We have a special gift for you! Over the last few years, folks have asked us to create a book featuring our favorite herbal recipes from the blog. Your wish has been granted! We're so excited to offer this collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formulas, and healthy snacks for FREE. You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing within these pages. Soon your cupboards will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes – all you need to do it click on the listed ingredients on each page. We hope you enjoy the e-book and look forward to creating these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Click here to download our free e-book!
Candles are wonderful tools and delightful additions to any space, especially as fall and winter bring chilly darkness to our days. This flickering source of light adds natural ambience to a cozy room, or a comforting feeling of warmth while you read a good book. They can be used to heat essential oils in a diffuser, or be lit to set the mood during a special dinner with your sweetie. Homemade candles are easy, fun, and affordable. Not only are they the perfect project for craft night, candles also make the sweetest holiday or birthday gifts for just about anyone. Plus, you can be really creative! While making candles is mostly just melt and pour, you can also formulate a blend of essential oils to create a special scent. Here are some things to consider before making your candles… Beeswax: Beeswax candles are a favorite among many folks for the naturally sweet, honey-like smell that beeswax produces when burned. It also burns slowly, which is something […]
Do you ever have those days when life requires you to stay revved up and focused for hours on end? On days like that, I find it can be challenging to let it all go at the end of the day and quiet myself down in the evening. It's like my mind and body are so tuned in to the need to be "on" that I can physically feel the tension and buzzy-ness in my muscles and brain! At times like those, I need to focus on bringing myself back to a calm, stable, more normal state. I think of it as bringing my adrenals back to room temperature. A nice walk, some time working in the garden, and a cup of this tea all help me to let the hyped up needs of the day go, so I can start to feel grounded once again… Unwind & […]
A few weeks ago, I spent some time at my mother's home in the foothills of the coast range in Southern Oregon. While the hillside has changed much since I was growing up, I still love to visit – especially when the seasons change. I enjoy bearing witness to those natural patterns as the years pass. We spent the weekend harvesting hundreds of apples, prunes, and plums from the many trees in the orchard she and my late father planted back in the seventies. I also managed to do a little "wildharvesting" and came home with enough ripe elderberries to make about a half-gallon of fresh elderberry cordial! One of the most bittersweet parts of visiting "home" is to notice how the trees change. My huge beloved White Oak tree has been replaced with a yellow plum, but many of the mammoth creaking cedars that swayed when the wind moved down the mountain in […]
Mushroom season is upon us! I have never met an edible mushroom I didn’t like! While I truly adore freshly picked mushrooms like chanterelles sautéed in butter, wine, and garlic, there are so many wonderful ways to prepare dried mushrooms to enjoy year ‘round! Many people actually prefer preparing shiitakes from a dehydrated state as the deep, savory flavors are accentuated when the mushrooms are properly dried. They are also full of healthy goodness! As a food, Shiitake mushrooms have all eight essential amino acids in a higher, more condensed proportion than soy beans, meat, milk, or eggs. Dried shiitakes are often used in the cuisines of East Asia and I’ve taken inspiration from some of my favorite seasonal meals, as well as from well-loved Japanese dishes for the following recipes. Shiitake Ginger Broth A well-flavored broth is a beautiful treasure! This broth can be sipped and enjoyed […]
My grown kids like to tease me about my lack of bedside manner. Their version of childhood ailments is that I'd respond to everything with four basic questions and suggestions: 1. Have you been drinking enough water? 2. Have you been to the bathroom? 3. How about a nap? 4. How about a warm bath? Honestly, I still think those four strategies are perfect for most of life's ordinary wellness challenges! I do have one more little strategy, however, for the tummy upset. You know that bloated, sour or topsy-turvy feeling that comes from eating too much of a very good thing? I love the Happy Tummy tea blend available in our shop if you'd rather not make your own, but if you're faced with a bellyache, this tea recipe is a good choice to get you on the road to recovery: Better Belly Tea 1 teaspoon organic Fennel seed 1 teaspoon […]
Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love. 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 new catalog here!
Wise woman herbalist Susun Weed joined us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. Next up in our video series, Susun explores the world of hops as food and medicine. Learn her favorite uses for this dreamy plant, check out our fun collection of recipes below, and find certified organic hops on our website. Recipes with Hops! Hoppy Ginger Brew Calming Hops Tea Blend Hops and Spice Tea Blend Hops Rock Candy Hops Lemonade Shave Ice Click here to watch the video!
While I love thick and fluffy creams, and I am quite partial to body butters as everyday moisturizers, I enjoy the convenience of a thinner lotion, too. It's nice to have a moisturizer thin enough to put in a bottle with a pump — handy for keeping by the sink for busy families. Just a couple squirts of lotion and off you go! I wanted a lotion full of spicy, crisp, autumn scents that are warming, hydrating, and good for the skin, but still light enough to work as a lotion. This recipe makes 8 ounces, but it can be multiplied if you’d like to make a larger batch. You can also experiment with other carrier oils, butters, essential oils, and hydrosols to create your own customized lotion! You won’t really need any special ingredients or tools, just a hand mixer or immersion blender works fine, and a 2-4 cup Pyrex measuring cup works well for the […]
I am not a natural meditation pro. Like many folks, I'm much more trained in the Western ways of go, get, and gather! It can be challenging for me to just settle my mind, sit quietly and let the wisdom of meditation wash over me. I make excuses. I tell myself that tasks I love like working in the garden, embroidery, or even making soup count as meditation, but I know that isn't exactly true. The challenge for me is learning how to quiet myself without feeling the incredibly strong urge to take a nap! This tea blend recipe was created with meditation in mind – taking the time to slow down, get grounded, and nourish the mind as well as the body. The trick is to choose delicious calming herbs, but not make something so calming that it brings on the snoozes… Meditation Tea 1 teaspoon […]
This is the time of year when many of us have to move from the relaxing and rejuvenating summer months to the bustle-and-go of the fall season. This could mean heading back to school or other activities, but sometimes the changes in weather and tempo can bring on strain. While I call this "Back to School" tea for parents, it really is well-suited to support at any time of the year. And it is purposefully tasty to make it palatable for even those who don't particularly like herbal tea! Parent's Back to School Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Elderberries 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1 teaspoon organic Marshmallow root ½ teaspoon organic Wild Cherry bark* ½ teaspoon organic Licorice root Combine all the herbs in a strainer, bag, infuser or tea nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free […]
The newest addition to our ever-expanding library of books is an excellent resource for folks who eschew the chemically-laden conventional "beauty" products and prefer to pamper their bodies with homemade, organic cosmetic creations. Packed with step-by-step photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, expert tips, and problem-solving solutions, 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Natural Beauty provides you with a bounty of tips on how to source, store, and use natural, organic ingredients that will work wonders for your body. Shannon Buck provides a plethora of recipes for all types of skin and hair, making it easy to find the best recipes for you and your loved ones. This book shows you, in gloriously illustrated detail, how to create delightful lotions and potions in your own home using herbs and flowers. Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts, and essential oils that will nourish you from head to toe. Includes more […]