Herbal Sprinkles are one of the most simple and satisfying ways to incorporate more herbs into your cookery. The key to using herbal sprinkles is to take them out of the cupboard and keep them next to where you cook and eat. I have several herbal sprinkle combinations right next to my stove and blender and on the kitchen table. If the herbs are readily accessible you get into the habit of using them every day, pretty soon you wonder how you lived without such a pleasing array of herbal food enhancement. I have an entire chapter on herbal sprinkle recipes in The Herbal Kitchen. I have to tell you that by far the most popular sprinkle that people have loved the most is Red Powder. […]
Is the sun shining where you are? We can’t wait for you to relax in the garden, sip a cup of organic tea, and enjoy our new Spring/Summer 2015 catalog! We’ve included new herbal recipes for tasty snacks, medicinal preparations, and body care projects, 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. You can also view it online! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a free catalog here!
We are excited to announce our next Free Herbalism Project event! 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, live music, wildflowers in bloom – and wise woman herbalist Susun Weed! This time around will be a fundraiser for the United Plant Savers through the sale of books, t-shirts, herbs, and more botanical goodies. Let's support plant conservation! HERB DAY CELEBRATION! SUNDAY, MAY 3RD 2015 Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR FREE ADMISSION $4.00 parking Click Here to Register for FREE! Lecture by Susun Weed My Favorite Herbs for a High Energy Lifestyle If you want to take a big, juicy bite of life, join me for a high-energy session about the five simple herbs that will do the most for you. You will […]
We're back from sunny California with a great honor in hand! Mountain Rose Herbs was named the 2015 Herbal Industry Leader Award recipient by the American Herbal Products Association at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California last week. We were thrilled to be recognized by our peers for going beyond normal business practices to advance the herbal industry. The efforts highlighted include our sustainability programs, a strict focus on organic agriculture, ethical sourcing, elevating the quality and identity of our botanical products, support of environmental conservation and organic advocacy groups, and sharing free herbal information through social media and community events. We were also acknowledged for our participation in the Osha Sustainability Study. “Receiving this recognition from AHPA and the herbal industry is a huge honor for Mountain Rose Herbs. Our goal has […]
Normal digestive functioning can get thrown off pretty easily when our routines change or during the transition of seasonal cycles. We might find ourselves less active and relying on hot cooked meals during the fall and winter, and then energized by sunlight when our summer gardens grow a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies. Along with dietary flux, energy shifts throughout the year can also have an impact. Whether traveling away from the comforts of home, eating lots of rich food we aren’t used to, or stressing about mounting obligations, herbs can help us keep digestion strong if we pay close attention to our own unique rhythms. Three important herbal properties that can be helpful when our digestive system is off balance include bitters, aromatics, and demulcents. Let's take a closer look… Bitters Not everyone's […]
#1: What is an essential oil? First let's define what an essential oil is and how it's made. An essential oil is not an infused herbal oil. This is a very common misconception. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic oils produced by plants. Imagine fresh lemon balm leaves warming in the sun, rubbing rosemary between the palms of your hands, or bringing lavender flowers to your nose for a deep inhalation. Plants create smelly resins and oils to attract pollinators, warn predators, and to protect themselves against disease. The product you buy called "essential oil" is this aromatic substance concentrated through various methods. For example, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of precious essential oil! That's a potent drop of plant material. Essential oils can be extracted in several ways… Steam Distilled Most plant […]
Growing up, I was fed this beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of really harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those oils actually help protect delicate skin! This can result in overly dry and rough skin, rather than soft and supple. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into the skin, leaving my […]
Over the past few years, stevia leaf has become a favorite alternative to sugar and other highly caloric sweeteners. How cool is it that a tiny green leaf can offer such a powerful boost of sweetness and is also easy to use, versatile, and healthy for you? With so many expensive and highly processed stevia products on the market, making your own extract as a dietary ingredient is the best way to go. Plus, you only need a few drops to sweeten up a recipe, so that means you'll have a good supply around if you make even a half pint of extract. Native to South America, stevia has been used for centuries to sweeten all sorts of food and beverages and is believed to be one of the sweetest […]
Nutmeg The flavor and aroma of this classic winter spice brings memories of family celebrations. The introduction of punch drinks by the upper echelon of society brought the pocket nutmeg grater into vogue in the late 18th century. It was fashionable to carry nutmeg to parties and use it to spice up alcoholic beverages, like eggnog! Elecampane Stately in the garden, this lovely Asteraceae plant has been used medicinally in Europe for millennia. The roots are harvested in the fall or early winter and have been used as an expectorant to help support healthy respiratory function. This root is also traditionally candied and made into lozenges. Holy Basil Feeling the stress of the season? Have a cup of Holy Basil tea! Also known as Tulsi, this tasty mint family plant […]
Aromatic herbs and spices like sweet cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla define our culinary palate this time of year, and that goes for cocktails too. Thankfully, you don’t need to stock the cabinet with a fortune’s worth of pretty liquor bottles to enjoy these delights. Infusing your own spirits at home and making flavored syrups are easy ways to build ingredients for your home bar. It's fun to have a few specialty drinks on hand that will wow your guests when hosting parties. After all, tis the season for cups filled with cheer, making memories, and merriment! Here are 5 of my favorite herbal sipping treats for winter celebrations… Rose & Cardamom Eggnog 2 super fresh, organic eggs 3 oz (by volume) organic granulated sugar ½ tsp organic cardamom powder 2 oz […]
Oooh, check this out! Our friends over at Learning Herbs are hosting a free webinar tomorrow night all about herbs for winter wellness. What a gift! You can sign up for free by clicking here!
We had so much fun wandering through the garden with Rosemary Gladstar last summer! A highlight of our day was when Rosemary spotted this towering elder swaying in the breeze. She shared lots of stories and passed down traditional knowledge about this important plant, as well as her favorite recipes using elderberries. (You can find organic elderberries in our shop by clicking here.) We hope you enjoy the video! Looking for more elderberry recipes? Berry Rooty Syrup Fermented Elderberry Soda Elderberry Oxymel Even more elderberry recipes!