Eco Projects

Recipe: Frankincense & Myrrh Hand Balm

I love this season of celebration. This time of year I'm often dreaming of chocolate truffles, forests covered in snow, and catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Making special foods, festive treats, and gifts while singing along with my favorite songs brings a glow of happy cheer to my heart—but my favorite part of the holidays is seeing the joy and excitement in other people as they unwrap the gifts I have made for them! This year I decided to create a rich and moisturizing balm to soften the appearance of rough dry skin, using the scents of sacred resins and trees that are often associated with this time of year.   Let's make our holiday hand balm! Ingredients: This recipe makes roughly 9 oz. of salve mixture. 1/2 cup organic olive oil 1/4 cup organic grapeseed oil 1/4 cup organic avocado oil 3 level Tbsp beeswax pastilles 1 […]

Oregon Wild Matching Gift

Stand with Mountain Rose Herbs and Oregon Wild to protect the Rights of Nature! Donate Here In mid-November, I had the pleasure of hearing Winona LaDuke speak at the University of Oregon on the topic of The Rights of Nature. Ancient old growth forests, river ecosystems, and endangered species cannot cast a ballot or speak for themselves. They need our help to survive. Oregon Wild is working to protect and restore Oregon's natural treasures as a lasting legacy. More than ever before, Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters need us to be their voice. Donate during the month of December, and Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $5,000! "For over 40 years, Oregon Wild has worked to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters — from standing up for native keystone species like gray wolves and sea otters to defending the last of our old-growth […]

  • Zero waste tips for buying less & celebrating more!

Zero waste tips for buying less & celebrating more!

The holidays are the most giving and generous time of the year. They are also the most wasteful. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans throw out about 25 million tons more trash than normal — a 25 percent increase over the rest of the year. We can change that! Here’s a list of suggestions to help you celebrate the holidays, or any special occasion, while making the planet happy: Make a gift using upcycled material. This one is near and dear to our hearts. You knew that, right? Not as crafty as you’d like to be? Bake a treat or invite your friends over for a lovely home-cooked meal. They can return the favor by making it a potluck party. Donate in someone’s honor. Your loved ones are as concerned about conserving resources as you are, right? You can honor them and give back to the planet by donating to […]

  • New Containers Mountain Rose Herbs

New Container Case Sizes

Autumn has returned to the Willamette Valley, and this is a great time of year to get organized and prepared before the cold winds of winter start blowing in. Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we have simplified the offerings of our container case sizes for all bottles, jars, tins, and spice containers. All of these containers are now available in singles, cases of 12, or cases of 24. Whether you make your own salves, tinctures, body butters, or other handcrafted botanical delights, we hope this will assist you in crafting traditional remedies for your community.    Visit our online shop to view our entire line of containers.

Double Your Donation to Save the Elliott Forest

Help us climb the mountain and save the Elliott State Forest!   I grew up exploring the forest in my backyard, splashing in creeks, climbing trees, and playing imaginary games. Throughout my childhood, we took family hiking and camping trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Access to public lands allowed me and countless others to connect with nature. Those experiences shaped who I am. Oregon is my home these days and I feel that same connection to the forest. I love packing up the car and making my way into the wilderness, away from cell service and the buzz of the highway. Whether it’s the Cascade Range or the Coast Range, I’m happy being outside! The 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest is one of those places that provides an escape and is spiritually restorative. But the Elliott is under attack. The Oregon State Land Board may privatize […]

How do you commute to work?

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we want to minimize our carbon footprint. One way we do this is through our Alternative Commute Program. We encourage employees to stay healthy and reduce CO2 emissions by not traveling to work in single occupancy vehicles. Once again, we participated in Eugene’s  Business Commute Challenge (BCC) and broke personal records! We competed against like-size companies, University of Oregon departments, City of Eugene offices, and nonprofits to see who could log the most miles walking, biking, busing, or carpooling to work. Mountain Rose Herbs came in fifth place out of 50 teams in our category and overall participation increased compared to last year! Fifty-one MRH employees logged 145 round-trips, compared to 47 employees who logged 133 trips in 2015. If you like numbers, the BCC set records too this year. All together, 269 teams and 2,820 participants joined in the fun. We collectively saved 83,265 […]

  • Herb Stories: Protecting Our Trilliums

Herb Stories: How We Protect Trillium

We are so excited to share this post from our upcoming Free Herbalism Project speaker Susan Leopold, PhD.! Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she worked as a librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of American Botanical Council. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children’s book Isabella’s Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia’s botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian […]

