Monthly Archives: June 2012

Book Shelf News!

  We are thrilled to offer Rosemary Gladstar’s new book published earlier this year, Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide! Throughout the pages of this book, Rosemary covers 33 of her favorite herbs, including Burdock, Calendula, Licorice, and Nettle. She offers expert tips on creating an herb patch in your backyard garden, as well as easy-to-follow recipes for brewing teas, blending soothing salves, making tinctures, oils, syrups, pills, and more. This work of herbal knowledge and tradition comes complete with 124 of Rosemary’s favorite medicinal recipes, like Creaky Bones Cayenne Rub, Warming Cinnamon Bath Salts, Ginger Lemon-Aide, Brain Tonic Tincture, Rosemary’s Famous Face Cream, and Nutritive Heart Tonic Tincture. A wonderful addition to your herbal book collection that will surely lead to cabinets stocked up with homemade goodies.

Photo Thursday!

These are just a few of the photos taken during the Mountain Rose Herbs employee party this year! We played herbal games while dancing to folky bluegrass tunes by the Conjugal Visitors, sipping on beer and wine, eating organic Cozmic pizza, and indulging in delicious gourmet ice cream from Red Wagon Creamery! They even made a few special herb-infused flavors for us like Meyer Lemon & Rose Petal Jam ice cream and Lemongrass-Thai Basil sorbet. Yum! In the “company” of our awesome co-workers, much fun was had by all!  

Homemade Baby Powder

Look at that cutie pie! The summer sunshine brings fun outdoor play for little ones like Amelia Sage, in flower filled parks and backyards around the city. But along with this seasonal merriment also comes skin irritating heat and humidity. Thankfully, making your own baby powder is cheap, easy, and allows total control over what ingredients go on baby’s precious skin. Most commercial baby powders contain talc which is potentially carcinogenic, as well as artificial perfumes that can bother a child's sensitive respiratory system. Crafting your own customized powder only takes a few ingredients and can be put together in just minutes. Wonderful for irritated skin and diaper rash, this healing and soothing herbal baby powder recipe is 100% natural. You can also formulate a less medicinal "everyday" body powder by leaving out the goldenseal and myrrh powder. Either recipe can be lightly scented with a few drops of pure organic essential oil if you'd like – just keep in mind […]

Free Healing Herbs eBook!

For all the fans of our Healing Herbs Poster made with the wonderful folks over at, check out The Healing Herbs eBook by Rosalee de la Forêt! This eBook contains 56 PDF pages covering all 23 herbs listed on the Healing Herbs Chart in greater detail. Rosalee also shares remedies and recipes to accompany each herb! Basically, you get each herb on the chart expanded into a 2 page lesson. Such a special gift to the herbie community!   Here are the 23 herbs you’ll learn more about… Astragalus Burdock Calendula Catnip Chamomile Comfrey Dandelion Echinacea Elder Garlic Ginger Hawthorn Lemon Balm Nettle Oats Peppermint Plantain Red Clover Slippery Elm St. John’s Wort Valerian Wild Rose Yarrow    Special thanks to Rosalee and for sharing this fantastic resource! Download the free Healing Herbs eBook here!  

New! Mezzaluna Choppers

Chopping herbs and spices has never been easier with these classic Mezzaluna Choppers. Did you know that “Mezzaluna” means half moon in Italian? The beveled shape of these stainless steel blades makes the perfect tool for chopping herbs and spices whether fresh or dried. Simply rock the blade(s) back and forth over the herb you’re preparing and watch the Mezzaluna chop with ease. A must have for the upcoming harvest season! Choose from two styles including a single Italian made 10″ blade with wooden handles, or a double 6″ blade with an easy-to-grip plastic handle. Two wonderful tools for any kitchen herbalist!  

Photo Thursday!

Here’s a favorite from our archives! This is a cherished photo of our company president and herbalist Julie Bailey collecting herbs from her well-loved garden in preparation for a day of medicine making. A very sweet reminder of the exciting growing and harvesting months ahead!  

Lemon Iced Tea Pops

Happy Summer Solstice! Today we get to enjoy the most sunlight we’ll have all year long and celebrate the beginning of summer. I’m so excited for what the season brings: potlucks, eating wild berries, camping trips in the mountains, tincturing fresh plants from the forest and the garden, and maybe best of all, swimming! As the days grow hotter, who doesn’t love a cold glass of lemonade iced tea? Imagine turning that refreshingly sweet and tart tradition into a frozen pop. Oh, yes! Tea pops are fun treats for hot summer days, only much healthier, totally customizable, and packed with herbal goodness you won’t find in store freezers. You can change up the recipe below with medicinal formulas too. These would be a great option for administering medicine to little upset tummies and sore throats. You can also make them using calming herbs as a before-bedtime-popsicle-treat, gently lulling kids to dreamland. Of course, adults love them too and […]

Celebrate Summer Giveaway!

Just in time to celebrate summer, Kami McBride is sharing one of her favorite recipes with us and giving away copies of her amazing book, The Herbal Kitchen! Kami teaches experiential herbal programs to revive the art of homemade herbal medicine. Her work is centered in sustainable wellness practices, creating self reliance and revitalizing relationships with the plant world. You can find her website here: Be sure to enter for a chance to win and enjoy the enchanting Summer Solstice Cordial recipe below!   Summer Solstice Cordial Recipe! Summer is here and it is time to celebrate. I love to create special drinks for special occasions! Learn how to make herbal cordials and you will always have the most interesting parties! People stop asking you to bring food to the potluck and request that you bring the drinks instead! Summer Solstice is the perfect occasion to capture the season in a delicious herbal cordial. […]

New! Organic Ear Oil

We are excited to introduce our new Certified Organic Ear Oil infused right here in the Oregon sunshine! We combine organic olive oil herbal infusions of fresh organic garlic and organic mullein flowers to create this indispensable blend. Deeply penetrating and soothing, this combination of pure botanicals is known for its anti-microbial and pain relieving properties. It is a must have for those with troubled ears. You can find it on our website here: Certified Organic Ear Oil

Photo Thursday!

Soaking up the delicious rays and making some Easy Day sun tea with organic blackberry leaf, organic linden leaf & flower, organic peppermint, organic lemon balm, and organic marshmallow leaf. Mmm…mmm…green goodness!  

Are You Pinterested?

    Because we’ve been pinning herbal tidbits and inspirations on Pinterest! Pinterest is a fun website that allows you to collect and organize your favorite links, recipes, and photos from around the internet, as well as search for new “pins” to collect on your interest boards. We’ve connected with so many amazing herbie and foodie blogs through Pinterest and often “re-pin” the recipes and craft ideas we find there. It’s easy and free, so be sure to follow our profile here for even more herbal info…   Mountain Rose on Pinterest!    

Campfire Coconut Kettle Corn

Fun to make around the campfire after a day by the river or on the stovetop at home, this sweet and salty kettle corn is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Healthy virgin coconut oil adds a satisfying richness while a touch of sugar coats each kernel with a caramelized glaze. So good, you won’t miss the butter! Feel free to experiment with additional spices like smoked sea salt, cinnamon, curry, Chinese 5 spice, or chipotle chili powder for a spicy kick. Ingredients ¼ cup organic virgin coconut oil ½ cup organic popping corn kernels 1 tbsp organic sugar fine sea salt to taste Directions Melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat in a large stock pot. Add the kernels and cover the pot with a lid. Be sure to shake the pot continuously over the flame to avoid burning. When the first kernel pops, add the sugar and cover the pot. Continue to shake the […]