Archive for April, 2013
Posted by|29 April 2013
Dandelion Flower Fritters
Spring is such a magical time! Plants which lay dormant throughout the winter become alive again with fresh and vigorous energy, actively emerging up through the earth, pushing out fresh new shoots, proudly displaying vibrant tender tips, and bursting into colorful blossoms.
Dandelion flowers are one of my favorite springtime herbals. Not only are fritters a perfect way to use Dandelions before they burst into seed, but their mild and slightly bitter flavor is dangerously addictive!
- Dandelion flower tops (Taraxacum officinale)
- 1 organic and free-range egg
- 1 cup organic milk
- 1 cup organic flour (Brown Rice flour can be used for a gluten-free alternative)
- Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Gather Dandelion tops during the day, when the sunshine has opened up the bright and cheerful flowers.
- Rinse in cool water to remove any critters or debris, and allow to dry while preparing the batter.
- To make the batter, combine egg, milk, and flour in a bowl and mix until all lumps are gone. If you prefer sweeter fritters, add a little maple syrup, honey, Cinnamon, or a dash of Vanilla extract. To make more savory fritters, try adding Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Chives, Sage, Thyme, Tarragon, ground Peppercorns, salt, or even a little parmesan cheese.
- Prepare a skillet on the stove with olive oil over medium heat.
- Take one of the flowers, hold it by the greens at the base, dip into the batter, and twirl until the flower is covered in batter.
- Drop it into the skillet, flower side down. Continue dipping and dropping until the skillet is full. A second method is to remove the “petals” (each yellow petal of the dandelion is actually an individual flower with a single petal and reproductive parts), sprinkle them directly into the batter, then cook just like pancakes.
- When the fritters are lightly browned, flip them over, and brown on the other side. When finished, remove from the pan and plate.
- For a sweet treat, drizzle with maple syrup, honey, jam, plum sauce, or powdered sugar. For a savory snack, dip into aioli or a sauce made with tahini, mustard, curry, hot chili peppers, or anything else you wish!
Posted by|26 April 2013
Sandalwood essential oil is truly exotic. This pale yellow oil has soft, woody notes that are extremely tenacious and somewhat balsamic. It has a long history in religious ceremonies and rituals, and is prized worldwide for an intoxicating aroma found in the heartwood of the tree.
There are many sandalwood oils on the market, so which one should you use?
Indian Sandalwood, Santalum album, is traditionally the most widely used sandalwood oil. The popularity of this striking scent has sadly caused over-harvesting of the trees which are now a threatened species. Each tree needs to mature for at least 10 years before they start producing oil and then the whole tree is harvested for production, making it a very resource intensive product.
Australian Sandalwood, Santalum spicatum, is widely used by aromatherapists and perfumers as an ecologically responsible alternative to traditional Indian Sandalwood. It is very similar to Indian Sandalwood in aroma and constituents, and makes a wonderful substitute for any recipe that specifies Indian Sandalwood.
The Australian Sandalwood essential oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is Certified Organic, and is produced with sustainability in mind. For every tree that is harvested for production, 12 seeds are planted, and for every tonne of deadwood that is collected, 400 seeds are planted. The oil is also created using renewable energy and water recycling!
Click here to learn more about our wonderful Australian Sandalwood oil.
Posted by|25 April 2013
This is really terrifying…
The first genetically engineered salmon – dubbed “frankenfish” – could be in grocery stores and restaurants as early as 2014. The FDA is expected to approve this genetically engineered salmon after a 60-day public comment period – which ends today!
Consumer and environmental activists oppose genetically engineered “frankenfish” for many reasons, including the potential danger it poses to human health, to the environment, and to the U.S. fishing economy.
Posted by|23 April 2013
Well, well…a bit of time has passed since the Rootstalk Festival happened back in 2011, but we are SO excited to finally bring you a new video series from the event featuring some of our favorite herb walks and storytelling moments. These videos are fun and informative, and really make our hearts smile to experience this wonderful gathering all over again. Such sweet memories!
Next up is herbalist jim mcdonald’s entertaining exploration of a favorite spring herb: nettle! There are so many different ways to use nettle and you’ll probably learn some new preparations from jim during this in-depth 25 minute video. He’ll teach you about nettle sting therapy, share his secrets of raw spiced nettle treats, his favorite herbal combinations for nettle infusions, using nettle seeds, and more interesting tidbits. Plus, he also gives a great description of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and how nettle can be helpful. There might even be a surprise guest star herbalist in the crowd…
Thanks to LearningHerbs.com for putting this together for us all to enjoy!
