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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.

There are lots of options out there, so on this post, we will give you an easy room-by-room checklist, some DIY cleaner recipes that can be used for those rooms, and links to older posts that cover more DIY cleaners with essential oils in more detail.

Where to start?

Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, so the biggest question is where to start? There are lots of ways to go about this, but here is a spring cleaning schedule that is easy to achieve and will give you a definite starting point. Make your DIY cleaners the day before so when you are ready to go,  spring cleaning can begin without delay.

Remember, we are focusing on areas that are not always cleaned and definitely need some attention during the spring cleaning frenzy. So besides cleaning the bathroom or bedrooms the way you normally would, these are ideas to go above and beyond.

First Stop: Bathrooms

Bathroom Checklist:
  • Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings
  • Wash throw rugs
  • Wash mirrors and windows
  • Spray and scrub all surfaces and bathroom items
  • Mop the floors
Tub & Sink Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Castile Soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops Orange Sweet, Grapefruit Pink, or Lemon Essential Oil
  • mold, small plastic container or other item to make a “bar” {see below for more information}

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium glass bowl
  2. Mix well to blend together
  3. Press paste into mold and allow to dry for a few hours until firm
  4. Once set, remove from mold (I used an old 4 inch round butter container)
  5. To use the bar: wet and rub the surface of your sink or tub. The bar will gently remove dirt and soap scum. Wipe clean with a damp rag. Rinse with cool water.
  6. Enjoy your beautifully clean tub or sink!
  • To get the mildew smell out of towels, add 1 cup of vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to your washing machine. Wash towels in hot water. You can also just simply add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree directly to your washer at the beginning of the washing cycle.
  • Add 10 drops of Germ Fighter or KidSafe Germ Destroyer Synergy to 8 oz of witch hazel or purified water in a spray bottle and use as a disinfectant for surfaces and the air.

Second Stop: Bedrooms

Bedroom Checklist:
  • Vacuum and wipe walls and ceilings
  • Dust and clean all surfaces
  • Open and clean windows
  • Wash drapes, linens, sheets, and all washable items
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Shampoo or steam carpets/rugs
Window Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces water
  • 0.5-1.5% Optiphen Plus*
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
  • Essential oils of your choice

**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.

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine everything in a 32-ounce spray bottle
  2. Spritz windows, wipe with soft cloth
  3. Ta-da! Sparkling clean glass!!
  • To deodorize your carpet, add a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, or your favorite essential oil to a box of baking soda. Then sprinkle onto the carpet. Let sit for about an hour and vacuum.
  • Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to purified water in a spray bottle to use an air freshener. For Bathroom purposes, add Lemon or Plant Therapy’s Citrus Burst Synergy.

Third Stop: Kitchen

Kitchen Checklist:
  • Clean the refrigerator and freezer
  • Degrease appliances
  • Clean oven
  • Clean window treatments
  • Wash all surfaces, cabinets, appliances, and utensils
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors
Multi-Purpose Spray (adapted from Michelle Pippin)

What you’ll need:

To use:

Spray and wipe.  I use this on my floors and counters.  I have little ones so I only use Germ Fighter if the room is well ventilated and my kids are gone for several hours.  This recipe also works great for mirrors and windows!

Soft Scrub

What you’ll need:

To use:

Spread the paste, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and scrub away!

Steel Appliance Polish

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. In glass jar or container, combine the vegetable oil with the 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil
  2. Dab a small amount onto your soft cloth
  3. Use small circular motion, polish stainless steel
  4. Continue to buff until fingerprints, grime and smudges are removed

Fourth Stop: Living Room

Living Room Checklist:
  • Dust ceiling fans, bookcases, and shelves
  • Vacuum and wipe walls and ceiling
  • Clean sofa/furniture upholstery
  • Wipe light fixtures and light bulbs
  • Clean window treatments
  • Clean and dust electronics
  • Sweep out fireplace
  • Clean carpets
Furniture Polish

What you’ll need:

To use:

Use a very small amount and buff furniture with it until you are left with an even shine.  I really love microfiber cloths.  If you have streaks, continue to spread and buff until shiny.  This is probably my favorite recipe, it left my furniture looking so fresh and vibrant, it also left a gentle and uplifting aroma behind that lasted all afternoon.


