Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Organic Mesquite Seasoning!

Summer is officially here, the sun is out, and it is time to bring out the bar-b-que! This Organic Mesquite Seasoning is the newest addition to our line of Epicurean Organic Seasonings, and a must have this summer. A robust blend of 13 herbs and spices that will add bold flavors to grilled meat and vegetables. It also makes a savory addition to salad dressings and pastas. Contains: organic Paprika, organic Garlic, organic Onion, organic Mesquite, Smoked Sea Salt, organic Chipotle, organic Black Pepper, organic Yellow Mustard, organic herbs, and organic spices. Visit our website to see our full line of Epicurean Organic Seasonings.

Photo Thursday!

There is nothing like pulling freshly-dried laundry off the clothesline! The days are sunny and the winds are warm and we have a super-easy recipe for natural herbal laundry liquid to share.  Break out the clothespins and take advantage of one of Summer’s many gifts. Why not sip a nice glass of ice tea while you watch the brightly colored cottons waving in the breeze? Carol’s Herbal Laundry Liquid Not only is Carol our Human Resources Director, she is also a highly talented crafter and gardener.  Aside from making delightful handmade soaps and natural body care products, she also bakes delectable pies and treats and has an incredible garden. Carol has generously shared this wonderful recipe for natural liquid laundry detergent with us. 1 1/2 quarts of water 15-20 organic Soap Nuts Essential oil of choice (optional).  Some favorites are: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Peppermint, […]

  • DIY: Natural Repellent Recipes

DIY: Natural Repellent Recipes

Summer is here and with it the irresistible urge to bask in outdoor glory. We want to feel the warm earth on our feet and sunshine on our shoulders. We go on camping trips, forest hikes, long bike rides, and enjoy berry picking, barbecues, picnics, and live music. Until the buzzing begins…     Keep those pesky blood suckers away and enjoy your time outside with these two natural herbal repellent formulas. The first recipe is a spray with a flower water base and the second recipe uses oil for a longer lasting solution.  Both contain a secret herbal ingredient that makes them potent: catnip!  The essential oil found in catnip has been scientifically proven to be just as effective as commercial chemical repellents, without the nasty side effects from toxins like DEET. You can make these with catnip essential oil, hydrosol, and/or tincture. If you've got fresh catnip growing in the garden, you can use a high alcohol tincture mixed with the hydrosol. Pure grain alcohol (95%) will […]

Free Herbalism Project Update!

    We are so excited to announce that the new Free Herbalism Project website is up and running! For event details, teacher profiles, a peek at the venue, maps, and other important information, you can now visit You’ll also see that we’ve announced our very special guest plant walk guide for the August 9th event with Rosemary Gladstar, as well as our exciting teacher line-up for the Fall 2013 event! Future events will be posted soon, so be sure to check back.   Planning to attend? Simply complete the short registration form and we will be in touch about event details and upcoming workshops. There’s even an option to print out a ticket with the date, time, and location if you’d like – though no ticket is required to attend. The Free Herbalism Project is the first free herbal event series of its kind, and we hope that you’ll be able to join us or help spread the word in your community! […]

A Closer Look at Lavender Essential Oil Varieties

Yes, it’s that time of year! The lavender is starting to bloom, local lavender festivals are being held over the next few months, and fresh lavender essential oil and hydrosols are being distilled. Lavender has been known throughout history as a strewing and bathing herb. Today it is widely used for its calming effect and skin healing properties, as well as for its beautiful and well recognized aroma. This is the perfect time to talk about the different lavender products you can find on the market. Four of our favorites include organic Lavender essential oil, organic Spike Lavender essential oil, Lavender 40/42 essential oil, and organic Lavender hydrosol. Let’s take a look at all four a little closer… Organic Lavender Essential Oil Our organic Lavender essential oil is distilled from the flowers of Lavandula angustifolia, which is the classic lavender known in aromatherapy. The natural habitat for this species of […]

Photo Thursday!

Today’s image comes to us from inside the hive! While the honeybees are busy making comb to store an abundance of fresh pollen and honey, visions of herbal infused creations have us thinking about all the possible flavor combinations — lavender, rosemary, and even basil,  just for starters.  Note the fresh, unripe honey being collected at the top as the bees are building perfectly-shaped new comb. The video over on our YouTube channel How to Make Herbal Honey with Lavender can easily be adapted to include other herbs of your choice, but since the lavender is in bloom, what could be a more delicious treat? __________ About Kori: This Photo Thursday 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 […]

MaryJanesFarm Goes Herbal – Special Issue Out Now!

