Recipes and DIY

  • Giveaway: Win a copy of the Herbal Kitchen and Organic Herbs!

Book Giveaway: The Herbal Kitchen + Red Powder Recipe

Herbal Sprinkles are one of the most simple and satisfying ways to incorporate more herbs into your cookery. The key to using herbal sprinkles is to take them out of the cupboard and keep them next to where you cook and eat. I have several herbal sprinkle combinations right next to my stove and blender and on the kitchen table. If the herbs are readily accessible you get into the habit of using them every day, pretty soon you wonder how you lived without such a pleasing array of herbal food enhancement. I have an entire chapter on herbal sprinkle recipes in The Herbal Kitchen. I have to tell you that by far the most popular sprinkle that people have loved the most is Red Powder. It didn’t start out with the name Red Powder; my family would just say, “Hey, pass the red powder, would ya?” So the name stuck. […]

  • Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe

When I think of spring, of course I think of flowers.  As a spring baby, the smell of flowers blossoming in the rains was a part of my annual celebration. The field behind our house was filled with daffodils in white and yellow and I picked a fresh bouquet for my mother every day when she got home from work. When we moved from that house, spring became a celebration of my mother's hard work the year before as her transplanted bulbs regained their outward life and popped into the spring breeze. The air filled with sweet calming scents from the floral rainbows that surrounded us. This recipe was inspired by these sweet spring memories and made with beautiful neroli essential oil (orange flower blossom). This precious essential oil can also be used to make incredible perfumes and body sprays that are perfect for the season – light, sweet, and floral. Instead of using vanilla absolute oil, I infused organic jojoba oil […]

The Sunday Steep!

It's time to get moving! Not only am I spending more time outside, but my body systems can also use a little inspiration, as well. I tend to naturally reach for lighter foods as the days get longer and I find it makes me feel better to start with a day or two of rooty infusions as the seasons change. I think of it as tonic for my tummy and beyond! A decoction is stronger than a tea–usually using larger quantities of herbs, often roots, barks and dried berries, and simmered and steeped for longer than a typical cup of tea. These are roots I like, and I love the extra zip and digestibility the cinnamon gives the beverage, but feel free to create your own spring "tonic" decoction using the roots, barks and herbs that work well with your body and needs.   Echinacea, Dandelion, & Cinnamon Spring Tonic […]

  • Free Catalog - Mountain Rose Herbs Spring/Summer 2015

Spring & Summer 2015 Catalog!

Is the sun shining where you are? We can’t wait for you to relax in the garden, sip a cup of organic tea, and enjoy our new Spring/Summer 2015 catalog! We’ve included new herbal recipes for tasty snacks, medicinal preparations, and body care projects, informative how-tos, farm stories, exciting new products, gorgeous color photos, and many more inspirations within these 72 beautiful pages. 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 it online! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a free catalog here!  

  • How to Grow an Herb Garden

Growing a Medicinal Herb Garden: How to Start Seeds

Starting herbs from seed can seem a little daunting! While we may be used to starting some summer vegetables in the window sill, the idea of starting yarrow, lavender or arnica plants from seed may seem a little mysterious. It doesn’t have to be. Like other plants, you just need to give them what they need and soon you will have a garden overflowing with all your favorite medicinal and aromatic friends! It helps to know a little bit about how the plants grow in their natural environment, as this will guide the seed propagation. Some seeds need cold to germinate while others crave some warmth and luxury. Some plants, like Catnip, like to be planted where they are to grow and they are happiest planted directly into the ground or garden bed.     Starting Seeds Indoors Choose a growing medium. Many experts recommend using a soil-less compost or potting […]

  • Wild Salad Tea Recipe

The Sunday Steep!

It can be tempting to go to the same tried and true "tea" herbs again and again when creating pots of tea. Organic mints, chamomile, and trusty blends all come to mind. There are some wonderful herbal ingredients, however, that one doesn't always think of when it comes to crafting a tasty herbal brew. Visions of a freshly harvested, wild, spring salad influenced this tea recipe and it is made up of some wonderful plants for a little nourishment! This tea has a light, leafy flavor.    Wild Salad Tea 1 teaspoon organic Dandelion leaf, dried 1 teaspoon Watercress, dried 1 teaspoon organic Violet leaf, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Sunflower petals, dried 1/2 teaspoon organic Sheep Sorrel, dried Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, nest, strainer or a Tea-to-Go glass tea infuser. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups boiling water over and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. […]

