Essential Oils Blog

What to Buy the Top 3 Bunnies on Your Easter List


Have you stocked your Easter baskets yet? We have!

Easter is April 1 this year, which means it’s time to stuff every-bunny’s basket! We’ve got three great ideas for egg-citing Easter gifts, as well as some very bunny puns:


1. For the baby bunny: KidSafe® Lil’ Stinkers plush

essential-oils-easterIf you’ve been waiting to try out one of our KidSafe® Lil’ Stinkers, Easter is the perfect time to try one out for the Lil’ Stinker in your life.

Coco, PJ and Otis arrive at your door specially packaged for Easter, with a cute card, Easter grass and their own signature synergy, perfect for Easter baskets.

Want to mix and match? You can also buy each Lil’ Stinker’s synergy individually packaged for Easter.


2. For the essential oils beginner bunny: Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils gift set.

Is the some-bunny special in your life just getting started falling in love with essential oils? Get them going with this adorable set of our best-selling oils, packaged in a wooden gift box with an Easter card.

Want even more? We also wrapped Plant Therapy’s Fruits Set up just for Easter. This set is perfect for every fruit lover! Is your bunny’s favorite scent Tangerine, Grapefruit Pink, Lemon or another fruit essential oil?  We’ve got you covered with this set of 6 of our top fruity scents, wrapped and packaged for Easter.


3. For Some-Bunny special: our beloved Bouquet Blend Synergy Essential Oil.essential-oils-easter

Better than a bouquet of Easter Lillies, our Banquet Synergy Essential Oil Bouquet Blend offers the fresh, floral scents of Lavender and Palmarosa, combined with the zesty citrus scents of Mandarin and Lemon, and topped off with the tranquil, soft, woodsy scent of Ho Wood. This synergy is sure to provide a boost of energy and a breath of fresh air to elate the mind of your some-bunny.

Be sure to check out Plant Therapy’s Easter gift shop for more egg-celent gift ideas!

The Top 4 Do’s and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils on Kids

If you’ve already got a huge collection of essential oils, and want to use up your stash before committing to a guaranteed KidSafe® option, that’s totally ok! You just need to take a few extra steps first:


1. Do dilute your oils before using them for your kids.

Remember kids are not tiny adults! Their smaller bodies mean they need less essential oils to get the same benefit as an adult.

Basically, a little bit goes a very, very long way. That’s great, and diluting also means more bang for your buck, and who doesn’t love that?

Dilution by age*:

  • Premature infant: Do not use
  • 0-3 months old: 0.1-0.2% dilution
  • 3-24 months old: 0.25-0.50% dilution
  • 2-6 years old: 1.0-2.0% dilution
  • 6-15 years old: 1.5-3% dilution
  • 15+ years old: 2.5-5.0% dilution

*These are the approximate percentages of essential oil dilution by age. Always start with the minimum and work your way up.


2. Do use a carrier oil when applying oils on your child’s skin.

A child’s skin is different from adult skin; it’s thinner and more sensitive.

Even though most essential oils won’t irritate your skin, you should still dilute essential oil in a good carrier oil before applying to your child’s skin.

A “carrier oil” is a base oil used to dilute your essential oils and protect skin against direct contact. Mix 1-2 drops of essential oil in 1-3 teaspoons of a carrier oil like Grapeseed Carrier Oil, Coconut Carrier Oil, Almond Carrier Oil, Avocado Carrier Oil, or other mild, gentle, skin-friendly oil.

You get all the same benefits—a carrier oil just adds extra moisture for their delicate skin.


3. Don’t give your child essential oils internally.

Again–remember that one drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or 10 teaspoons of tincture. Diffusing essential oils or applying them to the skin is a very safe and effective, way to use essential oils for your kids.


4. Don’t take essential oils internally while you’re pregnant.

How to use essential oils (topically and diffused while pregnant is a question we see often, and it’s no surprise! As a new mom, you’re 100% correct to ask questions and prioritize your baby’s health.

Do remember that essential oils do cross the placenta, and your fetus is more susceptible to the effects of essential oils than you are. For this reason we don’t suggest taking essential oils internally while you’re pregnant. You can absolutely still diffuse essential oils, or use them on your skin.

You’ve heard us say with essential oils “less is more,” and that’s especially true when using essential oils during pregnancy. The more often you choose to use essential oils the more you will absorb, and the more crosses the placenta.

