Essential Oils Blog

Natural Skincare Routine – Dry Skin

In this installment of our Natural Skincare Routine series we will discuss using essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils for dry skin.

Many are plagued by dry skin, especially during the cold, harsh winter months. Dry skin is characterized by having nearly invisible pores, red patches, a dull and rough complexion, visible lines, and a lack of elasticity. This skin type can be prone to cracks, irritation, and inflammation and can be made worse by harsh cleansers, hormones, indoor heating, and weather changes. Using a natural skincare routine that utilizes products with humectant and emollient properties can be very beneficial.

Products for Dry Skin

Carrier Oils: Almond, Apricot Kernel, Argan OrganicAvocado, Evening Primrose, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Rosehip , Sunflower Organic, Tamanu.

Carrier Oil Blends: DermiSoothe and Near Perfection  

Oil Cleanser: Oil Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin

Hydrosols: Helichrysum Organic, Lavender Organic, and Rose Organic.

Essential Oils: Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Frankincense Frereana, Geranium, German Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood.

Cleansers

Using the wrong cleanser can easily create chaos for your skin and it can take weeks to calm the irritation and roughness after using such a product. To help our customers that tend to be dry, Plant Therapy created our Oil Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin. To use this cleanser rub four to six drops into dry hands and apply evenly over dry face. Wet the face and massage gently. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Avoid the eye area when washing the face or using as a moisturizer.

Many essential oil users also like to use the Oil Cleanse Method which you can read more about here. If you do attempt to use this method I would recommend reducing the amount of castor oil as it can be very drying to already parched skin.

We recommend cleansing the face twice daily, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Toners

Toners are often used after washing your face to help finish the cleansing process and help with the appearance of pores. Hydrosols are great options to use as toners but it is important to choose the right ones for your skin type. As noted above we recommend Helichrysum, Lavender, and Rose for dry skin. Try the following blend for a well balanced toner:

Dry Skin Toner

What you’ll need:

2 ounces Rose Hydrosol

1 ounce Lavender Hydrosol

1 ounce Helichrysum Hydrosol

What you’ll do:

Mix together in a 4 ounce bottle and spritz the face after cleansing. Refrigerate between uses.

Moisturizers

While both the cleansers and toners listed above offer some emollient properties, it is important to also use a moisturizing agent for dry skin after cleansing. Both our DermiSoothe and Near Perfection carrier oil blends are great choices and can be applied right after the cleansing process.

For severely dry skin you can create this helpful DIY Moisturizing Cream:

What you’ll need:

2 ounces Shea Butter Refined

2 ounces DermiSoothe Carrier Oil Blend

4 ounce bottle

What you’ll do:

Measure ingredients and mix together using a hand mixer. You can then transfer the lotion from the mixing bowl to the empty bottle (I use a frosting bag). Apply directly to parched, irritated skin.

Masks

Once a week it is good practice to apply a moisturizing mask to the skin. Here are two of my favorite DIY masks for dry skin:

Oatmeal Mask

What you’ll need:

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup cooked oatmeal

1 teaspoon Almond

1 teaspoon Avocado

3 drops Roman Chamomile

2 drops Frankincense Frereana

1 drop Rose absolute

What you’ll do:

Mix ingredients together and gently apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with cold water and gently pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Soothing Shea Mask

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon Shea Butter

1 Tablespoon Jojoba

1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Jelly

3 drops Bergamot

2 drops Sandalwood

1 drop Chamomile German

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to a tablespoon of Jojoba and then combine with the rest of the ingredients. Apply the mask and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with cold water and gently pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

If you are diligent with following this routine you can drastically improve the appearance and bring moisture back to your skin.

 

What products do you use in your daily skincare routine?

 

1] The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

2] The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/symptoms-causes/syc-20353885

LeAnna’s Top Five Essential Oils

 

Hello everyone, I am LeAnna Magee.  I am a single mom of two amazing boys. We are a family that loves sports. One of us always has a game or practice to be played. I play on a coed softball team and bowl with a group of amazing ladies in a men’s league. My boys play soccer, basketball, and also bowl. If there was more time I know we would do more but there are only so many hours in the day. With an activity every day, sometimes two, we are very busy. When we are not participating in a sporting event, we are in the mountains camping and enjoying nature. We love to shoot and hike.  I enjoy cooking but do not have a lot of time with our busy schedule. I also like to try to fix and install things on my own.  As an aromatherapist,  essential oils have become so important. The task of just picking 5 has been near impossible, but here goes.

