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Synergy Name Changes & Reformulations- An Inside Look

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An Inside Look Into Our Product Name Changes

You might have noticed that several Plant Therapy products have been undergoing name changes. For instance, the synergy formerly called Ban The Bugs is now called Shield Me, and our synergy that used to be known as Headache Relief is now Tension Relief.

Why all the changes?

Plant Therapy is committed to transparency and quality, and as part of that commitment, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that the marketing of our products — including their names — are in compliance with all government regulations. While we have had no problems so far, we are aware that with the increasing popularity of essential oils, government agencies are taking a closer look at our industry. Therefore, we’ve decided to take the necessary steps to ensure there won’t be any disruption in product availability or price increases due to compliance issues down the road.

What are the regulations?

It is the job of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate drugs, and any product that claims to treat or prevent disease or affect the function or structure of the body can be classified as a drug. All drugs must receive FDA approval before they can be sold, which can be a long and expensive process.

To determine if a product is a drug or not, the FDA looks at its “intended use,” which often involves how the product is marketed. While we are passionate about the positive benefits essential oils can have on our customers’ well-being, Plant Therapy is clear that our products are not drugs.

You might have heard that several essential oil companies received letters from the FDA warning them about making health claims while marketing their products, which would classify them as drugs under the law. We want our customers to know that Plant Therapy has not received such a letter, nor has the FDA been in touch with us regarding our marketing practices or product names.

It is in the best interests of our company and our customers for us to proactively take steps now to ensure that we remain 100%, without-a-doubt in compliance with the FDA rules.

What’s next?

We’ve already changed the names of several products, and more name changes are in the works. If you can’t find your favorite product on our website, or have any questions, please contact us!  We’re happy to help.

 

Completed Synergy Name Changes

Original Name: Acne Fighter – New Name: Zit Fighter

Original Name: Allergy Aid – New Name: Clear Again

Original Name: Anti-Anxiety/Stress Free – New Name: Worry Free

Original Name: Anti Cellulite – New Name: Ripple Reducer

Original Name: Anti-Eczema – New Name: Soothe

Original Name: Anti-Fungal – New Name: Derma-Shield

Original Name: Candida Fighter –  New Name: CandEase

Original Name: Digest Aid – New Name: DiGiZen

Original Name: Headache Relief – New Name: Tension Relief

Original Name: Insect Shield – New Name: Nature Shield

Original Name: Pain-Aid – New Name: Rapid Relief

 

Completed KidSafe Synergy Name Changes

Original Name: Ban The Bugs – New Name: Shield Me

Original Name: Eczema Helper – New Name: Skin Soother

Original Name: Lice Away – New Name: Get Em’ Gone

Original Name: Headache Away – New Name: Tension Tamer

 

Synergy Reformulations

Why did we reformulate some of our synergy blends? We wanted to provide our customers with the best synergies possible, so Plant Therapy along  with Robert Tisserand reviewed our synergies to determine which ones could be improved upon. It’s that simple!

Here is a list of synergies that were reformulated just for you:

Anti Age, Balance, Clear Again, Bouquet, Brain Aid, Derma-Shield, Deodorizing,  Energy,  Munchy Stop, Self Esteem, Soft Skin, Tension Relief and Zit Fighter

 

*This statement has not be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

For questions, please email aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

No matter where we live, winter weather can wreak havoc on our carpets. We track in dirt, snow, slush and everything else we pick up on our shoes and boots. We have had many people ask about using essential oils to remove stains from their carpets, so we brought back this popular post:

My almost 18 month old took his *berry smoothie downstairs without me knowing. A few minutes later I saw his newly bathed tummy covered in berry smoothie! So, I start the search to see where he made the mess. I stumbled upon three spills on my carpet. All in the same area. I grabbed a dry rag and dabbed up as much as I could. I then decided to wait for my Lemon essential oil to come in the mail, I had just ordered it. I knew that Lemon was a natural stain remover and I wanted to try it on this stain (yes that is right, I waited 3 days to remove the berry stain from my carpet so I could test the stain remover recipe I found for you). You are welcome!

Here are the results of my waiting!

beforeafterstain Stains from a distance

beforeaftercloseupstain Close up of stain

The big stain was about 4 in. x 2 in. The smaller two stains were about the size of a quarter. (Yes I was lucky it wasn’t worse. I guess most of the smoothie was on him!) Here’s a great deodorizing carpet powder to try as well!

