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Top 8 Essential Oils for Sore Muscle Relief

Did you know: The No. 1 most common New Year’s resolution, according to a 2015 Nielsen survey, is to “Stay fit and healthy.”

With weight loss and health atop most people’s New Year’s to-do list, more exercise is essential. The extra physical activity can often lead to sore muscles.

Our New Year New You goal at Plant Therapy is to help you succeed in 2018. That’s why we’ve created this essential oils reference guide to relieving sore muscles and achy joints.

Rapid Relief

This popular blend is helpful for sore joints and discomfort that comes with over exercise, aging joints, or that occasional bump and minor injury. It contains warming oils that help with circulation which will bring relief. This is great is a blend with our Aloe Vera Jelly or with a carrier oil or butter. Rapid Relief is one of the pre-diluted roll-ons featured in Plant Therapy’s New Year New You Set!

Black Pepper

Yes, Black Pepper is good for tummy issues and for respiratory congestion. But did you know, Black Pepper is also very helpful for sore muscles? The major constituents in this versatile essential oil, b-caryophyllene and d-limonene, make it a good choice for soothing swollen, sore muscles.

Roman Chamomile

Many people know that Roman Chamomile can be calming to emotions. The great thing about this essential oil is that it is also calming to your skin and body tissue as well. It reduces tightness and swelling, and relaxes those knots that can build up after a strenuous workout or a stressful day.

Marjoram

I didn’t used to pay much attention to Marjoram. I owe Marjoram an apology.  Sweet Marjoram has many attributes; it is supportive to the immune system, it is calming to the mind, it helps with digestion and cramping, it is there for seasonal threats, and of course it is great at relieving body and muscle discomfort and swelling. Good thing Marjoram is “sweet” and doesn’t hold a grudge!

Geranium

Geranium isn’t just a rosy smelling essential oil! It is a force to be reckoned with in combating discomfort and swelling. Both of our Geraniums, Bourbon and Egyptian can be interchanged and both address sore muscles and even sore joints due to over-exertion. In addition, it helps with skin issues, with mood, and also inhibits the growth of bacteria.

Tension Relief

As a massage therapist, I find this blend very helpful for sore shoulder muscles and tight necks. It can loosen those tight tendons and muscles, and help your neck and head move more freely. Dilute to 2-3% with a carrier oil and have someone massage it into that area for an “ahhhh” feeling.

Muscle Aid

A natural choice to help one feel better after trying to relive your athletic high school days! Muscle Aid was formulated by Plant Therapy’s Certified Aromatherapists and essential oil expert Robert Tisserand. It combines some powerful oils (Wintergreen, Camphor and Pine) to bring relief.

Muscle Aloe Jelly

This is a convenient blend for weekend warriors and many of our customers love it! It dries quickly and goes to work to help reduce the achy soreness that comes from a marathon, an intense gym workout, or playing with the kids.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to exercise more? Finish a triathlon? Simply be more active? Tell us about it in the comments below, and let’s support one another on our wellness journeys!

Get a Natural Energy Boost with Essential Oils

Welcome to the new year! If you’ve decided to make some resolutions, we here at Plant Therapy want to help you keep those promises you made yourself. Want to run a marathon or follow through with a new exercise plan? Want to maximize your productivity at work or at home? How about dedicating more play time with the kids after a long day at work?

Those are great goals, but they require a certain ingredient for success:  Energy!

Instead of reaching for that second or third cup of coffee, try reaching for an essential oil instead. Use energizing oils to lift you out of midday grogginess, motivate you to get to the gym, or simply to fight off fatigue and make the most of your day.

Energy Synergy

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the unique blend of essential oils our amazing team of Certified Aromatherapists have developed to make Energy Synergy. This stimulating blend is a sure-fire way to add some pep in your step. The uplifting oils of Orange Blood and Geranium Egyptian help to ease away tension from daily stress and balance emotions; Peppermint and Lemon add an energizing burst that keeps you alert and focused; Ginger Root and Eucalyptus Globulus bring warmth and healthy circulation to revitalize your mind and body.