Posted by|22 April 2013
Rosemary Gladstar writes, “Spring is here! It’s time to come out and play. To review our lives, and make new plans…to dream alive! It’s also a time of renewing and re-nourishing our precious bodies.”
In this free online class, Rosemary will cover the importance of wild greens, both nutritionally and energetically. Dandelions, plantain, nettle, chickweed and many more favorites will be covered, as well as her favorite ways to prepare wild greens, and ethical wild harvesting.
We hope you’ll join us Thursday night for this free online event in celebration of the upcoming 11th International Herb Symposium, which Mountain Rose Herbs and LearningHerbs.com are excited to sponsor again this year!
Plus, you could win these goodies…
You won’t want to miss Rosemary’s wisdom or the amazing giveaways during the teleseminar including this herbal gift set from Mountain Rose Herbs: Tea-to-Go Glass Infuser, Evening Repose Tea, Peace Tea, Blossoms of Health Tea, Dandelion Tincture, Elder Berry Tincture, and Skullcap Tincture!
Thursday, April 25th 2013
(7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, 5:30 Pacific)
Posted by|19 April 2013
The newest addition to our pet care line is here!
This Flea and Tick Treatment for Cats is a natural and botanical way to keep your feline friends tick and flea free and their skin and fur healthy. No harmful chemicals, no essential oils, and no water needed! Sprinkle a small amount of powder on your cat (or into your hands), gently massage into the fur and skin for deep penetration, then brush or rub with a dry cloth to remove any excess powder. It’s that simple!
Each resealable 8oz bag contains: Baking Soda/organic Corn Starch mix (food grade), Diatomaceous Earth (food grade), organic Oats, organic ground Flax seed, organic Catnip, organic Wheatgrass, organic Neem powder, organic Horsetail, and organic herbs mix.
Visit our website to see our full line of pet care products!
That’s one happy meow!
Posted by|18 April 2013
Look who’s leafing out!
We have two little Ginkgo trees that welcome visitors to Mountain Rose each day. They’re just starting to send out the first fan-shaped leaves of the year, and when a breeze whistles through, it looks like they’re waving hello.
Posted by|16 April 2013
As much as I wish I could simply open a book or do an internet search and find all the answers to my Menopausal challenges, I’m learning that my version of what I’m calling my “ transition” is as unique as I am. I am not interested in masking or pretending that I am not getting older, but I wouldn’t mind finding a little relief and learning some new ways to cope with these inevitable changes. Fortunately, there are some wonderful resources available, and I’ve come up with a few of my own solutions for the realities of how mid-life is shaking out for me.
I have always been someone who could fall asleep anywhere and sleep fabulously! Well, I used to be someone who could sleep anywhere – now with the menopausal journey, I find it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep and keep from overheating into a blazing and cranky beast! It has inspired me to develop a few coping strategies…
With a little experimentation, I came up with this tea recipe for my pre-bedtime ritual. While there are some wonderful soothing tea blends available, I wanted something tasty, a little sweet, and calming. I mix up enough to make a pot of tea, but you could reduce the amounts or mix it up and use a few teaspoons if you’d like to make a cup (I use all dried herbs for this tea, boiling the water on the stove and putting the herb mix into a large infuser. Once I pour the water into the pot, I let it steep about 4-5 minutes):
Sleep and Dream Tea
2 Tbsp organic Spearmint
1 Tbsp organic Chamomile
1 Tbsp organic St. John’s Wort
1 Tbsp organic Nettle Leaf
1 Tbsp organic Rosebuds
While I drink this without any additional sweetener, you could add a little local, organic honey. My grandmother used to give us grandkids a spoonful of honey right before bed, telling us it would give us “sweet dreams.” I’ve since read there is some truth to that folk therapy, as the complex sugars in the honey may help regulate the blood sugar, allowing for a sound night’s sleep without waking with a rumbly tummy.
Lavender Salt Soak
I’ve found a warm (but not too hot, as it can bring on a hotflash or flushing for me) bath soak in salts and organic Lavender essential oil right before bed, further helps relax and prepare me for a decent night’s sleep. Since I’m not very fussy, I literally toss a handful of Epsom or Dead Sea salt under the running water, along with about 4-5 drops of Lavender essential oil. Sometimes, I’ll add a little drizzle of some of my homemade calendula infused oil (calendula and sunflower oil) for extra luxurious softness!
