Archive for July, 2012

Howie Brounstein on Herb TV: Calm Down!

Posted by Erin|31 July 2012

Check out this great mini-lecture about calming herbs by Howie Brounstein of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies! A longtime friend and teacher, Howie is one of our most beloved herbalists offering botany, ecology, wildcrafting, plant pharmacy, physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical herbalism apprenticeships here in Eugene.

During this video from HerbTV, Howie discusses nutritive nervine herbs and other popular calming herbs including Oats, Skullcap, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian. The complete lecture is available for sale here.

Prepare to watch and relax…

 

Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe!

Posted by Erin|30 July 2012

 

 

My first bite of green tea ice cream was nearly 12 years ago. After a feast of miso soup, seaweed salad, and veggie sushi with my bestie, we decided to be adventurous and split a scoop. And then we ordered another. It was a revelation to the taste buds. The mingling of grassy, floral, fruity, creamy sweetness was beautiful. It quickly became a favorite and I knew I had to make my own.

I’ve found that it’s best to use powdered Matcha for this recipe. Matcha is a special green tea with deep historical roots in Japanese tea ceremonies. To produce this delicacy, the sweet and tender young leaves of Camellia sinensis are ground to a fine powder. When you use Matcha as an ingredient, you consume the entire green tea leaf, which is alive with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Simple to make and excitingly unique, this recipe is the best ice cream to go along with summer birthday cake. Plus, the lovely green color can be dressed up with edible flowers, fresh fruit, or any of your favorite toppings. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Green Tea Ice Cream

2 cups organic half-and-half
1 cup organic heavy cream
3/4 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons organic Matcha Tea powder
1 organic vanilla bean, split and scraped

Combine half-and-half, cream, sugar, scraped vanilla bean pulp, and vanilla bean pod in a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the mixture just barely begins to simmer. Do not boil! Remove the mixture from heat immediately and allow to cool for a few minutes. Remove the vanilla bean pod. Whisk in the Matcha powder until well incorporated and pour mixture into a lidded container. Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to develop. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze as directed. Once semi-solid, spoon the mixture back into a lidded container and harden in the freezer for at least 1 hour before serving. Scoop and love!

 

New! Bubble Bath

Posted by Christine|27 July 2012

 

Let the fun begin!

This gentle non-irritating bubble bath formula created by Little Twig is made with natural ingredients including organic aloe, organic calendula and lavender extracts, and organic oils. These long lasting suds soothe and soften the skin while providing bath time fun for the little ones, and relaxing bubbly bliss for adults.

Not only do we love these bubbles, we also adore the butterfly themed packaging. Available in Happy Tangerine and Extra Mild Unscented. Please see our website here for a full list of ingredients.

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|26 July 2012

 

We’ve been hard at work creating our upcoming Autumn 2012/Winter 2013 catalog!

Beyond adding all of the new herbal goodies, writing recipes (and tasting recipes!), proofreading, and eyeing the layout, we’ve also been brainstorming ideas for the cover. Many of our longtime customers collect the catalogs for the beautiful covers and recipes inside, which just tickles us! Pictured above is one of the winter themed photos we shot and considered for the cover this time around, but decided on another stunning image that we’re really excited to debut!

Our full catalog is available online, as well as in print on post-consumer waste, recyclable, compostable newsprint. You can request a printed copy of our catalog here. If you already receive our catalog in the mail, but prefer to view it online instead, please let our customer service folks know with a phone call or email and they’d be happy to make that change for you.

Look for the new catalog online and in your mailbox this September!

 

Wolves Mean Good Business

Posted by Jackie|25 July 2012

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In partnership with our friends at Oregon Wild, we’ve proudly released a new ad to help raise awareness about the ecological benefits of Gray Wolf reintroduction in Oregon. We hope to protect the rich legacy of wildlife that inspired us to move to Oregon in 2001.

Often fueled by misinformation and fear, industry lobbyists and anti-wolf activists aim to break the already feeble protections currently in place to defend these magnificent wolves. In reality, wolves have an immensely positive impact on the native ecosystem and their return has sparked interest in Oregon’s wolf country, ultimately fueling tourism and awareness.

There’s an exciting opportunity coming up for people interested in a chance to see or hear Oregon’s 29 adult Gray Wolves.  We hope you’ll join us at the Third Annual Oregon Wild Wolf Rendezvous event in Wallowa County this August! In addition to learning tracking techniques and photography, this four-day adventure into Oregon’s wolf territory will also offer guests a chance to meet predator friendly biologists, ranchers, and other local community members. This event takes place Friday, August 17th to Monday, August 20th, 2012 and we hope to see you there!

To learn more, you can see our press release on EcoSeed.

For more information about Gray Wolf recovery in Oregon and the event, please contact our friends at Oregon Wild: www.oregonwild.org.

Fun at Bite of Eugene!

