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Top 8 Essential Oils for Sore Muscle Relief

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.

Rapid Relief

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.

Marjoram

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

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?

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).

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, it is not only the limbic system (emotional center) that is triggered; the hypothalamus in your brain is triggered as well. 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!

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 though reduction of curbing cravings.

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

Sometimes we can become bloated with excess water. We are not speaking of medical conditions that require medications, but occasional water retention. Oils like Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Cypress, Cedarwood and Rosemary could possibly be helpful along with massage.  Apply this oil blend in strokes towards the center of the body. With the arms, work from the wrists to the armpits, and from the ankles to the thighs.

Massage blend

3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil

2 drops of Cedarwood Virginian

2 drops of Juniper Berry

2 drops of Cypress

1 ounce of Almond Carrier Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil

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:  aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

References

(1) Scent and how it affects appetite and satisfaction. Retrieved from: https://www.escoffieronline.com/scent-and-how-it-affects-appetite-and-satisfaction/

(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 — 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.

Why?

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.

FREE DOWNLOAD:  PLANT THERAPY’S CHAKRA SYNERGY BOOKLET
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.

New Year, New You

You are going to be awesome in 2018, and Plant Therapy is going to help. It’s a new year, a clean slate, and all your resolutions are within reach!

Over the next month, Plant Therapy’s blog will be 100% dedicated to helping you achieve your goals through educational posts. As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.”

According to a 2015 survey by Neilsen, these are the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions. Any of them sound familiar?
  1. Stay Fit & Healthy
  2. Lose Weight
  3. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  4. Spend Less, Save More
  5. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
  6. Get Organized
  7. A Resolution to Not Make Resolutions 🙂
  8. Learn Something New
  9. Travel More
  10. Read More

INTRODUCING… NEW YEAR NEW YOU SET

To kick off 2018, Plant Therapy is excited to announce a new synergy roll-on set, available now, and for a limited time. 

Our team of Certified Aromatherapists considered the Top 10 most common resolutions. Then, we created a New Year New You synergy set specifically targeted at helping you achieve those goals. We are offering these 5 essential oils blends as pre-diluted roll-ons so that they’re convenient to use, and it comes in a Hard-Top Case to take on the go.

These Five Synergy Roll-Ons are specially designed to complement your wellness goals. Each 10 mL roll-on is pre-diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Energy        Rapid Relief        Munchy Stop         Brain Aid           Relax

Use Energy to give you a natural boost at the gym, and then apply Rapid Relief after your workout to ease achy muscles. Munchy Stop will help with your healthy eating goals, and Brain Aid will keep your mind sharp. Then, at the end of the day, apply Relax to reduce stress, wind down, and get better sleep.       

 

ENERGY

Sometimes you just need a little boost to make it through the day, but you don’t want to resort to strong coffee or energy drinks. Energy Synergy is a natural way to get your mind going in the morning and feel alert and awake throughout the day with no drop-off or crash.

Apply throughout the day for a natural boost. Formulated by Robert Tisserand, this blend will help energize your mind and body when you need to kickstart your morning, rev up your workout, or break through an afternoon slump!

How to use:  Simply apply to your wrist or neck and the invigorating aroma will keep you energized!  Apply Energy Synergy throughout the day, and it will wear off just in time to hit the hay.

 

RAPID RELIEF

“Exercise more” is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and that means our muscles and joints will need some Rapid Relief. This synergy increases circulation, promotes healing, and alleviates aches and soreness!

We’re not as young as we used to be, and sometimes it’s nice to have a little relief for those aches and pains. Perhaps you pushed it a little too hard at the gym, or maybe you strained your back picking up kids. Whatever it may be, Rapid Relief is a natural and effective way to increase circulation, promote healing, and relieve that nagging discomfort.  

How to use:  For best results, apply to affected area. Lightly roll on the soothing blend and allow a few seconds to dry before covering with clothing.

 

MUNCHY STOP

Did you resolve to eat healthier in 2018? Ready to get back on track after devouring the holiday goodies? Munchy Stop is a natural way to reduce food cravings. This is the debut of Munchy Stop Synergy being offered as a pre-diluted roll-on!

We all have the best intentions, but this year will finally be the year you say NO to that extra cookie, sugary soda, or bag of chips!  Munchy Stop is a great way to reduce the cravings before you eat the calories you’ll regret later. Feel satisfied, eat less, and keep the pounds off with our natural blend designed to stop cravings.

