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Ginger Root Hangover Stomach Rub

We’ve all been there. Maybe you had one too many drinks or just forgot to properly hydrate. Whatever it was, the feelings you’re left with the next morning are brutal. In addition to drinking plenty of water and eating whatever that special meal is that you know always helps, use Ginger Root to help reduce the feelings of nausea and settle your stomach. Only one drop is needed in a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil. Massage the Ginger Root Hangover Stomach Rub onto your stomach to enjoy the benefits. You can also add 10-15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler and use to support digestion.

 

Ginger Root Hangover Stomach Rub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix essential oil with a carrier oil, then massage onto your stomach. Or add 10-15 drops to a personal aromatherapy inhaler to support digestion.

KidSafe: No

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Turmeric Fresh Tek and Holy Basil

December Oil of the Month Reveal: Turmeric Fresh Tek & Holy Basil

We have two amazing new selections for our Oil of the Month Club this December: Turmeric Fresh Tek and Holy Basil! Both these oils are unique and exciting takes on a couple of essential oil staples, plus they both have a lot to offer. Let’s dive in!

*Don’t have Turmeric Fresh Tek and Holy Basil? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Turmeric Fresh Tek

Before we cover anything else, we have some exciting news. Initially, we labeled this oil as not KidSafe. However, after a thorough review of this oil, we have determined that it is KidSafe! The constituents in question are at extremely low levels and not a concern for use with children. We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may have caused.

Turmeric Fresh Tek is a unique essential oil that is obtained through a very innovative, tailor-made version of steam distillation. For starters, it uses fresh rhizomes as opposed to the dried herb that is usually used. The herb is then distilled at a much lower temperature than traditional distillation, for a fraction of the time usually required. This technology also circulates the pulp so the material comes in contact with the heating medium for a very short duration. So instead of the oil losing the fresh top notes due to prolonged heat exposure, Turmeric Fresh Tek retains its beautifully fresh top notes and sweet, spicy aroma.

Because of this special aroma, it adds a unique twist to your fall and winter blends. It’s also wonderful for supporting healthy digestion, helping soothe joints, and assisting with head and neck tension relief. Dilute Turmeric Fresh Tek to 1% for children ages 2-10 or 1-2% for adults in your favorite carrier oil. Massage it onto the area of concern, whether it’s a headache, cramps or tummy troubles, for relief.

Some Things to Know

Is it KidSafe? Yes

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Cautions: Possible drug interactions. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. External use only.

Oils to Blend With: Blood Orange, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, Pink Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang.

Turmeric Fresh Tek and Holy Basil

Holy Basil

Holy Basil is also commonly known as Tulsi. In addition to being cultivated for the essential oil, it’s also widely used for religious purposed and in traditional medicine. The Tulsi plant has a special place in courtyards across India due to it’s supposed protective powers. Its unique medicinal and fragrant qualities have earned this sharp, fresh oil the nickname “Elixir of Life”. Tulsi’s essential oil, Holy Basil, is a powerhouse of therapeutic uses.

With a sweet, pungent, clove-like scent with soft balsamic undertones, Holy Basil may help boost vitality, is energizing and stimulating while enhancing focus, as well as calming to the nerves. Try adding it to a personal inhaler next time you have a big study session, have to balance your budget or just generally need to focus. This oil is also great for relieving head and neck tension while offering respiratory support. Dilute to a maximum of 1% when applying topically or blend with other great tension relieving oils.

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Some Things to Know

Is it KidSafe? No

Shelf Life: 2-3 years

Cautions: Possible drug interactions. Can inhibit blood clotting. Those who take aspirin or other blood-thinning medications should avoid using Holy Basil. Maximum dilution of 1% for topical applications. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. External use only.

Oils to Blend With:  Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Coriander Seed, Geranium, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, and Turmeric.

For a PDF version of our Oil of the Month Booklet, click here.

 

To join a fun community of essential oil lovers, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group.

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Mood-Boosting Essential Oils

Emotional concerns affect many people whether it’s just a bad slump, anxiety over a special circumstance, or straight-up depression. It’s easy to feel anxious, depressed or overwhelmed with busy schedules and hectic lives, and it just gets worse during the second half of the winter.  We’ve all been there! And it’s just possible that essential oils can help if you choose the right mood-boosting oils.

