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September Oil of the Month Reveal: Ishpingo

Our Oil of the Month Club is back with another cozy and completely unique essential oil! Ishpingo has a warm and spicy fragrance that is perfect for seasonal blends.

*Don’t have Ishpingo? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Ishpingo Essential Oil

Ishpingo Essential Oil

Ishpingo Essential Oil comes from the Ocotea quixos, a species of evergreen wild-harvested in Ecuador and Colombia. The tree is known in Quechua languages as Ispinku, and more recently as Flor de Canela, or Cinnamon Flower. The tree bark is used to produce “Ecuadorian” or “American” cinnamon while the flowers and leaves are used to create Ishpingo Essential Oil.

Ishpingo has similar properties to Cinnamon Bark but is much gentler. Ishpingo Essential Oil has a very low percentage of cinnamaldehyde, making it much safer for topical use than traditional Cinnamon essential oil. This oil is an excellent option for cinnamon lovers who would like to add spicy fragrance to topical products like body care and DIY bath add-ins. 

Ishpingo Essential OIl

Due to its warm, spicy fragrance, Ishpingo has stimulating properties that may be helpful during times of fatigue or worry. Use 2-3 drops in a personal inhaler for the afternoon, post-lunch fatigue. Ishpingo is also the perfect addition to bring a warm, spicy note to your seasonal blends! Diffuse 2-3 drops Ishpingo per 100 mL of water and blend with Vanilla or Orange for a lovely, fall-tastic aroma. 

Last, but not least, you can also use Ishpingo to help keep your house clean during times of seasonal threats. Try Ishpingo in our favorite DIY Dusting Spray for an inviting fall scented home. 

Essential oil bottle with orange slices and cinnamon sticks

Spiced Orange Dusting Spray

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Shake well before each use, spray, and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Store in the fridge and use within a week.

 

Some Things to Know

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Introducing KidSafe Quiet Cough

Quiet Cough Essential oil bottle next to a tin jar and beeswax pearls

Between poor air quality, seasonal pollen influxes, the sniffles, and other respiratory concerns, kiddos can be coughing for a lot of reasons. As parents, it’s painful to see and hear our children suffering from coughs and discomfort. Quiet Cough was carefully crafted with just that in mind: helping our kiddos, and the whole family, stay happy and healthy.

Mom rolling Quiet Cough pre-diluted roller onto the back of her daughter's neck

This blend has a sweet, citrus, and coniferous aroma that is comforting and soothing. Quiet Cough is made of Douglas Fir, Balm Mint Bush, Cypress, and Cardamom Essential Oils to encourage easier breathing while the soothing and uplifting scents of Spearmint, Bourbon Geranium, Lemon, Lavender, and Frankincense work in the background with their calming benefits. Diluted in a carrier and applied as a DIY vapor rub, this blend helps clear your little one’s airway.

If you’d also like to use aromatically, add 2-3 drops per 100 mL of water or use in a personal inhaler. For topical applications, dilute 2-4% in a carrier. 

Quiet Cough Essential Oil blend bottle next to beeswax pearls with written instructions for the Vapor Rub DIY

Vapor Rub DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Melt beeswax and carrier oil over a double boiler. Remove from heat, stir in Quiet Cough Essential Oil Blend. Pour into a 2-oz tin and allow it to harden. Rub onto your chest to help soothe coughs and ease breathing.

For a printable version, click here.

Quiet Cough Essential Oil in multiple sizes with paper décor in the background

Some Things to Know

  • Shelf life: 1-2 years
  • Kid Safe: Yes
  • Pregnancy Safe: Yes
  • Nursing Safe: Yes
  • Pup & Pony Safe: No
  • Ingredients: Lemon SD, Douglas Fir, Balm Mint Bush, Cypress, Lavender, Frankincense Carterii, Cardamom, Spearmint, Bourbon Geranium

For a printable version, click here

What are your favorite essential oils for easing coughs and sniffles? Tell us in the comments below!