Like many things during pregnancy, it’s best to limit essential oil usage to relieving symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, or occasional head tension. You still get all the wonderful benefits of essential oils, without overexposing yourself or your growing baby.

Most of the time, though, this ends up being a non-issue. I mean, pregnancy makes women so sensitive to smells that I don’t know any women who would use too much essential oil–our pregnant bodies do a great job of telling us how much is safe!

And remember, when you’re ready to incorporate specific KidSafe® essential oils into your routine, we’ve got you covered!

Lucky Synergy

Our Lucky Synergy is back, but only for a limited time! If you’ve never enjoyed the bright, clean, cirtus-y aroma of this synergy, make this the year you do! The blend of Bergamot, Lime Steam Distilled, and Spearmint creates an energizing atmosphere that boosts confidence, brightens your day, and adds a spring to your step!

For some added fun, with every purchase of Lucky you get an exclusive Plant Therapy Lucky Scratcher. You have a chance of winning up to $250 worth of Plant Therapy products! Feeling Lucky?

To refresh tired feet, enjoy this relaxing foot bath…

What you will need:
What you will do:
  1. Add ingredients to a basin of warm water
  2. Put your feet in, sit back, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to use Lucky Synergy? Let us know in the comments below!

The Ultimate Guide to Allergies and Essential Oils

Allergies happen, and they’re not fun.

You’re not alone! 40-60 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.

Allergies affect everyone differently, ranging from mild sniffles to severe breathing issues and constant itching.

We’ve all been there: When it feels like your eyes just won’t stop watering, or you’ll never stop sneezing. Why even bother wearing makeup when you have to blow your nose every 30 seconds?

We’ve put together a definitive guide to allergies and essential oils to help you out:


What’s an allergy, and what causes them?

Allergies are an abnormal reaction to an otherwise harmless substance, like animal dander, pollen, mold, or certain foods.  An allergy sufferer’s immune system identifies these things as being bad for the body, even when they’re not.

Allergy symptoms are different for everyone,  ranging from minor irritation (sniffles and itching) to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency (in other words, really, really bad news). While most allergies have no true “cure,” there are ways to ease the symptoms associated with them.


How can essential oils help minimize the effects of this seasonal threat?

Essential oils are super concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted from different parts of plant known to help ease symptoms associated with many different issues. Essential oils are also an excellent choice to help ease symptoms associated with allergies, plus they’re a safe (and all-natural) option.

Used for both healing and aromatic benefits, essential oils can help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.


Ways to utilize essential oils to support respiratory relief include:


These are our top 5 best essential oils for symptom relief:

Our team of Plant Therapy Certified Aromatherapists have nailed down the the top 5 essential oils that help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies:


There are several ways these Essential Oils can help:

Get on-the-go relief: Personal inhalers are great little tools that you can keep in your pocket or purse. They can go almost anywhere with you, and last for 3-4 months once you’ve mixed them. Perfect for pollen season!

Here’s how to mix your Essential Oils for a personal inhaler:

  1. You’ll need empty personal inhalers, with cotton wicks. Place the wicks in a small glass bowl.
  2. Add 6-8 drops of one of the top five essential oils listed above.
  3. Gently roll the wick through the oil, making sure it is all gets absorbed.
  4. Place the wick into the inhaler and snap the end cap into place.

Get relief at home: Try using one of the top five essential oils listed above in your diffuser at home. 6-8 drops diffused for about 60 minutes will not only make you whole house smell great, but also gives you relief from the respiratory discomfort.

All of the above essential oils are also KidSafe! Which means your whole household benefits, not just the grown-ups.

Get instant relief with a face steam: Use one drop of Fir Needle in a very warm (not boiling!) bowl of water. Position your head over the bowl and cover with a towel for 5 minutes, keeping your eyes closed.

Breath deeply, and let the aroma of Fir Needle penetrate into your lungs.

TIP: Don’t use this technique with small children, and take care to avoid burning yourself with the warm water.


Synergies to support overall respiratory health:

Another great option to help during this time are our 2 synergies created to help with seasonal pollen threats.

Adults can use both synergies, but Clear Again is not KidSafe and not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Use these synergies in a personal inhaler, in your favorite Plant Therapy aromatherapy diffuser, or a diffuser locket.

