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DIY Perfume


Essential Oils are used for practical purposes, but from time to time it is nice to be able to use them to make us feel good and smell good. Below are 3 recipes that Plant Therapy’s Certified Aromatherapists really enjoy. And for those of you who took advantage of Plant Therapy’s Day 5  Sale and received the perfume bottle as a free gift, you will love adding these to your recipe file.


Woodland Blooms

3 drops Mandarin Citrus reticulata

2 drops Cedarwood Himalayan Cedrus deodara

1 drop Jasmine Absolute Jasminum sambac

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 mL (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.


Peaceful Spring

2 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum

2 drops Neroli Citrus x aurantium

2 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 mL (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.


Vanilla Orange Blossoms

3 drops Orange Blood Citrus sinensis

2 drops Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia

1 drop Ylang Ylang Complete Cananga odorata

6 drops Polysorbate 20

Blend with 10 ml (1/3 oz) of witch hazel or alcohol such as vodka or rum.


Feature Friday: Pine


Pine essential oil, like most other conifers, can be useful for respiratory issues. However, unlike other conifers, it can also be useful for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Pine is such a versatile essential oil.

As we near the holiday season – the scent of pine is often in the air. Diffuse 2 drops of Pine with 2 drops of Orange and 1 drop of Peppermint for a fresh scent in your home. Other ideas on how to use pine are:

  • Adding 6 drops to 1 Tbsp of lotion and applying to chest for those stubborn winter coughs.
  • Using 9 drops in 1/2 cup of epsom salt as a foot soak for athletes foot.
  • Add 4 drops Pine with 4 drops Copaiba to a warm bath when feeling achy from illness, relax and let the warm water soothe you.

I hope that you have found a new way to incorporate Pine into your essential oil stash! If you have specific questions or concerns, please be in touch by emailing us at Don’t forget to print this profile & add it to your notebook – you should have quite a collection now!

Feature Friday: Orange


Sweet Orange essential oil is wonderful all year long. In the spring it reminds us of fresh new beginnings. In the summer, it is the quintessential sunshine scent. By fall, combined with cinnamon and clove it reminds us of the holidays. Finally in the winter, it can be a bright spot during cold evenings.

Sweet Orange

My all-time favorite way to use sweet orange is to combine it with vanilla and use it in the bath. This smells JUST like a creamsicle and is the  yummiest smelling bath! Try it and hopefully you feel emotional uplifted and completely chill when you get out of the tub!

Now, instead of ME giving YOU lots recipe ideas this week, please comment below with YOUR favorite way to use sweet orange!! I am so excited to see all the ways you guys make use of sweet orange!!

If you have questions or comments regarding anything you’ve read here or other places on the blog, please contact one of our Certified Aromatherapist at for more information! Hop on over to Facebook and join our recipe group as well. Safe Essential Oil Recipes.




Feature Friday: Clove


Best known for it’s warming and numbing properties, Clove bud is useful when you are experiencing nerve pain, rheumatism or other inflammatory issue. Caution should be used when using clove bud, since it is a warming oil. There are some cautions to abide by when using clove oil:

  • For topical use please keep your dilution under 0.5% to ensure that you do not create an issue on the skin.
  • Do not use if you have a clotting disorder or are taking blood thinning medication.
  • Do not use clove topically if you have damaged (wounds, scrapes, etc) or sensitive skin.
  • If you are using medications, please consults with a Certified Aromatherapist before using clove bud essential oil. It does have drug interactions (drug metabolized by CYP2B6).
  • Do not use on children under 2 years old, use with caution on children aged 2 and up.


Do you have clove bud in your essential oil stash? Here are a few ways you can incorporate clove bud essential oil into your home:

  • For mouth sores (adults only, please) use 1 drop in 15 ml of carrier oil. Apply to sore with a qtip.
  • Use in a salve or muscle rub to encourage warmth & increased circulation to soothe arthritis and muscle pain.
  • Create a diffuser blend by combining 1 drop clove bud with 4 drops orange, 2 drops cinnamon leaf and 3 drops spruce! This is lovely in the fall and can be protective against illness during the winter months.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the use of geranium or any other essential oil, please contact one of our aromatherapists at and head over to join our Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes. Don’t forget to add this profile to your ever-growing notebook 😉

Feature Friday: Cinnamon


Cinnamon Leaf is a favorite scent for many people.

