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What to Buy the Top 3 Bunnies on Your Easter List


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.

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!

Lucky Synergy

Our Lucky Synergy is back, but only for a limited time! If you’ve never enjoyed the bright, clean, cirtus-y aroma of this synergy, make this the year you do! The blend of Bergamot, Lime Steam Distilled, and Spearmint creates an energizing atmosphere that boosts confidence, brightens your day, and adds a spring to your step!

For some added fun, with every purchase of Lucky you get an exclusive Plant Therapy Lucky Scratcher. You have a chance of winning up to $250 worth of Plant Therapy products! Feeling Lucky?

To refresh tired feet, enjoy this relaxing foot bath…

What you will need:
What you will do:
  1. Add ingredients to a basin of warm water
  2. Put your feet in, sit back, and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to use Lucky Synergy? Let us know in the comments below!

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.


Diffusers: Style vs. Functionality

Which way to diffuse is the best to fit your needs and style?

There are a lot of ways to diffuse essential oils; anything from a single tissue to a nebulizer can spread the therapeutic benefits of your favorite oil around. Really, the way you diffuse may also be a choice of style and how you want to accentuate the room you’re using it in.

For instance, are you loud and proud about your love and devotion to essential oils?

If you want a method of diffusion that is not only effective but also a possible conversation starter with other enthusiasts, a nebulizer might be just right for you! It doesn’t look at all like the more common ultrasonic diffusers with its unique design. To use it, a 10 mL bottle of your oil of choice goes directly into the diffuser for powerful, continuous diffusion. There is no heat or water needed – instead, an air pump atomizes the essential oils and releases the oil into the air in the form of tiny droplets, like a fine mist or spray. 

By not using heat, which affects the chemical composition of the oils, and no water, which dilutes the oils, a nebulizer lets you enjoy 100% of all you oil’s benefits. Plant Therapy offers the Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser; with built in on/off timers and output volume control for easy adjustment, this diffuser is powerful, compact, and simple to use.  No pouring, no mess! Simply put your bottle directly on the atomizer and enjoy!

Next, there are the ultrasonic diffusers. When you think of an essential oil diffuser, this is the type that probably comes to mind.  With a bit of water and some drops of your favorite oil(s), it puts off a fine mist that is readily absorbed by the lungs. Plus, because it uses water, this unit doubles as a humidifier. Plant Therapy’s AromaFuse Diffuser gives off 10 hours of continuous diffusion and covers about 500 square feet. It has a modern and stylish style so that it easily compliments any room. With ultrasonic diffuser, it is important to remember to give them a good cleaning whenever they need it, so that it will continue to work optimally. Here is a great resource for learning more about cleaning your ultrasonic diffuser:

How Do I Clean My Essential Oil Diffuser?

For a nerve-calming and delightful blend for your ultrasonic diffuser, try this recipe! Just add and relax!

Weekend Wind-Down

What if you don’t want any kind of diffusing machine, but still want to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy?

Room sprays are a cinch to make! All you need to do is fill a 4 oz. spray bottle with water or witch hazel and add 9 drops of oil for every ounce of liquid (this would be a 1% dilution – use 18 drops per ounce for a 2% dilution). If you choose to use water, keep in mind that you will need to use a preservative, such as Optiphen Plus, to keep the mixture fresh. Shake it before you use it, spray around the room, and there you are! Nothing to it.

A reed diffuser is another choice to gently fill a space with an oil’s aroma, similar to how a fragrant bouquet of flowers would. Plus, you can create your own unique look by using whatever types of reeds and bottles fit your style.

What you will need:

  • Glass jar or vase with narrow opening
  • 4-5 diffuser reeds
  • ¼ to ½ cup carrier oil
  • Splash of  vodka
  • 20-40 drops essential oil of choice

What you will do:

  1. Add all liquids to the bottle and blend
  2. Place reeds in the bottle and let sit for 1 hour, then flip them over.
  3. Turn the reeds over every five days or so for a burst of freshness.
  4. Add a few more drops of your oil when the scent starts to dissipate.


If you’re looking for a way to diffuse in a subtle way that stays with you, aromatherapy jewelry may perfect for you. Plant Therapy offers different styles of aromatherapy necklaces and these make perfect gifts – either for yourself or someone else. These are very straight forward and a great way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of whatever oil you want- without the aroma filling up the whole room. Our aromatherapy jewelry has a small felt pad inside the locket; put a couple drops of an essential oil on this pad and as the oil evaporates, the aroma reaches you! This is a very simple and subtle way to enjoy essential oils.

