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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Posted by Jessicka

Goldenseal: Planting a Future for One of Our Most At-Risk Herbs

Although goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) was used by First Nations peoples for hundreds of years before Europeans arrived in the Americas, the first written source regarding goldenseal appears in an 1801 series of essays by botanist and physician Benjamin Smith Barton titled Towards a Materia Medica in the United States. Early colonists found a well-established trade network already in place for medicinal herbs, including goldenseal. Indigenous people used it as a dye and also for a variety of health issues, including as a bitter to support digestion, as a skin and eye wash, and as a dental rinse. By the 1830s, goldenseal was also a favorite of practitioners of Eclectic medicine, and demand was increasing exponentially. That demand has never let up and today goldenseal is considered to be one of the most at-risk herbs on United Plant Savers' At-Risk Medicinal Plants List. There is, however, a potentially bright future for goldenseal thanks to innovations in cultivation.

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Posted by Heidi

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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Posted by Jessicka

Buy Nothing Day: A Stand Against Throw-Away Culture

For many years, we have celebrated Buy Nothing Day. Founded in Canada in 1992, the Buy Nothing Movement arose in protest of mass consumerism and the throw-away culture that accompanies it. The movement has grown and evolved over the past decades to include more than 65 nations. The biggest shopping day of the year—the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday—has become the movement’s international day of protest: Buy Nothing Day. Here at Mountain Rose Herbs, we applaud this effort and wholly support Buy Nothing Day! Overconsumption eats up natural resources and puts our planet in peril. As the CEO and owner of Mountain Rose Herbs, I encourage you NOT to shop with us on Friday, November 25, 20222. The fact that we, as a society, have created a national holiday of shopping suggests that our priorities need realignment. Buy Nothing Day is our act of pushback.

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Posted by Shawn

American Ginseng: A Forest Grown Future


As you know, we spend a lot of time thinking about at-risk herbs and what we can all do to support these botanical allies. The issue of overharvesting in the wild is a key reason why Mountain Rose Herbs is increasingly turning to cultivated herbs when possible and why we support certified organic forest farming, particularly for hard-hit herbs like North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). We know that to ethically procure these valuable botanicals, they must be consciously and mindfully gathered and harvested. We only work with growers and harvesters who have been fully vetted, who we can trust to cultivate, harvest, and handle our plant allies with the respect and care they deserve. With that in mind, we’d like to show you what successful forest farming looks like.

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Posted by Friends

Mountain Rose Herbs’ Alternative-Fuel and Electric Vehicle Fleet

If you’ve been reading along on the Mountain Rose Herbs blog, you know we’re always looking for ways that we can make smart business choices that address climate change and invest in the health and wellbeing of our community and our planet. Committing to our alternative-fuel and electric fleet of company vehicles is one key piece to this commitment.

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Posted by Shawn

Loose Leaf Tea vs. Tea Bags

I love a good cup of tea and I love that there is literally a tea for any circumstance I may find myself in. Thus, my tea collection is just as varied as the many different experiences that I go through each day. When I first began drinking tea, I knew it mainly as something to ease my cold symptoms. I remember standing in the tea aisle in the grocery store, all stuffed up, staring blearily (and somewhat blankly) at the various tea boxes. Since then, I have learned a lot about the wonderful world of tea. I have tried them all bright and fruity, deep and sultry, and nutritive and soothing, each offering something uniquely wonderful. My biggest tea lesson to date came when I tried loose leaf tea for the first time. There was no comparison in flavor. After that, it was not long before the boxed teas disappeared from my shelves at home and were replaced by meticulously hand-labeled jars filled with all my favorite teas.

