Herb Stories

  • Video: Susun Weed - Dandelion Medicine

New Video: Dandelion with Susun Weed

It was such a tremendous joy to have herbalist Susun Weed join us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. In this first video from our time shared together with the plants, Susun illuminates the wonderful preparations that can be made with the humble Dandelion. Learn her favorite uses for the leaves, flowers, stalks, seeds, and roots of this amazing weed, including tincture, vinegar, wine, fritters, oil infusions, and more! Watch the video here!

  • Summer Recipe Sale: 25% Off Arnica Massage Oil

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Arnica Massage Oil

It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! We love to make this deeply penetrating and soothing herbal massage oil for the occasional aches and pains we endure. Ideal for sore muscles and the minor bumps and bruises that result from hiking, gardening, long bike rides, yard work, and other physical activities. This oil also makes a wonderful salve base! For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Olive Oil, Arnica Flowers, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil at 25% off!  

  • Farm Stories: Sourcing Herbs in Egypt

Farm Stories: Sourcing Egyptian Herbs

Egypt stands alone as the primary producer of core medical crops to serve the world market. Demand for these medicinal and aromatic plants has only increased since ancient times and Egypt has a long and rich history of export and trade stemming back thousands of years. The fertile Nile River Valley is the birthplace for precious resinous plants that grow nowhere else in the world. The hot African sun brings out the essential oils and healing properties of these incredible plants.  The main crops grown in Egypt are a refined and unwavering line of essentials. We don't find fringe or esoteric plants here…but only those evolved through thousands of generations of heirloom cultivation to thrive in this arid desert climate. Mountain Rose Herbs relies on Egypt for crops such as organic spice oil seeds like cumin, coriander, fennel, caraway, and anise. Flower crops such as hibiscus, chamomile, and calendula also thrive here, along with flavorful leaves […]

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Soothing Sun Spray

It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! When the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, it can actually hold in the heat that you want to cool. This is why using tannic astringents is an important first step! You can even keep it refrigerated for an extra refreshing sensation. Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Spring Green Tea, Cleavers, Lavandin Hydrosol, and Aloe Vera Gel at 25% off!  

  • Cultivating Our Medicinal Plants

Farm Stories: Cultivation of Apiaceae Plants

In the realm of herbal products, there are many wild plant species subject to overharvest, misidentification, contamination of other harmful species, and a host of quality control issues. To alleviate some of these problems, Mountain Rose Herbs invested in cultivation projects of certain problem products. Sometime during the 1970s, herbal industry pioneers collected Echinacea purpurea seeds from wild populations and painstaking efforts were made to cultivate and hand collect every last seed. It took a number of years before enough seed was being produced to grow a substantial crop. Over the following few decades, work with varietal selection and plant breeding was preformed to improve genetics, constituent levels, and yields. This idea of domesticating and improving plants is something that humans have been doing since the advent of agriculture. Bringing a wild species into cultivation might sound easy – simply find the seed and plant a field, right? Specialty seed companies like Horizon Herbs might have the […]

  • Non-GMO Project Verified - Mountain Rose Herbs

We are Non-GMO Project Verified!

We are so excited to announce that we've been working with the Non-GMO Project to verify a selection of our products! These ingredients have been chosen specifically because they're produced from plant crops that are known to be at risk of GMO contamination. Thankfully, most of the herbs and spices we all use for food and medicine are not in danger of industrial genetic modification at this time, so organic certification is our go-to for ensuring that our herbal goodies are grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, GMO seed stock, or irradiation. Taking this commitment one step further, we listened to the herbal community's concerns and verified the following products through the Non-GMO Project. We'll be working toward adding more products to this list in the future, so check back on our website soon!       Non-GMO Project Verified  Organic Barley Grass Powder Organic Beet Root Powder Organic Broccoli Sprouting Seed Organic Cocoa Butter Organic […]