Posted by Jackie|24 July 2012

 

Mountain Rose Herbs sponsored the 4th annual Bite of Eugene this year!

This delicious event, hosted by our friends at Eugene Magazine, is a celebration of our local food scene here in Eugene. Participating food booths offered hungry attendees “bites” of their locally created delights from herbal sodas and hand-churned ice cream, to garbanzo burgers and jalapeno hushpuppies.

 

 

With support from Hideaway Bakery, who generously donated gorgeous loaves of fresh bread, Mountain Rose Herbs offered gourmet samples from our Epicurean Organics line. Attendees who stopped by our booth got to taste a rainbow of artisan salts, fresh-pressed oils, exotic seasoning blends, and zesty peppercorns.

 

 

Our herbal blogger and culinary mastermind, Erin, created some delicious oil infusions with popular spice blends. A few crowd favorites included a fun swirl of Pumpkin Seed Oil, West Indies Rub, and Smoked Sea Salt, as well as Macadamia Nut Oil mixed with Red Alaea Salt and Herbs de Provence. So simple, yet so flavorful!

 

 

In addition to the local music that had us jamming all night, attendees were invited to watch a live “Iron Chef” competition. Congratulations to Jeff Strom with Koho Bistro for winning this impressive culinary battle!

Donations from the event benefited the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, a community based non-profit with a fierce commitment to develop and secure sustainable food systems within Lane County. To learn more about this crucial non-profit, please visit: www.lanefood.org

 

 

To see more photos from this event, visit our Facebook album here!

Hope to see you out there again next year!

 

New Spice Grinders!

Posted by Christine|20 July 2012

We are thrilled to add these colorful glass vase spice grinders to our line of kitchen accessories. Tested and true, we’ve been grinding up all of our favorite herbs and spices from flax and milk thistle seeds, to rosemary leaf and salt & pepper blends, only to find that this is the perfect kitchen mill!

Enjoy freshly ground herbs and spices with one easy twist of these stylish vase shaped spice grinders. Each grinder comes equipped with an easy to clean adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism. This may seem a bit upside down, but the grinding mechanism is actually on the top and keeps the dust associated with grinding spices off of your table or counters. Easy to fill, with 4 colors to choose from: black, green, red, or white.

Click here to see our entire line of kitchen tools and accessories, including spice jars and racks, storage bags, and strainers!

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|19 July 2012

 

 

What a sweet photo!

Here’s Mason, our Events Coordinator, with the recipients of our Herb Walk Scholarship through Three Treasures Farms. Thanks to this scholarship, these young ladies were able to attend a daylong herb class where they learned to identify some wild and weedy, edible and medicinal plants. Well, melt our hearts!

 You can find more photos of the walk by clicking here… 

 

Homemade Hop Ginger Brew

Posted by Erin|18 July 2012

This homemade sparkling soda is a delightful non-alcoholic option for hop lovers! Refreshingly gingery and floral, this pop makes a wonderful picnicking treat when served ice cold. Feel free to experiment with this concoction as a mixer for cocktails too. It goes beautifully with bourbon or rum. The recipe below makes one 16oz bottle of soda, but I like to quadruple it (at least) to make a larger batch.

Ingredients

1 ounce fresh organic ginger juice
2 ounces fresh organic lemon juice, finely strained
1.5 ounces organic hop flower simple syrup
1.5 ounces unflavored simple syrup
10 ounces warm water
25 granules of dry champagne yeast

Directions

You can use bottled ginger juice or grate and squeeze the juice from fresh ginger root pulp using cheesecloth. I always fresh squeeze my ginger and the result is definitely worth the extra labor. Pour the ingredients into a 16oz bottle, cap tightly, and shake well to mix. Store the mixture in a warm, dark place for exactly 48 hours. After 48 hours, refrigerate immediately to stop the fermentation process and enjoy chilled.

To make Hop Simple Syrup, bring 1 cup of organic white sugar, 2 cups water, and 2 cups of dried organic hops just to a boil and stir. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator. To make unflavored simple syrup, follow the same directions but leave out the hops.

Cheers!

Now Certified Organic!

Posted by Christine|13 July 2012

We have re-formulated our Dream Herbs Pillow Mix to offer a Certified Organic blend of herbs and pure essential oils to promote vivid and imaginative dreams. Including organic Lavender essential oil, organic Clary Sage essential oil , and organic Neroli essential oil.

Make your own dream pillows, sachets, or pouches with this delightful blend created for the dream world. Tuck under your favorite pillow or set next to your sleeping area and enjoy the relaxing scent of these superb dream herbs. Developed according to historic formulas to assist in conjuring lucid dreams.

Available in 3oz and 1lb sizes. Each size comes packaged in a kraft bag with a re-usable drawstring muslin bag. Contains a blend of organic herbs including organic Rose petals, organic Mugwort, organic Rosemary, organic Lavender flowers, organic Chamomile flowers, organic Hops flowers, organic Orris root.

