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New Podcast Episode: Street Medicine and Free Clinics

Click here to listen! Sue Sierralupe is the clinic manager and lead herbalist for Occupy Medical, a free integrated healthcare clinic in Eugene, Oregon where she treats community members and advocates for access to healthcare. Sue joined us for the Free Herbalism Project, and in this episode from our event, she gives a brief history of the Occupy movement, the street clinic in Eugene, and the evolution of the herbal medicine movement in America. Learn how to set up your own clinic and which herbs to start with for successful patient care. Want to support the cause? Donate here! View Supplies Wishlist  

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The Sunday Steep!

Do you ever have those days when life requires you to stay revved up and focused for hours on end? On days like that, I find it can be challenging to let it all go at the end of the day and quiet myself down in the evening. It's like my mind and body are so tuned in to the need to be "on" that I can physically feel the tension and buzzy-ness in my muscles and brain! At times like those, I need to focus on bringing myself back to a calm, stable, more normal state. I think of it as bringing my adrenals back to room temperature. A nice walk, some time working in the garden, and a cup of this tea all help me to let the hyped up needs of the day go, so I can start to feel grounded once again…     Unwind & […]

  • New in the Shop: Natura Ultrasonic Diffuser

New in the Shop: Natura Ultrasonic Diffuser

Just in time for autumn, these stylish Natura Ultrasonic Diffusers have arrived in our shop!   This beautiful essential oil diffuser features natural wood which encloses the latest ultrasonic technology, providing a steady, strong therapeutic mist. The wood used to enclose the diffuser is created from fallen trees in Thailand, making this a more sustainable option for your diffusing needs. With intermittent operation options, this diffuser will easily fill a 300 square foot room with aroma-therapeutic goodness and offers a spectrum of customizable solid or rotating colored light. Ultrasonic diffusion creates a fine mist by using vibrations to dispense essential oils into the air using water as a carrier. This mist is created without the use of heat in order to preserve the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil. Ultrasonic diffusion will also add moisture to the air in addition to the aroma-therapeutic benefits of the essential oil you choose. Visit our shop online to […]

The Sunday Steep!

A few weeks ago, I spent some time at my mother's home in the foothills of the coast range in Southern Oregon. While the hillside has changed much since I was growing up, I still love to visit – especially when the seasons change. I enjoy bearing witness to those natural patterns as the years pass. We spent the weekend harvesting hundreds of apples, prunes, and plums from the many trees in the orchard she and my late father planted back in the seventies. I also managed to do a little "wildharvesting" and came home with enough ripe elderberries to make about a half-gallon of fresh elderberry cordial! One of the most bittersweet parts of visiting "home" is to notice how the trees change. My huge beloved White Oak tree has been replaced with a yellow plum, but many of the mammoth creaking cedars that swayed when the wind moved down the mountain in […]

  • Savory Shiitake Mushroom Recipes

3 Easy Shiitake Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom season is upon us! I have never met an edible mushroom I didn’t like! While I truly adore freshly picked mushrooms like chanterelles sautéed in butter, wine, and garlic, there are so many wonderful ways to prepare dried mushrooms to enjoy year ‘round! Many people actually prefer preparing shiitakes from a dehydrated state as the deep, savory flavors are accentuated when the mushrooms are properly dried. They are also full of healthy goodness! As a food, Shiitake mushrooms have all eight essential amino acids in a higher, more condensed proportion than soy beans, meat, milk, or eggs. Dried shiitakes are often used in the cuisines of East Asia and I’ve taken inspiration from some of my favorite seasonal meals, as well as from well-loved Japanese dishes for the following recipes.     Shiitake Ginger Broth A well-flavored broth is a beautiful treasure! This broth can be sipped and enjoyed […]

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The Sunday Steep!

My grown kids like to tease me about my lack of bedside manner. Their version of childhood ailments is that I'd respond to everything with four basic questions and suggestions: 1. Have you been drinking enough water? 2. Have you been to the bathroom? 3. How about a nap? 4. How about a warm bath? Honestly, I still think those four strategies are perfect for most of life's ordinary wellness challenges!  I do have one more little strategy, however, for the tummy upset. You know that bloated, sour or topsy-turvy feeling that comes from eating too much of a very good thing? I love the Happy Tummy tea blend available in our shop if you'd rather not make your own, but if you're faced with a bellyache, this tea recipe is a good choice to get you on the road to recovery:     Better Belly Tea 1 teaspoon organic Fennel seed 1 teaspoon […]

  • Free Catalog: Mountain Rose Herbs

Our New Catalog is Here!

Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love.  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 new catalog here!

  • New Video: Hops Medicine with Susun Weed

New Video: Hops Medicine with Susun Weed

Wise woman herbalist Susun Weed joined us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. Next up in our video series, Susun explores the world of hops as food and medicine. Learn her favorite uses for this dreamy plant, check out our fun collection of recipes below, and find certified organic hops on our website.   Recipes with Hops! Hoppy Ginger Brew Calming Hops Tea Blend Hops and Spice Tea Blend Hops Rock Candy Hops Lemonade Shave Ice    Click here to watch the video!

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The Sunday Steep!

I am not a natural meditation pro. Like many folks, I'm much more trained in the Western ways of go, get, and gather! It can be challenging for me to just settle my mind, sit quietly and let the wisdom of meditation wash over me. I make excuses. I tell myself that tasks I love like working in the garden, embroidery, or even making soup count as meditation, but I know that isn't exactly true. The challenge for me is learning how to quiet myself without feeling the incredibly strong urge to take a nap! This tea blend recipe was created with meditation in mind – taking the time to slow down, get grounded, and nourish the mind as well as the body. The trick is to choose delicious calming herbs, but not make something so calming that it brings on the snoozes…     Meditation Tea 1 teaspoon […]

  • New in the Shop: St. John's Wort Powder

New in the Shop: St. John’s Wort Powder

We are pleased to now offer St. John’s Wort Powder in our collection of certified organic botanicals. This sunny yellow flower helps promote healthy mood and emotional balance*, so we like to take St. John’s Wort capsules in the dark times of winter, bringing a little brightness to our days, however short they may be. Having this convenient powder on hand makes it easier than ever to make your own herbal capsules at home. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) tends to grow in locations with full sun and oftentimes will bloom right around the Summer Solstice. The herb is harvested while in flower, and in this energetic way, it has often been thought of as “bottled sunshine” – allowing you to walk on the sunny side. Visit our shop to learn more about St. John’s Wort Powder!     * For educational purposes only. This information has not been […]

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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 […]