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The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|19 October 2014

 

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As much as I always hope the end of summer will bring on easy relaxing times, it actually seems that my world gets even busier as the leaves start to fall! There is still plenty to do in the garden and the last of the preserving (the figs are just getting ripe and the persimmons look quite promising this year!) Meanwhile, between trips to the pumpkin patch, parties, and the autumn blast of fundraisers and community events, I find that extra boosts of nutrition, antioxidants, and vitamins are definitely in order.

Tea is such a delicious and easy way to inoculate myself  throughout the day and this combination has some of my favorite flavors and good-for-you elements…

 

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Berry, Oat , & Mint Tea

1 teaspoon organic Acai Berry powder

1 Tablespoon organic Oatstraw

1 teaspoon organic Spearmint Leaf

1 teaspoon organic Yarrow Leaf & Flower

I like to make this tea in my Tea-to-Go infuser, so I can take it along with me and make a nice big bunch at a time. Put all the ingredients into the bottom of the glass infuser, fill with boiling water and allow to steep for 4-5 minutes before tasting. These herbs can stay for quite a while in the infuser as they do not really get bitter. If you’d prefer to make a cup in the more traditional sense, add the herbs to a nest, tea bag, or small infuser and pour 1 1/2 cups or so boiling water over and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes.

 

The Sunday Steep - Weekly Tea Recipes

 

33 Herbal Smoothie Boosts!

Posted by Alieta|14 October 2014

33 Herbal Boosts for your Super Smoothie

 

Here’s a question we’ve heard a lot from our Facebook and blog friends:

“What’s the deal with powdered herbs and how can I use them differently from cut and sifted herbs?”

There are a number of different ways you can use powders, but one really awesome thing about powdered herbs is that you can easily add a bit of herbal magic to your smoothies!

The herbs listed below are often called superherbs, superfruits, or super foods - although, we think all plants are pretty super! However you choose to define them, be sure to do your own research to see how they will best fit into your daily health regime.  It’s always a good idea, and fun, to diversify.  So, with that said, I’m excited to offer my master list to help you herb up your smoothie!

 

Here’s the master list of herbal boosts for your super smoothie!

33 Herbal Boosts for your Super Smoothie!

 

Acai Powder – Acai berry is relatively new to the US and has quickly become a popular fruit used in smoothies, sorbets, capsules, and juices. The dark purple Acai berry is a source of antioxidants and anthocyanins, and contains protein, fiber, vitamin E and iron. It is naturally low in sugar and the flavor is a mellow mixture of red wine and chocolate. This amazing fruit powder is certified organic and quickly freeze dried after harvest. 
 
Amla Powder – This is a dried and pulverized berry of a sacred tree in India known for being a source of vitamin C and having a sour, bitter, and astringent taste. The dehydrated Amla pieces will easily re-hydrate in water, creating a fibrous texture similar to dehydrated apples with a much tarter taste. You could also use the whole dried berries to make a juice as a base for your smoothies. This berry is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine practices and is considered a cooling pitta herb.

Barberries (juice base) – These dried, red Berberis berries are often used in Persian and Afghan cooking, or made into jam or pickles. Barberries are known for their citric acid content, vitamin content, and contain the active compound berberine. Super tasty berry power!

Bee Pollen – Bee pollen has a long and storied past throughout human history. Hippocrates and Pythagoras both prescribed bee pollen for its healing properties. Native Americans wore pouches containing pollen around their necks on long journeys to eat so they could sustain a high level of energy. Bee pollen has a complex flavor that’s sweet, spicy, and floral with hints of honey. 

Beet Root Powder – Beets have been used in folk medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments since the time of the Romans and was popularized by the French for its culinary value. The natural sugar content makes this powder a great sweetener! It also offers fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc, beta-carotene, calcium, and B vitamins. 

Bilberries – A close relative of the blueberry, cranberry, and huckleberry, bilberries have a wonderful blue/purple color from natural anthocyanosides, which has earned them a rich medicinal history. Bilberries have a flavor very similar to blueberries and offer antioxidant bioflavonoids. 

