Monthly Archives: August 2012

Frankincense Essential Oil

It has taken me a long time to truly appreciate Frankincense essential oil. But that uniquely resinous, citrusy aroma is easily in my top 10 favorites now. The combination of balsamic undertones and spicy citrus top notes is quite lovely and almost hypnotic. No wonder the resin has been prized as ceremonial incense for thousands of years! This pale yellow oil is distilled from the resin found under the bark of the Boswellia cartarii tree. You can also find B. serrata and B. sacra oil on the market. It has many common names as well, and you may see it labeled as “Olibanum” or “Boswellia oil” from time to time. The oil feels smooth to the touch, and evaporates slowly. Frankincense tears are widely recognized as an incense. The oil is known topically as an antioxidant and astringent in skin care preparations, and for its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Frankincense is also utilized as a unique fixative […]

Photo Thursday!

A handful of red clover blossoms  (Trifolium pretense) rests piled on the picnic table, in anticipation of our afternoon sun tea. How wonderful it is to indulge in the glow of summer sunshine.  

How We Do Zero Waste

With a fierce commitment leading the way and many dedicated employees, Mountain Rose has successfully implemented a number of aggressive policies to lessen our environmental footprint. Our ambitious Zero Waste policy plays a large role! Thanks to the hard work of our Zero Waste Team, led by Master Recycler, Troy, we are able to make use of virtually all of our company waste. After introducing our Zero Waste policy, Mountain Rose Herbs went from producing 3,300 gallons of waste per month, to 80-100 gallons per month. This is a huge reduction when you consider that 80-100 gallons is the standard amount of waste produced by a family of four. With 130 employees and four facilities, we’re pretty proud of this accomplishment! Sadly and far too often, “garbage” tossed into landfills is just an accepted part of life. Through our Zero Waste program, Mountain Rose Herbs hopes to eliminate waste completely. To accomplish this […]

Stories from the Garden!

These stories come to us from the spectacular herb, fruit, and veggie gardens created at home by folks here at Mountain Rose. Plant-lovers prepare to feast your eyes, have a laugh, and maybe shed a tear of sweetness for the tales shared below. Special thanks to our awesome staff members Carol, Peggy, Ashlee, Karla, and Elvira for these wonderful gifts…  . . . . . Carol ~ Director of Human Resources In my Mountain Rose profile, I say that I grow everything from apples to yucca. As there’s too much to name or picture here, I’ll just say that I’m an eclectic gardener growing both food and medicinal plants. I don’t bother with Latin names and I don’t pay attention to soil pH. My partner kindly calls my style “haphazard”. My motto is, “Let’s poke ‘er in the ground and see what happens” ~ which is also what I want on my tombstone!   […]

Herbs for Heartbreak

It’s been a little over a week and you still haven’t slept through the night or eaten a decent meal. That same sad song has been on repeat for days now, becoming the only shoulder you want to lean on as tears fall. Memories of time shared together haunt the hours and fog your thoughts. There seems to be no escape from the heaviness of loss. No way around it, but straight through the ugly shadows of ache without any comfort in sight. Some relationships become so important to the core of our identity and our connection with the divine that our internal world shatters when they end. We are left with pain and longing, confusion and obsession – maybe even the agonizing hope that what’s happening isn’t really happening. Breaking up isn’t an isolated event or an ephemeral experience. It takes a long time to untangle one […]

News from the Bookshelf!

Exciting news! We have added two books from the award winning author Stephen Harrod Buhner. One of the leading voices in promoting the benefits of herbal medicine, Stephen is the author of fifteen books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. His work has appeared and been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.     Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation Ancient beers were quite different from what we know today. This beautiful and provocative exploration of the sacredness and folklore of ancient fermentation is revealed through 200 plants and hive products. It includes 120 recipes for ancient and […]

Photo Thursday!

Here’s a fresh beaver chew we found during one of our Mountain Rose River Project outings! So nice to take the office outdoors and steward our wild Oregon ecosystems. We’ve posted a bunch of new photos from the last few clean-ups, restoration, and tree planting events we organized. Head on over to our Facebook page to check out the Mountain Rose River Project photo album!  

Organic Farming Education in North Carolina!

Mountain Rose Herbs is a proud supporter of the Organic Growers School, a truly inspiring non-profit! This wonderful organization is passionate about advancing organic agriculture and promoting sustainable living in the beautiful Southern Appalachian region. They provide organic growing skills, valuable education, and unique networking opportunities to people in hopes of beginning or enhancing their own sustainable agriculture system.  For those of you who live in the Carolinas, we highly recommend connecting with this stellar non-profit!   The Organic Growers School Annual Conference is quickly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! Mountain Rose Herbs will sponsor this weekend event, which is filled with over 70 exciting workshops and networking opportunities near Asheville, North Carolina. These informational workshops include a variety of interesting topics and attendees will have the opportunity to learn the basics of vegetable gardening, baking delicious bread, saving on home energy expenses, and even learn how […]

The Lavender Lover's Handbook *Book Review*

Oh, beautiful Lavandula! A favorite among gardeners, perfume makers, crafters, and herbalists throughout history, Lavender enchants us with its whorled spikes of gorgeous purple flowers and unmistakable calming fragrance. Nurturing a deep obsession for this endlessly helpful plant is quite understandable, and Sarah Berringer Bader has turned her obsession into a life journey. With a 5 acre lavender farm just south of Portland, Oregon boasting 5,000 plants, and her new Lavender Lover’s Handbook detailing 100 different varieties, growing guides by region, troubleshooting tips, uses and recipes, the plant’s history, and more, she’s certainly become a Lavender expert.     This book is a true treasure for anyone wooed by lavender’s charms. Large full color photos grace nearly every page, displaying the amazing rainbow of diversity in this genus. From white and speckled to pastel pink, hot magenta to dark blue, bees and passersby alike would surely enjoy these eye-catching, aromatic plants in any hedgerow or garden. […]

Meet the Herbalist ~ Kiva Rose

We are so excited to share our new interview with the wonderful Kiva Rose, and to announce that she will be guest blogging for us seasonally! Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the Traditions In Western Herbalism Conference, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just released historical novel, The Medicine Bear by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots. Enjoy the interview…   1.   Can you recall the moment you realized that herbalism was your calling? I have been fascinated by the plants my entire life, from early childhood on. As soon as I realized that herbalism was still a viable vocational choice […]

Spicy Sale ~ Epicurean Organics!

Time to stock up those spice cupboards with your favorite certified organic seasoning blends! Select bottles of our Epicurean Organics Seasonings are now on sale for 50% off. Get ’em while supplies last, and check back because we’ll add more blends to the list over the next couple of months. Some of the current seasoning blends on sale include our Cajun Spice, Chili Powder, Mediterranean Seasoning, and Mexican Seasoning. Each blend is packaged in an attractive recycled glass bottle with a metal lid and shaker top. You can check out our Featured Products page to view a full list of items on sale, or our Epicurean Organics Seasonings page for a complete list of our tasty organic seasoning blends!

Photo Thursday!

Beautiful yellow St John’s Wort flowers are opening all over town. Here’s a picture of me smooshing an unopened bud to release the crimson surprise inside! A special summertime joy…