Dandelion Monograph: History, Benefits, &Recipe



Herb enthusiasts and plant lovers know that referring to certain plants as “weeds” often feels like an arbitrary degradation of an important and valuable botanical. After all, who gets to decide what is a weed and what isn’t? And why must they be so maligned? Because they are resilient? Bountiful? Uncontrollable? (If so, I would say that we could all stand to take some inspiration from them at times). Our deep misunderstanding of weeds is especially unfortunate because many of them offer us an array of nutritional and medicinal benefits that are, quite literally, rife for the picking. No plant illustrates this dynamic better than the dandelion.

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Posted by Maia

Glycerites: How to Use Vegetable Glycerine to Extract Herbal Constituents

Organic vegetable glycerine—known as glycerol and sometimes spelled glycerin—is an effective alternative to alcohol-based tinctures for extracting and preserving many beneficial herbal constituents. Of course, infusions, decoctions, and oxymels are ideal for many herbal wellness goals that don’t involve alcohol, but glycerites—the medicinal preparations made by mixing vegetable glycerine with herbs—can open new opportunities for teetotalers, parents, and those who do not wish to have alcohol. Bonus: it tastes good! Glycerol is a clear, colorless, odorless liquid with a viscous consistency and a pleasing sweetness that makes it a good base for botanical flavors.

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Posted by Heidi

Chocolate & Ashwagandha Protein Bites

One of my favorite daily indulgences is a piece of rich, organic dark chocolate paired with crunchy almonds. It's a combination that satisfies my sweet tooth, boosts my spirits, and keeps me on a healthy snack track. So, I began a quest to find the perfect way to incorporate chocolate with healthy organic herbal goodness, resulting in these irresistible no-bake ashwagandha chocolate bites. Imagine sinking your teeth into a treat with cookie dough's soft, chewy texture, the warm, aromatic kick of chai-inspired spices, and that beloved, intense dark chocolate flavor!

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Posted by Thomas

Whole Herb vs. Standardized Herbal Supplements: Which is Right for You?


We often get excellent questions and comments from the Mountain Rose Herbs community that inspire us on product ideas, blog writing, and more. We recently had a question about the difference between whole and standardized herbal products and how to choose which to use. We are so glad you asked that! 

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Posted by Heidi

Saffron Golden Milk Latte Recipe (Vegan)




Saffron, often regarded as the world's most precious spice, offers numerous benefits beyond its captivating flavor and vibrant hue. Packed with various bioactive compounds, saffron can enhance culinary dishes and add a touch of luxury to mealtime. Its rich color and unique aroma make it a sought-after ingredient in traditional and contemporary cuisines. Beyond the kitchen, saffron's historical use in cultures around the world highlights its value in herbalism and holistic wellness practices. It contains bountiful antioxidants and has been known to support many of our body’s natural functions and mood support.

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Posted by Thomas

Mushroom Powder and Mushroom Extract Powder: What’s the Difference?

Mushrooms are often called a superfood because they are so nutrient-dense. They provide protein, fiber, and antioxidants. They contain essential vitamins and minerals. Even when we dehydrate them, they boast amazing nutritional value, which is why dried mushrooms and mushroom powders are such useful pantry items to have on hand. However, some of the most beneficial bioactive components in mushrooms, called beta-glucans—are in the chitin—the mushroom’s cell wall layers—which cannot be broken down by the human digestive system. To access these bioactive components, we must first extract them. Enter mushroom extracts and mushroom extract powders!

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Posted by Heidi

Nootropic Mocktails: Support Memory and Focus with Summer Sippers

With summer on the horizon, my mixologist husband has started to plan for our annual hot-weather mocktails. He often has a theme in mind. For the last couple of years, he’s been working on functional fizzy drinks that are refreshing and match our wellness goals. This year—maybe because we are at an age where we’re starting to think more about ways to support our remaining brain plasticity and cognitive faculties—he’s focusing on herbs with nootropic properties that support the brain. So far, he has come up with two keepers using brain-friendly herbs that are going to make my patio afternoons delightful this summer.

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Posted by Heidi

Bitter Orange for Qi Stagnation + Recipe

Welcome! Today, hopefully, you will learn something new about the fruit of the bitter orange tree, which originates in Asia but has been part of “Western” herbal medicine for around 1,000 years. Perhaps better known, at least in some circles, for the production of essential oil from its flowers, the fruit of this tree is considered a very important herb in Chinese medicine. Western herbal medicine, however, has never seen it as a significant herb. As the acclaimed Eclectic physician Harvey Wilks Felter stated in 1922, “[It is] stimulant, carminative and tonic, but [it is] used chiefly as a flavoring agent.”

