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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!

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.

There are lots of options out there, so on this post, we will give you an easy room-by-room checklist, some DIY cleaner recipes that can be used for those rooms, and links to older posts that cover more DIY cleaners with essential oils in more detail.

Where to start?

Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, so the biggest question is where to start? There are lots of ways to go about this, but here is a spring cleaning schedule that is easy to achieve and will give you a definite starting point. Make your DIY cleaners the day before so when you are ready to go,  spring cleaning can begin without delay.

Remember, we are focusing on areas that are not always cleaned and definitely need some attention during the spring cleaning frenzy. So besides cleaning the bathroom or bedrooms the way you normally would, these are ideas to go above and beyond.

First Stop: Bathrooms

Bathroom Checklist:
  • Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings
  • Wash throw rugs
  • Wash mirrors and windows
  • Spray and scrub all surfaces and bathroom items
  • Mop the floors
Tub & Sink Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Castile Soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops Orange Sweet, Grapefruit Pink, or Lemon Essential Oil
  • mold, small plastic container or other item to make a “bar” {see below for more information}

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium glass bowl
  2. Mix well to blend together
  3. Press paste into mold and allow to dry for a few hours until firm
  4. Once set, remove from mold (I used an old 4 inch round butter container)
  5. To use the bar: wet and rub the surface of your sink or tub. The bar will gently remove dirt and soap scum. Wipe clean with a damp rag. Rinse with cool water.
  6. Enjoy your beautifully clean tub or sink!
  • To get the mildew smell out of towels, add 1 cup of vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to your washing machine. Wash towels in hot water. You can also just simply add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree directly to your washer at the beginning of the washing cycle.
  • Add 10 drops of Germ Fighter or KidSafe Germ Destroyer Synergy to 8 oz of witch hazel or purified water in a spray bottle and use as a disinfectant for surfaces and the air.

Second Stop: Bedrooms

Bedroom Checklist:
  • Vacuum and wipe walls and ceilings
  • Dust and clean all surfaces
  • Open and clean windows
  • Wash drapes, linens, sheets, and all washable items
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Shampoo or steam carpets/rugs
Window Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces water
  • 0.5-1.5% Optiphen Plus*
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
  • Essential oils of your choice

**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.

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine everything in a 32-ounce spray bottle
  2. Spritz windows, wipe with soft cloth
  3. Ta-da! Sparkling clean glass!!
  • To deodorize your carpet, add a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, or your favorite essential oil to a box of baking soda. Then sprinkle onto the carpet. Let sit for about an hour and vacuum.
  • Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to purified water in a spray bottle to use an air freshener. For Bathroom purposes, add Lemon or Plant Therapy’s Citrus Burst Synergy.

Third Stop: Kitchen

Kitchen Checklist:
  • Clean the refrigerator and freezer
  • Degrease appliances
  • Clean oven
  • Clean window treatments
  • Wash all surfaces, cabinets, appliances, and utensils
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors
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!

Steel Appliance Polish

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. In glass jar or container, combine the vegetable oil with the 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil
  2. Dab a small amount onto your soft cloth
  3. Use small circular motion, polish stainless steel
  4. Continue to buff until fingerprints, grime and smudges are removed

Fourth Stop: Living Room

Living Room Checklist:
  • Dust ceiling fans, bookcases, and shelves
  • Vacuum and wipe walls and ceiling
  • Clean sofa/furniture upholstery
  • Wipe light fixtures and light bulbs
  • Clean window treatments
  • Clean and dust electronics
  • Sweep out fireplace
  • Clean carpets
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.

 

If you made it this far, you now have one incredibly clean house, that smells amazing, and was cleaned without using harsh chemicals. Sit back, enjoy your extremely clean house (for at least a few moments), and order in your favorite meal because you definitely deserve it. Plus it will keep your kitchen clean a little longer than usual because there won’t be any dishes to clean!

For more cleaning ideas check out these posts:

The Best Homemade Cleaning Products
Spring Cleaning Round-Up!!

 

What spring cleaning schedule do you like to use and which cleaners worked best for you?

