Mountain Rose Herbs April Specials

 Essential oils, herbs, teas, and much more all on sale this month at Mountain Rose Herbs. My favorite place to but organic oils, herbs, teas, and body care items. Healthy living option from Health Matters. Life Matters. AlexisMathews.com

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Each month Mountain Rose Herbs deeply discounts select items from its inventory including oils, teas, herbs, and many other items. The following is just a small sample of things included in their specials this month.

 

Galbanum Essential Oil properties include analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotensive, restorative, tonic. This oil blends well with benzoin, fir, geranium, ginger, lavender, oakmoss, opopanax, pine. 1/2oz is only $15.38, a 25% discount

Turmeric Essential Oil properties include analgesic, antiarthritic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, insecticidal, stimulant. This oil blends well with cistus, clary sage, ginger, ylang ylang. 1oz is only $4.80 this month, a 20% discount

Kukui Nut Oil has long been used by Hawaiian natives for its soothing properties and utilized to help sooth chapped and sunburnt skin. It is a fabulous ingredient in cosmetics, or utilized as a stand-alone application. Kukui nut oil contains high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic. This oil is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs. Kukui nut oil is an excellent oil to add to your body care products, especially your creams, lotions, and massage oils. Kukui nut oil should not be exposed to high temperatures. You can also use it for an oil treatment on dry hair and scalp, or add a few drops to your bath water for a luxurious treat. 16oz is on sale for $10.40, 20% discount

Arrowroot Powder is a common non-GMO substitute for cornstarch. Arrowroot powder may be used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in food preparations, as a base for some of your body care formulations, and it is the main foundation for most body powders. 1lb is only $8.50 this month!

Bee Pollen When bees collect nectar for honey, they coat their legs with pollen. The pollen is collected when they pass through a screen while returning to the hive. The screen gently scrapes the pollen off their legs where it drops into a tray for collection. Bee pollen is purported for its healing and energy giving properties. Bee pollen is an excellent source of nutrition. Bee pollen is richer in protein than any flesh-based food. Gram for gram, bee pollen supplements contain more amino acids than fish, beef, or eggs. If you intend to store bee pollen for more than a few weeks after purchase, refrigeration is recommended. 1lb is only $26.35 this month, a 15% discount

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3 Reasons to Use Mountain Rose Herbs

3 Reasons Why I Use Mountain Rose Herbs. Purveyors of organic essential oils, herbs, teas, and body care products.  AlexisMathews.com

When I first began my journey of learning about essential oils I was overwhelmed with the number of oil companies and which was the best for my family’s health. In the beginning I tried one of the large multi-level-marketing companies. If you’ve done any research into oils surely you know which company I am referring to. The company’s ethics, business practices, and claim that oils should be regularly taken internally were all huge red flags for me and I sought out a new company that produced high quality oils as well as upstanding business practices.

After considerable research I discovered Mountain Rose Herbs. I have been purchasing from MRH for nearly 2 years now and I have never been disappointed with any of their products or customer service. 

These are the top 3 reasons why I love to purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs and will continue to support their business.

1. Organic teas, herbs, essential oils, and body care products.

Buying organic is very important in every aspect of my family’s life. So when I was considering essential oils, herbs, and body care products I knew I wanted a reliable organic source that I could trust. Mountain Rose Herbs was the only high quality essential oil company that I could find that sourced their oils in native soils, was certified organic, and had amazing customer service (which I will talk about below).

The efficacy of their oils is second to none. I have not found an oil that I have been disappointed with nor doubted whether it was effective in treating the condition I was trying to heal.

2. Amazing customer service

I absolutely love companies that realize the impact and importance of amazing customer service. Solving any issue that I have with a product, shipping, etc in a professional and accommodating manner goes a very long way in making me a lifetime customer. 

MRH has always shipped my orders on time, completely, and the fragile bottles have always arrived safe and packed very well.

