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Getting Your Inner Ooommm On Bath Blend DIY

Essential oils epsom salt bath blend Check it out: We’re celebrating the end of Summer with some last-minute summer-y DIY’s (like this amazing Epsom Salt bath blend)!

Because we love our customers (you guys – we really do!), we decided that this month we wanted to hear YOUR favorite recipes that you love to make with Plant Therapy essential oils. We ran a contest in our SEOR Facebook group, and the three winners will be featured on our Plant Therapy blog!

Today, we’re sharing winner #3 with you. It’s a relaxing Epsom Salt bath blend by Amy Fields!

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Essential Oils for Back to School

Can you believe that summertime is already winding down? Whether or not you’re ready for it, back to school season has arrived — and we’re here to help!

Even if you’re still trying to soak up the last of summer fun, it’s never too early to start thinking about getting your kiddos, and yourself, ready to start the upcoming school year right. Being prepared is the first step to building a solid foundation for a successful year. When the transition from summer time to school time is smooth, everything kind of just falls into place.

To help you and your family, we have created a few perfect back-to-school bundles. Each of these include some of the best products to help children, teenagers, and yourself get in the back-to-school groove.

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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.

8 Perfect Essential Oil Gifts for Every Kind of Mom!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t let it sneak up on you this year. Instead of scrambling to find the perfect gift at the last minute, let us help you out! With these cheeky mom stereotypes, we’re taking the stress out of finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Whatever your mom loves, we’re sure to have you covered!

 

1. Mom-On-The-Go

This busy bee has a lot going on. She’s like a fully charged battery with a never ending to-do list! We’ve got just what she needs to make the most out of her day.

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  • Energy Synergy Roll-On: This all-natural way to keep energy up helps Mom power through her day, even when that midday slump starts to set in. A healthier alternative than constantly reaching for coffee, or buying another energy drink, this roll-on is a compact travel buddy that fits right into her purse, to use whenever she needs a boost!
  • Relaxation Synergy Set: After that busy day, Mom should get the rest and relaxation she deserves! This set includes three amazing synergies that will help Mom unwind and have a few moments of peace to herself.

 

2. New Mom

Being a new mother is quite an experience! With her time entirely consumed caring for a little bundle of love, show her how much you appreciate all of her tireless and selfless actions with gifts just for her – and not the baby!

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  • Fruits Set: Fruity essential oils are amazing mood boosters! Bright and rejuvenating, it’s hard not to feel happy when you have these oils around. They are also great for freshening up the aroma of any room, because — let’s be real — babies can make some big, stinky messes!
  • Rose Hydrosol: A fresh rose garden on a whim? Yes, please! New moms will love the instant sense of calmness and wellbeing this lovely aroma brings. Plus, it’s so quick and easy to use. No dilution or diffusers required – just spray and enjoy!

 

3. Fitness Mom

Running, biking, swimming, yoga, weights, and everything in between! This mom is passionate about exercise. She needs something to heal her mind, body, and spirit after pushing herself to the limit.

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  • Chakra Synergies Set: A totally unique set of seven synergies designed to stimulate the natural energy systems within ourselves. Perfect for any self-care routine, this set is beautifully packaged and comes with a detailed booklet. It’s also newly available as pre-diluted roll-ons!
  • Muscle Aloe Jelly: Muscles hard at work deserve to be pampered! This icy/hot combination soothes and relaxes muscles, helping them feel great and recover quicker. Mom will definitely love this gift, especially after a hard workout!

 

4. Gardening Mom

Not one to be outdone by her neighbor’s frantically blooming azaleas, this mom will spend hours in dirt and sweltering sun to sow, grow, and love her garden. It’s her own personal sanctuary of bright and fragrant blossoms, backyard critters, and fresh air!

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  • Nature Shield Synergy: Help Mom keep those pesky mosquitoes away while she’s outside enjoying her garden. Using essential oils that are famously effective for deterring pests, take it a step further and make Mom an outdoor candle!
  • Spring Blends Set: Rainy and windy springtime weather can keep Mom indoors. These synergies have pleasant spring aromas that will brighten her mood while she’s waiting out the storm.

 

5. Tech-Savvy Mom

This technology-loving-lady is always in-the-know about the latest gadgets and high-tech toys. Maybe she’s a gamer, a blogger, or an IT wiz; these moms can really benefit from some great products during their screen time.

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  • Diffuse on the Move: With a USB port and a car charger, this tiny essential oil diffuser is portable and adorable. Coming in pink, champagne, white, and black, you’re sure to find a style that fits your mom just right!
  • Munchy Stop Roll-On: Anyone who’s spent long period of time in front of a screen knows it can be a struggle to resist the urge to snack — especially on salty and sweet treats. Usually, the long-term effects of this snacking cancels out the brief instant gratification it gives. Help mom curb these cravings and stay healthier with this synergy designed to boost willpower and reduce snacking.

 

6. All Natural Mom

With her interest in organic and whole foods, creating a toxin-free home environment, and using all of the most natural products available, this mom is commits herself to finding the best ways to build the healthiest environment for her family!

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  • Organic Sampler Set: With the USDA Certified Organic seal, Mom will feel confident knowing these essential oils are made with the purest organic materials, including no GMOs, or harmful pesticides, and are grown in clean soil.
  • Organic Rose Otto: Think the Organic Mom in your life has everything she needs? Think again. This will easily become her most prized organic product — Steam distilled from the petals of the Bulgarian Damask Rose, just a tiny bit is all that’s needed to enjoy its amazing properties. Interested in a more economical option? Try Organic Rose Otto 10%.

 

7. First-Time Grandma 

A new grandbaby is such an exciting experience! Mother’s Day is the perfect time to thank Grandma for all her help, support, and unconditional love she selflessly gives to her children, and now her grandchildren.

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  • Younger Glow Carrier Oil Blend: With the powerful oils of Sesame Seed, Sunflower, Camellia Seed, Rosehip, Argan, and Vitamin E, Grandma is going to love how this blend nourishes and conditions her skin.
  • Lavender Set: Perfect for every lavender-lover! With the body cream, essential oil, pre-diluted roll-on, and aloe jelly, this set is soothing, hydrating, and filled with the many therapeutic benefits of lavender.

 

8. Mother-In-Law

Maybe you’ve known her for years or maybe you’ve just met — either way, these thoughtful gifts are sure to strengthen that sometimes tumultuous in-law relationship!

  • Tree of Life Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket: This beautiful locket is a wonderful way to keep her favorite essential oils close. In both gold and silver colored options, and with an adjustable chain, it’s easy to style with any outfit!
  • Precious Flowers Set: Kept in its own petite wooden box, these three treasured floral scents are sure to bring joy into any woman’s life. This set contains Rose Absolute, Neroli, and Jasmine Absolute. Each of these unique florals carry profound emotional effects.

 

Every Mother’s Day is an opportunity to tell your mom how special she is to you. We hope these suggestions sparked some ideas for the kind of unique gifts your mom will love!

Millie On My Mind

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Meet Miss Millie!

In honor of National Pet Day, observed annually on April 11, I wanted to introduce you to my new companion, The Magnificent Miss Millie!

We commemorate National Pet Day by celebrating our love for our furry friends. Just as importantly, this day was created to bring awareness to potential pets in need through rescue or adoption, or by bringing assistance to a loved one with a pet who may be suffering from illness or financial setbacks. [1]

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March Oil of the Month: Kumquat

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Just in time for spring and summer, we have a refreshingly juicy offering for this Oil of the Month.

Meet Kumquat!

This little fruit with a funny name boasts a big personality and an awesome array of benefits.

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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.

 

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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. 😊

 

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