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Ear Ease Pre-Diluted Synergy Is Here!

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Plant Therapy is excited to announce our newest KidSafe Synergy, Ear Ease!  And it gets better . . .  it is a  pre-diluted,  ready to use formula,  bringing relief to children and adults alike.  As with all of our KidSafe Synergies, Ear Ease was formulated by Robert Tisserand specifically for children ages 2 and up.

 

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If you have questions, please feel free to email our Certified Aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com  

 

Top 5 Reasons You NEED Blue Tansy!

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Blue Tansy is one essential oil that, until recently, I knew very little about.  Plus it was in such short supply that I was afraid to use it, mess up,  and possibly ‘waste’ it, so instead my treasured gold stayed in storage.  All of that powerful essential oil being wasted by not being used.

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I started to do a bit of research about the oil and became fascinated by how incredible this oil is.   First off, this is not to be confused with Tansy, Blue Tansy is a very different essential oil.  The best way to determine you’re dealing with Blue Tansy is by it’s botanical name; Tanacetum annuum.  Learn more about the importance of botanical names in the post IMPORTANCE OF THE LATIN NAME (AND CHEMOTYPES).

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I find the beautiful blue color caused by the chemical chamazulene can be calming in itself.  I found this fabulous recipe on DIY Essential oil Blends!; it’s titled DIY Peace and Calming Oil and is a master blend, please keep in mind that it is not a KidSafe blend.  You can use it in several ways;

  1. Diffuse (approximately 7 drops)
  2. Roller Ball (6 drops for a 2% dilution)
  3. Lotion (9 drops per ounce for a 1% dilution)
  4. Massage Oil (9 drops per ounce for a 1% dilution)
  5. Personal Inhaler (15 drops)

*Replace Ylang Ylang with Bergamot for a KidSafe blend*

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Another great thing about Blue Tansy, and the previously mentioned unique component chamazulene, is that it may reduce the discomfort associated with inflammation.  Here’s a blend I like to call, Cool the Flames (bonus, it’s KidSafe!) you can use it;

  1. Bath (1 Tablespoon Carrier Oil, 6 drops of blend, 1 cup epsom salt)
  2. Massage Oil (9 drops of blend to per ounce for a 1% dilution)
  3. Roller Ball (6 drops for a 2% dilution)
  4. Lotion (9 drops of blend to per ounce for a 1% dilution)

*KidSafe*

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Blue Tansy is a fabulous tool in soothing reddened skin, and reducing the appearance of inflammation.  It is a really great addition to dry or sensitive skin.  You can use the blend at a 2% dilution (18 drops per ounce) in any of the following;

  1. Face Serum
  2. Oil Cleanse Method
  3. Shaving Cream

*KidSafe*

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  1. Steam Bowl (2 drops per bowl)
  2. Diffuse (approximately 7 drops)
  3. Chest Rub (18 drops per ounce)
  4. Personal Inhaler (15 drops)

*KidSafe over the age of 3 if Eucalyptus is kept to a 1% topical dilution*

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*KidSafe only if you use Rosalina instead of Niaouli*

  1. Diffuse (approximately 7 drops)
  2. Personal Inhaler (15 drops)
  3. Diffuser Jewelry (1-2 drops)

Use Blue Tansy as a powerful addition to boost the following recipes!

Morocco visit in search of Blue Tansy

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I recently had the opportunity to visit some farms and distilleries in France and Morocco. I took Paul, Plant Therapy’s Vice President, and my 12-year-old daughter, Alexa with me. In my last blog post I was able to share some photos of our visit to France. When we left France, we headed directly to Morocco (northern Africa). We saw the following oil producing plants there:

We were mainly in search of two plants- one of which was Blue Tansy. As you may be aware, Blue Tansy has become more scarce over the past couple of years. In fact, the cost has gone from around $70 per kg four years ago, up to thousands of dollars per kg today. There are a number of reasons for this but all of it comes down to supply and demand. Because the plant has only been wild harvested in the past, as opposed to commercially farmed, it is becoming less abundant. We were getting ready to sign a large contract with a distillery in Morocco and I thought it best to pay them a visit before doing so.