 

My most favorite and go-to oil is Black PepperPiper nigrum. Being a sports family this helps with our discomfort after a long game; eases my achy joints as I am not a spring chicken anymore, but still love to play. We have found it great for those bruises when you catch the softball with your shin instead of your glove or your opponent uses your leg to kick instead of the soccer ball.

Recipe

1 ounce Aloe Vera Jelly

6 drops  Black Pepper

Apply to affected area.

 

My 2nd choice is Spring Blossoms Synergy. This blend of oils is so uplifting and puts a spring in my step when I am feeling down or need a pick me up. Neroli,  Orange Sweet, and Lime are a perfect combination to keep me going, during the long winter months when the only sport we can play where we live is bowling. We sometimes feel a little down when we want to get out, but can’t due to the weather. No recipe needed here, just diffuse.

 

Next is Helichrysum Italicum Helichrysum italicum. This oil is great for so many things. It reduces the appearance of scars and playing sports all the time we end up with our share of bumps and bruises. It is also used for emotional feelings and to help boost immune function. I, as well as many others, struggle with just getting through some days and this is my go-to oil for this. It helps make me feel in control and empowered.

Recipe  

10 ml Roller bottle

1 ounce  DermiSoothe Carrier Oil Blend

3 drops  Helichrysum Italicum

3 drops Black Pepper

 

Another essential oil that is widely used in my house is Grapefruit Pink  Citrus x paradisi. Some mornings after a short night, whether it is because of a late night game or some laundry that just has to be done by morning, I need a pick me up. I then turn to Grapefruit. It is so fresh and uplifting, this helps me get through my mornings and my co-workers are not on the end of my grouchiness due to lack of sleep.Ten drops in an aromatherapy inhaler and you are ready to go.

 

And last, but not least is Bergamot Citrus bergamia. This oil is calming and grounding; it helps when I have a lot going on and I just need to step back and assess what is most important. It helps me realize that teenage boys will be boys and they are not always going to have perfect grades and make the best decisions, but they too, are learning and growing. I refer to this oil as my mental wellness oil. This oil can also help with those sore, tired muscles that we feel after a long day of sports. It is such a great and diverse oil.

Recipe

1 ounce of Healing Balm

3 drops of Bergamot

1 drop of Black Pepper

2 drop of Helichrysum Italicum

Blend together for the perfect muscle rub.

Black Pepper plant

 

I could list so many more oils but we are limited to 5 in this article. There are always so many new oils and products that Plant Therapy comes out with all the time, but I find these few simple oils my go-to oils to keep my household going and happy. Being a Certified Aromatherapist at Plant Therapy and working with our great staff and customers is a great blessing every day. Being able to share a few oils with you has been a joy. I hope they will help you as they have helped me and my boys.

 

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

 

Sensational Synergy and Dynamic Duos

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


One of the aspects I find amazing about aromatherapy is its core concept of synergy. Derived from the Greek “synergos,” synergy essentially distills down to “working together.” In practice, it is “the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.” [1] Or, as we still commonly quote Aristotle today “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

To me, this is the true beauty of aromatherapy — “working together” for an even greater outcome. It is amazing to me that aromatherapy works in synergy on so many levels. What an awe-inspiring concept forming the foundation of this holistic healing art, not just between essential oil and concern, but also nature and our whole being.

Aromatherapy works in synergy with our minds, bodies, and spirits. The aromatic essences themselves don’t cure or fix anything. They support our beings coming back into balance so that all the aspects of our existence can restore and renew in our natural healing state.

Nature also creates synergy within the essential oils themselves. We can reduce each essential oil to its few primary constituents. But, as a whole, each aromatic essence may also have hundreds of minor constituents that in their entirety create its own synergy working together in a unique signature.

 

In our Essential Education blog, “Beginning Blending 1, 2, 3, we also discussed the concept of synergy. This is the proper name of undiluted essential oils blended together to create a therapeutic outcome greater than that of a single essential oil alone.

Within all these simultaneous levels of synergy in aromatherapy, you will also find what I refer to as “Dynamic Duos.” This is when certain paired essential oils can work exceptionally well together with an especially dynamic effect. Your salt and pepper or peanut butter and jelly of the aromatherapy world if you will.

I have outlined below three notable examples of Dynamic Duos I have learned about along the way and especially like to use. There are many more, of course, and you may find your own. These are just a few to illustrate this effect and get you started.

 

Lavender and Peppermint 

Lavandula angustifolia and Mentha x piperita

This pairing is an old standby for good reason. This synergy of Lavender and Peppermint makes a marvelous massage blend for issues in the tissues. It is especially soothing for nervous tension of the mind, accompanied by discomfort in the body from head to toe.  The combined effects are relieving and releasing to knots, tightness, and stiffness and for sore, tired, overworked muscles and joints.