Use Energy Synergy to help you stick with your New Year’s Resolutions and super-charge your day!

Single Oils for Energy

Now, as great as our Energy Synergy is, you don’t want to forget about all the amazing single oils that can help boost you out of a low energy slump! Use them alone or try your hand at mixing up your very own blend! If you need some help figuring out what works well together, visit that oil’s product page for a list of suggestions.

First, Peppermint (and Organic Peppermint). You know it and you love it. Fresh, cool, and unmistakable, this popular essential oil will invigorate your mind and body.

Balm Mint Bush is highly uplifting and intensely refreshing. Its aroma differs from Peppermint because of its crisp eucalyptus notes, which is ideal for an energizing burst.

Speaking of which, Eucalyptus Globulus is another fantastic choice to lift your spirits and focus your mind. It also brings warmth to the body and promotes healthy circulation; when your body feels good, it responds with elevated energy levels.

The spicy oils of Cardamom and Black Pepper (and Organic Black Pepper) are also warming, stimulating and uplifting. Great for an energizing burst.

Additionally, citrus oils are powerful energy boosters. Both Lemon and Grapefruit oils (including Organic Lemon and Organic Grapefruit) have energizing, crisp, and uplifting scents that work as immediate stimulates.  A quick inhale of either will give you a burst of mental clarity — they’re known to be very effective mood-boosters, too.

Last but not least, give Yuzu a try. Zesty and refreshing, this is a mood-lifter and great energy booster.

Now we know which essential oils to use for a burst of energy. But what are the best ways to use them?

~DIY Recipe: Energizing Shower Disc~
What You’ll Need:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup water
  • you won’t add essential oils until you’re ready to use them, after baking

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix baking soda and water to form a thick paste
  2. Press into silicon mold of your choice
  3. Bake at 200 degree for 30 minutes
  4. Shut off oven, allow to cool
  5. Then move to counter and allow mold to sit overnight
  6. Un-mold after 24 hours
  7. Store in airtight container

To use, place on the back of the shower floor, not directly under water spray but close enough that some water hits it. Note that these are PLAIN and you can customize them by adding 5-8 drops of the essential oil of your choice (Energyfor the morning, Sniffle Stopper for a younger child with a cold, etc) They are pretty and functional!

 

Try a personal Aromatherapy Inhaler. They are compact and convenient. Carry an energy boost wherever you go for an instant pick-me-up.

Or, try Diffuse on the Move, the portable, compact travel diffuser that allows you to enjoy your oils anywhere there’s a standard USB or 12V port. Use it in your car on the way to work or the gym.

We want to hear from you! Which essential oils give you energy? How do you use essential oils in your everyday life? Share in the comments below!

New Year, New You

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

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

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

INTRODUCING… NEW YEAR NEW YOU SET

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

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

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

Energy        Rapid Relief        Munchy Stop         Brain Aid           Relax

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

 

ENERGY

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

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

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

 

RAPID RELIEF

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

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

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

 

MUNCHY STOP

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

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

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

 

BRAIN AID

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

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

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

 

RELAX

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

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

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

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

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 Citrus

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!

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #3

 

Around September, I have a lot of ideas for my perfect Christmas – ideas of grandeur and everything in its perfect place and decorated like a Wayfair photoshoot. The reality is, my Christmases are more like a “nailed it” picture. I do have fun putting up all my decorations, and I love baking. My attempts are far from perfect, although my  grandkids appreciate them. I will leave perfection to those who dwell on that, and I will dwell on the things that make my Christmases special.

I have an inexpensive nutcracker collection of all sizes and types. The kids love to look at them, talk about them, and rearrange them. I have decorations up for a month, and every time the grandkids go home after a visit,  I see that  the nutcrackers have been arranged differently. I have to smile. I think of those little hands and imaginations, and of my love for those little people.

