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Top 5 Essential Oils: Tyler’s Picks

By Tyler Hagan, Aromatherapist

Hello everyone! My name is Tyler Hagan, and I’ve had the privilege  of working for Plant Therapy since October of 2017. I spend almost all of my time in our lovely Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR), but you can often times find me answering your questions via email. 😊 I have been a long time customer of Plant Therapy and a long time member in SEOR. Aromatherapy is my biggest passion in life, and I love being able to work with others to spread safe essential oil knowledge far and wide.

Prior to being employed by Plant Therapy I was a preschool teacher for several years. I’ve worked in several childcare settings, developmental preschools, elementary schools, and churches. Teaching has always been one of my biggest passions in life.

I am happily married to my best friend and we have one little guy together, and I have two lovely stepkiddos . Besides spending time with my family, I also enjoy reading, whipping up DIY projects in the kitchen, watching movies, organizing, and gardening. Our favorite family pastime is camping, when the weather permits.

One of the hardest tasks I’ve encountered working at Plant Therapy is narrowing down my top 5 essential oils. I love SO many different essential oils, it’s hard to just pick 5, however, I’ve narrowed it down to the following essential oils below.

Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum, is easily my #1  favorite essential oil. It is very uplifting, and it gives me that extra emotional boost I need throughout the year. For someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, it is a must to help keep my chest clear and breathing strong. It’s a big feature in my Free and Clear inhaler blend for my adventures in the great outdoors.

top 5 essential oils

Free and Clear Inhaler Blend

4 drops Saro Cinnamosma fragrans

3 drops Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora

2 drops Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum

2 drops Lemon Citrus x limon

1 drop Cedarwood Atlas  Cedrus atlantica

Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica, is a close second. It’s sweet yet spicy aroma is extremely calming and can be used to settle the crazy emotions and tension that follow a long, busy day. I love to diffuse it alongside my third favorite oil, Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides.

For those that have never used Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides, you must give it a try! It’s earthy, smoky aroma is just what I need at the end of the day to calm the constant chattering in my head. It also helps keep me calm and healthy throughout the year, which is always a huge plus.

One thing I struggle with daily is getting out of bed in the morning. Ask anyone who knows me, I am not a morning person, and I’m not exactly fun to be around straight out of bed. After many years of struggling, I found essential oils, and my life has forever been changed. And it’s all thanks to my fourth and fifth favorites, Grapefruit Pink Citrus x paradisi, and Bergamot Citrus bergamia. These two oils, blended together in the diffuser, is Tyler’s Saving Grace.

 

top 5 essential oilsTyler’s Saving Grace Diffuser Blend

5 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

3 drops Pink Grapefruit Citrus x paradisi

2 drops Steam Distilled Lemon Citrus x limon

2 drops Steam Distilled Lime Citrus x aurantifolia

*You can substitute the steam distilled for cold pressed. It will change the aroma slightly, but it’ll still be uplifting and energizing. 😊

 

DIY Sensory Slime with Essential Oils

DIY “slime,” or Gak, is everywhere right now, and there’s a great reason for it. This gooey sensory toy is the perfect DIY craft for keeping kiddos entertained during Spring Break or Summer vacation, or even simply providing a calming sensory experience during dreaded Time Out tantrums.

DIY Sensory Slime with Essential OilsThe best part is the only supplies you need, you probably already have laying around in your kitchen!

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 tsp Borax
  • 1 10 oz bottle of clear glue (like Elmers)
  • Glitter, food coloring for color, or small seed beads for a sensory “crunch”
  • 6 drops of a KidSafe® synergy*
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Carrier Oil

DIY Sensory Slime with Essential OilsDirections:

  1. Add 6 drops of your favorite KidSafe® oil or synergy to 1 Tbsp Coconut Carrier Oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Microwave your  water until almost boiling. Stir in your Borax until it is completely dissolved (If you want colored slime, add 5-10 drops food coloring to your solution now as well).
  3. Combine your glue in a separate bowl with 6 drops of your KidSafe® essential oil + Coconut Carrier Oil mix (or your pre-diluted KidSafe® essential oil)
  4. Pour your hot water and Borax solution over the glue + essential oil mixture. Stir your liquid until a thickened slime forms on top of your mixture.
  5. Collect your slime with the spoon and transfer to a new bowl. Continue stirring your mixture until all of the slime has been skimmed off, leaving only water in your bowl.
  6. If you’re adding glitter, knead in your glitter or seed beads to the slime and work it in with your hands.
  7. Make sure you store your slime in a sealed container such as a Ziploc bag or Tupperware to keep it fresh!