Get ‘Em Gone and Other Natural Tips and Tricks For Lice

If you have kids, you’ve likely had a few run-ins with lice throughout their time in school. Even if you avoid sharing hats, the most cautious can get caught with a few creepy crawlies. Opening a “lice breakout” email from the school’s administration or daycare staff is enough to make your stomach drop and your skin crawl.

Get Em Gone KidSafe Blend

Get ‘Em Gone Essential Oil Blend

As parents ourselves, we know the challenges that lice can cause and we want to help. So Plant Therapy formulated the Get ‘Em Gone Essential Oil blend to help you naturally fight off pests. Get ‘Em Gone utilizes Palmarosa, Atlas Cedarwood, Citronella, Tea Tree, Bourbon Geranium, Sweet Marjoram, and Coriander essential oils for just that purpose. Additionally, this blend is part of our KidSafe line and is safe for children ages 2 and older.

Some things to know:
  • It’s KidSafe
  • For children and adults ages 2 and older
  • Dilute to 2% in a carrier
  • Not intended for diffusion

Try using this blend in a shampoo wash as a preventative measure or use it in hair masks to supplement your debugging efforts. Try one or both of our favorite natural DIYs the next time you find yourself in a pickle.

DIY shampoo with illustrated bugs and bubbles for decoration

Get ‘Em Gone Shampoo

A natural shampoo may not be all that’s needed to banish the little bugs, but it can be a great way to help deter lice before it happens, or soothe an itchy scalp afterward. Add Get ‘Em Gone to an unscented shampoo and add it to a regular haircare routine

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix the unscented shampoo and Get ‘Em Gone drops. Use as part of a regular hair care routine to help combat lice and soothe an itchy scalp.

For a printable version, click here.

DIY instructions with illustrated bugs and combs for decoration

Get ‘Em Gone Hair Mask

Hair masks are an essential part of the lice removal process because heavy oils and creams suffocate the lice bugs, or at the very least, stun them so they’re easier to comb out. It’s also important to sift through the hair with a fine-toothed comb to remove dead bugs and their eggs. Repeat both of these processes multiple times when you first spot unwanted guests. For a great olive oil treatment, try our Get ‘Em Gone Hair Mask.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix the olive oil and Get ‘Em Gone drops. Apply liberally to the hair and leave for 30 minutes. Comb hair with a fine-tooth comb to remove lice and eggs. Finally, rinse hair with shampoo to remove oily residue. Repeat 2-3 times as needed. 

For a printable version, click here.

Plant Therapy Lavender essential oil

Other Essential Oils for Deterring Lice

In addition to our Get ‘Em Gone blend, Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils are also KidSafe and natural pest deterrents. In 2010, a study was done on the effectiveness of essential oils to help ward off lice, specifically. It found that Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils killed lice in 97.6% of cases. So, if you don’t have Get ‘Em Gone in your essential oil collection yet, try a mixture of Lavender and Tea Tree in the above DIYs for similar benefits. 

Woman helping dry her child's hair after bathtime

Post-Lice Itchy Scalp Spray

After multiple washes and thorough combing, you’ll eventually get rid of those pesky buggies. And when you do, there’s a pretty good chance that your scalp will still feel really itchy and irritated. To help ease your discomfort post-lice, try our Itchy Scalp Spray DIY. 

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Combine hydrosols in a 2 oz spray bottle. Then spritz on the scalp to help soothe itchiness and irritation.

 

Plant Therapy loves using natural tips and tricks whenever possible, however, natural methods may take longer to work. If you’re pressed for time or worried about the lice spreading to others in your family, there’s no judgment if you decide to use the store-bought products to get those pesky enemies out ASAP. Natural remedies are great, but a house full of itchy scalps can be upsetting for everyone. 

What are your go-to tricks for removing lice? Do you have a tried and true family tradition? Share your natural home remedies in the comments below! 

