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Fragrance, Fields, and All the Feels

By: Lori Chase, Certified Aromatherapist

As a Certified Aromatherapist, one of my biggest dreams has been to visit farms and processing facilities in France. Last month that dream became a reality and was nothing short of amazing. I was very excited when asked to write about the trip, but have an overwhelming fear that I will run out of adjectives halfway through this post. 

The trip started in New Jersey with several days of fragrance training, and then off to Europe with Robert Bardsley, Plant Therapy’s Procurement Manager, in a quest to source the best quality essential oils and allow me to learn more about the processes.

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DIY the Best Yoga Mat Cleaner With Essential Oils

DIY Essential Oils yoga mat spray

Sometimes, there’s not many things better than rolling out your yoga mat, taking a seat, and rejuvenating your mind and body through a good yoga practice.

But there is an important, though often overlooked, aspect to yoga that we need to talk about. Whether you roll it out regularly or just every once in a while, it’s always a good habit to clean your yoga mat after every use. You do it with all the other exercise equipment you use, and your mat should be no different.

That might seem like an extreme proposition. Clean it every time? It’s not like you’re sharing your mat — that’s your mat, so those are all your germs, right? No!

First off, your mat is not one-sided. Think about the side that’s laying on the floor — especially a heavily trafficked gym or studio floor — and all those mysterious, unknown, invisible germ invaders that are clinging to the underbelly of your mat. Ew.

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Spotlight Oil of the Week — Tangerine

tangerine essential oil

Tangerine

  • Latin name: Citrus reticulata
  • Aroma description: Tangerine has a fresh, sweet citrus scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Clears the mind
  • Reduces nervous tension
  • Supports the immune system
  • Eases occasional digestive discomfort
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates skin
  • Provides emotional support

Kidsafe?

Yes! This oil is KidSafe.

Dilution instructions:

We recommend a maximum topical dilution of 2-4%.

Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your aromatherapy diffuser to enjoy the brightening and clearing properties of Tangerine. To enjoy a sweet and uplifting KidSafe blend, try our Candy Hearts recipe: add 4 drops Tangerine, 4 drops Lemon, 2 drops Spearmint, and 1 drop Copaiba Oleoresin to a diffuser.

Want to diffuse Tangerine? Grab a diffuser today!

Where Tangerine is used on the body:

To help quell digestive issues, such as a queasy stomach, add to a carrier oil and apply to the abdomen.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Coriander Seed, Cypress, Geranium Egyptian, Grapefruit Pink, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange Sweet, Petitgrain, Rose Absolute, and Vanilla CO2.

tangerine essential oil

Tropically Kissed Lip Balm

tangerine essential oil  

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix the Beeswax, Mango Butter, and Jojoba in a double boiler until melted. Stir in the Vitamin E Oil and essential oils. Pour into tubes and allow to harden. This recipe makes about 3-4 tubes.

Try out Tangerine today

Spotlight Featured Oil of the Week: Rose Absolute

Rose Absolute Essential OilRose Absolute

  • Latin name: Rosa x centifolia
  • Aroma description: Distinct and unforgettable, the rich floral scent of Rose Absolute is prized around the world.

Therapeutic benefits

  • Calming, soothes emotions, and brings calm in the midst of fresh grief.
  • Promotes relaxation before sleep.
  • Reputed to help with the “power surges” suffered by many women going through the normal change of life.
  • Helps with skin imperfections and concerns, and is soothing to dry skin.

Kidsafe?

Yes! This oil is KidSafe.

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Essential Oils for Sunburn Relief

Sun Soother Essential Oil DIY for Sunburn Relief

No one plans to get a sunburn, yet at some point, we all seem to get them. Even the most cautious person can walk away from the beach with a burn. A bad sunburn can ruin a vacation, a day filled with outdoor adventures, or even just lounging inside with a good book or your favorite TV show. Who can relax or have fun with all that painful, hot, itchy skin? Then, when it’s a real bad burn, there’s the blisters, peeling, and flakes of skin shedding off all over your sheets. Gross!

Sunburns happen to the best of us. Thankfully, there are ways to stay comfortable while your body heals, and we are here to help! Let’s start with the most well-known burn remedy: Aloe Vera Jelly. Plain, or with the skin soothing addition of Lavender, this is a must-have for sunburned skin. For added instant relief, try chilling your aloe in the fridge before applying it. This is also a great idea for other skin soothing body products, such as our Lavender Body Cream or Organic Healing Balm. Also, when applying any of these products, consider gently patting the moisturizer on, rather than rubbing it, to avoid aggravating your sensitive skin and possibly prolonging the healing process.

Try this amazing DIY for soothing an uncomfortable sunburn.

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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

 

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