2015 Sustainability Report!

We are excited to share our Mountain Rose Herbs’ 2015 Sustainability Report with you! People, plants, and planet before profit is at the heart of everything we do. Our core values of environmental stewardship, fair trade practices, zero waste production and community support steer the decisions we make. Thanks to our customers, vendors, and employees, we hold true those principles by monitoring and reporting on our greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, employee programs, charitable giving, and other key indicators. We appreciate your continued support and engagement guiding us to affect positive change!   2015 Highlights & Accomplishments Diverted 96.2% of company waste! Offset 295.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through Installed a 25 kWh solar array at main facility Collected 597 lbs of food and 304 lbs of clothing during our annual employee-led Food and Clothing Drive Completed Salmon-Safe projects, including a tree planting and rain garden installation […]

  • Double Your Donation: Safeguard Salmon from Suction Dredge Mining

Double Your Donation: Safeguard Salmon from Suction Dredge Mining

Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation to WELC in August up to $5,000! Imagine a large, noisy, diesel-powered vacuum cleaner that sucks up gravel and sand from a riverbed, separates out precious metals, and dumps the sediment back into the stream column. Such a vacuum cleaner exists and it is being used in the rivers and streams in Oregon in search of gold. Perhaps unsurprisingly, vacuuming up the contents of a riverbed can cause significant harm to river ecosystems and aquatic species, including salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. Suction dredge mining, a form of motorized mining, uses a diesel-powered pump mounted on a raft to suck the contents of a riverbed into a sluice where gold can be separated from gravel and sand. Placer deposits containing gold are often found in slow-moving, depositional stream reaches, which are precisely the areas where fish seek to create redds (nests) and spawn, because […]

  • Timber’s Cover-Up

Timber’s Cover-Up

If you are a customer of Mountain Rose Herbs, you’ll be proud of their new wood products policy.  Growing numbers of sustainable businesses are trying to source locally, but Mountain Rose Herbs may be the first to commit to buying wood products solely from forests that are managed for native plant bio-diversity, wildlife habitat, pesticide-free, and clean streams. Mountain Rose Herbs partners with Beyond Toxics to advocate for Resilient Forestry practices in laws and business guidelines. To help folks learn more about Resilient Forestry, Beyond Toxics is releasing a new short film using aerial photography to look far above and deep within industrial forests.  Mountain Rose Herbs has been a supporter of the film from the start. Timber’s Cover-Up has sobering, shocking images of how forest ecosystems are interrupted and destroyed by conventional industrial forestry. In less than five minutes, the film succinctly explores the question what is a healthy, resilient working […]

Is Your Garden Pesticide-Free?

The shocking death of 50,000 bumblebees in a Wilsonville, Oregon shopping center back in 2013 catalyzed a worldwide conversation about bee health and pesticides. The incident happened after the bees visited trees treated by a private arborist company with neonicotinoid pesticides. Photos of bees littering the asphalt were featured on the cover of Time magazine, in the LA Times, and covered in The Huffington Post to mention a few, and brought the previously arcane topic of neonicotinoids into millions of American households. Two years later, making lemonade out of lemons, The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides recognizes that this notorious incident uniquely positions the City of Wilsonville and committed partners to exercise national leadership in demonstrating achievable ways to assist pollinators within urban environments. During this National Pollinator Week (June 20-26), NCAP is proud to announce its commitment to a new pollinator stewardship project and the collaboration to build crucial pollinator habitat in […]

  • Northwest Farm Stories: Growing Goldenseal & Ginseng

Northwest Farm Stories: Growing Goldenseal & Ginseng

A few weeks ago, I visited one of our Northwest growers to check in on a new project we began last year. He has been supplying us with sustainably grown and harvested organic goldenseal root for years, and we both felt it was time to get some ginseng in the ground. Both goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) are slow-growing, shade-loving plants. Due to their popularity, they have been over-harvested in their native habitat and are now considered “at risk” of endangerment. To maintain the wild stands and still supply potent plants without the use of pesticides, we continue to initiate cultivation projects for these and other plant populations that are under pressure.     Walking toward the fields, I could see the dark green of goldenseal bursting out of the raised beds with shade cloth protecting them from the intense heat of the sun. As we came up to the ginseng beds, I was happy to […]