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Introducing Summer Blends

plant therapy summer essential oil blends

Summer is here!

Warm weather and fun-in-the-sun is awaiting, so we are celebrating by bringing you three remarkable synergies made with 100% pure, undiluted essential oils. Easy to use and great for any essential oil collection, bring summer into your home with this lovely set of new blends, only available for a limited time.



Mountain Air Synergy:

To help you unwind and relax after so many busy, fun-filled days, our Mountain Air Synergy was created to give you some well-deserved peaceful respite. The calming and soothing essential oils of Bergamot, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood Atlas, and Lavender make a beautiful blend that will transport you to twilight spent by the lakeside.



Sangria Splash Synergy:

Reminiscent of a fruity cocktail and will bring about a feeling of summer afternoon celebrations. It offers the bright aromas of Orange Sweet, Grapefruit Pink, and Mandarin, along with the fruity fragrances of Davana and Chamomile German.



Endless Summer:

A bright, uplifting aroma that brings about the carefree feeling of summer all year long. Enjoy the brightening, energizing, and refreshing qualities of Grapefruit Pink, Lemon Steam Distilled, and Lime Steam Distilled. Orange Sweet and soothing Mandarin and Ylang Ylang complete this blend that is sure to help ease your mind, alleviate tension, and promote focus.

These exclusive synergies can be bought together or individually to enjoy the delightful aromas of summer in your home!

To use each of these synergies, diffuse, use in a personal aromatherapy inhaler, or in an aromatherapy locket. Dilute Mountain Air and Sangria Splash to 2-3% in your favorite carrier oil or unscented lotion or cream. Dilute Endless Summer to 1-2% in your favorite body wash or lotion for a summery fresh feeling whenever you want it.

We hope you love these summer synergies as much as we do! You can buy these oils individually or all together as a set, perfectly packaged in an attractive wooden box.

Spotlight Featured Oil of the Week — Nature Shield Synergy

Nature Shield Synergy 

 

Therapeutic benefits

  • Creates a natural barrier against outdoor annoyances without any chemicals.
  • Can be used topically or through diffusion.
  • Keeps your outdoor area free and clear!
  • Soft scent that is herbal clean with citrus undertones.

 

Kidsafe?

No! This is a NOT KidSafe oil.

 

Dilution instructions:

For topical application, we recommend a maximum dilution of 5%.

 

Diffusion instructions:

All of the amazing essential oils in Nature Shield come together to create a totally unique blend, specifically formulated by our Certified Aromatherapists to keep you and your family comfortable outdoors. Add 6-8 drops to your diffuser and use outdoors to help keep bugs away.

 

Quick Clothing Spray

Dilute Nature Shield to 5% in Everclear and spray onto your clothing to help keep outdoor pests away.

 

DIY Essential Oil Outdoor Candle

DIY Outdoor Candle

DIY Essential Oil Outdoor Candle

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

First, secure the wick to the center of the candle holder. Then, using a double boiler, melt the beeswax completely. When the wax has melted, remove it from heat, add Nature Shield, and mix well. Slowly pour the mixture into the candle holder and make sure the wick is centered. Let it dry, then light the candle and enjoy!

Try out Nature Shield today and save 15% with coupon code SPOTLIGHT5

PT Perqs Loyalty and Rewards Program

PT Perqs plant therapy rewards program

Plant Therapy is so excited to introduce a brand new way for us to give back to all of our wonderful customers. With the PT Perqs Loyalty and Rewards Program, you can earn points toward unique coupons that can save you $5, $15, or $40! Savings like that might make it hard not to get excited about what your next essential oil splurge might be…

As a PT Perqs member, you will always know how close you are to getting your coupon — with individualized emails just for you — letting you know when you’re getting close to your reward, when you have it, and reminders in case you forget about it!

So how easy is it to earn those points? So easy!

Every dollar spent automatically earns points! 10 points per dollar; here is how those points add up to rewards:

  • 1,500 pts = $5 reward
  • 3,000 pts = $15 reward
  • 6,000 pts = $40 reward

And because your involvement with us is so important, you even earn points when you connect to our social media pages, comment on our blogs, and write reviews! We want to hear from you — and now your thoughts, opinions, and feedback can turn into some really great savings! Here’s what we mean:

  • Make a purchase = 10 pts per $1 spent
  • Create a Plant Therapy account = 100 pts
  • Connect with us on Facebook = 100 pts
  • Connect with us on Twitter = 100 pts
  • Connect with us on Instagram = 100 pts
  • Connect with us on YouTube = 100 pts
  • Comment on a blog = 100 pts
  • Write a review = 150 pts
  • It’s your birthday! Get 150 pts each year on your birthday!