How to use: Roll Munchy Stop on the palms of your hand, bring your hands to your face and take a few deep breathes. Then, massage the blend into your neck or arms.

 

BRAIN AID

Stay focused and on-task with this blend of refreshing, revitalizing, and invigorating essential oils. Have a big meeting today? Studying for a test? Clear that foggy mind with this pleasant, uplifting aroma, and get a burst of brain power!

Every now and then, there’s so much going on and so much to keep track of, your brain just needs a little motivation to keep up!  Use Brain Aid as a way to give yourself that much needed feel good moment on a stressful day. Let the mentally energizing scents clear up that afternoon fog, and help you stay alert for meetings, keep up with the kids, or the other 100 things on your to-do list.

How to use: Apply Brain Aid to your wrists, dab a little on each temple and massage in with your fingertips, or roll onto the back of your neck and gently massage in.

 

RELAX

After going a hundred miles per hour all day, sometimes it’s hard to relax and settle down. Whether it’s a stressful day at the office, or calming your mind after a busy day running errands, Relax promotes a peaceful mind and calms your senses. Stop your mind from running through the million items on your agenda for tomorrow and get the rest and relaxation you deserve.

You’ve been hustling to accomplish everyday tasks while also striving to achieve your New Year New You goals. At the end of the day, allow Relax help you wind down, de-stress, and receive the healthy rest your mind and body need.

How to use:  Apply to your arms or temple area and the soothing blend will help you relax when stressed or wind down after a long day.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  Tell us in the comments below, and let’s help one another have an amazing 2018!

Emilee’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hi Everyone! My name is Emilee Hughes. I’ve had the privilege of being employed by Plant Therapy for a little over three years now, and have been an Aromatherapist for the past year and a half. You will often see me posting on our Safe Essential Oil Recipe group on Facebook, or you may have worked with me through email. I have a passion for teaching people how to use essential oils safely — especially with their children — and I love having the opportunity to work with all of you!

I married my best friend in July of 2015 and we welcomed our first child in May of 2017. My son is the light of my life and motivates me in everything I do. My favorite hobby is snuggling my cute little love bug, but I also enjoy fishing, kayaking, camping, and hiking. Basically anything that gets me outdoors. When I have a free moment I also enjoy reading, exercising, and cooking. 

Since I’m nursing my little guy, I try to limit my use of essential oils and use them only as needed. I don’t use them daily, but I have found safe ways to continue to implement them in my life. For mothers who are pregnant or nursing, please be sure to check out Pregnancy and Nursing Safety – Part 1 and Part 2 blog series. 

Narrowing down my favorite essential oils was difficult, but it was a fun challenge to take on! Here are my Top 5 essential oils and the reasons why I love them so much.

Neroli Citrus x aurantium, has always held a special place in my heart. Leaving my son for long periods of time can be difficult and I have found that I need a little extra emotional support. Just a quick sniff and the delightful, vibrant scent of Neroli takes me to a happier place. It is one of the most effective essential oils when dealing with grief, nervous tension, and exhaustion. I love to combine it with Sandalwood and Yuzu in my Momma Don’t Worry inhaler blend.

~ Momma Don’t Worry ~

5 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

2 drops Yuzu Citrus x junos

1 drop Neroli Citrus x aurantium

This beautiful blend can be used in an inhaler or diffused. For topical application dilute to 2%.

Next up is Kunzea Kunzea ambigua. For those who haven’t used this oil yet, I would definitely recommend it! My back, shoulders, and arms get seriously overworked from packing around a 19-pound 5-month-old all day. There is nothing like Kunzea to help soothe my sore, aching muscles and help reduce tension. I also love to add it to my facial serums when a pesky blemish pops up, as it helps to soothe redness and reduce swelling.

Many are familiar with the wonderful properties of my next must-have oil,  Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum. It is often used in blends for skin concerns, as it supports healing and helps improve the appearance of imperfections. After having my baby, I was left with a lot of “stretchies” and this essential oil has really helped to reduce the appearance. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Tiger Stripes! They remind me of the miracle of life and how strong my body is; however, I wouldn’t mind if they were tamed a bit. The lovely, sweet, warm, herbal woodsy scent also helps to tame my mood.

