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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!




[1] Adult ADHD. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Retrieved from

[2] Friedmann, T. S. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


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.

There are lots of options out there, so on this post, we will give you an easy room-by-room checklist, some DIY cleaner recipes that can be used for those rooms, and links to older posts that cover more DIY cleaners with essential oils in more detail.

Where to start?

Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, so the biggest question is where to start? There are lots of ways to go about this, but here is a spring cleaning schedule that is easy to achieve and will give you a definite starting point. Make your DIY cleaners the day before so when you are ready to go,  spring cleaning can begin without delay.

Remember, we are focusing on areas that are not always cleaned and definitely need some attention during the spring cleaning frenzy. So besides cleaning the bathroom or bedrooms the way you normally would, these are ideas to go above and beyond.

First Stop: Bathrooms

Bathroom Checklist:
  • Vacuum and wipe the walls and ceilings
  • Wash throw rugs
  • Wash mirrors and windows
  • Spray and scrub all surfaces and bathroom items
  • Mop the floors
Tub & Sink Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup Castile Soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops Orange Sweet, Grapefruit Pink, or Lemon Essential Oil
  • mold, small plastic container or other item to make a “bar” {see below for more information}

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium glass bowl
  2. Mix well to blend together
  3. Press paste into mold and allow to dry for a few hours until firm
  4. Once set, remove from mold (I used an old 4 inch round butter container)
  5. To use the bar: wet and rub the surface of your sink or tub. The bar will gently remove dirt and soap scum. Wipe clean with a damp rag. Rinse with cool water.
  6. Enjoy your beautifully clean tub or sink!
  • To get the mildew smell out of towels, add 1 cup of vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, and 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to your washing machine. Wash towels in hot water. You can also just simply add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree directly to your washer at the beginning of the washing cycle.
  • Add 10 drops of Germ Fighter or KidSafe Germ Destroyer Synergy to 8 oz of witch hazel or purified water in a spray bottle and use as a disinfectant for surfaces and the air.

Second Stop: Bedrooms

Bedroom Checklist:
  • Vacuum and wipe walls and ceilings
  • Dust and clean all surfaces
  • Open and clean windows
  • Wash drapes, linens, sheets, and all washable items
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Shampoo or steam carpets/rugs
Window Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces water
  • 0.5-1.5% Optiphen Plus*
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
  • Essential oils of your choice

**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.

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine everything in a 32-ounce spray bottle
  2. Spritz windows, wipe with soft cloth
  3. Ta-da! Sparkling clean glass!!
  • To deodorize your carpet, add a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, or your favorite essential oil to a box of baking soda. Then sprinkle onto the carpet. Let sit for about an hour and vacuum.
  • Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to purified water in a spray bottle to use an air freshener. For Bathroom purposes, add Lemon or Plant Therapy’s Citrus Burst Synergy.

Third Stop: Kitchen

Kitchen Checklist:
  • Clean the refrigerator and freezer
  • Degrease appliances
  • Clean oven
  • Clean window treatments
  • Wash all surfaces, cabinets, appliances, and utensils
  • Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors
Multi-Purpose Spray (adapted from Michelle Pippin)

What you’ll need:

To use:

Spray and wipe.  I use this on my floors and counters.  I have little ones so I only use Germ Fighter if the room is well ventilated and my kids are gone for several hours.  This recipe also works great for mirrors and windows!

Soft Scrub

What you’ll need:

To use:

Spread the paste, let sit for 5-10 minutes, and scrub away!

Steel Appliance Polish

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. In glass jar or container, combine the vegetable oil with the 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil
  2. Dab a small amount onto your soft cloth
  3. Use small circular motion, polish stainless steel
  4. Continue to buff until fingerprints, grime and smudges are removed

Fourth Stop: Living Room

Living Room Checklist:
  • Dust ceiling fans, bookcases, and shelves
  • Vacuum and wipe walls and ceiling
  • Clean sofa/furniture upholstery
  • Wipe light fixtures and light bulbs
  • Clean window treatments
  • Clean and dust electronics
  • Sweep out fireplace
  • Clean carpets
Furniture Polish

What you’ll need:

To use:

Use a very small amount and buff furniture with it until you are left with an even shine.  I really love microfiber cloths.  If you have streaks, continue to spread and buff until shiny.  This is probably my favorite recipe, it left my furniture looking so fresh and vibrant, it also left a gentle and uplifting aroma behind that lasted all afternoon.


