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Spring & Summer 2014 Catalog!

Posted by Erin|18 March 2014

 Mountain Rose Herbs 2014 Summer Catalog

We can’t wait for you to sit in the sunshine, sip a cup of tea, and enjoy our new Spring/Summer 2014 catalog! We’ve included 20 new herbal recipes, informative how-tos, farm stories, exciting new products, gorgeous color photos, and many more inspirations within these 72 beautiful pages.

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.

Want a FREE copy all for yourself?

Request a new catalog here!

 

Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders

Posted by Kori|17 March 2014

DIY Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders

 

There’s been a bit of talk lately — even in the mainstream — about how to use less chemical heavy hair care products. We’ve shared some no-poo recipes, hair rinses, and hot oil treatments here over the years and continue our quest to provide organic, good-for-your-hair options for those of us who want to look and feel fabulous without pouring toxic chemicals on our heads and into the water table.

Dry “shampoos” are not at all new. Created to work without water, there has been a long history of people using powdered herbs, grains, and clays to remove excess oil and dirt build-up. These natural ingredients absorb the oils and remove it when brushed out—without causing damage to the hair or scalp. Dry shampoos can also be a good option for folks who want to shampoo once or twice a week, using the powders in between washings to keep hair fresh, soft, and manageable.

Recently, a national television host commented on a story about a woman who had gone totally “no poo” for several years, saying that the woman surely must stink because she didn’t use commercial products.  Perhaps this television personality has never experienced the incredibly clean scent of organic lavender or the warm earthy aroma of organic rosemary and bergamot? Plus, these natural plant ingredients also offer properties beneficial to hair growth and general hair health.

I’ve created two different powders, one for lighter hair colors and one for darker hair colors (made with cocoa or carob powder), but you can make adjustments to suit your needs. No worries – these powders become invisible once applied, so you won’t look as if you fell into a giant sack of flour as you go through your day! They are also a great option for camping trips and outdoor festivals.

 

DIY Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders

 

Organic Lavender & Sweet Orange Shampoo Powder

½ cup organic arrowroot powder

½ cup French green cosmetic clay

1 Tablespoon organic oatstraw powder

1 Tablespoon organic lavender flower powder

1 Tablespoon organic chamomile powder

10 drops each organic Sweet Orange and Lavender essential oils

 

DIY Herbal Dry Shampoo Powders

 

Rosy Rosemary Cocoa Shampoo Powder

½ cup organic arrowroot powder

¼ cup baking soda

½ cup organic cacao powder or organic carob powder

1 Tablespoon organic pink rose powder

1 Tablespoon organic oatstraw powder

10 drops each organic Rosemary and Bergamot essential oils

 

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together, stirring well to combine.  Our powder containers are perfect for storing the finished powders, but any clean container will do. Shake or sprinkle along the crown of the head, working through the scalp and hair to pick up any excess oils or debris.  Depending on the texture and thickness of your hair, either brush or shake well to remove the excess. This is best done before you get dressed so you don’t end up with any powder residue on your clothes (or drape your shoulders with a towel to keep the powder off your clothes).

Feel free to experiment with flower powders and essential oils to create your own signature dry shampoos—the possibilities are endless!

 

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Herbal Laundry Formulas: Part 1

Posted by Irene|11 March 2014

                     Herbal Laundry Formula Part 1

 

When I was young, my mom always hung our laundry outside to dry. I adored the way that they smelled afterwards, infused by the enchanting aromas of lush green grass, fragrant flowers, tall evergreen trees, clean country air, and warm sunlight. I treasured drifting off to sleep amidst bed sheets permeated with these sweet scents and loved the way that the freshly laundered clothing smelled against my skin.  One afternoon, my mom found me pinning all of my stuffed animals and dolls on the clothes wire and snapped this photograph. When she asked me what I was doing, I told her that I was hanging them up so that they would smell like the sunshine too.

