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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 Spring 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.

 

Aroma News: Oakwood Absolute

Posted by Christine|14 February 2014

Oakwood Absolute from Mountain Rose Herbs - Aromatherapy and Perfumery

We are excited to introduce a new favorite for aroma crafters everywhere!

This intoxicating aromatic absolute is solvent extracted from the wood of Quercus robur. It has a rich smoky wood aroma, that is reminiscent of whiskey, with oaky vanilla undertones. This absolute is quite viscous and a little will go a long way in an oil blend. It’s mostly used in perfumery and can also be blended into therapeutic diffuser blends. The rich base note properties will round out a blend and weigh it down for a longer lasting aroma.

Oak is the quintessential wood that vintners utilize to bring flavor and color into a bottle of wine through the use of oak barrels or chips. It was once thought that these barrels were used to extract oakwood absolute. This may have been true at some point, but today this exquisite oil comes from virgin wood that is usually a waste byproduct from the local lumber industry.

Click here to learn more about this exciting new oil!

OAKWOOD ABSOLUTE

Please visit our website to see our full line of Essential Oils and Absolutes.

 

 

Organic Herbal Smoking Blend

Posted by Christine|07 February 2014

Organic Herbal Smoking Blend from Mountain Rose Herbs

People have dried and smoked plants throughout history for a wide variety of reasons. Social bonding, recreation, medicine, and spiritual ceremonies have all shaped the history and ritual of smoking herbs. Mixtures can offer a variety of effects from calming the body and mind, to encouraging dreams, to helping transition out of a tobacco habit.

Our flavorful and relaxing Organic Herbal Smoking Mixture is blended with care in small batches and contains no synthetic ingredients or tobacco. We’ve chosen organically grown herbs that are gentle, tasty, smooth, and inspire tranquility. Ideal for rolling your own herbal cigarettes or enjoying out of a pipe, this all natural loose-leaf blend is a great legal choice, and an ideal alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

The 1/2 oz. size of this loose blend comes in a travel tin, so you can take it with you. The 4 oz. size comes in a re-sealable stand-up pouch, and the 1 lb. bulk bag is also re-sealable.

Enjoy our blend of organic mullein leaf, organic uva ursi leaf, organic skullcap herb, organic marshmallow leaf, organic damiana leaf, and a pinch of organic lobelia herb.

 

New Herbal Extracts: Maca, Yohimbe, & Umckaloabo

Posted by Christine|31 January 2014

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Exciting news! We’ve just added some new extracts that are lovingly crafted right here in the Pacific Northwest to our line of Herbal Extracts and Tinctures.

Maca Extract

Extracted from the dried root of Lepidium mayenii, maca is a unique tuber with usage dating back to the mid-15th century. This root is a highly nutritious staple food, rich in carbohydrates, protein, and a variety of essential minerals. It is often used in its dried powder form, but is quickly becoming popular as an herbal extract and capsule.

Umckaloabo Extract

Umckaloabo comes to us from the dried root of Pelargonium sidoides. This member of the geranium family is also referred to as South African Geranium, but should not be confused with the aromatic species Pelargonium graveolens. Umckaloabo is used to support a healthy respiratory tract, particularly during times of need. The herb can also support a healthy immune system.

Yohimbe Extract

Extracted from the dried bark of Corynanthe yohimbe. Yohimbe is a small evergreen tree native to central Africa. Yohimbine is the active constituent in this extract, and accounts for its stimulant and aphrodisiac properties.

Visit our website to view the full line of single and combination Herbal Extracts that we carry.

 

New Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil

Posted by Christine|24 January 2014

Out of the Fog Essential Oil Blend Recipe for Wintertime by Mountain Rose Herbs

One of the newest additions to our line of pure essential oils is
Organic Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil!

This bright and uplifting essential oil is distilled from the leaf and twigs of the Makrut Lime citrus bush, Citrus hystrix. You might recognize this plant from the leaves used to season bowls of Tom Kha soup. The oil has a soft thick citrus aroma, with dry wood back notes. It has a strong, long-lasting aroma, which could be considered a lovely mix of lemongrass and petitgrain. The major constituent is the aldehyde citronellal, which leads to some of the notable properties in the oil. With anywhere from 58-82% citronellal, combava has a higher content of this constituent than citronella oil.

Out of the Fog Essential Oil Blend Recipe for Wintertime by Mountain Rose Herbs

“Out of the Fog”

Combava Essential Oil Blend Recipe

7 drops/parts organic Combava Petitgrain essential oil
5 drops/parts organic Vetiver essential oil
5 drops/parts organic Geranium essential oil
3 drops/parts organic Fir Needle essential oil

This oil blend was inspired by all of the socked in fog and air stagnation that we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. Only within the last couple of days have we seen the sun! The combination of these oils is bright yet grounding. A perfect blend for the middle of winter.

Directions: Blend all oils together in a glass bottle, and allow to sit for at least 1 hour. Test the blend, and adjust for personal preference. A few drops in your favorite diffuser is all you need.

 

New Organic Baby’s Bath Herbs

Posted by Christine|17 January 2014

New Organic Baby's Bath

While going through the Mountain Rose Herbs recipe archive for our latest catalog, we found new inspiration to craft these Organic Baby’s Bath Herbs!

This herbal bath blend has a sweet floral aroma that is calming for both infants and adults. Adding herbs to your little one’s bath is a gentle way to absorb the healing properties of these soothing botanicals. These loose bath herbs come with a reusable muslin bag, so you are free to add as much or as little of this aromatic blend to a bath as you wish. The filled bag also makes a gentle washcloth for sensitive skin, or a delightful squishy toy to play with as your kiddo splashes around.

Contains: organic Calendula flowers, organic Chamomile flowers, organic Oat tops, organic Lavender flowers, and organic Rose petals.

 

Find the new Baby’s Bath Herbs here!

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New Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt

Posted by Christine|10 January 2014

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We’ve just added an exciting new salt to our Epicurean Organics line of gourmet culinary ingredients! 

Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt Kiawe (kee-ah-vey) is a tree unique to the Hawaiian Islands that has naturalized over time from mesquite trees brought over in the early 1800s.

This delight 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 savory protein-based dishes. You should also try some in your next brine, or add it to your favorite vegetable dish.

Available in either a glass bottle with shaker top (shown above) or in bulk.

Visit our website to see our full line on Culinary Salts!

 

New Fair Trade Chili Peppers!

Posted by Christine|03 January 2014

 

Organic Chili Peppers now certified Fair Trade!

 

Through an exciting partnership that has been long in the works, some of our favorite organic chili pepper products are now Fair Trade Certified through IMO and the Fair For Life program! We are thrilled to be able to bring these to you and to support this wonderful organic farm:

Organic Fair Trade Certified Cayenne Powder

Organic Fair Trade Certified Chili Flakes

Organic Fair Trade Certified Whole Chilies

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Unlike traditional Fair Trade programs that merely certify products, the Fair For Life program is much more thorough because it reviews Mountain Rose Herbs from top to bottom to evaluate and audit our working conditions, labor practices, environmental programs, social benefits, and our company’s transparency. Not only does the Fair For Life program certify our entire company, but it also reviews and monitors the origins of our products to ensure complete compliance with the program. You can visit our website to learn more about the Fair For Life – Fair Trade Program and view a copy of our Fair Trade Certificate. Enjoy the peppers!

Fair Trade Chili Peppers

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