Cacao Powder – Who doesn’t love the mood boosting properties of chocolate? The Mayan, Olmec, and Aztec civilizations used the entire cacao fruit medicinally. Cacao contains caffeine, flavonoids, phenylethylalamine, anandamide, magnesium, sulfur, oleic acid, theobromine, and tryptophan. Cacao beans and nibs are a source of magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium, and are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.

Camu Camu Powder This nutrient dense fruit from the Amazon rainforest is attracting the attention of many for its Vitamin C content. Camu camu has a highly acidic flavor that can be easily sweetened to taste. Use in your smoothie as a source of magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C, beta carotene, iron, and amino acids.
 
Carob Powder - Made popular as a caffiene-free substitute for chocolate, carob powder was once deemed essential to the opera for saving the voices of performance-weary sopranos. This pea family pod has been used as a food source for over 5,000 years, offering dense nutritional value and a naturally sweet and slightly bitter flavor.  
 
Cayenne Powder - The Capsicum family includes bell peppers, red peppers, and paprika, but the most famous medicinal members of the family are cayenne and chilies. Careful to use the slightest amount, unless you handle heat well! The capsaicin in these peppers has been used medicinally for its anti-inflammatory and diaphoretic properties. Try freezing our Lemon Tea in an ice cube tray and then blending them up with apple slices, fresh greens, fresh ginger, and a 1/8 tsp of Cayenne Powder.

Chaga Powder – Chaga is a parasitic carpophores mushroom that looks like the charred remains of burned wood on the side of a birch tree (sometimes growing on Elm and Alder, but Birch is its favorite). Chaga is commonly made into a tea, taken by tincture, or put into capsules for its antioxidant content. Why not give your smoothie some mushroom power?

Chia SeedsChia seeds rule! They are great for making homemade puddings, gel juice, or easy jam recipes. They also rule in smoothies. Chia was a staple for Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength” and Chia seeds used to be referred to as “Warrior Running Food” because they are so energizing.

Chlorella PowderSome scientists believe these single celled algae may be among the Earth’s oldest living organisms. Natural health enthusiasts know chlorella well as an excellent source of nutrients. Its bright green color would make it a perfect pair for leafy greens like kale or dandelion. You can also use it instead of fresh greens in your winter smoothie recipes!

Cordyceps Powder Cordyceps is an adaptogen and has been used to create stimulating tonics and maintain a healthy functioning immune system in times of stress. Contains Adenine, adenosine, uracil, uridine, guanidine, guanosine, hypoxanthine, inosine, thymine, thymidine, and deoxyuridine.

Cranberry PowderA diuretic and wonderfully flavorful herb, its fruity tartness and beautiful color is perfect for your berry filled smoothies.  Conventional cranberry juice from the store often has lots of added sugar that can actually negate the benefits of this powerful fruit!

Damiana Leaf PowderHistorically used as an aphrodisiac, this is one of the best herbal mood boosters out there. Light floral taste with a spicy finish and lovely green color, damiana leaf powder would go great in a smoothie to help you deal with those day-to-day ups and downs we all experience.

Elderberry PowderElder flowers and berries have a long history in traditional European medicine. Elderberries are traditionally made into a syrup for ingestion during the fall and winter months. The berries have a gorgeous dark purple red color and a sweet and rich flavor.

33 Herbal Smoothie Boosts!

Flaxmeal Flax seed is an important and very popular ingredient found in the world of herbal health foods as a source of omega fatty acids and fiber. Add some to your smoothies or use the meal in bread and muffin recipes!

Garcinia Fruit – This dark red fruit can be rehydrated and blended up with your smoothie base. It is said to make recipes more filling and satisfying, which can be helpful to extend your morning shake! It has a distinct sour fruit flavor.