 

 

Suggested Usage: Mix in a 2% dilution with Marvelous Massage ™ Carrier Oil Blend, Jojoba Carrier Oil, or Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil. Use for all over body massage, foot massage, or tightness from tension around the head and neck.

 Enhancements: Choose any other complementary essential oils  to help enhance the effect on concerns such as: Marjoram Sweet Origanum majorana or Chamomile Roman Chamaemelum nobile for calming nervous tension and reducing stiffness and knots.

 Cautions:  Peppermint is not KidSafe.  Do not apply on or near the face of infants and children. We recommend a maximum dilution of 5% for topical applications.

 

 

Black Pepper and Helichrysum Italicum

Piper nigrum and Helichrysum italicum

Black Pepper is well known for its relieving action on discomfort in the body, especially for numbing the type that may be hot and throbbing. I use Black Pepper quite often in synergies especially for issues with my back and love the relief it brings. Along the way, I came across the suggestion to pair Helichrysum Italicum with Black Pepper for an even greater dynamic effect with this type of discomfort (I can’t recall the teacher, so if it was you please let me know)

Oh my goodness, what a difference! While the Black Pepper was soothing on its own, just a tad of the Helichrysum gave it a turbo boost in terms of the perception and duration of relief. Now, I always pair the two for these types of concerns. While Helichrysum can be pricey, you only need a small ratio in your synergy and if you suffer from these issues, the relief is priceless.

 

 

 

Suggested Usage: Combine to a total 3% dilution with Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil in a 10 ml roller bottle for spot treatment and short-term use on the go.

Enhancements: Because this type of discomfort in the tissues may also create tightness and knots, you might add another warming, relieving, and releasing essence such as Ginger Root CO2 Zingiber officinale.

Cautions:   If adding Ginger CO2:  It is not KidSafe.  We recommend a maximum dilution of 1% for topical applications.

 

 

Rosemary 1,8-Cineole and Peppermint

Rosmarinus officinalis and Mentha x piperita

Oh, Rosemary 1, 8 Cineole and Peppermint, let me count the ways…here are three!

Rosemary 1, 8 Cineole and Peppermint create a perfect pairing for supporting the mind. Each provides its own unique and some similar benefits, but together these benefits become boosted. This duo can help with feeling alert and focused while helping to clear your mind; it can support concentration and memory; and, it can be invigorating and stimulating when dealing with mental fatigue.

Additionally, these two make a wonderfully stimulating massage blend to relieve and relax discomfort in the tissues and to support circulation.

They also make a dynamic duo in supporting the respiratory system from seasonal threats whether they are on board or if you have been exposed.

 

 

 

Suggested Usage: For the supporting the mind or respiratory system, the best approach is inhalation with diffuser or  aromatherapy inhaler. For the body, or to tackle all three issues with an invigorating massage, create a 2% blend with Marvelous Massage ™ Carrier Oil BlendJojoba Carrier Oil, or Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil .

Enhancements: Lemon Citrus x limon makes a nice addition for its clarifying, clearing, refreshing, uplifting,  and energizing effects.

Cautions: Rosemary 1, 8 Cineole is not KidSafe. Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children. We recommend a maximum dilution of 4% for topical applications.

Peppermint is not KidSafe.  Do not apply on or near the face of infants and children. We recommend a maximum dilution of 5% for topical applications.

If including Lemon in a massage or other topical blend, we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% to avoid photosensitivity.  You can also use  Lemon Steam Distilled  to be safe in the sun.

 


Sources:

[1] “Synergy.” Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, www.dictionary.com/browse/synergy.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: A Guide to Aromatic Medicine Making. Willow Springs, NC: NW College for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, 2011. Print.

Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-being. London: HarperThorsons, 2014. Print.

Worwood, Valerie Ann. Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant … Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home an. Place of Publication Not Identified: New World Library, 2016. Print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Field Trip

Some of us recently had the pleasure of taking a “field” trip to a Peppermint/Spearmint farm. It’s always fun to spend time with co-workers in a different environment and being outside in the sun, was an added bonus. We were in beautiful fields where Peppermint and Spearmint are grown for essential oil. Much mint is now grown in the United States. In fact the US is one of the largest producers of mint.

Naturally, we all had to pick some sprigs and smell the wonderful aroma of fresh-from-the-field mint. It’s so uplifting and invigorating. Chris Jones, the owner of Plant Therapy was there with his associates as well. They often personally go to farms where the oils are grown to check the quality of the plants and the practices of the farmers. They also like to look at the sustainability of the farms.