Learn more by visiting our website!

Sweet Dreams!

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|12 July 2012

 

 

These hypnotically gorgeous Passionflowers are blooming all around town – including in my garden! With a sweetly tart candy perfume, stunning colors, and botanically curious flowers, they sure are exciting to be around. Plus, they make nice medicine to inspire feelings of calm and relaxation. You can find passionflower seedsdried passionflower herb, and passionflower extract on our website.

Happy Thursday!

 

5 Simple Skin Care Recipes with Green Tea

Posted by Irene|10 July 2012

Did you know that you can harness the anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and rejuvenation benefits of Green Tea externally? Green Tea helps reduce skin inflammation and redness, protects and rejuvenates skin cells, and assists with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. Studies have shown that Green Tea reactivates dying skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle, and also note the potential benefits for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars.*

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Learn how to take advantage of the healing and medicinal properties of Green Tea with these skin care recipes:

Green Tea, Lemon Balm, & Mint Facial Steam

Facial steams moisturize, relax muscles, plump wrinkles, eliminate toxins, dislodge dirt from pores, and are good for circulation. This recipe is refreshing, rejuvenating, and soothing.

Place Green Sencha Tea, Lemon Balm, and Peppermint into a large ceramic or glass bowl. Boil water and pour over herbs and tea, immediately placing a towel or lid over the bowl so that the oils being released from the herbs do not escape. Steep for 5 minutes. Place the bowl on a table or other surface where you can comfortably sit and hold your face over the bowl covering your head and the bowl with a large towel to make sure that no steam can escape. Make sure to keep your eyes closed and breathe deeply to inhale the therapeutic properties of the herbs. Steam for 10 minutes.

Green Tea & Rose Facial Toner

Toners help adjust pH levels, remove any residues left on the skin after cleansing, tone and tighten pores, and moisturize.   This toner is gentle, soothing, and beneficial for all skin types.

First, make an herbal infused Witch Hazel Extract by placing the Green Sencha Tea leaves and Witch Hazel Extract in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the jar daily and allow the mixture to infuse for 2 or more weeks.  Once finished infusing, strain the Green Tea leaves out and reserve the remaining liquid. Mix the infused Witch Hazel Extract with all of the other ingredients, and pour into dark glass bottles.

5 Simple Skin Care Recipes with Green Tea

Green Tea & Lavender Facial Cleansing Grains

Facial scrubs exfoliate the skin, scrubbing away dead skin cells and cleansing pores. Some facial scrubs can be rough on the skin, but this recipe contains oats, almonds, and other nourishing ingredients.

Grind oats, almonds, and Lavender flowers in a clean coffee grinder until finely powdered. Sift through a mesh screen to remove larger pieces; larger pieces may be too abrasive for the delicate facial skin. Add clay, Matcha, and Lavender essential oil. Mix thoroughly, and store in a glass jar. To use, mix a small amount with water, milk, cream, yogurt, flower water, or tea until a smooth paste forms. Apply to slightly damp skin and gently massage with fingertips, avoiding the sensitive areas around the eyes and lips.  When finished, rinse off with cool water.

You can use this same blend for a facial mask!  Simply apply a light layer on the face, making sure to avoid the delicate skin area around the eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes or until the mask feels taught and dry, then rinse off with cool water. For dry or sensitive skin types, leave on for 5 minutes or less.

Peppermint & Green Tea Cooling Mist

Use this mist on sunburns or whenever in need of a little cooling off.  Peppermint is very refreshing and helps provide instant relief for irritated and hot skin. Incorporating Green Tea into the blend helps reduce inflammation, redness, and the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure.

Pour boiling water over the Peppermint and Green Sencha Tea leaves, and infuse until cool. Strain out the leaves and pour the remaining liquid into a 4oz spray bottle. Add the essential oil (if using) and shake to combine all ingredients. Mist directly on sunburn for relief. Use within 1-2 days or store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

Green Tea Compress

Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and naturally contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease and repair skin. Green Tea compresses are especially beneficial for sunburned skin and for treating various skin conditions.

To create a compress from Green Sencha Leaf Tea, make an infusion by pouring boiling water over organic loose-leaf tea and allow to cool completely. Once it has cooled, strain out the leaves and reserve the liquid. Soak a clean cloth in the infusion and then place saturated cloth on skin for 5-10 minutes at a time. This process may be repeated several times a day.

 

Find Green Sencha Leaf tea, Matcha tea, bulk herbs, essential oils, Aloe vera Gel, Rose Hydrosol, and other ingredients on our website: www.mountainroseherbs.com

 

* Green Tea Linked To Skin Cell Rejuvenation, Science Daily:                                   http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/04/030425071800.htm

 

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