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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 12, 2018

How to Propagate Rosemary

Do you ever look at your stunning rosemary plant and wish it could make rosemary babies?  It’s easy to propagate rosemary, and it will yield an exact clone of the Mother plant.  It will take about six months for the new plant to grow big enough to harvest.  Here is […]
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.  The kit is certainly […]
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 10, 2018

Lemon Balm / Aloe Cold Sore Lip Balm

Mouth cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), but could have other causes.  Multiple studies have demonstrated lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) contains compounds to help fight the virus.  Aloe may also help.  See the research listed below. Lemon Balm / Aloe Cold Sore Lip […]
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 13, 2018

Infused Rose Petal Oil

Roses are beginning to bloom, and their fragrant rose petals can be used to create an aromatically delightful infused oil.  Making this recipe is relatively easy, it just requires about two weeks of being patient!  Be sure to use rose petals that have not been sprayed with pesticides or chemicals. […]
June 3, 2018

Red Ant Bites

The red ants have taken over gardens and lawns all over the Southern United States and ant bites are all too common.  At a moment’s notice, these aggressive pests can swarm onto your skin and administer multiple fierce bites!  What are some natural ways to treat a red ant bite? […]
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 […]
June 2, 2018

Plant Experiments for Children

Looking for some fun things to do with the kids this Summer?  Teach children how to have a green thumb with these four fun plant experiments! By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT Colorful Carnations Items Needed White stem carnations Food coloring Cup Water Instructions:  Fill the cup […]
June 2, 2018

Essential Oil Safety

The aromatherapy industry has grown in leaps and bounds recently, and people need to be more knowledgeable about essential oil safety. By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT There is much advise going around these days (some of it bad, and some of it good) on how to […]
May 30, 2018

Aloe Slushy For Sun Burned Skin

Has being out in the Summer sun gotten you burned like an over cooked piece of toast?  Try this aloe slushy recipe to sooth the skin. By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT Aloe Slushy Ingredients ​3 Tablespoons of fresh aloe 3 Tablespoons of ice 3 Tablespoons of […]
May 29, 2018

Can Essential Oils Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Many people are running indoor essential oil diffusers, claiming it cleans their home’s air.  Does this really work?  Can essential oils improve indoor air quality? By Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT There are many airborne contaminants floating around our indoor air that cause illness.  Viruses, fungi, bacteria, […]
May 9, 2018

Comfrey Joint Cream Recipe

The comfrey plant has long been used by our ancestors as a topical remedy for pain, inflammation and wounds.  Scientific research has shown the benefits of comfrey for joint pains. Comfrey Joint Cream Recipe Step 1: Make the Tincture 1 ounce of dried comfrey root or 2 ounces of fresh […]
May 7, 2018

Sleepy Time Bath Recipe

Essential oils that help calm the body are included in this relaxing Sleepy Time Bath Recipe.  Coupled with pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut oil, and liquid soap, this blend also cleanses and moisturizes the skin. Sleepy Time Bath Recipe Ingredients 2 cups of Himalayan sea salt 1/2 cup liquid soap, […]
May 6, 2018

Honeysuckle Infused Oil

Honeysuckle infused oil has an aroma similar to jasmine: heady and sweet, seductive and calming.  It can be worn as a perfume, or rubbed onto skin to reduce itching and inflammation.  With delicate aromatic flowers, infusing the blossoms into a carrier oil is a great way to capture the amazing […]
April 12, 2018

Herbal Immunity Syrup

This immunity syrup recipe helps strengthen our body’s defense system against catchy infections and is especially helpful around cold or flu season, or when traveling.  Take when you feel a chance of illness because the people around you have caught something. Immunity Syrup Ingredients 8 cloves of garlic, sliced in […]
April 12, 2018

Herbal Flea, Tick, Mosquitoe, and Biting Fly Bug Spray

This herbal bug spray recipe takes two steps to make, but is worth the effort.  Chaste berries, neem, lavender, rosemary, and geranium have all shown insect repelling activity in the research listed below. Herbal Bug Spray Recipe Step 1: Recipe for the Herbal Bug Spray Tincture 1 ounce of dried […]
April 11, 2018
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Fresh Hibiscus Tea Recipe

Hibiscus Tea not only tastes great, it has a glorious rose color and is high in Vitamin A, C, and Zinc.  It may also help to reduce blood pressure (see a few human studies listed below).  This beautiful drink can be served hot or cold. Hibiscus Tea Ingredients 1 pint […]
April 11, 2018

Flatulence Tea Recipe

Ginger, peppermint, dill, and fennel have been used for centuries to help with digestive upset such as flatulence, bloating, and cramps; scientific studies help to back up this herbal remedy.  Drink some flatulence tea to help reduce embarrassing gas made with herbs that can calm digestion. Flatulence Tea Ingredients 1 […]
April 4, 2018
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Esters Found in Essential Oils

The Amazing Esters Found in Essential Oils By Kathy Sadoswski MS, LMT, RYT Esters are oxygenated compounds that occurs during the “esterification process” when an acid combines with an alcohol, resulting in the formation of an ester along with a water molecule. This creates a typically gentle and strongly aromatic […]