We flew into Casablanca early in the morning and our host was waiting for us at the airport. We immediately started driving to where the Blue Tansy plant is growing in the wild. In fact, over the course of the next few days, we drove over 2,000 miles visiting farms, countryside and distilleries.

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I hadn’t done much research on Morocco and was a little surprised to find it to be an Arabic speaking country. Most of the street signs were in Arabic, although some were also in French.

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It was also during Ramadan and since Morocco is 99.9% Muslim, it was a little difficult to find food during the day.

We arrived later in the day and made our first stop at their little distillery. This was much different than the state of the art distilleries in France.

[A note on this- as we travel to visit different distilleries in different countries, it is very interesting to me to see how things are done differently around the world. For the end user, and even many suppliers, they just see the oil come in a bottle. For most, the “history” of the oil is never a thought. But as we work with farms and distilleries, I am intrigued by the levels of sophistication or simplicity that comes with each oil. Some are distilled by state of the art factories from product that is mass produced on large farms. Others are distilled by just one or two people who grew the crops themselves on a small farm, or even just wild harvested the crops by hand and have a homemade still. Neither way is wrong and there are benefits and detriments to each. I really love both of them and love to learn the story of an oil. Often the end result is the same, but the path of progress is vastly different.]

This was a cooperative building. They have a small “test” garden where they are growing miscellaneous crops and testing their efficacy, oil yield, etc. This is done in cooperation with the local school.

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In one part of the building they were drying and separating some flowers for use in tea.

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In another room, they were distilling Blue Tansy that they had recently purchased from the ladies who picked them in the wild.

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Out back they had some homemade greenhouses that they were trying to cultivate some Blue Tansy plants in.

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When they are successful, they will move the small plants out to their farm to produce on a larger scale. They also had a fairly large Blue Tansy plant on site.

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Did you know that the Blue Tansy plant doesn’t actually have any blue color to it? The plant itself has long stems with “hairy” leaves.

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If it grows late into the season it will flower with some small yellow flowers and seeds.

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It is interesting to watch a lighter green plant go into the still and a dark blue oil come out. I find it kind of humorous that almost all of the pictures posted online of the “blue tansy” plant are not of the correct plant. When we have asked a couple of reputable people about the photos they have posted, the response was that they have never actually been to Morocco or seen the Blue Tansy plant. They were just posting a photo they found online. I have never talked with any other essential oil supplier that has actually gone to Morocco to see the plant and see the process.

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We continued our trip going further north into the hills. (They called them mountains, but growing up around the Rocky Mountains, I can’t really call them that.) Along the rural roadways we passed many women who were standing on the sides of the road selling their artisan goat cheese. We also saw people walking with their donkeys (or mules) or working the field with their horses.

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When we stopped, I was fully expecting to see lots of wild Blue Tansy on the hillside. This was not the case. It was more like a small weed here and there. As we walked through the weeds they would point out a plant here or a plant there and say that was it.

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When we rubbed our hands on the plant, the smell was all the proof I needed. It was pungent and obvious. The process for harvesting is that the local people will take their donkey with baskets attached, up into the hills and just pick plant by plant. They will then take their goods down to the roadway at a specified time to meet the distiller’s trucks. They pay them so much per kg of plant material. The competition has become high. There are 3-4 of these distillers competing for the same plants. As the plants become more scarce, the prices go up. It used to be that this plant was growing all over the place, but as the demand increases the availability has gone down.

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To distill the Blue Tansy, this company will take 500 kg of fresh plant material and distill it at low heat for approximately 3 hours. This is a no pressure steam distillation. This will yield an average of 400 grams (roughly 14 ounces) of essential oil. They are still refining the process and I expect their yields to go up over the next 2-3 years. Although their batches are fairly small, their quality is excellent. Over the past couple of years, the Blue Tansy on the market has had a chamazulene (the active constituent that gives it the dark blue color) content ranging from roughly 3-8%. This year we have been purchasing Blue Tansy, both conventional and organic, with a chamazulene content above 10% with most batches up into the teens. I am both excited and encouraged by this, and I think you will love the Blue Tansy this year!

