Herbal Info

  • 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 […]

  • How to Grow an Herb Garden

Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden: How to Start Seeds

Starting herbs from seed can seem a little daunting! While we may be used to starting some summer vegetables in the window sill, the idea of starting yarrow, lavender or arnica plants from seed may seem a little mysterious. It doesn’t have to be. Like other plants, you just need to give them what they need and soon you will have a garden overflowing with all your favorite medicinal and aromatic friends! It helps to know a little bit about how the plants grow in their natural environment, as this will guide the seed propagation. Some seeds need cold to germinate while others crave some warmth and luxury. Some plants, like Catnip, like to be planted where they are to grow and they are happiest planted directly into the ground or garden bed.     Starting Seeds Indoors Choose a growing medium. Many experts recommend using a soil-less compost or potting […]

  • New organic and fair trade certified Turmeric Root from Mountain Rose Herbs.

New in the Shop: Organic & Fair Trade Turmeric Root

Certified Organic & Fair Trade Turmeric Root Curcuma longa The newest addition to our extensive line of organic herbs and spices is cut and sift Turmeric Root that is both certified organic and fair trade certified. These little pieces of turmeric goodness are roughly 1/8 – 1/4 inch in size, and have a vibrant orange brown color with a characteristic turmeric aroma. They are perfect for tea blends, tincturing, or using in your favorite culinary creations. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India and southeast Asia for its medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic virtues. It has been admired as a natural dye due to the quality of its vibrant yellow-orange colored rhizome and has been an herb used in magical and religious ceremonies. Further, the active constituent curcumin, has been the subject of myriad studies due to its many health promoting properties. Turmeric is an upright tropical perennial with oblong leaves that are […]

  • Herbs for Healthy Digestion: Digestif Lozenges Recipe

Herbs for Healthy Digestion: 3 Simple Recipes

Normal digestive functioning can get thrown off pretty easily when our routines change or during the transition of seasonal cycles. We might find ourselves less active and relying on hot cooked meals during the fall and winter, and then energized by sunlight when our summer gardens grow a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies. Along with dietary flux, energy shifts throughout the year can also have an impact. Whether traveling away from the comforts of home, eating lots of rich food we aren’t used to, or stressing about mounting obligations, herbs can help us keep digestion strong if we pay close attention to our own unique rhythms. Three important herbal properties that can be helpful when our digestive system is off balance include bitters, aromatics, and demulcents. Let's take a closer look…   Bitters Not everyone's favorite flavor and often snubbed in American diets, the bitter taste is actually a very important piece of the flavor spectrum for […]

Update: How Can We Protect Osha Root?

Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. – Arapaho proverb Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to partner with the American Herbal Products Association’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, also known as AHPA-ERB. In collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Rio Grande National Forest Service, they are raising funds to continue a study that will help determine the range, availability, and recovery rate of Osha (Ligusticum porteri) after harvesting from the wild.    During the month of February, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 to fund this study!   Donate Online! An update about the Osha Sustainability Study from our friends at AHPA: Data from the Cumbres Pass area in the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado shows that changes in habitat light availability can have considerable effects on Osha populations. A robust meadow population with low […]

  • Plant Stories: Harvesting Damiana in Mexico

Plant Stories: Harvesting Damiana in Mexico

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a plant native to Mexico and other parts of Latin America that has been a popular medicinal and widely used where it grows wild. In recent years, this herb has gained considerable popularity in the US, Europe, and abroad as a tea, smoking herb, and tincture thanks to its calming and love inspiring properties.  When any plant collected in the wild becomes as popular as Damiana has, all of us at Mountain Rose Herbs start discussions about the potential threat of over-harvesting and the conditions under which the plant is being collected. So, with these concerns in mind, I traveled to Mexico to investigate the impact of this increasing demand and to visit our certified organic Damiana leaf supplier.     First, a little background about Damiana and its traditional uses in Mexico. Damiana grows in the semiarid high elevation (typically mountainous) regions of Mexico. As with most herbs, one region might host a slightly different variety or produce a slightly different […]

