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Holiday DIY: Gingerbread Kitchen Sink Drain Smell Remover

Are you enjoying the holidays, or simply surviving the holidays?

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. Yes, it can get hectic. That’s why I look for easy essential oil DIYs to make my life easier, and to make my home smell like the holidays.

There’s always more activity in the kitchen during the holidays. Our dear friend, the garbage disposal, can smell like a nightmare when it’s neglected. It works so hard for us — churning and disposing of dish washing leftovers — that it’s time to give it a nice holiday refresher.

This easy Gingerbread Kitchen Sink Drain Smell Remover will leave your family and house guests wondering how your home smells so wonderful. Make extra and give the gift of fresh kitchen sinks this Christmas.  A simple gift, but definitely needed for holiday survival!  

Gingerbread Kitchen Sink Drain Smell Remover
What you’ll need:
  • 1 ⅓  cups baking soda
  • ½  cup water
  • Silicone mold
  • Gingerbread Holiday Blend* (you won’t need this until you’re ready to use them, after baking )
What you’ll do:
  1.  Mix baking soda and water to form a thick paste.
  2.  Press into silicone mold of your choice.
  3.  Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes
  4.  Turn off oven, allow to cool.
  5.  Remove from oven and allow to sit in mold overnight.
  6.  Unmold and store in an airtight container.
  7.  To use, remove one from the container and add 3-4 drops of Gingerbread Holiday Blend.*
  8.  Place in the disposal with a few tablespoons of white vinegar.
  9.  When it starts to foam turn on the disposal and run warm water through for several seconds.

*Can substitute with any Holiday Blend.

 

Holiday DIY: Snow Flurries Clothes Wrinkle Remover

If you are like me, during the Holidays, life gets very busy.  Family functions, parties, school activities, Christmas events — we are running all month long.

And we always want to look our best, am I right?

There is nothing worse than pulling out your favorite holiday outfit and having it be wrinkled, or smelling like it’s been in the back of the closet. That is why we have this great essential oil DIY recipe that will not only make your clothes wrinkle free, but also leave them smelling AH-MAZ-ING.  Be ready to go to any holiday party in a flash with the Snow Flurries Clothes Wrinkle Remover!

Snow Flurries Holiday Blend
What you’ll need:

5 ounces warm water
2 tablespoons Epsom salt
¼ teaspoon Polysorbate 20
½ teaspoon Optiphen Plus (Optional)*
20 drops Snow Flurries Holiday Blend
2 tablespoons vodka
Spray bottle

What you’ll do:

Measure water in glass measuring cup or beaker.
Add epsom salt and stir to dissolve, set aside.
In small glass dish add Snow Flurries.
Stir in vodka, Polysorbate 20 and Optiphen Plus.
Add mixture to the water and salt.
Use a funnel to pour into the spray bottle and shake well.
Mist warm clothes fresh out of the dryer and hang up, smoothing out wrinkles. Allow to air dry.

*Optiphen Plus is a preservative and will prevent bacterial growth. If you choose not use a preservative, you will need to store this product in the refrigerator and use it up quickly.

There you have it, a quick, easy way to get you completely Holiday ready in your favorite ensemble, with a Wrinkle Release Spray that is easy to make and use. Have fun this holiday season and look fabulous, too!

Brodie’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hello, I am Brodie Lapray. I was born and raised in the wonderful state of Idaho. I have 3 amazing daughters and 3 wild little boys. I enjoy the outdoors and making memories with my kids. We are always going on fun adventures like fishing, hunting, kayaking, or just being outside enjoying the beautiful Idaho view.

A little over three years ago I was lucky enough to join the Plant Therapy family and I have spent the last three years as the synergy blender. I had the opportunity to become an Aromatherapist and I love it!  Aromatherapy has brought wonderful changes to my life.

It was hard choosing my 5 favorite essential oils because I love so many and use them for so many different things. So, I decided to pick the ones I use the most.