On the few occasions I have had to contact their customer service department, both through email and phone, I have had the pleasure of “talking” to very sweet and knowledge staff members. Emails have always had links directly to a product I was inquiring about to make it easier for me to find what I was looking for. Phone conversations have been met with a sweet, helpful, and more than accommodating customer service reps to help solve my problem. There are some companies I dread dealing with, Mountain Rose Herbs is definitely not one of those companies. I know my issue will be met with pleasantries and a quick resolution to my problem.

3. Business practice transparency.

Often times when you are purchasing from a company you never truly know where your money is going once you hand it over to the business. Obviously your purchase helps support the company and their employees but every company has non-profits they support for tax and community resource purposes. 

Mountain Rose Herbs clearly discloses on their website which companies they support as well as links to the companies so that you can research the background of those businesses. When you purchase from MRH you know where your money is going and which organizations it is supporting.

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Most Popular Posts of 2014

 

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A new year has begun and with it comes a time for reflection and re-evaluation. As I mentioned previously, my word for this year is Faith. I have faith that there will be personal and professional growth in my life this year. A big part of that professional growth involves you. You have helped make this past year an amazing first year for Health Matters. Life Matters.

Because of your support the following 10 blog posts stood out among the rest as my most popular posts in 2014. This reflection gives me great insight into what you need from me in the coming year. It is my goal to provide more content related to the topics you clearly enjoy. Thank you for your support and encouragement over the past year, I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

 
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Health Living Tip #14: Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree essential oil has numerous health benefits including healing ear infections, skin irritations, acne, and disinfecting the home. Join me for more healthy living tips in my 31 Days of healthy living tips series. AlexisMathews.com

Tea tree essential oil is derived from the tea tree in the swampy area of the southeastern Australian coast. Tea tree oil is most commonly applied to the skin for a variety of health conditions. As with other essential oils, tea tree should not be taken internally. Much like oregano oil, tea tree oil is very versatile and a must have in your natural health first aid kit. Tea tree oil has a very unique smell, one that makes this oil easy to identify even in an unlabeled amber bottle.

Health Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

1. Helps with Infections

When applied topically, tea tree oil can help with a number of infections. Most commonly use for acne issues, tea tree oil is also helpful in treating lice, nail fungal infections, athlete’s foot, and ringworm. 

2. Antiseptic

When used topically, tea tree oil can treat skin abrasions, burns, insect bites, boils, and ear infections. Tea tree oil is one of the few oils that can safely be applied neat, that is directly on the skin without dilution in a carrier oil. 

Personally, I use tea tree oil most often to treat and prevent ear infections in my children as well as prevent infections in the ever occurring akin abrasions. Tea tree oil is one of the few oils that I purchase in a large volume because of the frequency with which it is used. 

There no known side effects or drug interactions with tea tree oil.

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Healthy Living Tip #10: Peppermint

Discover the health benefits of peppermint. Mint in herb or essential oil form possess a wide variety of advantages in healthy living. AlexisMathews.com

The peppermint plant is derived from the cross between a water mint and spearmint plant. It grows abundantly in Europe and North America. If you’ve ever tried to grow peppermint, you know how easily it grows, and grows, and grows. Plant peppermint cautiously as it will invade the entire growing area very quickly and prove very difficult to irradiate should you want to remove the plant. In the past I’ve grown peppermint in a container to prevent its invasive nature.

Health Benefits of Peppermint

1. Peppermint oil has been shown to reduce the symptoms of IBS by as much as 50%.

2. Peppermint can also act as a muscle relaxant on both the intestines and body muscles such as the low back thereby relieving pain in those areas.

3. Helps with upset stomach and indigestion. If you have an upset stomach try adding a couple drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and drink it, you should begin to feel relief soon there after.