Guarana Seed PowderGuarana is thought to be the highest source of caffeine available in nature, containing 2.5 times the amount of caffeine as coffee. A lovely addition to your morning smoothie!

Hawthorn Berry PowderThe fruit of this rose family tree has been used traditionally to support a healthy functioning cardiovascular system. It offers antioxidant flavonoids!

Hemp SeedWith a lightly nutty flavor and healthy fats, hemp seeds make a great addition to any smoothie! Hemp seed contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that our bodies need, which makes it a perfect protein supplement. No other single source provides such a complete protein in a form that is so easily digested and absorbed by the body

Hibiscus Flower Powder A beautiful flower with a tart taste due to its content of 15 to 30% plant acids, including citric, malic, and tartaric acids in a lovely wine-red color. Hibiscus is used as one of the main ingredients in many tea blends for its color and level of antioxidants.

Kava Root PowderA beloved herb and a trusted ally during times of trial. Kava tea made from powdered kava root is warming and soothing to the nerves, body, and soul. Pacific Islanders have for centuries used Kava to calm nerves and help with relaxation.

Lycii BerriesA great way to sweeten your smoothies is to soak a handful of these dehydrated berries in water or milk overnight. In the morning, toss the combination into your blender with fruit or veggies! Lycii berry, otherwise known to Chinese herbalists as Goji or Chinese Wolfberry is bright red and almost chewy with a taste very similar to raisins. It has been used as a general nutrient tonic (Yin tonic) for many years and Chinese medicine refers to it as a “cooling tonic”.

Maca Root PowderMaca is traditionally prepared as a food, particularly in South America where it grows. The root is a highly nutritious staple food, boasting carbohydrates, protein, and a variety of essential minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, sterols, and essential fatty acids. Because of it’s mineral content Maca has been used to rejuvenate tired systems.

Maqui Berry PowderThese berries taste tart like huckleberries and contain powerful antioxidant properties. It is documented that Macqui berries have been used by the Mapuche natives of Chile and Argentina for centuries. Maqui berries are relatively new to the American herbal market, and are primarily being sold as one of the latest “superfoods” with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and other beneficial attributes. 

Milk Thistle Seed Powder – Three of the active compounds within milk thistle seed are collectively identified as silymarin. This constituent is credited for much of milk thistle’s medicinal value, particularly associated with supporting healthy liver function.

Rosehips  The fruit of the rose is one of the most concentrated sources of Vitamin C. Rosehips have a tart flavor and are widely used in jams, jellies, and teas.

Spirulina Powder  The concentration of amino acids has made spirulina a popular nutritional supplement for those who are unable to obtain sufficient calories and protein through diet alone, particularly athletes who burn calories at a high rate. A slightly sweet earthy taste, this powder is great taken in capsule form or as an addition to your daily smoothie.

Wheat Grass Powder – Wheat grass sprouts contain a high level of organic phosphates and a potent cocktail of antioxidants. If you are unable to grow your own, a powder is an easy addition to your super smoothies!

Yacon Root PowderThis root is commonly made into a sweet syrup or extract. In powder form, yacon root makes an excellent addition to your blended beverage. It is thought to be one of the “lost crops” of the Incas, who were known to cultivate it and who considered it an important food crop. The fresh root is small and similar in appearance to a potato, and is said to taste similar to a cross between celery and Granny Smith apples.

33 Herbal Boosts for Your Super Smoothie!

How to Make Glycerine Extracts

Posted by Alieta|06 October 2014

How to Make Glycerine Extracts

 

Have you been searching for an alternative to alcohol-based tinctures? Looking for a way to extract the benefits of herbs and preserve them? Maybe you like your medicine a little on the sweet side?

Vegetable glycerine, the sweet principle of oils, was discovered in 1789 and came into use by medicine makers around 1846. This liquid is obtained by the hydrolysis of vegetable fats or fixed oils. The food grade vegetable glycerine offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is certified organic and kosher, making it a great option.

Sometimes referred to as glycerol, glycerine is a clear, colorless, and odorless liquid with an incredibly sweet taste having the consistency of thick syrup. Glycerine has been used as an ingredient in toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, herbal remedies, and other household items.

Glycerine is also a great solvent for extracting constituents from plants without the use of alcohol. These extracts are known as “glycerites” and are an excellent choice for administering herbal support to pets, children, or people who are sensitive to alcohol for any reason. Glycerine is slightly antiseptic and has anti-fermentative properties that are efficient for preservation. A glycerite has a shelf life of 14-24 months, versus an alcohol extract with a shelf life of 4-6 years.

When making a glycerite with dried herbs, it is common to use water to rehydrate the herbs and loosen up the botanical matter. Generally a mixture with 60% or more glycerin to 40% or less water is a safe ratio. To err on the side of safety, I go with a 75% glycerine to 25% water ratio. If you are working with fresh moist herb, you can go with 100% glycerine for your extract – just be sure to muddle well.

 

How to Make Glycerine Extracts

 

Directions for making your own alcohol-free herbal glycerites:
  1. Fill a mason jar ½ way with dried herb (2/3 way full with fresh herb). Chop dried herb well before mixing with menstruum.
  2. In a separate jar, mix 3 parts organic Vegetable Glycerine and 1 part distilled water. Shake to combine.
  3. Pour liquid mixture over the herb and completely cover to fill the jar.
  4. Label container with date, ratio of glycerine to water, and herbs used.
  5. Agitate daily for 4-6 weeks.
  6. Strain with cheesecloth, bottle, label!
  • Note: If you used a fine powder you may need to double filter, and even filter through a coffee filter to ensure that no botanical material remains in your glycerite.

 

Wondering which herbs to try first? Here’s a list of herbs recommended for glycerite preparation from herbalist James Green’s Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook

 

Burdock

Chamomile

Cleavers

Dandelion

Echinacea

Elder flowers

Fennel

Ginger

Goldenseal

Hawthorn

Mugwort

Mullein

Nettle

Oat Tops

Peppermint

Skullcap

Ginseng Root Powder

Uva Ursi

Vitex

Valerian

 

Enjoy your alcohol-free extract!

 

How to Make Herbal Glycerites

 

The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|05 October 2014

How to make Rooty Decoction Teas

 

Preparing a simple decoction is one of my favorite ways to consume roots. While leaves and flowers lend themselves well to a quickly-brewed tea, the roots can take a little more planning. A decoction is a method of simmering roots, barks, berrries, etc. to extract their properties. It takes a little more effort, but it is well worth it – especially when you can enjoy a lovely combination like the following…

 

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Digestion Root Tea

2 Tablespoons organic Burdock Root

2 Tablespoons organic Dandelion Root

2 Tablespoons organic Astragalus Root

1 Tablespoon organic Ginger Root

Combine all the herbs in a saucepan with 3-4 cups cold or tepid water. Bring to a boil for a few minutes before turning the heat down to low and letting the herbs simmer and steep in the hot water for another 5-10 minutes. At this point, you can either strain the herbs and drink the tea or you can let the herbs rest in the water for a longer time (even pouring into a jar, covering and letting sit overnight) for an even stronger decoction. Strain before drinking.

If you’d like to add some other herbs to this, I like nutritive herbs like Nettle, Oatstraw or Dandelion Leaf!

The Sunday Steep - Weekly Tea Recipes

 

 

Gluten-Free Pizza Party Recipes!

Posted by Alieta|29 September 2014

Gluten Free Pizza Party Recipes!

 

It’s time for a pizza party…

I have been gluten-free for just about a year now.  The thing I miss most?  Pizza!  I used to love bringing home dough from my local co-op and rolling it out with my nieces and nephews for a personal pizza party.  Once I had to give up the gluten, I wasn’t exactly motivated to figure out how to make a gluten-free dough that would satisfy my pizza urges.  In the past year, I have only had pizza a handful of times, and it was rather expensive when I did – so I set out to finally make some gluten-free pizza bread myself!

This dough is not your normal dough. It’s a twist on a regular gluten-free pizza dough recipe and is easily enjoyed, even by our gluten-loving friends.  The mesquite powder (find it here) and teff flour combine to make a subtle sweetness with a soft and chewy texture. Mesquite powder is made from a legume that has long been a staple food of indigenous cultures in the Americas, making it a great wheat-free option for baking. This dough can easily hold up to toppings and is tasty on its own.

It wasn’t an easy task to find a gluten-free flour blend I could stand behind. The recipe below is one I’m very happy with and should work fine as a replacement in your other baking recipes, just add a tsp or two of organic psyllium husk powder or organic guar gum per cup of the Gluten-Free Flour Base.

 

Gluten-Free Flour Base
  • 4 1/2 cups + 1/3 cup organic white rice flour
  • 1 2/3 cups organic brown rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cups organic potato starch
  • 3/4 cup organic Arrowroot Powder
  • 1/4 cup organic teff flour

This should be enough flour blend to make 2 (almost 3) of the recipe below.

 

Mesquite Pizza Dough Recipe
  1. Using a stick or paddle blender, combine flour mix, mesquite powder, almond flour, psyllium husk powder, baking soda, salt, and yeast. Add in (while mixer is running on low if possible) warm water and oil. Turn to medium speed and mix for about 6 minutes or until everything is well combined and mixture resembles a thick batter.
  2. Remove bowl from mixer (remove lid if necessary) and cover with plastic wrap, let sit for about an hour and a half.
  3. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper/oil. Using a spatula with olive oil, or hands and olive oil, spread dough out to roughly 11 to 12 inch wide circle, leaving a thicker crust at the edge.  If’ it’s easier, you can place a piece of plastic wrap on top of dough to help smooth it out.
  4. Place prepped crusts on middle or lower racks and cook for 45-50 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool.
  5. Top and bake for 10-12 minutes on middle or top rack at 500 degrees. Slice and enjoy!

 

Gluten Free Pizza Party Recipes!

 

Vegan Cashew Cheese

Ohhhh for the love of cheese!  How I miss cheese!  I discovered this delicious cashew “cheese” alternative while dining out for pizza one evening. It is SO easy to make!

Soak nuts in water overnight, rinse thoroughly, and strain.  Place in food processor with 3 cloves of garlic,  salt, and olive oil. Blend on high for about 3 minutes or until super smooth and chunk free! Add more oil if you would like, and spices if you so desire!

 

Herb Spiced Pizza Sauce

When I made this pizza recipe, tomatoes were pouring out of everyone’s ears here in Oregon. If they are not in season in your area, don’t feel bad about grabbing a can of organic tomatoes.

Dice tomatoes and place in deep cast iron skillet. Add water, olive oil, and spices.  Cook on medium to medium low for one to two hours. Use mashers to break down tomatoes.  After most of the water has dissolved, turn off and let cool.  Place in blender (if you desire) and blend up to a smooth consistency.  I sometimes like to leave it chunky too!  It’s up to you!

 

Spicy Pizza Sprinkle

Mix ingredients together and place in a shaker container to sprinkle on top of your pizza!

 

Gluten Free Pizza Party Recipes!

 

 

Enjoy the party!

 

The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|28 September 2014

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The rains are back! At least, here in Oregon, our beloved fall is kicking off with some delightful cloudbursts and puddles for tromping through! Rainy days call for tasty, savory, deeply-flavored tea, and the inspiration for this recipe is taken right from the sky!

 

Rainy Day Chai

2 Tablespoons organic Firefly Chai tea

1 teaspoon organic Nettle leaf

1 teaspoon organic roasted Cocao Nibs

1 dropper (or more, to taste) organic Lemon Balm extract/tincture

Combine the Firefly Chai, Nettle, and Cocao Nibs in a tea infuser, strainer or bag. Pour 2 – 2 1/2 cups boiling water over and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Add 1 dropper of Lemon Balm extract or tincture and stir to combine. Feel free to add a little milk, soy, and/or honey to taste. Enjoy!

