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DIY Toilet Bombs

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

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Cleaning the toilet is a daily thing for me with four sons.  I’m constantly looking for a faster and easier way to do it.  Nothing better than a toilet bomb for a natural and efficient way to freshen up your bathroom.   One batch of these makes 20 1 oz bombs and lasts me a full month!  You can also try your hand at DIY Reed DiffuserBathroom Refresher, or these awesome Odor Obliterator Spray!
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What you’ll need:
  • 1 1/2 C Baking Soda
  • 2/3 C citric acid
  • 2T Vinegar *Update, I initially made these during a dry time of year, with a dehumidifier running, if those are the circumstances you may need to increase the vinegar slightly.
  • 60 drops Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter
  • Tray or Molds (you can use a small muffin tin)
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Baking Soda and Citric Acid.
  2. Add Essential Oils and mix.
  3. Spray vinegar into dry ingredients slowly mixing often.
  4. When the mixture is moist enough to stick (but not wet) put into molds.
  5. Allow to dry for approximately 2 hours.
  6. Pop out of molds and store in a jar in your bathroom.
To use:

Just drop into your bowl use a scrub brush and flush!  I’ll sometimes just drop into the bowl for a quick mid-week refresher.

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March 2016 Oil of the Month–Exotic Davana!

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Botanical Name:  Artemisia pallens

Country of Origin:  India

Extraction Method:  Steam distilled

Shelf Life:  Up to 2 years

Plant Part:  Leaves/stem/flowers

Strength of Aroma: Strong

Aromatic scent:  Intense, sweet and fruity, with notes of black currant, raisin, apricot and hay.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Jasmine, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange Sweet, Patchouli, Rose Absolute, Tangerine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang.

Cautions:  None known.

KidSafe®:  No  (due to a lack of definitive information in the available literature).

Description:

This yellow-brown essential oil is steam distilled from an herb native to southern India and has a potent, fruity odor. The leafy green plant grows 12-18 inches tall and sports tiny, puffy yellow flowers. It is revered by people of the area who use the flowers in religious or ceremonial offerings. The whole plant is distilled just before the flower buds open.

Traditional Ayurvedic healers in India have used Davana herb for  women’s reproductive issues, from helping to support regular menses to easing menopausal concerns.  These healers believe that Davana can also assist with minor “sniffles” and the people of the area  apply it to the skin when encountering life’s minor “lumps and bumps.”

Another traditional Ayurvedic use of the Davana herb is as an anti-parasitic (for worms), though that’s something that can only be addressed by an advanced medical practitioner, such as a naturopathic physician, not by aromatherapists.  There is a popular folk belief that while Davana “smells the same to everyone” while in the bottle, it takes on a different individual fragrance of its own depending on who is wearing it.

In modern times, Davana is popular in perfumery as a fruity top-note and as a flavoring agent in bottled beverages and baked goods. 

Davana truly shines when used for emotional concerns. When life is really getting to us, it soothes the nerves, restores emotional calm, and is exceptional for quieting the mind.

Directions/Uses:

To help restore depleted emotional reserves, diffuse:

Topical application for nervous tension and a racing mind:

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Here are several other recipes submitted by group members and admins from the month of March.  Enjoy!

Kimberly Daun’s   “Woman’s Harmony”:

Add to roller bottle and apply to the lower abdomen 2-3 times daily.

“Weekend Wind-Down” diffuser blend:

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Ellen Brenner’s  diffuser blends:
“Fret Free”:
“March  OOTM (Davana) Cordial”:

(Group member Tyler Hagan made a luscious body butter based on Ellen’s recipe above):

Ellen’s Special Evening Cordial Hand Mousse. 😊
  1. Slowly melt Shea butter.
  2. Remove from heat and add apricot oil and essential oils.
  3. Let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Place in fridge for one hour.
  5. Use an electric mixer and mix on high for 6 minutes
    **Cinnamon is diluted to about 0.3% for this recipe so it is safe for topical application.

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Rachel Clements Owens’  diffuser blends:

“Cigar Humidor”:

“Good Night’s Rest”:

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Lauren Yoxthimer’s “Biblical Bubblegum” diffuser blend:

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Carol Buffington’s “Peach Cobbler” diffuser blend:
  • 2 drops Davana
  • 6 drops Sugar Cookie synergy blend (from 2015 Christmas collection)

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Aren’t these great? Let us know what *you’ve* come up with March’s exotic oil of the month– we’d love to hear from you!

If you have specific questions, we are happy to consult with you, free of charge. Simply e-mail us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com. When doing so, please include any relevant medical information like diagnosed issues and medications you may be taking, as well as letting us know what your goals are for using aromatherapy and essential oils. This gives us the ability to recommend the best course of action for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you!

