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The Top 4 Do’s and Don’ts for Using Essential Oils on Kids

If you’ve already got a huge collection of essential oils, and want to use up your stash before committing to a guaranteed KidSafe® option, that’s totally ok! You just need to take a few extra steps first:


1. Do dilute your oils before using them for your kids.

Remember kids are not tiny adults! Their smaller bodies mean they need less essential oils to get the same benefit as an adult.

Basically, a little bit goes a very, very long way. That’s great, and diluting also means more bang for your buck, and who doesn’t love that?

Dilution by age*:

  • Premature infant: Do not use
  • 0-3 months old: 0.1-0.2% dilution
  • 3-24 months old: 0.25-0.50% dilution
  • 2-6 years old: 1.0-2.0% dilution
  • 6-15 years old: 1.5-3% dilution
  • 15+ years old: 2.5-5.0% dilution

*These are the approximate percentages of essential oil dilution by age. Always start with the minimum and work your way up.


2. Do use a carrier oil when applying oils on your child’s skin.

A child’s skin is different from adult skin; it’s thinner and more sensitive.

Even though most essential oils won’t irritate your skin, you should still dilute essential oil in a good carrier oil before applying to your child’s skin.

A “carrier oil” is a base oil used to dilute your essential oils and protect skin against direct contact. Mix 1-2 drops of essential oil in 1-3 teaspoons of a carrier oil like Grapeseed Carrier Oil, Coconut Carrier Oil, Almond Carrier Oil, Avocado Carrier Oil, or other mild, gentle, skin-friendly oil.

You get all the same benefits—a carrier oil just adds extra moisture for their delicate skin.


3. Don’t give your child essential oils internally.

Again–remember that one drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or 10 teaspoons of tincture. Diffusing essential oils or applying them to the skin is a very safe and effective, way to use essential oils for your kids.


4. Don’t take essential oils internally while you’re pregnant.

How to use essential oils (topically and diffused while pregnant is a question we see often, and it’s no surprise! As a new mom, you’re 100% correct to ask questions and prioritize your baby’s health.

Do remember that essential oils do cross the placenta, and your fetus is more susceptible to the effects of essential oils than you are. For this reason we don’t suggest taking essential oils internally while you’re pregnant. You can absolutely still diffuse essential oils, or use them on your skin.

You’ve heard us say with essential oils “less is more,” and that’s especially true when using essential oils during pregnancy. The more often you choose to use essential oils the more you will absorb, and the more crosses the placenta.

Like many things during pregnancy, it’s best to limit essential oil usage to relieving symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, or occasional head tension. You still get all the wonderful benefits of essential oils, without overexposing yourself or your growing baby.

Most of the time, though, this ends up being a non-issue. I mean, pregnancy makes women so sensitive to smells that I don’t know any women who would use too much essential oil–our pregnant bodies do a great job of telling us how much is safe!

And remember, when you’re ready to incorporate specific KidSafe® essential oils into your routine, we’ve got you covered!

Spring Ahead!

It may still be chilly outside, but March marks the time of year when our thoughts turn to Spring. Thanks to Daylight Saving Time, or DST, many of us are going to be enjoying more sunshine in the evening, and soon, those long summer nights. Spring DST does have a notable drawback, though – on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m. local time, clocks will move one hour ahead. That means one less hour of wonderful sleep to prepare us for the upcoming Monday. Let’s take a look at what you can do to seamlessly transition into DST with the help of some amazing essential oils!

While losing an hour of sleep may not seem like such a big deal, this slightly annoying adjustment can really affect your body’s internal 24-hour clock, or circadian rhythm. Since light is our body’s principal time cue, when the amount of light we experience during the day suddenly changes, our body clock goes out of sync. In more serious cases, this can lead to a higher risk of sleep disorders, strokes, and even heart attacks. A 2013 study published in the journal Open Heart found a 25% increase in the number of heart attacks occurring the day after Spring DST [1]. Other possible less serious symptoms known to occur following DST are fatigue, decreased productivity, cluster headaches, impaired concentration and memory, daytime sleepiness, and an increase in workplace injuries on the following Monday [2].

We are all unique individuals, so how the time change will impact you really depends on your own lifestyle, health, and sleep habits. However, there are some great ways for everyone to jump start their body’s transition during the time change.

First, if possible, plan your sleep schedule a few days before DST. Even trying to snooze about 15 to 30 minutes before you typically do can make a big difference when that one hour loss comes along. Symptoms from sleep loss are common immediately following the time change, and that groggy feeling can seriously impact your day. Set yourself up for sleep success by creating an environment that enhances your ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. That way, you can wake up refreshed and alert. Diffusing certain oils support restful sleep; try these oils and synergies to combat Daylight Saving Time grogginess:




Next, take the time to eat a good, healthy breakfast Monday morning. This is going to help sync your body’s clock to the new change and help stay alert. However, since any amount of sleep deprivation can affect your body’s hormone levels, you may notice a change in appetite, an increase in cravings, and possibly some overeating.  Our Munchy Stop Synergy may be a great friend while your body adjusts. Fill up an aromatherapy inhaler with this synergy and take a whiff whenever that munchy-craving comes on! That way, you can support your body by feeding it nutritious foods rather than constantly going back for another, possibly junky, snack.


