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  • BackToSchoolTeaRecipe

The Sunday Steep!

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 […]

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 Packaging: Organic Matcha Tea

Our delicious Organic Matcha Tea is now packaged in a 3.5oz amber glass jar. This jar is made from amber glass, and can continue to be reused to store all kinds of goodies. We also offer our Matcha Tea in bulk bags of 8oz or 1lb. Our luxurious Organic Matcha Tea is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. It is unique in two aspects of farming and processing. First, the green tea plants for matcha are shade grown for about three weeks before harvest. This process slows the growth of the plant, stimulates an increase in chlorophyll levels and increases the production of certain amino acids, leading to a robust, vegetal flavor. Unlike other green teas, the stems and veins are removed in processing before the leaf is stone-ground to a fine powder using a traditional granite stone mill. Matcha provides the maximum amount of health […]

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The Sunday Steep!

Happy Father's Day! While there are so many different kinds of dads out there, this tea recipe came to me while I was thinking of my own dad and grandfathers. Both my grandfathers, as well as my dad, have all passed on. My childhood, however, was filled with their influence…spending summers in the garden with my grandpa or on the back of my other grandfather's motorcycle while he carefully rode me around the neighborhood. My dad was definitely of the "measure twice, cut once" school and taught me how to change a flat tire before he taught me to drive. These men were the sorts who worked long days, mostly outdoors, and then spent their days away from paid work building, crafting, tending, and creating. Whether they were planting trees, rebuilding engines, milling lumber for a new barn, or tending the garden, they were the kind of people who knew how to keep busy! This […]

  • Camping Spray with Herbs

Make Your Own Wild Adventure Shower Spray

While I have stayed in full-service campgrounds, I prefer to camp as far away from civilization as possible. You know, hiking in and hiding out! This means no showers (although dips in lakes, creeks, and streams are awesome), so I always bring a lovely-scented spritz on my adventures. This spray was created to complement the wild experience, not compete with it. If you’re looking for fruity florals, you can formulate one easily with different essential oils. If you are hoping to keep some of the bugs at bay and still smell on the fresh side, this is your mix! Spray prior to getting dressed in the morning or after a mountain swim. This shower spray goes quite well with other wonderful camping scents too, like campfire smoke and conifers in the breeze…     Wild Adventures Camp Shower Spray Ingredients 2 oz organic catnip hydrosol 2 oz organic witch hazel extract 10 drops organic eucalyptus […]

  • Sun Tea

The Sunday Steep!

It is definitely ice tea season around here! The temperatures have been climbing, the sun is shining, and while I drink hot tea year round, I also love a tall glass of frosty ice tea. My mother used to make sun tea all summer long in a gallon pickle jar–the same jars we used to store the fresh milk from our cows and goats. The sight of a gallon jar of sun tea brewing on a picnic table fills me with nostalgic memories of hot summers that seemed to last forever! This particular recipe goes a bit beyond your ordinary black tea. I've taken our organic Earl Grey and added some delicious, summery, and festive herbs to make a gorgeous and downright tasty ice tea. I like to mix this up in larger batches to have on hand as it is fun to combine all those beautiful flowers and herbs […]

  • Time to drink Yerba Mate!

The Sunday Steep!

This morning's recipe is part tea and part cocoa. It has the wake-me-up of caffeine from the Yerba Mate, but some other delicious flavors that encourage decadent sipping. I can tell you from experience that this is the perfect cup of tea to have with a warm piece of coffee cake or a toasted bagel! This recipe also makes a nice base for an after-dinner beverage, if you can handle a little caffeination in the evenings. Add a nip of vodka and oh, what a delicious cocktail! Grown-Up Cocoa Mate 1 Tablespoon organic Yerba Mate 1 teaspoon organic roasted Cacao Powder 1/2 teaspoon organic Orange Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint leaf 5 organic Cardamom pods, whole Optional sweetness: 1/4 teaspoon Stevia, honey or sugar Combine all the ingredients in a tea infuser, nest or bag and pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over. Allow to steep […]

The Sunday Steep!

As we approach midsummer, the skies are clear and the days are long. We love sitting outside at dusk, watching the bats flit and flop above our street, listening to all the neighborhood sounds. As the night comes on, it makes for perfect stargazing and this is the perfect relaxing tea recipe for an evening under the stars (no pre-sleep caffeine in this recipe)…   Stargazing Tea for Two 1 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Raspberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Skullcap 1 teaspoon organic Red Clover Blossoms 1 teaspoon organic Hibiscus flowers 1 teaspoon organic Elder berries, dried 1 teaspoon organic Elder flowers 6-8 organic dried Rosebuds, whole Combine all ingredients and put in a large tea ball, nest, infuser, strainer, or bag. Bring 3-4 cups of water to boil and pour over herbs in a tea pot. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Carry out into […]

  • The Sunday Steep - Mountain Rose Herbs

The Sunday Steep!

We are entering what I think of as "visiting" season–with the vacations, camping trips, visiting relatives, and all sorts of summery social activities. I absolutely love this time of year but I also have to make a concerted effort to take care of myself and spend some time kicking back, taking it easy, and tending to my health and wellbeing. This tea has some of my favorite flavors and herbs, along with the added benefit of a little organic Milk Thistle Extract. This is the perfect cup of tea for lolling about in the hammock with a good book…right before drifting off into a lovely nap! Take it Easy Tea 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm 1 teaspoon organic Lemon Verbena 1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw 1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Damiana Leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Peel 1/2 teaspoon organic Lavender 1 dropperful of organic Milk Thistle Extract […]

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Monthly Specials: What’s on Sale at Mountain Rose?

We have all sorts of herbal treasures on sale for the month of May… Don't miss our special selection of sale items this month! Click here to enjoy 15-40% off selected sale items from Mountain Rose Herbs until 5/31/2015

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The Sunday Steep!

If you are an herb junky like me, you may have bags and jars of herbs you purchased, grew or gathered filling your pantry shelves and yet you reach for the same "comfortable" ones time and time again. It can be a little intimidating and confusing wondering what else one can do with those beautiful crimson elderbrries besides making elderberry syrup once a year? We tend to reach for the leaves and flowers to make our trusty cups of herbal tea because that is what we know. But deeply flavored tree berries, woody bark, and dehydrated roots carry good medicine and make for wonderful soothing beverages too! It just might take a little more steeping time and provide you with an opportunity to use your mortar and pestle! This tea is a beautiful amber color, has a nice aroma and a spicy sweet taste… Berries, Roots & Bark Tea 1 […]

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Salmon Adventures at the River Clean-Up!

We recently ventured outdoors for another Mountain Rose River Project! Nothing makes us happier than spending the day in the sunshine collecting trash from a section of riverbank that Mountain Rose Herbs adopted in 2012. And we had a surprise visitor who put the cherry on top! Shawn Donnille, co-owner and Vice President, shares his thoughts about the day: At midday we stopped for lunch on the banks of the scenic North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River. As we approached the sandy riverbank, we saw a massive steel structure shaped like a cylindrical cup turned on its side and buoyed in the water by cables. Attached was a turbine spinning and making a whining noise. I am familiar with the odd machines used by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife or the Forest Service as a fish trap. I assisted the Forest Service a couple of years […]