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3 Summer Solstice Rituals

This solar holiday, also known to some as "Midsummer," marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. There is much folklore and myth associated with this holiday, and some traditions consider Midsummer’s Night to be a night where the veil between the human world and the world of the Faerie Folk is at its thinnest—a night the denizens of Faerie might be seen frolicking, making mischief, and dancing in merriment! Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a good illustration of this mythical thread. 

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Posted by Miriam

5 Iced Teas For Summer

Well, it seems as if summer is finally here in the northwest! The weather has been absolutely stunning, and it’s been such a joy to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I’ve been hitting the hiking trail, the outdoor basketball courts, and the river a lot these days.

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Posted by Mason

Homemade Shaving Cream

 

For all of us who shave, what if we could look forward to this ritual as an invigorating act of self-care? I am the first to admit that shaving can feel more like a chore. But making this rich homemade organic shaving cream recipe has definitely brightened my mood and helped me embrace this task as a little extra pampering.

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Posted by Nicole

Raspberry Leaf Tea Blend


I love
raspberry leaf! It is a pleasant tasting herb with a mildly sweet flavor reminiscent of black tea but sans all that caffeine. I have fond memories of drinking this blend during my pregnancy many years ago. Since it’s gentle on the stomach, I drank quite a bit, and it really agreed with me at a time when many other foods didn't!

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Posted by Julie

How to Make Herbal Gomasio

This blog was originally published in 2013. Because it's so popular, we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

If you love the aroma of toasty sesame seeds and the oceanic saltiness of seaweed, you might soon find this seasoning blend gracing your dinner table nightly. With just a flick of the wrist, this delicious combination of flavors adds a nutritive boost and subtle richness to just about any savory recipe. 

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Posted by Friends

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Salted Chocolate Cookies

I’ve always been a food fanatic. If the ingredients are high-quality and the fare freshly prepared, I typically like what’s on my plate. So it was with much dismay that I recently discovered I’m gluten and lactose intolerant. I’ve been experimenting with many substitutes for my favorite dishes at home and stumbled upon this combination, which doesn’t make me miss gluten or dairy one bit!

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Posted by Raychel

Cinco de Mayo Herbal Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes


In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of the country’s unlikely triumph over French forces in the late 1800s. But May 5 has taken on a very different meaning in the U.S. Many of us here know this day as a time to celebrate Mexican-American culture. And what better way to celebrate than with some festive herbal beverages?

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Posted by Raychel

Tea & Herb-Infused Syrups

Herbalists say making syrups is one of the tastiest ways to ingest traditional herbal remedies. However, we can use the same techniques to turn our loose-leaf teas (and herbs) from Mountain Rose Herbs into delicious syrups for cocktails too! A couple ideas from our test kitchen:

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Posted by Raychel

Lovage Leaf Muscle Rub

We are in love with this organic muscle rub highlighting essential oils that are not seen in many recipes. It has a soft floral top note and a pleasant herbaceous scent that is slightly balsamic. Applying a muscle rub after a strenuous day of work and play can ease grumpy muscles that may be occasionally sore.

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Posted by Christine

Vanilla Cardamom Lip Balm

Easy to make and a great self-care tool to always have on hand, lip balm is one of my favorite DIY projects to make at home. With endless options for scents and butters, they can be fully customized and take only 10 minutes from start to final pour to make. Plus, you end up with a beautiful finished product without a long list of chemicals (like what you might find in some big brand lip balm)!

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Posted by Nicole