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Phototoxicity: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe!

The sun is outside shining, the temperatures are warming up, and it’s time to dig out that summertime wardrobe from hibernation! Shorts, tank tops, and flip flops — here we come! But before you go and lather up your skin with all those DIY lotions, creams, lip balms, body oils, and perfumes you’ve had so much fun making, there is something very important we need to discuss: Phototoxicity.

So what IS phototoxicity anyways?

The term ‘phototoxicity’ just means that there are specific essential oils that when you put them on your skin and go out into the sun, can cause pretty significant damage, including severe burning, blistering, and discoloration. 

Wait, what?

Don’t worry. Even though phototoxicity isn’t something to take lightly, it’s also easy to avoid and keep yourself safe in the sun, I promise.

Phototoxicity, also called photosensitization and phototoxic contact dermatitis, is a UV light induced reaction to a photoactive substance. [1]

Some essential oils are termed ‘phototoxic,’ since they increase the likelihood of a phototoxic reaction. These oils contain certain chemical constituents with a structure that gives them the ability to absorb UV light, store it, and release it in a burst into the skin. [2] 

Reactions can occur up to 18 hours after the oil has been applied to the skin and then exposed to UV light. So even if you don’t see a reaction right away, do not assume that a reaction won’t occur later. So be careful!

Here’s a handy graphic for reference: 

What phototoxic oils does Plant Therapy carry?

You may notice that these phototoxic oils are all cold-pressed. The distillation method is extremely important, since some of these oils can also be steam distilled. When distilled, the components that cause phototoxicity are not present, so they’re safe to use in the sun.

To avoid phototoxic reactions, cover any area of the skin with a phototoxic oil on it, or just don’t use a phototoxic essential oil topically if you are concerned about sun exposure.

So which oils can you use in the sun, and still get that citrus-y smell you love?

Our website clearly states if an oil is phototoxic, and also provides maximum dilution recommendations to avoid phototoxicity. We also offer many non-phototoxic oils that still have the uplifting, citrusy aromas you love:

So even though summertime is the perfect time to discuss phototoxicity, please be aware that UV light is present all year-round. Phototoxic reactions can be painful and permanent, so use extreme caution when using phototoxic oils and being outside!

And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Certified Aromatherapists to learn more!

 

References:

[1] “Aromahead Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program” https://www.aromahead.com/courses/online/aromatherapy-certification-program

[2] Phototoxicity. Retrieved from https://westcoastaromatherapy.com/articles/phototoxicity

 

Get Memorial Day Ready with DIY Outdoor Wipes!

essential oil outdoor wipesIt’s still spring, but let’s be honest — a lot of us like to mark the unofficial start to summer during Memorial Day weekend. And with the typically bright and warm weather the end of May brings, who doesn’t want to be outside to enjoy it? Parades, picnics, camping trips, backyard grilling, gardening; this list goes on and on, depending on what you love to do.

But what do all these fun activities have in common? Well, here’s a hint: they fly, they crawl, they scuttle around, they gross us out, and they love to infringe on your otherwise wonderful time outside…in other words, bugs.

What can you do to make sure these persistent pesky summer annoyances don’t ruin your long weekend of fun in the sun? We have just what you need to keep those little annoyances at bay! These roll-ons are the perfect, super convenient, and chemical-free way to protect you and your children from those little buzzing annoyances while you’re playing outside!

And if you’re wanting to make some lotion bars to keep those buzzing buggers away, try this DIY recipe for Buzz-Off Lotion Bars.

Another great DIY to enjoy your time outdoors this Memorial Day weekend are these very easy to make Outdoor Wipes!

DIY Outdoor Essential Oil Wipes

What you’ll need:

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half using an electric knife or serrated bread knife.
  2. Place paper towels into the container. If you have to “smash” it a bit to fit, that is ok, once wet we are taking out the core!
  3. In a separate bowl, add the carrier oils, vitamin E, and KidSafe Shield Me
  4. Mix well and immediately pour mixture over paper towels.
  5. Seal with lid and shake container well to disperse oils.
  6. Once soaked, you can easily remove the core.
  7. Use as you would any other wipes.

