Posted by|06 December 2013
Diffusing essential oil blends is a fun and natural way to spread yummy aromas throughout any space. Those expensive, synthetically perfumed candles can be tempting with their bright colors and promises of candy canes, apple pie, and evergreen cheer, but diffusing pure essential oils at home or work is a wonderfully natural way to scent a room with seasonal aromas. I hope these holiday inspired blends bring a smile to your face!
Peppermint Surprise Essential Oil Blend
Heavy sweet floral aroma with sparkling peppermint!
Oh Christmas Tree Essential Oil Blend
Classic evergreen aroma.
Vanilla Spice Essential Oil Blend
Vanilla cream mixed with cinnamon goodness.
Blending Directions and Tips:
Add all essential oils to a glass bottle. One 1/4 oz bottle will hold any of these blends. Screw cap on tightly and invert the bottle to blend the oils. Do not shake! Allow the blend to sit for a couple of hours, smell test, and make any adjustments to your liking.
Vanilla Absolute is a very thick oil. The container can be placed in a bowl of hot water to make it easier to work with. This will not effect the aroma and the oil with thicken again as it cools. It may be easier to use a measuring spoon for this oil.
Fill your essential oil diffuser reservoir with water. Add 5-6 drops of the essential oil blend. Light a tea candle in the base of your diffuser and enjoy as your space fills with the yummy aroma! If you are using an Electric Diffuser or our new Ultrasonic Diffuser, please follow the included directions. (The diffuser pictured is our Ceramic Diffuser, which is made in the USA).
Visit our website to see our full line of essential oil diffusers.
Posted by|29 November 2013
The holidays are here again and what a truly wonderful year it has been! To help you along with your holiday gift planning, here’s a little list featuring some of our favorite herbal goodies. From the DIY enthusiast to the last minute shopper, we have a wonderful selection of botanical gifts for you to share with the ones you love. What could be better than the gift of health and healing?
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For Tea Lovers
This BPA-free Tea Glass Infuser is the perfect way to take loose leaf tea on the go! Featuring the Mountain Rose Herbs logo, and easy to use, this 12.85 oz (1.5 cup) travel infuser keeps your hands cool and your tea hot. Each glass has a durable poly exterior, glass interior, and comes with a leak proof removable stainless steel screw-on tea strainer and water tight screw-on lid. Complete with brewing instructions, care, and safety guidelines. Watch our video here!
From our delicious herbal blends to classic caffeinated favorites, you can find the perfect tea for anyone in your circle. For those who need a little kick, we have an extensive selection of Black, Green and White loose-leaf teas, with our newest additions including Mint Chocolate Mate, Green Sunrise, and Vanilla Black.
We also have a large selection of caffeine-free Organic Herbal Loose-Leaf Teas that are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality, flavor, and freshness. Some of our favorites include Hibiscus High, Firefly Chai, and Winter Spice. The little ones in your life may enjoy a nice cup of Quiet Child, Fairytale, or Lemon Tea.
Watching these gorgeous hand-sewn tea buds blossom into delicious works of art is a true wonder to behold. Crafted in remote gardens of China’s Yunnan province, young certified organic tea leaves are picked in early morning, flattened, and sewn with cotton thread into bundles with fragrant flowers. Best enjoyed in one of our Glass Tea Pots, so you can watch this unique gift unfurl.
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These sampler kits contain some of our favorite and most popular oils for blending and diffusing. Packaged in beautiful 100% post-consumer waste gift boxes, these kits are an economical way to explore a variety of oils without the commitment of a larger size. Choose from: Chakra Blends, Favorites, Classic, Lovers, and Rose.
Diffusers are a practical, effective, and convenient way to enjoy essential oils in your home or office. Our Ceramic and Soapstone Diffusers utilize the heat from a tea light candle to fill a room with enticing aromas and a warming glow. Terra Cotta Pendent Diffusers are a wonderful way to scent you car or a small area naturally (they also fit well in a stocking). Our newer Ultrasonic Diffuser utilizes a ceramic plate to create a steady, silky plume of essential oil into the air.
