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July Oil of the Month: Sea Fennel

Sea Fennel Essential OilIn keeping with the spirit of summer, our July offering for Oil of the Month comes to you from the sunny coastline of Greece! Meet Sea Fennel Crithmum maritimum (also known as Rock Samphire or Rock Fennel).

The Sea Fennel plant has a history of medicinal use, as far back as Greek mythology. Today, it is finding new favor for its remarkable restorative benefits!

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Daily & Weekly Routines to Help Oily Skin

Using Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Our skin is unique and takes a lot of care to stay healthy and looking its best

If you have oily skin, chances are that you have tried at least a handful of products that promise to get rid of that glean and keep your face beautifully matte. But have you ever considered using essential oils to combat that greasy look and feeling? It may sounds pretty counterproductive to use oil to fix oil – but trust us! Certain essential oils work wonders for oily skin. They can help to balance the skin’s oil production, tone and soothe the skin, and stimulate circulation so that you can manage your excess oil naturally, effectively, and cost-efficiently! Let’s take a look at the carrier oils, hydrosols, and essential oils that are great to help manage oily skin.

Carrier Oils

Carrier Oil Blends

Oil Cleanser


Essential Oils

Use essential oils to keep your face clean and healthy

Have a daily routine to care for your skin!

Always remember to wash your face every day to keep it clean and ensure it is getting the nutrients it needs.

  1. Cleanse with Oil Cleanser for Oily Skin. 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.
  2. Tone using one of the hydrosols mentioned above.
  3. Apply Acne Treatment if needed – We will address acne prone skin in a future blog post; in the meantime, check this out:
  4. Moisturize with Clear Complex Carrier Oil or a carrier oil combination of your choice.

Give your skin a little more love throughout the week by regularly exfoliating in the morning after toning (2-3 times a week) and using a mask in the evening after toning (2-3 times a week).

Give these Plant Therapy favorites a try for a couple DIYs that work great on oily skin!


Aloe Vera Jelly and Honey Face Mask

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix Aloe Vera Jelly and essential oils, then mix with honey.
  2. Apply to the face, avoiding the eye area.
  3. Let sit for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  5. Re-apply 2 times a week.



Sugar Scrub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Mix all the ingredients and use as a scrub.
  2. Rub in gentle circular motions for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.


What are your go-to essential oils for oily skin? Enter a comment and let us know!

Homemade Skin Soothing Cream

Long story short… I have three kids, and each one of them has had pretty bad dry skin issues at some point.  No thanks to me and my overly-sensitive skin genes that I’ve obviously passed on.  With my first two kids, I used coconut oil to conquer it. So, when my youngest, now 8 months, started getting dry skin several months ago, I turned to coconut oil again, but unfortunately, it didn’t have the same effect.  I was at a loss.  The doc finally gave me a prescription.  But I decided to do a little more research and try one more thing before going that route…

Hello essential oils!

After a lot — and I mean A LOT! — of research on eczema, oils, and butters, I narrowed my decision down to the following ingredients:

The bottom line is that there are a number of carrier oils, essential oils, and butters that could work here.  But after my personal research, I felt these ingredients were the best (and safest) way to start experimenting. I want to emphasize safe because not all ingredients or quantities are safe for all people, so please do your research if you’re planning to make something similar.

With the goal of making 8 ounces of cream, here are the ingredients and ratios I used:
  • 5 ounces Shea butter (crude/unrefined)
  • 3 ounces Avocado oil OR Coconut oil (I’ve made it both ways with good results either way, although the avocado oil seemed to give me a little more healing power.  You could also choose to use a combination of the two oils, which I’ve done too.)
  • 20 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil

Using a double boiler, I gently heated up the butter just to the point that it softened enough to combine with the other ingredients.  I was careful not to heat it too much as heating can destroy good properties.

I mixed together the butter and oils, then let it cool a bit.

I then whipped it up to a spreadable consistency.   It took about 5 minutes on high speed to get a good whip.

The results are in!

After about two or three weeks of daily application, my daughter’s skin has cleared up!  The eczema on her arms and legs has completely disappeared and has not returned (and it’s been about 6 weeks).  The area on her back has improved to normal dry skin as opposed to scaly, red eczema. I apply the cream to her back just a couple times a week now, and it really helps to keep it under control.

You’ll notice that the cream is a bit oily upon application.  But the great thing about these particular ingredients is that they absorb quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.

When my family went to the beach a few weeks ago we actually used this as an after-sun balm.  No itching, and no peeling! I’m very excited about this little “discovery” in my life and am so thankful for the good results.  I look forward to continuing my research of butters, carrier oils, and essential oils, and look forward to sharing more results with you in the future!

By Kristi @ Living Unbound

Or you can simply try Plant Therapy’s Skin Soother.

How to Make a Simple Lavender Body Scrub

Handmade DIY natural sugar body scrub with lavender and coconut oil
Handmade DIY natural sugar body scrub with lavender and coconut oil
One of my favorite things about having essential oils on hand is that it enables me to make simple, natural body care products at a moments notice.

Not only can I make things quickly and easily, I am also able to customize the scent to suit my personal taste. Sugar scrubs are some of the easiest body care items to make and they are fairly inexpensive, too (especially if you compare them to store bought products).

Today I’d like to share how to make a simple lavender body scrub.

Lavender body scrub is great for the skin, leaving the skin soft and smooth. The addition of lavender essential oil makes applying the body scrub a luxurious, relaxing experience.

Lavender essential oil is also helpful in boosting mood, easing neck tension, and encouraging relaxation.

How to Make Lavender Body Scrub



Pour sugar unto a clean mixing bowl. Add your carrier oil and stir to combine.

Add essential oil then stir to distribute throughout.

Pour into a clean jar and label.

Sugar scrub will last for at least 6 months.
To use: Apply scrub to damp skin using circular motions. Wash off with warm water. Follow with moisturizer.
Customize this sugar scrub by replacing the Lavender Essential Oil with Lemon or Sweet Orange.
What’s your favorite scent of body scrub?
This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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