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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 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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It’s Spring Cleaning Season!

It’s that time of year when the new year has finally set in, and with it comes the urge to rethink and reevaluate the cleanliness of our homes. Spring cleaning can mean something different to each individual, but it’s a tradition that even if you despise cleaning, you kind of look forward to. Spring cleaning can mean deep cleaning those areas that we tend to neglect until we are moving, or the house is empty.

There is no better way to kick off this year’s spring cleaning than with natural cleaners. These natural cleaners are safer for your home, effective for cleaning away grime and grit, and will smell better than your average store cleaner.

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Hair Types and Essential Oils

Let’s face it, hair care is essential to our daily lives, so it only seems natural to include essential oils into this routine. Plant Therapy Essential Oils are high quality, with absolutely no additives or fillers, which make them ideal for hair care use. The best way to maintain beautiful, luscious locks is by using all natural products to keep our hair at it’s best. That is where essential oils come into play.

Although there are a variety of different hair types, we will only cover some of the most common ones in this post. Hopefully, you can take some of the ideas here and apply it to your hair care routine. Healthy hair is only an essential oil away.

Dry/Damaged Hair

Dry/damaged hair is very common; we use high-heat tools, color our hair, pull our hair up in tight elastics, and the list goes on. Our hair, in general, goes through a lot, and it is always a great idea to take some time to show it some TLC. Fractionated Coconut Oil is hair’s best friend and lucky for you, Plant Therapy has plenty. You can use Coconut Oil for a deep conditioning treatment, a daily detangler, and as a natural thermal protectant. For the daily detangler just apply a light amount of Coconut Oil to wet hair from root to tip and brush through the tangles with a brush or comb. No need to wash out, just dry and style as usual. This method works for the natural thermal protectant too. The great thing with Coconut Oil is it will nourish your hair all day long.

For a Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask try this DIY recipe:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil(I use a fork since they are both so soft)
  2. Add and mix all carrier oils and essential oil (I used my mixer for this).
  3. Store in a cool dark place.
  4. Makes approximately 3 applications.
To use:

Apply mask generously to your hair, let sit for 10-30 minutes and wash with an all natural shampoo.

 

Oily Scalp

An oily scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce excessive amounts of sebum. It might seem counterproductive to add more oils to an oily scalp, but essential oils are a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. Their makeup and properties are exactly what your oily scalp needs to be more balanced.

6 Essential Oils that help with an oily scalp are Lavender, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Lemon, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile (all types), and Eucalyptus Globulus. These different oils can be used to combat flaky scalps, balance out the natural oils of the scalp, and soothe and nourish the scalp. Add these oils to your favorite shampoo or try one of these No Poo recipes that will help limit the number of chemicals you use on your hair and combat an oily scalp.

Recipe 1

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Dissolve baking soda into water.
  2. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Recipe 2

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a container.
  2. Shake well to combine and before each use.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality, the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!

This recipe can be used for more than an oily scalp. Switch up the essential oils to combat thinning hair, for a normal cleaning shampoo, or to cater to men. Here are some essential oils to try to switch it up:

 

Thin and Thick Hair

With thin hair, you have to be careful about which oils you choose because you do not want to weigh your hair down or leave it looking greasy. Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is a great option for thin hair. It can help support a healthy scalp and promote luscious-looking locks. Add it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner and use as directed.

Another great option is Lemongrass. Lemongrass has a refreshing and uplifting aroma that is not only a great addition to shampoo, but it is also an effective cleanser that can strengthen your hair follicles. To use Lemongrass add 5 drops to an ounce of your shampoo or condition, or use 2-3 drops in a tablespoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and massage into the scalp daily and then rinse after 1-3 minutes.

Although Coconut Oil is still a great option for thick hair, Organic Argan Oil is your best bet when it comes to this hair type. Organic Argan is a thicker carrier oil, which thick hair can handle. You can use it in a hair mask or on wet hair before drying and styling. Argan Oil is conditioning and rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids that are ideal for keeping your thick hair nourished and looking fabulous.

