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[14 May 2011 | No Comment | 8 views]
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The majority of hair products commercially available, even among those touted as all-natural, contain synthetic detergents, fragrances, petrochemicals, and known allergens. These ingredients are harsh, stripping natural oils from the hair and scalp and resulting in imbalances to the scalp and hair. By making our own hair care products, we can help repair the health of our hair and scalp – all while saving money! Homemade hair care products are simple and inexpensive to create while also being gentle and nourishing for the scalp and hair. They do not have the synthetic ingredients and chemicals often found in commercial products; instead they rely upon botanicals and other pure ingredients to give you healthy hair and scalp.� Not only can you harvest many of the ingredients from your garden, but you can customize the recipes so that they perfectly fit your specific needs. Homemade Herbal Shampoo Infused with Sage, Rosemary & Mint. Herbal Shampoo Homemade shampoo is not as thick or lathering as store-bought varieties, but it will effectively clean hair with nourishing ingredients and botanicals.

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[5 May 2011 | No Comment | 1 views]
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� This is one of my all-time favorite facial toner recipes!� I love how hydrating, soothing, refreshing, and gentle it is. This facial toner is suitable for all skin types and is perfect for using at any time of the year.� The Vegetable Glycerin in this recipe acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin, Witch Hazel Extract and Rose Flower Water are gently cleansing and toning, and the Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Extract and Lavender Essential Oil are soothing and calming. Facial toners are an important part of daily skin care routines.� They improve the skin’s tone and texture by naturally tightening and toning pores, hydrating the skin, and removing any residue of make-up or dirt left behind after washing.� Please feel free to adapt and embellish this recipe to see what works best for you. Lemon Balm, Helichrysum, Calendula, Chamomile, and Rose Geranium flower waters are also lovely to use. Herbal infusions (teas) may be substituted for the flower water, but they will not last as long. If using an herbal infusion, make only as much toner as you will need for a week or so, as they will not keep well, unless refrigerated. You can also substitute other herbal extracts or essential oils, or can omit them entirely from the recipe if you would like

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[2 May 2011 | No Comment | 0 views]
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Mother’s Day offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those who share their motherly love with us. Whether she’s a friend, aunt, grandma, sister, or the woman who gave you life, we hope these gift ideas and recipes inspire new ways to express your gratitude for her presence in your world. � Flowering Tea Set � These organic� flowering teas� are stunning in a glass tea pot! The “buds” are actually green tea leaves and gorgeous flowers artfully sewn together to slowly blossom when steeped in hot water. Add a few bags of Women’s Balancing Blend Tea , Peace Tea , and Firefly Chai for the perfect tea lover’s dream. ~~ Flowering Teas ~~� ~~ Glass Teapots ~~ � Natural Perfume Why choose commercial perfume heavy with� artificial fragrances� when you can� pamper� mom with the gift of all natural aroma oils? These� perfumes are made with pure plant resins and essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base – nothing synthetic! She’ll only need a drop or two to experience the warmth and beauty of these enchanting botanical blends.� � � ~~ Aroma Oils ~~ � Luscious Rose Skin Cream Forego those store bought face creams filled with petroleum based ingredients, synthetic fragrances, and preservatives, and give our handmade skin creams instead! Crafted with the finest unrefined oils, flower waters, pure beeswax, and organic essential oils, mom’s skin will glow naturally after using this rich and silky cream. You can also make your own thanks to Rosemary Gladstar’s beloved recipe ! ~~ Rose Skin Cream ~~� � Organic Culinary Spices, Salts, and Oils For moms out there who love to experiment in the kitchen,� an Epicurean Organics gift set will surely enhance her culinary� palette! What foodie wouldn’t enjoy a pantry full of organic goodies like Macadamia Nut Oil, Green Peppercorns, Red Alaea Salt, and a vial filled with luscious organic Vanilla beans? ~~ Epicurean Organics ~~ � Better than a Bouquet! � Did you know that there are 60 roses in every drop of Rose essential oil

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[27 Apr 2011 | No Comment | 0 views]
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It’s time once again to harvest the tender green tops of the glorious Stinging Nettle! Growing happily in herb gardens, wet woods, and riparian eco-systems this time of year, Urtica dioica is used around the world as a springtime tonic. Whether taken as a tincture, nutrient rich tea, sautéed with garlic, added to green juice, or blended fresh into smoothies and pesto, this versatile and delicious herb is much beloved – stinging trichomes and all! Spring Nettles growing wild in the Oregon woods! How humans came to trust this lovely but very well armed perennial is a mystery to me. When I told my mom that Nettles make tasty greens, her voice filled with pain as she recounted childhood memories of neighborhood kids chasing each other with spiky stems full of the dreaded burning chemical cocktail! For those who brave the sting, Nettles are a true powerhouse offering us potassium, calcium, magnesium, silicic acid, iron, zinc, and a plethora of other vitamins and minerals. It has also been used throughout history to make rope and beautiful green dye. The fiercely serrated cordate leaves can be used fresh or dried for a variety of medicinal actions too. Nettle is a strong diuretic and helpful for pre-menstrual water retention, offers kidney and liver support, aids arthritic inflammation, restores electrolytes, makes the skin glow, the hair shine, and can relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. A few strong cups of Nettle tea per day can help prepare your body for the pollen filled breezes of spring! The vibrant patch of Nettles in my garden has inspired me to experiment with new ways to incorporate this amazing plant into everyday recipes

