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Fragrance, Fields, and All the Feels

By: Lori Chase, Certified Aromatherapist

As a Certified Aromatherapist, one of my biggest dreams has been to visit farms and processing facilities in France. Last month that dream became a reality and was nothing short of amazing. I was very excited when asked to write about the trip, but have an overwhelming fear that I will run out of adjectives halfway through this post. 

The trip started in New Jersey with several days of fragrance training, and then off to Europe with Robert Bardsley, Plant Therapy’s Procurement Manager, in a quest to source the best quality essential oils and allow me to learn more about the processes.

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Peace of Mind: 15 Essential Oils to Promote Relaxation

Let’s face it–life can be stressful. But you can use  essential oils to promote relaxation.

Whether you’ve just had a hard day or negotiate tense situations on a daily basis, it’s important to have a toolbox of self-care solutions that can ease your mind, and you can absolutely use essential oils to promote relaxation.

When we turn to natural solutions for relaxation, like essential oils, we reap the benefits of powerful worry and tension -busters without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, or the adverse health effects of alcohol. Essential oils for relaxation have the power to help calm even the most worried head and ease an overworked mind and body.

Want to start today? The simplest way to add some intentional relaxation to your essential oils self-care routine is our Chakra line!

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Soothing Sandalwood: 8 Ideas for Using Sandalwood Essential Oil

If you love super-woody smells that take you to another world, then you’ll love sandalwood essential oil!

Derived from the wood of the sandalwood tree in India and Australia, sandalwood essential oil has long been cherished for its soft, creamy and woody scent. This beloved essential oil comes with  an assortment of health benefits, and is often used in aromatherapy and skincare applications (especially when paired with a carrier oil).

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Why We Love Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

The light, citrusy aroma of lemon myrtle essential oil makes it a popular choice for many unique applications. Lemon myrtle (backhousia citriodora) is a flowering plant native to the subtropical rainforests of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Noted for its sweet, lemony scent, lemon myrtle oil is extremely uplifting and vibrant, so it’s perfect for a range of aromatic applications. The beneficial oil is steam-distilled from lemon myrtle leaves and branches. Other common names for this lovely natural oil are lemon scented myrtle, sweet verbena myrtle, lemon scented backhousia and lemon ironwood.

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The 5 Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

If you’re a devoted essential oils enthusiast, then you probably already know one important thing about this therapeutic niche: there’s an oil for pretty much everything, from quelling jittery nerves to stifling stubborn cold symptoms.

As far as versatility goes, bergamot essential oil ranks high. Bergamot provides a myriad of therapeutic benefits for the whole body, so it’s perfect for tossing in your skincare arsenal, first-aid kit or de-stressing basket. Citrus oils are always popular, but bergamot is definitely one of the most loved of the bunch! Here’s why:

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The Bergamot Profile: What It’s All About

Derived from the bergamot orange plant (citrus bergamia), bergamot essential oil has a delightfully sweet, citrus scent with a warm, floral quality. Because of its lovely aromatic profile, oil derived from the bergamot fruit is a common ingredient in perfumes, skincare products, marmalade and, notably, Earl Grey tea. Commonly harvested and used in the Reggio di Calabria region of Italy, this citrus fruit oil contains many beneficial ingredients, including linalyl acetate and linalool, which are known for providing tons of benefits, including relief from discomfort. Here are some more therapeutic applications for this fruity essential oil.