 

Remove Toxins and Purify Your Life

As the new year rolls around, many people set goals to live a healthier life. Usually this entails a new diet, an exercise regimen, or quitting harmful habits such as smoking cigarettes. Each a noble pursuit.

However, there is another health goal that often goes overlooked, but could make a huge difference in the health of you and your family. And in many ways, it’s a goal that’s even easier to achieve.

This year, resolve to reduce the everyday toxins present in your home.

By committing to small changes each and every day, the health benefits you reap will ensure you and your family have a healthy and happy life.

Below are three simple ways to reduce toxins and purify your life.

1. Natural Air Purifiers

Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All this time spent indoors and the onus is put on outdoor air quality, instead of the air Americans are breathing inside their homes and offices.

Some ways to naturally protect yourself from indoor airborne toxins include:

  1. Clean carpets regularly. Carpets can be a gateway to toxins and keeping them clean will help reduce the amount of airborne toxins produced from them.
  2. Use safe, natural cleaners to replace your traditional household cleaners.
  3. Take shoes off at the door.
  4. Diffuse air-purifying essential oils to help keep the air clean from airborne toxins. Add a few drops to your favorite aromatherapy diffuser and diffuse according to directions. Some essential oils that are great to diffuse for this purpose are:

2. Remove Chemicals and Clean Naturally with Essential Oils

A major way to reduce everyday toxins present in your home is to quit cleaning your home with them.

Many household cleaners have harsh chemicals that can affect our overall well-being. Replace toxic chemical cleaners and soaps with natural cleaning solutions using essential oils.

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):

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

For some great DIY cleaning recipes here are a few of our favorites at Plant Therapy:

Multi Purpose Spray 
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:

Simply spray and wipe. This recipe is great for floors, counters, mirrors, and windows. *If you have little ones at home, Germ Destroyer is the KidSafe option.


By committing to small changes each and every day, the health benefits you reap will ensure you and your family have a healthy and happy life.DIY Soft Scrub
What you’ll need:
  • 12 ounces baking soda
  • 4 ounces Castile Soap
  • 0.5 ounces water*
  • 0.5 ounces white vinegar
  • 30 drops of essential oil (Use from the list mentioned above; I used half Tea Tree and half Germ Fighter)
What you’ll do:

Spread the paste, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and scrub away!

Click Here for more natural cleaning recipes!

 

3. Lead and Asbestos Toxins

Now that you’ve conquered the air, it’s time to tackle what could be hiding in the structural aspects of your home. Both asbestos and lead were once used in construction of homes. Asbestos was used in building materials through the 1970s because of its ability to resist heat, fire, and electricity. The material can be found in insulation, floor/ceiling tiles, wallpaper, furnaces, and much more.

Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer. The cancer develops after asbestos is disturbed, particles are released into the air and inhaled where they can embed in the lining of organs. The disease may develop in the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. Symptoms of the disease are dependent on where the cancer develops, but he most common form of the cancer is pleural mesothelioma, developing in the lungs.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma:
● Chest Pain and Body Aches
● Chronic Coughing
● A Buildup of Fluid in the Lungs
● Fatigue
● Fever/Night Sweats
If your home was built through the 1970s hiring an asbestos professional to inspect your home can prevent a battle with cancer later in life.

Lead is commonly found in paint in older homes. If your home was built before 1978 there may be lead-based paint on your:
● Walls
● Window Sills
● Doors/Door Frames
● Banisters
● Porches

If the lead paint is in good shape it is usually not a problem. But if the paint is peeling, chipping, cracking, damaged or damp, lead poisoning may occur. Symptoms of lead poisoning in children can be severe — affecting both mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal in children.

Signs of lead poisoning in adults:
● High Blood Pressure
● Joint and Muscle Pain
● Difficulties with Memory or Concentration
● Headache
● Abdominal Pain
● Mood Disorder
● Reduced Sperm Count
● Miscarriage

Home testing can be conducted to see if you and your family are at risk of lead poisoning.

