20+ DIY Herbal Recipes You Can Make for Under $10

 

Affordability is a real issue when it comes to health and wellness. Many of us are living on tight budgets, and that’s not getting any better with the current skyrocketing inflation. One of the things that I love about herbalism is that it empowers me to make better choices for my health and wellbeing without blowing my budget. It’s true that some herbal formulations require ingredients that are beyond what I can purchase, but there are many effective options that fall comfortably in the affordable zone, so I’ve never felt like I missed out because I couldn't buy those pricier options. The following 20+ recipes are perfect examples. From wellness recipes to topical applications and culinary treats, these excellent, affordable formulations have served the Mountain Rose Herbs community well for many years. Enjoy!

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Posted by Heidi

How to Make Tulsi Sipping Vinegar + Spritzer and Shrub Cocktail Recipes

 

A friend called the other day and before I had a chance to finish with “Hello” she asked, “What was that vinegar drink you made last summer? The zingy one with basil and berries?” It was a shrub: a “zingy” drinking vinegar infused with fruit. Apparently, my friend had a craving because berry season is upon us. It was a good reminder—this is a perfect time to start infusing vinegars with herbs and fruit for both refreshing summer drinks and herbal formulations for later in the year. I love the allure of a jar full of drinking vinegar and the potential it represents for delicious, healthful sipping. Infuse berries and we’re also well on our way to a perfect shrub cocktail/mocktail season.

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Herbal Blend for Circular Thoughts

Circular thinking is pretty common with stress. Circular thinking starts out as if there is a linear process going on, but there’s no real end. If a problem is settled, the person may go right back to the beginning and start all over again. It’s part of that cycle of starting to question why you did or said that stupid thing, and how it could have been different. Sometimes it can be one particular instance, but in really intense periods, it can involve almost every cringe-inducing interaction that’s ever taken place. It can be pretty awful.

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Posted by Tina- Guest Writer

Cozy Cabin Diffuser Blend Recipe

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Not many people take me for an essential oil guy, and I must admit I was a little hesitant at first to start exploring aromatherapy. However, my decades-long time at Mountain Rose Herbs means I’ve had the opportunity to try hundreds of pure essential oils and I began to develop a true fondness for them in spite of myself. Partly this is because I really value ambiance and the art of creating experiences. I’ve learned over the years that aroma plays a key role in creating the mood of a space.

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Posted by Shawn

Dandelion and Cacao Bitters for Digestion or Cocktails

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Thousands of years ago, humans discovered the wellness-supporting qualities of bitter herbs. Presumably we started out eating them, but soon enough we were refining them into tonics, digestive aids, and extracts. In folklore, it was Mithridates, king of Pontus, who formulated the first bitters while trying to make an antidote for poisons and venoms. I suppose if I’d spent years trying to make a universal poison antidote and ended up with a really excellent digestive aid, I might be disappointed. But looking at it now, that antidote still doesn’t exist and bitters have come to the aid of millions of people throughout time. So, chin up Mithridates, you did good.

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Easy Winter Health Formulas

It’s been a long couple of years. Many of us are feeling mental fatigue and existential stress, which negatively impacts our immune systems and overall wellbeing. This year, having some easy winter health formulas on hand feels more important than ever. They can’t cure the state of our world, but they often can help support our immune systems before we get sick and can provide some relief when we’ve caught whatever winter crud is going around. The following formulas have been Mountain Rose Herbs' favorites for a long time and are wonderful additions to your winter care routine. From our home to yours, we wish you a healthy, restful winter!

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Adaptogenic Chai Tea Recipe with Astragalus

If you’ve ever checked the ingredients list on your favorite chai blend, you may have found yourself dizzied by the long list of herbs and spices involved. While such an assortment might take some work to assemble, this variety also makes chai spice recipes a delicious way to enjoy a whole host of beneficial botanicals in a single cup. And one of our favorite additions, from both a flavor and wellness perspective, is sweet and adaptogenic astragulus root.

