Erin

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About Erin

Erin is the Marketing Director 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.
  • New Video: Artemisia Medicine with Susun Weed

New Video: Artemisia Medicine with Susun Weed

  Next up in our video series from the Free Herbalism Project, wise woman herbalist Susun Weed illuminates the history, lore, and traditional medicines made with Artemisia vulgaris. Learn Susun's favorite uses for the plant including dream work, smudging, and moxa, her discovery of the herbal feminine triad, and why she no longer calls this green being Mugwort…   Want to experiment with these herbs on your own?   Find them here: Organic Mugwort Organic Motherwort Organic Chickweed Wise Woman Tea Dream Tea Dream Balm   DIY: Homemade Sleep & Dream Pillow Tutorial How to Make Mugwort Bundles    Click here to watch the video!  
  • DIY: Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish

DIY: Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish

  Adoration for cacao can be traced back to ancient cultures in Mesoamerica. Bitter beverages made from the crushed seeds of this voluptuous fruit were enjoyed with a belief that these pods had magical properties. Mildly stimulating with a pronounced twinkle of euphoria, cacao was reserved for sacred rituals and royalty. With our obsession over herbal baths and Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to handcraft this decadent chocolate-infused body polish! This scrub recipe is a favorite from our own Irene Wolansky that smells scrumptious and beautifully exfoliates the skin, making it soft and smooth. It will leave a faint perfume of chocolate and vanilla that's sweet, earthy, and wonderfully provocative…      Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish Recipe Ingredients ¾ cup organic granulated or brown sugar, or fine sea salt ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp organic apricot kernel, […]
  • How To Make Gluten-Free Seed Crackers

Easy Recipe: Grain-Free Seed Crackers

  Crackers are the perfect salty canvas for spreads, dips, nut butters, and cheeses. It's so easy to snack away on these savory treats with their satisfying crispy crunch, but the store-bought variety are usually grain-based and contain weird preservatives, GMOs, emulsifiers, starches, gross hydrogenated oils, and loads of sugar. As many of us transition our diets to more whole foods and less processed junk, we also examine the ethics and health concerns of consuming certain ingredients. This challenges us to find alternatives to our favorite comfort munchies that are still crave-worthy, easy to prepare, and perhaps even good for us…   That's what makes this recipe such a crowd-pleaser!              For all of the gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise health-conscious folks in your life, these seed crackers will […]
  • The Healing Art of Bathing

The Healing Art of Bathing

  Whether submerged in a forest-nestled hot spring, floating on the surface of a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty. Creating an oasis evocative of these experiences is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a few natural beeswax candles, play some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with […]

Herbal Love Gift Guide!

  If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine's Day, it's good to remember that February 14th is a nice excuse to honor that special someone in your life. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your beautiful lover, best friend, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence?  These all natural and organic gift ideas will be thoroughly enjoyed by the one you hold dear. Whether sipping rose tea during a candlelit bath, offering a soothing massage with aromatic oils, or crafting homemade chocolates and perfume, your love will shine bright.       Essential Oil Kits Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of rose essential oil? These sets are much better than a bouquet! We love the romantic collections of sensuous and arousing essential oils found […]

Meet the Herbalist: Emily Ruff + Conference Giveaway!

  We are so excited to share this interview with Emily Ruff, the Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to serve as a Board Member of United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter for a chance to win free registration to the 2016 conference!     1. How did the plants find you? Can you recall […]
  • Herbal Chest Rub Recipes for Winter

Herbal Chest Rub Recipes

  Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame! Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started. You can then add essential oils or menthol crystals to formulate a remedy for your needs.       You may be familiar with the strong scent of menthol, but what exactly are menthol crystals? […]
  • Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

  We've been crafting herbal teas for nearly 30 years, and 5th Chakra has become one of our most beloved blends. Especially wonderful this time of year, the sweet citrus and warming spices combined with Echinacea for immune support* and soothing marshmallow root make this tea the perfect base for a seasonal syrup. I love how the thickness of the honey and natural mucilage from the marshmallow root and cinnamon coats, soothes, and moistens irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Such a delicious remedy! Let's make a batch to have on hand all season long. You can also create syrups at home using other tea blends. Some great choices would be Echinacea & Roots, Forests Tea, Happy Man Tea, Winter Spice Tea, or Holy Basil Chai. Imagine a beautiful little gift basket of freshly bottled herbal syrups to give to friends and family! Sweet holiday […]
  • 10 Days of Gratitude & Herbal Giveaway

10 Days of Gratitude & Giveaways!

The holiday season can be a hectic time with feasts and gatherings and travel, but it also offers a special opportunity to reflect on the precious things that bring joy and comfort to our lives. A hot cup of tea, a spoonful of fire cider, a bowl of delicious curried soup, or a dab of homemade perfume on the wrist are all small reminders of how herbs enhance our everyday experiences…     In celebration, we've decided to give away tokens of our gratitude! For the next 10 weekdays, we will offer up our favorite herbal goodies to help support your health and wellbeing – because, what we're most grateful for is you! Today is Day 1 of our giveaway series and the prize is one of our new organic Flowering Tea Samplers & a beautiful Glass Tea Pot so you can watch the magic unfurl as you steep. Join […]
  • Buy Nothing Day - Mountain Rose Herbs

Buy Nothing Day!

  5 Ways to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day 1. Clean out your closets and cabinets to collect warm clothing, food, and toiletries that can be donated to a local shelter. 2. Write heartfelt letters of gratitude to the people you love.  3. Do you have empty dropper bottles, extra herbs, or other herbal supplies around? Use them up by making gifts (woohoo, gift economy!) or send them to a free clinic! 4. Take a long walk and enjoy the beauty around you. 5. Host a clothing swap or leftovers potluck with friends.       Why Buy Nothing? It may seem strange for a business like Mountain Rose Herbs to promote Buy Nothing Day, but we believe that the health of the planet is more important than profit. The Buy Nothing Day movement has been around since 1992 and was organized in […]
  • Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding Recipe

Coconut Spice Chia Pudding Recipe

  Are you looking for a super healthful treat that's also decadent and satisfying? Maybe a dessert option that will be adored by all of your vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and sweet-tooth loving friends?  Well, this might just be the one! I love pudding, especially tapioca-style, but can definitely do without the loads of sugar, eggs, and dairy found in classic recipes. With creamy coconut milk, fragrant chai spices, a spot of honey, and that luscious texture from chia seeds, this recipe has become a fast favorite. Super easy to whip up, it's a great holiday party option too. Feel free to experiment with other flavor combinations that strike your fancy!          Coconut & Chai Spice Chia Pudding Ingredients: 1/3 cup organic chia seeds
 1 can (13.5 oz) of organic full fat coconut milk
 13.5 oz of water
 3/4 tsp organic […]
  • Crunchy Herb Roasted Chickpeas

Crispy Herb Roasted Chickpeas

  It's snack time! Garbanzo beans are one of my favorite legumes. Super versatile with a buttery texture, I love to toss them into soups, stews, curries, salads, or blend them into delicious hummus. However, I've recently discovered a new obsession… A few months ago, I noticed grocery aisles filling up with all sorts of new crunchy bean snack products. A lovely alternative to fried chips and processed puffs, these crispy, crunchy, roasted treats offer a crave-worthy way to enjoy the protein and fiber packed goodness of beans. So…with inspiration in my heart and a hungry belly, I started making these beauties at home. The recipe is incredibly simple and can be switched up with your favorite herbs and spices to create a never ending rotation of exciting flavors. A savory combination of green […]