Elise

Elise completed a two-year apprenticeship with the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and completed Rosemary Gladstar's The Science and Art of Herbalism online course. She enjoys continuing her herbal education through inspiring books, talks, and homemade herbal preparations. In addition to her plant-based studies, she has a BA in Business and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Also an artist, Elise loves to draw and fill her time with her family and sweet Aussie, cooking up good food, working on their property, and exploring the Oregon wilderness.

Recent Posts

What Is a Cold Infusion + Herbs to Cold Infuse

Infusions are an enjoyable method for savoring and receiving the benefits of herbs. Also referred to simply as tea, an herbal infusion is technically called a tisane and involves steeping fresh or dried herbs in water for a period of time. The water used for an infusion can be hot or cold depending on the herbs you use and the effect you desire, as well as your preference and mood. In this blog, we are going to focus on what a cold infusion is, what herbs work best with this method, and how to make a cold infusion. 

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2023 Herbal Events Calendar by Mountain Rose Herbs

All of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs are happy to see the return of events. Its been wonderful to reconnect with the herbal community in-person, and weve also embraced the value of virtual events, which have allowed us to make herbal education even more accessible.

Were also excited to announce the second year of our Sunday Annex Series – the weekly classes that we host at the Mountain Rose Herbs Annex in Eugene, Oregon. These classes are intended to provide educational resources for herbalists, homesteaders, foodies, DIY explorers, and those seeking a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. View weekly Sunday classes offered at the Mountain Rose Herbs Annex here!

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Best Winter Essential Oils & Winter Diffuser Blend

By the time winter rolls around, I usually find myself seeking cozy comfort, uplifting cheer, and robust wellness support. While fuzzy blankets, social gatherings, and immune-boosting herbal teas are tried and true, I also look to aromatherapy as an essential wintertime ally.

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Elderberry Mulled Cider Recipe for Immune Support

Herbalism is a health practice that can be traced around the globe for millennia. For most of our existence as a species, humans have lived closely with nature relying on the Earth for shelter, food, and medicine. While time-tested methods for making and consuming herbal preparations have carried through the ages, some herbal preparations have evolved to fit the needs of the modern population—like the ease of taking capsules. However, one ancient preparation involving the soaking of herbs in wine or cider has managed to stand the test of time, although it is perhaps a little under the radar.

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3 Apple Cider-Inspired Mocktails for Fall

There are so many things I love about autumn. Like a dear friend I haven’t seen in far too long, I’m refreshed, comforted, and inspired by the season. I look forward to the addition of warming spices in my foods, vibrant bursts of colors, mushroom-scented walks in the forest, and fresh apple cider. Usually, I immediately drink the newly pressed, sweet cider. All notions of sharing go out the window; the cider barely makes it home from the store. But this year, in the giving spirit of the fall season, I resolve to save some apple cider to savor and share with family and friends.

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10 Underused Herbs for Wellness

As a reader of our blog, you may be somewhat familiar with a plant or two (or maybe a lot more than that). Herbal allies like echinacea and lavender have become household names, but what about some of the more uncommon herbs in circulation? While Mountain Rose Herbs is a purveyor of many familiar spices, we are also proud to provide an assortment of lesser-known organic herbs. Many of these underused herbs make effective substitutes for popular staples and are a fun and unique addition to the home apothecary. As always, we recommend consulting a qualified healthcare practitioner and conducting your own research before using new or unfamiliar herbs. Read More
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Stinging Nettle Identification, Benefits, & Recipes

It’s late winter in the Pacific Northwest and signs of spring are already starting to show themselves. I’ve always enjoyed this time of year, the excitement of witnessing the Earth waking up from her wintertime slumber and the feelings of hope that brings. But despite the heartfelt joy, I often find myself struggling to move from the slower pace of winter hibernation to the quickening energy and longer days full of garden prep, housework, and other to-dos that piled up. Thankfully, I need to look no further than my trusty green ally, nettle, for support during this transition.

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What are Digestive Bitters and How Do They Work?