As always, thank you for being a Plant Therapy customer! You are what makes our company as great as it is and we hope you love the PT Perqs Program!

Just a note: This is a brand new program for Plant Therapy, so if you get confused or have any issues please don’t hesitate to reach out to our  fabulous customer service team!

DIY Essential Oil Silly Putty

DIY essential oil silly putty

Did you love playing with silly putty as a kid? Do you have kids who love playing with it now?

Feeling that soft, ooey, gooey goodness squish between your fingers while you shape it, squish it, stamp it — really, you can do whatever you want with it! The point is, putty is a fun way to use the imagination, satisfy sensory needs, and have some inexpensive and easy family fun!

Are you ready to make a super soft and totally customizable silly putty? This is a great activity for the kids to join in on; they will love the measuring, mixing, and learning through play! Putty is a great way to encourage young minds to be curious and imaginative while they are playing.

DIY Silly Putty

DIY essential oil silly putty

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix together the carrier oil and essential oil then add to the yogurt and cornstarch. Get a little messy — use your hands to mix, knead, and roll the ingredients together until it is no longer sticky. Add additional cornstarch if it is too sticky; if it is too dry, add a bit more yogurt. When you’ve reached the consistency you want, have fun playing with your all natural silly putty!

Please note that this silly putty is not meant to be stored. Have fun creating a new batch for each playtime! Feel free to experiment with different KidSafe oils each time to figure out what works best for you and your kids.

So, you have your putty — now it’s time to play! Here are a few game ideas to get you and your family started!

Treasure Hunting:

Take a small toy, bead, coin, or other object, and hide it inside the putty without your child watching. Now they have to get their hands inside the putty to find the treasure! For younger children, supervision is necessary when playing with small objects. For older children, or multiple children, use a timer and have them race to beat the clock!

Budding Builders:

Grab a handful of toothpicks and use the putty to build a tiny house or tower. Putty is very pliable, so don’t expect the structure to last long — but it is sure fun to see what kind of quick architecture everyone can come up with before it all falls down!

Copy Cat:

Especially great for younger children, this game uses putty to make identical shapes and figures from one player to the next. The first player molds a bit of putty into a shape, like a triangle, and the other player makes the same shape with their putty. This can also be a fun way to practice learning letters and numbers.

 

How do you and your kids like to play with putty? Let us know in the comments below!

Flawless Feet for Summer

Flip flops, open-toed sandals, peep-toe slingback heels, just going plain ol’ barefoot — you know the drill! Warm weather is here; it’s time to let your toes breathe. We want to help you keep your feet looking their best and avoiding the funky feet and toenails that can crop up when exposing them to shared showers or swimming pool areas. The amazing essential oils used in this DIY will help keep your feet clean and fresh this summer!

DIY Flawless Feet

Flawless feet essential oil DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Apply to funky feet/ toenails that result from being barefoot in shared showers or swimming pool areas.

Flawless feet essential oil DIY

*This DIY includes Lemon Essential Oil, which is a phototoxic oil. However, the amount of Lemon used here is much less than the 2% dilution recommended to avoid phototoxic reactions, so you have nothing to worry about! This DIY is perfectly safe for feet that love to soak up the sun!

DIY Shoe Spray for The Outdoory Dad

 

DIY manly essential oil shoe spray

Do you know a dad who is a great sleeping-under-the-stars outdoorsman? This Father’s Day, give your favorite rugged mountain man a great, practical DIY that’s the perfect addition to any travel bag!

DIY Manly Essential Oil Shoe Spray

DIY Manly Shoe Spray

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Measure out Everclear and pour into a large measuring cup. Mix in baking soda. Make sure you mix it well. Add essential oils. Pour into spritz bottles.

To use:

Spray the inside of stinky shoes and allow to dry.

 

Need a couple other ideas? Our Organic Healing Balm is perfect to relieve dry, irritated skin that might come up when working and playing outdoors. For itchy skin, whether from buggy bites or touching the wrong kind of plant, Lavender Organic Hydrosol l is a perfect way to relieve and soothe the discomfort, and is safe enough to spray on the affected area as often as Dad needs!

