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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 3, 2018

Colorful Mojito Recipes

The mojito is a Cuban drink imparting a sweet citrus flavor with a minty zing, and great for cooling off in the Summer.  Here are a few twists on the traditional mojito recipe.  Try making these colorful mojitos for a splash of refreshing fun. How to Make a Blue Mojito […]
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 30, 2018

Honey

Honey has been used for centuries as a home remedy to soften a sore throat, reduce the symptoms of cold and flu, and to help heal scrapes and wounds.  Scientific research backs up these uses, and it is a great tasting ingredient to add to home remedy recipes.  Look for […]
April 15, 2018

Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe

This Raspberry Iced Tea Recipe is a refreshing Summer drink.  Make this drink even cooler by garnishing with fresh peppermint leaves. Raspberry Iced Tea Ingredients 1 pound of fresh raspberries 1/8 cup of sugar 1/2 T of water Half a lemon’s squeezed juice 8 cups of water 8 T of […]
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
Fresh Flower Tea

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.  This beautiful drink can be served hot or cold. Hibiscus Tea Ingredients 1 pint of hot water 4 Tbsp of fresh […]
April 11, 2018

Flatulence Tea Recipe

Drink some flatulence tea to help reduce embarrassing gas with herbs that can calm digestion: ginger, fennel, and mint. Flatulence Tea Ingredients 1 tsp of minced fresh ginger 1 tsp of fennel seeds 1 tsp of peppermint leaves About 2 cups of hot water Flatulence Tea Instructions Steep the herbs […]
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 […]
March 26, 2018
chickweed pesto recipe

Chickweed Pesto Recipe

Try an herbal spin on making pesto with this Chickweed Pesto Recipe.  Chickweed is a common weed growing with runners, and has small white star shaped flowers. Chickweed Pesto Recipe Ingredients 3 cups of fresh chickweed leaves and tops 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 cup of olive oil 1/2 cup of […]
March 23, 2018
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Salty Hair Thickener Recipe

With this Salty Hair Thickener Recipe, some sea salt in a spray bottle can help thicken the hair. Jojoba and aloe are also added to soften, and essential oils provide aromatic pleasure. Salty Hair Thickener Recipe Ingredients 1 cup of distilled water 3 Tbsp of finely ground sea salt 1 […]
March 22, 2018
Berry Zing Refresher

Berry Zing Refresher Recipe

Berries with a zing of ginger; this is a great Summer drink.  Add more ice and less water to make it a slushy. Berry Zing Refresher Recipe Ingredients 1/8 cup of minced ginger 1/4 cup of honey or pure maple syrup 1/2 tsp of vanilla 3 cups of raspberries Juice […]
March 21, 2018
matcha green tea

The Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

I am a huge matcha green tea connoisseur, and have nearly two cups a day.  Currently, it’s a cold Spring morning, and I am sipping on a hot blend of the green powder, mixed with raw honey and coconut milk – ahhhh life is good!  But wait, it gets better […]
March 20, 2018
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Herbs Used to Treat Menopause Symptoms:  A Review of Favorable Human Studies.

Pictured – Menopause Symptoms By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT 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 […]
March 16, 2018
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Using Herbs to Make Tea

Pictured – Spices to Make Herbal Tea By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Using herbs to make tea is easy and comes with health benefits.  Below is a list of 16 common herbs and spices used to make tea, their flavor profile, common […]
March 14, 2018
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How To Brew Delicious Herbal Tea

Pictured – Herbal Tea By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT It is very easy to brew delicious herbal tea from fresh and dried herbs.  First, choose your favorite herbs to keep handy.  Use fresh organically grown herbs from the garden.  Store herbs in sealed […]
March 12, 2018
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Memory Tea and Diffuser Recipes

Pictured – Ginkgo Tea By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Memory feeling foggy?  Need to give your cognitive abilities a jump start?  Try drinking this memory tea while running a diffuser with the essential oils listed below. Memory Tea Ingredients: 2 tsp of […]
March 12, 2018
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Which Brand of Peppermint EO Should I Buy?

This report, written by three Registered Aromatherapists, summarizes what to look for when deciding which brand of peppermint essential oil to buy and reviews eight participating brands. Which Brand of Peppermint EO Should I Buy
March 9, 2018
calming herbal tea recipe

Calming Herbal Tea

Pictured – Calming Herbal Tea By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm have been used for centuries to calm the mind.  Below is a very simple recipe for a calming tea.  A few research studies on the calming effects […]
March 8, 2018
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Calendula Wound Serum

Pictured: Calendula Infusion By: Kathy Sadowski, Master of Science Degree in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Studies have shown calendula to be useful in treating wounds.  The following is a calendula wound serum recipe.  Research is listed below. Calendula Wound Serum Ingredients: 30 fresh organically grown calendula blossoms (Calendula officinalis) […]