December 31, 2017

Poisonous Plants in the United States

The following is an alphabetical list and description of common plants / plant parts poisonous to humans and animals.  If poison occurs, call the poison control center or a vet as soon as possible. Taking walks through my Dallas suburb I can see several  types of laurels, rhododendron, azaleas, oleander, […]
April 3, 2018

Analgesic / Pain

Analgesic substances reduce pain in a variety of ways: as a local anesthetic or anti-nociceptive, and also via the nervous system.  The menthol constituent in peppermint has shown topical anti-nociceptive activity, lavender aromatherapy has shown to calm nerves after surgery to help reduce pain, and comfrey has been used for […]
April 3, 2018


Antioxidant herbs, fruits, and vegetables have the potential to reduce oxidation, which can cause free radicals to form.  This can then contribute to aging and disease. Eat Your Colors! Antioxidants protect your cells!  They are found in the richly colorful fruits and vegetables that we eat.  Here are some examples: RED […]
April 4, 2018


Antiviral herbs and essential oils may help reduce viral infections.  Echinacea has proven noteworthy in helping with prevention of common cold viruses.  For most botanicals, more research is needed to determine safe and effective amounts. Antiviral – Recipes Blog Articles Can essential oils offer antiviral activities against the flu?  Read […]
April 5, 2018

Cardiac Health / High Blood Pressure

Eating right is an important part of healthy blood flow.  Herbs for cardiac health can include tonic and hypotensive herbs and oils such as ginkgo, garlic, oats, hawthorn and oregano.  These herbs show potential in reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries due to fatty […]
April 7, 2018

Hypolipidemic / Cholesterol

Hypolipidemic herbs and essential oils aid in reducing the lipids in the blood and cholesterol levels.  Consult with a Doctor on how herbs that can lower cholesterol may affect certain medications. Cholesterol Lowering Recipes Blog Articles RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on […]
April 7, 2018


Some herbs can act as an immune stimulant, boosting immunity to help reduce cold, flu, and other afflictions. Some Immunity Boosting Recipes to Try Blog Articles RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each […]
April 11, 2018

Elderberry Cobbler Recipe

Elderberries have a tart taste, and are a great ingredient for sweetened jellies, pies, and cobblers.  This Elderberry Cobbler Recipe tastes perfect with a slice of vanilla ice cream. By:  Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT Elderberry Cobbler Recipe Ingredients ​3 cups of fresh or frozen elderberries […]
April 11, 2018

Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup Recipe

Try this Elderberry Cold & Flu Syrup Recipe when you feel a sickness coming on.  Elderberries have been used as a folkloric remedy to help reduce cold and the flu.  Some modern scientific research (listed below) has backed up this traditional use. By:  Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, […]
May 1, 2018

Elderberry (Sambucus ssp.) Research

Latin Name: Multiple Sambucus ssp. Family: Adoxaceae Elder flowers and berries are edible but the rest of the plant is poisonous, containing calcium oxalate.  Unripe fruit is also poisonous.  Elderberries maybe helpful in reducing cholesterol, blood pressure, and with sinus congestion; more research is necessary. RESEARCH The listings of research […]