These handcrafted oil blends and sprays make wonderful natural perfumes and body fragrances. Blended in small batches here at Mountain Rose, these enticing scents are hard to resist. The aroma oils are made with pure plant resins and essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base and the sprays are formulated with high quality flower waters, witch hazel extract, and pure essential oils – nothing synthetic!
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Pamper with Natural Bath and Body Care
Our handcrafted Facial Washes 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. Choose from Lemon Facial Wash or Rose Facial Wash.
These luscious body butters are crafted by our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals, and make a decadent gift for yourself or a loved one. Choose from Citrus Sunrise or a warming Ginger. Each comes packaged in a reusable glass jar with two-piece lid.
From Fawn Lily Botanica, comes these artisan bars of soap. These cold processed soaps are cleansing, yet gentle, soothing, nourishing, and moisturizing. At a generous 5 oz, these bars make a long lasting gift with 5 amazing botanical combinations to choose from: Chai Spice, Ginger Honey, Lemongrass and Matcha, Soothing Herbal, and Woodland.
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Let your loved ones choose their own botanical treats with a Gift Certificate! The recipient of your gift card can choose freely from all the lovely items available at Mountain Rose Herbs. Each gift certificate comes with a complimentary card, which we will fill out and include with the order if you’d like. Available in $25, $50, and $100 quantities.
Wishing You Happy Holidays!
Posted by|22 November 2013
Isn’t that cover gorgeous?
We are so excited to offer this amazing new book that was self-published earlier this year by Dina Falconi (author of Earthly Bodies Heavenly Hair) and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender. It’s called Foraging & Feasting!
This field guide and wild food cookbook celebrates local bounty and traditional foodways. Filled with beautiful, instructive botanical illustrations, and 100 delicious, enlightening master recipes, you will reach for this one again and again. Each of the master recipes can be personalized with various botanicals, depending on what’s available during the season, to create endless meal options.
This collaborative celebration of food and art weaves together Dina’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild plant identification, foraging, and cooking, with Wendy’s deft artistic skills honed over 15 years as a botanical illustrator, resulting in an abundance of recipes and illustrations that honor wild plants and creative ways to bring them into our lives.
Visit our website for a complete list of Book Offerings to satisfy all of your botanical inspirations!
Posted by|15 November 2013
We are so excited to debut two newly created caffeinated tea blends!
This synergistic blend provides a heightened sense of relaxation for mind, body, and spirit. Simply opening the bag will bring a smile to your face. Each golden brewed cup has a full bodied citrus flavor with a smooth floral finish. The Dao Ren tea and chamomile flowers are the perfect complement, making this tea a delicious warming treat that’s relaxing yet gently stimulating for morning or afternoon.
Contains: organic Dao Ren tea, organic Chamomile flowers, organic Lemon peel, organic Ginger root, and organic Lemon flavoring. Contains caffeine.
This refreshingly smooth blend is quickly becoming a new favorite here at Mountain Rose, and has just the right amount of kick. Think peppermint patty in a cup! The initial bright minty flavor and aroma transforms into a delightful combination of mate and velvety cacao. A rich cup of tea that could easily be considered a dessert.
Contains: organic Yerba Mate, organic Peppermint leaf, organic roasted Cacao nibs, organic roasted Carob, organic Vanilla beans, and organic roasted Cacao powder. Contains Caffeine.
Sip and Enjoy!
Posted by|01 November 2013
We’re excited to bring you Soap Crafting, a new book from The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola!
Throughout Soap Crafting, Anne Marie shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap – which is sooo much nicer than what you can buy at the store! Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of the process.
With 31 fantastic recipes, it’s easy to master the techniques you need to produce the soaps you want. You’ll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food ingredients (pumpkin, oatmeal, coffee, beer, avocado), and building techniques (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). This colorful book offers everything you need to make your own soap safely. Such a fun, creative, and satisfying project, especially with the holidays approaching!
Herbal Soap Recipe
Now is the perfect time to start making soaps for gift baskets, so here’s a little recipe from the book. You can find lots of the ingredients needed on our website:
(Click on the page images below to enlarge for easy reading.)
Posted by|25 October 2013
We have a new easy grip design for our Support Organic Agriculture Canteen!
