Monthly Archives: August 2013

Exploring Unusual Essential Oils

Many of us are familiar with the common and much beloved aromas of lavender and peppermint essential oils, but the world of botanical scents has so much more diversity and depth to offer. Here are a few of my favorite essential oils that are not so widely used. They have amazingly rich aromas that make fun and surprising additions to blends… Tagetes Essential Oil Tagetes minuta This oil comes to us from a species of marigold known as Southern Cone Marigold or South American Marigold. Distilled from the golden flowering tops, this oil has a rich, bitter-sweet green aroma with a resinous undertone. It will blend well with your favorite citrus and floral oils, such as bergamot, lemon, or lavender. You don’t need to add much of this tenacious oil to enjoy the full rounding notes that is adds. Learn more here… Hyssop Essential Oil Hyssopus officinalis Fresh or dried hyssop is a well known strewing and purifying herb. […]

Photo Thursday!

What beautiful medicine! With hot peppers peaking in the garden, now is the perfect time to start preparing some Fire Cider for the cooler months ahead. Here's a picture of my batch for the year infusing away. With a tasty combination of powerful immune supportive, soothing, decongestant, and spicy circulation movers, this delicious Fire Cider can be taken straight by the spoonful or added to dishes and sauces. Let your imagination lead the way… You can find the recipe here!  

Yes on Washington State’s I-522!

Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs has been known for our commitment to pesticide-free, non-genetically modified, organic plants. As we have grown over the years, we continue to seek out the highest quality organic or wild harvested products for our customers. We are proud to stand behind our principles of transparency, honesty, and organic agriculture. We recognize that we are stewards of the land and it is our responsibility to protect the health of our soils which sustain plant and animal communities. It is the right of every person to know what they are putting into their bodies. That is why Mountain Rose Herbs supports Washington state’s GMO labeling ballot initiative I-522. In just two months, Washington voters will decide the fate of GMO labeling which will have an impact on labeling in all 50 states. Polling shows that the majority of voters want common sense labeling passed. 64 countries […]

Fruit & Flower Frozen Tea Pops

  Warm weather calls for swinging in the hammock and sipping ice tea, but when it gets really hot, slurping on a popsicle is an even better treat.  While I love me some popsicles, I know too much to feel good about the typical sugary, colored offerings available at the grocery store. It occurred to me that I could combine my love of great, organic herbal tea with my love of frosty frozen desserts and come up with healthy, refreshing, and fun recipes for folks of all ages.  I am thrilled to share a few of my best recipes! There are a few things to know as you make popsicles from tea, whether using my recipes or as you get inspired and create your own: • You need to make the tea about three times as strong as what you would normally drink. Use more tea and let it steep a […]

Photo Thursday!

This week’s photo comes to us from Oregon Wild! Breathtaking, isn’t it? Join Shawn from Mountain Rose Herbs and other concerned community members for a presentation about the future of public forestlands like this in western Oregon – also known as the O&C lands. These forests provide 1.8 million Oregonians with clean drinking water, offer habitat for imperiled fish and wildlife, and store incomparable amounts of carbon, yet politicians are looking to ramp up cutting on these “backyard” forests in order to fund county services.   Come learn about what’s at risk, alternative solutions, and what you can do…   When: Monday August 26, 2013, 6PM to 8PM Where: Eugene Public Library Speakers: Josh Laughlin, Campaign Director at Cascadia Wildlands Chandra LeGue,Western Oregon Field Coordinator at Oregon Wild Shawn Donnille, Vice President of Mountain Rose Herbs Ernie Niemi, Senior Economist at ECONorthwest Moderator: Camilla Mortensen Eugene Weekly Event Sponsors: Cascadia Wildlands  Mountain […]

Essential Recipes for Late Summer

These are some of my very favorite tried-and-true recipes for the summertime.  Essentials for the home medicine chest, these simple remedies come in so handy during the warm summer months.     Herbal Relief Oil This botanical-infused goodness soothes and helps occasional aching muscles, sprains, and bruises. 2 oz Calendula flower herbal oil 1 oz St. John’s Wort herbal oil 1 oz Arnica herbal oil 10-15 drops organic Lavender essential oil (optional) Pour all ingredients into a 4 oz glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. Massage into sore and tender muscles as needed. If you'd like to make your own herbal infused oils, you can learn how to make them in this blog post:     Herbal Cooling Mist Apply this mist on sunburns or whenever in need of a little cooling off. Aloe Vera and Lavender offer immediate relief to sunburns and other […]