While up in the hills, we visited their second distillation site.

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This one is outdoors. They have a hand dug, fresh water well on site.

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They install the distillation equipment during the harvest season and remove it afterward. It is up for around 3 months out of the year.

We continued to the East and stayed at an incredibly beautiful hotel in M’diq. Most of the people who vacation in this area are Moroccans. Because the people do not generally vacation during Ramadan, the hotel was mostly vacant and it was very inexpensive. Due to the long travel days, Alexa was getting burned out and started getting sick.

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We decided to take a day off and let her relax at the hotel. We just relaxed, swam in the ocean and played some tennis to recharge.

We then continued on to Marrakech. This is a beautiful city. It was interesting to see lots of donkeys and scooters in use.

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It was not uncommon to see a nicer vehicle in one lane and a donkey and wagon in the next. Also there were many women wearing burqas riding scooters. I was told that is an unusual thing and is generally only seen in Marrakech. It was a fascinating town and I really enjoyed learning about their culture a little bit. We asked lots of questions and our hosts were eager to answer.

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After traveling many miles out to the countryside we visited some farms.

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I was under the impression that this company had many acres in Blue Tansy planted. That was not the case. They were just starting the commercial operation and only had a few plants planted in test sites.

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Most of the farm land was covered in grain or olive trees. Lots and lots of olive trees. The specific farm we visited has been in their family for over 500 years. It used to be massive but has split with each generation. It is still a decent size at over 350 acres.

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I asked if the women received the same inheritance as the men and he said yes and no. He was very quick to point out that in Morocco women are seen and treated as equals. But their God’s law is that the men get two portions while the women get one. So this man has two sisters. His father split their family farm into two pieces. The two daughters split one half and the son got the other. He said he doesn’t like that, but it is the law so they honor it. It was also interesting to note that if a son inherits land and then dies before his father, the father receives 20% of the land back and 80% is passed on to his wife and kids.

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The barn was made of clay and straw. It takes quite a while to build. They are made into bricks that are 40 cm thick and stacked to make walls.

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It was built 13 years ago and he said it should be good for another 20 years or so. Because of Ramadan, the workers do not eat or drink during the day. They are working in the heat and easily get fatigued. They will work for a couple of hours then nap in the barn and continue this all day and into the night.

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During harvest they will generally just sleep out on the farm. The water ditches are above ground.  The water is pumped from a lake that is many miles away. There is one main pump and they just open valves to deliver it to the proper location.

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Although many of the local farmers still use a scythe, this particular farm had a combine for harvesting grain- they will just bag the grain as they harvest and dump the bags in the field for retrieval later.

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This is different than our Idaho grain operations which will collect the grain in the combine and deliver it in bulk to the grain bins. The grain bags weigh close to 250 lbs and they will just hand load them all onto trucks. He said when they are feeling competitive they will load two at a time- one on each shoulder. So that is almost 500 lbs by hand!

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We spent the next couple of days in search of the Argan tree fruit. I will post photos and information about that in my next blog post.

Chris Jones
Plant Therapy

DIY Lip Sore Spot Treatment

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Unfortunately I’ve been getting sores on my lips periodically since I was a very little girl.  I went a year without any, however these last few months I’ve been getting them pretty regularly.  I’ve used zovirax, l-lysine, abreva, and various essential oil combinations with little improvement until using this fabulous combination.   After only two applications the deep throbbing feeling subsides.  I use it 2-3 times daily, depending on how soon I start applying, for 1-4 days.  This recipe is about a 3% dilution, which is safe for acute spot treatment.

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What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Melt Beeswax in double boiler.
  2. Add coconut oil to melted beeswax over double boiler. (melt on low and remove as soon as melted otherwise you run the risk of getting gritty coconut oil)
  3. After melted remove from heat.
  4. Add essential oils.
  5. Let cool slightly and whip for about 1 minute.
  6. Put a small dap on a q-tip and apply to affected area.

