Essential Oils Blog

DIY Anti-Itch Stick

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I was sitting on the beach last night at sunset simply enjoying the view.  I was so lost in the beautiful scene that I didn’t realize that I had mosquitos feasting on me!  When I got home I started to itch all over my arms and legs, I was ferociously scratching all over.  I quickly whipped up a few of these as I know this won’t be the last time my family and I have itchy bug bites this summer (go here to see how I clean up the messy beeswax residue).  Thankfully these start to ease the annoying itch as soon as you apply it.  I’ll be keeping one in my purse for the rest of the bug season!

Anti-ItchStick

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Turn to low and mix in carrier oil to beeswax.
  3. Turn off heat and add all essential oils.
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes.
  5. Allow to harden then put cap on.
  6. You can print Avery 22804 Anti Itch Stick labels.

DIY Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

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Whitening DIY Toothpaste

I was scouring the internet for recipes on how to whiten teeth naturally and tried quite a few different recipes.  Although this started out as simply a tooth paste recipe it has evolved into my oil pulling recipe by simply adding 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing for 10-15 minutes.  This recipe is not for the faint of heart, it packs some punch and takes a bit getting used to.  It also takes a few rinses to remove the coloring.  However the results are so worth it!  My mouth feels so clean and healthy!

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What you’ll need;

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (Helps to remove stains and whiten teeth.  Fights bad breath.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay (Draws out heavy metals and toxins. Reminerilizing, including calcium and magnesium.  See this article about the benefits of magnesium.  )
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric Spice (may help reduce swelling, encourages healthy gums, whitening)
  • 3 Tablespoons Solid Coconut Oil (supports healthy gums and freshens breath.)
  • 6 Drops Blood Orange (may help reduce swelling, supports healthy gums, and freshen breath)
  • 10 Drops Spearmint (supports a healthy mouth)

What you’ll do;

  1. Add together and sift dry ingredients.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. (I used a hand mixer)
  3. Store in a small mason jar.

How to use;

  • Use a clean utensil to put a generous amount of paste on your toothbrush.
  • Brush for 2 minutes.
  • Spit out everything, do not swallow!
  • Allow residue to sit on teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse well and enjoy a stronger, brighter, and whiter smile!

 

 

Summer Solstice for the Spirit

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Today marks the longest day of the year.

For some weeks, I’ve been drawn toward this day, the Summer Solstice, to create and experience some deeper healing. It’s as if my soul has been turning toward the sun needing to illuminate some of the dark places still casting shadows on my soul.

Shocks to the system, such as trauma, crisis, or loss not only impact our mind and body, but also leave an imprint on our spirit. Left untended, they can create blocks to our ability for our spirit light to fully shine.

In Spring Cleaning for the Spirit, we refreshed and cleared the clutter and cobwebs within us. Since that time, I’ve been drawn to a deeper level of cleansing. I mentioned to someone, who had been through a similar experience, that I was feeling a readiness – a craving if you will – to go deeper, and she profoundly replied:

 “If you are willing to go deeper, you are ready to heal.”

sunlight-hand-smaller-size (1)The nature of my being thrives in the light. The lengthened days of summer bring a radiance to my heart and uplift my spirit. So, I can’t think of a more perfect time than this season of sunlight to support my spirit light in shining brighter than before.

I feel there is a synergy of sensory experiences to access that comes both from basking in the glow of the sun, as well as smelling the scent of special blends while setting the intention of enlightened reflection in support of the spirit.

What that reflection means to each of us, may be different, but I think a slowing down to look inward, to see where the shadows may be dimming our light, and allowing shifts to begin to take place. The very act of reflection is one of illuminating what sits below the surface.

For me, it is meditation, for others it may be prayer, and yet for others it may be just sitting quietly in a place that feels like sanctuary. That could mean something as simple as a morning stroll, a day at the beach, or sitting by a window filled with natural light, and then spending some time in quiet contemplation while diffusing a blend that brings light to the spirit. You may wish to  make note of  comes into you awareness, any shifts you experience, and intentions you set going forward to help light the way.

This is a practice that takes time, over time, and for me, suited for the sunny and slower time of summer. It is a supportive practice, as a complement, to deepen the self-care I am already practicing.

And, here, I want to note that, while aromatherapy and self-reflection can provide gentle and soothing support when mending issues enmeshed within our essence, it is very important to know where you are in your journey and to seek professional support when you feel it is needed, especially when bringing deeper, darker things into the light, or dealing with potentially profound shifts. The skilled and compassionate hand of gifted healers, over many years, has helped to bring me to this point of being “willing to go deeper and ready to heal.”

Once I opened myself up to the possibility of deeper healing, I set out to explore which aromatherapy options might best suit as support for this next leg of my journey. Immediately, three things happened.