Homemade Spot Remover

What you will need:

  • 1 tbsp Vinegar (I use white distilled)
  • 2 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil (natural stain remover)

Mix ingredients together to form a past. Then, work the paste into the carpet stain with a rag, sponge, old toothbrush or whatever you want. (always test out on a small area first. All carpets are different)

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Allow the paste to dry; then vacuum up the baking soda, and the stain should be gone. My stain was gone the first time! It took about 20 minutes to dry completely.

Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What Essential Oil Company is the Best?

Some things have been bothering me for some time now. As I delve deeper into the essential oil industry, I notice there is a lot of negative energy floating around. It seems to me that there is a very clear line dividing the MLM essential oil companies and then the rest of the essential oil companies. As many of you know, Plant Therapy would be listed with the rest (we are not a Multi-Level Marketing company).

I personally have enjoyed the benefits that come from using essential oils. No, I have never personally cured cancer or arthritis, but I have seen my children be able to breath a little easier because of Sniffle Stopper, sleep a little sounder because of Calming the Child, and heal a bee sting a little faster because of Lavender. These might not be the same success stories or even same essential oils that other people have had success with, but the fact is WE, as in ALL of us, have had success!

I know very well how important a pure essential is and how important it is to not have an essential oil diluted with cheaper essential oils or synthetics. But what I can’t figure out is why we feel the need to try to prove that one essential oil company is better than the other. Believe it or not, there is more than one essential oil company that sells 100% pure, undiluted essential oils that also are the highest quality available! 

I am curious to know if we feel better about the oils we purchase if we can prove they are the only good ones? Well, stop trying to prove it. It isn’t true! Not at all!  I think it is more important to share your success stories. Stop trying to prove that your oils are the only quality oils that can be taken internally. The fact is there are a lot of essential oils, the best quality or not, that can seriously harm you if taken internally (read more about ingesting essential oils HERE). Stop trying to prove that your oils are the only ones that can be used undiluted. The fact is that there are essential oils, the best quality or not, that can burn your skin if used undiluted. Think about it, we are talking about a plant that the oils are extracted out of at a VERY, VERY high concentration (learn more about diluting essential oils HERE). Stop trying to prove these things and start sharing your success stories.

Find a company that you trust, one that you know does the necessary testing to ensure the highest quality and purest essential oils available. Find a company who is honest and is willing to share this information with you. Find a company who continues to make changes, does research and communicates with their customers to ensure the highest quality and purest essential oils. That is what we should be spending our time doing! Not trying to prove that the company you purchase from is the ONLY company with oils that should ever be used!

There are a few things that I know. I know that purity is very important when using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. I know that testing should be done, and shared with the customers, so that the customers can be educated. I know that safety is important. I know that honesty and building a relationship with your company are important.  I also know that sharing our success stories, instead of trying to prove that one company is the only good company is important so that we can help everyone know of the benefits that come from using essential oils.

Let’s help everyone know how they can benefit from the uses of essential oils instead of scaring them away because they just don’t know who to trust!

Not sure where to start with essential oils? Start HERE.

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Author: Retha Nesmith

Retha is a mother of two boys and a daughter. She got her Aromatherapy Certification Program certificate in 2014 and strives to educate people on the uses and safety of essential oils. Please read THIS post for more information on essential oil safety.