I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a full-fledged advocate of bitters. Properly introduced to me by my teacher, Howie Brounstein of Columbines School of Botanical Studies, I’ve come to appreciate the taste of bitter in my daily life and have personally experienced the wonderful effects of this unique flavor. Before herbal school, my first experience of bitters was as a cocktail ingredient. Since then, I’ve learned that this elixir, made from both bitter and aromatic botanicals, has a history dating back thousands of years of wellness-supporting use. This got me thinking, where and how did bitters originate and evolve?

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3 Organic Bitters Blends from Mountain Rose Herbs

Sweet, sour, salty, umami, and everyone's “favorite” flavor: bitter! Bitter herbal concoctions have a long history of use across nearly every culture. They are a unique sensory experience and must be tasted to do their important work. As soon as herbal bitters hit the tongue, the bitter compounds activate our salivary glands, which in turn send signals to our gastrointestinal system that it is time to digest. 

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Understanding Taxonomy and Species Labeling in Natural Herbal Products

Have you ever wondered about scientific names when analyzing a label or reading about an herb in your favorite herbal book? Besides being fun to learn (and pronounce), botanical names provide a universally accepted system of recognition. Depending on numerous factors, such as the region you live in, the lineage you’ve grown up with, or school you attended, the same plant could be referred to by several different common names. This can make it really confusing if you’re trying to identify a plant in the wild, consult an herbal book, or purchase a specific herb. I’ve found that a little overview of scientific botanical terminology can go a long way in understanding the plants I work with and use every day.

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Elise

Elise completed a two-year apprenticeship with the Columbines School of Botanical Studies and completed Rosemary Gladstar's The Science and Art of Herbalism online course. She enjoys continuing her herbal education through inspiring books, talks, and homemade herbal preparations. In addition to her plant-based studies, she has a BA in Business and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Also an artist, Elise loves to draw and fill her time with her family and sweet Aussie, cooking up good food, working on their property, and exploring the Oregon wilderness.

Recent Posts

What Is a Cold Infusion + Herbs to Cold Infuse

Infusions are an enjoyable method for savoring and receiving the benefits of herbs. In this blog, we are going to focus on what a cold infusion is, what herbs work best with this method, and how to make it.
WRITTEN BY Elise

February 22, 2023

2023 Herbal Events Calendar by Mountain Rose Herbs

Looking to learn, grow, and connect in 2023? Check out our list of local and national herbalism events that we'll be attending or sponsoring. We can't wait to see you this year!
WRITTEN BY Elise

January 10, 2023

Best Winter Essential Oils & Winter Diffuser Blend

Aromatherapy can be a wonderful ally during the cooler months. Discover our favorite winter essential oils along with an uplifting Winter Diffuser Blend recipe.
WRITTEN BY Elise

December 8, 2022

Elderberry Mulled Cider Recipe for Immune Support

Mulled cider makes for a delicious and supportive beverage once the cooler weather settles in. This elderberry apple cider recipe with mulling spices is a healthful alternative to traditional mulled wine.
WRITTEN BY Elise

October 19, 2022

3 Apple Cider-Inspired Mocktails for Fall

Try these apple cider-based fall mocktail recipes, inspired by the tastes of autumn. These non-alcohol drinks are sure to have you feeling cozy and warm.
WRITTEN BY Elise

September 27, 2022

10 Underused Herbs for Wellness

Explore 10 underused herbs that are little-known but wonderful substitutes for more popular herbal allies. These uncommon herbs are sure to spark your herbal curiosity.
WRITTEN BY Elise

March 28, 2022

Stinging Nettle Identification, Benefits, & Recipes

Explore the benefits of stinging nettle in this herbal deep dive. Learn all there is to know about nettle leaf and nettle root with links to safe harvesting practices and recipes such as nettle tea.
WRITTEN BY Elise

March 2, 2022

What are Digestive Bitters and How Do They Work?

Bitters are for more than making a cocktail! Learn about the history of digestive bitters and ways to incorporate them into your daily routine.
WRITTEN BY Elise

August 12, 2020

3 Organic Bitters Blends from Mountain Rose Herbs

Hand-blended in small batches, our line of signature organic bitters features three herbal blends designed to promote digestive excellence.
WRITTEN BY Elise

May 29, 2020

Understanding Taxonomy and Species Labeling in Natural Herbal Products

Discover the world of botanical names and how terminology can help guide our understanding of the valuable herbs we use to support health and wellbeing.
WRITTEN BY Elise

December 11, 2019