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The Sunday Steep!

This tea has a little zip, a little zing, and a bit of sweet. I love every herb in this recipe and stumbled upon this creation when I wanted something to drink in the morning after a night of festive eating. The Yarrow leaf & flower, Lemon peel, and the Ginger powder have some nice bitters qualities, helping to stimulate my sluggish appetite or to give my digestive system a boost. I can't seem to get enough Oatstraw and Nettle leaf and I always feel like I'm doing something good for myself when I find a way to include them in my teas. Feel free to adjust the amounts if you want a bit more bitter or a bit more sweet.   Bitter Sweet Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Yarrow leaf & flower 1 teaspoon organic Rosemary leaf 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1 teaspoon organic Nettle leaf 1 teaspoon organic […]

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Free Download: The Herb Fairies Cookbook

Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon… To celebrate their arrival, they're sharing a free cookbook with us. You can find it here! Let's create one of their favorite recipes from the book, made with organic astragalus, burdock, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, and cloves:   Rooty Chai Tea Recipe   Want more recipes from the Herb Fairies? Click here for a FREE download of their cookbook!      

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Adventures in Herbal Home Brewing

My love of home brewing is over a dozen years old. From my first novice attempt with a beer-making kit, it was a quick trajectory to all grain brewing and some grand experiments (not all of which resulted in delicious masterpieces, mind you!) Now, I grow my own hops on three established hop plants along the edges of the garden, and this provides plenty of plump hops to dehydrate and freeze for use in my creations. While my brewing adventures started with modern-ish beer recipes, I also love experimenting with meads and herbal fermentations. For me, the joy of home brewing is creating beverages that I can’t get anywhere else! Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers is a dense book of almost endless inspiration for a home brewer like me. I picked it up because I wanted to learn more about brewing with fresh and dried herbs and decided to give […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Some weeks are busy weeks full of long days and late nights! While I am not really a caffeine junky, I do like my cup or two of coffee brewed with cacao nibs every morning. On weeks like this past one, however, where we are visiting with lots of people, going to events far and wide, and still putting in a good day's work, I tend to reach for tea more than coffee throughout the day. I think my nerves and senses respond well to the calming ritual of tea, it helps to keep me hydrated, and it's a small way to pay attention to my body's needs when the wild world is calling! This tea recipe is made up of some of my very favorite herb friends… The Extrovert's Balancing Tea Blend 1 Tablespoon organic Skullcap 1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf, Strawberry Leaf, or Blackberry […]

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New in the Shop: Organic Love Tea

Our herbal ode to Love…   Organic Love Tea The inspiration for many poets, artists and dreamers, it has even been said that love is all you need. The florally sweet flavor of this herbal blend will arouse your senses and melt away your cares- allowing your heart to become immersed in all that it holds dear. With the perfect amount of whole organic Rose Buds and a pinch of Vanilla, this tea is sweet and floral with earthy undertones, and a rosy and crisp aftertaste! Ingredients: Organic Rose petals, Organic Damiana leaf, Organic Orange peel, Organic Cacao nibs roasted, Organic Cinnamon chips, Organic Vanilla Bean powder. This newest addition to our Organic Loose-Leaf Herbal Tea Blends is available in a 4 oz box, 8 oz bag, and 1lb bulk sizes.  

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New on iTunes: Herbal Radio Podcast

We've been working on an exciting project and are so thrilled to finally be able to share it with you! Mountain Rose Herbs just launched our very own free podcast on iTunes called Herbal Radio. We have 6 episodes up, and can't wait to grow this into an incredible collection of lectures and interviews from around the herbal community, including recordings from the Free Herbalism Project.  You can now subscribe to the podcast or download episodes to listen to while working in the garden, adventuring out to the forest, or simply enjoy free herbal education at home with a cozy cup of tea.   Check out the Herbal Radio Podcast by Mountain Rose Herbs! Looking for more? Here are some other wonderful herbal podcasts for your listening and learning pleasure: HerbMentor Radio Real Herbalism Radio The Herbal Highway Wise Woman Radio  

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Snack Recipe: Coconut Cardamom Granola

Heading out for a hike now that the sun is shining and flowers are blooming around every turn? You need a delicious power snack to fuel your adventures, and this granola recipe is the best! Spicy, sweet, and salty with a hint of honey and maple syrup paired with cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut, the flavor reminds me of these delicious chai oatmeal cookies, but with healthy nuts and seeds. Make a big batch for camping trips, picnics, or those afternoon munchies.     Coconut Cardamom Granola Ingredients 2 cups organic whole oats 1 cup organic coconut flakes 1 cup organic pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup organic whole almonds 1/3 cup organic hemp seeds 1/3 cup raw local honey 1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup 1 ½ tsp organic cardamom powder 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract Directions Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Mix […]

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The Sunday Steep!

I have a secret to share, a tip, if you will…you do not need to wait until summer to enjoy delicious, nature-made sun tea! In fact, it does not even need to be a hot, sunny day for you to make a tasty jar of herbal tea. You can steep the herbs in fresh water on a counter-top, in a sunny windowsill, or on the front stoop. It may take a little longer to get a good steep if the sun isn't out, but it will still work just fine. In fact, you could put this tea together in the morning, and let it steep for several hours to be enjoyed in the afternoon or at the end of a busy day…     Rose and Berry Sun Tea These are the quantities for 1/2 gallon of sun tea. Feel free to multiply for a larger amount! 2 Tablespoons organic […]

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New in the Shop: Organic Hazelnut Oil

Our new Organic Cold-Pressed Unrefined Hazelnut Oil is simply divine!   This NEW organic and unrefined oil is quite different than the refined Hazelnut oil we have sold in the past. In comparison, our organic Hazelnut oil has a light, fatty, nutty, aroma and a darker color than the refined oil. It is also the newest addition to our culinary oils! A wonderful astringent oil for skin care preparations, Hazelnut oil is ideal for oily or combination skin formulas. It absorbs into the skin quickly, and should not leave an oily residue. It is often used as a carrier oil for massage oils blends and essential oil dilutions. This unrefined oil may add a light nuttiness scent to the finished aroma of a blend. Our organic unrefined Hazelnut oil can also be added to your favorite culinary creation. This low-heat oil is mostly made up of oleic acid which is […]

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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 […]