Archive for September, 2011

We Are Now An EarthShare Business Member!

Posted by Shawn|30 September 2011

We are utterly thrilled to announce that Mountain Rose Herbs is an EarthShare business member and we have setup a generous employee giving program which connects our staff with like-minded environmental organizations that work to protect and defend the places we hold dear. This further outlines the legacy of generosity which is fundamental in the operational foundation of Mountain Rose Herbs, and the simple act of setting up a workplace giving program through EarthShare will guarantee that the natural gifts this planet offers us will always be protected. If you are employed by a company that is not an EarthShare member, we would like for you to encourage your employer to become one, and if you are a business owner who is not an EarthShare member, we would love to see you become one! To learn more please see….. www.earthshare-oregon.org

New! 2 Herb Stickers

Posted by Christine|30 September 2011

If you pass through the Mountain Rose Herbs employee bicycle barn or parking lot, you’ll notice that many of our vehicles—whether two-wheeled or four-wheeled—are sporting fun and artistic vinyl stickers with messages like “Kiss Me, I’m Organic”, “Pesticides Suck!”, or “Make Tea Not War”. These astute little decals come from the Mountain Rose Herbs sticker collection, which just received 2 new additions!

The new “I Dig Herbs” sticker measures 4” X 4”. A clever shovel-with-herbs graphic shows the double meaning of the statement.

The new “Support Organic Agriculture” sticker is a fresh take on a slogan we already use on another sticker. This one is square-shaped, measures 2.75” x 2.87”, and features a powerful fist clutching a handful of herbs.

Our stickers are waterproof and sturdy, and can be adhered to just about anything you can think of. Vehicles, bikes, water bottles, notebooks… and the list goes on! At $1 or less per sticker, it’s an easy and inexpensive way to show your organic and herbal pride. They also make great little gifts, so be sure to add a few to your next Mountain Rose order to share with friends!

Cheers!
–Jessie

New! Elixircraft DVD

Posted by Christine|23 September 2011

Mountain Rose Herbs’ DVD collection is growing! Here’s the latest addition:


Elixircraft, hosted by effervescent and thoroughly knowledgeable educator Daniel Vitalis, takes the well-known “smoothie” to a whole new level. This beautifully filmed and fun-to-watch instructional film features six delicious and nutrition-packed recipes, interspersed with Daniel’s tidbits of herbal information and lore about each ingredient. Rather than simply placing all ingredients in a blender, Daniel shows you the best way to bring out the fullness of nutrition from each ingredient he uses. Each recipe is geared towards a specific aspect of wellness, from relaxation to hormonal support to immune system boosting.

We’re especially excited to introduce this video in conjunction with the Rootstalk festival, since Daniel Vitalis is there with us as an educator (and fire-starter!). For those who attend Rootstalk (or just wish they could!) and want to learn more from Daniel, this DVD will be an invaluable addition to your collection.

Happy concocting!
–Jessie

Calling All Beer Lovers!

Posted by Erin|20 September 2011

 

Do we have a brew for you!

Mountain Rose Herbs partnered with Eugene neighbor Oakshire Brewing to create a custom herbal beer with organic herbs and spices called Rootstalk Gold!

This very special single batch brew blends organically grown Rose Hips, Lemon Verbena, Elderflowers, Meadowsweet, and wildflower honey to create a light and floral golden ale that captures the excitement and verve of Rootstalk in every glass. With only 22 kegs produced, don’t miss your opportunity to sip this divine libation during the festival!



All profits from beer sales will be donated to Cascadia Wildlands to support their important work, so be sure to enjoy this brew and the others available during the festivities at Rootstalk!

Remember to raise your glass to Cascadia Wildlands!

We’ll see you at Rootstalk

Double Your Donation To Oregon Wild!

Posted by Erin|19 September 2011

 

Imagine if we could instantly double the amount of old growth in Oregon. Or the number of acres protected as wilderness. What about doubling the population of wolves that call Oregon home?

Now through September 30th, Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to Oregon Wild dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000!

Double your impact today.

Visit Oregon Wild to support their important work!

This is a great opportunity to double your voice for protecting Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife, and waters. Please help Oregon Wild secure these much needed funds to support conservation work that advocates for wild rivers, towering old-growth forests, and threatened wildlife.

Protect the places you love!

New! Tulsi Hydrosol

Posted by Christine|16 September 2011

Hydrosols, or flower waters, are the fragrant liquid produced by steam distillation of botanical material, usually in copper stills. These delicately scented waters make wonderful perfumes, aromatherapy sprays, or facial mists, and can also be used in lotion or cream formulations. Mountain Rose Herbs offers a delectable assortment of hydrosols for every mood, and we’re excited to add a new one: Tulsi!