And don’t forget, if you’re not the DIY type, we’ve got a whole curated Father’s Day shop of oily goodness for you to choose from!

Healthy Nails With Essential Oils: DIY Cuticle Balm

Healthy Nails With Essential Oils: DIY Cuticle Balm

Look down at your fingernails — how are they doing? Are they perfectly polished, torn and tattered, or somewhere in between? Whether you love your nail art and time at the salon, or if you’ve completely forgotten you have nails on your fingers all together, we can all benefit from clean, healthy nails and cuticles. And yes — there’s an oil for that!

First, let’s talk about nails.

We all have them — they are living, growing parts of your body made of a translucent protein called keratin (just like your hair!). Their primary purpose is to protect the soft tissue and highly sensitive tips of fingers and toes from damage [1]. If you’ve ever accidentally slammed your finger in a door or dropped something heavy on your toe, you have your nails to thank for absorbing much of that impact. It probably still hurt — a lot— but those tiny, tough shields protected you from even more pain and damage. Nails also serve as visual indicators of your health [2]. They can alert healthcare professionals to fungal infections, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, and a lot more.

Oh yeah — and they’re great for scratching an itch!

And just like your nails protect your fingers, your cuticles protect your nails. They sit over the nail matrix, which is the very important part of your nail that grows. This soft piece of skin is prone to drying out and cracking if not moisturized, which can not only be painful and unsightly, but may become infected and inhibit the health of your nails.

Thankfully, it is really easy to keep your nails and cuticles healthy and strong. Here are some great carrier oils and essential oils that your nails and cuticle will love!

Healthy Nails With Essential Oils: DIY Cuticle Balm

DIY Cuticle Balm

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt beeswax in a glass bowl over simmering water.
  2. Add Jojoba and stir. You’ll notice when you add the cooler Jojoba Oil, it may solidify slightly, then remelt. This is fine!
  3. Add honey and essential oil, stir to combine.
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes.

This project makes about 6 tubes — perfect for sharing with friends! Plus, you can keep one in your purse and one on your nightstand, with extras to spare.

 

References:

[1] Your nails. (2015, May). Retrieved from https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/your-nails.html

[2] Bond-Nelms, C. (2017, Oct. 4). What are your nails saying about your health? Ripples, bumps or splits may be a sign of illness. Retrieved from https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/medical-condition-fingernail-health-fd.html

Spotlight Featured Oil of the Week — Citronella

Citronella (and Citronella Organic)

  • Latin name: Cymbopogon winterianus
  • Aroma description: This very fresh scent is similar to a lemony-type smell, but it softer with subtle wood tones.

Therapeutic benefits

  • Promotes a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system.
  • Helps dispel negative emotions.
  • Supports a healthy immune system when seasonal threats attack.
  • Helps relieves the aches and discomfort associated with aging joints.
  • When you need to protect yourself from outdoor annoyances, Citronella is one of the best essential oils to use as a natural barrier.

Kidsafe?

Yes, this oil is KidSafe!

Dilution instructions:

Citronella has a recommended dilution of 1-3%.

Diffusion instructions:

Diffuse a few drops in your aromatherapy inhaler to enjoy the therapeutic effects of Citronella. To help support the body during a cold,  diffuse into the air equal parts of Citronella and Cinnamon Leaf.

Where Citronella is used on the body:

Citronella has a very strong scent. Often times a 1% dilution is all that is necessary for topical application. It can be added to deodorants or blended with other oils to support healthy feet and toenails.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Cedarwood Virginian, Geranium Egyptian, Lavender, Lemon, Orange Sweet, and Pine Scots.

Outdoor Spray DIY:  

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in 4 oz Spray Bottle. Shake well before each use.

Try out Citronella today!

Phototoxicity: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe!

The sun is outside shining, the temperatures are warming up, and it’s time to dig out that summertime wardrobe from hibernation! Shorts, tank tops, and flip flops — here we come! But before you go and lather up your skin with all those DIY lotions, creams, lip balms, body oils, and perfumes you’ve had so much fun making, there is something very important we need to discuss: Phototoxicity.

So what IS phototoxicity anyways?

The term ‘phototoxicity’ just means that there are specific essential oils that when you put them on your skin and go out into the sun, can cause pretty significant damage, including severe burning, blistering, and discoloration. 

Wait, what?

Don’t worry. Even though phototoxicity isn’t something to take lightly, it’s also easy to avoid and keep yourself safe in the sun, I promise.