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  1. It Helps Ward Off Seasonal Threats—Like many good essential oils, bergamot is known to repel certain outdoor annoyances. In fact, it’s often employed in DIY insect repellents as a safer and gentler alternative to potentially harmful store-bought stuff. We love packing a bottle of roll-on bergamot in our bag during the summer so we always have easy access to a natural insect repellent on the go.
  2. It Calms You Down—The healing effects of bergamot make it a helpful aromatherapy tool for relieving worry and uplifting emotions. In fact, bergamot oil is commonly inhaled by cancer patients during radiation because it has the unique power of calming nervousness. You can apply properly diluted bergamot oil directly onto your skin (always use bergapten-free bergamot to avoid sunburn) or enjoy its sweet aroma through a diffuser.
  3. It May Relieve Discomfort —If you’re wary of lofty essential oil claims, you’re right to be. There’s so much misinformation out there, so it’s important to do your research to decide for yourself what claims are real and what are just smoke and mirrors. There is some big promise for bergamot, though; a study from 2015 showed that the essential oil was effective in controlling neuropathic discomfort and may help ease symptoms associated with headaches.
  4. It Does Wonders for the Skin—Another great reason to add bergamot to your EO arsenal is that it’s known to help balance oily skin and other frustrating skin ailments in a way that’s relatively gentle. In fact, it’s often added to cleansers and moisturizers to gently help unclog pores and slough away excess oil and can be used in DIY formulas.
  5. It Soothes the Tummy—Bergamot oil can also help regulate your digestive system. People often use the sweet-smelling oil to help calm stomach upset, stomach aches and loss of appetite.

Buying Bergapten-Free Oil

Before you go slathering bergamot on yourself with wild abandon, you should know that the bergapten found within bergamot can become toxic when exposed to UV rays, and can increase your risk of sunburn.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notes that, because bergapten on its own has a high level of phototoxicity, plants that produce this ingredient are classified as poisonous. But fear not! We are committed to providing safe, pure essential oils, so we only offer bergapten-free bergamot oil, which is completely safe for use in the sun.

plant therapy essential oil organic bergamotIf you love citrusy essential oils, we also recommend trying our Citrus Burst Synergy Blend or lemon essential oil. Though similar to bergamot, these products have their own distinct qualities and benefits that you’ll love.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Carrier Oils: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know

carrier oils everything you want to knowOn the never-ending quest for the perfect essential oil recipes, you’ve probably come across the phrase “carrier oil” a time or two. Typically used to dilute essential oils, carrier oils are commonly employed in skincare, cleaning products, aromatherapy and diffuser recipes, and are good to have on hand if you want to apply oil to your skin directly or dial back a specific oil’s scent or intensity. All EOs should be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Continue reading

Essential Oils for Kids: What’s Safe, What’s Not

safe essential oils for kids

Essential oils aren’t just a trend! It may seem like essential oils are the “trendy new hotness” right now, but actually essential oils have been used by humans for thousands of years to heal, calm and enhance lives.

Before you read anything else: Rest easy knowing that using your essential oils for kids is not inventing the wheel, you’re actually using tried-and-true methods moms have been using throughout history. Plus, we’ve got your back.

 

safe essential oils for kidsWhat’s the big deal about using essential oils for kids, anyway?

Kids are not tiny adults!

One single drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or up to 10 teaspoons of tincture. Woah, it’s no wonder we love them so much!

But think about it, would you give a child 40 cups of tea, or 10 teaspoons of tincture? No way! Which is why you need to treat essential oils a little differently when using them for kids. Plus, some essential oils can only be used on children over a certain age, and some oils that just plain can’t be used for kids at all.

Don’t stress! We’ve got your back with all the info you need to safely use essential oils for kids.

 

What are some essential oils that you CAN safely use for kids?

There are so many essential oils that you can diffuse, or apply topically on your child’s skin that are 100% safe, beneficial to their health, and affordable. Here is just a short list:

Blue Tansy
Cedarwood Atlas
Copaiba Oleoresin
Cypress
Chamomile German
Geranium Bourbon
Helichrysum  Italicum
Lavender 
Mandarin
Neroli
Sandalwood Australian
Tea Tree

That’s just a tiny part of the list of child-safe oils! You can also  choosKidSafe® oils! Choose from anything in our KidSafe® line and be 100% sure you’re getting essential oils that are safe for your children.

Which essential oils should you AVOID using on and around your kids?