Try this blend to help lift the spirit with child-like joy and optimism:


Inner Child

Like aromatherapy jewelry, personal aromatherapy inhalers are a great way to enjoy essential oils on-the-go. Our Aromatherapy Inhalers are small enough to carry in your purse, keep in the car, or even bring to work without disturbing the people around you. Personal inhalers include a wick for the oils and a case that keeps it covered so that the aroma is trapped inside until you are ready for it. You can make your inhaler to customize exactly what you think you’ll need it for – whether you’ll need oils to help you relax, focus, feel confident, or help ease specific ailments or concerns.


For an energizing recipe, try this zesty recipe for your inhaler:

Afternoon Refresher


No matter what your style or preference, there is sure to be a way to diffuse your essential oils that is just right for you! Let us know your favorite way to diffuse in the comments below!

They’re back. Not just an Essential Oil of the Month anymore!

If you are part of our Oil of the Month Club, you know that those exclusive oils are only available from us temporarily. But sometimes those oils make such a big debut that we bring them back into our family for good! Say hello to our new additions: Bergamot Mint, Caraway Seed CO2 and Cubeb Essential Oils! Now, let’s get better acquainted with these newbies and learn some great recipes!

Bergamot Flower

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil

Refreshing and calming, Bergamot Mint is known to provide emotional support and calm the mind. Its aroma is complex – lightly citrusy, fruity, and with a soft hint of mint, this oil smells slightly of lavender. Bergamot Mint Essential Oil originates from the United States and is extracted using steam distillation from the flowering tops of the perennial flowering Bergamot Mint plant (Mentha citrata). This oil is a great addition for a relaxing bath and is KidSafe!

Heavenly Serenity Bath Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

Just mix all together and add to the bath to soak your worries away!

Caraway Seed Flowering Plant

Caraway Seed CO2

Caraway Seed Essential Oil

Sourced from Poland and extracted using carbon dioxide from the seeds of the Caraway plant (Carum carvi), Caraway Seed CO2 is jam-packed with therapeutic properties. Also KidSafe, this is a treat for rye lovers! A whiff of this will remind you instantly of a loaf of fresh rye bread. It’s a great go-to for settling a queasy or crampy stomach, as well as providing a boost of energy when you’re feeling a little tired or lethargic. Plus, you can use it for skin and hair care; use it to balance and cleanse the skin, and for the hair, use it for clean and flake-free scalp!


Energy on the Go (personal aromatherapy inhaler blend):

What you will need:

Tummy Soothing Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

Gently massage this blend on your stomach to help soothe away discomfort.

Cubeb Essential Oil Recipe

Cubeb Essential Oil

Cubeb Essential Oil

Also called Java pepper, this essential oil is warming and has an enticing, wonderful woody and spicy scent. It originates from Indonesia and is extracted using steam distillation from the dried Cubeb berries of the Cubeb plant (Piper cubeba), which is a part of the pepper family. This oil is mainly comprised of monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, meaning that it has properties that can be helpful for issues associated with swelling and body discomfort, due to overexertion or aging joints. It can also help with digestive issues and, when diluted with a carrier oil,  be massaged clockwise into the abdomen to bring relief from several “irregular” symptoms as well as from bloating. Cubeb can be used to help support a healthy immune and respiratory system during times of seasonal illnesses.

Relief Blend:

What you will need:

What you will do:

You can massage this into your lower abdomen to soothe menstrual discomfort or use it to relieve sore joints and muscles due to aging or overexertion.

We hope you enjoy these new oils as much as we do! Let us know in the comments below!

February Oil of the Month – Douglas Fir and Silver Fir

Trees Of Winter

I used to live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The presence of Douglas Fir trees dotted our landscape for many miles. It is a rugged and strikingly beautiful terrain. The fragrance of these giants is also present, as you breathe in that sweet and balsam-like aroma everywhere.  It is cleansing, grounding, uplifting, and restoring.

Plant Therapy gives us the gift of Fir trees this month with not one, but two essential oils. Douglas Fir and Silver Fir are the featured oils for the month of February. As they were going around the office to preview, I became excited for our customers as I took in the scent of the oils, one at a time.  Douglas Fir essential oil has that familiar conifer scent with a subtle apple note to it. The Silver fir is different, yet also inspiring and boosting to the mind.

