Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Herbal Bitters Spray

Our Herbal Bitters from Urban Moonshine are now available in three sizes! 1/2 oz. personal glass spray bottle: the perfect size to take your bitters with you. Easily slips into a purse or pocket. 2 oz. glass dropper bottle: convenient bottle ideal for medicine cabinets and kitchen counters. 8.4 oz. glass refill bottle: economic, perfect to keep around to refill your smaller sizes. Why bitters? Bitters have been used throughout history to stimulate the digestive system. Thus began the tradition of steeping bitter-tasting roots, leaves, and berries in alcohol and serving the mixture before or after a meal. These tasty bitters may be enjoyed as an aperitif, a digestif, or to settle an upset stomach. Choose from three delicious flavors: Citrus, Maple, and Original! Contains: organic grape alcohol, water, organic Dandelion root and leaf, organic Angelica root, organic Burdock root, organic Orange peel, organic Fennel seed, organic Yellow Dock root, […]

Photo Thursday!

We found a beautiful box of cedar tips in our showroom for your Photo Thursday enjoyment!

Understanding Chinese Medicine

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!   Chinese Medicine ~ Between Heaven and Earth The roots of Chinese medicine lay in a time before X-rays and blood tests, a time when people lived by the light of the sun and spent time observing the world around them. This gave birth to the notion that the best lifestyle is lived in harmony with nature and the ebb and flow of the seasons. Our place in the universe was seen as quite unique. We walk on two feet connecting us to the Earth and our head points to the sky connecting us to […]

All About Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is a wonderful staple for this time of year. A bottle graces the window sill of my bathroom all season long. Steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus globulus tree, this oil is clear or sometimes pale yellow, with a strong camphoraceous aroma that has a soft woody undertone. It feels thin when rubbed between the fingers and evaporates quickly. Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia and the surrounding islands, but have been cultivated and can now be found worldwide in subtropical climates. There are over 20 species that are used to produce oil which can be divided into three types. Medicinal eucalyptus oils such as E. globulus have high contents of eucalyptol. Industrial eucalyptus oils have higher quantities of terpenes, and aromatic eucalyptus oils such as Eucalyptus Lemon (E. citriodora). Eucalyptol, also know as 1,8-cineole and cajuputol when it is found in cajeput oil, […]

Photo Thursday!

Here’s a very celebratory holiday card from our awesome Procurement team! Looking festive from left to right is Mary, Chris, Pam, Elvira, Peggy, Shawn, and Ben. Happy Holidays!

Diffusing Winter Scents

I know, I know…those expensive, synthetically perfumed candles can be tempting with their bright colors and romantic promises of candy canes, apple pie, and evergreen cheer, but diffusing pure essential oils at home or work is a wonderfully natural way to fill your space with seasonal aromas. Here are a few of our favorite oils for this time of year, but feel free to experiment with a blend of your own! Douglas Fir ~ perfume of the Northwest forest, encourages family harmony Frankincense ~ sweet and woody, said to improve memory Myrrh ~ warm and earthy, revitalizes the spirit Cinnamon ~ spicy and warming, relieves tension Peppermint ~ fresh and cooling, stimulates and uplifts Diffusing Directions Fill your essential oil diffuser reservoir with water. Add 5-6 drops of oil. Light a tea candle in the base of your diffuser and enjoy as your space fills with aroma! Making a little collection of essential oils along with a diffuser would make a sweet gift […]

Easy Winter Health Formulas

It’s that time of year again when noses are red and running, throats are scratchy, and ginger-onion-garlic soup is on the stove. Whether answering the phone at work, borrowing a pen at school, or grabbing a few groceries at the store, our immune systems are bombarded each day. Sickies around us can be contagious even before a fever hits and germs continue to spread for up to 7 days. Since these sneaky little organisms far outnumber us, it’s just a matter of time before the tell-tale symptoms appear. Herbal formulas make wonderful alternatives because they can often help support your immune system before or during the sickness, rather than just masking the unpleasantness.   Here are three of my favorite recipes for your natural medicine cabinet:       Herbal Throat Spray    1 oz organic Echinacea tincture 1 oz organic Goldenseal or Oregon Grape Root tincture 1 oz Oregano tincture […]

Photo Thursday!

Aren’t these lovely organic Rainbow Peppercorns festive? What a fun way to spice up the season!  

We Won!

We are proud to share some exciting news! The Oregon Sustainability Board selected Mountain Rose Herbs as the 2012 Grand Champion for the Governor’s Sustainability Award. The award was presented in Portland at the Northwest Environmental Conference and Tradeshow earlier this month by Oregon Secretary of State, Kate Brown. It is a tremendous honor and we are grateful to everyone who made this possible. Upon accepting the award, we were asked to impart a piece of advice to other organizations that are pursuing sustainability initiatives. Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for its uncompromising commitment to organic agriculture, sustainable business practices and community involvement. But how sustainability is defined and viewed within the company continues to change and evolve as it must. Whether the organization follows a top-down approach implemented by the owners or a grassroots effort initiated by employees, it’s important to agree on this definition and […]

Tea-To-Go Glass Infuser!

We are excited to bring you our new Tea-To-Go Tea Glass Infuser featuring the Mountain Rose logo! Whether on a train or a plane, a hike or a bike, this BPA-free Tea Glass Infuser is the perfect way to take loose leaf tea on the go! So easy to use, this 12.85 oz (1.5 cup) travel infuser keeps your hands cool and your tea hot. Each glass has a durable poly exterior, glass interior, and comes with a leak proof removable stainless steel screw-on tea strainer and water tight screw-on lid. To brew a perfect cup, remove the lid and stainless steel strainer, add 1-3 teaspoons of your favorite tea, carefully add hot water, and replace the strainer and lid. Once the tea has reached your preferred brew (usually 1-2 minutes) remove the lid and enjoy through the strainer, keeping the tea leaves in the glass and out of your mouth. This is […]

Hot Dandelion Cocoa

Is it cold out there? Want a little something sweet and spicy to warm you up? This healthy herbal spin on classic hot chocolate is dark and rich and decadent. Especially with roasted dandelion root, a pinch of hot cayenne powder, a cinnamon swizzle stick, and a dollop of homemade vanilla bean whipped cream swirled on top. Ooooh! I feel all cozy just thinking about it. You can adjust the spicy heat to your liking by adding more or less cayenne. A little goes a long way in this recipe. Enjoy this wonderful treat and keep warm out there!   Hot Dandelion Cocoa & Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream Cocoa Ingredients 3 tbsp organic roasted dandelion root 2 tbsp organic cacao nibs ½ cup organic half & half, whole milk, or milk alternative of your choice ½ tsp organic vanilla extract Pinch of organic Cayenne powder 1 organic cinnamon stick Raw local honey to taste Directions In […]

New! Body Butters

We are excited to offer these luscious body butters from our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals. Available in two scents, each decadent butter is packaged in a reusable 8oz glass jar with a two piece lid. Citrus Sunrise Enjoy this citrus inspired sunrise in a jar! Designed to nourish dry itchy skin, a little goes a long way. With uplifting grapefruit essential oil and balancing clary sage and chamomile oils, this body butter is sure to bring a smile to your face. Ginger This creamy body butter contains ginger infused oil and ginger essential oil. This warming combination is designed to stimulate circulation and nurture dry skin all year round, but is especially warming during the cold, wet winter months. Get one (or both) for yourself, and one for a friend as a bodycare treat. Enjoy!