DIY Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub & Potpourri Spray

Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub & Potpourri Spray

It wouldn’t be fall without our favorite fall drinks. Of course, Pumpkin Spice takes the main stage… but there’s another favorite that needs some time in the spotlights: Vanilla Chai! We combined our new Vanilla Botanical Extract with some Chai tea from the grocery store and came up with two festive DIYs. The Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub uses white sugar as well as the tea leaves to gently exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil offers skin softening properties.

And if fall decor is more your thing, whip up the Vanilla Chai Potpurri Spray as a quick way to infuse some fall goodness into your home.

DIY Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub

Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub

It’s an understatement to say this year has been stressful. You deserve to treat yourself to a nice, relaxing, spa day. We crafted this luxurious Vanilla Chai Sugar Scrub recipe for anyone who loves Chai and wants soft skin. 

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Combine white sugar, brown sugar, and contents of the tea bags in a mixing bowl. Add coconut oil (may need to be softened first) and essential oils. Using a hand mixer, thoroughly mix contents until light and fluffy. Use in shower to exfoliate the skin.

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Vanilla Chai Potpurri Spray

Vanilla Chai Potpourri Spray

Passively diffusing your favorite aromas is a great way to give a room just a little bit more personality and make a big difference in your overall atmosphere. Potpourri and scented pinecones are excellent ways to bring subtle scents into your home, but what do you do when they’ve lost their scent? Use this Vanilla Chai Potpourri Spray to make your decorative pine cones and potpourri smell fantastic. Spritz the spray anytime you think they are getting a little dull and enjoy a season-long aroma.

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Steep one tea bag in the Everclear for 20 minutes. Add essential oils to Everclear and allow to meld. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spritz on pinecones, wood chips or potpourri for a vanilla chai scented room.

*Caution: this spray may stain light-colored surfaces or clothing. Take care when spritzing to avoid staining.

For a printable version, click here.

What else are you using the new Vanilla Botanical Extract for? Tell us in the comments below!

August Oil Of The Month Reveal: Dai Dai Flower

Our Oil of the Month Club is back with another amazing and completely unique essential oil! Dai Dai Flower has a rich floral scent with citrusy overtones.

*Don’t have Dai Dai Flower? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Bottle of Dai Dai Flower Essential Oil and Oil of the Month Club Box

Dai Dai Flower

Dai Dai flowers are mainly grown in the Anhui, Fujian, and Guangdong Providences of China. The flowering season is only from April through June and the yield is very low each year. Due to this small window of growth, this oil is definitely a treasure!

Dai Dai is considered to be a cultivar of Citrus aurantium, making it very comparable to Neroli in makeup and aroma. This steam-distilled essential oil has a rich, floral scent with citrusy overtones, making it the perfect addition to your perfumes and scented product blends.

This oil is rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, giving it a lovely scent that is relaxing to the senses. The aroma creates a soothing effect on mood and helps relieve nervous tension. When used to relieve tension, Dai Dai Flower can also help ease cravings and manage hunger. It’s aromatic scent and relaxing properties also make it helpful for promoting a romantic mood. Diffuse using 2-3 drops per 100 mL of water or use in a personal inhaler to enjoy the relaxing aroma. 

Dai Dai Flower Essential Oil is also beneficial for skincare! When properly diluted, it can help to reduce the appearance of imperfections and soothe skin irritations. For topical applications dilute to 1-3% in your favorite carrier oil.

Dai Dai Essentail Oil Bottle and Oil of the Month Club Box

Romantic Dai Dai Flower Massage Oil

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Combine all essential oils in the Marvelous Massage Oil. Use the massage oil to create a romantic, sensual atmosphere.

Some Things to Know

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Our Best DIYs for the New Shipping Tubes

Plant Therapy is committed to being a sustainable and environmentally friendly company, while still providing top-notch customer service. And we’re always looking for ways to improve! To better protect our products during shipping and to move to more recyclable materials, we’re introducing new shipping tubes.

