Recipes and DIY

DIY: Yoga Mat Spray Recipe

When I lived in Culver City, California, I had a free membership to a small yoga studio, which was a lovely perk of working in the neighborhood. This precious little studio had just a few teachers who knew each student personally, and my practice there was guided through many special moments. Not only was this studio filled with people who were kind, open, and understanding of the journey, they also curated the front room with the most incredible handmade, earth-conscious products. They offered beautiful pink rose amethyst to ground and bring love to your life, they sold sustainably crafted yoga wearables, and a wonderful bottle of all-natural yoga mat cleaner that I fell in love with despite its price.  That bottle of organic witch hazel mixed with organic essential oils worked incredibly well. Cleansing my mat with this spritz of aromatherapy became part of my practice. Unrolling my mat and inhaling the fresh scent brought me back to where I was when I left the studio – a moment of peace, clarity, and […]

  • New In The Shop at Mountain Rose Herbs: Spicy Sprouting Seed Blend

New in the Shop: Spicy Sprouting Seed Blend

We just love eating sprouts during the warm summer months! Recently, we introduced our Leafy Sprouting Seed Blend to make it easier for you to eat your microgreens. This blend was such a hit that we wanted to try our hand at another mix. We are happy to introduce our new Spicy Sprouting Seed Blend! This blend will awaken your taste buds with a spicy sensation. Our delicious blend of organic sprouting seeds is filled with the robust flavor of radish, mustard and broccoli sprouts. We’ve been adding these to salads fresh from our garden, sandwiches, smoothies, and even pizza! This blend is easy to grow at home, and will provide you with a quick way to add additional nutrients, enzymes, and protein to your diet. Learn how to sprout here!    Visit our online shop to find more sprouts and our favorite sprouting supplies listed in kitchen tools. […]

  • New in the Shop: Leafy Sprouting Seed Blend

New in the Shop: Leafy Sprouting Seed Blend

With so much love for organic sprouts and microgreens in health-conscious kitchens, we thought it would be fun to create a delicious sprouting seed blend so folks can easily grow a variety at home. It turned out great, and we’ve been adding these baby greens to fresh salads, sandwiches, and smoothies for a daily nutrition boost. Ready to try it? We are pleased to introduce our new Leafy Sprouting Seed Blend! This tasty blend of organic sprouting seeds is filled with the green leafy goodness of red clover, alfalfa, and radish sprouts, with a crisp, fresh flavor that will leave you feeling nourished.     Sprouting is an inexpensive and delicious way to obtain valuable nutrition from plants since sprouts are alive with enzymes, protein, and are easy to digest. Plus, they are super easy to grow at home, and this blend of seeds will sprout in just 4-6 days. You […]

  • DIY Soda Pop: Root Beer Syrup

DIY Soda Pop: Root Beer Syrup

Okay, I’ll admit that I still occasionally crave the sweet, bubbly flavors of my favorite childhood sodas. Typically these cravings happen during special moments of postcard-like perfection, when for some reason, my taste buds feel the need to celebrate. Summer is ripe with these moments, and now I’ve got an amazing herbal solution… Homemade Root Beer Syrup!     If you're on the hunt for a natural soda recipe, you probably already know the benefits of avoiding all those sparkling cans and bottles of pop. Generally packed with more sugar than anyone needs in an entire day and lots of strange artificial ingredients, these formerly botanical-based soft drinks are no longer so easy to enjoy. Thankfully, bringing the old-timey flavors back is as simple as making tea.  Also, this recipe uses honey rather than white sugar. For a more neutral taste, you are welcome to use organic white sugar instead, but I love to use honey whenever I can. You can also spice […]

  • Spring Recipes: Stinging Nettle Harvest

Spring Recipes: Stinging Nettle Harvest

Nettle (Urtica spp.) is one of my all-time favorite herbs. Yep, that weedy plant that stings! This nutritious botanical can be cooked, steamed, baked, pickled, brewed into tea or beer, and it can even be made into hemp-like rope, woven into fabric, and used as a natural dye. Stinging nettle grows wild throughout North America and Canada. They usually grow in the same places every year, so once you find a good stand, you can return to it every year or grow it in your garden.  Look for nettles in rich soil and partially shaded areas, often in moist forests, along rivers, and in disturbed areas. It’s important to harvest the plants from clean and unpolluted areas, not in industrial or agricultural areas, roadsides, or where pesticides have been sprayed. The plants will absorb heavy metals and other impurities, so harvesting them in an uncontaminated area is of utmost importance.      […]

  • Free Download: Herbal Preparations eBook!

Free Download: Herbal Preparations eBook!

In celebration of Herb Day, we've created this free herbal medicine making e-book as our gift to you! Learn to craft tinctures, infused oils, herbal vinegars, salves, mushroom extracts, and more with this gorgeous guide. Soon you 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. Simply click on the listed supplies to find that item in our shop.  We hope you enjoy the e-book and feel inspired to create these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Let's honor and celebrate the plants growing all around us… Click here to view our free e-book!  

  • RECIPE: Chipotle Honey Cracker Jacks

Healthy Chipotle Honey Caramel Corn

Caramelly, salty, nutty goodness!  I remember being wide-eyed and toothy-grinned with my little kid hands greedily tearing into that classic cardboard box. Crunching my way through the sticky sweetness of glazed popcorn and peanuts to the mystery prize hiding within, I reveled in the euphoria of this special childhood snack. You know what? It's been a while since I've indulged in this long-lost favorite. Plus, these days I do my best to avoid GMOs and processed sugars, which got me thinking! How can I make a healthier version that's just as satisfying as the original with organic cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of spice? A recipe that's so good, you can sneak a little surprise inside and bring it to a ball game…               I started with this beautiful organic heirloom popcorn from our local farmer's market. Check out that rainbow of Dakota Black and Pink Pearl! Instead of peanuts, I decided to go with gorgeously plump […]

  • 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: Clear Glass Storage Jars

We love these stylish new glass storage jars! Sporting a sleek and modern look, these glass jars are perfect for storing your dried herbs and spices. They also make a beautiful option for storing your botanical infused oils and other liquid preparations. These soda lime glass jars are made from 100% recycled material and come with a metal screw cap. Available in two different sizes: 1/4 kg and 90 g. Click here to view our entire selection of containers for all of your homemade herbal recipes.  

Recipe: Lavender Earl Grey Latte

With bright, spicy notes of bergamot orange perfuming rich black tea leaves, Earl Grey is a classic that's always en vogue. The aromatic oil from this special citrus fruit is complex with a clean floral spirit that pairs perfectly with the softer sweetness of lavender. Add a little honey, vanilla, and cream to marry it all together and wow…what an indulgent morning treat! The ritual of making a beautiful cup of tea infused with the uplifting scent of flowers and a mildly stimulating caffeine boost can easily elevate the mood. It might just replace your morning cup of coffee.       Lavender is strongly aromatic and can be a bit overwhelming, so finding the right ratio is important. Feel free to adjust the recipe below to your liking…and then be prepared for an experience of tea pleasure like no other. I first tried this flavor combination in kombucha and fell in love! Suddenly, there were lavender scented Earl Grey shortbread cookies, cupcakes, and ice […]

  • 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 […]