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Mountain Rose Herbs Is Furthering Its Commitment to Sustainability In 2023
People often assume that sustainability is not compatible with the tenets of successful business management. However, Mountain Rose Herbs is an excellent example of how a company can be guided by the principle of putting people, plants, and planet before profit and how business decisions can successfully consider both the environmental and social impact of operational choices and costs. Keeping sustainability at the core of our business practices means we are aware of the full cost of doing business and we make decisions consciously to minimize any negative impact that our company might have on our community, ecosystems, and ultimately the planet. With a history rooted in environmental and social activism, we cannot imagine operating a business any other way.
Nourishing Herbal Infusion Recipe—A Tea With Purpose
Over the years, I've fallen in love with many herbs. Some come and go, others stick with me day after day once they've become part of my life. This nourishing infusion blend weaves together four of my long-term herbal allies. As a go-to for drinking daily, it is beloved by many in my extended community. So, what's the scoop on infusions? Why not just throw in a little tea bag and call it done? When it comes to nutritive plants like these four treasured herbal allies, opting for the infusion method will impart your water-based brew with the full strength of the plant material. Certainly, you could steep these herbs in a tea bag for 10-15 minutes. However, you'll receive exponentially more of the nutritive and tonifying benefits with the infusion method, which employs a hefty volume of herbs steeped for hours. This allows more of the minerals, chlorophyll, and other nutrients to be pulled into the solution.
What Are Alkaloids in Plants & How to Extract Them
In our quest to unravel the tangled strings of phytochemistry, it's important to understand that it takes time and practice to grasp the ins and outs. Taking it slowly, leaning into one constituent group at a time, can help the herbalist fully embrace their actions and needs. While studying the constituents in plants and the menstrua that extract and preserve them seems a bit too “science-y” for some, remember that is what the alchemists of yesterday were all about. Perhaps they didn't have names such as polysaccharides, antioxidants, terpenes, and the like. However, they laid the groundwork for herbalists today with their attempts to classify and catalog the reactions of herbs in the bodies of their patients. It was in the 17th century that alchemy became chemistry as the emphasis leaned more toward experimentation and critical thinking and relied less on spirituality and mysticism. We, as experienced or budding herbalists, can explore both critical thinking and the mystical side of plants.
Healthy Breakfast Recipes + 5 Superfood Powder Blends
Many of us experience busy mornings, juggling personal preparations with the needs of our children and other responsibilities. But it's important to make time for breakfast, to give your body something substantial to solidly start your day. By making blends ahead of time, you can quickly and easily nourish yourself with either a hearty oatmeal blend or a lighter chia blend, topped with nuts. You can also mix and match my “power powder” herbal blends according to your seasonal needs and individual constitution. Have fun, create something delicious in bulk, and store it in a big jar to easily and quickly satisfy your daily breakfast needs!
2023 Herbal Events Calendar by Mountain Rose Herbs
All of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs are happy to see the return of events. It's been wonderful to reconnect with the herbal community in-person, and we've also embraced the value of virtual events, which have allowed us to make herbal education even more accessible. We're also excited to announce the second year of our Sunday Annex Series - the weekly classes that we host at the Mountain Rose Herbs Annex in Eugene, Oregon. These classes are intended to provide educational resources for herbalists, homesteaders, foodies, DIY explorers, and those seeking a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. View weekly Sunday classes offered at the Mountain Rose Herbs Annex here!
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.
Why Mountain Rose Herbs Chooses Oregon Tilth as Its Organic Certifier
In 2001, when we moved Mountain Rose Herbs from California to Pleasant Hill, Oregon, we made the move to be closer to our farm partners, wildharvesters, and processors. But another key factor in our decision was Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO), a Corvallis, Oregon nonprofit that was reimagining how the world's food systems could work better for people and the planet. Founded on the fundamental belief that our food and agricultural systems should be sustainable and equitable, Oregon Tilth has spent nearly fifty years working for organic food and farming.
New Year Reflections & Journal Prompts of an Herbalist
Our botanical sanctuary and primitive homestead in the mountains of New Mexico runs on solar power, and during these shortest days of the year, solar can be in short supply. While this can make keeping up with online work more challenging, it also means we're more likely to take advantage of the quiet and dark to reflect and reset. As I write this, our usually calf-deep river is raging through the narrow mountain canyon, too deep and fast to cross even in a kayak, much less on foot. The clouds are thick overhead and freezing rain pelts the gray skeletons of the cottonwoods.
Tips and Recipes for a Fresh-Smelling Home
When throwing a party, the bulk of my planning revolves around three main things—what tasty foods and craft cocktails/mocktails I will be serving; what needs deep cleaning before the big day; and how to make the space smell and feel fresh and inviting. Of this list, my favorite part is choosing my home fragrance! People often underestimate the power of scent, and some just don't know where to start. With that in mind, I decided to share some of my favorite tricks for freshening up a space and gathering a few of my favorite DIY recipes.
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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The 5th Street Public Market is in the heart of Eugene’s Historic District. A premier destination, it is known for its enchanting courtyards, shops, eateries, and tasting rooms. Surrounded by the area’s finest restaurants, coffee, shopping, parks, and community events, the 5th Street Market has everything you need in one stunning, central location in downtown Eugene.