Natural Health

  • How to Make Medicinal Syrups

How to Make Medicinal Syrups

Medicinal syrups are a great way to administer not so pleasant tasting herbs to young ones and bothered adults alike, or a great way to let your favorite herbs come to life in beverages and food dishes. Finding a nice combination of a pleasant aromatic herb and a medicinal herb can leave you with a tasty concoction perfect for many occasions and recipes! Herbal syrups make great additions to teas, desserts, bubbly beverages and cocktails, or all on their own by the spoonful! Syrups can be prepared with sugar or honey. If prepared with honey, my preferred method, medicinal syrup can be soothing and coating to the digestive tract membranes it comes into contact with, such as the throat. Besides being absolutely great for you, who doesn’t love a good honey coat when it’s cold outside? For proper preservation and a shelf stable syrup, it is recommended to use a ratio of 1:1 […]

The Sunday Steep!

One of my favorite ways to consume nourishing herbs is by way of an infusion. Really, a cup of tea is a type of infusion, but when I think of an infusion, I generally think of something a little more than tea – steeped longer and made with my health or mental state in mind. While taste is important, it isn't the primary motivation for creating an infusion for me! I prefer to make infusions by the quart jar. This way, I can take a jar with me to work or have around the house and sip throughout the day. It is a wonderful way to stay hydrated while ingesting beneficial herbs, vitamins, and nutrition. My coworker, Mason, is also a big infusion drinker and he tends to make his infusions using two herbs at a time. I generally choose four complimentary favorites, but you could also make a wonderful […]

  • Herbal Dog Treats - Mountain Rose Herbs

Homemade Herbal Dog Treats

Many dog treats on the market today are mainly composed of flour and low nutrient foods. With the recent addition of a puppy dog into my life, who really appreciates treats, I’ve taken to making some of my own puppy treats with some of the same wholesome ingredients I love. I’ve been reading Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care for a while now and picking through information to formulate special herbal blends for my furry friend. The herbal blend I use in this recipe is intended to be consumed at least once daily during times of stress in order to help support Fido's strong and healthy immune system. Baking a healthy treat is a great way to administer herbal supplements in your pup's diet, especially if your dog doesn’t enjoy the taste of pet safe glycerine extracts. Last week I was attending a Pie Party at a dog friendly house, so I […]

  • Vanilla Flavored Stevia Extract Recipe

How to Make Liquid Stevia Extracts

Over the past few years, stevia leaf has become a favorite alternative to sugar and other highly caloric sweeteners. How cool is it that a tiny green leaf can offer such a powerful boost of sweetness and is also easy to use, versatile, and healthy for you? With so many expensive and highly processed stevia products on the market, making your own extract as a dietary ingredient is the best way to go. Plus, you only need a few drops to sweeten up a recipe, so that means you'll have a good supply around if you make even a half pint of extract. Native to South America, stevia has been used for centuries to sweeten all sorts of food and beverages and is believed to be one of the sweetest substances found in nature – rating 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar! With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste (some compare it to licorice root), stevia […]

  • Health Kick Tea Recipe

The Sunday Steep!

I don't know about you, but I've been indulging. From Thanksgiving all the way through New Year, it's been treats and toddies and glorious meals with wonderful folks. But, now, it's time to do a little gastronomical regroup. This tea is made up of some wonderful herbs and roots and has a lot of flavor to help you get back on the health track! I like to make up a quart jar and sip throughout the day for a couple of days to reset my system…   January Health Kick Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Spearmint or Peppermint leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Dandelion Root 1 teaspoon organic Allspice Berries, whole 1 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1 teaspoon organic Licorice Root or 2 Licorice Root slices 1 teaspoon organic Parsley Root or leaf Fresh lemon Combine all the herbs in an infuser, bag, nest or strainer, or put all the herbs in […]

Top 10 Herbal Recipes of 2014!

Today we're taking a look back at some of our favorite and most popular blog posts from 2014! We had a blast experimenting in our herbal kitchen this year, crafting natural body care formulas, making herbal medicine, and blending botanical scents to share with the far-reaching and always inspiring online herbal community. Thank you all for reading and creating along with us! So, what was your favorite herbal recipe of the year? What are you planning in 2015? Do tell!  We hope you enjoy our little year in review…           1. DIY Massage Oils DIY Massage Oils Making massage oils infused with botanical goodness is much easier than you might think. You can combine your favorite medicinal and magical herbs with top quality organic carrier and essential oils to create a customized and unique gift for a loved one – or keep it all for yourself!     2. Herbal Sunscreen Make Your Own Natural […]

  • White-Peony-Tea

The Sunday Steep!