You can also apply Sneezy Stop to the chest or neck, when diluted at a 1-3% with your favorite carrier oil. And Clear Again when diluted at a 3-5% ratio. This method is great for night time, and lets the oil do it’s work while you sleep.


Spring Ahead!

It may still be chilly outside, but March marks the time of year when our thoughts turn to Spring. Thanks to Daylight Saving Time, or DST, many of us are going to be enjoying more sunshine in the evening, and soon, those long summer nights. Spring DST does have a notable drawback, though – on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m. local time, clocks will move one hour ahead. That means one less hour of wonderful sleep to prepare us for the upcoming Monday. Let’s take a look at what you can do to seamlessly transition into DST with the help of some amazing essential oils!

While losing an hour of sleep may not seem like such a big deal, this slightly annoying adjustment can really affect your body’s internal 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm. Since light is our body’s principal time cue, when the amount of light we experience during the day suddenly changes, our body clock goes out of sync. In more serious cases, this can lead to a higher risk of sleep disorders, strokes, and even heart attacks. A 2013 study published in the journal Open Heart found a 25% increase in the number of heart attacks occurring the day after Spring DST [1]. Other possible less serious symptoms known to occur following DST are fatigue, decreased productivity, cluster headaches, impaired concentration and memory, daytime sleepiness, and an increase in workplace injuries on the following Monday [2].

We are all unique individuals, so how the time change will impact you really depends on your own lifestyle, health, and sleep habits. However, there are some great ways for everyone to jump start their body’s transition during the time change.

First, if possible, plan your sleep schedule a few days before DST. Even trying to snooze about 15 to 30 minutes before you typically do can make a big difference when that one hour loss comes along. Symptoms from sleep loss are common immediately following the time change, and that groggy feeling can seriously impact your day. Set yourself up for sleep success by creating an environment that enhances your ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. That way, you can wake up refreshed and alert. Diffusing certain oils support restful sleep; try these oils and synergies to combat Daylight Saving Time grogginess:




Next, take the time to eat a good, healthy breakfast Monday morning. This is going to help sync your body’s clock to the new change and help stay alert. However, since any amount of sleep deprivation can affect your body’s hormone levels, you may notice a change in appetite, an increase in cravings, and possibly some overeating.  Our Munchy Stop Synergy may be a great friend while your body adjusts. Fill up an aromatherapy inhaler with this synergy and take a whiff whenever that munchy-craving comes on! That way, you can support your body by feeding it nutritious foods rather than constantly going back for another, possibly junky, snack.


 Finally, do what you can to stay energized throughout the day! When your energy starts to droop and you begin dreaming of being back in bed, try a walk outside. Exposing yourself to sunshine is a natural way to increase alertness and adjust your body to the time change. Try these energy and brain-boosting synergies and oils to stay on top of your game:




This year, don’t be bogged down when you “skip” ahead. Essential oils help you adjust to the time change without missing a beat!



[1] Sandhu, A., Seth, M., Gurm, HS. (2014). Daylight saving time and myocardial infarction. Open Heart. 2014;1:e000019.doi:10.1136/openhrt-2013-000019

[2] Barnes, C., Wagner, D. (2009). Change to daylight saving time cuts into sleep and increases workplace injuries. American Psychological Association. Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 94, No. 5, 1305-1317

Diffusers: Style vs. Functionality

Which way to diffuse is the best to fit your needs and style?

There are a lot of ways to diffuse essential oils; anything from a single tissue to a nebulizer can spread the therapeutic benefits of your favorite oil around. Really, the way you diffuse may also be a choice of style and how you want to accentuate the room you’re using it in.

For instance, are you loud and proud about your love and devotion to essential oils?

If you want a method of diffusion that is not only effective but also a possible conversation starter with other enthusiasts, a nebulizer might be just right for you! It doesn’t look at all like the more common ultrasonic diffusers with its unique design. To use it, a 10 mL bottle of your oil of choice goes directly into the diffuser for powerful, continuous diffusion. There is no heat or water needed – instead, an air pump atomizes the essential oils and releases the oil into the air in the form of tiny droplets, like a fine mist or spray. 

By not using heat, which affects the chemical composition of the oils, and no water, which dilutes the oils, a nebulizer lets you enjoy 100% of all you oil’s benefits. Plant Therapy offers the Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser; with built in on/off timers and output volume control for easy adjustment, this diffuser is powerful, compact, and simple to use.  No pouring, no mess! Simply put your bottle directly on the atomizer and enjoy!