 Finally, do what you can to stay energized throughout the day! When your energy starts to droop and you begin dreaming of being back in bed, try a walk outside. Exposing yourself to sunshine is a natural way to increase alertness and adjust your body to the time change. Try these energy and brain-boosting synergies and oils to stay on top of your game:




This year, don’t be bogged down when you “skip” ahead. Essential oils help you adjust to the time change without missing a beat!



[1] Sandhu, A., Seth, M., Gurm, HS. (2014). Daylight saving time and myocardial infarction. Open Heart. 2014;1:e000019.doi:10.1136/openhrt-2013-000019

[2] Barnes, C., Wagner, D. (2009). Change to daylight saving time cuts into sleep and increases workplace injuries. American Psychological Association. Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 94, No. 5, 1305-1317

Hair Types and Essential Oils

Let’s face it, hair care is essential to our daily lives, so it only seems natural to include essential oils into this routine. Plant Therapy Essential Oils are high quality, with absolutely no additives or fillers, which make them ideal for hair care use. The best way to maintain beautiful, luscious locks is by using all natural products to keep our hair at it’s best. That is where essential oils come into play.

Although there are a variety of different hair types, we will only cover some of the most common ones in this post. Hopefully, you can take some of the ideas here and apply it to your hair care routine. Healthy hair is only an essential oil away.


Dry/Damaged Hair

Dry/damaged hair is very common; we use high-heat tools, color our hair, pull our hair up in tight elastics, and the list goes on. Our hair, in general, goes through a lot, and it is always a great idea to take some time to show it some TLC. Fractionated Coconut Oil is hair’s best friend and lucky for you, Plant Therapy has plenty. You can use Coconut Oil for a deep conditioning treatment, a daily detangler, and as a natural thermal protectant. For the daily detangler just apply a light amount of Coconut Oil to wet hair from root to tip and brush through the tangles with a brush or comb. No need to wash out, just dry and style as usual. This method works for the natural thermal protectant too. The great thing with Coconut Oil is it will nourish your hair all day long.

For a Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask try this DIY recipe:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil(I use a fork since they are both so soft)
  2. Add and mix all carrier oils and essential oil (I used my mixer for this).
  3. Store in a cool dark place.
  4. Makes approximately 3 applications.
To use:

Apply mask generously to your hair, let sit for 10-30 minutes and wash with an all natural shampoo.


Oily Scalp

An oily scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce excessive amounts of sebum. It might seem counterproductive to add more oils to an oily scalp, but essential oils are a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. Their makeup and properties are exactly what your oily scalp needs to be more balanced.

6 Essential Oils that help with an oily scalp are Lavender, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Lemon, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile (all types), and Eucalyptus Globulus. These different oils can be used to combat flaky scalps, balance out the natural oils of the scalp, and soothe and nourish the scalp. Add these oils to your favorite shampoo or try one of these No Poo recipes that will help limit the number of chemicals you use on your hair and combat an oily scalp.

Recipe 1

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Dissolve baking soda into water.
  2. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*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.

Recipe 2

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a container.
  2. Shake well to combine and before each use.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*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.

Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality, the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!

This recipe can be used for more than an oily scalp. Switch up the essential oils to combat thinning hair, for a normal cleaning shampoo, or to cater to men. Here are some essential oils to try to switch it up:


Thin and Thick Hair

With thin hair, you have to be careful about which oils you choose because you do not want to weigh your hair down or leave it looking greasy. Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is a great option for thin hair. It can help support a healthy scalp and promote luscious-looking locks. Add it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner and use as directed.

Another great option is Lemongrass. Lemongrass has a refreshing and uplifting aroma that is not only a great addition to shampoo, but it is also an effective cleanser that can strengthen your hair follicles. To use Lemongrass add 5 drops to an ounce of your shampoo or condition, or use 2-3 drops in a tablespoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and massage into the scalp daily and then rinse after 1-3 minutes.

Although Coconut Oil is still a great option for thick hair, Organic Argan Oil is your best bet when it comes to this hair type. Organic Argan is a thicker carrier oil, which thick hair can handle. You can use it in a hair mask or on wet hair before drying and styling. Argan Oil is conditioning and rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids that are ideal for keeping your thick hair nourished and looking fabulous.

Adding essential oils to your hair care routine is a safe, natural way to enhance your luscious locks.

We’ve looked into a few hair types and have given you some suggestions on how to enhance your hair care routines with essential oils and carrier oils. These are great options because they are chemical free, which your hair will thank you for. Have you used any essential oils or carrier oils for your hair? Which ones did you like? Comment below, we would love to hear from you!


When the Mind Runs Amok

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

With a new year, many of us start a fresh set of intentions for improving our health and wellbeing. So, we count steps walked and clock miles ran. We count calories and reps at the gym or laps in the pool. And, some of us measure our BMI, numbers on the scale, or the inches around our waist.

But, what about counting our breath?

Wait. What? Why?

Ok, let me back up a bit.

We often put the focus squarely and solely on the measures of our physical health. But, ehnancing our emotional and mental health is just as important.

If you follow my blogs, you know I am an advocate for the mind, body, spirit connection and the impact it has on our wellness. When our whole being is in balance, we can find our own optimal level of wellbeing.

Our best of  intentions for improving our vitality can be overtaken by our lack of attention to our state of mind.  For a balanced equation in measuring our wellbeing, the mind most definitely matters. In fact, it is actually mission control.

 So, what does this have to do with counting our breath?

