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How Do I Clean My Diffuser

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

My diffuser is looking pretty sad! I decided it needed a nice cleaning. All diffusers will come with instructions on how to clean them but if you are like me, you no longer have those instructions! Plus, I wanted an easy trick that I could clean all and any diffusers with.

 

This is what my diffuser looked like before I cleaned it ūüôĀ

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This is what my diffuser looked like after I cleaned it ūüôā

diffuser clean

Much better right?!

All I did was fill up the diffuser with half vinegar half water. I then let it diffuse over night but it really only needs to diffuse for a few hours. Make sure you use tap water and not filtered water or distilled water. If your diffuser is acting a little weird I recommend you give it a nice clean and then see how it works. Most of the time it will fix the problem if you are using tap water.

In the morning I just took a dry rag and wiped it out. That was it! Now it looks so nice and clean! This technique can be used with most diffusers. Always try to follow the directions on the instruction sheet first! Has your diffuser ever looked this bad?

Now it’s time to start diffusing again ūüôā

What is a Carrier Oil and Why Do I Need it?

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

CARRIER OIL -We use these words a lot but not everyone knows what a carrier oil is. Carrier oils are VERY important when using essential oils. So in this post, I wanted to talk about what a carrier oil is and why I recommend the use of a carrier oil when using essential oils.

First things first, what is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually the seed, nut or kernels. Carrier oils on their own have different therapeutic properties. The choice of the carrier oil will depend on what therapeutic benefit you are looking for.¬†A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. A carrier oil will also help “carry” the essential oil into the skin. OK stop! The name now makes sense ūüôā¬†

What is an essential oil then? An essential oil is a volatile oil, highly concentrated oil, ¬†obtained from plants, possessing the odor and other characteristic properties of the plant.¬†The purest essential oils come from carefully cultivated and wild grown plants from climatic and geographic regions throughout the world. Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation or solvent extraction. An essential oil is actually not oily ūüôā and should evaporate.¬†

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Now I want to explain why I believe it is very important to use a carrier oil when using an essential oil! Did you see the last part that I highlighted? Essential oils should evaporate! If you dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it to your skin, the carrier oil will help prevent the essential oil from evaporating! That means you are getting more essential oil into your skin which means you need LESS essential oil! AND the therapeutic properties of the essential oil will ONLY be strengthened by the carrier oil! Another reason you need to dilute essential oils is because they are strong and can cause serious damage! You can find more information about this at aromaweb.com. For more information on diluting essential oils go HERE!

Plant Therapy Dilution Guide

ūüôā I hope this explains most everything! AND I hope it answers most all of your questions about carrier oils and diluting essential oils! ūüôā Please leave any questions in the comments!

Best Multi-Purpose Cleaner EVER

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

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multipurpose cleanerYou all know this recipe because it is the same All-purpose cleaner that we used for our Spring Cleaning! Thank you Michelle Pippin! Are you guys loving this as much as I am?

The reason for this post is because my family just got over an illness. Thankfully I had this amazing cleaner all ready to use (because of last weeks Spring Cleaning). As soon as my 18 month old vomited all over the floor and his bed, I ran to the kitchen and grabbed this cleaner. I quickly added 40 drops of Germ Destroyer . I sprayed this EVERYWHERE!

!DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU  HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH!

The first time my baby threw up it was in his bed. It was everywhere! This is how I cleaned it!

Bed Spray:

For his bed, I just simply took everything off of it and sprayed his whole bed down with the all-purpose cleaner. I wiped down with a wet rag, just in case there was any vomit, and then I sprayed the cleaner all over the bed again. The second time I sprayed I did not wipe it down.

Bathroom:

I sprayed the cleaner EVERYWHERE! I cleaned the toilet, bath (we gave him a *bath), sink, counter top and floor. Once I had sprayed everything, I wiped it all down with a wet rag.
*I put our  Fizzies in the bath with him!

