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DIY Vapor Rub

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

We have had quite the month of sickness at my house.  First my husband spent 8 days with a cold, then I spent 5 days with it, and now both my 7 and 5 year old’s caught it.  They are coughing, suffering with a need to endlessly blow their noses, and just feeling achy and fatigued.  I typically diffuse for upper respiratory issues however we are in the middle of a move and I  don’t have access to my diffusers.

I remember the relief I got when my mom rubbed vicks on my chest when I was little, instantly helping me breathe a little easier.  Fortunately we are in the days of information, and I know that due to the artificial ingredients and chemicals unsafe for little ones that it isn’t the ideal choice for use with my children. I needed to make a safe alternative!

I’m always searching “how to boost immune system”, to take a multifaceted approach to supporting my kids’ health.  The essential oils I chose are powerful tools if you’re seeking ways to boost your immune system. I wanted to pack as much power in this recipe as possible, carefully choosing each ingredient based on its properties.  My intention was to both, help my sons’ breathe a little easier, and kick this illness as quickly as possible.  I absolutely love that Plant Therapy offers batch specific GC/MS reports so I can choose oils high in the constituents I’m looking for.  The percentages I list are for my bottles of essential oils, and if yours is from a different batch the percentages may vary.  I aimed for something a bit softer and easier to apply than a salve, this is more of an ointment consistency which is exactly what I was hoping for.

Beeswax Pearls is so fabulously versatile and I use it in many recipes primarily to harden whatever I’m making (deodorant, salves, chapstick).  For this recipe, it’s especially helpful to help hold the aroma longer than a carrier oil which quickly absorbs into our skin.  It also has vitamin A which nourishes the skin, and supports a healthy immune system.

Solid coconut oil has a high amount of Lauric Acid which is helpful in supporting a healthy immune system.  Due to having a high comedogenic level (can clog pores) I don’t use it in my facial products, even though it is moisturizing, but with application to the chest, I’m not concerned about clogging pores.

Eucalyptus Dives contains 40-55% piperitone and is a safe alternative to the cineole rich Eucalyptus Globulus or Radiata. It is jam-packed with therapeutic properties and is the perfect KidSafe choice to help stop sniffles, break up phlegm, clear up congestion, ward of seasonal threats, and shorten seasonal illnesses. This essential oil is great for helping my sick ones get better faster, helping my healthy ones stay healthy, and offer respiratory support to help them breathe with ease.

Rosalina has about 42% of the chemical constituent Linalool.  This constituent helps give your immune system a boost, minimize the perception of pain, and help suppress coughing.  It is also helpful at encouraging a restful sleep by calming both the body and mind.  Their coughing seems to increase at night and has caused some issues sleeping so I’m very grateful to have this essential oil to help my boys sleep peacefully.

Cypress has 50% Alpha-pinene which is helpful in warding off seasonal threats and shortening the length of an illness.  It is also helpful at relaxing the lungs and opening the airways to offer optimal oxygen intake, allowing them to take nice, deep breaths.


Vapor Rub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Over a double boiler melt together the beeswax and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat and quickly stir in your essential oils.
  3. Pour into tins.
  4. Allow to cool.
  5. A shelf life of 1 year when stored in a cool and dark place.


4 Tablespoons of Beeswax Pearls = 1 weighed ounce

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil = 1 weighed ounce

*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.

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 paste. 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)


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.

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: 

  • 1 once powdered gelatin
  • 2 cups water divided into (2) 1 cups
  • 1 Tbsp of salt
  • 20-30 drops of you favorite Essential Oils (I used Sensual and Tranquil) Other options would be Citrus Burst as well as our Holiday Blends!
  • Food coloring You only need one or two drops. I think I added too much! (optional)
  • Heatproof container to put gelatin air fresheners in
  • small saucepan
  • Stick to stir gelatin with



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.

gelatin finished

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 #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



Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #3

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

“Sleigh Ride Under the Stars”   

By: Lori Chase, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  Yes

Due to allergies and asthma in my family I have not purchased a live tree for several years. I like my house to smell of Christmas without being overpowering. This crisp, woodsy blend creates the feeling of a sleigh ride through the trees on a starry night. I use it to make candles and also sprays to “liven up” artificial trees, wreaths and garlands.  Either one makes a great gift for family and friends!