For more advice on blending, read about all about blending essential oils in this blog post.

 

Can mood-boosting essential oils actually help with emotional issues like anxiety?

Woman holding head in apparent frustration Mood-Boosting Essential OilsThe short answer is: They might help, but they won’t cure.

Essential oils won’t cure your emotional issues (such as depression, anxiety or stress) but they can absolutely help boost your self-care routine. But before we get into that, check out our blog post on inhalation.

 

Which essential oils should I choose to help with anxiety, depression or stress symptoms?

a woman putting on perfumeThese are the oils that are known for their mood-boosting properties, great for helping with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

Just remember: Scent is incredibly individual. Not everyone will respond the same way to the same oils. It’s always best to try out different oils and pay close attention to your own body’s responses, and choose oils that you personally respond to. Each oil has it’s own unique properties, so experiment with blends using the oils that speak to you.

 

1. Lavender

Plant Therapy Lavender essential oilLavender is the quintessential relaxing scent. Use Lavender together with deep, resinous scents like Frankincense to create calm and peace or with lighter citrus notes to provide a lift in mood.

 

2. Bergamot

bergamot essential oilThis bright, fresh-smelling oil is excellent for brightening mood and lifting spirits. When used with Neroli and Vanilla, it is one of our favorites for moments of feeling overwhelmed or stressed!

 

3. Frankincense

frankincenseFrankincense is one of the most frequently used oils and when blended with Cedarwood or Sandalwood.  It can be useful to help calm and focus your mind, creating a relaxing and meditative feeling.

 

4. GeraniumGeranium Egyptian Essential Oil Plant Therapy

An uplifting and balancing essential oil, Geranium is best blended with deep scents like Vetiver or Patchouli. This oil has a very strong, floral scent and when combined with either of those grounding, calming scents can create a very relaxing environment.

 

5. Vetiver

Vetiver essential oil Plant TherapyVetiver is a root oil that is jam-packed with therapeutic properties. This oil is known for its ability to promote relaxation and balance. Vetiver is very popular to use before bedtime to help calm the mind. It has a very strong aroma that has an earthy, woodsy, smoky scent, but is pleasant to the senses. Many people swear by Vetiver when it comes to emotional support and mood-boosting properties.

 

6. Roman Chamomile

chamomile on a towelA light, fresh scent that blends beautifully with small amounts of Geranium and Lavender, Roman Chamomile is calming and relaxing, and so nice when used in a bath prior to bed!

 

Some quick and easy ways to use essential oils for mood-boosting:

Using aromatherapy inhaler with essential oilsFor quick, easy mood-boosting properties, try creating a personal inhaler. This is wonderful for yourself, your kids and several friends. Take it with you for an on-the-go pick me up.

  • Take a nice bath, pamper yourself. Then get a good night’s rest. Here’s a wonderful article, Creating an Aromatherapy Bath.
  • Create your own personal diffuser blend to ward off anxiousness. Use a blend of oils you personally find uplifting, on days you feel overwhelmed or particularly stressed.

It’s important to remember that aromatherapy is just one tool in the toolbox to assist with emotional concerns like depression, stress, and anxiety. A proper diet is another key factor, using herbal preparations is another and finally, plenty of rest can be useful in the reduction of stressful or anxious feelings.

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CBD balm

CBD to Enhance Overall Wellness

If you’ve heard of CBD at all, you’re probably curious about how CBD might be able to impact your own health. CBD can be a wonderful tool for supporting overall mental and physical health.

But first, let’s look at the problem we’re all dealing with: Stress.

 

The Problem – Everyone is Stressed Out

Top 5 CBD Myths Debunked & ExplainedAccording to findings from the American Psychological Association, chronic stress – that is stress that interferes with your ability to function normally over time – is nearing a national public health crisis.

People are suffering from moderate to high levels of stress. 44% of people report rising stress levels. Concerns about money, work, the economy, and political upheaval are causing stress levels to skyrocket.

We could all benefit from better stress management — that’s probably why it’s one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. When we don’t give ourselves a chance to unwind, that stress can build up and make us feel miserable. Extreme amounts of stress can even have serious health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and central nervous systems.

