Herbal Info

  • Organic Seaweeds from Mountain Rose Herbs

Back in Stock: Organic Nori and Kombu Flakes

We are so pleased to warmly welcome back our old friends from the sea, Organic Nori Flakes and Organic Kombu Flakes. We have found a great source who carefully and respectfully harvests these treasures off the coast of Maine, and we couldn’t be more excited to once again be able to offer these products to our customers! The term nori was originally a generic term in Japan that referred to many types of edible seaweeds, but over time it came to describe specifically seaweeds from the Porphyra genus. Nori is also referred to as laver in Wales and other English-speaking countries. Nori has been eaten in Japan since 700 AD, and is a source of Vitamin B12, especially for vegans.  While Nori is most well-known for its use as a wrap for sushi and onigiri, our Organic Nori Flakes are perfectly suited for use as a garnish in noodle preparations and soups. Kombu is […]

  • Spring Green Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is possible to drink something hot (like tea) and feel the effects of cooling herbs. While I love iced tea served cold on a steamy summer day, I still love hot tea too and I just don't want to give it up when the temperatures climb. This recipe has a base of the mild green tea from our Spring Green Tea, so it has a bit of caffeination. The addition of Horsetail to serve as a mild diuretic and cooling herbs like Holy Basil/Tulsi and Peppermint make this a tasty tea choice for a hot summer day! Hot Day Hot Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Spring Green Tea 1 teaspoon organic Horsetail 1 teaspoon organic Holy Basil Rama 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon peel Combine all the tea and herbs in an infuser, strainer, nest, or bag. Pour 1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water over […]

  • 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 […]

  • Organic Oregon Grape Root

Oregon Grape Root Now Certified Organic!

Organic Oregon Grape Root Mahonia aquifolium and Mahonia nervosa We are overjoyed to be able to offer Certified Organic Oregon Grape Root and Powder! All of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs have a special affinity for the extraordinary Oregon Grape. In fact, the variety that grows widely here in the Willamette Valley, Mahonia aquifolium, is the official state flower of Oregon. Another variety of Oregon Grape, Mahonia nervosa, grows in the spectacular low elevation woods of western Oregon, characterized by endless rain dripping from the forest canopy of Douglas fir, Western hemlock, and Cedar. Oregon Grape contains berberine, the same active chemical constituent found in the well-known and revered Goldenseal. For years, many prominent West Coast herbalists have suggested Oregon Grape as a suitable substitute since the natural habitat of Goldenseal continues to decline. We are so pleased to now be able to offer certified organic Oregon Grape. We hope that you […]

  • How to Make Natural Beard Oil

DIY: Homemade Beard Oil Recipes

While there's nothing wrong with a no-fuss beard regimen, free and wildly natural, there are botanical options for maintaining a wonderfully styled, great smelling, and soft to the touch beard.  If you are looking to begin your adventures in herbal hair care for your facial mane, we’ve got some advice and recipes for you! Let's craft some all natural beard oil! Hair Conditioning: Beard oils will condition your hair and will moisturize the skin underneath. This conditioning element can be any of your favorite cosmetic carrier oils. You'll want to choose any oil that is generally beneficial to hair and skin. A few of my favorites for hair are Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Rosemary Infused Olive Oil. Skin Conditioning: It’s nice to add a second oil to the mixture specifically for your skin. Easy enough, most of the oils that are great for your hair will also be nice for skin too. There are a few oils however, that […]

  • 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 […]

  • New in the Shop: Turmeric Supreme Capsules

New in the Shop: Turmeric Supreme Capsules

From the Gaia Herbs Curcumin Synergy™ line we bring you three Turmeric Supreme Phyto Capsules. Turmeric Supreme Allergy Turmeric Supreme Joint Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength These liquid filled alcohol-free capsules combine the powerful properties of turmeric with beneficial botanicals to support your daily routine. From Gaia Herbs… For thousands of years turmeric has been valued in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India. The Turmeric Supreme family of products represents full Curcumin Synergy™ by delivering better absorption, better support. Find all of our Gaia Herbs Phyto Capsules offerings in our shop.  

  • New in the Shop: Organic Culinary Pollen Collection

New in the Shop: Organic Culinary Pollens

We are so excited to introduce two new gourmet ingredients to our shop… This delicate pollen is carefully harvested in California. Each tin is filled with 1 oz of botanical goodness!   Dill Pollen This certified organic dill pollen infuses your culinary creations with a flavor that’s both floral and delicate. Dill pollen is highly aromatic and alive with freshness. This is dill in its purest and most unadulterated form. It can be used to finish salads, root vegetables, grilled proteins, or pasta. Use this organic dill pollen anywhere you would use ground or powdered dill for an unforgettable foray into gastronomy. Fennel Pollen This certified organic fennel pollen is gathered from fennel plants that are air-dried, then screened to remove petals and stems. Fennel pollen has long graced the menus of high-end restaurants, and now you can use it to enhance your home-cooked meals. Fennel pollen has a distinctive honey flavor […]

  • Learn to make your own soap!

DIY: Herbal Soap Making From Scratch

Handcrafting soap from scratch is a mesmerizing and enchanting process.  Watching the transformation of oil and water makes you feel like a scientist, chemist, alchemist, or perhaps an herbal magician.  There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of lathering up with a luscious bar of your own homemade soap, and I’m beyond excited to share this DIY skill with you! After bathing with your homemade soap, you’ll be hooked.  Industrial soap companies remove the glycerin from soap in order to produce bars that are firmer and longer lasting.  Glycerin occurs naturally during the soap making process, providing a moisturizing quality to soap. Since handmade soap retains glycerin, it is gentler and more moisturizing to the skin than conventional store-bought soaps.  This is also why handcrafted soap should be placed on a well-draining surface, and not left standing water where it will quickly dissolve. Making soap is a little dangerous because […]

  • VIDEO: Aromatherapy Basics: Rose Medicine

New Video! Aromatherapy Basics: Rose Medicine

Aromatherapist and author Kathi Keville shares the uses and herbal history of the beloved Rose as a healing aromatherapeutic plant. From lotions to bouquets, this flower has been used to calm us and to inspire love for thousands of years. Learn about uses for rose essential oil, rose elixirs, creams, and more! Looking for more information and rosy products? Rose Essential Oil Kit Rose Hydrosol Rose Skin Cream  Rose Face Wash Rose Essential Oil Love Tea  Aromatherpay: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art  

  • 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 […]

  • North American Rhodiola from Mountain Rose Herbs

Monthly Specials: What’s On Sale at Mountain Rose?

We have all sorts of herbal treasures on sale for the month of April… Don't miss our selection of sale items this month! Click here to enjoy 15-50% off selected sale items from Mountain Rose Herbs until 4/30/2015