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Happy Thanksgiving & 25 Days of Christmas

Dear Friends,

Everyone here at Plant Therapy wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.  On this day of expressions of gratitude, we are thankful for YOU, our amazing customers!

We will be out of the office on Thursday, Nov. 23 to be with our families. But then, for the next 25 days in a row, we’re 100% focused on you!

That’s right, Plant Therapy’s 25 Days of Christmas is back!

It all begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.  For those who have been with us a while, you know how much fun 25 Days of Christmas is.

If you’re new to Plant Therapy (first of all, Welcome!), we will just tell you this:  This year will be the biggest and best 25 Days of Christmas we’ve ever had at Plant Therapy!

We have so many awesome deals and fun surprises planned for you. We just can’t wait! Follow us on Facebook and check your email inbox every day! 

But, first… go enjoy Thanksgiving with your family. And we’ll see you on Friday!

Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil: We Listened To You!

Christmas came early this year!

Tuesday, November 21:  Plant Therapy became the first essential oil company in the world to offer USDA Certified Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil.

“More and more people are seeking organic solutions,” said Chris Jones, President of Plant Therapy. “Fractionated Coconut Oil is our most popular carrier oil, and we are so excited that we can now offer our customers this product that is USDA Certified Organic.”

Why did we seek to out an Organic form of Fractionated Coconut Oil?  Because YOU, the customers. Many of you often ask about all things organic — so it just made sense.

Did you know: Plant Therapy now offers 69 individual products that are USDA Certified Organic. 

Coconut oil has long been a popular carrier oil in the essential oils industry, but this is the first organically produced MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) form to hit the market.  

What sets this oil apart from other fractionated carrier oils is the extraction method. It is extracted using a USDA NOP (National Organic Program) process that does not use chemicals or heat to separate certain chains of fatty acids. This process refines, clarifies, and deodorizes the oil. Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil will always remain liquid regardless of temperature. It will not solidify.

Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, which comes in 4 oz. or 16 oz., absorbs very quickly into the skin, making it ideal for use with any essential oil or blend. This organic carrier oil can be used to moisturize the skin, remove makeup, and keep hair lustrous and smooth. It readily penetrates skin, making it perfect for rollerball blends, creams and lotions. It leaves no greasy feeling on the skin. Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil produces a barrier on the skin, but will not clog pores.

We think you’ll love it!

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #6

Holidays are wonderful and full of joyful traditions. My husband, our children and I are originally from Texas. We moved far away from the rest of our family to Idaho two years ago, which has forced us to change some of our family traditions. We used to get together at my mother-in-laws and help her make different foods. While we cooked, the kids would lay around in their pajamas all day watching Christmas movies while having a cup of hot cocoa with a candy cane sitting in the mug.

But now it’s just us.

I really miss being able to help my mother-in-law in the kitchen.  To me, she has always been like my second mom, so it’s hard not having her and the rest of the family here with us.

The hardest part? Decorating.

Decorating my own home for Christmas has not always been my thing. In the past, we would spend most of our time at my in-laws, so I would help my mother-in-law decorate her home. This will be my second year decorating more than just the Christmas tree.

Here is a beautiful holiday blend that I will use this year to fill my home with joy:

Pine Cone Delight-Master Blend

10 drops of Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum verum

10 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia

6 drops of Coffee Coffea arabica

6 drops of Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis

4 drops of Rhododendron Rhododendron anthopogon

Shake well and add 2-3 drops per pine cone. Place them on coffee tables or as a centerpiece on your dining table to bring out the wonderful aroma.

This blend can be used in many different DIY projects.

I hope everyone has a joyful Christmas full of love, lots of blessing, and that you will continue to create memories and amazing traditions with your family. 

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Vanilla, Vanilla, Where Art Thou? The Story Behind the Vanilla Bean Shortage

The worldwide vanilla shortage has caused many companies like Plant Therapy to seek solutions.

 

Once upon a time in a beautiful land a strange and sad happening occurred. There was a dark cloud that came over the land and suddenly, there was a great shortage of Vanilla CO2! There was wailing and gnashing of teeth as people wanted to make DIYs, and to diffuse this beautiful, calming product,  and to include its delectable sweetness in blends.

People ran to Plant Therapy, knowing that if anyone would have it, they would! But alas, they too were unable to obtain it.

Where has all the vanilla gone? 