We’re excited that these shipping containers will be recyclable, but we’re even more excited by all the different ways they can be reused. Check out a few of our favorite DIY ideas! 

Passive diffuser with shipping tube and himilayan salt

Tube Passive Diffuser DIY

Looking for a temporary passive diffuser for your latest favorite essential oil? Use our shipping tubes to make an easy-peasy, cost-effective passive diffuser.

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add some Pink Himalayan Salt to the tube. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oils. Cover the top with the sheer fabric and secure it with a rubber band. Place the passive diffuser on your desk, bedside table, or even in your car’s cupholder. Shake to refresh the scent as needed.

Kids desk organizer made of shipping tubes

Kids Desk Organizer

Are you homeschooling this year? Or do your kiddos need a more organized space to do their homework? Pencils, pens, color crayons, and other little pieces can clutter up any size workspace. Create custom storage solutions out of shipping tubes and give your kids a clean area to work! 

What you’ll need:

  • Box lid or tray
  • PT shipping tubes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon, paint, or glitter

What you’ll do:

Decorate the shipping tubes with paper, glitter, ribbon,  paint, or whatever you like. Glue the bottom of the tubes to the top of your lid or tray. Use the organizer to store markers, paint brushes, colored pencils, or any other craft supplies.

DIY windsock

Do It Yourself Windsock

With quarantine and social distancing, a lot of us have had to get creative to keep the kids occupied and happy. If you’re running out of ideas, our tubes are the perfect size for making windsocks! Putting it together and decorating is indoor fun, playing with it is outdoor fun. The best of both worlds! 

What you’ll need:

  • PT shipping tubes
  • Colorful streamer
  • Paint
  • String

What you’ll do:

Paint or decorate the shipping tube however you like. Once dry, poke two holes in the bottom of the tube. Thread a string through both holes and knot together so you have a large loop to use as a hanger. Then tape one end of a 12-18 inch streamer inside the tube. Repeat until you have several streamers coming out of the tube. If it’s being hung indoors, you can add a few drops of your favorite KidSafe blend directly to the top of the windsock creating a colorful passive diffuser for little one’s bedroom.

Shipping tubes arranged by size in descending order

Simple Storage

Almost everyone has that one junk drawer (usually in the kitchen) that has random odds and ends that don’t have a spot in the rest of your house. It’s messy and inconvenient, but where else are you going to but your two random batteries and three bobby pins? Try using our new shipping tubes to create order and organization in your junk drawer. 

What you’ll need:

  • PT shipping tubes
  • Odds and ends

What you’ll do:

Use the tubes to store and organize your hard to find odds and ends like bobby pins, thumbtacks, nails, tiny legos, Barbie shoes, essential oil roll-ons, spare keys, paper clips, and whatever else you can’t seem to find when you need it! Label, color, or decorate the tubes to signify their contents. 

Little girl decorating shipping tube

You can also try using the tubes for: 

  • A tiny Piggy Bank
  • On-the-go tissue holder
  • Easy to-go container for doggy treats
  • Napkin rings (decorate for some added glitz and glam)
  • Halloween candy tubes (color the outside and fill with candy)

 

Do you have more ideas or DIYs for shipping tubes? Share how you use these nifty little tubes in the comments!

New Vanilla Botanical Extract

Vanilla Botanical Extract Various Sizes

Plant Therapy has missed having Vanilla on our shelves more than anyone. Vanilla is one of our favorites for adding a rich, creamy, sweet note to blends and body care. We’ve been able to use it in some blends (All the Fall, anyone?), but haven’t been able to offer it as a single in quite some time. Due to the high demand for natural vanilla and issues with sustainability, it’s been difficult to source. Rejoice and get ready to blend! We have a new Vanilla Botanical Extract that gives you the classic vanilla aroma you love while being respectful of the earth’s resources. 

