We have a special gift for you! Over the last few years, folks have asked us to create a book featuring our favorite herbal recipes from the blog. Your wish has been granted! We're so excited to offer this collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formulas, and healthy snacks for FREE. You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing within these pages. Soon your cupboards will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes – all you need to do it click on the listed ingredients on each page. We hope you enjoy the e-book and look forward to creating these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Click here to download our free e-book!
Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love. As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a bit or share it with a friend. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!
It's time for the last recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! As hot summer days turn into crisp autumn nights, and winter brings the season of gift giving, now is the perfect time to stock up on lip balm making ingredients! Fruity, fresh, and super moisturizing, this recipe will leave your lips feeling naturally soft at a fraction of the cost. You can also find these lip balm tubes or tins in our shop for your lip balm crafting needs. Enjoy! For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic sweet almond oil, cocoa butter wafers, lime peel essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil at 25% off!
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 […]
#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 […]
Have you been out botanizing this month? Are you starting to see the patterns within plant families? Well, here’s the very last lesson in our basic botany series! Let’s take a look at the Sunflower family… Asteraceae – The Sunflower Family (as-ter-AY-see-ee) Identification Tips Did you know that each one of those stunning “petals” is actually an individual flower? – Many individual flowers packed into a single flower head. – Ray flowers, like those found around the perimeter of a sunflower, have one long petal. – Disk flowers are tubular, like those found in the center of a sunflower. – Some plants in this family may have one or both types of flowers. – The composite flower head is surrounded by green leaf-like bracts. – The sepals have been reduced to a ring of hairs, scales, or bristles called the pappus. – Five stamens united by their anthers. – […]
Let’s take a closer look at the Lily Family! Liliaceae – The Lily Family (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) Identification Tips Flowers: Flower parts (petals, sepals, stamens, carpels) in threes or multiples of three. Perianth: The sepals may look like the petals. Also known as tepals. Leaves: Alternate, whorled, or basal simple leaves generally with parallel veins. Ovary: Generally a superior ovary that sits above the sepals and petals. Food and Medicine This family includes tulips, trilliums, camas, and many other fragrant and beautiful lilies adored as ornamentals and florist staples. Chives, garlic, asparagus, and onions are also sometimes/formerly classified in the Liliaceae family. Some wild lilies have edible fruits called capsules and/or edible bulbs – but proper identification is key! While some native lilies growing in the forest have medicinal properties, I think it’s best to enjoy their loveliness through study, making field sketches, or through photography. Plus, there are great weedy herbs out […]
This month I’ll cover the botanical basics of five common plant families that you’ll encounter while taking a stroll through just about any park, trail, or garden. These will give you a good place to start, but there are many other families to explore if you fall in love with the art and science of identification. This week we take a closer look at the roses! Rosaceae – The Rose Family (ro-SAY-see-ee) Identification Tips Perianth – The perianth consists of the calyx (sepals) and corolla (petals) together. Generally, these flowers have five sepals and five petals. Stipules – Stipules are outgrowths at the base of a petiole (leaf stem). Look for stipules where the leaf stem meets the main stem. Hypanthium – More than 10 stamens arranged around a floral cup or hypanthium. The sepals, petals, and stamens attach around the edge of a cuplike receptacle containing the ovary. Food and […]
This post (and tasty recipe!) comes to us from herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt! She is the creator of Taste of Herbs, an exciting new course teaching practical herbalism by LearningHerbs and Mountain Rose Herbs. Rosalee is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and founder of Herbal Remedies Advice who lives on the edge of the wilderness in the northeastern Cascadian mountains of Washington state. Many thanks to Rosalee for sharing! How often do you use your sense of taste to understand how herbs work? There are many ways to learn about herbs. Oftentimes when people first begin to study herbalism they attempt to memorize long lists of what an herb can do. Or they might memorize a list of herbs that are good for a particular reason. Of course, there is no wrong way to learn about herbs! But learning herbs by memorizing lists can be a bit overwhelming (not to […]
This fun tool will help you find herbal synergy when creating your own tea blends. Start with the herbal action you need (immune support, calming, digestive stimulant, etc.) and use your preferred herb as the “active ingredient” base. Then add a “supportive ingredient” that is soothing to that particular body system. The final ingredient is the “catalyst” which adds a pop of flavor or offers stronger potency to the active ingredient by providing a complimentary action. These proportions are conceptual and not hard set, so you have freedom to experiment. Start with 3 parts active ingredient, 1 to 2 parts supportive, and 1/4 to 1 part catalyst, and then make adjustments as needed. You will find that herbs often switch roles from one blend to the next. Keep this helpful guide in mind when you begin blending gifts for the holidays!
Did you know that it takes 60 whole roses to produce just one drop of essential oil? The pure potency of each drop makes these precious ingredients powerful tools for aromatherapy and healing. Check out this fascinating infographic we created to outline the production of essential oils and hydrosols, from fresh living plants to distilled aromatic concentrates. Click on the picture below to enlarge…