With Christmas comes wonderful, delectable scents from the kitchen. I love to make cinnamon rolls, cookies, and rocky road candy. Earlier in the year, we make fresh pressed apple juice from our apples so that we have plenty for the Christmas season to enjoy spiced cider and to give some away. I think of Christmases past, and my mom making wonderful traditional cookies and mincemeat empanadas. My son now makes tamales with his little girls, and he said he’d teach me how this year. We’ve come full circle.

A few years ago, I made these cute nativity hand puppets. We have a simple little production with our grandkids while the parents watch. Each child gets a puppet and Grandpa reads the Christmas story while they act it out. It’s sweet and funny and it’s possible that the person with the sheep may be tripping over the wise man, or Mary (or the person with the Mary puppet) might be crying. It’s a surprise every year and I can’t wait. I know that time flies and they are little for just a short while. I will cherish every moment like I did when their parents were little.

I’d like to invite you into our little get together. Pour a cup of cider, grab a cushion and get ready for the show of a lifetime! Or at least the show of my lifetime. It’s a good one….

Here is a recipe to make your holidays more memorable and hopefully more comfortable during the dry Winter months.

 

Skin Nourishing Body Oil

8 drops Amyris Amyris balsamifera

6 drops  Palmarosa Cymbopogon martini var motia

6 drops  Bergamot Citrus bergamia

4 drops  Spearmint Mentha spicata

2 ounces DermiSoothe Carrier Oil Blend

Mix essential oils into DermiSoothe and apply to dry areas of the body.

 

My wish for you is to have a  memorable, loving and peaceful Holiday season.

 

ENTER HERE!  

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #3

Sensational Synergy and Dynamic Duos

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


One of the aspects I find amazing about aromatherapy is its core concept of synergy. Derived from the Greek “synergos,” synergy essentially distills down to “working together.” In practice, it is “the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.” [1] Or, as we still commonly quote Aristotle today “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

To me, this is the true beauty of aromatherapy — “working together” for an even greater outcome. It is amazing to me that aromatherapy works in synergy on so many levels. What an awe-inspiring concept forming the foundation of this holistic healing art, not just between essential oil and concern, but also nature and our whole being.

Aromatherapy works in synergy with our minds, bodies, and spirits. The aromatic essences themselves don’t cure or fix anything. They support our beings coming back into balance so that all the aspects of our existence can restore and renew in our natural healing state.

Nature also creates synergy within the essential oils themselves. We can reduce each essential oil to its few primary constituents. But, as a whole, each aromatic essence may also have hundreds of minor constituents that in their entirety create its own synergy working together in a unique signature.

 

In our Essential Education blog, “Beginning Blending 1, 2, 3, we also discussed the concept of synergy. This is the proper name of undiluted essential oils blended together to create a therapeutic outcome greater than that of a single essential oil alone.

Within all these simultaneous levels of synergy in aromatherapy, you will also find what I refer to as “Dynamic Duos.” This is when certain paired essential oils can work exceptionally well together with an especially dynamic effect. Your salt and pepper or peanut butter and jelly of the aromatherapy world if you will.

I have outlined below three notable examples of Dynamic Duos I have learned about along the way and especially like to use. There are many more, of course, and you may find your own. These are just a few to illustrate this effect and get you started.

 

Lavender and Peppermint 

Lavandula angustifolia and Mentha x piperita

This pairing is an old standby for good reason. This synergy of Lavender and Peppermint makes a marvelous massage blend for issues in the tissues. It is especially soothing for nervous tension of the mind, accompanied by discomfort in the body from head to toe.  The combined effects are relieving and releasing to knots, tightness, and stiffness and for sore, tired, overworked muscles and joints.

 

 

Suggested Usage: Mix in a 2% dilution with Marvelous Massage ™ Carrier Oil Blend, Jojoba Carrier Oil, or Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil. Use for all over body massage, foot massage, or tightness from tension around the head and neck.