 

That outside sun can be a burden, too, especially if you have sensitive skin that becomes irritated easily. If your skin is thirsting for some extra hydration and nourishment, Aloe Vera Jelly and Lavender Aloe Jelly are both soothing and penetrate deeply . Misting your skin with a hydrosol, like Peppermint or Lavender, will also refresh irritated skin.

Lots of Americans also love to take vacations during Memorial Day weekend. That’s why this weekend is one of the most popular travel times of the whole year. With all that time spent in the car or on a turbulent plane ride, your stomach can sometimes need a little extra help to stay settled. If you suffer from stomach discomfort during travel, try our Tummy Aid Pre-Diluted Roll-On, or our KidSafe Tummy All Better Pre-Diluted Roll-On. And keep your family healthy with the pre-diluted roll-ons Germ Fighter and KidSafe Germ Destroyer.

No matter what your plans are this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered! And don’t forget to set some time aside for observing the ultimate sacrifice given by members of our Armed Services, because, after all, that is the true reason for this holiday. Learn more about Memorial Day at usmemorialday.org.

Spotlight Featured Oil of the Week — Basil Linalool

KidSafe?

No, this oil is not KidSafe!

 

Basil Linalool (And Basil Linalool Organic)

  • Latin name: Ocimum basilicum
  • Aroma description: Like the herb itself, the oil’s aroma is sweet and fresh, with a slight balsamic undertone.

 

Therapeutic benefits

  • Basil Linalool is the perfect go-to oil if you need to relax. The high linalool content makes it very, very calming.
  • For a clear, focused mind, Basil is what you need to stay sharp — In fact, that is exactly why Basil Linalool is used in both our Brain Aid Synergy and our Clarity Synergy!
  • A great mood-lifter.
  • Useful during meditation practices.
  • Helpful for deterring outdoor annoyances.

 

Dilution instructions:

Basil Linalool has a topical dilution maximum of 3.3%.

 

Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your aromatherapy diffuser to enjoy the calming and focusing properties of Basil.

 

Where Basil Linalool is used on the body:

Basil Linalool can be a wonderful relief for overworked nerves or muscles when diluted properly. It is especially helpful for head and neck tension.

 

Oils to blend with:

Basil Linalool (and Basil Linalool Organic) blends well will Cedarwood Himalayan, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit Pink, Lime, Neroli, and Sandalwood Australian.

 

Soothing Bath DIY:  

Mix a 2-3 drops of Basil Linalool in a tablespoon of unscented body wash or shampoo, then pour under the running water.

basil linalool slimming gel diy

Slimming Gel DIY

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. In a bowl mix together well.
  3. Transfer to bottle.
To use:

Apply to areas of concern once a day for up to 4 days. To help maximize results you can wear a wrap for up to 45 minutes a day. Be sure to rinse well after use. The essential oils used in this all-natural gel are known to increase circulation, diminish the appearance of unwanted skin ripples, and firm and tighten your skin.

basil linalool essential oil slimming gel DIY

Try out Basil Linalool today and save 15% with coupon code SPOTLIGHT1

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY essential oil hand sanitizer

If you live in the Northern United States, it’s likely that your tree, flower, and grass pollens are just beginning to ramp up. That means itchy eyes, a nose that doesn’t want to inhale oxygen anymore, and that constant throat tickle that just won’t seem to give up — no matter how fervently you try to hack it up! Young and old alike, if you suffer from these seasonal pollen threats, you understand the discomfort. Last month we addressed allergies and essential oils more in depth here, so give that a read if you need a little relief.

But now we’re going to address another important body part associated with seasonal threats: Your hands! The hands that itch, that hold the tissues, that touch your sensitive, uncomfortable face and throat. They need to stay clean, otherwise your condition will just get worse. No one wants to deal with being sick and having a bad case of mid-Spring sniffles at the same time.  

The quick fix is often hand sanitizer, especially if hand soap and water isn’t available when you need it. Instead of going to the store to buy a sanitizer, which is often primarily made up of ethyl alcohol, try this quick and all-natural alternative!

DIY essential oil hand sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Pour Aloe Vera Jelly into a flip top bottle.
  2. Add 18 drops Germ Fighter OR KidSafe Germ Destroyer
  3. Shake well to mix oils.
  4. Use a dime size squirt of the gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

This is such an easy way to make your own hand sanitizer, without all of the drying properties of alcohol. And, because this recipe calls for our Aloe Vera Jelly, there isn’t even a need to add a preservative. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

When Life Gives You Elevens

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Almost exactly two years ago, this happened.