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Posted by Maia

Ethical Issues in the Herb Industry: Wildharvesting vs. Cultivation

At Mountain Rose Herbs, we have been in a years-long process of shifting our procurement policies away from wildharvested herbs in favor of cultivated ones whenever possible. This policy was necessitated by the increasing impact of overharvesting on some of the most popular herbs and spices around the world. In some cases, for instance with white sage (Salvia apiana), we have been able to source excellent organic, cultivated options, which means we can continue to offer this herbal ally with a good conscience. In other cases, however, as with false unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum) and trillium (Trillium spp.), we have chosen to discontinue carrying an herb because we simply cannot find an ethical way to procure it. As we are navigating an increasingly complex procurement reality, I want to give you a peek behind the curtain, as it were, into why and how we determine what we can sell while prioritizing the overall wellbeing of people, plants, and planet.

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Posted by Shawn

For Life: A Tool to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility

 

Most people these days are familiar with fair trade, a system that changes the way trade works to make it more equitable for the farmers and workers around the world who produce our food. Many of you who have been reading along on the Mountain Rose Herbs blog are also familiar with Fair for Life (FFL), a program that we have worked closely with for more than a decade. FFL is a Switzerland-based, third party fair trade certifier that seriously ups the ante on fair trade practices trough a certification system and premiums that makes life-changing improvements in labor relationships. The premiums go directly to the farmers to fund innovations at both the farm and community level. However, there is another component of the FFL system that people are less aware of, simply called For Life. For Life is what brings corporate social responsibility (CSR) home.

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Posted by Shawn

Bloodroot: How We Can Create a Bountiful Future for an At-Risk Herb

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is one of those herbal allies that has been with North Americans for as long as anyone can remember. For thousands of years, First Nations Peoples used different parts of the plant for a wide variety of issues ranging from skin problems to respiratory and gastrointestinal complaints, and also used it to make dyes. European immigrants, eclectic medicine practitioners, and others learned from the local indigenous peoples and by the early 19th century, bloodroot was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopeia. Today, literally tons of bloodroot are wildharvested every year. Lets talk about the challenges this herbal ally is facing and how we can support its bountiful future.

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Posted by Heidi

How to Protect At-Risk Plants & Ecosystems While Enjoying Nature

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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

Goldenseal: Planting a Future for One of Our Most At-Risk Herbs

Goldenseal is one of the most at-risk plants in North America. Learn more about a new method of cultivation for goldenseal's sustainable future.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

December 1, 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

Buy Nothing Day: A Stand Against Throw-Away Culture

Black Friday sales promote overconsumption that impacts our earth. Learn how to participate in Buy Nothing Day and push back against throw-away culture.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

November 21, 2022

American Ginseng: A Forest Grown Future

We are increasingly turning to cultivated herbs and certified organic forest farming to procure at-risk herbs like North American ginseng.
WRITTEN BY Friends

September 22, 2022

Mountain Rose Herbs’ Alternative-Fuel and Electric Vehicle Fleet

Committing to an alternative-fuel and electric fleet of company vehicles is part of our commitment to invest in the health of our community and our planet
WRITTEN BY Shawn

September 21, 2022

Loose Leaf Tea vs. Tea Bags

The world of loose leaf tea is a magical and herbaceous place, find out why we prefer loose leaf when it comes to tea brewing.
WRITTEN BY Maia

September 9, 2022

Ethical Issues in the Herb Industry: Wildharvesting vs. Cultivation

Learn more about why we are in the process of shifting our procurement policies away from wild-harvested herbs in favor of cultivated ones whenever possible.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

August 16, 2022

For Life: A Tool to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility

Mountain Rose Herbs is Fair for Life and For Life Certified. Learn how this certification program ups the ante on fair trade by taking care of farmers as well as our employees right here in Eugene.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

August 11, 2022

Bloodroot: How We Can Create a Bountiful Future for an At-Risk Herb

Bloodroot is an herbal ally that has been with us for as long as anyone can remember. Learn how you can help support its bountiful future.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

August 3, 2022

How to Protect At-Risk Plants & Ecosystems While Enjoying Nature

Each step that we take and every river stone we turn has an impact. Here are nine ways that you can be good land stewards while hiking, biking, camping, and enjoying nature.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

July 22, 2022