4. Similarly, peppermint has been shown to help babies with colic as well as over the counter medications.

5. Peppermint water helps prevent nipple pain and cracks in breastfeeding mothers.

6. Peppermint oil applied topically helps shingles patients and prevents reoccurrences for up to 2 months.

7. Inhaling peppermint can improve memory and alertness. Pass the peppermint oil, I’m a tired mom of many.

8. Peppermint oil when added to toothpaste can help prevent cavities and freshen breath.

9. Relieves cough and congestion when applied on the chest or inhaled using a diffuser.

10. Relives headaches and stress when applied to the temples or in a bath.

11. Antibacterial and antiseptic properties when applied to the scalp with shampoo. Helps with dandruff and lice.

Peppermint Oil is an essential oil that I always have on hand, most often numerous bottles so that there is always one within reach. Make sure you are purchasing this and all of your essential oils from a reputable organic source. I love Mountain Rose Herbs for all of my essential oils.

Thank you for joining me in my 31 Days of Healthy Living Series.

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It is safe to say that I absolutely detest pink eye, otherwise know as conjunctivitis. About 6 years ago, what should have been a one week battle with pink eye turned into nearly a month of annoying discharge and painful red eyes. After that experience, any little eye discharge with an itch has me on high alert.

A few days ago I noticed that a few of my children had an increase in eye discharge, a couple of them to the point that it was caking their lower eye lids. Their eyes weren’t red and they weren’t complaining of itchiness but I could tell a virus was trying to take a foothold in their eyes. Then when I woke up one morning with the same eye junk and itchiness I knew an infection was spreading through our eyes. 

 

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I had to get ahead of this infection before it got worse and spread throughout my family of nine.

After some research I decided to try a mixture of essential oils shown to have antibacterial properties and help with inflammation. I was thrilled with the results. This simple and inexpensive recipe cured all of us of our pink eye.

Pink Eye Essential Oil Recipe

10 drops eucalyptus
5 drops lavender
5 drops tea tree oil

Mix in a small dish with 1T oil (jojoba oil, almond oil, grape seed oil are preferred)

Rub a small amount of the essential oil mix on the bony part under your eye. Take great caution to not get essential oils in your eye. Apply 3-5 times per day or as needed.

If your eye condition does not clear up or gets worse please seek medical attention immediately. Certain types of conjunctivitis can damage you eye sight if left unattended. 
  

Mountain Rose Herbs August Monthly Specials

August MRH

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It is no secret, Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite place to buy organic essential oils, herbs, teas, hydrosols and much more. Their August specials have been announced and there are some great ones this month that I am excited to share with you.

Mountain Rose Herbs August Monthly Specials

Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil 0.5oz 15% discount $2.34

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, stimulant, vermifuge, vulnerary

Blends well with: Cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme

The word eucalyptus is derived from Greek meaning “well covered”. This refers to part of the calyx that initially covers the flower.

Safety: Avoid while pregnant and with homeopathics. May cause skin irritation.

Organic Tangerine Essential Oil 0.5oz 15% discount $2.34

Properties: Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, hypnotic, laxative, stimulant, tonic

Blends well with: Basil, black pepper, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

The tangerine is a variety of the mandarin orange. You may sometimes see it on the market as Citrus x tangerine. The oils have similar properties, but different aroma characteristics.

Safety: May cause skin irritation.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil 8oz 25% discount $10.31

Cosmetic use only. Useful in cosmetic or natural body care recipes. 

When applied to the skin, it forms a moisture barrier and will assist the skin with preventing moisture loss. It is a key ingredient in many different products such as massage oils and lotions, facial creams, sunblock, hair and scalp products, cosmetics, body lotions, and shaving creams. In hair care products, it will add shine and moisture to the hair, and will remedy dry or damaged hair. When added to lotions and lip balms, it will re-moisturize dry or cracked lips and skin, and will make balms last longer.

While grown in the field, birds, insects, mice, and other critters, also eat the nutritious seeds. The meadowfoam plants themselves are a renewable crop, and are usually grown as a rotation crop for grass seed farmers. This eliminates the need to burn the fields in between grass seed plantings, and also provides farmers with additional income. Meadowfoam also requires less fertilizer and pesticides than most crops, assisting farmers and the environment.

