Innovating Fair Trade in India

As I stepped back onto the fertile red soil of India, memories of my last trip came rushing back, filling me with excitement. Memories of long hot days, endless miles journeyed on backcountry roads, and walking the fields with proud farmers who happily welcomed me. Being there again brought it all back. How it was such an honor to be invited to take chai breaks with the joyful workers and join them in their homes for a spicy snack and to meet their children. Standing there on my first day back in India, I was flooded with joy to be around these welcoming communities again, in the rich, humid spice fields with the lush tropical backdrop that only India […]

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 […]

New in the Shop: 32 oz. oils

  We’ve got some new smaller sizes of three of our most popular oils to offer: 32 oz. refined Coconut, Palm Fruit, and Palm Kernel. Our expeller pressed and refined Coconut oil is certified Non-GMO and organic, and it’s great for general moisturizing. Coconut oil is generally used as a lather-producing agent in natural soap recipes.  Our refined coconut oil is also suitable for food use, the refining process actually removes the pungent coconut flavor and aroma. Palm Kernel oil is also an excellent ingredient to use in homemade soaps to increase its lather and hardness, and it can also be used for its moisturizing properties in a multitude of other cosmetic and body care products. Our certified organic Palm Kernel oil […]

Northwest Farm Stories: Growing Hops

I recently attended a harvest party at our favorite local hops farm. Driving the back roads in the golden light of late summer, I followed the heady scent of fresh hops to their fields, located hear our headquarters in Eugene. A few days into harvesting, the farmers were enthusiastic – the dry conditions prime for hop harvesting and processing. Using extension pruners, the farmers cut the hop vines at the top of the trellis system, approximately 15 feet off the ground. Then they’d drag and pull until the vine released onto the tarp below. Wrapped in the tarp, the cut hop vines were hauled to the stripper, chopped into five foot lengths, and handed up a ladder to the top platform […]

New in the Shop: Green 8.5oz Glass Bottles

  We have a nice new glass container to offer, and it’s available for a limited time only! Sleek and stately, these stylish 8.5 oz. green glass bottles are perfect for storing your culinary oils while adding flair and pizzazz to your cooking space. These bottles also work well for storing infused oils, body care, and bath products. With their resplendent appearance, these bottles make for excellent gifts for friends and family when filled with your favorite herbal creations. Stock up now for the holidays! These green glass bottles are made from recycled glass and come with a black metal lid. For best results, hand wash only, as hot water or alcohol may remove the coloration of the bottle. Visit our online shop to […]

How do you commute to work?

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we want to minimize our carbon footprint. One way we do this is through our Alternative Commute Program. We encourage employees to stay healthy and reduce CO2 emissions by not traveling to work in single occupancy vehicles. Once again, we participated in Eugene’s  Business Commute Challenge (BCC) and broke personal records! We competed against like-size companies, University of Oregon departments, City of Eugene offices, and nonprofits to see who could log the most miles walking, biking, busing, or carpooling to work. Mountain Rose Herbs came in fifth place out of 50 teams in our category and overall participation increased compared to last year! Fifty-one MRH employees logged 145 round-trips, compared to 47 employees who logged 133 […]