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Herbs for Healthy Men

We are so grateful for all of the righteous men in our lives, and are always looking for ways to support their health. Lately we’ve been inspired by Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Healing for Men. In this book, Rosemary focuses her decades of herbal studies towards the most pressing health concerns experienced by men. She profiles a variety of herbs that can be valuable allies to men, and focuses first and foremost on lifestyle and dietary tips to help men establish or reinforce long-term habits for wellness.

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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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How to Make Elderberry Syrup

This blog was originally published in 2015. Because it's so popular, we decided to update it for you. Enjoy! 

I love cookbooks! Cooking and creating in the kitchen is my bliss. My approach to herbal recipe-making tends to be inspired by decades of kitchen experiments. While a simple elderberry syrup is quite functional and elderberries are delicious on their own, I couldn’t help but fiddle around until I’d crafted my own version of a classic elderberry syrup—full of extra herbal goodness and spicy flavor.

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Interview with Herbalist and Seed-Saver Richo Cech

In early August, we had the pleasure of visiting with herbalist Richo Cech from Strictly Medicinal Seeds at his ranch in southern Oregon. We were greeted not only by Richo’s friendly smile, but also by his beautiful garden full of thriving herbs and happy pollinators.

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Guarana Seed: Your Herbal Source for Caffeine

Caffeine is a way of life in modern western culture. The philosopher Terence McKenna once jokingly quipped that if caffeine were to disappear from the western diet the economy might collapse due to no one getting any work done! Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we certainly enjoy our organic black and green teas, organic yerba mate, and even organic, fairly traded coffee. Some of us like to get creative with our caffeine intake, and guarana seed offers an excellent alternative.

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The Story Behind the Rising Cost of Vanilla

Vanilla beans are the ripened fruit of the tropical orchid Vanilla planifolia. This is the only orchid in the world that produces an edible fruit. Over the last year, we have seen prices more than double for this culinary favorite.

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Elder Flower Simple Syrup On The Homestead


Recently, we visited Devon Young of nittygrittylife.com on her homestead in Amity, Oregon. Nestled between the rolling green hills of wine country, is her charming old-fashioned farmhouse bustling with eight children, a host of farm animals, and friendly furry pets. Devon truly homesteads (“doing things the hard way”), which means she practices subsistence agriculture as much as possible.

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Guide to Making Tinctures

Navigating the world of herbal remedies can inspire a hungry fascination. Finding wellness through herbs often leads to an experience that's transformative and empowering, but this journey can also bewilder our curious minds! We are lucky to have an incredible wealth of information about plant tonics at our fingertips today, but the beautiful complexity that comes with herbal traditions makes learning the nuances a lifelong endeavor.

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DIY Herbal Salves

Salves are such a simple, effective, and useful way to take in herbal goodness! They can easily be slipped into a purse, pocket, or first aid kit. Although semi-solid at room temperature, salves soften once applied to the skin, making them less messy than oils. They also make great gifts and are an easy and approachable way to introduce newbies to the power of herbs. Plus, salves can be crafted for a wide variety of topical uses. The addition of beeswax will protect, soothe, and nourish your skin.

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How To Make Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Call me frugal, but I love to save money. Nourishing herbal infusions are a great way to add a bit of extra botanical sustenance into your life without spending a lot of cash. Drinking herbal infusions has been a regular practice of mine for years now. I first learned about it from herbalist Susun Weed (who else?) on HerbMentor Radio.

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Posted by Mason