Hi, I’m Lori Chase. I have 2 extremely bright and beautiful daughters, 2 amazing son-in-laws, and 7 perfect grandchildren. My biggest joy in life is spending time with them. They are supportive, encouraging, and some of the funniest people I know.
Throughout my life, I have predominantly been self-employed. I have always loved the freedom and creativity that it allowed me. When I moved to Idaho I took a job with Plant Therapy to give myself something to do while I put a plan into place. Four years later I am still here and so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given. Being part of the PT family and becoming an aromatherapist has brought many positive changes to my life.
I love everything about the outdoors, including gardening and DIY projects that involve restoring and repurposing old treasures. Yard sales, thrift shops, or antique stores are my favorite places to explore. Having spent the better part of my life in sunny California it was difficult for me to embrace the Idaho winters. Aromatherapy has opened up a world of things for me to do in the comfort and warmth of my kitchen during the colder months.
It is very difficult to pick my 5 favorite essential oils, as working with them daily it is easy to see the benefits of each and every one. My favorites also change based on what my personal needs are at the time.
Copaiba Copaifera officinalis quickly became a favorite of mine when Plant Therapy first brought it in as a prospective new oil. It is great in blends for muscle or joint discomfort due to overexertion, digestive issues, and respiratory concerns. The light, woodsy scent rounds out and softens the aroma of any blend. Another bonus is, unlike other oleoresins, Copaiba blends nicely with essential oils and carrier oils.
The Calm After The Storm
10 drops Copaiba
7 drops Bergamot
5 drops Chamomile German
5 drops Chamomile Roman
1 ounce Aloe Vera Jelly (or your favorite carrier oil)
Blend together and apply to muscles and/or joints. After a long day of yard work or strenuous activity, this is my favorite blend using Copaiba.
Frankincense Carteri Boswellia carteri, although I don’t think there is a right or wrong species when it comes to Frankincense, I tend to use Carteri the most because I love the aroma. When I’m feeling out of balance, mentally or physically, I reach for Frankincense, When I’m feeling under the weather, I reach for Frankincense. Before I start my yoga routine I put a drop, diluted to 2% behind my ears. It is also the essential oil I use most in my skincare routine.
Rosemary 1,8 Cineole Rosmarinus officinalis offers many great benefits, but for myself, it has an ability to bring me back to center. When I am having a particularly hectic or stressful day, I use Rosemary to calm and focus myself. I dilute it to 1% in witch hazel and put it into a small spray bottle which I keep in the fridge. I lightly mist the air around me or the back of my shirt and almost immediately I can feel a shift from frantic to serene.
Whenever I smell Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides I am transported to a field of this tall grass and immersed in its spectacular aroma. I attended an aromatherapy conference where had the opportunity to experience a Vetiver fan. It was hand woven from the dried reeds and smelled delicate and lovely. I typically diffuse Vetiver at night when I need some additional help clearing my mind. Just a tiny bit (1 drop in my AromaFuse Diffuser) is all it takes. This is one of the few essential oils I prefer to use on its own as opposed to in a blend.
Citrus essential oils are always top on my list and I really couldn’t pick a favorite. At this time of year, Yuzu Citrus junos is the one I use most because it helps to support the respiratory system. Like all citrus oils, it has a bright, zesty aroma. It helps to lift my spirits when the weather turns cold and dreary. I use 10-12 drops in an aromatherapy inhaler. I also love to add a few drops to my homemade cleaning products to keep my house smelling clean and fresh all year long.