Next, there are the ultrasonic diffusers. When you think of an essential oil diffuser, this is the type that probably comes to mind.  With a bit of water and some drops of your favorite oil(s), it puts off a fine mist that is readily absorbed by the lungs. Plus, because it uses water, this unit doubles as a humidifier. Plant Therapy’s AromaFuse Diffuser gives off 10 hours of continuous diffusion and covers about 500 square feet. It has a modern and stylish style so that it easily compliments any room. With ultrasonic diffuser, it is important to remember to give them a good cleaning whenever they need it, so that it will continue to work optimally. Here is a great resource for learning more about cleaning your ultrasonic diffuser:

How Do I Clean My Essential Oil Diffuser?

For a nerve-calming and delightful blend for your ultrasonic diffuser, try this recipe! Just add and relax!

Weekend Wind-Down

What if you don’t want any kind of diffusing machine, but still want to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy?

Room sprays are a cinch to make! All you need to do is fill a 4 oz. spray bottle with water or witch hazel and add 9 drops of oil for every ounce of liquid (this would be a 1% dilution – use 18 drops per ounce for a 2% dilution). If you choose to use water, keep in mind that you will need to use a preservative, such as Optiphen Plus, to keep the mixture fresh. Shake it before you use it, spray around the room, and there you are! Nothing to it.

A reed diffuser is another choice to gently fill a space with an oil’s aroma, similar to how a fragrant bouquet of flowers would. Plus, you can create your own unique look by using whatever types of reeds and bottles fit your style.

What you will need:

  • Glass jar or vase with narrow opening
  • 4-5 diffuser reeds
  • ¼ to ½ cup carrier oil
  • Splash of  vodka
  • 20-40 drops essential oil of choice

What you will do:

  1. Add all liquids to the bottle and blend
  2. Place reeds in the bottle and let sit for 1 hour, then flip them over.
  3. Turn the reeds over every five days or so for a burst of freshness.
  4. Add a few more drops of your oil when the scent starts to dissipate.


If you’re looking for a way to diffuse in a subtle way that stays with you, aromatherapy jewelry may perfect for you. Plant Therapy offers different styles of aromatherapy necklaces and these make perfect gifts – either for yourself or someone else. These are very straight forward and a great way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of whatever oil you want- without the aroma filling up the whole room. Our aromatherapy jewelry has a small felt pad inside the locket; put a couple drops of an essential oil on this pad and as the oil evaporates, the aroma reaches you! This is a very simple and subtle way to enjoy essential oils.

Try this blend to help lift the spirit with child-like joy and optimism:


Inner Child

Like aromatherapy jewelry, personal aromatherapy inhalers are a great way to enjoy essential oils on-the-go. Our Aromatherapy Inhalers are small enough to carry in your purse, keep in the car, or even bring to work without disturbing the people around you. Personal inhalers include a wick for the oils and a case that keeps it covered so that the aroma is trapped inside until you are ready for it. You can make your inhaler to customize exactly what you think you’ll need it for – whether you’ll need oils to help you relax, focus, feel confident, or help ease specific ailments or concerns.


For an energizing recipe, try this zesty recipe for your inhaler:

Afternoon Refresher


No matter what your style or preference, there is sure to be a way to diffuse your essential oils that is just right for you! Let us know your favorite way to diffuse in the comments below!

They’re back. Not just an Essential Oil of the Month anymore!

If you are part of our Oil of the Month Club, you know that those exclusive oils are only available from us temporarily. But sometimes those oils make such a big debut that we bring them back into our family for good! Say hello to our new additions: Bergamot Mint, Caraway Seed CO2 and Cubeb Essential Oils! Now, let’s get better acquainted with these newbies and learn some great recipes!

Bergamot Flower

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

Refreshing and calming, Bergamot Mint is known to provide emotional support and calm the mind. Its aroma is complex – lightly citrusy, fruity, and with a soft hint of mint, this oil smells slightly of lavender. Bergamot Mint Essential Oil originates from the United States and is extracted using steam distillation from the flowering tops of the perennial flowering Bergamot Mint plant (Mentha citrata). This oil is a great addition for a relaxing bath and is KidSafe!