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PLAY DOUGH USING KIDSAFE ESSENTIAL OILS

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist


 

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Growing up I used to love when my mom would make play dough! The possibilities to create were endless and the texture so calming.  Now I use essential oils with kids and it’s taken play dough to a whole new level!

After a busy day, or when my littles are extra wild I love to use this play dough as a tool to help them wind down a bit.   Some other great recipes for kids are Finger Paint, Bubbles, and Sand!

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What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Dissolve most salt into water on low heat on the stove
  3. Add oil and dry ingredients to pan
  4. Mix constantly for approximately 5 minutes until the dough begins to form a ball
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Add 25 Drops of Calming The Child

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What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Add all ingredients to pan
  3. Mix constantly for approximately 5 minutes until the dough begins to form a ball
  4. Remove from heat
  5. Add 12 drops of Bergamot, 8 Lavender, 4 Frankincense Frereana

**If you choose not to use a preservative you may want 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 is 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. 

Fabulous Foaming Hand Soap

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We know YOU  love a sale, and WE love GREEN. To top it all off – we love to combine these things into one fabulous product for you to try at home. Join us as we re-create a foaming hand soap with a few of our green oils…

We like Spearmint, Lime, and a touch of Vanilla (although it’s not green) for a Mojito-inspired scent. Very fresh, bright and perfect for spring. Another nice option is Munchy Stop – reduce cravings for your favorite sweet treats while keeping your hands clean and soft. Just in time for swimsuit season!

Finally, using Marjoram Sweet and Lemongrass (mind your maximum dilutions) can be a bright but calming scent for your home.

Fabulous Foaming HandSoap

Here’s what you’ll need:
Here’s what you’ll do:
  1. Add water about 2/3 full
  2. Measure and add 3 tbsp castile soap
  3. Add 0.5 – 1.5% Optiphen Plus {equivalent to approximately 1/2 tsp for 0.5%}
  4. Add essential oils, about 30 – 40 drops total
  5. Replace cap, shake well

*Optiphen plus is a preservative that reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative is 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. It can be found at many online retailers, and a quick google will bring it up. 

Enjoy your new soap – keep those hands clean and your family healthy & happy. We’d love to hear your great recipes for foaming hand soap. Why not leave us a comment and tell us how you make yours?
You know we LOVE hearing from you and we are happy to consult with you, free of charge, if you’ll e-mail us at Aromatherapist@PlantTherapy.com When doing so, we ask that you include any relevant medical information like diagnosed issues and medications you may be taking, as well as letting us know what your goals are for using aromatherapy and essential oils. This gives us the ability to recommend the best course of action for you and your family. We look forward to hearing from you! You can also join our SUPER fun Facebook group over at Safe Essential Oil Recipes!!
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Essential Oils For Sore Muscles


By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for warmer weather!  Days spent hiking, swimming, and climbing trees!    However, in order to enjoy these activities I need to kick myself into serious workout gear to prepare to keep up with my littles.  Not to mention the fact that they have now started soccer and are sore after every practice.  Have you ever wondered what can help sore muscles?  How to soothe sore muscles?  We played with a few blends and these are the ones we’re currently reaping the relaxing benefits of (sticking with our family’s green theme for the month).

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What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Add all essential oils directly into the roll-on bottle.
  2. Top off with half hemp seed and half avocado oil.
  3. Snap roller casing in place.
  4. Massage onto skin after a rigorous workout or to help ease tired muscles.

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What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Add all essential oils directly into the roll-on bottle.
  2. Top off with half hemp seed and half avocado oil.
  3. Snap roller casing in place.
  4. Massage onto skin after a rigorous workout or to help ease tired muscles.

*If you are taking aspirin, blood thinners or have a blood clotting disorder, simply omit the wintergreen. This dilution of wintergreen is safe as it’s approximately 0.5% and the maximum dilution is 2.4% according to Robert Tisserand

Simple Scented Tissues

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An easy-to-do project that you can use any time of year, but really comes in handy during the winter months. Runny noses are no fun, but to create a soothing experience, try adding a few drops of essential oil to the box to gently scent the tissues inside! Then each time you choose a new one, be comforted by the aroma! Next time your friend or neighbor isn’t feeling their best, share a box with them too!

