Recipes and DIY

  • Natural Pet Care: Calming Dog Treats

Natural Pet Care: Calming Dog Treats

Last winter I experimented with some herbal dog treats for daily support to give my pal a little extra boost. Now it's summer time and he is a healthy, happy, and energetic pup. However, with the sunny season comes road trips, gatherings, and the loud cracks of July 4th. I love these celebrations, but him, not always so much. So, I thought he might appreciate some calming treats for our summer adventures! As usual when doing pet care research, one of the first places I turn to is Dr. Kidd's Herbal Dog Care book. This is a great resource to have on hand if you practice herbal pet care at home or are just beginning to explore your alternative pet care options. The following powdered herbs can be used to give your dog a calmed spirit. Many of the herbs listed below are also used to help humans deal with the daily stress we all experience from time to time. It is highly recommend to try each herb […]

  • moringa tea brewing

The Sunday Steep!

Happy Father's Day! While there are so many different kinds of dads out there, this tea recipe came to me while I was thinking of my own dad and grandfathers. Both my grandfathers, as well as my dad, have all passed on. My childhood, however, was filled with their influence…spending summers in the garden with my grandpa or on the back of my other grandfather's motorcycle while he carefully rode me around the neighborhood. My dad was definitely of the "measure twice, cut once" school and taught me how to change a flat tire before he taught me to drive. These men were the sorts who worked long days, mostly outdoors, and then spent their days away from paid work building, crafting, tending, and creating. Whether they were planting trees, rebuilding engines, milling lumber for a new barn, or tending the garden, they were the kind of people who knew how to keep busy! This […]

  • Camping Spray with Herbs

Make Your Own Wild Adventure Shower Spray

While I’ve been known to stay in a full-service campground when pressed, I prefer to camp as far away from civilization as possible. Hiking in and hiding out! This means no showers (although dips in lakes, creeks, and streams are welcome) and, depending on the time of year and the quantity of hikes, a little lovely-scented spritz might be in order. This spray was created to complement the wild experience, not compete with it. If you’re looking for fruity florals, this may not be for you, but you can formulate one easily with different essential oils. If you are hoping to keep some of the bugs at bay and still smell on the fresh side, however, this is your mix! Spray on prior to getting dressed in the morning or after a mountain swim. This shower spray goes quite well with other wonderful camping scents too, like campfire smoke and […]

  • Sun Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is definitely ice tea season around here! The temperatures have been climbing, the sun is shining, and while I drink hot tea year round, I also love a tall glass of frosty ice tea. My mother used to make sun tea all summer long in a gallon pickle jar–the same jars we used to store the fresh milk from our cows and goats. The sight of a gallon jar of sun tea brewing on a picnic table fills me with nostalgic memories of hot summers that seemed to last forever! This particular recipe goes a bit beyond your ordinary black tea. I've taken our organic Earl Grey and added some delicious, summery, and festive herbs to make a gorgeous and downright tasty ice tea. I like to mix this up in larger batches to have on hand as it is fun to combine all those beautiful flowers and herbs […]

  • Easy Recipe: Spicy Smoked Tea Marinade

Easy Recipe: Spicy Smoked Tea Marinade

Hot days are here and that means grilling season is upon us! Like clockwork, I always start to crave that special hint of smoke from a backyard barbecue this time of year. With sunset dinners and summer parties on the way, now is the time to start exploring new recipes. This zesty, sweet, and spicy marinade is inspired by the flavors of Asia with ginger, garlic, chillies, and tamari in a base of citrus, vinegar, and a very special smoked tea called Lapsang Souchong. The leaves of this bold black tea have been placed over a smoldering bundle of spruce to infuse them with a unique smokiness that lends a subtle, yet rich flavor. It is wonderfully reminiscent of a campfire! Of course, this flavor profile makes it especially nice in a marinade. If you like tofu, which this recipe is great with, the astringency from the tea gives it a meatier texture while imbuing lots […]

  • Time to drink Yerba Mate!

The Sunday Steep!