Heavenly Serenity Bath Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

Just mix all together and add to the bath to soak your worries away!

Caraway Seed Flowering Plant

Caraway Seed CO2

Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Sourced from Poland and extracted using carbon dioxide from the seeds of the Caraway plant (Carum carvi), Caraway Seed CO2 is jam-packed with therapeutic properties. Also KidSafe, this is a treat for rye lovers! A whiff of this will remind you instantly of a loaf of fresh rye bread. It’s a great go-to for settling a queasy or crampy stomach, as well as providing a boost of energy when you’re feeling a little tired or lethargic. Plus, you can use it for skin and hair care; use it to balance and cleanse the skin, and for the hair, use it for clean and flake-free scalp!


Energy on the Go (personal aromatherapy inhaler blend):

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Tummy Soothing Blend:

What you will need:

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Gently massage this blend on your stomach to help soothe away discomfort.

Cubeb Essential Oil Recipe

Cubeb Essential Oil

Cubeb Essential Oil

Also called Java pepper, this essential oil is warming and has an enticing, wonderful woody and spicy scent. It originates from Indonesia and is extracted using steam distillation from the dried Cubeb berries of the Cubeb plant (Piper cubeba), which is a part of the pepper family. This oil is mainly comprised of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, meaning 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, when diluted with a carrier oil,  be massaged clockwise into the abdomen to bring relief from several “irregular” symptoms as well as from bloating. Cubeb can be used to help support a healthy immune and respiratory system during times of seasonal illnesses.

Relief Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

You can massage this into your lower abdomen to soothe menstrual discomfort or use it to relieve sore joints and muscles due to aging or overexertion.

We hope you enjoy these new oils as much as we do! Let us know in the comments below!

Essential Oils and ADHD

Essential oils are great support for so many ailments we battle each day – which you probably already know if you’ve been reading out blog! But did you know these amazing all-natural oils can also provide relief for symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, or ADHD?

If the term ADHD sounds familiar, it’s likely because approximately 11% of all U.S. children have been diagnosed with it at some point in their young lives. That’s 6.4 million kids – one out of every 11. About 60% of children with ADHD become adults who have ADHD, which is about 4% of the adult population [1]. Maybe your own child has ADHD, your spouse or significant other, maybe your neighbor or co-worker’s children. The point is, ADHD is a pretty prevalent brain-based syndrome. It can cause real every-day challenges for both children and adults. These challenges can include controlling impulses and hyperactivity, staying organized, maintaining concentration and motivation, the ability to learn, and being able to enjoy regular deep and restful sleep. Relationships with others may suffer as well, since some people with ADHD struggle with their social skills.

So, essential oils can help?

Many essential oil’s primary properties include helping to increase focus, stay alert, and calm down the mind and body. These oils can be an amazing compliment to treatments already in place for an individual with ADHD (such as behavioral management, family training, and/or prescribed medication). However, whether you are a parent, an educator, an adult with ADHD, or anyone else interested in using essential oils for ADHD, approach cautiously. Since there is a very limited amount of research done on this topic, you should always consult with a physician before making any kind of changes to a treatment plan.

The most frequently cited case study done on ADHD and essential oils comes from the late Dr. Terry S. Friedmann, M.D., A.B.H.M. For a two year period (1999-2001), Dr. Friedmann experimented with oils on a group of 40 children, half of whom had an ADHD diagnosis, and half of whom did not (the “control” group). Each day, the children were asked to inhale essential oils when they began to feel “scattered.” For each essential oil Dr. Friedmann was testing, the children used it for 30 days. Ultimately, the study concluded that certain essential oils really did make a significant impact on the symptoms of ADHD. In particular, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vetiver oils were used and Vetiver made the most notable success in improving performance [2].

Where should I start?

First, let’s take a moment to appreciate Plant Therapy’s unique blend of bright and uplifting essential oils that make up our A+ Attention Synergy. Perfect to help calm an overactive body while bringing focus and clarity, this synergy is a great place to start for anyone looking to support an individual with ADHD.  A+ Attention is part of our KidSafe line of products, which means that each essential oil used in this synergy is totally safe for young children.

