Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sweetheart Recipe Exchange Contest!

Our hearts are all aflutter after ogling the beautiful handmade creations over at Poppy Swap! As a big ol’ love letter to their awesomeness, we’ve decided to host a community recipe exchange and contest for Valentine’s Day!   Make our dreams of ambrosial bodycare potions, irresistibly spiced treats, and gorgeous plant inspired gifts come true! Maybe you’re looking for something special for that very special someone? Perhaps you have an herbal project book bursting with lovely ideas? Over the next two weeks, let’s meet here to share and explore! Tell us what recipe tugs at your heartstrings and on February 14th you might win a very sweet treat. Three of the recipes we admire most will be chosen to win some decadent prizes from Poppy Swap!  The Prizes! Diviana Chocolate from Diviana Alchemy This exquisite raw delight tastes like the most euphoric chocolate caramel sauce! Made with unfiltered honey, heirloom cacao, and […]

Feeling A Bit Bookish

Shared knowledge is one of the most powerful gifts that you can give or receive. It is empowerment, illumination, and documentation that ensures the wisdom we have gleaned from our collective experiences will live on for the generations that come after us. Thanks to the intellectual generosity of some noted herbalists, aromatherapists, holistic veterinarians and botanists, we now have access to thousands of years of accumulated herbal wisdom, experience, plant lore, and history in meticulously researched and skillfully written books. One of my favorite books is Homegrown Herbs by Tammi Hartung. This is a wonderful large format guide to planting, growing, harvesting, and using more than a hundred popular herbs. It  provides in-depth instructions for all aspects of growing and using herbs including garden design, natural pest control, harvesting techniques, medicine making, and spicy recipes. With a forward by Rosemary Gladstar, this gorgeous full color book will be appreciated by gardeners and […]

Photo Thursday!

Sneak peek! We had an amazing little photo shoot this week for our upcoming Summer 2012 catalog. It was quite possibly the cutest photo shoot in the history of the planet! Meet herb-gardening baby, Yapsa Moon! Rebecca brought this sweet little guy in for us to photograph in anticipation of the new organic baby care products we’ll be debuting in the catalog. Exciting stuff! Isn’t he super adorable?!  

  • Guide to Making Tinctures

Guide to Making Tinctures

Navigating the world of herbal medicine can inspire a hungry fascination. Finding wellness through herbs often leads to an experience that's transformative and empowering. This journey can also bewilder our curious minds! We are lucky to have an incredible wealth of information about plant medicine at our fingertips today, but the beautiful complexity that comes with herbal healing makes learning the nuances a lifelong task. A sip of herbal tea or a dropperful of tincture can easily unlock the door to herbalism. Most of us begin our studies making these simple and effective preparations. However, basic concepts sometimes become muddied when juggling Latin binomial nomenclature, formulations, physiological actions, historical research, and other pursuits within the art. The most common mix-ups arise from misused terminology. One term that tends to be applied to a variety of preparations is tincture. What is a tincture and is there any difference between […]

Love Inspired Cacao Recipes

With Valentine’s Day a few weeks away, there’s still time to handcraft these decadent Cacao recipes!  Giving chocolate on Valentine’s Day is an old tradition, dating all the way back to the 1800’s.  Not only does it taste delicious, but numerous studies have suggested that the guilty pleasures of chocolate may not be quite so guilty after all. Cacao (Theobroma cacao), the raw material for chocolate, is high in flavonoids, antioxidants, and contains a host of vitamins and minerals. From the 16th through the 20th centuries, medical texts reported no less than 100 medicinal uses for Cacao. Scientists are now rediscovering the benefits of this botanical. Cacao can positively lower cholesterol for those with high cholesterol, provides the same amount of antioxidant polyphenols as a glass of red wine, more antioxidants than most fruits, up to four times as many antioxidants as green tea, stimulates the production of natural antidepressants in […]

DIY Body Mist with Essential Oils

Learning to create your own all natural body mist is amazingly simple! Commercial fragrances are laden with toxic synthetics that can irritate the skin and respiratory tract. They also tend to be really pricey at $50 to $100 for a 2oz bottle. Making your own perfume using just a few drops of pure essential oils allows you to save money and customize scents for your friends, family, or for yourself – naturally! This is one of my absolute favorite combinations. When I wear it, people always ask for the name and get wide-eyed with excitement when I tell them how easy it is to make. The warmth of sandalwood mixed with deep floral rose, fresh grapefruit, and a hint of Ylang Ylang sweetness creates a sophisticated and intoxicating scent that rivals any of those expensive perfumes – at a fraction of the cost. In fact, the ingredients used in this recipe […]

New Capsule Packaging!

