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Spotlight Featured Oil of the Week — Coriander Seed

Coriander Seed essential oilCoriander Seed

  • Latin name: Coriandrum sativum
  • Aroma description: A warming and calming fragrance that is sweet, peppery, and slightly fruity.

 

Therapeutic benefits

  • Stimulates appetite.
  • Relieves occasional digestive upset.
  • Elevates mood.
  • Helps with mental focus.
  • Aids in relaxation before sleep.
  • Promotes a clear skin complexion.

 

Kidsafe?

Yes! This is a KidSafe oil.

 

Dilution instructions:

For topical application, we recommend a dilution of 1-3%.

 

Diffusion instructions:

To ease feelings of tension and worry, diffuse equal drops of Coriander Seed and Orange Sweet. If you’re looking to refresh and rejuvenate your mind, diffuse Coriander Seed alone to experience its elevating properties.

 

Where Coriander Seed is used on the body:

Dilute Coriander Seed at 3% with your favorite carrier oil and massage onto the abdomen during stomach upset in a clockwise motion.

 

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Ginger Root CO2, Fir Needle, Grapefruit Pink, Lemon, Neroli, Orange Sweet, Petitgrain, Rose Absolute, and Turmeric CO2.

DIY making memories master essential oil blend Coriander Seed

Making Memories Master Blend

Try this wonderful blend to help clear a foggy mind and support a positive outlook!

DIY making memories master essential oil blend Coriander SeedWhat you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Diffuse a few drops in your Plant Therapy diffuser.
  2. Add 10 drops to a personal inhaler and use as needed.
  3. Dilute to 2-3% and apply to the wrists or temples.
  4. Create a DIY car diffuser by gluing a piece of felt to a clothespin. Add a few drops to the piece of felt and clip into the car vent. Enjoy the scent!

Try out Coriander Seed today!

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY essential oil hand sanitizer

If you live in the Northern United States, it’s likely that your tree, flower, and grass pollens are just beginning to ramp up. That means itchy eyes, a nose that doesn’t want to inhale oxygen anymore, and that constant throat tickle that just won’t seem to give up — no matter how fervently you try to hack it up! Young and old alike, if you suffer from these seasonal pollen threats, you understand the discomfort. Last month we addressed allergies and essential oils more in depth here, so give that a read if you need a little relief.

But now we’re going to address another important body part associated with seasonal threats: Your hands! The hands that itch, that hold the tissues, that touch your sensitive, uncomfortable face and throat. They need to stay clean, otherwise your condition will just get worse. No one wants to deal with being sick and having a bad case of mid-Spring sniffles at the same time.  

The quick fix is often hand sanitizer, especially if hand soap and water isn’t available when you need it. Instead of going to the store to buy a sanitizer, which is often primarily made up of ethyl alcohol, try this quick and all-natural alternative!

DIY essential oil hand sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Pour Aloe Vera Jelly into a flip top bottle.
  2. Add 18 drops Germ Fighter OR KidSafe Germ Destroyer
  3. Shake well to mix oils.
  4. Use a dime size squirt of the gel as needed on your hands and rub in.

This is such an easy way to make your own hand sanitizer, without all of the drying properties of alcohol. And, because this recipe calls for our Aloe Vera Jelly, there isn’t even a need to add a preservative. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

Essential Oils and ADHD

Essential oils are great support for so many ailments we battle each day – which you probably already know if you’ve been reading out blog! But did you know these amazing all-natural oils can also provide relief for symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, or ADHD?

If the term ADHD sounds familiar, it’s likely because approximately 11% of all U.S. children have been diagnosed with it at some point in their young lives. That’s 6.4 million kids – one out of every 11. About 60% of children with ADHD become adults who have ADHD, which is about 4% of the adult population [1]. Maybe your own child has ADHD, your spouse or significant other, maybe your neighbor or co-worker’s children. The point is, ADHD is a pretty prevalent brain-based syndrome. It can cause real every-day challenges for both children and adults. These challenges can include controlling impulses and hyperactivity, staying organized, maintaining concentration and motivation, the ability to learn, and being able to enjoy regular deep and restful sleep. Relationships with others may suffer as well, since some people with ADHD struggle with their social skills.

So, essential oils can help?

Many essential oil’s primary properties include helping to increase focus, stay alert, and calm down the mind and body. These oils can be an amazing compliment to treatments already in place for an individual with ADHD (such as behavioral management, family training, and/or prescribed medication). However, whether you are a parent, an educator, an adult with ADHD, or anyone else interested in using essential oils for ADHD, approach cautiously. Since there is a very limited amount of research done on this topic, you should always consult with a physician before making any kind of changes to a treatment plan.

