Essential Oils Blog

Fragrance, Fields, and All the Feels

By: Lori Chase, Certified Aromatherapist

As a Certified Aromatherapist, one of my biggest dreams has been to visit farms and processing facilities in France. Last month that dream became a reality and was nothing short of amazing. I was very excited when asked to write about the trip, but have an overwhelming fear that I will run out of adjectives halfway through this post. 

The trip started in New Jersey with several days of fragrance training, and then off to Europe with Robert Bardsley, Plant Therapy’s Procurement Manager, in a quest to source the best quality essential oils and allow me to learn more about the processes.

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Essential Oils for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac

(This is an actual photo of the poison ivy that needs to get the heck away from my house!)

It’s that time of year again, poison ivy time. And around here, I think I actually have more poison ivy than I have of anything else.  (Ok, probably not, but it sure seems that way!)  I had NEVER had a poison ivy breakout before now, so I was quite surprised when I noticed my arm was bright red and twice the size that it normally is.  Then the itch set in…and it itched and itched…

I had to think quick, so posted in our Safe Essential Oils Recipes Facebook group, desperately asking for a helpful essential oil recipe, and got a ton of great (and oily) responses!

 

1. Make an essential oil infused  Aloe Jelly rub

What you will need:
Directions:

Mix Aloe Jelly and Essential Oils in a squeeze bottle. Shake well.

Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar and apply to rash. Let it soak in. Once dry, apply aloe vera jelly mixture and allow to dry. Enjoy sweet relief!

And remember, through tomorrow all the oils in this recipe (and all our other KidSafe oils) are 20% off at Plant Therapy with coupon code TRIP18! You guys, that means you can get 10 ml of Lavender for less than six bucks!

 

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Why You Should be Diffusing Essential Oils on Road Trips

Why You Should be Diffusing Essential Oils on Road Trips

If you have a long road trip coming up, you’ll want to make sure you have your essential oils ready to come to the rescue!

Road trips and essential oils make a perfect match. Got rowdy kids in the backseat? Reach for Calming the Child. Feeling a little sleepy and need a boost? Try Energy Synergy or Peppermint. Want to stop those snack-attacks in their tracks? Munchy Stop Synergy to the rescue! There are so many ways essential oils can make your road trip go a little more smoother.

So if you’ve got your sights set on some summertime road trips, make sure you’re prepared. There are some really quick, easy, and cost-effective ways to diffuse your favorite essential oils while you’re on the road.

And right now is the perfect time to stock up for road trips, because through tomorrow you get 20% off ALL KidSafe oils (including favorites like lavender) with coupon code TRIP18!

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9 Essential Oil Organizing Hacks You Need to Try Right Now

10 Essential Oil Organizing Hacks You Need to Try Right NowWe get it, you aren’t exactly addicted to your essential oils…you just have several (hundred) bottles laying around. But no one likes a disorganized ugly cardboard box full of essential oils, so today we’re talking everything essential oil organization.

Want to add to your essential oil collection before you organize? This week only get 20% off ALL KidSafe essential oils with coupon code TRIP18! Including popular favorites like Lavender, Lemon and tons more!

Here’s our top 10 essential oil organization hacks!

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Spotlight Oil of the Week — Melissa Organic

spotlight oil of the week: Melissa Organic

Melissa Organic

  • Latin name: Melissa officinalis
  • Aroma description: Grassy, lemon scent.

 

Therapeutic benefits

  • Pacifies emotions after traumatic events.
  • Inspires joy, hope, and feelings of peace.
  • Calms an upset tummy.
  • Helps to relieve tension in the head and neck.
  • Supports a compromised immune system.

 

Kidsafe?

No! This is not a KidSafe oil.

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Essential Oils and Better Sleep

Essential oils for sleepHow did you sleep last night?

More than one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived, meaning millions of groggy people are struggling to pull themselves out of bed every day.