Some great suggestions for scented slime:

Use your imagination (and your child’s) to create your own personalized DIY sensory slime!

Lucky Synergy

Our Lucky Synergy is back, but only for a limited time! If you’ve never enjoyed the bright, clean, cirtus-y aroma of this synergy, make this the year you do! The blend of Bergamot, Lime Steam Distilled, and Spearmint creates an energizing atmosphere that boosts confidence, brightens your day, and adds a spring to your step!

For some added fun, with every purchase of Lucky you get an exclusive Plant Therapy Lucky Scratcher. You have a chance of winning up to $250 worth of Plant Therapy products! Feeling Lucky?

To refresh tired feet, enjoy this relaxing foot bath…

What you will need:
What you will do:
  1. Add ingredients to a basin of warm water
  2. Put your feet in, sit back, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to use Lucky Synergy? Let us know in the comments below!

The Ultimate Guide to Allergies and Essential Oils

Allergies happen, and they’re not fun.

You’re not alone! 40-60 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.

Allergies affect everyone differently, ranging from mild sniffles to severe breathing issues and constant itching.

We’ve all been there: When it feels like your eyes just won’t stop watering, or you’ll never stop sneezing. Why even bother wearing makeup when you have to blow your nose every 30 seconds?

We’ve put together a definitive guide to allergies and essential oils to help you out:

 

What’s an allergy, and what causes them?

Allergies are an abnormal reaction to an otherwise harmless substance, like animal dander, pollen, mold, or certain foods.  An allergy sufferer’s immune system identifies these things as being bad for the body, even when they’re not.

Allergy symptoms are different for everyone,  ranging from minor irritation (sniffles and itching) to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency (in other words, really, really bad news). While most allergies have no true “cure,” there are ways to ease the symptoms associated with them.

 

How can essential oils help minimize the effects of this seasonal threat?

Essential oils are super concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted from different parts of plant known to help ease symptoms associated with many different issues. Essential oils are also an excellent choice to help ease symptoms associated with allergies, plus they’re a safe (and all-natural) option.

Used for both healing and aromatic benefits, essential oils can help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.

 

Ways to utilize essential oils to support respiratory relief include:

 

These are our top 5 best essential oils for symptom relief:

Our team of Plant Therapy Certified Aromatherapists have nailed down the the top 5 essential oils that help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies:

 

There are several ways these Essential Oils can help:

Get on-the-go relief: Personal inhalers are great little tools that you can keep in your pocket or purse. They can go almost anywhere with you, and last for 3-4 months once you’ve mixed them. Perfect for pollen season!

Here’s how to mix your Essential Oils for a personal inhaler:

  1. You’ll need empty personal inhalers, with cotton wicks. Place the wicks in a small glass bowl.
  2. Add 6-8 drops of one of the top five essential oils listed above.
  3. Gently roll the wick through the oil, making sure it is all gets absorbed.
  4. Place the wick into the inhaler and snap the end cap into place.

Get relief at home: Try using one of the top five essential oils listed above in your diffuser at home. 6-8 drops diffused for about 60 minutes will not only make you whole house smell great, but also gives you relief from the respiratory discomfort.

All of the above essential oils are also KidSafe! Which means your whole household benefits, not just the grown-ups.

Get instant relief with a face steam: Use one drop of Fir Needle in a very warm (not boiling!) bowl of water. Position your head over the bowl and cover with a towel for 5 minutes, keeping your eyes closed.