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[30 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 17 views]
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Did you know that vitamins and minerals can be obtained naturally from herbs?� � In addition to the nutritional benefits,� herbs� also� provide� a great energy boost that is so much better than any fortified energy drink laden with sugar, artificial flavorings, additives, colors, synthetic sweeteners, and other nasty ingredients. Plus, herbs contain additional healing properties that can boost the immune system,� treat a variety of illnesses and disorders, naturally tone and balance� the mind and body, and so much more! To prepare a nourishing infusion, simply place 1-2 handfuls of the herb of your choice� in a glass quart jar, fill to the top with boiling water, cap tightly, and steep overnight. Strain in the morning and sip throughout the day. Vitamins VITAMIN A : Enhances immunity, prevents eye problems and skin disorders, important in bone and teeth formation, protects against colds and infection, slows aging process. Herbal Sources: Alfalfa, borage leaves, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, uva ursi, violet leaves, watercress, yellow dock. VITAMIN B1 (Thiamine) : Promotes growth, improves mental attitude, aids digestion, helps strengthen nervous system and prevent stress. Herbal Sources: Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yarrow, and yellow dock. VITAMIN B2 (Riboflavin) : Needed for red blood cell formation, aids growth and reproduction, promotes hair, skin and nail growth, important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts

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[28 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 53 views]
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Snow is melting away, green leaves are peeking out on limbs, and early bloomers are coloring the city pink and yellow. The long awaited warmth of spring is a little more noticeable as the days pass and I’m excited about the promise of a new garden space! While it’s still a bit early for dreams of tomatoes ripening on the vine, a deep spring cleaning is surely calling my name. I’ve been making my own natural cleaning formulas for a few years now. Commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that irritate my skin, burn my eyes, sting my lungs, and poison the natural waterways and wildlife I cherish. It feels great to banish these icky toxins from my home for good. Plus, making my own cleaning solutions is really easy, inexpensive, kinda fun, and much healthier for me and the environment.� � � These quick and easy recipes will help you prepare your home for the warm months ahead – without using gross chemicals. Great to have on hand year round, these natural homemade cleansers can replace conventional cleaning products in your cupboard with just a few basic ingredients.

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[12 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 7 views]

Doug Elliott will share plant lore and useful herbalism between harmonica riffs at this year’s Rootstalk Festival! He’s hosting our Storytelling Night around the ceremonial fire pit too. It’s a real hoot to watch this jolly naturalist, author, and storyteller perform. Check out this video of Doug making  some poplar bark berry baskets, tending to his beehive, and singing the  Strawberry Boogie !

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[28 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 5 views]
A World of Tea ~ 6 Favorites

The allure of tea has captivated the world for more than 5,000 years. I too have been an enchanted teahead since the delicious liquor of Orange Pekoe first passed my lips. As a kid, my dad would make a fresh pitcher of sweet tea every few days, steeping a strong black amber brew and then whipping sugar into the hot infusion before tossing just-sliced juicy lemon wheels into the dark swirling goodness. So refreshing during hot summer barbeques, the tea’s sweetness and astringency cut right through the wonderfully salty and greasy southern cooking of my childhood.   Not knowing where to begin, I decided to try them all. The diverse world of tea blossomed for me 10 years ago when I moseyed into a new little tea house in my funky neighborhood. I stood at the counter in complete awe of the tea rainbow that surrounded me. Not knowing where to begin, I decided to try them all and ordered the first green tea on their menu

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[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 7 views]

  Marke the faire blooming of the Hawthorne tree Who finely cloathed in a robe of white, Fills full the wanton eye with May’s delight. – Chaucer  Introduction Hawthorn ( Crataegus monogyna ) is the most well-known herb for the heart. This member of the rose family has white to brownish flowers, deeply lobed and rose-like leaves, brown woody stems, and yellowish-brown to wine-red fruit which is oval, wrinkled, and berry-like (actually a pome). Commonly used in teas, tinctures, and capsules to treat the heart, the legends surrounding Hawthorn trees go back centuries – especially in Europe and the British Isles.  Hawthorn has long been used as a food and medicine in Europe; particularly Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where it ranks as one of the most popularly used botanical medicines, especially for treating declining heart function. Many clinical studies have been conducted on Hawthorn over the past 20 years with great promise.  History The most famous Hawthorn in Britain is the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury, which grows at Glastonbury Tor, the supposed resting place of King Arthur. According to legend, the tree was grown after Joseph of Arimathea, upon arriving at Glastonbury Tor, thrust his staff into the ground, and from this the tree grew. Although the original is no longer there, several of its supposed descendants still grow there. When it blooms during the winter, a sprig is traditionally sent to the Queen, who is said to decorate her breakfast table on Christmas morning.  Thomas the Rhymer, a 13th century mystic and poet, was said to have met the Fairy Queen underneath a Hawthorn tree.

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[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 12 views]

As most of you have heard, we have been sadly hit with another defeat by the USDA’s recent deregulation of genetically modified Alfalfa. All of us at Mountain Rose Herbs don’t like the idea of folks in funny lab suits manipulating nature’s blueprint and for these people who have always promoted that it COULD be done, we have always retorted with SHOULD it be done. In 1999 Mountain Rose Herbs began campaigning for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food items and at that time we had partnered with a ground breaking organization called Mothers For Natural Law. Sadly they are no longer with us but we have not stopped the fight! Currently our regulatory compliance manager Bryan Burnette has begun developing a partnership with Organic Consumers Association as the Oregon representative for the national campaign for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food crops and you can be rest assured that we have forcefully voiced our opposition to the USDA’s recent deregulation of genetically modified Alfalfa. We will continue to petition all of the agencies involved in labeling law that items which contain GMO’s be labeled as such because we firmly believe that if the American public knew what they were buying, they would not buy it all. If nobody buys the product, we win, and they lose.

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