Natural Health

  • Mountain Rose Herbs Catalog - Spring/Summer 2016

Our New Catalog is Here!

Our new Spring/Summer 2016 catalog has arrived! Seeds are sprouting in the sunny soil as we begin another green cycle. We love spending time on our organic farms, surrounded by blossoming fields of herbs that are grown, harvested, and dried with great care. The healing vibrancy of color and aromatic bliss these plants offer infuse us with pure delight. We hope you’ll enjoy the herbal information, new botanical offerings, and fun recipes that fill these pages. Let them inspire you to try something new, make your favorite formulas with love, and prepare for the season ahead. 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 free catalog here!  

New in the Shop: Skullcap Herbal Capsules

We are pleased to bring organic Skullcap into our line of single herbal capsules! Spring is here! As the days continue to get longer, many of us find ourselves getting busier and busier with more activities filling our plates. A member of the mint family, skullcap has traditionally been used to help us find natural calm and relaxation, making it a valuable ally for that overwhelmed feeling we sometimes experience. Made with certified organic leaves and flowers, these Skullcap capsules are a convenient way to stay balanced in the midst of life's little challenges. Click here to view our entire collection of herbal capsules. Learn how to make capsules at home!    

  • The Home Medicine Cabinet: First Aid Liniment

DIY First Aid Liniment

Liniments are one of the easiest preparations for the home herbalist to make. Using a basic recipe to get started, you can change up the herbs and essential oils to create various types of remedies. Along with homemade salve, liniment is a must-have topical formula for any first aid kit. To make this spray, herbs are soaked in a solvent to infuse it with the helpful properties found in so many roots, leaves, barks, and flowers. Liniments can be sprayed and rubbed into the skin when and where needed. Traditionally, basic rubbing alcohol has been used as the base for topical liniments, but witch hazel, vinegar, and vodka can also be used with good results. All of these options make it possible for the herbal properties to easily penetrate the skin.    Basic First Aid Liniment Ingredients 1 part organic comfrey root   1 part organic arnica flowers 1 part organic St. John's wort 1 part organic peppermint leaf organic witch hazel […]

  • Turmeric Tea: Golden Milk & Chai Recipe

Turmeric Tea: Golden Milk & Spicy Chai

Swoooon…check out that gorgeous color! Turmeric is a tropical perennial plant in the same family as ginger, native to India, and cultivated throughout the tropics. Growing to a height of about three feet, it has beautiful lance-shaped leaves on alternate sides of the stem. At the base of the stem, there is a knobby rhizome somewhat resembling ginger with a vibrant orange glow. Turmeric root can be prepared as a tincture, encapsulated, added to tea blends and fire cider, or made into a topical paste. Boasting many benefits, turmeric has become very popular as an herb to help support normal joint mobility.* You can cook with it too! A wonderful ingredient in many savory dishes including stocks, sauces, curries, and spice blends, its distinct fragrance is mildly hot and gingery. The dried powder is most commonly used in the kitchen and gives mustard and curry powder their gorgeous golden hue. Because of its vivid color, it's also used as […]

  • Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Our hearts are so filled up!  We loved receiving these photos and a sweet thank you for donating tins, oil, herbs, and beeswax to the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program:   Dear Mountain Rose Herbs, Thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope Farm’s teen program in Saint Louis, MO. With your help, our teens were able to reconnect to their roots in herbal medicine. Together, we made two salves, several tinctures, and got to know the various herbs growing on our farm. Attached are a handful of photos that document our herbal projects. Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to work closely in the future. Warmly, Deidre        The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) developed the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program in 2014 to inspire positive personal and community change by bringing underserved youth and […]

New Book: The Pure Power of Maca

This new book will make an excellent addition to your growing herbal library!  Detailing the numerous benefits of this amazing root vegetable grown high in the Peruvian Andes, explore how maca has been harvested and used by indigenous cultures for centuries. Its fascinating history winds through the plant's economic and cultural importance, including how maca was traded for lowland tropical food staples such as corn, rice, manioc, and papaya, as well as being valued as viable currency for Spanish imperial taxes.  In The Pure Power of Maca, Beverly Lynn Bennett reviews maca's nutritional and healing properties. She thoroughly covers how to incorporate powdered maca into daily meals and provides 32 delicious recipes, including beverages, snacks, sides, main dishes, and treats. Click here to view our entire collection of herbal literature.    

