Monthly Archives: January 2013

Photo Thursday!

Today’s gorgeous herb photo comes to us from the Fresh-Picked Beauty Blog! Doesn’t this Seaside Salt Scrub recipe look luscious? Do you have a beautiful herby photo to share with us for an upcoming Photo Thursday? If so, share it on our Facebook Page and you might just see your work of herbal art posted here in the coming months!

Harvesting Willow with 7Song!

Oooh! We’re so excited to share this Mountain Rose Herbs exclusive look at herbalist 7Song’s first video course on herbal first aid! In this video sneak peek, 7Song shows you how to harvest willow bark sustainably. You might already know 7Song as the director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY – an endeavor he began in 1992. He also practices community herbalism at the Ithaca Free Clinic, which is one of the only integrated free clinics with an herbalist on staff. 7Song sees herbal medicine as an excellent blending of two favorite activities: studying nature and helping community. Now, you have the chance to learn from his many years providing herbal first aid to people in need on the streets, at concerts and festivals, and in the clinic. Learn more about 7Song’s exciting new video course here:     

A Future for Osha

This post comes to us from Josh, our Administrative Assistant! Josh has worked in shipping and administration at Mountain Rose Herbs since 2010. He’s excited to report the news about Mountain Rose Herbs’ participation in an important Osha study. How many of us have relished in Osha’s gorgeous aromatic potency, relying on this special healing power when a cough settles in or our throat feels scratchy? Well, now we have a chance to support Osha and show our thanks for the extraordinary medicine it provides. Growing within the soil of the Rocky Mountains, Osha roots are beloved by herbalists for their medicinal effects and historical significance. Native American tribes referred to the root as “bear medicine” due to the animal’s affinity for chewing Osha and rubbing it over its fur. Osha is used today in herbal cough remedies and for promoting wellness. Unfortunately, Osha root is difficult to cultivate successfully and has a limited range within a sensitive environment. Commercially available Osha […]

  • Essential Oil Dilutions & Conversions Guide

Essential Oil Dilutions & Conversions Guide

Have you ever been happily crafting herbal treats with your favorite essential oils and suddenly realized there are different units of measurement to convert from drops to ounces to milliliters? Does this lead you down the inevitable path to a math headache? Well, here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to converting ounces to milliliters to drops and diluting essential oils with ease.   Conversions: 1/8 oz = 3.75 ml          1/4 oz = 7.5 ml          1/2 oz = 15 ml 1 oz = 30 ml          4 oz = 120 ml          8 oz = 237 ml          16 oz = 473 ml   Technically, there are 29.57 ml in a 1 oz bottle of essential oil, however, this is usually rounded up to 30 ml on labels and in recipes. This gives you a nice whole number to work with and less agonizing […]

Photo Thursday!

Look what we found floating around the Good Earth Home and Garden Show this weekend? Imagine coming upon this jellyfish on the beach! This sculpture is made entirely of plastic litter and water bottles found on the Oregon coast. Why not choose glass or a reusable canteen like this one instead of single use bottles that so easily end up in our wild environments? We found this jellyfish to be an inspiring way to raise awareness about waste! See more photos from last weekend’s show on our Facebook page…  

How-To: Herbal Hot Oil Treatment

Oil treatments help to deep condition your hair from root to tip while stimulating the scalp and strengthening individual strands. Infusing oil with the healing benefits of herbs like rosemary and calendula makes this luxurious treatment wonderful for normalizing either dry, itchy scalp or oily conditions. To learn more about herbal hair health, check out the book Earthly Bodies, Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi. Ingredients 1 Tbsp organic Rosemary Herbal Oil 1 Tbsp organic Calendula Herbal Oil 5 to 10 drops cedarwood or orange essential oil (optional) Directions Mix the oils together in a glass bottle and shake well. Fill a separate bowl with near boiling water. Place the bottle in the bowl and allow the oil to heat slowly for a few minutes. Test a drop of oil on your wrist to check the temperature. Rub some of the oil in your fingertips and massage into the dry scalp starting at the front. Using […]

Rooted in Giving!

