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Harvesting Seaweeds off the Coast of the Atlantic

Seaweeds, also known as “sea vegetables,” are widely prized for their rich supply of minerals and their unique umami-packed flavor. Bladderwrack, dulse, and nori are some of the healthful certified organic seaweeds that thrive off the beautiful coast of Maine's Atlantic waters. I took a trip across the country to visit with our skilled harvesters who devote their life to these flavorful ocean treasures.

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Posted by Jacob

2017 Sustainability Report Sneak Peak

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we work hard to do business in a way that leaves the lightest possible footprint on this earth. Each year we publish a detailed report to measure and monitor our sustainability efforts and provide our customers the transparency they deserve. We're still working on our 2017 report but couldn't help ourselves from sharing some initial results with you!

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Posted by Alyssa

Crafted From Roses: Essential Oils, Absolutes, and Hydrosols

As a sensual scent, rose is associated with love and the heart. It promotes closeness and emotional balance, and its sweet, floral notes can be found in an array of scented products. From luscious lotions and skin care, to sweet perfumes and warming diffuser blends, this versatile ingredient makes a regular appearance. Use this helpful guide to sort out the subtle differences between the natural rose essential oils and hydrosols we offer, so you can find the perfect rose for you and your budget.

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Posted by Christine

Registration is Open for the Florida Herbal Conference!

Do you love herbs and the beautiful outdoors? Join us for the seventh annual Florida Herbal Conference, held February 23-25, 2018 in Lake Wales, Florida, featuring herbalists Linda and Luke Black Elk as keynote speakers. With a special focus on truth, equity, and inclusion, this year's conference seeks to support diversity in nature and diversity in humanity.

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Posted by Emily

What is Kava and 3 Recipes

I was first introduced to
kava (technically called “kava kava”) while visiting Hawaii’s Big Island. After getting back to the mainland, I began to notice kava everywhere. Kava bars were now easy to find on my travels coast-to-coast, from Asheville, North Carolina to Portland, Oregon. Articles in publications like The New York Times extolled its increasing popularity as an alternative to caffeine-fueled coffee shops or alcohol-centric drinking establishments.

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Posted by Raychel

Vegan Calendula Salve

One of my favorite herbal preparations to make is a salve. For me, the aroma of wax and olive oil always evokes memories of summers spent adventuring through the beautiful wild places of the Pacific Northwest.

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Posted by Hannah

Must-Have Tools for Herbalists

If you’re just starting out in the wild world of herbalism, choosing the  right tools  may seem like a daunting task. We created this list to help keep it simple. It's by no means exhaustive, but we hope that it’ll get you started! Over time, you’ll build on your foundation of tools along with your stock of  herbs . Combine that with increasing your knowledge through  classes  and  books , and you’re on your way to becoming a bona fide herbalist! Read More
Posted by Mason

Zero-Waste Gifts for Your Sweetheart

Finding the perfect gift for someone living a minimalist or zero-waste lifestyle can seem impossibly hard. What do you get for that special someone who says “I don’t need a present. I have enough things in my life right now”? On one hand you want spoil them, and gifts are a great way to let your partner know that you love and appreciate them. On the other the hand, you want to respect their wishes. With a little creativity and planning, finding that perfect gift is easy and often a lot of fun! Below are some memorable ways to say “I love you” without buying expensive or shiny new things. Read More
Posted by Kiley

Into the Peruvian Mountains for Fair Trade Cacao

Cacao has a long and colorful history beginning in Central and South America. At Mountain Rose Herbs, our fair trade organic cacao powder, nibs, and butter are sourced from an area known as the Cordillera Azul in Peru. There, cacao thrives in fields nourished by seven mighty rivers and abundant rainfall. No irrigation needed! We had the pleasure of traveling to this beautiful region to meet our hardworking farmers who nurture and harvest this beloved botanical.

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Posted by Farms

How to Make a Tea Latte

While I’ll never stop loving a classic café latte, I’m amazed by the variety of creamy drinks you can create with healthful herbs and teas. That's why we were overjoyed to see this submission from Rita Gillan, a recipe contest winner from our Fall 2017 catalogue. Enjoy her simple how-to-guide and chai maca latte recipe. Now you can make this delicious herbal beverage in the comfort of your own home. Thanks, Rita!  

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Posted by Ek Ongkar Khalsa