Recipes and DIY

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 […]

  • DIY: Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish

DIY: Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish

Adoration for cacao can be traced back to ancient cultures in Mesoamerica. Bitter beverages made from the crushed seeds of this voluptuous fruit were enjoyed with a belief that these pods had magical properties. Mildly stimulating with a pronounced twinkle of euphoria, cacao was reserved for sacred rituals and royalty. With our obsession over herbal baths and Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to handcraft this decadent chocolate-infused body polish! This scrub recipe is a favorite from our own Irene Wolansky that smells scrumptious and beautifully exfoliates the skin, making it soft and smooth. It will leave a faint perfume of chocolate and vanilla that's sweet, earthy, and wonderfully provocative…      Cacao & Vanilla Body Polish Recipe Ingredients ¾ cup organic granulated or brown sugar, or fine sea salt ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp organic apricot kernel, organic sweet almond, organic sunflower oil or other carrier 1 Tbsp organic + fair trade cacao powder 1 Tbsp organic vegetable glycerine or […]

  • How To Make Gluten-Free Seed Crackers

Easy Recipe: Grain-Free Seed Crackers

Crackers are the perfect salty canvas for spreads, dips, nut butters, and cheeses. It's so easy to snack away on these savory treats with their satisfying crispy crunch, but the store-bought variety are usually grain-based and contain weird preservatives, GMOs, emulsifiers, starches, gross hydrogenated oils, and loads of sugar. As many of us transition our diets to more whole foods and less processed junk, we also examine the ethics and health concerns of consuming certain ingredients. This challenges us to find alternatives to our favorite comfort munchies that are still crave-worthy, easy to prepare, and perhaps even good for us…   That's what makes this recipe such a crowd-pleaser!              For all of the gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise health-conscious folks in your life, these seed crackers will be a hit. For the flavor obsessed foodies who eat anything as long as it's tasty, these will do the trick too. I […]

  • The Healing Art of Bathing

The Healing Art of Bathing

Whether submerged in a forest-nestled hot spring, floating on the surface of a high mountain lake, or luxuriating in the warm lapping ocean, water is an essential element for physical and emotional wellbeing. Taking time to bathe in the ancient healing power that water offers can be transformative, and sometimes this simple pleasure is the perfect medicine for whatever ails us. The sensuous comfort water provides connects us back to both our bodies and the Earth’s beauty. Creating an oasis evocative of these experiences is not far out of reach in our daily lives, and can be done easily at home. Rather than rushing through another quick shower, try lighting a few natural beeswax candles, play some soothing music, and draw a warm bath infused with fragrant oils, relaxing salts, or therapeutic herbs. Making this a regular ritual, even just once a month, can improve your health in many ways. […]

Herbal Love Gift Guide!

If you find yourself plucking petals over whether or not you actually love Valentine's Day, it's good to remember that February 14th is a nice excuse to honor that special someone in your life. Why not reinvent the holiday by pampering your beautiful lover, best friend, or fluffy cat with pure herbal decadence?  These all natural and organic gift ideas will be thoroughly enjoyed by the one you hold dear. Whether sipping rose tea during a candlelit bath, offering a soothing massage with aromatic oils, or crafting homemade chocolates and perfume, your love will shine bright.       Essential Oil Kits Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of rose essential oil? These sets are much better than a bouquet! We love the romantic collections of sensuous and arousing essential oils found in both the Lovers and the Rose Essential Oil Samplers. Each pure botanical oil comes in its own glass vial, […]

  • Herbal Chest Rub Recipes for Winter

Herbal Chest Rub Recipes

Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame! Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started. You can then add essential oils or menthol crystals to formulate a remedy for your needs.       You may be familiar with the strong scent of menthol, but what exactly are menthol crystals? Menthol is a solid constituent of mint oil that gives the plant its strong fragrance. These potent crystals are made from cornmint (Mentha arvensis) essential oil […]