Natural Body Care

  • DIY: Whipped Body Butter

Make Your Own Whipped Body Butter

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a little timid about making a lotion or a cream on my own. While I'm a big fan of facial serums for moisturizing my face and maintaining healthy hair, there is something so luxurious about a fluffy, buttery, moisturizing spread of organic carrier oils and essential oils that I just had to try it! The main difference between most body butter recipes and general cream and lotion recipes is that body butters are composed of mostly (often all, as in this recipe) carrier oils and butters – rather than the addition of an aqueous ingredient like water, hydrosols, aloe vera gel, etc. This makes body butters great for dry skin, as they instantly coat the skin and create a protective barrier between you and the elements.  If there's one season that makes me take extra notice of my skin, it's spring. Just after the long winter, when the weather begins to warm up […]

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 […]

  • DIY: Tamanu Oil Skin Serum Recipe

DIY Beauty: Nourishing Skin Serum

Growing up, I was fed this beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of really harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those oils actually help protect delicate skin! This can result in overly dry and rough skin, rather than soft and supple. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into the skin, leaving my face super soft, but not greasy. Organic plant oils like these are used in the base of most homemade lotion recipes. Lotions often include butters or […]

  • New Organic Flower Waters from Mountain Rose Herbs

New in the Shop: Helichrysum & Neroli Hydrosols!

We are excited to offer these two new Certified Organic Hydrosols!   Organic Helichrysum Hydrosol This divine hydrosol smells much like a diluted version of its essential oil counterpart. It has a dry-green floral aroma with earthy tea-like back notes, which some consider to be an acquired odor. If you enjoy the aroma of Helichrysum essential oil, you will appreciate this lovely hydrosol. The similarity to the essential oil make this hydrosol a cost effective alternative for incorporating the healing power of this little flower into skin care formulations and perfume blends.   Organic Neroli (Orange Blossom) Hydrosol This delightful hydrosol has an uplifting, bitter-sweet, citrusy, floral aroma that is quite complex. It is a very mild version of its essential oil counterpart, making it a beautiful addition to formulations. It has a gender neutral aroma making it a great hydrosol for the whole family.   Visit our website to see our full line of […]

  • Wild Carrot Herbal Tour - Mountain Rose Herbs

Inside Wild Carrot Herbals

In the far Northeastern reaches of Oregon, tucked quietly away beneath a mountain range and a lake cut away by ancient glaciers, a family run herbal business calls this remote landscape home. Wild Carrot Herbals has been making its high quality herbal goodies for 14 years and just recently transitioned from their Salem area home base to the wild side of the state, settling in Enterprise, Oregon. Jody Berry is the founder and creator of Wild Carrot’s well-loved blends and runs the business with her family and seven employees. Jody welcomed Mountain Rose Herbs to visit and take a tour behind the scenes of her small herbal business.     On a very brisk October, we made the beautiful drive through canyons and golden farm lands to the base of the Wallowa Mountains just south of Joseph, Oregon and Wallowa Lake. We took Main Street and drove down the […]

  • DIY Holiday Gift Guide by Mountain Rose Herbs

The DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Creating thoughtful, hand-crafted holiday gifts doesn't have to be hard or complicated. I don't think of myself as a very craftsy person, but I do challenge myself to give those closest to me at least one handmade gift every year. Some years, everyone gets the same thing, while other times, I have the energy to make more personalized gifts for those on my list. These seasonally inspired gifts are easy to put together, not the slightest bit fussy, and perfectly-suited for the range of folks you have in your life. And the best thing? None of them have to be made far in advance, so you can spend one afternoon crafting these delightful and useful gifts and then put your feet up and enjoy a nice, hot cup of tea…   Body & Bath Treats   Spearmint & Eucalyptus Lip Balm 1 Tablespoon organic Cocoa Butter or 4 Cocoa […]

DIY: Cayenne & St. John’s Wort Salve Recipe!