Chris Jones speaking to the farmer while the Peppermint distills

There is something about being in a field or garden that Is very grounding and pleasing to the senses. It brings one back to the earth and our dependence on it. We all were enjoying slowing down for a moment and learning about these wonderful, useful herbs. We know that Peppermint is strong and helpful with many things. In my opinion it is a must have, as it is great for physical issues as well as emotional.  Plant Therapy  has two Peppermint essential oils, from two different places in the world! One is grown in the US and the other is grown India.  Although they can address similar issues, they have a slightly different scent. 

Peppermint is cooling and can help sore muscles and joints, due to over exertion. It is better for a localized area, rather than a whole-body application. It is good for head and neck tension and congestion. I look at Peppermint with fondness, because it turned my husband from sceptical about essential oils, to someone who now asks me, “Can I use some of your Peppermint ? I have a headache.” Peppermint is useful for digestive issues and has calmed my tummy in many situations. Even just smelling it, has at times done the trick for me. It is also upliting and energizing. Peppermint essential oil is not a kidsafe essential oil, and we recommend that it be used on those ages 10 and up.

Peppermint is featured in many different synergies. Some of these are; DiGiZen, Brain Aid, Tingly Mint, Tension Relief, Respir-Aid, Zit Fighter, and our Muscle Aloe Jelly.

KidSafe Spearmint Essential Oil Mentha spicata is the the more subtle relative of Peppermint, and sometimes overlooked. but it too is a gem.  It also can help with tummy issues, head and neck tension and discomfort as well. But according to essential oil expert Robert Tisserand, Spearmint is a more sedating, while Peppermint is stimulanting. They are both uplifting, but in the evening I would be more likely to use Spearmint than Peppermint, if needed, so as to not keep me awake. I also love that Spearmint is KidSafe.

Some synergies with Spearmint are; Tummy All Better, Sniffle Stopper, Coco’s Blend and Tension Relief.

The finished product of Peppermint essential oil and hydrosol 

Any essential oil is very concentrated and requires a lot of plant material. In this case, it takes 1 acre of Peppermint to make  approximately 1 lb of essential oil!  This demonstrates just how powerful each drop can be.  As we watched the collecting of the plant material with a swather coils and pipes and huge vats doing there distillation magic, and then the finished product, we certainly had an appreciation for the hard work that goes into each little bottle. This is a precious and abundant crop that offers such versatility of uses.

 

What are your uses for Peppermint and Spearmint?

 

Natural Skincare Routine – Determining Your Skin Type

Plant Therapy recently launched our new  Oil Facial Cleansers for Oily and Normal/Dry Skin. Many of you have asked which cleansers the Aromatherapists use and what other products we add to our natural skincare routine. Here’s the thing, the skincare routine that I use for my sensitive skin, won’t work for everyone. When choosing essential oils, carrier oils, and hydrosols it is important to be aware of your skin type and choose the products that are best suited for it.

Since this is such a frequently asked question I wanted to address it here on the blog in order to help as many people as possible. Before I can make recommendations for products based on skin types, it is important to first determine yours. There are several ways to determine skin type. Today we are going to discuss three of those ways. To perform these tests you will need a mild cleanser, blotting sheets, and your beautiful face!

 

 

Blotting Sheet Method

The first method I would like to discuss is the blotting sheet method. To perform this test take the blotting paper and lightly dab the different areas on your face. Upon completion examine the sheet by holding it up to a source of light. If you find that little to no oil is present then it is mostly likely that you have dry skin. If the sheet has a light amount of oil from the forehead and nose area then you typically have normal/combination skin. If upon examination you find that the blotting paper is covered with oil then you have oily skin.

 

Bare-Faced Method

The next method that can be used to determine your skin type is called the bare-faced method. To perform this test gently cleanse and dry your face. Do not use any moisturizing agents or toners. After an hour evaluate your skin and check for shine. If your skin is tight and parched then you have dry skin. If your t-zone is shiny but your cheeks are not then you have normal/combination skin. If the shine covers your forehead, nose, and cheeks it is most likely that you have oily skin.

 

Pore Size Method

The last method I would like to discuss is the pore size method. After cleansing your face take a look at your pores in the mirror. If you can’t see your pores it is likely that you have dry skin. Those with normal skin will be able to see their pores but they won’t be large. If you can still see your pores after taking a few steps back from the mirror it is most likely that you have oily skin.

