula flowers, cover, and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, strain out flowers and reserve the remaining liquid.  Create a compress by soaking a clean cloth in the herbal infusion and placing it on the skin.  This process is gentle and may be repeated several times a day.

Healing Calendula

Join us for a Greener Future

Posted by Irene|03 August 2011

 

This year, Mountain Rose Herbs has teamed up with Mount Pisgah Arboretum to help create a greener future! Picture serene riverside trails, lush paths through evergreen forests, vibrant wildflower meadows, and breathtaking views of oak savannas… Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a delight for all ages and is an integral part of our community. Every year, Mount Pisgah Arboretum offers seasonal educational classes, workshops, walks, and hosts the much-anticipated Wildflower and Mushroom Festivals. Plus, they teach and inspire more than 3,000 Lane County children to become environmental stewards through their outdoor education programs. In this age when children seem less connected with nature than ever before, we believe Mount Pisgah Arboretum is changing lives and creating a greener future for Lane County and the planet.

Summer camp banana slug races! The winning team poses next to Glider, the fastest slug at Mount Pisgah.

We invite you to support these efforts. Get in on the fun and join the Arboretum today! http://mountpisgaharboretum.org/mtnrose 

Enter to Win!

New members who join by October 15, 2011 through this special promotion will be entered to win one of two prizes:
•a gift basket of organic goods from Mountain Rose Herbs (valued at $100)
•a $100 gift certificate from Mountain Rose Herbs

Prize winners will be announced at the 2011 Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival on Sunday, October 30!

Mount Pisgah Arboretum membership benefits include:
•A free parking pass for the Howard Buford Recreation Area
•Free admission to the Wildflower & Mushroom Festivals
•Free or reduced admission to 250 other gardens and arboretums around the country

All that, and the satisfaction of knowing your membership is helping to inspire young people to care for the natural world for generations to come. Learn more and become a proud member today! 

http://mountpisgaharboretum.org/mtnrose

Thank you for joining Mountain Rose Herbs in support of Mount Pisgah Arboretum!

Gorgeous Fawn Lilies in bloom at Mount Pisgah.

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