These black coated stainless steel canteens are the perfect vessel to bring your water or iced tea wherever you go. Decorated with our “Support Organic Agriculture” motif on one side and the Mountain Rose Herbs logo on the other so you can spread the word about choosing organic while you sip.
This new sleek design includes a plastic screw-top lid that fits snugly into the stainless steel threads, a key ring with attached black carabineer, and holds 25 ounces of your favorite beverage. Great gift idea, right?
You can visit the website to view all of our fun Mountain Rose Herbs merchandise, including t-shirts, stickers, mugs, magnets, bags, coasters, and more!
Posted by|18 October 2013
Botanical goodness and chocolate combined into a delicious elixir…who could resist? Our friends at Terra Firma Botanicals combine unfiltered Northwest honey with organic fair trade cacao powder and pure botanicals to create these wonderful Chocolate Herbal Elixirs. Tasty on their own, they can also be added to coffee, spread on toast, or drizzled over ice cream. The possibilities are endless for chocolate lovers.
Four delicious ways to bring herbs into your life!
Passion Chocolate Elixir
This sensual elixir has been formulated to stimulate vitality. A mixture of pure botanicals including maca root, which is a nourishing herb known to promote hormonal balance and stamina. Share a little with your partner over ice cream or fresh berries.
Fuego Chocolate Elixir
Awaken your senses with this spicy yet smooth circulatory elixir. Packed with cayenne and tulsi, this botanical tonic will warm and invigorate the body while supporting mental clarity and cardiovascular health.
Adapt Chocolate Elixir
A delicious blend formulated to induce harmony and balance amidst life’s everyday stressors. A tasty treat made from pure botanicals to strengthen and support the body.
Rhapsody Chocolate Elixir
This delicious chocolate elixir is sure to bring a smile to your face! Created with herbs that promote relaxation and euphoria, while easing you through stressful moments.
Posted by|04 October 2013
This beautiful rainbow of aromatic blossoms and herbs is a wonderful way to relax at the end of the day. A classic combination of sleepytime herbs like chamomile, lavender, and hops, this blend will help you drift off to dreamland with ease.
Our organic Dream Herbs Blend also promotes vivid and imaginative dreams thanks to the addition of mugwort and rosemary (for memory), and comes with a reusable muslin bag, so you can use as little or as much as you’d like. The effects of this blend can be quite powerful for some folks, so it’s a good idea to experiment with the amount to find what’s right for you.
Place the blend inside or under your pillow, hang a bag from your bed post, or display a bowl of this beautiful blend on your nightstand. Close your eyes, set your intention, and allow the herbal aromas to lull you into slumber. If you’re feeling crafty, you can make pretty sleep and dream pillows that are great for traveling and also make lovely holiday gifts. You can learn more about that fun little project here!
Just need a little help drifting off without the dream encouragement?
See our website for information about our Sleep Herbs Blend.
Posted by|27 September 2013
I will be the first to admit that I love Lavender essential oil. I will mix pretty much anything with it for a diffusing blend. With it’s sweet floral aroma, lavender is mostly associated with the spring and early summer. Here are a few essential oils that I like to combine during autumn months when the weather is changing and I want to feel a little more cozy, but am not quite ready to turn on the heat.
The scent pairings…
Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis): with it’s fresh, camphoraceous aroma, and slightly balsamic undertones, rosemary compliments lavender in a subtle way. I would consider rosemary to have a medicinal aroma, where the lavender is sweet and floral. They seem like an odd couple, but combine to make a blend with a sharp top note followed by smooth floral finish. Awakening and calming all in one.
Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis): who doesn’t want pure sweet sunshine when the days are getting shorter and chilly? Lavender and orange (or your favorite citrus oil) combine into sweet floral bliss. These recognizable aromas create an uplifting blend for the office or personal space.
Douglas Fir Essential Oil (Pseudotsuga menziesii) or Grand Fir Essential Oil (Abies grandis): combining either of these essential oils with lavender creates a surprising aroma that is difficult to identify if you don’t know the contents. This is also one of the reasons why I love it! The slightly balsamic and evergreen aromas of the fir oils combine with the lavender to create a beautiful citrusy, green floral scent.
