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  • 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 Our Precious Medicinal 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 […]

The Sunday Steep!

Sometimes, the best tea is the simplest. While many of us know of Plantain as a good and readily-available herb for wounds and skin abrasions, it also makes a very useful tea containing Vitamins A and C and also calcium. I like the simple combination of Plantain Leaf and Peppermint Leaf for a cooling, refreshing cup of gentle medicine. So easy, but so tasty too! The recipe below is for dried herbs, but since both of these plants are so plentiful this time of year (most of us have Plantain growing in our yards), you could definitely make a fresh leaf version of this… Plantain & Peppermint Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Plantain Leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Peppermint Leaf Combine herbs in a strainer, infuser, bag or nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free to add sweetener […]

  • 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 as GMO-free! 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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.