Vanilla is from an orchid plant and is grown in Madagascar. This country has roughly 79% of the world’s vanilla fields. Due to the shortage, the price of vanilla per pound has gone up from $11 per pound in 2011, to $193 per pound in 2016. This very labor-intensive crop takes 3-4 years from the time vanilla is planted until they can harvest. Then, it can take an additional 3-6 months to cure the beans. There are only approximately 3,000 tons of vanilla produced each year. Due to challenges in nature, vanilla in short supply — such as drought and cyclones. [1] [2]

Bottom line? 

Vanilla, of course, is in big demand for food products. It’s also a main ingredient in skincare products and perfume.  However, due to the short supply, companies are having to find substitutions or discontinue production.

Likewise, at Plant Therapy, we have felt the effects of this vanilla shortage and have had to make adjustments. We currently cannot offer Vanilla CO2 sold individually. We do have Vanilla Oleoresin, and a few blends with vanilla.

Peru Balsam to the rescue!

Peru Balsam does have a scent very similar to vanilla.  Like vanilla, it can be calming and comforting. It can ease nervous tension and promote tranquility.  It creates that “homey” atmosphere and is complementary to many other essential oils. We have used this in holiday blends as a substitute for vanilla in synergies that are not KidSafe. We do have to use caution as Peru Balsam can be irritating to the skin if used above recommended amounts, so please follow instructions on label or website.  

We are always looking to provide essential oils and other products that our customers find helpful, pleasing, and affordable. We also strive to be a transparent company, and we hope this will shed light on the background challenges that we face, and our quest to serve our customers in the best way possible. 

 

Sources:

[1] cbnews, 2017, Vanilla Bean Shortage in Madagascar drives up prices in the U.S.  CBS This Morning.   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vanilla-bean-shortage-madagascar-drives-up-us-prices/

[2] Fieldhouse, Crystal, Ecology Skincare,  2017, What the Worldwide Vanilla Shortage means for Ecology Skincare. https://ecologyskincare.com/worldwide-vanilla-shortage-means-ecology-skincare/

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #5

I have always found Christmas and the Holidays to be such a magical time of year. Even though the weather outside can be very frightful, especially here in Idaho, there is a certain warmth in the frosty air. People seem friendlier, colors are brighter, there is music everywhere, and there is a certain sense of togetherness that can only be felt around Christmas.

But what’s the BEST part of the holidays?…

From the time I was a child, I have always loved giving gifts! When I was young, my Grandpa would give me $20 to go Christmas shopping for my family. It always made me feel like I had hit the jackpot and I could spoil my family with their greatest desires — as long as those desires could be found at my local dollar store. The joy of finding that “perfect gift” far surpassed the feeling of opening my own presents on Christmas morning. I will never forget the look on my youngest brother’s face when he opened a toy car in his favorite color or my Mom’s reaction to an “I heart Mom” mug.

As an adult, I still love the joy and excitement of giving gifts to my loved ones. Whenever possible I challenge myself to hand-make presents that come from the heart and that I know each individual will enjoy. While I have always had brothers, thanks to my amazing husband I now have more sisters than I can count on one hand. Gift giving to these lovely ladies is so much fun and has opened up a whole new world of handmade gifts.

This year, we all plan to spend the Holidays together, so I thought it would be fun to create a cute, girly, stocking stuffer for each of them.

~ DIY Lip Gloss ~

What you will need:

What you will do:

  1. In a double boiler melt down all ingredients with the exception of the mica powder and essential oils.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the mica powder. I used a teaspoon of mica but you can use more if you want the color to be more prominent.
  3. Stir in 10-20 drops of Blood Orange Essential Oil (or the essential oil of your choice).
  4. Using a transfer pipette, move the mixture to the lip gloss tubes and assemble.
  5. Once cooled, apply to the lips for a sparkling glossy look.

Happy Holidays!

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #4

By: Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

During this season of celebration, we take time for giving and gathering with loved ones.

But there’s a problem:  At the same time, it can also mean less time for respite and restoration of ourselves, leading to a sense of depletion. Yet, if we can give ourselves the time to gather our energy, we can gain a much greater sense of well-being, even during the hustle and bustle.

Improve You Life in Just 20 Minutes?

Meditation allows us that necessary timeout to calm our conscious mind and tap into our core essence so that we may nourish ourselves from our own inner source of strength. Research has shown just 20 minutes a day can have a positive impact on our health, down to the genetic level, by boosting the immune response and reducing the inflammation response which are both linked to stress.  Even short, single sessions yield positive results.[1] You may wish to read “M Is For Meditation” for more about the positive effects of meditation and how to get started with some simple steps.