25 Ways to Use Essential Oils

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  1. To clean fresh fruit, add 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a bowl of cool water and cover entire fruit. Can also be added to a spray bottle. Rinse the fruit and enjoy!
  2. Add 10 drops of Germ Fighter Synergy to 8 oz of witch hazel or purified water in a spray bottle and use as a disinfectant for surfaces and the air. Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  3. 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. Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  4. For General purpose cleaning, add 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/8 cup of baking soda to 2 cups of purified water. Then add 6 drops of each of the following: Tea Tree, Lemon and Lavender Essential oils.
  5. To keep your car smelling good, add a drop of your favorite essential oil to Plant Therapy’s Car Scenter Diffuser and enjoy your favorite scent every time you are in your car!
  6. To dispel household cooking odors, add 5-10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil to a pan of simmering water. (Great option if you do not own a diffuser!)
  7. To deodorize your carpet, add a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, or your favorite essential oil to a small box of baking soda. Sprinkle onto the carpet, let sit for about an hour and vacuum. Another great option is Germ Fighter or KidSafe® Germ Destroyer!
  8. Facial Scrub- Take 2 – 3 teaspoons raw oats and crush into smaller bits either by hand or in a grinder. Mix the dry oats with pure honey, 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of Grapeseed  Carrier Oil until it forms a smooth mixture. Add more honey as needed. Then add 1 drop of Basil essential oil to the mixture. For problem skin you can replace the Basil with Tea Tree or Plant Therapy’s Zit Fighter Synergy.
  9. For a neck tension, as soon as you feel it coming on, rub Peppermint essential oil or Plant Therapy’s Tension Relief Synergy or KidSafe® Tension Tamer to your temples, back of the neck or wherever the tension is coming on. You can also use Plant Therapy’s personal aromatherapy inhalers.
  10. Facial Moisturizer- Fill a 1 oz bottle almost full with your favorite carrier oil:  Rosehip Seed Oil is good for aging skin and sun damaged skin, Evening Primrose oil is good for dry skin, and Fractionated Coconut oil is your overall face care oil. Add 1-3 drops of your favorite facial essential oil: Lavender is good for all skin types, Tea Tree is good for blemishes, Peppermint is good for all skin types but will leave a cooling affect, Plant Therapy’s Anti Age Synergy is good for aging. Apply a dime size amount to skin after washing.
  11. Shampoo- 8 oz bottle of unscented shampoo
  1. Bath salts- Mix 2 cups of Himalayan Course salt, 1/2 cup of your favorite carrier oil and 10-15 drops of one of the following essential oils: Lavender, Relax, Energy, Rapid Relief, KidSafe® Nighty Night or your favorite essential oil.
  1. Inhale Plant Therapy’s Munchy Stop to help curb the appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
  2. Perfume- Add 1-5 drops of essential oil to 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil and dab onto your wrist and neck. Some great essential oils to try are Plant Therapy’s Tranquil Synergy and Sandalwood or Patchouli for men’s cologne.
  3. For seasonal sniffles, put a couple drops of Plant Therapy’s Clear Again Synergy or KidSafe® Sneezy Stop in a hanky and inhale several times a day. Continue as needed during allergy season. You can also try Plant Therapy’s personal aromatherapy inhalers.
  4. For minor burns and scrapes, put 20 drops of Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil into a 4 oz spray bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil and spray directly on wound.
  5. For sleeping concerns, add 1-3 drops of Plant Therapy’s Sleep Aid Synergy to a cotton pad and put next to pillow while sleeping. Can also use Clary Sage or Frankincense. For young children use Calming the Child, Nighty Night or Sweet Dreams.
  6. To help with respiratory problems, diffuse Plant Therapy’s Respir Aid Synergy or KidSafe® Sniffle Stopper into the air. You can also add 1-4 drops to a palm full of your favorite carrier oil and apply to chest.
  7. Smelly shoes? Add Deodorizing Synergy or KidSafe® Odor Zapper to some baking soda and sprinkle in shoe. Also, can add to a cotton pad and put cotton pad in shoe.
  8. Test at school or a big presentation at work? Carry Plant Therapy’s Clarity Synergy or Rosemary (or KidSafe® A+ Attention) in your purse/bag and sniff all morning and during. Will help enhance mental focus. Use Plant Therapy’s personal aromatherapy inhalers for a convenient way to carry your favorite essential oils with you on the go!
  9. For a 2 ingredients DIY lotion, combine 2 ounces of Shea Butter with 2 ounces of Organic Sunflower Oil and mix well. Add 12-16 drops of your favorite essential oils for scent. Enjoy!
  10. For a relaxing massage, mix 5 tsp of your favorite carrier oil and 2 drops of each of Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage and Geranium. You can also add Plant Therapy’s Relax Synergy.
  11. For a pedicure, mix 5 tsp of your favorite carrier oil to 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil.
  12. Dry skin- Mix a palm full of Evening Primrose Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil with 2-5 drops of Plant Therapy’s Soft Skin Synergy or KidSafe® Skin Soother. Apply to problem areas when needed.
  13.  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 washing machine. Wash towels on high heat.