If you made it this far, you now have one incredibly clean house, that smells amazing, and was cleaned without using harsh chemicals. Sit back, enjoy your extremely clean house (for at least a few moments), and order in your favorite meal because you definitely deserve it. Plus it will keep your kitchen clean a little longer than usual because there won’t be any dishes to clean!

For more cleaning ideas check out these posts:

The Best Homemade Cleaning Products
Spring Cleaning Round-Up!!


What spring cleaning schedule do you like to use and which cleaners worked best for you?


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!


[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

[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, 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!


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.


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.


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 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.

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.

1. Natural Air Purifiers

Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All this time spent indoors and the onus is put on outdoor air quality, instead of the air Americans are breathing inside their homes and offices.

Some ways to naturally protect yourself from indoor airborne toxins include:

  1. Clean carpets regularly. Carpets can be a gateway to toxins and keeping them clean will help reduce the amount of airborne toxins produced from them.
  2. Use safe, natural cleaners to replace your traditional household cleaners.
  3. Take shoes off at the door.
  4. Diffuse air-purifying essential oils to help keep the air clean from airborne toxins. Add a few drops to your favorite aromatherapy diffuser and diffuse according to directions. Some essential oils that are great to diffuse for this purpose are:

2. Remove Chemicals and Clean Naturally with Essential Oils

A major way to reduce everyday toxins present in your home is to quit cleaning your home with them.

Many household cleaners have harsh chemicals that can affect our overall well-being. Replace toxic chemical cleaners and soaps with natural cleaning solutions using essential oils.

Here’s a list of 15 of the best essential oils to destroy germs and maintain a sanitary environment (this is by no means an exhaustive list as many essential oils carry these same benefits):

It’s always a good idea to test a small, inconspicuous spot with new cleaners to ensure there are no undesired results.

For some great DIY cleaning recipes here are a few of our favorites at Plant Therapy:

Multi Purpose Spray 
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:

Simply spray and wipe. This recipe is great for floors, counters, mirrors, and windows. *If you have little ones at home, Germ Destroyer is the KidSafe option.

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.DIY Soft Scrub
What you’ll need:
  • 12 ounces baking soda
  • 4 ounces Castile Soap
  • 0.5 ounces water*
  • 0.5 ounces white vinegar
  • 30 drops of essential oil (Use from the list mentioned above; I used half Tea Tree and half Germ Fighter)
What you’ll do:

Spread the paste, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and scrub away!

Click Here for more natural cleaning recipes!


3. Lead and Asbestos Toxins

Now that you’ve conquered the air, it’s time to tackle what could be hiding in the structural aspects of your home. Both asbestos and lead were once used in construction of homes. Asbestos was used in building materials through the 1970s because of its ability to resist heat, fire, and electricity. The material can be found in insulation, floor/ceiling tiles, wallpaper, furnaces, and much more.

Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. The cancer develops after asbestos is disturbed, particles are released into the air and inhaled where they can embed in the lining of organs. The disease may develop in the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Symptoms of the disease are dependent on where the cancer develops, but he most common form of the cancer is pleural mesothelioma, developing in the lungs.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma:
● Chest Pain and Body Aches
● Chronic Coughing
● A Buildup of Fluid in the Lungs
● Fatigue
● Fever/Night Sweats
If your home was built through the 1970s hiring an asbestos professional to inspect your home can prevent a battle with cancer later in life.

Lead is commonly found in paint in older homes. If your home was built before 1978 there may be lead-based paint on your:
● Walls
● Window Sills
● Doors/Door Frames
● Banisters
● Porches

If the lead paint is in good shape it is usually not a problem. But if the paint is peeling, chipping, cracking, damaged or damp, lead poisoning may occur. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children can be severe — affecting both mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal in children.

Signs of lead poisoning in adults:
● High Blood Pressure
● Joint and Muscle Pain
● Difficulties with Memory or Concentration
● Headache
● Abdominal Pain
● Mood Disorder
● Reduced Sperm Count
● Miscarriage

Home testing can be conducted to see if you and your family are at risk of lead poisoning.

