Meet the Herbalist

The Forest in Winter: Conifer Resins for Healing and Pleasure

Our winter post from Kiva Rose Hardin is here and it’ll make you swoon. Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the Herbal Resurgence Rendezvous, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just released historical novel, The Medicine Bear by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots.   Living in the coniferous forests of the mountain Southwest, Winter here is evergreen even at twenty below and when covered in snow. The towering Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs are a constant reminder to me of the particular kind of intimacy one can foster with the plants during the cold moons. […]

Harvesting Willow with 7Song!

Oooh! We’re so excited to share this Mountain Rose Herbs exclusive look at herbalist 7Song’s first video course on herbal first aid! In this video sneak peek, 7Song shows you how to harvest willow bark sustainably. You might already know 7Song as the director of the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, NY – an endeavor he began in 1992. He also practices community herbalism at the Ithaca Free Clinic, which is one of the only integrated free clinics with an herbalist on staff. 7Song sees herbal medicine as an excellent blending of two favorite activities: studying nature and helping community. Now, you have the chance to learn from his many years providing herbal first aid to people in need on the streets, at concerts and festivals, and in the clinic. Learn more about 7Song’s exciting new video course here: HerbFirstAid.com     

Events Calendar!

Each year, Mountain Rose Herbs sponsors and participates in amazing events all across the country! From herb festivals and organic farming conferences, to natural products tradeshows and wilderness conservation fundraisers, we love to be part of these communities. Here’s where you’ll find us in 2013…   *January*   Fun with Fermentation Saturday, January 12th 2013 WoW Hall, Eugene, OR     Good Earth Show January 18th – 20th 2013 Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, OR Booth 1117    *February*   Local Food Connection February 4th  2013 Lane Community College, Eugene, OR     Organicology February 7th – 9th 2013 Hilton Downtown, Portland, OR     Florida Herbal Conference February 15th – 17th 2013 Camp Winona on Lake Winona, DeLeon Springs, FL   MOSES Conference February 21st – 23rd 2013 La Crosse, WI    *April*   East/West Seminar April 26th – May 3rd 2013 Ben Lomond, CA    *May*   Wildflower Festival […]

Understanding Chinese Medicine

We’re excited to finally share a bit of the Chinese herbal medicine perspective from acupuncturist Dylan Stein. Dylan specializes in dermatology, men’s health, and pain management. In addition to acupuncture, he also passionately practices Chinese herbal medicine and will be joining us over the next few months to introduce us to this ancient healing practice!   Chinese Medicine ~ Between Heaven and Earth The roots of Chinese medicine lay in a time before X-rays and blood tests, a time when people lived by the light of the sun and spent time observing the world around them. This gave birth to the notion that the best lifestyle is lived in harmony with nature and the ebb and flow of the seasons. Our place in the universe was seen as quite unique. We walk on two feet connecting us to the Earth and our head points to the sky connecting us to […]

An Eastern Approach to Autumn

  We’re excited to finally share a bit of the Chinese herbal medicine perspective from acupuncturist Dylan Stein. Dylan specializes in dermatology, men’s health, and pain management. In addition to acupuncture, he also passionately practices Chinese herbal medicine and will be joining us over the next few months to introduce us to this ancient healing practice!    Living By the Seasons – A Look at Autumn Hello! I have been given the opportunity to write a bit about Chinese herbal medicine, its philosophies and diagnostic paradigms, and what herbs Chinese and Western herbal medicine have in common. Every day I am taken aback by the beauty and power of the medicinals we use and I feel so lucky to work with them. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our medicine and that lots of fruitful conversations will grow from seeing these two traditions work side by side. First, I want to talk about what […]

Free Webinar with Aviva Romm Winterize Your Kids!

The good folks at LearningHerbs have done it again! This time they’re bringing you a FREE webinar on Thursday with doctor, author, herbalist, and midwife Aviva Romm to help you get the kiddos ready for winter colds, flu viruses, and infections. This free 90 minute class will cover the key guidelines for when to use natural or conventional therapies, basic safety considerations when using herbs, how to naturally boost immunity, and much more. This will be an incredible resource for anyone with children in their life! Plus, we have some organic goodies for you. . . To help you stock-up the home apothecary this winter, we’ll be giving away this selection of medicinal goodies to one lucky winner during the webinar! The prize includes Chamomile Tea, Quiet Child Tea, Winter Spice Tea, Elder Berry extract, Echinacea Purpurea extract, Chamomile extract, Lemon Balm extract, a lime green porcelain tea pot, Support Organic Agriculture Tote Bag, and a Celestial […]

Rosemary's Remedies Now Open!