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has long been revered as a sacred healing plant in Ayurvedic medicine. It also happens to have a delightful fragrance! Warm, soothing, and just a little bit spicy, this hydrosol is in a class all by itself. Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, several of us have been spritzing it on our faces when the hustle and bustle gets to an especially high level. So calming! The 4 oz size comes in an amber glass spritzer bottle, perfect for keeping on a desktop or in a bathroom, and the larger sizes are ideal for refilling the spritzer.

Fragrant cheers!

-Jessie

Meet the Herbalist ~ Giveaway!

Posted by Erin|14 September 2011


Liisa Korpela is passionate about making herbal products and practicing sustainability for the plants that heal, the people she loves, and the planet that provides for us all. She is an experienced herbalist, creative gardener, and the founder of Bella Botanica, a natural health & beauty company. Her gorgeous urban homestead and apothecary in downtown Eugene supports native, medicinal, and food plants, as well as a flock of happy chickens and buzzy bee hives.

In 1995, Liisa received her BFA degree in the Fine Arts of Textiles and Natural Dyeing with a Major in Biology. After graduation, Liisa began to delve more intimately into the world of plants by working with native flora, ecosystems, propagation, and gardening in the Pacific Northwest. She began her formal herbal studies in 1996 at the Blue Iris School of Botanical Studies with Colette Gardiner, and then at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies with Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager, and most recently studied to be a Certified Women’s Herbal Educator with Dr. Aviva Jill Romm.

Liisa has also traveled extensively co-leading eco-tours to Costa Rica and served for 7 years as the executive director on tours to Egypt and Peru’s sacred sites. Weaving the art and science of Herbalism, Liisa inspires others to build relationships with nature while learning holistic ways to care for their body, mind, and spirit.

We are so excited to have Liisa, our friend and teacher, share her wealth of wisdom and experience formulating natural skincare products, as well as her deep understanding of sacred herbalism and ritual at Rootstalk!

To celebrate the very first Rootstalk Festival, Liisa is offering a bounty of amazing prizes for our giveaway series! Enjoy our interview below and learn more about how you can win some incredible goodies from Bella Botanica. We will pick 3 winners!   

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

Beauty from the Earth
Friday – 11am – Clark Hall

For millennia we have looked to nature for the answers to staying and looking young. It is within the earth’s flowers, fruits, barks, and roots that we have unveiled the secrets and revealed answers. During Beauty from the Earth, we will have the opportunity to dive into the world of natural beauty care. We will take a look at the skin, our largest eliminatory organ, and practices to keep it healthy. As well as ingredients to watch out for in our products and the ingredients we should focus on to keep our skin glowing and youthful.

The Spirit of Herbalism
Saturday – 4pm – Meet at Archery

Our ancestors saw all life as sacred and in all life there possessed an intelligence that was shared. Listening to nature was considered “the way” one learned about the magical and medicinal properties of the plants. This symbiotic and intertwined relationship with plants and nature has been lost to us, as we have “fallen out of the garden” separated from nature and our natural selves. But with this new generation of interested herbalist and plant enthusiast, we are rebuilding and restoring these ancient relationships with nature. As we learn to listen to these plant teachers we are rekindling our innate abilities to connect with nature and transform our ailments and disease into health, strength and personal growth.

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

One day weeding in the garden around a Milk Thistle plant, I was particularly distraught over a scenario with two friends. I did not like how one friend was treating the other friend, and it irritated me how he was handling a particular situation. I grumbled, frustrated as I went over and over the drama in my head. Each time reaching down under the Milk Thistle for more weeds, I would get poked and scratched and pull my arm back in retreat. After a few minutes of this torturous weeding job, I sat back thinking of the scenario one more time and clearly I heard that I must forgive the person that had made me so frustrated. The next day I opened up a book on herbs and there was Milk Thistle “The plant of forgiveness.” This changed everything that I had thought I had known about plants.  This plant had communicated this lesson of forgiveness to me. I had so much more to learn!

3. What is your primary environmental concern?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

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

People need to be educated about the concerns of the rapidly progressing release of GMO crops in this country. There has been very little oversight, testing and debate about these crops, and the ramification of the damage that they cause to the livelihoods of family farms, our health, and the environment. When polled, the majority of the population would like to be informed about the products that are genetically modified. But due to corporate interest and the wide use of GMOs already on the market place that could be potentially harmed, this information is not being released. Since the federal government is not stepping up to protecting it’s citizens on these issues, we need to pressure our local and state government to set up truth in labeling requirements on GMOs. We need to demand that the businesses we invest into our supporting us with our requests to be informed about what is in our products. That way we as consumers can make the educated choice into what we wish to support.

