Essential Oils Blog

New Chakra Roll-Ons!

Ever since we first introduced our Chakra Synergy line last Fall, we have had resounding and repeated requests to produce our Chakra Synergy line in pre-diluted roll-ons.

We heard you and we have delivered!

You can now purchase the pre-diluted roll-on chakra synergies as a set of seven, or you can purchase each individually. The set comes in the same beautiful keepsake box as our undiluted synergy line, complete with a printed booklet.

We want to make it simple for anyone who wants to bring self-balancing practices into their life for a greater sense of wellbeing. And, they are perfect for those who are on the go and don’t wish to blend them yourself.   

Whether you’re an experienced practitioner of chakra healing techniques or someone who hasn’t even a clue what the word “chakra” means, these roll-ons make a perfect addition to any self-care routine you have.

Want to learn more? One of our amazing Certified Aromatherapists, Ellen Brenner, has written two exceptional blogs that dive deeper into the subjects of chakras and subtle aromatherapy:

Reintroduction of Loving Compassion

With the introduction of our pre-blended Chakra Synergy line, we want to share with you our reintroduction of a fan favorite, Loving Compassion.

The market for Fragonia has been fraught since wildfires burned the solely available crops in December 2015 that were scheduled to be harvested in 2016. Fragonia has been replanted, and the aromatherapy community is hopeful this precious crop will be fruitful. With nature we wait.  It will be at least another year before Fragonia is available again.

Not only is Fragonia a popular single essential oil, it also has been an important supporting essential oil in our Loving Compassion Synergy.  And, demand for both of these favorites ran high.

With all this in mind, and with the introduction of our Chakra Roll-On Synergies, we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer Loving Compassion, introducing Rhododendron in place of Fragonia. We think you will be just as pleased with the similar scent, the same subtle aromatherapy uses, therapeutic value, and price.

Now let’s take a closer look at our new roll-ons!

Each one is diluted at 3% in Fractionated Coconut Oil and can be applied directly to your skin! At 10 mL each, they make perfect travel buddies, too!

How to use the pre-diluted Chakra Synergy roll-ons:

  • Dab them onto the correlating chakra points and rub gently in a clockwise direction.
  • Use as anointing oils by applying directly  to the chakra. Or, anoint the palms of the hands, hold over the chakra, and then inhale.
  • Use on pulse points for a personal aromatic perfume by simply choosing based on how they make you feel.

Grounded Foundation1st Chakra (Root): Use to help, soothe, calm, and relax when you are feeling disconnected and distressed. Helps to create a sense of security, protection, and hope. Supports feelings of trust and belonging. Firmly grounding and centering, while allowing a sense of expansiveness and higher connection. 

Grounded foundation has a rich, earthy blend with a hint of sweet spice comprised of oils considered sacred treasures.

 

Joyful Creation2nd Chakra (Sacral): Use this synergy to help nurture inspired creativity, spontaneity, passion, and expansion in the birth of new concepts. It encourages harmony, warmth, and enthusiasm in relationships. Joyful Creation helps to clear energetic blocks related to relationships and creative expression, while inviting a sense of joy and enthusiasm in moving forward toward transformation.  

Joyful Creation has a lushly layered and smooth floral scent that continues to unfold as it reaches the senses.

 

Self Manifestation 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus): Helps to quiet the mind so that we may go inward to tap into our own sense of self-definition and autonomy with clarity. This strengthens our sense of self-empowerment with enthusiasm, stamina, and motivation. It nourishes our sense of self-worth with courage, confidence, and optimism. It also invites positive, cleansing energy to support manifestation of our purpose, while encouraging warmth and graciousness toward others.

Self Manifestation has a softly sweet punch of power and spice.

 

 

Loving Compassion4th Chakra (Heart): Comforting and calming, use this synergy to help to ease wounds of the heart and nourish the spirit. It helps to clear and cleanse deep wounds and blocks, while opening and uplifting the heart center. This synergy invites positive energy and encourages a joyful outlook and outward connection, and promotes unconditional love for self and others with compassion and acceptance. 

Loving Compassion has a soothing and softly rosy and green aroma, that is a synergy for the soul.

 

True Expression5th Chakra (Throat): Use this synergy to support clear communication in integrity with yourself and others. Soothing, cooling, and calming to the spirit, while nurturing a sense of self-esteem, confidence, and strength, this unique synergy helps to release energetic congestion to create a sense of opening and expansion. It helps to connect to our inner essence, as well as higher consciousness, so that we may know and outwardly express our authentic selves through truth.

True Expression is cooling, fruity, and refreshing with an herbal undertone.

 

Clear Intuition6th Chakra (Third Eye): Use this synergy to quiet the conscious mind and encourage introspection. Helps to connect to a higher state of consciousness while remaining grounded in peace. Promotes the ability to “clearly see” through intuition, insights, and clarity. It invites creation energy and inspires possibility.

Clear Intuition is a softly intoxicating synergy with fresh and clearing aromas.