Many of you are familiar with the smaller trees as Christmas Trees, but the benefits are more far-reaching then December.  Both essential oils have similar benefits. They can be used to cleanse the air, to boost mood, to clear congestion and stuffiness, for tight muscles and are excellent to use in DIY cleaning products as well. They could be wonderful used in a  diffuser recipe or applied topically. Douglas Fir and Silver Fir blend well with many different essential oils. Oils such as citrus, floral, and other woodsy oils can each create a different beautiful blend with these two features.


Download Product Template Sheet here.


I have put together these two recipes for you to enjoy;

Focus Blend  (for use in personal inhaler)

3 drops Douglas Fir

2 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Orange Blood

Put on the wick of a  personal inhaler.


Respiratory Blend

3 drops Silver Fir

2 drops Balm Mint Bush

2 drops Lavandin

1 drop Bergamot

10 ml of your choice of carrier oils (the amt used in a roller bottle)

Using an empty roller bottle (or one of our other choice of bottles). Put essential oils in the bottle and then add carrier until filled, snap on roller ball.  Apply to chest or wrists.

Hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones to have purchased these oils. Relax, sit back and allow yourself to be transformed…

Hair Types and Essential Oils

Let’s face it, hair care is essential to our daily lives, so it only seems natural to include essential oils into this routine. Plant Therapy Essential Oils are high quality, with absolutely no additives or fillers, which make them ideal for hair care use. The best way to maintain beautiful, luscious locks is by using all natural products to keep our hair at it’s best. That is where essential oils come into play.

Although there are a variety of different hair types, we will only cover some of the most common ones in this post. Hopefully, you can take some of the ideas here and apply it to your hair care routine. Healthy hair is only an essential oil away.


Dry/Damaged Hair

Dry/damaged hair is very common; we use high-heat tools, color our hair, pull our hair up in tight elastics, and the list goes on. Our hair, in general, goes through a lot, and it is always a great idea to take some time to show it some TLC. Fractionated Coconut Oil is hair’s best friend and lucky for you, Plant Therapy has plenty. You can use Coconut Oil for a deep conditioning treatment, a daily detangler, and as a natural thermal protectant. For the daily detangler just apply a light amount of Coconut Oil to wet hair from root to tip and brush through the tangles with a brush or comb. No need to wash out, just dry and style as usual. This method works for the natural thermal protectant too. The great thing with Coconut Oil is it will nourish your hair all day long.

For a Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask try this DIY recipe:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil(I use a fork since they are both so soft)
  2. Add and mix all carrier oils and essential oil (I used my mixer for this).
  3. Store in a cool dark place.
  4. Makes approximately 3 applications.
To use:

Apply mask generously to your hair, let sit for 10-30 minutes and wash with an all natural shampoo.


Oily Scalp

An oily scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce excessive amounts of sebum. It might seem counterproductive to add more oils to an oily scalp, but essential oils are a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. Their makeup and properties are exactly what your oily scalp needs to be more balanced.

6 Essential Oils that help with an oily scalp are Lavender, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Lemon, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile (all types), and Eucalyptus Globulus. These different oils can be used to combat flaky scalps, balance out the natural oils of the scalp, and soothe and nourish the scalp. Add these oils to your favorite shampoo or try one of these No Poo recipes that will help limit the number of chemicals you use on your hair and combat an oily scalp.

Recipe 1

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Dissolve baking soda into water.
  2. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Recipe 2

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a container.
  2. Shake well to combine and before each use.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*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.

Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality, the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!

This recipe can be used for more than an oily scalp. Switch up the essential oils to combat thinning hair, for a normal cleaning shampoo, or to cater to men. Here are some essential oils to try to switch it up:


Thin and Thick Hair

With thin hair, you have to be careful about which oils you choose because you do not want to weigh your hair down or leave it looking greasy. Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is a great option for thin hair. It can help support a healthy scalp and promote luscious-looking locks. Add it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner and use as directed.

Another great option is Lemongrass. Lemongrass has a refreshing and uplifting aroma that is not only a great addition to shampoo, but it is also an effective cleanser that can strengthen your hair follicles. To use Lemongrass add 5 drops to an ounce of your shampoo or condition, or use 2-3 drops in a tablespoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and massage into the scalp daily and then rinse after 1-3 minutes.