Beginning today our 100 count non GMO Vegetarian empty capsules in sizes “0” and “00” will arrive packaged in a lovely Victorian inspired Pill Box. This retail friendly package is made of 100% post-consumer waste and printed with environmentally friendly soy ink.   This packaging is not only sturdy and reusable; it is also a charming and attractive way to store your cellulose capsules from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Photo Thursday!

One year, 1 week, and 1 day ago, a mead was made! Irene (our homebrewing, bodycare creating, Marketing Director) created a special 11 flower mead for 1/11/11 using our herbs. She brought some in today for a little tasting. Quite a treat! It still needs a bit of aging, but even at this young stage the gorgeous crimson brew has a delicious floral bouquet and wonderful dry finish. Yum! 11 Flower Mead Heather Flowers Lavender Flowers Elder Flowers Hibiscus Flowers Chamomile Flowers Jasmine Flowers Rose Buds Meadowsweet Flowers Red Poppy Flowers Chrysanthemum Flowers and a pinch of Blue Lotus. All deliciously organic, of course!   Irene has promised to post an herbal mead-making blog later this year, so be sure to check back…

Fun With Fermentation!

We spent this past Saturday brewing up and serving some delicious organic Oolong and Pu’erh tea at the Fun With Fermentation Festival! When we had a chance to sneak away from the booth, we wandered the festival to taste some of the Willamette Valley’s best cheeses, wine, yogurt, kefir, beer, kombucha, kraut, mead, bread, vinegar, and many other fermented goodies. There were also some incredible workshops by community nutritionists and brewing experts about the health benefits of fermented foods and the many techniques used to produce them. They shared one very valuable message – it has become increasingly important to add fermented foods into our everyday modern diets! Fermented foods support our digestion and boost overall immunity. By eating live fermented foods, we can promote diversity among the helpful microbial communities living in our bodies. But other than kombucha, what exactly does fermentation have to do with teas? For teas […]

Photo Thursday!

This is the view from our window today of neighboring wetlands! Geese have been filling the sky each afternoon with their loud honking chorus, while ducks paddle across the cold pond. There have even been sightings this week of a Great Egret. Surely makes our lunch breaks more exciting!

West Indies Tempeh Salad

Have you tried our West Indies Rub? Well, it’s incredibly delicious and surprisingly versatile! With notes of ginger, fenugreek, coriander, mustard seed, and garlic, this harmonious blend adds a punch of flavor and a nice amount of heat to your recipe. One of our favorite quick and easy meal ideas uses the rub to spice up your classic tempeh salad. New to tempeh? It’s a protein-packed cake made from whole soybeans that is cultured and fermented – making it easier to digest than tofu. The meaty texture makes it the perfect alternative to chicken or tuna.  Experiment and enjoy! West Indies Tempeh Salad Ingredients • 12 ounces organic tempeh, cubed • 1 stalk organic celery, chopped • 1 organic carrot shredded • ½  organic red bell pepper, chopped • ½  organic yellow onion, chopped • 2 cloves of organic garlic, minced • 1/2 organic hemp seeds • 1/3 cup organic mayonnaise or vegenaise • 2 tablespoons Epicurean Organics Macadamia Nut […]

Green Spring Clean Winner!

What an incredible giveaway this has been! We LOVED reading all of your herbal resolutions for the new year. Many of your ideas have inspired us to try them out too, so thank you!  Now it’s time for the big announcement! Are you ready? The winner is . . . Congratulations to deannab! You are the winner of this amazing prize! We will be in touch with you soon with more details. Our biggest heartfelt thanks to you all for reading, writing, and sharing your excitement for cleaning naturally!