Recipes and DIY

  • 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 […]

  • Health Kick Tea Recipe

The Sunday Steep!

I don't know about you, but I've been indulging. From Thanksgiving all the way through New Year, it's been treats and toddies and glorious meals with wonderful folks. But, now, it's time to do a little gastronomical regroup. This tea is made up of some wonderful herbs and roots and has a lot of flavor to help you get back on the health track! I like to make up a quart jar and sip throughout the day for a couple of days to reset my system…   January Health Kick Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Spearmint or Peppermint leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Dandelion Root 1 teaspoon organic Allspice Berries, whole 1 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1 teaspoon organic Licorice Root or 2 Licorice Root slices 1 teaspoon organic Parsley Root or leaf Fresh lemon Combine all the herbs in an infuser, bag, nest or strainer, or put all the herbs in […]

Top 10 Herbal Recipes of 2014!

Today we're taking a look back at some of our favorite and most popular blog posts from 2014! We had a blast experimenting in our herbal kitchen this year, crafting natural body care formulas, making herbal medicine, and blending botanical scents to share with the far-reaching and always inspiring online herbal community. Thank you all for reading and creating along with us! So, what was your favorite herbal recipe of the year? What are you planning in 2015? Do tell!  We hope you enjoy our little year in review…           1. DIY Massage Oils DIY Massage Oils Making massage oils infused with botanical goodness is much easier than you might think. You can combine your favorite medicinal and magical herbs with top quality organic carrier and essential oils to create a customized and unique gift for a loved one – or keep it all for yourself!     2. Herbal Sunscreen Make Your Own Natural […]

  • White-Peony-Tea

The Sunday Steep!

The year is waning and many of us are looking ahead to the year that will be. It is a time of contemplation, celebration, and hopefullness. Maybe you're working on your resolutions or thinking about what you want to let go of in the coming months? This morning's tea is a delectable organic treat. White tea is picked early in the season when the buds are still fresh, young and tender, and that makes me think of the new year-all fresh and tender. The cedar berries add a wintry flavor and, for me, a touch of the year that has been…   New Year Tea 1 Tablespoon organic White Peony Tea 1 teaspoon Cedar Berries Combine 1 Tablespoon White Peony Tea blend and the cedar berries in an infuser, nest, bag, or strainer. Pour 1 – 2 cups of boiling water over. This is not a sweet tea, so if you […]

The Sunday Steep!

Just like many of you, I have my personal list of favorite herbs – the ones that not only suit my palate, but also seem to be just the ones my body craves. Sage is one of those herbs I absolutely love and I have several Sage plants (or Mother Sage, as I like to call them as I brush by, pull off a leaf, and munch on it like an irresistible snack) growing in my garden. I use it for cooking everything from eggs to popovers! The fact that it stays green year-round means I can use it fresh or take advantage of the dried form for teas. This tea seems like it could be a good summer or spring tea, and it is, but it's also surprisingly perfect for the winter season too. That's why it came to mind as a perfect solstice beverage as we celebrate the darkness […]