Monthly Archives: October 2011

Just Label It!

    It’s become more important than ever for consumers to demand the right to make informed decisions when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) food. Today, experimental GE food can be found on supermarket shelves all around the country without a single warning as we stroll the aisles. Mountain Rose Herbs began campaigning for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food in 1999 and we will continue to petition all of the agencies involved in labeling law until GMO’s are clearly identified. If the American public knew what we were buying, we could easily cast our vote at the register. So, what can we do today? The Just Label It! campaign provides a simple way to submit comments to the FDA in support of the GE labeling petition. Their site also offers educational tools to become informed about GE foods, the benefits of labeling foods, and ways to stay engaged. Millions […]

A Visit to the Hop Farm

  Mary Woodruff is the Domestic Farms Representative here at Mountain Rose Herbs. She works closely with our small organic farmers and wildcrafters in the US to source, grow, and harvest the most beautifully vibrant herbs here in our own backyard. Mary was raised in Eugene where she also lived and worked on a sustainable off-the-grid farm raising goats, growing fresh produce, canning, and making goat cheese. She just returned from a trip to our organic hop farm with a story to share…      Emerging from the freeway onto a winding country road the air is warm, the sun shining, and a beautiful curved roof barn comes into view. Just past this, I see rows and rows of cascading hops—the mature cones dripping down. Our organic hop farmer stepped out from the house that’s been in his family for generations to greet us with a warm smile. As I wandered around the Mountain Rose Hop Farm, the vines […]

Curried Sweet Potato Coconut Soup

Clouds have sailed in on cool breezes  here in Eugene bringing a final farewell to summer weather. Chilly air also brings those undeniable cravings for deliciously warming soup! This recipe totally satisfies with sautéed garlic, fresh grated ginger, and golden curry swirled into creamy coconut milk and baked sweet potato puree. It’s an irresistible combination of spicy and sweet, so be sure to make enough to share. Perfect for potlucks and autumn picnics, your friends will come around for a second helping! Curried Sweet Potato Coconut Soup Ingredients – 1 ½ lb organic sweet potato, baked and puréed – 2 organic yellow onions, diced – 4 organic cloves of garlic, diced – 1/4 cup fresh organic ginger, finely grated – 2 tbsp organic Sesame oil – 1 tbsp organic curry powder – 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder – 1 tsp organic turmeric powder – 1 tsp organic coriander powder – […]

New! 32 oz Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil

Want to try our pure, delicious, organic unrefined virgin coconut oil, but a little daunted by the prospect of purchasing an entire gallon (or 5)? We have great news for you! We now offer a 32 ounce size, perfect for your cupboard shelf. Just think of all the yummy ways you can use this super-healthy and tasty oil. I love to substitute it for butter or other oils in all my baked goods recipes! Happy baking, cooking, and formulating! –Jessie

Rootstalk Photo Booth!

Did you have your photo taken in the Wildlands Masquerade Ball Photo Booth? If so, click the link below to visit the gallery and find your beautiful, hilarious, and sweet festival photos. You can download them for free, order prints, and share by email or Facebook.Thanks to everyone for coming out to Oregon and making this beautiful dream come true with us! Click HERE to visit the Rootstalk Photo Booth Gallery!   And don’t miss the fun video montage we put together from this magical night… Enjoy the keepsakes!

New! Jade Green Neti Pot

This blog entry is a “choose your own adventure” post! If you are familiar with neti pots and nasal cleaning, skip to the last paragraph. If you are asking yourself “what’s that funny looking teapot thing?”, start with the next paragraph. I was first introduced to the ancient practice of nasal cleaning several years ago by a friend of mine who swore by her neti (or nasal cleaning) pot. She explained how she would fill the pot with a warm saline solution, then pour the solution through her nose until her sinuses were cleared and refreshed. I politely nodded and smiled, thinking, “pour salt water in my nose? No thanks!”. Until… Six months or so later, I got a whopper of a cold—the kind that sends you to bed with hot soup, tissues and a very stuffy nose. As I was getting ready to leave work in the middle of […]

Creamy Cacao Hemp Milk

If you shoot us an email with questions regarding your order, there’s a good chance the wonderful Rebecca will be there to help. She’s one of our email gurus in Customer Service, as well as a world traveling mama! Rebecca worked with an organic farm in India that provides education for girls and supports women’s microfinance groups. Vegetables from the farm are grown and harvested to feed girls at the school, and women from the community sell the rest of the fresh produce at local markets. During her time in India, Rebecca also studied Ayurveda and had the amazing opportunity to visit tea plantations, spice, and herb gardens in the mountains. Rebecca then journeyed to Africa where she apprenticed with a traditional doctor to learn about illness prevention and healing practices using plant medicines.   When we saw her concocting a deliciously creamy frothy drink in the break room last week, we knew it would be some kind of magically […]

Making Botanical Perfumes & Colognes

Did you know that most perfumes and colognes are manufactured using synthetic chemicals, even petroleum? Many of these ingredients do not need to be listed on the labels, but are known allergens, hormone disruptors, and irritants. The majority have never even been studied for cosmetic use! This is pretty scary, but the good news is that we can easily create our own perfumes and colognes from natural ingredients. Not only are they safer, but many botanicals also have therapeutic properties that are grounding, energizing, relaxing, stimulating, uplifting, and balancing. True, these fragrances will need to be reapplied more often than their chemical counterparts, but they are much better for our minds and bodies.  If in need of a little sprucing up during the day, carry a small bottle of your favorite aroma in your purse. You can even make special formulas like a relaxing blend for stressful situations or something […]