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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.

Holiday DIY: Gingerbread Kitchen Sink Drain Smell Remover

Are you enjoying the holidays, or simply surviving the holidays?

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. Yes, it can get hectic. That’s why I look for easy essential oil DIYs to make my life easier, and to make my home smell like the holidays.

There’s always more activity in the kitchen during the holidays. Our dear friend, the garbage disposal, can smell like a nightmare when it’s neglected. It works so hard for us — churning and disposing of dish washing leftovers — that it’s time to give it a nice holiday refresher.

This easy Gingerbread Kitchen Sink Drain Smell Remover will leave your family and house guests wondering how your home smells so wonderful. Make extra and give the gift of fresh kitchen sinks this Christmas.  A simple gift, but definitely needed for holiday survival!  

Gingerbread Kitchen Sink Drain Smell Remover
What you’ll need:
  • 1 ⅓  cups baking soda
  • ½  cup water
  • Silicone mold
  • Gingerbread Holiday Blend* (you won’t need this until you’re ready to use them, after baking )
What you’ll do:
  1.  Mix baking soda and water to form a thick paste.
  2.  Press into silicone mold of your choice.
  3.  Bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes
  4.  Turn off oven, allow to cool.
  5.  Remove from oven and allow to sit in mold overnight.
  6.  Unmold and store in an airtight container.
  7.  To use, remove one from the container and add 3-4 drops of Gingerbread Holiday Blend.*
  8.  Place in the disposal with a few tablespoons of white vinegar.
  9.  When it starts to foam turn on the disposal and run warm water through for several seconds.

*Can substitute with any Holiday Blend.

 

Holiday DIY: Snow Flurries Clothes Wrinkle Remover

If you are like me, during the Holidays, life gets very busy.  Family functions, parties, school activities, Christmas events — we are running all month long.

And we always want to look our best, am I right?

There is nothing worse than pulling out your favorite holiday outfit and having it be wrinkled, or smelling like it’s been in the back of the closet. That is why we have this great essential oil DIY recipe that will not only make your clothes wrinkle free, but also leave them smelling AH-MAZ-ING.  Be ready to go to any holiday party in a flash with the Snow Flurries Clothes Wrinkle Remover!

Snow Flurries Holiday Blend
What you’ll need:

5 ounces warm water
2 tablespoons Epsom salt
¼ teaspoon Polysorbate 20
½ teaspoon Optiphen Plus (Optional)*
20 drops Snow Flurries Holiday Blend
2 tablespoons vodka
Spray bottle

What you’ll do:

Measure water in glass measuring cup or beaker.
Add epsom salt and stir to dissolve, set aside.
In small glass dish add Snow Flurries.
Stir in vodka, Polysorbate 20 and Optiphen Plus.
Add mixture to the water and salt.
Use a funnel to pour into the spray bottle and shake well.
Mist warm clothes fresh out of the dryer and hang up, smoothing out wrinkles. Allow to air dry.

*Optiphen Plus is a preservative and will prevent bacterial growth. If you choose not use a preservative, you will need to store this product in the refrigerator and use it up quickly.

There you have it, a quick, easy way to get you completely Holiday ready in your favorite ensemble, with a Wrinkle Release Spray that is easy to make and use. Have fun this holiday season and look fabulous, too!

Holiday DIY: Spiced Apple Cider Dusting Spray

We dust because we must! Let’s face it — dust in your home is inevitable. The gradual buildup of pollen, skin cells, dander, and dirt will find its way just about everywhere and on everything.

Not only is dust unattractive, but it also decreases your home’s air quality and aggravates allergies. Tackling these dust bunnies is arguably one of the most tedious of household chores, but the longer it’s avoided, the worse it will get.

Before guests arrive for the holidays, freshen up your home with the scent of the season with this simple Spiced Apple Cider Dusting Spray! What you will need:

6 drops Jojoba Carrier Oil
10 drops Spiced Apple Cider Holiday Blend*
4 ounces distilled water
Spray bottle

What you will do:

Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well.
Simply spray and wipe.

