Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Green Tea Resolution

Are you a fan of New Year’s resolutions? Many of us vow each January to take better care of ourselves in some way. In 2012, I’m resolving to drink more green tea! A source of antioxidants and other healthful properties, green tea is believed by many to be one of the most beneficial beverages one can drink. Its rich history and wide use in China and Japan demonstrate its status as a beloved and revered brew, not only as a delicious drink, but also as a traditional treatment for a wide range of illnesses. I like to think of it as preventive medicine in a mug! Delicious and refreshing, this versatile beverage can be prepared hot or iced, sweetened or unsweetened, with nut or dairy milk—there are so many tasty ways to enjoy it! Mountain Rose Herbs offers a plethora of green tea varieties—including my personal favorite, Jasmine Green. Happy […]

Photo Thursday!

It’s that time of year again when we are grabbing our favorite homemade herbal pastilles from the shelf. Perfect for sore, dry, and scratchy throats, we can’t let winter go by without making a batch of these strongly medicinal lozenges. This recipe comes to us from Steven, our beloved Lab Manager and instructor at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. He uses osha root to make these, but you can also try them with elecampane root powder.  Find the recipe here!

Meet the Herbalist

River Kennedy is a Eugene-based herbalist specializing in the intuitive art of formulations. When we decided to make our own line of handcrafted combination tinctures here at Mountain Rose, we were honored to have River come on as our extract formulator. She is the owner of Terra Firma Botanicals, as well as a certified mediator, a certified practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), a health & wellness counselor, and the mother of two. She has been a practicing herbalist and medicine maker since 1982. We hope you enjoy this interview with River! 1. Can you recall the moment when you realized that herbalism would be your path? I was 16 and living in New York back in the 1970’s when herbalism and healthy eating were almost an unknown. I was passionate about organic foods, living and health, so when our local college offered an herbal beauty class by the author Dian Dincin Buchman, I jumped at […]

Best Recipes of 2011 Giveaway!

It feels so good to be back after a wonderfully loooong weekend celebrating with friends and family. We hope your holiday season has been beautiful too! Speaking of celebrations… Guess what? It’s week 3 of our DIY HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY series! As a big thank you to our readers, we’re revisiting the best recipes from our blog in 2011 and giving away a huge package of organic ingredients each week to the lucky winners so they can make these herbal goodies at home!   Week 3 ~ Homemade Hemp Milk This delicious recipe came from Customer Service email-guru Rebecca! She’s a world traveling mama who has worked at organic farms and studied herbal medicine across India and Africa. So, when we saw her concocting this creamy drink, we knew it had to be some kind of magically tasty treat. With one sip, we were hooked and you will be too! Creamy Cacao Hemp Milk Recipe   […]

Relax and Recharge!

If you celebrate Christmas or Chanukah, then these days are the culmination of weeks of decorating, baking, gift shopping/creating, and more. If all that preparation has left you a bit exhausted amidst all the festive joy, I hope your post-holiday schedule includes at least a day to relax, unwind and recharge. You deserve it! Here are a few of my favorite ways to take some time out: • A long, hot bath with therapeutic bath salts. Relaxing is our most popular blend, but Woodland and Midsummer are also divine! • The cozy glow of a natural wax candle. Whether it’s a tea light, a votive or a pillar candle, there’s just something about a bright flame that calms the soul. • Diffusing essential oils can be an instant soother or recharger. Some of my favorites are soothing Lavender, refreshing Peppermint, and warming Cinnamon. • Perhaps the most quintessential way to […]

Photo Thursday!

This is our Food Donation Station here at Mountain Rose Herbs! Now is the perfect time for us to remember those in our community who struggle to put food on the table year-round. High unemployment, low wages, a shortage of affordable housing, high medical costs or the absence of health insurance are major factors that put people at risk of hunger. Through our employee food drive this year, we are collecting much needed items for FOOD for Lane County in support of their mission to alleviate hunger by creating easier access to food. For more information about FOOD for Lane County, visit their website.

