We're seeing matcha pop up everywhere! From fancy lattes and pastries to energy drinks and facial masks, this extraordinary green tea is trending thanks to its delicious flavor and many health benefits. So…what is matcha? This revered tea has been prepared, served, and enjoyed during traditional tea ceremonies in Japan for centuries. To produce this delicacy, the most tender young green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are harvested, dried, and ground to a fine powder. When you drink matcha, you consume the entire green tea leaf, which is alive with antioxidants and a nice kick of caffeine. Whether whisked hot in the traditional preparation or combined with milk and honey poured over ice, matcha offers a truly remarkable sipping experience. Enjoy the video! Where to buy: Certified Organic Matcha Tea Powder Bamboo Matcha Whisk Bamboo Matcha Spoon Matcha Recipes: Matcha Shortbread Cookies Green Tea Ice Cream Green Tea & Lavender Facial Cleansing Grains Click here to watch the video!
Next up in our video series from the Free Herbalism Project, wise woman herbalist Susun Weed illuminates the history, lore, and traditional preparations made with Artemisia vulgaris. Learn Susun's favorite uses for the plant including dream work, smudging, and moxa, her discovery of the herbal feminine triad, and why she no longer calls this green being Mugwort… Want to experiment with these herbs on your own? Find them here: Organic Mugwort Organic Motherwort Organic Chickweed Wise Woman Tea Dream Tea Dream Balm DIY: Homemade Sleep & Dream Pillow Tutorial How to Make Mugwort Bundles Click here to watch the video!
We are so excited to share this interview with Emily Ruff, the Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to serve as a Board Member of United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event which continues to sell out annually. Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter for a chance to win free registration to the 2016 conference! 1. How did the plants find you? Can you recall the moment you realized that herbalism was your calling? Medicinal plants first spoke to something deep within me as a child. I learned […]
5 Ways to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day 1. Clean out your closets and cabinets to collect warm clothing, food, and toiletries that can be donated to a local shelter. 2. Write heartfelt letters of gratitude to the people you love. 3. Do you have empty dropper bottles, extra herbs, or other herbal supplies around? Use them up by making gifts (woohoo, gift economy!) or send them to a free clinic! 4. Take a long walk and enjoy the beauty around you. 5. Host a clothing swap or leftovers potluck with friends. Why Buy Nothing? It may seem strange for a business like Mountain Rose Herbs to promote Buy Nothing Day, but we believe that the health of the planet is more important than profit. The Buy Nothing Day movement has been around since 1992 and was organized in Canada to protest the hyped-up commercialization of Black Friday – the "shopping holiday" after Thanksgiving. […]
Woo hoo! What an honor! Shawn Donnille, vice-president and co-owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, received a Rachel Carson Award for Healthy Wildlife & Water from the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). Our hardworking friends at NCAP hosted the Healthy Harvest Celebration in Eugene, Oregon in early October where they presented the Rachel Carson Awards. We enjoyed an organic, locally-sourced, vegetarian meal while grooving to jazz tunes from local musicians, and celebrating our community commitment to sustainability. NCAP says, “Shawn exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities in the organic industry. He led Mountain Rose Herbs in eradicating conventionally-grown products from its product line and going entirely organic. This was the first time such a commitment had been made in the herbal industry.” NCAP joined Shawn on his 60-acre farm in rural Oregon to film the work he's done to clean up streams and waterways on his property that feed into the larger network of rivers in the […]
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!
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!
How gorgeous is this Dragon's Blood resin bubbling like lava and streaming its enchanted perfume? Natural tree resins can be burned for incense using self-igniting charcoal rounds and a heat proof surface. These resins have been melted and enjoyed for their aromatherapeutic and spiritual benefits throughout the centuries. Not only dazzling to watch as they burn, these pure earthy scents are evocative of our ancient connections to divinity… Visit our shop to find Copal, Frankincense, Myrrh, Dragon's Blood, Charcoal Rounds, and more botanical burnables to enjoy!
Aromatherapist and author Kathi Keville shares the uses and herbal history of the beloved Rose as a healing aromatherapeutic plant. From lotions to bouquets, this flower has been used to calm us and to inspire love for thousands of years. Learn about uses for rose essential oil, rose elixirs, creams, and more! Looking for more information and rosy products? Rose Essential Oil Kit Rose Hydrosol Rose Skin Cream Rose Face Wash Rose Essential Oil Love Tea Aromatherpay: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
#1: What is an essential oil? First let's define what an essential oil is and how it's made. An essential oil is not an infused herbal oil. This is a very common misconception. Essential oils are the volatile aromatic oils produced by plants. Imagine fresh lemon balm leaves warming in the sun, rubbing rosemary between the palms of your hands, or bringing lavender flowers to your nose for a deep inhalation. Plants create smelly resins and oils to attract pollinators, warn predators, and to protect themselves against disease. The product you buy called "essential oil" is this aromatic substance concentrated through various methods. For example, it takes 60 whole roses to make just one drop of precious essential oil! That's a potent drop of plant material. Essential oils can be extracted in several ways… Steam Distilled Most plant aromatics can be captured through vaporization. Click here to view an infographic outlining the steam distillation process. You will find that most essential […]
Happy New Year from Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)! January brings many promises for healthy living and supporting positive changes. As such, it seems appropriate with the many resolutions swirling about to look at an area in need of goodwill and the people who are already inspiring change. Let’s talk about salmon! Salmon and steelhead populations are experiencing sharp declines due to a range of human activity, including pesticide pollution. At NCAP, working to protect water and wildlife is one of our three main program areas. In 2014 we won a victory where the EPA will reinstate no-spray buffer zones for five organophosphate and carbamate pesticides in salmon and steelhead habitat across Oregon, Washington, and California. These pesticides are highly toxic to salmon and keeping them out of water that salmon live in is important. Over the next year we will make sure the buffers are implemented and […]
We had so much fun wandering through the garden with Rosemary Gladstar last summer! A highlight of our day was when Rosemary spotted this towering elder swaying in the breeze. She shared lots of stories and passed down traditional knowledge about this important plant, as well as her favorite recipes using elderberries. (You can find organic elderberries in our shop by clicking here.) We hope you enjoy the video! Looking for more elderberry recipes? Berry Rooty Syrup Fermented Elderberry Soda Elderberry Oxymel Even more elderberry recipes!