 Enhancements: Choose any other complementary essential oils  to help enhance the effect on concerns such as: Marjoram Sweet Origanum majorana or Chamomile Roman Chamaemelum nobile for calming nervous tension and reducing stiffness and knots.

 Cautions:  Peppermint is not KidSafe.  Do not apply on or near the face of infants and children. We recommend a maximum dilution of 5% for topical applications.

 

 

Black Pepper and Helichrysum Italicum

Piper nigrum and Helichrysum italicum

Black Pepper is well known for its relieving action on discomfort in the body, especially for numbing the type that may be hot and throbbing. I use Black Pepper quite often in synergies especially for issues with my back and love the relief it brings. Along the way, I came across the suggestion to pair Helichrysum Italicum with Black Pepper for an even greater dynamic effect with this type of discomfort (I can’t recall the teacher, so if it was you please let me know)

Oh my goodness, what a difference! While the Black Pepper was soothing on its own, just a tad of the Helichrysum gave it a turbo boost in terms of the perception and duration of relief. Now, I always pair the two for these types of concerns. While Helichrysum can be pricey, you only need a small ratio in your synergy and if you suffer from these issues, the relief is priceless.

 

 

 

Suggested Usage: Combine to a total 3% dilution with Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil in a 10 ml roller bottle for spot treatment and short-term use on the go.

Enhancements: Because this type of discomfort in the tissues may also create tightness and knots, you might add another warming, relieving, and releasing essence such as Ginger Root CO2 Zingiber officinale.

Cautions:   If adding Ginger CO2:  It is not KidSafe.  We recommend a maximum dilution of 1% for topical applications.

 

 

Rosemary 1,8-Cineole and Peppermint

Rosmarinus officinalis and Mentha x piperita

Oh, Rosemary 1, 8 Cineole and Peppermint, let me count the ways…here are three!

Rosemary 1, 8 Cineole and Peppermint create a perfect pairing for supporting the mind. Each provides its own unique and some similar benefits, but together these benefits become boosted. This duo can help with feeling alert and focused while helping to clear your mind; it can support concentration and memory; and, it can be invigorating and stimulating when dealing with mental fatigue.

Additionally, these two make a wonderfully stimulating massage blend to relieve and relax discomfort in the tissues and to support circulation.

They also make a dynamic duo in supporting the respiratory system from seasonal threats whether they are on board or if you have been exposed.

 

 

 

Suggested Usage: For the supporting the mind or respiratory system, the best approach is inhalation with diffuser or  aromatherapy inhaler. For the body, or to tackle all three issues with an invigorating massage, create a 2% blend with Marvelous Massage ™ Carrier Oil BlendJojoba Carrier Oil, or Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil .

Enhancements: Lemon Citrus x limon makes a nice addition for its clarifying, clearing, refreshing, uplifting,  and energizing effects.

Cautions: Rosemary 1, 8 Cineole is not KidSafe. Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children. We recommend a maximum dilution of 4% for topical applications.

Peppermint is not KidSafe.  Do not apply on or near the face of infants and children. We recommend a maximum dilution of 5% for topical applications.

If including Lemon in a massage or other topical blend, we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% to avoid photosensitivity.  You can also use  Lemon Steam Distilled  to be safe in the sun.

 


Sources:

[1] “Synergy.” Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, www.dictionary.com/browse/synergy.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: A Guide to Aromatic Medicine Making. Willow Springs, NC: NW College for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, 2011. Print.

Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-being. London: HarperThorsons, 2014. Print.

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Essential Oil Education – Copaiba Balsam

By Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist

Copaiba Balsam is a an Oleoresin obtained by tapping a tree for its resin.  Plant Therapy currently sources its Copaiba Balsam from both Brazil and El Salvador,  and since we provide batch specific GC/MS reports it will be easy for you to figure out where your bottle is from.  Its aroma is smooth like milk chocolate, and has a gently wooded scent.

