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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 cs@planttherapy.com, 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 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. 

 

Sources:

[1] cbnews, 2017, Vanilla Bean Shortage in Madagascar drives up prices in the U.S.  CBS This Morning.   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vanilla-bean-shortage-madagascar-drives-up-us-prices/

[2] Fieldhouse, Crystal, Ecology Skincare,  2017, What the Worldwide Vanilla Shortage means for Ecology Skincare. https://ecologyskincare.com/worldwide-vanilla-shortage-means-ecology-skincare/

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #5

I have always found Christmas and the Holidays to be such a magical time of year. Even though the weather outside can be very frightful, especially here in Idaho, there is a certain warmth in the frosty air. People seem friendlier, colors are brighter, there is music everywhere, and there is a certain sense of togetherness that can only be felt around Christmas.

But what’s the BEST part of the holidays?…

From the time I was a child, I have always loved giving gifts! When I was young, my Grandpa would give me $20 to go Christmas shopping for my family. It always made me feel like I had hit the jackpot and I could spoil my family with their greatest desires — as long as those desires could be found at my local dollar store. The joy of finding that “perfect gift” far surpassed the feeling of opening my own presents on Christmas morning. I will never forget the look on my youngest brother’s face when he opened a toy car in his favorite color or my Mom’s reaction to an “I heart Mom” mug.

As an adult, I still love the joy and excitement of giving gifts to my loved ones. Whenever possible I challenge myself to hand-make presents that come from the heart and that I know each individual will enjoy. While I have always had brothers, thanks to my amazing husband I now have more sisters than I can count on one hand. Gift giving to these lovely ladies is so much fun and has opened up a whole new world of handmade gifts.

This year, we all plan to spend the Holidays together, so I thought it would be fun to create a cute, girly, stocking stuffer for each of them.

~ DIY Lip Gloss ~

What you will need:

What you will do:

  1. In a double boiler melt down all ingredients with the exception of the mica powder and essential oils.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the mica powder. I used a teaspoon of mica but you can use more if you want the color to be more prominent.
  3. Stir in 10-20 drops of Blood Orange Essential Oil (or the essential oil of your choice).
  4. Using a transfer pipette, move the mixture to the lip gloss tubes and assemble.
  5. Once cooled, apply to the lips for a sparkling glossy look.

Happy Holidays!

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #4

By: Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

During this season of celebration, we take time for giving and gathering with loved ones.

But there’s a problem:  At the same time, it can also mean less time for respite and restoration of ourselves, leading to a sense of depletion. Yet, if we can give ourselves the time to gather our energy, we can gain a much greater sense of well-being, even during the hustle and bustle.

Improve You Life in Just 20 Minutes?

Meditation allows us that necessary timeout to calm our conscious mind and tap into our core essence so that we may nourish ourselves from our own inner source of strength. Research has shown just 20 minutes a day can have a positive impact on our health, down to the genetic level, by boosting the immune response and reducing the inflammation response which are both linked to stress.  Even short, single sessions yield positive results.[1] You may wish to read “M Is For Meditation” for more about the positive effects of meditation and how to get started with some simple steps.

I can’t emphasize this enough:  

Aromatherapy excels in helping to calm the mind and soothe the spirit, making it a perfect partner for meditation. In thinking about a special synergy for this season, I was inspired by the gifts of the Magi. Also known as wise men, who hailed from the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia, Magi make appearances in ancient texts across many spiritual traditions.[2] The story, of course, with which we are most familiar this time of year is the visit of the Magi to Jesus upon his birth to present the precious gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Inspired by these historically prized offerings, this modern-day synergy of aromatic essences is rich in scent for the spirit.

~ Meditation of the Magi ~

2 drops Davana (Gold) Artemisia pallens

2 drops Myrrh Commiphora myrrha

1 drop Frankincense Carteri CO2 Boswellia carteri

 

Why Do These Oils Matter? 

The aromatics of the essences in this synergy have been used throughout time in sacred ceremonies across many spiritual traditions. This synergy is calming to the conscious mind while supporting introspection, meditation and prayer, and restoration of our mind, body, and spirit. These essences can support us in strengthening our spiritual selves through connection to higher consciousness and higher information while keeping us grounded in our bodies.

Use this synergy according to your personal preference. For inhalation, add 5 drops to a Diffuser, 15 drops to an Aromatherapy Inhaler, or 1 drop to an Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket.

You may also choose to apply topically as an anointing blend or perfume creating a 1-2% dilution (3-6 drops) in 10 ml rollerball bottle with Jojoba Carrier Oil or carrier oil of your choice.

Cautions: Not KidSafe®. Avoid during breastfeeding and pregnancy.

 


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Sources:

Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. CreateSpace, 2015.

Lawless, Julia. Aromatherapy and the Mind. HarperCollins Publishers. 2014. Kindle Edition.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: a Guide to Blending and Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials. NW College for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, 2011.

Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments. New World Library, 2016.

[1] Quinn, Corina. “Reset Your Health.” Yoga Journal June 2014: 22.

[2] “Magi.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Aug. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magi.

 

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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