Recipes and DIY

  • DIY: Making Herbal Candy

DIY: Making Herbal Sweet Treats

Who says sweets and treats have to be junk food? I've never thought of myself as a great candy maker, but I felt inspired to create some sweet recipes for gifts, and for satisfying those everyday sweet cravings, using healthier organic ingredients. There's a fair amount of science involved in making candy and I have learned that a candy thermometer is a must! It also helps to measure out your ingredients in advance and have them ready. If you follow these measurements and temperature directions, you will have some amazing treats to share!   Vanilla Maple Cacao Brittle Ingredients 1 cup organic sugar 4 Tablespoons organic butter, cubed ¼ cup pure organic maple syrup ¼ cup water ¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon fine sea salt ¾ cup organic roasted cacao nibs 2 organic vanilla pods, seeds scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions Prepare baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating […]

  • Hops & Tea in Make Tea Mug

The Sunday Steep!

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to get a little weary of winter! The cold, the grey, the drizzle and damp–I'm really quite over all of it. My gardener's soul is ready to be out with my plants but, alas, it is still quite the mud pit. I'm craving some spring-like inspiration, but I'm stuck inside for a little bit longer. This tea recipe seems just the thing for a day spent drawing out garden plans, making lists, and thumbing through seed catalogs. With its calming herbs and citrusy sweetness, it has me thinking spring while keeping my cabin fever at bay…   Mellow, Sweet & Soothing Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Lemon Tea 1 teaspoon organic Hops flowers 1/2 teaspoon organic Hibuscus flowers 1/2 teaspoon organic Sweet Cinnamon chips or 1 Sweet Cinnamon stick Combine the tea and herbs in a strainer, bag or infuser (this tea […]

  • DIY: Ginger Rose Room Spray

DIY Room Spray: Rosy Ginger Mist

Fresh, spicy, and floral – yet grounding – this aroma blend is just lovely with pleasingly complex layers. You can make up a batch in no time and spritz around the house or office for a little aromatic bliss. Of course, you can also play around with the formula to create a scent that's just right for you.    Rosy Ginger Mist Room Spray  Ingredients 3oz bottle of organic Rose Hydrosol with mister 14 drops organic Fresh Ginger essentail oil (NEW in the shop!) 12 drops Cedarwood Virginia essentail oil 8 drops Frankincense essentail oil 8 drops organic Geranium essentail oil Directions Remove mister top from the 3oz rose hydrosol bottle, add essential oils, and replace mister. Shake before use and spray as needed. Variations – If the Rose Hydrosol is too rosy smelling for you, replace the organic Rose Hydrosol with organic Witch Hazel Extract. – Substitute the organic Geranium essential oil […]

  • Cacaoffee Pour Over

Try This Coffee Alternative: Herbal Cacao-ffee Recipe

I love trying alternatives for coffee to mix up my morning routine. From our organic yerba mate and herbal coffee, to fun recipes like our Roasted Chicory Coffee, or stirring some of my beloved maca powder into a fresh fruit smoothie, there is no reason to get stuck in a morning rut! While some coffee alternatives, like this one, still have a little caffeine in them, their herbal constituents lead to a different sort of alertness, and often they are not associated with the jittery coffee stimulation some people experience.  A while back in the office, our Events Coordinator, Mason, had the brilliant idea of filling our tea press with roasted cacao powder instead of coffee. The results were wonderfully stimulating, and exceptionally delicious (as you can imagine). Since many people ingest chocolate daily, why not incorporate it at the most convenient time of day when the effects of unadulterated theobromine will get you delightfully zipping […]

  • Pouring Cinnamon Tea, Mountain Rose

The Sunday Steep!

While I drink tea daily for myself, there are times when one needs an impressive tea blend for company. This is a more simplified version of a tea blend I created for gifts and serving to guests at home. The recipe below makes enough for a nice pot of tea to share with cherished friends. It holds up well to a little milk and honey, or a little wedge of fresh lemon is nice as well! Even though it seems a little fancy, it's a nice all-purpose tea for health and pleasure…   Vanilla Spice Tea 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry leaf 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1/2 teaspoon organic Elderberries or Hawthorn berries 1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger root 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Cinnamon chips 1/2 teaspoon organic whole Cloves 1/4 teaspoon organic Vanilla Bean powder Combine herbs in an infuser, nest, or tea bag and put in […]