When you are ready, the teacher appears. And, that teacher was named melissa!

I was already working on this blog, when I unexpectedly received a sample of melissa. It was love at first sight (or smell). Within a few days, in a discussion with others, melissa was suggested as a wonderful and powerful support in helping to heal deep wounds of the spirit. It was clear to me that melissa was appearing for a reason.

I opened my copy of “The Blossoming Heart” Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation,” by Robbi Zeck to discover she writes this about melissa in working with the spirit:

like a beam of light on a dark winter’s day … reaching inward, caressing the inner being, the warm radiance directs the spirit toward mindful reflection on all that you have to be grateful for.

What a perfect essential oil to bring light to the places of the spirit that you wish to illuminate.  And, what better time to harness that “beam of light” than on the longest day of the year. Or, for that matter, any time your spirit needs the support of a “beam of light” and “warm radiance.”

In working with melissa on this level, I was immediately and intuitively drawn toward several other essential oils that play important and supportive roles. These are indeed precious oils that provide support for potential of exquisite healing. They have come together in several blends outlined below that you may wish to experience and explore in your own healing journey.

I hope one, or more, of these blends will help those of you wishing to brighten your spirit light. May your own journey be illuminated by the radiance from the skies above and your own essential radiance within.

The ratios below are for diffusing. They can easily be scaled up to 15 drops for inhalers on the go, or made as a mini-master blend and added a drop at at time to diffuser jewelry. 

Liquid Sunshine

2 drops fragonia

2 drops melissa

1 drop lime

Helps to bring light and radiance to the heart and spirit. Helps to clear and cleanse old and deep emotional blocks and patterns, especially from long-ago wounds. Provide comfort and support. Uplifting and calming, as well as grounding and balancing during times of emotional difficulty. Promotes emotional clarity. Encourages personal strength, dignity and gratitude.

 

Warming Light

 2 drops coriander

2 drops of sandalwood

1 drop melissa

Brings light to the heart and spirit, and warmth to the emotions. Eases emotional blocks. Promotes a sense of peace and security while encouraging a higher state of consciousness and greater clarity. Supports healing of mind, body and spirit. Grounds, balances and calms. Encourages confidence, motivation, optimism.

 

Radiant Spirit

1 drop neroli

1 drop melissa

1 drop bergamot

2 drops mandarin

Brings positive energy, promoting joyful love and sense of peace. Helps to connect more deeply inward to support emotional renewal and the shifting of old patterns. Brings a sunny, radiant light to the spirit, especially when dealing with deeper emotions during times of inward reflection. Gently helps to provide emotional clarity and helps to ease blocks. Helps to ease wounds of the heart and opens the heart to radiant love and joy.

 

Grounding Glow

2 drops melissa

1 drop fragonia

1 drop sandalwood

1 drop ginger co2

Grounding and calming while inviting light, warmth and radiance to the spirit. Helps to connect to a higher consciousness and insightful self-awareness, especially during quiet reflection. Helps to release deep emotional blocks. Supports balance to mind, body and spirit, encouraging peace within. Strengthening and rejuvenating, it promotes courage, confidence and optimism.

 

 


References:

Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. N.p.: CreateSpace, 2015. Print.

Zeck, Robbi. The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation. East Ivanhoe, Victoria: Aroma Tours, 2004. Print.

 

Homemade Natural Sunscreen Posts

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A large blue Japenese Emperor Butterfly is landed in the long green grass, framing the corner of a bokeh background. Shallow depth of field.

Earlier this morning, a DIY Sunscreen post was accidentally posted here on our blog. This post was written some time ago and we had decided to no longer address DIY sunscreen posts because of some concerns with DIY sunscreens. We thought we had removed the post from publishing but apparently that was not the case.

The most recent DIY sunscreen post as well as a DIY sunscreen post that was written 3 years ago, have both been removed from our blog. We apologize for any confusion that this has caused.

 

Why won’t we offer any  DIY sunscreen posts at this time? 

While DIY sunscreens may help with some sunburn protection, they do not block certain rays that cause cancer or other concerns. Expert formulators say that sunscreens are very complex and most likely cannot be accomplished at home. For these reasons, we have removed all past DIY sunscreen recipes from our blog and we will no longer be adding new DIY sunscreen recipes to our blog.

If you have any questions, please email our Certified Aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

Face Wash For Men

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My husband loves the deep woodsy scent of this blend as well as the the exfoliation of the ingredients.  This is the best face wash for men!  After a week of watching my hubby’s skin tighten daily I finally stole some and tried it out and absolutely love it!  My husband has oily skin while mine is more on the normal/dry side and we’ve both reaped the benefits of this recipe.  This is the perfect addition to your DIY gifts for dad or any other men in your life!  Short on homemade gifts for dad?  Be sure to try these awesome DIY Beard Balm, Beard Oil, Shaving Cream, or Cologne.

