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Our Top Ten Herbal Recipes of 2019

Another year has passed, and 2020 is now upon us! As we look forward to sharing 12 more months of herbal learning and discovery with our readers, we'd like to highlight our most popular how-to posts from 2019 (ranging from natural body care formulations to herbal remedies) to motivate and inspire you from the get-go. We hope you'll revisit these ideas (or try any you may have missed the first time around) and let us know how they go—and stay tuned for more plant-powered content to come! 

How to Make Elderberry Syrup using dried organic elderberries and spices, including vanilla bean.

 

1. HOW TO MAKE ELDERBERRY SYRUP FOR IMMUNE HEALTH

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., R.H provided us with a Classic Elderberry Syrup Recipe in this blog post. She also answers some commonly asked questions and provides important tips for beginners and advanced syrup-makers alike. Elderberry syrup is an excellent plant ally which can promote resilience during times when our body's systems are particularly stressed. Give it a try to keep your family in good health!

 

Calendula flowers extracting into organic olive oil to make an herbal oil infusion for skin care recipes.

2. HOW TO MAKE HERB-INFUSED OILS FOR CULINARY & BODY CARE USE

There are a countless number of herbs (and even resins!) that can be infused into oil, depending on your needs. In this post, we share several methods for infusing oils, including a video of clinical herbalist Maria Noël Groves, who demonstrates how to make plantain-infused olive oil using the alcohol intermediary method.

 

Homemade salt spray with essential oils and hydrosols for styling hair naturally.

3. ROSEMARY MINT HOMEMADE SALT SPRAY FOR HAIR

Salt sprays are easy to make, work for a variety of hair types, and actually boast some advantages over their sea-water inspiration. This hair care recipe garnered a lot of attention in 2019 as people are looking to create more natural ways to style and care for their hair. You can also add any pure essential oils and organic hydrosols to create gorgeous hair waves and scent waves at the same time! 

 

Coconut Vanilla Cardamom Granola made with organic spices and ingredients for a healthy snack at home or on the go.

4. HOMEMADE COCONUT VANILLA CARDAMOM GRANOLA

Spicy, salty, crunchy, and lightly sweet, this granola recipe also tics all your top nutrition boxes. It layers the protein and healthy fats of nuts, seeds, and coconut onto the whole-grain energy of whole oats, and then ties it all together with the delicious flavors of a healthful chai tea-inspired spice palette. We weren't surprised to see this tasty recipe gain favor with our friends and followers.

 

Homemade fire cider in a glass pantry jar is a deep yellow color and features organic herbs and spices like garlic, anise star pod, turmeric powder, rosemary, ginger root, and more.

5. QUICK FIRE CIDER RECIPE WITH COMMON KITCHEN SPICES

For those who are short on time, this recipe is for you! With dried herbs, you can make a fire cider that has the same kick as the traditional recipe in half the time. If you're looking for a power-packed remedy without any fresh ingredients at all, try this version of the popular fire cider.

 

Herbs being combined together in a cotton muslin bag to create herbal dream pillows. Chamomile, rose petals, mugwort, and essential oils create a relaxing potpourri for bedtime and good dreams.

6. HOW TO MAKE HERBAL DREAM PILLOWS

Herbal pillows are an easy way to help promote peaceful sleep and encourage dreaming. You don't actually rest your head on these little pillows, but place them underneath, inside, or beside your pillow. Create your own botanical blend from the list of herbs in this popular project, or craft your own mixture with fragrant herbs that you find pleasant, calming, or relaxing. 

 

Three summer salad dressings using organic oils and herbs for your salads.

7. THREE EASY & LIGHT SUMMER SALAD DRESSING RECIPES

If you've grown bored with salads, try one of these delicious salad dressings! Like many things in life, it's important to have variation, and when it comes to cuisine, sauces and dressings are a great way to quickly mix things up. These three salad dressings are perfect for summer, but this blog post was active year round! So no matter the season, bring a bit of sunshine flavor into your salads even if it's cold and gloomy outside. Your health and your taste buds will thank you!

 

Herbs and spices come together to make delicious tea blends for any occasion. Seeds, dried berries, citrus peel, and aromatic roots can all be incorporated into tea blends for health and happiness.

8. HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN HERBAL TEA BLENDS

Most friends of Mountain Rose Herbs love tea. In 2019, we introduced a basic three step method for crafting delicious and nutritive herbal brews. Once you are comfortable with a few simple blends, it becomes easier to branch out into more complex combinations. Take some time this year to experiment with this method to make your own tea blends!

 

Blending a natural conditioner with organic jojoba oil and organic argan oil.

9. DIY LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER WITH JOJOBA & ARGAN OILS

Whether you've adopted a shampoo-free hair care routine, or you're looking for a little extra nourishment to bring your dry hair back to life, this recipe is the trick. Try making and using an oil-based leave-in conditioner in 2020 to tame wild fly-aways and soften brittle hair in dry temperatures.

 

Naturally carbonated herbal soda is perfect for warm weather sipping, or as an after dinner digestive. Using organic herbs for flavoring, a DIY soda is also a fun project for kids.

10. LEMON LAVENDER FIZZ HERBAL SODA

Herbalist Brittany Wood Nickerson shared this flowery, slightly sweet drink with us, and we think it'll be popular for years to come. The flavor is a cross between soda and champagne. This recipe calls for fermentation which gives it the fizz. If you like lavender’s soothing properties, you'll love this bubbly beverage.

 

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Daniel Durrant

Written by Daniel Durrant on January 1, 2020

Daniel Durrant is a marketing strategist who holds a Masters in Digital Environments and a bachelor’s degree in international studies. His studies revolve around human optimization and collaboration in the digital age. Daniel is an avid baker and fermenter, living a ketogenic, gluten- and dairy-free lifestyle. He enjoys learning about new herbs to augment his mind and body, along with with weightlifting at the gym, hiking up mountains, and running by the river in beautiful Springfield, OR. He loves spending time with his family, especially when food, travel, and outdoors are involved.


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