Recipes and DIY

  • 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. 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.      Spring is […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Our hearts are so filled up!  We loved receiving these photos and a sweet thank you for donating tins, oil, herbs, and beeswax to the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program:   Dear Mountain Rose Herbs, Thank you for your generous donation to Seeds of Hope Farm’s teen program in Saint Louis, MO. With your help, our teens were able to reconnect to their roots in herbal medicine. Together, we made two salves, several tinctures, and got to know the various herbs growing on our farm. Attached are a handful of photos that document our herbal projects. Thank you again and we look forward to continuing to work closely in the future. Warmly, Deidre        The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County (CAASTLC) developed the Seeds of Hope Farm teen internship program in 2014 to inspire positive personal and community change by bringing underserved youth and […]

DIY Exfoliation: Sweet Lime Lip Scrub

As we slowly come out of winter to welcome spring, our skin has been exposed to a long, harsh season of blustery cold. My lips feel neglected and chapped from dodging rain and chilly air, bouncing from cold and damp to warm and dry. My delicate lip skin, if not properly protected and moisturized throughout the season, always starts to peel. Trying to rub away the dry skin can feel gratifying and helpful, but quickly results in cracked lips when a little TLC is really what's needed.  Lip scrubs are the answer! Perfect for this time of year, this easy to make recipe is gentle and leaves your kisser feeling smooth and soft. Great for exfoliating the dry, excess, weathered, skin on your lips, while moisturizing and restoring thanks to pure botanical oils and butter. Such a sweet treat for your skin, your lips will be happy all spring.  NOTE: I love citrus, so this recipe uses just a little bit of lime peel essential oil. Because citrus essential oils can cause photosensitization in […]

  • Coconut Curry Cashew Recipe

Coconut Curry Cashews

Looking for the perfect pick-me-up snack to power you through the day? Spiced nuts are what I crave when I want something substantial and satisfying, yet quick and easy. Fragrant curry powder and rich coconut oil paired with sweet and creamy roasted cashews is a heavenly combination. This simple recipe is such a hit, both at work and when entertaining, that I always have a fresh batch ready to share.  Mix it up! Feel free to experiment with other nuts, seeds, and spices like Cajun Seasoning, Mesquite Seasoning, Mexican Seasoning, Thai Curry Blend, or West Indies Rub. So many delicious possibilities to explore…   Coconut Curry Cashews Ingredients 2 cups organic unsalted roasted cashews 1 Tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil 1 1/2 tsp organic curry powder 1/2 tsp fine sea salt Directions Melt coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add cashews and toss until coated with oil. Sprinkle curry powder […]

  • DIY: Focus Aromatherapy Mist

DIY: Focus Aromatherapy Mist

As a self-identified busybody, I need to recharge each day through special moments of solitude. Sipping herbal infusions, taking walks outside, and enjoying a fresh spritz of plant scents can help stimulate focus when I feel myself fading. Aromatherapy is a wonderful practice that can be used to gently alter your current state. Like the pleasant hum of a bell, scent can bring you back to the present moment and remind you of your intention. This awesome blend of hydrosol and essential oil keeps me levelheaded and inspired when I need it most. Bay Laurel has long been associated with scholarly pursuits, and offers a sweet, rich, invigorating aroma. When combined with rosemary for memory, clary sage for calm, and just a bit of uplifting citrus, this mist becomes a warm, floral, sweet, and delicately musky blend that's sure to keep you in positive spirits, especially when the task at hand seems like a mountain to conquer. Great for endurance focus, I keep it next to my desk for those post-work […]