The Sunday Steep!

  We are known for our foggy, drizzly days here in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that many folks don't know our summers tend to be sunny, dry, and mild for weeks at a time! For now, however, the fog can serve as a metaphor for one's mental state: clogged, foggy, and settled in a drizzly haze. I created this tea for an afternoon pick-me-up on those days when my focus starts to wane, but it works well as a non-caffienated jumpstart to a groggy morning, too. You may not think of Rosemary as a tea ingredient, but it makes a lovely tea. For fun, you might want to substitute a Tablespoon of fresh rosemary for the dried herb in this […]

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

  February has some sweet deals… Don't miss our selection of sale items this month! Click here to enjoy 15-50% off selected sale items from Mountain Rose Herbs until 2/28/2015  

Update: How Can We Protect Osha Root?

  Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it. – Arapaho proverb Mountain Rose Herbs is honored to partner with the American Herbal Products Association’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, also known as AHPA-ERB. In collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Rio Grande National Forest Service, they are raising funds to continue a study that will help determine the range, availability, and recovery rate of Osha (Ligusticum porteri) after harvesting from the wild.    During the month of February, Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000 to fund this study!   Donate Online! An update about the Osha Sustainability Study from our friends at AHPA: Data from the Cumbres Pass area in the Rio Grande National Forest in […]

Make Your Own Whipped Body Butter

  I'll be the first to admit that I've been a little timid about making a lotion or a cream on my own. While I'm a big fan of facial serums for moisturizing my face and maintaining healthy hair, there is something so luxurious about a fluffy, buttery, moisturizing spread of organic carrier oils and essential oils that I just had to try it! The main difference between most body butter recipes and general cream and lotion recipes is that body butters are composed of mostly (often all, as in this recipe) carrier oils and butters – rather than the addition of an aqueous ingredient like water, hydrosols, aloe vera gel, etc. This makes body butters great for dry skin, as they instantly coat the skin and create a protective barrier […]

The Sunday Steep!

  Despite what Kermit's song says, I find green to be one of the easiest inspirations for herbal tea blends. The leaves of so many wonderful plants are packed with flavor, nutrients, and other good-for-you constituents and the combinations are seemingly endless. Lately, I've been on a bit of a Lemongrass kick, adding the essential oil to my AromaMist diffuser for a fresh scent, and tossing the organic leaves into my cups of tea. This recipe is as aromatic as it is tasty, so make up a cup and enjoy your "greens"…     Luscious Leaf Tea 1 teaspoon organic  Alfalfa Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Blackberry Leaf 1 teaspoon organic Lemongrass 1 teaspoon organic Hawthorn Leaf & Flower 1/2 teaspoon organic Spearmint Leaf 1/2 teaspoon organic Lemon Balm pinch of […]

Plant Stories: Harvesting Damiana in Mexico

  Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a plant native to Mexico and other parts of Latin America that has been a popular medicinal and widely used where it grows wild. In recent years, this herb has gained considerable popularity in the US, Europe, and abroad as a tea, smoking herb, and tincture thanks to its calming and love inspiring properties.  When any plant collected in the wild becomes as popular as Damiana has, all of us at Mountain Rose Herbs start discussions about the potential threat of over-harvesting and the conditions under which the plant is being collected. So, with these concerns in mind, I traveled to Mexico to investigate the impact of this increasing demand and to visit our certified organic Damiana leaf supplier.     First, a little background about Damiana and its traditional uses in […]