Natural Health

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DIY: Purely Spring Essential Oil Blend Recipe

Here in the Pacific Northwest, winters tend to be damp, cold and…damp. Rooms can get a little heavy on the moist and stuffy after a few rainy months. Opening the windows only tends to let more of the wet stuff inside! I created this blend to use in both our nebulizer and the aroma mist diffuser, but it works great in a small diffuser or diluted in water for a room or linen spray. Since, I don't have any formal aromatherapy training, I like to combine what I think of as different "families" of oils–something herbal, something fruity, something spicy, and something from the wonderful world of trees. These scent combinations are fresh and garden-like, without being too floral and the combination has a very rounded scent–making one want to take nice deep breaths of the fresh air! The Lemongrass is fruity and citrussy, but not the slightest bit […]

The Sunday Steep!

We recently started offering organic Moringa leaf here at Mountain Rose Herbs and, like many of you, I'm not always exactly sure how best to consume some of the herbs that are new to me. I wanted to give this one a try because it sounded so wonderful and good for me, but I wasn't sure exactly what to do! With a little experimentation and a tiny bit of courage, I created this delicious tea recipe and it makes for a perfectly lovely Sunday Steep! With the addition of Holy Basil, Spearmint and Lemon peel, it has a leafy-fruity flavor, with enough spice to keep it interesting. A nice pick-me-up for a groggy afternoon… Mystic Moringa & More Tea Blend 1 Tablespoon organic Moringa leaf 1 teaspoon organic Holy Basil Rama 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Peel, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Cinnamon Chips 3 organic Cardomom […]

The Sunday Steep!

It's time to get moving! Not only am I spending more time outside, but my body systems can also use a little inspiration, as well. I tend to naturally reach for lighter foods as the days get longer and I find it makes me feel better to start with a day or two of rooty infusions as the seasons change. I think of it as tonic for my tummy and beyond! A decoction is stronger than a tea–usually using larger quantities of herbs, often roots, barks and dried berries, and simmered and steeped for longer than a typical cup of tea. These are roots I like, and I love the extra zip and digestibility the cinnamon gives the beverage, but feel free to create your own spring "tonic" decoction using the roots, barks and herbs that work well with your body and needs.   Echinacea, Dandelion, & Cinnamon Spring Tonic […]

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Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden: How to Start Seeds

Starting herbs from seed can seem a little daunting! While we may be used to starting some summer vegetables in the window sill, the idea of starting yarrow, lavender or arnica plants from seed may seem a little mysterious. It doesn’t have to be. Like other plants, you just need to give them what they need and soon you will have a garden overflowing with all your favorite medicinal and aromatic friends! It helps to know a little bit about how the plants grow in their natural environment, as this will guide the seed propagation. Some seeds need cold to germinate while others crave some warmth and luxury. Some plants, like Catnip, like to be planted where they are to grow and they are happiest planted directly into the ground or garden bed.     Starting Seeds Indoors Choose a growing medium. Many experts recommend using a soil-less compost or potting […]

  • Wild Salad Tea Recipe

The Sunday Steep!

It can be tempting to go to the same tried and true "tea" herbs again and again when creating pots of tea. Organic mints, chamomile, and trusty blends all come to mind. There are some wonderful herbal ingredients, however, that one doesn't always think of when it comes to crafting a tasty herbal brew. Visions of a freshly harvested, wild, spring salad influenced this tea recipe and it is made up of some wonderful plants for a little nourishment! This tea has a light, leafy flavor.    Wild Salad Tea 1 teaspoon organic Dandelion leaf, dried 1 teaspoon Watercress, dried 1 teaspoon organic Violet leaf, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Sunflower petals, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Sheep Sorrel, dried Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, nest, strainer or a Tea-to-Go glass tea infuser. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups boiling water over and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. […]

  • New organic and fair trade certified Turmeric Root from Mountain Rose Herbs.