So, it’s true that some essential oils aren’t safe for use with children. Peppermint, for example, has a high amount of menthol, and some chemotypes of Eucalyptus and Rosemary have high amounts of 1,8-Cineole, which are not safe for use around children.

Don’t put your oils away just yet, you can still safely use essential oils for your kids in the home, you just need to make sure your oils and synergies are kid-friendly, and make sure you’re educated.

Here’s a long–but not complete–list of which essential oils are NOT safe to use on children:

Oils to avoid using for children at all:

  • Birch (Sweet)
  • Chaste Tree

Here are just some of the oils to avoid using for children under 10:

  • Benzoin
  • Black Seed
  • Cassia
  • Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem
  • Garlic
  • Ginger Lily
  • Honey Myrtle
  • Hyssop
  • Lemon Leaf
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Lemongrass
  • Massoia Bark
  • May Chang
  • Melissa
  • Sweet Verbena
  • Oakmoss
  • Opopanax
  • Oregano
  • Peru Balsam
  • Saffron
  • Sage (Wild Mountain)
  • Savory
  • Styrax
  • Treemoss
  • Tuberose
  • Turpentine
  • Verbena (Lemon)
  • Ylang Ylang Complete

 

There are still ways of using your “not safe for kids” essential oils around children:

You’re probably wondering if you can use essential oils that are NOT safe for your children yourself when you’re around your children all the time.

The answer is–you totally can! A personal inhaler lets you use whichever essential oils you need, without worrying about affecting your little ones.

Just make sure to use your personal inhaler away from your baby and leave enough time for the scent to dissipate before bringing your child back in the room.

Remember, essential oils are an amazing way to naturally enhance your child’s life, care for their body and nurture their mind. All it takes is a little education, some quality oils and a loving parent to reap all the benefits essential oils have to offer!

Which Geranium Should I Choose?

geranium essential oilsWhich Geranium Should I Choose?

Geranium Essential Oils are an aromatherapy favorite!

Their soft, floral scents and incredible therapeutic properties make Geraniums a great essential oil to have in your collection. However, it’s easy to get confused, because there are two different Geranium oils. 

The Geraniums that Plant Therapy offers is listed by it’s Latin name as Pelargonium x asperum, which is a cross between P. capitatum and P. radens. This is the correct Latin name for all Geranium oils on the market.

You’ll see Geraniums listed as one of the following:

  • “Egyptian”
  • “Bourbon”

These two variations have some overlapping (but also different) therapeutic properties because of the origin of the plants.

 

geranium essential oilsWhat Are The Two Geranium Essential Oils?

Geranium Bourbon

Geranium Bourbon Essential Oil (sourced from the Reunion Islands) 

Scent: 

  • Softer, rose-floral scent with a herbaceous hint.

Therapeutic benefits:

  • Helps balance the mind during times of agitation, as well as sadness.
  • Blends well with other oils.
  • Gentle and great for skin, helping balance and alleviate all skin types.
  • A great choice to help women with menstrual discomfort and emotional ups and downs.

Geranium Egyptian

Geranium Egyptian Essential Oils (sourced from Egypt)

Scent: 

  • A fresh, green, floral aroma.

Therapeutic benefits:

  • Uplifting to the senses
  • Known for having a beneficial effect on women’s reproductive health
  • Helpful in easing the tension associated with the worry and stress.
  • Gentle and beneficial for skin care, especially those aging skin
  • Balances the skin and helps improve overall complexion, when added to a face wash or cream
  • Helps soothe and relieve muscle and joint discomfort caused by overexertion.

 

geranium essential oilsWhich Geranium Should I Choose?

