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Ingredients: Saponified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Saponified Organic Otea Europaea (Olive Oil), Saponified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera.

 

Now that Plant Therapy has added Castile Soap to our line of products, I went in search of different ways to use it. To my surprise, there are hundreds of uses for it! While I am testing out and tweaking these recipes I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

 

Foaming Hand Soap

Here’s what you ‘ll need:

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Add the water to the foaming pump dispenser
  2. Add Castile Soap
  3. Add  Optiphen +
  4. Add essential oil
  5. Replace cap, shake well

 

Multi-Purpose Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 5 ounces water
  • 3 ounces white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Castile Soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon Polysorbate 20
  • 25-30 drops essential oil (I use Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter in most batches )
  • Spray Bottle

What you’ll do:

  1.  Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spray and wipe.

 

Body Wash

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. Pour into bottle.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Store in your bathroom and use as you would a traditional body wash.

 

Fruit and Veggie Wash

What you’ll need:

A bowl of cool water (approximately 2 quarts)

5-6 drops Castile Soap

2 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Mix together and that’s it! There is no need to rinse your fruit and veggies, they are ready to go. If you are not using them right away, just drain and store in the fridge.

 

KidSafe Shampoo

What you’ll Need:

4 ounces Castile Soap

1 tablespoon Carrier Oil of choice

4 oz plastic bottle

18 drops of KidSafe Synergy or KidSafe Single Essential Oil of choice.  (Lavender, Tea Tree or Get “Em Gone are great options).

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Pour into bottle.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Store in your bathroom and use as you would a traditional body wash.

 

Bubbling Bath Salts

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure Epsom salt, pour into medium bowl and set aside
  2. Measure 1 TBSP coconut oil, into small dish or beaker, set aside
  3. Measure 2 mL essential oil with graduated cylinder {or drop 40-45 drops}. Pour into coconut oil
  4. Measure body wash
  5. Add carrier/essential oils mixture to the body wash, stirring well. Mixture will turn opaque and thicken slightly as you stir
  6. Add carrier/essential oil/body wash mixture to Epsom salt
  7. Stir well
  8. Package in a container of your choice, but do be sure it’s airtight!

To use, run about 1/4 cup under your warm water as you fill the tub. This is the perfect way to send yourself or your little one, or yourself, off to bed all calm and snuggly!

 

Plant Therapy’s Castile Soap is unscented making it safe for kids and adults alike to use for effective and safe cleaning. This soap is perfect for hand, body, and face washing, as well as for dishes, mopping, and other household chores. This green, nontoxic soap base is perfect because of its many, many uses. We will be sharing more of these many uses with you soon!

 

How do you like to use Castile Soap?

 

 

DIY Perfume

 

Essential Oils are used for practical purposes, but from time to time it is nice to be able to use them to make us feel good and smell good. Below are 3 recipes that Plant Therapy’s Certified Aromatherapists really enjoy. And for those of you who took advantage of Plant Therapy’s Day 5  Sale and received the perfume bottle as a free gift, you will love adding these to your recipe file.

 

Woodland Blooms

3 drops Mandarin Citrus reticulata

2 drops Cedarwood Himalayan Cedrus deodara

1 drop Jasmine Absolute Jasminum sambac

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.

 

Peaceful Spring

2 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

2 drops Neroli Citrus x aurantium

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.

 

Vanilla Orange Blossoms

3 drops Orange Blood Citrus sinensis

2 drops Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia

1 drop Ylang Ylang Complete Cananga odorata

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.

 

Dandelion Infused Carrier Oil DIY

Spring is in the air and the Dandelions are once again popping their bright yellow heads out of the ground. Up until recently I have never looked at these pesky lawn ornaments as beneficial-only as the usual weed that I struggle to banish from my perfectly groomed lawn. But boy does my heart melt every single time my toddler brings me her gorgeous bouquet of freshly picked dandelions. I don’t dare throw them out and break her little heart – so random cups of water, with yellow blossoms floating in them litter my kitchen all summer long.

So what’s so great about these bouts of infestation consuming my luscious green grass? Fresh dandelions are beneficial for a variety of reasons. To my surprise, every part of a dandelion is useful including the flower, stem, roots and leaves. Dandelions are extremely beneficial for fighting bacteria and helping to heal wounds. They have been considered a natural food source for so long due to having a very high vitamin and mineral content (even higher than vegetables) and are used to decorate salads or to be eaten raw in many countries. You can boil them, or dip them in batter and fry them. Due to the fact that dandelions are such a sustainable plant and they are easily grown, they can be used year-round for a multitude of medicinal purposes.

