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

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


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

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

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

Dilution by age*:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Guide to Allergies and Essential Oils

Allergies happen, and they’re not fun.

You’re not alone! 40-60 million Americans suffer from allergies every year.

Allergies affect everyone differently, ranging from mild sniffles to severe breathing issues and constant itching.

We’ve all been there: When it feels like your eyes just won’t stop watering, or you’ll never stop sneezing. Why even bother wearing makeup when you have to blow your nose every 30 seconds?

We’ve put together a definitive guide to allergies and essential oils to help you out:


What’s an allergy, and what causes them?

Allergies are an abnormal reaction to an otherwise harmless substance, like animal dander, pollen, mold, or certain foods.  An allergy sufferer’s immune system identifies these things as being bad for the body, even when they’re not.

Allergy symptoms are different for everyone,  ranging from minor irritation (sniffles and itching) to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency (in other words, really, really bad news). While most allergies have no true “cure,” there are ways to ease the symptoms associated with them.


How can essential oils help minimize the effects of this seasonal threat?

Essential oils are super concentrated, aromatic liquids extracted from different parts of plant known to help ease symptoms associated with many different issues. Essential oils are also an excellent choice to help ease symptoms associated with allergies, plus they’re a safe (and all-natural) option.

Used for both healing and aromatic benefits, essential oils can help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies.


Ways to utilize essential oils to support respiratory relief include:


These are our top 5 best essential oils for symptom relief:

Our team of Plant Therapy Certified Aromatherapists have nailed down the the top 5 essential oils that help ease symptoms associated with seasonal allergies:


There are several ways these Essential Oils can help:

Get on-the-go relief: Personal inhalers are great little tools that you can keep in your pocket or purse. They can go almost anywhere with you, and last for 3-4 months once you’ve mixed them. Perfect for pollen season!

Here’s how to mix your Essential Oils for a personal inhaler:

  1. You’ll need empty personal inhalers, with cotton wicks. Place the wicks in a small glass bowl.
  2. Add 6-8 drops of one of the top five essential oils listed above.
  3. Gently roll the wick through the oil, making sure it is all gets absorbed.
  4. Place the wick into the inhaler and snap the end cap into place.

Get relief at home: Try using one of the top five essential oils listed above in your diffuser at home. 6-8 drops diffused for about 60 minutes will not only make you whole house smell great, but also gives you relief from the respiratory discomfort.

All of the above essential oils are also KidSafe! Which means your whole household benefits, not just the grown-ups.

Get instant relief with a face steam: Use one drop of Fir Needle in a very warm (not boiling!) bowl of water. Position your head over the bowl and cover with a towel for 5 minutes, keeping your eyes closed.

Breath deeply, and let the aroma of Fir Needle penetrate into your lungs.

TIP: Don’t use this technique with small children, and take care to avoid burning yourself with the warm water.


Synergies to support overall respiratory health:

Another great option to help during this time are our 2 synergies created to help with seasonal pollen threats.

Adults can use both synergies, but Clear Again is not KidSafe and not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Use these synergies in a personal inhaler, in your favorite Plant Therapy aromatherapy diffuser, or a diffuser locket.

You can also apply Sneezy Stop to the chest or neck, when diluted at a 1-3% with your favorite carrier oil. And Clear Again when diluted at a 3-5% ratio. This method is great for night time, and lets the oil do it’s work while you sleep.


Essential Oils and ADHD

Essential oils are great support for so many ailments we battle each day – which you probably already know if you’ve been reading out blog! But did you know these amazing all-natural oils can also provide relief for symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, or ADHD?

If the term ADHD sounds familiar, it’s likely because approximately 11% of all U.S. children have been diagnosed with it at some point in their young lives. That’s 6.4 million kids – one out of every 11. About 60% of children with ADHD become adults who have ADHD, which is about 4% of the adult population [1]. Maybe your own child has ADHD, your spouse or significant other, maybe your neighbor or co-worker’s children. The point is, ADHD is a pretty prevalent brain-based syndrome. It can cause real every-day challenges for both children and adults. These challenges can include controlling impulses and hyperactivity, staying organized, maintaining concentration and motivation, the ability to learn, and being able to enjoy regular deep and restful sleep. Relationships with others may suffer as well, since some people with ADHD struggle with their social skills.

