Monthly Archives: May 2013

New Herbal Chest Rub!

Allergy season is in full swing here in the Willamette Valley – thank you grass! This is one reason why we’re thrilled to bring you this new Herbal Chest Rub from our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals. They fill each batch with botanical healing goodness that you just can’t find in conventional chest rubs. Perfect for this time of year, I have been dabbing a little under my nose to make it through the day. This effective chest rub is crafted with herbally infused olive oil and essential oils known for opening the airways. Calming and soothing during times of congestion, this is an even stronger version of Wild Carrot’s ever popular Children’s Chest Rub and is easily applied to the chest for long lasting relief or just a bit under the nose to soothe when needed. Contains: organic olive oil infused with organic yarrow, organic chickweed, organic roman chamomile, organic […]

Photo Thursday!

Mountain Rose folks Alyssa and Kori attended a ceremony yesterday for the 5th annual 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon…and we made the list! Here’s a shot of Alyssa our Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility accepting the award. This prize showcases exemplary workplaces that inspire and empower workers with a daily and enduring commitment to sustainable practices. How’d we do? We’ll bring you the full report next week!  

Watch Now! The End Game: Stopping GMO Alfalfa

This fascinating 17-minute mini-documentary from Our Common Roots TV takes a look at the threat of GMOs in our food and environment –  Alfalfa in particular. As legitimate concerns continue to grow over the long-term health effects of GMOs, more and more consumers and organic farmers fight for their right to know what’s in their food. Without thorough testing, the question of safety over genetically modified food is truly unnerving… Watch the full documentary here!  

Photo Thursday!

Here’s a cheery shot of Bethany from our shipping department out pulling invasive plants like teasel and blackberry in the Coyote Spencer Wetlands. Folks from around Mountain Rose Herbs joined up with Hummingbird Wholesale and the McKenzie River Trust for a day of restoration work. Not a bad day at the office! View the entire Mountain Rose River Project photo album here!

How We Reduce Our Footprint: Carbon Emissions

Climate change is an undeniable fact. We feel it as we’re hit with extreme storm systems, a warming planet, melting icebergs, and rising tides. The fact is, humans have caused this global change and now we must all do our part to shift gears and find a solution. One way that Mountain Rose Herbs takes responsibility for the carbon dioxide emissions released in production of our organic herbs, spices and tea blends, and botanical products is through our partnership with, who’s motto is “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t.”   In 2012, our estimated carbon emissions amounted to 254 metric tons.   What we did to REDUCE: – All light fixtures upgraded to low-impact fluorescents – Cargo and delivery vehicles run on used vegetable oil based bio-diesel – E-Star rated appliances, electronics and heating and cooling units – Enrolled in EWEB Greenpower Program to support wind and solar energy […]

Beeginners! Giving Bees a Hearty Start with Herbal Bee Tea

We are three weeks into our new adventure as beekeepers.  My amazement every time I peek in the hive, or the saucy pride I feel when I notice some of our bees working away on lavender, kale, and fruit tree blossoms has yet to wear off.  At this point, it is hard to imagine I will ever take these hardworking little honeybees for granted! As a beginner (and I mean brand new, never-before, only-read-a-bunch-of-books novice), my first obsession was simply getting the bees to stay.  I wanted to make sure our home-built hive was as hospitable as possible and that the new bees had everything they needed to get off to a good start. We started by preparing our hive—since we built a Kenyan Top Bar beehive, we needed to make sure that each of the 28 bars was an obvious choice where the bees would know to attach their […]

New Lotions from Acure Organics!

These soothing lotions from Acure Organics will nourish your skin and leave you feeling smooth and hydrated all summer long. They are free of parabens and sulfates, cruelty-free, and contain no synthetic fragrances. Each of these lotions contains Acure’s Certified Organic Curoxidant Juice Blend as a base. It’s packed with organic Acai, organic Pomegranate, organic Blackberry, organic Rosehips, and organic Rooibos to create one of the most potent antioxidant blends available for your skin. There are two lovely lotions to choose from: The Firming Lotion has a slight lemongrass aroma and is made with firming organic argan oil. This lotion will leave your skin feeling nourished and stimulated. The Ultra-Hydrating Lotion is made with organic cocoa butter. It is fragrance free and will leave your skin feeling smooth and satisfied. Visit our Body Care page to see a full list of all the nourishing skincare goodies and accessories we […]

Photo Thursday!

We love to admire the unique artwork each year when the Wildflower Festival poster comes out. This year’s subject is the cute spring native Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii var atomaria) with Dance Flies. Check out those pollinator-attracting spots! Be sure to visit the Mountain Rose booth for free organic tea and lots of herbal goodies to explore. Hope to see you out there this Sunday… Click here to learn more about the festival!  

How to Go “No Poo” with Easy Herbal Hair Rinses

Have you heard of the "no 'poo" movement? It's definitely not my favorite term, but the philosophy behind it is worth exploring. It refers to the droves of people turning away from using expensive commercial shampoos and conditioners. These products often contain harsh synthetic fragrances, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, and other creepy ingredients that come from mystery labs around the world. We trust that these products will make our hair gorgeous and drench ourselves in weird chemicals without knowing how they affect our overall health. Plus, think of the millions of plastic bottles that end up in the recycling bin, or worse, from all of the hair products we use. But…you HAVE to use shampoo, right? Nope! We've been told to "lather, rinse, and repeat" for decades now – and with dreams of healthy, shiny, flowy, bouncy perfection, we have complied. But what happens? The first day after a wash, your hair is kinda frizzy and dried out. On the second day […]

Herb Infused Witch Hazel

This recipe is such a convenient preparation which either can be used alone or incorporated into cosmetic and medicinal recipes.  And, it couldn’t be simpler to make! Witch Hazel extract is produced from the leaves and bark of the North American shrub Witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana. It has astringent, antimicrobial, and anesthetic properties, making it an invaluable ingredient for many different medicinal and cosmetic preparations. I especially love using herbal infused witch hazel as a facial toner, often incorporate it into facial wash recipes, and a small dab works great on blemishes.  Beneficial for all skin types from oily to dry and mature skin, Witch Hazel is often used as an aftershave, to cleanse oils from the skin, remove make-up, decrease bags under eyes and skin puffiness, reduce pore size, and to minimize varicose veins.  Medicinally, Witch Hazel extract is often applied as a compress or added to bath water to assist […]

Facial Washes Now Certified!

Our handcrafted Rose and Lemon Facial Washes are now Certified by Oregon Tilth, and have a gorgeous new look! These wonderfully gentle cleansers are certified as made with organic aloe vera and organic extracts, and the castille soap that we use is certified as made with organic oils. These all natural botanical facial washes are mild enough for any skin type and lightly aromatic for a refreshingly clean experience. They make a wonderful body wash too! Our facial wash contains no synthetic ingredients, perfume oils, preservatives, or harmful chemicals, and we make them in small batches to ensure the highest quality for bathing bliss. Visit our website for a complete list of ingredients!  

Photo Thursday!

A lovely view for us today… The grassy field across from Stewart Pond in the West Eugene Wetlands is turning amethyst with statuesque Camas (Camassia leichtlinii) flowers.