To use, just add 5 to 10 drops to a personal aromatherapy inhaler. There’s really no beating the convenience and ease of using a personal aromatherapy inhaler – it’s perfect to take to work or to pack in a child’s backpack so they can use it whenever they feel like they need it (but please check with the school first! Your district may have a policy about bringing essential oils to school, so check with the child’s teacher or administration). Or, dilute A+ Attention with a carrier oil (2-4%) and apply topically to the chest, back of neck, and wrists.

Another great option to support individuals with ADHD is our Clarity Synergy. The essential oils used in this blend have therapeutic benefits that enhance focus and memory. For any task requiring sustained mental effort, Clarity may be just what you need. Use it in the same ways directed above, but keep in mind that this is not part of our KidSafe line.

If you’re looking to try single oils for ADHD support, here are a few suggestions to start you off.

Remember, no two people are exactly the same. What may work well for one person may not work the same for another. The oils listed here are those known to be either calming for the mind and body or can improve mental clarity and boost memory.

  • Chamomile Roman – Soothing, comforting, and famous for its calming properties, this is an especially great choice if you’re looking for an oil to help get deep, refreshing sleep.
  • Lavender – Surprised? Of course not! Lavender is such a powerhouse oil with an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties! It pops up all over the place. If you have an ailment, there’s a good likelihood that Lavender is on the list to help you get through it. For ADHD support, Lavender is known to reduce feelings of nervousness, bring calm to the mind, and, like Chamomile Roman, help the user to get a peaceful night of sleep.
  • Vetiver – While also a fantastic choice for promoting sleep, this oil was notably found most effective during Dr. Friedmann’s study. Further, it can help calm the ‘mind chatter’ that prevents the mind from focusing, leading to an increase in concentration.
  • Cedarwood – This is a great choice for creating a positive atmosphere and warding off negative thinking. It has a woody, rich scent known to calm the mind and balance emotions.
  • Frankincense – The soothing properties of Frankincense may be exactly what’s needed to help calm an overactive mind and body. Plus, it is also a great support to the immune system!

Try out these recipes for your diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler to enjoy their awesome therapeutic benefits!

Focus Blend 1

3 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Lime or Mandarin

Focus Blend 2

3 drops Balsam Fir

2 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Grapefruit Pink

1 drop Orange Sweet

ADHD and essential oils – what do you think? Have you ever tried oils to support yourself or someone else with ADHD? Let us know in the comments below!




[1] Adult ADHD. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Retrieved from

[2] Friedmann, T. S. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


February Oil of the Month – Douglas Fir and Silver Fir

Trees Of Winter

I used to live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The presence of Douglas Fir trees dotted our landscape for many miles. It is a rugged and strikingly beautiful terrain. The fragrance of these giants is also present, as you breathe in that sweet and balsam-like aroma everywhere.  It is cleansing, grounding, uplifting, and restoring.

Plant Therapy gives us the gift of Fir trees this month with not one, but two essential oils. Douglas Fir and Silver Fir are the featured oils for the month of February. As they were going around the office to preview, I became excited for our customers as I took in the scent of the oils, one at a time.  Douglas Fir essential oil has that familiar conifer scent with a subtle apple note to it. The Silver fir is different, yet also inspiring and boosting to the mind.

Many of you are familiar with the smaller trees as Christmas Trees, but the benefits are more far-reaching then December.  Both essential oils have similar benefits. They can be used to cleanse the air, to boost mood, to clear congestion and stuffiness, for tight muscles and are excellent to use in DIY cleaning products as well. They could be wonderful used in a  diffuser recipe or applied topically. Douglas Fir and Silver Fir blend well with many different essential oils. Oils such as citrus, floral, and other woodsy oils can each create a different beautiful blend with these two features.


Download Product Template Sheet here.


I have put together these two recipes for you to enjoy;

Focus Blend  (for use in personal inhaler)

3 drops Douglas Fir

2 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Orange Blood

Put on the wick of a  personal inhaler.


Respiratory Blend

3 drops Silver Fir

2 drops Balm Mint Bush

2 drops Lavandin

1 drop Bergamot

10 ml of your choice of carrier oils (the amt used in a roller bottle)

Using an empty roller bottle (or one of our other choice of bottles). Put essential oils in the bottle and then add carrier until filled, snap on roller ball.  Apply to chest or wrists.

Hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones to have purchased these oils. Relax, sit back and allow yourself to be transformed…

Aromatherapy for Overcoming Overthinking

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

I’m going to let you in on a little secret …well, not so secret if you know me. I have a tendency toward overthinking. Yep, my mind is seriously an overactive overachiever. And, if I don’t manage my mind, it can border on obsessive, repetitive thinking like a hamster running on the perpetual wheel to nowhere.

For as long as I can remember, my mind has been like a stalker on steroids in certain situations. It races ahead with thoughts that I sometimes struggle to process before it races on to the next. I talked fast as a child, and even now sometimes when I get over stimulated. I have been told this is a result of my mouth trying to keep up with my mind.

In some instances a fast-moving mind has served me well. Fast thinking on my feet was a plus in the corporate world, most especially when I worked in crisis communications. And, seriously, I’m the girl you want in an emergency making excellent lightening decisions with a laser focus.

On a day-to-day basis, though, not learning to slow overthinking can lead to a sense of feeling overwhelmed and overtired.

But, until several years ago, I didn’t know there was a way to slow the flow.

And, then, I attended a meditation workshop where I learned “the mind is like a monkey that has been stung by a scorpion.” (there are many variations on this theme from ancient Buddhist teachings).


That was an illuminating moment. Not only did this accurately describe the inner workings of my mind, but also for so many others from millennia to modern times. And, ancient medicine had already addressed how to control our thoughts rather than letting our thoughts control us.

In this last blog we discussed a type of obsessive thinking that occurs when the mind wanders into worry.

When the “Mind Runs Amok

And, we detailed some simple practices to calm the mind by counting our breath coupled with aromatic companions that may be helpful for dealing with this type of distress.

Continuing that discussion, I wanted to share three other ways I find where overthinking can overtake my mind.


Creative Channeling

One of the things I’ve learned about my hard wiring is that I get super excited by cool concepts. I will then tuck this new notion away in amorphous form for future reference. Then, suddenly, something will trigger a lightening round where all the dots start to connect themselves at super speed and I am then able to perceive the idea in a prevailing pattern.

This process of coalescing into concepts I can now see sets in motion what I call creative channeling, Ideas and information begin to swiftly come together seemingly without effort as I furiously write to keep up with the flow lest the information making itself known become lost.

The upside to this is that it powers my passion and inspiration for writing. There are times when I can write like I am on fire and feel like I am simply a channel for the creativity flowing from fingertips to the keyboard.

One downside is I might find myself drafting at 3:00 a.m., or after I started meditation, because it is always the most quiet of moments that fuels the fire. I end up torn between needing sleep and needing to not lose the moment of creative flow. If I try to sleep, I worry it will be gone and my mind goes on repeat to try to remember.

Here are some ways I work to balance creative inspiration with creating quiet time:

  • Keep a tablet by the bed (paper or electronic) to jot down the notes.
  • Create more quiet time and space during the day to allow time to go with the flow
  • Get to bed at an earlier time knowing  the channeling may come so I can get it down and get to bed.


Persistent Problem Solving

Sometimes a problem presents itself that we just want to get solved. So, we go over and over it in our mind seemingly into oblivion without getting it resolved. And, sometimes, we try to stay a step of ahead of what we imagine may come by trying to solve for the many iterations in advance.

Yet, when we go over and over something without a solution, it can lead us to fret on repeat. A good friend once told me repetitively asking the same question over and over again in our mind, when we don’t have the answer, is like continuing to hit the button on a computer keyboard when the operating system is stuck. You get nowhere, the computer doesn’t have a chance to reboot, and you can trigger a bigger issue.

I have learned if you have gone over many aspects of a problem and don’t yet see a solution, you likely don’t yet have enough information. Here it becomes important to be comfortable tabling the problem solving until you do. And, you have to get out of your own head and own way for the information to come.

Here are some ways I work on balancing problem solving with letting the mind off duty for the moment:

  • Keep a thought journal with you – just a small, thin booklet that is easy to carry in your purse or have on you at all times. Write down the question or problem you have and then let go trusting it is now written and doesn’t need to be held in your thoughts on a persistent basis.
  • Engage in introspective practices that calm the mind so you can hear yourself think. If you are repeatedly in asking/doing mode in your mind, you won’t be ready to be in receiving mode when the information makes itself known.
  • I find that different bits of information begin to come to me like pieces of a puzzle. I write them down even if I don’t know where they fit, just feeling and trusting that they do.
  • For me, eventually, the dots then just begin to naturally connect. Usually, when I am open and ready for the answer.
  • And if you are trying to solve for things that don’t yet exist, as the saying goes, “cross that bridge when you come to it.” Worrying about it now is a waste of energy.


