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.Read More
Recently, we visited Devon Young of nittygrittylife.com on her homestead in Amity, Oregon. Nestled between the rolling green hills of wine country, is her charming old-fashioned farmhouse bustling with eight children, a host of farm animals, and friendly furry pets. Devon truly homesteads (“doing things the hard way”), which means she practices subsistence agriculture as much as possible.
Navigating the world of herbal remedies can inspire a hungry fascination. Finding wellness through herbs often leads to an experience that's transformative and empowering, but this journey can also bewilder our curious minds! We are lucky to have an incredible wealth of information about plant tonics at our fingertips today, but the beautiful complexity that comes with herbal traditions makes learning the nuances a lifelong endeavor.Read More
Salves are such a simple, effective, and useful way to take in herbal goodness! They can easily be slipped into a purse, pocket, or first aid kit. Although semi-solid at room temperature, salves soften once applied to the skin, making them less messy than oils. They also make great gifts and are an easy and approachable way to introduce newbies to the power of herbs. Plus, salves can be crafted for a wide variety of topical uses. The addition of beeswax will protect, soothe, and nourish your skin.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
Our post on Sipping Vinegars was so popular that we thought a detailed how-to on Oxymels would be helpful too...
I had no idea what this word meant when I first heard it, but after a little bit of research, I realized this age-old recipe is much more familiar than I thought. Oxymel – from the Latin oxymeli meaning “acid and honey” has been made and used in many ways throughout the ages and it’s a recipe that can be adapted to suit your health and herbal needs.Read More