Herb Infused Spirits

There’s no time more perfect to snuggle up with a spicy, handcrafted cocktail than on a moonlit winter night. The art of mixology is inspiring bartenders and boozehounds everywhere to create original sipping concoctions or to revive old classics. But you don’t need to stock the cabinet with a fortune’s worth of pretty liquor bottles to enjoy these delights. Infusing your own spirits at home is an easy way to build ingredients for your home bar and allows you to dream up customized flavors.  You only need a few staples, some glass jars, and whole dried herbs. A basic infusion-ready bar includes vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, brandy, and tequila. Any of these liquors can be transformed with herbs. Since you’ll be drinking infusions for pleasure, be sure to start with high quality spirits. They don’t have to be top shelf, but after that first taste you’ll really appreciate spending a few […]

Best Recipes of 2011 Giveaway!

It's week 2 of our DIY HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY series! We’re revisiting the best recipes from our blog in 2011 and giving away a huge package of organic ingredients each week to the lucky winners so they can make these herbal goodies at home! Week 2 ~ Amazing Maca Bars This week we are dreaming of Julie's Amazing Maca Bars! Maca is a Peruvian tuber of the Brassicaceae family. It grows at high elevations of 12,000 feet and higher! Used as early as 1600 BC for mental acuity, physical vitality, endurance, and stamina, Maca is also an aphrodisiac tonic that enhances sexual desire, performance, and fertility in men, women, and animals. It’s a highly nutritious food too, containing carbohydrates, protein, calcium, lipids, iodine, and other beneficial compounds similar to broccoli and cabbage. This power packed root is known to have an especially positive effect on people who are overworked, overstressed, or nutritionally unfulfilled. (Thanks a lot office cookie swap!) Julie is our wonderful Production Manager and Master Tea […]

Blog News ~ MailChimp

As you may have noticed, we’ve been doing some behind the scenes tech updates to help the blog run more smoothly. This is just a quick note to let all of our email subscribers know that we’re switching over to the MailChimp service. You should receive a message in your email inbox asking to confirm your subscription. If you click “confirm” you will continue to receive emails from the Mountain Rose Blog, including notifications of new posts and contests. If you’d rather not receive these notices, simply delete the email and you are good to go! Please let us know if you have any questions and happy reading!    

Peppermint Cheer!

Something about this time of year always makes me crave the refreshing, invigorating natural flavor and scent of Peppermint. Fortunately for me, there are much healthier options than the ubiquitous candy canes to be found here at Mountain Rose Herbs! • Peppermint Leaf makes a wonderfully refreshing herbal tea all by itself—just brew and enjoy! Its tummy-soothing properties make it especially helpful after a large, rich holiday meal. • Peppermint Flavor Extract adds a lively zip of certified organic peppermint flavor to homemade candy, baked goods, beverages, and anything else you can think of (Peppermint hot chocolate, anyone?). • Peppermint Hydrosol makes a yummy-smelling, natural and organic body or room spray, and can also be incorporated into body care or food recipes. • Peppermint Essential Oil has traditionally been used for a wide range of complaints from nausea to headaches to colds to skin issues. It’s also a popular ingredient […]

Photo Thursday!

A beautiful pot of flowering tea has been calling my name during this chilly last week of autumn. There may not be blossoms in the garden, but there’s a bouquet in my tea pot!

Best Recipes of 2011 Giveaway!

What better way to celebrate the coming new year than with a look back at some of our favorite recipes of 2011? Well, how about 4 weeks of amazing DIY GIVEAWAYS! As a big thank you to our herb loving blog readers, we’ll be revisiting the best recipes of the year and giving away a huge package of organic ingredients each week so our lucky winners can make the goodies at home! Pretty sweet, right? Week 1   It’s been cold and dry in Eugene this week. Really, really, really cold and dry! With (almost) winter weather like this, we’ve all been reaching for Irene’s luscious herbal lip balms. These lip balm recipes smell fantastic, are wonderfully moisturizing, and super easy to make. Looking for a holiday gift to make for friends and family? Look no further! You can find her post with the recipes here!   The Giveaway! The prize […]