Recipes and DIY

The Sunday Steep!

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 […]

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Soothing Sun Spray

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!  

The Sunday Steep!

Whether I'm gathering veggies for supper or working away the day's frustrations by pulling weeds and bringing temporary order to the chaos of a wild patch, my garden is often my inspiration. I tend to let what other folks might consider weeds like Burdock, Dandelion, and Comfrey grow where they plant themselves and tuck all sorts of herbs and plants in pots, cracks, and corners. I suspect I might be in pretty good company with many Mountain Rose fans when it comes to my partnership with Mother Nature in co-creating my garden! Burdock is a favorite herb of many and the basis for this soothing tea. It can be a bit bitter though (one of its wonderful properties), so I've added some other garden-inspired herbs for taste and their cooling properties. I'm also trying to find fun ways to consume more Turmeric and tucking it into a flavorful tea is one of my […]

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New in the Shop: Organic Rambo Radish Sprouting Seed

We are pleased to unveil the newest addition to our line of certified organic sprouting seeds: the spicy Rambo Radish Sprouting Seed! While our Daikon Radish Sprouting Seed has a mild flavor, eating even a pinch of Rambo Radish sprouts is a spicy endeavor, as this radish variety is more akin to the colorful radishes that adorn our spring salads. This variety of radish contains anthocyanin, which gives the stems and leaves a distinctive deep red to purple color. In addition to their robust flavor, these sprouts are sure to add visual appeal to your favorite recipes such as salads, soups, and sandwiches. These sprouts really shine in Japanese cuisine, especially in sushi rolls or as an edible garnish with sashimi. Click here for more information about our line of organic sprouting seeds. Our full line of sprouting accessories can be found here. Learn how to sprout at home!

DIY Herbal Hair Care: Detangler & Anti-Frizz Spray Recipe

Tangled hair and tired of it? Have you tried all of the fancy spritzes and sprays out there?  Ready to make your own and customize the scent?  Well, we have the perfect herbal recipe for you!   When applied to wet hair, the mucilaginous quality of organic marshmallow root mixed with aloe vera gel will coat, soften, and help smooth out those knots, making it much easier to brush through those otherwise difficult to manage manes. This mixture will also help flatten out and tame a bed head, giving you perfect, soft, shiny and ready-to-go hair within just minutes of rolling out of dreamland.     "Tame the Mane" Detangler Spray Ingredients: 2 TBSP organic marshmallow root  2 cup water 2 TBSP aloe vera gel  20 drops organic lavender essential oil  10 drops organic rosemary essential oil  Optional: 1 TBSP organic argan oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil Directions: Place water and marshmallow root in small sauce pan, and bring to simmer. Cook until […]

The Sunday Steep!

Sometimes, the best tea is the simplest. While many of us know of Plantain as a good and readily-available herb for wounds and skin abrasions, it also makes a very useful tea containing Vitamins A and C and also calcium. I like the simple combination of Plantain Leaf and Peppermint Leaf for a cooling, refreshing cup of gentle medicine. So easy, but so tasty too! The recipe below is for dried herbs, but since both of these plants are so plentiful this time of year (most of us have Plantain growing in our yards), you could definitely make a fresh leaf version of this… Plantain & Peppermint Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Plantain Leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Peppermint Leaf Combine herbs in a strainer, infuser, bag or nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free to add sweetener […]

  • Summer Sale: Organic Essential Oils

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Natural Repellent Spray!

We're so happy to announce our first summer sale recipe of 2015! Crafting your own insect repellent spray at home is easy and economical. This mixture is perfect for making your campsites and canoe trips more pleasant this summer. These oils would also make a great gift for your outdoorsy friends who've been searching for a natural alternative!  Ready to make some of your own? For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on 1/2 oz bottles of our Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Lemon Essential Oils at 25% off!        

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Aromatherapy: Midsummer Rapture Blend

My favorite summertime activities are not what one would consider fancy: reading and napping in the backyard hammock under the apple trees on a warm, sunny day, sitting up late under a clear sky and chatting around a fire of crackling wood and burning sage, sipping home brew on the front porch at dusk with the neighbors and watching for bats. I’m sure you can see where I’m going here! There are so many wonderful opportunities this time of year and we all have our idea of what little moments make summer heavenly. For many of us, scents are tied to experiences and the right smells drifting on the air can enhance and support the beautiful moments in life. I created this combination of some of my favorite essential oils, as well as a few earthy surprises. This is a blend to evoke some of the slow-moving, nature-loving elements of […]

The Sunday Steep!

Since this weekend is a big holiday celebration here in the U.S., I thought it might be fun to try my hand at creating an "Independence Day" themed tea recipe! No matter how you observe this day – whether through celebration, activism, or remembrance – it's the perfect holiday for reflecting on what is important to us.  Of course, I wasn't willing to sacrifice taste, so, while this recipe appears simple, it is also gorgeous and delicious… Red, White, & Blue Rooibos Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Red Rooibos Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Cornflowers 1 teaspoon organic Chrysanthemum flowers 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus flowers Combine herbs in a tea infuser, nest, bag, or strainer. Pour 1 1 /2 to 2 cups boiling water over and allow to steep for 3-4 minutes. You can also multiply this recipe and brew for an iced tea, if you'd rather. This tea is especially […]

  • DIY: After Sun Spray

DIY: Soothing After Sun Spray

Our summer here in the Pacific Northwest is turning out to be an early scorcher. With outdoor parties, festivals, and camping trips on the calendar, and temperatures already nearing 100 degrees, now is a good time to take extra precautions for your skin. Drinking lots of water and mucilaginous teas like this Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea to stay hydrated, slathering on some homemade sunscreen, and using a restorative skin serum to moisturize will help you keep a healthy glow. Of course, hats are helpful too!  However, 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! This recipe is […]

The Sunday Steep!

It is possible to drink something hot (like tea) and feel the effects of cooling herbs. While I love iced tea served cold on a steamy summer day, I still love hot tea too and I just don't want to give it up when the temperatures climb. This recipe has a base of the mild green tea from our Spring Green Tea, so it has a bit of caffeination. The addition of Horsetail to serve as a mild diuretic and cooling herbs like Holy Basil/Tulsi and Peppermint make this a tasty tea choice for a hot summer day! Hot Day Hot Tea 1 Tablespoon organic Spring Green Tea 1 teaspoon organic Horsetail 1 teaspoon organic Holy Basil Rama 1 teaspoon organic Peppermint leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon peel Combine all the tea and herbs in an infuser, strainer, nest, or bag. Pour 1 1/2 – 2 cups boiling water over […]

  • 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 […]