*Can substitute any Holiday Blend.

Holiday DIY: Candy Cane Cotton Diffuser Pads

The holiday season is here! For many of us, that means welcoming friends, family, and guests into our homes to enjoy all the delightful festivities this time of year brings. Delicious meals, hot drinks, twinkling lights, and quality time spent together create fun times and lasting memories.

Of course, setting the stage before this all happens is a must —everyone wants a clean and wonderfully smelling home to both relax and entertain in! But, let’s be honest, we don’t all have the time to deep clean every crevice and corner from top to bottom.

With that in mind, Plant Therapy has come up with a quick aroma-fix that takes literally seconds to make and can be placed just about anywhere you want the holiday scent to linger. Want to banish that musty under-the sink-smell? Need help freshening up your closet? How about catching a pleasant peppermint whiff whenever you open a drawer? This recipe for Candy Cane Cotton Diffuser Pads will show you how simple it is to make sure your home smells its best all season long!

Also, Candy Cane Holiday Blend Essential Oil is one of our Featured Gifts Under $15 on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!
What you will need:
  • Cotton Beauty Pads (round or square)
  • Candy Cane Holiday Blend*
What you will do:

Place a few drops of Candy Cane on the pad.
Place in musty places, such as under the sink, in closets or anyplace you would the smell of the holidays to linger.

*Can substitute any Holiday Blend.

Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Natural Bathroom Odor Elminator

Get rid of those not-so-pleasant bathroom smells in a pinch with this Natural Bathroom Odor Eliminator!  This quick and easy recipe will have your toilet smelling like a grove of beautiful Christmas trees! Just mix, shake, and spray into the toilet for a wonderful aroma every time you need to, *ahem,* go.

What you will need:

4 ounce spray bottle
1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
40 drops Optiphen Plus (preservative)
45-50 drops Christmas Tree Holiday Blend*
3.5 ounces distilled water

What you will do:

Add vegetable glycerin, Optiphen Plus, and Christmas Tree to the spray bottle.
Stir or swirl to combine.
Add water to fill and shake prior to each use.
Spray into toilet water prior to using the restroom. This creates a barrier on the water, as well as releases a pleasant scent into the room.

*Can substitute any Holiday Blend.

Holiday DIY: Winter Wreath Bath Bombs

Losing your mind during the holidays?  Well… we have a DIY for that!

I think you’ll agree when I say:  We all need a little extra something to help us unwind this time of year. After a hectic day of work, shopping, holiday festivities — or even just too much “quality” family time!

If we are happy, then those around us will be happy, too. This DIY bath bomb is sure to do the trick. We used one of Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Blends (available only for a limited time!): Winter Wreath. 

Sure, this bath bomb is a great gift idea — but it could also be a wonderful gift to yourself during the holidays!

Plus, Winter Wreath is one of the Featured Gifts Under $15 on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide !

Winter Wreath has a crisp, fresh aroma that brings the smell of the woods indoors. Winter Wreath includes the bright, woodsy scents of Balsam Fir, Cedarwood Atlas and Spruce, the sharp, green scent of Juniper Berry and the sweet, minty scent of Spearmint.

Toss your Winter Wreath Bath Bomb into the tub under warm running water, lock the bathroom door, and enjoy every soaking moment.

Winter Wreath Bath Bombs

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 ounces Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 3 ounces Epsom salt
  • 4.5 ounces citric acid
  • 9 ounces baking soda
  • 0.2 ounces Sunflower Oil
  • 0.2 ounces Avocado Oil
  • 9 drops Winter Wreath Holiday Blend
  • Bath bomb mold

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients.
  2. In separate bowl measure carrier oils and Winter Wreath.
  3. Slowly pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix well (I added my oil in three different parts).
  4. Firmly press mixture into each side of the mold with extra.
  5. Press sides together.
  6. Tap each side gently with spoon to help remove from mold.
  7. Set on cookie sheet until completely dry.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #6

Holidays are wonderful and full of joyful traditions. My husband, our children and I are originally from Texas. We moved far away from the rest of our family to Idaho two years ago, which has forced us to change some of our family traditions. We used to get together at my mother-in-laws and help her make different foods. While we cooked, the kids would lay around in their pajamas all day watching Christmas movies while having a cup of hot cocoa with a candy cane sitting in the mug.