This morning's recipe is part tea and part cocoa. It has the wake-me-up of caffeine from the Yerba Mate, but some other delicious flavors that encourage decadent sipping. I can tell you from experience that this is the perfect cup of tea to have with a warm piece of coffee cake or a toasted bagel! This recipe also makes a nice base for an after-dinner beverage, if you can handle a little caffeination in the evenings. Add a nip of vodka and oh, what a delicious cocktail! Grown-Up Cocoa Mate 1 Tablespoon organic Yerba Mate 1 teaspoon organic roasted Cacao Powder 1/2 teaspoon organic Orange Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 5 organic Cardamom pods, whole Optional sweetness: 1/4 teaspoon Stevia, honey or sugar Combine all the ingredients in a tea infuser, nest or bag and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep […]

  • How to Make Natural Beard Oil

DIY: Homemade Beard Oil Recipes

While there's nothing wrong with a no-fuss beard regimen, free and wildly natural, there are botanical options for maintaining a wonderfully styled, great smelling, and soft to the touch beard.  If you are looking to begin your adventures in herbal hair care for your facial mane, we’ve got some advice and recipes for you! Let's craft some all natural beard oil! Hair Conditioning: Beard oils will condition your hair and will moisturize the skin underneath. This conditioning element can be any of your favorite cosmetic carrier oils. You'll want to choose any oil that is generally beneficial to hair and skin. A few of my favorites for hair are Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Rosemary Infused Olive Oil. Skin Conditioning: It’s nice to add a second oil to the mixture specifically for your skin. Easy enough, most of the oils that are great for your hair will also be nice for skin too. There are a few oils however, that […]

New Video: How to Burn Tree Resins for Incense

How gorgeous is this Dragon's Blood resin bubbling like lava and streaming its enchanted perfume?  Natural tree resins can be burned for incense using self-igniting charcoal rounds and a heat proof surface. These resins have been melted and enjoyed for their aromatherapeutic and spiritual benefits throughout the centuries. Not only dazzling to watch as they burn, these pure earthy scents are evocative of our ancient connections to divinity…  Visit our shop to find Copal, Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood, Charcoal Rounds, and more botanical burnables to enjoy!  

The Sunday Steep!

As we approach midsummer, the skies are clear and the days are long. We love sitting outside at dusk, watching the bats flit and flop above our street, listening to all the neighborhood sounds. As the night comes on, it makes for perfect stargazing and this is the perfect relaxing tea recipe for an evening under the stars (no pre-sleep caffeine in this recipe)…   Stargazing Tea for Two 1 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Skullcap 1 teaspoon organic Red Clover Blossoms 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus flowers 1 teaspoon organic Elder berries, dried 1 teaspoon organic Elder flowers 6-8 organic dried Rosebuds, whole Combine all ingredients and put in a large tea ball, nest, infuser, strainer, or bag. Bring 3-4 cups of water to boil and pour over herbs in a tea pot. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Carry out into […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

We are entering what I think of as "visiting" season–with the vacations, camping trips, visiting relatives, and all sorts of summery social activities. I absolutely love this time of year but I also have to make a concerted effort to take care of myself and spend some time kicking back, taking it easy, and tending to my health and wellbeing. This tea has some of my favorite flavors and herbs, along with the added benefit of a little organic Milk Thistle Extract. This is the perfect cup of tea for lolling about in the hammock with a good book…right before drifting off into a lovely nap! Take it Easy Tea 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Verbena 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Damiana Leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Lavender 1 dropperful of organic Milk Thistle Extract […]

  • Natural Cleaning: DIY Toilet Bombs

Natural Cleaning: DIY Toilet Bombs

While many of us may be trying to cut out toxic chemicals from our cleaning regime, there are a few areas where it can be tough to feel confident in cleanliness with homemade cleaning options. The bathroom is a prime example of a room where we’ve been conditioned to think in terms of strong bacteria-killing, disinfecting chemicals. These toilet bombs may look cute and adorable, but they are also packed full of strong cleaning power. The Baking Soda, Borax, and Citric Acid all serve well as cleaning agents and the essential oils add more beneficial cleansing properties, as well as a wonderful clean scent! To use, drop one bomb into the toilet bowl and allow to fizz and dissolve. Scrub and flush. You do not have to restrict their use to just the toilet, either! You can drop one in a bucket of cleaning water and use as a surface cleaner, use one […]

  • elderberries

The Sunday Steep!

If you are an herb junky like me, you may have bags and jars of herbs you purchased, grew or gathered filling your pantry shelves and yet you reach for the same "comfortable" ones time and time again. It can be a little intimidating and confusing wondering what else one can do with those beautiful crimson elderbrries besides making elderberry syrup once a year? We tend to reach for the leaves and flowers to make our trusty cups of herbal tea because that is what we know. But deeply flavored tree berries, woody bark, and dehydrated roots carry good medicine and make for wonderful soothing beverages too! It just might take a little more steeping time and provide you with an opportunity to use your mortar and pestle! This tea is a beautiful amber color, has a nice aroma and a spicy sweet taste… Berries, Roots & Bark Tea 1 […]