I got in the car, turned it on and this was the odometer exactly. I could have missed it, or I could have been driving. But, that wasn’t the case. I believe the image was there to get my attention.

Up until this point, I had been seeking answers about certain life situations, but I had been spinning a bit.

The opportunity of witnessing the odometer turn to a perfect 100,000 hit me like a ton of bricks. My immediate thought was “what am I supposed to know from this?” You see, I don’t believe in coincidences. I do believe in messages. More on that in a moment.

After a gut check, I experienced an internal knowing with a sense of certainty. And, I later shared that what came through to me in this blog:

100,000 Miles In the Rearview Mirror

Essentially, the message was a much needed reminder to remain mindful in the moment. Not staying present to what is happening was hindering me from moving forward. Though I had been seeking answers, with my mind fixed on either the past or the future, I was missing out the many signposts that had been placed before me in the present.

 

Tuning In To The Message

We talk about asking for Divine inspiration, and we discuss soul searching for answers. But, what if we don’t recognize the information when it comes to us? What if it isn’t always the dramatic “aha” moments we hear about in stories and see in the movies? What if, instead, we are given gentle little signs placed along the path to help guide us along our way? This way of reaching awareness requires a sense of recognition to receive the information.

Most faith traditions and spiritual belief systems teach we are all connected to some form of higher consciousness. And, we tap into this higher connection through mindful practices of introspection such as meditation and prayer. When we can quiet the mind and keep our spirit open, our source of higher information and our sense of innate wisdom can remain connected creating a clear channel of communication.

Calming our conscious mind allows us to hear our soul speak. And, unlike learned information associated with our mind, our innate wisdom, or intuition, is often felt in our gut. It’s what many refer to as the Sixth Sense. And, what Deepak Chopra calls our “inner GPS.”  That little voice that may be telling us something so strongly, and yet many of us fail to heed to it because faith requires action without external proof.

That was me. A decade ago, I was so disconnected from my own intuition that I didn’t trust anything I couldn’t touch, taste, see or smell. Not only did I not trust my gut, I didn’t even acknowledge its existence.

Then the accident happened. And, when you experience significant trauma, it can crack you wide open. In the process of repair, the pieces don’t necessarily fit back together in the way they bound you in before. But, you can choose to restore in a way that is not only new to you, but renews how you move through the world.

Because I wanted to heal as much as possible, I opened my self to new possibilities. This is when I began learning how to reconnect with my own inner wisdom through my healing process, as well as informal and formal learning.

 

When Life Gives You Elevens

While I was learning to reconnect with my own innate wisdom, I still struggled with trusting what I felt to be true. So, I began asking for signs. Signs for answers and signs for affirmation. In retrospect, I was receiving them, but I didn’t recognize them.

Until one day, something got my attention. Everywhere I looked, I kept seeing 11:11.

It was flashing on clocks, grocery receipts, dining out totals and more. I wasn’t looking for it. It just kept being there over and over again for days and weeks. It was a bombardment of 11’s and it got my attention. So, I asked a friend who knew a little something about numerology what it meant. And, rather than tell me his interpretation, he suggested I look it up and see if the meaning resonated with me in any way.

There are many ways to interpret the messages in repetitive and sequential numbers. But, the meaning that spoke to me personally is through the approach by Doreen Virtue, who sees numerical signs as a gentle response from the angels. And, in this particular practice, the 11’s represent a reminder to keep your thoughts focused on positive outcomes because things are materializing rapidly. I think of this as “Gates are opening. Mind you your thoughts as you enter to keep to the positive path.[1]

Because this resonated so profoundly for me, it opened my mind to messages all around me. While I do now have a daily practice of meditation, it is indeed a practice. And, so, like everyone else, I often need reminders to remain mindful as I go about the business of being busy at times.

To this day, when I see a series of the same repetitive numbers for a day, days, or weeks, I realize that I  need to look up the message and see if it has meaning for me. And, it always does. Right on the money. Right when I needed it most. In perfect response to my requests for higher information.

Fast forward to two years later. I had reached another time of significant transition. It required some major decisions for forward movement. And, again, I was seeking insightful guidance.