If you made it this far, you now have one incredibly clean house, that smells amazing, and was cleaned without using harsh chemicals. Sit back, enjoy your extremely clean house (for at least a few moments), and order in your favorite meal because you definitely deserve it. Plus it will keep your kitchen clean a little longer than usual because there won’t be any dishes to clean!

For more cleaning ideas check out these posts:

The Best Homemade Cleaning Products
Spring Cleaning Round-Up!!


What spring cleaning schedule do you like to use and which cleaners worked best for you?


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.


2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect gift for just about anyone?

How about holiday shopping on a budget?

Look no further than the Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

We have essential oils perfect for gifting everyone on your list. From the kids’ teachers, to your best friend, unique gifts for kids and even the love of your life, we have options in every price range and for every personality. And when you buy Plant Therapy products as gifts for the people in your life, you can feel good that you’re giving them the highest quality essential oils and related products that will help them improve their lives.

You can also choose our essential oils with our various dispenser and packaging products to create unique homemade gifts. From bath salts, bombs and scrubs to salves, lotions and lip balms, there’s nothing more personal than a gift made from the heart.

In  Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, you can browse by person or by price — we’ll guide you the rest of the way.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy Shopping from the Plant Therapy team!

Holiday DIY: Winter Wreath Bath Bombs

Losing your mind during the holidays?  Well… we have a DIY for that!

I think you’ll agree when I say:  We all need a little extra something to help us unwind this time of year. After a hectic day of work, shopping, holiday festivities — or even just too much “quality” family time!

If we are happy, then those around us will be happy, too. This DIY bath bomb is sure to do the trick. We used one of Plant Therapy’s 2017 Holiday Blends (available only for a limited time!): Winter Wreath. 

Sure, this bath bomb is a great gift idea — but it could also be a wonderful gift to yourself during the holidays!

Plus, Winter Wreath is one of the Featured Gifts Under $15 on our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide !

Winter Wreath has a crisp, fresh aroma that brings the smell of the woods indoors. Winter Wreath includes the bright, woodsy scents of Balsam Fir, Cedarwood Atlas and Spruce, the sharp, green scent of Juniper Berry and the sweet, minty scent of Spearmint.

Toss your Winter Wreath Bath Bomb into the tub under warm running water, lock the bathroom door, and enjoy every soaking moment.

Winter Wreath Bath Bombs

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5 ounces Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 3 ounces Epsom salt
  • 4.5 ounces citric acid
  • 9 ounces baking soda
  • 0.2 ounces Sunflower Oil
  • 0.2 ounces Avocado Oil
  • 9 drops Winter Wreath Holiday Blend
  • Bath bomb mold

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients.
  2. In separate bowl measure carrier oils and Winter Wreath.
  3. Slowly pour oil mixture into dry ingredients and mix well (I added my oil in three different parts).
  4. Firmly press mixture into each side of the mold with extra.
  5. Press sides together.
  6. Tap each side gently with spoon to help remove from mold.
  7. Set on cookie sheet until completely dry.

Himalayan Salt Inhalers: Demystified!

Plant Therapy’s Himalayan Salt Inhaler is an all-natural salt air therapy.


You may have heard about the many benefits of Himalayan salt floating around the internet recently. Advocates of Himalayan salt have stated that the delicious mineral has health benefits not only when sprinkled on our food, but when inhaled through a Himalayan salt inhaler.

They cite Himalayan salt as the holistic cure for asthma and hay fever, as well as a variety of other lung diseases. But are they all true?

Here at Plant Therapy, we want to clear up the confusion so you can make the best natural health choice! That’s why we’ve compiled this handy list –

4 Ways Himalayan Salt Inhalers Are Beneficial to Your Health

1. Brings down inflammation.
As you breathe through a Himalayan salt inhaler, moisture present in the air you breathe gathers microscopic particles of Himalayan salt from the inhaler, bringing down inflammation by moistening mucus membranes in your lungs. It may not cure asthma, but it brings real relief to people with difficulty breathing deeply due to slight respiratory challenges!

2. It’s antibacterial.
Throughout the 18th century, Polish salt miners were documented as having noticeably better immune systems than the rest of their families. They claimed this was connected to the fact that the miners were inhaling the salt-rich air of the mines all day.