Many commercial laundry products appear to be natural with names that include words like “mountain”, “fresh”, “spring, “air”, or “breeze”, but unlike pure sunshine, these scents are far from natural.  In addition to synthetic fragrances, these products contain other nasty ingredients that are known toxins, carcinogens, and neurotoxins.  Whiteners, cleaning agents, fragrances, and other common ingredients in laundry products have been linked to serious health conditions.  They can damage the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver, while also causing allergic reactions, irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, can trigger asthma attacks, worsen allergies, and affect clear thinking and concentration.  When we wear clothes that have been washed and dried with these components, they are absorbed directly into our skin and bloodstream.  In addition, many of these chemicals are not safe for our water supply and studies have proven that they are highly toxic to fish, thus endangering the environment as well as our own health.

Scary? Definitely.  Fortunately, there are many wonderful alternatives available in natural food stores and co-ops.  Just make sure to carefully read the ingredients to ensure that they really are natural and safe for you and your family.  Better yet, you can make your own laundry products using these recipes!

 

Herbal Laundry Formula Part 1 

 

Carol’s Herbal Laundry Liquid

Not only is Carol our Human Resources Director, she is also a highly talented crafter and gardener.  Aside from making delightful handmade soaps and natural body care products, she also bakes delectable pies and treats and has an incredible garden. Carol has generously shared this wonderful recipe for natural liquid laundry detergent with us.

1 1/2 quarts of water

15-20 organic Soap Nuts

Essential oil of choice (optional).  Some favorites are: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Tea Tree, or Ylang Ylang.

Directions: Pour hot water over the Soap Nuts and steep for at least 30 minutes to an hour.  Cover the Soap Nuts and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You’ll have a generous quart of liquid remaining.  Once the solution has cooled, add essential oils (optional).  Carol uses 4 Tablespoon Soap Nut liquid plus 2 tablespoons of Borax powder per load (with hard city water).  This laundry potion works wonders, as even old towels and sweaty clothing, come out smelling line-dried.

 

Natural Laundry Presoak

Prewashing is helpful for heavily soiled clothing.  This solution is gentle, utilizing natural elements to help lift dirt and stains.  Essential oils can impart therapeutic properties, making your clothes refreshing, stimulating, relaxing, or calming.  Plus, they lend their wonderful scents to the laundry, giving it a spicy, floral, woodsy, earthy, minty, or citrusy aroma.

1 cup vinegar

½ cup salt

Essential oil of choice (optional).  Some favorites are: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Tea Tree, or Ylang Ylang.

Directions: Place clothes in washer and add warm water to cover them.  Combine vinegar, salt, and essential oil (if using), and add the mixture to the washer.  Allow clothes to soak for an hour or longer, then proceed with laundering.

 

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Part 2 coming up next week!

How to Make Herbal Oxymels

Posted by Alieta|04 March 2014

Oxymel Recipes

 

Our post on Sipping Vinegars was so popular that we thought a detailed how-to on a traditional medicinal vinegar preparation would be helpful too…

Oxymels!

I had no idea what this word meant when I first heard it, but after a little bit of research, I realized this age old recipe is much more familiar than I thought.  Oxymel – from the Latin oxymeli meaning “acid and honey” has been made and used in many ways throughout the ages and it’s a recipe that can be adapted to suit your health and herbal needs.

Traditionally, an Oxymel recipe would be used to administer herbs that might not be so pleasant to take on their own.  Additionally, some of the more pleasant herbs can become even more delightful after a bath in honey and vinegar!  After you try your hand at making an Oxymel,  you might find that it will go nicely in some bubbly water on a warm day, on top of freshly-made pancakes, on  a bed of fresh greens from your garden, by itself, or with some warm water to help keep your spirits and throat happy during a heavy cough. You can change the combination of herbs to aid you in whichever way you like.