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

At Rootstalk this year, I hope to experience a place where community can gather together to learn, share and create sustainable ways for us to navigate through the changing times we are experiencing on our planet right now. More than ever we need to revitalize the tools that have existed through time that work for us and the earth in a gentle way.

6. What is your favorite plant and why?

Though it is hard for me to nail down any one plant as my favorite, today I would say it is Violas. Violas represent the coming of spring. One of the first plants to flower, their sweet aroma flirts through the air, inviting one to smile as you realize that spring is afoot and the sun is returning once more. Full of Vitamin A & C, the whole plant is nutritive. A wonderful addition to salads, a gentle heart medicine (thus the name Heartease), a soothing respiratory tonic, and a general wound healer. This plant is an excellent ground cover and is easily grown in the shade.

 

The Giveaway!

We will choose 3 very lucky winners to receive one of these amazing gifts from Bella Botanica!

 

The Ultimate “Pamper Me!” Basket

 

One winner will receive this lovely basket filled with handmade goodies to nourish the skin and relax muscles!  Supreme Cream ~ Vanilla Lip Balm ~ Citrus Bliss Flower Shower ~ Juniper Rose Sea Scrub ~ Citrus Bliss Massage Oil

 

  Home Sweet Home Massage Kit

One winner will receive a bottle of the deliciously refreshing Citrus Bliss Flower Shower and a bottle of Rosie’s Delight Massage Oil!

 

Bella Botanica Gift Certificate 

Use this $75.00 gift certificate to schedule a consultaion with Liisa, take a few herbal classes, or stock up on beautiful healing products from Bella Botanica! 

 

 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 Bella Botanica and leave a comment here telling us about another product, class, or service Liisa offers that you’d love to experience.

2. Like Bella Botanica 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. Follow the Bella Botanica Blog and leave a comment here to let us know that you’re a reader!

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

You have until Tuesday, September 20th at 11:59pm PST to enter. We will pick 3 winners at random on Thursday, September 21st!

 Good Luck!

Savoring Summer

Posted by Irene|12 September 2011

Summer can almost become lost in the seemingly endless flurry of backyard barbeques, harvesting, canning, drying and preserving crops, camping trips, outdoor music concerts, visits to the local swimming hole, and family road trips. Sometimes, it seems as though not enough time remains to relax and leisurely enjoy the summer itself.  In September, as the weather begins to wane in preparation for autumn, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the fleeting rays of summer’s warmth before autumn arrives. Since these recipes contain ingredients and aromas that evoke and reflect the warmth, energy, and essense of summer, they are also wonderful for uplifting the mind, spirit, and body during cold and gloomy winter days!

Fresh Bath Bouquets

One of the simplest, yet most delightful bath treatments! If you have a bounty of fresh flowers and herbs in your garden, save a few sprigs for this decadent and medicinal bathing experience. Taking baths during the summertime may seem counterintuitive, but on cooler nights or mornings, baths are relaxing and soothe sore muscles that have been overexerted by summer activities.

Pick fresh herbal sprigs from the garden. Some favorites include Calendula, Chamomile, Echinacea, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Red Clover, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Thyme, and Oregano. Bundle the botanicals with twine, and hang under the faucet allowing water to run through the herbs. Once the tub is full, you can allow the herbs to float freely in the bathtub or simply enjoy their beauty as they hang from the faucet.

Lavender & Lemongrass Bubble Bath

Homemade bubble bath is not as bubbly as commercial varieties and the suds don’t last very long, but it is completely natural and is so much gentler on the skin. Bathing in the aroma of Lemongrass and Lavender is refreshing and sure to lift the spirits! This blend is perfect for all ages.

  • 1/2 cup liquid Castille Soap
  • 1 TBSP liquid Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 TBSP Epsom salt
  • 1 tsp. organic Jojoba oil
  • 30 drops organic Lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil

Mix all ingredients together and pour directly into running water.

Tangerine & Ylang Ylang Body Oil

Refreshingly light with a hint of citrus and sweetness, this is a perfect oil for the summertime. Pour a little directly into bathwater, massage into the skin after bathing, or apply whenever skin feels a little dry.

  • ½ cup organic Apricot Kernel or Sweet Almond oil
  • 60 drops Tangerine essential oil
  • 10 drop organic Ylang Ylang essential oil

Pour all ingredients into a glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. 

Late Summer Perfume

Dab this luscious blend onto pulse points after bathing. It has a wonderful aroma of flowers, citrus, and summertime sweetness that isespecially useful during times of stress, anxiety, irritability, or depression.