Master Blend Ingredients;

Candle: What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Put the wick in the center of the candle holder.
  2. Melt wax completely in a double boiler.
  3. Remove bowl from the double boiler.
  4. Add essential oil and mix well.
  5. Slowly pour into the candle holder.
  6. Make sure your wick is centered.
  7. Let dry completely.
  8. Light the candle and enjoy!

Liven Up Spray: What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Fill the spray bottle almost to the top with witch hazel.  
  2. Add Essential oils and Polysorbate 20 and shake well.  

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

Includes 10 ml bottles of: Juniper Berry, Balsam Fir and Spruce

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #3

The Best Homemade Cleaning Products

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Our noses have such sensitive mucus membranes and it’s important that we treat them gently.  We should be breathing in things that help, and don’t hurt the delicate lining of our nasal passage.  Many traditional cleaners have harsh chemicals that burn the nose, prolonged exposure can damage and even cause you to lose your sense of smell entirely.  There are also many respiratory concerns with using harsh chemicals.  For those reasons I choose to use natural cleaning recipes in my home.  I love cleaning with essential oils because it leaves everything smelling so fabulous!

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

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);


Below you’ll find 6 of my favorite DIY cleaning products.

carpet-mattress-powderCarpet & Mattress Powder

What you’ll need;

To use;

Shake evenly on the carpet and/or mattress, let sit for an hour, vacuum thoroughly.



Dusting Recipe (Adapted from Linda McCarthy)

What you will need;

To use;

Simply spray and wipe, I like using a microfiber cloth.  Since jojoba is a wax it left behind a nice shine and I loved the scent I was left with!

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!



Carpet Stain Remover

What you’ll need;

  • 1 ounce baking soda
  • 0.5 ounces vinegar
  • 2 drops essential oil (I really think Lemon is best used here as it does a really great job at cutting through the stain)

To use;

Work paste into the stain with a toothbrush, allow to dry and vacuum up, may require a couple of treatments.


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.

Concerned about how castile soap mixes with vinegar, water, and hydrogen peroxide?


*These water-based recipes do not contain an emulsifier or preservative.  You will need to shake well before each use (to mix the water and oils or add an emulsifier).  Store in the fridge and use within one week (or add a preservative to reduce concerns of bacterial growth, learn more about preservatives here)*

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By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

My kids are absolutely IN LOVE with the new KidSafe Autumn Breeze, my oldest (age 10) described it as “a warm winter creamsicle”, which I think it a perfect description.

The Peru Balsam is sweet, Orange Sweet uplifting, a gentle herbaceous grounding aroma balances this synergy using German Chamomile CO2, and Copaiba finishes it off perfectly with a sweet warmth.

I found this family friendly, adorable, and easy pumpkin paper craft on It’s Always Autumn (she has very helpful step by step pictures as well).  



What you’ll need;

  • Autumn Breeze  (any of the synergies from the fall set are great however this is the only KidSafe one)
  • 3 pieces 12×12 scrapbook paper (it’s heavier than regular printer paper)
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Ruler

What you’ll do;

  1. Cut 16-24 strips of paper in the following dimensions; Small: 6 inches long by 1/2 wide, Medium: 9 inches long by 3/4 inch wide, Large: 12 inches long by 1 inch wide
  2. Punch a small hole near both ends of the paper strips.
  3. Put one end of the pipe cleaner through the holes in the paper and loop to keep paper from falling off, pattern side down (at the looped end of the wire)
  4. Pick up the bottom paper strip and thread the wire through the hole on the other end, in order, bottom strip first.
  5. I did a tight loop in the pipe cleaner so the paper would stay in place and wrapped it around a pencil to curl the ‘vine’.

