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Remember Last Month? Try this Kumquat Recipe!

Hello, Oil of the Month club members! Do you still have your Kumquat Oil? If you haven’t already used up this refreshingly bright and juicy treat, try this amazing recipe created by our Certified Aromatherapist, Ellen Brenner. Perfect to send some happy vibes to your senses, while helping sweetly freshen your living space!

Fruity Fresh

2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica

2 drops Bergamot MinMentha citrata

1 drop Chamomile German CO2 Matricaria chamomilla

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For Chamomile German CO2, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.1% – 0.2% in blends for the skin.

 

This mini-master blend can be used in your diffuser or tripled for a personal aromatherapy inhaler. You can also dilute it appropriately in your favorite carrier oil for topical application.

Looking for more great recipes? Check out Ellen’s OOTM post using the bright and beautiful aroma of Kumquat!

Our Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils for Kids

essential oils just for kidsOk, so we’ve already gone over which essential oils are safe for kids and which aren’t—but what are some of the best ways to use essential oils for your kids?

The very best way to use essential oils for your kids is to make sure you’re using oils (and synergies) developed just for them. You don’t have to guess, because it’s all 100% safe! If you want to get started right away, we’ve already done the hard work for you with our KidSafe® oils selection.

Use Nighty Night or Sweet Slumber to aid with bedtime restlessness.

essential oils just for kidsTo help prevent restlessness, diffuse Nighty Night in your child’s room about 15 minutes before they head to bed. Or, add a couple drops of Sweet Slumber to their KidSafe® Aroma Plush. (True story, I tried this on my son who has the worst time settling down for bed, and it works like a charm!)

Diffuse Calming the Child to help with focus.

Calming the Child can be added to an aromatherapy inhaler or diffuser when your child needs to find some calm, and A+ Attention helps your child stay on-task during homework time.

Help heal owies with Better Than Kisses

Essential oils just for kidsAfter washing your child’s owie with soap and water, dilute Better than Kisses to 4-5% in Coconut Fractionated Carrier Oil and apply to the scrape or sting to aid healing.

And remember, if you ever have questions about proper aromatherapy and essential oils use for kids, please feel free to contact us at www.planttherapy.com!

 

 

Essential Oils for Kids: What’s Safe, What’s Not

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Essential oils aren’t just a trend! It may seem like essential oils are the “trendy new hotness” right now, but actually essential oils have been used by humans for thousands of years to heal, calm and enhance lives.

Before you read anything else: Rest easy knowing that using your essential oils for kids is not inventing the wheel, you’re actually using tried-and-true methods moms have been using throughout history. Plus, we’ve got your back.

 

safe essential oils for kidsWhat’s the big deal about using essential oils for kids, anyway?

Kids are not tiny adults!

One single drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or up to 10 teaspoons of tincture. Woah, it’s no wonder we love them so much!

But think about it, would you give a child 40 cups of tea, or 10 teaspoons of tincture? No way! Which is why you need to treat essential oils a little differently when using them for kids. Plus, some essential oils can only used on children over a certain age, and some oils that just plain can’t be used for kids at all.

Don’t stress! We’ve got your back with all the info you need to safely use essential oils for kids.

 

What are some essential oils that you CAN safely use for kids?

There are so many essential oils that you can diffuse, or apply topically on your child’s skin that are 100% safe, beneficial to their health, and affordable. Here are just a short list:

Blue Tansy
Cedarwood
Copaiba
Cypress
German Chamomile
Geranium
Helichrysum
Lavender
Mandarin
Neroli
Sandalwood
Tea Tree

That’s just a tiny part of the list of child-safe oils! You can also  choose KidSafe oils! choose from anything in our KidSafe line and be 100% sure you’re getting essential oils that are safe for your children.

Which essential oils should you should AVOID using on and around your kids?

So, it’s true that some essential oils aren’t safe for use with children. For example, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and some chemotypes of Rosemary have large amounts of menthol which can actually slow respiration in some children. Yikes!  Peppermint has a high amount of menthol, and some chemotypes of Eucalyptus and Rosemary have high amounts of 1.8-Cineole which can slow respiration in young children.

Don’t put your oils away just yet, you can still safely use essential oils for kids in the home, you just need to make sure your oils and synergies are kid-friendly, or make sure you’re educated.

Here’s a long–but not complete–list of which essential oils are NOT safe to use on children:

Oils to avoid using for children at all:

  • Birch (sweet)
  • Chaste Tree

Here’s just some of the oils to avoid using for children under 10:

  • Basil (lemon)
  • Benzoin
  • Black Seed
  • Cassia
  • Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem
  • Garlic
  • Ginger Lily
  • Hyssop
  • Lemon Leaf
  • Lemongrass
  • Massoia
  • May Chang
  • Melissa/Lemon Balm
  • Myrtle (honey)
  • Myrtle (lemon)/Sweet Verbena
  • Oakmoss
  • Opopanax
  • Oregano
  • Peru Balsam
  • Saffron
  • Sage (Wild Mountain)
  • Savory
  • Styrax
  • Tea Leaf/Black Tea
  • Tea Tree (lemon-scented)
  • Treemoss
  • Tuberose
  • Turpentine
  • Verbena (Lemon)
  • Ylang-Ylang

 

There are still ways of using your non kid-safe essential oils around children:

You’re probably wondering if you can use essential oils that are NOT safe for your children yourself when you’re around your children all the time.