Men's Facewash

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure and add together all dry ingredients.
  2. Mix well.
  3. In a separate container, combine and mix oils.
  4. Put in an airtight containers.

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To use;

Use a clean spoon to scoop about a teaspoon of dry ingredients onto the palm of your hand, mix enough oil to moisten, massage onto face (avoid eyes), and rinse with warm water.

100,000 Miles in the Rear View Mirror

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So, this just recently happened!

100KThis could have happened anywhere at a time I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to notice it. I could have missed it. But, I didn’t. It happened right in front of me in my neighborhood as I looked down to check my speed. So, I pulled over for a pic.

And, then, I immediately thought “100,000 miles in the rear view mirror.”

There was either a country song in there or a blog. I chose blog.

I often see life in metaphors, signs and symbols so, for me, this was huge milestone moment that definitely captured my attention. It actually felt more momentous to me than when I turned 50.

Here is how I understood that message.

Where is my perspective on this journey?”

Am I focused on the miles behind me? Am I fixated miles ahead? Or, am I mindful of this moment?

My wisdom teachers and healers remind me the past is over and the future has not happened. What we have is the present.

We have no power to go back and change the past. To live in the past means we can’t get ahead in our healing. The future hasn’t yet happened. To live only for the road not yet traveled can create distress. Lingering in the past, I can become stuck in fear and anger bringing my spirits down. Looking too far to the future, trying to control for things yet unknown, can lead me to feel anxious and worried.

When I am fully in the present, I feel at peace. It is here where I am inspired by what is happening now, to express my purpose and potential that was always there regardless of what might have been, or what might yet to be.

And, yes, like most folks I do need to often remind myself to come back to the present. For a girl who had previously lived for the future, and has some hauntings still tied to her past, it can be difficult at times to remember to simply be here now. And, when I forget, my mind creates distress that can create stress in my body as we discussed in Take a Breath and Cool Your Jets.”

So, I practice mindfulness. And, I truly need the practice.

 Many have heard of mindfulness, but may wonder what it is all about. It is really a simple concept, and one of the simplest explanations I have found is the following:

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.” “Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”[1]

There are many ways to practice mindfulness. But, a simple first step is to awaken to the present by stimulating our senses.[2] This is where aromatherapy can be truly supportive in our efforts to return when we feel ourselves drifting overlong in our past, or our future.

Just the other night, I ate a Godiva truffle while watching TV and reading. And, after I finished it, I realized I had actually not been truly aware of it. A Godiva truffle for gosh sakes! What a waste of a gorgeous sensory experience. But, I had another tucked away. And, the next night, I did nothing but eat the truffle. I closed my eyes, I inhaled, took a bite, felt the texture it on my tongue and really tasted it. Oh my goodness, what a totally different treat.

Are we doing the same with our use of aromatherapy? Are we dashing around taking quick hits of this or that essential oil to solve or soothe and issue? Or, are we really inhaling and savoring the scent like the fine distilled essence that it is?

Employed as the true sensory experience it is meant to be, aromatherapy can support our efforts to be more mindful by stimulating our sense of smell to awaken our mind, body and spirit to where we are in this moment. Just think of the everyday wisdom we share in “stop and the smell the roses,” or “wake up and smell the coffee.”[3]

Here are two blends that are helpful for me. I find essential oils that are stimulating to awaken our awareness, and those that are grounding to anchor us to the sense of being present in the moment. I would encourage you to get out your favorite oils and take a sensory tour through smell to find which ones awaken and ground you.

The ratios are scaled for an inhaler stick because I like to keep them with me when I feel I have drifted too far away for too long. You can also reduce the ratio to suit your diffuser, or make a blend and add a drop to aromatherapy jewelry, or you might even prefer to wear it as a personal scent with the oils you choose.

Awakening and Stimulating Blend

6 drops rosemary

6 drops peppermint

3 drops lime

Grounding and Quieting Blend

6 drops basil linalool

6 drops bergamot

3 drops sandalwood

As we head into the season of summer road trips, what is your perspective?

A glance behind can be healthy to see how far we’ve come and to learn from where we have been. And, having an eye toward dreams and plans for the future is both healthy and fulfilling.

It is when we become stuck in those forward or reverse gears that we can stall out traveling this highway of life missing the scenery, missing the signs and missing the living happening now.

So, if like me, you need to practice being present, pack your favorite inhaler for reminders to be mindful on the go.  It is an opportunity we give ourselves to consciously live in our most optimal place of wellbeing.