The most frequently cited case study done on ADHD and essential oils comes from the late Dr. Terry S. Friedmann, M.D., A.B.H.M. For a two year period (1999-2001), Dr. Friedmann experimented with oils on a group of 40 children, half of whom had an ADHD diagnosis, and half of whom did not (the “control” group). Each day, the children were asked to inhale essential oils when they began to feel “scattered.” For each essential oil Dr. Friedmann was testing, the children used it for 30 days. Ultimately, the study concluded that certain essential oils really did make a significant impact on the symptoms of ADHD. In particular, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vetiver oils were used and Vetiver made the most notable success in improving performance [2].

Where should I start?

First, let’s take a moment to appreciate Plant Therapy’s unique blend of bright and uplifting essential oils that make up our A+ Attention Synergy. Perfect to help calm an overactive body while bringing focus and clarity, this synergy is a great place to start for anyone looking to support an individual with ADHD.  A+ Attention is part of our KidSafe line of products, which means that each essential oil used in this synergy is totally safe for young children.

To use, just add 5 to 10 drops to a personal aromatherapy inhaler. There’s really no beating the convenience and ease of using a personal aromatherapy inhaler – it’s perfect to take to work or to pack in a child’s backpack so they can use it whenever they feel like they need it (but please check with the school first! Your district may have a policy about bringing essential oils to school, so check with the child’s teacher or administration). Or, dilute A+ Attention with a carrier oil (2-4%) and apply topically to the chest, back of neck, and wrists.

Another great option to support individuals with ADHD is our Clarity Synergy. The essential oils used in this blend have therapeutic benefits that enhance focus and memory. For any task requiring sustained mental effort, Clarity may be just what you need. Use it in the same ways directed above, but keep in mind that this is not part of our KidSafe line.

If you’re looking to try single oils for ADHD support, here are a few suggestions to start you off.

Remember, no two people are exactly the same. What may work well for one person may not work the same for another. The oils listed here are those known to be either calming for the mind and body or can improve mental clarity and boost memory.

  • Chamomile Roman – Soothing, comforting, and famous for its calming properties, this is an especially great choice if you’re looking for an oil to help get deep, refreshing sleep.
  • Lavender – Surprised? Of course not! Lavender is such a powerhouse oil with an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties! It pops up all over the place. If you have an ailment, there’s a good likelihood that Lavender is on the list to help you get through it. For ADHD support, Lavender is known to reduce feelings of nervousness, bring calm to the mind, and, like Chamomile Roman, help the user to get a peaceful night of sleep.
  • Vetiver – While also a fantastic choice for promoting sleep, this oil was notably found most effective during Dr. Friedmann’s study. Further, it can help calm the ‘mind chatter’ that prevents the mind from focusing, leading to an increase in concentration.
  • Cedarwood – This is a great choice for creating a positive atmosphere and warding off negative thinking. It has a woody, rich scent known to calm the mind and balance emotions.
  • Frankincense – The soothing properties of Frankincense may be exactly what’s needed to help calm an overactive mind and body. Plus, it is also a great support to the immune system!

Try out these recipes for your diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler to enjoy their awesome therapeutic benefits!

Focus Blend 1

3 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Lime or Mandarin

Focus Blend 2

3 drops Balsam Fir

2 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Grapefruit Pink

1 drop Orange Sweet

ADHD and essential oils – what do you think? Have you ever tried oils to support yourself or someone else with ADHD? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

References:

[1] Adult ADHD. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Retrieved from https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/adult-adhd#

[2] Friedmann, T. S. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). http://files.meetup.com/1481956/ADHD%20Research%20by%20Dr.%20Terry%20Friedmann.pdf

 

It’s Spring Cleaning Season!

It’s that time of year when the new year has finally set in, and with it comes the urge to rethink and reevaluate the cleanliness of our homes. Spring cleaning can mean something different to each individual, but it’s a tradition that even if you despise cleaning, you kind of look forward to. Spring cleaning can mean deep cleaning those areas that we tend to neglect until we are moving, or the house is empty.

There is no better way to kick off this year’s spring cleaning than with natural cleaners. These natural cleaners are safer for your home, effective for cleaning away grime and grit, and will smell better than your average store cleaner.

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I got all these new essential oils for Christmas… Now what do I do with them?

