Natural Health

  • Make Your Own Herbal Salt

How to Make Herbal Salt Blends

Making your own herbal salt offers a wonderful way to add herbs to every meal with just a sprinkle. It can also help you cut down on the amount of salt you use to season your meals, adding the benefit of a flavor, medicinal, or mineral boost, depending on the herbs you choose. Green with plant power, I like to keep my herbal salt in one of these beautiful salt jars on the counter next to my rainbow peppercorns for a fun burst of color in the kitchen.   With such a variety of gorgeous salts and herbs to formulate with, these blends can be as inventive as your creativity can stretch. I've included a great basic recipe to follow below, as well as a list of other possibilities to consider for your special mixture. Feel free to use powdered herbs or grind your own!      Emerald Salt Blend  Ingredients 2 parts organic rosemary leaf powder  1 part organic nettle leaf  1 part organic […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

Recently, my work comrade, Mason, and I were chatting about our love of the stimulating coffee, especially first thing in the morning. I confessed that for me, it is as much about social ritual as consuming the actual beverage. I love the act of sharing that comes with having the delicious cup of coffee with my fellow peeps – whether at home, at work, or at a coffee shop. But, it can also be a slippery slope of adrenal-depleting stimulants, especially when one cup leads to several! The thing is, we also love and consume lots of herbal tea! So, as Mason asked, "Why not just herbal tea?" I suppose for me I like to have all the choices and know that I can have coffee, tea, cocoa, or whatever suits my fancy throughout the day. Even so, there are ways to bring a little more herbal tea (meaning healthy, nourishing plant friends) to […]

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Soothing Sun Spray

It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! When the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, it can actually hold in the heat that you want to cool. This is why using tannic astringents is an important first step! You can even keep it refrigerated for an extra refreshing sensation. Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Spring Green Tea, Cleavers, Lavandin Hydrosol, and Aloe Vera Gel at 25% off!  

  • TeaRecipe

The Sunday Steep!

Whether I'm gathering veggies for supper or working away the day's frustrations by pulling weeds and bringing temporary order to the chaos of a wild patch, my garden is often my inspiration. I tend to let what other folks might consider weeds like Burdock, Dandelion, and Comfrey grow where they plant themselves and tuck all sorts of herbs and plants in pots, cracks, and corners. I suspect I might be in pretty good company with many Mountain Rose fans when it comes to my partnership with Mother Nature in co-creating my garden! Burdock is a favorite herb of many and the basis for this soothing tea. It can be a bit bitter though (one of its wonderful properties), so I've added some other garden-inspired herbs for taste and their cooling properties. I'm also trying to find fun ways to consume more Turmeric and tucking it into a flavorful tea is one of my […]

  • Tea_in_clear_mug

The Sunday Steep!

Sometimes, the best tea is the simplest. While many of us know of Plantain as a good and readily-available herb for wounds and skin abrasions, it also makes a very useful tea containing Vitamins A and C and also calcium. I like the simple combination of Plantain Leaf and Peppermint Leaf for a cooling, refreshing cup of gentle medicine. So easy, but so tasty too! The recipe below is for dried herbs, but since both of these plants are so plentiful this time of year (most of us have Plantain growing in our yards), you could definitely make a fresh leaf version of this… Plantain & Peppermint Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Plantain Leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Peppermint Leaf Combine herbs in a strainer, infuser, bag or nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free to add sweetener […]

  • New Combination Extracts from Mountain Rose Herbs: Berry, Mushroom, Hawthorn

3 New Combination Extracts!

We are happy to add three new blends to our line of combination extracts: Berry Care Extract, Hawthorn Care Extract, and Mushroom Care Extract. Our new Berry Care Extract contains wildharvested maqui and hawthorn berries, as well as certified organic bilberries. All of us can use more berry power in our lives. These fleshy treasure troves of wellness offer us a natural source of antioxidants such as polyphenols and anthocyanosides that are present in the deep pigments of the fruit. In addition to these health-enhancing benefits, this is also one of the best tasting extracts that we have! Our Hawthorn Care Extract was formerly known as our BP Care extract, and still contains the same formula of wildharvested Hawthorn berries, and certified organic Milky Oat tops, Motherwort, and Cayenne pepper. This extract is formulated with herbs traditionally used to support normal circulation and cardiovascular health, and also nurtures the more spiritual aspects of the […]

  • Tea-and-Milk

The Sunday Steep!