New in the Shop: Organic & Fair Trade Turmeric Root

Certified Organic & Fair Trade Turmeric Root Curcuma longa The newest addition to our extensive line of organic herbs and spices is cut and sift Turmeric Root that is both certified organic and fair trade certified. These little pieces of turmeric goodness are roughly 1/8 – 1/4 inch in size, and have a vibrant orange brown color with a characteristic turmeric aroma. They are perfect for tea blends, tincturing, or using in your favorite culinary creations. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India and southeast Asia for its medicinal, culinary, and cosmetic virtues. It has been admired as a natural dye due to the quality of its vibrant yellow-orange colored rhizome and has been an herb used in magical and religious ceremonies. Further, the active constituent curcumin, has been the subject of myriad studies due to its many health promoting properties. Turmeric is an upright tropical perennial with oblong leaves that are […]

  • Herbs for Healthy Digestion: Digestif Lozenges Recipe

Herbs for Healthy Digestion: 3 Simple Recipes

Normal digestive functioning can get thrown off pretty easily when our routines change or during the transition of seasonal cycles. We might find ourselves less active and relying on hot cooked meals during the fall and winter, and then energized by sunlight when our summer gardens grow a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies. Along with dietary flux, energy shifts throughout the year can also have an impact. Whether traveling away from the comforts of home, eating lots of rich food we aren’t used to, or stressing about mounting obligations, herbs can help us keep digestion strong if we pay close attention to our own unique rhythms. Three important herbal properties that can be helpful when our digestive system is off balance include bitters, aromatics, and demulcents. Let's take a closer look…   Bitters Not everyone's favorite flavor and often snubbed in American diets, the bitter taste is actually a very important piece of the flavor spectrum for […]

The Sunday Steep!

We are known for our foggy, drizzly days here in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that many folks don't know our summers tend to be sunny, dry, and mild for weeks at a time! For now, however, the fog can serve as a metaphor for one's mental state: clogged, foggy, and settled in a drizzly haze. I created this tea for an afternoon pick-me-up on those days when my focus starts to wane, but it works well as a non-caffienated jumpstart to a groggy morning, too. You may not think of Rosemary as a tea ingredient, but it makes a lovely tea. For fun, you might want to substitute a Tablespoon of fresh rosemary for the dried herb in this recipe, if you really want to experience the piney, gardeny flavor.   Fog-lifter Tea 1 teaspoon organic Nettle leaf 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Orange Peel […]

Update: How Can We Protect Osha Root?

Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. – Arapaho proverb Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to partner with the American Herbal Products Association’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, also known as AHPA-ERB. In collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Rio Grande National Forest Service, they are raising funds to continue a study that will help determine the range, availability, and recovery rate of Osha (Ligusticum porteri) after harvesting from the wild.    During the month of February, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 to fund this study!   Donate Online! An update about the Osha Sustainability Study from our friends at AHPA: Data from the Cumbres Pass area in the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado shows that changes in habitat light availability can have considerable effects on Osha populations. A robust meadow population with low […]

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 […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Is there anything better than settling in with a good book or a stack of magazines, pouring a nice hot mug or pot of tea, and spending some uninterrupted time reading? I don't get the chance to read as much as I'd like, but I generally manage to have a few "going" at once and reading time is one of my most cherished parts of the week! This recipe uses our delicious, organic Ceylon Tea as a caffeinated base and then I've added some delectably flavored herbs to the mix for a cup of tea that tastes as good as it smells. For fun, I like to add a bit of Rosemary with the hope it will help me remember what I've read!   Reader's Tea 1 teaspoon organic Ceylon Tea 1 teaspoon organic Red Roses, dried 1 teaspoon organic Rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaves Combine all the herbs […]

  • DIY: Making Herbal Candy

DIY: Making Herbal Sweet Treats

Who says sweets and treats have to be junk food? I've never thought of myself as a great candy maker, but I felt inspired to create some sweet recipes for gifts, and for satisfying those everyday sweet cravings, using healthier organic ingredients. There's a fair amount of science involved in making candy and I have learned that a candy thermometer is a must! It also helps to measure out your ingredients in advance and have them ready. If you follow these measurements and temperature directions, you will have some amazing treats to share!   Vanilla Maple Cacao Brittle Ingredients 1 cup organic sugar 4 Tablespoons organic butter, cubed ¼ cup pure organic maple syrup ¼ cup water ¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon fine sea salt ¾ cup organic roasted cacao nibs 2 organic vanilla pods, seeds scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Prepare baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating […]