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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted by Kori|21 April 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Where would we be without mothers, moms, grandmothers, aunts, and strong feminine mentors?

Whatever the original purpose of Mother’s Day, for me, it is an opportunity to honor and be honored—to extend sweet gestures of appreciation to the women in my life who have guided and inspired. As a mother of adult kids, I cherish not-so-long-ago memories of hand-drawn cards, hand-picked bouquets of sweaty dandelion flowers, and messy homemade breakfasts.  Now, my kids get together with some of their friends and partners every year and host a brunch for several of us “moms”—we enjoy sharing the day with others and reminding ourselves that it takes a community of strong female role models to nurture the future.

Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift to honor Mom this May 11th, or you might want to create something truly personal for those you claim as Mother figures in your life? Whoever she may be, we’ve put together an inspiring herbal gift guide to suit every sort of mom…

 

Our Picks For…

The Outdoorswoman

 

Mother's Day Gift Guide by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

The hiking, gardening, sporty, and rugged mom might be happier with gifts supporting her life-on-the-go than a bouquet of flowers. How about our Tea-to-Go glass tea infuser and some of her favorite nourishing herbal tea?

Our Joint Care extract and Arnica & St. John’s Massage Oil can help soothe tired muscles after a day of strenuous exercise and the Bug Out Repellent and Zinc Sunstick will keep her skin healthy and happy no matter where she might wander.

 

 Mother's Day Gift Guide by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

If she’s up for an herbal adventure, perhaps Foraging and Feasting—a field guide and wild food cookbook by Dina Falconi might inspire her!

 

The New Mom

 

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New moms need extra pampering and some gentle reminders that self-care is as important as infant care! Our Nurse-Me Rhyme tea is a delicious, caffeine free combination of certified organic herbs to support breastfeeding mothers – and what could be easier than making a cup with one of these quick to clean Celestial Tea Strainers?

Our Green Tara Aroma Spray is an uplifting body mist or room spray created to promote calm, comfort and emotional balance and this delicious lightly-floral scent will surround a new mom with mellow garden aromas. Our gentle Rose and Lemon Facial Washes are another soothing gift—we create them ourselves in our kitchen from organic ingredients. Paired with a soak in a warm bath with Relaxing Bath Salts, the mother of a wee one may just be ready for anything!

Perhaps the new mom on your Mother’s Day list would love some homemade body care creations? Check out all of the adaptable recipes for lip balm, perfume, body scrubs, and more from this sun-inspired blog post. Your special touches are the perfect way to send care and comfort when it may be most needed!

 

The Mom Who’s Desperately-in-Need-of-a-Spa-Day

 

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While a weekend away at a luxurious spa would be wonderful, it just might not be in the budget (money or time-wise). Fortunately, you can put together a nurturing spa-in-a-basket for the nurturer in your life.

Our organic Cleansing Grains can be used to exfoliate, while the Wild Rose Oil and  Wild Rose Facial Toner will leave Mom’s face feeling pampered and restored. After a facial, a soak in the Midsummer Herbal Bath Salts with orange essential oil will add another layer of rejuvenation. This homemade Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub smells amazing and is an all-natural way to polish and moisturize, leaving Mom’s skin soft and happy. Follow the scrub and soak with one of our delectable therapeutic massage oils like Autumn Moon, Goddess Dreams, or Rose Moon for the ultimate regeneration.

A little aromatherapy goes a long way and the Classic Essential Oil Kit pairs nicely with a diffuser so Mom can fill the air with scents that soothe.

Our certified organic Easy Day tea is the perfect hydrating beverage for a home spa day – delicious served up hot or cold – and flavored with sunny hints of berry and mint.

 

The Foodie

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If your mother shines in the kitchen, why not spare her searching for the finest organic and Fair Trade ingredients and put together a collection tailored to the recipes she loves? The Epicurean Organics line of seasoning blends, peppercorns, salts, and culinary oils is created to inspire and satisfy the home cook who wants organic, high quality, and delicious—all at a reasonable price.

You might consider adding some organic vanilla beans or make your own vanilla extract by pouring 1 pint of vodka or brandy over 3 chopped vanilla pods in a clean jar, covering, and allow to infuse for several weeks. Shake the mixture daily to help thoroughly infuse the flavors. Our organic Saffron, Nutmeg, and other baking spices would be welcome additions to the foodie basket too.

If you really want to add a homespun spicy touch, why not create custom-made spice jars for your favorite mom—whether tucked into cork-topped glass spice jars or our super convenient stacking spice jars, you can choose the fresh, organic, bulk herbs you know she’ll use and enjoy. Toss in one of our favorite books, The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride and you’ve got a gift basket to please the most discernible foodie palate!

 

The Bookworm

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What can you do for the mom who never has too many books - just too few book shelves? Add a few new titles to her collection like Homegrown Herbs, 21st Century Herbalists, Herbal Healing for Women, Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, Naturally Healthy Skin, or Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art.

You can also gift some cozy additions to her reading nook. Pure beeswax candles will produce a warm, comforting glow for hours of toxic-free light. Plus, what’s an afternoon spent enjoying a new book without a cup of tea? One of our favorite teas to read by is our Memory Zest herbal tea – full of delicious “brain” herbs to help with alertness. Tuck all those great reads into one of our Support Organic Agriculture messenger bags and Mom can take her library on the go!

 

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Since our moms, aunts, grandmothers, and wise women mentors have helped shape and guide us, we honor them by celebrating their individuality!

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Here are some more Mother’s Day inspirations:

Herbal Treats for Mom

Five Calming Gifts for Mom

10 Quick and Easy Herbal Gift Ideas

 

 Happy Mother’s Day Planning!

 

The Sunday Steep

Posted by Kori|20 April 2014

Spring Celebration Tea

 

There is no denying that spring is here. Even if you still see a dusting of snow on the ground or the air is a bit crisp, the earth is awakening to the songs of the season! We’re heralding the birth of new growth this morning with a tea as beautiful as it is tasty…

 

Spring Celebration Tea

 

Spring Celebration Tea

1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf

1 teaspoon organic Peppermint Leaf

1/2 teaspoon organic Dandelion Leaf

1/2 teaspoon organic Lavender Flowers

1/2 teaspoon organic Lemongrass

1/2 teaspoon organic Hibiscus Flowers

 

Measure all ingredients and place in a tea infuser or a tea bag. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 3-5 minutes. This makes enough for one cup, but feel free to expand the ingredients to make a whole pot. This also makes a delicious cold tea served over ice.

 

This tea is best enjoyed while wandering the spring garden or enjoying a gorgeous sunrise!

 

Spring Celebration Tea

 

Scoop all ingredients into a tea infuser or tea bag. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 5-6 minutes.  This makes enough for one cup, but feel free to multiply for a full pot. Put your feet up and enjoy! – See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/sunday-steep-4/#sthash.7EDbBZzz.dpuf
Scoop all ingredients into a tea infuser or tea bag. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 5-6 minutes.  This makes enough for one cup, but feel free to multiply for a full pot. Put your feet up and enjoy! – See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/sunday-steep-4/#sthash.7EDbBZzz.dpuf
Scoop all ingredients into a tea infuser or tea bag. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 5-6 minutes.  This makes enough for one cup, but feel free to multiply for a full pot. Put your feet up and enjoy! – See more at: http://mountainroseblog.com/sunday-steep-4/#sthash.7EDbBZzz.dpuf

Essential Oil Profile: Ginger Root

Posted by Christine|18 April 2014

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Ginger Root Essential Oil (Zingiber officinale)

 

We’ve been receiving quite a few inquiries lately regarding our organic Ginger Root Essential Oil. Did you know that there are actually many different types of Ginger Essential Oil on the market?  I would like to shed a little light about what we carry here at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Ginger root is a widely known and used warming spice. There are endless recipes out there that call for fresh or dried Ginger root, from juicing and sodas to medicinal tea blends, homemade fire ciders, chai, cookiessoups, and more. It’s a longtime favorite among herbalists and foodies alike. The essential oil can be made from either the fresh or dried root, each creating a unique aroma. Where the plant was grown also greatly affects the aroma of the oil. Some of the main producing countries include Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria, and Jamaica. You can also find a carbon dioxide extracted oil on the market, ginger absolutes, and oleoresins. Again, all creating unique aromas.

 

Here are the characteristics of our organic Ginger Essential Oil, steam distilled from the dried rhizome:

Aroma: Ginger has a warming pungent woody aroma that dries out to be light and spicy. I highly recommend testing ginger oil on a perfume testing strip or cotton ball. The aroma straight out of the bottle can be very overpowering, and you can miss all of the complex subtleties in the scent as the oil dries out.

Color: Translucent yellow

Viscosity: This oil feels thin and dry when rubbed between the fingers. It drops easily out of a reducer cap, but not too quickly. This oil may thicken over time as it is exposed to air during use.

Common Uses: Ginger has an affinity with the digestive system (we do not recommend ingesting essential oils). The essential oil is also stimulating, astringent, and antibacterial. In perfumery and aroma blends, ginger adds a grounding exotic spicy note.

 

Spicy Spring Aroma Spray

 

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Ingredients

1 oz glass bottle with small mister top
1 oz organic Cucumber hydrosol or organic Witch Hazel extract
6 drops organic Grapefruit essential oil
4 drops organic Ginger Root essential oil
2 drops organic Lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients. Shake before use and enjoy!

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DIY: Thieves® Herbal Hand Soap

Posted by Alieta|15 April 2014

 DIY: Four Thieves® Liquid Hand Soap

 

I’ve been making a lot of liquid soap blends for around the house this week, much more than usual because we just moved!  With the move came an extra bathroom which meant, yep, I needed more soap. I love using Castille Soap in as many ways as possible, it lasts forever, and is an affordable natural product. I’ve used it on my hair as shampoo, as dish soap, and as a general house cleanser. I learned that diluting it is the best way to go and adding other ingredients like essential oils can create fun scents or extra anti-microbial action.

This week while I was playing with castille soap and my favorite blends from our Spring Aroma Sprays blog it dawned on me just how wonderful the Thieves® blend would be for a hand soap!  The lingering warm and spicy blend of cinnamon, cloves, and cleansing lemon and eucalyptus are sure to please guests and help keep my home healthy and happy.  This blend is full of powerful herbs that legend tells us held strong even against the plague!  That is exactly the sort of force I want in my hand soap — and dish soap too!  For this hand soap blend, I also added a tiny bit of vegetable glycerin, feel free to add more if you like your hand soap more moisturizing. I found just 1 Tablespoon in an 8oz container worked wonders!  My hands were smooth and soft and smelled amazing!

 

What you’ll need:

8oz container - or you can reuse an old container!

Soap/Lotion Pump

1oz container (travel size)

2 1/8 cups distilled water

5 Tbsp organic Liquid Castille Soap

2 Tbsp organic Vegetable Glycerine *optional

Pitcher for blending essential oils

 

Essential Oils

This essential oil recipe will bring you to a total of 120 drops, which is enough essential oil blend to make two 8oz bottles of herbal  hand soap, plus two travel size herbal hand soaps to store in your purse or in the glove box of your car.

40 drops organic Clove Essential Oil

35 drops organic Cinnamon Leaf or Bark Essential Oil*

20 drops organic Lemon, Orange, or Grapefruit Essential Oil

15 drops organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 drops organic Rosemary Essential Oil

*If you have Cinnamon Bark at home, that will work fine for non-sensitive skin – however, Cinnamon bark is very strong and may cause irritation if using on the skin, so reduce the amount by half. I went with CInnamon Leaf for a more delicate hand soap.

In a medium pitcher or small bowl mix together distilled water, liquid castille soap, vegetable glycerin if you are using it, and your blend of essential oils.  Stir lightly, don’t agitate too much or you could be quickly consumed by bubbles! Using a funnel, fill your two 8oz bottles and lastly your two 1oz travel size bottles!

The castille soap will give you the suds necessary to really scrub off any dirt or grime you may get on your hands this spring season, and the wonderful blend of antiseptic essential oils will leave you feeling that much more refreshed and cleansed.

 

 * Essential oils are highly concentrated, strong, and powerful liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully and properly.  This is an especially potent blend of essential oils which could cause irritation when applied to the skin, even in diluted amounts. We advocate caution when using them, and do not recommend using essential oils internally.  Please keep essential oils out of reach of children. We do not advocate usage of this recipe on babies, toddlers, or children.

DIY: Four Thieves® Liquid Hand Soap

Thieves® is a registered trademark of Young Living Essential Oils, LC. Mountain Rose Herbs is not affiliated with Young Living Essential Oils, LC in any way.

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

Posted by Erin|14 April 2014

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

 

Clucking happily atop rolling country hills and bustling city backyards, our precious hens provide the richest and most delicious protein nuggets around. Here’s one of my favorite herbal infused egg recipes to help inspire you when that basket fills up. Especially festive this time of year, the sweet and spicy beet brine imparts this gorgeous shade of magenta while the creamy curried yolk filling brings a pop of gold to the plate. Show up to the potluck with these beauties and watch everyone’s eyes grow wide with wonder. They’re super tasty too!

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

Pickling Ingredients

2 cups water

1 cup organic white vinegar

3 small organic beets, washed and sliced

1 organic shallot, roughly chopped

2 tsp organic sugar

1 tsp organic black peppercorns

½ tsp organic fenugreek seed

½ tsp organic brown mustard seed

1 tsp sea salt

6 hard boiled local organic eggs, peeled

 

Filling Ingredients

6 egg yolks

2 Tbsp organic mayo

2 tsp organic Dijon mustard

1 tsp organic curry powder

1 tsp fresh organic lemon juice

¼ tsp organic cayenne powder

Fresh cilantro leaves or chives for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

 

Directions

Combine all of the pickling ingredients (except for the eggs) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 minutes. Allow the brine to cool slightly and then add the peeled hard boiled eggs. Use the beet slices to submerge the eggs in the brine. Let the eggs marinate for at least two hours in the fridge or overnight.

Remove the eggs from the brine and slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and in a separate bowl mash them together with mayo, Dijon mustard, curry powder, and a touch of salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon the yolk filling into the eggs and then garnish with fresh cilantro and a dusting of curry powder.

 

Pickled Curry Deviled Eggs

 

 Enjoy!

The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|13 April 2014

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Some Sundays are about resting up, recharging, and giving the immune system a chance to recover. When I’m feeling a little worn down and wanting to ward off any inkling of illness for the coming week, this tea gives me a medicinal vitamin boost, as well as the yummy herbal flavors I crave…

 

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Perky Boost Tea

1 tsp. organic Echinacea angustifolia Root

1 tsp. organic Rose Buds

1 tsp. organic Rosehips

½ tsp. organic Wild Cherry Bark

½ tsp. organic Dried Lemon Peel

Scoop all ingredients into a tea infuser or tea bag. Pour boiling water over and let steep for 5-6 minutes.  This makes enough for one cup, but feel free to multiply for a full pot. Put your feet up and enjoy!

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What do Herb Fairies Drink?

Posted by Erin|09 April 2014

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Spring flowers are blooming and that means the Herb Fairies will be returning soon!

To celebrate their arrival, let’s make one of their favorite tea recipes…

Plantain Fairy Tea!

Plantain is thought to be the 2nd most common weed we find here in the US after dandelion, and thankfully it offers wonderful food and medicine. The leaves can be eaten in salads when young and tender – before they become tough and stringy with age. When used medicinally, the soaked seeds offer slimy demulcent action and the leaves are often used to make a “green bandage” or chew poultice for drawing out splinters and relieving bug bites. Dried leaves can also be infused to make a nice soothing and nutrient rich tea.

 

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Recipe: Roasted Chicory Coffee

Posted by Kori|07 April 2014

Roasted chicory Coffee

 

It may have been made famous by New Orleans coffee shops and cafés, but roasted Chicory root beverages made from this blue-flowered perennial have been created for centuries. Recipes for hot Chicory coffee beverages were brought to the U.S. from Europe and Scandinavia in the 18th century. According to legend, however, it became a New Orleans staple during the American Civil War. Because of the inability to get their beloved coffee due to Union naval blockades, the citizens of Louisiana took to adding roasted Chicory to their coffee blends to make the mixtures stretch. The coffee-like flavor made it the perfect substitution.

Chicory (Cichorium intybu) is actually a relative of the dandelion and it is high in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and has the highest concentration of inulin of any other plant that contains inulin (not to be confused with insulin).  Despite its coffee-like depth and flavor, it does not contain the caffeine so prevalent in traditional coffee beans. Chicory lends itself well to experimentation and can be taken as a tea, mixed into a tonic, or you can try creating your favorite coffee drink with Roasted Chicory as the sole substitute.

 

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The part of the Chicory plant used for roasting is the root.The plants grow wild throughout the U.S. and tend to be found in ditches, hillsides, and other similar spots. They do not grow well in mowed fields or high traffic areas (but they can be found in many abandoned urban areas.) The roots tend to grow deeply, so digging can be a bit of a chore, but completely doable! Once you’ve dug the roots, you will need to clean them well before chopping the roots into smaller pieces. They can then be roasted at the lowest oven setting for 8-10 hours—or until all the moisture has evaporated and the root pieces are dry and brittle. They can then be stored and ground up for use.

Of course, if searching, harvesting, cleaning, and roasting your own chicory root is not in your schedule, we’ve created the following recipes using our Certified Organic Roasted Chicory Root!

 

Roasted Chicory Coffee

 

Chicory Café au Lait

For each cup, add 1 teaspoon each ground Fair Trade coffee and Organic Roasted Chicory Root to coffee maker of choice and brew with water.

Meanwhile, heat milk of choice (almond*, coconut, soy, and rice milk are particularly tasty with this beverage) to just below scalding—little bubbles will start to form around the edge of the saucepan and the milk will be steaming, but do not allow to boil.

Add milk to coffee, stir, and enjoy! If it’s not creamy and rich enough for you, consider adding a Tablespoon or so of organic coconut oil, stirring to dissolve. Luscious!

 

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Coffee-Free Chicory Cacao Mocha

If you prefer to omit the coffee altogether, this is just the herbal beverage for you:

Heat 1 cup milk of choice (see above) until steaming and hot, but not boiling. Stir in 1 Tablespoon Organic Roasted Chicory Root powder and 1 Tablespoon Organic Roasted Cacao powder. If you want it a little sweet, add 1 teaspoon raw organic sugar or honey to taste. Stir to dissolve and incorporate. Pour into cup and serve.

 

*I like to make homemade almond milk: 1 cup almonds covered with water and soaked overnight, then drained. Toss plumped almonds in the blender with 3 1/2 to 4 cups water and blend well. Add 1/2 scraped seeds from an organic vanilla bean, a few scrapes of fresh nutmeg, and a dash or two of organic cinnamon. Blend a few seconds more and then strain well using a strainer and cheesecloth into a glass pitcher, jar, or bottle.

chicory-root-waveEnjoy!

 

The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|06 April 2014

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This delicious tea recipe came to our Events Coordinator, Mason, in a dream! We wanted to call it Mason’s Dream Tea, but that name implies a soothing sleepy tea and this blend will definitely stimulate the senses.

This recipe mixes smooth black tea with a strong flavor of extra rich vanilla and peppy orange peel. We liked it with a little sweet honey and milk for a super delectable treat – the perfect beverage for a Sunday morning brunch!

 

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Mason’s Orange Vanilla Wake-Up Tea

1 Tablespoon organic Vanilla Black Tea

1/2 chopped organic Vanilla bean or vanilla extract

1 teaspoon organic dried Orange Peel

Milk of choice and raw, organic honey to taste

Place Vanilla Black Tea and dried Orange Peel in a tea infuser. Chop the Vanilla bean into the dried tea mix. (or add ½ teaspoon good Vanilla extract to the tea once it has steeped) Pour boiling water over and allow to steep for approximately 2-3 minutes. Add milk, cream, and/or raw organic honey to taste.

 

Enjoy!

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Photo Thursday!

Posted by Alieta|03 April 2014

Photo Thursday!

 

During a walk to the wetlands across the street from our facilities, we were so happy to see one of our favorite herbs, Dandelion, already going to seed!  These seeds will soon be swooped up by the wind or blown away by a sweet child – beginning their journey to one day become part of delicious and healing recipes. Leaves, roots, and flowers, the whole plant offers us so much!

If you would like to start growing your own Dandelions, you can find their seeds here. If you are lucky enough to be surrounded by this precious plant, here are a few fun recipes for you to enjoy and share!

Dandelion Fritters

Dandelion Hot Cocoa

Dandelion Salad Dressing

 

Kraut and Kimchi: Fermenting in the Herbal Kitchen

Posted by Kori|02 April 2014

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Don’t let a big word like “fermentation” intimidate you…it is easier than you might think!

If you can chop and stir, you can create delicious, healthy and amazing fermented vegetables–right in your own kitchen! You do not need fancy crocks and equipment (although a good crock is a delight) and you can use all sorts of vegetables, spices, and salts - there is no one right recipe!

We love to use dill, cumin, coriander, fennel seed, celery seed, pickling spice, red chili flakes, peppercorns, cloves, juniper berries, fenugreek, bay leaves, garlic, onion, rosemary, and so much more!

Fermentation is technically the anaerobic conversion of sugar to carbon dioxide and alcohol by yeast. You may have heard that fermented foods are good for you and it’s true; fermenting can make foods more nutritious and digestible, as well as add helpful bacteria and organisms to your digestive process. You may be surprised to learn how many foods we eat are actually fermented: pickles, of course, but also cheese, bread, tempeh, yogurt, cider, beer, wine, and more!

A few of us here at Mountain Rose thought it would be fun to share our favorite Sauerkraut and Kimchi recipes–it inspired a little experimentation and a lot of tasting. We’ve got a little bitter, a little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of yum!

 

Mason’s Black Salt Sauerkraut

Ingredients

Red cabbage, organic (washed)

Black Lava Salt

Cheesecloth

Directions

Slice red cabbage into thin strips. As cabbage is added to a large ceramic crock, sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon of Black Lava Salt. Scrunch the cabbage and salt together with clean hands. Pack another layer of red cabbage and then salt–continue layering and scrunching, until you’ve used up all the cabbage.  Pack cabbage down as tightly as possible until liquid or brine comes up over the top of the cabbage. You can taste the brine at this point to see if you’d like to add more salt. You may need to add water to the mix to get enough liquid to cover. Cover cabbage with cheesecloth and use something to weight the cheesecloth down over the cabbage and salt mixture. Loosely cover the jar with plastic wrap or a towel and put aside – away from direct light and heat. Check every couple days. You may want to replace the cheesecloth if it gets too damp. After a couple weeks, taste to see how things are going. Once it gets to the taste and texture you like, refrigerate and enjoy.

 

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Kori’s Classic Kraut

Ingredients

Green cabbage, organic (washed)

Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt

Organic Caraway seeds

Directions

Slice green cabbage into thin slices. Using a ceramic crock or large bowl (ceramic, glass, or stainless steel), layer sliced cabbage about 1-2 inches thick. Pack down and sprinkle with a pinch of Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt and a pinch of organic Caraway seeds. Continue packing alternate layers of cabbage and seasonings until all of the cabbage is used. Use a plate pressed down over the mixture to press down tightly. Allow to sit, covered with a clean towel over night. Liquid should be extracted and rise up over the top of the cabbage when pressed down, but if it doesn’t, add a little more brine. Add 1/2 teaspoon Kiawe Smoked Sea Salt per 1 cup of water, stir and then pour over cabbage mixture. Once the brine is covering the cabbage, press the plate back down over the top and put a weight on it – a clean jar weighted with dried beans works well. Cover with the towel and set out of direct heat and light. Check every couple days. After a couple weeks, taste to see how things are going. In warm weather, fermentation will happen quicker, while it might take longer in colder months. When it gets to the taste and texture you like, feel free to eat! Refrigerate or you can preserve using a hot water bath method of canning.

 

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Alieta’s Herbal Formula Fermentations 

A note from Alieta: I made these combinations specifically to create an ultra tummy tonic and super digestif! If you are prone to digestive tummy aches mid day, this might be a real treat for you!  Good for general tummy attention or to help soothe your transition during extreme diet changes.

Beet Kim-Tea

Ingredients

1 bunch organic (4) purple beets with greens

2 organic parsnips

Sea Salt

2 Tablespoons organic Dandelion Root

2 Tablespoons organic Milk Thistle Seed

¼ cup organic Chamomile Flowers

1 Tablespoon raw, organic honey

Directions

Cut the green tops from the beets and chop them up into manageable bite sizes.  Set aside in a bowl, making one layer of beet greens and then doing one layer of sprinkled salt, repeating until all the greens have been sprinkled with salt. Cover with water and soak overnight. Drain brine – reserving brine liquid for later. Chop up remaining veggies.

Mix together 1 cup of brine with 2 tablespoons of honey, add Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle Seed, and Chamomile Flowers.  Place 1/4 cup of your mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart container (or container of choice) and stuff with veggies– making alternating layers of veggies/herbal mixture. Once full, cover with the reserved brine.  You want to make sure your veggies are covered with brine at all times.  If your container is wide enough, use a plate to weigh the mixture down.  Cover everything with a clean cloth and set aside somewhere safe and out of direct sunlight. Do not twist a lid on your container at this point, the fermenting will cause it to bubble up and could possibly explode if you shut a lid tight on here during fermentation! Don’t be surprised if your container bubbles over a bit, if your veggies and brine are within an inch to the top of the container this will most likely happen!  You can place your container on a small plate to help keep from cleaning up a big mess every day. Leave for 7-14 days and taste. Add more salt to taste.

 

Bitter Herbal Kraut

Ingredients

Small head purple Cabbage

3-4  large organic carrots

2-3 organic rhutabaga

Sea Salt

2 Tablespoons  fresh minced garlic or 2 Tablespoons organic dried minced garlic

1 Tablespoon organic Gentian Root *

1 Tablespoon organic Turmeric Root Powder

1 Tablespoon raw, organic honey

*Go very lightly with the Gentian root or the whole batch will taste much too bitter, I would use no more than a tsp per quart. For this recipe I am using a half gallon (2 qt) ball jar.

Directions

Chop cabbage into manageable slices, make layers of cabbage/salt, completely cover with water and let sit overnight in a ceramic or stainless steel container.  Drain brine – reserving brine liquid for later use. Chop the rest of your vegetables into manageable pieces, the thinner the better — I prefer using a food processor with a grater. You will set the rest of your veggies aside for the morning preparation!

Mix together 1 cup of brine with 1 Tbsp. of honey, Turmeric, Gentian Root  (be careful of the amount!) and fresh or dried Garlic.  Pour a quarter cup of the mixture into the bottom of large glass jar, make layers of Cabbage, Carrots, and Rutabaga with the honey and brine mixture in between.  Once full, cover with remaining brine. Let sit on counter for at least 7 days, covered but not shut tight (the fermentation process could cause your jar to erupt!).  Since my container was too narrow to use a plate to weigh down my veggies, I filled a small plastic bag with additional brine and placed it on top inside of my jar.  Again, if your brine and veggies came within an inch of the top of your jar you will most likely have some bubbly fermentation seep out of your container — this is fine — you can leave your jar on a plate to help catch some of it if you would like.  Add more salt if necessary for taste.

 

Happy Fermenting!

 

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The Sunday Steep!

Posted by Kori|30 March 2014

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Ah…the seasons are changing! I just made my first batch of sun tea this past week and after several months of my cold-weather favorites, it is so lovely to sip on a light, berry-infused glass of tea. If you’re lucky, you may even find a tiny mint leaf to drop into the brew…

 

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Berry Tasty Tea

Light, fruity, and delicious as a hot or cold/iced tea—this recipe is perfect for a picnic, lounging in the hammock, or a day of play…

1 tsp. organic Raspberry Leaf

1 tsp. organic Strawberry Leaf

½ tsp. organic Peppermint Leaf

½ tsp. organic dried Rosehips

½ tsp. organic dried Lemon Peel

Directions: Scoop all ingredients into a tea infuser or tea bag.  Pour boiling water over and let steep for 2-3 minutes.  This makes enough for one cup, but feel free to multiply for a full pot.

Enjoy!

 

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