Helichrysum Italicum

Helichrysum Italicum is my go-to oil for skin issues. Helichrysum has many wonderful uses on the skin, including calming red, inflamed areas and soothing irritation caused by nature’s pests. Helichrysum oil can help relieve an itch very quickly and help the skin recover faster. Helichrysum in body butters and lotions is great for dry skin care. Helichrysum helps to relieve, soothe, and rejuvenate unhealthy skin. I add Helichrysum to olive lotion at a 2% dilution for soft, smooth and moisturized skin.

Lemon

The fresh smell of Lemon Essential Oil always uplifts my spirits. I think of it as sunshine in a bottle, and when diffused Lemon not only elevates your mood, it is very energizing. It also helps to support a healthy immune system and is a wonderful germ buster, so it’s great in cleaning products. I have many different uses for Lemon Essential Oil and here is a recipe I love for my legs.

~ Lovely Legs Lotion ~

Mix all ingredients together and apply nightly before bed.

 

Rosemary 1, 8-Cineole

Rosemary has been my best friend over the last year. I was struggling with my memory and remembering everything I was learning in a class I was taking and Rosemary helped me out a lot. When blended with Cardamom and Cedarwood Virginia in an inhaler not only does the aroma smell amazing, it also boosts brain power.

 

Cedarwood  Texas

Cedarwood Texas is the newest Cedarwood to join the Plant Therapy line and right away I was in love with the smell. It’s a warm woodsy smell like an old cedar chest I had as a kid. It is amazing in soaps and balms. I add Cedarwood Texas and Orange Sweet to my hand cream. The smell is wonderful and it helps to tone the skin.  When diffused it is a very calming oil and helps to reduce feelings of anger.

Bouquet Synergy

Bouquet is a Plant Therapy synergy I use in my home a lot. I really enjoy the smell and it is KidSafe, too. I add a few drops to a dryer sheet to freshen up the smell of my laundry. I also use Bouquet to freshen up my carpets.

 

~ Carpet Deodorizer ~
  •  Mason jar with lid
  • Baking soda
  • 30 drops Bouquet Synergy

I like to mix the oil into the baking soda using a bowel, so I can make sure it is mixed well. Then I pour the mixture into the mason jar and, using a nail, poke holes into the lid of the jar. Sprinkle on the carpet, leave on for 30 minutes then vacuum up. Voila! Fresh smelling carpets.

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

Holiday DIY: Spiced Apple Cider Dusting Spray

We dust because we must! Let’s face it — dust in your home is inevitable. The gradual buildup of pollen, skin cells, dander, and dirt will find its way just about everywhere and on everything.

Not only is dust unattractive, but it also decreases your home’s air quality and aggravates allergies. Tackling these dust bunnies is arguably one of the most tedious of household chores, but the longer it’s avoided, the worse it will get.

Before guests arrive for the holidays, freshen up your home with the scent of the season with this simple Spiced Apple Cider Dusting Spray! What you will need:

6 drops Jojoba Carrier Oil
10 drops Spiced Apple Cider Holiday Blend*
4 ounces distilled water
Spray bottle

What you will do:

Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well.
Simply spray and wipe.

*Can substitute any Holiday Blend.

Holiday DIY: Candy Cane Cotton Diffuser Pads

The holiday season is here! For many of us, that means welcoming friends, family, and guests into our homes to enjoy all the delightful festivities this time of year brings. Delicious meals, hot drinks, twinkling lights, and quality time spent together create fun times and lasting memories.

Of course, setting the stage before this all happens is a must —everyone wants a clean and wonderfully smelling home to both relax and entertain in! But, let’s be honest, we don’t all have the time to deep clean every crevice and corner from top to bottom.

With that in mind, Plant Therapy has come up with a quick aroma-fix that takes literally seconds to make and can be placed just about anywhere you want the holiday scent to linger. Want to banish that musty under-the sink-smell? Need help freshening up your closet? How about catching a pleasant peppermint whiff whenever you open a drawer? This recipe for Candy Cane Cotton Diffuser Pads will show you how simple it is to make sure your home smells its best all season long!

