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New Cracked Black Peppercorn!

Posted by Christine|18 July 2014

 

black_pepper_crackedWe have some exciting news for those of you who like your black pepper a little on the coarse side…

 

New Cracked Black Peppercorn!

 

Our organic Cracked Black Pepper is a little larger in size than the organic Black Pepper Ground that we offer, and measures roughly to a 30-40 US mesh size. This makes it the perfect size for rubs and salad dressings.

Peppercorns are the fruit of Piper nigrum, an evergreen climbing vine. Black, white, and green peppercorns all come from the same plant, but they are harvested at different times and handled in different ways. To make black pepper, the clusters are plucked shortly before they ripen and are left in piles to ferment. After a few days, the berries are spread out on a mat and left to dry in the sun for two or three more days where they shrivel and blacken. This process takes quite a lot of care and precision to produce one of the world’s most treasured spices.

Visit our website to see our full line of whole and ground peppercorns!

 

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What’s the Difference Between English Lavender and Lavandin?

Posted by Christine|04 July 2014

 

 

 

What's the Difference Between English Lavender and Lavandin?

 

Calling all lavender lovers!

You might have noticed some variations in our lavender products lately. There are many species of Lavandula out there, and for years we have sold both Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula x intermedia as Lavender Flowers. The differences between these two are very subtle. In general, they can be used interchangeably. However, some do prefer one over the other once you get into the fine complexities. We are excited to now offer you both of these beautiful flowers!

 

Organic Lavender, English Flowers

English_LavenderLavandula angustifolia is the classic lavender that most people are familiar with. It can also be found on the market as Common Lavender, French Lavender (when it comes from France), True Lavender, or Lavender. You may also see it labeled as Lavandula officinalis. This little greyish purple flower is known for its sweet floral aroma and medicinal properties.

 

Organic Lavandin (Lavender) Flowers

LavandinLavandula x intermedia is quickly becoming a popular lavender species on the market. It can sometimes be found as Dutch Lavender, but is often sold as just Lavender. We are slowly seeing it labeled properly as Lavandin. These bluish purple flowers have a brighter color in comparison to the English Lavender. Lavandin has an equally characteristic sweet floral lavender aroma, with a slight camphor note.

 

 

Visit our website to see all of our wonderful Lavandula products!

Organic Lavandin (Lavender) Flower Powder (Lavandula x intermedia)
Organic Lavandin (Lavender) Hydrosol (Lavandula x intermedia)
Organic Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Organic Lavender, Spike Essential Oil (Lavandula latifolia)
Lavender 40-42 Essential Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender Skin Cream

What's the Difference Between English Lavender and Lavandin?

We Love Classic Chai!

Posted by Christine|06 June 2014

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We’ve made a slight name change to one of our favorite tea recipes…

Classic Chai

Previously know as Chai or Oregon Chai, you will now find this delicious blend listed as Classic Chai within our line of loose-leaf teas. Same great formula we’ve all fallen in love with, just a new name!

This warm, spicy, and delightful blend is lightly caffeinated, making a great alternative for those who wish to avoid lots of caffeine, sugar, and dairy products commonly found in commercial chai products. Enjoy hot or cold, with or without milk and honey to satisfy your chai cravings.

 

Our Classic Chai is…

Certified Organic, Kosher Certified, Contains 32% Fair Trade Certified Ingredients:

Organic Ginger root, organic Cinnamon bark, organic and fair trade certified Darjeeling Tea, organic Cardamom, organic and fair trade certified Cloves, organic and fair trade certified Nutmeg, and organic Vanilla bean.

Visit our website to explore our complete line of Organic Loose-Leaf Tea!

 

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Herb Profile: Gynostemma

Posted by Christine|16 May 2014

Herb Profile: Gynostemma

 

Newly back in stock…
Certified Organic Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

 

Gynostemma is a perennial climbing vine, prized for both its ornamental and medicinal properties. It is a member of the cucumber and gourd family, but does not bear the characteristic fruit, instead producing clusters of tiny black berries. The gynostemma carried by Mountain Rose Herbs is from the pentaphyllum species, native to Vietnam, China, and Japan. It can be planted as an annual in temperate climates, but will wilt in direct sunlight and cannot survive the freezing temperatures of winter. Gynostemma is dioecious, meaning that each plant is either male or female and requires both for germination.

