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Welcoming Diffuser Blends

I am always looking for fun, new diffuser blends when I am having company. I hope some of these will set the “winter” mood in your home! Remember – you can run your diffuser for 60 minutes, then shut it off for 60 minutes. Even better, if your diffuser has interval settings – go ahead and set it for 15 seconds on/15 seconds off and allow it to run for longer periods of time! Diffusers are truly one of my favorite aromatherapy tools & the whole family can benefit! When choosing a diffuser blend, be sure that it’s right for all members of your family (even the little ones and pets!)

Diffuser Video


Check out how to fill and use this diffuser!! While not all diffusers are the same – the basic steps involved in using them are! In case you wanted to read about other diffusers, check out this post: Diffusers which explains a few more of the different types of diffusers we offer at Plant Therapy!

I hope you enjoy this video on how to run your AromaSens Diffuser!!


Scented Thank You Notes!

Today’s DIY is in preparation for sending those after Christmas Thank You notes. If you get these ready now, they’ll smell amazing when you sit down to write your notes and you can share the seasonal scents with your favorite people! This simple DIY takes only a minute, but the pay off in a few days is HUGE!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package of thank you notes & envelopes
  • cotton ball(s)
  • essential oils of your choice

What you’ll do:

  1. Open you package of thank you notes & envelopes
  2. Place in a quart size zip top baggie
  3. Drop 3-5 drops of essential oil onto cotton ball
  4. Add cotton ball to baggie
  5. Seal and allow to sit until needed for thank you’s

Easy-peasy! This might be the fastest DIY to date…


Packaging ideas Part 1

One of my favorite things to do is to make a pretty package for the holidays. This year I thought I would put my thinking cap on and come up with ways to use things I already have on hand! I have a toddler and watch my toddler nephew during the week – we generate A LOT of scribbled artwork! I hate throwing it away, but haven’t come up with a solution for what to do with it. Then one day a light bulb went off. Shred that paper, keep in in a garbage bag and use it as filler for my shabby chic Christmas theme (I love themes!). I took it one step further by adding a few cotton balls soaked in essential oils – wait for it- to SCENT the paper! Eeek! My gift bags are going to be gorgeous AND smell awesome.


If you don’t like to use shredded paper in your gift bags, I got to thinking about toppers. You know, those little things you add with the ribbons and bows as an extra. They make the package so pretty and are just fun to have attached on top! I have seen an abundance of fun clay pendants and immediately knew I could use them as packaging embellishments. PLUS, you can add a drop or two of essential oil to the clay and make your package smell as beautiful as it looks. Let me show you how you can make both of these packaging ideas:


What you’ll need:

for the scented paper

  • any paper, shredded
  • several cotton balls or tissues
  • a gallon zip top bag or plastic garbage bag
  • essential oils of your choice (I chose holidays scents)


for the gift toppers

  • air dry clay
  • cookie cutters, a rolling pin, glitter – perhaps
  • a bamboo skewer or toothpick
  • twine, ribbon or string
  • essential oils of your choice (I chose holidays scents)

What you’ll do:

 for the scented paper

  1. Shred your paper with your paper shredder, or by hand if you don’t have one. Ps. toddlers love tearing stuff up!!
  2. Add shredded paper to garbage bag
  3. Drop 10-15 drops of essential oil onto each of several cotton ball. I used a tissue with 10 drops total.
  4. Place in the garbage bag.
  5. Allow to sit for about a week
  6. Use to fill your gift bags and baskets!


For the gift toppers

  1.  Roll out your clay, cut out with cookie cutters
  2. Add a sprinkle of glitter, if desired
  3. Use skewer or toothpick to form a hole near the top. Don’t get too close to the edge!
  4. Allow to dry, as directed on package
  5. Tie a ribbon or string through the hole
  6. When you’re ready to wrap, add your topper to your package and drop 2-3 drops of your chosen oil on the clay!


I hope you enjoy wrapping your gifts as much as I do! Each year I pick a theme. Last year was elegant victorian theme. This year – I went with up-cycled, shabby chic! Do you do themes for your holiday celebration? Share with me some of your packaging ideas!!

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Counter Wipes


We’ve been focusing on gifts to make for others, but how about making your life a little simpler? I love the ease of pre-made counter wipes. However, I hate the cost, the man-made chemicals and the scents just make me gag. BUT – with just a quick swipe of the counter and it’s clean and I’m free to move onto other things! I set out to find a better way and here it is:


DIY Counter Wipes

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.
  2. Place paper towels into container, if you have to “smash” it a bit to fit, that is ok, once wet we are taking out the core!
  3. In a separate measuring cup – add 2 cups warm water, 2 TBSP castile soap and 30-40 drops of essential oils {see recipes below}
  4. Pour mixture over paper towels
  5. Once soaked, you can easily remove the core
  6. Seal with lid and use as you would any other counter wipes

**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 Ideas:

It’s just that simple! Keep your counters cleaner and your family happy with customizable scents!! Make different scents for the kids bathrooms, and let them do the cleaning! The possibilities are endless!

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Simple No-Sew Sachets

These lovely little sachets are the perfect compliment to any gift. Use on top of the gift, with a beautiful tag for a fun embellishment. They are so simple to make, you can involve your kids or mass produce these to give out to neighbors or teachers! Once again, Mandi has found a way to make this an easy task.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Place your filler in a small glass dish
  2. Add your essential oils, stir a bit to combine
  3. Scoop the filler into the small bags and tie shut!
  4. You’ve got a perfect compliment to adorn your gifts or a stand-alone addition to a gift basket!