Also, Candy Cane Holiday Blend Essential Oil is one of our Featured Gifts Under $15 on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!
What you will need:
  • Cotton Beauty Pads (round or square)
  • Candy Cane Holiday Blend*
What you will do:

Place a few drops of Candy Cane on the pad.
Place in musty places, such as under the sink, in closets or anyplace you would the smell of the holidays to linger.

*Can substitute any Holiday Blend.

Ellen’s Top 5 Essential Oils

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Aromatherapy charged into my world and changed my trajectory in 1999 when a speaker from a local natural living boutique in New Orleans gave a talk at a women’s meeting I attended. She presented us each with a sample of bath salts blended with essential oils.

I can’t remember the synergy, but I can recall the scent exactly. I kept opening the little zip-top bag and sniffing it every few seconds throughout the rest of the presentation — so much so, that my friends were all having quite a laugh at me. But I just couldn’t stop. I found it absolutely intoxicating and I was hooked.

I visited her shop soon after and picked up some basic essential oils with handouts about how to use them. I still have each of those papers to this day and realized later I was blessed to begin my education with information from Jeanne Rose, one of the most respected aromatherapy pioneers in the United States.

From there, I sought out some more in-depth reputable references and came across Valerie Cooksley’s “Aromatherapy: A Holistic Guide to Healing and Essential Oils” published in 1996. The book is now a classic from another pioneer and current educator. Though I have her updated book, I cannot bear to part with the original. Dog-eared, splattered, marked up in the margins with pages falling out — this guidebook has served me well starting out as home enthusiast and onward to this day.

Aromatherapy became my gateway into the natural healing arts. I was so amazed at how well the recipes for remedies worked, when nothing else would, that it stoked my hunger to know even more to practice “some day.”  That some day came sooner than expected. After spending 22 years in healthcare and higher education administration and wanting to get out, but not knowing how,  I experienced a life-threatening and altering accident. In addition to the critical traditional medical care I needed, I also accessed the natural healing arts to enhance my overall wellbeing and vitality.

While being ill or injured is never a blessing, I learned if you allow it, breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs. For me it was a rebirth. Now, finally free from the treadmill,  I set out on a forward journey to reclaim my life and my authentic self. That process opened the pathway to pursue my passions personally and professionally.

I completed an intensive program in energy medicine and a professional practitioner program in aromatherapy. I received my license to touch in therapeutic bodywork, with an added emphasis in reflexology. And, I became certified as a holistic health coach. My informal and formal learning, along with my experience, allowed me to bring together and put into practice my life-long interests in the mind, body, and spirit connection, and its impact on our well-being.

Today, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Plant Therapy aromatherapy team where I can live out my purpose and passion for helping others. I love to write, teach, and blend and I am blessed that I have the opportunity to express myself in these ways and more.

My aromatic passions are subtle aromatherapy (working with aromatherapy for the spirit) as well as conscious wellness (the mind, body, and spirit connection). So, naturally, when I was asked about My Top Five Favorite Essential Oils, I immediately chose the following based on how they make me feel.

Bergamot Citrus bergamia – this was love at first smell. It was the oil of all oils that got me hooked. To me, it has a wonderful citrus scent; more tart than orange, but more sweet than lemon. I find it uplifting, balancing, soothing, and joyful. It is often described as a ray of sunshine. As a sun seeker for my spirit, this is my go-to in so many synergies. Based on its therapeutic properties, this little burst of joy is also a powerhouse for so many concerns of mind, body, and spirit.

Fragonia Taxandria fragrans – oh my goodness, if you read my recipes, you will see this makes almost as many appearances as Bergamot. In fact, the two together are lovely. And, what is not to love? It smells softly and sweetly divine and has practically replaced Eucalyptus and Tea Tree in so many of my blends, but with a much more gentle and inviting scent. I especially love it for energy work as it helps to release deep-seated emotional patterns and blocks. I use this in so many blends as it is uniquely balanced and helps to bring that balance to our synergies and our selves.

Take the Ache Away

Those who know me, know how much I love my aromatic baths to restore and rebalance my whole being before bedtime.  Here is one of my best bath blends combining two of my favorite essential oils mentioned so far. I find this blend to be very calming, soothing, and balancing to mind, body, and spirit, especially when experiencing the effects of nervous tension. It is also excellent for soaking away soreness, stiffness, and knots, as well as aches in the muscles and joints.

2 drops Fragonia Taxandria fragrans

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

1 drop Blue Yarrow Achillea millefolium

1-2 tablespoons unscented, natural body wash

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

Thoroughly combine essential oils with body wash. Add Epsom salts and mix. Pour under warm running water in the bath. Enjoy.

 

Continuing on with my list of favorite essential oils…

Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora – the first time I smelled this beauty, I just wanted to bathe in it. So, I did. Literally (in an appropriate blend of course). What a wonderful addition to a warm bath blend to prepare for bedtime by relaxing and relieving nervous tension. In fact, immersion in an aromatic bath remains my favorite way to experience Ho Wood as it soothes the body and the mind simultaneously. When I smell this, all is well no matter what else is happening.

Rhododendron* Rhododendron anthopogon – with my first whiff of Rhododendron, I immediately felt a sense of balance in my whole being. It became an immediate favorite, especially for uses in synergies for the spirit. I am not a fan of strongly scented florals, and this fills the bill for my sensibilities. This is such a well-rounded essential oil with so many uses for mind, body, and spirit. But, I also appreciate how well it plays nice with others.  It just adds that special something to so many synergies helping to bring it all into balance.

*Rhododendron was offered as a Plant Therapy Oil of the Month.  Check back to see if it has been added to inventory for general sale. 

Sandalwood Indian and Sandalwood Australian Santalum album and Santalum spicatum – to me, the scent of Sandalwood is so softly, sweetly, spicy, and intoxicatingly exotic to the senses. I especially love Sandalwood Indian, but also really enjoy Sandalwood Australian. The first I save for special use and the second I use more freely. This is the only essential oil that blisses me out more than Ho Wood. Just a drop and I am transported into a place of deep peace. Considered sacred in spiritual traditions, Sandalwood is my go-to for grounding and quieting the mind, making it the perfect partner for meditation.

Bliss Blend

This is another favorite bath blend using two more of my favorite essential oils before bedtime. This blend is very calming to the mind, relaxing to the body, and soothing to the spirit. It helps me to find a sense of inner peace before placing my head on the pillow for the night.

2 drops Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora

2 drops Kunzea Kunzea ambigua

1 drop Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

1-2 tablespoons unscented natural body wash

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

Thoroughly combine essential oils with body wash. Add Epsom salts and mix. Pour under warm running water in the bath. Enjoy.

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect gift for just about anyone?

How about holiday shopping on a budget?

Look no further than the Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

We have essential oils perfect for gifting everyone on your list. From the kids’ teachers, to your best friend, unique gifts for kids and even the love of your life, we have options in every price range and for every personality. And when you buy Plant Therapy products as gifts for the people in your life, you can feel good that you’re giving them the highest quality essential oils and related products that will help them improve their lives.

You can also choose our essential oils with our various dispenser and packaging products to create unique homemade gifts. From bath salts, bombs and scrubs to salves, lotions and lip balms, there’s nothing more personal than a gift made from the heart.

In  Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, you can browse by person or by price — we’ll guide you the rest of the way.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Shopping from the Plant Therapy team!

Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Natural Bathroom Odor Elminator

Get rid of those not-so-pleasant bathroom smells in a pinch with this Natural Bathroom Odor Eliminator!  This quick and easy recipe will have your toilet smelling like a grove of beautiful Christmas trees! Just mix, shake, and spray into the toilet for a wonderful aroma every time you need to, *ahem,* go.

What you will need:

4 ounce spray bottle
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
40 drops Optiphen Plus (preservative)
45-50 drops Christmas Tree Holiday Blend*
3.5 ounces distilled water

What you will do:

Add vegetable glycerin, Optiphen Plus, and Christmas Tree to the spray bottle.
Stir or swirl to combine.
Add water to fill and shake prior to each use.
Spray into toilet water prior to using the restroom. This creates a barrier on the water, as well as releases a pleasant scent into the room.

*Can substitute any Holiday Blend.

Holiday DIY: Winter Wreath Bath Bombs

Losing your mind during the holidays?  Well… we have a DIY for that!

I think you’ll agree when I say:  We all need a little extra something to help us unwind this time of year. After a hectic day of work, shopping, holiday festivities — or even just too much “quality” family time!

If we are happy, then those around us will be happy, too. This DIY bath bomb is sure to do the trick. We used one of Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Blends (available only for a limited time!): Winter Wreath. 

Sure, this bath bomb is a great gift idea — but it could also be a wonderful gift to yourself during the holidays!

Plus, Winter Wreath is one of the Featured Gifts Under $15 on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide !

Winter Wreath has a crisp, fresh aroma that brings the smell of the woods indoors. Winter Wreath includes the bright, woodsy scents of Balsam Fir, Cedarwood Atlas and Spruce, the sharp, green scent of Juniper Berry and the sweet, minty scent of Spearmint.

Toss your Winter Wreath Bath Bomb into the tub under warm running water, lock the bathroom door, and enjoy every soaking moment.

Winter Wreath Bath Bombs

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 ounces Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 3 ounces Epsom salt
  • 4.5 ounces citric acid
  • 9 ounces baking soda
  • 0.2 ounces Sunflower Oil
  • 0.2 ounces Avocado Oil
  • 9 drops Winter Wreath Holiday Blend
  • Bath bomb mold

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients.
  2. In separate bowl measure carrier oils and Winter Wreath.
  3. Slowly pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix well (I added my oil in three different parts).
  4. Firmly press mixture into each side of the mold with extra.
  5. Press sides together.
  6. Tap each side gently with spoon to help remove from mold.
  7. Set on cookie sheet until completely dry.

November Oil Of The Month – Cubeb

The Oil of the Month is Cubeb!

Also called Java pepper, this essential oil is warming and has an enticing, wonderful scent. The herb and oil have long been used as an aphrodisiac and to create an intimate mood. It’s been mentioned in books as early as the 4th century. Now it is often used for blends to help in various situations, from soreness to massage. This essential oil is popular in use around Asia for its beneficial properties.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PLANT THERAPY’S OIL OF THE MONTH CLUB. 

Cubeb’s botanical name is Piper cubeba, and comes from Indonesia. It is in good company. You may have also heard of the botanical name Litsea cubeba. This refers to May Chang, which is from a different pepper plant and has a lemony scent. Of course, we also have Black Pepper, which has the botanical name Piper nigrum, and comes from India. These are all lovely, useful oils — Black Pepper being the only KidSafe pepper essential oil that Plant Therapy carries. 

This peppery pleasure is extracted from dried berries of the plant using the steam distillation method.This oil is mainly comprised of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. This means that it has properties that can be helpful for issues associated with swelling and body discomfort, due to overexertion or aging joints. It can also help with digestive issues and diluted with a carrier oil  and massaged clockwise into abdomen may bring relief from several “irregular” symptoms and from bloating. Cubeb can be stimulating and supportive for proper digestion. Cubeb also has been said to help with the symptoms associated with menstrual issues, can help to alleviate congestion, and help to promote clear, unlabored breathing.

Cubeb would blend well with Lavender, Geranium, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Allspice, Clove, Ylang Ylang and Rosemary.

Questions about Cubeb — or any other essential oil? Email our staff of Certified Aromatherapists: Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com

 

A blend that you might enjoy trying containing Cubeb would be this one for legs and feet;

Achy Legs and Feet Gel

4 drops of Cubeb

4 drops of Cypress

3 drops of Roman Chamomile

3 drops of Marjoram

1 ounce of Aloe Vera Jelly

Mix well and massage a quarter size amount into each leg, foot area.