Sea Salt 1 lb 25% discount $2.63 

Notes: Stores well under most conditions but fluctuations in humidity may cause it to cake up and harden. The line of sea salt offered by Mountain Rose Herbs meets USDA and FDA standards for food and cosmetic use, and is Kosher certified through Earth Kosher. For personal home use it can be ground with a simple salt grinder of similar device.

Mountain Rose Herbs sea salt (sodium chloride) is all natural, solar evaporated, and is gathered from the Pacific Ocean. This high quality sea salt is perfect for creating bath salts, body scrubs, or custom formulated therapeutic blends. Enjoy a truly euphoric bathing experience by combining these all-natural salts with dried herbs, flowers, and essential oils. Our sea salt is perfect for use by individuals, spas, and for manufacturers of high quality bath and body care products. It is suitable for food and cosmetic use.

Sea salt is not as refined as table salt, and it still contains traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine. Sea salt is thought to be healthier and more flavorful than traditional table salt, and many rave about its bright, pure, clean flavor. Sea salt is actually not as ‘salty’ as table salt, so recipes may have to be adjusted for taste.

Nutmeg powder, brown and hello mustard seed, a gorgeous messenger bag, teas, roots, and pickling spices are also included in the August monthly specials.

Mountain Rose Herbs July Specials

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It is no secret, Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite place to buy organic essential oils, herbs, teas, hydrosols and much more. Their July specials have been announced and there are some great ones this month that I am excited to share with you.

Mountain Rose Herbs July Specials

Ginger Essential Oil 0.5oz $9.28 30% discount

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitive, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cephalic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic

Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

The Doctrine of Signatures is a system that relates the shape of a plant to a system or organ in the human body. Ginger root shows an affinity with the digestive system. This relationship shows the link between ginger root and its usefulness for digestive ailments.

Safety: mause cause skin irritation, possibly photo toxic 

Marjoram, Wild Essential Oil: 0.5oz $15.11 35% discount

Properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative

Blends well with: Basil, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, orange, rosewood, tea tree, thyme

Wild marjoram oil is not a variety of marjoram but is actually distilled from a species of wild thyme which grows in Spain.

Safety: avoid while pregnant, may cause skin irritation, not for internal use

Lemon Balm Hyrdosol 3oz $7.01 15% discount

Best known for its calming effects on mental stress and fatigue, this lovely hydrosol is also beneficial for general skin irritations, and makes a soothing addition to room and body sprays. A couple of Tablespoons added to a bath is the perfect way to end the day.
Suitable for cosmetic use.

There are numerous other items on special this month like chia seeds, olive leaf, rooibos green tea, sitting pretty balm, lip balm, and cheesecloth. All on sale at an amazing discount this month. Click the image below and you will be taken directly to all of the Mountain Rose Herb specials for this month.

Mountain Rose Herbs July 2014 Monthly Specials

 

 

Essential Oils 101: Methods of Use

Essential Oils Use

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Essential oils are gaining in popularity and use for a very good reason. Simply put, they work. Their uses and healing properties are nearly limitless and they are a safe non-toxic natural method of healing and cleaning.

In the first post of this series, The Basics I described the elementary aspects of essentials oils. I briefly describe everything from methods of extraction, methods of use and carrier oils.

Now I am going to delve more in depth into the methods of use and the best practices for essential oils. Depending on the need or situation there are quite a few choices you can make for the best method of use.

There are three main methods of use for essential oils. These include room, body and water. I will not describe internal ingestion because that has been shown to not be an effective way of using essential oils for their full healing benefits. Your internal digestive system alters the chemical structure of the oils and thereby changes the effects that the oil has in its original form.

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Methods of Use:

1. Room: candles, diffusers, light bulbs, humidifiers, radiators, room sprays, water bowls, and wood fires are all methods of diffusing essential oils in a room. It is important to note that when using this method you will need to leave the room shortly after starting the diffusion to reap the greatest benefit of the aromatherapy that the oil has to offer. Much like when you walk into a smoke filled room the smell is strongest when you first enter but the longer you stay in that smokey room the smell is less noticeable. The same holds true for essential oils and their aromatherapy properties.

