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DIY Bath Fizzies

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I recently have seen a lot of recipes for bath fizzies. I became so excited because I remember using these when I was little! I wanted to see how my children would react the first time they saw them, and was a little afraid they would love them so much they would want to use all of them (which they did)!

The thing I loved most about this recipe was how you could use essential oils! How perfect is that! Not only do you get amazing bath fizzies, but you get to make them therapeutic too! I decided that I wanted a batch for when I need to relax. My children needed a batch for when they needed to CALM down. And my family needed a batch for when we were sick.

Bath Fizzies:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 oats

Mix dry ingredients together until completely combined and smooth. (I ground up oats in my blender and added about 1/4 cup of that too. It protects the skin from irritants and helps soothe skin that’s itchy or irritated.)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp of Almond Oil (softens and re-conditions the skin)
  • 3/4 Tbsp of purified water
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of Essential Oil

-Worry Free/Relax: Lavender, Relax, Tranquil, Worry Free, or Peppermint (I love the tingly sensation)

-Calming for Children: Calming the Child, Lavender, or Nighty Night

-Sick family: Germ Destroyer or Sniffle Stopper

-Skin problems: Soft Skin, Skin Soother, or Silky Soft

-Aches: Muscle Aid, Rapid Relief, Growing Pains, or Tame The Pain

  • 1/4 tsp of Meadowfoam  Carrier Oil (preserves the oils)
  • 1/2 tsp of Borax (an emulsifier)
  • witch hazel in a spray bottle (you will have to put it in a spray bottle)
  • natural colorant if desired (I left mine white)

Whisk all of the wet ingredients and Borax together in a large bowl.form in hand (2)

Drizzle slowly onto the dry ingredients and blend thoroughly.

Mix with your hands until all of the ingredients are combined.

Lightly spray the mixture 2-3 times with witch hazel.

form in hand (1) The mixture should just start to hold together when pressed in your hand, like slightly moist fine sand. If it’s not sticking together, spray a little more witch hazel.

Pack TIGHTLY into molds. I ordered these fun ones off of Amazon.com, but you could use anything really.  Even a small (1/4 cup) measuring cup.  packed in forms (2)

Let the bath fizzies dry and harden overnight before you pick them up.

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You did all this hard (OK maybe not that hard) work, now it is time to take a fizzie and go relax in the bath!

 

*UPDATE

My children are loving the bath fizzies! They usually fight over who gets to put it in the bath. The are always wanting more than one! The best part about these fizzies though is how soft my children’s skin is becoming. My almost 18 month old usually has really bumpy skin, maybe eczema. Since we have been using these bath fizzies, yes just these past few days, his skin has become sooooo soft! I love rubbing his little arms when he comes out of the bath!

I am so excited that not only are these fun and my kids love them, but they are making their skin so much healthier! Thank you bath fizzies!

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Which Essential Oil Company is the Best?

Some things have been bothering me for some time now. As I delve deeper into the essential oil industry, I notice there is a lot of negative energy floating around. It seems to me that there is a very clear line dividing the MLM essential oil companies and then the rest of the essential oil companies. As many of you know, Plant Therapy would be listed with the rest (we are not a Multi-Level Marketing company).

I personally have enjoyed the benefits that come from using essential oils. No, I have never personally cured cancer or arthritis, but I have seen my children be able to breath a little easier because of Sniffle Stopper, sleep a little sounder because of Calming the Child, and heal a bee sting a little faster because of Lavender. These might not be the same success stories or even same essential oils that other people have had success with, but the fact is WE, as in ALL of us, have had success!

I know very well how important a pure essential is and how important it is to not have an essential oil diluted with cheaper essential oils or synthetics. But what I can’t figure out is why we feel the need to try to prove that one essential oil company is better than the other. Believe it or not, there is more than one essential oil company that sells 100% pure, undiluted essential oils that also are the highest quality available! 

I am curious to know if we feel better about the oils we purchase if we can prove they are the only good ones? Well, stop trying to prove it. It isn’t true! Not at all!  I think it is more important to share your success stories. Stop trying to prove that your oils are the only quality oils that can be taken internally. The fact is there are a lot of essential oils, the best quality or not, that can seriously harm you if taken internally (read more about ingesting essential oils HERE). Stop trying to prove that your oils are the only ones that can be used undiluted. The fact is that there are essential oils, the best quality or not, that can burn your skin if used undiluted. Think about it, we are talking about a plant that the oils are extracted out of at a VERY, VERY high concentration (learn more about diluting essential oils HERE). Stop trying to prove these things and start sharing your success stories.

Find a company that you trust, one that you know does the necessary testing to ensure the highest quality and purest essential oils available. Find a company who is honest and is willing to share this information with you. Find a company who continues to make changes, does research and communicates with their customers to ensure the highest quality and purest essential oils. That is what we should be spending our time doing! Not trying to prove that the company you purchase from is the ONLY company with oils that should ever be used!