So, essential oils can help?

Many essential oil’s primary properties include helping to increase focus, stay alert, and calm down the mind and body. These oils can be an amazing compliment to treatments already in place for an individual with ADHD (such as behavioral management, family training, and/or prescribed medication). However, whether you are a parent, an educator, an adult with ADHD, or anyone else interested in using essential oils for ADHD, approach cautiously. Since there is a very limited amount of research done on this topic, you should always consult with a physician before making any kind of changes to a treatment plan.

The most frequently cited case study done on ADHD and essential oils comes from the late Dr. Terry S. Friedmann, M.D., A.B.H.M. For a two year period (1999-2001), Dr. Friedmann experimented with oils on a group of 40 children, half of whom had an ADHD diagnosis, and half of whom did not (the “control” group). Each day, the children were asked to inhale essential oils when they began to feel “scattered.” For each essential oil Dr. Friedmann was testing, the children used it for 30 days. Ultimately, the study concluded that certain essential oils really did make a significant impact on the symptoms of ADHD. In particular, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vetiver oils were used and Vetiver made the most notable success in improving performance [2].

Where should I start?

First, let’s take a moment to appreciate Plant Therapy’s unique blend of bright and uplifting essential oils that make up our A+ Attention Synergy. Perfect to help calm an overactive body while bringing focus and clarity, this synergy is a great place to start for anyone looking to support an individual with ADHD.  A+ Attention is part of our KidSafe line of products, which means that each essential oil used in this synergy is totally safe for young children.

To use, just add 5 to 10 drops to a personal aromatherapy inhaler. There’s really no beating the convenience and ease of using a personal aromatherapy inhaler – it’s perfect to take to work or to pack in a child’s backpack so they can use it whenever they feel like they need it (but please check with the school first! Your district may have a policy about bringing essential oils to school, so check with the child’s teacher or administration). Or, dilute A+ Attention with a carrier oil (2-4%) and apply topically to the chest, back of neck, and wrists.

Another great option to support individuals with ADHD is our Clarity Synergy. The essential oils used in this blend have therapeutic benefits that enhance focus and memory. For any task requiring sustained mental effort, Clarity may be just what you need. Use it in the same ways directed above, but keep in mind that this is not part of our KidSafe line.

If you’re looking to try single oils for ADHD support, here are a few suggestions to start you off.

Remember, no two people are exactly the same. What may work well for one person may not work the same for another. The oils listed here are those known to be either calming for the mind and body or can improve mental clarity and boost memory.

  • Chamomile Roman – Soothing, comforting, and famous for its calming properties, this is an especially great choice if you’re looking for an oil to help get deep, refreshing sleep.
  • Lavender – Surprised? Of course not! Lavender is such a powerhouse oil with an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties! It pops up all over the place. If you have an ailment, there’s a good likelihood that Lavender is on the list to help you get through it. For ADHD support, Lavender is known to reduce feelings of nervousness, bring calm to the mind, and, like Chamomile Roman, help the user to get a peaceful night of sleep.
  • Vetiver – While also a fantastic choice for promoting sleep, this oil was notably found most effective during Dr. Friedmann’s study. Further, it can help calm the ‘mind chatter’ that prevents the mind from focusing, leading to an increase in concentration.
  • Cedarwood – This is a great choice for creating a positive atmosphere and warding off negative thinking. It has a woody, rich scent known to calm the mind and balance emotions.
  • Frankincense – The soothing properties of Frankincense may be exactly what’s needed to help calm an overactive mind and body. Plus, it is also a great support to the immune system!

Try out these recipes for your diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler to enjoy their awesome therapeutic benefits!

Focus Blend 1

3 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Lime or Mandarin

Focus Blend 2

3 drops Balsam Fir

2 drops Frankincense Carteri

2 drops Grapefruit Pink

1 drop Orange Sweet

ADHD and essential oils – what do you think? Have you ever tried oils to support yourself or someone else with ADHD? Let us know in the comments below!