Who doesn’t love apple cider vinegar and honey? Apple cider vinegar and honey alone are a soothing treat to an exhausted throat, but throw in some of your favorite immune boosters and we have a medicinal friend: Oxymel! (Somewhere along the path of herbal history, Rosemary Gladstar whipped up a version using classic ingredients like ginger, garlic, cayenne, and horseradish and called it fire cider.)

I hope this guide helps you find a version that suits you!

 

What you will need:

Notes:

Raw apple cider vinegar is a great way to make an alcohol free extract.

Local Honey – I like wildflower honey. I can’t help but get excited about the thought of all of the hard working bees blending together the pollen of hundreds of flowers.  I appreciate the different taste nuances I get depending on valley and season.  If you want something more consistent and neutral, try a clover honey.

 

Oxymel Ingredients

 

Organic herb possibilities for a throat soothing immune boost:

(These are just a few examples of herbs, but the possibilities are endless!)

 

Directions:

There are a few ways you can prepare an Oxymel: I’ve outlined the two ways I’ve used and one additional option, which, I have not tried, but certainly will in the future.

Generally speaking, you want a ratio of 1:3 – 1:4 .   That is to say 1 part dried herb to 3 or 4 parts vinegar and honey. You can easily measure by filling a pint jar less than 1/4 of the way with herbs and then topping with equal parts honey and equal parts vinegar. I’ve noticed the older techniques prefer more honey, up to 5 parts honey to 1 parts vinegar, and the newer recipes call for more apple cider vinegar, as much as 3 parts vinegar to one part honey.  I prefer half and half.  You can find a ratio that suits you! For storage, I prefer a glass jar with a cork top, like the ones found here.

Method 1: Stir, Shake, and Sit

Good method for a variety of herbs!

Place desired herbs into pint jar (1/4 – 1/5 of the way full), cover with apple cider vinegar and honey.  You can stir before sealing the jar, or seal the jar and shake until well mixed. Now let your jar sit somewhere cool and dark and shake a couple of times a week. After two weeks, strain and pour into a glass jar for storage.

Method 2: Vinegar Reduction

Great for non-delicate herbs and hearty roots!

If you’re in a pinch and need an Oxymel  quickly, you can always experiment with a vinegar reduction.  I would not use this method for especially aromatic or floral herbs, as it may be too harsh of an extraction process with heat causing the aromatics to dissipate.  In my recipe, it worked well, bringing out the aroma of all herbs perfectly evenly! Apple cider vinegar steam can be very intense, so be careful not to put your face and eyes over the pot while it is simmering (it will not feel good if you do!)  You will want to use twice as much vinegar as you need in the end, since this is a reduction and you will loose half of it in the process to evaporation. Reduce for 30-40 minutes on low heat.  Once you are done, let cool and strain,  mix herbal decocted vinegar with equal parts honey until well mixed and store in an airtight bottle.

Method 3: Infusing Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar Seperately

Nice option for especially delicate herbs.

This is a very easy way to make an Oxymel if you already have infused honey and infused apple cider vinegar, or one or the other. If you have previously infused apple cider vinegar or honey you simply get to mix them together using a ratio that suits you and enjoy! If you regularly cook with herbal infused honeys and vinegars and have some of your favorites sitting around, this can be a great way to turn your culinary spice into a soothing treat!

 

See this post to learn about Herbal Infused Honey.

Click here to learn more about how to make Medicinal Vinegar Infusions.

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Earth Aroma Balm

Posted by Erin|24 February 2014

Earth Balm Recipe

We rediscovered this recipe while sorting through boxes of Mountain Rose history. Handwritten notes, catalog artwork, photos, and other keepsakes from throughout the decades inspired us to revisit old favorites. Herbalist, gardener, and Mountain Rose President, Julie Bailey created this gorgeous solid perfume and it has become a classic that we just love. Easy to keep in your bag or pocket, enjoy a dab of this sensual aroma on your wrists and décolletage before heading out for an enchanted evening.