The new year could be just the fresh start you need to reinvigorate your life through the use of less toxic materials. Taking the above steps now can ensure that come 2019 you’re in an even better place health-wise.

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.

This subject can seem a little daunting to talk about because there are so many coping techniques — and what works for one, might not work for others. But hopefully this article will help you learn which essential oils and techniques, together, can help you manage stress and become a better you.

According to the American Psychological Association, “Stress occurs when you perceive that demands placed on you — such as work, school or relationships — exceed your ability to cope. Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines. However, an extreme amount of stress can have health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular and neuroendocrine and central nervous systems, and take a severe emotional toll”.(2)

When we feel the weight of stress in life we can tend to feel upset, sad, angry, or uptight. We tend to lash out or close off to those we care the most about. That is why we came up with some safe, natural ways to help you manage stress and take care of yourself from the inside out.

Try These 5 Natural Stress-Reducers

Decompress From The Stress

In order to decompress from the stress, take a break from whatever is stressing you out. It might be easier said than done, but here are some suggestions you can use to do exactly that.

  • If you are a stay-at-home parent, getting “away” from your stress can be a little challenging. But you still deserve a timeout if your stress level has hit an all-time high. Grab your personal aromatherapy inhaler, add a few drops of Worry Free, and inhale. Put yourself in the closet, bathroom, or anywhere secluded for a “timeout.” Take a moment to relax and let the aroma take over your senses. Count to 10 (or 20, or 30, or however long you need) and then get back in the game! (Note: This technique works very well for on-the-job incidents, too.)
  • If your stress is created by something that you can’t literally “walk away from,” then just take a moment to pause and shift your focus to something else. Work on a crossword puzzle, do the dishes, or watch puppy videos on YouTube. Add Lavender and Sandalwood Australian to your aromatherapy diffuser as you finish that project on your to-do list, clean the house, or read a book that you enjoy to give your mind a mental break.
Aromatherapy with essential oils, along with activities such as yoga, exercise, and meditation, can help reduce stress.Get Active

Being physically active can really help your overall stress level. 

“When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress… And conventional wisdom holds that a workout of low to moderate intensity makes you feel energized and healthy.

Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem. Even five minutes of aerobic exercise can stimulate anti-anxiety effects”(3)

To get active, start by applying Energy Synergy Roll-On to your wrists and inhale. This will give your senses a safe, natural boost. Then, do 30 minutes of activity to get your heart rate up. This can include running, a workout routine, walking, biking, hiking, etc. When you have finished, apply Calming The Child Roll-On and inhale. With the endorphins released from your physical activity and the wonderful aroma of Calming The Child, your stressors will feel manageable and you will be ready to tackle your stress head-on.

Laughter is The Best Medicine

Being happy is a great way to reduce stress, and what better way to get happy than laughing? “Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving… With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.”(4)

To help prepare for a moment of laughter, add equal parts of Bergamot, Patchouli, and Grapefruit Pink to your aromatherapy diffuser, grab a funny movie, book, podcast, or friend and laugh the day away. The combination of Bergamot, Patchouli, and Grapefruit Pink will create an atmosphere that is positive and uplifting, while freshening up the room with a wonderful aroma.

Social Support

When times are rough, grab a friend, a family member, or someone you trust. Lean on them to provide a listening ear. Their love and support can help you deal with your stress. 

Before you head out the door, grab your favorite aromatherapy diffuser necklace and add a few drops of Tranquil Synergy to the pad. Let the soothing aroma work its wonder as it assists you achieve mental relaxation. This will put you in a better state of mind as you chat with your friend, family, or loved one.

Reflect and Meditate

Last, but not least, take some time out and meditate. In Certified Aromatherapist Ellen Brenner’s article “Doing Nothing is Doing Something” she says, “When we can turn off the stress, switch off the mental chatter and let our spirit just go with the flow, we support our body’s built-in mechanism to keep us in a state of balance”. We need to take time for ourselves to do nothing. Relax. Reflect. This recipe from “Doing Nothing is Doing Something” can be used in the diffuser, in a personal inhaler, or added to a cotton ball you place nearby.