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Get ‘Em Gone

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One of the many things I watch for when my kids get home from school, particularly during winter/hat season, is the dreaded scalp scratch.  The telltale sign of the presence of annoyances.

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When I was growing up we grabbed for some super harsh chemicals and proceeded to cover our scalp entirely and let those toxins do their job!  Those days of requiring virtual poison are over thanks to Get ‘Em Gone.   Get ‘Em Gone is so powerful that it removes the problem at its source without using toxic chemicals and without resistance, yet it is 100% natural, gentle and safe for your little one.

This essential oil synergy is part of Plant Therapy’s KidSafe line and is the only product of its kind formulated by Robert Tisserand, a world-renowned expert in essential oil safety. Get ‘Em Gone includes the natural effectiveness of Tea Tree and Citronella, both of which have long been used to help get rid of annoyances in the hair and scalp. The Blend also includes the 100% pure oils of Palmarosa, Cedarwood Atlas, Geranium Bourbon, Marjoram and Coriander. All of the oils in Get ‘Em Gone are safe for use on children age 2-10.

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How do I use Get ‘Em Gone?

First off I take a more preventative approach, particularly when friends and classmates get that itchy scalp.  Whenever possible I prefer a proactive rather than reactive stance.

  • Add 2% to your hairspray, gel, or detangling spray.  Spray on hair before school, don’t wash, simply let it dry.
  • Add 2% to witch hazel, alcohol, or water and spray on their hat and backpack.  Keep in mind that if you use water or witch hazel that requires additional preservatives that you’ll want to store it in the fridge.

The Sunshine State

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In the midst of a recent tropical storm, spanning several days, I experienced a longing for the usual abundant sunshine to reappear. It’s not the drenching I mind so much. It is the lack of sunlight. A native Californian, my heart is happiest under the warmth and light of eternal summer. After living around the country for more than two decades, when it was time to take the healing of my mind, body and spirit to another level, I was called to return to the sun.

In Summer Solstice for the Spirit, we discussed the impact of harnessing the power of sunlight and aromatherapy to help bring illumination to areas of the spirit in need of deeper healing.

Sunlight also is vitally important to the optimal wellbeing of our body and mind.

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First, it is necessary to our bodies for the production of Vitamin D. Known as the “Sunshine Vitamin,” Vitamin D provides broad-spectrum support of our wellness regulating at least 1,000 genes impacting virtually every tissue in our body.[1] Researchers now know Vitamin D is not only important for bone health, but also for neuromuscular function, immune function and regulation of inflammation. And, yet, it is believed up to 75% of the population is Vitamin D deficient. [2]

As researchers are looking at the links to our wellness, they are also investigating the balance between over and under exposure. Depending on geographic location and season, sunlight on a summer day “can be 1,000 brighter” than indoor lighting according to researchers.  So, for those who are inside most of the day, it can be important to get outside periodically to experience the health benefits of the sun.[3]

While supplements can help, research suggests between 5 to 30 minutes of sunshine a day, on the face, arms, legs, or back —  at least two to three times  a week — can help maintain naturally occurring adequate levels. Indeed, the Sunshine Vitamin can fill more than 90% of the dose needed by most folks.[4] During these brutally hot summer days on the Gulf Coast, I have been enjoying a daily15-minute walk in the early morning, after the sun has risen and  before the heat index takes hold, to start my day with Sunshine D.

The cycle of the sun also affects the nature of our sleep and wake cycles. When we are exposed to bright sunlight in the morning, we sleep better at night.  This is because our natural rhythm is regulated by melatonin, a hormone produced during the dark hours making us sleepy, then switched off by daylight.