~ Tame The Tiger ~

20 drops Lavender Lavandula angustifolia

14 drops Helichrysum Italicum Helichrysum italicum

10 drops Frankincense Frereana Boswellia frereana

4 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

Dilute to 2% and apply to stretchies. Add 5-8 drops to your diffuser to melt away worries.

 

Rosalina Melaleuca ericifolia is also a must-have in my collection, especially when the seasons start to change. It gets cold outside, and we become more susceptible to seasonal illness. Rosalina shares some similar properties with Eucalyptus however, it is gentler and safer for children and nursing mothers. When I do come down with a bug, I can’t live without this DIY Vapor Rub!

Last, but certainly not least, is our KidSafe Shield Me synergy. My husband and I are avid fishermen and love the great outdoors. Unfortunately, this leaves us very susceptible to a wide variety of outdoor annoyances. This synergy has come in handy time and time again, and it is perfectly safe for breastfeeding moms. I love to use our DIY Outdoor Wipe recipe for easy application.

Do you use any of Emilee’s Top 5? Let us know your favorite ways to use these oils in the comments below!

Top 7 Essential Oils to Relieve Even the Worst Hangover

It’s holiday season again! For many, a very special part of the season is enjoying great foods and great drinks with family and friends. But sometimes, all that merry-making can lead to hangovers. No one wants that!

But how do you avoid that unpleasant reaction after overindulging on a festive alcoholic drink?

First of all, we do not encourage excessive drinking, and our best recommendation to avoid a hangover is to drink responsibly.

But if you happen to find yourself in need of a hangover remedy, here’s our best solutions for holiday hangover symptoms:

1. Tension Relief Synergy Essential Oil

For tension and nausea relief, try our Tension Relief Synergy Pre-Diluted Roll-On. Simply apply this blend of Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Spearmint Cinnamon Leaf, Ginger Root and other tension-easing 100% natural essential oils to your temples and the back of your neck for soothing relief.

2. & 3. Peppermint Essential Oil or Ginger Root CO2

For nausea, use our Peppermint or Ginger Root CO2 in an aromatherapy inhaler or inhale directly from the bottle as needed to relieve even the worst nausea!

3. Coffee Essential Oil

For sensitivity to light and noise, coffee essential oils can help to stimulate and revive your battered senses without upsetting your stomach.

4. Lavender Essential Oil Bath

For muscle tension and shakiness, a soothing lavender bath can relax your body naturally! Just add a few drops to your body wash or shampoo to feel the calming effects.

5. 6. & 7.  Grapefruit Pink, Lemon, and Orange Sweet

To regain that sense of well-being after a hangover, diffuse our natural citrus essential oils, such as Grapefruit Pink, Lemon, or Orange Sweet.

Each will bring an uplifting sense of well-being and help you feel like yourself again after a hangover. Put the citrus oil of your choice into an aromatherapy diffuser, personal inhaler, or diffuser necklace for just 15-20 minutes to feel rejuvenated and ready for the next holiday get-together!

Wait! One last piece of advice:

We recommend avoiding strong or floral aromas because they can intensify and worsen the symptoms of a hangover.

Happy holidays! We hope you stay safe and merry this season!

Brodie’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hello, I am Brodie Lapray. I was born and raised in the wonderful state of Idaho. I have 3 amazing daughters and 3 wild little boys. I enjoy the outdoors and making memories with my kids. We are always going on fun adventures like fishing, hunting, kayaking, or just being outside enjoying the beautiful Idaho view.

A little over three years ago I was lucky enough to join the Plant Therapy family and I have spent the last three years as the synergy blender. I had the opportunity to become an Aromatherapist and I love it!  Aromatherapy has brought wonderful changes to my life.

It was hard choosing my 5 favorite essential oils because I love so many and use them for so many different things. So, I decided to pick the ones I use the most.

Helichrysum Italicum

Helichrysum Italicum is my go-to oil for skin issues. Helichrysum has many wonderful uses on the skin, including calming red, inflamed areas and soothing irritation caused by nature’s pests. Helichrysum oil can help relieve an itch very quickly and help the skin recover faster. Helichrysum in body butters and lotions is great for dry skin care. Helichrysum helps to relieve, soothe, and rejuvenate unhealthy skin. I add Helichrysum to olive lotion at a 2% dilution for soft, smooth and moisturized skin.