Have you heard the exciting news? Mountain Rose Herbs partnered with the wonderful and always inspiring MaryJanesFarm Magazine to produce a very special issue focused on new herbal recipes, medicinal preparations, crafts, natural bodycare, and many other plant-based projects. This is our dream magazine, filled with unique herbal articles and gorgeous photos! It’s finally here and we can’t wait for you to read, enjoy, and try out these incredible recipes and projects for yourself!   Time for the big reveal…     Over the past few months, folks here at Mountain Rose Herbs have been working away in the kitchen, forest, and garden, creating brand new herbal recipes, how-tos, and information-packed articles for this unique issue. Inside these 97 full-color pages, you’ll find step-by-step guides for making soap and kombucha, floral ice cream and herbal quick bread recipes, botanical diagrams for identifying plants, tasty medicinal treats, all natural camping essentials, herbal bodycare for mama and baby, and so much more! This special issue magazine is on store racks around […]

Wild Rose Conserve & Saving the Sweetness of Spring

Our farewell to spring post celebrating roses from Kiva Rose Hardin is here! Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just released historical novel, The Medicine Bear by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots.     Spring in the botanical sanctuary where I live is heralded each year by the return of dozens of species of birds returning to the mountains of New Mexico from more southerly climes in Texas and Mexico. The liquid song of the thrushes, the rising crescendo of canyon wrens, and the […]

New Roll Top Bottles!

Many of you have requested these over the years, so we are excited to finally add Roll Top Glass Bottles to our container offerings! These 1 oz clear glass bottles come with a roll top applicator which is perfect for applying herbal oils, liniments, aroma oil or perfume blends, and even homemade deodorants. These bottles will come to you in three pieces: a 1 oz clear glass bottle, roll top applicator which snaps on and off of the bottle, and a black screw cap lid which fits over the applicator. Visit our website here to see all of the bottling options that we offer for your homemade goodies!

Photo Thursday!

Look what we found in our Employee Art Gallery! These gorgeous wood pieces are all made from reclaimed materials and handcrafted by Angie, one of our awesome herb fillers. When she’s not weighing and bagging your order, she can be found at Shopdog Woodworks making unique cutting boards and animal furniture for our furry friends. The art gallery gives our staff an opportunity to share their creations and connect with each other over one-of-a-kind beauty. Around the holidays, it becomes our own little marketplace. So many talented folks here at Mountain Rose – we sure are lucky!  

Twitter Chat: Herbs for Men with Guido Masé

We are so excited to partner with Guido Masé of Urban Moonshine to celebrate herbal remedies for the men in our lives! Just in time for Father’s Day, we’ll be hosting a chat on Twitter covering a range of topics like male tonic herbs, herbal body care and hair tips, andropause, nutrient considerations and herbal supplementation, prostate health, aphrodisiacs, athlete’s herbs, and much more, plus a general Q&A! All are invited and welcome to participate in this herbal info sharing chat. Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. Guido works clinically and teaches at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, holds the position of Clinical Herbalist on staff at Urban Moonshine, is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a part of United Plant Savers and the American Botanical Council.   Men’s Herbal […]

Bookshelf News!

We’re offering two new herbal books that make perfect additions to any collection! Hands on Healing Remedies by Stephanie L. Tourles Clean out your medicine cabinet and replace artificial commercial balms and liniments with all-natural handmade herbal remedies. Filled with 150 recipes that are easy to prepare from readily available ingredients, this book will help you take control of your well-being and stock your family’s medicine cabinet with your own custom-made healing remedies. From Coconut-Honey Bliss Lip Butter for dried lips to Lavender Ice to reduce pain and swelling, you will find what you need to soothe everything from backaches and blisters to insect bites and insomnia. Softcover, 320 pages, published 2012.       Breverton’s Complete Herbal by Terry Breverton A modern day classic with more than 350 years of wisdom. This alphabetically arranged reference book is a reworking of Nicholas Culpeper’s classic The English Physitian and Complete Herbal which […]