Monthly Archives: November 2012

New! Salt Jar

We are excited to add this new Salt Jar to our line of Spice Bottles! These stylish and versatile jars are handcrafted in California from durable stoneware ceramic, and fired with a food-grade matte black ceramic glaze. Perfect for storing your favorite kitchen salts or bath salts – including those for your nasal cleansing pot. These sleek beauties hold approximately 6oz, are 100% lead-free, and dishwasher safe. Plus, each Salt Jar comes with a food-grade cork stopper and a wooden spoon. They’ve definitely become a fast favorite around Mountain Rose. You can find them here!

Photo Thursday!

We do have a choice. There is still 1 day left to double your money…for conservation! Mountain Rose Herbs will match your generous donation to Cascadia Wildlands dollar for dollar up to $5,000 when you donate by tomorrow, November 30th, 2012. Your donation will support work on several important issues including suction dredge mining for gold in endangered salmon habitat in Oregon, destructive forest practices that pollute salmon spawning grounds, and Alaska’s Copper River salmon fishery that lies within the largest intact wetland in Cascadia. To guarantee Mountain Rose Herbs matches your gift, please indicate that you would like your donation applied to Cascadia Wildlands’ Wild Salmon Matching Grant Program. Donate Online! Donate by Mail: Cascadia Wildlands, P.O. Box 10455, Eugene, Oregon 97440 Contact Camille Gullickson with questions,, 541.434.1463

Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub

This body scrub is so easy to make and smells amazing. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed but not too minty as the soft vanilla bean aroma lightly perfumes your skin. Honey is a luxurious ingredient that helps moisturize, nourish, and protect the skin with its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. In fact, I love to use honey alone as a face mask several times a month. If you’re collecting recipes for this year’s herbal handmade holiday gifts, this one will be perfect for the vanilla lovers out there. Ingredients 1 cup fine sea salt or fine organic sugar 1/2 cup organic sweet almond oil 1/4 cup raw organic honey 1 organic vanilla bean, split and scraped 10 drops organic peppermint essential oil 1 tsp organic vanilla extract (optional) Directions Mix the salt or sugar with the oil, scraped vanilla bean pulp, and honey. Add essential oil and stir. If too oily, add more salt or sugar until you […]

Travel Journal: Visiting Bulgaria

Elvira Guelzow, our world traveling International Farms Manager, crosses oceans and continents each year to meet with our organic herb farmers and tour their processing facilities. Here are some stories and photos from her exciting trip this September to Hungary and Bulgaria. You can read her first report from the beautiful country of Hungary here! Notes from Bulgaria The last stop of my European farm visit tour took me to beautiful Bulgaria. This country is famous for its rose and lavender essential oil production, and many important medicinal plants grow in its large, undisturbed natural areas. Bordered by the Black Sea to the east, Turkey and Greece to the south, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, and Romania to the north, Bulgaria has been shaped over the centuries into an important transportation and cultural cross road between Occident and Orient. The first settlements were established by Greeks in the 8th century […]

DIY: Pumpkin Spice Aroma

It’s the time of year for baking goodies, enjoying beloved company, and filling the air with warm spicy aromas! Diffusing essential oils is a simple and effective way to fill a room with your favorite seasonal scent, especially if you don’t have time to bake a pie. A classic blend for this time of year is pumpkin spice, which brings back warm feelings and memories of fresh baked pumpkin pie and family gatherings. This blend will not only fill your room with spicy goodness, it will also help disinfect the air while bringing a smile to your face. So, skip those expensive synthetically perfumed candles and make this delicious smelling treat! Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend 20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil 20 drops organic Ginger essential oil 20 drops organic Nutmeg essential oil 15 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil 5 drops organic Cardamom essential oil Blending Directions: Add all essential oils to […]

Dandy Tummy Bitters Recipe

  Is your digestive system ready for the big feast? Excited for random food combinations of carby, fatty, acidic, spicy, and sweet treats as you nibble your way through the day? Just a drop or two of any bitter herb on the tongue will help stimulate healthy digestion before or after the big meal by getting your gastric juices flowing and your peristalsis moving. We’ve covered bitter actions in the past, but herbalist Jim McDonald also has a wonderfully in-depth article you should check out to learn more about the importance of including bitter flavors in your diet: Blessed Bitters by jim mcdonald If you’re looking for a great bitter-aromatic formula to have around during the next big holiday feast, make these Dandy Tummy Bitters! In addition to dandelion’s bitterness, the aromatics from the fennel, ginger, and orange will also help with that uncomfortable post-dessert bloat with carminative power and can help relieve excess acid in the stomach too. It’s also […]