The second time my baby threw up was when I was holding him over my shoulder trying to put him back to sleep. This time is got on the carpet, and a little on me. Thank goodness it didn’t get all over him! I didn’t want to have to give him another bath, he was soooooo tired!

Carpet Cleaner:

I sprayed this wonderful cleaner all over the spot. I let sit just for a second. I got the vacuum and vacuumed the area. Then, I sprayed the all-purpose cleaner again all over the spot and wiped up with a wet rag. It took the smell away INSTANTLY!! That is not easy to do with vomit!

My Poor Baby:

Since he didn’t throw up all over himself the second time, I didn’t have to give him a bath! But, I still wanted to make him feel more comfortable. I just used this all-purpose cleaner again! I sprayed some on his hands, like a hand sanitizer, and then I sprayed some on my hands and wiped his face down.¬†I also put our¬†Diffuser¬†in his room and put 10 drops of Germ Destroyer¬†in there! My four-year-old who shares a room with the baby did not get sick!!!!!!!

Spring Cleaning Day Three (Kitchen)

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

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I actually don’t mind cleaning the kitchen. I might not do it as often as I should, but I don’t mind it!

Today is going to be an easy day! We are going to use the same mulit-purpose cleaner we used yesterday! We will be cleaning the counter tops, table, sink, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, floor, and wiping down the fridge and cabinets with this same cleaner!

Spring Cleaning

What you will need:

  • 1 cup purified water**
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp castile soap
  • 20-30 drops of your choice of essential oil (I used Germ-Fighter)
  • Spray bottle

**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. 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray EVERYTHING but floors down. Once you are done spray everything down, get a wet rag and wipe it all off. This multi-purpose cleaner did a great job at getting the water spots off of my black refrigerator too!

Once everything else is cleaned (remember you did the dishes yesterday) we can start on the floor. First sweep ūüôā Then get a small spray bottle and add the same ingredients that we did above. This time instead of the Germ-Fighter (or whatever essential oil you chose to use), we are going to add 20 drops of Peppermint and 10-20 drops of Lemon.

Spray the floor down and let sit for a minute. Then you can either use a dry or wet mop. I have tried both and like it either way!

Now the kitchen is cleaned (and smells wonderful)! Thanks again to Michelle Pippin for this wonderful multi-purpose cleaner! See  you all tomorrow for more Spring Cleaning!

 

Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

When it comes to Essential Oils the saying “I’d rather be safe than sorry” should be taken seriously. Essential oils are very potent and may cause *irritation to some skin types. To be SAFE rather than SORRY, always start by applying the essential oil to the least¬†sensitive¬†part of your body, the bottom of your feet!

Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body

  • Soles and top of feet
  • Ankles
  • Over Vital Organs
  • Abdomen
  • Upper Back
  • Neck
  • Behind ¬†Ears
  • Temples
  • Crown of Head

OK! So really you can apply essential most any where on your body! ūüôā

How to Apply Essential Oils (this is where it can get a little tricky and confusing)

BEFORE you start, always remember to test a small area of the skin first. If irritation occurs, immediately add a carrier oil over the irritated spot to help dilute the essential oil.

If you only remember¬†ONE thing from this post, I want it to be this: When it comes to using essential oils, LESS is better!¬†Like I said before, essential oils are very potent and you don’t need very much to get the¬†therapeutic¬†benefits of using essential oils. You can always add more if needed.

Diluting Essential Oils (not only will this save you money, but it is safer)

  • For children and infants: 1 drop of essential oil per Tbsp of carrier oil is generally a safe rule to follow (.2% dilution)
  • For Adults: 2 drop of essential oil per tsp of carrier oil (.75%)
  • When using in a massage a 2%-5% dilution is a good start
  • Check out THIS link for carrier oils

Applying Essential Oils Neat (not diluted with a carrier oil)

  • There are some essential oils that sometimes can be applied neat. I usually do not recommend this though
  • If you choose to apply the essential oil neat, please get advice from an experienced¬†Aromatherapist¬†first!