 

Higher Connection7th Chakra (Crown): Use to help strengthen your purpose and ability to connect to higher spiritual consciousness. Invites pure, radiant, and joyful energy allowing connection with greater self-knowledge and our higher selves.  Nourishes the spirit with a sense of wholeness throughout our whole being while helping to heal spiritual wounds. Gently encourages strength in our spiritual growth to know greater love and deeper purpose.

Higher Connection has a warm, shimmering, and radiant heady scent gently wreathing the senses in its bloom.

We hope you enjoy these new roll-ons as much as we do!

Remember Last Month? Try this Kumquat Recipe!

Hello, Oil of the Month club members! Do you still have your Kumquat Oil? If you haven’t already used up this refreshingly bright and juicy treat, try this amazing recipe created by our Certified Aromatherapist, Ellen Brenner. Perfect to send some happy vibes to your senses, while helping sweetly freshen your living space!

Fruity Fresh

2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica

2 drops Bergamot MinMentha citrata

1 drop Chamomile German CO2 Matricaria chamomilla

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For Chamomile German CO2, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.1% – 0.2% in blends for the skin.

 

This mini-master blend can be used in your diffuser or tripled for a personal aromatherapy inhaler. You can also dilute it appropriately in your favorite carrier oil for topical application.

Looking for more great recipes? Check out Ellen’s OOTM post using the bright and beautiful aroma of Kumquat!

Shouldn’t Every Day be Earth Day?

earth day essential oils

Earth Day is almost here!

On April 22nd, people across the world channel their energy into showing appreciation for the unique and incredible planet we all share. Earth Day may only come along once a year, but it’s truly a year-round job to protect and preserve our planet!

Here at Plant Therapy, we’re committed to the long-term sustainability of our environment. As a company, we’re passionate about helping conserve our precious natural resources and reducing environmental pollution. By doing this, we’re helping to conserve biodiversity, ensuring that our natural landscapes and their ecosystems are maintained and intact for generations to come.

Does it surprise anyone that the popularity of essential oils is increasing rapidly?

With such a high demand, you might be wondering what kind of impact this is having on the environment. Essential oils are, after all, derived from the very biodiversity we are claiming to want to protect!

As a socially-conscious company, Plant Therapy respects the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

We also know exactly where our product’s come from. Before we even obtain a sample, we need to know everything about the farmer, distiller, or supplier. We need to know their background, reputation, commitment to quality, and commitment to the industry. Then, after this meets our satisfaction, we can move on to the oil.

earth day essential oils

And, just in time for Earth Day, we are proud to announce that Plant Therapy is now the first essential oil brand powered entirely through renewable energy! We are also the first essential oil brand to be part of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. Cool, right?

This year we are also partnering with “The Canopy Project.” For every $25 dollar spent, we will donate $1. Each dollar will go toward planting a tree! The more trees on our planet, the more healthy we will all be now and far into the future.

 

earth day essential oils

We hope you will join us in celebrating Earth Day! Not just for one day, but every day. The world belongs to all of us! We all have the power to make both little and big changes that forge a lasting positive impact.

Our Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils for Kids

essential oils just for kidsOk, so we’ve already gone over which essential oils are safe for kids and which aren’t—but what are some of the best ways to use essential oils for your kids?

The very best way to use essential oils for your kids is to make sure you’re using oils (and synergies) developed just for them. You don’t have to guess, because it’s all 100% safe! If you want to get started right away, we’ve already done the hard work for you with our KidSafe® oils selection.

Use Nighty Night or Sweet Slumber to aid with bedtime restlessness.

essential oils just for kidsTo help prevent restlessness, diffuse Nighty Night in your child’s room about 15 minutes before they head to bed. Or, add a couple drops of Sweet Slumber to their KidSafe® Aroma Plush. (True story, I tried this on my son who has the worst time settling down for bed, and it works like a charm!)

Diffuse Calming the Child to help with focus.

Calming the Child can be added to an aromatherapy inhaler or diffuser when your child needs to find some calm, and A+ Attention helps your child stay on-task during homework time.

Help heal owies with Better Than Kisses

Essential oils just for kidsAfter washing your child’s owie with soap and water, dilute Better than Kisses to 4-5% in Coconut Fractionated Carrier Oil and apply to the scrape or sting to aid healing.

And remember, if you ever have questions about proper aromatherapy and essential oils use for kids, please feel free to contact us at www.planttherapy.com!

 

 

Do Essential Oils Expire? Here’s the Scoop

When you think of something expiring, the thought of curdled milk or rancid juice may come to mind. Will the same thing happen to that precious bottle of Lavender Essential Oil you love to use so much? Not really. While they don’t “expire” in the way we usually think of that word, they do change, and it’s important to know what that means.

Unlike foods, there are no firm expiration dates for essential oils. But if you open up a bottle of Lemon from three years ago and expect it to smell and work the same way as it did originally, prepare for disappointment. That’s because there are three main things that can change the chemical composition of an essential oil: oxygen, heat, and light (check out THIS  blog for a more in depth look at how these can change your oils).

