Our new catalog for Autumn 2015/Winter 2016 has arrived! Conifers, fragrant roots, citrus, and spices perfume the breezes of fall and winter. With such abundance to celebrate, we're crafting gifts for loved ones and making medicine from this year’s bounty. We’re also ruminating on the connections that create community, the importance of shared traditions, and stewardship of the precious green beings that provide us with so much nourishment and healing. Our new catalog offers unique homemade gift ideas, herbal profiles, sustainability news, and specially curated botanical products that we hope you'll love. 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. You can also view the catalog online by clicking here! Want a FREE copy all for yourself? Request a new catalog here!
Wise woman herbalist Susun Weed joined us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. Next up in our video series, Susun explores the world of hops for food and health. Learn her favorite uses for this dreamy plant, check out our fun collection of recipes below, and find certified organic hops on our website. Recipes with Hops! Hoppy Ginger Brew Calming Hops Tea Blend Hops and Spice Tea Blend Hops Rock Candy Hops Lemonade Shave Ice Click here to watch the video!
I am not a natural meditation pro. Like many folks, I'm much more trained in the Western ways of go, get, and gather! It can be challenging for me to just settle my mind, sit quietly and let the wisdom of meditation wash over me. I make excuses. I tell myself that tasks I love like working in the garden, embroidery, or even making soup count as meditation, but I know that isn't exactly true. The challenge for me is learning how to quiet myself without feeling the incredibly strong urge to take a nap! This tea blend recipe was created with meditation in mind – taking the time to slow down, get grounded, and nourish the mind as well as the body. The trick is to choose delicious calming herbs, but not make something so calming that it brings on the snoozes… Meditation Tea 1 teaspoon […]
This is the time of year when many of us have to move from the relaxing and rejuvenating summer months to the bustle-and-go of the fall season. This could mean heading back to school or other activities, but sometimes the changes in weather and tempo can bring on strain. While I call this "Back to School" tea for parents, it really is well-suited to support at any time of the year. And it is purposefully tasty to make it palatable for even those who don't particularly like herbal tea! Parent's Back to School Tea Blend 1 teaspoon organic Elderberries 1 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 1 teaspoon organic Marshmallow root ½ teaspoon organic Wild Cherry bark* ½ teaspoon organic Licorice root Combine all the herbs in a strainer, bag, infuser or tea nest and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Feel free […]
There is no point in stretching the truth…I am nearly 50 years old and while I have tried to take good care of my skin over the years, my skin-care strategy is evolving as my body ages. As a teenager and young adult, it was all about absorbing extra oil and striving for blemish-free skin. Throughout my thirties and early forties, I used a water-based moisturizing cream with sunscreen daily, and that worked well to help combat the rigors of a busy life. Recently, I’m finding my skin needs a bit more nourishment and moisture and I’ve been working on creating face and skin treatments that have more of the good oils and concentrated botanicals to meet the requirements of my ever-aging skin. I never would have dreamt of putting oils directly on my face when I was 21, but now my skin seems to soak it all in—leaving […]
As a lover of mythology, some of my favorite tales are the stories of the Goddess Demeter. Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, the grain diety, and the bringer of agriculture to the Ancient Greeks. To some, she is also known as the goddess who presides over the cycles of life and death and the seasons. Even as a young girl, I loved the often-tumultuous and painful adventures of this strong feminine goddess. Recently, I was revisiting some of those myths and thinking about Demeter from my now middle-aged perspective. While I used to think of Demeter almost as a "farm woman," I can now see her as an amalgamation of Nature's nourishing gifts. There are plants, trees, and shrubs that feel quite female to me even though I know that identification is entirely subjective! This tea has some of my favorite, earthy, ripe, and experiential herbs. The […]
We are happy to introduce three beautiful new additions to our line of cast iron teapots! Our Black Cast Iron Teapot is the largest size we carry, accomodating up to 40 oz of delicious, soothing tea. This decorative iron teapot is cast with a hobnail design, symbolizing strength and beauty in traditional Japanese culture. In addition to brewing tea, you can also use this teapot directly on the stovetop to heat water. Our Crane Cast Iron Teapot features a serene crane soaring above the sea. The crane design symbolizes good health and longevity. This particular teapot is more for solo tea-drinking endeavors, as it holds 12 oz of your choice brew. This teapot retains heat well, but should not be used directly on the stovetop to heat water. The new Cast Iron Teapot Set is sturdy and elegant – perfect for enjoying tea with a loved one. It is adorned with a pine needle design, which symbolizes friendship in Japanese […]
Standing in an ocean of mint with wind rippling through the leaves feels like being in a dream world. Bright aromas from the organic peppermint (Mentha piperita) and spearmint (Mentha spicata) fields are as intense as the summer heat. With nary a weed in sight, this farm is truly impressive. Organic farming usually entails weeds, but not with a second year mint crop that has been meticulously hand weeded. As our pickup crests a hill, the freshly cut windrows that have been laid to dry in the sun come into view. A commotion of soil rises farther in the distance as combine tractors steadily lift the dry row up into the machine where leaf is separated from stem. This is the most mechanically advanced farm equipment in existence, with a price tag larger than most people’s homes, so they better perform well. A breakdown could cost the farmer precious time that can never be bought back. […]
I was at an event recently visiting with many of our wonderful customers and a couple women stopped to chat. As our conversation turned to tea, one of them asked me what the perfect "work day" tea would be? Of course, there are so many possibilities, I couldn't name just one! "How about a tea that will keep my attitude in check when my nerves begin to fray?" she queried and we three laughed with a knowing nod. While I suggested our Love Tea – which is one of the best and most delicious feel good teas I've tasted, it got me thinking about what would make a great work day tea recipe… I decided it would take some good calming herbs, as well as those known for mental clarity. Of course, it should be tasty and smell wonderful too. After a little experimentation, here's an offering for an ideal tea blend to make […]
We're so happy to offer organic Guayusa as the newest addition to our line of teas. Guayusa is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly plant which is a close botanical relative of Yerba Mate. A tall tree that's native to the upper Amazonian regions of Ecuador, northeastern Peru, and southwestern Columbia, guayusa has been collected only rarely by botanists in the wild and is known almost exclusively as a cultivated plant. Traditionally, the indigenous cultures of Ecuador boiled guayusa leaves in water and drank the tea for its stimulating effects. Indigenous hunters often drink guayusa to sharpen their instincts and refer to it as the “Night Watchman” since it helps them stay awake and alert. There is also anthropological evidence that this herb may have been traded, as famous Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes found a 1500-year-old bundle of guayusa leaves in a shaman’s tomb high in the Bolivian Andes, far beyond […]
It was such a tremendous joy to have herbalist Susun Weed join us at Mountain Rose Herbs for the Free Herbalism Project this spring. In this first video from our time shared together with the plants, Susun illuminates the wonderful preparations that can be made with the humble Dandelion. Learn her favorite uses for the leaves, flowers, stalks, seeds, and roots of this amazing weed, including tincture, vinegar, wine, fritters, oil infusions, and more! Watch the video here!
My latest addiction is chai lattes! I absolutely love the combination of spicy tea and creamy milk and I've spent more than I care to admit on coffee shop chai lattes. I've been wanting to try my hand at creating my own and, like many things tea-related, it wasn't difficult at all! I'm including two recipes – one for making the entire delicious creation from scratch and another made with our Classic, Firefly, or Holy Basil Chai tea blends. Feel free to adjust if you like it spicier, with more cinnamon or add a little sweetener… Homemade Chai Latte from Scratch 1 Tablespoon Black Tea 3-6 whole organic Cardomom pods 3-6 whole organic Black Peppercorns 3-4 whole organic Cloves 1 whole organic Cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon organic Cinnamon chips 1 teaspoon organic Ginger root or 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh Ginger root Scraped seeds from one organic Vanilla bean or […]