 

Sensitive Skin

These methods help us to determine whether we have dry, normal/combination, or oily skin but what about sensitive skin? It may not come as a surprise but if you have sensitive skin, you most likely know it. Those who have sensitive skin have had an adverse reaction to a skincare or cosmetic product at some point in their lives and often times it is difficult to find a product that doesn’t cause irritation and redness.  The good news is using natural skin care products such as carrier oils, certain essential oils, and hydrosols can reduce your likelihood of having an adverse reaction.

 

Over the next few weeks we will address each skin type and provide recommendations that are specific for your specific concern. In the meantime, if you have questions about choosing the right products for you, be sure to email an Aromatherapist at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

 

[1] https://www.tatcha.com/tatcha-institute/how-to-determine-your-skin-type/

[2] http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Your-Skin-Type

 

Lori’s Top 5 Essential Oils

 

 

 

Hi, I’m Lori Chase.  I have 2 extremely bright and beautiful daughters, 2 amazing son-in-laws, and 7 perfect grandchildren. My biggest joy in life is spending time with them. They are supportive, encouraging, and some of the funniest people I know.

 

Throughout my life, I have predominantly been self-employed. I have always loved the freedom and creativity that it allowed me. When I moved to Idaho I took a job with Plant Therapy to give myself something to do while I put a plan into place. Four years later I am still here and so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given. Being part of the PT family and becoming an aromatherapist has brought many positive changes to my life.

I love everything about the outdoors, including gardening and DIY projects that involve restoring and repurposing old treasures.  Yard sales, thrift shops, or antique stores are my favorite places to explore. Having spent the better part of my life in sunny California it was difficult for me to embrace the Idaho winters. Aromatherapy has opened up a world of things for me to do in the comfort and warmth of my kitchen during the colder months.

It is very difficult to pick my 5 favorite essential oils, as working with them daily it is easy to see the benefits of each and every one. My favorites also change based on what my personal needs are at the time. 

Copaiba Copaifera officinalis quickly became a favorite of mine when Plant Therapy first brought it in as a prospective new oil. It is great in blends for muscle or joint discomfort due to overexertion,  digestive issues, and respiratory concerns. The light, woodsy scent rounds out and softens the aroma of any blend. Another bonus is, unlike other oleoresins, Copaiba blends nicely with essential oils and carrier oils.

 

The Calm After The Storm

10 drops Copaiba

7 drops Bergamot

5 drops Chamomile German

5 drops Chamomile Roman

1 ounce Aloe Vera Jelly (or your favorite carrier oil)

Blend together and apply to muscles and/or joints. After a long day of yard work or strenuous activity, this is my favorite blend using Copaiba.

 

Frankincense Carteri Boswellia carteri, although I don’t think there is a right or wrong species when it comes to Frankincense, I tend to use Carteri the most because I love the aroma. When I’m feeling out of balance, mentally or physically, I reach for Frankincense, When I’m feeling under the weather, I reach for Frankincense. Before I start my yoga routine I put a drop, diluted to 2% behind my ears. It is also the essential oil I use most in my skincare routine. 

 

Rosemary  1,8 Cineole Rosmarinus officinalis offers many great benefits, but for myself, it has an ability to bring me back to center. When I am having a particularly hectic or stressful day, I use Rosemary to calm and focus myself. I dilute it to 1% in witch hazel and put it into a small spray bottle which I keep in the fridge. I lightly mist the air around me or the back of my shirt and almost immediately I can feel a shift from frantic to serene. 

 

Whenever I smell Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides I am transported to a field of this tall grass and immersed in its spectacular aroma. I attended an aromatherapy conference where had the opportunity to experience a Vetiver fan. It was hand woven from the dried reeds and smelled delicate and lovely. I typically diffuse Vetiver at night when I need some additional help clearing my mind. Just a tiny bit (1 drop in my AromaFuse Diffuser) is all it takes. This is one of the few essential oils I prefer to use on its own as opposed to in a blend. 

 

Citrus essential oils are always top on my list and I really couldn’t pick a favorite. At this time of year, Yuzu  Citrus junos is the one I use most because it helps to support the respiratory system. Like all citrus oils, it has a bright, zesty aroma which also helps to lift my spirits when the weather turns cold and dreary.  I use 10-12 drops in an aromatherapy inhaler. I also love to add a few drops to my homemade cleaning products to keep my house smelling clean and fresh all year long.

 

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

 

September Oil of the Month – Lemon Tea Tree

 

Get ready to rumble! Plant Therapy’s September Oil of the Month is a fighter. The relatively small tree/bush hails from Australia and grows well in the rainforest as well as on the dry rocky terrain. But it is also a champ because it will be in your corner and help you to feel your best, emotionally and physically.