Hopefully, if you’re lucky enough to have some thoughtful friends and family in your life, you opened a beautiful gift of exactly what you wanted — essential oils!

Now, as you’re recovering from the holiday parties, sifting through strewn-about wrapping paper and moving the Christmas tree to the curb, you might be thinking, “Now that I have these oils, what should I do?”

It’s no surprise that there is an overwhelming amount of information out there about the best way to jump into essential oils, so we here at Plant Therapy want to help you out. We’ve compiled a list of resources to answer your questions and stimulate your DIY imagination!

Let’s Start with Diffusion

How long should you diffuse? Can you diffuse around pets? Is there anything you shouldn’t diffuse? Click Here for the answers to these questions and more.

There are various ways of diffusing essential oils, including: nebulizers, ultrasonic diffusers, room sprays, aromatherapy jewelry, steam inhalation, personal inhalers, and passive diffusion. Click Here to learn the many methods of diffusion.

Then, how do you clean your new diffuser? This article will help!

Essential Oils and Children

Maybe you have children in your home, and you’re unsure what is safe for that little bundle of joy. No need to worry — we’ve removed all the guesswork! Read This and use your oils with confidence, knowing what is safe and unsafe for kids.

Plant Therapy is proud to have worked with world-renowned aromatherapist Robert Tisserand to develop the first-ever line of essential oils specially formulated for children. Click Here to find out what it really means to be KidSafe.

Pregnant? Read This First!

If you are pregnant or nursing, you need to be extremely careful with essential oils. Click Here for an in-depth article by our Certified Aromatherapists on the subject.

Getting the Most Out of Your Beauty Products

Give your beauty regimen an all-natural refresh by adding essential oils into the mix. Dry skin? Brittle hair? Blemishes or scars? There are many oils known to support soft, healthy skin and hair.

If you’re like me, you need to clean and moisturize your skin without irritating it or drying it up. Trying over-the-counter products can be frustrating — and often ineffective! Try this facial scrub recipe. We think you’ll be amazed by the results.

And Click Here for easy DIY Beauty Mask recipes, whether you have acne, dry, or aging skin.

It’s Clean Up Time!

Do you want to learn how to make your own cleaner, or spice up a cleaner you already have? Many essential oils contain refreshing and sanitizing properties. Click Here for ideas and recipes to help with around-the-house cleaning and other great DIY projects.

What’s Next?

For more inspiration, check out our 25 Ways To Use Essential Oils, and our convenient Downloads Page, which features more recipe books and reference charts.

 

Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil – We Listened To You!

Christmas came early this year!

Tuesday, November 21:  Plant Therapy became the first essential oil company in the world to offer USDA Certified Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil.

“More and more people are seeking organic solutions,” said Chris Jones, President of Plant Therapy. “Fractionated Coconut Oil is our most popular carrier oil, and we are so excited that we can now offer our customers this product that is USDA Certified Organic.”

Why did we seek to out an Organic form of Fractionated Coconut Oil?  Because YOU, the customers. Many of you often ask about all things organic — so it just made sense.

Did you know: Plant Therapy now offers 69 individual products that are USDA Certified Organic. 

Coconut oil has long been a popular carrier oil in the essential oils industry, but this is the first organically produced MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) form to hit the market.  

What sets this oil apart from other fractionated carrier oils is the extraction method. It is extracted using a USDA NOP (National Organic Program) process that does not use chemicals or heat to separate certain chains of fatty acids. This process refines, clarifies, and deodorizes the oil. Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil will always remain liquid regardless of temperature. It will not solidify.

Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, which comes in 4 oz. or 16 oz., absorbs very quickly into the skin, making it ideal for use with any essential oil or blend.  Use this organic carrier oil to moisturize the skin, remove makeup, and keep hair lustrous and smooth. It readily penetrates the skin, making it perfect for rollerball blends, creams, and lotions. It leaves no greasy feeling on the skin. Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil produces a barrier on the skin, but will not clog pores.

We think you’ll love it!

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #3

 

Around September, I have a lot of ideas for my perfect Christmas – ideas of grandeur and everything in its perfect place and decorated like a Wayfair photoshoot. The reality is, my Christmases are more like a “nailed it” picture. I do have fun putting up all my decorations, and I love baking. My attempts are far from perfect, although my  grandkids appreciate them. I will leave perfection to those who dwell on that, and I will dwell on the things that make my Christmases special.

