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Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

Posted by Erin|14 April 2014

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

 

Clucking happily atop rolling country hills and bustling city backyards, our precious hens provide the richest and most delicious protein nuggets around. Here’s one of my favorite herbal infused egg recipes to help inspire you when that basket fills up. Especially festive this time of year, the sweet and spicy beet brine imparts this gorgeous shade of magenta while the creamy curried yolk filling brings a pop of gold to the plate. Show up to the potluck with these beauties and watch everyone’s eyes grow wide with wonder. They’re super tasty too!

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

Pickling Ingredients

2 cups water

1 cup organic white vinegar

3 small organic beets, washed and sliced

1 organic shallot, roughly chopped

2 tsp organic sugar

1 tsp organic black peppercorns

½ tsp organic fenugreek seed

½ tsp organic brown mustard seed

1 tsp sea salt

6 hard boiled local organic eggs, peeled

 

Filling Ingredients

6 egg yolks

2 Tbsp organic mayo

2 tsp organic Dijon mustard

1 tsp organic curry powder

1 tsp fresh organic lemon juice

¼ tsp organic cayenne powder

Fresh cilantro leaves or chives for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

 

Directions

Combine all of the pickling ingredients (except for the eggs) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 minutes. Allow the brine to cool slightly and then add the peeled hard boiled eggs. Use the beet slices to submerge the eggs in the brine. Let the eggs marinate for at least two hours in the fridge or overnight.

Remove the eggs from the brine and slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and in a separate bowl mash them together with mayo, Dijon mustard, curry powder, and a touch of salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the yolk filling into the eggs and then garnish with fresh cilantro and a dusting of curry powder.

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

 

 Enjoy!

What do Herb Fairies Drink?

Posted by Erin|09 April 2014

Herb Fairies - Download Free Cookbook

 

Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon!

To celebrate their arrival, let’s make one of their favorite tea recipes…

Plantain Fairy Tea!

Plantain is thought to be the 2nd most common weed we find here in the US after dandelion, and thankfully it offers wonderful food and medicine. The leaves can be eaten in salads when young and tender – before they become tough and stringy with age. When used medicinally, the soaked seeds offer slimy demulcent action and the leaves are often used to make a “green bandage” or chew poultice for drawing out splinters and relieving bug bites. Dried leaves can also be infused to make a nice soothing and nutrient rich tea.

 

Herb Fairies - Download Free Cookbook

 

 

Want more recipes from the Herb Fairies?
Click here for a FREE download of their cookbook!

 

Herb Fairies - Download Free Cookbook

 

The Free Herbalism Project ~ Herb Day Celebration!

Posted by Erin|08 April 2014

Free Herbalism Project - Herb Day Event in Eugene

 

We are getting ready for the best Free Herbalism Project event yet!

Spring has sprung here in beautiful Eugene and we can’t wait to celebrate Herb Day with an amazing lineup of free herbal classes, free tea, and blooming wildflowers galore.  

You are invited to join us for a spring plant walk, a street herbalism workshop with Occupy Medical, and a hands-on lecture about aromatherapy and the many uses of essential oils with California author and herbalist Kathi Keville! This time around, the event will be a fundraiser for Occupy Medical and the American Herb Association! All profits raised during this event from the sale of t-shirts, essential oils, books, and other herbal merchandise will be donated to these two amazing organizations.

 

FREE HERBALISM PROJECT

HERB DAY CELEBRATION!

SUNDAY, MAY 4TH 2014
Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR

 

Click Here to Register!

 

~ Event Schedule ~

 

11:00am to 12:00pm

 

Free Herbalism Project - Herb Day Event in Eugene

 

Plant Walk:
 Pacific Northwest in Springtime

To begin the festivities, Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager from the Columbines School of Botanical Studies will take us on a trip through the forest to meet our wild beauties of spring! From lilies and orchids, to violets and Oregon grape, come learn how to identify the gorgeous blooms around you, discover their names and uses, and gain a deeper understanding of their ecosystems. The number of participants for this walk will be limited, so please arrive early!

 

12:30pm to 1:30pm

 

Free Herbalism Project - Herb Day Event in Eugene

 

Workshop:
 Street Herbalism

Sue Sierralupe is the clinic manager and lead herbalist for Occupy Medical, a free integrated healthcare clinic in Eugene, Oregon where she treats community members and advocates for access to healthcare.