Adding essential oils to your hair care routine is a safe, natural way to enhance your luscious locks.

We’ve looked into a few hair types and have given you some suggestions on how to enhance your hair care routines with essential oils and carrier oils. These are great options because they are chemical free, which your hair will thank you for. Have you used any essential oils or carrier oils for your hair? Which ones did you like? Comment below, we would love to hear from you!

 

Aromatherapy and Romance

Check out these essential oil recipes and get ready to open your heart up to some love and romance!

Let’s not be modest — when a man walks past and wafts an alluring cologne, or a woman is seemingly always smelling of an aroma you find absolutely irresistible, it can seem impossible not to notice your sudden change in thoughts and emotions.

“Oh wow! That smells amazing!”

It’s the kind of feeling that causes a husband to get lost in the scent of his wife’s hair, or a woman to bury her face into her boyfriend’s worn t-shirt whenever he is away. These are smells that make you swoon and wish for more.

Some scents are quite simply intoxicating; they can directly affect emotional states and infuse your senses. Because of this, humans have been harnessing the power of aromatherapy for centuries, and it has deep roots in romantic history. Ancient civilizations used fragrances to cultivate desire and influence behaviors. The Egyptians, for example, enjoyed aromatic baths to make a more sensual environment for intimacy.

Cleopatra by Frank Dicksee (1853-1928)

Then there are the accounts of the legendary seductress, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, that claim she carpeted her throne room floor with rose petals and massaged her body with a custom blend of rose, cardamom, and cinnamon oils to seduce Marc Antony upon his arrival. She would even order the sails of her ship to be doused with the fragrant oils to attract his attention further and awaken passions [1]. Additionally, the alluring characteristics of fragrance are also mentioned in the Bible, in Song of Solomon: “His cheeks are like beds of spices, mounds of sweet-smelling herbs. His lips are lilies, dripping liquid Myrrh” (Song Sol. 5:13 English Standard Version).

History tells us that smell has been long known as a central element of attraction, but what does modern science say?

You probably guessed it: Certain aromas really do work within the mind and body to spark feelings of sensuality and love. This is because smell links to the limbic lobe of the brain and activates the hypothalamus. Since the hypothalamus is the hormone control center, it regulates and stimulates sex drive, energy levels, and healthy hormone productions. According to Psychology Today, “Some researchers think scent could be the missing factor that explains who we end up with. It may even explain why we feel ‘chemistry’ — or ‘sparks’ or ‘electricity’ — with one person and not another.” [2]

Scents can operate so subtly they may be hardly detectable, and even the faintest fragrance can encourage thoughts of positivity and passion. When this happens, your sense of desire is heightened from the positive influences on your mood. If you’re ready to dive into the romantic qualities of aromatherapy, the essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Clary Sage are well-known to add to the desired ambiance. [3]

Or also, try Plant Therapy’s Sensual Synergy Blend, which was created by our Certified Aromatherapists to create an exceptionally romantic aroma. It’s perfect for those more intimate moments with your loved one.

Want a couple more ideas? Check out these recipes and get ready to open your heart up to some love and romance!
Massage Oil

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Add ingredients to a 2 oz. bottle,
  2. Mix well by rubbing bottle between palms
  3. Enjoy this very sensual blend of essential oils with your sweetie!

Beloved Beach Rose

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Use a personal inhaler or aromatherapy jewelry and sniff to experience the aroma.
  2. In a 10 mL roller bottle, dilute to 1% with your favorite carrier oil and apply to your wrists

 

How do you like to use essential oils to enhance the romance in your life? Enter a comment and let us know!