 

And, now this: Life was giving me elevens again!As I got back in the car after running the first of two errands, I looked down and was presented with a perfect set of 11’s. Wowza! It felt like a bolt of lightening once again. A series of elevens in a seriously significant way, which most certainly got my attention as if someone had shouted at me.

I sat there for a moment, processing another profound message. Mind my thoughts. Gates are opening.”

This is so important for me because changes, even those that are good and exciting, can make me nervous and create a tendency to focus on everything that could possibly go wrong.

And, as you can imagine, that can trip me up on the path of moving forward until I can get my mind back to a place where I am focused on positive outcomes. So, I just sat there for minutes soaking this in.

Up until that point, for the past few days, my mind had been spinning a bit even with my meditation practice. I am still a work in progress in mastering my mind, but I can definitively say trusting my own inner wisdom has yet to steer me wrong. My biggest growth points and transitions have been based on leaps of faith. But, that faith came from a strong sense of trust in what I was feeling, rather than what my mind was telling me, and an awareness and recognition between the two.

So, when life gives me elevens, or other repetitive sequences, I pay attention. I don’t think there is any magic in the numbers. I just believe in our busy world, where we may be disconnected from a sense of higher consciousness, we are offered messages as affirmations and attention getters as a way to support our own intuition no matter how far along we are in our practice of tuning inward.

The important thing is that if you feel something is trying to get your attention, you might wish to tune in, take a look at it and see if it feels true to you. This takes an open mind, which in this case, also literally means a practice of calming and clearing your thoughts so you are reception ready in the seat of your own inner knowing without getting drowned out by the mental chatter.

 

Clearing the Channels with Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy makes an amazing ally both for quieting the mind, and for helping us to open to higher information.   Not only does it help me expand the experience, it also can help create a short cut of sorts to clear through the mental clutter more quickly because of how readily it interacts with the mind and resonates with the spirit.

Here are a few specific synergies you may wish to try with your own practices of introspection for the purpose of reaching higher information. For this approach, I believe they work best by inhalation. You can add these to your diffuser, or triple the recipe and add to your personal aromatherapy inhaler.

 

Ready Made Synergies

Higher Connection – from Plant Therapy’s Chakra Synergy Line.  You can select as an undiluted synergy, or you can choose or in pre-diluted roller bottles. You can buy each synergy separately, or as a set.

Higher Connection was created to help bring balance to our Crown Chakra. The 7th (Crown) Chakra connects us to a higher state of consciousness and self-knowledge encouraging us to reach our higher self. This synergy can help strengthen our purpose and ability to connect to higher spiritual consciousness. It invites pure, radiant, and joyful energy allowing connection with greater self-knowledge and our higher selves.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: None Known

 

Synergies to Blend Yourself

 

Master Meditation

2 drops Buddha Wood Eremophila mitchellii

1 drop Elemi Canarium luzonicum

1 drop Frankincense Carteri CO2 Boswellia carteri

1 drop Palo Santo Bursera graveolens

This is a powerful synergy of sacred oils traditionally used to open the mind, heart and spirit. I like to use this blend to help find divine answers to what my soul needs to know when I feel a block. First, I set an intention, then inhale, and then call on the power of a higher consciousness to ask what I need to know as I descend into a deeper state of meditation. This leaves  my mind calm and my spirit open so I can connect to my sense of sacred innate wisdom.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For Palo Santo, we recommend a maximum dilution of 3% for topical applications.

 

 Meditation of the Magi

 2 drops Davana Artemisia pallens

2 drops Myrrh Commiphora myrrha

1 drop Frankincense Carteri CO2 Boswellia carteri

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

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: Avoid during breastfeeding and pregnancy.

 


References:

[1] Virtue, Doreen. Angel Numbers 101: the Meaning of 111, 123, 444, and Other Number Sequences. Hay House, Inc., 2011.

 

DIY KidSafe® Buzz-Off Lotion Bars with EOs

DIY insect repellant essential oil lotion barsIt’s mosquito season again, which means it’s time to make a new DIY batch of buzz-off lotion bars!

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but around here it’s starting to get seriously hot and humid. That means the buzzing outdoor annoyances are coming out in full force. I spend a lot of my time outside in the garden or tending to the yard, so I really need something to help me stay pest free.