So don’t expect mold or mildew to start growing inside your bottle, but do expect some change.

Oils have a shelf life, which is recommended to make sure you are getting the most out of your essential oils. To better help you understand the topic of essential oil shelf life, we are happy to present a handy chart!

Plant Therapy Shelf Life Charts

Since it’s impossible to know under what conditions essential oils are stored and used, the times listed are approximate. To learn more about how proper storage can make a difference in the shelf life of your essential oil, check out this blog:

Proper Essential Oil Storage

Once the essential oil reaches you and you open the bottle, the clock starts ticking on shelf life! Keep these tips in mind to make sure you are getting the most out of your essential oils:

  • Colored bottles help keep the oil out of direct sunlight.
  • Keep your bottle capped tightly.
  • Keep it cool! The ideal temperature is 35-38 degrees fahrenheit, the temperature of most refrigerators. Keep the oils in a container (like a wooden box or plastic bag) unless you want your food to start tasting like your oils!
  • Some oils become thicker as they cool. This is totally normal! Just warm the bottle up in your hands for a moment to return it to a more liquid state.
  • You can tell if your oil has oxidized if it does not smell as fresh as it did originally.
  • Citrus oils can go cloudy. If this happens, let the sediment settle to the bottom of the bottle and use a clean pipette to transfer the good oil into a clean bottle.
  • Using a personal inhaler? Refresh it about every 3 to 4 months, since inhalers get frequent exposure to the air.

Interested in learning even more? This blog post from our colleague Robert Tisserand has done a masterful job of explaining this in his blog post Lemon on the Rocks: keep your essential oils cool.

Millie On My Mind

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Meet Miss Millie!

In honor of National Pet Day, observed annually on April 11, I wanted to introduce you to my new companion, The Magnificent Miss Millie!

We commemorate National Pet Day by celebrating our love for our furry friends. Just as importantly, this day was created to bring awareness to potential pets in need through rescue or adoption, or by bringing assistance to a loved one with a pet who may be suffering from illness or financial setbacks. [1]

And, Millie was indeed a shelter adoption who was there through no fault of her own. Fate, and a good friend, helped us find our way to each other. And, in the ensuing few weeks since, it has been clear as day that my match with Millie falls under the heading of that ubiquitous bumper sticker we see that says “Who Rescued Who.”

Besides the fact that I think she is just cute as heck, and I am hopelessly in love with her, why am I writing about Millie the Wonder Dog in our Essential Wellbeing series?

 

Here’s Why!

The minute Miss Millie moved in, it became immediately apparent that she had taken on the role as my muse, and most importantly my mindfulness minder! To ensure our self-care makes it onto our schedules, some of us have reminders on our calendars and smart phones, some of us meet up with exercise buddies and some of us are just really disciplined.

And, then, there are some us who may have a tendency to drift now and then from consistent best intentions. Yep, even those of us who practice and preach need reminders at times to practice what we preach.

Like everyone else, life can take over our time and we need to find just the right inspiration and motivation to keep us on track. If I am not consistent with my mindfulness practices, my mind left to its own devices has a tendency maneuver me into the worry weeds.

In my last two blogs, we discussed the importance of managing those thoughts that can make an unwanted appearance in our minds:

When the Mind Runs Amok

Aromatherapy for Overcoming Overthinking

And, we discussed some simple steps we could take for self-care, combined with aromatherapy synergies, to help soothe our senses. But, to support a sense of peace and balance, what I need is for all those simple steps to be paved together in a consistent routine. This creates a smoother pathway for prevention on the daily, rather than continually mopping up every single time life spills over.

So! Finding Millie became an intentional part of my conscious wellness plan!

 

Millie and Me

In addition to a companion and a source of comfort, I knew a new furry friend would help create that sense of structure I was seeking. But, Millie brought more.

There is a saying in Buddhist teachings “when the student is ready the teacher will appear.” And, this is my Millie. As it turns out, she is actually a gifted little spirit guide dog who seems to arrived right on time for where I am at this stage of my healing journey.

 In our first two weeks together there were already immediate improvements in some common measures of wellness:

  • My rate of weight loss tripled and inches decreased
  • My acupuncture readings all became the most balanced ever
  • My pain levels decreased significantly
  • My sleep increased from 5 fitful hours to 7 and 8-hour solid sessions
  • My blood pressure dropped to its lowest level in years
  • I was able to walk further and faster than I had previously without pain.

 

How is this possible?

Research is showing not only why pet companionship has a profound impact on our health, but also how. And, it starts with supporting our mental and emotional health. First, we reduce the stress response, which starts in the mind and impacts the body. Left unchecked, mental distress floods us with a stress cocktail of cortisol and norepinephrine, leading to serious health concerns.