Day 22 Scented Tissues

What you’ll need:

  • Box of tissues
  • Glue stick
  • Essential oils of your choice; I chose Sniffle Stopper

What you’ll do:

  1. Gently open the flaps on each side of your tissue box
  2. Drop 2 drops essential oil on each side
  3. Using glue stick, reseal the sides. {To help “hold
     the flaps shut, I glued one side at a time and then laid the box on that side to keep it closed while it dried, then I did the other side in the same manner}

Now you have lightly scented tissues that can help promote your sense of well being when your nose is giving you trouble!

Bathroom Odor Obliterator

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Having guests visit during the holidays means lots of extra people using the facilities in your home. Maintain a pleasant environment for everyone from Great Grandma to Little Johnny – who is just learning to use the restroom on his own. This spray can be used just after using the toilet to keep down unpleasant odors. I hope this helps keep the peace in your shared bathroom this holiday {and every day after…} Create a fun tag or label to inform your house guests how to use this product!  You can also try your hand at DIY Reed Diffuser, Bathroom Refresher, or these awesome Toilet Bombs!Day 21 Bathroom Odor Obliterator

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Add vegetable glycerine to spray bottle
  2. Add 4-5 mL of essential oils {approximate 20 drops per mL} – I did 1 mL Orange, 1 mL Lemon, and 2 mL Grapefruit Pink
  3. Stir or swirl to combine
  4. Add water to fill and shake well prior to each use

*To use, spray into toilet water prior to using the rest room {and again after if necessary}. This creates a barrier on the water, as well as releases a pleasant scent to help eliminate the embarrassment of “sharing” bathroom odors! 

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Easy Cotton Diffuser Pads

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To continue in the spirit of easy DIY projects, I thought I would share a project that I do in my own home anytime of year, but it is especially useful during the holiday time. I use cotton facial pads in pillow cases, tucked in with bathroom towels, in drawers, in stinky shoes, or any other place you can think of to passively diffuse the scent of my favorite essential oils.

This is a quick and easy way to impress your guests with fresh smelling bed linens, or provide sweet smelling towels to dry off after a shower.

The ways you can use them are endless & I’d love to hear what you come up with too!

Day 17 Simple cotton diffuser pads

What you’ll need:
  • Cotton beauty pads (round or square)
  • Essential oils of your choice (our Holiday Synergies make a nice choice this time of year)
What you’ll do:
  1. Place a few drops of your chosen synergy onto the bottom pad and place wherever you want the smell of the holidays to linger!

*My favorite choice to diffuse is Nighty Night on a cotton pad, then slipped into the pillow cases on my guest bed! 

Customizable Lotion

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I have already mentioned how this year I am trying to simplify my gift giving while maintaining homemade gifts for my family & friends. Lotion isn’t an easy thing to perfect, especially if you have water or water-based ingredients. If water is involved you must use a preservative, and that isn’t something I have had the time to read up on yet. So, to simplify the process, I choose one of our unscented lotions or creams and customized it for the gift recipient! Simple, right? Let’s take a look at how this would work…

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. For each ounce of your chosen product, add 1/2 mL (or 10 drops) of essential oil.
  2. Be sure to use a stirring rod or spatula to fully incorporate the essential oils into the cream/lotion! This takes deceptively longer than you’d think, so keep stirring!
  3. Package and gift!
Nice options for lotion combinations would be (per ounce of your chosen carrier, lotion, or aloe):

*You can always use one of our synergies, which are pre-blended for certain purposes, to add to your unscented lotion as well.

Candy Cane Salt Scrub

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This festive salt scrub makes a lovely gift – or a nice addition to your holiday routine. If you’re like me, you wash your hands often when baking or cooking at this time of year. This scrub gently exfoliates as it provides moisture and an amazing scent!

It’s important for me to tell you why I chose salt, and not sugar. I chose salt since I think there is less of a chance of bacteria growth in comparison to sugar. I also want to remind you to use a clean, dry spoon to remove the amount you’re using. This reduces the instance of contamination an the potential for bacteria to grow in your product. If you want to use this in or near the shower, be sure to keep it away from the water OR find the appropriate preservative to prevent harmful bacteria from growing.

Day 19 Candy Cane Salt Scrub

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Pour salt into a medium glass bowl
  2. Measure 1/4 cup coconut oil and add to white salt
  3. Measure Himalayan salt into a medium glass bowl
  4. Use remaining 1/4 cup coconut oil and add to  Himalayan salt
  5. Mix into salt
  6. Add your essential oil 1-1.5 mL per bowl of salt
  7. Layer the two colors in your jar and tie a pretty spoon on with a ribbon

*If you choose ALL Himalayan salt, your results for the white portion of this scrub will be a bit “pinker.”  I wanted to mention it so no one was disappointed with their results! For this project, I did add a few drop of red food coloring to the pink Himalayan salt – to brighten it up!

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