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Top 5 Reasons You NEED Blue Tansy!

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Blue Tansy is one essential oil that, until recently, I knew very little about.  Plus it was in such short supply that I was afraid to use it, mess up,  and possibly ‘waste’ it, so instead my treasured gold stayed in storage.  All of that powerful essential oil being wasted by not being used.

Blue Tansy

I started to do a bit of research about the oil and became fascinated by how incredible this oil is.   First off, this is not to be confused with Tansy, Blue Tansy is a very different essential oil.  The best way to determine you’re dealing with Blue Tansy is by it’s botanical name; Tanacetum annuum.  Learn more about the importance of botanical names in the post IMPORTANCE OF THE LATIN NAME (AND CHEMOTYPES).

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I find the beautiful blue color caused by the chemical chamazulene can be calming in itself.  I found this fabulous recipe on DIY Essential oil Blends!; it’s titled DIY Peace and Calming Oil and is a master blend, please keep in mind that it is not a KidSafe blend.  You can use it in several ways;

  1. Diffuse (approximately 7 drops)
  2. Roller Ball (6 drops for a 2% dilution)
  3. Lotion (9 drops per ounce for a 1% dilution)
  4. Massage Oil (9 drops per ounce for a 1% dilution)
  5. Personal Inhaler (15 drops)

*Replace Ylang Ylang with Bergamot for a KidSafe blend*

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Another great thing about Blue Tansy, and the previously mentioned unique component chamazulene, is that it may reduce the discomfort associated with inflammation.  Here’s a blend I like to call, Cool the Flames (bonus, it’s KidSafe!) you can use it;

  1. Bath (1 Tablespoon Carrier Oil, 6 drops of blend, 1 cup epsom salt)
  2. Massage Oil (9 drops of blend to per ounce for a 1% dilution)
  3. Roller Ball (6 drops for a 2% dilution)
  4. Lotion (9 drops of blend to per ounce for a 1% dilution)

*KidSafe*

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Blue Tansy is a fabulous tool in soothing reddened skin, and reducing the appearance of inflammation.  It is a really great addition to dry or sensitive skin.  You can use the blend at a 2% dilution (18 drops per ounce) in any of the following;

  1. Face Serum
  2. Oil Cleanse Method
  3. Shaving Cream

*KidSafe*

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  1. Steam Bowl (2 drops per bowl)
  2. Diffuse (approximately 7 drops)
  3. Chest Rub (18 drops per ounce)
  4. Personal Inhaler (15 drops)

*KidSafe over the age of 3 if Eucalyptus is kept to a 1% topical dilution*

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*KidSafe only if you use Rosalina instead of Niaouli*

  1. Diffuse (approximately 7 drops)
  2. Personal Inhaler (15 drops)
  3. Diffuser Jewelry (1-2 drops)

Use Blue Tansy as a powerful addition to boost the following recipes!

Slimming Formulas

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

As you all know I was recently on vacation, I ate more fast food in June then I think I have in the entire last year.  I felt bloated and blah when I got home.  First things first, I whipped up an inhaler with 15 drops of Munchy Stop and have been sniffing it whenever I begin craving junk, especially if I know my body isn’t hungry.  Evenings are the hardest so I make sure my inhaler is close by.  During the summer my workout consist of swimming, skateboarding, and hula hooping, so any extra help I can get to keep from having to hit the gym hard is a welcome tool.

Second thing I made was a slimming gel.  Most of us have heard about slimming wraps, many of us have even tried them, however with a price tag of $99 for 4 applications not many of us can justify that as a regular expense.  You can make this gel for less than $15 and it gives about 8 applications, a mere fraction of the cost of those popular wraps.  This slimming gel has ingredients to help increase circulation, diminish the appearance of cellulite, and firm and tighten your skin.

Lastly I like to get out of the shower and massage this serum onto my abdomen, buttocks, and thighs to really give my skin that extra boost.  The ingredients may help reduce the appearance of stretch marks as well as aid in firming and smoothing your skin.

DIY Slimming Gel

Slimming Gel

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. In a bowl mix together well.
  3. Transer to bottle. (I like to use a pastry bag for this)

Bonus; Avery 22804 Slim Gel Label

To use;

Apply to areas of concern 1 time a day for up to 4 days.  To help maximize results you can wear a wrap like this one for up to 45 minutes a day.  Be sure to rinse well after use.  Drink plenty of water!