To play with any of these oil combinations…
…all you need is a diffuser (see our full line here), a couple drops of organic lavender essential oil, and a couple drops of your oil of choice. I hope you enjoy these combinations as much as I do. Not only do they smell great, they are a must have for disinfecting the air during this time of year.
Visit our website to see our full line of essential oils where the aroma possibilities are endless.
Posted by|20 September 2013
As harvest season is coming to an end, we are receiving freshly distilled hydrosols! Which means that all of your favorites are back in stock or will be soon.
Hydrosols may also be referred to as hydroflorates, flower waters, or distillates. They are produced by steam distilling plant material, which is the same production method used for most essential oils. They have similar therapeutic properties as their accompanying essential oil, but are much less concentrated. These pure hydrosols are not by-products of essential oil production, but come from devoted distillers who steam small batches of plant material strictly to produce these wonderful products.
Hydrosols have mild aromas when directly compared to their matching essential oil, this is because they only contain the water soluble constituents from the botanical material. They still have very beautiful aromas and are a versatile botanical product to have on hand for many preparations. They can be used alone as a facial toner or body spray, combined into an air freshener, or as a luxurious ingredient to substitute water in homemade bodycare formulations.
Posted by|13 September 2013
Our collection of Aroma Oils offers a great way to enjoy natural botanical scents, without the harsh, synthetic chemicals found in many commercial products. Exquisite and alluring, our aroma oils make wonderful body perfumes that last for hours. These beautiful synergistic healing blends are crafted to evoke feelings of passion or relaxation. Each of our aroma oils are created in small batches, right here at Mountain Rose Herbs, and contain a perfect combination of jojoba and grapeseed oils with pure essential oils…
~ Here are 4 of our classic aroma blends! ~
Aphrodite Aroma Oil: This sensuous blend has the perfect mix of spice and floral notes. Contains organic Palmarosa, organic Australian Sandalwood, Rose and organic Patchouli essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
Heart Aroma Oil: A warming and balancing blend crafted to inspire joy. Contains organic Lavender, organic Ylang Ylang, organic Roman Chamomile and organic Sweet Marjoram essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
Sleep Ease Oil: This soothing and relaxing aromatherapy blend has a mellow, mildly warm, and slightly sweet fragrance with pleasant bittersweet undertones. Contains organic Sweet Marjoram, Hops, Valerian, Moroccan Chamomile, organic Roman Chamomile and organic Lavender essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
Spirit Aroma Oil: This grounding oil is based on a very old recipe that promised “visions of fairies”…oooh! Contains organic Australian Sandalwood, organic Lavender, organic Cedarwood, organic Cypress, organic Fir Needle, organic Sweet Marjoram and organic Sage essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
See our website here for our complete line of these amazing blends!
Posted by|06 September 2013
Holy Basil has been revered for its medicinal value throughout India for thousands of years. Ayurvedic texts describe Holy Basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Many traditional Hindus worship an alter bearing a Holy Basil plant that is placed in the courtyard of their home or in another prominent location. Today Holy Basil remains one of the most cherished of India’s sacred healing plants. The leaves smell of peppermint, cloves, licorice and/or lemon.
There are three types of Tulsi sold by Mountain Rose Herbs: Krishna, Rama, and Vana. Rama and Krishna are of the same species. All varieties belong to the mint family and are cousins of sweet basil.
Krishna (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its medicinal value and peppery crisp taste. The plant has dark green to purple leaves, stems, and blossoms. It is cultivated in the Indian plains, as well as private homes and gardens around India, and is named after the blue skinned God as the dark purple leaves resemble this color.
Rama (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is known for its cooling and mellow flavor. The plant has green leaves, white-to-purplish blossoms, and a green or purplish stem. It is cultivated in the Indian plains, as well as private homes and gardens around India.
Vana (Ocimum gratissimum), aka. “forest type”, is known for its fragrance. The plant has green leaves and stems, with white blossoms. It is found in the Himalayas and plains of India, grows wild in Asia and Africa, and is used medicinally there as well.
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