Sue will give a brief history of the Occupy movement, the clinic itself, and the evolution of the herbal medicine movement in America. Learn how to set up your own clinic and which herbs to start with for successful patient care.

 

2:30pm to 5:00pm 

 

Free Herbalism Project - Herb Day Event in Eugene

 

Lecture:
Aromatherapy ~ The Fragrant Art of Healing

Kathi Keville has been teaching and writing about herbal medicine, aromatherapy, herb gardening, and ethnobotany for over forty years. She is the co-author of Aromatherapy: The Complete Guide to the Healing Art and will be joining us to demystify the practice of using essential oils for health and healing. This will be a very special class for anyone interested in including these concentrated herbal oils in their medicine cabinet. Come experience a world of good scents with aromatherapist and herbalist Kathi Keville!

Aromatherapy ~ Natural Skin Care ~ Ritual ~ Perfume ~ Relaxation ~ Energizing

Essential Oils ~ Hydrosols ~ Aromatic Plants in the Garden

and much more…

 Green Clean: Essential Oils

Want more details about the event?
Click here!

 

Free Herbalism Project - Herb Day Event in Eugene
What is Herb Day?

Herb Day is an international celebration of herbs and herbal products that is packed with events aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and wellbeing into our daily lives. We celebrate herbs in food, beverages, medicine, beauty products, and crafts, along with the art of growing and gardening with herbs. Herb Day is a grassroots movement and its events belong to everyone who chooses to participate. Although May 4th will be the focal point of our celebration, we encourage you to commemorate Herb Day any time of year!

The HerbDay Coalition consists of the American Botanical CouncilUnited Plant Savers, the American Herbal Products Association, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and the American Herbalists Guild.

 

Spring & Summer 2014 Catalog!

Posted by Erin|18 March 2014

 Mountain Rose Herbs 2014 Summer Catalog

We can’t wait for you to sit in the sunshine, sip a cup of tea, and enjoy our new Spring/Summer 2014 catalog! We’ve included 20 new herbal recipes, informative how-tos, farm stories, exciting new products, gorgeous color photos, and many more inspirations within these 72 beautiful pages.

As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend.

Want a FREE copy all for yourself?

Request a new catalog here!

 

Photo Thursday

Posted by Erin|13 March 2014

American Herbal Products Association

The 2014-15 AHPA Board of Trustees (from left to right): Marc Allen, David Morrison, Staci Eisner, Edward Fletcher, P.K. Dave, Mitchell Coven, Steven Yeager, Steve Holmes, Michael Lelah, Daniel Gagnon, Elan Sudberg, Richard Kaufman, Wilson Lau, Travis Borchardt, Steven Dentali, Rupa Das, Graham Rigby, Jaclyn Chasse, Doug Brandmeir (proxy for Kay Wright), Cindy Angerhofer, Beth Lambert. Not pictured: Garry Pay, Jackie Greenfield, Richard Enticott, Katie Huggins, Beth Curtin, Joel Berry, Kay Wright.

AHPA

We are beaming with excitement over the re-election of our Quality Control and Lab Manager Steven Yeager to the American Herbal Products Association Board of Trustees. Steven was also named Secretary of the board this year and he was appointed to the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals Board!

Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to be a part of this important organization, and we send our congratulations to all the folks elected to represent our industry and provide support to herbal businesses of all sizes.

You can learn more about AHPA by clicking here.

Congrats to Steven! 

 

New Video: Yarrow with Rosemary Gladstar

Posted by Erin|10 March 2014

Video: Rosemary Gladstar's Garden Wisdoms - Yarrow

 

Rosemary Gladstar, our dear “fairy godmother” of North Armerican herbalism, joined us in this beautiful garden to share plant wisdoms as part of the Free Herbalism Project. In this new video, Rosemary discusses the healing properties and uses for our ancient ally, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

Want to grow, make medicine with, or learn more about yarrow?

You can find organically grown dried Yarrow leaf and flower, tincture, seeds, and more on our website!

Want to support Rosemary’s work with the United Plant Savers? Become a member today and help them reach their goal during the March Membership Drive. You could win a basket full of herbal goodies while helping to protect our wild medicinal plants!

 

Click here to watch the video!

 

Video: Rosemary Gladstar's Garden Wisdoms - Yarrow

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|06 March 2014

SawPalmetto

 

We’re back from the amazing Florida Herbal Conference!

While we were down south, Steven and I had the chance to explore some of Florida’s native plants and found this beautiful Saw Palmetto in bud. A powerful plant with razor sharp spines and such delicate, lacy inflorescences.

