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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

Preparing for End-Of-Year Exams

Take a look at the calendar — it’s almost summertime! For a lot of hard-working students, this signals a break from teachers, studying, and school. But before the rest and relaxation begins, there are end-of-year exams to take. No matter if you are a child, a teenager, or an adult, taking tests can be an uncomfortable and dreaded experience. If you are looking for a way to calm those pretest nerves and improve your concentration, we’ve got you covered! With the help of some amazing essential oils, you’ll be ready to tackle those tests with confidence.

Test Taking Tips for Adults —

Breathe and relax. You’ve taken tests before! This is just another test. If you give yourself enough time to study and control your stress so that you can study effectively, you’ve already won half the battle. Then, just get set yourself up in a comfortable place, create your study schedule (and stick to it!), and try these oils to add a boost to your brain power while you review!

  • Peppermint: This unmistakable and familiar aroma is a powerful energizer and great for attention [1]. When you feel the mental “fog” begin to settle, let the fresh and clean scent of peppermint focus your senses and keep you motivated.
  • Rosemary:  If you’re having trouble getting information to stick into your head, consider Rosemary. Research from Northumbria University has found that simply being in a room diffused with the smell of Rosemary boosted memory test scores by 15% [2].  Further studies have shown that Rosemary significantly reduces test anxiety, which was demonstrated through a series of improved test scores [3]. So, basically, it is simply amazing for memory, mood, and cognition.
  • Brain Aid Synergy: For a quick pick-me-up to clear an foggy brain, this synergy is just right. It is filled with uplifting and mentally energizing oils to keep you alert and focused on your studies! It also comes in a pre-diluted roll-on; just apply and inhale for an instant boost!
  • Clarity Synergy: Made specially with essential oils that promote memory and mental focus! With its fresh and uplifting aroma, it is a wonderful help when you are studying.
Need a few more handy studying tips?

Try to engage as many senses as you can! Color code information, create manipulatives to work with, and fuel up with healthy snack foods. If you’re willing to get a little wacky, try reading aloud with the book upside down! This will force you to concentrate harder on the words and you’ll be less likely to start spacing out.

For Taking Tips for Kids and Teens —

This early age is when young minds should begin to develop healthy test taking strategies and attitudes. Since this is a skill that needs to be taught, parents and other caregivers may need to be the driving force behind their motivation. Help and encourage them by engaging with their studies along the way.  Here are a few essential oils to help your children stay on the right track while they get ready to show what they know!

  • Lavender: This powerhouse oil has an incredibly wide range of therapeutic properties. It is calming and great for relieving the nervous tension that can build up when preparing for something challenging (4).
  • Spearmint: This is the KidSafe alternative to peppermint. It is uplifting, reduces emotional agitation, and improves concentration.
  • A+ Attention Synergy: Designed to help focus an overactive body and mind with calming and mood-boosting essential oils. This synergy is a great place to start if you’re looking for a way to support your child while they are studying.  
  • Calming the Child: This soothing, sweet, and relaxing aroma is perfect for slowing revved-up minds and emotions. With a positive attitude and the right studying environment, you are setting your child up for success!

If you think your child is really struggling with their studying, touch base with their teacher; they may be able to provide additional study materials. When it comes to the daunting task of memorization, work with your kids to change the lyrics of songs they like or help them write a funny story about whatever it is they are studying. And never forget the importance of a good night of sleep and a healthy breakfast before the test!

End-of-year exams may not be very fun, but essential oils can absolutely make them more bearable. Hard work has been put in all school year – it’s time to let good test grades reflect that!

 

 

References:

[1] Meamarbashi, A. (2014). Instant effects of peppermint essential oil on the physiological parameters and exercise performance. Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine, 4(1), 72–78.

[2] Herbs that can boost your mood and memory. (2016, 29 April). Retrieved from https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/2016/04/herbs-that-can-boost-your-mood-and-memory/

[3] Mccaffrey, Ruth & J Thomas, Debra & Orth Kinzelman, Ann. (2009). The Effects of Lavender and Rosemary Essential Oils on Test-Taking Anxiety Among Graduate Nursing Students. Holistic nursing practice. 23. 88-93. 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a110aa.