When, our thoughts and emotions are out of balance, it can create havoc with our overall wellbeing. The good news is we actually have a built-in mechanism to take charge of where our mind travels. Simply counting our breath can help rebalance to our being. Coupling our breaths with an aromatic companion can create an even more enhancing experience.


When the Mind Runs Amok

Many of us, myself included, have a tendency to let our minds run away with us. I think of it as the mind running amok. Sometimes, I begin to worry or feel anxious solely because I am imagining all that can go wrong down to worst-case scenario for things that have yet to happen. This is especially true if I am about to experience change or make a big decision. Instead of focusing on faith that all will be well, I can “what if this, and what if that” myself into feeling fissures of fear.

Now, before I go on, I want to clear up any possible confusion. We aren’t talking about a deep sense of worry or anxiousness from significant situational, physiological to psychological issues.

Situational issues might include life’s major stressors such as divorce, job change or loss, financial change, a move, death or serious illness and so on. Physiological imbalances may include chemical imbalances in the mind and body that affect a healthy state of mind to the point of debilitating anxiousness, worry or sadness. Psychological issues could include PTSD, phobias or other mental, emotional impairments.

I have dealt with all of these, and while there are things I could do to help myself,  I also needed the help of qualified health practitioners in partnership with my self-care.

But, what if outside of those significantly serious scenarios, we have a tendency toward worry? To imagine worse case scenario when it doesn’t necessarily exist? Can we support a happier state of mind through self-care? 

The Short Answer is “Yes.”

Most of us know if we are “worriers.”

Worry is exhausting on all levels of our being and can diminish our ability to be well.

When we begin to remove worry as a constant source of distress, our whole being has the ability to rebalance and replenish. If left in a chronic state, continued distress of the mind leads to stress in the body, which can take a toll on our mental and physical health.



You can read more about this in:

Take a Breath and Cool Your Jets

But, by becoming aware of our worry when we are in the moment,  we can take control and switch our mind from autopilot run amok to a conscious state where we may steer our thoughts to back to slow and steady.

And, we can do this simply with two natural tools when we find our thoughts tail spinning for reasons not based in our current reality.

Are you ready? Here’s what we need:

  • Our own natural breath
  • Aromatherapy as an amazing ally


Calming Your Mind in the Moment:  Counting Your Breath and Aromatic Anchors

Let’s start with deep breaths and aromatic anchors. We can create a positive association in the brain by connecting a supportive affirmation with a soothing scent to make an aromatic anchor. In this way, we can quickly send a message to our mind that all is well when we subsequently smell the same scent again. This is a great practice to have when you find yourself wandering into worry and need to flip the switch.

First, we want to create an affirmation that is calming to us when our mind in a state of calamity. An affirmation is a positive thought used to replace a negative thought stated in the present tense. I like to use “all is well,” for example, but it is important to use what works for you.

We can enhance this experience by creating a practice combining our affirmation with counting deep breaths. When I was a child, and my emotions became stormy, my mom always told me to take deep breaths and count to three. Naturally, our mothers were right because we now know the deliberate act of slow, deep breathing sends signals to the brain to turn off the stressed state.

Next, we can choose an aromatic synergy that is soothing to us and supports the positive state of mind we are seeking. For this practice, I recommend either adding your synergy to a personal aromatherapy inhaler or diffuser jewelry so it can be with you to whiff when needed.

This is how it would work all together.

  • Choose your affirmation to repeat during times of worry
  • Choose your aromatic synergy to help soothe your senses
  • Create a personal inhaler
  • Use the following deep breathing exercise when needed


An Aromatic Deep Breathing Exercise:

  1. Hold the inhaler under one nostril while gently holding the other nostril closed.
  2. Begin to repeat your chosen affirmation to yourself.
  3. Inhale your aromatic synergy gently, deeply, and slowly down into the lungs, feeling your belly expand, to the count of 3.
  4. Hold a moment.
  5. Exhale slowly, through the mouth, to the count of 3.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Repeat on each side if desired.


 Suggestion for Creating Your Own Synergy

This is one of my all-time favorites for letting go of worry and bringing myself back into balance, especially when I find myself in a heightened state after the fact, or when I become aware of it beginning to bubble up from below:

Add the following to a personal aromatherapy inhaler:

6 drops Geranium Bourbon Pelargonium x asperum

6 drops Neroli Citrus x aurantium

3 drops Orange Sweet Citrus sinensis


Suggestions for Ready Made Synergies

Worry Free – blended to support a relaxed state of mind during times of tension and anxiousness.

Grounded Foundation — helps to soothe, calm and relax when you are feeling distressed by encouraging a sense of safety and security.


Calming Your Mind as as a Practice: Counting Your Breath and Aromatic Meditation

Because thoughts are things that can have real effect on our wellbeing, it is important to learn to drive our own mind, rather than letting it run amok.  This is where meditation can make a great impact.

You read more about the many benefits to our wellbeing in:

M is for Meditation

When we talk about the practice of meditation, it can create a variety of impressions depending on what you’ve heard or experienced. And, for those of us who are worriers, we don’t want the idea of this to be overwhelming.

What we are really talking about is simply a practice of calming the mind and learning to taking control of our thoughts, rather than letting our thoughts control us.

And, this  practice of calming the mind works wonderfully both as a preventive measure and to  be prepared when we become aware of thoughts heading in a wayward direction.

To keep this simple, here we also use the practice of counting the breath and aromatherapy. Here, again, aromatherapy is a great ally by helping to calm the mind, creating a sense of peace, and opening us to a higher state of consciousness.