Celebrating Hops: Two Sweet Treats

With a Latin name as fun as Humulus lupulus, why not use hops to make some unique confections? Many years ago, a customer sent us a bag of homemade hop flavored hard candies. Much to our surprise, they were really delicious! The combination of floral, bitter, and sweet sang together in a very pleasant way, and soon many of us were unwrapping and enjoying them throughout the day. We love hops here in the Pacific Northwest, especially as beer connoisseurs in search of the perfect IPA, but the medicinal properties make this herb valuable to herbalists as well. A classic calming herb used to encourage relaxation and sleep with a hypnotic quality, its effect can be felt after sipping tea, drinking a pint of beer, or taking some tincture. The bitterness is also helpful for stimulating digestion and appetite. These two recipes were inspired by a visit to our beautiful organic hop farm (you can read about that here), […]

Summer Sale Update!

Summer is in full swing and all of our summer favorites are still on sale! Our current site is under maintenance and may not reflect these amazing prices at the moment, but we will honor them when we process your order. All of our summer favorites are 30% off! Summer is an exciting season filled with backpacking trips through the forest, visits to local farmer’s markets, picnics at our favorite park, dips in the river, harvesting fresh berries and vegetables from the garden, dancing at outdoor concerts, and many other warm-weather adventures inspired by these long days. We look forward to this bounty of fun all year, so why not celebrate? In honor of the season, we’ve picked our favorite summertime products for this special sale! Aloe Vera Gel 16 oz. The classic treatment for sunburns! Aloe Vera Gel is such a helpful and indispensable household ally for treating burns, bites, […]

Photo Thursday!

Here we are…all gathered together at sunset taking in words of inspiration from herbalist Rosemary Gladstar during the Free Herbalism Project. The kick-off to our new series of free herbal events exceeded all of our hopes and expectations with roughly 500 attendees! Many thanks to everyone who attended and to those who wished to be there with us. It was a magical night we will cherish. We’re really looking forward to the next free gathering on October 20th, featuring Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. They will be offering a botany basics workshop, as well as a lecture on medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest. Sure to be an amazing event! Stay tuned here for more details. Want more photos from the Free Herbalism Project? Check out our photo album on Facebook!  

  • Understanding & Identifying Basic Herbal Actions

Understanding & Identifying Basic Herbal Actions

Herbalism is an art and science with nuances as diverse as the unique relationships we form with the plants around us. Whether we learn from our family, a teacher in our community, a collection of books, or simply work with the herbs near us, understanding the language of herbalism can help us better communicate our experiences with medicinal actions. Using these common categories allows us to recognize patterns that can inform our learning process when using a new herb, making decisions about formulations, or when we're in need of a substitute for one of our go-to preparations. Many times, a plant will exhibit several actions, like a bitter calming herb for example, making just a cup of that single herb as a tea or a squirt of tincture the perfect remedy on its own. Here's a helpful list of basic herbal action categories with examples of uses and herbs. You might find that some of these definitions are a […]

Farm Stories: Growing Goldenseal

It was a beautiful Northwest day on the Goldenseal farm, overcast and threatening rain. While most of the country is well into summer, it was still a couple weeks off when I visited one of our local Goldenseal farms. Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, is probably one of the most popular medicinal plants in North America. Its anti-microbial and bitter attributes lend themselves well to alterative and topical applications. This slow growing woodland perennial is native to Appalachia and the Midwest where, because of its popularity and sensitive growing conditions, its abundance has been threatened.     We work with conscientious and sensitive shadecloth and woodland-managed, wild-simulated growers across the country to make sure we have an ecologically responsible, high-quality source of this important plant. As an herbalist and forager, something I always enjoy when visiting farms is the weeds! You can tell a lot about the soil and growing conditions based […]

New Stacking Spice Jars!

These new Stacking Spice Jars may be the answer to your spice storage needs, whether you are drying your own herbs and spices from the garden, creating delicious homemade spice blends, or need something to put your favorite staples in (pictured above organic Rosehips, organic Dill Weed, and organic Rainbow Peppercorns). Sleek and stylish, you can stack them as high as needed for any cupboard or counter top. Each 5 oz jar is made of crystal clear acrylic and comes with a shaker top with 5mm holes and a white screw cap. Measures 3″ D x 3″ H (6 stacked = 13 3/4 ” H). Click here to see our full line of herb and spice storage containers.