Lavender essential oil has become my secret sleep weapon: During my weekly bed linen swap, I sprinkle a few drops of undiluted lavender essential oil over the mattress pad and pillows before re-making with fresh cotton sheets (the flannel ones are temporarily retired as they are just too warm now!) The clean, calming scent of lavender drifts all around me as I drift off to sleep—crossing my fingers I’ll be able to stay that way!
This post comes to us from Kori, our Public and Media Relations Coordinator! A West Coast native, Kori is a seasoned nonprofit activist and community organizer. Having launched six adult kids, she spends her free time in her burgeoning organic and very urban “farm”—taming Heritage chickens, building top-bar beehives from reclaimed materials, baking, brewing, and preserving.
Posted by|15 April 2013
Did you know that it takes 60 whole roses to produce just one drop of essential oil?
The pure potency of each drop makes these precious ingredients powerful tools for aromatherapy and healing. Check out this fascinating infographic we created to outline the production of essential oils and hydrosols, from fresh living plants to distilled aromatic concentrates.
Click on the picture below to enlarge…
Posted by|12 April 2013
We are excited to debut our new hydrosol packaging!
We now offer 3oz and 8oz hydrosols in amber glass bottles with mister tops. Our 16oz and 1 gallon bulk sizes are still available in plastic bottles with this newly designed label. They make wonderful body mists or toners, and can be used in your homemade skincare and cleaning recipes.
Hydrosols are also known as hydroflorates or distillates, and are produced by steam distilling plant material. They contain similar properties to their essential oil counterparts, but are less concentrated. In fact, hydrosols have less than 5% essential oil content.
The aroma of a hydrosol is mild and subtle, with some smelling more like the whole plant verses the flower used in distillation. This happens because hydrosols also contain the water soluble constituents of the plant material that are not found in essential oils.
Posted by|11 April 2013
Our native Northwest wildflowers are blanketing the forest floor with beauty!
These photos were taken at a local park here in Eugene last week during a photo shoot for an upcoming magazine article. So exciting to see the Trilliums, Calypso orchids, Violets, and Fawn Lilies blooming together.
If you want to learn more about these flowers and enjoy their graceful spirits throughout the year, check out these gorgeous botanical posters we offer. Now, it’s time to take a walk in the woods…
Posted by|09 April 2013
Spring is the classic time for deep-cleaning your home, but it is also a perfect time to cleanse and nurture the body. These herbals gently cleanse, nourish, and are perfect for providing energy and warmth after the cold, winter months and before the busy summer months begin.
These nourishing herbs provide essential vitamins and minerals, are so nourishing, taste delicious, and give a nice caffeine-free energy boost. Perfect as an afternoon “pick-me-up” or when the body feels run down or in need of nourishment.
Use one of the above herbs, or a combination. Simply place a handful of dried herbs in a glass quart jar, pour boiling water over them, cap the jar, and then let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning, strain the mixture, and then drink throughout the day. Yum!
The bitter taste of these roots stimulates the flow of saliva and digestion. Bitters are beneficial for poor and sluggish digestion, gas, bloating, and constipation, they help our bodies process nutrients, stimulate the metabolism, and increase appetite. Simply take a few drops before a meal to get the digestive juices going.
- 1 part organic Burdock root
- 1 part organic Dandelion root
- ¼-1/2 part organic Ginger root (depending on how spicy you like it)
- 100 proof vodka or other alcohol of choice, or use a 50:50 mixture of Everclear to water
Place all herbs into a glass mason jar, cover with alcohol. Make sure that the herbs are covered by at least 1-2” of alcohol. Add more alcohol as needed if the herbs swell above the alcohol. Place the jar in a dark area, and shake at least once per day (or as often as you remember). After 4-8 weeks, strain through cheesecloth, reserving the liquid and composting the spent herbs. Pour the bitters formula into glass bottles, and store in a dark, cool area. Review our Guide to Making Tinctures for more instructions specific to using dried or fresh roots in this recipe.
A twist on the classic lemon juice and cayenne “master cleanse” drink, this beverage incorporates Ginger and Turmeric. This spicy and healthful beverage is especially beneficial first thing in the morning to help cleanse and flush the body.
- squeeze of fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- pinch of organic Cayenne powder
- pinch of fresh or dried powdered Ginger root
- a pinch of dried powdered Turmeric root
- Honey, maple syrup, or molasses (optional) to taste
Mix all ingredients into a cup of hot water, and enjoy!