[1] Adult ADHD. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Retrieved from

[2] Friedmann, T. S. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


Top 10 Most-Read Plant Therapy Blog Posts of 2017

Plant Therapy’s team of Certified Aromatherapists have posted hundreds of blogs over the years, intended to educate and inspire. Millions of page views later, these are Plant Therapy’s top 10 most popular blog posts of 2017. Enjoy!


These oils were chosen by Plant Therapy’s expert as the oils to start out with when using essential oils on younger children.

These safety guidelines are for the general public use. This does not mean that these safety concerns will effect every child under the age of 6.



This amazing safety information has been floating around some pages and has started to concern a lot of parents who have used these oils on their young children. I contacted Robert Tisserand with some of these concerns and just heard back.



We discuss the differences between different species of frankincense.  It’s fair to say that frankincense species can be used in place of each other, for the most part. However, for those who want a more targeted approach, we want to be sure that you are armed with the information you need to buy the frankincense that is right for you.




Plant Therapy provides the best resources for dilution, safety, and usage information in easy-to-use reference charts. We’re taking the guesswork out of essential oils!



With summer on it’s way, I am starting to plan for all my summer vacations. I have two young boys and we are planning on going to Disney Land this summer!! I will also be quite pregnant and know that car/motion sickness will be an issue with my family while traveling. Because of this, I have gone ahead and listed my top 5 essential oils to use for motion sickness.  Stay healthy and enjoy your summer!




The dilution chart. We often get asked, “How in the world do you read this thing?” We realize that this might seem intimidating — but we promise it’s not as bad as it seems! It’s important to remember that anytime you apply essential oils to the skin, you’ll want to use a carrier oil. This chart helps you find the right ratio for your situation. 



When building our comparison charts we like to focus on the therapeutic properties of the blends rather than the oils that make up the synergy blend.  With this in mind, we have included a list of each individual oil in the blends so you can determine for yourself if it is the right one for you.

What is a synergy blend?  It is the “working together” of two or more essential oils that gives a better result than the total of their individual effects. When blended together, completely new compounds are formed.  The chemical constituents in a single oil can have an enhancing effect on the other oils in the blend.



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. Here’s how to be SAFE rather than SORRY. 



Can essential oils be ingested? Yes? No? Sometimes? Maybe? Yep, that about sums it up. You are probably getting a different answer everywhere you look. You will find people who are adamant for ingesting essential oils and people who are equally as adamant that you should not ingest essential oils. Who is right? Who should you listen to?



I had NEVER had a poison ivy breakout before now, so I was quite surprised when I noticed my arm was bright red and twice the size that it normally is.  Then the itch set in…and it itched and itched…  I searched the medicine cabinet for relief, remembering my poor little ornamental rose bush, that 2 days earlier was being strangled to death by that evil little vine known as poison ivy.

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!

Bee’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Everyone knows me by Bee, but my name is Brenda, as most of you know from my replies to your email
s from the Aromatherapist group. I love my job and being able to help our customers in every possible way. I’ve worked at Plant Therapy for a year and a half and I absolutely love it.

I’m originally from Texas and moved to Idaho about 2 years ago with my husband and our 3 children. They are my world and they have come to love essential oils as much as I do. I love doing DIY projects and having my little ones help out as much as they can. It is a fun way for us to bond, especially because it is something that we all love.

Some of my favorite oils are Boronia Absolute, Yuzu, Helichrysum Italicum, and Frankincense Carteri — but I can’t lie, my ultimate favorite is Rose Absolute. Not only does it have a wonderful aroma, it also has so many wonderful properties. I feel safe diffusing or using these oils topically around my 9-year-old because they are KidSafe®.

Here are the reasons why I love these oils:

Rose Absolute Rosa x centifolia is uplifting to your emotions which is the very first thing I noticed about the oil. It can help with skin imperfections and concerns. One of the most important properties to us as women, is that it can help with PMS symptoms and makes us feel more balanced.

Boronia Absolute Boronia mafastigma has a wonderful aroma and blends well with Rose Absolute. I love this combination because both oils are uplifting and refreshing. They take me to a happy place, relax my body, and promote a restful nights sleep. Boronia Absolute can also be helpful for seasonal illnesses and offer respiratory support. 