For meditation, I like to use my diffuser, but you can also use a personal aromatherapy inhaler before you begin.

Seven Simple Steps to Aromatic Meditation

  1. Choose an aromatic blend.
  2. Find a quiet place to practice. Noise canceling ear phones with soothing music may help.
  3. Start your diffuser (for no more than 60 minutes) Or, inhale from your personal aromatherapy inhaler.
  4. Sit in a comfortable position and gently close your eyes.
  5. Simply focus on your natural breath and begin counting each breath.
  6. Thoughts may bubble up.  Just notice them, let them go without emotion or judgement like they are floating on by.
  7. Return to counting your breath.


Suggestions for Creating Your Own Synergy

I like this particular synergy when I am meditating to calm my mind run amok. I find it centering, clarifying and uplifting to support me in seeking a more clear state of mind.

3 drops Grapefruit Pink Citrus x paradisi

1 drop Lemon Citrus x limon

1 drop Buddha Wood Eremophila mitchellii



Suggestions for Ready Made Synergies

Clear Intuition — helps to quiet the conscious mind, encourage introspection and connect to a higher state of consciousness while remaining grounded in peace.

Meditation Synergy Blend — helps to take you into a calmer, more meditative state of mind.


I hope you find these practices combining counting your breath with aromatherapy as a companion helpful in easing your mind when you tend to wander into a state of worry. To truly enhance our overall wellbeing and vitality, it is important to care for our whole being. So, while you are focused on counting your steps to feel more fit, don’t forget to include a practice of counting your breath to create more calm on your journey toward the most fabulous feeling you!

Daily & Weekly Routines to Help Oily Skin

Using Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Our skin is unique and takes a lot of care to stay healthy and looking its best

If you have oily skin, chances are that you have tried at least a handful of products that promise to get rid of that glean and keep your face beautifully matte. But have you ever considered using essential oils to combat that greasy look and feeling? It may sounds pretty counterproductive to use oil to fix oil – but trust us! Certain essential oils work wonders for oily skin. They can help to balance the skin’s oil production, tone and soothe the skin, and stimulate circulation so that you can manage your excess oil naturally, effectively, and cost-efficiently! Let’s take a look at the carrier oils, hydrosols, and essential oils that are great to help manage oily skin.

Carrier Oils

Carrier Oil Blends

Oil Cleanser


Essential Oils

Use essential oils to keep your face clean and healthy

Have a daily routine to care for your skin!

Always remember to wash your face every day to keep it clean and ensure it is getting the nutrients it needs.

  1. Cleanse with Oil Cleanser for Oily Skin. Rub four to six drops into dry hands and apply evenly over dry face. Wet the face and massage gently. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.
  2. Tone using one of the hydrosols mentioned above.
  3. Apply Acne Treatment if needed – We will address acne prone skin in a future blog post; in the meantime, check this out:
  4. Moisturize with Clear Complex Carrier Oil or a carrier oil combination of your choice.

Give your skin a little more love throughout the week by regularly exfoliating in the morning after toning (2-3 times a week) and using a mask in the evening after toning (2-3 times a week).

Give these Plant Therapy favorites a try for a couple DIYs that work great on oily skin!

Aloe Vera Jelly and Honey Face Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix Aloe Vera Jelly and essential oils, then mix with honey.
  2. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Let sit for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  5. Re-apply 2 times a week.


Sugar Scrub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients and use as a scrub.
  2. Rub in gentle circular motions for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.


What are your go-to essential oils for oily skin? Enter a comment and let us know!

How to Treat Hair Loss Naturally with Essential Oils

When considering hair loss treatments, natural remedies may prove helpful.

Hair is more than just a protective covering for our noggin. For most people, it means much more. It’s often the first thing people notice about us. It is part of our identity, our expression and creativity. It is part of our vanity and youthfulness. And, for some, it’s a statement.

Hair care products continue to rise in popularity and in dollars every year as we search for that perfect panacea for flowing tresses.

There are many factors that can contribute to hair loss…

…and it can be difficult to determine the “root” cause. If your father (or mother) experienced balding, and either of their parents did, it may be that an exposed cranium may be in your future. Of course, other factors, such as health, medications, diet, environment, stress, pulling your hair tightly back constantly and hormones can play a big part as well. Some of these things are certainly good to rule out by a doctor first before you invest in endless products.

Do essential oils or carrier oils offer any help?

They very well could. On Robert Tisserand’s website,, it mentions a study performed in 2015 using 100 participants. Half of the participants used Rosemary, and half used the drug Minodoxil. After six months of use, these participants were seen by dermatologists. The interesting findings: The Rosemary group had less hair loss, more hair growth, and the added bonus of fewer side effects. [1]

Besides Rosemary, there are other essential oils that might also be beneficial. Sandalwood and Cedarwood are nourishing oils, which can also be stimulating to one’s scalp. Lavender is also nourishing, and can be found in many hair products, body products, etc., because of its beneficial properties. Geranium is known to promote natural healing and is strengthening. Clary Sage is good because this oil calms and reduces swelling, and can help regulate oil production.

Of course, what you put the essential oils in before applying to your head is also important.

The simplest way would be to add a couple drops of essential oils to a dollop of shampoo and mix well. It is important to select a quality shampoo without harmful chemicals. Substances like sulfates, which are surfactants and responsible for the rich lather, can be counterproductive to your quest for healthy, strong hair.