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Our New Catalog is Here!

Posted by Erin|24 September 2014

Free Catalog from Mountain Rose Herbs!

 

Our new catalog for Autumn 2014/Winter 2015 has arrived!

As cool weather draws us near the hearth, we’re crafting gifts for the holidays, baking treats, and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’ve filled these pages with new recipes like vegan gluten-free White Chocolate Coconut Bark, Rosemary Mint Elixir, and Herb Roasted Chickpeas, as well as unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, and new products.

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!

 

The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|21 September 2014

 

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The garden harvest is waning. While there are still some pumpkins, winter squashes, and tomatoes producing, the rest of the garden is drying up and putting energy into producing seeds. The fruit trees in our back yard are laden with apples, figs, and persimmons, and soon will start losing their browning leaves. There’s a little bit of sadness in the harvest season, but there’s also satisfaction in the abundance of another growing season. This morning’s tea recipe celebrates some of the flavors and nutrients grown and harvested in gardens all over!

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Harvest Tea

1 teaspoon organic Alfalfa Leaf

1 teaspoon organic Artichoke Leaf

1 teaspoon organic Barberries

1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf

1 teaspoon organic Sunflower Petals

1 teaspoon organic Hyssop

Place all the herbs in a tea infuser, nest, strainer, or bag. Pour 1-2 cups boiling water over and let steep for 3-4 minutes. Feel free to add honey, lemon or other ingredients as desired (this is not a very sweet tea.) Relax and enjoy!

The Sunday Steep - Weekly Tea Recipes

 

Herbal Foot Care: The Perfectly Natural Pedicure

Posted by Kori|15 September 2014

 

Herbal Foot Care

 

We have a tendency to take our feet for granted—and yet, our feet get us everywhere we need to go each day! If you’ve spent a summer running barefoot or wrestle with dry, cracked feet, a regime of herbal self-care may be just what’s needed.

For those of us who wear work boots, or spend all day standing, our feet may get especially sore or develop a bit of an odor. Fortunately, a little extra tending can help combat both of those challenges! These recipes are suitable for everyday use, or as a special occasional pampering. Feel free to experiment and use the herbs, essential oils, and carrier oils you like best!

 

The perfect pampering pedicure:

Step 1: Get started by using a pumice stone to remove dry, loose skin.

Step 2: Next, it’s time for a foot soak! Adapt your soak to suit your needs.

 

Essential Oils for Foot Care

 

Rejuvenating Foot Soak

¼ cup organic Vegetable Glycerin
¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Epsom Salts
10 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
10 drops organic Tea Tree essential oil

Fill tub or basin with warm water and add above ingredients. Mix well and soak feet for 15-20 minutes.

 

Deodorizing Foot Soak

½ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup Coarse or Dead Sea Salt
10 drops organic Grapefruit essential oil
10 drops organic Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Fill tub or basin with warm water and add above ingredients. Mix well and soak feet for 15-20 minutes.

 

Herb Blend for Happy Feet

Add equal parts of the following herbs to a bowl and combine well. (I used 2 Tablespoons of each) Scoop mixture into cotton muslin bags and use as an addition to the foot soaks above, or on their own as an herbal foot soak in warm water.

Organic Comfrey Leaf
Organic Yarrow Leaf & Flower
Organic Chamomile Flowers
Organic Witch Hazel Leaf
Organic Marshmallow Root
Organic Sage Leaf
Organic Lavender Flowers

 

 

Herb Blend for Happy Feet

 

Step 3: Apply the following foot scrub to feet, rubbing well, and then rinse off in the soaking water:

Cleansing Foot Scrub

¼ cup Ground Apricot Kernel Meal
3 Tablespoons Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
6-10 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
6-10 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a ceramic or glass bowl, using a wooden spoon to combine. Add enough water to make a paste. Rub well all over feet. Rinse.