Earth Aroma Balm

Balm Base

1 ½ cup organic almond oil

1/2 cup organic grapeseed oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

½ cup beeswax pastilles

 

Organic Essential Oil Blend

Clary Sage – 20 drops

Sweet Marjoram – 20 drops

Vetiver – 20 drops

Juniper – 10 drops

Lavender – 10 drops 

* Mix essential oils together in a glass bottle and roll between the palms of your hands to combine. Set aside.

Directions:

Using a double boiler, gently warm carrier oils over medium heat.  Add the beeswax and stir together until completely melted to liquid, but do not boil! Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils. Immediately pour into 1oz containers and screw lids on tight. Makes 14.

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Holy Basil Sipping Vinegars

Posted by Kori|17 February 2014

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Known as drinking vinegars, sipping vinegars, or shrubs, these zippy herbal concoctions have become quite trendy in the world of hip cocktails, but they are also a classic way to create good home remedies and medicines. In fact, in North America during colonial times, sipping vinegars were commonly used as both medicines and a way to preserve fruits and herbs in a deliciously consumable infusion.

We know we can make simple teas from so many different fresh and dried herbs, and we have our tinctures for concentrations of herbal properties, but vinegar is often overlooked as a way to create tasty and useful preparations.

Holy Basil, or Tulsi has been used in various cultures for generations as a healing medicinal herb and is used significantly in Ayurvedic medicine. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen as it helps balance different processes in the body and is believed to give us strength when facing normal daily stress. It also lends itself well to sipping vinegars—particularly the Krishna and the Rama varieties—which are cultivated commonly throughout the gardens of India. With spicy leaves that are peppery, lemony, and with undertones of clove and licorice, these flavors are a good match for vinegars. Our organic Holy Basil varieties are particularly special, as they were grown for us both right here in the Pacific Northwest and on one of our beautiful organic farms in India. The quality of flavor and aroma is absolutely stellar!

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The ritual of preparing a calming, healing beverage is as much a part of self-rejuvenation for me as the herbal properties themselves. Creating infused vinegars and crafting tonics allows me to be personally involved in caring for my mind, my body, and my loved ones.

A sipping vinegar or shrub is basically a combination of vinegar, sugar, and plant matter.  You can use any vinegar you’d like: apple cider, champagne, red wine, etc. I prefer to use an organic apple cider for medicinal infusions, but I often use organic white vinegar for infusions used for culinary preparations (more “glamorous” fruity shrubs) or those I intend to give as gifts.

When it comes to the sugar, I like to use raw honey in medicinal vinegars, but this is where you can use what works best for you too. The infusion can then be taken as a tonic or can be mixed with sparkling water, juice, alcohol, or a mixture of all for a delicious beverage. You can adjust the sweetener to taste and you might be surprised how delightfully mellow a well-infused sipping vinegar can be…

 

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Rama Damiana Calming Sipping Vinegar

Using a clean quart jar, put 1 cup each organic Holy Basil (Rama) and organic Damiana into the jar and cover with 3-4 cups apple cider vinegar, making sure to cover the herbs entirely.  Cover with a plastic lid or wax paper or plastic wrap and let sit to infuse.  For medicinal preparations, 6-8 weeks is the estimated length of infusion, although many folks will strain and use their vinegars after 1 week—especially those using the vinegars for cocktails.  You may infuse these in a cool, dark place, or in the sunlight.

Using a strainer or several layers of cheesecloth, strain the vinegar and compost the herbs. Add 1 Tablespoons raw local honey per ½ cup of vinegar in a clean jar and shake to combine. This is best stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator.

For one beverage, add an optional ice cube or two to a glass. Add ¼ cup sipping vinegar and fill glass with sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer, bubbly, etc. (or you can just add water or your organic tea of choice.) If you’d like a little alcohol, make room for an ounce or so of your liquor or wine of choice.) You can also take this as a tonic by the tablespoon or shot glass.