I have an inexpensive nutcracker collection of all sizes and types. The kids love to look at them, talk about them, and rearrange them. I have decorations up for a month, and every time the grandkids go home after a visit,  I see that  the nutcrackers have been arranged differently. I have to smile. I think of those little hands and imaginations, and of my love for those little people.

With Christmas comes wonderful, delectable scents from the kitchen. I love to make cinnamon rolls, cookies, and rocky road candy. Earlier in the year, we make fresh pressed apple juice from our apples so that we have plenty for the Christmas season to enjoy spiced cider and to give some away. I think of Christmases past, and my mom making wonderful traditional cookies and mincemeat empanadas. My son now makes tamales with his little girls, and he said he’d teach me how this year. We’ve come full circle.

A few years ago, I made these cute nativity hand puppets. We have a simple little production with our grandkids while the parents watch. Each child gets a puppet and Grandpa reads the Christmas story while they act it out. It’s sweet and funny and it’s possible that the person with the sheep may be tripping over the wise man, or Mary (or the person with the Mary puppet) might be crying. It’s a surprise every year and I can’t wait. I know that time flies and they are little for just a short while. I will cherish every moment like I did when their parents were little.

I’d like to invite you into our little get together. Pour a cup of cider, grab a cushion and get ready for the show of a lifetime! Or at least the show of my lifetime. It’s a good one….

Here is a recipe to make your holidays more memorable and hopefully more comfortable during the dry Winter months.

 

Skin Nourishing Body Oil

8 drops Amyris Amyris balsamifera

6 drops  Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini var motia

6 drops  Bergamot Citrus bergamia

4 drops  Spearmint Mentha spicata

2 ounces DermiSoothe Carrier Oil Blend

Mix essential oils into DermiSoothe and apply to dry areas of the body.

 

My wish for you is to have a  memorable, loving and peaceful Holiday season.

 

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #2

 

Having three sisters and three brothers, getting together with the family is quite a fun experience any time of year. It is a tradition of ours to all go cut down our own Christmas trees. With the seven siblings, each with their spouse and kids, we now have quite a group. Sometimes we go the day before Thanksgiving or a day or two after, depending on everyone’s schedule. We go and get our permits ahead of time so that we are ready bright and early in the morning.

With an early start,  it is donuts and juice in the cars and trucks on the way up to the mountains. Once getting to the mountains, we suit up, as most of the time it is snowing and cold. It is so worth it. After searching for multiple trees – one for each family that goes and Mom and Dad’s – it is hours later when we break for lunch, which is usually sandwiches made from leftover turkey and some chips. After eating lunch, some return to tree hunting, while others play in the snow and some ride on ATV’s. Once all the trees are found and gathered, we get together at the cars and drink hot chocolate that was made early that morning to warm us up. Upon returning with our treasures to Mom and Dad’s, we diffuse a KidSafe blend and make clothespin diffusers or ornaments for the tree. One of the things that we will be diffusing this year is Sweet Goodness.

 

Sweet Goodness

3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

3 drops of Marjoram Sweet Essential Oil

Just a simple blend of sweet goodness that is KidSafe®.

 

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #2

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #1

By: Brodie Lapray, Certified Aromatherapist

Christmas is my favorite time of year.

The Christmas decorations make my home beautiful. I also enjoy the music, the lights, and of course all the goodies. I spend a lot of time baking with my kids around the holidays. Call me crazy, but I love snow and how it makes everything so beautiful. I love to play outside in the snow with my kids.

On Christmas Eve we get to spend time with the whole family, some of whom we only see once a year. Then it’s off to bed in new pajamas to wait for Santa. Christmas morning is the only day of the year when I’m excited to see my kids sneaking into my room at 4 am to inform me that Santa has come and asking if I could please get up. Christmas to me is spending time with the ones I love and making memories together.

Santa’s Cookies Body Butter is easy to make and smells like cookies. With over 24 hours of super-rich hydration, this deeply nourishing whipped body butter leaves your skin feeling moisturized and replenished. It also makes a great gift for Christmas, if you can give it away after smelling it.

 

Santa’s Cookies Body Butter

What you will need:

What you will do:

  1. Place all ingredients except the essential oils in a double boiler or glass bowl over simmering water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oils.
  4. Place in fridge for 1 hour, or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Using a hand mixer, whip for 10 minutes or until fluffy.
  6. Return to the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. Store in a glass jar with a lid and keep in a cool place, as it may get too soft if it gets too warm.

 

From our home to yours, Happy Holidays!

 

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