Each year, we work with amazing environmental non-profits around the country to support crucial projects like restoring riparian ecosystems, protecting wolf populations, and replanting native trees, shrubs, and herbs. It is my great pleasure to announce three new non-profit organizations that Mountain Rose Herbs will support in 2013!   Friends of Trees – Since 1989, they’ve planted more than 450,000 trees in the Portland-Vancouver and the Eugene-Springfield metro areas. As a sponsor of their Green Space Initiative, this partnership is more than just a monetary donation. Mountain Rose Herbs’ employees have the opportunity to get their hands dirty to increase urban canopy cover and inspire residents to care for existing trees, as part of the Mountain Rose River Project.     Long Tom Watershed Council – This organization serves to improve water quality and watershed condition in the Long Tom River basin through education, coordination, consultation, and cooperation. One of their many programs, […]

All About Cardamom!

Native to the forests of India, Cardamom is a member of the Zingiberaceae family and grows in tropical climates. The green pods slowly ripen before they are harvested and then dried for just one day to preserve their beautiful color and pungency. A prized spice for food, medicine, and perfume in eastern cultures for thousands of years, it is known as the Queen of Spices in India.  This sweetly aromatic fruit boasts a bold and complex flavor of ginger, black pepper, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon. Traditional Preparations Cardamom can be used to season curry sauces, rice dishes, homemade breads, ice cream, and sweet pastries. A classic ingredient in Chai tea, it’s also lovely in coffee. The seeds can be chewed as a natural breath freshener and digestive aide. Herbal Curiosities Whisperings throughout history rumor that Cleopatra found the scent of cardamom so alluring that she made incense from the seeds to perfume her […]

Photo Thursday!

Look at this delicious pairing! We sure do love shiitake mushrooms seasoned with rosemary, and what a wonderful combination for cold and flu season. Whip up a batch of rosemary miso butter, rehydrate and coat the mushrooms, and then bake until nice and hot. Mmm mmm!  

50 Ways to Spice Up Your Life!

1. Add Lavender flowers to shortbread, cupcake, and ice cream recipes for a floral twist. 2. Use Dulse, Kelp, Wakame, and other seaweeds in soups or make gomasio and use as a salt substitute. 3. Grind Cardamom or Cacao Nibs with your coffee beans and brew for a unique treat. 4. Make your own Vanilla Extract using Vanilla Beans and Vodka or Rum. 5. Rehydrate organic Shiitake and Maitake mushrooms, roast in the oven with salt and olive oil, and add to soups. 6. Use Cinnamon sticks in coffee, tea, or hot toddy drinks as a stir stick. 7. Make homemade Chai with Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves, Cardamom, Vanilla, and Black Peppercorns. 8. Freeze Rose petals or Calendula flowers in ice cubes and add to your iced tea. 9. Add Curry powder to omelettes and tofu scrambles and top with a mint yogurt sauce. 10. Mix Pumpkin Pie Spice and raw local honey […]

New! Soapstone Diffuser

We can hear your “ooohs” and “ahhhs” over this loveliness from here! This elegant one-piece essential oil diffuser is made of pure hand carved black soapstone and features a striking leaf and twig pattern that swirls around the piece. To use, simply place a few drops of your favorite essential oil or blend into the bowl with a little water and ignite a tea light in the bottom for the ultimate aroma experience. At just 3.75″ tall and only 2.5” in diameter, its small and sleek design easily compliments any bedroom, desktop, or bathroom. Because these beauties are handcrafted, the patterns will vary slightly between diffusers, making each piece truly unique. Find them on our website here!

Photo Thursday!

Last weekend was our super fun cosmic bowling employee party, which included this awesome mountain of organic, vegan donuts. The flavors were appropriately herbal with Pistachio Rose Cardamom, Anise Chocolate Sesame, Chocolate Mint, and Cinnamon Apple Cider. They were soooo tasty! We also had locally brewed herbal beer, delicious pizza, funky music, silly costumes, and a ton of fun. It was a wonderful night celebrating the new year over slices and strikes!