The year is waning and many of us are looking ahead to the year that will be. It is a time of contemplation, celebration, and hopefullness. Maybe you're working on your resolutions or thinking about what you want to let go of in the coming months? This morning's tea is a delectable organic treat. White tea is picked early in the season when the buds are still fresh, young and tender, and that makes me think of the new year-all fresh and tender. The cedar berries add a wintry flavor and, for me, a touch of the year that has been…   New Year Tea 1 Tablespoon organic White Peony Tea 1 teaspoon Cedar Berries Combine 1 Tablespoon White Peony Tea blend and the cedar berries in an infuser, nest, bag, or strainer. Pour 1 – 2 cups of boiling water over. This is not a sweet tea, so if you […]

5 Winter Herbs for the Home Apothecary

Nutmeg The flavor and aroma of this classic winter spice brings memories of family celebrations. The introduction of punch drinks by the upper echelon of society brought the pocket nutmeg grater into vogue in the late 18th century. It was fashionable to carry nutmeg to parties and use it to spice up alcoholic beverages, like eggnog!       Elecampane Stately in the garden, this lovely Asteraceae plant has been used medicinally in Europe for millennia. The roots are harvested in the fall or early winter and have been used as an expectorant to help support healthy respiratory function. This root is also traditionally candied and made into lozenges.         Holy Basil Feeling the stress of the season? Have a cup of Holy Basil tea! Also known as Tulsi, this tasty mint family plant is an important herb in India. Considered an adaptogen, Holy Basil can be sipped […]

The Sunday Steep!

Just like many of you, I have my personal list of favorite herbs – the ones that not only suit my palate, but also seem to be just the ones my body craves. Sage is one of those herbs I absolutely love and I have several Sage plants (or Mother Sage, as I like to call them as I brush by, pull off a leaf, and munch on it like an irresistible snack) growing in my garden. I use it for cooking everything from eggs to popovers! The fact that it stays green year-round means I can use it fresh or take advantage of the dried form for teas. This tea seems like it could be a good summer or spring tea, and it is, but it's also surprisingly perfect for the winter season too. That's why it came to mind as a perfect solstice beverage as we celebrate the darkness […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

'Tis the season…or so folks like to say this time of year. It ends up being a catch-all phrase to explain away all sorts of seasonal realities from busy shopping trips to snow days. For many of us, this is the season for a fair amount of stress and tension. People get a little edgy, a bit short-tempered, a bit overtaxed, and by people, I mean me too! When the stressors of the season start to turn me into a mid-winter crab, a soothing cup of calming tea is in order…and this recipe is ideal!   Merry & Bright Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Damiana leaf 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Alfalfa leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Barberries 1/2 teaspoon organic California Poppy 1/2 teaspoon organic Elderflowers Combine all the herbs in an infuser, nest, or tea bag. Pour 1 1/2 – 2 cups of boiling water over and let […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

While lolling about on a soggy Sunday is always a treat, there are times when I want caffiene! But, of course, I want the flavors of herbal tea (hopefully something with a little zing) and the goodness of a nice, organic black tea. This recipe is the best of several worlds by combining the smoothness of our organic Ceylon tea with some seasonal herbs and spices. You might as well make this one by the pot because one cup is just not going to be enough… Cedar & Cinnamon Ceylon Tea 2 Tablespoons organic Ceylon Tea 1 teaspoon Cedar Berries 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon Chips 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus Flowers 1 teaspoon organic Bitter Orange Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Whole Cloves Combine the tea, herbs and spices into an infuser, strainer, nest, or filter. Pour 4 cups boiling water over (this is best done in a teapot, but a pot […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

It's coming! In fact, for many of us, it's already here. This week marks the start of some busy, invigorating, stressful, and downright overwhelming days as we plunge headlong into the holiday season. It's going to take some focus to make sure we take care of ourselves, get plenty of rest and give our bodies the nutrition and support we need to carry us through the coming weeks. For me, oatstraw, red clover, and lavender are musts for a nourishing, calming cup of herbal tea! I call this recipe my "Do All The Things" tea blend; it even has a boost of Lemon Balm extract or tincture for a little extra concentrated feel good! Do All The Things Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1/2 teaspoon organic Lavender flowers 1 teaspoon organic Bilberries 1 teaspoon organic Red Clover herb 1 dropperful organic Lemon Balm extract Combine the herbs in […]