Besides adding essential oils to your shampoo, you could create a conditioning oil treatment to apply weekly, leave on for 1-2 hours, and then wash out. This could be done with essential oils such as Geranium, Frankincense Carteri, Tea Tree, or Helichrysum in a carrier oil or carrier oil blend at a 1-2% dilution. Massaging your head while applying can also offer the scalp additional stimulation. Some good carrier oil choices for hair oil treatments include Argan, Jojoba, Evening Primrose, Hemp, Avocado and Black Jamaican Castor oil. Any of the essential oils mentioned above would be good in a blend of 2-3 of these carrier oils.

Also, don’t forget about hydrosols. They also offer support to hair health. Suzanne Catty in “Hydrosols, the Next Aromatherapy,” recommends diluting your shampoo 50/50 with a hydrosol such as Rosemary or Rose. Catty says that it will give shine, feed the condition of the scalp and hair follicles, and will still give you the cleaning power that you need, as most shampoos are more potent than they need to be. [2]

Or, you could dilute the conditioner rather than the shampoo. Another option would be to use the hydrosol as a leave-in treatment after shampooing and before styling. Some customers have shared their experience of Rose Hydrosol helping as a de-tangler.

I also tried an oil conditioning treatment of:

Mix these ingredients together and  apply to hair, roots to tips. Leave on for at least 1 hour.

I applied this oil treatment on my hair and scalp, so it was well-saturated but not dripping. I really only used it a few times. What I noticed most of all, with both treatments, was that my hair became shinier.

Like most issues, it really is about what your body needs, and finding something that will personally work for you. It may be a journey and may take a bit of experimenting.

It’s been a relatively short time since I began implementing these products in my hair care, but my hair does seem healthier and shinier.  I will continue to experiment with these products and try to implement other healthier lifestyle changes as well.

What has worked for you, to help your hair grow faster and stronger? Let us know in the comments below!



[1] Tisserand, Robert.

[2] Catty, Suzanne, 2001. Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press.

Say Goodbye to Dry Winter Skin!

Use essential oils to help dry winter skin. Softly falling snow, ice skating on frozen lakes, snowball fights with the kids, getting cozy on the couch with a hot drink and a crackling fireplace…

Winter months can stir up some wonderful images. There are so many pleasant things about winter, but if you live in a cold, dry climate, winter can also brings about an unpleasant reality: Dry skin.

With the decrease of humidity outside and the increase of dry central heating inside, many of us deal with this very common (and very uncomfortable!) ailment. Whether you’re dealing with skin that is dull and tight from dryness, suffering from painful cracks, or flaky patches that are downright embarrassing, nourishing and moisturizing your skin during the winter will keep it healthy, comfortable, and glowing. And essential oils can help!

Remember: As the weather changes, so should your skincare regimen.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and where it is the thinnest and most sensitive (face, hands, and feet), it will take the most damage. “Skin dries out if it’s deprived of moisture and this dryness often aggravates itchiness, resulting in a condition commonly referred to as ‘winter itch.’”(1)

Thankfully, if you’re ready to quench your thirsty skin, Plant Therapy offers single oils, synergy blends, and carrier oils that will have your skin feeling great all winter long!

For starters, consider Helichrysum Italicum. It is rejuvenating and soothing for the skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars, and stretch marks. It is an all-around superb oil for skin woes.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil, being rich in carotenoids, is another nourishing and healing option for the skin. It is known to breathe life into dull skin, balance skin sebum, and even soothe away unpleasant sunburn sensations.

Next, aside from the heavenly aroma of Rose Absolute, it would be amiss to forget to mention this prized oil for its calming and soothing properties to save your dry winter skin.

Synergy blends such as Soft Skin and Silky Soft are designed to keep your skin soft and healthy. Dilute these oils with a skin-friendly carrier oil, like Almond or Meadowfoam, and enjoy a superior moisturizing blend that will protect and nourish your skin during the cold winter months.

Try these skincare tips. Your skin will thank you for it!
  • Use sunscreen! It’s easy to forget about sunscreen when all we see are grey clouds and dreary winter skies. But remember, UV light is all around us and can cause serious damage to unprotected skin. Winter sun is powerful, especially if it’s being reflected off of snow.
  • Exfoliate gently on your delicate skin so that whatever moisturizing products you’re using are able to absorb quickly and deeply to keep your skin glowing.
  • Invest in a humidifier. The drier the air is, the dryer your skin will be. Using a humidifier is a quick and effective way to add moisture into the air, which in turn will help keep your skin hydrated in the winter.
  • Steaming hot showers and baths may feel amazing on a chilly day, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Opt for warm water instead; that hot-hot water can instantly dry your skin, leaving it feeling itchy, tight, and very uncomfortable.
For a luxurious and skin soothing bath, try this recipe:
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:

Add 1/2 tsp. to your bath, along with a handful of Pink Himalayan Salt if desired, and enjoy your silky soft skin!

Remember to apply moisturizers within a few minutes of getting out of the shower or bath to seal in moisture before it evaporates. Try this recipe for a luscious lotion that hydrates, heals, and soothes:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Warm a pan of water on the stove.
  2. Add butters and oils to medium glass bowl.
  3. Place over simmering water and heat until melted.
  4. Remove from heat and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes until it begin to firm on the edges.
  5. Whip with hand mixer until frothy.
  6. Return to refrigerator for about 30 minutes, until solid.
  7. Whip again, adding essential oils.
  8. Scoop into container of your choice

What are your go-to essential oils for dry winter skin? Enter a comment and let us know!


