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New Mini Vase Grinders!

Posted by Christine|26 September 2014

mini_vase_grindersOne of our favorite spice grinders is now available in a new mini size!

Standing about 4 3/4″ tall, these grinders have a smaller diameter than their original counterparts, which makes them a little more comfortable for petite hands to utilize.

You can enjoy fresh ground spices, salt, peppercornsflax seeds, herbs, blends, gomasio, and more with one easy twist of these stylish glass vase shaped spice grinders. Each grinder comes equipped with an easy to clean adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism and is designed with the grinder on top to keep your counters clean.

These grinders are now available in both the original and mini sizes in black or red.

Find them on our website HERE!!

 

 

New Palo Santo Essential Oil!

Posted by Christine|19 September 2014

palo_santo_eoPalo Santo Essential Oil
Bursera graveolens

This almost colorless essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the sacred Palo Santo tree. It has a tenacious, sweetly woody, citrus aroma with a sharp resinous back note that is both complex and uplifting.

Palo Santo is used in South America in much the same way as White Ceremonial Sage is used in North America – to combat negative energy and to cleanse the space. This uniquely aromatic oil is quickly gaining popularity in the aromatherapy and perfumery worlds. This grounding oil is prized for its spiritual applications, and adds a lovely rounding note to essential oil blends.

The Palo Santo essential oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is distilled from sustainably cultivated wood that comes from a 50 acre farm in Ecuador with both naturally occurring and replanted Palo Santo. They have replanted over 5000 Palo Santo trees on the land so far to ensure adequate supply for the future.

Learn more about the amazing oil HERE!

New Fire Tonic is Here!

Posted by Christine|05 September 2014

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From the lovely folks at Herbal Revolution, we bring you…

Fire Tonic no. 9

This spicy tonic is based on a traditional cider vinegar recipe that holds deep roots in the herbal community for providing digestive and respiratory support. Every rendition of this classic recipe is a little different, just as every bottle of handcrafted Fire Tonic no. 9 will have a unique flavor. This infused vinegar can be taken straight by the spoonful, added to your favorite veggie juice, or blended into a delicious homemade dressing.

Herbal Revolution’s unique recipe infuses organic apple cider vinegar from the oldest organic apple orchard in Maine with organically homegrown vegetables and herbs. To this spicy blend they add just the right amount of raw Maine honey.

Visit our Bitters, Elixirs, & Syrups page to see our full line of tasty herbal concoctions!

 

Our Organic Coconut Oil is Now Fair Trade Certified!

Posted by Christine|22 August 2014

Fair Trade Certified Coconut Oil

We are super excited about the newest addition to our Fair Trade Certified products!

We have been working closely with our supplier over the past few years to make certification of our unrefined organic Coconut Oil happen. This is the same wonderful Coconut Oil that we’ve always offered, but now it’s both Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified. This pure, healthy oil is perfect for cooking or as an ingredient in luxurious skin care products!

Visit our website HERE to learn more about this beautiful oil.

Visit our website HERE to learn more about our Fair Trade program.

 

A few Coconut Oil recipes for inspiration…

Campfire Coconut Kettle Corn

Homemade Lip Balm

Rose Body Lotion

Vegan Lavender Fudge

DIY Natural Sunscreen 

 

New Cradle Cap Salve!

Posted by Christine|08 August 2014

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New Wild Pansy Cradle Cap Salve!

This little jar of cradle cap salve is one of the newest formulas from our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals. It contains wild pansy (violet leaf) for its saponins and mucilaginous properties, combined with the calming and soothing properties of calendula and chamomile flowers. Violet is also the color for the crown chakra, making this salve the perfect combination for your little one’s scalp.

Wild Carrot has adopted the American Pika as the face of their Baby Carrot line. They are donating a portion of the proceeds from their entire line of Baby Carrot products to help conserve and maintain the natural habitat of this smallest member of the rabbit family.

Visit our Babies & Children page to see all of the botanical products that we offer for your little herbalists, including a large selection of Baby Carrot products!

 

american_pikaphoto by Mariah Blackhorse at Jackson Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Sept 2013

New! Small White Sage Bundles

Posted by Christine|28 July 2014

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White Sage has been used for centuries as incense and in smudge pots for ceremonial use. This flowering perennial is native to the Southwest United States. Its tall woody stems and tiny white flowers love dry, arid slopes with lots of sun, and flourish in the rocky heights of the southwestern canyons.

Now Available!

Small White Sage Bundles

These smaller bundles are the perfect size for home use and smaller ceremonies. They are approximately 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick at the burning end. They are bundled with the stems together, providing a handle for easy use, and come in a 4 pack.

We’re so excited to offer these convenient bundles!

 

 

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.

 

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