The dandelion dates back to the early 1800’s and is said to originate in Europe, where they used to rid their lawn of the grass in order to make more room for dandelions and other “weeds.” The name “Dandelion” is an English corruption of the French name for this plant: “dent de lion” meaning “lion’s tooth”, a reference to the tooth-like serrations on the plant’s leaves.” (Ehrlich, 2015)

As for therapeutic properties, they are gentle, calming, and have pain relieving qualities that can be beneficial for muscle rubs and over-exertion balms. Dandelion infused carrier oil is perfect for beauty products or for topical applications due to its healing properties. It can also help reduce feelings of worry and is skin moisturizing. Dandelions are chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, are an appetite stimulant, and are great for upset stomach. Dandelions can also help with digestion and help fight inflammation.

Next let’s talk about how to make a Dandelion Infused Carrier Oil. First of all, there are different infusion methods you can use to extract the medicinal benefits of the Dandelion. There is the Solar-infused method, cold infusion method, and double-boiler method. This recipe is going to be for the cold infusion method.

Any carrier oil can be used for this recipe, the only thing you should keep in mind is the shelf life of the carrier oil – this will determine how long your dandelion infused carrier oil will last. I chose to use a blend of Camellia Seed Carrier Oil (12-18 months) and Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil (2 years). Some excellent alternatives are Almond Carrier Oil, Argan Carrier Oil  or Jojoba Carrier Oil (which will extend the shelf life of the carrier oil).

Before you begin picking, always make sure the dandelions you are picking are free of pesticides and chemicals. When you go out to pick your dandelions make sure it is a bright sunny day and late enough in the afternoon that all the dew has evaporated. You want to pick enough of them to fill up your mason jar. Shake each individual flower head gently to evacuate any small inhabitants that may be living in them.

Once the jar is full, fill your mason jar with your choice of carrier oil until it covers the dandelions completely. You do not want your dandelions to be sticking out of the oil because the air and moisture can inhibit bacteria growth and lead to molding. Once they are completely submerged in the oil, stir gently to ensure all the air bubbles have been removed and place in a sunny window. You can cover the oil with a breathable mesh such as cheesecloth or a coffee filter to be sure no foreign objects fall into the oil while it is infusing.

 Let the oil sit, stirring every few days, for 2-3 weeks. Dandelions can be left in the window for up to 4 weeks if you choose to make the carrier oil more aromatic, but any longer could result in bacteria growth and mold. This method of infusion is called the “cold infusion method” because you do not use heat to extract the properties from the dandelion. Once the 2-3 weeks has elapsed, use a slotted spoon to remove the dandelion heads, then strain through a cheesecloth or fine mesh cloth to remove any small particles. Also, you will want to store the oil in a cool, dark place as you would any other carrier oil.  To calculate the shelf life of your dandelion infused oil take average of the shelf life your carrier oils have; for this particular recipe, it would be about 21 months.

When the oil is finished there are so many different DIY products you could use it for. It can be used to create an oil blend, salve, or butter for pain associated with age and over-exertion. It can be added to a lotion which would be beneficial for dry chapped skin. Making a facial toner is a great option as well, due to the inflammation and healing properties of the dandelions. Don’t forget that the carrier oil alone has added therapeutic properties, so making this dandelion infusion then becomes a powerhouse for therapeutic benefits.

Helpful Hints:
  • Always make sure the dandelions you are picking are free of pesticides and chemicals.
  • Only pick dandelions once the dew has evaporated on a warm sunny day.
  • Shake/tap gently to remove inhabitants.
  • Check your carrier oil for mold growth and air bubbles every couple of days while it is in the sunny window. (If you get a small patch of mold on one of the flower heads it should still be fine, but if there is too much you may consider throwing it out and beginning again.)
  • Store your dandelion infused carrier oil in a cool, dark place.
  • Label your container with the infusion date to ensure accurate shelf life.
  • Be sure to use clean, dry containers and utensils when preparing your dandelions for infusion.

 

“When you look at a field of dandelions you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes.”