Reference: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “How to stop winter from weathering your skin: Top ten tips for preventing ‘winter itch’.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 October 2012.

Top 8 Essential Oils for Sore Muscle Relief

Essential oils can help provide relief from sore, achy muscles and joints.
Essential oils can help provide relief from sore, achy muscles and joints.
Did you know: The No. 1 most common New Year’s resolution, according to a 2015 Nielsen survey, is to “Stay fit and healthy.”

With weight loss and health atop most people’s New Year’s to-do list, more exercise is essential. The extra physical activity can often lead to sore muscles.

Our New Year New You goal at Plant Therapy is to help you succeed in 2018. That’s why we’ve created this essential oils reference guide to relieving sore muscles and achy joints.

Essential Oils for Sore Muscle Relief

Rapid ReliefNew Year, New You 2018

This popular blend is helpful for sore joints and discomfort that comes with over exercise, aging joints, or that occasional bump and minor injury. It contains warming oils that help with circulation which will bring relief. This is great is a blend with our Aloe Vera Jelly or with a carrier oil or butter. Rapid Relief is one of the pre-diluted roll-ons featured in Plant Therapy’s New Year New You Set!

Black Pepper

Yes, Black Pepper is good for tummy issues and for respiratory congestion. But did you know, Black Pepper is also very helpful for sore muscles? The major constituents in this versatile essential oil, b-caryophyllene and d-limonene, make it a good choice for soothing swollen, sore muscles.

Roman Chamomile

Many people know that Roman Chamomile can be calming to emotions. The great thing about this essential oil is that it is also calming to your skin and body tissue as well. It reduces tightness and swelling, and relaxes those knots that can build up after a strenuous workout or a stressful day.


I didn’t used to pay much attention to Marjoram. I owe Marjoram an apology.  Sweet Marjoram has many attributes; it is supportive to the immune system, it is calming to the mind, it helps with digestion and cramping, it is there for seasonal threats, and of course it is great at relieving body and muscle discomfort and swelling. Good thing Marjoram is “sweet” and doesn’t hold a grudge!


Geranium isn’t just a rosy smelling essential oil! It is a force to be reckoned with in combating discomfort and swelling. Both of our Geraniums, Bourbon and Egyptian can be interchanged and both address sore muscles and even sore joints due to over-exertion. In addition, it helps with skin issues, with mood, and also inhibits the growth of bacteria.

Tension Relief

As a massage therapist, I find this blend very helpful for sore shoulder muscles and tight necks. It can loosen those tight tendons and muscles, and help your neck and head move more freely. Dilute to 2-3% with a carrier oil and have someone massage it into that area for an “ahhhh” feeling.

Muscle Aid

A natural choice to help one feel better after trying to relive your athletic high school days! Muscle Aid was formulated by Plant Therapy’s Certified Aromatherapists and essential oil expert Robert Tisserand. It combines some powerful oils (Wintergreen, Camphor and Pine) to bring relief.

Muscle Aloe Jelly

This is a convenient blend for weekend warriors and many of our customers love it! It dries quickly and goes to work to help reduce the achy soreness that comes from a marathon, an intense gym workout, or playing with the kids.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to exercise more? Finish a triathlon? Simply be more active? Tell us about it in the comments below, and let’s support one another on our wellness journeys!

Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight?

Aromatherapy, along with a healthy diet and exercise, can help you lose weight.
Aromatherapy, along with a healthy diet and exercise, can help with weight loss.
Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight?

This is a good question, and the answer may surprise you.

Humans have a keen sense of smell. Scientists know that when we are hungry, our bodies boost the performance of our sense of smell in order to improve our chances of finding food (1). This is a survival mechanism. When we are hungry, food smells and tastes amazing, leading to the easy conclusion that if we let ourselves get too hungry, we are very likely to overeat.

Scientific research shows that we prefer sweet smells, and that strongly sweet scents such as chocolate often triggers feelings of hunger and leads to overeating or binge eating, while “neutral” sweet smells actually curbs appetite. A scientific study asked 3,193 overweight people (mostly women) aged 18-64 to inhale a variety of what was considered neutral sweet smells: banana, green apple, vanilla, and peppermint, three times in each nostril whenever they were hungry. After six months, the participants lost an average of five pounds per month (2).

Diffusing the right essential oils can help curb appetite, and assist you to lose weight.
Diffusing the right essential oils can help curb appetite, and assist you to lose weight.

It makes sense that smell plays a large part in our hunger cues. If humans’ olfactory systems become enhanced when hungry, it is reasonable to believe that suppressing smell may decrease appetite.

In consideration of essential oils, inhalation is the single most effective way to receive their benefits. When aromas reach the olfactory bulb, they not only trigger the limbic system (emotional center), it triggers your hypothalamus, too. The hypothalamus is the portion of your brain that is connected to satiety. Odor molecules actually inform your brain that you have eaten enough and you are full. You see, it is not only our stomach that dictates our hunger!

Therefore, specific essential oils can be used in an inhaler to curb our food cravings. We know based on the above study that certain smells work better than others; but remember, we are not all the same, so personal experimentation may be in order. One thing is for sure: The aromas of essential oils can definitely play a role in weight loss through curbing cravings.