  • New Book: Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy

New Book: Aromatherapy & Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy

We've received many questions over the years from mamas-to-be seeking information about safe practices when using herbs and essential oils during pregnancy. That's why we are so pleased to add Demetria Clark's Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding to our herbal library! This comprehensive sourcebook explains how essential oils and herbal remedies can provide natural, alternative solutions to the many health needs that arise during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Experienced aromatherapist and midwife Demetria Clark guides you through exploring the safe, gentle, and effective treatments for conditions specific to this transformative time in a woman's life. Clark carefully outlines which essential oils and herbs are safe to use (and which aren't) for each stage of this amazing process, from pregnancy, labor, and birth to breastfeeding and recuperating from delivery. Click here to browse our library of herbal literature.  

  • New Video: Artemisia Medicine with Susun Weed

New Video: Artemisia with Susun Weed

Next up in our video series from the Free Herbalism Project, wise woman herbalist Susun Weed illuminates the history, lore, and traditional preparations made with Artemisia vulgaris. Learn Susun's favorite uses for the plant including dream work, smudging, and moxa, her discovery of the herbal feminine triad, and why she no longer calls this green being Mugwort…   Want to experiment with these herbs on your own?   Find them here: Organic Mugwort Organic Motherwort Organic Chickweed Wise Woman Tea Dream Tea Dream Balm   DIY: Homemade Sleep & Dream Pillow Tutorial How to Make Mugwort Bundles    Click here to watch the video!  

  • How To Make Gluten-Free Seed Crackers

Easy Recipe: Grain-Free Seed Crackers

Crackers are the perfect salty canvas for spreads, dips, nut butters, and cheeses. It's so easy to snack away on these savory treats with their satisfying crispy crunch, but the store-bought variety are usually grain-based and contain weird preservatives, GMOs, emulsifiers, starches, gross hydrogenated oils, and loads of sugar. As many of us transition our diets to more whole foods and less processed junk, we also examine the ethics and health concerns of consuming certain ingredients. This challenges us to find alternatives to our favorite comfort munchies that are still crave-worthy, easy to prepare, and perhaps even good for us…   That's what makes this recipe such a crowd-pleaser!              For all of the gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise health-conscious folks in your life, these seed crackers will be a hit. For the flavor obsessed foodies who eat anything as long as it's tasty, these will do the trick too. I […]

  • The Healing Art of Bathing

The Healing Art of Bathing

Whether submerged in a forest-nestled hot spring, floating on the surface of a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty. Creating an oasis evocative of these experiences is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a few natural beeswax candles, play some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with fragrant oils, relaxing salts, or therapeutic herbs. Making this a regular ritual, even just once a month, can improve your health in many ways. […]

Herbal Love Gift Guide!

If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine's Day, it's good to remember that February 14th is a nice excuse to honor that special someone in your life. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your beautiful lover, best friend, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence?  These all natural and organic gift ideas will be thoroughly enjoyed by the one you hold dear. Whether sipping rose tea during a candlelit bath, offering a soothing massage with aromatic oils, or crafting homemade chocolates and perfume, your love will shine bright.       Essential Oil Kits Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of rose essential oil? These sets are much better than a bouquet! We love the romantic collections of sensuous and arousing essential oils found in both the Lovers and the Rose Essential Oil Samplers. Each pure botanical oil comes in its own glass vial, […]

  • Herbal Chest Rub Recipes for Winter

Herbal Chest Rub Recipes

Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame! Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started. You can then add essential oils or menthol crystals to formulate a remedy for your needs.       You may be familiar with the strong scent of menthol, but what exactly are menthol crystals? Menthol is a solid constituent of mint oil that gives the plant its strong fragrance. These potent crystals are made from cornmint (Mentha arvensis) essential oil […]