Lack of sleep itself has such a profound impact on our wellness it is deserving of its own discussion in an upcoming blog. Melatonin not only plays an important role in preventing insomnia, it also plays protective role with infection, inflammation and our immune system.[5]

Lack of sunlight can also significantly depress the spirits. Increased production of serotonin, the mood-boosting chemical manufactured in the brain, has been linked to sunnier days. Lack of sunshine, can therefore, lead to depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), especially in the winter months when there is less daylight. [6]

Researchers are also looking into links between Vitamin D deficiency and mood disorders such as depression and SAD.[7] There are many options for mood boosting therapies including lifestyle changes, light therapy, exercise, mind/body techniques such as yoga or meditation, supplements and medications. As with any form of depression, if SAD is significantly impacting your wellbeing, it is important to see your healthcare practitioner.[8]

So, here I sat on the other West Coast, the Gulf Coast of Florida, waiting for the sunshine to return as the skies continued to soak us in an unrelenting few days of darkness. What could I gather from these rare days of gloom? A few things emerged.  First, on dark days it is important to support our mood, whether the lack of light comes from our outer environment, or from within.  And, time slowed down by the storm allowed space for inspiration and creativity — a gift away from the day-to-day busyness. What better time to create some mood boosting aromatherapy blends?

Aromatherapy, of course, is an ideally supportive companion for helping to lift our mood, most especially through inhalation. Once smelled, the constituents from essential oils travel immediately and directly to the limbic system of our brain where mood and emotions are processed and stored. Many essential oils have been historically used just for this purpose, most especially citrus oils.

Here are a few of my favorite blends to get you started. These are proportioned for a diffuser. They may also be tripled for a personal inhaler.

Sunshine State

2 drops bergamot

2 drops lime

1 drop lemon

 Supports happy mood and positive outlook.

 

Sunny Side Up

 2 drops lime

2 drops spearmint

1 drop bergamot

 A happy, uplifting and mentally clearing blend.

 

Inner Child

 2 drops grapefruit

2 drops mandarin

1 drop spearmint

Lifts the spirits with child-like joy and optimism.

Finally, as I finish this blog, the days of abundant sunshine have reappeared, along with my normally sunny mood. I took my early morning walk and I am writing near a window that allows for abundant natural light to fill the room. But, during monsoon season here in the summer, I am prepared for the next time the gloom strikes down the sun and my mood.


Sources:

[1] Mead, M. Nathanial. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives. U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2008. Web. July 5.

[2] “Vitamin D: Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.” National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 9 June 2016.

[3] Mead, M. Nathanial. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives. U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2008. Web. July 5.

[4] Penckofer, Sue, Joanne Kouba, Mary Byrn, and Carol Estwing Ferrans. “Vitamin D and Depression: Where Is All the Sunshine?” Issues in Mental Health Nursing. U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010. Web. 05 July 2016.

[5] Mead, M. Nathanial. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives. U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2008. Web. July 5.

[6] “Unraveling the Sun’s Role in Depression.” WebMD. WebMD, 5 Dec. 2002. Web. 09 June 2016.

[7] Penckofer, Sue, Joanne Kouba, Mary Byrn, and Carol Estwing Ferrans. “Vitamin D and Depression: Where Is All the Sunshine?” Issues in Mental Health Nursing. U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010. Web. 05 July 2016.

[8] “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 12 Sept. 2014. Web. 12 July 2016.

 

Share Your Favorite Essential Oil Recipe Contest *Winner Announcement*

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As many of you know, July was Plant Therapy’s Customer Appreciation Month. We had sales, giveaways, surprises, and more! One of our giveaways was to win $25 credit to Plant Therapy by sharing your favorite essential oil recipe on one of Plant Therapy’s social media pages. Here are the 10 winners:

Rebekah Wiseman

Sugar Scrub

I made sugar scrubs for family and friends using this recipe:
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sea salt
3 T olive oil
1 T molasses
15-20 drops favorite essential oil (I made one batch Lavender and the other Vanilla)
Mix everything together and put into jars. Dress up the jars with ribbon, a wooden spoon, and a recipe card.