– Unknown

 

References:

Ehrlich, S. D. (2015, June 22). University of Maryland Medical Center. Retrieved from Dandelion: http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

 

What do you like to infuse your carrier oils with?

DIY Deodorant

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

 

I was recently talking to a friend of mine about traditional deodorants.  Our conversation was eye opening as she enlightened me to just how harmful they can be.  Upon conducting research, I found there to be aluminum in virtually all store bought brands.  Not being entirely sure what that would do to my body, I decided to find out for myself.  Some of the most alarming side effects are that it clogs your pores and therefore minimizes your ability to sweat.  My initial response to that information was, well, isn’t that what deodorant is supposed to do?  However, our bodies were made to sweat, as it in an effective and healthy way of eliminating toxins.  I think we already have enough hygiene products that we don’t feel entirely comfortable using, or even some where we avoid the ingredients label all together.  I set out to find a homemade deodorant recipe that I felt was safe and would help me maintain my hygienic sanity as two of my boys approach their teen years.  As an added bonus, it’s only 1/3 of the cost of traditional deodorants. After some trial and error, the best one I have found is the following coconut oil deodorant recipe.

 

Baking Soda: I use this often to neutralize odors around the house.  It helps balance your’ body’s PH levels keeping you smelling nice. You know your skin the best, if you feel like this ingredient is a bit abrasive for you then replacing it with arrowroot powder will give you the same results. If replacing it entirely doesn’t resonate with your skin type either you can use both baking soda and arrowroot powder and find a good balance of both. Luckily with this recipe you can fine tune it to you or your family’s needs.

Arrow Root: Absorbs excess moisture and the contains calcium chloride to help balance your PH levels.

Corn Starch: Rather than blocking your pores, like store bought deodorant, it helps to absorb excess moisture.  It can help soothe skin irritation, relieve issues caused by warm/damp environments, and keep your underarms nice and dry.

Virgin Coconut Oil: This is another ingredient that helps keep your body balanced and eliminate skin conditions that can potentially cause an unpleasant odor.  The high content of Lauric Acid found in coconut oil offers a nice support to your immune system.

Bentonite Clay: This is my favorite ingredient because it actually HELPS your body by drawing out toxins, keeping your lymph nodes clear.  Your lymph nodes are a part of your body largely responsible for fighting infection, illness, and eliminating things the body doesn’t need or may be harmful.  Keeping your lymph nodes clear is necessary for a fully functioning immune system. How cool to add an extra boost to your health by using your deodorant, and it doesn’t stain!

Tea Tree:Essential Oil: Warm and damp places are an ideal place for fungus and other germs, aka our underarms on any given day. Luckily, Tea Tree Essential Oil is a great remedy for the unwanted substances and whatever odor could accompany them. Tea Tree has a high content of Terpinen-4-ol which is what makes unpleasant odor lose the battle. If you struggle with skin sensitivity or razor burn Tea Tree can also help with bumps, break outs, and general skin irritation. Because of its immune boosting constituents it has health benefits that extend far beyond your underarms. Not only do I LOVE the aroma of Tea Tree but it was also the first essential oil I was introduced to so it has a special place for me. Because, of the previous factors Tea Tree was the best options for me, however if you want a bit more soft and synergistic aroma, Lavender is a really fabulous addition.  Not only does it help with odors but it also has a very calming effect on the mind and body.

Beeswax I used this to ensure the deodorant would stay solid at room temperature.  We throw these in our gym bags and I would hate to open it up to a melted mess when I need deodorant the most!  Not to mention the benefits of vitamin A for your skin and immune system.

 

What you’ll need

 

What you’ll do

  1. Over a double boiler melt beeswax and coconut oil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Whisk in dry ingredients and essential oils.
  4. Pour into Twist Tube.
  5. Let sit until hard.

 

I specifically wanted to stay with a 1% dilution for my essential oils since we’ll be using this often.  This will help minimize the risks associated with sensitization.  This is my FAVORITE natural deodorant recipe, and has given me the option of never going back to expensive and unsafe store bought deodorant.  Using this natural deodorant helps me to smell nice and boost my immune system.

 

 

What are your favorite essential oils to combat unpleasant odors?

 

 

My Travel Kit – Part 2

By: Diane Mishler, Certified Aromatherapist

 

For those of us who do not live in New York , certain words are conjured up when contemplating visiting this great city. For me, it’s synonymous with words like excitement, bustle, sophistication, food, traffic, and diversity. A great place to experience and it will take more than one trip in your life to even touch all that it has to offer.