References:

[1] Moeran, B. (2010). A history of fragrances. Household and Personal Care Today, 6-8

[2] Svoboda, E. (2008, January 1). Scents and Sensibility. Retrieved Jan 20, 2018, from http://psychologytoday.com/articles/200801/scents-and-sensibility

[3] Worwood, V.A. (2016, November 15). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 25th Anniversary. New World Library. Pg. 432

Plant Therapy’s 2018 Wish List Giveaway!

 

Plant Therapy's Wish ListDuring the month of February 2018, Plant Therapy is giving you the chance to win what you wish for!
Plant Therapy's 2018 Wish List GiveawaySHOP

At PlantTherapy.com, create a wish list and add all the Plant Therapy items you want to shop for. You may create as many wish lists as you’d like!

SHARE

Let people know which gifts you’d like, via social media or email. Sharing your wish list each week enters you into that week’s drawing.

SAVE

When you share your list, Plant Therapy sends your friends/family a special coupon code for 10% off to use when purchasing your wish list items. This coupon code is valid for 7 days after issuance and cannot be combined with any other discount.

WIN

Each week during the month of February 2018, Plant Therapy will select 2 customers who will win the contents of their list.

To be eligible to win, you must:

  1. Create a wish list.
  2. Share it!

Winners will be announced on Monday from the wish lists created/shared from the previous Sunday-Saturday.

Rules: Customers may create as many wish lists as they choose, but will receive only one drawing entry per week. Create and share a wish list each week, Sunday-Saturday, to be eligible for the following Monday’s drawing. Email [email protected] for complete contest rules.

 

Say Goodbye to Dry Winter Skin!

Use essential oils to help dry winter skin. Softly falling snow, ice skating on frozen lakes, snowball fights with the kids, getting cozy on the couch with a hot drink and a crackling fireplace…

Winter months can stir up some wonderful images. There are so many pleasant things about winter, but if you live in a cold, dry climate, winter can also brings about an unpleasant reality: Dry skin.

With the decrease of humidity outside and the increase of dry central heating inside, many of us deal with this very common (and very uncomfortable!) ailment. Whether you’re dealing with skin that is dull and tight from dryness, suffering from painful cracks, or flaky patches that are downright embarrassing, nourishing and moisturizing your skin during the winter will keep it healthy, comfortable, and glowing. And essential oils can help!

Remember: As the weather changes, so should your skincare regimen.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and where it is the thinnest and most sensitive (face, hands, and feet), it will take the most damage. “Skin dries out if it’s deprived of moisture and this dryness often aggravates itchiness, resulting in a condition commonly referred to as ‘winter itch.’”(1)

Thankfully, if you’re ready to quench your thirsty skin, Plant Therapy offers single oils, synergy blends, and carrier oils that will have your skin feeling great all winter long!

For starters, consider Helichrysum Italicum. It is rejuvenating and soothing for the skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars, and stretch marks. It is an all-around superb oil for skin woes.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil, being rich in carotenoids, is another nourishing and healing option for the skin. It is known to breathe life into dull skin, balance skin sebum, and even soothe away unpleasant sunburn sensations.

Next, aside from the heavenly aroma of Rose Absolute, it would be amiss to forget to mention this prized oil for its calming and soothing properties to save your dry winter skin.

Synergy blends such as Soft Skin and Silky Soft are designed to keep your skin soft and healthy. Dilute these oils with a skin-friendly carrier oil, like Almond or Meadowfoam, and enjoy a superior moisturizing blend that will protect and nourish your skin during the cold winter months.