Yuzu Citrus x junos is known for its relaxing properties and yummy aroma. It helps clear our respiratory system during times of congestion during seasonal threats, and it gives our immune system a little boost when we are feeling a little under the weather. I also just love the fresh scent of the citrus peel.

Helichrysum Italicum Helichrysum italicum  is another one of the essential oils that I like to combine with Rose Absolute. As I mentioned before, I am a Texas girl and all my family is still there. From time to time my feelings just throw me off and I start missing my family more than usual. That’s when I break out with my personal inhaler with this Smile Again blend:

~ Smile Again ~

5 drops Helichrysum Italicum

4-5 drops Rose Absolute

Add to a personal inhaler to help settle your emotions.


Frankincense Carteri Boswellia carteri is my go-to essential oil to alleviate my ankle tension from an old tendon injury. This amazing essential oil has helped me so much with swelling and easing my discomfort.  I used it diluted to 2% in a carrier oil.

I love to use my favorite essential oils in a diffuser blend. After an overwhelming day, my husband and I like to diffuse Pixie Dust. This blend takes me to my happy place.

~ Pixie Dust Diffuser Blend ~

4 drops of Rose Absolute 

2 drops Boronia Absolute

1-2 drops of Yuzu

The combination of these essential oils bring out a refreshing floral scent with a hint of citrus and helps to promote a tranquil and calming atmosphere while assisting us to have a restful sleep, too.

Do you use any of Bee’s Top 5 Oils? If so, what are you favorite ways to use them? Leave your comments below!

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!


Vanilla, Vanilla, Where Art Thou? The Story Behind the Vanilla Bean Shortage

The worldwide vanilla shortage has caused many companies like Plant Therapy to seek solutions.


Once upon a time in a beautiful land a strange and sad happening occurred. There was a dark cloud that came over the land and suddenly, there was a great shortage of Vanilla CO2! There was wailing and gnashing of teeth as people wanted to make DIYs, and to diffuse this beautiful, calming product,  and to include its delectable sweetness in blends.

People ran to Plant Therapy, knowing that if anyone would have it, they would! But alas, they too were unable to obtain it.

Where has all the vanilla gone? 

Vanilla is from an orchid plant and is grown in Madagascar. This country has roughly 79% of the world’s vanilla fields. Due to the shortage, the price of vanilla per pound has gone up from $11 per pound in 2011, to $193 per pound in 2016. This very labor-intensive crop takes 3-4 years from the time vanilla is planted until they can harvest. Then, it can take an additional 3-6 months to cure the beans. There are only approximately 3,000 tons of vanilla produced each year. Due to challenges in nature, vanilla in short supply — such as drought and cyclones. [1] [2]

Bottom line? 

Vanilla, of course, is in big demand for food products. It’s also a main ingredient in skincare products and perfume.  However, due to the short supply, companies are having to find substitutions or discontinue production.

Likewise, at Plant Therapy, we have felt the effects of this vanilla shortage and have had to make adjustments. We currently cannot offer Vanilla CO2 sold individually. We do have Vanilla Oleoresin, and a few blends with vanilla.

Peru Balsam to the rescue!

Peru Balsam does have a scent very similar to vanilla.  Like vanilla, it can be calming and comforting. It can ease nervous tension and promote tranquility.  It creates that “homey” atmosphere and is complementary to many other essential oils. We have used this in holiday blends as a substitute for vanilla in synergies that are not KidSafe. We do have to use caution as Peru Balsam can be irritating to the skin if used above recommended amounts, so please follow instructions on label or website.  

We are always looking to provide essential oils and other products that our customers find helpful, pleasing, and affordable. We also strive to be a transparent company, and we hope this will shed light on the background challenges that we face, and our quest to serve our customers in the best way possible. 



[1] cbnews, 2017, Vanilla Bean Shortage in Madagascar drives up prices in the U.S.  CBS This Morning.

[2] Fieldhouse, Crystal, Ecology Skincare,  2017, What the Worldwide Vanilla Shortage means for Ecology Skincare.

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #4

By: Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

During this season of celebration, we take time for giving and gathering with loved ones.

But there’s a problem:  At the same time, it can also mean less time for respite and restoration of ourselves, leading to a sense of depletion. Yet, if we can give ourselves the time to gather our energy, we can gain a much greater sense of well-being, even during the hustle and bustle.