Although Coconut Oil is still a great option for thick hair, Organic Argan Oil is your best bet when it comes to this hair type. Organic Argan is a thicker carrier oil, which thick hair can handle. You can use it in a hair mask or on wet hair before drying and styling. Argan Oil is conditioning and rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids that are ideal for keeping your thick hair nourished and looking fabulous.

Adding essential oils to your hair care routine is a safe, natural way to enhance your luscious locks.

We’ve looked into a few hair types and have given you some suggestions on how to enhance your hair care routines with essential oils and carrier oils. These are great options because they are chemical free, which your hair will thank you for. Have you used any essential oils or carrier oils for your hair? Which ones did you like? Comment below, we would love to hear from you!


How to Treat Hair Loss Naturally with Essential Oils

When considering hair loss treatments, natural remedies may prove helpful.

Hair is more than just a protective covering for our noggin. For most people, it means much more. It’s often the first thing people notice about us. It is part of our identity, our expression and creativity. It is part of our vanity and youthfulness. And, for some, it’s a statement.

Hair care products continue to rise in popularity and in dollars every year as we search for that perfect panacea for flowing tresses.

There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss…

…and it can be difficult to determine the “root” cause. If your father (or mother) experienced balding, and either of their parents did, it may be that an exposed cranium may be in your future. Of course, other factors, such as health, medications, diet, environment, stress, pulling your hair tightly back constantly and hormones can play a big part as well. Some of these things are certainly good to rule out by a doctor first before you invest in endless products.

Do essential oils or carrier oils offer any help?

They very well could. On Robert Tisserand’s website,, it mentions a study performed in 2015 using 100 participants. Half of the participants used Rosemary, and half used the drug Minodoxil. After six months of use, these participants were seen by dermatologists. The interesting findings: The Rosemary group had less hair loss, more hair growth, and the added bonus of fewer side effects. [1]

Besides Rosemary, there are other essential oils that might also be beneficial. Sandalwood and Cedarwood are nourishing oils, which can also be stimulating to one’s scalp. Lavender is also nourishing, and can be found in many hair products, body products, etc., because of its beneficial properties. Geranium is known to promote natural healing and is strengthening. Clary Sage is good because this oil calms and reduces swelling, and can help regulate oil production.

Of course, what you put the essential oils in before applying to your head is also important.

The simplest way would be to add a couple drops of essential oils to a dollop of shampoo and mix well. It is important to select a quality shampoo without harmful chemicals. Substances like sulfates, which are surfactants and responsible for the rich lather, can be counterproductive to your quest for healthy, strong hair.

Besides adding essential oils to your shampoo, you could create a conditioning oil treatment to apply weekly, leave on for 1-2 hours, and then wash out. This could be done with essential oils such as Geranium, Frankincense Carteri, Tea Tree, or Helichrysum in a carrier oil or carrier oil blend at a 1-2% dilution. Massaging your head while applying can also offer the scalp additional stimulation. Some good carrier oil choices for hair oil treatments include Argan, Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Hemp, Avocado and Black Jamaican Castor oil. Any of the essential oils mentioned above would be good in a blend of 2-3 of these carrier oils.

Also, don’t forget about hydrosols. They also offer support to hair health. Suzanne Catty in “Hydrosols, the Next Aromatherapy,” recommends diluting your shampoo 50/50 with a hydrosol such as Rosemary or Rose. Catty says that it will give shine, feed the condition of the scalp and hair follicles, and will still give you the cleaning power that you need, as most shampoos are more potent than they need to be. [2]

Or, you could dilute the conditioner rather than the shampoo. Another option would be to use the hydrosol as a leave-in treatment after shampooing and before styling. Some customers have shared their experience of Rose Hydrosol helping as a de-tangler.

I also tried an oil conditioning treatment of:

Mix these ingredients together and  apply to hair, roots to tips. Leave on for at least 1 hour.

I applied this oil treatment on my hair and scalp, so it was well-saturated but not dripping. I really only used it a few times. What I noticed most of all, with both treatments, was that my hair became shinier.

Like most issues, it really is about what your body needs, and finding something that will personally work for you. It may be a journey and may take a bit of experimenting.

It’s been a relatively short time since I began implementing these products in my hair care, but my hair does seem healthier and shinier.  I will continue to experiment with these products and try to implement other healthier lifestyle changes as well.