An Eastern Approach to Autumn

  We’re excited to finally share a bit of the Chinese herbal medicine perspective from acupuncturist Dylan Stein. Dylan specializes in dermatology, men’s health, and pain management. In addition to acupuncture, he also passionately practices Chinese herbal medicine and will be joining us over the next few months to introduce us to this ancient healing practice!    Living By the Seasons – A Look at Autumn Hello! I have been given the opportunity to write a bit about Chinese herbal medicine, its philosophies and diagnostic paradigms, and what herbs Chinese and Western herbal medicine have in common. Every day I am taken aback by the beauty and power of the medicinals we use and I feel so lucky to work with them. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our medicine and that lots of fruitful conversations will grow from seeing these two traditions work side by side. First, I want to talk about what […]

Herbal Facial Kit

Our Herbal Facial Kit has a new look! Rejuvenate, relax, and renew with our invigorating and all natural Herbal Facial Kit. Handcrafted with beautiful organic herbs, pure essential oils, fine cosmetic clays, and pure rosewater, this kit is perfect for pampering delicate skin. Each kit now comes packaged in a decorative reusable box made out of recycled board stock that’s covered in a tree-free wild grass paper, and then finished with a sweet little twig closure. Perfect for storing your facial kit ingredients or any other treasures you may have! Complete with step-by-step instructions, each kit comes with enough supplies for 5 facials and includes some of our very favorite Mountain Rose Herbs facial-care products – all made by us in small batches: Herbal Steam – Open pores with skin nourishing plant oils. Cleansing Grains – Gently exfoliate dead skin and clear pores. Green Clay Mask – Absorb toxins, stimulate circulation, and deep clean pores. Wild Rose […]

Photo Thursday!

Here’s a great shot of Tim getting in the spirit at Green Fest last weekend! To see our complete album of photos from this fun sustainability event , visit us on Facebook.  

An Herbal Joy History and Giveaway!

Ever since its arrival, we’ve been treating ourselves to big communal bottles of Joy Tonic by Urban Moonshine around the office. You’ll find a bunch of us crowded around the bottle at break time, adding it to afternoon tea or taking droppers straight for a little boost. Lovingly formulated with aromatic herbs and flowers, the refreshing lemon balm and rose flavors really stand out to inspire smiles, even when the Oregon sun is in hibernation. We thought you might enjoy some Joy Tonic in your life too, so we’re partnering with herbalist Guido Masé of Urban Moonshine for a “joyful” giveaway! He’s also sharing this wonderful article to help us understand the power of calming herbs throughout time and during our often stressful modern lives. Good timing for the upcoming season, ya know?   Aromatic Herbs: Uplift the Spirit and Gladden the Heart Guido Masé, RH (AHG) 2012 In today’s world of tight schedules, constant communication, and high-speed movement we often find ourselves […]

Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookies

As cool breezes make a wish and blow the leaves from the trees, I start to crave a cinnamon scented home warmed by an ever-baking oven. Rather than old favorites, I tend to make new recipes each fall to leave my lucky recipients guessing what exciting sweet treats they’ll get this time around. On the hunt for this year’s perfect seasonal cookie, I decided to spice up the best oatmeal cookie recipe ever with some very special homemade chai powder. These cookies are crunchy, sweet, salty, warming, spicy, aromatic deliciousness. Go ahead and make a double batch if you plan to share these at a gathering – they go fast!   Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Ingredients 1 cup organic all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/3 teaspoon sea salt 1 3/4 sticks softened organic butter 1 cup organic sugar 1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar 1 […]

2013 Herbal Roots Calendar!

The 2013 Herbal Roots Wall Calendar is finally here! This delightful and educational calendar, beautifully illustrated by Herbal Roots zine creator Kristine Brown, is not only visually stunning, but is also a treasure trove of herbal education. Each month, you’ll enjoy an intricate watercolor and ink illustration of a different herb, such as blackberry, vanilla, peach, and more! Each illustration is accompanied by general information for the botanical including Latin name and common uses. This calendar makes a brilliant holiday, birthday, or “just because” gift for your favorite herbal enthusiast or for yourself! Calendar folds out to 11 x 17, is printed on heavy, glossy card stock paper and is white wire spiral bound. Printed in the USA.