[4] Koulivand, P. H., Khaleghi Ghadiri, M., & Gorji, A. (2013). Lavender and the Nervous System. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2013, 681304. http://doi.org/10.1155/2013/681304

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.

 

Hair Types and Essential Oils

Let’s face it, hair care is essential to our daily lives, so it only seems natural to include essential oils into this routine. Plant Therapy Essential Oils are high quality, with absolutely no additives or fillers, which make them ideal for hair care use. The best way to maintain beautiful, luscious locks is by using all natural products to keep our hair at it’s best. That is where essential oils come into play.

Although there are a variety of different hair types, we will only cover some of the most common ones in this post. Hopefully, you can take some of the ideas here and apply it to your hair care routine. Healthy hair is only an essential oil away.

Dry/Damaged Hair

Dry/damaged hair is very common; we use high-heat tools, color our hair, pull our hair up in tight elastics, and the list goes on. Our hair, in general, goes through a lot, and it is always a great idea to take some time to show it some TLC. Fractionated Coconut Oil is hair’s best friend and lucky for you, Plant Therapy has plenty. You can use Coconut Oil for a deep conditioning treatment, a daily detangler, and as a natural thermal protectant. For the daily detangler just apply a light amount of Coconut Oil to wet hair from root to tip and brush through the tangles with a brush or comb. No need to wash out, just dry and style as usual. This method works for the natural thermal protectant too. The great thing with Coconut Oil is it will nourish your hair all day long.

For a Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask try this DIY recipe:

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Mix Shea Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil(I use a fork since they are both so soft)
  2. Add and mix all carrier oils and essential oil (I used my mixer for this).
  3. Store in a cool dark place.
  4. Makes approximately 3 applications.
To use:

Apply mask generously to your hair, let sit for 10-30 minutes and wash with an all natural shampoo.

 

Oily Scalp

An oily scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands, which produce excessive amounts of sebum. It might seem counterproductive to add more oils to an oily scalp, but essential oils are a concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquid that is obtained from the fruits, seeds, flowers, bark, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. Their makeup and properties are exactly what your oily scalp needs to be more balanced.

6 Essential Oils that help with an oily scalp are Lavender, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, Lemon, Cedarwood Atlas, Chamomile (all types), and Eucalyptus Globulus. These different oils can be used to combat flaky scalps, balance out the natural oils of the scalp, and soothe and nourish the scalp. Add these oils to your favorite shampoo or try one of these No Poo recipes that will help limit the number of chemicals you use on your hair and combat an oily scalp.

Recipe 1

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Dissolve baking soda into water.
  2. Add other ingredients, shaking well to combine.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Recipe 2

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a container.
  2. Shake well to combine and before each use.
  3. Use in place of your regular shampoo and condition as needed.

*If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors.

Keep in mind that when changing hair care routine, you’ll need to give your hair time to adjust to the new product. Traditional shampoos strip the natural oils from your head. When you switch to a more natural cleansing process your body may seem to over produce oils on the scalp. However, in reality, the body is simply trying to replace what was once being washed away daily. You can combat the greasiness by washing every day at first, then reducing to two or three times a week. Your hair will eventually look and feel great!

This recipe can be used for more than an oily scalp. Switch up the essential oils to combat thinning hair, for a normal cleaning shampoo, or to cater to men. Here are some essential oils to try to switch it up:

 

Thin and Thick Hair

With thin hair, you have to be careful about which oils you choose because you do not want to weigh your hair down or leave it looking greasy. Rosemary 1,8-Cineole is a great option for thin hair. It can help support a healthy scalp and promote luscious-looking locks. Add it to your favorite shampoo or conditioner and use as directed.

Another great option is Lemongrass. Lemongrass has a refreshing and uplifting aroma that is not only a great addition to shampoo, but it is also an effective cleanser that can strengthen your hair follicles. To use Lemongrass add 5 drops to an ounce of your shampoo or condition, or use 2-3 drops in a tablespoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and massage into the scalp daily and then rinse after 1-3 minutes.