 

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Krishna Holy Basil Sipping Vinegar
(with optional Strawberries)

Basil and strawberries are an interesting and delicious combination and this blending makes for a wonderful beverage.  Feel free to experiment with other fruits or go with just the Holy Basil.

Using a clean quart jar, put 1-2 cups organic Holy Basil (Krishna) into the jar and cover with 3-4 cups vinegar (your choice), making sure to cover the herbs entirely. Cover with a plastic lid or wax paper or wrap plastic wrap and let sit to infuse 1-6 weeks. You may infuse these in a cool, dark place, or in the sunlight if you’d like.

Using a strainer or several layers of cheesecloth, strain the vinegar and compost the herbs. While the vinegar is straining, mash ½ cup organic strawberries (if I don’t have fresh, I thaw strawberries that we’ve frozen from our garden and use those). Add 2-3 Tablespoons of raw local honey or organic cane sugar to the strawberries and smash up together.  I like to let them sit for at least an hour, but usually several hours before mashing and combining with the strained vinegar. Combine the vinegar and sweetened strawberries in a clean jar and shake to fully incorporate (you can also blend in a blender or use an immersion blender for extra smoothness.) This is best stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator.

For one beverage, add an optional ice cube or two to a glass. Add ¼ cup sipping vinegar and fill glass with sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer,bubbly,  etc. (or you can just add water, juice or your organic tea of choice.) If you’d like a little alcohol, make room for an ounce or so of  liquor or white or rose wine.) ¼ cup of this vinegar with sparkling wine or champagne is delicious too! You can also take this as a tonic by the tablespoon or shot glass.

So, next time you are craving an herbal infusion that is a little zippier than the customary cup of tea or looking for a creative and intentional way to experience the healing pleasures of herbs like Holy Basil, consider creating a delicious sipping vinegar!

 

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Lavender Infused Sweets: Raw Walnut Milk and Fudge!

Posted by Alieta|10 February 2014

Lavender Infused Sweets: Raw Walnut Milk and Fudge!

 

Nut and seed milks are the perfect replacement for dairy milk in your morning coffee, or along with a cookie or fudge companion.  Not only are they a healthy option, they are fun to make and just happen to be a wonderful medium for an herbal experimentation! I’ve always been a fan of almond and hemp milk and made them regularly at home.  My new favorite is walnut milk, and even better, walnut milk infused with vanilla and lavender.  I sweeten mine with a little bit of honey or maple syrup, but don’t overdo it or the flavor will take over! Lavender Walnut Milk is delicious by the glass all on its own or used to replace regular milk in recipes that call for it. This walnut milk recipe was inspired by Betty Rawker, a raw food specialist, who commonly adds a little raw cacao powder in place of lavender.

 

Lavender-Infused Walnut Milk

Lavender Infused Sweets: Raw Walnut Milk and Fudge!

 

You will need:

    • Food processor or heavy duty blender
    • Mesh bag, cheese cloth or nut milk bag
    • Mason jar for storing your “milk”

Ingredients

Soak walnuts in water for about 6 hours, strain, and rinse really well.  Place walnuts in food processor or blender with 3-4 cups filtered water, lavender, and vanilla.  Blend. While the food processor is running, drizzle in a little honey or maple syrup.  I use anywhere from 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp depending on what I’m drinking it with or how I’m using it, so it’s up to you! Turn food processor off and strain milk into a mason jar through a mesh bag and save your lavender/walnut pulp!  You’re going to want to give the mesh bag a good squeeze to get all the nut milk out. If you aren’t going to bake right away, you can store the walnut pulp in a short mason jar.  If you are going to jump right into making fudge, then you can keep your pulp bag out.

Your walnut milk should keep in the fridge for about one week, the fresher the better!

One of the perks of making your own nut milks is having this yummy walnut pulp for treat-making or baking. I like to use mine for fudge or chocolate cookies! Now that you have your walnut and lavender pulp, let’s prepare for fudge! My favorite herbal buddy introduced me to a version of this lavender fudge, she prefers hers with about twice as much lavender as I have listed below.  You can make your version to your liking!

