Monthly Archives: July 2012

Howie Brounstein on Herb TV: Calm Down!

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!

    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 […]

Photo Thursday!

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 […]

Wolves Mean Good Business

{Click photo to view larger image} 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 […]

Fun at Bite of Eugene!

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 […]

New Spice Grinders!

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!

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

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 […]

Photo Thursday!

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 seeds, dried passionflower herb, and passionflower extract on our website. Happy Thursday!  

5 Simple Skin Care Recipes with Green Tea

Did you know that you can harness the rejuvenating benefits of Green Tea externally? Green Tea helps reduce skin redness, protects and rejuvenates skin, and can assist with refreshing skin after a long day in the sun.   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, plump by increasing ciruclation to the face, cleanse, and dislodge dirt from pores. This recipe is refreshing, rejuvenating, and soothing. 1/8 cup organic Green Sencha Leaf Tea 1/4 cup dried organic Lemon Balm, increase the amount if using fresh Lemon Balm 1-2 TBSP dried organic Peppermint, increase the amount if using fresh Peppermint 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 […]

No-Skeeter Spray Recipe

I can't believe I forgot to bring this formula with me while exploring the breathtaking and bug-filled wilds of southern Oregon and the Modoc National Forest last weekend! Hot weather meant those bloodthirsty mosquitoes were out in full force and my poor feet are now polka-dotted red and itchy. I created this No-Skeeter Spritz recipe several years ago after my first Arnica harvesting experience. The air was so thick with mosquitoes while clipping the young flowering stems, that I broke down and begged for that toxic DEET-based stuff. There seemed no other way. When I got home, I immediately went to work researching an alternative. I discovered that the essential oil found in Catnip can be more effective than commercial repellent. If you've got fresh Catnip growing in the garden and the essential oil is a bit out of budget, try using a high alcohol tincture instead, which is what I like to do. Pure grain alcohol (95%) will totally […]

All About Clary Sage!

I’d like to share a little info about one of my favorite essential oils… Clary Sage! Distilled from the flowering tops of the Salvia sclarea plant, this tall flowering biennial is often planted in ornamental gardens, and grows well with Lavender. Their scents blend well too! The oil is considered a pale or light yellow, and has an intoxicating bittersweet aroma. Considered an adrenal gland tonic, this oil stimulates and energizes the body, making it wonderful for helping with lack of energy, or as a morning pick-me-up to get your day started. Simply rubbing a drop on your temples can create a slight euphoria. I often start my work day diffusing a couple drops of Clary Sage and Palmarosa. Clary Sage also makes a quick, easy, and natural deodorant. Add it to a deodorant spray, or apply 1-2 drops directly under the arms. I keep a bottle in my office not […]