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December 1, 2019

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 1, 2019

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 1, 2019
Sleepy Valerian & Hops Hot Chocolate

Sleepy Valerian & Hops Hot Chocolate Recipe

Valerian & hops couple well together.  This recipe might just be better then a beer, to slowly sip on a cold Winter’s eve.  There is nothing like a special hot chocolate treat to help you fall asleep at night.  Valerian & hops have shown in human studies to aid in […]
December 1, 2019

Orange Spice Homemade Potpourri

This Orange Spice Homemade Potpourri makes a great holiday or home warming gift.  It takes a little time to dry the oranges, but the rest of the recipe is very easy and can be customized to suit your liking.  Choose citrus and spice aromas such as lemon, orange, cinnamon, clove, […]
November 8, 2019

What is the Difference Between a Seed and a Nut

This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Fall 2019) and it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2019-20 copyright statement. By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT Answering the question “What is the difference between a seed and a nut?” can become quite complex. This […]
November 1, 2019

Try Making Cinnamon Pinecones

Cinnamon pinecones offer an aromatic holiday delight.  Make this recipe and place it in a decorative bowl to enjoy! Plus, this is a great time of year to collect pinecones that have fallen from the trees.  Pinecones from outside should be shaken and then heated to prevent bugs attached to […]
October 8, 2019
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Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make, delicious, and good for you.  They are high in minerals like zinc, magnesium, and omega-3 fats.  In a few human studies, pumpkin seed oil has shown to reduce prostatic hyperplasia.  In animal studies, the plant extract has improved urinary system health, blood pressure, […]
August 20, 2019

Threatened & Endangered Herbs & Essential Oil Plants

With the growing popularity of herbal remedies and essential oil use, multiple wonderful botanicals have been overharvested.  In addition, habitat destruction has lead to many plants becoming vulnerable to extinction. One way to minimize the chance of extinction is to reduce the demand on plants whose populations are dwindling.  Personally, […]
May 13, 2019

Reading an Essential Oil Bottle’s Label

You want real plant material with minimal adulterations in the bottle of essential oil you are purchasing. So, what are some things you should look for when reading an essential oil bottle’s label? An essential oil bottle’s label should answer: What are the Latin name(s) as well as the common […]
May 3, 2019

Rose & Pain Reduction

This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Winter, 2018) and it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2019-20 copyright statement. By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), Professional NAHA & AIA Member, LMT To smell a rose… Are you surprised that the aroma of rose […]
May 1, 2019

Differences Between Oregano, Sweet Marjoram & Thyme Essential Oils

This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Spring 2019) and it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2019-20 copyright statement. By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), Professional NAHA and AIA Member, LMT The plants commonly called oregano (Origanum vulgare), sweet marjoram (Origanum marjorana), and […]
April 11, 2019
ashwagandha herb

10 Key Health Benefits of the Ashwagandha Herb

Ashwagandha, also called Indian ginseng, has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Ancient Chinese medicine. It is as a valuable adaptogenic herb. What does adaptogenic mean? This word pertains to plants that help the body adapt to stress. These herbs can help return altered body processes back to normal. […]
February 28, 2019

What are Trace Minerals?

Trace minerals are a nutritional supplement buzzword these days.  While your body only requires that you ingest a very tiny amount each day, these minerals are vitally important.  You may be wondering: What are trace minerals and why should I care? Minerals are inorganic substances found in our foods that […]
February 8, 2019

Hangover Recovery: Hydrate, Eat Healthy, and Rest

Why does a hangover result in nausea, fatigue, poor concentration, and a bad headache?  About 8-16 hours after consuming alcohol, symptoms of a hangover start to set in and can last up to 24 hours (1).  Alcohol is actually toxic to our body.  When our digestive system breaks down alcohol, […]
January 28, 2019

Can I take too many vitamins and minerals? Be aware when taking nutritional supplements.

Vitamins and minerals are essential to healthy living.  Experts believe many illnesses are caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise.  Good nutrition is vital to the cells of our body and the optimal function of our bodily systems.  A healthy diet requires the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, […]
January 14, 2019

What’s the Difference Between a Green Coffee Bean and a Brown Coffee Bean?

A green coffee bean is just a coffee bean that has not been roasted.  Coffee beans are green when they are harvested, and turn brown from roasting.  There is one other important difference.  When they are roasted, an important component is destroyed during the heated process.  That is chlorogenic acid. […]
January 9, 2019

Did you know…the aroma of citrus fruits can help reduce depression and anxiety!

The aroma of citrus certainly can help make a difference in your mood!  Just think of how you feel when you take a big whiff of an orange, lemon, lime, or grapefruit?  Uplifted!  Plus, multiple scientific studies have shown that citrus aromas can really help boost mood.  Several human studies […]
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 […]
December 1, 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 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 […]