For this cause, Plant Therapy’s team of Certified Aromatherapists created Munchy Stop Synergy (reformulated in late 2017). We designed this blend to help manage hunger cravings, promote healthy eating habits, and help reduce the desire to snack between meals.

Munchy Stop blends the 100% pure, undiluted essential oils of Copaiba, Grapefruit Pink, Tumeric CO2, Lemon Myrtle, and Yuzu.

Here are 5 more single oils that can help you along your weight loss journey:

Peppermint can boost energy levels, which can help maximize your workouts. Not to mention, its soothing properties can help soothe sore muscles after exercise.

Lemon is also a stimulating oil. It promotes a positive mood, which will keep you in a positive mindset.

Lavender and Bergamot are calming, relaxing oils. Over-stressed people tend to overeat, or eat unhealthily. Naturally, if you can lower your stress level, you can better avoid stress-eating (also known as emotional eating).

Grapefruit Pink, diluted to 1% in a carrier oil, can be applied topically to the abdomen to aid with digestive upset.

We hope that this clears up any questions you had in regards to using essential oils for weight loss. If you have any further questions or need clarification, please comment below or reach out to one of our on-staff aromatherapists:


(1) Scent and how it affects appetite and satisfaction. Retrieved from:

(2) Hirsch, A.R., Gomez, R. (1995) Weight reduction through inhalation of odorants. J Neurol Orthopedic Medical Surgery. 16:28-31

New Year, New You — Resolutions From the Inside Out

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Happy New Year!

If you are like me, the advent of a new year brings the desire for a fresh start. New Year, New You!

Tradition and popular culture tell us to set new goals and go, go, go! But, many of us find our resolutions lose our attention until the best of our intentions melt away with the winter snow.


Most often, our resolutions revolve around the most surface level of our beings — our physicality and our personality. On a physical level we often focus on our looks and fitness. Exercise more. Eat better. Lose weight. On a personality level, we might focus on better behaviors. Be kinder. Be more patient. Listen more.

While the desire and success of these outcomes are worthwhile, I believe we need to start by going below the surface, where our longer-term well-being is more deeply rooted within our inner selves. When we start from the inside out, we support whole being by removing blocks to our better selves.

Wait… What?

Our physicality and our personality are often the most visible to ourselves and others, so it can feel natural to want to start there. But, this can be akin to trying to tune up your car’s transmission by changing the tires.

When we start with making over our outward selves, we may be ignoring issues influencing us from within.  Left to fester, these concerns can manifest as symptoms we experience more externally.

If you ignore checking and changing the oil in your car’s engine, eventually you are going to run into transmission trouble. This is true with our own innermost workings as well.

So, I suggest switching gears. Instead of focusing first on resolutions for regimens to polish up our outsides, let’s start by setting our intentions to restore our sense of vibrancy from the inside out by releasing our natural energy flow.

Tuning In and Tuning Up our Chakras

In holistic approaches to care, we talk about mind, body and spirit. Together, these three interconnected aspects of our selves comprise our whole being and impact our overall well-being.

When we are working with the “spirit” part of our being, we can also refer to that as our subtle body. Our subtle body is that most amorphous part of our being. It includes our natural energy flow which we may be considered as our our life force. It is what animates us and brings a sense of vitality and vibrancy when we are in balance.

When this vital balance to our natural energy flow is disrupted by stress, negative thinking,  wounds or traumas, it can bog down and create blocks. Left over the long-term, these blocks can begin to impact our overall well-being.

One way of tuning in to our natural energy flow is through the chakra system which comes to us from ancient Ayurvedic medicine and modern energy balancing techniques. From this perspective, we have 7 major chakras aligned along our spine located in ascending order from base to crown. Each chakra  intersects with specific functions of our mind and body.

These chakras, which translate to “wheel” take in energy and move it throughout our beings as they turn. Our overall well-being depends on these chakras being open, and their ability to  move energy through a pathway of freely flowing open channels from one location to the next.

This state of being in balance supports our bodies’ own natural healing mechanisms. When our chakras are out of balance, it can bog down our vibrancy and sense of vitality leaving us feeling flat in mind and body. Disruptions in our energy flow, left unchecked, can create blockages that affect our ability to bounce back into a state well-being eventually appearing as physical concerns and conditions.

The good news is we have the ability to tune in and tune up by adding some self-balancing technique to our self-care routines.

Simple Ways to Start

This blog is not intended to deal with the deepest of imbalances, but rather to introduce you to some simple steps to get us started .  Like aromatherapy, the study of our chakra system and its effects on our wellness can be an endless exploration of study — an exciting one that I encourage, if it interests you.

What we want to do here, is to begin by checking under our hood to see where we might need to nourish and replenish our sense of vitality. If we can do a tune-up ourselves, great! But if there are more serious issues, it is always worth considering professional support.

Instead of waging war with our superficial selves, we are going to practice peace within our innermost selves. To tune into our own inner workings, we are going to look at some common imbalances with each chakra, see if they might inspire our own inner awareness, and add some simple self-balancing techniques.

Aromatherapy combined with practices to be present and purposeful in calming the mind, body and spirit, can create a wonderful synergy to enhance our experience in restoring our sense of balance, harmony and well-being within our whole being.

In this practice of subtle aromatherapy we use aromatic essences to help support balance in our natural energy flow by choosing those that can resonate with certain chakras . You can read our previous blog, “What Exactly is Subtle Aromatherapy” for more detailed information.