You can read more about the impact of this in:

Take A Breath and Cool Your Jets

 

 

Just as importantly, pet companionship can also promote our sense of peace and pleasure by elevating the happy nerve transmitters serotonin and dopamine.[2]

And, when bonded dogs and their humans gaze into each other’s eyes both are flooded with the love chemical oxytocin.[3] According to NIH, oxytocin “lowers the levels of stress hormones in the body, reducing blood pressure, improving mood, increasing tolerance for pain and perhaps even speeding how fast wounds heal.” [4]

What I call the “peace juice” neurotransmitters also start with our state of mind. You can read more about how they have a positive effect on our wellbeing in:

A Cup of Compassion

 

 

Millie The Mindfulness Minder

 I do want to say that pet companionship is not everyone at every time. And, that this is seriously ok. It is a major life commitment when sometimes we are simply doing our best trying to manage our own lives. It actually took me more than three years to adopt again after my last furry friend left this Earth for a multitude of reasons.

So, the point of this post is really to share the self-care practices Millie seems to solidify for me. We quickly settled into a routine that works for us to soothe the mind, uplift the senses, and care for the body in a very simple sort of structure broken down into small bites making it easy to keep.

As always, aromatherapy is an awesome ally for enhancing our mental and emotional wellbeing, whether we have a furry friend or not. I have included some of my favorite synergies I use to support my self care when wanting to enhance my experience.

When working with our emotional and mental wellbeing, inhalation is most often the best approach because it is the fastest and most direct route to the part of our brain where our emotions and stress are processed and managed.

Presently, I am using personal aromatherapy inhalers until I become more educated about which essential oils are safe to use around dogs when they are sharing the scent.[5] These are mini-master blends, so you can choose to add them to your diffuser, or triple the recipe to add to your inhaler.

 

Here is what a typical day of self care may look like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Walks and Moving More– Millie and I go for a morning walk around the block almost without fail. This gets the circulation and the joints going, awakens and clears the mind, and fills my being with fresh air before I face the day. Before Millie, I could go from oversleeping to sitting all day working. Now, I am also moving more throughout the day by taking breaks for her and me and just in general getting more done in bits and bites  My fitness watch has never been so congratulatory!

 

Tropical Coffee

2 drops Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum verum

2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica*

1 drop Coffee Coffea arabica

A delicious aroma to help get you going in the morning, waking you up to the possibilities of a positive day.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For cinnamon leaf, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.6%  for topical use applications.

*Kumquat was recently featured as an Oil of the Month. Please check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

 

 

Mindful Meditation – when we come back from our walk, it is time for morning meditation, and again in the afternoon to close out the thoughts from the busy workday before dinner. Mille loves and looks forward to this quiet time together and snuggles up to settle in which immediately helps to settle my mind. I believe she thinks of it as “Millie Time.” I actually think of her as the “meditation enforcer.” If my mind wanders and I happen to pick up my phone for a peek, she will literally lay her body across me and physically push my arm down with her paw. I was seriously sent a little Zen doggie.

You can read more about the benefits of meditation in

M is for Meditation

 

Peace of Paradise

2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica*

2 drops Sandalwood Indian Santalum album

1 drop Black PeppePiper nigrum

An indulgent exotic escape, this sumptuous synergy can help a tired mind stay open and on point while practicing meditation or other introspective self-care.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For Sandalwood Indian, we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical applications.

*Kumquat was recently featured as an Oil of the Month. Please check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

 

 

Engaging the Brain – just like our bodies, our brains need exercising as well. Keeping our mind engaged supports us in staying mentally active and well. In a fascinating and pioneering study of nuns, researchers found links between intellectual stimulation and reduced risk of cognitive decline as we age. [6] For Millie, we are constantly learning new commands and behaviors. Even a playing fetch is about bringing me something to drop on command. For her it is fun, and exciting and you can see and sense the joy in her face and tail. I get the same sense of excitement in my writing and research for work, or reading and completing crosswords in my down time. And, most days, I have the pleasure of Millie’s companionship when I work from home, make my days extra inspiring and stimulating.

 

Clarity ™ Synergy

From Plant Therapy’s line of pre-blended synergies.

The essential oils in Clarity Synergy help to enhance memory and mental focus. Try this synergy when working on important projects or any task requiring clear and decisive mental activity.

KidSafe®: Clarify Synergy is not. For an alternate KidSafe® option, try our KidSafe® synergy blend called  A+ Attention Organic.

Cautions: Safe when used as directed.

 

 

Soaking in Some Sunshine – As we were figuring out our routine, Millie began asking me to go out in the later afternoon. I thought she needed a potty break and took her out to her favorite grassy spot. It turns out, each time what she actually wanted was simply to roll and lie in the grass, as well as bask in the sunshine. She really, really didn’t want to go back in until she had her sun time so I just took a page out of her book and sat in the grass with her. Just five or 10 minutes and she is good to go. It’s become a thing with us. Millie inherently understands and reminds me what research has revealed. We indeed need a few minutes of sunshine daily to help boost our mood and lift our spirits.