Lemon

The fresh smell of Lemon Essential Oil always uplifts my spirits. I think of it as sunshine in a bottle, and when diffused Lemon not only elevates your mood, it is very energizing. It also helps to support a healthy immune system and is a wonderful germ buster, so it’s great in cleaning products. I have many different uses for Lemon Essential Oil and here is a recipe I love for my legs.

~ Lovely Legs Lotion ~

Mix all ingredients together and apply nightly before bed.

 

Rosemary 1, 8-Cineole

Rosemary has been my best friend over the last year. I was struggling with my memory and remembering everything I was learning in a class I was taking and Rosemary helped me out a lot. When blended with Cardamom and Cedarwood Virginia in an inhaler not only does the aroma smell amazing, it also boosts brain power.

 

Cedarwood  Texas

Cedarwood Texas is the newest Cedarwood to join the Plant Therapy line and right away I was in love with the smell. It’s a warm woodsy smell like an old cedar chest I had as a kid. It is amazing in soaps and balms. I add Cedarwood Texas and Orange Sweet to my hand cream. The smell is wonderful and it helps to tone the skin.  When diffused it is a very calming oil and helps to reduce feelings of anger.

Bouquet Synergy

Bouquet is a Plant Therapy synergy I use in my home a lot. I really enjoy the smell and it is KidSafe, too. I add a few drops to a dryer sheet to freshen up the smell of my laundry. I also use Bouquet to freshen up my carpets.

 

~ Carpet Deodorizer ~
  •  Mason jar with lid
  • Baking soda
  • 30 drops Bouquet Synergy

I like to mix the oil into the baking soda using a bowel, so I can make sure it is mixed well. Then I pour the mixture into the mason jar and, using a nail, poke holes into the lid of the jar. Sprinkle on the carpet, leave on for 30 minutes then vacuum up. Voila! Fresh smelling carpets.

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

Ellen’s Top 5 Essential Oils

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Aromatherapy charged into my world and changed my trajectory in 1999 when a speaker from a local natural living boutique in New Orleans gave a talk at a women’s meeting I attended. She presented us each with a sample of bath salts blended with essential oils.

I can’t remember the synergy, but I can recall the scent exactly. I kept opening the little zip-top bag and sniffing it every few seconds throughout the rest of the presentation — so much so, that my friends were all having quite a laugh at me. But I just couldn’t stop. I found it absolutely intoxicating and I was hooked.

I visited her shop soon after and picked up some basic essential oils with handouts about how to use them. I still have each of those papers to this day and realized later I was blessed to begin my education with information from Jeanne Rose, one of the most respected aromatherapy pioneers in the United States.

From there, I sought out some more in-depth reputable references and came across Valerie Cooksley’s “Aromatherapy: A Holistic Guide to Healing and Essential Oils” published in 1996. The book is now a classic from another pioneer and current educator. Though I have her updated book, I cannot bear to part with the original. Dog-eared, splattered, marked up in the margins with pages falling out — this guidebook has served me well starting out as home enthusiast and onward to this day.

Aromatherapy became my gateway into the natural healing arts. I was so amazed at how well the recipes for remedies worked, when nothing else would, that it stoked my hunger to know even more to practice “some day.”  That some day came sooner than expected. After spending 22 years in healthcare and higher education administration and wanting to get out, but not knowing how,  I experienced a life-threatening and altering accident. In addition to the critical traditional medical care I needed, I also accessed the natural healing arts to enhance my overall wellbeing and vitality.

While being ill or injured is never a blessing, I learned if you allow it, breakdowns can lead to breakthroughs. For me it was a rebirth. Now, finally free from the treadmill,  I set out on a forward journey to reclaim my life and my authentic self. That process opened the pathway to pursue my passions personally and professionally.

I completed an intensive program in energy medicine and a professional practitioner program in aromatherapy. I received my license to touch in therapeutic bodywork, with an added emphasis in reflexology. And, I became certified as a holistic health coach. My informal and formal learning, along with my experience, allowed me to bring together and put into practice my life-long interests in the mind, body, and spirit connection, and its impact on our well-being.

Today, I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Plant Therapy aromatherapy team where I can live out my purpose and passion for helping others. I love to write, teach, and blend and I am blessed that I have the opportunity to express myself in these ways and more.