 

Rebecca Troup McRae

Great Master Blend For Relaxation & Dry/Reddened Skin

My favorite blend is one I developed several months ago; it is one that I find myself returning to repeatedly for its positive effects. This recipe is for a MASTER BLEND, which means it needs to be diluted! I use it primarily in a body butter or stick form at a low dilution (0.5% – 1%) since I use it with my children. It can be used in a diffuser or personal inhaler; I’ve found that in that form, the blend takes on a more floral scent (I’ve been asked if I was diffusing Lavender!) This blend is phenomenal at promoting relaxation and it helps my kiddos transition into bedtime. Additionally, the skin healing properties of some of the oils help my youngest with his occasional dry/reddened skin flare ups. He has been known to find the jar of “cream” and apply it himself.
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20 dr Bergamot
10 dr Vetiver
10 dr Blue Cypress
3 dr Clary Sage
3 dr Frankincense Fereana
3 dr Sweet Orange
1 dr Spearmint

**Important to blend and let this sit before use (I let mine meld for 2 weeks before using)

I chose each oil for specific properties.
Bergamot (0.4% max dermal limit due to photo toxicity, unless using Berpatine free EO – which I do) – Calms the mind, soothes emotions, good for anxiety
Blue Cypress (avoid during pregnancy/nursing) – Calming and soothing, good for irritated skin
Vetiver – good for relaxing, soothing, and calming anxiety
Clary Sage (avoid during pregnancy) – promotes tranquility, calming, and sleepfulness
Frankincense – calms anxiety, promotes relaxation, skin healing properties
Sweet Orange – calming, soothing, and also uplifting
Spearmint (1.7% maximum dermal usage) – uplifting, eases tensions

 

JJ Jordan Kean

Curly Girl Conditioning Hair Butter

8 oz Shea Butter
4 oz Coconut Oil (Fractionated Coconut Oil is easiest to work with, but raw is also great)
¼ cup aloe vera gel
1 tbsp argan oil (Coming soon to Plant Therapy!)
1 tbsp castor oil
1 tbsp rosemary herb oil
1 tbsp Jojoba Oil 
3 drops Ylang Ylang Complete EO
10 drops Lavender EO
4 drops Bergamot EO
4 drops Juniper Berry EO
(can also add Peppermint, sage, Thyme, or Lemon to help with other hair conditions)

 

Rachel Womek

Here is my favorite diffuser blend this summer.

Lady Grey Diffuser Blend:

1 drop Lemon, 2 drops Blood Orange, 2 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Clary Sage, and 1 drop Lavender. This blend promotes a sense of peace and well being. This blend is meant for diffusion, do not apply oils topically without proper dilution. Can be doubled for an inhaler.

 

Kimberleigh Murray Buttram

Romantic and Dreamy Blend

This is pure heaven in the diffuser, or mixed to a 3-5% dilution with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed for an all-over body oil or massage oil, or in a bit stronger dilution for an oil-based roll-on perfume (diluted in Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil) or mixed as a master blend and then into anything for that matter! I love it! 4 drops Petitgrain, 4 drops Orange, 3 drops Sandalwood, 3 drops Neroli, 1 drop Rose and 1 drop Clary Sage. PERFECT. Mmmmmm, it’s making me feel heady and romantic and dreamy just thinking about it.

 

Susannah Brown Nelson

Ah-Mazing Serum
I make an anti age face serum/moisturizer I have really loved. 

In a 2 oz glass dropper bottle add Camellia Seed or Meadowfoam as the base then add 3-4 drops each

Frankincense
Carrot seed
Helichrysum Italicum
Sandalwood 
Lavender 
Shake well to combine the oils.

First spritz with a hydrosol of your choice then use 2-3 drops of the serum on your face. I call it Ah-mazing serum. Your skin will feel amazing.