There are many many more ways to use essential oils but we started with 25 ways!

What is your favorite way to use essential oils?

How to Use Plant Therapy’s 7 & 7 Set

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7 & 7 Essential Oil Set

Lavender: Diffuse into the air using your favorite diffuser, put a drop or two on a cotton pad next to your pillow, or add to unscented lotion or carrier oil to help with sleeplessness. Diffuse Lavender or add to carrier oil to help with worry and irritability. Lavender is also amazing for the skin can can be added to your favorite carrier oil at a 2-5% dilution and applied to area of concern.

Tea Tree: Add Tea Tree to a spray bottle of white vinegar or distilled water to combat mustiness in a warm, steamy bathroom. Dilute Tea Tree in witch hazel and dab with a Q-tip directly on teenage blemishes. Diffusing Tea Tree during times of seasonal illness can promote healthier air quality in the home.

Sweet Orange: Diffuse into the air using your favorite diffuser to freshen up the air. Add to a homemade deodorant or carrier oil and apply to your underarms to be used as a natural deodorant. Orange can be used as a degreaser when added to your favorite cleaning product or just simply apply directly on the grease spot.

Peppermint: Peppermint can be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the temples and back of the neck when having head and neck tension. Add, well-diluted, to a carrier oil for an uplifting massage. It is also helpful to sniff when having a queasy stomach. Also useful at the end of a long day as a foot-soak, add a few drops to ½ cup of Epsom salt dissolved in warm water and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. For topical application, dilute to 2-3%.

Lemon: Diffuse into the air using your favorite diffuser to help freshen the air and clean the air. Add Lemon to your favorite cleaning product and use to clean surfaces. Use 1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil to remove oil, gum, adhesives and crayons from most surfaces. Lemon can be used in laundry or cleaning products as a natural whitener.

Cinnamon Cassia: In healthy adults with intact skin who wish to use Cassia as part of a warming blend, dip a toothpick into the bottle through the orifice reducer and then remove, swirling the toothpick in 1 ounce of carrier oil; this is all that is needed for a safe dilution; add 3 drops of Sweet Orange and 2 drops of Black Pepper or Coriander essential oils to complete the blend. For topical application, we recommend a max dilution of 0.05%.  Cinnamon Cassia can also be diffused to bring a spicy scent to any blend!

Eucalyptus Globulus: Diffuse Eucalyptus Globulus and Frankincense into the air to help support clear breathing. Adding a couple of drops of Eucalyptus to an inhaler blend of Rosemary and Lemon essential oils can help as an afternoon “pick-me-up”. For topical application dilute to 2-4%.

Germ  Fighter: To help keep yourself healthy–once exposed — mix 1 drop of Germ Fighter with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil of your choice and massage your feet – especially at bedtime and again in the morning before dressing! For topical use, dilute to .5% – 2%. Germ Fighter can also be diffused during the winter months.

Immune Aid: Diffuse into the air using your favorite diffuser. Mix in unscented body lotion or carrier oil and use by applying to your chest, neck and throat. (Use in a 2% dilution)

Tranquil: Diffuse into the air using your favorite diffuser. This synergy is great for the office or at home to help promote mental relaxation and reduce worry. For diffusion, massage, or body care products. Can also apply to wrists or temples. For topical use, dilute to 3-4%.

Invigor Aid: The essential oils in this synergy will increase your alertness and help give you some energy. Great for work or at home. Mix several drops in oil or lotion and use on your hands, legs and arms. Use in a diffuser to give the whole room a fresh and invigorating smell! For topical use, dilute to 2%.

Sensual: Diffuse a drop or two in the bedroom to set a romantic mood. Add to a massage blend to promote closeness; or add to body care products, bath oils. You can also apply to arms, wrists or legs. For topical use, dilute to 3-5%. Simply ENJOY!

Relax: Excellent for diffusion, massage, body care or bath products. Can also apply to arms, wrists or temples. At night, place one or two drops near your bed pillow. For topical use, dilute to 3-5%.

Energy: Place a few drops in a diffuser to promote a lively atmosphere at home or at work. Use at 3% in a body lotion, or in a massage oil for an invigorating and uplifting massage. In the morning add 2-3 drops to a washcloth in  your shower and enjoy the uplifting scent fill as it fills your shower!