  • How to Make Medicinal Syrups

How to Make Medicinal Syrups

Medicinal syrups are a great way to administer not so pleasant tasting herbs to young ones and bothered adults alike, or a great way to let your favorite herbs come to life in beverages and food dishes. Finding a nice combination of a pleasant aromatic herb and a medicinal herb can leave you with a tasty concoction perfect for many occasions and recipes! Herbal syrups make great additions to teas, desserts, bubbly beverages and cocktails, or all on their own by the spoonful! Syrups can be prepared with sugar or honey. If prepared with honey, my preferred method, medicinal syrup can be soothing and coating to the digestive tract membranes it comes into contact with, such as the throat. Besides being absolutely great for you, who doesn’t love a good honey coat when it’s cold outside? For proper preservation and a shelf stable syrup, it is recommended to use a ratio of 1:1 […]

Getting Organized: Storage Options for the Home Herbalist

With a new year, many of us resolve to get organized! Sort out those closets, finally get the hooks and shelves up in the garage, and, maybe, bring order to the chaos that is the spice, tea, herb, and tincture cupboard. Working around all of these wonderful, fresh, organic herbs means my cupboards at home are brimming with bags and boxes just like many of you and I'm determined to get things organized. Fortunately, there are so many helpful options for bringing about the tidy… Space Saving Stacking Jars For those with little cabinet or shelf space, these stackable spice jars are life savers! They are solidly made so they can be stacked as high as needed, interlocking and sleek. They have a shaker top for convenience and a screw top to keep the herbs and spices fresh. This is also a great option for powdered herbs, clays, seeds, and […]

  • Tea Infusion

The Sunday Steep!

One of my favorite ways to consume nourishing herbs is by way of an infusion. Really, a cup of tea is a type of infusion, but when I think of an infusion, I generally think of something a little more than tea – steeped longer and made with my health or mental state in mind. While taste is important, it isn't the primary motivation for creating an infusion for me! I prefer to make infusions by the quart jar. This way, I can take a jar with me to work or have around the house and sip throughout the day. It is a wonderful way to stay hydrated while ingesting beneficial herbs, vitamins, and nutrition. My coworker, Mason, is also a big infusion drinker and he tends to make his infusions using two herbs at a time. I generally choose four complimentary favorites, but you could also make a wonderful […]

  • Herbal Dog Treats - Mountain Rose Herbs

Homemade Herbal Dog Treats

Many dog treats on the market today are mainly composed of flour and low nutrient foods. With the recent addition of a puppy dog into my life, who really appreciates treats, I’ve taken to making some of my own puppy treats with some of the same wholesome ingredients I love. I’ve been reading Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care for a while now and picking through information to formulate special herbal blends for my furry friend. The herbal blend I use in this recipe is intended to be consumed at least once daily during times of stress in order to help support Fido's strong and healthy immune system. Baking a healthy treat is a great way to administer herbal supplements in your pup's diet, especially if your dog doesn’t enjoy the taste of pet safe glycerine extracts. Last week I was attending a Pie Party at a dog friendly house, so I […]

  • DIY: Tamanu Oil Skin Serum Recipe

DIY Beauty: Nourishing Skin Serum

Growing up, I was fed this beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of really harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those oils actually help protect delicate skin! This can result in overly dry and rough skin, rather than soft and supple. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish, replenish, and plump skin cells. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into the skin, leaving my face super soft, but not greasy. Organic plant oils like these are used in the base of most homemade lotion recipes. Lotions often include butters or […]

  • Sunday Steep 42

The Sunday Steep!

The days are short and grey around here, and while I tend to be a person with plenty of projects to keep me busy through even the dingiest times, that doesn't mean I'm always in the best of spirits. That's where the perfect cup of tea can be extremely helpful. This blend is full of delicious flavors and I like a little "nip" of Mood Care extract stirred into the finished cup too (made with Kava Kava, Gotu Kola, Passionflower, Ginger root, and Wild Lettuce) for extra perky pleasures… High Spirits Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Raspberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Verbena 1 teaspoon organic Rose Buds 1 teaspoon organic Catnip optional: 1-2 droppers of Mood Care extract, Kava Kava extract, or tincture of choice Combine the herbs in a strainer, nest, infuser, or bag and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Let steep for 3-4 minutes. […]

  • Vanilla Flavored Stevia Extract Recipe

How to Make Liquid Stevia Extracts

Over the past few years, stevia leaf has become a favorite alternative to sugar and other highly caloric sweeteners. How cool is it that a tiny green leaf can offer such a powerful boost of sweetness and is also easy to use, versatile, and healthy for you? With so many expensive and highly processed stevia products on the market, making your own extract as a dietary ingredient is the best way to go. Plus, you only need a few drops to sweeten up a recipe, so that means you'll have a good supply around if you make even a half pint of extract. Native to South America, stevia has been used for centuries to sweeten all sorts of food and beverages and is believed to be one of the sweetest substances found in nature – rating 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar! With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste (some compare it to licorice root), stevia […]