Increased stress can lead to many other problems. Insomnia, heartburn, headaches, a weakened immune system and more are all issues that can arise from chronically elevated stress levels.

These chronic levels of stress and the problems that come with it leave many people looking for answers. How do you deal with stress in our modern society?

 

Natural Ways to Support Wellness

essential oils and natural livingObviously, there are many prescription medications that help people manage stress, anxiety, and depression. But many people are looking for more natural ways to help ease stress.

 

Meditation

CBD for natural healthMeditation is known to support overall wellness by “cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment”.  When our mind is calm, it seems like everything else just falls into place.

One of the best things about meditation is that it is so convenient and accessible to everyone. You don’t need to go anywhere or own any fancy equipment— all you need is yourself and a little bit of time. And if you’re lucky enough to have some essential oils, that’s even better! Aromas can powerfully influence our mind, body, and spirit, which makes them a perfect addition to your meditation practices.

Our Chakra Synergies Set (and roll-ons) offer synergies designed to support your self-balancing practices and self-care routines — including meditation. (If you’re interested in learning more about this line of products, check out this blog post!)

 

Aromatherapy

carrier oil infusionsEssential oils can be a wonderful complement to all of your self-care practices. Give these single oils and blends a try to help relieve stress:

Lavandin: Don’t worry — it’s not spelled wrong. LavandIN is a beautiful hybrid of true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). It is rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, just like Lavender, but also includes 1,8-cineole and camphor, making it a bit different aromatically and therapeutically. It is emotionally calming, helps to ease feelings of stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety [1]. If you love Lavender, you may find yourself feeling the same way about Lavandin. Its aroma is similar to Lavender but absolutely has its own unique personality.

Sandalwood (all kinds): The beautifully soft and creamy aroma of this essential oil is well known to positively influence the mind. It has a cooling, calming, and toning effect on the nervous system, making it great for hot and agitational emotional states related to stress [2]. It is excellent for encouraging relaxation when diffused or inhaled. Plus, it’s a perfect meditation companion to help clear the mind from every day worries.

To learn more about Sandalwood (and to give this really relaxing bath salts DIY a try!) check out these blogs:

Bergamot: This bright, uplifting, fresh-smelling oil is excellent for a mind and body feeling bogged down by stress. It promotes relaxation by increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the branch of the central nervous system that helps balance heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Use it alongside other uplifting and comforting essential oils, such as Rose AbsoluteChamomile Roman, or Sandalwood to stabilize your mood and release pent-up stressed out feelings [1]. If stress is also resulting in unproductive or addictive behaviors, Bergamot may help redirect that nervous energy to something more positive [2].

Check out The Five Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil to learn more about this wonderful oil.

Copaiba Oleoresin: When stress puts a strain on your immune system, your whole body can feel the effects. Tension in the head and neck along with achy muscles can make the end of a stressful day feel even worse. Copaiba is widely known for its ability to help alleviate soreness in these areas, partly due to its large quantity of beta-caryophyllene. This unique chemical constituent may target parts of the brain that help minimize feelings of sadness and discouragement [3].

Try blending two drops each of Copaiba Oleoresin and Frankincense Serrata in a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and apply topically to help alleviate soreness. For an emotionally grounding blend, add three drops of Copaiba Oleoresin, two drops of Frankincense Carteri, and four drops of Orange Sweet to your diffuser.

To learn more about Copaiba Oleoresin, check out this blog:

Top 5 Amazing (and Surprising) Benefits of Copaiba Oil.

 

CBD

Essentials of Blending: How To Blend Essential OilsSo where does CBD fit into this natural wellness journey? CBD can be a wonderful way to help support your overall holistic health.

CBD, with all it’s new and exciting possibilities, seems like a natural fit to help weather the issues that chronic stress can bring. And the good news is, it might actually help!

But before we start discussing how to use CBD, we need to cover one point: CBD is still new enough that clinical trials are ongoing in a variety of areas. Although many people swear by CBD and have great results, it’s still not clinically proven that CBD will help sleep, insomnia, anxiety, pain or any other condition.

While CBD can be marketed for a wide range of medical and psychological concerns, the FDA is firmly against companies marketing CBD as a ‘100% guaranteed’ cure against severe medical conditions or as a replacement for prescribed medications.