Improve You Life in Just 20 Minutes?

Meditation allows us that necessary timeout to calm our conscious mind and tap into our core essence so that we may nourish ourselves from our own inner source of strength. Research has shown just 20 minutes a day can have a positive impact on our health, down to the genetic level, by boosting the immune response and reducing the inflammation response which are both linked to stress.  Even short, single sessions yield positive results.[1] You may wish to read “M Is For Meditation” for more about the positive effects of meditation and how to get started with some simple steps.

I can’t emphasize this enough:  

Aromatherapy excels in helping to calm the mind and soothe the spirit, making it a perfect partner for meditation. In thinking about a special synergy for this season, I was inspired by the gifts of the Magi. Also known as wise men, who hailed from the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia, Magi make appearances in ancient texts across many spiritual traditions.[2] The story, of course, with which we are most familiar this time of year is the visit of the Magi to Jesus upon his birth to present the precious gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Inspired by these historically prized offerings, this modern-day synergy of aromatic essences is rich in scent for the spirit.

~ Meditation of the Magi ~

2 drops Davana (Gold) Artemisia pallens

2 drops Myrrh Commiphora myrrha

1 drop Frankincense Carteri CO2 Boswellia carteri


Why Do These Oils Matter? 

The aromatics of the essences in this synergy have been used throughout time in sacred ceremonies across many spiritual traditions. This synergy is calming to the conscious mind while supporting introspection, meditation and prayer, and restoration of our mind, body, and spirit. These essences can support us in strengthening our spiritual selves through connection to higher consciousness and higher information while keeping us grounded in our bodies.

Use this synergy according to your personal preference. For inhalation, add 5 drops to a Diffuser, 15 drops to an Aromatherapy Inhaler, or 1 drop to an Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket.

You may also choose to apply topically as an anointing blend or perfume creating a 1-2% dilution (3-6 drops) in 10 ml rollerball bottle with Jojoba Carrier Oil or carrier oil of your choice.

Cautions: Not KidSafe®. Avoid during breastfeeding and pregnancy.



Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #4


Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. CreateSpace, 2015.

Lawless, Julia. Aromatherapy and the Mind. HarperCollins Publishers. 2014. Kindle Edition.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: a Guide to Blending and Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials. NW College for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, 2011.

Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments. New World Library, 2016.

[1] Quinn, Corina. “Reset Your Health.” Yoga Journal June 2014: 22.

[2] “Magi.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Aug. 2017,


October Oils of the Month – Bergamot Mint and Caraways Seed CO2

It certainly was not a trick this month, but a treat! Plant Therapy sent out two products! Bergamot Mint and Caraway CO2 were the features for October.

Bergamot Mint is a KidSafe essential oil that might have a surprising scent to you. It smells similar to Lavender essential oil, with a touch of mint and citrus. Much of the research point to it being a relaxing and calming oil. Although in the Mint family, Bergamot Mint is a gentler oil and is KidSafe. It can be used for respiratory issues, congestion, sore muscles or joints due to over-exertion, and for nausea.This calming oil from India, distilled from leaves, would be great in DIY body care products such as lotions, soaps and in candles. It is cooling and soothing and a great choice as a balancing blend for agitated emotions.

The other feature this month Caraway Seed CO2, also KidSafe, is a treat for rye lovers! One whiff of this will remind you of a loaf of fresh rye bread. It is a warming and fortifying CO2. It can help settle a queasy or crampy tummy and would be great in a blend with Peppermint for such issues. It also would mix well with oils like Bergamot, Cypress or Balm Mint Bush for a respiratory blend.

You can use these two separately or you might want to try this recipe which could help with intestinal issues or congestion.


Tummy and Congestion Helper

4 drops of Bergamot Mint

3 drops of Caraway Seed CO2

10 ml Fractionated Coconut Oil (or carrier of choice)

Pour essential oils into an empty 10 ml roller bottle and then top off with carrier oil. Gently shake or tip back and forth to mix. Apply to the abdomen for nausea or chest for congestion.

We hope that you enjoy your double treat this month and put these to good use!


Download  Bergamot Mint Product Template Sheet HERE:



Download Caraway Seed Product Template Sheet HERE:


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