Recipe: Frankincense & Myrrh Hand Balm

I love this season of celebration. This time of year I'm often dreaming of chocolate truffles, forests covered in snow, and catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Making special foods, festive treats, and gifts while singing along with my favorite songs brings a glow of happy cheer to my heart—but my favorite part of the holidays is seeing the joy and excitement in other people as they unwrap the gifts I have made for them! This year I decided to create a rich and moisturizing balm to soften the appearance of rough dry skin, using the scents of sacred resins and trees that are often associated with this time of year.   Let's make our holiday hand balm! Ingredients: This recipe makes roughly 9 oz. of salve mixture. 1/2 cup organic olive oil 1/4 cup organic grapeseed oil 1/4 cup organic avocado oil 3 level Tbsp beeswax pastilles 1 […]

Our Facebook Page was Hacked

We are saddened to announce our Mountain Rose Herbs Facebook page has been hacked.  We currently are not able to access the page in any way. Multiple staff members have worked through the night and continue this morning to rectify this situation and stop the horrible posts. We are sorry and upset that our beloved customers and fans are currently subjected to the disturbing material posting outside of our control on our business page. Please know we will work continuously on this issue until it is resolved and that we so appreciate your goodwill and understanding. If you would like to unlike our page at this time, we understand. Please follow us on Twitter or Instagram to get our announcement about when our page is restored. Find updates on our other social outlets:  Twitter, Instagram and here on our blog. We think the world of our customers and are grateful for your […]

Sustainably Harvesting Oregon Grape

­ Alternative wellness philosophies often ask “what is the root cause?” By assessing the root cause, one can take proactive measures towards health and well-being. In the case of Oregon grape, the root of this plant has been used by traditional healers to stimulate the digestive tract. Oregon grape root is classified as an Alterative and a Bitter in the tradition of neo-eclectic herbalism popularized by Michael Moore, Howie Brounstein, and many others. From State Flower to Home Remedy In the Northwest where Oregon grape grows in abundance, the plant’s root is a go-to tonic for both the fledging and well-seasoned herbalist. However, the root is not only used as an internal tonic. Traditional and modern herbalists may also incorporate Oregon grape root into external preparations. One such example is the usage of Oregon grape root powder within topical creams. It’s easy to see why this plant has earned the […]

Herbal Folklore: Stories of the Silvani with Guido Masé

Join us in the coming weeks as we explore herbal folklore, stories of the Silvani, with Guido Masé. As we pass into the seasonal festivities and approach the winter solstice, we are reminded of ritual and tradition. The time honored tradition of storytelling gives gifts of insight, mystery, and allure from a world unknown to us. Since the art and craft of herbalism has strong roots as an oral tradition, we felt it appropriate to share some aural folk tales with you. In the coming weeks we'll release five short videos highlighting a few of Guido Masé’s cherished stories of the Silvani in this mini-series on Herbal Folklore. Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, storyteller, and author of such books as DIY Bitters. Herbal tales of Rue, Nettle, Mugwort, Hazel, Alder and more!  Watch the series on our YouTube channel!

Create Your Own Broth Mix Recipes

Soups are one of my all-time favorite things to cook. There is a meditation for me in the chopping, measuring and stirring that goes into making a wonderful pot of soup. Alas, like many, I don’t always have the time to make soup from scratch. I’ve also chatted with many folks who are intimidated by making soups and broths—they have a hard time getting the seasoning right so the soup doesn’t taste like bland dishwater. I stumbled upon the idea of making broth mixes when I passed by some packaged mixes at the store. Why couldn’t I create my own and have on hand to use in soups, for a basic broth, or even mixed in to pasta or ramen noodles? With a bit of experimenting, I came up with two very different broth mixes—both tasty, nutritious and great as all-purpose seasoning mixes too! These two recipes are made entirely […]

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New Look: Certified Organic Culinary Oils

Here in the Willamette Valley, we have turned a distinct seasonal corner.  The nights are cooler and the days shorter, so we decided that the best way to enjoy the last vestiges of summer would be a good old-fashioned picnic.  We loaded up on some fresh late-season figs, greens, and fresh herbs at the farmers market and pointed our compasses towards the mighty McKenzie River for a relaxing riverfront picnic. We brought along several of our certified organic culinary oils to pair with our local goodies.  Feeling a bit adventurous and inspired, we packed not only the standbys of olive and grapeseed oils, but also the lesser-known (but equally delicious!) avocado, hemp and pumpkin seed oils.   These lovely oils are re-packaged in green bottles made from recycled glass and have a built-in pour spout.  Our new oil labels feature traditional botanical illustrations and are made with recycled paper. All […]

  • New in the Shop: Lily Electric Diffuser

New in the Shop: Lily Electric Diffuser

We love this new portable diffuser, perfect for providing an aromatherapeutic lift after all of your summer adventures. Our new Lily Electric Diffuser is quite tiny (measuring 3.75” wide and 2.25” tall) and is ideal for small spaces, such as an office or bathroom, and is designed to accompany you on all of your travels. Each diffuser comes with five absorbent pads, a USB cable, and an AC adaptor. It can also operate on 3 AAA batteries (not included), so you can even use it in your tent deep in the backcountry! To operate, remove cap and add a few drops of essential oil to the absorbent pad, replace the cap, and turn on the unit. This single-setting diffuser uses a ventilation fan to diffuse essential oils throughout the space. A soft, color-changing LED light appears when the unit is in operation. Each pad can be used multiple times […]

  • Spring Recipes: Stinging Nettle Harvest

Spring Recipes: Stinging Nettle Harvest

Nettle (Urtica spp.) is one of my all-time favorite herbs. Yep, that weedy plant that stings! This nutritious botanical can be cooked, steamed, baked, pickled, brewed into tea or beer, and it can even be made into hemp-like rope, woven into fabric, and used as a natural dye. Stinging nettle grows wild throughout North America. They usually grow in the same places every year, so once you find a good stand, you can return to it every year or grow it in your garden.  Look for nettles in rich soil and partially shaded areas, often in moist forests, along rivers, and in disturbed areas. It’s important to harvest the plants from clean and unpolluted areas, not in industrial or agricultural areas, roadsides, or where pesticides have been sprayed. The plants will absorb heavy metals and other impurities, so harvesting them in an uncontaminated area is of utmost importance.      Spring is […]

New in the Shop: Clear Glass Storage Jars

We love these stylish new glass storage jars! Sporting a sleek and modern look, these glass jars are perfect for storing your dried herbs and spices. They also make a beautiful option for storing your botanical infused oils and other liquid preparations. These soda lime glass jars are made from 100% recycled material and come with a metal screw cap. Available in two different sizes: 1/4 kg and 90 g. Click here to view our entire selection of containers for all of your homemade herbal recipes.  

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The Sunday Steep!

How is the autumn weather shaping up where you are? While we have had a bit of lingering summer here in the Pacific Northwest, the nights are getting cooler and the mornings have a bit of a crisp nip in the air. As the season changes, cool fall mornings call for a spicy, warming tea. This tea recipe has the added benefit of being full of good-for-you herbs like Elderberries and Cinnamon!     Cold Morning Tea 1 teaspoon organic dried Orange Peel 1 teaspoon organic Cinammon Chips 1 teaspoon organic dried Elderberries 1/2 organic Vanilla Bean (cut bean in half, split and scrape seeds) 1/2 teaspoon organic Anise Seed 1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1/2 teaspoon organic whole Black Peppercorns Honey and lemon, if desired Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, bag, or nest. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Do you ever have those days when life requires you to stay revved up and focused for hours on end? On days like that, I find it can be challenging to let it all go at the end of the day and quiet myself down in the evening. It's like my mind and body are so tuned in to the need to be "on" that I can physically feel the tension and buzzy-ness in my muscles and brain! At times like those, I need to focus on bringing myself back to a calm, stable, more normal state. I think of it as bringing my adrenals back to room temperature. A nice walk, some time working in the garden, and a cup of this tea all help me to let the hyped up needs of the day go, so I can start to feel grounded once again…     Unwind & […]

  • DIY Recipe: Autumn Spice Lotion

DIY Recipe: Autumn Spice Lotion

While I love thick and fluffy creams, and I am quite partial to body butters as everyday moisturizers, I enjoy the convenience of a thinner lotion, too. It's nice to have a moisturizer thin enough to put in a bottle with a pump — handy for keeping by the sink for busy families. Just a couple squirts of lotion and off you go! I wanted a lotion full of spicy, crisp, autumn scents that are warming, hydrating, and good for the skin, but still light enough to work as a lotion. This recipe makes 8 ounces, but it can be multiplied if you’d like to make a larger batch. You can also experiment with other carrier oils, butters, essential oils, and hydrosols to create your own customized lotion!  You won’t really need any special ingredients or tools, just a hand mixer or immersion blender works fine, and a 2-4 cup Pyrex measuring cup works well for the […]