Copaiba is primarily from deep in the majestic Amazon rain forests.  The Amazons’ alone produce 500 tons of oil-resin each year. [1]  It has a 2-3 year shelf life when stored in a cool and dark environment, giving you plenty of time to use this oil.

It has a unique chemical constituent; Beta-Caryophyllene.  You’re probably asking yourself, B what?!  Don’t worry, I’ll break it down!  Beta-caryophyllene is a sesquiterpene also found in significant amounts in Black Pepper,   Beta-caryophyllene is a major constituent credited with targeting parts of the brain which help minimize feelings of nervousness and worry.  It is also credited with easing feelings of sadness and discouragement. The specific findings of this study were published online in the journal Physiology & Behavior. [2]  This main constituent is also credited with minimizing the perception of inflammation and discomfort. It is  excellent at giving you an immune boost and helping you avoid  seasonal threats. [3]

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s the synergy of all constituents that really gives an essential oil its power.  Knowing about the individual constituents gives you a better basis for blending for a specific purpose.  Copaiba Balsam is made up of more than 85% constituents in the sesquiterpene family, making it highly sought after to help reduce the perception of inflammation, help you to feel grounded, and assist in healing broken skin.

 

My top 5 uses for Copaiba Balsam are:
  1. Ease Joint Discomfort

1 ounce carrier oil, 6 drops Copaiba Balsam, 6 drops Marjoram, 6 drops Frankincense Serrata

  1. Upper Respiratory Support

Diffuse 3 drops Copaiba Balsam, 3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus, 2 drops Fir Needle

  1. Emotionally Grouding

Diffuse 3 drops Copaiba Balsam, 2 drops Frankincense Carteri, 4 drops Sweet Orange

  1. Assist in healing cuts and scrapes

1 ounce carrier oil, 6 drops Copaiba Balsam, 8 drops Lavender, 4 drops Helichrysum Italicum

  1. Sooth Sore Throat

1 ounce carrier oil, 18 drops Copaiba Balsam

 

[1] Wikipedia, “Copaiba,” [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copaiba. [Accessed 5 January 2017].
[2] Leaf Science, “β-Caryophyllene: A Terpene For Anxiety and Depression?,” [Online]. Available: http://www.leafscience.com/2014/07/08/b-caryophyllene-terpene-anxiety-depression/. [Accessed 6 January 2017].
[3] Aromahead Institute, “Therapeutic Components List,” Aromahead Institute, [Online]. Available: https://www.aromahead.com/online-course/aromatherapy-certification-program/reference/general-reference/therapeutic-component-list. [Accessed 7 January 2017].

 

*This statement has not be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and its representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Beginning Blending 1, 2, 3

By: Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


By now, I hope you have had the opportunity to review the following information, especially if you are new to essential oils.

The next step is beginning to explore blending your essential oils.

Here a some baseline concepts before we begin:

 

Blending 1, 2, 3 is just a beginning:

The intention of this Essential Education series is to help instill some confidence with basic information to help you move from memorization to exploration. The method described here is just one method of blending, with some basic parameters to help keep things simple, yet effective. Once you learn more, you will find what works best for your style and needs as an aromatherapy enthusiast.

 

Blending varies by type of aromatherapy practiced:

 As you begin to explore more, you will see many different methods to blending. For example:

  • By chemistry/constituents – often used in clinical aromatherapy
  • By scent/notes – often used in perfumery
  • By therapeutic action – using historically known applications for a remedy of a wellness concern of body, mind or spirit.

For most home enthusiasts, blending by therapeutic action most often suits personal aromatherapy concerns. You will find many of the home reference books written in this way.

 

Blending is an art:

As you study more about blending you will see, even within areas of specialty, aromatherapists have their own way of going about it. Aromatherapy is indeed a natural healing art, and blending is a big part of the art.