 

Raw Lavender Walnut Coconut Fudge

Lavender Infused Sweets: Raw Walnut Milk and Fudge!

Crust:

    •  1 cup organic walnuts
    •  1 Tbsp organic Vanilla extract
    •  1 Tbsp organic maple syrup

Fudge:

Mix together walnuts, vanilla, and maple syrup in a food processor until well blended.  Press into a square glass baking pan lined with wax paper (to prevent sticking).  Once crust ingredients are pressed into pan, place it in the freezer to get settled while you prepare the chocolate fudge!

For Chocolate:

Combine walnut/lavender pulp, cacao powder, liquid coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour chocolate blend over frozen crust and freeze for 15 minutes or until solid before serving. Add a pinch of fancy salt on top. This fudge is best stored in the fridge, but can be left out for a few hours when serving.  Enjoy a piece with a fresh glass of walnut lavender milk!

Enjoy Lavender Lovers!

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DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers

Posted by Erin|28 January 2014

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Who doesn’t long to have their aches and pains soothed away by touch?  How about elevating that experience with an herb-infused aphrodisiac massage oil? Yes, please!

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a just few weeks and imagine how sweetly surprised your partner will be when you gift a bottle of homemade massage oil, light a few candles, and show them your love through relaxation. Even if the holiday isn’t really your thing, there’s little in life more precious than time shared connecting with the ones you love. Plus, this fun project is quick, easy, and allows you to formulate something really special for your sweetheart, as there are many wonderful ingredient options to experiment with and enjoy.

 

Basic Massage Oil Recipe

Ingredients:
8 oz organic carrier oil or herbal infused oil
65 to 90 total drops of organic essential oil

Instructions:
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, add carrier oil or herbal infused oil, and roll bottle between palms to blend oils. Decorate with a pretty label if desired. Shake well before each use.

 

Wondering which oils to use? Here are some good options to explore!

 

Organic Carrier Oils:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Olive Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Avocado Oil
Jojoba Oil
Grapeseed Oil

 

Organic Herbal Infused Oils:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

 

Rose Bud
Calendula Flower
Lavender Flower
Chamomile Flower
Rosemary Leaf
Damiana Leaf

Here’s a wonderful how-to for creating herbal infused oils at home.

 

Organic Essential Oils:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

Top Notes

Sweet Orange
Mandarin
Grapefruit
Peppermint
Bergamot

Middle Notes

Chamomile
Lavender
Geranium
Neroli
Petitgrain
Fir
Ylang Ylang
Cardamom
Clary Sage

Base Notes

Rose
Sandalwood
Frankincense
Patchouli
Vetiver
Cedarwood
Oakwood
Vanilla

This guide will help you create the perfect essential oil blend: 
Essential Oil Blending Tips

 

Scent Combination Ideas:

DIY: Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

Blend #1

Neroli
Rose
Sandalwood

 Blend #2

Lavender
Cedarwood

 Blend #3

Roman Chamomile
Ylang Ylang
Vetiver

 Blend #4

Sweet Orange
Fir
Oakwood

 Blend #5

Mandarin
Cardamom
Vanilla

 

Looking for a special massage oil to buy?

 

Massage Oils for Lovers by Mountain Rose Herbs

We’ve been making a line of handcrafted massage oils for many, many  moons. Both the Goddess Dreams Massage Oil and the Rose Moon Massage Oil take our top pick for Valentine’s Day!

 Share the herbal love!

 

New Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil

Posted by Christine|24 January 2014

Out of the Fog Essential Oil Blend Recipe for Wintertime by Mountain Rose Herbs

One of the newest additions to our line of pure essential oils is
Organic Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil!

