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An array of voices from around Mountain Rose Herbs and beyond share their wisdoms, inspirations, and exciting stories from the herbal world.

Is Your Garden Pesticide-Free?

  The shocking death of 50,000 bumblebees in a Wilsonville, Oregon shopping center back in 2013 catalyzed a worldwide conversation about bee health and pesticides. The incident happened after the bees visited trees treated by a private arborist company with neonicotinoid pesticides. Photos of bees littering the asphalt were featured on the cover of Time magazine, in the LA Times, and covered in The Huffington Post to mention a few, and brought the previously arcane topic of neonicotinoids into millions of American households. Two years later, making lemonade out of lemons, The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides recognizes that this notorious incident uniquely positions the City of Wilsonville and committed partners to exercise national leadership in demonstrating achievable ways to assist pollinators within urban environments. During this National Pollinator […]
  • The Home Medicine Cabinet: First Aid Liniment

DIY First Aid Liniment

  Liniments are one of the easiest preparations for the home herbalist to make. Using a basic recipe to get started, you can change up the herbs and essential oils to create various types of remedies. Along with homemade salve, liniment is a must-have topical formula for any first aid kit. To make this spray, herbs are soaked in a solvent to infuse it with the helpful properties found in so many roots, leaves, barks, and flowers. Liniments can be sprayed and rubbed into the skin when and where needed. Traditionally, basic rubbing alcohol has been used as the base for topical liniments, but witch hazel, vinegar, and vodka can also be used with good results. All of these options make it possible for the herbal properties to easily penetrate the skin.    Basic First Aid Liniment Ingredients 1 part organic comfrey root […]
  • Eco-Projects: Tree Planting

Let’s Plant More Urban Trees

  Excitement was in the air as volunteers joined Friends of Trees staff in the first Eugene Neighborhood Trees planting of the 2015-2016 season! The planting, generously sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs, brought together 70+ volunteers to plant nearly 50 street and yard trees in South Eugene, Oregon. During morning registration, volunteers warmed their hearts and bodies while sipping on delicious Love Tea donated by Mountain Rose and filled their bellies with breakfast treats. Eight planting teams, each led by a trained crew leader, set out on their route to plant 6-8 trees at different houses. Homeowners worked with Friends of Trees staff to select appropriate street trees based on a comprehensive inspection process. This planting included: Oregon Myrtle, Oregon White Oak, Bigleaf Maple, Madrone, Black Tupelo, Lavelle […]
  • Herbal Basics: Double Extraction Method for Medicinal Mushroom

DIY: Double Extraction Method for Mushrooms

  Mushrooms have become very popular over the last few years. From shiitake and reishi, to chaga and maitake, more and more folks are feeling drawn to these fascinating and useful beings. When I’m at events, I get a lot of questions about how to prepare and consume them for their benefits. Making a decoction is a good way to go, but I prefer making what’s called a “double extraction” since mushrooms contain some constituents that are water-soluble, called beta-glucans, and some that are alcohol-soluble, called triterpenes. A double extraction effectively pulls out these constituents with the added benefit of being shelf-stable! For information and research on the benefits of various mushrooms, I recommend checking out the works of Christopher Hobbs and Paul Stamets. Rosalee de la Forêt offers this […]
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The Sunday Steep!

  When I'm working on a project that begs for minimal interruption, it is nice to make a pot of tea instead of just one cup. It's also nice to have recipes for full pots of tea to share with loved ones or company at tea time! This recipe is made up of some of my favorite nutritive herbs. I like these plants when I don't need any caffiene, but I want to stay alert, focused, and bright-eyed. The additional squirt or two of rhodiola extract gives an extra burst of adaptogen properties to make this the perfect tea for a project or a stimulating chat…     Daily Provisions Tea–by the Pot 1 Tablespoon organic Borage 1 Tablespoon organic Chickweed 1 Tablespoon organic Nettle leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Lemon peel 1 Tablespoon organic […]
  • How to Make Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

  I love cookbooks! Cooking and creating in the kitchen is my bliss. My approach to herbal medicine-making tends to be inspired by decades of kitchen experiments. While a simple elderberry syrup is quite functional and elderberries are delicious on their own, I couldn’t help but fiddle around until I’d crafted my own version of a classic elderberry syrup—full of extra herbal goodness and spicy flavor. Elderberries are used this time of year to support healthy immune system functioning.* This syrup is wonderful when sipped at the first sign of sniffles, but it is also amazing as a pancake or waffle syrup or used in place of a simple syrup in a delicious cocktail, like this Elderberry Champagne Sparkler recipe. I like to pour about ¼ cup in a tall […]
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The Sunday Steep!