 

A blend of undiluted essential oils is called a synergy:

The concept of an essential oil synergy is that the outcome of the blended oils is going to have greater value than the essential oils working alone. If you blend more quantity than for a single use, you will also see the synergy referred to as a master blend, or a stock blend.

Ok, ready to get started?

 

Step 1: Planning Your Blend

Before we begin blending, it is important to know what you are seeking to accomplish by answering some key questions. This list is not all inclusive, but is outlined to give you some idea of the planning needed before you even begin to prepare your blend.

What concern are you looking to support?

  • It is best to address one primary thing at a time.
  • Your blend can have some supporting effects, which we will address.

For whom is this blend being made?

  • A healthy adult?
  • Child?
  • Someone who is pregnant or nursing?

How is this blend going to be used?

  • Inhalation?
  • Topically?
  • Short-term?
  • Longer-term?

Are there any safety concerns?

  • Does it need to be KidSafe?
  • Are the oils phototoxic?
  • Maximum dermal applications?
  • Health concerns?
  • Potential medication interactions?

Other considerations?

  • Time of day to be used?
  • Scent preferences or aversions?

 

Step 2: Choosing Your Essential Oils

Now that you have answered questions such as those above, you can begin to choose your essential oils. There may be a variety of choices, but some oils work better together either synergistically, and/or how they smell.

This is where being familiar with your oils (what they do, how they smell, what their safety considerations are), as well as which oils best address your concern may be. If you need help with this, please review Welcome to Essential Education and Getting to Know Your Essential Oils – Part 2.

 

To begin, we are going to keep blending simple. And, we are going to blend by therapeutic action as a starting point for this exercise.

I learned my preferred process for choosing my oils to blend from Jade Shutes, an aromatherapy educator, and author.  When you are ready for more complexity, I highly recommend her manual “The Dynamics of Blending,” for learning blending in far more detail and depth .  Jade advocates a three-step approach to choosing your oils, summarized below:

  • First Oil/Primary – addresses primary concern
  • Second Oil/Supporting – supports the first oil for the primary concern
  • Third Oil/Enhancing – brings the blend together and enhances the effects of the synergy

A few more additional oils could be added to enhance the overall synergy, but let’s start with the basics. I have created many effective blends using simply three oils. Once you get going and gain your confidence and more education, you could certainly begin to branch out to more complex methods and synergies.

 

Step 3: Creating Your Blend

 To help get you started, you will find a worksheet below to help record your progress and process:

 

Download and Print Blending 1, 2, 3 Worksheet Here

  

 

1)     Choose Your Essential Oils for the Synergy

Select Your First Oil  — to address your primary concern, ensuring it meets the criteria in the planning phase.

Select a Second Oilto support your primary concern and to support the first oil.

Take the caps off the two bottles and hold them together. Gently waft the caps together under your nose (note: you don’t want to touch your nose or take a big sniff. Just a gentle inhale as it passes by).

How is the scent? Is it generally pleasing?  If you like it, proceed. If not choose another oil you want to go with your first choice oil and start again.

Select a Third Oilto bring together the overall blend

What enhancing effect do you want to add to your blend? Do you want to enhance the scent? Do you want to enhance the overall action? Do you want to add a supporting action? All the above?

Hold the cap of the third oil with the caps of other two oils and do the wafting experiment again. Is the scent generally pleasing? Are you happy with the combination of the three in general? If so, then you are ready to proceed.

 

2)      Make Your Blend

For this you will need:

  • Cotton balls or fragrance test strips
  • Scratch paper and a pen or pencil
  • It is also good practice to wear gloves

 

Try This 3 Oils + 5 Drops Method

This method keeps things simple, and it makes for a blend that is easy to use immediately, or to scale up or down with minimal math.

For example, with a 5-drop mini-master blend, you could easily add the following within safe and appropriate guidelines:

  • 5 drops in a diffuser (per 100 ml)
  • 5 drops on a cotton ball at your bedside, or desk (this is what I do with my tester samples)
  • 5 drops (mixed with appropriate carriers) in a bath
  • 15 drops in a personal inhaler
  • 1 drop x 5 uses in aroma jewelry
  • 20-40 drops per ml for a master blend stock bottle.