This is a classic topical formula that can be used to help ease occasional aches and pains associated with activities like hiking and biking or to help warm up the joints when faced with the chill of cold weather. I like to keep this healing ointment handy during the active summer months and throughout the wintertime for just these reasons. Such great medicine! It also makes a wonderful gift that’s super easy to whip up. Simply rub into sore joints and muscles for a little relief, avoiding broken skin, as needed.   Cayenne & St. John’s Wort Salve Recipe Ingredients 4 oz St. John’s Wort infused oil 2 tsp organic cayenne powder 1/2 ounce beeswax or 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles Directions 1. Using a double boiler, mix the oil with the cayenne powder and warm very gently. Allow to cool and then heat up again, being sure not to let the oil […]

Herbal Foot Care: The Perfectly Natural Pedicure

We have a tendency to take our feet for granted—and yet, our feet get us everywhere we need to go each day! If you’ve spent a summer running barefoot or wrestle with dry, cracked feet, a regime of herbal self-care may be just what’s needed. For those of us who wear work boots, or spend all day standing, our feet may get especially sore or develop a bit of an odor. Fortunately, a little extra tending can help combat both of those challenges! These recipes are suitable for everyday use, or as a special occasional pampering. Feel free to experiment and use the herbs, essential oils, and carrier oils you like best!   The perfect pampering pedicure: Step 1: Get started by using a pumice stone to remove dry, loose skin. Step 2: Next, it’s time for a foot soak! Adapt your soak to suit your needs.     Rejuvenating […]

Argan Oil Cuticle Cream Recipe

Many cuticle creams on the market today are mixed with yucky chemicals meant to “dissolve” your cuticle.  Sure they might be pesky at times, but cuticles serve a purpose. Their job is to protect your nail bed, and our job is to protect them! Keeping your hands and cuticles well hydrated is the first defense against cracking, peeling, and possible infection, as well as the key to keeping them looking great! If your cuticles are not well moisturized, they are more prone to break, crack, and thus become more vulnerable to bacteria. Maintaining well hydrated cuticles is what keeps them under control as well. So instead of trimming, try this weekly routine: soak nails in warm soapy water, pat dry and then gently push your cuticles back (with something soft) and slather on some of this cuticle ointment. You can also keep a tin of this cuticle cream in […]

Our Organic Coconut Oil is Now Fair Trade Certified!

We are super excited about the newest addition to our Fair Trade Certified products! We have been working closely with our supplier over the past few years to make certification of our unrefined organic Coconut Oil happen. This is the same wonderful Coconut Oil that we've always offered, but now it's both Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified. This pure oil is perfect for cooking or as an ingredient in luxurious skin care products! Visit our website HERE to learn more about this beautiful oil. Visit our website HERE to learn more about our Fair Trade program.   A few Coconut Oil recipes for inspiration… Campfire Coconut Kettle Corn Homemade Lip Balm Rose Body Lotion Vegan Lavender Fudge DIY Natural Sunscreen   

How to Make a Cooling Herbal Compress in 3 Easy Steps

A gentle and effective treatment for too much heat or minor bumps and bruises can come in the tried-and-true form of an herbal compress. This preparation brings the healing constituents of herbs and the soothing sensations of a cool damp cloth close to your skin to accelerate the natural healing process. When draped around the skin, the moisture of the tea soaked towel softens the skin and allows the healing herbs to penetrate deep into your body. Unlike a warm compress, a cold compress constricts blood vessels, which helps ease swelling, as well as reduce some kinds of pain. You can use a cold compress to soothe insect bites, sunburns, and general skin irritations. Cold compresses can also help speed healing in situations of bruising, occasional swollen glands, and minor strains and sprains. The fun thing about compresses is that you don't need an excuse to make one up to enjoy! Making […]

New Cradle Cap Salve!

New Wild Pansy Cradle Cap Salve! This little jar of cradle cap salve is one of the newest formulas from our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals. It contains wild pansy (violet leaf) for its saponins and mucilaginous properties, combined with the calming and soothing properties of calendula and chamomile flowers. Violet is also the color for the crown chakra, making this salve the perfect combination for your little one’s scalp. Wild Carrot has adopted the American Pika as the face of their Baby Carrot line. They are donating a portion of the proceeds from their entire line of Baby Carrot products to help conserve and maintain the natural habitat of this smallest member of the rabbit family. Visit our Babies & Children page to see all of the botanical products that we offer for your little herbalists, including a large selection of Baby Carrot products!   photo by Mariah Blackhorse […]