Natural Health

  • 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 […]

  • Sun Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is definitely ice tea season around here! The temperatures have been climbing, the sun is shining, and while I drink hot tea year round, I also love a tall glass of frosty ice tea. My mother used to make sun tea all summer long in a gallon pickle jar–the same jars we used to store the fresh milk from our cows and goats. The sight of a gallon jar of sun tea brewing on a picnic table fills me with nostalgic memories of hot summers that seemed to last forever! This particular recipe goes a bit beyond your ordinary black tea. I've taken our organic Earl Grey and added some delicious, summery, and festive herbs to make a gorgeous and downright tasty ice tea. I like to mix this up in larger batches to have on hand as it is fun to combine all those beautiful flowers and herbs […]

  • Easy Recipe: Spicy Smoked Tea Marinade

Easy Recipe: Spicy Smoked Tea Marinade

Hot days are here and that means grilling season is upon us! Like clockwork, I always start to crave that special hint of smoke from a backyard barbecue this time of year. With sunset dinners and summer parties on the way, now is the time to start exploring new recipes. This zesty, sweet, and spicy marinade is inspired by the flavors of Asia with ginger, garlic, chillies, and tamari in a base of citrus, vinegar, and a very special smoked tea called Lapsang Souchong. The leaves of this bold black tea have been placed over a smoldering bundle of spruce to infuse them with a unique smokiness that lends a subtle, yet rich flavor. It is wonderfully reminiscent of a campfire! Of course, this flavor profile makes it especially nice in a marinade. If you like tofu, which this recipe is great with, the astringency from the tea gives it a meatier texture while imbuing lots […]

  • Time to drink Yerba Mate!

The Sunday Steep!

This morning's recipe is part tea and part cocoa. It has the wake-me-up of caffeine from the Yerba Mate, but some other delicious flavors that encourage decadent sipping. I can tell you from experience that this is the perfect cup of tea to have with a warm piece of coffee cake or a toasted bagel! This recipe also makes a nice base for an after-dinner beverage, if you can handle a little caffeination in the evenings. Add a nip of vodka and oh, what a delicious cocktail! Grown-Up Cocoa Mate 1 Tablespoon organic Yerba Mate 1 teaspoon organic roasted Cacao Powder 1/2 teaspoon organic Orange Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 5 organic Cardamom pods, whole Optional sweetness: 1/4 teaspoon Stevia, honey or sugar Combine all the ingredients in a tea infuser, nest or bag and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep […]

The Sunday Steep!

As we approach midsummer, the skies are clear and the days are long. We love sitting outside at dusk, watching the bats flit and flop above our street, listening to all the neighborhood sounds. As the night comes on, it makes for perfect stargazing and this is the perfect relaxing tea recipe for an evening under the stars (no pre-sleep caffeine in this recipe)…   Stargazing Tea for Two 1 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Skullcap 1 teaspoon organic Red Clover Blossoms 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus flowers 1 teaspoon organic Elder berries, dried 1 teaspoon organic Elder flowers 6-8 organic dried Rosebuds, whole Combine all ingredients and put in a large tea ball, nest, infuser, strainer, or bag. Bring 3-4 cups of water to boil and pour over herbs in a tea pot. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Carry out into […]

  • New Mineral Vinegar Tonic from Herbal Revolution!

New in the Shop: Mineral Tonic no. 11

From the wonderful folks at Herbal Revolution we bring you…. Mineral Tonic no. 11 This tasty vinegar tonic is perfectly flavored with beets and ginger root, and infused with nettle, oat tops, red clover blossoms, and raspberry leaf. Finished with a dollop of local honey, this is an excellent tonic to help support your overall wellness. Vinegar lovers can even sip this tonic on its own. It adds a unique flavor to any recipe that calls for vinegar, and is excellent for use as a vinaigrette base that is sure to please everyone in your family – a great way to make herbs a part of your daily routine. Find this new infusion in our online shop and don't forget about Herbal Revolution's amazing Fire Tonic no. 9!  

  • DIY: Making Herbal Capsules

DIY: Making Herbal Capsules

Do you take herbal capsules regularly?  Did you know that it's super easy to make your own? Unlike grabbing a bottle off the store shelf, making capsules at home allows you to know that the herbs you're taking are fresh, organic, and formulated to suit your specific needs. Our capsule machine is easy to use and incredibly easy to clean up. All you need are empty capsules and dried powdered herbs to get started. The box says that the machine, "Fills 24 capsules in as little as two minutes," but, admittedly, it took me about 5 minutes. I did get better at it the more I made though! Fun, convenient, and a breeze to figure out…      We carry two capsule machines—one that makes size “0” capsules and one for making size “00.” The sizes run just the opposite of what you would expect as the largest capsules are the size “00.” I went with size "0" since I wanted to […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

We are entering what I think of as "visiting" season–with the vacations, camping trips, visiting relatives, and all sorts of summery social activities. I absolutely love this time of year but I also have to make a concerted effort to take care of myself and spend some time kicking back, taking it easy, and tending to my health and wellbeing. This tea has some of my favorite flavors and herbs, along with the added benefit of a little organic Milk Thistle Extract. This is the perfect cup of tea for lolling about in the hammock with a good book…right before drifting off into a lovely nap! Take it Easy Tea 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Verbena 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Damiana Leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Lavender 1 dropperful of organic Milk Thistle Extract […]