This bright and uplifting essential oil is distilled from the leaf and twigs of the Makrut Lime citrus bush, Citrus hystrix. You might recognize this plant from the leaves used to season bowls of Tom Kha soup. The oil has a soft thick citrus aroma, with dry wood back notes. It has a strong, long-lasting aroma, which could be considered a lovely mix of lemongrass and petitgrain. The major constituent is the aldehyde citronellal, which leads to some of the notable properties in the oil. With anywhere from 58-82% citronellal, combava has a higher content of this constituent than citronella oil.

Out of the Fog Essential Oil Blend Recipe for Wintertime by Mountain Rose Herbs

“Out of the Fog”

Combava Essential Oil Blend Recipe

7 drops/parts organic Combava Petitgrain essential oil
5 drops/parts organic Vetiver essential oil
5 drops/parts organic Geranium essential oil
3 drops/parts organic Fir Needle essential oil

This oil blend was inspired by all of the socked in fog and air stagnation that we have been experiencing over the last couple of weeks. Only within the last couple of days have we seen the sun! The combination of these oils is bright yet grounding. A perfect blend for the middle of winter.

Directions: Blend all oils together in a glass bottle, and allow to sit for at least 1 hour. Test the blend, and adjust for personal preference. A few drops in your favorite diffuser is all you need.

 

DIY: Winter Mood Boost Extract

Posted by Erin|20 January 2014

Winter Mood Boost Recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs

Here in the Pacific Northwest, our winters are spent under thick pillowy blankets of clouds that shower us with misty rains. These clouds diffuse the sun’s bright light into a glowy haze that casts gray hues over our world for months at a time.

While some of us revel in its beauty,  sun lovers and out-of-towners often find this combination of dark, wet, and cold to be really difficult, bringing out feelings of hopelessness that the sun will ever shine again! Of course it will return to warm us up, but in the meantime, going for hikes or doing yoga, keeping an eye on Vitamin D levels, using full spectrum lighting, and getting plenty of sleep can help us continue to feel our best.

Herbs can also be helpful to us! This formula is really nice to have on hand because it blends warming, uplifting, and relaxing herbs that can help alleviate the occasional winter blues we all feel from time to time.

 

Winter Mood Boost Extract

1 part organic St. John’s Wort tincture

½ part organic Lemon Balm tincture

½ part organic Hawthorn tincture

½ part organic Kava Kava tincture

¼ part organic Ginger tincture

Mix all tinctures together in a bottle and shake well. I like to take about 30 drops 1 to 2 times a day for up to 1 week, or less as needed. It’s always a good idea to take a small amount first, sit in silence, and feel how the herbs effect your body. It just might bring a little sunshine to your gloomy gray days!

 

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Photo Thursday!

Posted by Erin|16 January 2014

Organic Hops from Mountain Rose Herbs

 

We had a lovely time talking beer, kombucha, kraut, pickling, salting, brining, and more at Fun with Fermentation last weekend. We brought a bowl full of beautiful organic hops to share, along with other ingredients like caraway seed, salts, and tea blends, often used in home fermentation projects.

To see the rest of our album from this truly fun community event, head on over to Facebook!

 

Sweet and Savory Herbal Pancakes

Posted by Kori|13 January 2014

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For some of us, nothing quite says comfort food like pancakes.  Whether served up for breakfast, or as a quick supper, or even eaten as a leftover snack with peanut butter, pancakes can be such an easy and filling meal.  One of the fabulous things about the pancake is that a basic recipe can be modified to create sweet or savory, wholesome or decadent, and offered up as an appetizer, dessert, or main dish!  After all, pancakes really are a very simple form of unleavened bread and while they cook up quickly, they are generally sturdy enough to handle some tasty additions.

