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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.

Partnering to Protect Wild Fish!

This guest post comes to us from attorney Peter M. K. Frost who leads the Western Environmental Law Center’s efforts to protect and restore wild salmon and steelhead! Frost was raised in Oregon, graduated from Stanford University, and earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was editor of the Oregon Law Review. For more than two decades, he has represented local angling groups and national nonprofit organizations in court to restore wild salmon and steelhead runs. From 1992 to 1999, Frost was an attorney for and directed the Western Regional Office of the National Wildlife Federation. In 2000, he received the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Litigation.   “Salmon ran in runs so thick you couldn’t see the […]

Summer Heat Relief: Sweet Peach Herbal Elixir

Our summer post from Kiva Rose Hardin is here! Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the HerbFolk Gathering, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the historical novel, The Medicine Bear as well as The Plant Healer’s Path by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots.      When someone mentions Peach, it’s usually the sweet, juicy fruit of Georgia that comes to mind, not the medicinal properties of the leaf, bark, and flower. Despite that, Peach […]

A Rendezvous with Wolves

Danica Swenson is Oregon Wild’s summer Wildlife Intern. She’s also a student at Lewis and Clark Law School, studying Animal and Environmental law. When she’s not reading for school or work, she’s out adventuring or volunteering at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. She was exposed to the issues surrounding endangered species at an early age from growing up in Hawaii, which has one of the highest amounts of endangered native species listed federally. She’s passionate about educating others on animal and environmental issues, which is reflected in her work.    This June, Oregon Wild hosted its 5th Annual Wolf Rendezvous sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs! As Oregon Wild’s Wildlife Intern, I was lucky enough to tag along and help out. In light of recent news of […]

Preserving Biodiversity in Disappearing Rainforests

We are so excited to have a guest post by Brian McFarland of Carbonfund.org featuring the Purus Project in the Amazon! Because we source our organic acai berry powder, catuaba bark, pau d’arco bark, and other products from Brazil, we understand its global ecological importance as a carbon sequestration area for the world.  Since 2011, Mountain Rose Herbs has worked with Carbonfund.org to offset our company-wide carbon dioxide emissions and help fight climate change. We wholeheartedly support their mission to reduce what you can, offset what you can’t! Every year, we calculate our carbon footprint by accounting for the electricity and heating fuels we use in production, and estimate the greenhouse gas emissions of our business travel. Find out more about what you can do to reduce and offset your carbon […]

How Will You Celebrate National Pollinator Week?

Guest post! Laurele Fulkerson is the Director of NCAP’s Healthy Wildlife and Water Program. She leads NCAP’s work to protect pollinators, salmon, and other wildlife and their habitat from harmful pesticides. She has over a decade of experience working on conservation policy issues for non-profits, most recently for Wild Salmon Center in Portland, OR. She holds a J.D. and certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara. In addition to her conservation background, Laurele is an avid organic gardener and budding herbalist. Every day this time of year brings a new joy to my heart as I watch my plant friends bloom and grow. Seeing the lemon yellow flowers of evening […]

Traditional Roots Conference

Mason is our Events and Outreach Coordinator here at Mountain Rose! Eugene born and raised, Mason found an early interest in nutrition which eventually brought him to the world of herbalism. When not busy planning events and traveling around the country, Mason studies herbalism and wildcrafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and volunteers at Occupy Medical. He’s also papa to a sweet baby daughter and enjoys sharing many plant adventures with her.    I’m back from a most excellent herbalism filled event! A few weeks ago, I headed up to Portland for NCNM’s inaugural Traditional Roots Conference. The weekend proved to be a unique one indeed, combining classes from both Naturopathic Doctors and herbalists on topics ranging from herbal energetics, to ethical wildcrafting, and medicine making.     To kick things off, […]

Photo Thursday!

Another unexpected beautiful snowy day, time to go home and drink some Mint Chocolate Maté from this beautiful gourd and bombilla. Stay warm, folks! ~Alieta  

Kiva's Gila Harvest Cider

Our autumn post from Kiva Rose Hardin is here! Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the HerbFolk Gathering, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just released historical novel, The Medicine Bear  as well as The Plant Healer’s Path by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots.    Every autumn when the weather starts to shift, folks in the village inevitably start to come down with fevers and various respiratory issues. The sudden demand for […]

Cardamom Chia Pudding Recipe!

This post (and tasty recipe!) comes to us from herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt! She is the creator of Taste of Herbs, an exciting new course teaching practical herbalism by LearningHerbs and Mountain Rose Herbs. Rosalee is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and founder of Herbal Remedies Advice who lives on the edge of the wilderness in the northeastern Cascadian mountains of Washington state. Many thanks to Rosalee for sharing!   How often do you use your sense of taste to understand how herbs work? There are many ways to learn about herbs. Oftentimes when people first begin to study herbalism they attempt to memorize long lists of what an herb can do. Or they might memorize a list of herbs that are good for a particular reason. Of […]

Photo Thursday!

Our heroes and heroines! Nobody can make a stressful time playful and creative like Mountain Rose Herbs employees! Our resilient and unflappable customer service team didn’t blink an eye this week as we needed to conduct maintenance to our online shopping cart and website.  Coming in a bit earlier and leaving a bit later, the representatives have pitched in to help customers place their orders via phone, email and fax. We couldn’t be prouder of these helpful and cheerful folks, as well as our patient customers who opened their catalogs and called for a chat. We hope to have everything back up and fully operational shortly, but for now, you can access our catalog and browse our products on our website and then call our customer […]

Herbal Living by the Seasons: Summer Sun

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun was in the sky for about 15 hours, shining its beautiful light down on what proved to be a truly gorgeous day here in New York City. While I sat with my son on a picnic blanket and shared dinner with him in the evening light, I began to think more about what Summer really means from a Chinese medicine perspective. We didn’t have much of a Spring here in New York, so I think I was still stuck in Winter’s inward gaze. It took a picnic in the park with a loved one to jog my memory. Summer is ruled by the Fire element, […]

Photo Thursday!

There is nothing like pulling freshly-dried laundry off the clothesline! The days are sunny and the winds are warm and we have a super-easy recipe for natural herbal laundry liquid to share.  Break out the clothespins and take advantage of one of Summer’s many gifts. Why not sip a nice glass of ice tea while you watch the brightly colored cottons waving in the breeze? Carol’s Herbal Laundry Liquid Not only is Carol our Human Resources Director, she is also a highly talented crafter and gardener.  Aside from making delightful handmade soaps and natural body care products, she also bakes delectable pies and treats and has an incredible garden. Carol has generously shared this wonderful recipe for natural liquid laundry detergent with us. 1 1/2 quarts of […]