Read more about this in:

The Sunshine State

 

 Sunny Side Up

 2 drops Lime Steam Distilled Citrus x aurantifolia

2 drops Spearmint Mentha spicata

1 drop Bergamot Citrus bergamia

 A happy, uplifting and mentally clearing blend.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For Spearmint, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications o avoid possible adverse skin reactions.

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Comfort, Cuddles and Hugs– it turns out Millie is an awesome comfort dog, as well as champion cuddler and Velcro snuggler. I can come in after a rough day, and there she is ready, willing and waiting to attach herself to me with unconditional love. I hug Millie a million times a day, and it turns out she is also an adept hugger. She has a sweet way of putting her paws around my neck and pulling me close to kiss my face or put her head on my shoulder. And, while at 25 pounds, she isn’t quite a lap dog, we won’t fill her in on that minor detail. In her world if she fits, she sits. I’ve learned to just ignore my arm falling asleep in exchange for the comfort of having her close. And, don’t we all feel a lot better when we have the love, comfort and care of another?

 

Loving Compassion  (Heart Chakra) Synergy

From Plant Therapy’s Chakra Synergy Line

Comforting and calming, this synergy helps to ease wounds of the heart and nourish the spirit. It helps to clear and cleanse deep wounds and blocks, while opening and uplifting the heart center. Loving Compassion invites positive energy and encourages a joyful outlook and outward connection, and promotes unconditional love for self and others with compassion and acceptance.

KidSafe®:  Only when diffused.

Cautions: Safe when used as directed.

 

 

Regular and Deep Sleep – at the end of our day, we all need restorative sleep. This means we need a regular schedule and we need to sleep deeply. It is only then that our bodies can repair and rejuvenate. I am definitely finding that having a day that is more filled with physical activity and mental stimulation allows me to wind down into a more restful rhythm. And, because I have quieted the mind, reducing any mental distress and any resulting nervous tension in the body, I am able to drift into a deeper, more restful sleep quite quickly accompanied by the soothing sounds of Miss Millie snoring softly in my ear.

As a bonus, that good sleep prepares me to awaken the next morning, in a timely manner, fully invigorated and ready to greet another day with Millie the Mindfulness Minder.

You can read about the importance of sleep here:

Slipping Into Slumber

From that blog, here is my very favorite way to prepare mind and body for sleep with an aromatic bath before bed.

 

Relaxing Bath Blend

2 drops Lavender Lavandula angustifolia

2 drops chamomile roman Chamaemelum nobile

1 drop marjoram sweet Origanum majorana

1 – 2 T unscented, natural body wash

½ – 1 c Epsom salts

Add essential oils to body wash to disburse. Mix in Epsom salts. Add under running very warm running water.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: None Known.

 

Naturally, you don’t need a pet to create your own plan of self care. Some folks set a series of reminders for their wellness routine with Siri. As it turns out, Millie is my personal mindfulness minder so that I make time to take care.

My hope is that the main message will inspire you to consider creating your own routine if you don’t have one already however it works best for you.

 


Sources:

[1] National Pet Day, www.nationalpetday.co

[2] Davis, Jeanie Lerche. “5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/features/health-benefits-of-pets#2.

[3] Hecht, Julie. “Is the Gaze from Those Big Puppy Eyes the Look of Your Doggie’s Love?” Scientific American. Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 23 Aug. 2016.

[4] “The Power of Love. Hugs and Cuddles Have Long-Term Effects.” NIH Health in News. National Institutes of Health, Feb. 2007. Web. 23 Aug. 2016.

[5] At this time, some members of our Plant Therapy aromatherapy team are undertaking training in animal aromatherapy in an effort to help our community with furry friends be more informed about the essential oils they choose to use at home and with their family.

For those who wish to become further educated about safe use of essential oils around pets, we recommend the following:

  • Animal Aromatherapy (Safe Use) Facebook Group run by registered aromatherapist and animal aromatherapy expert and educator, Kelly Holland Azzaro.
  • Kelly also offers online classes in animal aromatherapy both for home use and professional certification through her website www.animalaromatheray.com.
  • We also refer to the book “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals,” by Kristen Leigh Bell.

[6] staff, CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com. “Learning About Alzheimer’s From a Study of Nuns.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 31 Jan. 2002, www.cbsnews.com/news/learning-about-alzheimers-from-a-study-of-nuns/.

 

 

Essential Oils for Kids: What’s Safe, What’s Not

safe essential oils for kids

Essential oils aren’t just a trend! It may seem like essential oils are the “trendy new hotness” right now, but actually essential oils have been used by humans for thousands of years to heal, calm and enhance lives.

Before you read anything else: Rest easy knowing that using your essential oils for kids is not inventing the wheel, you’re actually using tried-and-true methods moms have been using throughout history. Plus, we’ve got your back.

 

safe essential oils for kidsWhat’s the big deal about using essential oils for kids, anyway?

Kids are not tiny adults!

One single drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or up to 10 teaspoons of tincture. Woah, it’s no wonder we love them so much!

