News from the Bookshelf: Foraging & Feasting

Isn’t that cover gorgeous? We are so excited to offer this amazing new book that was self-published earlier this year by Dina Falconi (author of Earthly Bodies Heavenly Hair) and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender. It’s called Foraging & Feasting! This field guide and wild food cookbook celebrates local bounty and traditional foodways. Filled with beautiful, instructive botanical illustrations, and 100 delicious, enlightening master recipes, you will reach for this one again and again. Each of the master recipes can be personalized with various botanicals, depending on what’s available during the season, to create endless meal options. This collaborative celebration of food and art weaves together Dina’s 30 years of passionate investigations into wild plant identification, foraging, and cooking, with Wendy’s deft artistic skills honed over 15 years as a botanical illustrator, resulting in an abundance of recipes and illustrations that honor wild plants and creative ways to bring them into […]

On the Bookshelf: Soap Crafting

We’re excited to bring you Soap Crafting, a new book from The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola! Throughout Soap Crafting, Anne Marie shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap – which is sooo much nicer than what you can buy at the store! Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of the process. With 31 fantastic recipes, it’s easy to master the techniques you need to produce the soaps you want. You’ll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food ingredients (pumpkin, oatmeal, coffee, beer, avocado), and building techniques (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). This colorful book offers everything you need to make your own soap safely. Such a fun, creative, and satisfying project, especially with the holidays approaching!   Herbal Soap Recipe Now is the perfect time to start making soaps for gift baskets, so here’s a little […]

DIY: Herbal Dye Gift Bags

    As we come upon the season for gifts and giving, searching for earth-friendly, natural, and beautiful packaging can be a bit of a challenge.  It is so nice to have something lovely and useful for sharing homemade tea blends, potpourri, or edible holiday treats, so we challenged ourselves to see what we could create. We used just a handful of herbs to dye our 100% cotton muslin bags and turned to the Handbook of Natural Dyes, by Sasha Duerr for inspiration.  Since these gift and goodie bags won’t need to stand up to washings and wearings, as clothes would, we opted for simplified process for our dyeing project.  This could easily be adapted to dye cotton cloth for wrapping or larger fabric gift bags.   Here’s how we made these adorable bags:     Dye Ingredients & Supplies  1 cup Madder Root 1 cup Turmeric Root powder 1 […]

The Taste of Herbs Cookbook ~ Free Download!

Oooh…here’s another amazing herbal freebie from the upcoming Taste of Herbs course! Rosalee de la Foret wrote six recipes to correspond with the five tastes she teaches during this new online course. The recipes range from tom kha soup, to oxymels, and even a delicious cacao-rich chocolate cake. That’s some pretty tasty herbalism! You can download the FREE 32 page cookbook here!  Questions about the Taste of Herbs course? Contact LearningHerbs here!

New Herbal Interviews Book!

Have you seen this exciting new book of interviews created by our friends at the Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous? 21st Century Herbalists is a truly unique piece of our community history and you won’t find it on store shelves just anywhere. Jesse Wolf Hardin presents intimate conversations with 21 of the most intriguing herbalists and foragers of the 21st Century. Perfectly subtitled, “Rock-Stars, Radicals & Root Doctors,” this book is filled with previously unshared stories, underutilized herbs, herbal healing traditions, and inspiring advise from a collection of well-known herbalists. Read the stories of our “rock star” herbalists in this eclectic collection of interviews!    

MaryJanesFarm Goes Herbal – Special Issue Out Now!

Have you heard the exciting news? Mountain Rose Herbs partnered with the wonderful and always inspiring MaryJanesFarm Magazine to produce a very special issue focused on new herbal recipes, medicinal preparations, crafts, natural bodycare, and many other plant-based projects. This is our dream magazine, filled with unique herbal articles and gorgeous photos! It’s finally here and we can’t wait for you to read, enjoy, and try out these incredible recipes and projects for yourself!   Time for the big reveal…     Over the past few months, folks here at Mountain Rose Herbs have been working away in the kitchen, forest, and garden, creating brand new herbal recipes, how-tos, and information-packed articles for this unique issue. Inside these 97 full-color pages, you’ll find step-by-step guides for making soap and kombucha, floral ice cream and herbal quick bread recipes, botanical diagrams for identifying plants, tasty medicinal treats, all natural camping essentials, herbal bodycare for mama and baby, and so much more! This special issue magazine is on store racks around […]

Bookshelf News!

We’re offering two new herbal books that make perfect additions to any collection! Hands on Healing Remedies by Stephanie L. Tourles Clean out your medicine cabinet and replace artificial commercial balms and liniments with all-natural handmade herbal remedies. Filled with 150 recipes that are easy to prepare from readily available ingredients, this book will help you take control of your well-being and stock your family’s medicine cabinet with your own custom-made healing remedies. From Coconut-Honey Bliss Lip Butter for dried lips to Lavender Ice to reduce pain and swelling, you will find what you need to soothe everything from backaches and blisters to insect bites and insomnia. Softcover, 320 pages, published 2012.       Breverton’s Complete Herbal by Terry Breverton A modern day classic with more than 350 years of wisdom. This alphabetically arranged reference book is a reworking of Nicholas Culpeper’s classic The English Physitian and Complete Herbal which […]

A Menopausal Journey: Desperately Seeking…Sleep!

As much as I wish I could simply open a book or do an internet search and find all the answers to my Menopausal challenges, I’m learning that my version of what I’m calling my “ transition” is as unique as I am. I am not interested in masking or pretending that I am not getting older, but I wouldn’t mind finding a little relief and learning some new ways to cope with these inevitable changes. Fortunately, there are some wonderful resources available, and I’ve come up with a few of my own solutions for the realities of how mid-life is shaking out for me. I have always been someone who could fall asleep anywhere and sleep fabulously!  Well, I used to be someone who could sleep anywhere – now with the menopausal journey, I find it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep and keep from overheating into a blazing […]

New Catalog on the Way!

The new Spring/Summer 2013 catalog is on the way and we’ve packed it full of recipes, how-tos, farm stories, new products, gorgeous color photos, and plenty more herbal goodies! We are also debuting a new format for our beloved 68 page catalog this time around! The whimsical design allows us more space to share our products, herbal recipes, and photos, with much better print quality for easier reading. We truly hope you love thumbing through it as much as we do. As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for awhile or share it with a friend. Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!  

Herbal Holiday Gift Guide!

It’s that time of year again! We’ve received your requests for herbal gift ideas as the holidays approach and decided it would be fun to create a whole Holiday Gift Guide, including a list of our favorite organic goodies, herbal gift sets, and recipes from the year. We hope these ideas will help inspire herbal cheer among your friends and family! . . . Herbal Kits and Samplers Sampler sets and kits offer the perfect way to give a variety of herbal treasures – and at a great deal, too. These sets are beautifully packaged, include complete instructions, and inspire the opportunity for creative experimentation or much needed pampering. Essential Oil Samplers Essential oil samplers allow the budding aroma enthusiast to explore a wide variety of applications without the big investment. Composed of our most popular oils for experimental and educational purposes, the Favorites, Classic, and Lovers samplers make great gifts. The Chakra kit contains a specially formulated […]

News from the Bookshelf!

Exciting news! We have added two books from the award winning author Stephen Harrod Buhner. One of the leading voices in promoting the benefits of herbal medicine, Stephen is the author of fifteen books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. His work has appeared and been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.     Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation Ancient beers were quite different from what we know today. This beautiful and provocative exploration of the sacredness and folklore of ancient fermentation is revealed through 200 plants and hive products. It includes 120 recipes for ancient and […]