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Alieta

Alieta, blog contributor, is an Oregon native studying at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and pursuing a second degree in Computer Science at Oregon State University. She enjoys spending her free time hiking in the woods with her Labradoodle, Pepperoni, or enjoying the view from her garden with her cat and a bubbly beverage.

Recent Posts

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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How to Make Herbal Syrups

Herbal syrups are a time-honored way to administer not-so-pleasant-tasting herbs to the young ones and picky eaters in your life. Tasty on their own by the spoonful, they also add an herbal boost to your favorite culinary recipes and libations. Try them in teas, desserts, bubbly beverages, cocktails, DIY root beers, or atop ice cream.

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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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DIY Leave-in Conditioner Hair Serum

Some people might tell you that the best leave in conditioner is simply watered down conditioner.  What if you no-poo?  Or what if your hair is dry and you just need a little something to bring it back to life?  A little oil can help tame wild fly-aways, soften brittle hair in dry temperatures, moisturize and protect a healthy mane, and even add a lovely botanical smell to the light washer or no-pooer.

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Herbal Honey & Vinegar: How to Make Herbal Oxymels

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.

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Herbal Folklore: Stories of the Silvani with Guido Masé

Join us in the coming weeks as we explore herbal folklore, stories of the Silvani, with Guido Masé.

As we pass into the seasonal festivities and approach the winter solstice, we are reminded of ritual and tradition. The time honored tradition of storytelling gives gifts of insight, mystery, and allure from a world unknown to us. Since the art and craft of herbalism has strong roots as an oral tradition, we felt it appropriate to share some aural folk tales with you. In the coming weeks we'll release five short videos highlighting a few of Guido Masé’s cherished stories of the Silvani in this mini-series on Herbal Folklore. Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, storyteller, and author of such books as DIY Bitters.

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DIY Spiced Coconut Dairy-Free Creamer

You may have heard about the resurgence in returning to diets higher in fat. Ever since learning about this trend, I’ve been experimenting with ways to add fat back into my diet. I especially enjoy the luxury that a boost of fatty goodness can bring to a cold morning.

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Our New Catalog is Here!

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DIY: Herbal Tattoo Balm

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DIY: Yoga Mat Spray Recipe

When I lived in Culver City, California, I had a free membership to a lovely little yoga studio. The front room of the studio was filled with the most incredible handmade, earth-conscious products (much like the ones we offer here at Mountain Rose Herbs), including a wonderful bottle of natural yoga mat cleaner that I fell in love with. 

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