Herbal Info

  • 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

  • herbal-beer

Adventures in Herbal Home Brewing

My love of home brewing is over a dozen years old. From my first novice attempt with a beer-making kit, it was a quick trajectory to all grain brewing and some grand experiments (not all of which resulted in delicious masterpieces, mind you!) Now, I grow my own hops on three established hop plants along the edges of the garden, and this provides plenty of plump hops to dehydrate and freeze for use in my creations. While my brewing adventures started with modern-ish beer recipes, I also love experimenting with meads and herbal fermentations. For me, the joy of home brewing is creating beverages that I can’t get anywhere else! Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers is a dense book of almost endless inspiration for a home brewer like me. I picked it up because I wanted to learn more about brewing with fresh and dried herbs and decided to give […]

  • Herbal Tea

The Sunday Steep!

Some weeks are busy weeks full of long days and late nights! While I am not really a caffeine junky, I do like my cup or two of coffee brewed with cacao nibs every morning. On weeks like this past one, however, where we are visiting with lots of people, going to events far and wide, and still putting in a good day's work, I tend to reach for tea more than coffee throughout the day. I think my nerves and senses respond well to the calming ritual of tea, it helps to keep me hydrated, and it's a small way to pay attention to my body's needs when the wild world is calling! This tea recipe is made up of some of my very favorite herb friends… The Extrovert's Balancing Tea Blend 1 Tablespoon organic Skullcap 1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf, Strawberry Leaf, or Blackberry […]

  • 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  

  • Giveaway: Win a copy of the Herbal Kitchen and Organic Herbs!

Book Giveaway: The Herbal Kitchen + Red Powder Recipe

Herbal Sprinkles are one of the most simple and satisfying ways to incorporate more herbs into your cookery. The key to using herbal sprinkles is to take them out of the cupboard and keep them next to where you cook and eat. I have several herbal sprinkle combinations right next to my stove and blender and on the kitchen table. If the herbs are readily accessible you get into the habit of using them every day, pretty soon you wonder how you lived without such a pleasing array of herbal food enhancement. I have an entire chapter on herbal sprinkle recipes in The Herbal Kitchen. I have to tell you that by far the most popular sprinkle that people have loved the most is Red Powder. It didn’t start out with the name Red Powder; my family would just say, “Hey, pass the red powder, would ya?” So the name stuck. […]

  • Free Herbalism Project featuring Susun Weed!

The Free Herbalism Project featuring Susun Weed!

We are excited to announce our next Free Herbalism Project event! Spring has sprung here in beautiful Eugene and we can’t wait to celebrate Herb Day with an amazing lineup of free herbal classes, free tea, live music, wildflowers in bloom – and wise woman herbalist Susun Weed! This time around will be a fundraiser for the United Plant Savers through the sale of books, t-shirts, herbs, and more botanical goodies. Let's support plant conservation!     HERB DAY CELEBRATION! SUNDAY, MAY 3RD 2015 Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR FREE ADMISSION $4.00 parking Click Here to Register for FREE!     Lecture by Susun Weed My Favorite Herbs for a High Energy Lifestyle If you want to take a big, juicy bite of life, join me for a high-energy session about the five simple herbs that will do the most for you. You will learn which plant gives you unlimited amounts of grounded, focused energy. You will […]