Although Coconut Oil is still a great option for thick hair, Organic Argan Oil is your best bet when it comes to this hair type. Organic Argan is a thicker carrier oil, which thick hair can handle. You can use it in a hair mask or on wet hair before drying and styling. Argan Oil is conditioning and rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids that are ideal for keeping your thick hair nourished and looking fabulous.

Adding essential oils to your hair care routine is a safe, natural way to enhance your luscious locks.

We’ve looked into a few hair types and have given you some suggestions on how to enhance your hair care routines with essential oils and carrier oils. These are great options because they are chemical free, which your hair will thank you for. Have you used any essential oils or carrier oils for your hair? Which ones did you like? Comment below, we would love to hear from you!

 

Brodie’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hello, I am Brodie Lapray. Born and raised in the wonderful state of Idaho, I have 3 amazing daughters and 3 wild little boys. I enjoy the outdoors and making memories with my kids. We are always going on fun adventures like fishing, hunting, kayaking, or just being outside enjoying the beautiful Idaho view.

A little over three years ago I was lucky enough to join the Plant Therapy family and I have spent the last three years as the synergy blender. I had the opportunity to become an Aromatherapist and I love it!  Aromatherapy has brought wonderful changes to my life.

It was hard choosing my 5 favorite essential oils because I love so many and use them for so many different things. So, I decided to pick the ones I use the most.

Helichrysum Italicum

Helichrysum Italicum is my go-to oil for skin issues. It has many wonderful uses on the skin, including calming red, inflamed areas and soothing irritation caused by nature’s pests. Helichrysum oil can help relieve an itch very quickly and help the skin recover faster. It’s also great for body butters and lotions for dry skin care. Helichrysum helps to relieve, soothe, and rejuvenate unhealthy skin. I add Helichrysum to olive lotion at a 2% dilution for soft, smooth and moisturized skin.

Lemon

The fresh smell of Lemon Essential Oil always uplifts my spirits. I think of it as sunshine in a bottle, and when diffused Lemon not only elevates your mood, it is very energizing. It also helps to support a healthy immune system and is a wonderful germ buster, so it’s great in cleaning products. I have many different uses for Lemon Essential Oil and here is a recipe I love for my legs.

~ Lovely Legs Lotion ~

Mix all ingredients together and apply nightly before bed.

 

Rosemary 1, 8-Cineole

Rosemary has been my best friend over the last year. I was struggling with my memory and remembering everything I was learning in a class I was taking and Rosemary helped me out a lot. When blended with Cardamom and Cedarwood Virginia in an inhaler not only does the aroma smell amazing, it also boosts brain power.

 

Cedarwood  Texas

Cedarwood Texas is the newest Cedarwood to join the Plant Therapy line and right away I was in love with the smell. It’s a warm woodsy smell like an old cedar chest I had as a kid. It is amazing in soaps and balms. I add Cedarwood Texas and Orange Sweet to my hand cream. The smell is wonderful and it helps to tone the skin.  When diffused it is a very calming oil and helps to reduce feelings of anger.

Bouquet Synergy

Bouquet is a Plant Therapy synergy I use in my home a lot. The smell is great and is KidSafe, too. I add a few drops to a dryer sheet to freshen up the smell of my laundry. I also use Bouquet to freshen up my carpets.

 

~ Carpet Deodorizer ~
  •  Mason jar with lid
  • Baking soda
  • 30 drops Bouquet Synergy

I like to mix the oil into the baking soda using a bowel, so I can make sure it is mixed well. Then I pour the mixture into the mason jar and, using a nail, poke holes into the lid of the jar. Sprinkle on the carpet, leave on for 30 minutes then vacuum up. Voila! Fresh smelling carpets.

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

Diane’s Top 5 Essential Oils

 

I am Diane Mishler. In addition to being a Certified Aromatherapist, I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist.

I have been married for 34 years to my best friend. We have three children and five grandchildren. I love meeting people and am one of “those people” in the grocery store who will start up a conversation with people that I don’t know. I feel like I’m at the stage in my life when I can let go of life’s emotional expendables, pursue dreams, and help others more fully.