But now it’s just us.

I really miss being able to help my mother-in-law in the kitchen.  To me, she has always been like my second mom, so it’s hard not having her and the rest of the family here with us.

The hardest part? Decorating.

Decorating my own home for Christmas has not always been my thing. In the past, we would spend most of our time at my in-laws, so I would help my mother-in-law decorate her home. This will be my second year decorating more than just the Christmas tree.

Here is a beautiful holiday blend that I will use this year to fill my home with joy:

Pine Cone Delight-Master Blend

10 drops of Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum verum

10 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia

6 drops of Coffee Coffea arabica

6 drops of Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis

4 drops of Rhododendron Rhododendron anthopogon

Shake well and add 2-3 drops per pine cone. Place them on coffee tables or as a centerpiece on your dining table to bring out the wonderful aroma.

This blend can be used in many different DIY projects.

I hope everyone has a joyful Christmas full of love, lots of blessing, and that you will continue to create memories and amazing traditions with your family. 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #6

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #5

I have always found Christmas and the Holidays to be such a magical time of year. Even though the weather outside can be very frightful, especially here in Idaho, there is a certain warmth in the frosty air. People seem friendlier, colors are brighter, there is music everywhere, and there is a certain sense of togetherness that can only be felt around Christmas.

But what’s the BEST part of the holidays?…

From the time I was a child, I have always loved giving gifts! When I was young, my Grandpa would give me $20 to go Christmas shopping for my family. It always made me feel like I had hit the jackpot and I could spoil my family with their greatest desires — as long as those desires could be found at my local dollar store. The joy of finding that “perfect gift” far surpassed the feeling of opening my own presents on Christmas morning. I will never forget the look on my youngest brother’s face when he opened a toy car in his favorite color or my Mom’s reaction to an “I heart Mom” mug.

As an adult, I still love the joy and excitement of giving gifts to my loved ones. Whenever possible I challenge myself to hand-make presents that come from the heart and that I know each individual will enjoy. While I have always had brothers, thanks to my amazing husband I now have more sisters than I can count on one hand. Gift giving to these lovely ladies is so much fun and has opened up a whole new world of handmade gifts.

This year, we all plan to spend the Holidays together, so I thought it would be fun to create a cute, girly, stocking stuffer for each of them.

~ DIY Lip Gloss ~

What you will need:

What you will do:

  1. In a double boiler melt down all ingredients with the exception of the mica powder and essential oils.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the mica powder. I used a teaspoon of mica but you can use more if you want the color to be more prominent.
  3. Stir in 10-20 drops of Blood Orange Essential Oil (or the essential oil of your choice).
  4. Using a transfer pipette, move the mixture to the lip gloss tubes and assemble.
  5. Once cooled, apply to the lips for a sparkling glossy look.

Happy Holidays!

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #5

Diane’s Top 5 Essential Oils

 

I am Diane Mishler. In addition to being a Certified Aromatherapist, I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist.

I have been married for 34 years to my best friend. We have three children and five grandchildren. I love meeting people and am one of “those people” in the grocery store who will start up a conversation with people that I don’t know. I feel like I’m at the stage in my life when I can let go of life’s emotional expendables, pursue dreams, and help others more fully.