A few of us Aromatherapists from Plant Therapy went to the Big Apple to attend the Healthy Brands Showcase, which featured vendors from different companies. We also attended classes on CO2 distillation. We are always learning so we can be better informed and offer safe information and education to our customers. Travel to any city, although fun and wonderful, can also mean stress, exhaustion, exposure to illness, headaches, digestive issues, sore muscles and other issues that can cut into the enjoyment of a trip.

There are some products that I bring along on a trip to make the experience better. Plant Therapy’s convenient pre-diluted synergy roll-ons can be quite helpful. I make sure that I include some that will help me wind down from a busy day. Some of my favorites are Tranquil, Tension Relief and Worry Free. They help  quiet the mind, relax the body and bring a more peaceful feeling when everything around you is different from what you are used to.

If the foods in New York don’t tempt you, then you are a stronger person than the three of us. There were signs screaming, “Pizza!”, “Cheesecake!”, “Bagels!” and so many other delectable treats. What could we do? We didn’t want to be rude. For me personally, part of an excursion is trying out the local fare. Repeatedly doing this, added to a hectic schedule, and one can start to feel like your digestive system is “off”. I like to use the DiGiZen roll-on applied to my tummy when I feel a little nausea or indigestion. It soothes and can often divert digestive disaster. I wouldn’t be without it when traveling.

There are so many people in New York City! It’s like a never-ending sea of bodies that you are in the middle of, hoping that you don’t drop something or lose a shoe. It’s amazing and fascinating, but it is also a place where the odds of picking up something that you didn’t start out with can increase. I make sure I bring Germ Fighter or if kids are along on a trip, Germ Destroyer instead. They both can help keep one safer from seasonal threats. Immune Aid or Immune Boom are also great for helping to lend support to us when we are feeling run down or in need of help to our Immune systems.

A convenient item to bring along on a trip are Plant Therapy’s personal inhalers. Be sure to check out this helpful Blog article that we have that explains how to use them – Personal Inhaler Tips and Tricks. They are lightweight, won’t spill and they can be easily tucked in a pocket or purse. Inhalation is a powerful method when using essential oils and these will definitely come in handy.

One other product that can be very helpful is our Aloe Vera Jelly. It’s wonderful as a carrier to your essential oils because it penetrates well, doesn’t leave you oily, and feels light on the skin. It also can be used as a hand sanitizer when a synergy like Germ Destroyer is added.

Travel is always fantastic, but it’s good to be home. My body and mind seem to relax a notch when I get off of that final plane. I take with me many cherished memories and sometimes new friendships. I am content for a short while. Hmmm, I hear there’s a lavender Farm near the ocean in Washington….

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #8

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Hustle and Bustle Holiday Hot Bath”  

By: Brodie Lapray

Kid Safe: Yes

After all the hustle and bustle of shopping for the holidays a nice hot bath can be relaxing and a wonderful self-indulgent way to the end of a busy day. And, of course, one of the best ways is with essential oils. Hustle and Bustle Holiday Hot Bath is a blend that relieves stress, eases achy legs and feet. It also removes toxins from the body leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to go again the next morning.

What you’ll need;

 

What you’ll do;

Measure out ½ cup of Pink Himalayan Salt and place in a glass dish. In a separate dish mix the Master Blend together. Add Master Blend to salt by using a pipette and making sure to mix constantly. This will make 2 baths by just adding ¼ cup to each bath. Himalayan Salt is one of the purest salts there is and has many healing properties to support a healthy mind and body and when mixed with essential oils, it’s like magic.

 

3 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.

Includes 10 ml bottles of  Lavender, Frankincense Carteri, and Vetiver; and a 5 ml bottle of Sandalwood.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #8

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #7

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Grinch be Gone”  

By: Pat Burdick, Certified Aromatherapist

Kidsafe:  Yes

One of my greatest goals has been to create an environment in my home that made my family want to be there!  Grinch be Gone helps me achieve that goal!  It’s light, clean, and refreshing aroma offers a refuge of peace and tranquility.  It offers an uplifting, energizing experience every time I use it!