DIYFirming Serum

Firming Serum

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Transfer to bottle.

Bonus; Avery 22804 Firming Serum Labels

To use;

I like to use a dry brush, shower, then massage this serum into the areas of concern.  Taking the time to both dry brush and massage stimulates the skin and will help further the tightening and smoothing effects of this serum.  I do this approximately 3 times a week, if you want to use it more often I would recommend using a 1% dilution to avoid issues related to sensitization.

How and why do I dry brush?  I start at my feet and brush towards my chest, brushing everywhere I can reach, at least twice. It takes about 5 minutes but it helps to unclog pores, stimulate circulation, and thus eliminate toxin build up (including cellulite). With your pores unclogged it also allows better absorption of the good stuff (like essential oils). It really is one of the best kept secrets! I recommend getting a natural bristle brush, the first few times it’s a tad uncomfortable since your skin isn’t used to that kind of stimulation, however it doesn’t take long to adjust to the new sensation. A couple of weeks and you’ll start seeing and feeling your skin improve!

UPDATE:  I did one week of using the slimming formula in February 2017 and lost 2 inches from my hips and waist!

 

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2 Ingredient, 2 Minute, DIY Lotion

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

diy easy lotionYou can use most of this weeks new oils in this super simple lotion recipe.   This makes 4 ounces and has a shelf life of 1 year with proper storage.

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Mix together, no need to melt (I use a hand mixer)!
  3. Transfer lotion from the mixing bowl to bottle (I use a frosting bag).

Davana; for nervous tension and a racing mind (per ounce)

Jack Pine; for energy and a mood boost (per ounce)

Fragonia; for relaxation (per ounce)

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Plant Therapy Synergy Comparison Chart

How many of you have been waiting for the release of our new comparison chart?  Well I have good news for you! The wait is finally over!  The chart has been entirely updated to provide you with the most accurate and up to date synergy blend comparisons we offer.

When building our comparison charts we like to focus on the therapeutic properties of the blends rather than the oils that make up the synergy blend.  With this in mind, we have included a list of each individual oil in the blends so you can determine for yourself if it is the right one for you.

What is a synergy blend?  It is the “working together” of two or more essential oils that gives a better result than the total of their individual effects. When blended together, completely new compounds are formed.  The chemical constituents in a single oil can have an enhancing effect on the other oils in the blend.

All of our synergy blends are created or overseen by Robert Tisserand.  Robert is a world renowned expert in the essential oil industry and consultant to Plant Therapy.  When formulating synergies we want to cover as many areas as possible.  If there is something you don’t find on the comparison chart please contact us and we can recommend a blend, or help you to formulate you own custom blend to suit your needs.

Click here to download and print the chart

 

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DIY Anti-Itch Stick

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

I was sitting on the beach last night at sunset simply enjoying the view.  I was so lost in the beautiful scene that I didn’t realize that I had mosquitos feasting on me!  When I got home I started to itch all over my arms and legs, I was ferociously scratching all over.  I quickly whipped up a few of these as I know this won’t be the last time my family and I have itchy bug bites this summer (go here to see how I clean up the messy beeswax residue).  Thankfully these start to ease the annoying itch as soon as you apply it.  I’ll be keeping one in my purse for the rest of the bug season!

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What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Turn to low and mix in carrier oil to beeswax.
  3. Turn off heat and add all essential oils.
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes.
  5. Allow to harden then put cap on.
  6. You can print Avery 22804 Anti Itch Stick labels.

DIY Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Whitening DIY Toothpaste

I was scouring the internet for recipes on how to whiten teeth naturally and tried quite a few different recipes.  Although this started out as simply a tooth paste recipe it has evolved into my oil pulling recipe by simply adding 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing for 10-15 minutes.  This recipe is not for the faint of heart, it packs some punch and takes a bit getting used to.  It also takes a few rinses to remove the coloring.  However the results are so worth it!  My mouth feels so clean and healthy!

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What you’ll need;

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda (Helps to remove stains and whiten teeth.  Fights bad breath.)
  • 1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay (Draws out heavy metals and toxins. Reminerilizing, including calcium and magnesium.  See this article about the benefits of magnesium.  )
  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric Spice (may help reduce swelling, encourages healthy gums, whitening)
  • 3 Tablespoons Solid Coconut Oil (supports healthy gums and freshens breath.)
  • 6 Drops Blood Orange (may help reduce swelling, supports healthy gums, and freshen breath)
  • 10 Drops Spearmint (supports a healthy mouth)

What you’ll do;

  1. Add together and sift dry ingredients.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix well. (I used a hand mixer)
  3. Store in a small mason jar.

