lavender

December 7, 2017

Avocado Oil for Very Dry Skin

Can avocado oil help with issues of very dry skin?  The fruit from an avocado tree, Persea americana Mill, belonging to the family Lauraceae, is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, D, and E.  These have the ability to help deeply moisturize the skin (Miller, 2014).    The […]
January 8, 2018

Do Essential Oil Diffusers Really Work?

So, do essential oil diffusers really work? There are many different types of essential oil diffusers dispersing aroma into the air.  Here is a review of the varieties: Cool Mist Diffusers Cool mist essential oil diffusers, also called ultrasonic diffusers, typically involve adding about 5 ounces of water and a […]
January 10, 2018
lemon (citrus limonum)

How Lemon May Help Boost Mood & Cognition – Plus Home Recipes

Pictured: Lemon (Citrus limonum) What aroma is good for boosting mood and may also help with studying?  Lemon (Citrus limonum) has shown in studies to reduce anxiety and depression.  It may also be a useful tool for studying.  In a 2008 study, key constituents (taken internally) that reduced both physical […]
January 25, 2018
insomnia

Is Lavender Really Calming?

To answer the question, is lavender really calming… By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT There is much scientific research on this topic.  Several human studies across a wide variety of settings with a diverse array of populations have demonstrated the calming effects of inhaling lavender aroma.  Lavender […]
January 27, 2018

Basic Plant Identification

First, What type of plant is it?      Woody tall plant – shrub or tree Broad leafed  – has leaves and flowers (Angiosperm) Evergreen – has needles and cones (Gymnosperm) 2.   Herbs and other plants Monocot or Dicot Monocots have one root, one seed leaf,  parallel veins on leaves, and floral parts […]
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 12, 2018
eye health

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 or running a diffuser with the essential oils listed below. Memory Tea Ingredients: 2 tsp of […]
March 14, 2018
hot tea

How To Brew Delicious Herbal Tea

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 your own garden.  Dry them yourself, or buy quality dried herbs from herbal shops.  Store dried herbs in sealed jars to last up […]
March 22, 2018
joint pain

Essential Oil Joint Ointment Recipe

This Essential Oil Joint Ointment Recipe may be helpful for joint pain and mild strains and sprains. Joint pain can include bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, and sprains. For inflammation from an injury, apply ice as soon as possible, and rest, compress, and elevate, and try taking turmeric or ginger root to reduce inflammation.  […]
March 23, 2018
salty hair thickener

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 […]
April 2, 2018
essential oil bug spray

Essential Oil Bug Spray Recipe

There is much research on the insecticidal and repelling activities of many different essential oils.  A variety of plant essential oils have natural repelling properties, offering an alternative to toxic chemical repellents.  Typically, essential oil bug sprays require more frequent application than deet bug sprays. Species and subspecies of bugs […]
April 3, 2018
analgesic

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 […]