In the 1970s, Dr. Masahiro Nagai discovered that gynostemma possesses many of the compounds found in the unrelated ginseng plant, and it is similarly employed as an adaptogen. Like other adaptogens, gynostemma helps the body to maintain balance and optimal health.

Find it HERE on our website.

 

Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood

Posted by Christine|09 May 2014

Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood

 

Yummy Chia!

This new book was written by one of our favorite vegan chefs, Beverly Lynn Bennett.

Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood

Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood

 

Grown as a staple crop for centuries in North, Central, and South America, chia seeds were highly prized by Aztec warriors and athletes for the sustained energy they provided. A source of low-fat, plant-based protein, and both soluble and insoluble fiber, chia seeds also contain eight times the amount of essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in salmon.

You’ll find more than 25 recipes ranging from desserts, snacks, and beverages, to casseroles, soups, salads, and breakfast dishes all showing just how easy and delicious it can be to add these minuscule marvels to your daily diet. Some of our favorites include Chocolate Chia Pudding, Seed-Crusted Tofu Cutlets (cover image), and the Paradise Smoothie.

 

You can order a copy of the book here!

 

Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood

 

New Hair Care from Acure Organics!

Posted by Christine|02 May 2014

 

New Hair Care from Acure Organics!

 

Shampoos and Conditioners from Acure Organics are here!

Choose from three amazing shampoo and conditioner combinations, or mix and match as needed.

We love these hair care products because they are 100% biodegradable and contain no synthetic fragrances. They are also vegan, gluten-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free. In addition, Acure Organics donates 10 cents of every shampoo or conditioner purchase to water.org, an organization dedicated to providing clean and safe water to people all over the world.

 

Lemongrass and Argan 
This everyday clarifying shampoo and moisturizing conditioner are refreshing choices for all hair types, and promote shiny, healthy, and clean hair. This shampoo is formulated with organic argan oil and organic avocado oil to help support hair keratin and provide vitamin B12 with every wash, and the conditioner contains moisture rich organic fair trade cocoa butter. These color-safe hair care products have a bright lemongrass aroma.

Moroccan Argan 
This triple moisture repairing shampoo and conditioner duo is ideal for those with normal to dry, damaged, or curly hair. These color-safe products have a lovely almond aroma, and provide lasting moisture for dry and damaged hair. Formulated with organic argan oil, sea buckthorn oil, and organic pumpkin seed oil to provide all of the essential omega fatty acids needed to add moisture and shine to your hair.

Pure Mint & Echinacea 
This intense volumizing shampoo and conditioner were created for normal to fine or limp hair. With a refreshing mint aroma, these color-safe products gently build volume without stripping the natural oils in your hair. Formulated with quinoa proteins to support keratin, and babassu and organic argan oils to provide a lightweight moisture your hair will enjoy.

 

We hope you like them as much as we do!

Visit our Natural Hair Care page to see our full line of offerings.

 

Our Favorite Grilling Blends

Posted by Christine|25 April 2014

Our Favorite Grilling Blends - Mountain Rose Herbs

 As the weather warms up, so do the grills!

Here are our favorite spice blends and salts of the season from our Epicurean Organics collection…

 

Organic Grilling Herbs

This blend packs a perfectly herby punch with bold flavors and penetrating aromas that hold well against high heat and direct flame. Use as an all purpose flavor enhancer for your favorite protein.
Contains: organic Garlic, organic Rosemary, organic Black Pepper, organic Onion, organic Thyme, and organic herbs.

Organic Mesquite Seasoning

This smoky powdered seasoning is a must-have for barbeque season. A robust blend of 13 herbs and spices that will add complex flavor to grilled proteins 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.

Smoked Sea Salt

This all-natural smoked sea salt is one of our absolute favorites. Pacific sea salt is slow smoked over real Pacific Alder wood, giving it an authentic and full bodied smoke flavor. This alluring salt is a natural way to add an authentic smoked accent to your favorite dishes. Try a pinch of it on creamy staples like potato salad, mac and cheese, or deviled eggs.

Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt

This delightful salt is made with pure Hawaiian Sea Salt that is slowly cold smoked over kiawe wood chips. The smoke from this naturalized mesquite tree creates a distinctively sweet smoky flavor that makes a tasty addition to seafood and poultry dishes, as well as tofu, tempeh, or mushrooms. Try some in your next brine or add it to your favorite veggie casserole or salad.

Our Favorite Grilling Blends - Mountain Rose HerbsVisit our website to view our full culinary line of Epicurean Organics ingredients, including gourmet Seasoning Blends, organic Peppercorns, organic Culinary Oils, and savory Salts.

Fire up that grill!

 

Essential Oil Profile: Ginger Root

Posted by Christine|18 April 2014

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Ginger Root Essential Oil (Zingiber officinale)

 

We’ve been receiving quite a few inquiries lately regarding our organic Ginger Root Essential Oil. Did you know that there are actually many different types of Ginger Essential Oil on the market?  I would like to shed a little light about what we carry here at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Ginger root is a widely known and used warming spice. There are endless recipes out there that call for fresh or dried Ginger root, from juicing and sodas to medicinal tea blends, homemade fire ciders, chai, cookiessoups, and more. It’s a longtime favorite among herbalists and foodies alike. The essential oil can be made from either the fresh or dried root, each creating a unique aroma. Where the plant was grown also greatly affects the aroma of the oil. Some of the main producing countries include Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria, and Jamaica. You can also find a carbon dioxide extracted oil on the market, ginger absolutes, and oleoresins. Again, all creating unique aromas.

 

Here are the characteristics of our organic Ginger Essential Oil, steam distilled from the dried rhizome:

Aroma: Ginger has a warming pungent woody aroma that dries out to be light and spicy. I highly recommend testing ginger oil on a perfume testing strip or cotton ball. The aroma straight out of the bottle can be very overpowering, and you can miss all of the complex subtleties in the scent as the oil dries out.

Color: Translucent yellow

Viscosity: This oil feels thin and dry when rubbed between the fingers. It drops easily out of a reducer cap, but not too quickly. This oil may thicken over time as it is exposed to air during use.

Common Uses: Ginger has an affinity with the digestive system (we do not recommend ingesting essential oils). The essential oil is also stimulating, astringent, and antibacterial. In perfumery and aroma blends, ginger adds a grounding exotic spicy note.

 

Spicy Ginger Aroma Spray

 

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Ingredients

1 oz glass bottle with small mister top
1 oz organic Cucumber hydrosol or organic Witch Hazel extract
6 drops organic Grapefruit essential oil
4 drops organic Ginger Root essential oil
2 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients. Shake before use and enjoy!

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New Henna Packaging!

Posted by Christine|11 April 2014

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Our Henna has a new look!

Henna is a natural plant-based coloring application for the hair that is made from the powdered leaves of the desert shrub Lawsonia inermis. Other botanicals such as Indigofera sp. and Cassia obovata are added to the Lawsonia to create different henna colors. We offer 6 beautiful henna shades created from these botanical combinations. Choose from: Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Mahogany, and Red. 

Our new 6oz size comes packaged in a reusable and recyclable tin. The 1lb bags of henna now come in a reclosable stand-up kraft bag that is compostable once the zipper is removed, and our 5lb bulk bag is still available. Each henna product that you purchase comes with our Guide to Proper Henna Use, complete with instructions and helpful tips.

Visit our website to view a color chart and learn more about how Henna colors are produced.

 

Herbal Profile: Amazing Amla

Posted by Christine|04 April 2014

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Emblica officinalis

 

Amla, also know as amlaki or Indian gooseberry, is the fruit of a small to medium-sized deciduous tree native to India. The berries are greenish yellow and have a fibrous inner texture. Their peak harvesting season is in the autumn, which is when these little berries are collected by hand.

In Hinduism, the amla tree is considered sacred to the goddess Lakshmi. A much-beloved staple of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, amla is considered a cooling pitta herb. It is one of the three ingredients in Triphala powder. This Ayurvedic blend is made of Amlaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica).

Mountain Rose Herbs offers two types of organic Amla. A traditionally processed whole Amla, and a dehydrated cut and sifted Amla. Both processes result in a sour, bitter, and astringent tasting dried fruit that is known for its ascorbic acid and Vitamin C content.

