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December 7, 2018

Just the Right Amount of Mistletoe

So romantic is an embraced kiss underneath the mistletoe, holiday music playing in the background, and the tree alight.  But did you know that the mistletoe we kiss our sweethearts under is a ruthlessly parasitic plant?  It attaches to a host tree, sending roots into its victim’s vascular tissue.  Like […]
December 4, 2018

12 Holiday Tea Recipes – Easy to Make & Great to Drink During Chilly Weather!

What is on my wish list this holiday season?  Ahhh, to slowly sip a steaming mug of holiday tea while warming my toes next to the fireplace. A great book in hand, along with a spicy herbal peace soothing me from deep within.  When the weather outside is frightful, I […]
December 3, 2018

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Why advertise at EarthtoKathy? EarthtoKathy is a website focused on gathering and sharing research on herbs and essential oils.  Over 3,000 hours have been spent compiling scientific studies.  Articles are given a one or two sentence summary, categorized, and presented in an easy way for end users.  The goal is […]
November 16, 2018

Try an Aromatic Recipe for the Holiday Season

Which easy breezy aromatic recipe will you like best?  Try all four! Tis the season for holiday cheer!  Get in the mood with the aromas of cinnamon, clove, vanilla, pine, and fir.  Four easy aromatic recipes are listed below to add a festive scent to your home.  Make holiday candles, […]
November 14, 2018

Make Homemade Cedarwood Essential Oil Candles

It can be fun making your own essential oil candles! Try this cedarwood candle recipe.  It uses cedarwood essential oil, preferred over fragrance oil, which is less natural.  While fragrance oils may smell stronger, they lack the therapeutic benefits of plant based essential oils.  Plus, synthetics can burn unfavorable toxins […]
November 11, 2018

Easy Cinnamon Tea Recipe for a Blistery Cold Day

A hot cup of cinnamon tea can be just what you need to warm up on a blistery cold day!  Cinnamon has a flavor that is spicy, hot, and sweet.  Try this easy cinnamon tea recipe to get you heated up.  Plus, this tea may have some healthful benefits as […]
November 11, 2018

How to Make Aloe Infused Socks to Soothe Dry Feet

Aloe infused socks can help as the weather gets cold and our feet becomes overly dry.  Plus, when it’s chilly outside, it’s cozy to snuggle our toes into a warm pair of socks!  So, give it a try.  Pamper your feet with this easy recipe for aloe infused socks. What […]
November 11, 2018
peppermint hot chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

When the weather outside is frightful, heat up with this Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe.  Fun garnishes can include decorated marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate shavings, sprinkled cinnamon, or even chocolate syrup.  Make it fun! Peppermint Hot Chocolate Ingredients 2 cups of whipped cream 2 cups of milk 6 ounces of chocolate […]
November 9, 2018

What is a goji berry?

A goji berry, also called a wolfberry, is an unusual berry like fruit of the nightshade family, and native to Asia.  It has been eaten to improve health by the Chinese for over 2,000 years. Latin Names: Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinese Family: Solanaceae Eat Goji Berries! Taste: The goji berry […]
November 7, 2018

Why Should I Eat Chia Seeds?

Health food advocates are raving over chia seeds, adding them to breakfast cereals, smoothies, breads, and energy bars.  This begs the question, “Why should I eat chia seeds?”  These little yet powerful superfood seeds may help to control hunger, while being full of valuable nutrients.  Plus, chia is low in […]
November 5, 2018

Why Should I Eat Acai Berries?

Eat acai berries! Acai berries are a highly nutritious fruit, coming from the acai palm tree (Euterpe oleracea Mart).  It grows in Peru, Belize, and Brazil.  Thus, local people of this Amazon basin region rely on acai berries as an important part of their diet. The fruit tastes earthy and […]
November 2, 2018

Bath Time! Enjoying Essential Oils in a Bath Safely

Using essential oils in your bath can add aromatic pleasure and help set the mood for an enjoyable experience.  Some essential oils can be very calming, like those with floral or woody aromas. Other oils can offer an uplifting effect, like citrus or minty notes.  Blending the aromas you like […]
October 16, 2018
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Essential Oils and Menstrual Pain – Recipes and Research

Essential oils and menstrual pain could be a relieving combination!  Gentle floral essential oils like lavender, rose, and neroli have shown effectiveness with both topical massage and inhalation.  This blog gives a quick overview of four human studies, and easy at home recipes to try based off each study. Topical […]
October 14, 2018

Cannabis sativa: Hemp Seed Oil vs CBD for the Skin

The plant: Cannabis sativa is a medicinal crop that has been harvested for thousands of years.  Further, it grows all over the world.  For centuries, it has been useful in making clothing, paper, cordage, textiles, and more.  It is quite the buzz today, because research has shown it could help […]
October 9, 2018