But think about it, would you give a child 40 cups of tea, or 10 teaspoons of tincture? No way! Which is why you need to treat essential oils a little differently when using them for kids. Plus, some essential oils can only used on children over a certain age, and some oils that just plain can’t be used for kids at all.

Don’t stress! We’ve got your back with all the info you need to safely use essential oils for kids.

 

What are some essential oils that you CAN safely use for kids?

There are so many essential oils that you can diffuse, or apply topically on your child’s skin that are 100% safe, beneficial to their health, and affordable. Here are just a short list:

Blue Tansy
Cedarwood
Copaiba
Cypress
German Chamomile
Geranium
Helichrysum
Lavender
Mandarin
Neroli
Sandalwood
Tea Tree

That’s just a tiny part of the list of child-safe oils! You can also  choose KidSafe oils! choose from anything in our KidSafe line and be 100% sure you’re getting essential oils that are safe for your children.

Which essential oils should you should AVOID using on and around your kids?

So, it’s true that some essential oils aren’t safe for use with children. For example, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and some chemotypes of Rosemary have large amounts of menthol which can actually slow respiration in some children. Yikes!  Peppermint has a high amount of menthol, and some chemotypes of Eucalyptus and Rosemary have high amounts of 1.8-Cineole which can slow respiration in young children.

Don’t put your oils away just yet, you can still safely use essential oils for kids in the home, you just need to make sure your oils and synergies are kid-friendly, or make sure you’re educated.

Here’s a long–but not complete–list of which essential oils are NOT safe to use on children:

Oils to avoid using for children at all:

  • Birch (sweet)
  • Chaste Tree

Here’s just some of the oils to avoid using for children under 10:

  • Basil (lemon)
  • Benzoin
  • Black Seed
  • Cassia
  • Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem
  • Garlic
  • Ginger Lily
  • Hyssop
  • Lemon Leaf
  • Lemongrass
  • Massoia
  • May Chang
  • Melissa/Lemon Balm
  • Myrtle (honey)
  • Myrtle (lemon)/Sweet Verbena
  • Oakmoss
  • Opopanax
  • Oregano
  • Peru Balsam
  • Saffron
  • Sage (Wild Mountain)
  • Savory
  • Styrax
  • Tea Leaf/Black Tea
  • Tea Tree (lemon-scented)
  • Treemoss
  • Tuberose
  • Turpentine
  • Verbena (Lemon)
  • Ylang-Ylang

 

There are still ways of using your non kid-safe essential oils around children:

You’re probably wondering if you can use essential oils that are NOT safe for your children yourself when you’re around your children all the time.

The answer is–you totally can! A personal inhaler lets you use whichever essential oils you need, without worrying about affecting your little ones.

Just make sure to use your personal inhaler away from your baby and leave enough time for the scent to dissipate before bringing your child back in the room.

Remember, essential oils are an amazing way to naturally enhance your child’s life, care for their body and nurture their mind. All it takes is a little education, some quality oils and a loving parent to reap all the benefits essential oils have to offer!

Which Geranium Should I Choose?

geranium essential oilsWhich Geranium Should I Choose?

Geranium Essential Oils are an aromatherapy favorite!

Their soft, floral scents and incredible therapeutic properties make Geraniums a great essential oil to have in your collection. However, it’s easy to get confused, because there are two different Geranium oils. 

The Geraniums that Plant Therapy offers is listed by it’s Latin name as Pelargonium x asperum, which is a cross between P. capitatum and P. radens. This is the correct Latin name for all Geranium oils on the market.

You’ll see Geraniums listed as one of the following:

  • “Egyptian”
  • “Bourbon”

These two variations have some overlapping (but also different) therapeutic properties because of the origin of the plants.

 

geranium essential oilsWhat Are The Two Geranium Essential Oils?

Geranium Bourbon

Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil (sourced from the Reunion Islands) 

Scent: 

  • Softer, rose-floral scent with a herbaceous hint.

Therapeutic benefits:

  • Helps balance the mind during times of agitation, as well as sadness.
  • Blends well with other oils.
  • Gentle and great for skin, helping balance and alleviate all skin types.
  • A great choice to help women with menstrual discomfort and emotional ups and downs.

Geranium Egyptian

Geranium Egyptian Essential Oils (sourced from Egypt)

Scent: 

  • A fresh, green, floral aroma.

Therapeutic benefits:

  • Uplifting to the senses
  • Known for having a beneficial effect on women’s reproductive health
  • Helpful in easing the tension associated with the worry and stress.
  • Gentle and beneficial for skin care, especially those aging skin
  • Balances the skin and helps improve overall complexion, when added to a face wash or cream
  • Helps soothe and relieve muscle and joint discomfort caused by overexertion.

 

geranium essential oilsWhich Geranium Should I Choose?