I’m a life-long learner who loves to learn and put knowledge to work. Essential oils are a perfect outlet for me and I love to curl up with a good book about constituents at the end of a long day! I also love to cook, travel, and be with my family. I’d like to share my favorite essential oils with you. Of course, it’s asking the impossible to pin your favorites down to 5, but I absolutely love these:

 

Cedarwood Himalayan Cedrus deodara , to me, smells amazing.  When I inhale Cedarwood, I wish that I had the lung capacity of an opera singer! The scent is so effective and calming for me that simply inhaling it takes me to another place. I also love Cedarwood because it has great skin properties. It calms and nourishes the skin and I’ve used it in facial blends. One of my most favorite uses is when I have a sore throat caused by either irritation, allergies, or even muscles, I dilute Cedarwood Himalayan to 2% and apply to my neck in the sore spots; within minutes I feel relief.

 

Bergamot Citrus bergamia almost pushes the Cedarwood Himalayan out of the top spot. It was very close and in some instances, it might win. Bergamot has such a lovely citrusy scent with a spicy undertone. It reminds me of and transports me to the beautiful Italian orchards from which it’s harvested. It’s so vivid, bright, and cheerful, it’s hard to feel sadness or worry around Bergamot. It’s like a best friend. It helps me with respiratory issues, tickly throats, and congestion. When I use Bergamot for these issues they can become minimized. I also find it helpful for skin issues and irritations, and in addition, Plant Therapy’s Bergamot is not phototoxic.

 

Personal Inhaler 

4 drops Bergamot

3 drops Cedarwood Himalayan

2 drops Cardamom

2 drop Chamomile Roman

Add to an Aromatherapy Inhaler and inhale throughout the day when a tickly throat occurs to feel relief.

 

Oh Vetiver Vetiveria zizonioides, how I love you. When my mind won’t stop and I need to slow down in the evening, you are there for me. It doesn’t take a lot, just a drop or two with some other oils in a diffuser blend or personal inhaler, and it does the trick. Vetiver is also wonderful for swelling and cooling. This and its relaxing properties make it nice in a massage blend for sore, hot muscles or joints.  It also helps with worry or lack of sleep as it sweeps away worrisome thoughts from your mind. It can be useful for skin issues, like blemishes, red, dry, patchy skin, and for minor wounds.

 

Tranquil Synergy is one of Plant Therapy’s synergies that I’ve chosen. As I only had a couple of spots left, I had to choose carefully and Tranquil speaks to me. It is a beautiful blend that calms, which helps me peel away excess thoughts so I can focus. It has those citrus notes that I love as well as earthy elements too. Tranquil is great diffused and you will soon find your breathing slowing down just a little and remembering what is good in life.

 

Wood Spice – mmmm. So warm, inviting, and spicy! I love the way the 5 essential oils in this synergy blend together, and they seem to improve with time. I’m definitely seeing a pattern here. I seemed to have picked relaxing, calming oils for my top 5 picks and this must be what I need at this time. Wood Spice is something both women and men will love and it may solve many quarrels! It is grounding, soothing to frayed nerves, and would be great in a lotion, massage oil, or even perfume. I put it in soaps at a low dilution or an aromatherapy inhaler to help me through an intense day.

 

Personalized Soaps

What you will need:

  • 1 lb  Melt and Pour Soap Base
  • 20-25 drops  Tranquil or Wood Spice  (or another synergy of your choice)
  • Soap coloring
  • Silicone molds
  • Rubbing Alcohol (at least 91% alcohol to help reduce bubbling)
  • Clean spray bottle (For Rubbing Alcohol)

What you will do:

  1. Melt the Melt and Pour Soap Base in a microwave safe bowl in increments of 20 seconds, stirring each time, until melted.
  2. Add coloring and essential oils, and mix.
  3. Spray silicone mold with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Pour soap into molds and spray tops of soap again with alcohol.
  5. Let set for a few hours before removing from mold.  The number of soaps will depend on the size of the mold.

 

It’s been such a positive experience becoming a Certified Aromatherapist and working at Plant Therapy. I’ve learned so much from having to do research, interacting with our great customers, and working with such wonderful, knowledgeable co-workers. I appreciate having the opportunity to share my 5 favorite essential oils with you and hope that if you haven’t given these a try, that you might in the future.