It brings to mind winter, the holidays, baking in the kitchen – such wonderful memories! Cinnamon leaf is less harsh than cinnamon bark and can be used on the skin. However, caution must be used and it should be diluted to no more than 0.6% for use on the skin. Diffusing this oil, while wonderful, should also be used with caution, especially around younger children. Let’s look at the profile and different ways you may be able to use Cinnamon Leaf in your essential oil collection.CinnLeaf

  • Add a few drops of Cinnamon Leaf to a dish of pines cones or potpourri to scent a small room (like your guest bathroom) during the holidays! *Use caution with small children, please.
  • Use 2 drops Cinnamon Leaf, 4 drops Vanilla and 2 drops Orange in your diffuser for a lovely autumn scent!
  • Using cinnamon leaf in DIY Salve and use on chronic aches and pains. Be sure to keep the dilution below 0.6% to ensure safety for your skin!

If you have questions, concerns or comments please get in touch with us by emailing us at We are happy to help in any way we can! You can also join us on Facebook Safe Essential Oil Recipes. We share ideas, ask questions and keep a file of recipes for your reference!

Feature Friday: Tea Tree


Tea Tree essential oil is one of the most commonly used oils. It’s a must have in your stash!

Truthfully, it was the very first essential oil I ever purchased. For years I have used it in cleaning products in my home. Now, let’s look at the profile and a few ways you can use it in your home as well.

Tea TreeLet me share some ways I use Tea Tree essential oil in my home:

  • Add a few drops to 1/2 cup baking soda and scrub the toilet with it
  • Place a drop or two on a tissue or personal inhaler and use to “sniff” when you are traveling through the airport
  • Check out The Art of a Steam Part 1 and use it in your  next steam for congestion or sinus trouble.

If you have questions, concerns or comments please get in touch with us by emailing us at We are happy to help in any way we can! You can also join us on Facebook Safe Essential Oil Recipes. We share ideas, ask questions and keep a file of recipes for your reference!


Feature Friday: Which Frankincense should I choose?


Last week there was a brief discussion on how to two types of Frankincense are different. If you missed it, check it out now: Frankincense discussion. Today, we will look at the profiles of each and below you’ll find a few ideas on how to best put your frankincense to use.

Frankincense Carteri CO2 Info Sheet – PDF
Frankincense Serrata CO2 Product Sheet – PDF

Now that we’ve taken two weeks to really look at Frankincense, let’s look a a couple of ways you can incorporate it into your home. Remember, our goal is to make the most of your essential oils collection. If you don’t have Frankincense, you may consider adding it to your arsenal!

  1. Diffuse Frankincense during your yoga, meditation or prayer time each morning. This is a relaxing and amazing way to deepen your practice.
  2. Add a few drops of Frankincense to your favorite facial cream/lotion. This is a wonderful way to reap the benefits without having to make your own!

My sincere hope is that you are learning to distinguish one species from another. By properly identifying the essential oil you are using, you can customize the way you use them. It’s not important to have one of everything, but rather to understand that essential oils have many therapeutic properties and as you learn more you can make proper substitutions! If you have questions, concerns or comments please email us at



This week instead of a profile you can print – I thought we could discuss the differences between different species of frankincense. As you know, we recently added Frankincense Boswellia carteri to our offering of essential oils. 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.

Different species of Frankincense

Frankincense is typically steam distilled from the resin of a tree, although CO2 distillation is also used.  The tree is pieced and then sap or “tears” are released from the tree. These tears of resin are collected and distilled. Frankincense has traditionally been used as incense during prayer or mediation. Frankincense is also used in skin care products and is wonderful for aging skin. Also useful in respiratory issues as frankincense can soothe coughs, ease congestion and deepen breathing. Frankincense blends well with citrus and spice scents. The different species of frankincense have similar therapeutic properties but there are a few subtle differences. Let’s take a look at Frankincense.

Boswellia serrata:

Also known as Indian Frankincense and is prized in Ayurvedic medicine. Native to India and North Africa. This oil has light, floral note. Serrata may be useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. If you’re looking for relief from symptoms of inflammatory issues like IBS or rheumatoid arthritis – this is the species to choose.

Boswellia carteri (Sacra):

Perhaps the most sought after frankincense, this oil is harvested from Oman and Somalia. Carteri (sacra) has a deep, warm, resinous scent. The resin from Boswellia carteri (sacra) has been shown to have some anti-cancer activity in laboratory applications. There is conflicting information on whether this translates to the essential oil. Carteri (Sacra) has good antimicrobial properties.  Great for emotional concerns when diffused or used in a bath! Try using this species in yoga or meditation.