Master Blend Ingredients;

  • 20 drops Bergamot (calms the mind and lifts the spirit)
  • 14 drops Sweet Orange (helps with nervous tension, sadness)
  • 3 drops Sandalwood (Helps to quiet mental chatter and is wonderfully calming, which helps reduce nervous tension and agitated emotions)
  • 5 drops Neroli (comforting and effective essential oil when dealing with grief, nervous tension, or exhaustion)

What you’ll do;

Diffuse: Add 5 -6 Drops and enjoy!

Blend: Add 9 drops per ounce of carrier for a 1% dilution.  Use unscented lotion or another favorite carrier to nourish the skin.

Personal Inhaler: Add 15 drops

2 lucky winners will receive all the oils to make this recipe.

Includes 5 ml bottles of Neroli and Sandalwood; and 10 ml bottles of Sweet Orange, and Bergamot!

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #7

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #5

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Sleigh Ride Recovery Serum”

By: Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  No

I’ll be using this on dry/reddened/wind burned skin.  The winter is just full of awesome sports, but they are often quite hard on your skin.  Whether you like to ski, snowboard, sled, or even sleigh ride this is an incredible serum to moisturize and repair your skin after weathering the elements.  This is one of those recipes I keep for people to make as gifts for the outdoorsman who has everything!  It’s such a powerful combination of essential oils that work synergistically to keep your skin healthy and nourished.  

Master blend ingredients;

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Mix all ingredients in bottle.

To use;

Maximize absorbency if you apply when your pores are open, after a warm bath or shower is my favorite, most effective time to apply.  I also carry it with my snowboarding gear so I can use it throughout the day if my skin is feeling a bit tighter than I would like.  It pairs great with a nourishing DIY face mask and DIY night cream.

2 lucky winner will receive all the essential  oils to make this recipe.  

Includes 5 ml bottles of German Chamomile CO2, MyrrhLavender Fine, and Rose Absolute; and 10 ml bottles of Bergamot,  Frankincense Frereana, and Turmeric.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #5

 

 

 

 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #4

Plant Therapy's Holiday Giveaway
Plant Therapy’s Holiday Giveaway

“Luxurious Skin Nourishing Hand Soap”

By: Diane Mishler, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  No

I like this recipe because not only is it fairly quick and simple to make but useful:) This recipe takes advantage of skin-nourishing essential oils that will keep your hands moisturized. These oils are kind and calming and make a lovely, fruity blend. Everyone uses hand soap and what friend wouldn’t want to receive one of these! I would put this blend in a pretty pump bottle and wrap it in cellophane with eye-catching ribbon to make it special. Or put it in a Christmas stocking or a dainty lacey bag with a drawstring. Put a personalized card on it and it’s ready to go!

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Mix ingredients well and put in bottle. This recipe is for a small amount, but you can double it or more and put in a larger bottle with a pump.

2 lucky winners will receive all the essential oils to make the master blend.

Includes 5 ml bottles of Helichrysum Italicum, Geranium Egyptian, Roman Chamomileand a 10 m bottle of Ylang Ylang Complete.

Plant Therapy's Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #4

 

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #2

 

Plant Therapy Favorite Recipes

“Holly Berries Bath Bomb”   

By:  Emilee Hughes, Certified Aromatherapist

KidSafe:  Yes

After the stressful days of holiday shopping have come and gone we could all use a bit of a reprieve and what better way to relax than by soaking in a soothing and calming bath. Holly Berries is the perfect blend to bring peace to the mind and enhance comfort. When used in a bath bomb this can truly be a gift that keeps on giving.

Holly Berries Description:

Often used during meditation, Juniper Berry provides a sense of calming tranquility. When used in a bath it provides relief from discomfort and aids with the clearing of congestion. Fragonia instills a sense of peace and balance allowing us to feel relaxed and centered. It offers respiratory support to this blend and provides relief from muscle soreness. The addition of Bergamot and Blood Orange uplifts the spirit, discourages sadness, and brings a cheerful note to the mix. The synergy of these joyous and relaxing oils would put a smile on the face of even the Grinch himself.

Holly Berries Master Blend;

What you’ll need;

What you’ll do;

  1. Measure and mix dry ingredients.
  2. In separate bowl measure carrier oils and mix with essential oils.
  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.

5 lucky winners will receive all the essential  oils to make the master blend.

Includes 10 ml bottles of: Juniper BerryBergamot, and Blood Orange; and a 5 ml bottle of  Fragonia.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Recipes and Giveaway #2

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