 

Stay tuned for more of our Aromatherapists’ Top 5 Picks!

Natural Skincare Routine: Dry Skin DIY Recipes

In this installment of our Natural Skincare Routine series we will discuss using essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils for dry skin.

Many are plagued by dry skin, especially during the cold, harsh winter months. Dry skin is characterized by having nearly invisible pores, red patches, a dull and rough complexion, visible lines, and a lack of elasticity. This skin type can be prone to cracks, irritation, and inflammation and can be made worse by harsh cleansers, hormones, indoor heating, and weather changes. Using a natural skincare routine that utilizes products with humectant and emollient properties can be very beneficial.

Products for Dry Skin

Carrier Oils: Almond, Apricot Kernel, Argan OrganicAvocado, Evening Primrose, Jojoba, Meadowfoam, Rosehip , Sunflower Organic, Tamanu.

Carrier Oil Blends: DermiSoothe and Near Perfection  

Oil Cleanser: Oil Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin

Hydrosols: Helichrysum Organic, Lavender Organic, and Rose Organic.

Essential Oils: Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Frankincense Frereana, Geranium, German Chamomile, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood.

Cleansers

Using the wrong cleanser can easily create chaos for your skin and it can take weeks to calm the irritation and roughness after using such a product. To help our customers that tend to be dry, Plant Therapy created our Oil Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin. To use this cleanser rub four to six drops into dry hands and apply evenly over dry face. Wet the face and massage gently. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. Avoid the eye area when washing the face or using as a moisturizer.

Many essential oil users also like to use the Oil Cleanse Method which you can read more about here. If you do attempt to use this method I would recommend reducing the amount of castor oil as it can be very drying to already parched skin.

We recommend cleansing the face twice daily, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

Toners

Toners are often used after washing your face to help finish the cleansing process and help with the appearance of pores. Hydrosols are great options to use as toners but it is important to choose the right ones for your skin type. As noted above we recommend Helichrysum, Lavender, and Rose for dry skin. Try the following blend for a well balanced toner:

Dry Skin Toner

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix together in a 4 ounce bottle and spritz the face after cleansing. Refrigerate between uses.

Moisturizers

While both the cleansers and toners listed above offer some emollient properties, it is important to also use a moisturizing agent for dry skin after cleansing. Both our DermiSoothe and Near Perfection carrier oil blends are great choices and can be applied right after the cleansing process.

For severely dry skin you can create this helpful DIY Moisturizing Cream:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Measure ingredients and mix together using a hand mixer. You can then transfer the lotion from the mixing bowl to the empty bottle (I use a frosting bag). Apply directly to parched, irritated skin.

Masks

Once a week it is good practice to apply a moisturizing mask to the skin. Here are two of my favorite DIY masks for dry skin:

Oatmeal Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix ingredients together and gently apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with cold water and gently pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Soothing Shea Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to a tablespoon of Jojoba and then combine with the rest of the ingredients. Apply the mask and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with cold water and gently pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

If you are diligent with following this routine you can drastically improve the appearance and bring moisture back to your skin.

 

What products do you use in your daily skincare routine?

 

1] The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

2] The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/symptoms-causes/syc-20353885

Natural Skincare Routine – Determining Your Skin Type

Plant Therapy recently launched our new  Oil Facial Cleansers for Oily and Normal/Dry Skin. Many of you have asked which cleansers the Aromatherapists use and what other products we add to our natural skincare routine. Here’s the thing, the skincare routine that I use for my sensitive skin, won’t work for everyone. When choosing essential oils, carrier oils, and hydrosols it is important to be aware of your skin type and choose the products that are best suited for it.

Since this is such a frequently asked question I wanted to address it here on the blog in order to help as many people as possible. Before I can make recommendations for products based on skin types, it is important to first determine yours. There are several ways to determine skin type. Today we are going to discuss three of those ways. To perform these tests you will need a mild cleanser, blotting sheets, and your beautiful face!