 

Choose the Ratio of Oils

  • Grab your scratch paper and a pencil.
  • Write down the name of each oil you have chosen.
  • Add one drop of the first oil to your cotton ball or scent strip.
  • Mark down a hatch mark next to that oil written on your paper.
  • Add one drop of the second oil and record it.
  • Add one drop of the third oil and record it.

(Trust me, marking each drop immediately is critical. If you think you will remember what you did when you are done, ask me how many times I have lost my place with which oil I just dropped, or how many recipes I have forgotten by the time I finished dropping and smelling my oils!)

  • Now, take a smell of what you have so far. How do you like it? What would you like to increase or mute?
  • Add one drop of the next oil you choose. It can be any of the three. Don’t forget to write it down.
  • Smell again.
  • Add the final drop of any of the three oils you choose and smell. How do you like it? Love it? Great! You have your blend. Don’t love it? Start again, adjusting the choice of which oils to bring out more in the blend and which ones you want to stay in the background.

 

3)    Record your Recipe

  • Once you are finished, be sure to write down your synergy recipe and store in a safe place.
  • Recipes are written in descending order of volume (which oil you used most first, and then, alphabetically.
  • It is good practice to also include the Latin names, so you remember which variety you used.
  • Be sure to write down the purpose of the blend.
  • If you created a synergy that is larger in volume than for single use, be sure to label the bottle.
  • If you created a master or stock blend, also be sure to date it. Your shelf life will be determined by the essential oil in the synergy with the shortest shelf life when stored properly.

 

Examples of sample blends using the 3 Oil/5 Drop Method

These are all mini-master blends to sample if you are looking for some inspiration to get started.  Feel free to change the amount of each oil in the synergy suited to your own personal sense and needs should you wish. If you have gotten to know your oils, you can even play with making substitutions that better suit you.

 

Australian Awesomeness 

 2 drops Kunzea (kunzea ambigua)

2 drops Blue Cypress (callitris intratropica)

1 drop Fragonia (agonis fragrans)

This is soothing to aching muscles and joints. Soothing to mind and spirit. Helps to release blocked pain and emotional scars to the spirit.

 

Sensationally Soothing

 2 drops Ho Wood (cinnamomum camphora)

2 drops Rose Otto 10% (rosa damascena)

1 drop Lavender Fine (lavandula angustifolia)

This is a sweet soother to the mind, body and spirit when needing to significantly relax nervous tension on all levels.

 

Refresh

2 drops Peppermint (mentha x piperita)

2 drops Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis ct 1,8-cineole)

1 drops Lime (citrus x aurantifolia)

An invigorating blend. Supports focus and clarity.

 


Source:

Shutes, Jade. “The Dynamics of Blending: A Guide to Blending and Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials.” N.p.: East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies. N.d. Print.

Can Pre-Blended Synergies Be Used for Other Purposes?

By: Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Ok! By now, I hope you are comfortable with your single essential oils and how they can help support your wellness concerns. If you are just now jumping in, here is where we are so far in this introductory series of Essential Education:

The Wonderful Wide World of Aromatherapy — How essential oils and aromatherapy support our wellbeing

Welcome to Essential Education — Getting to know our essential oils

Getting to Know Our Essential Oils – Part 2– Choosing the most appropriate oils for our concerns

Another question we often get asked is:

“Can pre-blended synergies be used for other purposes?”

 

The short answer is “it is possible.”

Once you are familiar with the effects of essential oils, and how to match those effects with your concerns, you can create a roadmap to your answer, ensuring it works with your unique needs.

I always start with the concern I want to address. So the question I ask is “what pre-blended synergies do I have on hand that could address this issue?” Yep! Even aromatherapists “cheat” now and then when you have some wonderfulness already in your arsenal for times of need.

