Natural Health

  • BackToSchoolTeaRecipe

The Sunday Steep!

This is the time of year when many of us have to move from the relaxing and rejuvenating summer months to the bustle-and-go of the fall season. This could mean heading back to school or other activities, but sometimes the changes in weather and tempo can bring on strain. While I call this "Back to School" tea for parents, it really is well-suited to support at any time of the year. And it is purposefully tasty to make it palatable for even those who don't particularly like herbal tea!   Parent's Back to School Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Elderberries 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1 teaspoon organic Marshmallow root ½ teaspoon organic Wild Cherry bark* ½ teaspoon organic Licorice root Combine all the herbs in a strainer, bag, infuser or tea nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free […]

  • New Natural Beauty Book with Botanical Ingredients

New Book: 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Natural Beauty

The newest addition to our ever-expanding library of books is an excellent resource for folks who eschew the chemically-laden conventional "beauty" products and prefer to pamper their bodies with homemade, organic cosmetic creations.  Packed with step-by-step photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, expert tips, and problem-solving solutions, 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Natural Beauty provides you with a bounty of tips on how to source, store, and use natural, organic ingredients that will work wonders for your body.  Shannon Buck provides a plethora of recipes for all types of skin and hair, making it easy to find the best recipes for you and your loved ones. This book shows you, in gloriously illustrated detail, how to create delightful lotions and potions in your own home using herbs and flowers.  Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts, and essential oils that will nourish you from head to toe.  Includes more […]

  • Making Educated Choices: Plant Families & Allergens

Making Educated Choices: Plant Families & Allergens

While the leaves, roots, flowers, barks, and seeds we know as herbs are derived from plants found all around us, this does not mean that everyone can and should ingest every herb. It can be challenging to know what is safe, what dosages are recommended, and where to turn to find the answers. Finding trusted sources of information or knowing when to consult an expert can seem overwhelming, but it is so important to research before charging full steam ahead! Turn on the television or open a magazine, and you will likely hear great hoopla about the latest “miracle herb.” Over-exuberant promoters and well-meaning health gurus seem to constantly be touting the “miraculous” properties of everything from Turmeric to Green Tea. As consumers, we can be lulled into a false sense of security—assuming that just because something is natural (or organic or non-GMO), it is perfectly safe to consume as […]

The Sunday Steep!

As a lover of mythology, some of my favorite tales are the stories of the Goddess Demeter. Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, the grain diety, and the bringer of agriculture to the Ancient Greeks. To some, she is also known as the goddess who presides over the cycles of life and death and the seasons. Even as a young girl, I loved the often-tumultuous and painful adventures of this strong feminine goddess. Recently, I was revisiting some of those myths and thinking about Demeter from my now middle-aged perspective. While I used to think of Demeter almost as a "farm woman," I can now see her as an amalgamation of Nature's nourishing gifts. There are plants, trees, and shrubs that feel quite female to me even though I know that identification is entirely subjective! This tea has some of my favorite, earthy, ripe, and experiential herbs. The […]

  • Recipe: A Perfect Work Day Tea

The Sunday Steep!

I was at an event recently visiting with many of our wonderful customers and a couple women stopped to chat. As our conversation turned to tea, one of them asked me what the perfect "work day" tea would be? Of course, there are so many possibilities, I couldn't name just one! "How about a tea that will keep my attitude in check when my nerves begin to fray?" she queried and we three laughed with a knowing nod. While I suggested our Love Tea – which is one of the best and most delicious feel good teas I've tasted, it got me thinking about what would make a great work day tea recipe… I decided it would take some good calming herbs, as well as those known for mental clarity. Of course, it should be tasty and smell wonderful too. After a little experimentation, here's an offering for an ideal tea blend to make […]

  • 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 Medicine 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 medicines 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!

  • DIY Four Thieves Hand Sanitizer

DIY: Hand Sanitizer Gel Recipe

Not too many weeks ago, I had the pleasure of driving down the I-5 and back, taking detours to explore lakes and forests along the way. This road trip was planned well in advance, so I had time to prepare a few herbal luxury items including an herbal infused witch hazel for freshening up our faces and this lovely hand sanitizer recipe based on our version of the Four Thieves® Oil Blend recipe.   I didn't want to make something as intense as the commercial gels you find at your local convenience store, but something natural that behaves similarly: goes on easy, dries up quickly, and has a powerful botanical base. I absolutely love the combination of ingredients in the final formula! The alcohol (roughly 20% of of total recipe), combined with the aloe vera gel, dried up very quickly, leaving my hands soft and refreshed and smelling wonderful. This recipe isn't meant to replace soap and water, but is a great option for […]

  • ChaiTeaRecipe

The Sunday Steep!

My latest addiction is chai lattes! I absolutely love the combination of spicy tea and creamy milk and I've spent more than I care to admit on coffee shop chai lattes. I've been wanting to try my hand at creating my own and, like many things tea-related, it wasn't difficult at all! I'm including two recipes – one for making the entire delicious creation from scratch and another made with our Classic, Firefly, or Holy Basil Chai tea blends. Feel free to adjust if you like it spicier, with more cinnamon or add a little sweetener… Homemade Chai Latte from Scratch 1 Tablespoon Black Tea 3-6 whole organic Cardomom pods 3-6 whole organic Black Peppercorns 3-4 whole organic Cloves 1 whole organic Cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon chips 1 teaspoon organic Ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh Ginger root Scraped seeds from one organic Vanilla bean or […]

  • 5 Tips for Preserving Handcrafted & Natural Bodycare Products

5 Tips for Preserving Handcrafted & Natural Bodycare Products

As more people look to natural, organic, and GMO-free alternatives for skin, body, and healthcare, it can be hard to know how to create safe alternatives to store bought products. Some of the questions that come up again and again are about preservatives and how to extend the shelf-life of your homemade goodies.  One of the reasons many of us are trying to get away from conventional shampoos, soaps, pastes, and cleaners is that they contain synthetic ingredients used to increase the shelf-life up to months or even years. Those ingredients can cause allergic reactions, may be drying or irritating, and could potentially be linked to some rather unsavory health problems. We know we don’t want to slather those ingredients on our bodies, but are we afraid of life without preservatives? Let's get to the bottom of this… As a rule, water-based creations will have a much shorter shelf-life than oil and butter-based ones, because water breeds life! […]

  • Summer Recipe Sale: 25% Off Arnica Massage Oil

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Arnica Massage Oil

It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! We love to make this deeply penetrating and soothing herbal massage oil for the occasional aches and pains we endure. Ideal for sore muscles and the minor bumps and bruises that result from hiking, gardening, long bike rides, yard work, and other physical activities. This oil also makes a wonderful salve base! For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Olive Oil, Arnica Flowers, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil at 25% off!  

  • Sunday Steep Tea Recipe

The Sunday Steep!

I tend to start most days with a plan. My resolve and energy are at their best first thing in the morning as I go about making healthy choices and getting the day going with a burst. By mid-afternoon, however, I have a tendency to start to wane. My focus might drift and I can be tempted to give into cravings for junky snacks or beverages. Fantasies of a nap might take hold. Since I fancy myself pretty ordinary, I'm quite certain I'm not alone! As I learn more about health, nutrition, and how my mind and body perform best, I'm discovering some new ways to beat the afternoon slump. I like to make a big mug of this tea when I start to drift. It helps to stir in a little raw honey for extra balance… Afternoon Revival 1 Tablespoon organic Oatstraw 1 Tablespoon organic Bilberry Fruit, dried 1 […]