Soothing Chai for the Soul (Inhalation Blend)

1 drop Cardamom

1 drop Cinnamon Leaf

1 drop Clove Bud

1 drop Ginger Root CO2

1 drop Black Pepper

You might also like to add:

1 drop Vanilla (CO2 or Oleoresin)

“This restorative blend is intended to support body, mind and spirit coming back into balance, especially after mental and emotional exhaustion, and a sense of depleted vitality on all levels. It is calming, comforting, uplifting, warming, grounding, soothing, stimulating, strengthening and rejuvenating. Helps to promote confidence, personal power, courage and stamina, motivation and intentions. Provides support for immune system and nervous systems and helps to clear blocks in our natural energy flow. Promotes clarity of the conscious mind and helps to connect to spiritual guidance and wisdom”.(1)

Stress is inevitable. But with aromatherapy and these helpful tips, hopefully you can manage your stress in a safe, natural way. Whatever life throws your way, reach for Plant Therapy essential oils and some of these proven stress-beating techniques!


1. Brenner, Ellen. “Doing Nothing is Doing Something.” Plant Therapy Blog,, 22 Dec. 2017.

2. Five Tips To Help Manage Stress. (n.d.). Retrieved January 05, 2018, from

3. Physical Activity Reduces Stress. (n.d.). Retrieved January 05, 2018, from

4. Robinson, Lawrence, et al. “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Health Benefits of Humor and Laughter,, Oct. 2017,

Aromatherapy DIYs For the Whole Family

Getting the family together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home. Getting everyone together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home.

Parents know there are not too many things more important than building a strong, positive relationship with our kids. Research shows that a greater amount of family time is related to more affectionate, loving, and intimate relationships.(1)

With that in mind, why not make the most of your time together? Even the simplest family DIY activity can turn into lasting memories for the whole family.

Here are some of our favorite KidSafe® essential oil recipes that everyone can do together. And while you’re all having fun measuring, mixing, and making a mom-and-dad-approved mess, you’ll create some useful items for everyone to enjoy!

KidSafe Family DIY Projects

Getting the family together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home. What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Avocado Carrier Oil with the A+ Attention.
  2. Add water and food coloring.
  3. Mix flour and salt together.
  4. Combine all ingredients. Add more flour as needed so that it’s not sticky.
Getting the family together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home. What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Gently open the flaps on each side of your tissue box.
  2. Add 2-3 drops of Sneezy Stop on each side.
  3. Using a glue stick, reseal the sides.
  4. Now you have a lightly-scented tissues that can help promote your sense of well-being when your nose is runny.


Getting the family together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home. 
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Blend all ingredients well.
  2. Pour into a 16 oz. squeeze or pump bottle

Getting the family together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home. What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half using an electric knife or serrated bread knife and place in container.
  2. Add carrier oils, Shield Me, and witch hazel to bowl and blend well.
  3. Immediately pour mixture over paper towels.
  4. Once soaked, you can easily remove the core.
  5. Seal with lid and use as you would any other wipes.

Getting the family together for a fun family DIY project is a great idea for strengthening bonds and edifying essential oils in the home. What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix together all ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container or jar. (Recycled spice jars with the shaker tops work very well for this.)

Click here to download more KidSafe family DIY recipes!


Reference: (1) Crouter, Ann C. Head, Melissa, R. McHale, Susan M. Tucker, Corinna Jenkins. (2004). Family Time and the Psychosocial Adjustment of Adolescent Siblings and Their Parents. Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 66.

Essential Oils for Better Sleep

Thankfully, there are several all-natural ways to improve your sleep, so if you are really serious about getting more quality snooze time, try these suggestions.How did you sleep last night?

This simple question may not be something you think about, but perhaps you should. According to findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1), more than one-third of Americans are sleep-deprived, meaning millions of groggy people are struggling to pull themselves out of bed every day. There’s a good reason why the energy drink industry is an explosive multi-billion dollar business! Fatigue during the day can cause potentially hazardous outcomes, especially when driving drowsy, and those caffeinated drinks are immediate stimulates. But it’s important to remember they are only brief quick-fixes for the very serious problem of sleep deprivation.