The new year could be just the fresh start you need to reinvigorate your life through the use of less toxic materials. Taking the above steps now can ensure that come 2019 you’re in an even better place health-wise.

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!

Brodie’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hello, I am Brodie Lapray. Born and raised in the wonderful state of Idaho, I have 3 amazing daughters and 3 wild little boys. I enjoy the outdoors and making memories with my kids. We are always going on fun adventures like fishing, hunting, kayaking, or just being outside enjoying the beautiful Idaho view.

A little over three years ago I was lucky enough to join the Plant Therapy family and I have spent the last three years as the synergy blender. I had the opportunity to become an Aromatherapist and I love it!  Aromatherapy has brought wonderful changes to my life.

It was hard choosing my 5 favorite essential oils because I love so many and use them for so many different things. So, I decided to pick the ones I use the most.

Helichrysum Italicum

Helichrysum Italicum is my go-to oil for skin issues. It has many wonderful uses on the skin, including calming red, inflamed areas and soothing irritation caused by nature’s pests. Helichrysum oil can help relieve an itch very quickly and help the skin recover faster. It’s also great for body butters and lotions for dry skin care. Helichrysum helps to relieve, soothe, and rejuvenate unhealthy skin. I add Helichrysum to olive lotion at a 2% dilution for soft, smooth and moisturized skin.

Lemon

The fresh smell of Lemon Essential Oil always uplifts my spirits. I think of it as sunshine in a bottle, and when diffused Lemon not only elevates your mood, it is very energizing. It also helps to support a healthy immune system and is a wonderful germ buster, so it’s great in cleaning products. I have many different uses for Lemon Essential Oil and here is a recipe I love for my legs.

~ Lovely Legs Lotion ~

Mix all ingredients together and apply nightly before bed.

 

Rosemary 1, 8-Cineole

Rosemary has been my best friend over the last year. I was struggling with my memory and remembering everything I was learning in a class I was taking and Rosemary helped me out a lot. When blended with Cardamom and Cedarwood Virginia in an inhaler not only does the aroma smell amazing, it also boosts brain power.

 

Cedarwood  Texas

Cedarwood Texas is the newest Cedarwood to join the Plant Therapy line and right away I was in love with the smell. It’s a warm woodsy smell like an old cedar chest I had as a kid. It is amazing in soaps and balms. I add Cedarwood Texas and Orange Sweet to my hand cream. The smell is wonderful and it helps to tone the skin.  When diffused it is a very calming oil and helps to reduce feelings of anger.

Bouquet Synergy

Bouquet is a Plant Therapy synergy I use in my home a lot. The smell is great and is KidSafe, too. I add a few drops to a dryer sheet to freshen up the smell of my laundry. I also use Bouquet to freshen up my carpets.

 

~ Carpet Deodorizer ~
  •  Mason jar with lid
  • Baking soda
  • 30 drops Bouquet Synergy

I like to mix the oil into the baking soda using a bowel, so I can make sure it is mixed well. Then I pour the mixture into the mason jar and, using a nail, poke holes into the lid of the jar. Sprinkle on the carpet, leave on for 30 minutes then vacuum up. Voila! Fresh smelling carpets.

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

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.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect gift for just about anyone?

How about holiday shopping on a budget?

Look no further than the Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

We have essential oils perfect for gifting everyone on your list. From the kids’ teachers, to your best friend, unique gifts for kids and even the love of your life, we have options in every price range and for every personality. And when you buy Plant Therapy products as gifts for the people in your life, you can feel good that you’re giving them the highest quality essential oils and related products that will help them improve their lives.

You can also choose our essential oils with our various dispenser and packaging products to create unique homemade gifts. From bath salts, bombs and scrubs to salves, lotions and lip balms, there’s nothing more personal than a gift made from the heart.

In  Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, you can browse by person or by price — we’ll guide you the rest of the way.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Shopping from the Plant Therapy team!

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:
  1. Add vegetable glycerin, Optiphen Plus, and Christmas Tree to the spray bottle.
  2. Stir or swirl to combine.
  3. Add water to fill and shake prior to each use.
  4. 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.

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