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Soap Nuts: A Natural DIY Option for Your Laundry



I went in for allergy testing because I’d been experiencing increasing amounts of sneezing and congestion. I live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley—the land of pollen—so I assumed I was developing the typical pollen-based misery that some of my friends suffer through every year. However, it turned out I wasn't allergic to anything natural, including pollens and my pets (good news!). I discovered, however, that my symptoms were being caused by a chemical sensitivity (bad news!), and the allergist immediately pointed to my skin- and hair-care products, and my laundry detergent as likely culprits. 

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Posted by Heidi

What is Witch Hazel Extract and How to Use It

Favored for its toning and astringent qualities, witch hazel extract has been dearly valued by countless generations. This classic botanical preparation has maintained a prized place on vanities and in bathroom cabinets for over a century, always kept within reach for whenever a soothing or toning topical product was needed. Let's explore this versatile ingredient! Read More
Posted by Hannah

How To Harvest Nettle Without Getting Stung

Spring is the time of year when many plant lovers head into the woods to wild-harvest fresh Urtica dioicaaffectionately known as “stinging nettle”. This versatile and popular herb has been utilized for centuries across the globe.

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Posted by Heather

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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Posted by Ek Ongkar

Must-Have Tools for Herbalists


If you’re just starting out in the wild world of herbalism, choosing the  right tools  may seem like a daunting task. We created this list to help keep it simple. It's by no means exhaustive, but we hope that it’ll get you started! Over time, you’ll build on your foundation of tools along with your stock of  herbs . Combine that with increasing your knowledge through  classes  and  books , and you’re on your way to becoming a bona fide herbalist! Read More
Posted by Mason

Basic Herbal Terminology

Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we’re frequently asked about various definitions in herbalism. Such as “what’s the difference between an essential oil and an infused oil?”

We thought you'd appreciate a simple guide to herbal terminology. Here are 10 definitions for your learning pleasure! Please let us know if there are any other definitions you’d like to see here! We'd love to add to this list in the future.

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Posted by Mason

What is Vegetable Glycerine and How is it Used?

This sweet, syrupy liquid often comes with a negative connotation, but not all vegetable glycerine is the same. It’s true that most vegetable glycerine on the market is a by-product of the soap-making and biodiesel industries, but safe, high quality glycerine does exist. Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we carry pure organic vegetable glycerine and find it to be a wonderfully versatile ingredient for herbal preparations.

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Posted by Sara

Cultivating Organic Ashwagandha in India

Ashwagandha is to Ayurveda what Ginseng is to Traditional Chinese Medicine. It’s a cornerstone root used through the ages as a part of daily life. A root so treasured that its popularity has spread globally and its use is common.

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Posted by Jennifer

Our Favorite Botanical Books

If you ask any herbalist, body care enthusiast, or culinary lover, most would say that having a few reference books on hand is a must. We introduced a variety of new and exciting products in 2017, and our book section was definitely not forgotten. Here are five of our favorite new books from some pretty awesome authors!

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Posted by Sara

What Is An Herbal Syrup?

Herbal syrups are tasty concoctions featuring a mixture of herbs, alcohol, and honey. They are valued for their effectiveness and ease of use. They also make for a flavorful way to experience the benefits of herbs, and are excellent herbal allies to have on hand as the weather continues to get colder. All of our herbal syrups are made with certified organic and consciously wild-collected botanicals, organic alcohol, and raw honey from the Willamette Valley.

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