To use;

Place 1 drop of Autumn Breeze on the top of each pipe cleaner, it absorbs well and holds the scent for hours!


Passive Diffusion Fall Craft-Acorn Potpourri

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

I really enjoy the new Spiced Orange, however it isn’t KidSafe, so I got my kids involved in a craft, then used the essential oils on the craft once they jumped on the bus for school.  Spiced Orange is a wonderful essential oil blend that will fill the air with the beloved fragrance of the holidays. This special holiday blend conjures the scent of warm spices simmering on the stovetop, the smell of your favorite seasonal tea and cider, and the feeling of family-filled nights by the fire. Spiced Orange includes bright, citrusy Sweet Orange; spicy Clove Bud; and warming Cinnamon Cassia. These essential oils come together beautifully to create a festive feeling in your home.I saw this cute craft for painted acorns on Home Stories A To Z.  I quickly put my kids to work gathering acorns.  The scent lingered for about three hours for me, although it may vary for others.

My 5-year-old son was helping me gather the acorns.  I kept telling him how fast and amazing he was.  Shortly after coming back into the house I overheard him asking my phone “who is the fastest acorn hunter ever”, I think he half expected the reply to be his name.


What you’ll need;

  • Spiced Orange (any of the synergies from the fall set are great!)
  • Glass vase
  • Enough acorns to fill vase
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint

What you’ll do;

  1. Gather acorns
  2. Rinse acorns
  3. Place acorns on foil lined cookie sheet
  4. Cook at 170 for 2 hours to kill any little creatures
  5. Remove from oven and let cool
  6. Put a dab of glue on the inside of any tops that may have come off and reattach   (I wiggled the ones that were still attached and glued the ones that came off easily)
  7. Paint the nut portion and allow to dry (I left about 1/3 unpainted because I like the natural look and it was late so I left them overnight)
  8. Place in vase
  9. Drop 3-5 drops directly on acorn tops for a fabulous aroma!



The Sunshine State

By: Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


In the midst of a recent tropical storm, spanning several days, I experienced a longing for the usual abundant sunshine to reappear. It’s not the drenching I mind so much. It is the lack of sunlight. A native Californian, my heart is happiest under the warmth and light of eternal summer. After living around the country for more than two decades, when it was time to take the healing of my mind, body and spirit to another level, I was called to return to the sun.

In Summer Solstice for the Spirit, we discussed the impact of harnessing the power of sunlight and aromatherapy to help bring illumination to areas of the spirit in need of deeper healing.

Sunlight also is vitally important to the optimal wellbeing of our body and mind.

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First, it is necessary to our bodies for the production of Vitamin D. Known as the “Sunshine Vitamin,” Vitamin D provides broad-spectrum support of our wellness regulating at least 1,000 genes impacting virtually every tissue in our body.[1] Researchers now know Vitamin D is not only important for bone health, but also for neuromuscular function, immune function and regulation of inflammation. And, yet, it is believed up to 75% of the population is Vitamin D deficient. [2]

As researchers are looking at the links to our wellness, they are also investigating the balance between over and under exposure. Depending on geographic location and season, sunlight on a summer day “can be 1,000 brighter” than indoor lighting according to researchers.  So, for those who are inside most of the day, it can be important to get outside periodically to experience the health benefits of the sun.[3]

While supplements can help, research suggests between 5 to 30 minutes of sunshine a day, on the face, arms, legs, or back —  at least two to three times  a week — can help maintain naturally occurring adequate levels. Indeed, the Sunshine Vitamin can fill more than 90% of the dose needed by most folks.[4] During these brutally hot summer days on the Gulf Coast, I have been enjoying a daily15-minute walk in the early morning, after the sun has risen and  before the heat index takes hold, to start my day with Sunshine D.

The cycle of the sun also affects the nature of our sleep and wake cycles. When we are exposed to bright sunlight in the morning, we sleep better at night.  This is because our natural rhythm is regulated by melatonin, a hormone produced during the dark hours making us sleepy, then switched off by daylight.

