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When You Have a Case of the Mondays

Let’s face it:  Sometimes the biggest threat to achieving our personal goals is the momentum-blocker known as Monday. It’s the dreaded day after the delightful weekend, and we can often feel uninspired, cranky, or tired. We all know how it feels to have “a case of the Mondays.” Symptoms of this may include:

  • Bad mood
  • Sense of Restlessness
  • A lack of motivation
  • Tiredness
  • A longing for the upcoming weekend
  • Not feeling like you can face the long week ahead
What can we do to beat back the Monday Blues?

Stay on top of these symptoms with essential oils! Plant Therapy’s Blues Buster Synergy is a great option to help ease these symptoms. Here are several ideas that incorporate essential oils to help you come out on top when you have a case of the Mondays:

Start a New Monday Morning Routine

Why not incorporate a new Monday routine into your life? A great way to start your morning to help ease a case of the Mondays is to diffuse an uplifting scent in your aromatherapy diffuser. Blues Buster synergy is an uplifting, bright aroma that was formulated to increase your sensory and emotional well-being. Starting your Monday off with this aroma will help get your week started on the right foot, so that you can charge into the workweek with a positive mindset.

“Never Miss a Monday”

This is a common phrase that is thrown around social media, referring to the mantra of never skipping a Monday workout. But this doesn’t have to be limited to only working out. You can use this mantra to make sure you look at Monday from a different perspective. Never missing a Monday can mean you will always set aside time for yourself to work on personal development and growth, set aside time as a family to just be together, or set aside your “me time” to focus on something you enjoy, i.e. reading a book, watching your favorite show, cooking something new, etc.  Add Blues Buster to your personal aromatherapy inhaler and sniff before you start the activity — that way, the aroma will be linked to your Monday activity.

Sleep

Making sure you get a good night’s rest on Sunday night can help your Mondays not seem as daunting. About an hour before bedtime, add Relax Synergy to your favorite body care product and rub on the shoulders. This relaxing massage method will help ease the tension from the day, which will promote a relaxed state and help you unwind after a busy weekend.

Count Your Blessings

Take a moment out of your Monday, add Blues Busters to your personal inhaler or diffuser, inhale, and start counting your blessings. What are you thankful for and what are some positive aspects in your life? With the combination of a mood-enhancing aroma and positive thinking, your “case of the Mondays” will soon disappear as you focus on what you are thankful for.

The Monday blahs can seem like a looming giant, but being proactive with some of these ideas, combined with essential oils like Blues Buster, you can turn Monday into your favorite day of the week! Start your week off right, and make Monday a day to look forward to.

What techniques do you use to break the Monday Blues? Tell us in the comments below! You never know, a suggestion you share may make a huge difference in another reader’s life. We’re all in this together!

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!

Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight?

Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight?

This is a good question, and the answer may surprise you.

Humans have a keen sense of smell. Scientists know that when we are hungry, our bodies boost the performance of our sense of smell in order to improve our chances of finding food (1). This is a survival mechanism. When we are hungry, food smells and tastes amazing, leading to the easy conclusion that if we let ourselves get too hungry, we are very likely to overeat.

Scientific research shows that we prefer sweet smells, and that strongly sweet scents such as chocolate often triggers feelings of hunger and leads to overeating or binge eating, while “neutral” sweet smells actually curbs appetite. A scientific study asked 3,193 overweight people (mostly women) aged 18-64 to inhale a variety of what was considered neutral sweet smells: banana, green apple, vanilla, and peppermint, three times in each nostril whenever they were hungry. After six months, the participants lost an average of five pounds per month (2).

It makes sense that smell plays a large part in our hunger cues. If humans’ olfactory systems become enhanced when hungry, it is reasonable to believe that suppressing smell may decrease appetite.

In consideration of essential oils, inhalation is the single most effective way to receive their benefits. When aromas reach the olfactory bulb, it is not only the limbic system (emotional center) that is triggered; the hypothalamus in your brain is triggered as well. The hypothalamus is the portion of your brain that is connected to satiety. Odor molecules actually inform your brain that you have eaten enough and you are full. You see, it is not only our stomach that dictates our hunger!

Specific essential oils can be used in an inhaler to curb our food cravings. We know based on the above study that certain smells work better than others; but remember, we are not all the same, so personal experimentation may be in order. One thing is for sure: The aromas of essential oils can definitely play a role in weight loss though reduction of curbing cravings.

For this cause, Plant Therapy’s team of Certified Aromatherapists created Munchy Stop Synergy (reformulated in late 2017). This blend is designed to help manage hunger cravings, promotes healthy eating habits, and help reduce the desire to snack between meals.

Sometimes we can become bloated with excess water. We are not speaking of medical conditions that require medications, but occasional water retention. Oils like Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Cypress, Cedarwood and Rosemary could possibly be helpful along with massage.  Apply this oil blend in strokes towards the center of the body. With the arms, work from the wrists to the armpits, and from the ankles to the thighs.

Massage blend

3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil

2 drops of Cedarwood Virginian

2 drops of Juniper Berry

2 drops of Cypress

1 ounce of Almond Carrier Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil

We hope that this clears up any questions you had in regards to using essential oils for weight loss. If you have any further questions or need clarification, please comment below or reach out to one of our on-staff aromatherapists:  aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.