Try these skincare tips. Your skin will thank you for it!
  • Use sunscreen! It’s easy to forget about sunscreen when all we see are grey clouds and dreary winter skies. But remember, UV light is all around us and can cause serious damage to unprotected skin. Winter sun is powerful, especially if it’s being reflected off of snow.
  • Exfoliate gently on your delicate skin so that whatever moisturizing products you’re using are able to absorb quickly and deeply to keep your skin glowing.
  • Invest in a humidifier. The drier the air is, the dryer your skin will be. Using a humidifier is a quick and effective way to add moisture into the air, which in turn will help keep your skin hydrated in the winter.
  • Steaming hot showers and baths may feel amazing on a chilly day, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Opt for warm water instead; that hot-hot water can instantly dry your skin, leaving it feeling itchy, tight, and very uncomfortable.
For a luxurious and skin soothing bath, try this recipe:
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:

Add 1/2 tsp. to your bath, along with a handful of Pink Himalayan Salt if desired, and enjoy your silky soft skin!

Remember to apply moisturizers within a few minutes of getting out of the shower or bath to seal in moisture before it evaporates. Try this recipe for a luscious lotion that hydrates, heals, and soothes:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Warm a pan of water on the stove.
  2. Add butters and oils to medium glass bowl.
  3. Place over simmering water and heat until melted.
  4. Remove from heat and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes until it begin to firm on the edges.
  5. Whip with hand mixer until frothy.
  6. Return to refrigerator for about 30 minutes, until solid.
  7. Whip again, adding essential oils.
  8. Scoop into container of your choice

What are your go-to essential oils for dry winter skin? Enter a comment and let us know!

 

Reference: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “How to stop winter from weathering your skin: Top ten tips for preventing ‘winter itch’.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 October 2012. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024164617.htm.

2018 Best Valentine’s Gift Idea

The romantic qualities of Sensual Synergy will awaken passions with its exotic blend of floral and woody aromas. Reconnect and reignite the spark of love with the luxurious Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil, a diverse mix of nourishing oils designed specially to pamper the skin through body work.With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Plant Therapy’s team of Certified Aromatherapists have created a special gift set that is both “Sensual” and Marvelous.”

Show your partner how much you truly care with Plant Therapy’s Be My Valentine Set. Perfect for creating a special, intimate atmosphere for you and your sweetheart, this set includes a 10 mL Sensual Synergy Oil and a 4 oz. bottle of our Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil.

The romantic qualities of Sensual Synergy will awaken passions with its exotic blend of floral and woody aromas. Reconnect and reignite the spark of love with the luxurious Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil, a diverse mix of nourishing oils designed specially to pamper the skin through body work.

 

This set will leave you feeling flirtatious, ignite your intimacy, and rev up the romance.This set will leave you feeling flirtatious, ignite your intimacy, and rev up the romance.

Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil Blend: Use topically in a circular motion; warm up to create a soothing massage.

Sensual Synergy: Diffuse a drop or two in the bedroom diffuser to set a romantic mood. Dilute to 3% in Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil Blend to promote closeness, or add to body care or bath products.

Then, turn the lights down low and put on your favorite romantic music. The rest is up to you…

Remove Toxins and Purify Your Life

As the new year rolls around, many people set goals to live a healthier life. Usually this entails a new diet, an exercise regimen, or quitting harmful habits such as smoking cigarettes. Each a noble pursuit.

However, there is another health goal that often goes overlooked, but could make a huge difference in the health of you and your family. And in many ways, it’s a goal that’s even easier to achieve.

This year, resolve to reduce the everyday toxins present in your home.

By committing to small changes each and every day, the health benefits you reap will ensure you and your family have a healthy and happy life.

Below are three simple ways to reduce toxins and purify your life.

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5 Natural Ways to Manage Stress

Natural stress relief is possible with aromatherapy.

As we continue on this pathway toward a new, better you, one resolution that many people are making is: Manage stress better. And there are many ways you can use essential oils for stress, in addition to a great self-care routine.

Stress happens when you feel that life’s challenges — like work, school or relationships — are greater than you can handle. Extreme amounts of stress can have serious health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular and neuroendocrine and central nervous systems, and take a severe emotional toll.

Stress can make you feel upset, sad, angry, or uptight. You might even lash out or push away those closest to you. That’s why managing your stress is so important. 

So starting today, try one of these five natural ways to help relieve stress: 

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