Now that we have gone over all of the basics, this is how I like to use my essential oils when applying to my body (use the above recommendations for diluting):

-When I am not feeling my best, I like to apply diluted Germ-Fighter and Immune-Aid to the bottom of my feet and Respir-Aid to my chest. This helps support healthy immune function.

-When I have occasional stomach problems, I like to apply diluted Digest-Aid or Tummy-Aid (depending on the problem) to my stomach. I will massage in a circular motion.

-When I have head or neck tension, I like to apply diluted Tension Relief or Peppermint to my temples, forehead and/or back of neck.

-When I my muscles are occasionally sore from exercise or overuse, I will apply diluted Muscle-Aid or Pain-Aid to affected area.

-When I am in need of some an energy boost or in need of relaxing, I like to apply diluted Energy or Invigor-Aid (for energy) to my wrist and Relax or Tranquil (for relaxing) to my wrist. I will take a whiff when needed!

These are usually the essential oils that I will apply to my body (or families body) when needed! Remember there are so many more essential oils you can use and so many more uses for these essential oils! These are just the ones that I apply to my body most often!

For more essential oils and there uses, check out www.planttherapy.com. Just click on the essential oil you want to learn more about and read their suggested uses ideas!

*Essential Oils that MAY cause irritation (this is not a complete list)

  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Fir Needle
  • Oregano
  • Pine
  • Sage (Dalmation)
  • Spruce
  • Tagetes
  • Thyme

**NOTE The advice shared is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease nor is it intended to replace proper medical advice. When using essential oils we always recommend you consult with your doctor.

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How to Make a Simple Lavender Body Scrub

Handmade DIY natural sugar body scrub with lavender and coconut oil
Handmade DIY natural sugar body scrub with lavender and coconut oil

One of my favorite things about having essential oils on hand is that it enables me to make simple, natural body care products at a moments notice.

Not only can I make things quickly and easily, I am also able to customize the scent to suit my personal taste.
Sugar scrubs are some of the easiest body care items to make and they are fairly inexpensive, too. (Especially if you compare them to store bought products.)

Today I’d like to share how to make a simple lavender body scrub.

Lavender body scrub is great for the skin, leaving the skin soft and smooth. The addition of lavender essential oil makes applying the body scrub a luxurious, relaxing experience.

Lavender essential oil is also helpful in boosting mood, easing neck tension, and encouraging relaxation.

How to Make Lavender Body Scrub

Ingredients

Method

Pour sugar unto a clean mixing bowl. Add your carrier oil and stir to combine.

Add essential oil then stir to distribute throughout.

Pour into a clean jar and label.

Sugar scrub will last for at least 6 months.
To use: Apply scrub to damp skin using circular motions. Wash off with warm water. Follow with moisturizer.
Customize this sugar scrub by replacing the Lavender Essential Oil with Lemon or Sweet Orange.
What’s your favorite scent of body scrub?
This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Homemade Fabric Softener

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

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bakingsoda2We received a request for a homemade, all natural, fabric softener recipe. I did some research, tested some out, and this is my favorite! I originally found a similar recipe on Pinterest for getting the mildew smell out of towels. I added Tea Tree essential oil to it to help kill all the bacteria that can build up on your towels over time. I loved it! My towels were so soft and smelled so clean! Here is the recipe for it:

-Add your towels to the wash like normal. Add 1 cup of Vinegar (I used White Distilled Vinegar). Then wash towels with the vinegar on the hottest setting available.

-When load is finished wash towels again on hottest setting but this time add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil.

-Then dry. Towels will come out so soft and clean! Don’t worry, they won’t smell like Tea Tree or vinegar. They just smell fresh and clean!