A few scent combinations to get your started:

  • Use 3-5 drops of tangerine or sweet orange with the chamomile flowers
  • Drop 3-5 drops of vanilla onto  your lavender buds
  • 3-5 drops of cinnamon and clove on your rice would be lovely
  • Alternately, use Cedarwood for use in the closet to keep clothes fresh and moth-free

Photo courtesy of Mandi Ehman

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Sleep Easy Linen Spray


Today’s DIY is a linen spray. We all know that children and adults alike get very excited during the holidays. There’s all the lights, the parties, the extra sugar! Not to mention dreaming about all the fun to be had with family and the gifts that will be opened! Who can chill out long enough to fall asleep? Well, let’s try to solve that problem with this linen spray!

What you need:

  • You can use vodka or witch hazel. I prefer vodka since witch hazel can make your product have a different scent. The choice is yours.
  • a spray bottle
  • a selection of essential oils.

What you’ll do:

  1. Add your vodka or witch hazel to your spray bottle until it’s almost full.
  2. Next, add your essential oils. Since we are spritzing linen’s we don’t need to be overly concerned about dilution rates here. However, a rule of thumb is about 20 drops per ounce of spray you are making. So in a 4 ounce bottle, a size I generally use, you’ll want a total of 80 drops.
  3. Then, allow your oils to meld with the vodka or witch hazel for about an hour (at least). You can let it sit longer.
  4. Shake well and spray down your bed to create a relaxing atmosphere!

A few recipe ideas to get your started:


Really Easy Reed Diffusers


Reed diffusers are lovely additions to your home. Not only do they provide a wonderful, long lasting scent but you can place them just about anywhere. Reed diffusers are perfect for small spaces, like bathrooms or guest rooms. My favorite part – you can re-use any kind of glass bottle that you may have around your house! I didn’t realize how easy they were to make until Mandi brought them to my attention!  You can also try your hand at DIY Spray Odor ObliteratorBathroom Refresher, or these awesome Toilet Bombs!

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Add the liquids to the glass container, stir well with one of the sticks.
  2. Once combined, drop in your desired amount of essential oils. Stir again.
  3. Place reeds into glass container, and allow to absorb some of the liquids.
  4. After about an hour, flip them over.
  5. Turn the reeds over every 5 days, to encourage the smell to waft through your space.
  6. Refill as needed with additional carrier and essential oils.


To gift this idea simply blend your essential oils in a 5ml bottle. Package the skewers and bottle separately and include instructions above, have your recipient add the blend to the olive oil and they can “make” the gift themselves. A great DIY to share as a gift for your neighbors or for that holiday party as a hostess gift!

A few scent ideas to get you started:

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Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder


This is one of my favorite cleaning recipes! It’s a quick and easy DIY that you can use all over your home! Customize your scent & refresh your cleaning routine! Join me in making this multi-purpose powder for your home…


Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Add baking soda to fill 1/2 your jar
  2. Drop a few (10-15 drops) essential oils into your jar
  3. Add the rest of the baking soda
  4. Drop in more essential oils (another 10-15 drops)
  5. Shake well to incorporate the essential oils into the baking soda

Now what?

  • Sprinkle this mix onto your carpets, allow it to sit for 30-60 minutes and vacuum up.
  • Sprinkle onto mattresses, allow to sit for 30 minutes and use your vacuum’s accessory hose to vacuum up.
  • Sprinkle into your kitchen sink, stainless steel, moisten a sponge or wash rag and scrub your sink to a high shine! Rinse well.
  • Pour about a tbsp. into the bottom of your trash pail to absorb stinky trash smells.
  • Use a bit with any citrus to help remove stubborn labels from up cycled jars!

Recipe Ideas:

Enjoy your new household powder! You will find many uses for it!! I truly hope you find this powder  as useful as I do! As always, if you have specific questions or concerns please get in touch with us. You can email our Certified Aromatherapists at anytime. We’re happy to help!

All purpose salve DIY


A great all-purpose salve that you can add your choice of essential oil to in order to best meet your needs. This is not a complicated recipe and it is easily customizable, making it perfect for those applications when a simple carrier isn’t right for you. We use this basic salve recipe at my house for all manner of issues from diaper rash to first aid. I use a mix of coconut oil.


What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure your oil and beeswax into a half pint jar. Place the metal band from the jar in the bottom of a pan of water. Then place your half pint jar on it. I have had jars crack sitting on the bottom of the pot, so I now use this method to reduce the risk of cracking.
  2. Melt the oils with the beeswax, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the oils and wax are melted, carefully remove to a space on the counter. I lay out a dish towel to protect the counter. Stir in your essential oils, using up to 9 drops total per ounce of salve.
  4. Allow the salve to cool, with the lid on so the oils don’t evaporate out. Leaving the salve set until fully cooled will ensure a smooth final finish on top!

Recipe ideas:

Here’s a tip: I make a large batch of this and leave it without essential oils, then when I need some for a specific purpose I will remelt and pour off into small, 1 ounce, tins. This allows me to customize without having large quantities hanging around!

I hope you find this salve as useful as I do! As always, if you have specific questions or concerns please get in touch with us. You can email our Certified Aromatherapists at anytime. We’re happy to help!

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