To keep myself free from those buzzing buggers, I made these lovely, natural (and KidSafe®) buzz-off lotion bars using Plant Therapy’s Shield Me Synergy.DIY KidSafe Buzz-Off Lotion Bars

DIY insect repellant essential oil lotion barsThis recipe was created for you by Tyler Hagan, Certified Aromatherapist.

Melt beeswax, butters, and almond oil together in a double boiler. Once melted, stir in your KidSafe Shield Me Synergy and vitamin E. Pour into mold and let dry.

Enjoy the outdoors, pest-free!

Happy Mother’s Day!

happy mother's day plant therapyTo all the amazing, supportive, selfless, and tough moms out there, we hope today showers you with the love and appreciation you deserve! We here at Plant Therapy give our heartfelt wishes for an amazing day.

Try this DIY diffuser blend from one of our Certified Aromatherapists, Ellen Brenner. It will lift your spirits with child-like joy and optimism!

Inner Child Diffuser Blend

Add the oils as written to your diffuser, or multiply the amount of drops by 3 to add to a personal aromatherapy inhaler. Enjoy!

Preparing for End-Of-Year Exams

Take a look at the calendar — it’s almost summertime! For a lot of hard-working students, this signals a break from teachers, studying, and school. But before the rest and relaxation begins, there are end-of-year exams to take. No matter if you are a child, a teenager, or an adult, taking tests can be an uncomfortable and dreaded experience. If you are looking for a way to calm those pretest nerves and improve your concentration, we’ve got you covered! With the help of some amazing essential oils, you’ll be ready to tackle those tests with confidence.

Test Taking Tips for Adults —

Breathe and relax. You’ve taken tests before! This is just another test. If you give yourself enough time to study and control your stress so that you can study effectively, you’ve already won half the battle. Then, just get set yourself up in a comfortable place, create your study schedule (and stick to it!), and try these oils to add a boost to your brain power while you review!

  • Peppermint: This unmistakable and familiar aroma is a powerful energizer and great for attention [1]. When you feel the mental “fog” begin to settle, let the fresh and clean scent of peppermint focus your senses and keep you motivated.
  • Rosemary:  If you’re having trouble getting information to stick into your head, consider Rosemary. Research from Northumbria University has found that simply being in a room diffused with the smell of Rosemary boosted memory test scores by 15% [2].  Further studies have shown that Rosemary significantly reduces test anxiety, which was demonstrated through a series of improved test scores [3]. So, basically, it is simply amazing for memory, mood, and cognition.
  • Brain Aid Synergy: For a quick pick-me-up to clear an foggy brain, this synergy is just right. It is filled with uplifting and mentally energizing oils to keep you alert and focused on your studies! It also comes in a pre-diluted roll-on; just apply and inhale for an instant boost!
  • Clarity Synergy: Made specially with essential oils that promote memory and mental focus! With its fresh and uplifting aroma, it is a wonderful help when you are studying.
Need a few more handy studying tips?

Try to engage as many senses as you can! Color code information, create manipulatives to work with, and fuel up with healthy snack foods. If you’re willing to get a little wacky, try reading aloud with the book upside down! This will force you to concentrate harder on the words and you’ll be less likely to start spacing out.

For Taking Tips for Kids and Teens —

This early age is when young minds should begin to develop healthy test taking strategies and attitudes. Since this is a skill that needs to be taught, parents and other caregivers may need to be the driving force behind their motivation. Help and encourage them by engaging with their studies along the way.  Here are a few essential oils to help your children stay on the right track while they get ready to show what they know!

  • Lavender: This powerhouse oil has an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties. It is calming and great for relieving the nervous tension that can build up when preparing for something challenging (4).
  • Spearmint: This is the KidSafe alternative to peppermint. It is uplifting, reduces emotional agitation, and improves concentration.
  • A+ Attention Synergy: Designed to help focus an overactive body and mind with calming and mood-boosting essential oils. This synergy is a great place to start if you’re looking for a way to support your child while they are studying.  
  • Calming the Child: This soothing, sweet, and relaxing aroma is perfect for slowing revved-up minds and emotions. With a positive attitude and the right studying environment, you are setting your child up for success!

