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Everyday Essentials by Plant Therapy

Christmas Spirit Spray

Plant Therapy Christmas Spirit Spray DIY

We’ve already taken a look at a linen spray from earlier this month. Now let’s create one to scent our homes for Christmas morning!! Mandi from www.lifeyourway.net joins us one last time with an excellent room spray!! Spray this in your home  just before company arrives and welcome them with a warm and seasonal scent!! I hope you enjoy making this final project from our 25 Days of Christmas DIY’s

 

What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
  1. Combine vodka & essential oils in the spray bottle
  2. Allow to sit for about an hour, to marry together
  3. Add water
  4. Shake well before each use

**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. 

Christmas scents:

Christmas tree: 15 drops fir needle or pine plus 5 drops sweet orange

Spicy citrus: 8 drops sweet orange, 8 drops lemon, 3 drops cinnamon leaf, 1 drops clove bud

Warm & cozy: 8 drops cinnamon leaf, 8 drops sweet orange, 3 drops vanilla, 1 drops nutmeg

Home for the holidays: 10 drops sweet orange, 7 drops cinnamon leaf, 3 drops pine

The great outdoors: 12 drops fir needle, 5 drops sweet orange, 2 drops nutmeg

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Lovely Lip Scrub & Lip Balm

Here’s another quick & easy gift idea from our friend, Mandi Ehman at www.lifeyourway.net Isn’t she just amazing? DIY projects are all the rage. First, who doesn’t love the thoughtfulness of a homemade gift. Secondly, YOU get to control the ingredients and finally, YOU get to control the packaging. UpCycle old containers, reuse old tubes! The possibilities are endless!

Plant Therapy Lovely Lip Scrub & Lip Balm DIY

These fun lip balms and scrubs are so amazing since they can be customized for your gift giving needs. They are PERFECT as a stocking stuff, teacher gift, or a little something to add to a gift basket! Join me as we learn how to make them:

What you’ll need:

For the lip scrub {recipe for one circular container} To make more than one, multiply by number of tins.

For the lip balm {recipe for 3 tubes or 1 circular tin} To make more than that, please multiply by number of items you wan to make.

What you’ll do:

For the lip scrub

  1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl with a skewer or glass staring rod
  2. Transfer to tins

For the lip balm

  1. Place beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water {double boiler}
  2. Heat until melted
  3. Once melted, stir in essential oils
  4. Pour into tins or tubes
  5. Allow to cool before capping

 

Scent combinations for you:

For lip scrub:

 

For lip balm:

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Spectacular Shower Disks

I have seen a lot of these shower disks. Many times you add the scent prior to packaging them up. I wanted to easily be able to customize scents or purposes when I wanted. So I left out the essential oils in the beginning and only dropped it on the disk when I was ready to use it! Now, when someone isn’t feeling well we can use essential oils geared toward that! Need a bit of energy or a good realizing shower before bed? Again – easy to customize and these make great gifts with your own essential oil blends in small containers like these 2 mL sample bottles. Ok, let’s make this fun project…

 

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 (Energy for the morning, Sniffle Stopper for a younger child with a cold, etc) They are pretty and functional!

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Welcoming Diffuser Blends

I am always looking for fun, new diffuser blends when I am having company. I hope some of these will set the “winter” mood in your home! Remember – you can run your diffuser for 60 minutes, then shut it off for 60 minutes. Even better, if your diffuser has interval settings – go ahead and set it for 15 seconds on/15 seconds off and allow it to run for longer periods of time! Diffusers are truly one of my favorite aromatherapy tools & the whole family can benefit! When choosing a diffuser blend, be sure that it’s right for all members of your family (even the little ones and pets!)

Plant Therapy Diffuser Blends

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Soft and Silky Bath Powder

This is the softest, silkiest bath powder you will ever use!

The best part, it’s very economical. You only need 1-2 tbsp per tubful of water! Customize your scent and enjoy the best bath of your life! I honestly looked all over the internet for where to buy this modified starch. Since I had a hard time finding it, let me tell you what to look for. You want a modified tapioca starch – that has the ability to absorb carrier (in this case jojoba) by oil several times it’s own weight. It’s ability to absorb the carrier and essential oils is key to this bath experience. Then the modified starch dissolves and disperses the carrier and essential oil into the water – creating a silky feel thought the bath!  Just a note, this isn’t just regular tapioca starch!

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Weigh 1 ounce of bath starch
  2. Add to blender
  3. Weigh 1/2 ounce jojoba oil
  4. Add essential oils (about 15 drops, total) to your jojoba
  5. Add all oils to the starch
  6. Whiz in blender for about 30 seconds, shut off and allow to settle
  7. *Carefully* scoop into container with lid

 

To use: scoop about 1 TBSP into running water for bath, slip in and enjoy!

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Gifts for Him: Shaving Cream and Aftershave

The men in our lives need a little pampering too. Why not make a few things to stick in his stocking for Christmas morning? Mandi, from www.lifeyourway.net, joins us again with this fantastic combination gift for your special guy.