Here is a real-life example from my recent experience.

Recently, very late into the night, the muscles of both legs were tight and aching. I also had a great deal of discomfort from some very tight knots in certain spots, and my low back was throbbing. I needed some relief and wanted to take a hot bath with a blend that would support relaxation of not only my body, but also my mind, so I could get in a good restorative sleep for the night.

I happened to have Calming the Child on hand and, after checking a few key things, I knew it was perfect as my “grab-and-go.”

Here’s the description of Calming the Child from the Plant Therapy website:

“Calming The Child is absolutely wonderful and a delight for little ones. Calming The Child was created to help promote a tranquil atmosphere during the day or before bedtime. Used by adults and children alike, Calming The Child can help anyone feel more calm.”

 The essential oils in this synergy were specifically chosen and blended for the purpose as described above, and it does an amazing job.

 

 But, remember, what I needed was a remedy to support relaxation of my body and mind so I could get some rest.

So, here is the checklist I went through to assess whether I could repurpose this-pre-blended synergy to suit my specific needs. You can use your worksheets from Welcome to Essential Education and Getting to Know Your Essential Oils – Part 2 as advance guides to map out potential multi-purposes for your blends when you are making purchasing decisions, or after they arrive. Even with a Plant Therapy blend, you may need to research through other reputable resources such as those recommended in Getting To Know Your Essential Oils – Part 2

 

What are the ingredients?

You can check:

  • The label (all reputable companies list the essential oils used)
  • The website (see the product details box, under “ingredients”); or
  • The product template sheet (open and/or download from the website)

Here are the essential oils used in the blend:

 

Do these essential oils address my concerns?

  • Lavender – relieves muscles tension, stiffness, aches and tight knots. Calming and soothing for restlessness. Relieves nervous tension.
  • Chamomile, Roman – powerful support for relieving tense muscles and tight knots. Soothing to the nervous system. Promotes calm and supports relaxation before bedtime.
  • Mandarin – Helps to soothe nervous tension. Eases the mind and body before bedtime. Mild support for tight knots and muscles.
  • Tangerine — Mild support for tight knots in the muscles. Helps to clear the mind and reduce nervous tension. Relaxes the mind before bedtime.

 

Are there any safety considerations?

We already know this synergy is:

  • KidSafe; (marked on the website and the label); and
  • Safe for topical use as well as inhalation (either by reading the product template sheet on the website, or because we can see the product also comes pre-blended for topical use).

 

Are there other considerations?

Since it was way past bedtime, anything stimulating would be no-go. It would be a bonus if the ingredients would to also help calm the mind and support sleep.

 

Bingo! Calming the Child met all of my needed criteria, plus the bonus round of supporting a good night’s rest. I was able to quickly mix Calming the Child into an epsom salt bath, soak, relax and crawl into bed. It worked beautifully for the much needed relief and the restorative night I required. With this awesome result, Calming the Child remains in my rotation for those nights when I need a “go -to” to “grab and go.”

 

Calming the Child Bath Soak

Soothing to Mind and Body

Mix Calming the Child with the body wash to completely disburse the essential oils. Add the epsom salts to the body wash and mix. Pour under running water for a warm bath. Soak, soothe, and sleep!

 

I hope this helps walk you through how to answer the question about whether your pre-blended synergies can be used for other purposes. The key is really knowing your essential oils and how they can best address your concerns. If the ingredients meet that criteria, in addition to safety and other considerations, it can be considered a go. You can explore and experience for yourself to determine whether your pre-blended synergy becomes a “go-to grab-and-go” for other purposes.

In our next blog, we will discuss some simple steps to creating our own blends.

 

 


Sources:

Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, & Well Being. San Francisco, CA: Conari, 2013. Print.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: A Guide to Blending and a Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials. N.p.: East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies, n.d. Print.

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. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016. Print.

 

 

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