There are a few things that I know. I know that purity is very important when using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. I know that testing should be done, and shared with the customers, so that the customers can be educated. I know that safety is important. I know that honesty and building a relationship with your company are important.  I also know that sharing our success stories, instead of trying to prove that one company is the only good company is important so that we can help everyone know of the benefits that come from using essential oils.

Let’s help everyone know how they can benefit from the uses of essential oils instead of scaring them away because they just don’t know who to trust!

Not sure where to start with essential oils? Start HERE.

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Author: Retha Nesmith

Retha is a mother of two boys and a daughter. She earned her Aromatherapy Certification Program certificate in 2014 and strives to educate people on the uses and safety of essential oils. Please read THIS post for more information on essential oil safety.

Meet The Aromatherapists

Plant Therapy is very excited that we are continuing to expand our team of aromatherapists.  We have some newbies and some who are getting ready to complete their certification programs.  At Plant Therapy our aromatherapists are involved in many aspects of the company and focus on education and safety.

  • SEOR – Safe Essential Oil Recipes group on Facebook, where members can ask questions, post recipes and get advice on what to use and how to use it.
  • Blog – On the blog you can find a wealth of information including DIY projects, Product Profiles and Spotlights, Safety information, and Wellness Care.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the blog, please feel free to contact us and we will happy to help out.
  • Email an Aromatherapist – For specific questions or concerns you can email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com, and one of our team members will assist you.
  • GC/MS Reports – Reading and formatting the reports as they come in and uploading them onto our website for our customers to view.
  • Synergy Blends and other product formulations – Our aromatherapist team is involved in the formulation of some of our synergy blends and other products such as beard oils and balms.  
  • New Oil & Product Selection – Giving input and recommendations on which oils and other products to consider offering.
  • Research and writing -Supporting information for the website, Facebook page, labels, product sheets and more.

We wanted to take an opportunity to introduce (and reintroduce) our aromatherapist team that we fondly refer to as the Potion Patrol.

Retha Nesmith      Retha Photo

Hey everyone!

My name is Retha Nesmith. I was blessed to grow up using essential oils. My mother is a Certified Aromatherapist and because of that, I have used essential oils for as long as I can remember. So when the opportunity presented itself for me to become Plant Therapy’s first Certified Aromatherapist, I jumped at that opportunity. I was passionate about Plant Therapy, I was familiar with essential oils, and it just seemed like the perfect fit.

After doing a lot of research on the different options out there to get certified in aromatherapy, I decided to go with Aromahead Institute. I loved that I could do it all online (at that time I had two children and worked 50+ hours a week)! I loved how involved Andrea and her staff was! I also loved what I learned about the course. When you get your certification through Aromahead, you have to do case studies. This is hands on experience and that was important to me.

I got my Certificate in Aromatherapy in April of 2014 It was exciting to finally be able to call myself a Certified Aromatherapist. Since that time, I have had many opportunities through Plant Therapy to see the lives of so many people change for the better because of essential oils. I have seen people become passionate in not only the essential oils, but the education, safety, chemistry, etc. of essential oils. It has been exciting!

If you are new to essential oils and just starting out, start simple. Pick 1-4 oils that you are most interested in and start playing around. Get comfortable with the oils. Learn the basics and go from there. You will quickly find as you get comfortable with the oils, that you can find basically unlimited uses for them. You will learn to love them just as I do!

 

 Lori ChaseLori Photo

Hello!

I’m Lori and I oversee the team of Aromatherapists at Plant Therapy.  I used essential oils before becoming employed at PT, but my knowledge was limited.  I love everything I do at Plant Therapy, but Aromatherapy is by far my favorite.  After completing the  Aromahead program in 2014 I have continued to learn through experience and by taking additional courses.  I love learning, the challenge of finding answers to things I don’t know, and I am fascinated by the chemistry of essential oils. Helping others in their essential oils journey has been the best part.

As a lifelong creator of baking recipes, I found aromatherapy to be a natural fit. Now I’m frequently in the kitchen whipping up blends, butters, balms and just about anything else I can get my hands on, and I still have an amazing aroma permeating my home.

My greatest joys in life are my grandchildren (I do like their parents too!), and doing almost anything outdoors.  I love to garden, go antiquing, and finding ways to re-purpose old things.

 

Kimberly PhotoKimberly Daun

Hi, my name is Kimberly! I am married and a mother of 4 boys living in New England. Through my many travels and living in three countries and ten states, I have developed a real love and respect for the diversity nature provides.  Since a very young age I have sought ways to live a synergistic lifestyle of respect and cohesiveness with nature.  While living in Hawaii, 12 years ago, I sought alternative holistic health support for an ongoing issue and was introduced to essential oils.  Immediately I saw results and have been using aromatherapy in my home ever since.