 

Vanilla Botanical Extract

Vanilla Botanical Extract will bring a gourmand, inviting scent to any blend. It is a favorite for body products as it blends well with so many oils. You can also use Vanilla to help relieve agitation and promote a relaxed environment.

In Uganda where our vanilla is sourced, a fast-curing and hydro-distillation process has been developed resulting in a higher content of vanillin. The final product has a rich, intense, vanilla aroma. Hydro-alcohol distillation is a high-pressure process for extracting essential oils. When vanilla is processed this way, the resulting botanical extracts have a more intense vanilla aroma compared to steam distillation.

For more ideas on how to use our vanilla, check out this blog post.

Vanilla Botanical Extract Various Sizes Horizontal

Sustainability Sourced from Uganda

Up until a few years ago, the majority of vanilla production took place in Madagascar. But the increased demand and environmental issues like droughts and cyclones caused the price of vanilla to increase. Vanilla grew from $11 per pound in 2011 to $193 per pound in 2016. It doesn’t help that vanilla harvesting is an incredibly labor-intensive process that requires handpicking and hand pollinating the vanilla.

Since then, vanilla production has taken huge strides. Uganda has now become one of the main areas of vanilla production in the world, with its perfect agri-climatic conditions. Harvesters gather the green beans in June/July and December/January. 

Additionally, the vanilla we source in Uganda is part of the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative, which helps make sure that the vanilla is harvested in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable way. This means it’s not just about making sure there’s a stable supply of vanilla. It’s also making sure the farmers and harvesters get an education on best farming practices as well as implementing social programs to improve the livelihoods and living conditions of the farming communities.

Vanilla Botanical Extract and Vanilla Beans

What’s the Difference?

This Vanilla Botanical Extract will be the third kind of vanilla that Plant Therapy has offered in the last few years. So it makes sense that you might be wondering what the difference is between these three options and if there are different therapeutic benefits. Luckily, the benefits of vanilla are pretty much the same across the board. But the aroma slightly varies between varieties based on the extraction process: solvent extraction (Vanilla Absolute or Oleoresin), C02 extraction (Vanilla C02), or hydro-alcohol distillation (Vanilla Botanical Extract). 

Vanilla Oleoresin tended to be a little thicker and wouldn’t completely emulsify in carrier oils. So it made some DIYs (or even diffusing) a bit more challenging. Vanilla CO2 Extract was definitely on the pricier side and contained 12% vanillin, the primary component that gives us the classic vanilla aroma. To learn more about these two different varieties, check out this blog post.

The new Vanilla Botanical Extract doesn’t have the high price tag of the CO2 extract or the emulsifying issues of the oleoresin. Even better…

  1. It’s a sustainable option: Our main concern with this product was sustainability. With this product, you can enjoy your favorite vanilla scent without supporting destructive farming practices.
  2. It smells amazing: The hydro-alcohol distillation process provides a rich vanilla scent that will be more potent in your relaxation and skincare DIYs. 

Vanilla flower with vanilla beans on a gray background

Some Things to Know

  • Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood (all), Cinnamon (all), Frankincense (all), Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine Absolute, Kumquat, Mandarin, Orange (all), Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang (both), Yuzu
  • KidSafe: Yes
  • Pregnancy & Nursing Safe: Yes
  • Pup & Pony Approved: No
  • Shelf Life: 3-4 years

When using Vanilla Botanical Extract, add 3-4 drops to your diffuser to enjoy the rich aroma. And because it’s nowhere near as thick as the oleoresin, you won’t have to worry about it clogging your diffuser. To use topically, dilute it to 2-3% in a carrier oil or lotion. Keep in mind, when blending with other essential oils, Vanilla may not completely blend with other essential oils. Make sure to shake your blends well first before using.

What are you most excited to make with Vanilla Botanical Extract? Let us know in the comments!

Meet Our New Aroma Plush Pals

What’s better than falling asleep with your favorite essential oil diffusing in the background? Your favorite essential oil wrapped in a soft and squishy stuffed animal! We’re introducing three brand-new Aroma Plush Pals that are perfect for kids, KidSafe blends, and cuddle time.