 

Angel Sherman Latiolais

Fall/Winter Diffuser Blend

This is a great diffuser blend – perfect for fall/winter:
3 drops Cardamom essential oil
2 drops Cassia essential oil
2 drops Clove Bud essential oil
1 drop Ginger essential oil

 

Tram Nguyen

Sleepy Time Rollerball for Kids
– 1 Vetiver
– 2 Lavender
– 1 Chamomile Roman

Dilute in 10 ml with your favorite carrier oil

 

Sarah Murphy

Whipped Lavender Body Butter

Love all the replies! My favorite recipe is for luxe small batch whipped lavender body butter:
– 1/4 c organic Shea Butter
– 1/4 c Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
– 1 Tbsp Organic Beeswax pastilles 
– 15-25 drops organic Plant Therapy Lavender essential oil
– 10-20 drops organic Plant Therapy Lemon essential oil
– 5-10 drops organic Plant Therapy Frankincense essential oil
– 1 Tbsp organic aloe vera juice or raw aloe from one stalk
– 1 Tbsp organic witch hazel

Melt the butter, oil and beeswax together on the stove in a double boiler or a Pyrex bowl over a boiling pot. Once melted, remove from stove and transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Place mixing bowl in the freezer for 5-7 minutes or until mixture is partially solid. Remove bowl from freezer and add all remaining ingredients to mixture. Blend ingredients with a stand or hand mixer until mixture has a whipped consistency and smells delightful. Add more oils to your preference. Transfer to a glass container and use as needed on dry skin. Works brilliantly and feels/smells absolutely wonderful!

 

Patrick Gabriel

Soothes Sore Muscles

One of the best recipes I’ve found for soothing sore muscles is:
20 MLS of a carrier oil (I use Sweet Almond Oil)
4 drops Eucalyptus 
2 drops Ginger
4 drops Rosemary 

Massage into the effected areas and feel the discomfort melt away and disappear!! I’ll have to try some of the other recipes listed here, but I just love using this one!!!

Diffuser Spotlight–Moon

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These are my bedroom diffusers, one in each bedroom (they are 200 square feet each).  As if I didn’t already love these little diffusers enough, today they are the daily deal for August 8 so you can score an awesome deal!

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The Moon Diffuser is perfect for aiding in sleep, throw in a little Sweet Dreams and let them be whisked away to dance with the sugar plumb fairies or ride dragons in their peaceful sleep.

When I have a little one sick I alternate Germ Destroyer and Immune Boom to help minimizing the spread and length of illness.  Immune Boom helps to keep you healthy.  Germ Destroyer can help cleanse the air and minimize the spread of illness.  Both can aid in speeding up the recovery process.

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I can throw in some Sniffle Stopper when they are congested and help them breath deeply and have a little less sneezing.  Sniffle Stopper or Rosalina help to open your chest to make breathing a breeze.

The moon diffuser features the following;

  • Ultrasonic vaporizing technology
  • Disperses micro vapors loaded with negative ions
  • Built in white lights are adjustable and easy to turn on and off
  • 200-400 square feet of coverage
  • Can operate for 3 hours on it’s highest continuous setting
  • Can operate for 10 hours at it’s lowest intermittent setting
  • Takes 3-8 drops of essential oil in 100ml of water
  • Output options are continuous or 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off
  • Mist volume can be high or low (two settings)

Organic Geranium Egyptian–DIY Night Cream

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Organic Geranium Egyptian Essential Oil is one of my favorites for skin.  As I head into my mid thirties I’m trying to get a jump start on wrinkle prevention as well as lightening the lines I have near my eyes.  Geranium Egyptian can help with wrinkles, skin balancing, as well as improved complexion.  If you’re like me and you have spent a lot of time outside, your skin may need a little TLC, simply whip this up and apply nightly.

Organic Geranium Egyptian Product Sheet Template

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Whip  all ingredients for 5 minutes.
  3. Apply liberally every evening before bed.

JULY 2016 OIL OF THE MONTH – KUNZEA

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Kunzea is great for teenage spot treatment, excellent for joint issues, and helps to release emotional tension.  You can download and keep this chart for reference.  Be sure to scroll down and try some of the great recipes using this fabulous oil.

Kunzea Product Sheet

 

Zit Zap (spot treatment)

Emotional Tension Releaser (diffuser recipe)

JoAnna Duaner Meyers “Pain Relief” (3.5% dilution for acute situations)