The Sunday Steep!

  As a lover of mythology, some of my favorite tales are the stories of the Goddess Demeter. Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, the grain diety, and the bringer of agriculture to the Ancient Greeks. To some, she is also known as the goddess who presides over the cycles of life and death and the seasons. Even as a young girl, I loved the often-tumultuous and painful adventures of this strong feminine goddess. Recently, I was revisiting some of those myths and thinking about Demeter from my now middle-aged perspective. While I used to think of Demeter almost as a "farm woman," I can now see her as an amalgamation of Nature's nourishing gifts. There are plants, trees, and […]

New in the Shop: Cast Iron Teapots

  We are happy to introduce three beautiful new additions to our line of cast iron teapots! Our Black Cast Iron Teapot is the largest size we carry, accomodating up to 40 oz of delicious, soothing tea. This decorative iron teapot is cast with a hobnail design, symbolizing strength and beauty in traditional Japanese culture. In addition to brewing tea, you can also use this teapot directly on the stovetop to heat water. Our Crane Cast Iron Teapot features a serene crane soaring above the sea. The crane design symbolizes good health and longevity. This particular teapot is more for solo tea-drinking endeavors, as it holds 12 oz of your choice brew. This teapot retains heat well, but should not be used directly on the stovetop to heat water. The new Cast Iron Teapot […]

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Citrus Bliss Lip Balm

It's time for the last recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! As hot summer days turn into crisp autumn nights, and winter brings the season of gift giving, now is the perfect time to stock up on lip balm making ingredients! Fruity, fresh, and super moisturizing, this recipe will leave your lips feeling naturally soft at a fraction of the cost. You can also find these lip balm tubes or tins in our shop for your lip balm crafting needs. Enjoy!  For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic sweet almond oil, cocoa butter wafers, lime peel essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil at 25% off!  

How We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint!

We are dedicated to Carbonfund’s mission to reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. Every year we calculate our estimated carbon emissions from business operations including: electricity use, natural gas use, and company travel. For 2014, we offset 366 metric tons of carbon emissions! So how can you reduce your carbon footprint? Carbonfund.org can help! Mountain Rose Herbs’ primary facility was constructed with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and relies heavily on natural lighting. Energy demand was further reduced by making a complete lighting upgrade to energy-efficient bulbs in our principal facilities and installing Energy-Star rated heating and cooling systems.  In addition, Mountain Rose Herbs upgraded all of our computers to those with Gold Star ratings for energy conservation, minimal shipment packaging, and […]

Farm Stories: Organic Fields of Mint

  Standing in an ocean of mint with wind rippling through the leaves feels like being in a dream world.  Bright aromas from the organic peppermint (Mentha piperita) and spearmint (Mentha spicata) fields are as intense as the summer heat. With nary a weed in sight, this farm is truly impressive. Organic farming usually entails weeds, but not with a second year mint crop that has been meticulously hand weeded.  As our pickup crests a hill, the freshly cut windrows that have been laid to dry in the sun come into view. A commotion of soil rises farther in the distance as combine tractors steadily lift the dry row up into the machine where leaf is separated from stem. This is the most mechanically advanced farm equipment […]

The Sunday Steep!

  I was at an event recently visiting with many of our wonderful customers and a couple women stopped to chat. As our conversation turned to tea, one of them asked me what the perfect "work day" tea would be? Of course, there are so many possibilities, I couldn't name just one! "How about a tea that will keep my attitude in check when my nerves begin to fray?" she queried and we three laughed with a knowing nod. While I suggested our Love Tea – which is one of the best and most delicious feel good teas I've tasted, it got me thinking about what would make a great work day tea recipe… I decided it would take some good calming herbs, as well […]