How to use;

  • Use a clean utensil to put a generous amount of paste on your toothbrush.
  • Brush for 2 minutes.
  • Spit out everything, do not swallow!
  • Allow residue to sit on teeth for 2 minutes.
  • Rinse well and enjoy a stronger, brighter, and whiter smile!

 

 

HOW to read the dilution chart

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Click Here to Download Plant Therapy’s “How to Read the Dilution Chart” PDF

The dilution chart. We often get asked just HOW in the world you read this thing. We realize that this might seem intimidating – but we promise it’s not as bad as it seems! It’s important to remember that ANYTIME you apply essential oils to the skin, you’ll want to use a carrier oil. This chart helps you find the right ratio for your situation. Check out the illustration below for some guidance and the following discussion for some clarifications:

Once you learn how to how to read the chart there often are more questions:

1. How do I know which dilution rate to use?

For normal, daily use we recommend a dilution rate of 2%. For acute situations, like an injury or temporary condition you can  even go up to 5%-10% for a SHORT period of time. How long is this? Typically less than 2 weeks.

2. How do I get .5 of a drop?

You don’t. If you really want to be exact, you need to increase the amount of carrier until you come across a whole number! If you can’t do this, just round DOWN to the next whole number (example 1.5 drops becomes just 1 drop).

3. What about use on the face?

This normally means you’d like to blend into a facial serum or cream and will be using it daily. Stick to 1% dilution – the skin on your face is more sensitive and you should use a lower dilution.

4. What about my kids? or Babies?

For use with children, you can see guidelines in the bottom block. For the most part, we feel like a 2% dilution for spot treatments is fine. You’ll notice that this block refers to WHOLE BODY APPLICATION. Since we rarely cover our entire bodies in essential oils – a 2% dilution is fine.

5. What is “whole body application”?

In the case of a massage (or body cream) where a large portion of the skin is covered, you want to use a lower dilution. Since so much surface area is affected, this increases the total rate of absorption for your body.

That should cover most of the FAQs regarding this dilution chart. However, as always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Frankincense

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This week instead of a profile you can print – I thought we could discuss the differences between different species of frankincense. As you know, we recently added Frankincense Boswellia carteri to our offering of essential oils. It’s fair to say that Frankincense species can be used in place of each other, for the most part. However, for those who want a more targeted approach we want to be sure that you are armed with the information you need to buy the frankincense that is right for you.

Different species of Frankincense

Frankincense is typically steam distilled from the resin of a tree, although CO2 distillation is also used.  The tree is pieced and then sap or “tears” are released from the tree. These tears of resin are collected and distilled. Frankincense has traditionally been used as incense during prayer or mediation. Frankincense is also used in skin care products and is wonderful for aging skin. Also useful in respiratory issues as frankincense can soothe coughs, ease congestion and deepen breathing. Frankincense blends well with citrus and spice scents. The different species of frankincense have similar therapeutic properties but there are a few subtle differences. Let’s take a look at Frankincense.

Boswellia serrata:
Also known as Indian Frankincense and is prized in Ayurvedic medicine. Native to India and North Africa. This oil has light, floral note. Serrata may be useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. If you’re looking for relief from symptoms of inflammatory issues like IBS or rheumatoid arthritis – this is the species to choose.

Boswellia carteri (Sacra):

Perhaps the most sought after frankincense, this oil is harvested from Oman and Somalia. Carteri (sacra) has a deep, warm, resinous scent. The resin from Boswellia carteri (sacra) has been shown to have some anti-cancer activity in laboratory applications. There is conflicting information on whether this translates to the essential oil. Carteri (Sacra) has good antimicrobial properties.  Great for emotional concerns when diffused or used in a bath! Try using this species in yoga or meditation.

A quick note, several authors have recently stated that the two species are in fact one in the same. Robert Tisserand and Lora Cantele both offer this information in their books.


There is one species of Frankincense that Plant Therapy doesn’t offer. None the less, we will take a look at it’s description and what it is useful for.