Regularly skimping on deep rest can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, and other metabolic diseases. When feelings of excessive sleepiness begin, it is often accompanied with irritability and overactive emotions. Sleep deprivation can cause cognitive problems, such as difficulty focusing, slowed speech, impaired memory, and an inability to concentrate.

Sleep like a baby again

Most of us learn about the importance of quality sleep when we are young; however, as adults, those recommended 7 to 8 hours of snoozing become so elusive. With all the daily to-dos, demands from work, home, or school, sleep tends to get pushed aside. For whatever reason, something so critical to our health and well-being falls off our list of priorities, and our bodies respond immediately. A good night’s rest isn’t just good for your energy level the next day — when asleep, our bodies are hard at work repairing, replenishing, and replacing cells, while also releasing growth hormones to rebuild muscles and joints.

Unfortunately, regularly getting a full night of restful sleep is a lot easier said than done. And if your nighttime routine has been inconsistent, it may take a while to re-train your body (see aromatherapist Ellen Brenner’s Slipping Into Slumber article to learn how).

Prescription and over-the-counter sleep medications usually have a pretty long list of side-effects. Some can become addictive, and over time drugs may impair cognitive abilities.

Thankfully, there are several all-natural ways to improve your sleep. So if you are really serious about getting more quality snooze time, try these suggestions:
  1. Using essential oils for a good night’s rest is an all-natural alternative worth trying. Plant Therapy offers a variety of synergy blends and single oils to fit your needs. Using Relax Synergy is a great way to promote a peaceful, tranquil state of mind and wind down after a stressful day.  Sleep Aid Synergy was specially designed by our Certified Aromatherapists to help calm your mind and body into relaxation before going to bed. If you have children in your home, consider trying KidSafe Nighty Night Synergy, which promotes a calming and peaceful atmosphere to help safely lull your little ones — and you! — into a deep and restful sleep. Single oils, such as Lavender, Mandarin, Vetiver, and Rose Absolute are known for their relaxing and balancing properties, making them perfect additions to your bedtime routine. Remember, everyone is made up a little differently; what helps you fall and stay asleep may be different than someone else. So don’t be afraid to try different essential oils to learn what works best for you.
  2. Add some daily exercise into your schedule! Don’t fret over what time is “best” to get your workout in — just do it! People who work out regularly sleep better and longer than those who don’t. Set aside time in your day to get your heart rate up, join a HIIT program, or sign up for yoga.
  3. Limit your screen time before bed. TVs. Computers. Phones. Tablets. These are all brain stimulates that can make it challenging to fall asleep if you use them too close to bedtime. The light emitted from electronics promotes wakefulness and inhibit the release of your body’s sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Many electronic devices have an option to reduce their output of blue light by using warmer colors to the light up the screen. This causes less restlessness before bedtime if you absolutely have to have an electronic device on.
  4. Assess your sleep space. Is your bedroom always a mess? Is it too cold or too warm? Does your mattress cause you to wake up with a sore back? The environment you sleep in seriously impacts your ability to snooze well. Look around your room and see where you can make improvements. While buying a new mattress may not be in your budget right now, quick changes like decluttering your room or adjusting the thermostat will create a more ideal sleep space.
  5. Eat and drink lightly before bed. Eating too much food before sleeping can overload your digestive system, affecting how well you are able to sleep. Try to finish eating at least one hour before you head off to bed. Stop drinking about two hours before bed to lower the odds of getting up in the middle of the night. Waking in the middle of the night when nature calls can make it hard to fall back asleep quickly.

Don’t let sleeplessness control your life! Regularly getting a full night of restful slumber is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Making small adjustments to your evening routine can make huge positive changes for your health. We hope you consider adding some aromatherapy into your nighttime environment to really settle down and get the rest you deserve!

We want to hear from you! What are your tips and tricks for getting a good night’s rest? Share in the comments below. Maybe something you share will help someone else — after all, we at Plant Therapy are here to support one another on our well-being journeys!

References: (1)

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