Herbal Tea Blend Recipe For Meditation

 

I am not known for my ability to sit still. I am always moving, shaking, and thinking of all of the things that need to get done. This is the main reason that meditation has always been a bit of a struggle for me. I really enjoy it and see its vast benefits, but this act of slowing down does not come easily to me. So, I was delighted to discover that I could reach for some trusted herbal allies to help me slow down, break the cycle of an overactive mind, and sit still for longer than five minutes.

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Posted by Jessicka

Cookies and Cream Lip Balm Recipe

Each year around the holidays, I create a new lip balm recipe to share on both the Mountain Rose Herbs blog and with my friends and family. They make a great stocking stuffer and the people in my life enjoy seeing what I’ve come up with for the season. I love that lip balms can be made in bulk for sharing, and I love this fun and useful expression of my craft.

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Chocolate Chip Mint Bath Truffles

A few months back, our friend Janice Cox shared a luscious bath truffle recipe from her book, Beautiful Flowers. After making it several times, I embarked on a journey to create other fun variations from the base recipe. Historically, I have loved making bath bombs, and they make exceptional gifts, but they can also be finicky, even for the well-trained bath bomber. Bath truffles, on the other hand, are a bit easier to work with and contain more rich and hydrating oils and butters. Like bath bombs, bath truffles still fizz and can be customized with different scents, but they hold their shape easier.

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Boot and Shoe Deodorizer: Baking Soda, Sage, & Rosemary to the Rescue

 

My mother used to tie dried lavender flowers into squares of cloth to make little lavender pouches and then she tucked them into her shoes. Not only did this freshen her footwear, it also meant that every time anyone opened her closet door, the lovely, calming scent of lavender drifted out into the room. This botanical shoe-freshening method was a charming fix for her professional office shoes, but wouldn’t have been enough for the boots and shoes I wear to work in my yard or to go hiking in. At the end of a long winter day outside in the Western Oregon rain and mud, my rubber homestead boots and hearty hiking boots need more than a freshener; they need a deodorizer. That’s where this time-tested, natural boot and shoe deodorizer is a godsend. It works on the same principle as the lovely lavender packets my mother used, but brings the deodorizing power of baking soda, rosemary, and sage to the task.

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Posted by Heidi

Frosted Gingerbread Essential Oil Blend + Wax Melt Recipe


Gingerbread is a nostalgic aroma for me. It takes me back to my childhood in New Jersey, where I grew up appreciating our family holiday celebrations and traditions. One of the many fun memories of my childhood was decorating gingerbread houses and people. I even carried that seasonal practice into college, where my best friend and I crafted some pretty over-the-top gingerbread houses. Now, being three thousand miles away from my family and my closest friends can be difficult, especially around the holidays. But bringing in nostalgic elements of these precious childhood memories helps me to feel closer to them. One of the most transformative ways I have found to do this is through aromatherapy

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Best Winter Essential Oils & Winter Diffuser Blend

By the time winter rolls around, I usually find myself seeking cozy comfort, uplifting cheer, and robust wellness support. While fuzzy blankets, social gatherings, and immune-boosting herbal teas are tried and true, I also look to aromatherapy as an essential wintertime ally.

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Gentle Floral Skin Cream Recipe

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Small Gifts & Stocking Stuffers Under $20



Gift-giving can be difficult, especially during the holidays. Finding the right gift at the right price is hard enough, but then layer on crowded parking lots, long shopping lines, and inclement weather, and you have yourself a recipe for holiday stress! We just don’t need that added pressure in our already hectic lives.

With this in mind, I curated a simple list of budget-friendly gift ideas that you can have delivered right to your doorstep. You’ll find the perfect gifts for the health enthusiast, foodie, tea lover, or fragrance connoisseur in your life. (Or for yourself; you also deserve it!)

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Homemade Rosehip Jelly Using Dried Rosehips + Vintage Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

I love rosehips. I love the way they look on rose shrubs and how they remain bright points of color as the gray of winter approaches. I love how they feed wildlife when it’s cold. I love the nutritional and healthful gifts they offer. And I particularly love how those tart little hips are perfect for jellies, jams, and syrups. I don’t always have time in the fall to harvest and clean fresh hips, so I am always grateful for dried rosehips when winter finally arrives and I can slow down and do some cold weather nesting. Now I have the time to pull luscious dried rosehips from my apothecary closet to make rosehip jelly for my family. However, said family firmly believes that rosehip jelly season also means cookie season, because homemade jellies and jams are the best for thumbprint and/or frosted sugar cookies.