You should always talk to your doctor if you decide to use CBD for serious concerns, especially if you’re already taking prescription medication. And pay attention to your own body’s needs when deciding what strength and which serving size to use.

CBD seems like a natural fit for assisting us in dealing with the increased stress and feelings of anxiety everyday life can bring, and there’s some promising research around this topic.

Your endocannabinoid system (eCS) has been shown to impact anxiety and depression. One of your endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), has a critical role in regulating emotional behavior. Low levels of 2-AG have been found to cause anxiety and depression in initial studies done on mice and increasing 2-AG levels had the opposite effect. This seems to suggest that taking CBD, phytocannabinoids, may help support your body’s natural endocannabinoid levels and healthy functioning.

 

What is CBD?

CBD tinctureCBD oil is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. Used as a natural way to support endocannabinoid system health for thousands of years, it’s now gaining widespread attention from researchers, doctors, and consumers. Yet, even as its use and its accolades grow, CBD oil sometimes still gets a bad rap because of its association with marijuana. However, it’s important to know that CBD does not get you high.

When it comes to CBD oil’s ability to promote health without the high, it’s all about the plant’s gender. Yes, that’s right, cannabis plants can be either male or female. And only the female (marijuana) version of the plant contains enough THC, the psychotropic compound responsible for getting people high, to actually cause this effect. CBD oil, on the other hand, comes from the male–or hemp version–of the cannabis plant which contains only trace amounts (less than 0.3%) THC, not enough to cause the famous “high”.

There are three main types of CBD oil you’ll find on the market: full-spectrum CBD, isolated CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD contains less than .3% of THC. This amount of THC is not enough to cause any psychoactive effects but some people find it to be enough to help with more severe issues. Isolated CBD is the most common form of the oil. CBD isolate is created when all other compounds are removed, leaving behind only Cannabidiol (or CBD). The third type is formed when those trace amounts of THC are removed from the full-spectrum variety, it becomes broad-spectrum. Broad-spectrum CBD offers all benefits that the plant has to offer also known as “the entourage effect”.

 

Making CBD Work for You

CBD balmCBD most commonly comes in two different types of products: Tinctures, or CBD suspended in a liquid meant to be used orally, and balms or cremes, which are meant to be used topically as needed.

CBD tinctures: When taken sublingually (as Plant Therapy CBD tinctures are designed to be taken), CBD helps support your overall eCS functioning and bodily health!

Sublingual use of CBD tinctures involves dropping the CBD liquid into your mouth and holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds. This method allows absorption through the sublingual gland under your tongue and bypasses the digestive tract.

Topical CBD: Many people report topical CBD is very beneficial, especially for localized discomfort. But this may vary from person to person and it’s a little harder to measure. Balms and cremes are designed to help ease localized discomfort.

Just remember that the type of CBD you choose to use depends on what issues you are hoping to improve.

Pain

CBD has been used for thousands of years as a home remedy for pain. And, although more research is needed, animal studies may support its usefulness in helping to reduce the perception of pain.

Nervousness

Because CBD may calm the nerves and help promote relaxation through supporting your eCS, CBD oil has long been a popular home remedy for anxiousness or nervousness. According to a 2015 analysis of previous studies, the evidence shows CBD oil may be effective for symptoms related to anxiety. The paper emphasizes the need for, and value of, further study of CBD oil in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Mood

While current research is in its infancy and limited to animal models, it appears that CBD oil is showing promise in treating depression as well. In a 2010 study using mice, CBD was shown to produce results in helping reduce the symptoms of chronic sadness.

Sleep

The same calming effects that appear to help support mental health also appear to help with issues sleeping, according to a 2019 study. The retrospective study of patients at a psychiatric clinic using CBD for anxiety and sleep complaints showed sleep improvements in 66.7 percent of the cases studied.

Problem Skin

CBD oil’s potential effect on the endocannabinoid system includes the sebaceous gland, which is responsible for producing excess sebum (fat) that can contribute to acne. So, it makes sense that CBD oil may have the potential to help with skin issues. And, it’s showing great promise in this area. Not only do countless consumers swear by it, but the research is also beginning to support its effectiveness as well. In a 2014 study, CBD oil was shown to inhibit sebum production and reduce the inflammation associated with skin problems.

