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2016 Winter Gift Ideas

We love being able to offer an array of goods that empower home herbalists and inspire homemade gifts, but sometimes even the best of us DIY folks are short on time. Here are a few ready-made ideas for you and the people you love. Want these gifts to arrive on your doorstep before December 25? Then make sure to order by next Monday, December 12! For the "I drink tea not coffee" person Have a friend or loved one who is tea-obsessed? We have two unique tea-inspired gift ideas too pretty to hide away in a kitchen cupboard. How about this quality cast iron teapot set decorated with festive gold flair? Or perhaps this contemporary glass teapot to match your tea lovers' modern aesthetic?   For the "I think I need a massage" person This permeating massage oil is one of our four new original blends of organic massage oils […]

  • 10 Days of Gratitude & Herbal Giveaway

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away?  Let's take some time to celebrate those who've shown us motherly love over the years. She could be a close friend, aunt, grandma, mentor, or the woman who gave you life. No matter her role, these botanically infused gifts will surely express your gratitude for all she's given. From an organic spice rack refresh to a home spa pampering fest, here are a few of our favorite goodies for the special women that give us strength and make our days brighter…       The Culinary Adventurer Does she love to get creative in the kitchen? Freshen up mom's spice rack with a set of new aromatic seasoning blends. Our entire collection is certified organic and includes a variety of classics like Pumpkin Pie Spice, Lemon Pepper, Pickling Spice, and Italian Seasoning, to the fancy flavors of West Indies Rub, Thai Curry, and Cajun Spice. Add a few […]

  • Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Our hearts are so filled up!  We loved receiving these photos and a sweet thank you for donating tins, oil, herbs, and beeswax to the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program:   Dear Mountain Rose Herbs, Thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope Farm’s teen program in Saint Louis, MO. With your help, our teens were able to reconnect to their roots in herbal medicine. Together, we made two salves, several tinctures, and got to know the various herbs growing on our farm. Attached are a handful of photos that document our herbal projects. Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to work closely in the future. Warmly, Deidre        The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) developed the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program in 2014 to inspire positive personal and community change by bringing underserved youth and […]

  • New Book: Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy

New Book: Aromatherapy & Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy

We've received many questions over the years from mamas-to-be seeking information about safe practices when using herbs and essential oils during pregnancy. That's why we are so pleased to add Demetria Clark's Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding to our herbal library! This comprehensive sourcebook explains how essential oils and herbal remedies can provide natural, alternative solutions to the many health needs that arise during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Experienced aromatherapist and midwife Demetria Clark guides you through exploring the safe, gentle, and effective treatments for conditions specific to this transformative time in a woman's life. Clark carefully outlines which essential oils and herbs are safe to use (and which aren't) for each stage of this amazing process, from pregnancy, labor, and birth to breastfeeding and recuperating from delivery. Click here to browse our library of herbal literature.  

  • Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

Winter Wellness: 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe

We've been crafting herbal teas for nearly 30 years, and 5th Chakra has become one of our most beloved blends. Especially wonderful this time of year, the sweet citrus and warming spices combined with Echinacea for immune support* and soothing marshmallow root make this tea the perfect base for a seasonal syrup. I love how the thickness of the honey and natural mucilage from the marshmallow root and cinnamon coats, soothes, and moistens irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Such a delicious remedy! Let's make a batch to have on hand all season long. You can also create syrups at home using other tea blends. Some great choices would be Echinacea & Roots, Forests Tea, Happy Man Tea, Winter Spice Tea, or Holy Basil Chai. Imagine a beautiful little gift basket of freshly bottled herbal syrups to give to friends and family! Sweet holiday preparations…          5th Chakra Syrup Recipe Ingredients ½ cup loose organic 5th Chakra Tea Blend raw local honey  1 part brandy or […]

  • Free Catalog: Mountain Rose Herbs

Our New Catalog is Here!

Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love.  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 a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!

  • BackToSchoolTeaRecipe

The Sunday Steep!

This is the time of year when many of us have to move from the relaxing and rejuvenating summer months to the bustle-and-go of the fall season. This could mean heading back to school or other activities, but sometimes the changes in weather and tempo can bring on strain. While I call this "Back to School" tea for parents, it really is well-suited to support at any time of the year. And it is purposefully tasty to make it palatable for even those who don't particularly like herbal tea!   Parent's Back to School Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Elderberries 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1 teaspoon organic Marshmallow root ½ teaspoon organic Wild Cherry bark* ½ teaspoon organic Licorice root Combine all the herbs in a strainer, bag, infuser or tea nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free […]

  • Win Tickets to the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference!

Ticket Giveaway: Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference!

Mountain Rose Herbs & Plant Healer Magazine Present… 3 FREE TICKETS to attend the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference atop New Mexico’s enchanted Sky-Island from September 17th – 20th, 2015!     “It feels like a revolution again, and I feel revived!“ -David Hoffmann     Enjoy 50 classes taught by over 30 different teachers, providing traditional and cutting-edge information, practical skills, and hands-on experience.  Plant Healer’s Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference is held in a fairytale lodge high up in the clouds in what is truly a Southwestern Shangri-La. This year’s event will have a dance concert, Masquerade Ball, gourmet meals, cooperative childcare, and a bunch of special classes for kids and teens.    This year's teachers include… Guido Mase’ • David Hoffmann • Howie Brounstein • Juliet Blankespoor • 7Song • Kiva Rose • Lisa Ganora • Jim McDonald • Phyllis Hogan • Sean Donahue • Larken Bunce • Kiki Geary • […]

  • DIY Four Thieves Hand Sanitizer

DIY: Hand Sanitizer Gel Recipe

Not too many weeks ago, I had the pleasure of driving down the I-5 and back, taking detours to explore lakes and forests along the way. This road trip was planned well in advance, so I had time to prepare a few herbal luxury items including an herbal infused witch hazel for freshening up our faces and this lovely hand sanitizer recipe based on our version of the Four Thieves® Oil Blend recipe.   I didn't want to make something as intense as the commercial gels you find at your local convenience store, but something natural that behaves similarly: goes on easy, dries up quickly, and has a powerful botanical base. I absolutely love the combination of ingredients in the final formula! The alcohol (roughly 20% of of total recipe), combined with the aloe vera gel, dried up very quickly, leaving my hands soft and refreshed and smelling wonderful. This recipe isn't meant to replace soap and water, but is a great option for […]

  • Seed Bombs in Grass

Guerrilla Herb Gardening for the Earth

As a young child growing up in the 1970’s, there were all sorts of pro-peace slogans sprawled across t-shirts and stamped on psychedelic bumper stickers. One of my favorites was the “seeds not bombs” slogan. As a burgeoning punk in the 80’s, my protesting became a bit more radical and I was as equally “anti-“ many things as I was “pro” other things. While many folks wish we could eliminate some of the harsh language of war and protest from our lexicon, I think we can also reappropriate and use it for the greater good. The idea of Seed Bombs isn’t new! While I was working on these, one of my fellow Mountain Rosers and part of our hardworking facilities crew, Jon, shared tales of a couple of his guerrilla gardening heroes: Lady Bird Johnson who encouraged Texans to freeze native wildflower seeds in ice cubes and toss them out […]

  • Free Download: Herb Fairies Cookbook

Free Download: The Herb Fairies Cookbook

Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon… To celebrate their arrival, they're sharing a free cookbook with us. You can find it here! Let's create one of their favorite recipes from the book, made with organic astragalus, burdock, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, and cloves:   Rooty Chai Tea Recipe   Want more recipes from the Herb Fairies? Click here for a FREE download of their cookbook!      

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 […]