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Summer Recipe Sale: 25% Off DIY Infused Booze

Posted by Erin|15 August 2014


DIY Infused Booze - 25% Off Sale

 

Infusing your own spirits is an easy and economical way to dream up customized flavors for your favorite cocktails. You only need a few staple liquors, some glass jars, and whole dried herbs. Three of our favorite infusions are Chai Spiced Rum, Vanilla Cocoa Brandy, and Smoked Peppercorn Vodka! These versatile flavored liquors can be used to make exciting craft cocktails at home or for your party guests.

Feeling inspired to make a few bottles for fall celebrations?

For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on 8oz organic Firefly Chai, 4oz organic Smoked Black Peppercorns4oz organic Cacao Nibs, and 1oz organic Vanilla Beans at 25% off!

 

DIY Infused Booze - 25% Off Sale

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|14 August 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs - Photo Thursday

 

Jennifer Gerrity, our Executive Director of Operations, returned a few weeks ago from the Ginseng Summit hosted by the United Plant Savers with these gorgeous sustainably grown ginseng roots to share, as well as inspirations for supporting and protecting this important wild medicinal well into the future.

Learn more about how you can play a part here!

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|07 August 2014

Bite of Oregon

 

We’re packing up and heading to Portland for the 31st annual Bite of Oregon this weekend!

Visit our booth to try beautiful artisan salts and organic gourmet peppercorns. We’ll also be brewing up tea samples of organic Hibiscus High and Mint Chocolate Mate. Tickets are only $5 for the day or $15 for the whole event. Sweet deal!

Hope to see you there!

 

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Easy Honey Mustard

Posted by Erin|01 August 2014


Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Easy Honey Mustard

We are excited to announce our first recipe in a series of summer sales!

Making your own mustard at home is so much fun and really inexpensive! Mustard is the perfect condiment for parties around the grill, cold salads, picnic sandwiches, and snack dips. It also makes a lovely gift for just about anyone in your world. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up and customize.

Feeling inspired to make some? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on 8oz organic yellow and brown mustard seeds and 1lb bags of our fine sea salt at 25% off!

 

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Easy Honey Mustard

Healthy Breakfast Idea: Spicy Avocado Egg Recipe!

Posted by Erin|09 July 2014

 

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love to wake up to a hot dish that’s a delicious source of healthy fats and protein to get my brain going. A little heat from hot peppers doesn’t hurt either. This recipe is super simple and wonderfully satisfying. You can top it with a little sour cream, fresh cilantro, pickled onions, or serve it over corn grits for an extra special treat. Get creative!

 

Herbal Eggs: Avocado Egg

 

Rise & Shine Baked Avocado

Ingredients

1 organic Hass avocado, cut in half with seed removed

2 organic farm eggs

½ tsp organic Mexican Seasoning or equal parts organic cumin powder, garlic powder, oregano, and chili powder

¼ cup shredded organic cheddar cheese

organic salsa

fine sea salt and organic cracked black pepper to taste

 

Directions

Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. Place the avocado halves into a baking dish and stabilize them with a little foil if needed. Crack one egg into each empty pit of your avocado halves. You can scoop a bit of avocado out if you need more room for the egg. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Sprinkle ¼ tsp of Mexican Seasoning on each egg filled avocado. Top each half with shredded cheese and pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with salsa, and enjoy!

 

Breakfast Idea: Spicy Avocado Eggs

Welcome To Our New Website!

Posted by Erin|27 June 2014

 

Dearest customers, friends, and herb folks,

We are over the moon excited to share our newly designed website with you! A long while in the making, it is truly a love letter from us to the organic botanical products we grow, craft, and offer to the community. Herbs help sustain wellbeing for so many and we are just elated to honor and celebrate their powerful presence in our lives with this lovely new site.

 

Happily introducing the new…

www.mountainroseherbs.com

Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Beautiful photos, easier navigation, and new features make strolling through our herbal goodies a more efficient experience, and hopefully more inspiring too!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Pour a cup of tea and take a look around!

 

www.mountainroseherbs.com

 

Instagram Your Recipe to Win!

Posted by Erin|20 June 2014

Summer Inspired Instagram Contest!

 

Feeling inspired by the herbal bounty of summer? We sure are!

We’ve been out in the green world formulating recipes while the sun shines, soaking up inspiration from the unfurling leaves, fragrant flowers, and spreading roots this season brings. So, we want to know…what are you making? Salves, lip balms, tinctures, teas? Let’s share our herbal wisdom!

Pop on over to Instagram and post photos of the herbal recipes you’ve been creating for a chance to win $100 gift certificate from Mountain Rose Herbs!

Be sure to use #herbalsummercontest to enter. A winner will be announced on July 6th!

Find us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/mountainroseherbs

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|19 June 2014

 

Mountain Rose Herbs Pop-Up Shop!

 

Photos from our very first Pop-Up Shop are here!

It was so much fun to create an herbal experience for our Eugene neighbors with free organic tea, raffles, and a whole lot of organic goodies to take home.

You can view all of the photos from this special event on our Facebook page!

 

Tea Cocktail: Hibiscus Highball

Posted by Erin|11 June 2014

 

Hibiscus Highball Summer Cocktail Recipe

 

Who’s ready for a cocktail to ring in summer?