With a cupboard full of delicious herbs and teas, I decided to get a little experimental and see if I could make my go-to pancakes even better with some of my favorite flavors.  I discovered that some of our delicious teas make breakfast pancakes extra special and savory herbal pancakes are a great base for an easy, delicious dinner…

 

Tea Spiced Pancakes by Mountain Rose Herbs

Honey Vanilla Tea Pancakes

2-3 Tablespoons Vanilla Black Tea* in a tea infuser

1 cup water

½ cup organic whole wheat flour

½ cup organic all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon raw, organic honey

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 Tablespoon organic Sweet Almond oil

1 organic egg, slightly beaten

Oil for pan

Bring water to boil, pour one cup over tea and steep for 15 – 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl, sift flours, baking powder, and salt together.  Remove tea infuser from water and stir in honey.  Mix tea/honey mixture, oil, and egg into flour mixture. Whisk together until well-combined.

Heat griddle or cast iron pan on medium high heat. Lightly grease with additional oil or butter.  Pour 1/3 to ½ cup amount for each pancake. Cook until brown on bottom and the edges are dry, flip over and brown on the other side. Serve with organic maple syrup, jam, or honey (or however you’d like!)

Makes 6-12 pancakes depending on the size

*Also good with Earl Grey, Mango Ceylon, or feel free to experiment with other teas.  Be sure to let steep for at least 15-20 minutes for a very strong tea.

 

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Savory Supper Pancakes (with Three Variations)

 

Version 1: Garlic Rosemary Pancakes

1 ½ cups organic, all purpose flour (feel free experiment with other flour combinations: oat, spelt, almond, etc.)

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

Seasonings:

1 teaspoon Epicurean Organics Lemon Pepper Seasoning Blend

1 teaspoon organic garlic powder

1 teaspoon organic dried thyme

1 teaspoon organic dried rosemary

1 organic egg

1 ¼ cup organic buttermilk (You can try other liquids, but I like buttermilk as it is lower in fat and adds a lightness to breads and pancakes. It is especially good with heartier flours like wheat or oat as it helps make them lighter and more digestible)

1 Tablespoon organic olive oil

Mix together flour, salt, baking soda and seasonings in a medium sized bowl.  Stir together egg, buttermilk, and olive oil in another bowl or measuring cup and pour into dry ingredients and mix well. If the batter seems too thick, add a bit more liquid (water, milk, or buttermilk.) Heat griddle or cast iron pan on medium high heat. Lightly grease with additional oil or butter.  Pour 1/3 to ½ cup amount for each pancake. Cook until brown on bottom and the edges are dry, flip over and brown on the other side. These are great served with sautéed vegetables or as a base for mushrooms cooked in garlic, butter, and white wine. 

Makes approximately 10-12 pancakes, depending on size.

 

Version 2: Onion Dill Griddle Cakes

(If you like onion dill bread, you will love this version of supper pancakes!)

1 teaspoon organic dried dill weed

1 teaspoon organic onion powder

1 teaspoon organic dried parsley

½ teaspoon freshly ground organic black pepper

1 Tablespoon organic macadamia nut oil

Mix as for recipe in Version 1 but substitute the seasonings and oil with these in Version 2.  Cook on griddle or skillet. These are delicious spread with cream cheese and topped with fresh tomatoes (in season) and a sprinkling of course sea salt.

 

Version 3: Mexican Spiced Pancakes (Savory and Spicy!)

½ teaspoon organic ground cumin

½ teaspoon organic ground chili powder

½ teaspoon organic smoked paprika

½ teaspoon organic dried cilantro

1 teaspoon organic dried oregano

1 teaspoon organic garlic powder

½ teaspoon organic cayenne pepper

1 Tablespoon organic pumpkin seed oil

Mix as for the recipe in Version 1 but substitute the seasonings and oil for these in Version 3. Cook on griddle or skillet. This version is delicious with a dollop of sour cream and your favorite salsa or served up with chili or flavorful beans. This is especially good with ½ cup corn meal substituted for ½ cup of the flour.

Feel free to create your own herb seasoning combinations and experiment with different oils and flours.  While the old fashioned basic buttermilk pancake is fine, these originals are even better!

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Enjoy!

 

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