Geranium Bourbon

  • Outdoor Annoyances: Protect yourself against harmful insects by using this natural repellent spray. Combine 1 cup of water, ½ cup of apple cider vinegar, and 30 drops of Geranium Bourbon. Spritz on before heading outside. Great for taking camping and hiking.
  • Emotional Regulation During your Menstrual Cycle: Add a few drops to your aromatherapy diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler.
  • Skin Issues: Dilute at a 1% with Rosehip Carrier Oil and apply to a clean face to even skin tone and reduce redness.

 Geranium Egyptian

  • Menstrual Discomfort: Blend 3 drops of Geranium Egyptian and 3 drops of Clary Sage in 2 tsp. of Evening Primrose Oil. Massage on the abdomen during times of menstrual discomfort.
  • Aging Skin Serum: In a small jar add 2 oz. of your favorite carrier oil, aloe vera gel, or Plant Therapy’s Aloe Vera Jelly with 24 drops of Geranium Egyptian. Apply a pea size amount onto the skin at night.
  • Muscle and Joint Relief: Dilute Geranium Egyptian at a 2-4% with your favorite Plant Therapy carrier oil and apply to affected areas to reduce discomfort and swelling.

 

Top 5 Essential Oils: Tyler’s Picks

By Tyler Hagan, Aromatherapist

Hello everyone! My name is Tyler Hagan, and I’ve had the privilege  of working for Plant Therapy since October of 2017. I spend almost all of my time in our lovely Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR), but you can often times find me answering your questions via email. 😊 I have been a long time customer of Plant Therapy and a long time member in SEOR. Aromatherapy is my biggest passion in life, and I love being able to work with others to spread safe essential oil knowledge far and wide.

Prior to being employed by Plant Therapy I was a preschool teacher for several years. I’ve worked in several childcare settings, developmental preschools, elementary schools, and churches. Teaching has always been one of my biggest passions in life.

I am happily married to my best friend and we have one little guy together, and I have two lovely stepkiddos . Besides spending time with my family, I also enjoy reading, whipping up DIY projects in the kitchen, watching movies, organizing, and gardening. Our favorite family pastime is camping, when the weather permits.

One of the hardest tasks I’ve encountered working at Plant Therapy is narrowing down my top 5 essential oils. I love SO many different essential oils, it’s hard to just pick 5, however, I’ve narrowed it down to the following essential oils below.

Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum, is easily my #1  favorite essential oil. It is very uplifting, and it gives me that extra emotional boost I need throughout the year. For someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, it is a must to help keep my chest clear and breathing strong. It’s a big feature in my Free and Clear inhaler blend for my adventures in the great outdoors.

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Free and Clear Inhaler Blend

4 drops Saro Cinnamosma fragrans

3 drops Ho Wood Cinnamomum camphora

2 drops Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum

2 drops Lemon Citrus x limon

1 drop Cedarwood Atlas  Cedrus atlantica

Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica, is a close second. It’s sweet yet spicy aroma is extremely calming and can be used to settle the crazy emotions and tension that follow a long, busy day. I love to diffuse it alongside my third favorite oil, Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides.

For those that have never used Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides, you must give it a try! It’s earthy, smoky aroma is just what I need at the end of the day to calm the constant chattering in my head. It also helps keep me calm and healthy throughout the year, which is always a huge plus.

One thing I struggle with daily is getting out of bed in the morning. Ask anyone who knows me, I am not a morning person, and I’m not exactly fun to be around straight out of bed. After many years of struggling, I found essential oils, and my life has forever been changed. And it’s all thanks to my fourth and fifth favorites, Grapefruit Pink Citrus x paradisi, and Bergamot Citrus bergamia. These two oils, blended together in the diffuser, is Tyler’s Saving Grace.

 

top 5 essential oilsTyler’s Saving Grace Diffuser Blend

5 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

3 drops Pink Grapefruit Citrus x paradisi

2 drops Steam Distilled Lemon Citrus x limon

2 drops Steam Distilled Lime Citrus x aurantifolia

*You can substitute the steam distilled for cold pressed. It will change the aroma slightly, but it’ll still be uplifting and energizing. 😊

 

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!

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