There is no point in stretching the truth…I am nearly 50 years old and while I have tried to take good care of my skin over the years, my skin-care strategy is evolving as my body ages. As a teenager and young adult, it was all about absorbing extra oil and striving for blemish-free skin. Throughout my thirties and early forties, I used a water-based moisturizing cream with sunscreen daily, and that worked well to help combat the rigors of a busy life. Recently, I’m finding my skin needs a bit more nourishment and moisture and I’ve been working on creating face and skin treatments that have more of the good oils and concentrated botanicals to meet the requirements of my ever-aging skin. I never would have dreamt of putting oils directly on my face when I was 21, but now my skin seems to soak it all in—leaving […]
As a lover of mythology, some of my favorite tales are the stories of the Goddess Demeter. Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, the grain diety, and the bringer of agriculture to the Ancient Greeks. To some, she is also known as the goddess who presides over the cycles of life and death and the seasons. Even as a young girl, I loved the often-tumultuous and painful adventures of this strong feminine goddess. Recently, I was revisiting some of those myths and thinking about Demeter from my now middle-aged perspective. While I used to think of Demeter almost as a "farm woman," I can now see her as an amalgamation of Nature's nourishing gifts. There are plants, trees, and shrubs that feel quite female to me even though I know that identification is entirely subjective! This tea has some of my favorite, earthy, ripe, and experiential herbs. The […]
It's time for the last recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! As hot summer days turn into crisp autumn nights, and winter brings the season of gift giving, now is the perfect time to stock up on lip balm making ingredients! Fruity, fresh, and super moisturizing, this recipe will leave your lips feeling naturally soft at a fraction of the cost. You can also find these lip balm tubes or tins in our shop for your lip balm crafting needs. Enjoy! For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic sweet almond oil, cocoa butter wafers, lime peel essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil at 25% off!
I was at an event recently visiting with many of our wonderful customers and a couple women stopped to chat. As our conversation turned to tea, one of them asked me what the perfect "work day" tea would be? Of course, there are so many possibilities, I couldn't name just one! "How about a tea that will keep my attitude in check when my nerves begin to fray?" she queried and we three laughed with a knowing nod. While I suggested our Love Tea – which is one of the best and most delicious feel good teas I've tasted, it got me thinking about what would make a great work day tea recipe… I decided it would take some good calming herbs, as well as those known for mental clarity. Of course, it should be tasty and smell wonderful too. After a little experimentation, here's an offering for an ideal tea blend to make […]
It was such a tremendous joy to have herbalist Susun Weed join us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. In this first video from our time shared together with the plants, Susun illuminates the wonderful medicines that can be made with the humble Dandelion. Learn her favorite uses for the leaves, flowers, stalks, seeds, and roots of this amazing weed, including tincture, vinegar, wine, fritters, oil infusions, and more! Watch the video here!
Not too many weeks ago, I had the pleasure of driving down the I-5 and back, taking detours to explore lakes and forests along the way. This road trip was planned well in advance, so I had time to prepare a few herbal luxury items including an herbal infused witch hazel for freshening up our faces and this lovely hand sanitizer recipe based on our version of the Four Thieves® Oil Blend recipe. I didn't want to make something as intense as the commercial gels you find at your local convenience store, but something natural that behaves similarly: goes on easy, dries up quickly, and has a powerful botanical base. I absolutely love the combination of ingredients in the final formula! The alcohol (roughly 20% of of total recipe), combined with the aloe vera gel, dried up very quickly, leaving my hands soft and refreshed and smelling wonderful. This recipe isn't meant to replace soap and water, but is a great option for […]
My latest addiction is chai lattes! I absolutely love the combination of spicy tea and creamy milk and I've spent more than I care to admit on coffee shop chai lattes. I've been wanting to try my hand at creating my own and, like many things tea-related, it wasn't difficult at all! I'm including two recipes – one for making the entire delicious creation from scratch and another made with our Classic, Firefly, or Holy Basil Chai tea blends. Feel free to adjust if you like it spicier, with more cinnamon or add a little sweetener… Homemade Chai Latte from Scratch 1 Tablespoon Black Tea 3-6 whole organic Cardomom pods 3-6 whole organic Black Peppercorns 3-4 whole organic Cloves 1 whole organic Cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon chips 1 teaspoon organic Ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh Ginger root Scraped seeds from one organic Vanilla bean or […]
It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! We love to make this deeply penetrating and soothing herbal massage oil for the occasional aches and pains we endure. Ideal for sore muscles and the minor bumps and bruises that result from hiking, gardening, long bike rides, yard work, and other physical activities. This oil also makes a wonderful salve base! For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Olive Oil, Arnica Flowers, Rosemary Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil at 25% off!
I tend to start most days with a plan. My resolve and energy are at their best first thing in the morning as I go about making healthy choices and getting the day going with a burst. By mid-afternoon, however, I have a tendency to start to wane. My focus might drift and I can be tempted to give into cravings for junky snacks or beverages. Fantasies of a nap might take hold. Since I fancy myself pretty ordinary, I'm quite certain I'm not alone! As I learn more about health, nutrition, and how my mind and body perform best, I'm discovering some new ways to beat the afternoon slump. I like to make a big mug of this tea when I start to drift. It helps to stir in a little raw honey for extra balance… Afternoon Revival 1 Tablespoon organic Oatstraw 1 Tablespoon organic Bilberry Fruit, dried 1 […]
Making your own herbal salt offers a wonderful way to add herbs to every meal with just a sprinkle. It can also help you cut down on the amount of salt you use to season your meals, adding the benefit of a flavor, medicinal, or mineral boost, depending on the herbs you choose. Green with plant power, I like to keep my herbal salt in one of these beautiful salt jars on the counter next to my rainbow peppercorns for a fun burst of color in the kitchen. With such a variety of gorgeous salts and herbs to formulate with, these blends can be as inventive as your creativity can stretch. I've included a great basic recipe to follow below, as well as a list of other possibilities to consider for your special mixture. Feel free to use powdered herbs or grind your own! Emerald Salt Blend Ingredients 2 parts organic rosemary leaf powder 1 part organic nettle leaf 1 part organic […]
Recently, my work comrade, Mason, and I were chatting about our love of the stimulating coffee, especially first thing in the morning. I confessed that for me, it is as much about social ritual as consuming the actual beverage. I love the act of sharing that comes with having the delicious cup of coffee with my fellow peeps – whether at home, at work, or at a coffee shop. But, it can also be a slippery slope of adrenal-depleting stimulants, especially when one cup leads to several! The thing is, we also love and consume lots of herbal tea! So, as Mason asked, "Why not just herbal tea?" I suppose for me I like to have all the choices and know that I can have coffee, tea, cocoa, or whatever suits my fancy throughout the day. Even so, there are ways to bring a little more herbal tea (meaning healthy, nourishing plant friends) to […]
It's time for the next recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! When the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, it can actually hold in the heat that you want to cool. This is why using tannic astringents is an important first step! You can even keep it refrigerated for an extra refreshing sensation. Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic Spring Green Tea, Cleavers, Lavandin Hydrosol, and Aloe Vera Gel at 25% off!