I apologize for the inconvenience. Due to the risks involved providing massages and hands-on energy work in my business during this precautionary time with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and having immune compromised and older clients, I am temporarily shutting down all in-person appointments until further notice. I will reassess once there is more information. Please feel free to book an online service or reschedule an appointment for times that are available in the future on the Scheduling page. Though this was a difficult decision, I thank you all for your understanding.
“Cathy has a gift for finding the muscles that need attention, and they are often not the muscles I think are the issue. I go in barely able to stand up straight and walk out feeling loose and flexible again. She’s great!”
Cathy offers aromatherapy education classes on Aromatherapy Ethics and Safety & Traditional Uses, Clinical Aromatherapy consultations and Astrological Aromatherapy consultations as well.
The Astrothecary & the Pure Aromatics lines are blended only with the purest ingredients in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Pesticide-free dried herbs, high quality essential oils and natural ingredients give you the benefits each plant and aroma offers. There are no artificial preservatives or colorings added. For your safety, all essential oils are diluted in a natural carrier or alcohol base before use. You may see some salts or lotions are tinted different colors. These hues originate from the essential oils used in the mixes.
The Astrothecary came about by blending and inspired by the astrological times of the full and new moon. Each made in small batches are blended with natural carriers, essential oils, flower essences, herbal extracts and handmade crystal elixirs by Cathy. Not sure what language the skies are speaking?
Cathy Podd, L.M.T, R.M.T, C.M.A, owner and blending alchemist, started making bath soaks because she saw the benefit of taking a soak after long days, bringing a bit of joy and relief. Many years working with essential oils led her to learn about the wisdom of the plants they came from and went back to school for a year of certification in aromatherapy and herbalism courses then finishing her Master Aromatherapy Certification in 2018. Being a life-long lover of baths, massage, herbs, and crystals, she decided to blend everything she loved into one and start a line of lotions, Oils, Salts and Perfumes. She strives to buy as many supplies locally or through small businesses as possible. All essential oils are purchased through ethical companies in the United States.
Cathy has over 1,150 hours in aromatherapy and herbalism education and is a Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist & Clinical Herbalist, graduating from Heart of Herbs School.
Essential Oils are the concentrated essence of the plants. Essential Oils have recently boomed on the market. Though they have a long history in our world, the public has started looking to their benefits more and more. It’s important to know when using undiluted essential oils, you should handle them with care and consult with an experienced Aromatherapist. I, personally, do not use essential oils undiluted unless I am diffusing. They are volatile oils and though there shouldn’t be fear in using them, there should be respect. If you are interested in learning more about using essential oils safely, consider one of my classes.
The use of plant benefits and their wisdom date back to the beginning of humankind. Though over time, it has waned in Western civilization, it is starting to come back around into homes. Herbal teas, infused oils, and extracts are wonderful ways to benefit from the plants when essential oils are too strong. From Peruvians that listen and speak with the plants, to Chinese medicine, to Western Herbalism, it can take a lifetime to learn about every plant on this beautiful Earth and what they offer. Start with one safe plant and learn, touch smell, taste, and listen to the subtle energies. You’ll find the wisdom before you know it.