Lack of sleep itself has such a profound impact on our wellness it is deserving of its own discussion in an upcoming blog. Melatonin not only plays an important role in preventing insomnia, it also plays protective role with infection, inflammation and our immune system.[5]

Lack of sunlight can also significantly depress the spirits. Increased production of serotonin, the mood-boosting chemical manufactured in the brain, has been linked to sunnier days. Lack of sunshine, can therefore, lead to depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), especially in the winter months when there is less daylight. [6]

Researchers are also looking into links between Vitamin D deficiency and mood disorders such as depression and SAD.[7] There are many options for mood boosting therapies including lifestyle changes, light therapy, exercise, mind/body techniques such as yoga or meditation, supplements and medications. As with any form of depression, if SAD is significantly impacting your wellbeing, it is important to see your healthcare practitioner.[8]

So, here I sat on the other West Coast, the Gulf Coast of Florida, waiting for the sunshine to return as the skies continued to soak us in an unrelenting few days of darkness. What could I gather from these rare days of gloom? A few things emerged.  First, on dark days it is important to support our mood, whether the lack of light comes from our outer environment, or from within.  And, time slowed down by the storm allowed space for inspiration and creativity — a gift away from the day-to-day busyness. What better time to create some mood boosting aromatherapy blends?

Aromatherapy, of course, is an ideally supportive companion for helping to lift our mood, most especially through inhalation. Once smelled, the constituents from essential oils travel immediately and directly to the limbic system of our brain where mood and emotions are processed and stored. Many essential oils have been historically used just for this purpose, most especially citrus oils.

Here are a few of my favorite blends to get you started. These are proportioned for a diffuser. They may also be tripled for a personal inhaler.

Sunshine State

2 drops bergamot

2 drops lime

1 drop lemon

 Supports happy mood and positive outlook.


Sunny Side Up

 2 drops lime

2 drops spearmint

1 drop bergamot

 A happy, uplifting and mentally clearing blend.


Inner Child

 2 drops grapefruit

2 drops mandarin

1 drop spearmint

Lifts the spirits with child-like joy and optimism.

Finally, as I finish this blog, the days of abundant sunshine have reappeared, along with my normally sunny mood. I took my early morning walk and I am writing near a window that allows for abundant natural light to fill the room. But, during monsoon season here in the summer, I am prepared for the next time the gloom strikes down the sun and my mood.


[1] Mead, M. Nathanial. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives. U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2008. Web. July 5.

[2] “Vitamin D: Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.” National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 9 June 2016.

[3] Mead, M. Nathanial. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives. U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2008. Web. July 5.

[4] Penckofer, Sue, Joanne Kouba, Mary Byrn, and Carol Estwing Ferrans. “Vitamin D and Depression: Where Is All the Sunshine?” Issues in Mental Health Nursing. U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010. Web. 05 July 2016.

[5] Mead, M. Nathanial. “Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health.” Environmental Health Perspectives. U.S. Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Apr. 2008. Web. July 5.

[6] “Unraveling the Sun’s Role in Depression.” WebMD. WebMD, 5 Dec. 2002. Web. 09 June 2016.

[7] Penckofer, Sue, Joanne Kouba, Mary Byrn, and Carol Estwing Ferrans. “Vitamin D and Depression: Where Is All the Sunshine?” Issues in Mental Health Nursing. U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2010. Web. 05 July 2016.

[8] “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 12 Sept. 2014. Web. 12 July 2016.


Organic Geranium Egyptian–DIY Night Cream

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Organic Geranium Egyptian Essential Oil is one of my favorites for skin.

As I head into my mid-thirties, I’m trying to get a jump start on my skin care. For instance,  doing some wrinkle prevention as well as lightening the lines I have near my eyes.  Geranium Egyptian can help with wrinkles, is skin balancing, and also improves complexion.  If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time outside, and your skin may need a little TLC ! Just simply whip this up and apply nightly.

Organic Geranium Egyptian Product Sheet Template

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. Whip for 5 minutes.
  3. Apply liberally every evening before bed.
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