3. Promotes better sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping because of seasonal threats, using a salt inhaler may allow you to get the restful sleep you’re craving because it naturally balances out your body’s histamine response.

4. A natural stress reliever.
If you’ve ever been to the beach, you know the peaceful feeling you get after just ten minutes of breathing that ocean air. That’s because of the high salt content in ocean air. Himalayan salt inhalers reproduce that effect without the vacation costs!

Unfortunately, many Himalayan Salt Inhalers tend to be highly expensive and cheaply made.

However, the Plant Therapy Himalayan Salt Inhaler is made with high-quality materials and includes 4 oz. of pure, all-natural Himalayan salt of the highest quality and food grade available, mined straight from Himalayan salt mines!

Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

Searching for the best gift ideas for 2017?  We’ve got you covered for everyone on your list.

Remember, the best gifts come in small packages — bottles!

Best Gift For Mom

What gift do you give the woman who gave you the most precious gift there is —Life.

Precious Oils Set and Precious Flowers Set contain some of the world’s most cherished essential oils.  The Precious Oils Set contains 5 ml of each Helichrysum Italicum, Blue Tansy, and Sandalwood Australian. The Precious Flowers Set has Rose Absolute, Neroli, and Jasmine Absolute. We don’t have enough space in this blog post to describe the many amazing qualities and benefits of these oils (but feel free to click the links and explore for yourself!)  Trust us, this gift will bring a tear to mom’s eye. And it’s all gorgeously packaged in little wooden box. A perfect gift for any oil lover!

Best Gift For Dad

Dad works hard, and let’s face it — he’s not getting any younger. Muscle Aloe Jelly might be one of our favorite products of all time! It feels so good after working in the yard, or after the gym when sore spots tend to nag. It absorbs and works quickly, and has a more pleasant smell than some of the other stuff you’ve probably tried.

The perfect icy/hot combination, Muscle Aloe Jelly is a combination of soothing and relaxing essential oils mixed perfectly with hydrating aloe jelly. In this gift to dad, don’t forget to include a “coupon” for a free shoulder massage!

 Best Gift for Brother or Sister

Need a gift for a sibling? Recently, Plant Therapy released a new portable diffuser that allows you to take your essential oils wherever you go, and plug into any USB or 12V port. It’s perfect for your car, laptop, or work cubicle. Diffuse on the move comes in four different colors, plus you can order a package of replacement bottles with wicks, which allows you to easily switch from one oil to another. This will be one of the hottest gifts of the year!

Best Gifts For Kids
As the first essential oil company to release a line of oils specially formulated for children (in 2014), Plant Therapy has dozens of KidSafe products. But our favorites might be PJ, Otis and Coco:

Best Gift For Grandparents

To quote one of the reviews on our Evening Primrose Body Cream: “Best Cream EVER!”

As we age, our skin changes. This luscious cream is perfect for all skin types, including sensitive and dry skin. It’s full of Vitamins A and E, which will help keep your Grandparents’ skin looking smoother, younger and healthier. Evening Primrose Body Cream is unscented, too. You can use it as-is, or you may choose to customize by adding your favorite essential oils.

Best Gift For Best Friend

We’re assuming here that your BFF is an essential oil lover. If not, we recommend finding a new BFF (Kidding!…. sort of).

For your girl friends, a thoughtful DIY is the perfect gift, whether it be homemade bath salts, sugar scrubs or lotions.

For a guy, we recommend Organic Healing Balm. It’s a miracle worker. With no strong scent, this amazing balm moisturizes, relieves dry irritated skin, and leaves the skin feeling silky and soft (but in a manly way).

For Someone Who Has Never Heard Of Essential Oils:

We recently posted this question on our Facebook page and received hundreds of great answers from our customers! So Click Here and see what they had to say! (Scroll down to the post from Nov. 20, 2017.)  Remember, when introducing someone to essential oils, it’s important they learn to use them safely. Consider including a book or other information resource with your gift.

Best Gift For Co-Workers, Neighbors, Teachers

Looking for that catch-all gift for all the friendly acquaintances on your list? Something that says “Happy Holidays, I’m thinking of you,” without breaking the bank? Look no further than the 2017 Holiday Blends.  Spiced Apple Cider, Gingerbread, Candy Cane, Winter Wreath, Snow Flurries and Christmas Tree — all come with an Aroma Stone Ornament, so the gift recipient doesn’t need to be an essential oil veteran or own a diffuser. They can simply apply 2-3 drops to the ornament and hang it on their tree.

