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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 25, 2019

Starting an Easy at Home Hydroponic Garden with a Tower Garden

It can be hard for the average person to grow a garden for multiple reasons.  First of all, many people just don’t have the space to grow fruits and vegetables who live in the city or suburbs.  Secondly, it takes time to weed, feed, water, and tend to crops.  And […]
February 20, 2019

It’s Thyme to Get Started: What I will be Planting in My Spring Herb Garden this Year!

Late February to early March is a good time to get started on buying your seeds in preparation for your Spring herb garden.  Start the seeds indoors, and then take the young plants outside once they are big enough and freezing temperatures are over.  Or, you can wait until after […]
February 18, 2019
Easy Lavender Tea Recipe

Making Aromatic Teas from Herbs Growing in the Garden

By Kathy Sadowski, LMT, RYT, Registered Aromatherapist This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (Autumn, 2018) and  it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2017-2018 statement. In a few months, you can be making aromatic teas from the herbs growing in your garden!  February is the […]
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 […]
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
essential oils and menstrual pain

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 […]