 

The Road to Physical Health

CBD balmRemember, your road to physical health isn’t going to adhere to a pre-formulated plan. Though meditation, CBD and Aromatherapy can help guide you towards full-body wellness, there are many other ways to support your health.

Yoga, exercise, journaling, mindfulness, mental health counseling, improving your diet – all those things can also contribute to your full-body wellness. As with any physical issues, it’s important to look at the issues holistically and incorporate any changes into your whole-body wellness plan.

We know that when it comes to CBD, there are always more questions to ask. If you’d like to read more about CBD, check out these other blog posts:

 

Resources:

Ashley, E. (2017). Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil, & Hemp Seed Oil: The Cannabis Medicines of Aromatherapy’s Own Medical Marijuana. The Secret Healer Oils Profiles, Vol. 8.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics12(4), 825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report. (2017). Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22.

Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10;373(11):1048-58.

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“The Brain Loves CBD: What are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?” (2018). CBD Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

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E. Musty, “Cannabinoids and anxiety,” in Cannabinoids as Therapeutics, Basel, Birkhäuser, 2005, pp. 141-147.

S. Crippa, G. N. Deremusson, T. B. Ferrari and a. others, “Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report,” Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol. 25, no. 1, 2010.

n.a., “CANNABIDIOL (CBD) Critical Review Report,” World Health Organization, Geneva, 2018.

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Woman meditating sitting down

Meditation and Self Care for the New Year

Another year is coming to a close. And now is the time that most people start looking to the start of the new year. We’re planning the changes we’re going to make, how we want to improve, determined to make the next year better than the last. But before we throw 2019 to the wind, it’s also important to take time to reflect on everything that happened in the last year, what we’re thankful for, even if we’re glad it’s finally over, and everything we want to get out of the new year. Meditation offers an incredible opportunity for reflection on all of this. It also provides the space to take a minute and recover from the craziness of the holidays, get centered, prepare our minds for what’s to come. Plus, it gives you another excuse to bust out your essential oils (as if you need one).

 

Breathe

Woman reading a book in front of the fire

The holidays are finally over. Even though they can be such a wonderful time for so many, it can also be incredibly draining. Maybe money’s tight or family is crazy or the pressure of having the perfect Christmas is just too much. So before you jump straight into planning your New Year’s resolutions or even packing up the decorations, give yourself a moment to breathe, relax and rest. The decorations can wait another week. Keep in mind, you know best what’s going to rejuvenate your spirit. Maybe it’s a bubble bath with your favorite book. Maybe it’s a movie night with your friends to something that’s not animated. Or maybe it’s a romantic night out with the spouse. Whatever it is, give yourself time to take that little break and enjoy the moment.

And if a little pampering is your way of treating yourself to some R&R, try one of these fun DIYs:

 

Meditate

Shot of a beautiful young woman practicing yoga at home

Taking time to yourself is just the start. Meditation is another fantastic way to practice self-care and unwind after the holidays. It’s known to support overall wellness by “cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment. [1] When our mind is calm, it seems like everything else just falls into place. Also, aromas can powerfully influence our mind, body, and spirit, which makes them a perfect addition to your meditation practices. Here are some great suggestions for essential oils to use in meditation:

And don’t forget about our Chakra synergies! These synergies were created with the intention of supporting balance in each of the individual chakras while providing a gently inviting and accessible experience. We recommend you use these synergies at much less intensity than usual for the mind and body in order to resonate, rather than overwhelm, the subtle nature of our energy. You can read more about each blend and its corresponding chakra here.

 

Reflect

Woman's hand writing in her notebook

A whole year is behind us. And a lot can happen in one year. Career changes, love, heartbreak, new life, and loss. There are many great ways to unpack a year’s worth of experiences and journaling is an especially good one. Putting pen to paper requires us to slow down and to filter what truly was important about the events and emotions of the previous year. And hopefully, in the extra moments, we can discover what we’re thankful for, put negativity in the past, and start dreaming and planning for what we want in the new year.

And here’s an extra perk: regularly journaling has shown long-term positive side effects, such as a reduction in anxiety and an increase in gratitude and positive thinking [2,3]. There are several great essential oils that can help pick up your energy, encourage introspection, and invite positive, productive thoughts! Check out our top five essential oils to support journaling.