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The Importance of Iron + DIY Iron Tonic


Iron is at the core of how our bodies function. It's what helps deliver oxygen, keeps our metabolism ticking, and powers our energy levels. But the unfortunate truth is that many of us are running low on this important nutrient, leaving us feeling drained and sluggish.

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Posted by Kami- Guest Writer

25+ DIY Gifts for Mother's Day

Each year when Mother's Day rolls around, I seek gifts that will make Mom feel loved and appreciated. I also aim to get her gifts that she will actually use. You would think I'd have it down to a science by now, but as May rolls around each year, finding the right gift seems to get even harder. Maybe it's because the older I get, the more I appreciate my Mom and want her to know that, or maybe it's that I've gifted her so many things over the years that I want it to be different. What I do know is that she most enjoys my homemade gestures of love. She knows I took my time to make her something, tailored it to her preferences, and created things she can use instead of things that will collect dust or create clutter. 

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Posted by Jessicka

Horehound, Goldenrod, & Elderflower Herbal Drops for Seasonal Support

We love spring in Eugene! However, this is the time our stunning oaks, cedars, pines, and other trees release their pollen. Then we move into gorgeous early summer weather… except that is when the ryegrass and Timothy grasses that are so prevalent in our area join the trees in their pollen-fest. For people who have sensitivities to pollen, spring and summer in our beautiful city can be challenging. The silver lining for herbalism DIYers is this is an opportunity to try your hand at making herbal lozenges that can offer some seasonal relief.

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Posted by Heidi

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Dandelion Monograph: History, Benefits, &Recipe

Dandelion's historical use in cultures around the world highlights its value in herbalism and holistic wellness practices. Learn more about wild and abundant dandelion and how to use it for wellness.
WRITTEN BY Maia

June 24, 2024

Glycerites: How to Use Vegetable Glycerine to Extract Herbal Constituents

Glycerites are an effective, delicious alternative to alcohol-based tinctures. Learn about organic glycerol and get an easy recipe for glycerites.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

June 20, 2024

Chocolate & Ashwagandha Protein Bites

Interested in adding more herbs into your daily diet? This hearty snack recipe will satisfy the tummy and provide energy, even when you're on the go!
WRITTEN BY Thomas

June 18, 2024

Whole Herb vs. Standardized Herbal Supplements: Which is Right for You?

We are often asked about the differences between whole herbs and standardized herbal products. Let’s break down the differences so you can make the best decisions for your wellness goals.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

June 7, 2024

Saffron Golden Milk Latte Recipe (Vegan)

Beyond the kitchen, saffron's historical use in cultures around the world highlights its value in herbalism and holistic wellness practices. It contains bountiful antioxidants and has been known to support many of our body’s natural functions.
WRITTEN BY Thomas

June 5, 2024

Mushroom Powder and Mushroom Extract Powder: What’s the Difference?

Mushroom powders and mushroom extract powders both offer wellness benefits but are not interchangeable. Learn more about their differences and how to use them for health and wellness.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 23, 2024

Nootropic Mocktails: Support Memory and Focus with Summer Sippers

With summer on the horizon, we are beginning to plan for refreshing mocktails. This year, we’re all about infusing nootropic herbs for brain support!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 22, 2024

Bitter Orange for Qi Stagnation + Recipe

In Chinese medicine, the immature bitter orange fruit, known as zhĭshí (枳實), is frequently used for qi stagnation or constraint. Try this herbal formulation to help move energy in the mind and body.
WRITTEN BY Thomas Avery Garran, PhD - Guest Writer

May 21, 2024

The Importance of Iron + DIY Iron Tonic

Discover how iron impacts your body's energy, metabolism, and oxygen transport, and find a recipe for a DIY Iron Tonic Syrup.
WRITTEN BY Kami- Guest Writer

May 9, 2024

25+ DIY Gifts for Mother's Day

If you're looking for a Mother's Day Gift that is homemade, useful, and able to be tailored to the special Mom(s) in your life, look no further than this list of DIY gift ideas!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

May 6, 2024

Horehound, Goldenrod, & Elderflower Herbal Drops for Seasonal Support

We’re excited for spring and summer weather, the increase in pollen can be challenging for many of us. Try your hand at making herbal lozenges for seasonal support.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

May 3, 2024