Want to see more photos from our trip? Check out our Facebook album!

 

Earth Aroma Balm

Posted by Erin|24 February 2014

Earth Balm Recipe

We rediscovered this recipe while sorting through boxes of Mountain Rose history. Handwritten notes, catalog artwork, photos, and other keepsakes from throughout the decades inspired us to revisit old favorites. Herbalist, gardener, and Mountain Rose President, Julie Bailey created this gorgeous solid perfume and it has become a classic that we just love. Easy to keep in your bag or pocket, enjoy a dab of this sensual aroma on your wrists and décolletage before heading out for an enchanted evening.

Earth Aroma Balm

Balm Base

1 ½ cup organic almond oil

1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

½ cup beeswax pastilles

 

Organic Essential Oil Blend

Clary Sage – 20 drops

Sweet Marjoram – 20 drops

Vetiver – 20 drops

Juniper – 10 drops

Lavender – 10 drops 

* Mix essential oils together in a glass bottle and roll between the palms of your hands to combine. Set aside.

Directions:

Using a double boiler, gently warm carrier oils over medium heat.  Add the beeswax and stir together until completely melted to liquid, but do not boil! Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Immediately pour into 1oz containers and screw lids on tight. Makes 14.

Earth Aroma Balm

Help Us Protect Osha!

Posted by Erin|05 February 2014

Save Osha Matching Gift Campaign!

 

As we witness a widespread interest and demand for North America’s wild medicinal plants grow, we must also recognize the increasing pressure placed on these precious plant communities. Encouraging better study and management of these incredible plants is imperative to ensure healthy future harvests and protection of our eco-systems.

One of these special plants can be found growing at high elevations among the groves of aspens, firs, and oaks of the Rocky Mountains from Montana down into New Mexico. The aromatic roots of Osha (Ligusticum porteri) are treasured by herbalists for their medicinal uses and historical significance. Unfortunately, Osha is very difficult, if at all possible, to cultivate successfully and has a limited range within a sensitive environment. Because all commercially available Osha root is wild harvested, it is crucial to understand the long term sustainability of current harvesting techniques.

We need to learn more about how to protect these populations and support healthy regeneration rates.

 

Save Osha Matching Gift Campaign!

 

Want to help us protect Osha?

We are very excited to partner with the American Herbal Products Association’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, also known as AHPA-ERB, to raise funds for an important study that will help determine the range, availability, and recovery rate of Osha after harvesting from the wild.  All of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs are proud to support this study and we want to double your donation!

We will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $2,000
during the month of February!

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

 

Save Osha Matching Gift Campaign!

 

Our goal will always be to place plants, people, and planet before profit!

Please help Mountain Rose and the AHPA-ERB Foundation protect this plant by donating to the Osha Sustainability Study.

 

Save Osha Matching Gift Campaign!

Herbal Romance Giveaway!

Posted by Erin|03 February 2014

Herbal Romance Giveaway by Mountain Rose Herbs

Spring is on the way and love is in the air!

This time of year we celebrate the return of light and renewal of life after a long cold winter. This change of seasons is the perfect time to honor the special sweetheart in your life with a little herbal pampering and we want to help spread the love.

Are you crafting something fabulous for your Valentine this year? Herbal cordials, aphrodisiac truffles, or a special meal? Share your ideas with us for a chance to win these gorgeous gifts…

 

The Prizes!

Prize #1 - Herbal Romance Package

Herbal Romance Giveaway by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Woodland Bath Salts

Goddess Dreams Massage Oil

Aphrodite Aroma Oil

Evening Embrase Aroma Spray

Mood Care Extract

Escentual Love Candle

This collection includes some of our favorite bliss inspiring products. Light a candle and soak in a warm therapeutic bath. Then give your sweetie a soothing massage with all natural botanical-infused oil. Set the mood with a little aromatic spritz, dab on some flower-kissed perfume, and take a taste of mood boosting tincture for a night to cherish!

 

 

Prize #2 – Lovers Essential Oil Kit

Lovers Essential Oil Kit from Mountain Rose Herbs

Our beautiful Lovers Essential Oil Sampler was created specifically to incite feelings of love, passion, and attraction. This collection of sensuous and arousing aromas is sure to kindle flames! Try them individually or combine to create your own aromas. It comes packaged in a lovely gift box with printed usage guidelines on the back of the liner tray. Contains a 1/8 ounce vial of organic Clary Sage, organic Ylang Ylang, organic Palmarosa, organic Sandalwood, organic Patchouli, and a 1/24 ounce of our Rose (Chinese).