My personal favorite and I believe most effective way of use essential oils in the room method is with a diffuser. Diffusers do no waste any of the precious and often times slightly expensive oils. Just one drop in the diffuser filled with water is often times all you will need to enjoy the aromatherapy and healing properties of the diffused oil.

My favorite essential oil diffuser is the Now Foods Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser. It is not only inexpensive but it also includes a fun colorful light feature and is easy to clean as well as add water and oils. It is truly the best one on the market for the price.

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2. Body: there are four main methods for using essential oils on your body. These include inhalation, massage, perfume, and tissue/handkerchief.  One could also argue that there is a fifth body method of use which is applied neat on the skin. Not all essential oils are safe applied neat. The two most popular and safe oils neat are lavender and peppermint. I often use lavender on my children just before bed to calm them and prepare them for a restful night of sleep. Peppermint neat on the temples is a great remedy for headaches.

When inhaling essential oils either straight from the bottle or from a small dish it is recommended that you start with the oils low and in front of you. Slowly work the oil up towards your nose in a circular motion. As you get to your nose plug one nostril and inhale deeply to receive the full benefit of this method of use.

Massage is another easy and effective way of enjoying the benefits of essential oils. Simply add a drop or two to your favorite carrier oil and massage on the affected area.

The tissue method is convenient for when you are traveling and without a diffuser or time for a massage. Simply add a drop or two of the oil to a tissue or handkerchief. Then as needed hold the cloth near you nose and inhale deeply. Use as needed.

3. Water: water uses include baths, foot bath, hand bath, sitz bath, shower, sauna, jacuzzi, douche, and bidet. All of these methods are fairly self explanatory but please use caution and follow a reliable recipe when using any of these methods for essential oils in water.

My favorite water method is in the bath. A few drops of lavender with a cap flu of bubble bath and my tired stressed out mommy bones have a few moments of peace and quiet to relax and unwind. The smell of lavender rising on the steam is amazing and incredibly therapeutic.

There simply is not beating the use of essential oils when you are needing or wanting to treat issues at home naturally. All across social media I see countless friends who are popping this pill and that pill to cure this problem and that. I wish I could reach through the screen and hand them the essential oils they need to cure the problem at hand naturally.

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What are your favorite essential oils? And what do you use them most often with?

Cure Swimmer’s Ear Naturally

All seven of my children come by swimming naturally, we live in a climate that is warm and sunny over 300 days of the year. My husband and I also put a huge emphasis on learning to swim from a very early age.

We were fortunate to find a swim program that teaches kids to swim as early as 18 months when our oldest boys were very young. Each of our children have gone through these classes as soon as they were old enough. Water safety is of a huge importance in our family.

Needless to say during the warm summer months my family and I are poolside more often then not. However, I have one one that struggles with swimmers ear.

Swimmers Ear

According to the Mayo Clinic, swimmers ear is defined as an infection in the outer ear canal. It is often times brought on by water remaining in the ear canal providing a moist environment perfect for bacterial growth.

If I can avoid antibiotics I will. Swimmers ear is a perfect case for treating the infection naturally without the use of Western medicine. I always closely monitor how my son’s ear is feeling when he mentions his ear is hurting after swimming. If I am unable to treat the swimmers ear at home of course I won’t hesitate to take my son to the doctor but there is a time and place for treating cases such as his at home.

Essential oils are always my go to for treating a wide plethora of conditions. To date I’ve been able to easily treat my son’s swimmers ear with essential oils and homemade ointment.

My favorite essential oil recipe for treating swimmers ear is a mixture of chamomile roman, red thyme, and tea tree oil mixed with ointment. I then place a bit of essential oil and ointment mixture in my son’s affected ear and close with a small bit of cotton ball. My son leaves it in his ear for 1-2 hours and carefully removes the ointment after that time.

1/2 ounce homemade ointment
10 drops chamomile roman
4 drops thyme
4 drops tea tree oil

Mix oils then combine with homemade ointment.