I can’t emphasize this enough:  

Aromatherapy excels in helping to calm the mind and soothe the spirit, making it a perfect partner for meditation. In thinking about a special synergy for this season, I was inspired by the gifts of the Magi. Also known as wise men, who hailed from the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia, Magi make appearances in ancient texts across many spiritual traditions.[2] The story, of course, with which we are most familiar this time of year is the visit of the Magi to Jesus upon his birth to present the precious gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Inspired by these historically prized offerings, this modern-day synergy of aromatic essences is rich in scent for the spirit.

~ Meditation of the Magi ~

2 drops Davana (Gold) Artemisia pallens

2 drops Myrrh Commiphora myrrha

1 drop Frankincense Carteri CO2 Boswellia carteri

 

Why Do These Oils Matter? 

The aromatics of the essences in this synergy have been used throughout time in sacred ceremonies across many spiritual traditions. This synergy is calming to the conscious mind while supporting introspection, meditation and prayer, and restoration of our mind, body, and spirit. These essences can support us in strengthening our spiritual selves through connection to higher consciousness and higher information while keeping us grounded in our bodies.

Use this synergy according to your personal preference. For inhalation, add 5 drops to a Diffuser, 15 drops to an Aromatherapy Inhaler, or 1 drop to an Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket.

You may also choose to apply topically as an anointing blend or perfume creating a 1-2% dilution (3-6 drops) in 10 ml rollerball bottle with Jojoba Carrier Oil or carrier oil of your choice.

Cautions: Not KidSafe®. Avoid during breastfeeding and pregnancy.

 


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Sources:

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

Lawless, Julia. Aromatherapy and the Mind. HarperCollins Publishers. 2014. Kindle Edition.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: a Guide to Blending and Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials. NW College for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, 2011.

Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments. New World Library, 2016.

[1] Quinn, Corina. “Reset Your Health.” Yoga Journal June 2014: 22.

[2] “Magi.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Aug. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magi.

 

No Shave November: How to Groom a Manly Beard

No-Shave November. Movember. Any excuse NOT to shave for a month.

Guys, this one’s for you.

November is the time when men put their razors down and let their facial hair grow wild, natural – and sometimes a little unruly.

Plant Therapy President Chris Jones, who knows a thing or two about beards.

But first, a quick backstory…

Traditionally, No Shave November and Movember are month-long campaigns aimed to increase awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. Whether you just want a fabulous statement-making mustache or the thick, warm beard of a mountain man, November is the perfect time to grow awareness for an important cause. 

But there’s a catch…

It’s not as simple as just skipping your morning shave all month; to keep that mane more manageable, you need more than just a soapy scrub in the shower. Head-turning and admirable facial hair happens when you add some of Plant Therapy’s All-Natural Beard Oil to your stock of grooming supplies. Beard oil moisturizes hair follicles and the skin beneath it, tames fly-aways, eliminates flakes, and keeps those whiskers healthy, clean, and looking great!

Plant Therapy’s complete Beard Set

Plant Therapy offers two distinct beard oils: Smokey Lumberjack and Urban Fresh. Smokey Lumberjack features the essential oils of Patchouli and Cedarwood for a deep, smokey scent. Urban Fresh – with Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Lemon – has a bold, fresh smell that is easy to love.  The longer you put off adding Plant Therapy’s Beard Oil to your morning routine, the dustier, flakier, and shaggier that facial hair will get. Don’t let your collar get covered in unattractive ‘beard-drift’. Instead, keep it kissably soft and smelling ridiculously good with beard oil, and consider pairing the oil with Plant Therapy’s Beard Balm to take that face to the next level.

How can you actually use this?

Check out our beard sets for tips on making your beard the absolute best it can be! Be one with your beard. 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #3

 

Around September, I have a lot of ideas for my perfect Christmas – ideas of grandeur and everything in its perfect place and decorated like a Wayfair photoshoot. The reality is, my Christmases are more like a “nailed it” picture. I do have fun putting up all my decorations, and I love baking. My attempts are far from perfect, although my  grandkids appreciate them. I will leave perfection to those who dwell on that, and I will dwell on the things that make my Christmases special.