 

This contender is best used in a  diffuser blend for a few reasons. It will send an uppercut to seasonal threats and a jab to foul odors as well. It will help you to focus and stay on task. This steam distilled essential oil has constituents that are known to stop some minor respiratory issues in their tracks. In a study at Charles Sturt University, Leptospermum petersonii, when diffused, was helpful in combating several types of organisms that can cause problems throughout the body. (1)

 

 

If you are guessing that this citrusy Australian essential oil is also a worthy opponent against tiny outdoor pests, you are right. You can diffuse for 30 minutes beforehand in the area that you are going to be at, and it will go the distance with these little challengers. You could also instead create a DIY outdoor candle. We’ve provided an easy recipe below for you.

Lemon Tea Tree is a strong oil, so be sure to use in small amounts so as to not irritate your skin. It is not a KidSafe oil. If used topically, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.7%, which is about only 1 drop of the Lemon Tea Tree to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Of course, that 1 drop can be used in a blend with other essential oils, preferable non-citrus oils. A blend of essential oils such as Copaiba, Frankincense Frereana and Cypress would be great for sore joints. Whether you decide to apply topically or diffuse,  you’ll want this heavyweight in your corner.

 

Outdoor Candle

What you will need:

What you will do:

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Remove wax from heat and stir in Lemon Tea Tree.
  3. Carefully pour hot wax mixture into a canning jar, leaving ¼” space from the rim.
  4. Wrap 1” of the wick around pencil and place wick in wax, balancing dowel on the jar.
  5. Allow to cool.

 

Download Template Product Sheet HERE:

 

Sources:

(1)PubMed.com(2010)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19952013

Sleep, Glorious Sleep!

 

 

2:00 am…2:20 am… 2:47 am ….

There’s nothing worse than experiencing a phase of sleepless nights. Sometimes it goes on for days, sometimes for months or years. There can be many reasons for lack of sleep. Everything from noise, exposure to electronic devices,  hormonal changes, stress, and worry. Whatever the reason, it can be very taxing and even affect your health.

Lack of sleep can cross barriers of cultures, age, and sexes, although research has shown that usually older adults experience it more and a greater number of women suffer from it than men.{1}

Some essential oils can be of help to some for falling asleep; being calming not only to the mind but also to the body. They can quiet busy thoughts and relax tense muscles. One needs to only diffuse a synergy such as Plant Therapy’s Sleep Aid, or Sweet Dreams or Nighty Night to feel your body relaxing and your mind letting go. My personal pick is Tranquil to help me wind down. Sometimes, it just a matter of getting a little extra help to get one to sleep, and then you are able to stay asleep.

Plant Therapy offers several blends formulated with sleep in mind, and there are excellent singles as well. There are so many different choices and I like to experiment with different essential oils in order to find the perfect blend to help me fall asleep and stay asleep. One blend I might diffuse includes Vetiver, Orange Sweet,  Chamomile RomanCedarwood Himalayan, and Frankincense Carteri. I would use amounts similar to this:

 

Just One Sleep Blend

1 drop of Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides

2 drop of Orange Sweet Citrus sinensis

1 drop of Chamomile Roman Chamaemelum nobile

3 drops of Cedarwood Himalayan Cedrus deodara

2 drops of Frankincense Carteri Boswellia carteri

 

Here is a chart that Plant Therapy has put together to help you get some zzzzzs;

Download Sleep Chart HERE :

 

Sources;

({1}University of Maryland Medical Center, http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/insomnia

Chakra Synergies for Self Care

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


 

Have you heard about Plant Therapy’s new Chakra Synergies Set?

Wondering what it is all about?

Wondering if it is for you?

Wondering how to get started?

I am super excited about this offering.

The intention of the Chakra Synergy line is to create simplicity and accessibility for those who wish to bring self-balancing practices into our self-care routines for a greater sense of wellbeing.

As with the mind and body, aromatherapy can provide powerful support for our spirit to support a greater sense of  balance from the inside out.

So, let’s get started on learning more about Chakras!

 

 

 

 

How Chakras Impact Our Wellbeing

Chakras are subtle energy centers that intersect with our mind, body, and spirit. The major chakras are located along our spine in ascending order from base to crown. These chakras take in and transmit energy throughout our entire being.

When our chakras are in balance our natural energy flows smoothly, creating a sense of overall well-being. Stress, negative thinking, and wounds or traumas to any part of our being can disrupt this vital balance.

If you are new to the concept of chakras, how they impact our well-being, and how aromatherapy can help, I recommend you start by reading “So What Exactly is Subtle Aromatherapy” for an introduction to the basics.

