Our summer here in the Pacific Northwest is turning out to be an early scorcher. With outdoor parties, festivals, and camping trips on the calendar, and temperatures already nearing 100 degrees, now is a good time to take extra precautions for your skin. Drinking lots of water and mucilaginous teas like this Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea to stay hydrated, slathering on some homemade sunscreen, and using a restorative skin serum to moisturize will help you keep a healthy glow. Of course, hats are helpful too! However, when the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, […]
Click here to listen to the interview! What a journey! I just returned from the International Herb Symposium and my glowing heart is so full. After a gathering like this, I always feel truly blessed to be part of such a passionate, generous, wise, and fierce community of plant lovers. Folks from all corners of the world came together to share their medicines, their words, and their support of our growing herbal tradition. A wave of inspiration is surely rippling out from the energy that was created there. In the spirit of carrying this awareness on and sharing our resources, it was an honor to sit down with Rosemary Gladstar, Nicole Telkes of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, and Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs to discuss the trademarking of our herbal traditions […]
Hot days are here and that means grilling season is upon us! Like clockwork, I always start to crave that special hint of smoke from a backyard barbecue this time of year. With sunset dinners and summer parties on the way, now is the time to start exploring new recipes. This zesty, sweet, and spicy marinade is inspired by the flavors of Asia with ginger, garlic, chillies, and tamari in a base of citrus, vinegar, and a very special smoked tea called Lapsang Souchong. The leaves of this bold black tea have been placed over a smoldering bundle of spruce to infuse them with a unique smokiness that lends a subtle, yet rich flavor. It is wonderfully reminiscent of a campfire! Of course, this flavor profile makes it especially nice […]
How gorgeous is this Dragon's Blood resin bubbling like lava and streaming its enchanted perfume? Natural tree resins can be burned for incense using self-igniting charcoal rounds and a heat proof surface. These resins have been melted and enjoyed for their aromatherapeutic and spiritual benefits throughout the centuries. Not only dazzling to watch as they burn, these pure earthy scents are evocative of our ancient connections to divinity… Visit our shop to find Copal, Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood, Charcoal Rounds, and more botanical burnables to enjoy!
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Aromatherapist and author Kathi Keville shares the uses and herbal history of the beloved Rose as a healing aromatherapeutic plant. From lotions to bouquets, this flower has been used to calm us and to inspire love for thousands of years. Learn about uses for rose essential oil, rose elixirs, creams, and more! Looking for more information and rosy products? Rose Essential Oil Kit Rose Hydrosol Rose Skin Cream Rose Face Wash Rose Essential Oil Love Tea Aromatherpay: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
Many of us au naturale gals forgo sticky chemical lipstick for a nice homemade lip balm. While always soothing and moisturizing, sometimes a little pop of color strikes your fancy and you want a hint of rosy tint. Thankfully, it is surprisingly easy to make a gorgeous pot of red lip gloss with a few simple ingredients. Alkanet root has traditionally been used as a dye plant for fiber arts, soaps, cosmetics, wood stains, and was even employed in the past to give cheap wine a deeper garnet color so it would appear to be higher quality (although, alkanet is not recommended for internal use as a food dye). This incredible color from the root is easily drawn out by oil, making it the perfect herbal choice for lip balms, gloss, and lipstick! While this […]
The heart of herbalism beats in Appalachia. Growing wild in these forested mountains is a root so valuable that decades of poaching and habitat loss has left it in dire need of our help. Protecting the wild is now in your hands. We are so proud to offer the first ever Certified Forest Grown American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). This new project brings us certified organic ginseng roots that were grown in their native ecosystem – the forested mountains of Appalachia. The plants are tended under the shade of the forest canopy, not shade cloth, allowing them to remain connected to their natural habitat. After 7 years of growth, the roots are sustainably harvested from these private forests by farmers who are dedicated to preserving this important medicinal plant. We […]
Have you ever tried Dukkah? I became infatuated with this spice blend after tasting it for the first time a few years back. A warming combination of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices all whirled together and then swirled in extra virgin olive oil…sooo good. This wonderfully nutty, herby, aromatic blend is a delicious condiment found in traditional Egyptian cuisine, and can be paired with warm crusty bread, tossed on roasted veggies, added to salads and rice dishes, sprinkled on baked potatoes, spread on pizza dough, used to crust tofu and other proteins, or mixed in yogurt as a savory sauce. You can use a variety of ingredients to create different flavor profiles in your Dukkah creations. I like hazelnuts, because that's what grows prolifically around here, but you could use pistachios, cashews, almonds, or walnuts […]
Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon… To celebrate their arrival, they're sharing a free cookbook with us. You can find it here! Let's create one of their favorite recipes from the book, made with organic astragalus, burdock, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, and cloves: Rooty Chai Tea Recipe Want more recipes from the Herb Fairies? Click here for a FREE download of their cookbook!
We've been working on an exciting project and are so thrilled to finally be able to share it with you! Mountain Rose Herbs just launched our very own free podcast on iTunes called Herbal Radio. We have 6 episodes up, and can't wait to grow this into an incredible collection of lectures and interviews from around the herbal community, including recordings from the Free Herbalism Project. You can now subscribe to the podcast or download episodes to listen to while working in the garden, adventuring out to the forest, or simply enjoy free herbal education at home with a cozy cup of tea. Check out the Herbal Radio Podcast by Mountain Rose Herbs! Looking for more? Here are some other wonderful herbal podcasts for your listening and learning pleasure: HerbMentor Radio Real Herbalism Radio The Herbal […]
Heading out for a hike now that the sun is shining and flowers are blooming around every turn? You need a delicious power snack to fuel your adventures, and this granola recipe is the best! Spicy, sweet, and salty with a hint of honey and maple syrup paired with cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut, the flavor reminds me of these delicious chai oatmeal cookies, but with healthy nuts and seeds. Make a big batch for camping trips, picnics, or those afternoon munchies. Coconut Cardamom Granola Ingredients 2 cups organic whole oats 1 cup organic coconut flakes 1 cup organic pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup organic whole almonds 1/3 cup organic hemp seeds 1/3 cup raw local honey 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup 1 ½ tsp organic cardamom powder 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder 1/2 […]