How to Enter:

There are several ways to enter. You can submit up to 5 entries for a chance to win this amazing collection of herbal love inspiration!

1. Leave a comment here on the blog telling us what herbal treat you’ll be making for your honey this year.

2. Post a link or share our Herbal Romance Giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a comment here to let us know you’ve posted. Follow us on Facebook!

3. Pin our Herbal Romance Giveaway on Pinterest with a link back to this post. Then leave a comment here to let us know it’s been pinned. Follow us on Pinterest!

4. Tweet about our Herbal Romance Giveaway on Twitter using the tag #HerbalGiveaway and leave a comment here to let us know that you’ve tweeted. Be sure to follow us on Twitter!

5. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, Google+, or Instagram leave a comment here to let us know you signed up!

You have until Wednesday, February 5th at 9:00am PST to enter. We will pick two winners at random on the morning of Wednesday, February 5th. We ship blog prizes to US addresses only!

 

Looking for more aphrodisiac gift ideas and DIY projects?

Herbal Love Gift Guide

Massage Oils for Lovers

Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub Recipe

Blossom Wood Mist Perfume

Love Inspired Cacao Recipes

Love Inspired Body Care Recipes

Herbal Romance Giveaway by Mountain Rose Herbs

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|30 January 2014

kiss-me-im-organic-kid

 

We had a great weekend meeting folks and talking herbs at the Good Earth Home and Garden Show here in Eugene. Check out this little cutie sporting one of our Kiss Me I’m Organic stickers after visiting our booth. Too sweet!

You can view more fun photos from this album on our Facebook page.

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers

Posted by Erin|28 January 2014

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Who doesn’t long to have their aches and pains soothed away by touch?  How about elevating that experience with an herb-infused aphrodisiac massage oil? Yes, please!

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a just few weeks and imagine how sweetly surprised your partner will be when you gift a bottle of homemade massage oil, light a few candles, and show them your love through relaxation. Even if the holiday isn’t really your thing, there’s little in life more precious than time shared connecting with the ones you love. Plus, this fun project is quick, easy, and allows you to formulate something really special for your sweetheart, as there are many wonderful ingredient options to experiment with and enjoy.

 

Basic Massage Oil Recipe

Ingredients:
8 oz organic carrier oil or herbal infused oil
65 to 90 total drops of organic essential oil

Instructions:
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, add carrier oil or herbal infused oil, and roll bottle between palms to blend oils. Decorate with a pretty label if desired. Shake well before each use.

 

Wondering which oils to use? Here are some good options to explore!

 

Organic Carrier Oils:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Olive Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Avocado Oil
Jojoba Oil
Grapeseed Oil

 

Organic Herbal Infused Oils:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Rose Bud
Calendula Flower
Lavender Flower
Chamomile Flower
Rosemary Leaf
Damiana Leaf

Here’s a wonderful how-to for creating herbal infused oils at home.

 

Organic Essential Oils:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

Top Notes

Sweet Orange
Mandarin
Grapefruit
Peppermint
Bergamot

Middle Notes

Chamomile
Lavender
Geranium
Neroli
Petitgrain
Fir
Ylang Ylang
Cardamom
Clary Sage

Base Notes

Rose
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Patchouli
Vetiver
Cedarwood
Oakwood
Vanilla

This guide will help you create the perfect essential oil blend: 
Essential Oil Blending Tips

 

Scent Combination Ideas:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

Blend #1

Neroli
Rose
Sandalwood

 Blend #2

Lavender
Cedarwood

 Blend #3

Roman Chamomile
Ylang Ylang
Vetiver

 Blend #4

Sweet Orange
Fir
Oakwood

 Blend #5

Mandarin
Cardamom
Vanilla

 

Looking for a special massage oil to buy?

 

Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

We’ve been making a line of handcrafted massage oils for many, many  moons. Both the Goddess Dreams Massage Oil and the Rose Moon Massage Oil take our top pick for Valentine’s Day!

 Share the herbal love!

 

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    Erin is the Marketing Manager at Mountain Rose and studied herbalism, botany, and ethical wildcrafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She spends her days making botanical illustrations, playing in the garden, creating culinary gems, and formulating medicine in the magnificent Oregon Cascades.
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