This solar holiday, also known to some as "Midsummer," marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. There is much folklore and myth associated with this holiday, and some traditions consider Midsummer’s Night to be a night where the veil between the human world and the world of the Faerie Folk is at its thinnest—a night the denizens of Faerie might be seen frolicking, making mischief, and dancing in merriment! Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a good illustration of this mythical thread.Read More
Well, it seems as if summer is finally here in the northwest! The weather has been absolutely stunning, and it’s been such a joy to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I’ve been hitting the hiking trail, the outdoor basketball courts, and the river a lot these days.Read More
For all of us who shave, what if we could look forward to this ritual as an invigorating act of self-care? I am the first to admit that shaving can feel more like a chore. But making this rich homemade organic shaving cream recipe has definitely brightened my mood and helped me embrace this task as a little extra pampering.Read More
I love raspberry leaf! It is a pleasant tasting herb with a mildly sweet flavor reminiscent of black tea but sans all that caffeine. I have fond memories of drinking this blend during my pregnancy many years ago. Since it’s gentle on the stomach, I drank quite a bit, and it really agreed with me at a time when many other foods didn't!
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!Read More
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of the country’s unlikely triumph over French forces in the late 1800s. But May 5 has taken on a very different meaning in the U.S. Many of us here know this day as a time to celebrate Mexican-American culture. And what better way to celebrate than with some festive herbal beverages?
Herbalists say making syrups is one of the tastiest ways to ingest traditional herbal remedies. However, we can use the same techniques to turn our loose-leaf teas (and herbs) from Mountain Rose Herbs into delicious syrups for cocktails too! A couple ideas from our test kitchen:
We are in love with this organic muscle rub highlighting essential oils that are not seen in many recipes. It has a soft floral top note and a pleasant herbaceous scent that is slightly balsamic. Applying a muscle rub after a strenuous day of work and play can ease grumpy muscles that may be occasionally sore.Read More
Easy to make and a great self-care tool to always have on hand, lip balm is one of my favorite DIY projects to make at home. With endless options for scents and butters, they can be fully customized and take only 10 minutes from start to final pour to make. Plus, you end up with a beautiful finished product without a long list of chemicals (like what you might find in some big brand lip balm)!Read More
This luxurious body butter is a favorite from a recent catalogue. If you haven’t been able to make it yet, we’ve added it to our blog so that everyone can enjoy this velvety delight. There’s something about the combination of the minty aroma and creamy texture that’s irresistible. It’s like mint ice cream … for your skin!Read More