Herbal Infused All Purpose House Cleaner Recipe

Enjoy the herbaceous aroma of your garden grown herbs all Winter long with this Herbal Infused All Purpose House Cleaner Recipe.  Aromatic herbs offer antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities while helping the house smell great.  Combined with vinegar, alcohol, and a squeeze of dish soap, this is an easy and effective […]
September 25, 2018
honey and oats face mask

Honey Oat Skin Mask Gentle and Effective for Dry or Itchy Skin

Honey and oats aren’t just for breakfast anymore!  Try this Honey Oat Skin Mask Recipe.  It is so simple!  You can whip up this easy recipe in under a minute.  And who doesn’t love a recipe that has only three ingredients! Why rub sticky honey and oats all over your […]
September 20, 2018

Benefits of Using Carrier Oils with Essential Oils

Essential oils should always be diluted in carrier oils, alcohol, or vinegar with topical use.  These highly volatile plant extractions have been proven more effective with less harmful side effects when diluted.  Experts agree, using essential oils neat can result in painful skin irritations, or worse!  Professional aromatherapy organizations and […]
September 11, 2018

How to Harvest Oregano Before the Winter

Time to harvest oregano! Winter is coming.  What are you going to do with all the bushy oregano growing in your herb garden before the freezes come?  While fresh oregano picked straight from the garden tastes best, freshly harvested, then frozen oregano can also give those hearty winter recipes a […]
September 10, 2018

There are Many Benefits of Yarrow

There are many benefits of yarrow. This is one of my favorite plants to grow in the garden because it’s beautiful blossom attracts butterflies; plus it has multiple healthful applications.  This ancient herb and decorative plant, Achillea millefolium, has been used worldwide throughout time dating back thousands of years in […]
August 15, 2018

Raspberry Liqueur Recipe

You have to try this Raspberry Liqueur Recipe.  Make it now, and in one month, you will have a delicious reward to enjoy! Raspberry Liqueur Ingredients 2 cups of fresh raspberries 2 cups of vodka 1/2 cup of fine sugar 1 large mason jar, plus cheesecloth and a strainer, or […]
August 10, 2018
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Passion Flower Tea to Help Reduce Anxiety

The stunning passion flower grows easily in the garden during warm months, and makes a lovely tea to help calm you down.  In multiple human studies, passion flower has shown to help reduce anxiety.  See the research listed below.   How to grow passion flowers… Plant this vine growing beauty […]
July 30, 2018

Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit

An Essential Oil & Herb Travel Kit is helpful to pack on a trip because it is small and easy to use.  Once you get all the items of your kit together, it can be useful for all kinds of ailments, from bug bites to insomnia.  Plus, the kit is […]
July 23, 2018

Usinge Essential Oils to Balance the 7 Chakras

Plants vibrate waves of Mother Earth’s energy that can help to balance our 7 chakras.  Just as our 7 chakras each have their own designated color and sound, so to can the aroma of a plant and its essential oil be assigned a chakra or set of chakras.  Thus, the […]
July 18, 2018

Home Herbal Spa Facial

Your are just 6 easy steps and 6 natural ingredients away from spoiling yourself with this At Home Herbal Spa Facial. So tie up your hair, light a candle, and lets get started! First, gather your ingredients listed below along with 5 small containers to make your cleanser, exfoliant, mask, […]
July 17, 2018

Home Herbal Spa Bath Ideas

Life can get stressful, and you have earned the right to pamper yourself with an at home spa bath!  Melt the stress away and soak your worries into oblivion in a tub of fresh flower petals, oil infused herbs, or crushed flower bath salts.  Some gentle herbs to include in […]
July 10, 2018

Menopausal Tea Recipe

Menopause is a natural process all women go thru beginning at about the age of fifty.  Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, menstrual cycle changes, vaginal dryness and thinning, bone density loss, mood swings, weight gain, and more. Research in the past twenty years has indicated the use […]
July 9, 2018

Sage Tea

The sage plant grows easily in gardens, and the leaves can be harvested to make a delicious and healthy sage tea that is very easy to make.  There are many varieties of sage, and it has been used all over Europe as a home remedy for centuries to treat cold […]
July 2, 2018
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Benefits of Growing Marigolds in Your Garden

Calendula officinalis, also known as marigold, makes for a great plant to include in your home garden.  First of all, it is very easy to grow, and offers brilliant orange and yellow flowers with a unique and pungent aroma.  There are many varieties of this beloved annual herb.  Besides just […]
June 19, 2018

Mood & Mind Boosting Lemon – Research & Recipes

What aroma is good for reducing depression and can also help with studying? Lemon essential oil (Citrus limonum) has shown in studies to reduce anxiety and depression in humans.  It may also be a useful tool for studying.  In a 2008 study, key constituents (taken internally) that reduced both physical […]
June 3, 2018

The Science of Smell

Ahh… to smell a rose, and its sweet, heady, floral aroma.  So how does it work: just how do we smell things? By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT Aroma is defined as an odor or scent (Lis-Balchin, 2006). Olfaction is the sense of smell, originating in the […]