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Ek Ongkar

Ek Ongkar, Marketing Coordinator, is our analyst and email marketer. Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, she’s no stranger to the ancient Indian wellness philosophy of Ayurveda. You can often find her sipping chai, taking long walks on local woodland trails, and doing origami.

Recent Posts

What is Triphala and How to Take It

“Take your triphala,” may as well be the slogan of my household. After a questionable restaurant meal or a heavy dinner, my mom is always the first to say, “Better take your triphala!” And for good reason too. This Ayurvedic herb is one of the most famous, multi-use herbs for general wellness and maintaining healthy digestion. Because of this, even guests who stay at our house are not spared the suggestion to give triphala a try. Although it’s an acquired taste, I’m proud to say that I buy it by the pound and have benefited from its gentle herbal support over the years.

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Make Your Own Harissa

Chili-based condiments have a nuanced world of their own. Often shelved away in the bottoms of pantries and pushed to the ends of recipe books, there are more variations of these spicy delights than one could imagine. Harissa paste is one such delicacy. Like many of the spice blends I’m familiar with, this harissa recipe uses cumin and coriander, but it shines with flagrant uniqueness because of its citrusy tang, hint of caraway, and unbeatable chili flavor.

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Easy Ayurvedic Face Mask

Growing up, I had the unique opportunity to embrace herbal wisdom through the ancient Indian philosophy of Ayurveda. For a number of years, my family hosted Ayurvedic physicians who traveled around the world to spread this beautiful knowledge of wellness and balance. It was through this incredible learning experience that I began to understand that the best tools for facial care came from the herbal pantry. Triphala, one of the most common and versatile Ayurvedic herbal formulations, was used for this refreshing facial mask.

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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 (ritadoula.com), 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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7 Creative Ways To Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint just happens to be one of those well-loved but simultaneously affordable scents. Not only is it popular, it’s incredibly versatile. Here are seven fun and simple ways to use this refreshing essential oil, so you can get more bang for your buck (and make everything smell fresh and minty in the process!).

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Gluten-Free Vegan Cardamom Sugar Cookies

At home, my kitchen is never lacking cardamom. I like this spice so much that I’ve got a separate hand-held spice grinder filled with just hulled cardamom (hint, if you use a clear glass vase grinder, you won’t get your cardamom confused with your black pepper). This way, I can have freshly ground cardamom goodness whenever I want! One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is in sweets, like shortbread or teacake. I adapted this recipe for my gluten-free and dairy-free friends, so we could all enjoy it together.

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DIY World Spice Blends

All too often it’s easy to use the same spices over and over again. If they work, then why not? I sprinkle Italian seasoning on just about everything. Turmeric powder and smoked salt are two other popular staples in my houshold. But this season I was determined to bring some new flavors into my kitchen. I’m thrilled to say that these blends did just the trick!

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Find Local Herb Growers!

For those of you who count on Mountain Rose Herbs for dried herbs and spices, we're honored! But we strongly encourage our community to support nearby farmers who grow beautiful, fresh botanicals too. Your buying power has the potential to fuel your local economy, reduce your carbon footprint, and promote the cultivation of local varieties of the herbs you love.

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New: Making Tinctures with Fresh Turmeric

One of the most exciting recent h appenings at Mountain Rose Herbs was the arrival of fresh turmeric straight from our organic grower in Hawaii! For decades, we have regularly welcomed dried herbs and spices to our loading docks from growers across the globe, but we’ve never processed fresh herbs in-house until now.
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How to Support Local Growers

We are proud to announce a new herbal resource for our community! We are compiling a list of certified organic local herb growers with under 40 acres in cultivation, so that plant lovers like you know where to go to get high-quality fresh herbs!

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