Young girl snuggling her aroma plush

Aroma Plush Pals

Say hello to Birch Bear, Flora Fox, and Briar Bunny! They have plush fur that makes them soft, squishy, and totally snuggable. But best of all – they’re essential oil ready! 

What makes these Pals unique is the velcro pouch with a Safety Scent Cartridge™️ inside. The cartridge allows you to apply a few drops of Woodland Retreat KidSafe Essential Oil Blend (or another KidSafe blend) on a felt pad and secure it safely inside the toy.

When your little one snuggles up with their Aroma Plush Pal, they’ll be surrounded by the subtle calming and uplifting aroma of Woodland Retreat. Use this size Pal for nap time, playtime, and any other time you want to help your child relax with essential oils. 

Aroma Plush Pal Clips

Aroma Plush Pal Clips

Birch Bear, Flora Fox, and Briar Bunny all have a coordinating Pal Clip! It easily attaches to your child’s favorite backpack or bag. When they have their Pal Clip nearby, they’ll be surrounded by the subtle calming and uplifting aroma of Woodland Retreat (or their other favorite KidSafe blend). Use the Pal Clips for road trips, back-to-school, and any other on-the-go activities. 

All three Plush Pals are available in full-size and clip-size. Purchase the Pals individually, as a matching full-size/clip-size bundle, or in a bundle with all three full-size, or all three clip-size. Each Pal comes with a bottle of our new KidSafe Woodland Retreat Essential Oil. 

Adding essential oils to your aroma plush

How to Use Your Aroma Plush Pal

Undo the velcro closure on the back of the plush toy and remove the plastic scent cartridge. Place 3-5 drops of KidSafe essential oils on the felt scent pad. (We LOVE Woodland Retreat Essential Oil Blend). Place the scent pad back into the scent cartridge. Re-insert the scent cartridge into your Pal and close the velcro.

Enjoy!

Woodland Retreat

New KidSafe Woodland Retreat Blend

Woodland Retreat is the perfect essential oil blend to use with our Aroma Plush Pals. The Safety Scent Cartridge™ allows children to safely snuggle their favorite Aroma Plush Pal while inhaling the sweet, bright, woodsy scent of Woodland Retreat. This blend combines Cedarwood, Orange, Balsam Fir, Mandarin, and Chamomile for an uplifting aroma that helps promote a calm feeling for your little one when they snuggle with their favorite new pal.

Which Aroma Plush Pal is your child’s favorite? Tell us in the comments!

July Oil of the Month Reveal: Peach Artemisia

Our Oil of the Month Club is back with another amazing and completely unique essential oil! Peach Artemisia has a fruity, herbaceous aroma and is grown right here in the USA.

*Don’t have Peach Artemisia? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Plant Therapy Peach Artemisia

Peach Artemisia

Peach Artemisia, also known as Owyhee, is a fruity artemisia found in the Owyhee region of the western United States. This oil is steam distilled from plants that grow in the wilds of Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho. This Oil of the Month has a silky, delicate aroma with a nuanced honey scent. The top note is fruity with a hint of balsamic, while the peachy backnote gives it its name. It is an ideal oil for DIY perfumes or cologne blends.

Peach Artemisia has many therapeutic benefits to complement its unique scent. When used topically, Peach Artemisia offers restorative properties that help with redness and irritation on the surface, while soothing sore muscles and joints underneath. To apply topically, dilute to 2-3% in a carrier. When used for diffusing, Peach Artemisia is also a calming oil that can help ease anxiety and promote deep, restful sleep. Diffuse 2-3 drops per 100 mL of water or use in a personal inhaler before bed.

Peach Artemisia

Sunburn Soother Jelly

What You’ll Need:

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What You’ll Do:

Combine essential oils with your Aloe Jelly. Apply to sunburned skin for some soothing relief.

 

Some Things to Know

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