 


References:

[1] “Mindfulness.” Psychology Today. Psychology Today, n.d. Web. 18 May 2016.

[2] Katz, Linda. “What Your 5 Senses Can Teach You About Mindfulness.”Mindbodygreen. N.p., 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 May 2016.

[3] Katz, Linda. “What Your 5 Senses Can Teach You About Mindfulness.”Mindbodygreen. N.p., 25 Nov. 2014. Web. 27 May 2016.

 

How to infuse carrier oils (quick heat method)

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So I’m not the most patient of people.  When I make a decision to do something I typically like to do it right away.  Spontaneous? Sure!  Last minute?  I’m in!  Infusing my herbs in my carriers was no different.  I noticed that my Peppermint and Melissa were ready for their first trim of the season (perennials from last season), I was immediately excited at the prospect of infusing my carrier oils and wanted to start creating right away.  However I didn’t want to wait six weeks for them to dry and infuse so I took some short cuts.  I was able to go from fresh herbs to infused oil in two hours flat!  I infused my Melissa into solid coconut oil and my peppermint into a jojoba/almond combination.

 

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Now that your herbs are dry it’s time to infuse them into your carrier oil!

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We would love to hear about your infusion creations!  What herbs do you like using?  What is your favorite use?  What are your carrier oils of choice?

 

Nourishing Bar Soap

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This natural handcrafted soap is so perfect for dry and/or reddened skin.  It gently cleanses while nourishing your skin at the same time.  It lathers up nicely and I feel uplifted and calmed by the gentle aroma.  As an added bonus, it’s safe for the kids (over 2) and since the Bergamot I used is Bergaptine Free I don’t have to worry about it causing any sensitivity in the sunshine!  If you prefer, here’s a great DIY Body Wash.

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What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Put soap in a microwave safe container.
  2. Melt on 20 second bursts until fully melted.
  3. Remove from microwave and add essential oils.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Pour into molds and wait until hard (it was late so I left mine on the counter overnight to harden).
  6. Pop out of molds and enjoy!

Blending 101 {part 3}

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Blending can be scary to new and even seasoned essential oil users. I hope we can put your mind at ease and make it simple. In Blending 101 {part 1} we went over a few basic steps you might take when formulating your own blends. Next in Blending 101 {part 2} we discussed how to blend for your diffuser.

Basic Blending

Now let’s take a look at some of the tools we might use when creating blends for theory purposes (like a stock blend for discomfort or a perfume).

  1.  Empty bottle with caps & reducers. I typically blend into 5 ml bottles to start. This is a small space where I can make test batches to see how the scent mellows, if it achieve my goals, etc. You may reuse empty bottles, but be sure that you clean them well and sterilize them before use. *It’s not recommended to reuse bottles that contained citrus oils. 
  2. Test strips – these papers are useful to soak up a drop of essential oil so you can “try them out” together before committing to dropping them into a bottle together. Learn more about using test strips in this blog post: An exercise in smelling!
  3. Time – set aside time to do your blending. It takes patience when you first start. You also want to get the essential oils on your test strips – many times a few hours may improve how the blend smells together. This is often referred to as “dry down” and you’ll find subtle changes in the way you perceive the scent after 30 minutes or so.
  4. The dilution chart so that you can make blends for skincare, physical concerns and much more. The dilution chart is only used for topical use – so if you’re using a personal inhaler or diffuser you may want to check out these other blog posts: Personal Inhaler Tips & Tricks and Diffusers, Explained
  5. Your nose! Only you know what you love. Especially if you are blending for perfume, it will be your preference that dictates if this blend is “right” or not. Trust your gut instincts here – it can be intimidating, but if you love the final product then all will be well.

Hopefully after these three blog posts you are comfortable blending and feel confident in your ability to create beautiful aromatic blends for you and your family!

You know we LOVE hearing from you and we are happy to consult with you, free of charge, if you’ll e-mail us at Aromatherapist@PlantTherapy.com When doing so, we ask that you include any relevant medical information like diagnosed issues and medications you may be taking, as well as letting us know what your goals are for using aromatherapy and essential oils. This gives us the ability to recommend the best course of action for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you! You can also join our SUPER fun Facebook group over at Safe Essential Oil Recipes!!

DIY Face Mask

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This homemade mask is fabulous for all skin types.  I left it on for 10 minutes then rinsed the dry mask off.  After I love to use this facial serum to keep my skin both clean and moisturized.
 DIY Face Mask
What you’ll need;
What you’ll do;
  1. Sift clay to ensure all clumps are out.
  2. Mix in hydrosol and honey.
  3. Add essential oils and mix everything well.
  4. Transfer into container, store in fridge, makes about 3 applications.

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