 

Dream

Woman relaxing at home

A new year, a fresh start, it’s time to start dreaming! And it doesn’t have to be the typical New Year’s resolution either. Maybe you want to find a better job, travel somewhere new, learn a skill, try exotic food. Or maybe it is one of the more traditional resolutions to eat healthily, quit smoking, or start exercising. Whatever it is that gets you excited, make sure that it is both achievable and meaningful. Don’t choose to do things because of what others want or what society expects of you. If it’s not something you’re passionate about, you’re not likely to stay with it and make it happen. Whatever it is that’s getting you excited for the new year, remember that you’ve got this. And essential oils are always there to help.

 

Reference:

[1] Walton, Alice G. (2015, February 9). “7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change the Brain.” Forbes.com. PHARMA & HEALTHCARE.

[2] Niles, A. N., Haltom, K. E., Mulvenna, C. M., Lieberman, M. D., & Stanton, A. L. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of expressive writing for psychological and physical health: the moderating role of emotional expressivity. Anxiety, stress, and coping, 27(1), 1-17.

[3] Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and well being: the benefits of appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 7(11), 18-22.

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Unusual Essential Oils You Might Not Have in Your Collection

There are some oils out there that seem to get all the glory. Lavender, Peppermint, Orange, Rose. They’re at the top of everyone’s most loved list. But there some pretty amazing oils that sneak under the radar, largely going unnoticed. Sure, their names might be hard to pronounce and yes, maybe you’ve never heard of them, but that doesn’t mean that these oils don’t have a lot to offer. Quite the contrary! These oils, although unusual, will be a treat for collection and help you expand your oily horizons.

Plant Therapy Saro Essential Oil

Saro

Even though its name sounds like a little bit of a downer, it’s full name literally translates to “keeps the bad things away”.  And really, couldn’t we all use a little something that helps keep the bad stuff away? Saro has a medicinal scent that is similar to Tea Tree but with a hint of citrus.  This amazing little oil can help boost the immune system and keep germs at bay, aid in respiratory support, soothe skin irritation or sore muscles, and can also help uplift and revitalize while reducing the feelings worry. With this many benefits, there’s no reason not to try it! To learn more about Saro, check out our top four uses.

Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Tea Tree and Ravintsara

Ravintsara

Ravintsara, not to be confused with Ravensara, is a versatile essential oil that has a number of amazing benefits. It has a fresh, sharp, medicinal smell that is similar to Eucalyptus. And like Eucalyptus, this oil is a go-to for chest congestion, stuffiness, and tickly throats. This is due to its 1,8 Cineole content, which also makes it not safe to use around young children. Whenever you’re experiencing discomfort in the legs and arms or sore muscles from overexertion, dilute it in a carrier oil and massage onto the problem areas. This essential oil is a powerhouse against skin issues and helps to promote the natural healing of minor wounds. As if this wasn’t enough, Ravintsara can also promote positive thinking and can be helpful with cognitive performance, focus, and soothe worries and fear.

Plant Therapy essential oils

Bergamot Mint

Contrary to the name, this oil is in fact not a citrus. Instead, Mentha citrata is technically from the mint family and has a unique light citrusy, fruity aroma with a hint of mint. The chemical makeup of Bergamot Mint crosses between Lavender and Bergamot, with just a hint of mint. It is safer than other mint oils and due to its high Linalool content. You’ll find it is calming, yet not sedating, and it can carry you away from every day worries. This amazing oil has so many other incredible benefits. It supports healthy emotional balance, calms the mind, and helps renew the spirit. Bergamot Mint is also helpful with body discomfort and occasional digestive upset. Add a few drops to your diffuser to enjoy the refreshing, clean scent of citrusy yet minty oil.

Slices of citrus fruits

Yuzu

If you’re a fan of citrus oils, then Yuzu is a must-have in your collection. It is cold-pressed from the fruit peel of the Citrus Junos tree, which originated in Japan. Yuzu has a tart, citrus smell that is a blend between Mandarin and Grapefruit. The wonderful aroma can create an atmosphere that is refreshing, especially during times of worry and tension. Yuzu also supports respiratory health and can help during times of congestion brought on by allergies or a cold. And as an added plus, it works exceptionally well in perfume blends or as a personal fragrance. And because it’s one of the less common citrus oils, it can add an air of mystery to your signature scent.