What has worked for you, to help your hair grow faster and stronger? Let us know in the comments below!



[1] Tisserand, Robert.

[2] Catty, Suzanne, 2001. Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Essential Oil Well-being: Be Gentle, Be Generous, Be Grateful

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Essential well-being. Where mind, body, and spirit meet aromatherapy.

Essential Wellbeing: Where mind, body and spirit meet aromatherapy.

As you may know, from reading my previous blogs, the catalyst for my own healing journey started with a traumatic injury. I mention this here because, in retrospect, there is actually a prequel to that moment in time.

Prior to the accident, I did not live a healthy life. I lived the idea of the “American Dream.” Marriage, dream house, well-educated, big job, nice car, travel to amazing places. Regardless of what it took for me, and what it took out of me, I persisted in how life was “meant to be.”

This led to living life in a persistently unhealthy way.

While I wasn’t always unhappy, the underlying threads holding together the fabric of my health were fraying.  Always battling my weight. Never enough sleep. Not enough energy for physical activity. No time for creative outlets. False energy in caffeine and sugar to keep up the go, go, go pace. And, I was living in a chronic state of stress to where I often didn’t even notice it wasn’t normal. As a result, I was also living with multiple chronic conditions caused by inflammation and autoimmune responses that my physicians at the highest levels of academic medicine couldn’t keep in check.

 I was heading for a health crisis.

One of my most insightful physicians led the integrative medicine department at the university medical center where I worked. She explained the connections between my mind, body and spirit, their impact on my health, and the effects of the life I was living on my whole being. She pushed me to make changes and warned of an imminent and more intensive break down to my health. This was also the physician who first incorporated aromatherapy into my wellness plan when she prescribed the sleep hygiene routine with lavender discussed in Slipping Into Slumber.

Lavender essential oil and salt baths can help relax the senses.

Newly divorced, and dealing with a new boss creating a hostile work environment, I didn’t heed her warnings. I couldn’t see how to make changes while my senses remained in fight or flight status and I continued to flail out of fear of failure. What I didn’t realize was I was failing myself, and my health was failing because of my inability to focus on feeling well. And then, I received word that I would require urgent surgery for what seemed an unexpected issue with an extended recovery period. During that rest period, I came to the conclusion that the solution was to simply surgically remove everything else that was unhealthy and, then, I would be well.

I was wrong.

It was indeed critical that I extricate myself from the influences of the extreme external stressors such as the ex-husband from an emotionally abusive marriage, the current hostile job environment, and the health issue requiring surgery. But what I failed to realize was the work that remained within in order to address the aftermath, as well as to correct my course so I could become well. So, l continued dashing down my life path, which I thought I had cleared of ongoing danger, until the night a horse ran right across my literal path as I drove down a dark and rainy road.

That was the catalyst that literally and figuratively hurtled me off my path that night. With it came the realization I had received the gift of a “do-over.” What I knew for sure was I wanted to do whatever it took to enhance my overall well-being. And, so, while I worked on my physical rehabilitation, I learned I also needed to work on my mind and spirit to truly begin to walk in wellness.

Working from Within

For me, there was no single “aha” moment of revelation illuminating the way in living color while working in those areas of my being that lie beneath. Instead, there has been exploration, experience and evolving — often with gifted healers to help guide the way. The process is active and it is intentional. It can take constant adjustment, like standing in a boat riding the waves, sometimes standing still, sometimes gently rocking, and sometimes getting tossed about.

Plant Therapy essential oils help heal from within.

I also learned there is no arrival at state of perfection in the practice of conscious wellness. Instead, I see the path toward optimal well-being as state of awareness in which we make a series of choices about what works best for us in mindful moments that make needed self-care a priority. An approach that nourishes our mind, body and spirit so that our whole being can flourish by bringing ourselves into a better state of balance.

In addition to the conventional care I required, I added many natural healing techniques to enhance the healing process for my whole being. Massage, gentle yoga, acupuncture, meditation, energy work, and of course, aromatherapy. I continue with these practices today to help sustain my well-being, and help me back on course when I wander off. And, in many ways I much healthier than I was in the years “before.”

Growing Well

As I continue to walk this path, what has came to me most recently is that rather than “getting well,” I am “growing well.”