References

(1) Scent and how it affects appetite and satisfaction. Retrieved from: https://www.escoffieronline.com/scent-and-how-it-affects-appetite-and-satisfaction/

(2) Hirsch, A.R., Gomez, R. (1995) Weight reduction through inhalation of odorants. J Neurol Orthopedic Medical Surgery. 16:28-31

Use Essential Oils to Quit Smoking

Making the decision to quit smoking is a complete life-changer, benefiting your mind, body, and wallet tremendously! But quitting is hard; whether it’s you who wants to be smoke free, or you’re a friend trying to support a loved one’s struggle to quit, essential oils may be exactly what you need to help get rid of cigarettes for good.

The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. When the nicotine is gone, cravings set in, making it very challenging to keep away from opening that pack for “just one more.”

This is where essential oils come in! Certain essential oils are known to curb cravings and lessen the intensity of cravings dramatically. In particular, Black Pepper is a known favorite to aid in quitting smoking because when inhaled it stimulates the respiratory system in a way that mimics cigarette smoke. Because of this, the body can sustain longer periods of comfortably being without a cigarette, which means fewer cravings.

Unfortunately, cravings aren’t the only side effect to overcome. For many smokers, nicotine withdrawal symptoms also include increased feelings of stress, nervousness, irritability, exhaustion, and difficulty sleeping. For these unpleasant feelings, using oils known to uplift your spirit and ease tension can help provide relief when it’s needed the most. Oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang are calming and help to relax nervous tension. Citrus oils like Lemon, Grapefruit Pink, and Orange Sweet are refreshing and bring about a brighter mood, which helps stave off those feelings of irritability.

Plant Therapy’s Let It Go Synergy Blend is packed with mood-boosting oils, making it a perfect choice when those withdrawal symptoms try to take control.

To quit smoking, a personal inhaler can be critical to success. Personal inhalers are compact and discreet, so they are easy to reach for when the physical habit of smoking a cigarette comes along. Holding an inhaler in your hand psychologically takes the place of a cigarette. Breathe in deeply to calm the cravings and tension.

Using essential oils to help ease withdrawal symptoms can give you or someone you love the strength and comfort needed to finally kick the habit for good. Below are some more ways essential oils can be used to help bring relief when quitting.

~ Head Tension ~

What you’ll need:

Roll-on Bottle, carrier oil of choice
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Frankincense Carteri
2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus

What you’ll do:

Apply this as needed to the temples and back of the neck to relieve tension in that area.

~ Phlegm Cough ~

What you’ll need:

Himalayan Salt Inhaler

What you’ll do:

Use inhaler for 10 minutes each morning and each evening every other day during the first few weeks of quitting.

~ Upset Stomach ~

What you’ll need:

Roll-on Bottle, Carrier Oil of choice
2 drops Cardamom
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Ginger

What you’ll do:
Apply directly to the abdomen as needed. Use in a personal inhaler throughout the day whenever needed.

~ Easily Frustrated ~

What you’ll need:
Aromatherapy Inhalers
7 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Cardamom
3 drops Neroli

What you’ll do:
Inhale throughout the day when needed to reduce feelings of irritability.

~ Difficulty Sleeping ~

What you’ll need:

Aromatherapy Diffuser
4 drops Marjoram
2 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Vetiver

What you’ll do:
Diffuse intermittently during sleep to promote restfulness.

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!

Top 10 Most-Read Plant Therapy Blog Posts of 2017

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

SAFE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR CHILDREN

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

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

 

CAN PEPPERMINT AND EUCALYPTUS BE USED ON YOUNG CHILDREN?

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

 

FRANKINCENSE 

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

 

 

ESSENTIAL OIL DILUTION CHART

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

 

5 ESSENTIAL OILS TO HELP WITH MOTION SICKNESS

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

 

 

HOW TO READ THE DILUTION CHART

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

 

PLANT THERAPY SYNERGY COMPARISON CHART

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

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

 

WHERE TO APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS ON THE BODY

When it comes to essential oils the saying “I’d rather be safe than sorry” should be taken seriously. Essential oils are very potent and may cause irritation to some skin types. Here’s how to be SAFE rather than SORRY. 

 

CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE INGESTED?

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

 

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR POISON IVY, OAK AND SUMAC USING ESSENTIAL OILS

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

Emilee’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hi Everyone! My name is Emilee Hughes. I’ve had the privilege of being employed by Plant Therapy for a little over three years now, and have been an Aromatherapist for the past year and a half. You will often see me posting on our Safe Essential Oil Recipe group on Facebook, or you may have worked with me through email. I have a passion for teaching people how to use essential oils safely — especially with their children — and I love having the opportunity to work with all of you!

I married my best friend in July of 2015 and we welcomed our first child in May of 2017. My son is the light of my life and motivates me in everything I do. My favorite hobby is snuggling my cute little love bug, but I also enjoy fishing, kayaking, camping, and hiking. Basically anything that gets me outdoors. When I have a free moment I also enjoy reading, exercising, and cooking. 

