Farm Stories: Medicinal Herbs of Appalachia

  We find ourselves deep in the heart of Appalachia, a land rich in botanical diversity and steeped in herbal tradition. The people and plants of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina welcome us with their hospitality and eclectic nature. The purpose of our visit to the oldest mountains in the world was to learn more about the botanicals we source from this region. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), and Stone Root (Collinsonia canadensis) are just a few of the many plants from this area offered by Mountain Rose Herbs. As much time as we spend researching these plants, we know that "boots on the ground" exploration supersedes all other forms of information gathering. There is nothing like sharing a real […]

How to Make Vanilla Extract

Along with cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla is a quintessential ingredient to keep stocked in the cupboard this time of year. With a delicate and deeply enchanting flavor that's instantly recognizable, vanilla imparts a soft creaminess to desserts and cocktails that is nothing short of pure magic. (How about some Spiked Vanilla Bean Cocoa and Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookies to experience vanilla bliss?) Making your own vanilla extract at home is super easy and can be used in any recipe that calls for store-bought. All you need are two simple ingredients and a glass jar, or a few cork bottles if you want to make holiday gifts for friends.   Why are vanilla beans so precious? Vanilla pods are the fruit of a stunning orchid (Vanilla planifolia) that's native to Central America. These ephemeral flowers open for just one […]

New in the Shop: Organic Western Red Cedar Essential Oil

  Autumn is here and the rains have come to Western Oregon. This is cause for celebration and gratitude, and many of us make pilgrimages to the Cascades to harvest edible mushrooms. The sights and smells of the forest at this time of year are remarkable, and we are often struck by the majestic beauty of one of our local trees, the Western Red Cedar. We are grateful to now be able to offer Organic Western Red Cedar Essential Oil, so that everyone can experience a bit of our local aromatherapy. The cedar tree has been revered for its spiritual significance for thousands of years. Cedar has long been known as a medicine of protection. It has traditionally been used in indigenous sweat […]

We Will Double Your Donation to Cascadia Wildlands!

  Donate to Cascadia Wildlands in November and Mountain Rose Herbs will double your donation up to $5,000! Help us protect the Elliot State Forest and keep it in public hands. This fall, the State Land Board decided to dispose of trustlands that make up 90% of the Elliot State Forest. If sold to a corporate firm and liquidated, it would have horrific environmental consequences. Cascadia Wildlands and other environmental groups are seeking to formulate a proposal where the forest could be sold to a public entity or trust that places a high priority on the environment, such as its value for carbon sequestration.     The majestic old-growth rainforests in the Elliott store more carbon per acre than any other ecosystem in the world, thereby […]

Join us for the Taste of Herbs!

Have you been enjoying the Flavor Wheel we offered as a free download last week? It's such an incredibly practical tool for anyone learning about natural health and herbal remedies. We love it! Maybe it inspired you to look deeper into choosing the right herb for a specific person’s need? If so, we are excited to present a wonderful online course that simplifies that process and provides a roadmap for making these choices easier… It's called Taste of Herbs with Rosalee de la Forêt!   Want more details? Visit the Taste of Herbs website now to learn all about this fantastic online course . Enrollment is now open!  Questions about the Taste of Herbs course? Contact LearningHerbs here!  

New in the Shop: Organic Spearmint Hydrosol

  Many of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs love this time of year when the veil between the physical and spiritual worlds is at its most porous. We have no tricks up our sleeves, but we do have quite a treat for you this week: Organic Spearmint Hydrosol. Grown and steam distilled right here in Cascadia, our Spearmint Hydrosol is sweet and minty, reminiscent of a steaming cup of spearmint tea. This hydrosol is soothing and refreshing, and makes a wonderful toner and cooling spray. It blends well with other mint or aromatic hydrosols and essential oils like rosemary or eucalyptus to make a powerful medicinal combination. Visit the shop to browse our entire selection of steam-distilled organic hydrosols.