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Raychel

Raychel, Marketing Manager, originally hails from the Midwest but has been calling Oregon her home for more than a decade. When she isn’t speaking at events, writing articles for our new catalogues, or leading our marketing team, she can be found adventuring in the outdoors, foraging for wild mushrooms, fermenting fresh veggies in her kitchen, or hanging out with her hubby and sweet rescue dogs.

Recent Posts

Stinging Nettle Pesto Recipe

I spent my childhood in Iowa trying to avoid nettle’s sting. This bright green plant was plentiful on the land adjacent to the farm ponds and creek beds there. I had no idea this “weed” was something so desirable until I visited my local farmers’ market as an adult living in Oregon, where it goes for $16 a pound! Once I learned how easy it was to identify and harvest in the nearby woods, I got hooked on nettle “hunting” (taking care to only collect what I need, of course)!

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Q & A with Quality Control

When we ask folks why they choose to buy our botanicals, “quality” typically pops to the top of the list. It’s a proud moment when we realize our relentless search for the best organic botanicals is something you value too. That’s why we sat down with Steven, our Quality Assurance & Quality Control Director, to find out what he and his lab coat-wearing team does behind the closed doors of our in-house labthe epicenter of quality here at Mountain Rose Herbs.

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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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Elder Berry Syrup Overnight Oats



Elderberry
is traditionally used to support a healthy immune system*, so I'm always searching for ways to integrate it into my meals. And one of my recent New Year's resolutions was to speed up my morning routine. Just imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this recipe that combines my quest for a daily dose of elderberry with my need to buy back time in my day.

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How to Make Homemade Vermouth + Cocktail Recipe

I’d been told I just had to try the house-made sweet vermouth at a trendy Italian spot on a recent trip to California. Not one to ignore a recommendation from a friend with trustworthy taste buds, I obliged. He was right! The icy glass of the slightly bitter, oh-so-refreshing herbal aperitif was a total, delightful, surprise.

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Microgreens Salad Recipe with Fennel Pollen

Sprouted seeds make it possible to feature fresh greenery on your dinner table year-round! Especially when our gardens are barren and local farmers markets have shuttered for the season, we like consuming these beautiful microgreens. They only take less than a week to sprout and are so simple to grow!

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Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

Needing a quick appetizer using items already in your pantry? Enjoy this marinated goat cheese that is sure to please a crowd. While herbalists know solar-infused herbal oils are a lovely way to extract botanical goodness for an array of herbal preparations, an infused oil made on the stovetop works well in a pinch.

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Reviving a Forgotten Tea Growing Region

Deep in the Himalayan foothills just west of Nepal is a relatively unknown tea region: Kumaon. In the springtime, these hillsides are awash in green. Lush, vibrantly hued tea plants that smell as intoxicating as they taste, grow between stands of conifers. This is where you’ll find Desmond, the manager of our certified organic tea operations there.

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The Importance of Labeling Handcrafted Goods

While crafting your own remedies and aromatherapy blends for your home apothecary can be fun and rewarding, there’s a simple but easy-to-forget step that can leave you with a cupboard full of unused mystery bottles. Don’t let your creations become dust-collectors (or worse … a safety hazard) and properly label what’s inside.

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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Salted Chocolate Cookies

I’ve always been a food fanatic. If the ingredients are high-quality and the fare freshly prepared, I typically like what’s on my plate. So it was with much dismay that I recently discovered I’m gluten and lactose intolerant. I’ve been experimenting with many substitutes for my favorite dishes at home and stumbled upon this combination, which doesn’t make me miss gluten or dairy one bit!

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