If you think your child is really struggling with their studying, touch base with their teacher; they may be able to provide additional study materials. When it comes to the daunting task of memorization, work with your kids to change the lyrics of songs they like or help them write a funny story about whatever it is they are studying. And never forget the importance of a good night of sleep and a healthy breakfast before the test!

End-of-year exams may not be very fun, but essential oils can absolutely make them more bearable. Hard work has been put in all school year – it’s time to let good test grades reflect that!

 

 

References:

[1] Meamarbashi, A. (2014). Instant effects of peppermint essential oil on the physiological parameters and exercise performance. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 4(1), 72–78.

[2] Herbs that can boost your mood and memory. (2016, 29 April). Retrieved from https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/2016/04/herbs-that-can-boost-your-mood-and-memory/

[3] Mccaffrey, Ruth & J Thomas, Debra & Orth Kinzelman, Ann. (2009). The Effects of Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils on Test-Taking Anxiety Among Graduate Nursing Students. Holistic nursing practice. 23. 88-93. 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a110aa.

[4] Koulivand, P. H., Khaleghi Ghadiri, M., & Gorji, A. (2013). Lavender and the Nervous System. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2013, 681304. http://doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher!

Thank you teachers from Plant Therapy

It’s May! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming — or, winds are howling and rain is torrential (depending on where you live!) — and all across the country, teachers are working hard to keep their students motivated during grueling end-of-year exams. From preschool to high school, students are becoming increasingly zoned out of school work, and tuned up for summer fun. This means there’s no better time than now to show teachers the appreciation they deserve!

As an indisputably integral part of any society, teachers make lasting contributions to their communities, and to the students they teach. That’s why National Teacher Day, celebrated during National Teacher Appreciation Week, is held annually in the U.S. to recognize their sacrifices, generosity, and unwavering enthusiasm to build up successful students.

So what can we do to show teacher’s how much we appreciate all of their hard work? Here are a couple of ways to incorporate the amazing therapeutic benefits of essential oils into quick, affordable, and classroom-friendly gifts for that special teacher in your life!

DIY KidSafe Multi-Purpose Cleaning Spray (a safe, all natural way to keep those germs away from the classroom!)

What you’ll need:
To use:

Spray and wipe.  This can be used on floors, counters, mirrors, and windows! Be sure to use 60 minutes before your students arrive or after they leave for the day. 

 *Store in the fridge and use within one week (or add a preservative to reduce concerns of bacterial growth; learn more about preservatives here).

DIY Hand Lotion

The hands of a teacher go through a lot during the day. This energizing and mood-boosting mix of essential oils, with the nourishing properties of Shea Butter and Sunflower Carrier Oil, give those hands some very deserved pampering.

You can use most of this weeks new oils in this super simple lotion recipe. This makes 4 ounces and has a shelf life of 1 year with proper storage.

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Mix together with a hand mixer
  3. Transfer lotion from the mixing bowl to bottle (frosting bags are nice, clean ways to transfer!)

Want to show your appreciation even more? Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note or email to truly express your gratitude. Also, you may consider giving back to teachers by getting more involved. Volunteering in the classroom, donating supplies, or attending school board meetings will give you a better understanding of the challenges faced and your school district and all of their educators.

DIY Fresh-Squeezed Margarita Essential Oil Synergy

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Plant Therapy!

DIY Fresh Squeezed Margarita Essential Oil Synergy

This synergy was created for you by Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

(For Diffusion)

This juicy, fresh and fruity citrus synergy strikes all the same notes of its festive, hand crafted namesake. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of aromatic inhalation any time (without the downsides of the drink).

This synergy is calming to the emotions, easing to nervous tension, uplifting to the spirit, soothing to the mind, and an all around support to your sense of happy, just like a real margarita!

This mini-master blend that can be scaled up or down depending on how you plan use it. Add this to your diffuser, or use for passive diffusion with candle melts, reed diffusers, etc., added according to your recipe.  And, if you want to take this synergy with you on-the-go, just add to a personal aromatherapy inhaler by tripling the recipe. If you choose use topically, please refer to the cautions listed below.

KidSafe: This synergy is KidSafe when diffused.

Cautions: Follow recommended diffusion times. For topical application, Cold Pressed Lime essential oil is phototoxic. To avoid this, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.7% for topical applications. For topical use, you may substitute Lime Steam Distilled, which is not phototoxic.