  How is the autumn weather shaping up where you are? While we have had a bit of lingering summer here in the Pacific Northwest, the nights are getting cooler and the mornings have a bit of a crisp nip in the air. As the season changes, cool fall mornings call for a spicy, warming tea. This tea recipe has the added benefit of being full of good-for-you herbs like Elderberries and Cinnamon!     Cold Morning Tea 1 teaspoon organic dried Orange Peel 1 teaspoon organic Cinammon Chips 1 teaspoon organic dried Elderberries 1/2 organic Vanilla Bean (cut bean in half, split and scrape seeds) 1/2 teaspoon organic Anise Seed 1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1/2 teaspoon organic whole Black Peppercorns Honey and lemon, if desired Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, bag, or […]
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The Sunday Steep!

  Do you ever have those days when life requires you to stay revved up and focused for hours on end? On days like that, I find it can be challenging to let it all go at the end of the day and quiet myself down in the evening. It's like my mind and body are so tuned in to the need to be "on" that I can physically feel the tension and buzzy-ness in my muscles and brain! At times like those, I need to focus on bringing myself back to a calm, stable, more normal state. I think of it as bringing my adrenals back to room temperature. A nice walk, some time working in the garden, and a cup of this tea all help […]

The Sunday Steep!

    A few weeks ago, I spent some time at my mother's home in the foothills of the coast range in Southern Oregon. While the hillside has changed much since I was growing up, I still love to visit – especially when the seasons change. I enjoy bearing witness to those natural patterns as the years pass. We spent the weekend harvesting hundreds of apples, prunes, and plums from the many trees in the orchard she and my late father planted back in the seventies. I also managed to do a little "wildharvesting" and came home with enough ripe elderberries to make about a half-gallon of fresh elderberry cordial! One of the most bittersweet parts of visiting "home" is to notice how the trees change. My huge beloved White Oak tree has […]
  • Savory Shiitake Mushroom Recipes

3 Easy Shiitake Mushroom Recipes

  Mushroom season is upon us! I have never met an edible mushroom I didn’t like! While I truly adore freshly picked mushrooms like chanterelles sautéed in butter, wine, and garlic, there are so many wonderful ways to prepare dried mushrooms to enjoy year ‘round! Many people actually prefer preparing shiitakes from a dehydrated state as the deep, savory flavors are accentuated when the mushrooms are properly dried. They are also full of healthy goodness! As a food, Shiitake mushrooms have all eight essential amino acids in a higher, more condensed proportion than soy beans, meat, milk, or eggs. Dried shiitakes are often used in the cuisines of East Asia and I’ve taken inspiration from some of my favorite seasonal meals, as well as from well-loved Japanese […]
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The Sunday Steep!

  My grown kids like to tease me about my lack of bedside manner. Their version of childhood ailments is that I'd respond to everything with four basic questions and suggestions: 1. Have you been drinking enough water? 2. Have you been to the bathroom? 3. How about a nap? 4. How about a warm bath? Honestly, I still think those four strategies are perfect for most of life's ordinary wellness challenges!  I do have one more little strategy, however, for the tummy upset. You know that bloated, sour or topsy-turvy feeling that comes from eating too much of a very good thing? I love the Happy Tummy tea blend available in our shop if you'd rather not make your own, but if you're faced with a bellyache, this tea recipe […]
  • DIY Recipe: Autumn Spice Lotion

DIY Recipe: Autumn Spice Lotion

  While I love thick and fluffy creams, and I am quite partial to body butters as everyday moisturizers, I enjoy the convenience of a thinner lotion, too. It's nice to have a moisturizer thin enough to put in a bottle with a pump — handy for keeping by the sink for busy families. Just a couple squirts of lotion and off you go! I wanted a lotion full of spicy, crisp, autumn scents that are warming, hydrating, and good for the skin, but still light enough to work as a lotion. This recipe makes 8 ounces, but it can be multiplied if you’d like to make a larger batch. You can also experiment with other carrier oils, butters, essential oils, and hydrosols to create your own customized lotion!  You won’t really […]