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Book Giveaway: The Herbal Kitchen + Red Powder Recipe

Herbal Sprinkles are one of the most simple and satisfying ways to incorporate more herbs into your cookery. The key to using herbal sprinkles is to take them out of the cupboard and keep them next to where you cook and eat. I have several herbal sprinkle combinations right next to my stove and blender and on the kitchen table. If the herbs are readily accessible you get into the habit of using them every day, pretty soon you wonder how you lived without such a pleasing array of herbal food enhancement. I have an entire chapter on herbal sprinkle recipes in The Herbal Kitchen. I have to tell you that by far the most popular sprinkle that people have loved the most is Red Powder. It didn’t start out with the name Red Powder; my family would just say, “Hey, pass the red powder, would ya?” So the name stuck. […]

8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils

#1: What is an essential oil? First let's define what an essential oil is and how it's made. An essential oil is not an infused herbal oil. This is a very common misconception. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic oils produced by plants. Imagine fresh lemon balm leaves warming in the sun, rubbing rosemary between the palms of your hands, or bringing lavender flowers to your nose for a deep inhalation. Plants create smelly resins and oils to attract pollinators, warn predators, and to protect themselves against disease. The product you buy called "essential oil" is this aromatic substance concentrated through various methods. For example, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of precious essential oil! That's a potent drop of plant material. Essential oils can be extracted in several ways… Steam Distilled Most plant aromatics can be captured through vaporization. Click here to view an infographic outlining the steam distillation process. You will find that most essential […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Is there anything better than settling in with a good book or a stack of magazines, pouring a nice hot mug or pot of tea, and spending some uninterrupted time reading? I don't get the chance to read as much as I'd like, but I generally manage to have a few "going" at once and reading time is one of my most cherished parts of the week! This recipe uses our delicious, organic Ceylon Tea as a caffeinated base and then I've added some delectably flavored herbs to the mix for a cup of tea that tastes as good as it smells. For fun, I like to add a bit of Rosemary with the hope it will help me remember what I've read!   Reader's Tea 1 teaspoon organic Ceylon Tea 1 teaspoon organic Red Roses, dried 1 teaspoon organic Rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaves Combine all the herbs […]

New Editions of Rosemary Gladstar’s Classic Books Are Here!

These classic texts from the herbal community’s beloved Rosemary Gladstar are hot off the press. This collection of new 2014 editions have a wealth of herbal knowledge and how-to information with updated looks. Herbs for Common Ailments Previously sold under the title Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest, this informative guide profiles more than 50 herbs that are safe and effective for treating common ailments and injuries. Discover recipes for salves, teas, tinctures, and more, along with instructions for making an herbal first aid kit. Herbs for Stress & Anxiety This new edition was previously titled Herbs for Reducing Stress & Anxiety. Throughout this text, Rosemary Gladstar shows you simple herbal remedies that strengthen and build a healthy nervous system. She profiles 21 herbs proven to be effective at soothing common stress symptoms. Enjoy the herbs in tea decoctions and infusions, take them as capsules or tinctures, and relax in […]

Basic Botany: Sunflower Family

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…   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. – […]

Photo Thursday!

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  

Father’s Day Herbal Gift Guide

The third Sunday in June offers an opportunity to celebrate dads, grandfathers, and all of those wonderful father figures in our lives. While the card aisle may not reflect it, our dads are as individual as flowers in a field. If you've exhausted the traditional tie and tool combo, we have some suggestions to help you truly honor the unique spirit he brings. We've compiled a gift guide for all the fathers out there – nourishment for the soul, the heart, and the creative man that may be on your list.   A Cup of Tea and the Perfect Book Settling down with a good book and a hot cup of delicious tea is a gift that can be experienced again and again. These organic teas are tasty to drink and good for a little daily ritual. Brewed in a beautiful cast iron pot, Dad can lose himself in an afternoon of herbal pleasures.   […]

Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood

Yummy Chia! This new book was written by one of our favorite vegan chefs, Beverly Lynn Bennett. Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood   Grown as a staple crop for centuries in North, Central, and South America, chia seeds were highly prized by Aztec warriors and athletes for the sustained energy they provided. A source of low-fat, plant-based protein, and both soluble and insoluble fiber, chia seeds also contain eight times the amount of essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in salmon. You’ll find more than 25 recipes ranging from desserts, snacks, and beverages, to casseroles, soups, salads, and breakfast dishes all showing just how easy and delicious it can be to add these minuscule marvels to your daily diet. Some of our favorites include Chocolate Chia Pudding, Seed-Crusted Tofu Cutlets (cover image), and the Paradise Smoothie.   You can order a copy of the book here!    

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Where would we be without mothers, moms, grandmothers, aunts, and strong female mentors? Whatever the original purpose of Mother’s Day, for me, it is an opportunity to honor and be honored—to extend sweet gestures of appreciation to the women in my life who have guided and inspired. As a mother of adult kids, I cherish not-so-long-ago memories of hand-drawn cards, hand-picked bouquets of sweaty dandelion flowers, and messy homemade breakfasts.  Now, my kids get together with some of their friends and partners every year and host a brunch for several of us “moms”—we enjoy sharing the day with others and reminding ourselves that it takes a community of strong female role models to nurture the future. Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift to honor Mom this May, or you might want to create something truly personal for those you claim as Mother figures in your life? Whoever she […]

What do Herb Fairies Drink?

Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon! To celebrate their arrival, let’s make one of their favorite tea recipes… Plantain Fairy Tea! Plantain is thought to be the 2nd most common weed we find here in the US after dandelion, and thankfully it offers wonderful food and medicine. The leaves can be eaten in salads when young and tender – before they become tough and stringy with age. When used medicinally, the soaked seeds offer slimy demulcent action and the leaves are often used to make a “green bandage” or chew poultice for drawing out splinters and relieving bug bites. Dried leaves can also be infused to make a nice soothing and nutrient rich tea.       Want more recipes from the Herb Fairies? Click here for a FREE download of their cookbook!    

The Free Herbalism Project ~ Herb Day Celebration!

We are getting ready for the best Free Herbalism Project event yet! Spring has sprung here in beautiful Eugene and we can’t wait to celebrate Herb Day with an amazing lineup of free herbal classes, free tea, and blooming wildflowers galore.   You are invited to join us for a spring plant walk, a street herbalism workshop with Occupy Medical, and a hands-on lecture about aromatherapy and the many uses of essential oils with California author and herbalist Kathi Keville! This time around, the event will be a fundraiser for Occupy Medical and the American Herb Association! All profits raised during this event from the sale of t-shirts, essential oils, books, and other herbal merchandise will be donated to these two amazing organizations.   FREE HERBALISM PROJECT HERB DAY CELEBRATION! SUNDAY, MAY 4TH 2014 Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR   Click Here to Register!   ~ Event Schedule ~   11:00am to 12:00pm     Plant Walk:  Pacific Northwest […]

Herbal Laundry Formulas: Part 2

Find Part 1 here!      Herbal Dryer Sachets Conventional dryer sheets contain synthetic fragrances, chemicals, and known carcinogens and neurotoxins.  These unnatural substances have been linked to disorders of the brain and nervous system, as well as headaches, nausea, dizziness, depression, loss of muscle coordination, fatigue, drowsiness, and even cancer of the pancreas.  Plus, they’re unrecyclable and end up in landfills.  Consider ditching the toxic dryer sheets and using homemade herbal dryer sachets instead! Homemade herbal dryer sachets can be used in exactly the same manner as commercial varieties, but don’t contain the synthetic chemicals or artificial fragrances.  Besides making your laundry smell wonderful, they are reusable, and completely natural.  Best of all, this recipe is highly customizable, allowing you to add whatever herbs and essential oils you desire. Cotton Muslin Bag, Press n Brew Tea Filter, or sew your own sachet from leftover fabric. Organic herbs of choice […]