Like in nature, essential oils can help people grow well. And, this is an important distinction. Rather than passively waiting for a return to health, growing well is a more active, engaged and empowered process in my healing journey. It implies the intention of tending to yourself. Tilling deeper into the soil to turn over old thought patterns and remove blocks that are depleting our well-being. Plant and nourish new seeds so your whole being can better flourish.

In nature, plants produce essential oils to support their ability to flourish. We can incorporate the natural gifts of these aromatic essences into our own self-care routines to support our own ability to grow well. On its own, aromatherapy shines in supporting our practice of growing well by nurturing our mind and nourishing our spirit. Incorporated into our self-care routines, aromatic essences create a synergy that enhances and expands the experience.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to finding which practices work for you. What is important is finding what fits best for your unique needs.

If you are looking for some inspiration, you might like to start with the articles linked below. Each suggests some self care routines synergistically supported by aromatherapy.

Regardless of which road you choose to travel toward growing well, one thing I have learned for sure:  It is vital to tend to yourself with loving care. Like the planting of new seeds, we reap what we sow, and what we want is well-being that grows in a nourished and balanced environment, sprouting from a nurtured mind and spirit.

With this in mind, I have outlined below what I have come to call “My Three Be G’s for Growing Well” along with some aromatherapy options that you may consider to support you in sustaining that space for yourself.

My Three Be G’s for Growing Well

Be Gentle

  • Let go of expectation — don’t set time frames, measurements, or any other types of metrics to beat. If you need to see how far you have come, you can take a look back to where you started.
  • Invite, don’t push — be at peace with yourself, not at war.
  • Be resilient — be soft enough in your stance; flex, bend, and bounce back. 

Be Generous

  • Give yourself the gift of time for self-care and for the process to play out. Don’t set a timer on your forward progress.
  • Self-care is not selfish. It is putting on your own oxygen mask first to be prepared for what comes and where you are needed next.
  • You are a gift and you have gifts to share. Being well enough to share your gifts also allows you to be in your purpose.

Be Grateful 

  • Rather than battle your body, be grateful for what it endures on your behalf. Thank yourself, don’t berate yourself.
  • Frustration and irritation create blocks in the road.
  • Being sidelined by illness or injury is never a blessing. But, the time created can be used to re-calibrate, restore and renew. Use it well.

Be Gentle, Be Generous and Be Grateful can serve as affirmations to gently remind ourselves to come back to a positive place in our journey to grow well. When we combine these with aromatherapy, we can create an aromatic anchor to help bring us back when we find we have wandered away simply by inhaling our chosen scent. For this reason, and as always, it is important to choose what you feel best supports your own sensibilities.

When supporting emotional or spiritual needs, inhalation is the best approach. You could add 15 drops to a personal aromatherapy inhaler, add about 5 drops per 100 mL of water to your diffuser, add 1 or 2 drops total to aromatherapy jewelry, or create up to a 2% dilution and apply to pulse points with a roller bottle to smell (6 drops essential oils to 10 ml carrier oil).

I have included a recipe below, as well as some ready-made synergies to help inspire you on your way as you choose your own path to growing well.

A Suggested Synergy to Make:

Flourishing Spirit

3 drops Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora

1 drop Elemi Canarium luzonicum

1 drop Spearmint Mentha spicata

Evoking the sweetness of life, Flourishing Spirit can create a feeling of infusing the spirit with an expansive sense of wellbeing. Soothing, calming and uplifting, the scent can support feelings contentment and compassion while gently encouraging balance to mind, body and spirit to fortify our vitality and instill a sense of renewed vibrancy.

Cautions: None known when diluted properly.  It is recommended that spearmint be diluted to 1.7% or less when applied topically on its own. For purposes of this blend, you will be well within range if the total blend is diluted 2% as recommended for topical application.

Plant Therapy's Chakra Synergy essential oils promote balance, inner peace and happiness. Or, Choose a Ready Made Synergy:

Loving Compassion — From Plant Therapy’s Chakra Synergy line, this comforting and calming synergy helps to nourish the heart center and spirit. This scent invites positive energy and encourages a joyful outlook promoting unconditional love, compassion and acceptance, including for ourselves.

Calming the Child — a staff and customer favorite from the KidSafe® line, this synergy is fantastic for folks of all ages in need of some soothing to the senses. Calming and uplifting, this synergy supports a sense of serenity with its happy, sweet scent.

Tell us what you think! How do you intend to: Be Gentle, Be Generous and Be Grateful? Let us know in the comments below. 
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