Chocolate Truffle essential oil

Chocolate Truffle

Exotic? Not really. Hard to pronounce? Nope. But is Chocolate Truffle something utterly unique and positively decadent? Absolutely. This oil is so delicious smelling, you might be tempted to eat it! Even though that wouldn’t be a great idea, Chocolate Truffle is the perfect blend of Vanilla Extract and Cocoa Absolute. The result is a rich chocolate aroma that is undeniably uplifting and delightful. To make a wonderfully smelling ChocoLatte diffuser blend, add 3 drops of Chocolate Truffle, 3 drops of Coffee Essential Oil, and 1-2 drops of Cinnamon Bark and enjoy the rich and spicy latte aroma.

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Little Women: Blends to Match Your Favorite March Sister

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been a beloved by many for generations. We’ve read and reread the books, watched the movie countless times. Each time wondering if Jo and Laurie will get together, crying when Beth gets sick and rejoicing at all their happy endings. With another retelling set to hit the theaters, we wanted to celebrate the incredible March Sisters by creating diffuser blends that capture the essence of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. And because Little Women is something so often shared between mothers and daughters, all of these blends are KidSafe.

 

Meg

carrier oil infusionsSweet-natured and good, Meg might lead the most conventional life, but she does so with grace and beauty, as represented by this soft, floral blend.

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Jo

All books and writing and fiery opinions, Jo March is captured in this woodsy blend that will remind you of libraries and old books and an independent spirit.

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Beth

natural fragrance

Kind and caring, Beth gave everything to care for those around her. This soft, relaxing blend mirrors her calming and soothing nature.

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Amy

carrier oilsWho can forget the day that Amy March brought twenty-four limes to school? The fresh green citrus scent of Lime is balanced by Coriander Seed and Cedarwood.

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Essential Oil Glossary: Organic

The Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic Essential Oils

Before we get started on the difference between organic and non-organic essential oils, it’s important to discuss where all our essential oils start. All of Plant Therapy’s oils are 100% pure, free from any additives or fillers. We test every single batch of oils for in-depth information on each chemical constituent with GC-MS testing, as well as evaluating each oil’s color, consistency, and general appearance to give you the most accurate information possible. We also provide the GC-MS reports for every product so you can see what we see. So whether you buy our regular oils or certified organic oils, you can trust that you are getting a quality, pure product.

 

What Does Organic Mean?

plant therapy organic essential oils

Each of our organic oils is certified through ECOCERT ICO, an inspection and certification organization fully accredited through The National Organic Program (NOP). And they have some very strict standards.

First, there must be absolutely no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) used in the entire process, from planting the seed to processing the oil. The soil where the plants grow must be clean of any prohibited substances applied to it for at least 3 years before the harvest of an organic crop. And of course, no harmful pesticides can be used. To control pests, weeds, and diseases, farmers use physical, mechanical, and biological efforts that are environmentally friendly. Another important point to consider about organic crops is these plants grow freely without the aid of synthetic fertilizers.

For these reasons and more, when you purchase a certified organic product, you are also helping to conserve biodiversity. This helps to ensure our natural landscapes and their ecosystems are maintained and intact for generations to come.

 

Why Buy Organic Oils?

Plant Therapy organic essential oils

Ultimately, this is a completely personal choice. Some people only use organic products and some people prefer to when possible. And some are pretty indifferent to the choice either way. No matter where you fall, we here at Plant Therapy want to make sure our customers have plenty of options when it comes to the products they buy. You can shop our collection of organic essential oils here.

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holiday

15 Last-Minute DIYs You Can Make With What’s In Your Cabinets

Christmas is just a couple days away. Most of the shipping cutoffs have come and gone and the stores have turned into zoos only to be braved by the most fearless shoppers. If you’re not ready to fight the crowds but still need some last-minute gifts, we’ve got some easy DIYs you can whip up with what you’ve got on hand. And if you consider yourself craft-challenged, don’t worry. These DIYs are simple and quick with nary a bath bomb, double boiler, or silicone mold in sight.