This is just the beginning, of course. Like aromatherapy, energy work provides a vast path to develop and deepen your learning.  And, like other areas of aromatherapy, there are reputable thought leaders, teachers, and authors specific to subtle aromatherapy should you wish to study this synergy for the spirit.

 

 

How to Choose a Chakra Synergy for Your Needs

These synergies were created with the intention of gently supporting balance in each of the unique chakras.

 

 

GROUNDED FOUNDATION

Chakra: 1ST/ROOT

Location:  Base of Spine

Concerns:  Sense safety, security, and trust in the world, while feeling present and grounded and present in our body.

 

 

 

 

 

JOYFUL CREATION

Chakra: 2ND/SACRAL

Location: Lower Abdomen

Concerns:  Ability to experience emotional security, passion, and pleasure in creative expression and connection to others.

 

 

 

 

 

SELF MANIFESTATION

 Chakra: 3rd /SOLAR PLEXUS

Location: Solar Plexus

Concern: Sense of self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence while retaining warmth and graciousness toward others.

 

 

 

 

 

LOVING COMPASSION

Chakra: 4th/HEART

Location:  Center of Breastbone

Concerns: Open to love, acceptance, forgiveness, and compassion for self and others

 

 

 

 

 

TRUE EXPRESSION

 Chakra: 5th/THROAT

Location: Center of Throat

Concerns: Ability to identify and speak your true needs while in integrity with yourself and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLEAR INTUITION

Chakra: 6th/THIRD EYE

Location: Center of Forehead/ Between Brows

Concerns: Ability to clearly “see” conceptually and symbolically through intuition, perception, visualization, and imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHER CONNECTION

 Chakra: 7th/CROWN

Location: Top of Head

Concerns: Sense of connection to a higher consciousness, higher purpose, and higher self.

 

 

 

 

How to Use the Chakra Synergies

Because we are working with our subtle body — which houses our spirit, our core essence and our natural energy flow — we recommend you use these synergies at a much less intensity than used for the mind and body in order to resonate, rather than overwhelm, the subtle nature of our energy.

 

  • Dilution: Use at 1 drop per teaspoon, or 6 drops per ounce for a 1% dilution. Use a more subtle scent in direct inhalation, or room diffusion. A drop will do for passive diffusion.

 

  • Inhalation: Inhalation from the bottle is too overwhelming to the senses and subtle body. Simply add 1 drop to a tissue or cotton ball, or aromatherapy jewelry. You can also add 5 drops per 100 ml to your diffuser and run for a short period, or add 15 drops to your personal inhaler and breathe in gently. You may also choose to use these at half-strength if the scent is more strong than subtle depending on your proximity. The key is to get a gentle hint of the scent and not to overwhelm the senses.

 

  • Topical Application: Dilute to 1% in Jojoba or other carrier oil of your choice. You may wish to anoint your chakras. Anointing is an ancient practice across spiritual traditions in which an oil is applied with intention. It is often used for protection, to connect with the sacred, to empower, and to support wellness. You may wish to anoint your chakra, pulse points, or nearby areas of the body. For the first chakra, you may use the soles of the feet and/or touch behind the knees.

 

  • Combination: Add drops diluted to 1% to the hands and then anoint the chakra, pulse point, or body area desired. Then, bring the hands up to inhale and relax into a mindful balancing practice.

 

How to Combine Chakra Synergies with Mindfulness Techniques

When working with aromatherapy for the spirit, we can create an even more expansive experience when combined with mindfulness techniques such as these outlined below.  This synergy for the senses can help  bring  balance, harmony, and well-being within our whole being.

Please know there are no hard and fast rules, but rather an artful practice based on intention and intuition.  Allow yourself to unplug from your thinking mind, and tap into your inner wisdom.

To help you on your way, I have outlined some traditionally accepted and accessible suggestions as a starting point. The most important thing is to find what works for your unique needs at any given time.

 

Intention – Setting a clear purpose and using your synergy with that purpose in mind. This is likely the most important aspect when using aromatherapy to bring balance to the subtle body.

Suggested Usage: direct inhalation

 

Affirmation– Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. These are always stated in the present tense. And, you might want to consider aligning them with the concerns of the chakra with which you are working. For example, if you are working to bring balance to your 1st Chakra, you might like to affirm “I am safe.”

Suggested Usage: direct inhalation, anointing

 

Visualization: Using your mind’s eye to create a healing image on which to focus. You might choose to focus on a generally soothing and calming image, or you may wish to create a healing image specific to the chakra with which you are working.