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8 Zero-Waste Swaps for a Sustainable New Year

A new year, a fresh start, and the ideal time to begin something. The idea of making big or small changes to improve our lives seems to be an appealing notion for many of us and though we have the option to make these resolutions any time , the New Year seems to carry a certain weight. It is a jumping off point, an invitation to assess what is working in our lives and what isn’t. The resolutions themselves are almost a way to formalize our desire to create new habits, practices, and routines that will better serve ourselves and the world around us. This year, I’m not asking myself as much about what isn’t working for me in my personal life, but more what I am doing that isn’t working for the world. What habits can I change to better serve the planet that I live on?

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Posted by Maia

2021 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

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

Benefits and History of Lemon Balm + Tea Recipes

I’ll admit it, I have some big, sappy feelings about lemon balm. You might even say that I have an herbal crush on the plant, and let’s be honest, I don’t think I’m the only one. This herb tends to evoke that feeling in its fans. We don’t just use lemon balm we also hold a deep and abiding affection for it. When we decided to write blog posts about our favorite herbs, it made me pause and ask myself just what it is about lemon balm that I love so much? I am a creature guided by my gut feelings and intuition. Which can be wonderful, but admittedly, not the most scientific approach. So, I sat down to do some research on my beloved Melissa officinalis.

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Posted by Maia

Best Herbs for Digestion + 3 Easy Recipes

I just returned from a three-week vacation, and while the trip was fantastic, it's been a challenge getting my body back into a healthy balance since I've gotten home. I’m playing catch-up with work, running late on gardening must-dos, and haven’t taken the time to plan ahead on how I’m eatingall of which have impacted my appetite and digestive health.

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20+ DIY Herbal Recipes You Can Make for Under $10

Affordability is a real issue when it comes to health and wellness. Explore these 20+ effective recipes that you can make for $10 or less.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

June 27, 2022

How to Make Tulsi Sipping Vinegar + Spritzer and Shrub Cocktail Recipes

Berry season is the perfect time to infuse vinegars with adaptogenic holy basil and healthy fruits for summer shrub cocktails and berry spritzers!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

June 8, 2022

Herbal Blend for Circular Thoughts

Try this herbal remedy made with passionflower, lavender, and valerian when you have circular thoughts and you need a way to rebalance your mind and body.
WRITTEN BY Tina- Guest Writer

April 1, 2022

Cozy Cabin Diffuser Blend Recipe

Try this uplifting and earthy diffuser blend to recreate the clean and crisp atmosphere of a cabin found deep the woods.
WRITTEN BY Shawn

February 18, 2022

Dandelion and Cacao Bitters for Digestion or Cocktails

People have been utilizing aromatic bitters for thousands of years as digestive aids. Make your own digestive bitters or cocktail bitters with this easy recipe.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

February 17, 2022

Easy Winter Health Formulas

Natural remedies for winter wellness are easy to make and handy to keep around for those moments when our immune systems need a little extra support.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

January 21, 2022

Adaptogenic Chai Tea Recipe with Astragalus

Sip wellness support with this DIY chai blend with astragalus, an adaptogenic, immuno-supportive root with a sweet flavor to complement warming spices!
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

January 8, 2022

8 Zero-Waste Swaps for a Sustainable New Year

8 DIY swaps to incorporate into your sustainable new year's resolutions.
WRITTEN BY Maia

December 30, 2021

2021 DIY Gift Guide + Free Herb-Inspired Gift Tag Template

Find DIY gift inspiration with this 2021 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

December 6, 2021

Benefits and History of Lemon Balm + Tea Recipes

Learn about the history, benefits, and uses of one of the most beloved and versatile herbs, lemon balm.
WRITTEN BY Maia

December 5, 2021

Best Herbs for Digestion + 3 Easy Recipes

Learn about three herbal properties that are often helpful when our normal digestive balance is off-kilter— bitters, aromatics, and demulcents.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 15, 2021