Phototoxicity, also called photosensitization and phototoxic contact dermatitis, is a UV light induced reaction to a photoactive substance. [1]

Some essential oils are termed ‘phototoxic,’ since they increase the likelihood of a phototoxic reaction. These oils contain certain chemical constituents with a structure that gives them the ability to absorb UV light, store it, and release it in a burst into the skin. [2] 

Reactions can occur up to 18 hours after the oil has been applied to the skin and then exposed to UV light. So even if you don’t see a reaction right away, do not assume that a reaction won’t occur later. So be careful!

Here’s a handy graphic for reference: 

What phototoxic oils does Plant Therapy carry?

You may notice that these phototoxic oils are all cold-pressed. The distillation method is extremely important, since some of these oils can also be steam distilled. When distilled, the components that cause phototoxicity are not present, so they’re safe to use in the sun.

To avoid phototoxic reactions, cover any area of the skin with a phototoxic oil on it, or just don’t use a phototoxic essential oil topically if you are concerned about sun exposure.

So which oils can you use in the sun, and still get that citrus-y smell you love?

Our website clearly states if an oil is phototoxic, and also provides maximum dilution recommendations to avoid phototoxicity. We also offer many non-phototoxic oils that still have the uplifting, citrusy aromas you love:

So even though summertime is the perfect time to discuss phototoxicity, please be aware that UV light is present all year-round. Phototoxic reactions can be painful and permanent, so use extreme caution when using phototoxic oils and being outside!

And as always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Certified Aromatherapists to learn more!

 

References:

[1] “Aromahead Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program” https://www.aromahead.com/courses/online/aromatherapy-certification-program

[2] Phototoxicity. Retrieved from https://westcoastaromatherapy.com/articles/phototoxicity

 

Get Memorial Day Ready with DIY Outdoor Wipes!

essential oil outdoor wipesIt’s still spring, but let’s be honest — a lot of us like to mark the unofficial start to summer during Memorial Day weekend. And with the typically bright and warm weather the end of May brings, who doesn’t want to be outside to enjoy it? Parades, picnics, camping trips, backyard grilling, gardening; this list goes on and on, depending on what you love to do.

But what do all these fun activities have in common? Well, here’s a hint: they fly, they crawl, they scuttle around, they gross us out, and they love to infringe on your otherwise wonderful time outside…in other words, bugs.

What can you do to make sure these persistent pesky summer annoyances don’t ruin your long weekend of fun in the sun? We have just what you need to keep those little annoyances at bay! These roll-ons are the perfect, super convenient, and chemical-free way to protect you and your children from those little buzzing annoyances while you’re playing outside!

And if you’re wanting to make some lotion bars to keep those buzzing buggers away, try this DIY recipe for Buzz-Off Lotion Bars.

Another great DIY to enjoy your time outdoors this Memorial Day weekend are these very easy to make Outdoor Wipes!

DIY Outdoor Essential Oil Wipes

What you’ll need:

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half using an electric knife or serrated bread knife.
  2. Place paper towels into the container. If you have to “smash” it a bit to fit, that is ok, once wet we are taking out the core!
  3. In a separate bowl, add the carrier oils, vitamin E, and KidSafe Shield Me
  4. Mix well and immediately pour mixture over paper towels.
  5. Seal with lid and shake container well to disperse oils.
  6. Once soaked, you can easily remove the core.
  7. Use as you would any other wipes.

 

That outside sun can be a burden, too, especially if you have sensitive skin that becomes irritated easily. If your skin is thirsting for some extra hydration and nourishment, Aloe Vera Jelly and Lavender Aloe Jelly are both soothing and penetrate deeply . Misting your skin with a hydrosol, like Peppermint or Lavender, will also refresh irritated skin.

Lots of Americans also love to take vacations during Memorial Day weekend. That’s why this weekend is one of the most popular travel times of the whole year. With all that time spent in the car or on a turbulent plane ride, your stomach can sometimes need a little extra help to stay settled. If you suffer from stomach discomfort during travel, try our Tummy Aid Pre-Diluted Roll-On, or our KidSafe Tummy All Better Pre-Diluted Roll-On. And keep your family healthy with the pre-diluted roll-ons Germ Fighter and KidSafe Germ Destroyer.

No matter what your plans are this Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered! And don’t forget to set some time aside for observing the ultimate sacrifice given by members of our Armed Services, because, after all, that is the true reason for this holiday. Learn more about Memorial Day at usmemorialday.org.

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