DIY Beauty: Moisturizing Skin Serum

Growing up, I was fed the beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those natural oils actually help moisturize your skin. Washing them away can result in overly dry skin, rather than soft and supple skin. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish and refresh dry skin. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into […]

New in the Shop: Organic Frankincense Hydrosol

We are pleased to announce a fantastic addition to our line of certified organic hydrosols, the inimitable Frankincense Hydrosol. Our Frankincense Hydrosol is produced through steam distillation in the United States from organic Boswellia carteri resin that is harvested in Somaliland. This hydrosol is useful in meditation and energy work as well as skin care and fragrance blends. Frankincense Hydrosol has a fresh scent that is resinous and sweet with woody undertones. Frankincense makes a wonderful ingredient in facial care products designed for oily and mature skin. Astringent and toning, it can be blended with organic Witch Hazel Extract or other hydrosols and used as a daily facial toner or aftershave. It can also be used as the water base for […]

New in the Shop: Certified Organic Coriander Seed Essential Oil

Our New Year’s resolution is always to offer more certified organic botanicals for our customers! We are pleased to proclaim that our Coriander Seed Essential Oil is now certified organic. Steam distilled by skilled artisans, our certified organic coriander seed essential oil has a sweet, spicy, woodsy aroma with a slightly fruity top note. Generally used as a middle note in aromatherapy blends, this oil combines well with some of our favorite essential oils, including organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic neroli, and organic Australian sandalwood. The unique aroma of this oil is fun to play with while blending. It can support citrus notes, enhance spicy blends, and add an interesting earthy tone to other oils. Coriander seed essential oil is mainly […]

New In the Shop: Certified Organic Angelica Root Powder

We are pleased to announce that, just in time for the new year, our Angelica Root Powder is now certified organic. This amazing plant is traditionally cultivated in Europe. We are ever mindful of our carbon footprint here at Mountain Rose Herbs, and when the opportunity arose to source this herb from a certified organic farm in southern Oregon, we jumped at the opportunity. This member of the Apiaceae plant family is closely related to Dong Quai, one of the most respected female tonics in traditional Chinese medicine. Angelica is also used in many formulations intended for female reproductive wellness. In fact, Angelica Root is one of the most respected birthing herbs in Western herbalism. This herb is also warming […]

Recipe: Frankincense & Myrrh Hand Balm

I love this season of celebration. This time of year I'm often dreaming of chocolate truffles, forests covered in snow, and catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Making special foods, festive treats, and gifts while singing along with my favorite songs brings a glow of happy cheer to my heart—but my favorite part of the holidays is seeing the joy and excitement in other people as they unwrap the gifts I have made for them! This year I decided to create a rich and moisturizing balm to soften the appearance of rough dry skin, using the scents of sacred resins and trees that are often associated with this time of year.   Let's make our holiday hand balm! Ingredients: This recipe makes […]

New in the Shop: Organic Lemon Thyme!

We’re having a wonderful time experimenting with our new certified organic Lemon Thyme in our holiday recipes! This deliciously aromatic herb is a member of the mint family. Lemon thyme resembles and grows just like English thyme, but its fresh citrus flavor quickly reminds you that you are in unchartered culinary territory! This wonderful herb can be used as a substitute in any recipe calling for lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon flavoring, or English thyme (if you are feeling a bit adventurous and desire a distinct citrus flavor in your dish). We love to use Lemon thyme in marinades for light proteins such as chicken, fish, or tofu. This versatile herb also has a history of being used therapeutically in […]

New in the Shop: Cast Iron Teapot Sets

Just in time for the holidays, we have two chic new cast iron teapot sets! The Gold Turquoise Teapot Set is beautiful and will add flair to any gathering. The teapot in this set is cast with a Tibetan motif — a must-have for that hard-to-shop-for tea lover. The Light Blue Teapot Set is stunning and elegant; perfect for that tea aficionado in your life. The decorative iron teapot features a cherry blossom design. In Chinese culture, the cherry blossom represents the divine feminine, and we think that a tea ceremony with loved ones is also a great way to honor Her and cultivate gratitude for the gifts that nature provides. These high quality teapots are designed to retain heat, and the […]