8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils

#1: What is an essential oil? First let's define what an essential oil is and how it's made. An essential oil is not an infused herbal oil. This is a very common misconception. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic oils produced by plants. Imagine fresh lemon balm leaves warming in the sun, rubbing rosemary between the palms of your hands, or bringing lavender flowers to your nose for a deep inhalation. Plants create smelly resins and oils to attract pollinators, warn predators, and to protect themselves against disease. The product you buy called "essential oil" is this aromatic substance concentrated through various methods. For example, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of precious essential oil! That's a potent drop of plant material. Essential oils can be extracted in several ways… Steam Distilled Most plant aromatics can be captured through vaporization. Click here to view an infographic outlining the steam distillation process. You will find that most essential […]

  • North American Rhodiola from Mountain Rose Herbs

Herb Stories: North American Rhodiola Root

Mountain Rose Herbs is very proud to offer our new North American Rhodiola Root. One of the few cultivated varieties in the world, our Rhodiola Root is grown and tended in soil free from chemicals and pesticides and is in accordance with the Good Agricultural and Collection Practice for Herbal Raw Materials (GACP). The GACP ensures herbal raw material will be correctly identified, non-adulterated, has accurate representation regarding the quality of the product, and is sustainably harvested. This North American Rhodiola Root has complete lifecycle traceability meaning every crop is entirely documented from seedling to harvested root including accurate identity. This practice ensures quality and provides assurance that the material provided to our customers will only be Rhodiola rosea and grown to GACP standards. Rhodiola rosea is the species of Rhodiola that people use for its medicinal value as an adaptogen. The action of an adoptogen is to help restore […]

  • The Future of Maca in Peru

Herb Stories: The Future of Maca

You may have heard rumblings in the news about an anticipated shortage of maca. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable that grows in the high altitude regions of Peru and has been used for food and medicine for over 4,000 years. Its popularity has been expanding worldwide, but recently, a huge increase in maca’s popularity in China has caused a buying frenzy and the future availability of this well-loved plant is precarious. According to news reports, the Peruvian government is aware of this issue, but has been unable to stop the incredible influx of buyers. Many are buying up any and all maca available, cutting off previous supplies and established markets, and then selling the maca at a higher price as the demand grows. Some are also adulterating the herb with less expensive filler, decreasing the quality of the product on the market. The rest of the world really started to see the effects of […]

  • New in the Shop: Organic Moringa Leaf

New in the Shop: Organic Moringa Leaf

Moringa Leaf Moringa oleifera Moringa is a tree that has been used for thousands of years in India for everything from food, to building materials, to medicine. This 'wonder tree' truly is wondrous in that each part of the tree is useful. The roots, stems, leaves, seed pods, resin, and flowers are considered to be healing herbs in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian healing system) and Unani (traditional Middle Eastern healing system) folk medicine. In modern times, the leaves and seed pods are utilized extensively due to their nutrient content. The generic name is derived from the Tamil (language spoken in southern India and northeast Sri Lanka) word 'murungai' meaning twisted pod, and 'oleifera' is Latin meaning 'oil-bearing' due to the seeds high oil content. There are several terms for the tree in Ayurveda such as 'shobhanjana' meaning 'very auspicious tree' or 'mochaka' which translates to the tree that 'helps to cure diseases.' It […]

Getting Organized: Storage Options for the Home Herbalist

With a new year, many of us resolve to get organized! Sort out those closets, finally get the hooks and shelves up in the garage, and, maybe, bring order to the chaos that is the spice, tea, herb, and tincture cupboard. Working around all of these wonderful, fresh, organic herbs means my cupboards at home are brimming with bags and boxes just like many of you and I'm determined to get things organized. Fortunately, there are so many helpful options for bringing about the tidy… Space Saving Stacking Jars For those with little cabinet or shelf space, these stackable spice jars are life savers! They are solidly made so they can be stacked as high as needed, interlocking and sleek. They have a shaker top for convenience and a screw top to keep the herbs and spices fresh. This is also a great option for powdered herbs, clays, seeds, and […]