A quick note, several authors have recently stated that sacra and carteri are in fact one in the same. Robert Tisserand and Lora Cantele both offer this information in their books.

There is one species of Frankincense that Plant Therapy doesn’t offer. None the less, we will take a look at it’s description and what it is useful for.

**Edit 2/1/2015 Plant Therapy now stocks Boswellia frereana, the post has been editted to reflect more up-to-date information**

Boswellia frereana:

This species also has a light, soft scent. Good for skin care preparations. Also found to have an analgesic effect in laboratory tests with rats (Battaglia). Frankincense frereana is especially prized for its skin rejuvenating properties. When added to a carrier oil it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry skin and damaged skin, and may help heal a wound or cut. When diffused, Frankincense frereana can support your immune system function. B. frereana is also wonderful to calm and relax your body and uplift your mood.

Next week we will resume essential oil profiles. The two featured will be the species of Frankincense that Plant Therapy offers. Check back with us to print those! If you have questions, concerns or comments please be in touch with us via email at or find us on Facebook at our Safe Essential Oil Recipes page!

This is an addition from Robert Tisserand who was kind enough to clarify the above statements!

Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri

In this article it is proposed that Boswellia sacra and Boswellia carteri are different species. I will note that two of the article’s authors are Young Living executives; the essential oil samples were provided by Young Living, and the research was funded by Young Living. (It is not stated where the analysis was carried out, but most likely, in Young Living’s own laboratory.) In spite of all this, no conflict of interest was declared in the article. In the eyes of some academics, this could invalidate its findings which, anyway, are speculative. The article does not account for the fact that there can be different chemotypes within the same species – differences in composition do not necessarily indicate different species.

The following authoritative links support the opinion that Boswellia carteri is a synonym for Boswellia sacra:

None of this is definitive – opinions have been divided for many years, and this this will probably continue for some time. For the present, I take the view that the majority opinion is correct.

Feature Friday: Mandarin



Mandarin is a versatile oil – that can be used to soothe & calm, but also to invigorate and energize. I especially love using mandarin with younger kids. It’s fresh, bright aroma is appealing and it can soothe, calm and mellow. You can’t help but smile when you are using citrus oils! It is useful for anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues. Check out the profile below and then try a few of the recipes!

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Now that we know a bit more about why mandarin works on a chemical level, let’s see how we can put it to use in some recipes!
  1. Anxiety: Using a personal inhaler combine 5 drops Mandarin and 3 drops Lavender. Inhale as needed for the symptoms of anxiety.
  2. Depression: to help with symptoms of depression diffuse 3-4 drops Mandarin with 3 drops Petitgrain Diffuse for 30-60 minutes per day. (increase recipe and create a stock blend, if desired).
  3. Constipation/Digestive: Increase fluid intake and use 9 drops of Mandarin per ounce of carrier in an abdominal massage to relieve symptoms.


I hope that you can incorporate Mandarin into your essential oil regime! It’s favorite at my house. If you have specific questions or concerns, please be in touch by emailing us at Don’t forget to print this profile & add it to your notebook – you should have quite a collection now!

Feature Friday: Vetiver


Vetiver’s calming properties make it my go-to oil for a racing mind, calming a wound-up child or relaxing before bed!

This oil has a strong scent that reminds me of a campfire, which is comforting! However, I do know that there are many people who find the scent off putting. If that’s the case with you – blending with a citrus should help round the scent out and make it more pleasant for you!

Vetiver is distilled from the roots of a grassy plant. The roots of a plant are what connect it to the earth and an essential oil that comes from the roots of a plant is very grounding, stabilizing and calming. Here’s the profile:

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At a loss for how to incorporate vetiver into your home?

I find it very useful with my children, who have a hard time settling down some days! Here are a few other ways I love using vetiver:

  1. Add 2-3 drops of Vetiver to your favorite synergy for rheumatism or muscle pain.
  2. Consider using a few drops of Vetiver in a PMS blend to help soothe you during your menstrual cycle.
  3. Adding 3 drops of Vetiver, 1 drop Neroli and 3 drops of Frankincense to 1 ounce of your favorite carrier creates a lovely facial serum.


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