Inquisition Into Infinity

Oh my gosh do I have a mind that likes to know things. I have an avid curiosity and a life-long love of learning. This passion has been a bonus in my professional and personal life due a love of research of inquiry. Knowing new things feeds my mind and my spirit.

But, when you take me as a whole, with the tendency toward all the ways my over zealous can mind overthink as outlined above, this is another area I can wander into the weeds of obsessive thinking.

I’ve noticed this especially with the advent of the smart phone. It can be problematic for a mind like mine to have a mini-computer in the palm of my hand. While I do have everything I need with me to manage my life at all times, I also have the ability to get sucked down a rabbit hole at any given time.

I can be adding something to my calendar and two hours later I am still watching a cooking demo for root vegetables. I’ve learned some really intriguing things, but probably not the best time or with the best use of my time, especially if it just before sleep.

I swear, I was only going to set my alarm and now I see a great video on how to curl my hair. Apparently, this is common as I am seeing more and more articles about our smartphone addiction overall.

This reminds me of the advent of email, especially at the office (yes, I am old enough to remember). At first, we would just get a few here and there. Then, when the concept finally caught on, we started to get barraged. The more we tried to respond instantaneously, the less we got done as all we were doing was reacting to email.

We learned to set aside time to review and respond to email to protect the most productive parts of our day and get our most pressing work done. We checked in the morning, after lunch, and later in the afternoon. In this way we were responsive, but not held hostage. Certainly, there were exceptions for things that were urgent, once we discerned that to be true.

This practice could also be suitable for how we keep connected through our smartphone. Not every notification is urgent and not every interesting item you chance across is important in that moment. This isn’t easy, I know. I am still really working on this. Anything my mind wants to know, at any given moment, I can Google with the flick of a finger and a few taps of my thumb.

Here are some other ways I am working to balance wanting to know now with not needing to know right now:

  • If you get notifications on your phone from various apps, discern if it is urgent or important, or just interesting. If it is urgent, respond. If it is important, decide if it is a priority over what you currently need to be doing. If it is just interesting save it for later.
  • Bookmark, to save posts  on social media to save for later
  • Email articles and recipes and such to yourself perhaps to a  folder of interesting things for later at leisure
  • Create certain times of day when you can go back and pursue the things that piqued your interest sand set yourself a time limit
  • Don’t pick up your phone before bed. Have everything preset for morning (seriously a hard one for a me and seriously a detriment to soothing sleep).


Aromatherapy for An Overactive Mind

The same practice of counting our breaths, as detailed When the Mind Runs Amok, can cut the cord of continuous thinking beyond what’s beneficial.

To accompany your practices of overcoming overthinking, once again, aromatherapy makes an awesome ally. Essential oils excel at supporting the mind, and there are certain selections that are exceptional for repetitive and obsessive thinking.

I’ve combined my favorites into the synergies below with some suggestions for how they may best serve. As always, it is important to experiment so you can experience what works best for you.

Now, that you have had an insider’s look to my overactive mind, if you recognize anything familiar, I hope you find these suggestions helpful on your own journey to slow the flow!

All of these recipes are written as mini-master blends. You can add as written to your diffuser.  To add to a personal aromatherapy inhaler, simply multiply the mini-master blend by 3 for 15 drops total.


Quiet Mind

For when the mind is working overtime running on that hamster wheel to nowhere. This is a great general synergy to take on the go for any situation from sunrise to slumber.

2 drops Basil Linalool Ocimum basilicum

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

1 drop Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum


Fret Free

I like this synergy for quieting the mind before bed. It is especially good for when the wheels keep turning and you need support shifting down for a peaceful slumber.

2 drops Frankincense Carteri Boswellia carteri

2 drops Orange Sweet Citrus sinensis

1 drop Marjoram Sweet Origanum majorana


Zen Zone

I just love this synergy when I need to just let go and drop into the zone for to introspection and meditation. I find it calming, centering, grounding and uplifting. This is one of my go-to’s to help bring me back to balance found in quiet time.

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

1 drop Blue Cypress Callitris intratropica

1 drop Davana Artemisia pallens

1 drop Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum