Monthly Archives: February 2013

Photo Thursday!

Here’s our first reader submission for Photo Thursday! “Our recent cold spell being broken by a sunny day gave opportunity for magic in the baby lavender plants I’ve started as a border along the garden fence. Icy droplets on the lavender became fragrant jewels fit for faerie Queendom.” ~ Jeannine Andre So sweet! Share your gorgeously herbal photos with us on Facebook!  

Barrels of Good!

Mountain Rose Herbs is partnering with the University of Oregon Campus Zero Waste Program to reduce landfill waste by re-purposing 55 gallon barrels. The university will cut the tops off of these barrels that transport our bulk liquids, such as glycerine, aloe gel and hydrosols, and use them as recycling collection bins. In the past, these have also been made into rain barrels or donated to a local non-profit, M.E.C.C.A., Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts. Our creative and passionate team of recycling experts have come up with new ways to reuse or recycle everything from old pens to paper towel rolls, plastic banding to twist ties. This is one more exciting development in our continuing efforts to eliminate waste. Learn more about our Zero Waste Program!  

New Catalog on the Way!

The new Spring/Summer 2013 catalog is on the way and we’ve packed it full of recipes, how-tos, farm stories, new products, gorgeous color photos, and plenty more herbal goodies! We are also debuting a new format for our beloved 68 page catalog this time around! The whimsical design allows us more space to share our products, herbal recipes, and photos, with much better print quality for easier reading. We truly hope you love thumbing through it as much as we do. As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for awhile or share it with a friend. Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!  

Ready for the Blackberry Boogie?

We finally have a video from RootStalk to share with you all and much more to come! Here’s the always entertaining Doug Elliott celebrating the joys of blackberries. Meet ya in the middle of the patch…  

Why Cold Expression for Citrus Essential Oils?

Citrus essential oils, such as Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Mandarin, are the perfect oils for this time of year. Winter is coming to an end, and the bright uplifting aroma of citrus can help remind you that spring is just around the corner. With this season change also comes spring cleaning! Citrus oils are a classic ingredient in homemade cleaning products. Most essential oils are distilled with a combination of water and steam, but oils from citrus peels are cold expressed to preserve all of the aromatic botanical goodness that they posses. This process involves puncturing the skins of either the whole fruit or just the fruit peel and pressing the essential oil out. With this process, a little bit of juice is also extracted, which is then separated from the essential oil. For therapeutic uses, you want to buy a citrus oil that is cold expressed, however you can find […]

Photo Thursday!

Here’s a little homage to the beautiful tenacity of green beings. These tiny glowing mosses and plants have found a home in the cracks of the sidewalk, leading us to the wetlands with emerald cheer…  

All About Licorice!

Historical Roots Native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, this much beloved “sweet root” legume is a member of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) and can be found in apothecaries across the world. Considered one of the most important medicinal herbs since ancient times, Licorice has been used throughout history as a demulcent to help soothe irritated membranes, support the immune system during viral infections, quell inflammation and allergic reactions, support normal respiratory health, remedy adrenal fatigue, and as a sweet flavoring agent. Glycyrrhizin is the sweet tasting chemical compound in licorice that has been measured at 30 to 50 times sweeter than sucrose. This sweet constituent can also exacerbate health issues for some folks, and as always, you should do your own research and consult with a healthcare professional to decide if an herb is right for you. Traditional Preparations Licorice root is used as a tea or tea ingredient, tincture, lozenge, […]

Understanding Nervines & Adaptogens

As we transition from winter into spring and new tender leaves begin to color the ground under our feet, it's a good time to restore our nervous systems for the busy year ahead. Herbal nervines and adaptogens are our allies for coping with the daily aggravations of life, especially work pressures, family responsibilities, financial worries, lack of sunshine, and regular use of caffeine. Whether your nervous tension results in minor aches and pains, occasional melancholy, or sleepless nights, there are many herbs that can help us find relaxation and calm both day and night. Stress is the body’s heightened physiological response to stimuli, both good and bad. The adrenal glands secrete stress hormones including cortisol and adrenaline which create a cascade of effects including a rush of energy, increased heart rate, and rising blood pressure. These hormones act as an emergency response to a temporary situation, subsiding to normal functioning when the event has passed. […]

New Packaging for Massage Oils!

You may have noticed our new massage oil packaging in our Herbal Love Gift Guide. Well, here they are! Our 4oz Massage Oils are now packaged in a plastic amber flip cap bottle for easy one-hand application. They also have beautifully redesigned labels that can be proudly displayed on store shelves or on your nightstand. Choose from 5 aromatic and therapeutic massage oil blends handcrafted from 100% natural botanical ingredients: 1 ~ Aches & Pains oil is both warming and soothing to minor aches and stiffness. 2 ~ Arnica & St. John’s oil is crafted for deep tissue work. 3 ~ Goddess Dreams oil will stimulate your senses and dreams with it’s sweet fragrant aroma. 4 ~ Autumn Moon oil and 5 ~ Rose Moon oil are both indulging and make a wonderful oil to share with a loved one. Whether you try one or all five, they will make the perfect addition to your personal […]

Photo Thursday!

Awww! Check out this sweet heart Mason made for his sweetheart! I bet there will be rose bud tea and a rose bud soak in this lucky lady’s future. What herby pleasures did you make for your honey? Happy (Herbal) Valentine’s Day!    

Herbal Living by the Seasons: Spring Qi Tea

The Awakening ~ Winter into Spring In my kitchen window hangs a prism twirled by a solar-powered motor. It hasn't budged an inch since about mid-Autumn. At least, that is, until a few days ago. We now find ourselves on the cusp between the seasons; Winter is turning into Spring. The sun is being reborn from the darkness of Winter, lighting the sky for more hours each day. Nature begins to awaken from its slumber. In Chinese medicine philosophy, Winter is the season of quiet, of storage, and of stillness. The ground water has sunken down to the deepest soil, and frozen there. It’s as if Nature has been put on pause. The days are short, and the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic tells us to wake late and retire early to match the season. We lead busy lives. Luckily, Nature has built a period of the year when the […]

Photo Thursday!

What a glorious moment. We were graced by this stunning Bald Eagle as it perched in the neighboring wetlands yesterday. Thomas stepped light-footed on the path with camera in hand to capture this photo as the beautiful bird spread its wings and took flight. Just one more reason why we love working out here in the West Eugene Wetlands!