Amla-Whole

Organic Amla – Whole

This whole organic Amla is traditionally dried in the sun – just like raisins. This process can take 10-15 days, and results in a dark brown almost black looking chunky fruit. Besides removing the seeds, the fruit does not go through any further processing. We also offer this same air-dried fruit in a powdered form, Organic Amla – Powder.

Our whole and powdered Amla can be made into capsules or used directly in smoothies, slurries, or other medicinal, culinary, or beverage preparations of your choice. This traditional air-dried material is also used to make natural dyes and inks. It has also been used to formulate hair care products such as shampoos and oils to nourish the hair and scalp.

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Organic Amla – Dehydrated

Our dehydrated organic Amla also has the seeds removed from the fruit, but undergoes a much quicker drying process that only takes 1-2 days. This dehydration exposes the fruits to temperatures no higher than 104°F, which results in a color that is closer in appearance to the fresh fruit. This process also preserves some of the wonderful Vitamin C content that makes Amla so desirable. At 2000 mg per 100 grams, dehydrated Amla has 4 times the amount of Vitamin C than the traditional air-dried material. Thus, making it an ideal choice for your favorite medicinal, culinary, and beverage creations. The dehydrated pieces will easily re-hydrate in water, creating a fibrous texture similar to dehydrated apples with a much tarter taste. We don’t recommended using the dehydrated material for dyes and hair care products though. For that, stick with sun dried.

Visit our website here to learn more about this amazing fruit!

 

New Look from Way Out Wax!

Posted by Christine|21 March 2014

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Our friends at Way Out Wax have just launched a new look for all of the amazingly pure and natural candles and sprays they carry. Enjoy the same great aroma blends and formulas you love with striking new labels!

Scented Soy Candles

These festive, aromatic candles are blended with the finest grade essential oils and are made with a vegetable base as the wax. You will not find any paraffin, synthetic fragrances, or petroleum products in these candles – just the rich, aromatic experience that we all long for. Each candle comes beautifully packaged in a tin with a natural, lead-free wick and has an approximate burn time of up to 25 hours!

Clean, pure, and natural… just the way burning candles in our home should be. Choose from 5 amazing aroma blends:

Sweet Dreams – Scented with essential oils of Lavender, Lemongrass, and Marjoram.
Escentual Love – Scented with essential oils of Rosewood, Patchouli, and Lavender.
Northern Forest - Scented with essential oils of Spruce, Cedarwood, and Fir Needle.
Cozy Home – Scented with essential oils of Cinnamon, Clove, and Nutmeg.
Citrus Harmony – Scented with essential oils of Orange, Grapefruit, and Clove

 

Clean Air Room Spray

Freshen any room with these revolutionary Clean Air odor neutralizing sprays! This powerful mist electrostatically attaches to odor particles and neutralizes them, rather than just covering them up. These all natural odor removing sprays are ideal for the kitchen, bathrooms, and more! Each spray contains a proprietary blend of over 30 natural plant extracts and botanical oils, including lavender, citrus oils, and pine.

Choose from 2 aroma blends:

Lavender SkyScented with a little extra lavender and lemon oils.
Tropical Citrus - Scented with some delightful citrus oils.

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Herbal Honey Spreads

Posted by Christine|28 February 2014

honey_speardsThese tasty Herbal Honey Spreads from our friends at Mockingbird Meadows are back in stock!

Honey spreads are great alcohol-free herbal preparations that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. These sweet and tasty spreads contain raw honey that’s infused with botanical goodness to create helpful formulas. Herbal honey spreads can be used to sweeten teas, blended with nut butter, smeared on toast, or enjoyed right off the spoon. Choose from four delicious 6 oz. spreads!

Allergency with raw Honey, organic Nettle, Pollen, Wild Yam, organic Eleuthero, and organic Orange peel.

Immuni-Bee with raw Honey, organic Elder berry, organic Astragalus, organic Echinacea, and organic Shiitake.

Inflamma-Bee with raw Honey, organic Meadowsweet, organic Cinnamon, organic Black Cohosh, organic Turmeric, organic Celery seed, and organic Anise.

Honey ZZZ with raw Honey, Hops, organic Skullcap, and organic Passionflower.

 

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