Breath deeply, and let the aroma of Fir Needle penetrate into your lungs.

TIP: Don’t use this technique with small children, and take care to avoid burning yourself with the warm water.

 

Synergies to support overall respiratory health:

Another great option to help during this time are our 2 synergies created to help with seasonal pollen threats.

Adults can use both synergies, but Clear Again is not KidSafe and not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Use these synergies in a personal inhaler, in your favorite Plant Therapy aromatherapy diffuser, or a diffuser locket.

You can also apply Sneezy Stop to the chest or neck, when diluted at a 1-3% with your favorite carrier oil. And Clear Again when diluted at a 3-5% ratio. This method is great for night time, and lets the oil do it’s work while you sleep.

 

They’re back. Not just an Essential Oil of the Month anymore!

If you are part of our Oil of the Month Club, you know that those exclusive oils are only available from us temporarily. But sometimes those oils make such a big debut that we bring them back into our family for good! Say hello to our new additions: Bergamot Mint, Caraway Seed CO2 and Cubeb Essential Oils! Now, let’s get better acquainted with these newbies and learn some great recipes!

Bergamot Flower

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

Refreshing and calming, Bergamot Mint is known to provide emotional support and calm the mind. Its aroma is complex – lightly citrusy, fruity, and with a soft hint of mint, this oil smells slightly of lavender. Bergamot Mint Essential Oil originates from the United States and is extracted using steam distillation from the flowering tops of the perennial flowering Bergamot Mint plant (Mentha citrata). This oil is a great addition for a relaxing bath and is KidSafe!

Heavenly Serenity Bath Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

Just mix all together and add to the bath to soak your worries away!

Caraway Seed Flowering Plant

Caraway Seed CO2

Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Sourced from Poland and extracted using carbon dioxide from the seeds of the Caraway plant (Carum carvi), Caraway Seed CO2 is jam-packed with therapeutic properties. Also KidSafe, this is a treat for rye lovers! A whiff of this will remind you instantly of a loaf of fresh rye bread. It’s a great go-to for settling a queasy or crampy stomach, as well as providing a boost of energy when you’re feeling a little tired or lethargic. Plus, you can use it for skin and hair care; use it to balance and cleanse the skin, and for the hair, use it for clean and flake-free scalp!

 

Energy on the Go (personal aromatherapy inhaler blend):

What you will need:

Tummy Soothing Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

Gently massage this blend on your stomach to help soothe away discomfort.

Cubeb Essential Oil Recipe

Cubeb Essential Oil

Cubeb Essential Oil

Also called Java pepper, this essential oil is warming and has an enticing, wonderful woody and spicy scent. It originates from Indonesia and is extracted using steam distillation from the dried Cubeb berries of the Cubeb plant (Piper cubeba), which is a part of the pepper family. This oil is mainly comprised of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, meaning that it has properties that can be helpful for issues associated with swelling and body discomfort, due to overexertion or aging joints. It can also help with digestive issues and, when diluted with a carrier oil,  be massaged clockwise into the abdomen to bring relief from several “irregular” symptoms as well as from bloating. Cubeb can be used to help support a healthy immune and respiratory system during times of seasonal illnesses.

Relief Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

You can massage this into your lower abdomen to soothe menstrual discomfort or use it to relieve sore joints and muscles due to aging or overexertion.

We hope you enjoy these new oils as much as we do! Let us know in the comments below!

It’s Spring Cleaning Season!

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

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

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Hair Types and Essential Oils

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

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

Dry/Damaged Hair

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

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

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

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

 

Oily Scalp

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

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

Recipe 1

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

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

Recipe 2

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

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

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

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

 

Thin and Thick Hair

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aromatherapy 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 holiday 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:
  1. Measure water in glass measuring cup or beaker.
  2. Add Epsom salt and stir to dissolve, set aside.
  3. In small glass dish add Snow Flurries.
  4. Stir in vodka, Polysorbate 20 and Optiphen Plus.
  5. Add mixture to the water and salt.
  6. Use a funnel to pour into the spray bottle and shake well.
  7. 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!

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