 

Step 4: Dry feet well, making sure to get between toes. Spritz feet with organic Lavender, Rose, Chamomile, Calendula, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, or Peppermint Hydrosol.

Step 5: This is the time to trim toenails or tend to extra cleaning in and around toes and toenails. Trim toenails to fit the shape of the toe and file for extra smoothness.

Step 6: Rub Healing Foot Salve into feet or lotion of choice. You can even finish with a simple moisturizing application of organic Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil.

 

Moisturizing Foot Salve

½ cup organic Sweet Almond Oil
½ cup organic Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Beeswax
20 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic Tea Tree essential oil
10 drops Bergamot Mint essential oil
Optional: organic Roman Chamomile essential oil, organic Lemon Balm essential oil

In a Pyrex bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, add oils and beeswax. Heat over boiling water until melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Pour into tins or jars. This recipe makes 10 ounces of salve, enough to fill two 4-ounce tins and one 2-ounce tin. Let cool until solid (this will only take an hour or so.)

I like to put on cotton socks after slathering my feet with this salve and it doesn’t have to be used only after a foot soak. Rubbing it on your feet in the morning after a shower or prior to going to bed are both great ways to add moisture to overworked feet on a daily basis. Feel free to try different oil combinations or essential oils to suit your personal likes and needs.

 

Soothing Foot Powder

¼ cup French Green or White Cosmetic Clay
¼ cup Baking Soda
¼ cup Arrowroot Powder or cornstarch
¼ cup Marshmallow Root Powder
10 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
10 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil

Combine all ingredients well and put into a powder container (or keep in a box or tin and use a brush or powder puff.) Sprinkle on feet or in shoes to absorb moisture and soothe hard-working feet.

Herbal Foot Care: The Perfectly Natural Pedicure

You might also find these helpful:

Video: How to Make an Herbal Salve

Rosemary + Sage Boot Fresheners

Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub

Books on Natural Body Care

 

Summer Recipe Sale – 35% off Summer Bliss Aroma Blend

Posted by Erin|12 September 2014

Summer Recipe Sale - 35% off Summer Bliss Aroma Blend

This bright and uplifting essential oil blend is the perfect aroma to carry a little bit of summer into fall! Fresh citrus and a hint of floral sweetness will leave you smiling as you enjoy this light and lively scent combination as a body spray, room deodorizer, perfume oil, or diffuser blend. Have fun and be creative!

Feeling inspired to mix it up?

For the next 2 weeks, we are offering the essential oils in this recipe (select sizes) at 35% off! Now is the time to stock up on Jasmine Absolute, organic Lemon, organic Lavender, and organic Combava essential oils

 

Summer Recipe Sale - 35% off Summer Bliss Aroma Blend

 

 

Argan Oil Cuticle Cream Recipe

Posted by Alieta|08 September 2014

DIY Argan Oil Cuticle Cream Recipe

 

Many cuticle creams on the market today are mixed with yucky chemicals meant to “dissolve” your cuticle.  Sure they might be pesky at times, but cuticles serve a purpose. Their job is to protect your nail bed, and our job is to protect them!

Keeping your hands and cuticles well hydrated is the first defense against cracking, peeling, and possible infection, as well as the key to keeping them looking great! If your cuticles are not well moisturized, they are more prone to break, crack, and thus become more vulnerable to bacteria. Maintaining well hydrated cuticles is what keeps them under control as well.

So instead of trimming, try this weekly routine: soak nails in warm soapy water, pat dry and then gently push your cuticles back (with something soft) and slather on some of this cuticle ointment. You can also keep a tin of this cuticle cream in your bathroom, on your nightstand, in your kitchen, and even at your desk to apply throughout the day. You might find that your cuticles are less of a problem, with the added benefit of fewer hang nails, and an overall improvement in nail health.

