February 6, 2017

Explaining the Ingredients: Skin Moisturizing Herbal Lotion or Oil Recipe

As a massage therapist, in the Winter months, I see many clients come in with super dry skin, even to the point of being cracked and itchy.  Time to whip up some thick and soothing Skin Moisturizing Herbal Lotion! First, I created a tincture of burdock root, yellow dock, plantain, and calendula.  Then, […]
February 9, 2017

Alterative Herbs

Pictured: Alterative Herbs By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA, LMT, RYT Phytotherapy involves herbal medicine to treat illness.  A synergistic approach is recognized with phytotherapy in which all components of the plant play a role in contributing to its healing, not just isolated constituents.  Further, it is seen that most […]
April 7, 2018

Digestive Aid / Nausea / Constipation

Digestive aids can be gastro-protective, anti-inflammatory, and/or improve elimination.  Key herbs include peppermint, ginger, and fennel, slippery elm, aloe, and licorice. For indigestion, sniff peppermint oil, chew fennel seeds, or drink ginger tea. For constipation, eat more fiber, stay hydrated, and exercise. For diarrhea, keep hydrated and try probiotics. For […]
April 9, 2018

Skin and Wound Health

Many herbs can help with various skin ailments from dry skin, itchy areas, burns, wrinkles, growths, and cuts. Skin conditions can include eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and more.  For acute situations, consult a Doctor. Wounds When a cut occurs, apply firm pressure with a clean cloth for 15 minutes and elevate […]
April 20, 2018

Plantain & Lavender Salve Recipe

This Plantain & Lavender Salve is great for bug bites cuts and scrapes, burns, inflammation, and skin irritations. Plantain & Lavender Salve Ingredients ​​16 ounces of dried plantain leaves – not exposed to chemicals 16 ounces of fractionated coconut oil (liquid at room temperature) 2 Tablespoons of bees wax 1 […]
April 24, 2018


Iridoids are monterpenoid glycosides as found in plants like plantain.  It can also be found in the noni fruit.  Common iridoids include aucubin and catalpol. Links to Plants Containing Iridoids   RESEARCH The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very […]
May 15, 2018

Great Plantain (Plantago major) Research

Latin Name: Plantago major Family: Plantaginaceae Great plantain is a common weed with many health benefits.  All parts of the plant are used both topically and internally. RESEARCH The listings of research below represent a compilation of scientific articles found on the species, with a very brief overview description of […]