The answer is–you totally can! A personal inhaler lets you use whichever essential oils you need, without worrying about affecting your little ones.

Just make sure to use your personal inhaler away from your baby and leave enough time for the scent to dissipate before bringing your child back in the room.

Remember, essential oils are an amazing way to naturally enhance your child’s life, care for their body and nurture their mind. All it takes is a little education, some quality oils and a loving parent to reap all the benefits essential oils have to offer!

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!

What to Buy the Top 3 Bunnies on Your Easter List

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Have you stocked your Easter baskets yet? We have!

Easter is April 1 this year, which means it’s time to stuff every-bunny’s basket! We’ve got three great ideas for egg-citing Easter gifts, as well as some very bunny puns:

 

1. For the baby bunny: KidSafe® Lil’ Stinkers plush

essential-oils-easterIf you’ve been waiting to try out one of our KidSafe® Lil’ Stinkers, Easter is the perfect time to try one out for the Lil’ Stinker in your life.

Coco, PJ and Otis arrive at your door specially packaged for Easter, with a cute card, Easter grass and their own signature synergy, perfect for Easter baskets.

Want to mix and match? You can also buy each Lil’ Stinker’s synergy individually packaged for Easter.

 

2. For the essential oils beginner bunny: Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils gift set.
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Is the some-bunny special in your life just getting started falling in love with essential oils? Get them going with this adorable set of our best-selling oils, packaged in a wooden gift box with an Easter card.

Want even more? We also wrapped Plant Therapy’s Fruits Set up just for Easter. This set is perfect for every fruit lover! Is your bunny’s favorite scent Tangerine, Grapefruit Pink, Lemon or another fruit essential oil?  We’ve got you covered with this set of 6 of our top fruity scents, wrapped and packaged for Easter.

 

3. For Some-Bunny special: our beloved Bouquet Blend Synergy Essential Oil.essential-oils-easter

Better than a bouquet of Easter Lillies, our Banquet Synergy Essential Oil Bouquet Blend offers the fresh, floral scents of Lavender and Palmarosa, combined with the zesty citrus scents of Mandarin and Lemon, and topped off with the tranquil, soft, woodsy scent of Ho Wood. This synergy is sure to provide a boost of energy and a breath of fresh air to elate the mind of your some-bunny.

Be sure to check out Plant Therapy’s Easter gift shop for more egg-celent gift ideas!

The Top 4 Do’s and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils on Kids

If you’ve already got a huge collection of essential oils, and want to use up your stash before committing to a guaranteed KidSafe® option, that’s totally ok! You just need to take a few extra steps first:

 

1. Do dilute your oils before using them for your kids.

Remember kids are not tiny adults! Their smaller bodies mean they need less essential oils to get the same benefit as an adult.

Basically, a little bit goes a very, very long way. That’s great, and diluting also means more bang for your buck, and who doesn’t love that?

Dilution by age*:

  • Premature infant: Do not use
  • 0-3 months old: 0.1-0.2% dilution
  • 3-24 months old: 0.25-0.50% dilution
  • 2-6 years old: 1.0-2.0% dilution
  • 6-15 years old: 1.5-3% dilution
  • 15+ years old: 2.5-5.0% dilution

*These are the approximate percentages of essential oil dilution by age. Always start with the minimum and work your way up.

 

2. Do use a carrier oil when applying oils on your child’s skin.

A child’s skin is different from adult skin; it’s thinner and more sensitive.

Even though most essential oils won’t irritate your skin, you should still dilute essential oil in a good carrier oil before applying to your child’s skin.

A “carrier oil” is a base oil used to dilute your essential oils and protect skin against direct contact. Mix 1-2 drops of essential oil in 1-3 teaspoons of a carrier oil like Grapeseed Carrier Oil, Coconut Carrier Oil, Almond Carrier Oil, Avocado Carrier Oil, or other mild, gentle, skin-friendly oil.

You get all the same benefits—a carrier oil just adds extra moisture for their delicate skin.

 

3. Don’t give your child essential oils internally.

Again–remember that one drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or 10 teaspoons of tincture. Diffusing essential oils or applying them to the skin is a very safe and effective, way to use essential oils for your kids.

 

4. Don’t take essential oils internally while you’re pregnant.

How to use essential oils (topically and diffused while pregnant is a question we see often, and it’s no surprise! As a new mom, you’re 100% correct to ask questions and prioritize your baby’s health.

Do remember that essential oils do cross the placenta, and your fetus is more susceptible to the effects of essential oils than you are. For this reason we don’t suggest taking essential oils internally while you’re pregnant. You can absolutely still diffuse essential oils, or use them on your skin.