  • 20 drops citrus essential oil of choice or a blend of Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, and/or Tangerine
  • 8 drops organic Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops organic Cinnamon leaf Essential Oil
  • 4 drops organic Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 3 drops organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • 1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil

Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.

Late Summer Aromatherapy Spray

The same blend as above, but in a convenient aromatherapy spray that can be spritzed around the home or used as a body mist to refresh and uplift the spirits. 

  • 20 drops citrus essential oil of choice or a blend of Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, and/or Tangerine
  • 8 drops organic Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops organic Cinnamon leaf Essential Oil
  • 4 drops organic Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 3 drops organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
  • 3 oz water
  • 1 oz Witch Hazel Extract

Pour water and Witch Hazel Extract into a 4 oz bottle with a mister top. Add essential oils and roll between palms to evenly mix. If you desire a stronger aromatherapy spray, simply increase the amount of essential oils used. The recipe can be easily doubled, or you can just add extra of whichever oils you like the best to create your own special blend!

St. Germain Cocktail

Sip on this delectable cocktail while blissfully soaking in the sun’s warmth! St. Germain is an incredible liquer made in France from freshly handpicked Elderflowers. The flavor is absolutely captivating, sublime, and indescribable – like nectar.  This is St. Germain’s signature cocktail from their website www.stgermain.fr

  • 2 parts Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
  • 1 ½ parts St. Germain
  • 2 parts Sparkling Water or Club Soda

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St. Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely.  Garnish with a lemon twist, making sure to squeeze it to release the essential oils into the glass.

Enjoy!

~ irene

New! Perfect Tea Timer

Posted by Christine|09 September 2011



For the true tea connoisseur, the perfect cup of tea requires perfect timing. This elegant tea timer takes the guesswork out of brewing tea and guarantees an exquisitely brewed cup. Three different hourglasses (for light, medium and strong tea) feature different colored sand, so you can tell at a glance whether your tea has finished brewing to your exact preference. Made of glass and durable stainless steel, this timer is a true quality item that will last for decades.

I picture this timer in a gift basket with a teapot and a selection of delicious teas—or by itself as the perfect accessory for the tea lover who has everything.
Happy brewing! ~Jessie

New! Mountain Rose Herbs Winter Catalog

Posted by Christine|02 September 2011

Stake out your favorite armchair and brew a cup of tea—you’ll want to get comfortable and take your time poring over the pages of our brand-new Winter catalog, due to arrive in a mailbox near you any day now.

This issue is packed with delightful products, from regular Mountain Rose Herbs staples to exciting new additions (look for “NEW!” next to the product name)—as well as inspiring photos and recipes for creating a warm, cozy autumn and winter. From the moment you open the gorgeously designed cover, you’ll be immersed in a world of herbal ideas, tips, and information.

Not on our catalog mailing list? Let us fix that! Simply visit our Free Catalog page and we’ll send one your way!

Happy reading!
–Jessie

Photo Thursday ~ Organicfest!

Posted by Erin|01 September 2011

These awesome photos show the very happy winner of our organic tea basket during last year’s Organicfest Celebration in Asheville, NC! That blissful beaming smile feels so familiar to us…maybe because we see it around Mountain Rose everytime someone brews a cup of tea to sip!

Don’t miss the 10th annual Organicfest Celebration happening in September of this year. We’ll be sending a few more baskets for the raffle, filled with an amazing array of organic goodies from Mountain Rose Herbs!    

Organicfest Celebration  ~ Event Information

Date: September 10, 2011

Location: Pack Square Park

Asheville, North Carolina

Website: www.organicfest.org

Join the celebration of everything organic and green, now in its 10th year, from 10 AM to 8 PM. Organicfest is a special environmental project of the Imagine Center, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting organics through educational and fun events. The Organicfest is co-sponsored by an array of local, regional and national businesses which promote healthy, organic foods, organic and green products and sustainable business practices.

Enjoy a fun filled day of organic eats, live music, drawings for organic goods and gift certificates, organic and green vendors, natural arts and crafts. Environmental organizations will share information and provide help with organic living, organic gardening, organic farming and earth-friendly living. Fun activities for kids including the Organicfest Kids Garden Parade at 1 PM.

Special Note: The Organicfest is presented in September to celebrate National Organic Harvest Month. The organic industry is one of the fastest growing, consumer driven industries in the United States. This special event, (co-sponsored local and national businesses and organizations) is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, highlight and promote the pure, organic food and products available in our community, create a connection to the people who grow and supply organic, and find out why organic is good for people and the planet. www.organicfest.org

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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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