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How To Make Your Own Candles with Natural Wax

Natural wax candles are delightful accessories and tools for creating radiant spaces, especially as fall and winter bring chilly darkness to our days. These warm, flickering lights add natural ambiance and a calm, cozy feeling to any room. And while they serve a lovely mood-setting purpose in their own right, they can also be used to heat essential oils in a diffuser to fill a room with your favorite grounding fragrance, creating the perfect space for relaxing self care rituals.

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Posted by Alieta

Reishi Mushroom Chai Recipe for Immune Support

Each October, I get to set up the Mountain Rose Herbs booth at the wonderful Mount Pisgah Arboretum Mushroom Festival here in Eugene, Oregon. I absolutely love this event! It typically brings out 3,000 mycophiles eager to learn about wild mushrooms and peruse the many species on display. Aiming to be festive with fungus, I’ll usually brew up a large batch of reishi chai. Chai is one of my all-time favorite teas, and adding reishi mushroom slices (Ganoderma lucidum) gives it the added perk of supporting immune health*.

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Posted by Mason

Herb-Infused Kokum Butter Salve for Dry Skin

My recent discovery of kokum butter set me ablaze in the kitchen! Happily experimenting with various ways to use it, I’ve concluded that it is perfect for dry skin.

If you’ve never used kokum butter, it’s similar in firmness to cocoa butter, but a little flakier. Many consider it a good substitute for cocoa butter because of its uniform triglyceride composition. It can be used to thicken many homemade cosmetics including body butters, creams, lotions, and lip balms.

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Posted by Stacy

Herbal Infusions & Decoctions: Uses & Preparations

Herbal infusions have been used for thousands of years. Many of us create them regularly when we brew tea, which is simply an infusion of tea leaves. However, while there's a lot to love about this classic teatime preparation, it's just one of the countless options you can experiment with when crafting your own infusion.

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Posted by Kendle

Herbal Carmelite Water Recipe with Lemon Balm

In days long ago, herbal potions were full of mystery and intrigue! In medieval France, many abbeys had their own unique recipes for distilled
tonics. These blends were formulated with various herbs and spices and were a closely guarded secret within the abbey.

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Posted by Rosalee

Homemade Organic Baby Food Recipes with Herbs & Spices

Recently, my husband and I were taking a training class with our puppy, Gracie Cakes. The dog trainer suggested that we class attendees head to the grocery store and buy jars of baby food as training treats for the dogs — apparently, dogs love the common pureed ingredients used in commercial baby foods. I say this to explain how I found myself standing in a baby food aisle for the very first time in my life. I realized, as I stood there not knowing where to even begin, that I had
raised three babies to healthy adulthood and, until Gracie Cakes the terrier, had done so without ever twisting the lid from a commercial baby food jar.

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Posted by Heidi

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days! Little known in the mainstream just a decade or two ago, these potent oils are now being featured by celebrities, in magazines, and even in big box stores. Essential oils can be a wonderful way to support health and well-being. However, there is quite a bit of conflicting information out there about how to use them. As highly concentrated plant-based aromatics, it is important to use essential oils safely.

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Posted by Miriam

Scent Stories from the European Countryside

Our Mountain Rose Herbs farm liaisons regularly travel to visit our family farmers. On a recent trip to Europe, David (one of our farm liaisons) met Frank (a fourth-generation farmer) and got to see his fields first-hand.

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Posted by Raychel

How to Read a Certificate of Analysis from Our Quality Lab

A Certificate of Analysis for organic St. John's Wort. 

Many of our wonderful customers have questions about the botanicals we sell, either because of health concerns, curiosity, or personal business reasons. Whatever the question may be, we like to provide our community with assurance that we are selling products that are safe, unadulterated, and exactly as listed on our website. One of the ways we do this is through making a document called a “Certificate of Analysis” (COA), which is available to all of our customers upon request.

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Posted by Ek Ongkar

Tonic Mushroom Soup Recipe with Root Vegetables

Always on the hunt for new and delicious herbal recipes, I was excited to come across this hearty dried mushroom and root soup by the incredible herbalist, Juliet Blankespoor. This healthful mushroom soup recipe is perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. It’s mild enough for most palettes and lends itself nicely to personalized culinary touches such as hot sauce, infused herbal salts, gomasio, or miso. This soup is a true tonic and helpful in supporting immune health throughout the year. Read More
Posted by Mason