Regularly skimping on deep rest can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, and other metabolic diseases.

Daytime fatigue can also be potentially hazardous, especially when driving drowsy. Caffeinated drinks (hellooooo coffee) are immediate stimulates, but it’s important to remember that they’re only brief quick-fixes for the more serious problem of sleep deprivation.

Unfortunately, regularly getting a full night of restful sleep is a lot easier said than done.

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Car Sickness and Essential Oils: Everything You Need to Know

Essential oils for car sickness

For many of us, summer is the perfect time to hit the open road! With beautiful weather and a little extra time on your hands, a good traveling adventure is sometimes just what you need to clear your head and feel refreshed. While enjoying quality time with family and friends during a road trip can be wonderful, it can also cause some tummy upsets. While essential oils do not cure car sickness, they can sure help with some of those unpleasant symptoms!

Whether you suffer from motion sickness, snack on too much junk food, or just feel a little queasy when confined in close quarters, essential oils can get you (and your digestive system!) back on track.

Personal aromatherapy inhalers are powerful tools to take with you on your road trip. You can customize them for each person in your car and make a variety of them to cover specific needs — nausea, bloating, low energy, irritation — the possibilities are practically endless!

But for right now, let’s look at a few essential oils that are perfect to quell those upset stomachs and make everyone’s trip a whole lot more fun!

And don’t forget, this week only get 20% off all KidSafe products!

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Essential Oils for Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Emotional concerns affect many people. Whether it’s just a bad slump, or straight-up depression. We have busy lives, and not feeling emotionally at your best can seriously impact you.

It’s easy to feel anxious, depressed or overwhelmed with busy schedules and hectic lives. A girl’s got to make sure the house is clean, get to work and get the kids to school on time, make dinner, help with homework, get everyone to bed, do even more clean up or laundry, then fall into bed exhausted. We’ve all been there.

Whew.

Can essential oils help with emotional issues?

The short answer is: They might help, but they won’t cure.

Essential oils won’t cure your emotional issues (such as depression, anxiety or stress) but they can absolutely help boost your self-care routine. But before we get into that, check out our blog post on inhalation.

 

Which essential oils should I choose?

These are the oils that are known to help with symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.

Just remember: Scent is incredibly individual. We can make general statements about certain oils, like we did in What are Therapeutic Properties?. But that just gives us a good starting point. Your recipes may still need tweaking in order to work as desired.

The best part? Get 20% off all the following essential oils, except Basil linalool, are part of our sale this week on KidSafe oils with coupon code TRIP18 (yes, that includes Lavender!)

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DIY the Best Yoga Mat Cleaner With Essential Oils

DIY Essential Oils yoga mat spray

Sometimes, there’s not many things better than rolling out your yoga mat, taking a seat, and rejuvenating your mind and body through a good yoga practice.

But there is an important, though often overlooked, aspect to yoga that we need to talk about. Whether you roll it out regularly or just every once in a while, it’s always a good habit to clean your yoga mat after every use. You do it with all the other exercise equipment you use, and your mat should be no different.

That might seem like an extreme proposition. Clean it every time? It’s not like you’re sharing your mat — that’s your mat, so those are all your germs, right? No!

First off, your mat is not one-sided. Think about the side that’s laying on the floor — especially a heavily trafficked gym or studio floor — and all those mysterious, unknown, invisible germ invaders that are clinging to the underbelly of your mat. Ew.

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Sea Soul Cleanse

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Oh sweet summer, how I love thee. This is the season of seasons that supports our sense of restoration. Warmer weather, vacation down time, longer days, and abundant sunlight help nourish our selves and slow our roll.

One of the many opportunities to really put our sensibilities to rights is to experience immersion in nature under the nurturing summer sun. For some, a walk in woods puts one back on the path of what is right in the world. Others appreciate the cooler, crisp air of the mountains. For city and suburban folks, reconnecting with the earth can be simply going barefoot in the grass.

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