Suggested Usage: diffusion, direct inhalation, anointing

 

Meditation: Calming the conscious mind to allow for inward introspection and higher information. This is when you can hear your spirit speak while you are soothing the mind and the body.

Suggested Usage: diffusion, direct inhalation, anointing

 

As you can see subtle aromatherapy is another approach to enhancing our wellbeing by bringing gentle support to the spirit. The synergies are meant to help make the practice of subtle aromatherapy accessible whether it is new to you, or you are an experienced practitioner.

The synergies themselves are created with the intention of resonating with each chakra in combination with the power of your conscious intention. They are not meant to simply apply to “fix a symptom,” but rather to support you in bringing self-balancing techniques into your self-care routines to enhance your overall well-being.

I hope this helps you on your way. Should you wish to explore the chakras and subtle aromatherapy more, you will find some reputable resources listed below. I wish you well on your wellness journey!

 


Sources:

Davis, Patricia. Subtle Aromatherapy. Saffron Walden: C.W. Daniel, 1992. Print

Judith, Anodea, and Selene Vega. The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body & Spirit through the Chakras. Freedom, CA: Crossing, 1993. Print.

Judith, Anodea. Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self. Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 2004. Print.

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

 

Carrier oils – The Other Part of the Equation

Carrier oils have become so exciting to me! I used to think of them as just oils used to dilute essential oils. But in reality, there is much more to them than that. Did you know that Argan Carrier Oil can help with scars and with the skin’s elasticity as well as to nourish the hair? Camellia Carrier Oil is great for mature skin, and to help when you’ve experienced sun damage…Rosehip Carrier Oil is rejuvenating to the skin, can be used on minor burns and wounds, and can be helpful for other skin issues. Some carrier oils like Jojoba (which is really a wax) and Meadowfoam can actually extend the shelf life of other carrier oils. Jojoba is also most like our natural sebum and is well received by our skin and rich in Vitamin E. Tamanu is one of the newest carrier oils that we have and one we are very excited about. This shimmery, thicker carrier oil  is amazing at helping with skin issues, irritations, and minor wounds.  It is best used in a blend because of it’s viscosity and strong scent.

We must remember that these carriers come from plants as well and have their own constituents. Although they are not concentrated like essential oils (which makes them very safe), they do have properties and characteristics of their own. They can determine how fast an essential oil will penetrate, depending on the viscosity of the carrier and how many Omega 9’s that they contain. Carrier oils can be blended as well, to create a synergy of their own and be helpful in adding to the benefits of an essential oil, when combined.

 

Correct storage is important with carrier oils because they are made up of fats, which can go rancid.  Most carrier oils, should be stored in the refrigerator.  The shelf life is much shorter than essential oils, so by all means use them up! Don’t save them for a special occasion or you’ll be missing out daily on the benefits of these great oils. If your oil is approaching a year in age, and you still have a full bottle then try using it as a cleanser or moisturizer. Then you can see which carrier oils agree with your skin type. Many have found the the Oil Cleanse Method to be beneficial for them.

It’s a personal decision whether to buy an expeller pressed, which is extracted by steam method, or a cold pressed carrier oil.  While cold pressed does retain more of the beneficial oils, there are benefits to steam distilling too. These beneficial properties can be acquired that didn’t exist without steam distillation, as in the case of fractionated coconut oil; fractionated coconut oil will gain more caprylic acid through steam distillation and in other carrier oils it will decrease the fatty acids.

We’ve created a chart that will be an easy reference for the single carrier oils that we currently carry.  It can help with the basic questions about carriers and will be helpful for a quick comparison regarding different common issues.

 

At Plant Therapy, we have an extensive, lovely selection of carrier oils.  Here is a list of the single carrier oils that we carry:

Amond Carrier Oil (Virgin, Sweet)

Apricot Kernel Oil

Argan Carrier Oil (Organic)

Avocado Carrier Oil

Camellia Seed Carrier Oil

Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil

Evening Primrose Carrier Oil

Grapeseend carrier Oil

 Hazelnut Carrier Oil 

Hemp Seed Carrier Oil

Hemp Seed Carrier Oil  (Organic)

Jojoba (Golden) Carrier Oil

Meadowfoam Carrier Oil

Sunflower Carrier Oil (organic)

Tamanu Carrier Oil

 

Download Carrier Oil Chart HERE:

Carrier oil preferences are an individual choice and everyone has different skin types. We hope that you will explore carrier oils and their benefits.

 

Which carrier oil is your favorite?

 

References:

Price, Len and Shirley.  Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy and Massage. 

Worword, Valerie Ann.   The Complete Book of Essential oils and Aromatherapy.