-I will wash my towels like this whenever they start smelling again. Probably once every couple of months or so.

fabricsoftenerThe Fabric Softener Recipe is very similar. I found this recipe on a lot of different sites and love it:

-Take a gallon of vinegar (I again used the White Distilled Vinegar) and add 25-30 (or play with the amount if you want the smell stronger or less) drops of your favorite essential oil, the essential oil is only for the smell. I like Lavender or Lemon. You could also add your favorite Plant Therapy ¬†Synergy. Or add Plant Therapy’s Calming the Child Synergy for your children’s clothes!

-Mark the vinegar mixture as Fabric Softener so you don’t accidentally use it somewhere else!

-Add 1/4 cup of the vinegar mixture to the rinse cycle. Or you can add directly to where you would normally add your fabric softener.

  • Don’t add bleach to your wash cycle when using your homemade recipes with vinegar.¬†
  • You should not need bleach anyways because vinegar is a natural whitener!
  • This recipe should be good for a couple of months.

ENJOY ūüôā

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

31 Ways to Use Essential Oils

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

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  1. To clean fresh fruit or veggies, add 3-5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a bowl of cool water and cover entire fruit. Can also add 1 cup water, 1 cup distilled vinegar, 10 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil and 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a spray bottle. Spray the fruit and let sit for a few minutes then rinse off.
  2. Add 10 drops of Germ Fighter Synergy to 8 oz of witch hazel or purified water in a spray bottle and use as a disinfectant for surfaces and the air.  Shake well before each use.
  3. Add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to purified water in a spray bottle to use an air freshener. For Bathroom purposes, add Lemon or Plant Therapy’s Citrus Burst Synergy.  Shake well before each use.
  4. For General purpose cleaning, add 2 cups of white vinegar and 1/8 cup of baking soda to 2 cups of purified water. Then add 6 drops of each of the following: Tea Tree, Lemon and Lavender Essential oils.  Shake well before each use.
  5. To keep your car smelling good, add a drop of your favorite essential oil to Plant Therapy’s Car Scenter Auto Diffuser.
  6. To dispel household cooking odors, add 5-10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil to a pan of simmering water or diffuser.
  7. To deodorize your carpet, add a few drops of Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, or your favorite essential oil to a box of baking soda. Then sprinkle onto the carpet. Let sit for about an hour and vacuum.
  8. Facial Scrub- Take 2 Р3 teaspoons raw oats and crush into smaller bits either by hand or in a grinder. Mix the dry oats with pure honey and 1/4 teaspoon of carrier oil of your choice until it forms a smooth mixture. Add more carrier oil as needed. For problem skin, use Tea Tree or Plant Therapy’s Zit Fighter Synergy.
  9. Skin Toner- mix 8 oz. of Grapeseed Carrier Oil and 4 drops of Frankincense Frereana Essential Oil. Add to a clean bottle. Use cotton pad to apply toner to clean skin. Rinse if desired.
  10. Facial Moisturizer- Fill a 1 oz bottle almost full with your favorite carrier oil: Rosehip Seed Oil is good for the natural aging of skin, Evening Primrose oil is good for other skin issues, and Coconut oil is your overall face care oil. Add 1-3 drops of your favorite facial essential oil: Lavender is good for all skin types, Tea Tree is good for teenage skin issues, Peppermint is good for all skin types but will leave a cooling affect, Plant Therapy’s Anti-Age synergy is good for the natural aging of skin.
  11. Shampoo- 12 oz bottle of unscented shampoo
  1. Bath salts- Mix 2 cups of Himalayan Course salt, 1 cup of baking soda and 10-15 drops of one of the following essential oils: Lavender, Soft Skin, Relax, Tranquil, Energy, Invigor-Aid, Self-Esteem, Worry Free or your favorite essential oil. Add 1 TBSP to a warm bath. Enjoy~ (KidSafe oils for children under 10 include Nighty Night, Sweet Dreams, Calming The Child, etc…). ¬†Be sure to dilute in either a carrier oil or natural body wash to properly disperse/dilute the essential oils.