Plant Therapy DIY Gifts for Him Shaving Cream and Aftershave

What you’ll need:

For Shaving Cream

For Aftershave

  • 1-1/2 ounces distilled water**
  • 1-1/2 ounces hydrosol
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
  • 3-5 drops Vitamin E Oil {optional}
  • 12 drops essential oils {see below for recipe ideas}

What you’ll do:

For Shaving Cream

  1. Melt butters & oils in sauce pan over low heat until melted {or use double boiler method}
  2. Remove from heat and add 30 drops essential oils of your choice
  3. Set aside to cool (cover to retain scent from the oils) – you can move onto the aftershave and come back to this
  4. Once completely hard, whip the mixture with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy
  5. Store in airtight container with lid
To use spread on skin & shave normally. Rinse well with warm water. Enjoy smooth, baby-soft skin!

For Aftershave

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake vigorously to combine.

**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. 

To use spray directly onto your skin after shaving. Pat into skin. 

Recipe ideas for products per ounce of product:

We hope you are enjoying all these DIY projects so far! Let us know what else you’d like to learn how to make! We have the 25 Days of Christmas already lined up – but we will be making more new things after the first of the year!! Stay tuned for new ideas, packaging and other fun things coming up soon!

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Counter Wipes

We’ve been focusing on gifts to make for others, but how about making your life a little simpler? I love the ease of pre-made counter wipes. However, I hate the cost, the man-made chemicals and the scents just make me gag. BUT – with just a quick swipe of the counter and it’s clean and I’m free to move onto other things! I set out to find a better way and here it is:

Plant Therapy DIY Counter Wipes

What you’ll need:
  • 1.9 quart airtight container
  • 1 roll “select-a-size” paper towels
  • 2 tbsp castile soap
  • essential oils of your choice
  • 2 cups warm water**
What you’ll do:
  1. Cut a roll of paper towels in half using an electric knife or serrated bread knife.
  2. Place paper towels into container, if you have to “smash” it a bit to fit, that is ok, once wet we are taking out the core!
  3. In a separate measuring cup – add 2 cups warm water, 2 tbsp castile soap and 30-40 drops of essential oils {see recipes below}
  4. Pour mixture over paper towels
  5. Once soaked, you can easily remove the core
  6. Seal with lid and use as you would any other counter wipes

**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 Ideas:

It’s just that simple! Keep your counters cleaner and your family happy with customizable scents!! Make different scents for the kids bathrooms, and let them do the cleaning! The possibilities are endless!

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Simple No-Sew Sachets

These lovely little sachets are the perfect compliment to any gift. Use on top of the gift, with a beautiful tag for a fun embellishment. They are so simple to make, you can involve your kids or mass produce these to give out to neighbors or teachers! Once again, Mandi has found a way to make this an easy task.

What you’ll need:
  • Several muslin or organza bags
  • Rice, chamomile flowers, lavender buds or even plain oatmeal would work to use as filler
  • 3-5 drops of essential oils for each bag you’ll be making
What you’ll do:
  1. Place your filler in a small glass dish
  2. Add your essential oils, stir a bit to combine
  3. Scoop the filler into the small bags and tie shut!
  4. You’ve got a perfect compliment to adorn your gifts or a stand-alone addition to a gift basket!

 

A few scent combinations to get your started:

  • Use 3-5 drops of Tangerine or Sweet Orange with the chamomile flowers
  • Drop 3-5 drops of Vanilla onto  your lavender buds
  • 3-5 drops of Cinnamon and Clove on your rice would be lovely
  • Alternately, use Cedarwood for use in the closet to keep clothes fresh and moth-free

Photo courtesy of Mandi Ehman from www.lifeyourway.net

This post contains affiliate links which support Africa Heartwood Project. This means they will receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links. To learn more about Africa Heartwood Project click here.

 

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Hydrosols 101

Plant Therapy HydrosolsWhat is a Hydrosol?

Very simply, a hydrosol is the water that is distilled with an essential oil. When the steam from the distilled water passes through the plant material, it takes with it the volatile oils from the plant. The two travel through the tube at the top of the steam vessel (typically copper) and down through the condensing tube. Once the water and oil have separated, the essential oil is siphoned off the top and what you have left is the hydrosol.

A  hydrosol, according to Suzanne Catty,  is a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” Hydrosols are also known by a variety of other names:

  • hydrolats
  • hydrolates
  • floral waters or
  • plant waters

Catty goes on to say it is important to note that hydrosols are NOT simply distilled water with essential oils added to them. In this case, the two do not mix. Some of the water-soluble plant oils will combine with the water and impart therapeutic properties. This creates a much gentler, more diluted product which is generally safer to use than an essential oil.

How can I use a Hydrosol?

We use hydrosols in a variety of ways. They are essentially safe for anyone to use. They can be used undiluted on skin, children, and most pets. You can consume them,  use them in DIY products (like lotions), or spray on your skin as a toner.

With few cautions and little to no contraindications, these truly are a perfect first-use item if you are a beginning aromatherapy enthusiast. That’s not to say there aren’t a few rules to follow. Two excellent reference books are:

  1. Hydrosols: The next aromatherapy by Suzanne Catty
  2. Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy by Len and Shirley Price

Hydrosols need to be stored properly. Preferably in a cool, dark environment (like a refrigerator) and checked often for any cloudiness or mold. Since hydrosols contain no preservatives, they have relatively short shelf lives of between 6 months to 2  years, depending on the hydrosol. However, since hydrosols are relatively inexpensive, it’s more economical to use them up and buy new ones when you need them.

Which hydrosols do Plant Therapy offer?

As of January 2018, Plant Therapy’s line of hydrosols includes (all certified organic):

Try out Hydrosols for yourself today!

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