You can even save money by purchasing the Holiday 6 Set and knock out a half-dozen of the people on your list for only $10 per gift.

Best Gift For Yourself!

Don’t forget to treat yourself.  During all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, give yourself the gift of happiness in a bottle. Not sure which essential oil to try next?  We have a team of Certified Aromatherapists here to help point you in the right direction. Don’t be shy — we love chatting with our customers! Email, or call 800-917-6577, or send us a message on Facebook.

A Portable Diffuser! Travel With Your Essential Oils

Just in time for holiday shopping, in mid-November we launched a new product: Diffuse On The Move.

This versatile diffuser is going to change the game in aromatherapy. When you’re on the go, this essential oil mobile diffuser plugs into any USB or 12V port.

That means, you can diffuse in your car, at your computer, at the office — anywhere there’s a USB or 12V port.

This new product is the result of Plant Therapy’s customer-focused approach. “Taking aromatherapy on the road has never been easier,” said Chris Jones, President of Plant Therapy. “Our customers have been asking for a compact essential oil diffuser they can take with them – whether venturing abroad or just traveling around town – so we developed this portable diffuser to fill that need.”

“Diffuse On The Move” uses atomizing technology to disperse essential oil particles into the air using pressurized cold air. This type of mobile essential oil diffuser uses no heat, water, or carrier oils, which means you are getting the most out of your essential oils.

The portable diffuser comes with a 12V car adapter and an extra oil bottle. Replacement bottles are also available for purchase, allowing you to take several favorite oils to switch out — wherever you go!

Tells us what you think of Diffuse On The Move in the comments below!

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. This organic carrier oil can be used 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!

Vanilla, Vanilla, Where Art Thou? The Story Behind the Vanilla Bean Shortage

The worldwide vanilla shortage has caused many companies like Plant Therapy to seek solutions.


Once upon a time in a beautiful land a strange and sad happening occurred. There was a dark cloud that came over the land and suddenly, there was a great shortage of Vanilla CO2! There was wailing and gnashing of teeth as people wanted to make DIYs, and to diffuse this beautiful, calming product,  and to include its delectable sweetness in blends.

People ran to Plant Therapy, knowing that if anyone would have it, they would! But alas, they too were unable to obtain it.

Where has all the vanilla gone? 

Vanilla is from an orchid plant and is grown in Madagascar. This country has roughly 79% of the world’s vanilla fields. Due to the shortage, the price of vanilla per pound has gone up from $11 per pound in 2011, to $193 per pound in 2016. This very labor-intensive crop takes 3-4 years from the time vanilla is planted until they can harvest. Then, it can take an additional 3-6 months to cure the beans. There are only approximately 3,000 tons of vanilla produced each year. Due to challenges in nature, vanilla in short supply — such as drought and cyclones. [1] [2]

Bottom line? 

Vanilla, of course, is in big demand for food products. It’s also a main ingredient in skincare products and perfume.  However, due to the short supply, companies are having to find substitutions or discontinue production.

Likewise, at Plant Therapy, we have felt the effects of this vanilla shortage and have had to make adjustments. We currently cannot offer Vanilla CO2 sold individually. We do have Vanilla Oleoresin, and a few blends with vanilla.

Peru Balsam to the rescue!

Peru Balsam does have a scent very similar to vanilla.  Like vanilla, it can be calming and comforting. It can ease nervous tension and promote tranquility.  It creates that “homey” atmosphere and is complementary to many other essential oils. We have used this in holiday blends as a substitute for vanilla in synergies that are not KidSafe. We do have to use caution as Peru Balsam can be irritating to the skin if used above recommended amounts, so please follow instructions on label or website.  

We are always looking to provide essential oils and other products that our customers find helpful, pleasing, and affordable. We also strive to be a transparent company, and we hope this will shed light on the background challenges that we face, and our quest to serve our customers in the best way possible. 



[1] cbnews, 2017, Vanilla Bean Shortage in Madagascar drives up prices in the U.S.  CBS This Morning.

[2] Fieldhouse, Crystal, Ecology Skincare,  2017, What the Worldwide Vanilla Shortage means for Ecology Skincare.

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