Since this weekend is a big holiday celebration here in the U.S., I thought it might be fun to try my hand at creating an "Independence Day" themed tea recipe! No matter how you observe this day – whether through celebration, activism, or remembrance – it's the perfect holiday for reflecting on what is important to us.  Of course, I wasn't willing to sacrifice taste, so, while this recipe appears simple, it is also gorgeous and delicious… Red, White, & Blue Rooibos Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Red Rooibos Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Cornflowers 1 teaspoon organic Chrysanthemum flowers 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus flowers Combine herbs in a tea infuser, nest, bag, or strainer. Pour 1 1 /2 to 2 cups boiling water over and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. You can also multiply this recipe and brew for an iced tea, if you'd rather. This tea is especially […]

  • Organic Seaweeds from Mountain Rose Herbs

Back in Stock: Organic Nori and Kombu Flakes

We are so pleased to warmly welcome back our old friends from the sea, Organic Nori Flakes and Organic Kombu Flakes. We have found a great source who carefully and respectfully harvests these treasures off the coast of Maine, and we couldn’t be more excited to once again be able to offer these products to our customers! The term nori was originally a generic term in Japan that referred to many types of edible seaweeds, but over time it came to describe specifically seaweeds from the Porphyra genus. Nori is also referred to as laver in Wales and other English-speaking countries. Nori has been eaten in Japan since 700 AD, and is a source of Vitamin B12, especially for vegans.  While Nori is most well-known for its use as a wrap for sushi and onigiri, our Organic Nori Flakes are perfectly suited for use as a garnish in noodle preparations and soups. Kombu is […]

  • Spring Green Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is possible to drink something hot (like tea) and feel the effects of cooling herbs. While I love iced tea served cold on a steamy summer day, I still love hot tea too and I just don't want to give it up when the temperatures climb. This recipe has a base of the mild green tea from our Spring Green Tea, so it has a bit of caffeination. The addition of Horsetail to serve as a mild diuretic and cooling herbs like Holy Basil/Tulsi and Peppermint make this a tasty tea choice for a hot summer day! Hot Day Hot Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Spring Green Tea 1 teaspoon organic Horsetail 1 teaspoon organic Holy Basil Rama 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon peel Combine all the tea and herbs in an infuser, strainer, nest, or bag. Pour 1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water over […]

  • Natural Pet Care: Calming Dog Treats

Natural Pet Care: Calming Dog Treats

Last winter I experimented with some herbal dog treats for daily support to give my pal a little extra boost. Now it's summer time and he is a healthy, happy, and energetic pup. However, with the sunny season comes road trips, gatherings, and the loud cracks of July 4th. I love these celebrations, but him, not always so much. So, I thought he might appreciate some calming treats for our summer adventures! As usual when doing pet care research, one of the first places I turn to is Dr. Kidd's Herbal Dog Care book. This is a great resource to have on hand if you practice herbal pet care at home or are just beginning to explore your alternative pet care options. The following powdered herbs can be used to give your dog a calmed spirit. Many of the herbs listed below are also used to help humans deal with the daily stress we all experience from time to time. It is highly recommend to try each herb […]

  • moringa tea brewing

The Sunday Steep!

Happy Father's Day! While there are so many different kinds of dads out there, this tea recipe came to me while I was thinking of my own dad and grandfathers. Both my grandfathers, as well as my dad, have all passed on. My childhood, however, was filled with their influence…spending summers in the garden with my grandpa or on the back of my other grandfather's motorcycle while he carefully rode me around the neighborhood. My dad was definitely of the "measure twice, cut once" school and taught me how to change a flat tire before he taught me to drive. These men were the sorts who worked long days, mostly outdoors, and then spent their days away from paid work building, crafting, tending, and creating. Whether they were planting trees, rebuilding engines, milling lumber for a new barn, or tending the garden, they were the kind of people who knew how to keep busy! This […]

  • Camping Spray with Herbs

Make Your Own Wild Adventure Shower Spray

While I’ve been known to stay in a full-service campground when pressed, I prefer to camp as far away from civilization as possible. Hiking in and hiding out! This means no showers (although dips in lakes, creeks, and streams are welcome) and, depending on the time of year and the quantity of hikes, a little lovely-scented spritz might be in order. This spray was created to complement the wild experience, not compete with it. If you’re looking for fruity florals, this may not be for you, but you can formulate one easily with different essential oils. If you are hoping to keep some of the bugs at bay and still smell on the fresh side, however, this is your mix! Spray on prior to getting dressed in the morning or after a mountain swim. This shower spray goes quite well with other wonderful camping scents too, like campfire smoke and […]