We hope you’ve been enjoying the amazing kitchen remedy videos from the wonderful Rosemary Gladstar as much as we have this week! It’s been so inspiring to watch Rosemary create healing syrups, teas, and fire cider in her element at beautiful Sage Mountain – and we’re so excited to share more videos and recipes from the series with you! When we first partnered with LearningHerbs and Rosemary to create this first time ever collection, we knew it would be a true gift to herb lovers everywhere, but we didn’t know just how incredible it was going to turn out. After seeing Rosemary’s Remedies in full, our hearts swelled with joy. We are so proud to offer this beautiful and educational series to you, filled with Rosemary’s deep wisdom, energizing spirit, favorite recipes, stories, and more, from her mountain home to yours.   Get all of Rosemary’s Remedies now! Join us […]

Rosemary Gladstar's Tea Recipe!

We’re soooo excited! The next video from Rosemary’s Remedies is out! You can watch her make this classic tea formula here: Click Here To Watch!  

Honey Onion Syrup Recipe from Rosemary Gladstar!

Come on a magical healing journey with beloved host and herbalist Rosemary Gladstar! We are so very excited to finally announce this special – first time ever – series of videos from Rosemary’s kitchen at Sage Mountain. We partnered with LearningHerbs and Rosemary herself to bring you her favorite recipes, like Honey Onion Syrup, stories, and so much more from the wilds of her mountain home. This is a true treasure of herbal history you won’t want to miss! We are so thankful to Rosemary for planting the seed that would grow into Mountain Rose Herbs over 25 years ago. As a teacher, healer, author, conservationist, and all-around inspiration, we are so blessed to now have her wisdom at our fingertips and we can’t wait to share it with you too. There has never been a video series that captures her brilliance and spirit until now. This unique collection […]

Meet the Herbalist ~ Kiva Rose

We are so excited to share our new interview with the wonderful Kiva Rose, and to announce that she will be guest blogging for us seasonally! Her beautifully written articles marry the personal with the scientific, lore with experience, offering untamed and fresh insight. Herbalist, wildcrafter, artist, and storyteller, Kiva Rose lives in a canyon botanical sanctuary within the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. She is also the co-director of the Traditions In Western Herbalism Conference, held each September in the mountain Southwest, coeditor of Plant Healer Magazine, and publisher of the just released historical novel, The Medicine Bear by Jesse Wolf Hardin, and maintains an herbal blog, The Medicine Woman’s Roots. Enjoy the interview…   1.   Can you recall the moment you realized that herbalism was your calling? I have been fascinated by the plants my entire life, from early childhood on. As soon as I realized that herbalism was still a viable vocational choice […]

Photo Thursday!

Squeee! We had a visit this week from our favorite rambling community cultivator! With Guisepi at the wheel, the Free Tea Party bus made a stop in our neighborhood to pick up a tea donation for the road. This project to inspire human connection is off on another adventure, encouraging dialogue about peace, the environment, and health by serving free tea to diverse groups of people ready for an impromptu tea party.     Edna the Tea Bus continues to evolve each time we see her. In addition to a wood stove, she now has skylights, a working sink, new library shelving, beautiful reclaimed wood paneling along the ceiling and floors, and gorgeous cabinetry made from salvaged materials to house this wonderful collection of old tea cups!  Also, these amazing tea knobs…     Learn more about the Free Tea Party or invite the bus to your town or event: www.freeteaparty.org  Bon voyage!  

Howie Brounstein on Herb TV: Calm Down!

Check out this great mini-lecture about calming herbs by Howie Brounstein of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies! A longtime friend and teacher, Howie is one of our most beloved herbalists offering botany, ecology, wildcrafting, plant pharmacy, physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical herbalism apprenticeships here in Eugene. During this video from HerbTV, Howie discusses nutritive nervine herbs and other popular calming herbs including Oats, Skullcap, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian. The complete lecture is available for sale here. Prepare to watch and relax…