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What Is An Herbal Syrup?

Herbal syrups are tasty concoctions featuring a mixture of herbs, alcohol, and honey. They are valued for their effectiveness and ease of use. They also make for a flavorful way to experience the benefits of herbs, and are excellent herbal allies to have on hand as the weather continues to get colder. All of our herbal syrups are made with certified organic and consciously wild-collected botanicals, organic alcohol, and raw honey from the Willamette Valley.

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The Importance of Labeling Handcrafted Goods

While crafting your own remedies and aromatherapy blends for your home apothecary can be fun and rewarding, there’s a simple but easy-to-forget step that can leave you with a cupboard full of unused mystery bottles. Don’t let your creations become dust-collectors (or worse … a safety hazard) and properly label what’s inside.

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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

This blog was originally published in 2015. Because it's so popular, we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

I love cookbooks! Cooking and creating in the kitchen is my bliss. My approach to herbal recipe-making tends to be inspired by decades of kitchen experiments. While a simple elderberry syrup is quite functional and elderberries are delicious on their own, I couldn’t help but fiddle around until I’d crafted my own version of a classic elderberry syrup—full of extra herbal goodness and spicy flavor.

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Interview with Herbalist and Seed-Saver Richo Cech

In early August, we had the pleasure of visiting with herbalist Richo Cech from Strictly Medicinal Seeds at his ranch in southern Oregon. We were greeted not only by Richo’s friendly smile, but also by his beautiful garden full of thriving herbs and happy pollinators.

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Guarana Seed: Your Herbal Source for Caffeine

Caffeine is a way of life in modern western culture. The philosopher Terence McKenna once jokingly quipped that if caffeine were to disappear from the western diet the economy might collapse due to no one getting any work done! Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we certainly enjoy our organic black and green teas, organic yerba mate, and even organic, fairly traded coffee. Some of us like to get creative with our caffeine intake, and guarana seed offers an excellent alternative.

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The Story Behind the Rising Cost of Vanilla

Vanilla beans are the ripened fruit of the tropical orchid Vanilla planifolia. This is the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. Over the last year, we have seen prices more than double for this culinary favorite.

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Posted by Christine

How To Make Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Call me frugal, but I love to save money. Nourishing herbal infusions are a great way to add a bit of extra botanical sustenance into your life without spending a lot of cash. Drinking herbal infusions has been a regular practice of mine for years now. I first learned about it from herbalist Susun Weed (who else?) on HerbMentor Radio.

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New Book: Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we are extremely passionate about protecting our wildlands and seeing that our valuable botanical allies are preserved for future generations. For the past few years we’ve been participating in the Forest Grown Verified program in partnership with our friends at United Plant Savers.

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New Herbal Books

Though we have been spending some time prepping our garden beds, the reality is that it will still be fairly cold at night for the next few weeks. And what better way to pass the cold early spring nights than reading one of the new herbal books that we’ve added to our botanical library?

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Artichoke Leaf Bitters

As someone who has needed to navigate the world of challenging and limited diets, I often depend on bitters to encourage the healthy digestion my body so regularly denies me. When I "oops" on something that doesn’t settle well with my tummy, I reach for one of my favorite bitters. If there isn’t a bottle of Urban Moonshine’s Original formula around, I make my own!

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