  • Herbs for Healthy Digestion: Digestif Lozenges Recipe

Herbs for Healthy Digestion: 3 Simple Recipes

Normal digestive functioning can get thrown off pretty easily when our routines change or during the transition of seasonal cycles. We might find ourselves less active and relying on hot cooked meals during the fall and winter, and then energized by sunlight when our summer gardens grow a bounty of fresh fruit and veggies. Along with dietary flux, energy shifts throughout the year can also have an impact. Whether traveling away from the comforts of home, eating lots of rich food we aren’t used to, or stressing about mounting obligations, herbs can help us keep digestion strong if we pay close attention to our own unique rhythms. Three important herbal properties that can be helpful when our digestive system is off balance include bitters, aromatics, and demulcents. Let's take a closer look…   Bitters Not everyone's favorite flavor and often snubbed in American diets, the bitter taste is actually a very important piece of the flavor spectrum for […]

The Sunday Steep!

We are known for our foggy, drizzly days here in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that many folks don't know our summers tend to be sunny, dry, and mild for weeks at a time! For now, however, the fog can serve as a metaphor for one's mental state: clogged, foggy, and settled in a drizzly haze. I created this tea for an afternoon pick-me-up on those days when my focus starts to wane, but it works well as a non-caffienated jumpstart to a groggy morning, too. You may not think of Rosemary as a tea ingredient, but it makes a lovely tea. For fun, you might want to substitute a Tablespoon of fresh rosemary for the dried herb in this recipe, if you really want to experience the piney, gardeny flavor.   Fog-lifter Tea 1 teaspoon organic Nettle leaf 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Orange Peel […]

  • DIY: Whipped Body Butter

Make Your Own Whipped Body Butter

I'll be the first to admit that I've been a little timid about making a lotion or a cream on my own. While I'm a big fan of facial serums for moisturizing my face and maintaining healthy hair, there is something so luxurious about a fluffy, buttery, moisturizing spread of organic carrier oils and essential oils that I just had to try it! The main difference between most body butter recipes and general cream and lotion recipes is that body butters are composed of mostly (often all, as in this recipe) carrier oils and butters – rather than the addition of an aqueous ingredient like water, hydrosols, aloe vera gel, etc. This makes body butters great for dry skin, as they instantly coat the skin and create a protective barrier between you and the elements.  If there's one season that makes me take extra notice of my skin, it's spring. Just after the long winter, when the weather begins to warm up […]

  • Tea in Nest Infuser

The Sunday Steep!

Despite what Kermit's song says, I find green to be one of the easiest inspirations for herbal tea blends. The leaves of so many wonderful plants are packed with flavor, nutrients, and other good-for-you constituents and the combinations are seemingly endless. Lately, I've been on a bit of a Lemongrass kick, adding the essential oil to my AromaMist diffuser for a fresh scent, and tossing the organic leaves into my cups of tea. This recipe is as aromatic as it is tasty, so make up a cup and enjoy your "greens"…     Luscious Leaf Tea 1 teaspoon organic  Alfalfa Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass 1 teaspoon organic Hawthorn Leaf & Flower 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint Leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm pinch of organic Stevia Leaf, optional Combine herbs in a nest, infuser, strainer, or bag and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups […]

8 Tips for Buying and Using Essential Oils

#1: What is an essential oil? First let's define what an essential oil is and how it's made. An essential oil is not an infused herbal oil. This is a very common misconception. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic oils produced by plants. Imagine fresh lemon balm leaves warming in the sun, rubbing rosemary between the palms of your hands, or bringing lavender flowers to your nose for a deep inhalation. Plants create smelly resins and oils to attract pollinators, warn predators, and to protect themselves against disease. The product you buy called "essential oil" is this aromatic substance concentrated through various methods. For example, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of precious essential oil! That's a potent drop of plant material. Essential oils can be extracted in several ways… Steam Distilled Most plant aromatics can be captured through vaporization. Click here to view an infographic outlining the steam distillation process. You will find that most essential […]

  • magazines and tea

The Sunday Steep!

Is there anything better than settling in with a good book or a stack of magazines, pouring a nice hot mug or pot of tea, and spending some uninterrupted time reading? I don't get the chance to read as much as I'd like, but I generally manage to have a few "going" at once and reading time is one of my most cherished parts of the week! This recipe uses our delicious, organic Ceylon Tea as a caffeinated base and then I've added some delectably flavored herbs to the mix for a cup of tea that tastes as good as it smells. For fun, I like to add a bit of Rosemary with the hope it will help me remember what I've read!   Reader's Tea 1 teaspoon organic Ceylon Tea 1 teaspoon organic Red Roses, dried 1 teaspoon organic Rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaves Combine all the herbs […]