I have an inexpensive nutcracker collection of all sizes and types. The kids love to look at them, talk about them, and rearrange them. I have decorations up for a month, and every time the grandkids go home after a visit,  I see that  the nutcrackers have been arranged differently. I have to smile. I think of those little hands and imaginations, and of my love for those little people.

With Christmas comes wonderful, delectable scents from the kitchen. I love to make cinnamon rolls, cookies, and rocky road candy. Earlier in the year, we make fresh pressed apple juice from our apples so that we have plenty for the Christmas season to enjoy spiced cider and to give some away. I think of Christmases past, and my mom making wonderful traditional cookies and mincemeat empanadas. My son now makes tamales with his little girls, and he said he’d teach me how this year. We’ve come full circle.

A few years ago, I made these cute nativity hand puppets. We have a simple little production with our grandkids while the parents watch. Each child gets a puppet and Grandpa reads the Christmas story while they act it out. It’s sweet and funny and it’s possible that the person with the sheep may be tripping over the wise man, or Mary (or the person with the Mary puppet) might be crying. It’s a surprise every year and I can’t wait. I know that time flies and they are little for just a short while. I will cherish every moment like I did when their parents were little.

I’d like to invite you into our little get together. Pour a cup of cider, grab a cushion and get ready for the show of a lifetime! Or at least the show of my lifetime. It’s a good one….

Here is a recipe to make your holidays more memorable and hopefully more comfortable during the dry Winter months.

 

Skin Nourishing Body Oil

8 drops Amyris Amyris balsamifera

6 drops  Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini var motia

6 drops  Bergamot Citrus bergamia

4 drops  Spearmint Mentha spicata

2 ounces DermiSoothe Carrier Oil Blend

Mix essential oils into DermiSoothe and apply to dry areas of the body.

 

My wish for you is to have a  memorable, loving and peaceful Holiday season.

 

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #2

 

Having three sisters and three brothers, getting together with the family is quite a fun experience any time of year. It is a tradition of ours to all go cut down our own Christmas trees. With the seven siblings, each with their spouse and kids, we now have quite a group. Sometimes we go the day before Thanksgiving or a day or two after, depending on everyone’s schedule. We go and get our permits ahead of time so that we are ready bright and early in the morning.

With an early start,  it is donuts and juice in the cars and trucks on the way up to the mountains. Once getting to the mountains, we suit up, as most of the time it is snowing and cold. It is so worth it. After searching for multiple trees – one for each family that goes and Mom and Dad’s – it is hours later when we break for lunch, which is usually sandwiches made from leftover turkey and some chips. After eating lunch, some return to tree hunting, while others play in the snow and some ride on ATV’s. Once all the trees are found and gathered, we get together at the cars and drink hot chocolate that was made early that morning to warm us up. Upon returning with our treasures to Mom and Dad’s, we diffuse a KidSafe blend and make clothespin diffusers or ornaments for the tree. One of the things that we will be diffusing this year is Sweet Goodness.

 

Sweet Goodness

3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

3 drops of Marjoram Sweet Essential Oil

Just a simple blend of sweet goodness that is KidSafe®.

 

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #1

By: Brodie Lapray, Certified Aromatherapist

 

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas decorations and how beautiful they make my home. I also enjoy the music, the lights, and of course all the goodies. I spend a lot of time baking with my kids around the holidays. Call me crazy, but I love snow and how it makes everything so beautiful. I love to play outside in the snow with my kids.

On Christmas Eve we get to spend time with the whole family, some of whom we only see once a year. Then it’s off to bed in new pajamas to wait for Santa. Christmas morning is the only day of the year when I’m excited to see my kids sneaking into my room at 4 am to inform me that Santa has come and asking if I could please get up. Christmas to me is spending time with the ones I love and making memories together.

Santa’s Cookies Body Butter is easy to make and smells like cookies. With over 24 hours of super-rich hydration, this deeply nourishing whipped body butter leaves your skin feeling moisturized and replenished. It also makes a great gift for Christmas, if you can give it away after smelling it.

 

Santa’s Cookies Body Butter

What you will need:

What you will do:

  1. Place all ingredients except the essential oils in a double boiler or glass bowl over simmering water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.
  4. Place in fridge for 1 hour, or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Using a hand mixer, whip for 10 minutes or until fluffy.
  6. Return to the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. Store in a glass jar with a lid and keep in a cool place, as it may get too soft if it gets too warm.

 

From our home to yours, Happy Holidays!

 

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