  • Fire Cider Recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs

New Podcast Episode: Trademarking Our Traditions

Click here to listen to the interview! What a journey! I just returned from the International Herb Symposium and my glowing heart is so full. After a gathering like this, I always feel truly blessed to be part of such a passionate, generous, wise, and fierce community of plant lovers. Folks from all corners of the world came together to share their medicines, their words, and their support of our growing herbal tradition.  A wave of inspiration is surely rippling out from the energy that was created there.  In the spirit of carrying this awareness on and sharing our resources, it was an honor to sit down with Rosemary Gladstar, Nicole Telkes of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, and Mary Blue of Farmacy Herbs to discuss the trademarking of our herbal traditions and a recent lawsuit against three herbalists. While it's frightening to think of the potential consequences this unfortunate battle may have on small herbal businesses, there […]

New Video: How to Burn Tree Resins for Incense

How gorgeous is this Dragon's Blood resin bubbling like lava and streaming its enchanted perfume?  Natural tree resins can be burned for incense using self-igniting charcoal rounds and a heat proof surface. These resins have been melted and enjoyed for their aromatherapeutic and spiritual benefits throughout the centuries. Not only dazzling to watch as they burn, these pure earthy scents are evocative of our ancient connections to divinity…  Visit our shop to find Copal, Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood, Charcoal Rounds, and more botanical burnables to enjoy!  

  • DIY: Making Herbal Capsules

DIY: Making Herbal Capsules

Do you take herbal capsules regularly?  Did you know that it's super easy to make your own? Unlike grabbing a bottle off the store shelf, making capsules at home allows you to know that the herbs you're taking are fresh, organic, and formulated to suit your specific needs. Our capsule machine is easy to use and incredibly easy to clean up. All you need are empty capsules and dried powdered herbs to get started. The box says that the machine, "Fills 24 capsules in as little as two minutes," but, admittedly, it took me about 5 minutes. I did get better at it the more I made though! Fun, convenient, and a breeze to figure out…      We carry two capsule machines—one that makes size “0” capsules and one for making size “00.” The sizes run just the opposite of what you would expect as the largest capsules are the size “00.” I went with size "0" since I wanted to […]

  • American Ginseng - Certified Forest Grown - Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs

New in the Shop: Certified Forest Grown Ginseng

The heart of herbalism beats in Appalachia.  Growing wild in these forested mountains is a root so valuable that decades of poaching and habitat loss has left it in dire need of our help. Protecting the wild is now in your hands. We are so proud to offer the first ever Certified Forest Grown American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). This new project brings us certified organic ginseng roots that were grown in their native ecosystem – the forested mountains of Appalachia. The plants are tended under the shade of the forest canopy, not shade cloth, allowing them to remain connected to their natural habitat. After 7 years of growth, the roots are sustainably harvested from these private forests by farmers who are dedicated to preserving this important medicinal plant. We believe that supporting this new certified forest grown movement can change the culture of ginseng, transforming the epidemic of black market poaching into […]

  • Herbal Radio Podcast by Mountain Rose Herbs

New on iTunes: Herbal Radio Podcast

We've been working on an exciting project and are so thrilled to finally be able to share it with you! Mountain Rose Herbs just launched our very own free podcast on iTunes called Herbal Radio. We have 6 episodes up, and can't wait to grow this into an incredible collection of lectures and interviews from around the herbal community, including recordings from the Free Herbalism Project.  You can now subscribe to the podcast or download episodes to listen to while working in the garden, adventuring out to the forest, or simply enjoy free herbal education at home with a cozy cup of tea.   Check out the Herbal Radio Podcast by Mountain Rose Herbs! Looking for more? Here are some other wonderful herbal podcasts for your listening and learning pleasure: HerbMentor Radio Real Herbalism Radio The Herbal Highway Wise Woman Radio Ask Susun Weed  

Farm Stories: A Look at Root Harvesting Techniques

The life of a root is born from its seed into an environment teeming with microbiology, loaded with organic matter, and abounding with nutrients. That soil protects it from the elements while a caretaker sporting rubber boots delivers precious water throughout the summer. To reach maturity it may be a season or two of dormancy followed by vibrancy. A root is the sole contributor to the lush foliage which is its only connection to the outside world, the photosynthetic life-force.  One of my earliest memories on my family’s farm was picking Echinacea purpurea roots out of a field with a dusting of snow. My siblings and I worked alongside workers and a handful of neighbors who turned up to help us “save” the harvest before winter truly set in. The financial significance of that harvest was immense. Being so young at the time, I only now understand how stressful that must have been for the adults. If […]