**Edit 2/1/2015 Plant Therapy now stocks Boswellia frereana, the post has been editted to reflect more up-to-date information**

Boswellia frereana:

This species also has a light, soft scent. Good for skin care preparations. Also found to have an analgesic effect in laboratory tests with rats (Battaglia). Frankincense frereana is especially prized for its skin rejuvenating properties. When added to a carrier oil it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry skin and damaged skin, and may help heal a wound or cut. When diffused, Frankincense frereana can support your immune system function. B. frereana is also wonderful to calm and relax your body and uplift your mood.

Next week we will resume essential oil profiles. The two featured will be the species of Frankincense that Plant Therapy offers. Check back with us to print those! If you have questions, concerns or comments please be in touch with us via email at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or find us on Facebook at our Safe Essential Oil Recipes page!


This is an addition from Robert Tisserand who was kind enough to clarify the above statements!

Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri

In this article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22835693 it is proposed that Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri are different species. It should be noted that two of the article’s authors are Young Living executives; the essential oil samples were provided by Young Living, and the research was funded by Young Living. (It is not stated where the analysis was carried out, but most likely, in Young Living’s own laboratory.) In spite of all this, no conflict of interest was declared in the article. In the eyes of some academics, this could invalidate its findings which, anyway, are speculative. The article does not account for the fact that there can be different chemotypes within the same species – differences in composition do not necessarily indicate different species.

The following authoritative links support the opinion that Boswellia carteri is a synonym for Boswellia sacra:

http://www.gbif.org/species/107312485

http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=506409

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boswellia_sacra

None of this is definitive – opinions have been divided for many years, and this this will probably continue for some time. For the present, I take the view that the majority opinion is correct.

5 Essential Oils To Help With Motion Sickness

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

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With summer on it’s way, I am starting to plan for all my summer vacations. I have two young boys and we are planning on going to Disney Land this summer!! I will also be quite pregnant and know that car/motion sickness will be an issue with my family while traveling. Because of this, I have gone ahead and listed my top 5 essential oils to use for motion sickness.  Stay healthy and enjoy your summer!

 

Dill Weed– Dill Weed essential oil is not only a great oil to help ease stomach pains, but it is also a great immune stimulant. Kill two birds with one stone on vacation with this essential oil!

Ginger– Oh Ginger! Ginger essential oil is great for so many things. It is believed to help with anxiety, colds, flu AND motion sickness. Anxiety and motion sickness are definitely my top two concerns for our family vacation.

Grapefruit (Pink) – Grapefruit essential oil is my favorite for motion sickness and most other stomach issues. The scent is one of my favorites which definitely helps in the stomach issue category 🙂 It has also been reputed to be a spiritual up-lifter and relieve depression. (One more thing to note: Grapefruit is also great for reducing cellulite. Hello swim suit season!)

Patchouli– Although not widely known for helping with motion sickness, Patchouli is a great alternative for young children compared to the more known essential oils like Peppermint. Definitely recommend you add this to your motion sickness stash if you have young children. The smell can be intense so it’s great to combine with another oil like Grapefruit!

Peppermint– Peppermint essential oil is probably one of the most well known essential oils to help with motion sickness. Of course it is also great for fevers, headaches, muscle pains and energy. I’d say it’s a must take on family vacations! (Note: not recommended for children under 6. Especially when you have all these other GREAT options!)

 

Now that you have my top 5 essential oils to use for motion sickness, you might be wondering how you can use these oils. Here you go!

-My Top 3 Recommendations-

  1. Car diffuser– So convenient. Not only will this help your car smell wonderful while traveling many miles, it will also help anyone who is prone to car sickness!
  2. Inhalers– If some scents are just too strong for the whole family, I recommend you use the aromatherapy inhalers. You can add 5-10 drops of your favorite motion sickness essential oil or add a combination. The person can inhale when necessary without causing everyone else to have to smell the oil too.
  3. Tissue paper 🙂– This might seem too simple but it really is a great and inexpensive way to use essential oils. Carry the essential oil around with you and put a drop or two on a piece of tissue and inhale when needed. The only inconvenient thing is you will most likely need to carry the essential oil every where you go. Although let’s be honest, most of you probably do that anyways 🙂

 

Let me know what your favorite oils are for motion sickness and how you use them!

Essential Oils for Restless Legs

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

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Essential Oils for Restless Legs

Here are my top 4 favorite:

1.  Add all ingredients together. Add 3 drops to a warm bath or apply topically to your legs 1-2 times  a day.

2. Apply topically to your legs as often as needed.

3. Add all ingredients together and gently massage on your legs 1-2 times a day.

4. Magnesium Body Pudding

 

 

 


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