 

 

Blotting Sheet Method

The first method I would like to discuss is the blotting sheet method. To perform this test take the blotting paper and lightly dab the different areas on your face. Upon completion examine the sheet by holding it up to a source of light. If you find that little to no oil is present then it is most likely that you have dry skin. If the sheet has a light amount of oil from the forehead and nose area then you typically have normal/combination skin. If upon examination you find that the blotting paper is covered with oil then you have oily skin.

 

Bare-Faced Method

The next method that can be used to determine your skin type is called the bare-faced method. To perform this test gently cleanse and dry your face. Do not use any moisturizing agents or toners. After an hour evaluate your skin and check for shine. If your skin is tight and parched then you have dry skin. If your t-zone is shiny but your cheeks are not then you have normal/combination skin. If the shine covers your forehead, nose, and cheeks it is most likely that you have oily skin.

 

Pore Size Method

The last method I would like to discuss is the pore size method. After cleansing your face take a look at your pores in the mirror. If you can’t see your pores it is likely that you have dry skin. Those with normal skin will be able to see their pores but they won’t be large. If you can still see your pores after taking a few steps back from the mirror it is most likely that you have oily skin.

 

Sensitive Skin

These methods help us to determine whether we have dry, normal/combination, or oily skin but what about sensitive skin? It may not come as a surprise but if you have sensitive skin, you most likely know it. Those who have sensitive skin have had an adverse reaction to a skincare or cosmetic product at some point in their lives and often times it is difficult to find a product that doesn’t cause irritation and redness.  The good news is using natural skin care products such as carrier oils, certain essential oils, and hydrosols can reduce your likelihood of having an adverse reaction.

 

Over the next few weeks, we will address each skin type and provide recommendations that are specific to your specific concern. In the meantime, if you have questions about choosing the right products for you, be sure to email an Aromatherapist at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

 

[1] https://www.tatcha.com/tatcha-institute/how-to-determine-your-skin-type/

[2] http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Your-Skin-Type

 

Castile Soap DIY’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Saponified Organic Otea Europaea (Olive Oil), Saponified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera.

 

Now that Plant Therapy has added Castile Soap to our line of products, I went in search of different ways to use it. To my surprise, there are hundreds of uses for it! While I am testing out and tweaking these recipes I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

 

Foaming Hand Soap

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Add the water to the foaming pump dispenser
  2. Add Castile Soap, Optiphen +, and essential oil
  3. Replace cap, shake well

 

Multi-Purpose Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 5 ounces water
  • 3 ounces white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Castile Soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon Polysorbate 20
  • 25-30 drops essential oil (I use Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter in most batches )
  • Spray Bottle

What you’ll do:

  1.  Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Spray and wipe.

 

Body Wash

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. Pour into the bottle.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Store in your bathroom and use as you would a traditional body wash.

 

Fruit and Veggie Wash

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Soak produce for 20-30 seconds, then rinse.
  2. Drain or pat dry. S
  3. tore int he fridge is needed.

KidSafe Shampoo

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure ingredients.
  2. Pour into the bottle.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Store in your bathroom and use as you would a traditional body wash.

 

Bubbling Bath Salts

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Pour Epsom salt into medium bowl and set aside
  2. Measure 1 tbsp coconut oil, into small dish or beaker, set aside
  3. Measure 2 mL essential oil with graduated cylinder {or drop 40-45 drops}. Pour into coconut oil
  4. Measure body wash
  5. Add carrier/essential oils mixture to the body wash, stirring well. Mixture will turn opaque and thicken slightly as you stir
  6. Add carrier/essential oil/body wash mixture to Epsom salt
  7. Stir well
  8. Package in a container of your choice, but do be sure it’s airtight!

To use, run about 1/4 cup under your warm water as you fill the tub. This is the perfect way to send yourself or your little one, or yourself, off to bed all calm and snuggly!

 

Plant Therapy’s Castile Soap is unscented making it safe for kids and adults alike to use for effective and safe cleaning. This soap is perfect for hand, body, and face washing, as well as for dishes, mopping, and other household chores. This green, nontoxic soap base is perfect because of its many, many uses. We will be sharing more of these many uses with you soon!

 

How do you like to use Castile Soap?

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