Geranium Bourbon

  • Outdoor Annoyances: Protect yourself against harmful insects by using this natural repellent spray. Combine 1 cup of water, ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, and 30 drops of Geranium Bourbon. Spritz on before heading outside. Great for taking camping and hiking.
  • Emotional Regulation During your Menstrual Cycle: Add a few drops to your aromatherapy diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler.
  • Skin Issues: Dilute at a 2-4% with Rosehip Carrier Oil and apply to a clean face to even skin tone and reduce redness.

 Geranium Egyptian

  • Menstrual Discomfort: Blend 3 drops of Geranium Egyptian and 3 drops of Clary Sage in 2 tsp. of Evening Primrose Oil. Massage on the abdomen during times of menstrual discomfort.
  • Aging Skin Serum: In a small jar add 2 oz. of your favorite carrier oil, aloe vera gel, or Plant Therapy’s Aloe Vera Jelly with 24 drops of Geranium Egyptian. Apply a pea size amount onto the skin at night.
  • Muscle and Joint Relief: Dilute Geranium Egyptian at a 2-4% with your favorite Plant Therapy carrier oil and apply to affected areas to reduce discomfort and swelling.

 

Do Essential Oils Affect Your Dreams?

Dreams can be amazing and unpredictable experiences. On any given morning you may recall dreams that were wonderfully entertaining, downright bizarre, unforgettably terrifying, or anything in between. Why our brain creates these stories during sleep may still be a mystery, but we do know that a healthy dream cycle relates directly to our emotional and physical well-being [1]. If you want to know how essential oils can promote positive dreams or influence the way a dream plays out, read on!

Why would essential oils influence dreams?

Anything that impacts our emotional state is likely to shape the dreams we have. So, since smells are processed in the brain’s limbic system (which deals with our emotions and memories), even the slightest whiff can arouse powerful feelings. Also, getting to a state of deep sleep is necessary if you are interested in lucid dreaming – dreaming that you are consciously aware of and can, to some extent, control.

Research has shown that external stimuli present during sleeping can affect dream content [2], so let’s take a look at a few essential oils and blends that have been repeatedly linked to better sleep, improved dream recall, and may help create dreams that are vivid and pleasant – helping you get the most out of your nights sleep!

If you’re looking for a wonderfully crafted blend of essential oils to soothe your emotions and set you up for a night of positive dreams, Plant Therapy’s Sweet Dreams Synergy may be just right. Made with Orange Sweet, Juniper, Coriander, Blue Tansy, and Rose, this slightly sweet and spicy aroma is perfect for both children and adults. It is designed to keep bad dreams at bay so that you or your child can rest peacefully without the mental stormy stories that can destroy a good night of sleep. This synergy also comes in a super quick and easy pre-diluted roll-on!

Try this recipe to create an irresistible balm with Sweet Dreams Synergy:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil in a double broiler (or glass bowl over simmering water).
  2. Remove from heat and add 30 drops Sweet Dreams Synergy.
  3. Stir well!
  4. Add glitter (optional)
  5. Pour into tubes, cap it up, and allow to cool completely.
If you want to try single oils to make your dreams sweeter, give these a go in your diffuser or dilute with a carrier oil and use it as a chest or neck rub:

Rose: Popular for its distinct and unforgettable aroma, this essential oil demonstrated its ability to help people have rosier dreams in a study supported by the University Hospital Mannheim in Germany [3]. The rich floral scent has calming properties and helps relax the mind before sleep.

Lavender: This sweet and floral goody is full of therapeutic benefits, particularly relieving restlessness and producing a perfectly calm and tranquil environment. Its use for sleeping has been recorded for centuries; John Parkinson, a famous 17th-century London botanist, wrote that lavender is “especially good for all griefs and pains of the head and brain.” This makes it ideal to put a positive spin on dreams and help you wake up feeling refreshed and positive.

Jasmine: Another sweet and flowery scent, Jasmine is known to aid in deeper and more restful sleep, which leads to pleasant dreams. One study conducted by researchers at the Wheeling Jesuit University found that Jasmine is almost as effective as conventional sleeping aids for falling and staying asleep. The study’s participants were also noted to wake up and remain more energetic, compared to participants who slept in an unscented room [4].

Sandalwood: Revered for centuries to help reduce nervous tension and quiet the mental chatter that often keeps us from falling asleep. The rich, sweet woody aroma is known to improve the quality and duration of sleep. One study published in 2000 by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health found that one of the natural compounds found in Sandalwood, called santalol, notably improved the test subject’s sleeping patterns. Regular deep and restful sleep will keep those happy dreams rolling along!

Got your oils? Don’t forget these tips for sweet dreams!
Keep it clean!

Wash your bedding regularly, at least once every other week. Not only will this keep your bed free of bacteria and fungi growth, it will keep it smelling oh-so-fresh!

Try this DIY linen spray for some extra sleepy-time goodness:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Add Vodka or Witch Hazel to the spray bottle until almost full.
  2. Add the essential oils.
  3. Allow the oil to meld with the Vodka or Witch Hazel for at least one hour.
  4. Shake well and spray down your bed for a relaxing atmosphere!
Start a dream journal!

Keep a journal and a pen by your bed. When you wake up, write or draw about your dreams. Not only is this therapeutic to the mind, but you may see patterns in your dreams over time. This practice may also increase the intensity of your dreams and the brain’s recall ability when you wake.

Turn off the lights, keep it quiet, and take away any excess stimuli that may negatively impact your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Remember, dreams occur during deep sleep, so if you want to experience your dreams to the fullest, the first step is to focus on your quality of sleep! Check out these blogs to learn more about how essential oils can give you a better night of sleep:

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BETTER SLEEP

SLEEP, GLORIOUS SLEEP! 

BEST ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER RECIPES FOR SLEEP (KIDSAFE)

 

Have you ever tried using essential oils to influence your dreams? Have you noticed that certain oils affect your dreams more than others? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

References:

[1] Walker, Matthew. (2017, October, 24). Why your brain needs to dream. Retrieved from https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/ item/why_your_brain_needs_to_dream

[2] Schredl, M., Atanasova, D., Hormann, K., Maurer, J.T., Hummel, T., & Stuck, B. A.  (2009, August, 11), Information processing during sleep: the effect of olfactory stimuli on dream content and dream emotions. Journal of Sleep Research, 18: 285-290. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2869.2009.00737.x

[3] Carroll, Rebecca. (2008, September, 23). Smells Influence Dreams, Study Says. Retrieved from https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/09/080923-smell-sleep.html

[4] Freeman, Bill. (2002, October 27). Jasmine Found to Encourage Restful Sleep. Retrieved from https://www.worldhealth.net/news/jasmine_found_to_encourage_restful_sleep/

Autism and Essential Oils

Spread the word – April is National Autism Awareness Month!  

With more than 3.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this complex developmental disorder has very likely made an impact on your own life or the life of someone you know. Here at Plant Therapy, we want to make you aware of some of the essential oils full of properties believed to support the varying symptoms a person with ASD may experience. However, because each symptom of autism is as unique as the individual diagnosed, consider these suggestions as merely that – suggestions. What works well for one person may not work the same for another! Be patient and understand that ASD is an individualized life-long disorder.

Children and adults with ASD may commonly experience frustration during their day-to-day interactions.

Struggles with verbal and/or nonverbal communication is a prominent symptom of ASD and can severely affect how that person is able to interact with others – even their family members and dearest friends. Maybe you would like to support someone who struggles to regulate their emotions – another common symptom for individuals with ASD. Hyperactivity and aggressive behaviors may stem from a difficulty in understanding another person’s perspective or understand their actions and reactions. To help promote a sense of calm, and to ease feelings of frustration, these essential oils may be just right:

  • Sandalwood – Known to promote mental clarity, while also relaxing and calming the body and mind.
  • Bergamot – Perfect to help experience joy and relieve worry with its fresh and vibrant scent.
  • Blues Buster SynergyBright and uplifting aroma that helps to increase emotional well-being and fight off negative feelings.

People with ASD may also struggle with their ability to focus, organize their thoughts, and stay on task. This especially affects how they perform during school or work. These essential oils are great to calm, focus, and balance the mind!
  • Frankincense – Known to help maintain focus and reduce feelings of stress and negative emotions.
  • Clarity SynergyDesigned to enhance focus and memory. It’s perfect for any task that requires sustained mental effort.
  • A+ AttentionPerfect to help calm an overactive body while bringing focus and clarity, this KidSafe synergy is a great place to start for anyone looking to support an individual with ASD.
  • Vetiver – Quiets an overactive mind and relieves feelings exhaustion.

Many individuals with ASD may struggle to get regular deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep can seriously impact their attention-span, ability to learn, physical health, mood, and basically make the waking hours more overwhelming and exhausting.
  • Lavender – Calming and known to improve sleep quality, as well as feelings of nervousness and stress.
  • Chamomile Roman – Soothing, comforting, and famous for its calming properties, this is an especially great choice if you’re looking for an oil to help get deep, refreshing sleep.
  • Sweet SlumberCalms, soothes, and relaxes the mind and body. Perfect for kids and adults alike – the name says it all!

These oils can be an amazing compliment to treatments already in place for an individual with ASD (such as behavioral management, family training, and/or prescribed medication). However, since there is a very limited amount of research done on this topic, you should always consult with a physician before making any kind of changes to a treatment plan. If you have a child with ASD and would like to incorporate essential oils into their school day, please check with the school first! Your district may have a policy about bringing essential oils to school, so check with the child’s teacher or administration.

Another quick note: Sensory over-stimulation occurs with many who have ASD. Certain aromas or the strength of aroma may be too aggressive for the individual. Approach each oil cautiously with that specific person in mind.

Essential oils are an amazing way to enhance the quality of living! They can support positive reactions, feelings of self-worth, ease restlessness, improve mental acuity, and so much more!

Have you ever tried essential oils to help support yourself or someone you know with ASD? Tell us in the comments below!