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Posted by Heidi

Sweater Weather Roll-On Perfume Recipe

Homemade perfumes are wonderful for a myriad of reasons. From the ability to try new things without an enormous price tag to the pleasure of crafting something both beautiful and useful, perfume making is a pastime that I’ve grown to truly love. I custom tailor fragrances to match my mood or emotional needs or to harness the energetics of certain plants. But I also have a fondness for crafting blends that match the seasons.

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2022 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

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Each year as I make my holiday gift list, I have a certain set of criteria that I aim for. Offerings that are thoughtful, personal, and useful are my top priorities. I have generally found that homemade gifts are more appreciated than things that I can find in mass at any big box store. Small-batch DIY gifts also allow for customization and are great for keeping waste out of landfills.

I want to share some of my favorite recipe ideas that hail from a variety of different masterminds on the Mountain Rose Herbs team. I recommend using these as a baseline and tailoring them for the person you are gifting.

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Herbal Tea Blend Recipe For Meditation

If you are looking to slow down, break the cycle of an overactive mind, and sit still for longer than five minutes, this DIY herbal tea blend can help you get there. Whether you want to prepare for a lengthy meditation practice, or just need some help unwinding after a stressful day, this easy recipe is a great one to reach for in times of need.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

January 7, 2023

Cookies and Cream Lip Balm Recipe

This hydrating lip balm pairs the emollient qualities of shea butter with the intoxicating aromas of “Cookies and Cream.” Stock up for the winter or make some fun gifts for your favorite humans!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 20, 2022

Chocolate Chip Mint Bath Truffles

Make up a batch of these chocolate chip mint bath truffles for some uplifting self-care. These cute little scoops of skin-loving goodness make fun gifts and provide aromatherapy support from the winter blues.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 16, 2022

Boot and Shoe Deodorizer: Baking Soda, Sage, & Rosemary to the Rescue

This easy, natural boot and shoe deodorizer brings the power of baking soda, rosemary, and sage to the task of freshening your boots and shoes!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

December 12, 2022

Frosted Gingerbread Essential Oil Blend + Wax Melt Recipe

Bring natural fragrance to your holiday celebration! This essential oil blend smells like a fresh batch of frosted gingerbread and can be used in a diffuser or made into homemade wax melts.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 9, 2022

Best Winter Essential Oils & Winter Diffuser Blend

Aromatherapy can be a wonderful ally during the cooler months. Discover our favorite winter essential oils along with an uplifting Winter Diffuser Blend recipe.
WRITTEN BY Elise

December 8, 2022

Gentle Floral Skin Cream Recipe

This gentle floral skin cream is one of our favorite recipes for providing radiant and dewy skin while being gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. Learn how to make your own luscious herbal skin cream at home!
WRITTEN BY The Herbal Academy- Guest Writer

December 5, 2022

Small Gifts & Stocking Stuffers Under $20

If you are looking for budget-friendly gift ideas for the health enthusiast, foodie, tea lover, or fragrance connoisseur in your life, then look no further than our 2023 small gift guide. All items are between 3 and 20 dollars, making them ideal for small gifts or stocking stuffers!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

December 2, 2022

Homemade Rosehip Jelly Using Dried Rosehips + Vintage Thumbprint Cookie Recipe

Winter is the perfect time to get out your stash of dried rosehips out and make delicious rosehip jelly. And if you’re in a holiday-prep mood, consider adding jelly to sugar cookies!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

December 2, 2022

Sweater Weather Roll-On Perfume Recipe

This warming and comforting perfume blend was created to make you feel the way you do when are donning your favorite cozy sweater. Celebrate the season with this DIY perfume blend for fall and winter.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

November 29, 2022

2022 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

Find DIY gift inspiration with this 2022 DIY gift guide, complete with a FREE gift tag template. Choose from 35 homemade gifts ideas for foodies, herbalists, essential oil lovers, and natural product enthusiasts.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

November 28, 2022