You’ve heard us say with essential oils “less is more,” and that’s especially true when using essential oils during pregnancy. The more often you choose to use essential oils the more you will absorb, and the more crosses the placenta.

Like many things during pregnancy, it’s best to limit essential oil usage to relieving symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, or occasional head tension. You still get all the wonderful benefits of essential oils, without overexposing yourself or your growing baby.

Most of the time, though, this ends up being a non-issue. I mean, pregnancy makes women so sensitive to smells that I don’t know any women who would use too much essential oil–our pregnant bodies do a great job of telling us how much is safe!

And remember, when you’re ready to incorporate specific KidSafe® essential oils into your routine, we’ve got you covered!

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.

 

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.

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 Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Searching for the best gift ideas for 2017?  We’ve got you covered for everyone on your list.

Remember, the best gifts come in small packages — bottles!

Best Gift For Mom

What gift do you give the woman who gave you the most precious gift there is —Life.

Precious Oils Set and Precious Flowers Set contain some of the world’s most cherished essential oils.  The Precious Oils Set contains 5 ml of each Helichrysum Italicum, Blue Tansy, and Sandalwood Australian. The Precious Flowers Set has Rose Absolute, Neroli, and Jasmine Absolute. We don’t have enough space in this blog post to describe the many amazing qualities and benefits of these oils (but feel free to click the links and explore for yourself!)  Trust us, this gift will bring a tear to mom’s eye. And it’s all gorgeously packaged in little wooden box. A perfect gift for any oil lover!

Best Gift For Dad

Dad works hard, and let’s face it — he’s not getting any younger. Muscle Aloe Jelly might be one of our favorite products of all time! It feels so good after working in the yard, or after the gym when sore spots tend to nag. It absorbs and works quickly, and has a more pleasant smell than some of the other stuff you’ve probably tried.

The perfect icy/hot combination, Muscle Aloe Jelly is a combination of soothing and relaxing essential oils mixed perfectly with hydrating aloe jelly. In this gift to dad, don’t forget to include a “coupon” for a free shoulder massage!

 Best Gift for Brother or Sister

Need a gift for a sibling? Recently, Plant Therapy released a new portable diffuser that allows you to take your essential oils wherever you go, and plug into any USB or 12V port. It’s perfect for your car, laptop, or work cubicle. Diffuse on the Move comes in four different colors, plus you can order a package of replacement bottles with wicks, which allows you to easily switch from one oil to another. This will be one of the hottest gifts of the year!

Best Gifts For Kids
As the first essential oil company to release a line of oils specially formulated for children (in 2014), Plant Therapy has dozens of KidSafe products. But our favorites might be PJ, Otis and Coco:

Best Gift For Grandparents

To quote one of the reviews on our Evening Primrose Body Cream: “Best Cream EVER!”

As we age, our skin changes. This luscious cream is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive and dry skin. It’s full of Vitamins A and E, which will help keep your Grandparents’ skin looking smoother, younger and healthier. Evening Primrose Body Cream is unscented, too. You can use it as-is, or you may choose to customize by adding your favorite essential oils.

Best Gift For Best Friend

We’re assuming here that your BFF is an essential oil lover. If not, we recommend finding a new BFF (Kidding!…. sort of).

For your girl friends, a thoughtful DIY is the perfect gift, whether it be homemade bath salts, sugar scrubs or lotions.

For a guy, we recommend Organic Healing Balm. It’s a miracle worker. With no strong scent, this amazing balm moisturizes, relieves dry irritated skin, and leaves the skin feeling silky and soft (but in a manly way).

For Someone Who Has Never Heard Of Essential Oils:

We recently posted this question on our Facebook page and received hundreds of great answers from our customers! So Click Here and see what they had to say! (Scroll down to the post from Nov. 20, 2017.)  Remember, when introducing someone to essential oils, it’s important they learn to use them safely. Consider including a book or other information resource with your gift.

Best Gift For Co-Workers, Neighbors, Teachers

Looking for that catch-all gift for all the friendly acquaintances on your list? Something that says “Happy Holidays, I’m thinking of you,” without breaking the bank? Look no further than the 2017 Holiday Blends.  Spiced Apple Cider, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Winter Wreath, Snow Flurries and Christmas Tree — all come with an Aroma Stone Ornament, so the gift recipient doesn’t need to be an essential oil veteran or own a diffuser. They can simply apply 2-3 drops to the ornament and hang it on their tree.

You can even save money by purchasing the Holiday 6 Set and knock out a half-dozen of the people on your list for only $10 per gift.

Best Gift For Yourself!

Don’t forget to treat yourself.  During all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, give yourself the gift of happiness in a bottle. Not sure which essential oil to try next?  We have a team of Certified Aromatherapists here to help point you in the right direction. Don’t be shy — we love chatting with our customers! Email cs@planttherapy.com, or call 800-917-6577, or send us a message on Facebook.

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