  2. Using a personal inhaler, try Plant Therapy’s Munchy Stop to help curb the appetite.
  3. Perfume- You can use roller bottles with essential oils and your favorite carrier to create your own perfumes! Some great essential oils to try are Plant Therapy’s Tranquil Synergy, Bouquet Blend, or Sensual. See dilution chart for help with diluting.
  4. For your summer sneezes, put a couple drops of Plant Therapy’s Clear Again Synergy (or KidSafe Sneezy Stop for children under 10) in a hanky or personal inhaler and inhale several times a day. Continue as needed during pollen season.
  5. For minor burns and scrapes, put 10-20 drops of Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil into a 4 oz spray bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil and spray on the skin surrounding the wound.
  6. For extra rest, add 1-3 drops of Plant Therapy’s Sleep-Aid (or KidSafe Nighty Night for children under 10) to a cotton pad and put next to pillow while sleeping. You can also diffuse these great synergies!
  7. Linen spray- To help your linens smell fresh and clean, mix equal parts of Lavender and Bergamot in witch hazel. Use a spray bottle and mist your sheets and pillows.  Shake well before each use.
  8. Do you have smelly shoes? Add Deodorizing, Odor Zapper, Lemon, or Sweet Orange to some baking soda and sprinkle in shoes. Or you can add to a cotton pad and put cotton pad in shoes.
  9. For outdoor annoyances, saturate a cotton pad with Peppermint or Citronella essential oil and place where needed to keep the area free and clear.
  10. For small scrapes use Better Than Kisses diluted to 3% in your favorite carrier.
  11. For a relaxing massage, mix 5 TBSP of your favorite carrier oil and 2 drops of each of Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage and Geranium Bourbon. You can also add Plant Therapy’s Relax Synergy.
  12. For a pedicure, mix 5 tsp of your favorite carrier oil to 5-10 drops of Peppermint essential oil or Plant Therapy’s Tingly Mint Synergy.
  13. Winter skin? Mix 1 TBSP of Evening Primrose Carrier oil or Coconut Carrier oil with 2-5 drops of Plant Therapy’s Soft Skin Synergy.
  14. ¬†To get the mildew smell out of towels, add 1 cup of vinegar, ¬Ĺ cup of baking soda and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil to washing machine. Wash towels in hot water. You can also just simply add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree directly to your washer at the beginning of the washing cycle.
  15. Test at school or a big presentation at work? Carry Plant Therapy’s Brain-Aid synergies or A+ Attention in your purse/bag and sniff all morning and during the test. Will help enhance mental focus.
  16. For a diaper rash, add 1 drop of Lavender to a TBSP of your favorite carrier oil. Mix before applying.
  17. To help get you through the winter months, diffuse Germ Fighter or Germ Destroyer into the air to help reduce feeling icky. Add 1-3 drops of Plant Therapy’s Digest-Aid or Tummy All Better to a TBSP of your favorite carrier oil and massage onto stomach.
  18. To help with respiratory problems, diffuse Plant Therapy’s Respir-Aid (or Sniffle Stopper for children under 10)  into the air. You can also add 1-4 drops of Respir-Aid/Sniffle Stopper  to a TBSP of your favorite carrier oil and apply to chest.
  19. Deodorizer- Mix 1 part of Plant Therapy’s Deodorizing Synergy or Odor Zapper to 100 parts Witch Hazel and use as a spray to help eliminate foul odors in a locker room or gym. Also can be used as deodorant when diluted with a carrier oil. This needs to be diluted well because the armpit can be very sensitive. Try small amounts until you find the right dilution.
  20. For tension in the neck, rub a 2% dilution of Peppermint essential oil or Plant Therapy’s Tension Relief Synergy (or Headache Away for children under 10) to your temples, back of the neck or wherever the tension is coming on.

There are many many more ways to use essential oils but we started with 31 ways!

NOTE:  When using purified water or witch hazel, you will need to add a preservative if you plan to keep these blends (#2,3,4,18 & 30) for more than 4-5 days.   For topical applications an emulsifier is also necessary (#8).

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.