Since I’m nursing my little guy, I try to limit my use of essential oils and use them only as needed. I don’t use them daily, but I have found safe ways to continue to implement them in my life. For mothers who are pregnant or nursing, please be sure to check out Pregnancy and Nursing Safety – Part 1 and Part 2 blog series. 

Narrowing down my favorite essential oils was difficult, but it was a fun challenge to take on! Here are my Top 5 essential oils and the reasons why I love them so much.

Neroli Citrus x aurantium, has always held a special place in my heart. Leaving my son for long periods of time can be difficult and I have found that I need a little extra emotional support. Just a quick sniff and the delightful, vibrant scent of Neroli takes me to a happier place. It is one of the most effective essential oils when dealing with grief, nervous tension, and exhaustion. I love to combine it with Sandalwood and Yuzu in my Momma Don’t Worry inhaler blend.

~ Momma Don’t Worry ~

5 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

2 drops Yuzu Citrus x junos

1 drop Neroli Citrus x aurantium

This beautiful blend can be used in an inhaler or diffused. For topical application dilute to 2%.

Next up is Kunzea Kunzea ambigua. For those who haven’t used this oil yet, I would definitely recommend it! My back, shoulders, and arms get seriously overworked from packing around a 19-pound 5-month-old all day. There is nothing like Kunzea to help soothe my sore, aching muscles and help reduce tension. I also love to add it to my facial serums when a pesky blemish pops up, as it helps to soothe redness and reduce swelling.

Many are familiar with the wonderful properties of my next must-have oil,  Helichrysum Helichrysum italicum. It is often used in blends for skin concerns, as it supports healing and helps improve the appearance of imperfections. After having my baby, I was left with a lot of “stretchies” and this essential oil has really helped to reduce the appearance. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Tiger Stripes! They remind me of the miracle of life and how strong my body is; however, I wouldn’t mind if they were tamed a bit. The lovely, sweet, warm, herbal woodsy scent also helps to tame my mood.

~ Tame The Tiger ~

20 drops Lavender Lavandula angustifolia

14 drops Helichrysum Italicum Helichrysum italicum

10 drops Frankincense Frereana Boswellia frereana

4 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

Dilute to 2% and apply to stretchies. Add 5-8 drops to your diffuser to melt away worries.

 

Rosalina Melaleuca ericifolia is also a must-have in my collection, especially when the seasons start to change. It gets cold outside, and we become more susceptible to seasonal illness. Rosalina shares some similar properties with Eucalyptus however, it is gentler and safer for children and nursing mothers. When I do come down with a bug, I can’t live without this DIY Vapor Rub!

Last, but certainly not least, is our KidSafe Shield Me synergy. My husband and I are avid fishermen and love the great outdoors. Unfortunately, this leaves us very susceptible to a wide variety of outdoor annoyances. This synergy has come in handy time and time again, and it is perfectly safe for breastfeeding moms. I love to use our DIY Outdoor Wipe recipe for easy application.

Do you use any of Emilee’s Top 5? Let us know your favorite ways to use these oils in the comments below!

Bee’s Top 5 Essential Oils


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

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

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

Here are the reasons why I love these oils:

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

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

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

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

~ Smile Again ~

5 drops Helichrysum Italicum

4-5 drops Rose Absolute

Add to a personal inhaler to help settle your emotions.

 

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

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

~ Pixie Dust Diffuser Blend ~

4 drops of Rose Absolute 

2 drops Boronia Absolute

1-2 drops of Yuzu 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!

Brodie’s Top 5 Essential Oils

Hello, I am Brodie Lapray. I was 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. Helichrysum 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. Helichrysum in body butters and lotions is great 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. I really enjoy the smell and it 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.

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Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #6

Holidays are wonderful and full of joyful traditions. My husband, our children and I are originally from Texas. We moved far away from the rest of our family to Idaho two years ago, which has forced us to change some of our family traditions. We used to get together at my mother-in-laws and help her make different foods. While we cooked, the kids would lay around in their pajamas all day watching Christmas movies while having a cup of hot cocoa with a candy cane sitting in the mug.

But now it’s just us.

I really miss being able to help my mother-in-law in the kitchen.  To me, she has always been like my second mom, so it’s hard not having her and the rest of the family here with us.

The hardest part? Decorating.

Decorating my own home for Christmas has not always been my thing. In the past, we would spend most of our time at my in-laws, so I would help my mother-in-law decorate her home. This will be my second year decorating more than just the Christmas tree.

Here is a beautiful holiday blend that I will use this year to fill my home with joy:

Pine Cone Delight-Master Blend

10 drops of Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum verum

10 drops of Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia

6 drops of Coffee Coffea arabica

6 drops of Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis

4 drops of Rhododendron Rhododendron anthopogon

Shake well and add 2-3 drops per pine cone. Place them on coffee tables or as a centerpiece on your dining table to bring out the wonderful aroma.

This blend can be used in many different DIY projects.

I hope everyone has a joyful Christmas full of love, lots of blessing, and that you will continue to create memories and amazing traditions with your family. 

Plant Therapy’s Favorite Holiday Recipes Giveaway #6

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