Can you believe that Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away? Let's take some time to celebrate those who've shown us motherly love over the years. She could be a close friend, aunt, grandma, mentor, or the woman who gave you life. No matter her role, these botanically infused gifts will surely express your gratitude for all she's given. From an organic spice rack refresh to a home spa pampering fest, here are a few of our favorite goodies for the special women that give us strength and make our days brighter… The Culinary Adventurer Does she love to get creative in the kitchen? Freshen up mom's spice rack with a set of new aromatic seasoning blends. Our entire collection is certified organic and includes a variety of classics like Pumpkin Pie Spice, Lemon Pepper, Pickling Spice, and Italian Seasoning, to the fancy flavors of West Indies Rub, Thai Curry, and Cajun Spice. Add a few […]
Our new Spring/Summer 2016 catalog has arrived! Seeds are sprouting in the sunny soil as we begin another green cycle. We love spending time on our organic farms, surrounded by blossoming fields of herbs that are grown, harvested, and dried with great care. The healing vibrancy of color and aromatic bliss these plants offer infuse us with pure delight. We hope you’ll enjoy the herbal information, new botanical offerings, and fun recipes that fill these pages. Let them inspire you to try something new, make your favorite formulas with love, and prepare for the season ahead. 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 free catalog here!
Liniments are one of the easiest preparations for the home herbalist to make. Using a basic recipe to get started, you can change up the herbs and essential oils to create various types of remedies. Along with homemade salve, liniment is a must-have topical formula for any first aid kit. To make this spray, herbs are soaked in a solvent to infuse it with the helpful properties found in so many roots, leaves, barks, and flowers. Liniments can be sprayed and rubbed into the skin when and where needed. Traditionally, basic rubbing alcohol has been used as the base for topical liniments, but witch hazel, vinegar, and vodka can also be used with good results. All of these options make it possible for the herbal properties to easily penetrate the skin. Basic First Aid Liniment Ingredients 1 part organic comfrey root 1 part organic arnica flowers 1 part organic St. John's wort 1 part organic peppermint leaf organic witch hazel […]
Our hearts are so filled up! We loved receiving these photos and a sweet thank you for donating tins, oil, herbs, and beeswax to the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program: Dear Mountain Rose Herbs, Thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope Farm’s teen program in Saint Louis, MO. With your help, our teens were able to reconnect to their roots in herbal medicine. Together, we made two salves, several tinctures, and got to know the various herbs growing on our farm. Attached are a handful of photos that document our herbal projects. Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to work closely in the future. Warmly, Deidre The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) developed the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program in 2014 to inspire positive personal and community change by bringing underserved youth and […]
As we slowly come out of winter to welcome spring, our skin has been exposed to a long, harsh season of blustery cold. My lips feel neglected and chapped from dodging rain and chilly air, bouncing from cold and damp to warm and dry. My delicate lip skin, if not properly protected and moisturized throughout the season, always starts to peel. Trying to rub away the dry skin can feel gratifying and helpful, but quickly results in cracked lips when a little TLC is really what's needed. Lip scrubs are the answer! Perfect for this time of year, this easy to make recipe is gentle and leaves your kisser feeling smooth and soft. Great for exfoliating the dry, excess, weathered, skin on your lips, while moisturizing and restoring thanks to pure botanical oils and butter. Such a sweet treat for your skin, your lips will be happy all spring. NOTE: I love citrus, so this recipe uses just a little bit of lime peel essential oil. Because citrus essential oils can cause photosensitization in […]
We are so pleased to add Citric Acid to our growing list of Non-GMO Project Verified products! Citric acid is a very useful and effective preservative, obtained from naturally occurring organic acids. It exists in many different fruits and vegetables, but is especially concentrated in lemons and limes. Although some citric acid is produced in refineries by using cane sugar (oftentimes genetically modified), molasses, and dextrose, our Non-GMO Citric Acid is derived from the fermentation of crude fruit sugars. Citric acid is present in almost every life form, and is consequently easily metabolized and eliminated by the body. We've been working with the Non-GMO Project to verify a selection of our products. These ingredients have been chosen because they are produced from plant crops that are known to be at risk of GMO contamination. Thankfully, most herbs and spices are not in danger of industrial genetic modification yet, so organic certification has been […]
We've just added four new certified organic, steam-distilled hydrosols to our line of aromatherapy products! These hydrosols come from devoted distillers who steam small batches of freshly harvested flowers and leaves to produce flower waters, or hydrosol. Hydrosols have similar therapeutic properties to essential oils, yet they are much less concentrated with about 5% essential oil remaining within the resulting distillation. Our Bay Laurel Hydrosol has a bright, slightly medicinal, spicy green aroma, reminiscent of freshly crushed bay leaves. Our Eucalyptus Hydrosol has a brilliant camphoraceous odor that is cooling with herbal undertones. Our Ylang Ylang Hydrosol is absolutely spectacular, with a sweet and intoxicating floral aroma which is pure pleasure. Last but certainly not least, our Douglas Fir Hydrosol is a staff favorite. With a soft forest-like aroma that has coniferous and slightly balsamic undertones, this extraordinary hydrosol will transport you to the old-growth forests of Cascadia. Find more information about our entire line of hydrosols here. […]
Adoration for cacao can be traced back to ancient cultures in Mesoamerica. Bitter beverages made from the crushed seeds of this voluptuous fruit were enjoyed with a belief that these pods had magical properties. Mildly stimulating with a pronounced twinkle of euphoria, cacao was reserved for sacred rituals and royalty. With our obsession over herbal baths and Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to handcraft this decadent chocolate-infused body polish! This scrub recipe is a favorite from our own Irene Wolansky that smells scrumptious and beautifully exfoliates the skin, making it soft and smooth. It will leave a faint perfume of chocolate and vanilla that's sweet, earthy, and wonderfully provocative… Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish Recipe Ingredients ¾ cup organic granulated or brown sugar, or fine sea salt ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp organic apricot kernel, organic sweet almond, organic sunflower oil or other carrier 1 Tbsp organic + fair trade cacao powder 1 Tbsp organic vegetable glycerine or […]
Whether submerged in a forest-nestled hot spring, floating on the surface of a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty. Creating an oasis evocative of these experiences is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a few natural beeswax candles, play some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with fragrant oils, relaxing salts, or therapeutic herbs. Making this a regular ritual, even just once a month, can improve your health in many ways. […]
If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine's Day, it's good to remember that February 14th is a nice excuse to honor that special someone in your life. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your beautiful lover, best friend, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence? These all natural and organic gift ideas will be thoroughly enjoyed by the one you hold dear. Whether sipping rose tea during a candlelit bath, offering a soothing massage with aromatic oils, or crafting homemade chocolates and perfume, your love will shine bright. Essential Oil Kits Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of rose essential oil? These sets are much better than a bouquet! We love the romantic collections of sensuous and arousing essential oils found in both the Lovers and the Rose Essential Oil Samplers. Each pure botanical oil comes in its own glass vial, […]
We are pleased to introduce a new, non-blended, Certified Organic Soy Lecithin Powder to our vast line of bulk ingredients. Our new Soy Lecithin Powder is 100% pure, and not blended with any other ingredients. Soy Lecithin acts as an emulsifier and thickening agent for both food and cosmetic products, and improves a product's shelf life by acting as a mild preservative. Powdered lecithin blends easily and disperses evenly into most products and recipes. It is a great alternative to other emulsifying and stabilizing agents, some of which are derived from petrochemical sources. For food use, lecithin is often found in chocolate, baked goods, and salad dressings.
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!