The sun is shining bright and plans for potlucks, barbecues, and picnics are in the works. If you’re looking for a refreshing summer cocktail to enjoy during these long, warm days, this is the one! Notes of lemongrass, tropical flowers, citrus, and mint will transport you to paradise – even in your own backyard.

This recipe can easily be made into the perfect party punch served up in a classic glass bowl with slices of citrus fruits and sprigs of mint floating on top for garnish. This is a wonderfully thirst quenching spin on spiked iced tea that will be a definite crowd-pleaser at any fun celebration!

 

Hibiscus Highball

3 oz organic Hibiscus High Tea, brewed and chilled
2 oz gin, vodka, or white rum
3 oz ginger brew

Steep and chill Hibiscus High tea. Combine with alcohol of choice and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with ginger brew, and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and orange peel.

If you are making punch, mix 1 gallon of chilled Hibiscus High tea with 1 gallon of ginger brew and 2 quarts of booze. Allow your guests to ladle the punch into an ice-filled cup. Makes about 25 drinks.

This recipe would also be really delightful with a base of organic Lemon Tea or Vanilla Rooibos!

 

Hibiscus Highball Cocktail Recipe

Basic Botany: Sunflower Family

Posted by Erin|09 June 2014

 

Have you been out botanizing this month? Are you starting to see the patterns within plant families?

Well, here’s the very last lesson in our basic botany series!

Let’s take a look at the Sunflower family…

Basic Botany: Sunflower Family

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Asteraceae – The Sunflower Family

(as-ter-AY-see-ee)

Identification Tips

Did you know that each one of those stunning “petals” is actually an individual flower?

- Many individual flowers packed into a single flower head.
- Ray flowers, like those found around the perimeter of a sunflower, have one long petal.
- Disk flowers are tubular, like those found in the center of a sunflower.
- Some plants in this family may have one or both types of flowers.
- The composite flower head is surrounded by green leaf-like bracts.
- The sepals have been reduced to a ring of hairs, scales, or bristles called the pappus.
- Five stamens united by their anthers.
- The one-seeded fruit is called an achene.

 

Food and Medicine

Asteraceae is one of the largest plant families and among the easiest to identify thanks to the tell-tale inflorescences. This family includes echinaceadandelions, mugwort, yarrow, arnica, chamomile, calendula, burdock, milk thistles, chrysanthemum, sunflower, safflower, helichrysumcornflower, chicoryartichokes, and there are so many others I’m sure I’ve missed.

The medicinal properties of this family range greatly from bitters for digestive health (dandelion) to skin soothers (calendula), liver support (milk thistle), injury care (arnica), fevers (yarrow), alteratives (echinacea) and even dream work (mugwort). There are also many food plants in this family, as well as poisons, so proper study and learning to identify them confidently is key!

 Basic Botany: Sunflower Family

 

For more in the Basic Botany Series see:

The Four Whorls of the Flower

Basic Botany: Rose Family

Basic Botany: Carrot Family

Basic Botany: Lily Family

Basic Botany: Mint Family

 

 

Books for budding botanists:

Foraging & Feasting

Petersons Field Guide to Western Plants

Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Plants

The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West

 

Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|05 June 2014

Mountain Rose Herbs Pop Up Shop

 

We are in downtown Eugene setting up for our first ever Pop-Up Shop! 

Come out and see us this weekend to experience our organic herbal goodies in-person. Enjoy free organic tea while you stock up on gourmet salts & spices, handcrafted bodycare products, plant medicines, organic tea, herbal books, and much more! Spend $25 or more and receive a free organic cotton “I Dig Herbs” tote bag while they last. There will also be AMAZING door prizes!

 

Mountain Rose Herbs
Pop-Up Shop!

When?

Friday, June 6th from 4 pm – 9 pm
during the First Friday Art Walk

Saturday, June 7th from 9 am – 5 pm
during the Saturday Market

Where?

Broadway Commerce Center
50 W. Broadway in Downtown Eugene, Oregon

 

Basic Botany: The Mint Family

Posted by Erin|03 June 2014

 

Let’s take a closer look at the Mint Family!

 

Basic Botany:  The Mint Family

Lamiaceae – The Mint Family

(lay-mee-AY-see-ee)

Identification Tips

Leaves: Square stems with opposite or whorled leaves

Flowers: Tubular flowers that are bilabiate (two-lipped)

Stamens: Generally, two or four uneven stamens

 

Food and Medicine

This family includes skullcap, lemon balm, catnip, lavender, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, chia, spearmint, peppermint, and vitex.

There are so many helpful plants in the mint family used for aromatherapy, medicine, and delicious culinary spices. When used medicinally, aromatic plants like peppermint are helpful for supporting the digestive system with carminitive action, while others like skullcap, lavender, and lemon balm offer calming effects through a variety of actions. Many of these herbs can be made into a tasty medicinal tea or tincture, and the especially aromatic ones can also be distilled to produce essential oil.

As for food, who can imagine a spice rack without rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme?

 

For more in the Basic Botany Series see:

The Four Whorls of the Flower

Basic Botany: Rose Family

Basic Botany: Carrot Family

Basic Botany: Lily Family

 

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