Here are some of the things you might need: carrier oil, lotion, unscented body wash, sugar, Himalayan salt or Epsom salt, rice, and your favorite essential oils! Even if you don’t have the exact carrier oil or essential oils the recipe calls for, most can be easily substituted with what you have on hand.

 

Orange Grove Perfume Rollerball DIY

Orange Grove Perfume Rollerball

 

Summer Nights Body Oil DIY

Summer Nights Body Oil DIY

 

DIY Banana Lip Polish

DIY Banana Lip Polish

 

All-Natural Shaving Oil

DIY Silky Summer Legs Shaving Oil

 

Dresser Drawer No Sew Sachet DIY

Dresser Drawer No Sew Sachet DIY

 

Fountain of Youth Face Serum DIY

fountain of youth face serum essential oils

 

Bergamot Body Powder

Bergamot essential oil

 

Easiest Sugar Scrub Recipe

Natural Body Scrub DIY

 

Uplifting Bath Blend

Uplifting Bath Blend

 

Hustle and Bustle Bath Salts

Hustle & Bustle Bath Salts DIY

 

Elemi Rejuvenating Bath Salts

Elemi Rejuvenating Bath Salts

 

Royal Hand Cream

Royal Hand Cream DIY

 

Valentine’s Perfume Roll-On

Valentine roll On Perfume

 

Fall Comfort Lotion

Fall Comfort Lotion DIY

There are more quick and easy last-minute DIYs to be found in our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group!

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5 Essential Oil Blends to Set a Holiday Mood

Christmas is right around the corner. The presents are getting wrapped, Christmas dinner is planned, and the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. And as you plan your holiday festivities, chances are you’ll want your home to smell just like Christmas. There are some pretty incredible holiday blends to choose from. Toy Soldier smells positively delicious, Candy Cane is sweet and refreshing. But to set the perfect holiday mood, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Here are five essential oil blends that will help your home smell just like Christmas.

*Keep in mind, if you’re hosting a large gathering, you will probably want to forgo diffusing as you never know how someone might react to essential oils.  

 

Holly Berries

Plant Therapy Winter Wishes Holiday Blends

Nothing enlivens the holiday spirit quite like holly berries. Decorating with the holly plant is one of the oldest wintertime traditions. The citrusy sweetness of Orange Blood, the crispness of Douglas Fir and Eucalyptus Dives, and the warm muskiness of Patchouli create the aroma of Christmas stockings filled with oranges next to the tree adorned with berries. The citrusy sweet, crisp, and warm aroma of Holly Berries is fantastic for Christmas morning.

 

Holiday Season

Plant Therapy Holiday Season Blend

The aroma of bright orange peel, spicy cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are found in almost every household and are a part of holiday traditions and festivities. And so, nothing is quite as quintessentially Christmas as our Holiday Season blend. It brings the notes of Sweet Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root CO2, Clove Bud, and Nutmeg together into a wonderful essential oil blend with a warm, spicy, citrusy scent. Plus we reformulated this blend this year to offer an even softer, more pleasing scent. It is now safe for topical application when diluted to 2% in a carrier.

 

Christmas Tree

NovaFuse Diffuser next to a Christmas tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how we love that this blend makes up for the artificial tree we use every year. Blending Spruce Black and Fir Needle, Christmas Tree will fill your home with the aroma of a freshly cut tree. You can even add a couple drops of Douglas Fir for its clean piney scent that has just a hint of sweetness.

 

Holiday Lights

If you’re looking for a special Christmas Eve blend to set a holiday mood, this blend will fill your home with the spicy, festive smells of Bergamot, Balsam Fir, and Clove Bud. It smells so good you’ll want to keep this blend in your diffuser all year round.

Plant Therapy Holiday Lights DIY Diffuser blend

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Frosted Mint

Holiday Sweets blends

Instead of being cozied up by the fireplace with the warm scents of cinnamon and clove, why not bring the fresh, cool and crisp aroma peppermint-candy scented sleigh ride in the snow indoors with Frosted Mint? The crisp, fresh aroma of Fir Needle with the woody scent of Virginian Cedarwood and the sweet cooling sensation of Spearmint is a perfect combination to remind you of a white Christmas.

Looking to share and discover more fun and festive blends? Be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group.

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