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? Menthol is a solid constituent of mint oil that gives the plant its strong fragrance. These potent crystals are made from cornmint (Mentha arvensis) essential oil […]
My memories of December take me back to a white farmhouse in the middle of grass seed fields, with my four brothers and one sister, poking ribs and making jokes around the wood stove. If we were lucky, we'd be surrounded by snow and immersed in the scents of our winter home. There's nothing I love more than the aroma of solstice spices, the most beautiful tree all lit up, and the warmth of a wood stove. A tradition in our house every year was making cute little gingerbread decorations for our yule tree. This essential oil blend is an ode to those sweet and cozy moments, hanging freshly made decorations with the crackling of wood tickling my ears from the next room. I like Douglas Fir essential oil in this recipe, but your favorite tree scent will work just fine too! A little sweetness from benzoin resin essential oil or vanilla absolute will help bring out the spicy notes of […]
Autumn is here and the rains have come to Western Oregon. This is cause for celebration and gratitude, and many of us make pilgrimages to the Cascades to harvest edible mushrooms. The sights and smells of the forest at this time of year are remarkable, and we are often struck by the majestic beauty of one of our local trees, the Western Red Cedar. We are grateful to now be able to offer Organic Western Red Cedar Essential Oil, so that everyone can experience a bit of our local aromatherapy. The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years. Cedar has long been known as a medicine of protection. It has traditionally been used in indigenous sweat lodge ceremonies, where a few pinches are thrown on the red-hot rocks, immediately sparking into a yellow glow and releasing their aroma. The Cedar is also one of the four […]
Many of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs love this time of year when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is at its most porous. We have no tricks up our sleeves, but we do have quite a treat for you this week: Organic Spearmint Hydrosol. Grown and steam distilled right here in Cascadia, our Spearmint Hydrosol is sweet and minty, reminiscent of a steaming cup of spearmint tea. This hydrosol is soothing and refreshing, and makes a wonderful toner and cooling spray. It blends well with other mint or aromatic hydrosols and essential oils like rosemary or eucalyptus to make a powerful medicinal combination. Visit the shop to browse our entire selection of steam-distilled organic hydrosols.
We have a special gift for you! Over the last few years, folks have asked us to create a book featuring our favorite herbal recipes from the blog. Your wish has been granted! We're so excited to offer this collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formulas, and healthy snacks for FREE. You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing within these pages. Soon your cupboards will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes – all you need to do it click on the listed ingredients on each page. We hope you enjoy the e-book and look forward to creating these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Click here to download our free e-book!
Candles are wonderful tools and delightful additions to any space, especially as fall and winter bring chilly darkness to our days. This flickering source of light adds natural ambience to a cozy room, or a comforting feeling of warmth while you read a good book. They can be used to heat essential oils in a diffuser, or be lit to set the mood during a special dinner with your sweetie. Homemade candles are easy, fun, and affordable. Not only are they the perfect project for craft night, candles also make the sweetest holiday or birthday gifts for just about anyone. Plus, you can be really creative! While making candles is mostly just melt and pour, you can also formulate a blend of essential oils to create a special scent. Here are some things to consider before making your candles… Beeswax: Beeswax candles are a favorite among many folks for the naturally sweet, honey-like smell that beeswax produces when burned. It also burns slowly, which is something […]
Just in time for autumn, these stylish Natura Ultrasonic Diffusers have arrived in our shop! This beautiful essential oil diffuser features natural wood which encloses the latest ultrasonic technology, providing a steady, strong therapeutic mist. The wood used to enclose the diffuser is created from fallen trees in Thailand, making this a more sustainable option for your diffusing needs. With intermittent operation options, this diffuser will easily fill a 300 square foot room with aroma-therapeutic goodness and offers a spectrum of customizable solid or rotating colored light. Ultrasonic diffusion creates a fine mist by using vibrations to dispense essential oils into the air using water as a carrier. This mist is created without the use of heat in order to preserve the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil. Ultrasonic diffusion will also add moisture to the air in addition to the aroma-therapeutic benefits of the essential oil you choose. Visit our shop online to […]
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 need any special ingredients or tools, just a hand mixer or immersion blender works fine, and a 2-4 cup Pyrex measuring cup works well for the […]
Standing in an ocean of mint with wind rippling through the leaves feels like being in a dream world. Bright aromas from the organic peppermint (Mentha piperita) and spearmint (Mentha spicata) fields are as intense as the summer heat. With nary a weed in sight, this farm is truly impressive. Organic farming usually entails weeds, but not with a second year mint crop that has been meticulously hand weeded. As our pickup crests a hill, the freshly cut windrows that have been laid to dry in the sun come into view. A commotion of soil rises farther in the distance as combine tractors steadily lift the dry row up into the machine where leaf is separated from stem. This is the most mechanically advanced farm equipment in existence, with a price tag larger than most people’s homes, so they better perform well. A breakdown could cost the farmer precious time that can never be bought back. […]
As more people look to natural, organic, and GMO-free alternatives for skin, body, and healthcare, it can be hard to know how to create safe alternatives to store bought products. Some of the questions that come up again and again are about preservatives and how to extend the shelf-life of your homemade goodies. One of the reasons many of us are trying to get away from conventional shampoos, soaps, pastes, and cleaners is that they contain synthetic ingredients used to increase the shelf-life up to months or even years. Those ingredients can cause allergic reactions, may be drying or irritating, and could potentially be linked to some rather unsavory health problems. We know we don’t want to slather those ingredients on our bodies, but are we afraid of life without preservatives? Let's get to the bottom of this… As a rule, water-based creations will have a much shorter shelf-life than oil and butter-based ones, because water breeds life! […]
We're so happy to announce our first summer sale recipe of 2015! Crafting your own insect repellent spray at home is easy and economical. This mixture is perfect for making your campsites and canoe trips more pleasant this summer. These oils would also make a great gift for your outdoorsy friends who've been searching for a natural alternative! Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on 1/2 oz bottles of our Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Lemon Essential Oils at 25% off!
My favorite summertime activities are not what one would consider fancy: reading and napping in the backyard hammock under the apple trees on a warm, sunny day, sitting up late under a clear sky and chatting around a fire of crackling wood and burning sage, sipping home brew on the front porch at dusk with the neighbors and watching for bats. I’m sure you can see where I’m going here! There are so many wonderful opportunities this time of year and we all have our idea of what little moments make summer heavenly. For many of us, scents are tied to experiences and the right smells drifting on the air can enhance and support the beautiful moments in life. I created this combination of some of my favorite essential oils, as well as a few earthy surprises. This is a blend to evoke some of the slow-moving, nature-loving elements of […]