In June of 2015 I completed my Aromatherapy Certification through Aromahead Institute and in December officially joined the Plant Therapy team.  Since then my primary contributions have been to both Plant Therapy’s Blog as well as the Safe Essential Oil Recipes page on Facebook. I continue to immerse myself in the industry and seek to further my education at every opportunity.

 

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My name is Emilee Hughes and I have been a Certified Aromatherapist for Plant Therapy since June of 2016. While I am newly certified, I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with Robert Tisserand on our GCMS reports over the past year. Since I joined Plant Therapy in 2014 I have had the privilege of working in almost every department from production and fulfillment, to customer service, and I am now a Certified Aromatherapist. I love being an Aromatherapist because I get to put my working knowledge of essential oil constituents to use in helping all of our wonderful customers!

I currently live in Twin Falls, ID with my husband and our two dogs, Dill and Brutus. We enjoy fishing, hiking, kayaking, and basically anything that gets us outdoors. When I’m not busy spending time with family, you can find me creating a new blend (or if you ask my husband, a big mess!) in the kitchen. Over the next year, I’m looking forward to continuing my education and growing as an Aromatherapist!

 

Ellen Brenner                  Ellen Photo

Hi, I’m Ellen!

My aromatic areas of interest are grounded in holistic and subtle aromatherapy to support a restorative state of balance in our whole being, including our natural energy flow. I feel blessed to bring together my passions for aromatherapy, conscious wellness, helping others, and writing as a member the Plant Therapy team. My current blogs focus on the mind, body and spirit connection and how aromatherapy can impact our essential wellbeing. I especially enjoy blending with an intuitive approach inspired by the synergistic effects of the aromatic essences created by nature.

It was love at first smell when I discovered the world of aromatherapy in 1999. I began exploring and experiencing aromatherapy personally as part of my overall integrative wellness approach. Encouraged by the outcomes, and after some significant life traumas and changes, aromatherapy became the gateway for my formal study in the natural healing arts.  I am  licensed as a therapeutic bodywork practitioner, with comprehensive training and certifications in holistic aromatherapy, energy medicine, and holistic health coaching. I have additional training in reflexology and transformational healing workshops. I continue to expand my education, most avidly in aromatherapy, and feel truly fulfilled i sharing what I have learned to help others.

 

mom1-1-3 Pat Burdick

I have never felt right about “covering up the symptoms” when someone in my family was ill.  I had a desire to get to the root of the problem and heal it.  While I recognized the role of the traditional medical route, I knew deep down inside that there had to be other options.  Thus, the stage was set! When I was introduced to the therapeutic use of essential oils, it made sense to me and a budding Aromatherapist was born!

As an educator by profession, I have always loved to learn.  So, when my youngest child left for college I decided to reenter the classroom not as a teacher but as a student.  Upon completion of a wonderful program at the Aromahead Institute, I signed on with Plant Therapy, which has allowed me the privilege to do what I love; help others.  I currently have the pleasure to serve the members of the SEOR page, which provides the opportunity for caring, sharing and learning to happen amongst thousands!  What an inspiring arena! Plant Therapy, it is truly a fabulous place to work.

 

LeAnna Photo  LeAnna Magee

My name is LeAnna and I started working for Plant Therapy 2 years ago, helping with the website, and then moved into Customer Service. I was given the opportunity to take the aromatherapy course and passed.  As a single mother, working full time and teaching at the college, I was not ready for one more task.  I didn’t know a lot about the oils and wanted to continue working with the customers.  I enjoy working with people and loved the many that I came in contact with in Customer Service.  I also enjoy camping, playing sports and being in nature.

When moving to our new location I was asked to help in the shipping department processing the orders that come in each day.  I had already worked in most departments and knew the processes.  I have been in Shipping 6 months, working all that time on my aromatherapy certification course, and have loved every minute of it.  I have enjoyed learning more about essential oils and how powerful and amazing they are.

I think my favorite part of the course are the case studies, as I have seen the oils first hand being used by friends, family and even complete strangers and the overwhelming changes that they have made in people’s lives. My goal is to have the course completed this year so that I can continue to help and educate people about essential oils.

Diane Mishler Diane Photo

I am a certified massage therapist and began my essential oil journey several years ago. I began reading and doing research and decided I wanted to work for the best and also most caring essential oil company! I love working at Plant Therapy and enjoy working in customer service, especially doing “chat”.

I am currently taking the Aromatherapy Certification course. I feel like it has given me a new lease on life with an exciting new future and vision, and I look forward to helping people with the knowledge I will gain, as a Certified Aromatherapist. I have been married to the same wonderful man for over 30 years and my favorite titles are “Mom” and “Grandma”.

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!

Anti-ItchStick

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!

 

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