I hope this information will inspire you in getting started with a new and better you from the inside out, while encouraging you to continue your exploration to enhancing your wellness from within.

Choosing a Synergy to Support Your Chakras

When you embark on an expanded study of subtle aromatherapy, you will find many ways to choose essential oils to enhance balance in your chakra system.

For the beginner, those on the go, and experienced practitioners alike, Plant Therapy offers the Chakra Synergy Essential Oils  for ease in accessing your practice.  Each synergy was created with the intention of supporting balance in for each of the unique chakras.

To invite inspiration and intuition, I have offered some examples below of experiences so common they get expressed in our everyday language. These are often outward reflections of an inner imbalance, though we may not have thought of them that way.

If you find these resonate with your experience,  you will find the chakra most often associated with these concerns, as well as suggested synergies and self-balancing practices. Please keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list, but simply a guidepost to start you on your own exploration through introspection and greater self-awareness.

Click to Download “Choosing a Chakra Synergy Chart”

“She is such a worry wart.”

 Possible Imbalance: 1st Chakra/Root

Location: Base of Spine

In Balance: a sense safety, security, and trust in the world, while feeling grounded and present in our body.

Synergy: Grounded Foundation

Intention: Use to help ground, soothe, calm and relax when you are feeling disconnected and distressed. Helps to create a sense of security, protection and hope.


“I get bad vibes from her.”

Possible Imbalance: 2nd Chakra/Sacral

Location: Lower Abdomen

In Balance: Ability to experience emotional security, passion and pleasure in creative expression and connection to others.

Synergy: Joyful Creation

Intention: Encourages harmony, warmth, and enthusiasm in relationships. Helps to clear energetic blocks related to relationships and creative expression.


“She doesn’t stands up for herself.”  

Possible Imbalance: 3rd Chakra/Solar Plexus

Location: Solar Plexus

In Balance: Sense of self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence while retaining warmth and graciousness toward others.

Synergy: Self Manifestation

Intention: Strengthens our sense of self-empowerment with enthusiasm, stamina and motivation. Nourishes our sense of self-worth with courage, confidence and optimism.


“She is cold-hearted.”

Possible Imbalance: 4th Chakra/Heart

Location: Center of Breast Bone

In Balance: Open to love, acceptance, forgiveness and compassion for self and others

Synergy: Loving Compassion

Intention: Comforting and calming, this synergy helps to ease wounds of the heart and nourish the spirit. Promotes unconditional love for self and others with compassion and acceptance.


“She sounds so phony.”  

Possible Imbalance: 5th Chakra/Throat

Location: Center of Throat

In Balance Ability to identify and speak your true needs while in integrity with yourself and others.

Synergy: True Expression

Intention: Use this synergy to support clear communication in integrity with yourself and others. Helps to connect to our inner essence, as well as higher consciousness, so that we may know and outwardly express our authentic selves through truth.


“She has no vision.”

Possible Imbalance: 6th Chakra/Throat

Location: Center of Throat

In Balance: Ability to clearly “see” conceptually and symbolically through intuition, perception, visualization and imagination.

Synergy: Clear Intuition

Intention: Use this synergy to quiet the conscious mind and encourage introspection. Promotes the ability to “clearly see” through intuition, insights and clarity. Invites creation energy and inspires possibility.


“She seems to have lost her way.”

Possible Imbalance: 7th Chakra/Crown

Location: Top of Head

In Balance: Sense of connection to a higher consciousness, higher purpose, and higher self while remaining firmly grounded.

Synergy: Higher Connection

Intention: Use to help strengthen your purpose and ability to connect to higher spiritual consciousness. Gently encourages strength in our spiritual growth to know greater love and deeper purpose.


Choose a Mindfulness Practice

Subtle aromatherapy works best in combination with mindfulness practices to help bring balance to our well-being.  You may wish to  choose from these practices below, or perhaps you already have something that works best for you.

Intentionssetting a clear purpose and using your synergy with that purpose in mind.

 Suggested Usage: direct inhalation


Affirmationsreplacing negative thoughts positive thoughts in the present tense

Suggested Usage: direct inhalation, anointing


Visualization – using your mind’s eye to create a healing image on which to focus.

Suggested Usage: diffusion, direct inhalation, anointing


Meditationcalming the conscious mind to allow for inward introspection and higher information

Suggested Usage: diffusion, direct inhalation, anointing


Choose a Method of Application

Once you have chosen your chakra to bring into balance, selected your synergy for support, and focused on a practice to bring balance, it is important how best to integrate your aromatic essences to enhance your experience.

You will find below some suggested methods of application for the chakra synergies in combination with each mindfulness practice, but feel free to choose what works best for you.

Because you are working with your spirit, or subtle body, we recommend you use these synergies at much less intensity than you would for your emotional and physical needs so as not to overwhelm the senses.

Inhalation Simply add 1 drop to a tissue or cotton ball, aromatherapy jewelry, a few drops to your diffuser, or gently breathe in from personal aroma inhaler.

Topical Application – dilute to 1% in jojoba carrier oil or organic fractionated coconut carrier oil. You may wish to anoint your chakra pulse points, or nearby areas of the body. For the first chakra, you may use the soles of the feet and/or touch behind the knees.

Combination – add drops diluted to 1% to the hands and then anoint the chakra, pulse point or body area desired. Then, bring the hands up to inhale and relax into a mindful balancing practice.

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