My aromatic passions are subtle aromatherapy (working with aromatherapy for the spirit) as well as conscious wellness (the mind, body, and spirit connection). So, naturally, when I was asked about My Top Five Favorite Essential Oils, I immediately chose the following based on how they make me feel.

Bergamot Citrus bergamia – this was love at first smell. It was the oil of all oils that got me hooked. To me, it has a wonderful citrus scent; more tart than orange, but more sweet than lemon. I find it uplifting, balancing, soothing, and joyful. It is often described as a ray of sunshine. As a sun seeker for my spirit, this is my go-to in so many synergies. Based on its therapeutic properties, this little burst of joy is also a powerhouse for so many concerns of mind, body, and spirit.

Fragonia Taxandria fragrans – oh my goodness, if you read my recipes, you will see this makes almost as many appearances as Bergamot. In fact, the two together are lovely. And, what is not to love? It smells softly and sweetly divine and has practically replaced Eucalyptus and Tea Tree in so many of my blends, but with a much more gentle and inviting scent. I especially love it for energy work as it helps to release deep-seated emotional patterns and blocks. I use this in so many blends as it is uniquely balanced and helps to bring that balance to our synergies and our selves.

Take the Ache Away

Those who know me, know how much I love my aromatic baths to restore and rebalance my whole being before bedtime.  Here is one of my best bath blends combining two of my favorite essential oils mentioned so far. I find this blend to be very calming, soothing, and balancing to mind, body, and spirit, especially when experiencing the effects of nervous tension. It is also excellent for soaking away soreness, stiffness, and knots, as well as aches in the muscles and joints.

2 drops Fragonia Taxandria fragrans

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

1 drop Blue Yarrow Achillea millefolium

1-2 tablespoons unscented, natural body wash

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

Thoroughly combine essential oils with body wash. Add Epsom salts and mix. Pour under warm running water in the bath. Enjoy.

 

Continuing on with my list of favorite essential oils…

Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora – the first time I smelled this beauty, I just wanted to bathe in it. So, I did. Literally (in an appropriate blend of course). What a wonderful addition to a warm bath blend to prepare for bedtime by relaxing and relieving nervous tension. In fact, immersion in an aromatic bath remains my favorite way to experience Ho Wood as it soothes the body and the mind simultaneously. When I smell this, all is well no matter what else is happening.

Rhododendron* Rhododendron anthopogon – with my first whiff of Rhododendron, I immediately felt a sense of balance in my whole being. It became an immediate favorite, especially for uses in synergies for the spirit. I am not a fan of strongly scented florals, and this fills the bill for my sensibilities. This is such a well-rounded essential oil with so many uses for mind, body, and spirit. But, I also appreciate how well it plays nice with others.  It just adds that special something to so many synergies helping to bring it all into balance.

*Rhododendron was offered as a Plant Therapy Oil of the Month.  Check back to see if it has been added to inventory for general sale. 

Sandalwood Indian and Sandalwood Australian Santalum album and Santalum spicatum – to me, the scent of Sandalwood is so softly, sweetly, spicy, and intoxicatingly exotic to the senses. I especially love Sandalwood Indian, but also really enjoy Sandalwood Australian. The first I save for special use and the second I use more freely. This is the only essential oil that blisses me out more than Ho Wood. Just a drop and I am transported into a place of deep peace. Considered sacred in spiritual traditions, Sandalwood is my go-to for grounding and quieting the mind, making it the perfect partner for meditation.

Bliss Blend

This is another favorite bath blend using two more of my favorite essential oils before bedtime. This blend is very calming to the mind, relaxing to the body, and soothing to the spirit. It helps me to find a sense of inner peace before placing my head on the pillow for the night.

2 drops Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora

2 drops Kunzea Kunzea ambigua

1 drop Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

1-2 tablespoons unscented natural body wash

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

Thoroughly combine essential oils with body wash. Add Epsom salts and mix. Pour under warm running water in the bath. Enjoy.

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for that perfect gift for just about anyone?

How about holiday shopping on a budget?

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

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

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

Best Gift For Mom

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

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

Best Gift For Dad

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

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

 Best Gift for Brother or Sister

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

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

Best Gift For Grandparents

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

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

Best Gift For Best Friend

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

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

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

For Someone Who Has Never Heard Of Essential Oils:

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

Best Gift For Co-Workers, Neighbors, Teachers

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

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

Best Gift For Yourself!

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

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