HOW HAVE YOU USED YOUR 7 & 7 ESSENTIAL OIL SET?

Lavender Essential Oil- A Necessity In Your Home?

Lavender Essential Oil has many uses. In our opinion, it is one of the most versatile essential oils out there. Whether you use it to make bath bombs, a clear and calm diffuser blend, face masks,  a relaxing body scrub, or just sitting on your shelf for the every day uses, Lavender is a great oil to have in every home.

Click here to for a simple Lavender Body Scrub recipe.

 

What essential oil is a necessity in your home? 

Homemade Gelatin Air Fresheners!

Mmmmmmmmm. These smell divine! In my search for homemade Gift Ideas, I found THIS post about homemade Gelatin Air Fresheners using essential oils! Who would have guessed?! I think they are beautiful, they smell wonderful,  and make the perfect gift for anyone!

What you will need: 

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Directions:

Bring one cup of water to a boil in the small saucepan. Add the gelatin. Whisk until smooth and gelatin has dissolved. Once gelatin is dissolved add the salt and second cup of water. Set aside.

Add the essential oils and food coloring to the jar. Dump the gelatin mixture on top and stir. Allow to cool.

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Aren’t these great! They smell so good and I think they are  so cute. I used a large size gelatin to get a texture. I wanted to be able to stir mine when the smell got low. I love the way it turned out.  Nobody would guess that you made these yourself. Plus, they are not full of all of the toxic perfumes!!

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #8

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Hustle and Bustle Holiday Hot Bath”  

By: Brodie Lapray

Kid Safe: Yes

After all the hustle and bustle of shopping for the holidays a nice hot bath can be relaxing and a wonderful self-indulgent way to the end of a busy day. And, of course, one of the best ways is with essential oils. Hustle and Bustle Holiday Hot Bath is a blend that relieves stress, eases achy legs and feet. It also removes toxins from the body leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to go again the next morning.

What you’ll need;

 

What you’ll do;

Measure out ½ cup of Pink Himalayan Salt and place in a glass dish. In a separate dish mix the Master Blend together. Add Master Blend to salt by using a pipette and making sure to mix constantly. This will make 2 baths by just adding ¼ cup to each bath. Himalayan Salt is one of the purest salts there is and has many healing properties to support a healthy mind and body and when mixed with essential oils, it’s like magic.

 

3 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.

Includes 10 ml bottles of  Lavender, Frankincense Carteri, and Vetiver; and a 5 ml bottle of Sandalwood.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #8

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #7

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Grinch be Gone”  

By: Pat Burdick, Certified Aromatherapist

Kidsafe:  Yes

One of my greatest goals has been to create an environment in my home that made my family want to be there!  Grinch be Gone helps me achieve that goal!  It’s light, clean, and refreshing aroma offers a refuge of peace and tranquility.  It offers an uplifting, energizing experience every time I use it!

Master Blend Ingredients;

  • 20 drops Bergamot (calms the mind and lifts the spirit)
  • 14 drops Sweet Orange (helps with nervous tension, sadness)
  • 3 drops Sandalwood (Helps to quiet mental chatter and is wonderfully calming, which helps reduce nervous tension and agitated emotions)
  • 5 drops Neroli (comforting and effective essential oil when dealing with grief, nervous tension, or exhaustion)

What you’ll do;

Diffuse: Add 5 -6 Drops and enjoy!

Blend: Add 9 drops per ounce of carrier for a 1% dilution.  Use unscented lotion or another favorite carrier to nourish the skin.

Personal Inhaler: Add 15 drops

2 lucky winners will receive all the oils to make this recipe.

Includes 5 ml bottles of Neroli and Sandalwood; and 10 ml bottles of Sweet Orange, and Bergamot!

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #7

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #6

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“I call it Heaven!”

By: LeAnna Magee

KidSafe:  Yes

I spent the afternoon yesterday trying to come up with a different idea yesterday. The more I thought about it and cleaned and did laundry. I was thinking that now that the house is all boarded up for the winter I use a lot more of my room sprays as the windows are not open and we do not have the fresh air flowing through the house.

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Combine ingredients and shake well before use.

10 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.  Includes 10 ml bottles of: Bergamot and Black Pepper!  

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #6

 

 


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