Meet the Herbalist

In Gratitude for Plants

Fall is my favorite time of year. We find more time to spend with family and friends, indulge in lovingly-prepared meals that feature the abundance of the harvest, and light the first warm, cozy fires of the season. For me, the focus on the harvest extends beyond food and crops: we also gather community, stories of summer, projects, and hopes for the coming year. As an herbalist, I collect the moments of connection I’ve had with plants since they re-awakened in spring — walks in the deep forest, the unexpected ally in an unfamiliar land, new friends made, nuanced experiences of flavor, and the shifts along the way. Perhaps this is why I love this time so much. It is an opportunity to reaffirm connection, gather the alignments and alliances that have grown richer over the summer months, and renew my faith in the plant connection that drives me. So […]

  • Free Herbalism Project with Guido Masé & Susan Leopold!

The Free Herbalism Project with Guido Masé & Susan Leopold!

We are excited to announce our next Free Herbalism Project event! Join us for an amazing lineup of free plant talks as we welcome Vermont herbalist Guido Masé and ethnobotanist Susan Leopold, PhD of the United Plant Savers. Registration is now open for this community event featuring a full day of free herbal classes (details below), free tea, live music, a plant sale, food carts, and more. Help us support the United Plant Savers with your purchase of books, t-shirts, herbs, and other botanical goodies in our Free Herbalism Project shop during the event! Register now and follow us on Facebook for more news and updates. We look forward to gathering with you!    FREE HERBALISM PROJECT  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016 Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR FREE ADMISSION $4.00 parking Click Here to Register!     Aromatics, Bitters, and Tonics:  A Simple System to Support Well-being Lecture by Guido Masé There are thousands of plants […]

  • New Video: Artemisia Medicine with Susun Weed

New Video: Artemisia with Susun Weed

Next up in our video series from the Free Herbalism Project, wise woman herbalist Susun Weed illuminates the history, lore, and traditional preparations made with Artemisia vulgaris. Learn Susun's favorite uses for the plant including dream work, smudging, and moxa, her discovery of the herbal feminine triad, and why she no longer calls this green being Mugwort…   Want to experiment with these herbs on your own?   Find them here: Organic Mugwort Organic Motherwort Organic Chickweed Wise Woman Tea Dream Tea Dream Balm   DIY: Homemade Sleep & Dream Pillow Tutorial How to Make Mugwort Bundles    Click here to watch the video!  

Meet the Herbalist: Emily Ruff + Conference Giveaway!

We are so excited to share this interview with Emily Ruff, the Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to serve as a Board Member of United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter for a chance to win free registration to the 2016 conference!     1. How did the plants find you? Can you recall the moment you realized that herbalism was your calling? Medicinal plants first spoke to something deep within me as a child. I learned […]

  • Online Course: Taste of Herbs

Join us for the Taste of Herbs!

Have you been enjoying the Flavor Wheel we offered as a free download last week? It's such an incredibly practical tool for anyone learning about natural health and herbal remedies. We love it! Maybe it inspired you to look deeper into choosing the right herb for a specific person’s need? If so, we are excited to present a wonderful online course that simplifies that process and provides a roadmap for making these choices easier… It's called Taste of Herbs with Rosalee de la Forêt!   Want more details? Visit the Taste of Herbs website now to learn all about this fantastic online course . Enrollment is now open!  Questions about the Taste of Herbs course? Contact LearningHerbs here!  

New Podcast Episode: Street Medicine and Free Clinics

Click here to listen! Sue Sierralupe is the clinic manager and lead herbalist for Occupy Medical, a free integrated healthcare clinic in Eugene, Oregon where she treats community members and advocates for access to healthcare. Sue joined us for the Free Herbalism Project, and in this episode from our event, she gives a brief history of the Occupy movement, the street clinic in Eugene, and the evolution of the herbal medicine movement in America. Learn how to set up your own clinic and which herbs to start with for successful patient care. Want to support the cause? Donate here! View Supplies Wishlist  

  • Free Herbalism Project featuring Ryan Drum!

The Free Herbalism Project featuring Ryan Drum!

We are excited to announce our next Free Herbalism Project event! The themes this time around will be all things fall – mushrooms and seaweeds! Join us in welcoming herbalist and seaweed expert Ryan Drum, PhD. from Waldron Island, Washington. We will also take a dive into the world of reishi mushrooms with local fungi educator Ja Shindler. Register now for these free herbal classes, free tea, live music, and help us fundraise for the United Plant Savers with your purchase of books, t-shirts, herbs, and other botanical goodies.     FREE HERBALISM PROJECT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2015 Mount Pisgah Arboretum, Eugene, OR FREE ADMISSION $4.00 parking Click Here to Register for Free!     Lecture by Ryan Drum Medicinal Uses of Seaweeds, Internally and Externally Seaweeds offer a wide range of therapeutic possibilities both internally and externally. The term seaweed in this case refers only to macrophytic marine algae, both wild and cultivated, growing in saltwater. Join us to learn how […]

  • Win Tickets to the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference!

Ticket Giveaway: Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference!

Mountain Rose Herbs & Plant Healer Magazine Present… 3 FREE TICKETS to attend the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference atop New Mexico’s enchanted Sky-Island from September 17th – 20th, 2015!     “It feels like a revolution again, and I feel revived!“ -David Hoffmann     Enjoy 50 classes taught by over 30 different teachers, providing traditional and cutting-edge information, practical skills, and hands-on experience.  Plant Healer’s Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference is held in a fairytale lodge high up in the clouds in what is truly a Southwestern Shangri-La. This year’s event will have a dance concert, Masquerade Ball, gourmet meals, cooperative childcare, and a bunch of special classes for kids and teens.    This year's teachers include… Guido Mase’ • David Hoffmann • Howie Brounstein • Juliet Blankespoor • 7Song • Kiva Rose • Lisa Ganora • Jim McDonald • Phyllis Hogan • Sean Donahue • Larken Bunce • Kiki Geary • […]

  • Video: Susun Weed - Dandelion Medicine

New Video: Dandelion with Susun Weed

It was such a tremendous joy to have herbalist Susun Weed join us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. In this first video from our time shared together with the plants, Susun illuminates the wonderful preparations that can be made with the humble Dandelion. Learn her favorite uses for the leaves, flowers, stalks, seeds, and roots of this amazing weed, including tincture, vinegar, wine, fritters, oil infusions, and more! Watch the video here!

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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 […]

  • 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. […]