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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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Basic Botany: The Lily Family

Posted by Erin|26 May 2014

 

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

 

Basic Botany: The Lily Family

Liliaceae – The Lily Family

(lil-ee-AY-see-ee)

Identification Tips

Flowers: Flower parts (petals, sepals, stamens, carpels) in threes or multiples of three.

Perianth: The sepals may look like the petals. Also known as tepals.

Leaves: Alternate, whorled, or basal simple leaves generally with parallel veins.

Ovary: Generally a superior ovary that sits above the sepals and petals.

 

Food and Medicine

This family includes tulips, trilliums, camas, and many other fragrant and beautiful lilies adored as ornamentals and florist staples. Chives, garlic, asparagus, and onions are also sometimes/formerly classified in the Liliaceae family. Some wild lilies have edible fruits called capsules and/or edible bulbs – but proper identification is key!

While some native lilies growing in the forest have medicinal properties, I think it’s best to enjoy their loveliness through study, making field sketches, or through photography. Plus, there are great weedy herbs out there that offer similar medicine. Herbs like the trillium were once widely sold on the herb market, and because they are so alluring, populations became at risk of becoming endangered. This is one reason why we adopted Trillium through the United Plant Savers! These flowers not only add beauty to our wild places, they are also very important beings in our ecosystems.

 

For more in the Basic Botany Series see:

The Four Whorls of the Flower

Basic Botany: Rose Family

Basic Botany: Carrot Family

 

Basic Botany: The Lily Family

Basic Botany: The Carrot Family

Posted by Erin|19 May 2014

 

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

Botany: Carrot Family

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Apiaceae – The Carrot Family

(a-pee-AY-see-ee)

 

Be humble with the umbel! This family includes delicious food plants, wonderful medicines, as well as deadly poisons – and many look very much alike, especially in leaf and flower! Never use a wild Apiaceae plant without 100% positive identification.

If you are interested in learning more about plants in this family that grow near you, I highly recommend finding a good botanical key for your region and practicing without picking, or consult a local botanist whenever possible, until you become experienced at keying out plants. It’s really fun to identify these herbs, but takes careful study.

 

Identification Tips

Inflorescence - Small flowers in umbels or compound umbels. Umbels are inflorescences with the pedicels (individual flower stalks) arising at a common point, like an umbrella. Compound umbels have secondary umbellets arising from the the primary rays.

Leaves - Often dissected to compound

Flowers - Generally, five petals and five stamens

Fruits – Mature fruit is a schizocarp that splits into two one-seeded mericarps. Each species differs in texture and can be ribbed and/or winged, and have stylopodiums of varying sizes to obsolete or nearly so.

 

Food and Medicine

This family includes celery, parsnip, fennel, cumin, anise, parsley, caraway, dill, Queen Anne’s lace, angelica, osha, giant cow parsnip, water hemlock, and poison hemlock.

Medicinally, many of the plants in this family are prized for their warming aromatic properties, especially the seeds and roots. These aromatics are most often used to stimulate the digestive system (fennel, cumin, caraway), reproductive system (angelica), and the respiratory tract (osha).

As food, the leaves (parsley, dill, cilantro), roots (parsnip, carrot, celeriac), seeds (coriander, anise, fennel, cumin, caraway), and other vegetative parts (celery and fennel) are used. Although, again, some plants in this family are very poisonous!

Topically, organic carrot seed essential oil from the seeds of the Daucus carota, also known as Queen Anne’s lace or wild carrot, is used in facial serums and creams created for dry or mature skin.  

 

For more in the Basic Botany Series see:

The Four Whorls of the Flower

Basic Botany: Rose Family

 Botany: The Carrot Family

 

Pop-Up Shop in Eugene!

Posted by Erin|15 May 2014

 Mountain Rose Herbs Pop-Up Shop in Eugene

 

For years we’ve dreamed of having a little store where our customers could come visit us, sip free tea, and experience our organic herbal goodies in-person. It’s finally happening – but for 2 days only!

Our first ever Pop-up Shop will take place during the First Friday Art Walk and the Eugene Saturday Market. Come enjoy free organic tea with us while you stock up on herbal delights, including 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 and friendly folks from Mountain Rose will be on hand to serve free tea and answer your questions about our products! 

 

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

 

See you there!

 

Basic Botany: The Rose Family

Posted by Erin|12 May 2014

 

This month I’ll cover the botanical basics of five common plant families that you’ll encounter while taking a stroll through just about any park, trail, or garden. These will give you a good place to start, but there are many other families to explore if you fall in love with the art and science of identification.

This week we take a closer look at the roses!

 

Basic Botany:  The Rose Family

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Rosaceae – The Rose Family

(ro-SAY-see-ee)

 

Identification Tips

Perianth - The perianth consists of the calyx (sepals) and corolla (petals) together. Generally, these flowers have five sepals and five petals.

StipulesStipules are outgrowths at the base of a petiole (leaf stem). Look for stipules where the leaf stem meets the main stem.

HypanthiumMore than 10 stamens arranged around a floral cup or hypanthium. The sepals, petals, and stamens attach around the edge of a cuplike receptacle containing the ovary.

 

Food and Medicine

The Rosaceae family includes many beloved medicinal and edible plants including roses, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, hawthorn, apples, cherries, peaches, plums, serviceberries, pears, meadowsweet, Lady’s Mantle, and many more.

Medicinally, the roses have been used as heart-openers and tonics (hawthorn and rose), internal and external astringents (blackberry leaf and roots, strawberry leaf, rose), and as nutrient rich women’s tonics (raspberry leaf and fruit).

Used in aromatherapy, rose essential oil is considered a calming mood elevator and aphrodisiac.

In skincare applications, rose essential oil is a classic ingredient for skin rejuvenation. The skin soothing and gentle astringent properties of rose hydrosol makes it a wonderful facial toner.

 

We have a wonderfully rosy recipe coming up on the blog tomorrow!

For more basic botany see: The Four Whorls of the Flower

Basic Botany:  The Rose Family

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