I love learning and putting knowledge to work. Essential oils are a perfect outlet for me and I love to curl up with a good book about constituents at the end of a long day! I also love to cook, travel, and be with my family. I’d like to share my favorite essential oils with you. Of course, it’s asking the impossible to pin your favorites down to 5, but I absolutely love these:

 

Cedarwood Himalayan Cedrus deodara , to me, smells amazing.  When I inhale Cedarwood, I wish that I had the lung capacity of an opera singer! The scent is so effective and calming for me that simply inhaling it takes me to another place. I also love Cedarwood because it has great skin properties. It calms and nourishes the skin and I’ve used it in facial blends. One of my most favorite uses is when I have a sore throat caused by either irritation, allergies, or even muscles, I dilute Cedarwood Himalayan to 2% and apply to my neck in the sore spots; within minutes I feel relief.

 

Bergamot Citrus bergamia almost pushes the Cedarwood Himalayan out of the top spot. It was very close and in some instances, it might win. Bergamot has such a lovely citrusy scent with a spicy undertone. It reminds me of and transports me to the beautiful Italian orchards from which it’s harvested. It’s so vivid, bright, and cheerful, it’s hard to feel sadness or worry around Bergamot. It’s like a best friend. It helps me with respiratory issues, tickly throats, and congestion. When I use Bergamot for these issues they can become minimized. I also find it helpful for skin issues and irritations, and in addition, Plant Therapy’s Bergamot is not phototoxic.

 

Personal Inhaler 

4 drops Bergamot

3 drops Cedarwood Himalayan

2 drops Cardamom

2 drop Chamomile Roman

Add to an Aromatherapy Inhaler and inhale throughout the day when a tickly throat occurs to feel relief.

 

Oh Vetiver Vetiveria zizonioides, how I love you. When my mind won’t stop and I need to slow down in the evening, you are there for me. It doesn’t take a lot, just a drop or two with some other oils in a diffuser blend or personal inhaler, and it does the trick. Vetiver is also wonderful for swelling and cooling. This and its relaxing properties make it nice in a massage blend for sore, hot muscles or joints.  It also helps with worry or lack of sleep as it sweeps away worrisome thoughts from your mind. It can be useful for skin issues, like blemishes, red, dry, patchy skin, and for minor wounds.

 

Tranquil Synergy is one of Plant Therapy’s synergies that I’ve chosen. As I only had a couple of spots left, I had to choose carefully and Tranquil speaks to me. It is a beautiful blend that calms, which helps me peel away excess thoughts so I can focus. It has those citrus notes that I love as well as earthy elements too. Tranquil is great diffused and you will soon find your breathing slowing down just a little and remembering what is good in life.

 

Wood Spice – mmmm. So warm, inviting, and spicy! I love the way the 5 essential oils in this synergy blend together, and they seem to improve with time. I’m definitely seeing a pattern here. I seemed to have picked relaxing, calming oils for my top 5 picks and this must be what I need at this time. Wood Spice is something both women and men will love and it may solve many quarrels! It is grounding, soothing to frayed nerves, and would be great in a lotion, massage oil, or even perfume. I put it in soaps at a low dilution or an aromatherapy inhaler to help me through an intense day.

 

Personalized Soaps

What you will need:

  • 1 lb  Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • 20-25 drops  Tranquil or Wood Spice  (or another synergy of your choice)
  • Soap coloring
  • Silicone molds
  • Rubbing Alcohol (at least 91% alcohol to help reduce bubbling)
  • Clean spray bottle (For Rubbing Alcohol)

What you will do:

  1. Melt the Melt and Pour Soap Base in a microwave safe bowl in increments of 20 seconds, stirring each time, until melted.
  2. Add coloring and essential oils, and mix.
  3. Spray silicone mold with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Pour soap into molds and spray tops of soap again with alcohol.
  5. Let set for a few hours before removing from mold.  The number of soaps will depend on the size of the mold.

 

It’s been such a positive experience becoming a Certified Aromatherapist and working at Plant Therapy. I’ve learned so much from having to do research, interacting with our great customers, and working with such wonderful, knowledgeable co-workers. I appreciate having the opportunity to share my 5 favorite essential oils with you and hope that if you haven’t given these a try, that you might in the future.

 

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

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