DIY Argan Oil Cuticle Cream

I love Argan oil! Pressed from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree, Argan oil smells lightly nutty (not as much as neem), is so incredibly light, and absorbs quickly into the skin, making it a perfect cosmetic oil for your face, hair, or nails!  I like to use it knowing it will absorb quickly and that I won’t get everything around me (especially my face and clothes) super greasy! You can also massage this ointment into brittle nails to help nourish and strengthen them naturally.

 

Argan Oil Cuticle Cream Recipe

Ingredients

2 Tbsp organic Argan Oil

2 Tbsp organic Sweet Almond Oil

1 TBSP + 1 TSP Beeswax Pastilles

2 Tbsp organic Shea Butter

A couple drops of Vitamin E oil

Essential Oil Blend

20 organic Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil (preferred) or organic Lavender Essential Oil

10 organic Tea Tree

10 organic Sweet Orange

 

Directions

1. Place a small to medium sized pot of water (2-3 inches) on the stovetop, over low-medium heat.

2. Place butter, oils, and beeswax into a small Pyrex measuring glass and hang on the inside edge of your pot of water.

3. Stir occasionally until butter and wax are fully melted together in the oil. Remove from heat.

4. Stir in essential oils and vitamin e oil.

5. Quickly pour into 5-6 1/2 oz tins.

6. Place lids loosely onto containers and allow to cool.

7. Once completely cool, place lids all the way on containers, make a label and enjoy!

 

Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil: Sweet, woodsy, softly floral, and delicately robust. Good for dry and chapped skin. A grounding essential oil sure to boost your mood.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: A classic medicinal with a sharp, earthy, herbaceous scent. A great essential oil to keep your nails in their happy healthy state.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil: Uplifting, citrusy, and sweet. The aroma of sweet orange is cheerful and the oil is naturally antibacterial to keep your nails feeling clean and fresh all day long.

DIY Argan Oil Cuticle Cream

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|07 September 2014

Kid's Tea Party Recipes

 

Recently, my energetic co-worker, Mason, and I were chatting about the joy of the Toddler Tea Party! As the proud papa of a three-year-old, the daily tea parties have become a cherished part of his life. This brought back a flood of memories of raising my own kids, as they used to love tea parties or just the special comfort that a hot cup of tea could bring. In fact, all my adult kids are still avid tea drinkers and I like to think all those adorable tea parties helped lay the foundation for the joy of a good, flavorful cup.

As a student at Columbines School of Botanical Studies, Mason has been learning a great deal about plants, herbs, and the offerings of the natural world. I tend to be more of a cook and gardener, so between the two of us, we had a variety of ideas about what makes for great tea for young kids. I asked Mason if he’d be willing to share one of the recipes he makes for his daughter and we also came up with some suggestions for other tasty and soothing tea herbs to share with kids. Here are some ideas for creating a fun, festive and yummy:

 

Children's Tea Party Recipes

Smell Good + Taste Great Tea

1 teaspoon Organic Lemon Balm

1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint

1 teaspoon Organic Oatstraw

1 teaspoon Organic Lycii (Goji) Berries

1 teaspoon Organic Red Clover

Combine herbs in a tea infuser, bag or tea nest and pour 2-4 cups bowling water over. Just the right amount for one of our colorful porcelain tea pots. Let steep for 3-5 minutes and enjoy. Add a little lemon, milk, or honey, if desired.

 

Pretty Tea Party

1 teaspoon Organic Spearmint

1 teaspoon Organic Hibiscus

1 teaspoon Organic Chamomile or Organic Lavender

1 teaspoon Organic Sage

1 teaspoon Organic Lemon Peel

Combine herbs in a tea strainer, bag or infuser and pour 2-4 cups of boiling water over. Let steep for approximately 3-5 minutes. Feel free to add milk or honey and allow to cool until safe for kids to drink. This tea makes a delightful iced tea too!

 

If you’re not feeling up to creating your own recipes, our Fairytale and Peace Tea Blends are the perfect tea party teas!

The Sunday Steep - Weekly Tea Recipes

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