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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.

Himalayan Salt Inhalers: Demystified!

Plant Therapy’s Himalayan Salt Inhaler is an all-natural salt air therapy.

 

You may have heard about the many benefits of Himalayan salt floating around the internet recently. Advocates of Himalayan salt have stated that the delicious mineral has health benefits not only when sprinkled on our food, but when inhaled through a Himalayan salt inhaler.

They cite Himalayan salt as the holistic cure for asthma and hay fever, as well as a variety of other lung diseases. But are they all true?

Here at Plant Therapy, we want to clear up the confusion so you can make the best natural health choice! That’s why we’ve compiled this handy list –

4 Ways Himalayan Salt Inhalers Are Beneficial to Your Health

1. Brings down inflammation.
As you breathe through a Himalayan salt inhaler, moisture present in the air you breathe gathers microscopic particles of Himalayan salt from the inhaler, bringing down inflammation by moistening mucus membranes in your lungs. It may not cure asthma, but it brings real relief to people with difficulty breathing deeply due to slight respiratory challenges!

2. It’s antibacterial.
Throughout the 18th century, Polish salt miners were documented as having noticeably better immune systems than the rest of their families. They claimed this was connected to the fact that the miners were inhaling the salt-rich air of the mines all day.

3. Promotes better sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping because of seasonal threats, using a salt inhaler may allow you to get the restful sleep you’re craving because it naturally balances out your body’s histamine response.

4. A natural stress reliever.
If you’ve ever been to the beach, you know the peaceful feeling you get after just ten minutes of breathing that ocean air. That’s because of the high salt content in ocean air. Himalayan salt inhalers reproduce that effect without the vacation costs!

Unfortunately, many Himalayan Salt Inhalers tend to be highly expensive and cheaply made.

However, the Plant Therapy Himalayan Salt Inhaler is made with high quality materials and includes 4 oz. of pure, all-natural Himalayan salt of the highest quality and food grade available, mined straight from Himalayan salt mines!

Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Searching for the best gift ideas for 2017?  We’ve got you covered for everyone on your list.

Remember, the best gifts come in small packages — bottles!

Best Gift For Mom

What gift do you give the woman who gave you the most precious gift there is —Life.

Precious Oils Set and Precious Flowers Set contain some of the world’s most cherished essential oils.  The Precious Oils Set contains 5 ml of each Helichrysum Italicum, Blue Tansy, and Sandalwood Australian. The Precious Flowers Set has Rose Absolute, Neroli, and Jasmine Absolute. We don’t have enough space in this blog post to describe the many amazing qualities and benefits of these oils (but feel free to click the links and explore for yourself!)  Trust us, this gift will bring a tear to mom’s eye. And it’s all gorgeously packaged in little wooden box. A perfect gift for any oil lover!

Best Gift For Dad

Dad works hard, and let’s face it — he’s not getting any younger. Muscle Aloe Jelly might be one of our favorite products of all time! It feels so good after working in the yard, or after the gym when sore spots tend to nag. It absorbs and works quickly, and has a more pleasant smell than some of the other stuff you’ve probably tried.

The perfect icy/hot combination, Muscle Aloe Jelly is a combination of soothing and relaxing essential oils mixed perfectly with hydrating aloe jelly. In this gift to dad, don’t forget to include a “coupon” for a free shoulder massage!

 Best Gift for Brother or Sister

Need a gift for a sibling? Recently, Plant Therapy released a new portable diffuser that allows you to take your essential oils wherever you go, and plug into any USB or 12V port. It’s perfect for your car, laptop, or work cubicle. Diffuse on the move comes in four different colors, plus you can order a package of replacement bottles with wicks, which allows you to easily switch from one oil to another. This will be one of the hottest gifts of the year!

Best Gifts For Kids
As the first essential oil company to release a line of oils specially formulated for children (in 2014), Plant Therapy has dozens of KidSafe products. But our favorites might be PJ, Otis and Coco:

Best Gift For Grandparents

To quote one of the reviews on our Evening Primrose Body Cream: “Best Cream EVER!”

As we age, our skin changes. This luscious cream is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive and dry skin. It’s full of Vitamins A and E, which will help keep your Grandparents’ skin looking smoother, younger and healthier. Evening Primrose Body Cream is unscented, too. You can use it as-is, or you may choose to customize by adding your favorite essential oils.

Best Gift For Best Friend

We’re assuming here that your BFF is an essential oil lover. If not, we recommend finding a new BFF (Kidding!…. sort of).

For your girl friends, a thoughtful DIY is the perfect gift, whether it be homemade bath salts, sugar scrubs or lotions.

For a guy, we recommend Organic Healing Balm. It’s a miracle worker. With no strong scent, this amazing balm moisturizes, relieves dry irritated skin, and leaves the skin feeling silky and soft (but in a manly way).

For Someone Who Has Never Heard Of Essential Oils:

We recently posted this question on our Facebook page and received hundreds of great answers from our customers! So Click Here and see what they had to say! (Scroll down to the post from Nov. 20, 2017.)  Remember, when introducing someone to essential oils, it’s important they learn to use them safely. Consider including a book or other information resource with your gift.

Best Gift For Co-Workers, Neighbors, Teachers

Looking for that catch-all gift for all the friendly acquaintances on your list? Something that says “Happy Holidays, I’m thinking of you,” without breaking the bank? Look no further than the 2017 Holiday Blends.  Spiced Apple Cider, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Winter Wreath, Snow Flurries and Christmas Tree — all come with an Aroma Stone Ornament, so the gift recipient doesn’t need to be an essential oil veteran or own a diffuser. They can simply apply 2-3 drops to the ornament and hang it on their tree.

You can even save money by purchasing the Holiday 6 Set and knock out a half-dozen of the people on your list for only $10 per gift.

Best Gift For Yourself!

Don’t forget to treat yourself.  During all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, give yourself the gift of happiness in a bottle. Not sure which essential oil to try next?  We have a team of Certified Aromatherapists here to help point you in the right direction. Don’t be shy — we love chatting with our customers! Email cs@planttherapy.com, or call 800-917-6577, or send us a message on Facebook.