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Christmas Through the Decades

Christmas traditions that are passed down through the decades are part of what makes this season so special. You remember the things you did as a family when you were a kid, like going to the tree farm to pick out a tree, and now you can share those memories and traditions with your young ones. But even though there are so many holiday traditions that get passed down, there is also a lot that has changed throughout the decades. Let’s take a trip down a candy-cane filled memory lane.

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The ’70s

Young child opening up a Christmas present

The 1970s was a time of chest hair, polyester, butterfly collars, bell bottoms, disco, Star Wars, and Nixon. Christmas still included the time-honored tradition of a Sears catalog. Children spent hours going through its hundreds of pages, marking each page to show what they most wanted for this year. The Carpenters played over the radio only to followed up Donny and Marie. Families practically covered their trees in tinsel (the real stuff) and unique, colorful bulbs. That decade brought us the classic stop-motion film The Year Without Santa. And you better believe you got the Snow Miser/Heat Miser song stuck in your head all month long! Action figures and cameras started to make their way under the Christmas tree to be opened up and played with all day long.

If you’re feeling nostalgic for ambrosia salad and cranberry sauce from the can, then it might be time to bring out the Decades Set. Our ’70s Blend combines Patchouli, Cedarwood, Lemon, Lavender, Clove Bud and Rose to capture what we know and love about this tinsel covered decade.

 

The ’80s

Elf doll by some Christmas trees and snow

Being alive in the ’80s meant skating the rink, big hair, neon double layer socks and a love of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Duran Duran. But when it comes to Christmas time,  Wham!’s “Last Christmas” was on repeat giving you all the Christmas vibes. The ’80s brought us now-classic movies like A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It also gave us the movie that still hotly debated as to whether or not it’s actually a Christmas movie: Die Hard. But before we argued the definition of a true Christmas movie, we decorated our homes in colorful foil decorations, shiny garlands and an abundance of lights.

To help bring some ’80s vibes to this modern holiday season, try adding our ’80s Blend to your diffuser, With notes of Tangerine, Pink Grapefruit, Peru Balsam, and Lime, this blend will have you dreaming of decades past.

 

The ’90s

Family outside in the snow

Christmas in the ’90s was truly spectacular. The decade brought us so many amazing songs, movies, and traditions. Mariah Carey belted out her hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” while the kids waited on Sunday night for The Santa Clause to come on The Wonderful World Disney. It was soon followed up with other classics like Home Alone, Jingle All the Way and A Muppet Chrismas Carol. Malls went all out with giant trees, extravagant Santa Villages, and big Black Friday sales. It was something truly magical for all the ’90s kids.

To capture the specialness of this decade, don’t forget about our ’90s blend! Orange Essence, Steam Distilled Lime, Mandarin Essense, Star Anise, and Lemongrass give this blend an aroma that has all the ’90s vibes.

 

Now

Family passing out gifts on Christmas morning

Reminiscing about decades past, especially during the holidays, can bring up so many amazing memories. But we’ve got it pretty great here too. Trees can be playful or glamorous, themed or color-coordinated. Ugly sweaters are back with a vengeance (on purpose this time). Theaters are showing some of the classic holiday films all over again. We can sit back, snuggle up with toasty holiday drink, binge watch all the holiday baking shows, and cheesy Christmas movies while doing our Christmas shopping from the comfort of our couch. We can spend time with the family for a truly special holiday season.

If you want to celebrate with a tradition that has been passed down through the generations, only now with a modern flair, check out our limited edition Advent Calendar! It includes 12 essential oil surprises. Each 5 mL bottle is complete with a festive new label.

Our Favorite DIYs for Lavender and Lemon

Lavender and Lemon: Two of the best essential oils for almost any occasion. You love them, we love them…and today only, buy 10 mL undiluted Lavender get 10 ml Undiluted Lemon FREE with coupon code MERRY2!

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Lavender and Lemon are two popular oils with a plethora of therapeutic uses. Frankly, they are a staple in any essential oil collection. Use them alone or blend together and diffuse for a wonderfully clean and fresh scent! Let’s check out these two goodies a bit closer…

 

Lavender

Undoubtedly one of the most popular essential oils used around the world, Lavender is known to have numerous benefits for the mind and body [1]. Calming, soothing, nurturing, healing…basically, the list of adjectives for Lavender could go on and on. It has a sweet, dry, and herbaceous-floral scent that is relaxing and peaceful. Lavender is known to reduce feelings of anxiety and fear by calming an overworked nervous system [2].

When diluted to 2-5%, this sweetly scented oil can be massaged onto the aches and pains causing discomfort. Lavender’s pain-relieving properties have been widely studied [3], and results from these studies tell us that topically applying Lavender is an amazing way to soothe discomfort.

To learn more about Lavender Essential Oil, check out these blogs:

 

Lavender Essential Oil DIYs

It’s the first essential oil everyone buys: Lavender. It’s a powerhouse oil used for everything from aiding in relaxation to helping heal burns, with tons of different ways to use it.

So check out a few Lavender essential oil DIYs from Plant Therapy’s blog:

DIY Dry skin Toner essential oil DIYsSun San Sea body scrub essential oil DIYsDIY yoga mat spray essential oil DIYsDIY Hair Detangler essential oil DIYsDIY burn bliss plant therapy essential oil DIYson the mend roller blend essential oil DIYscounting sheep essential oil DIYsUplifting bath blend essential oil DIYsHustle & Bustle bath salts essential oil DIYs

Lemon

plant therapy lemon essential oilLemon is a wonderfully bright and fresh essential oil for the winter! It is fantastic for uplifting your mood, providing a boost of energy, and promoting mental clarity and focus. It also makes a wonderful addition to DIY cleaning products. Try combining ½ cup of baking soda with a teaspoon of dish soap and a tablespoon of peroxide. Add 8 drops of Lemon and mix well. This paste can be used to shine your stainless steel sink or remove the labels from glass jars! Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the nice pick-me-up sort of scent that Lemon brings with it.

If you are wanting to use Lemon topically, please keep in mind that this is a phototoxic oil and can cause skin reactions if not diluted correctly (2% maximum). Make sure to use just 6 drops for every two teaspoons carrier oil used to avoid a negative reaction!

To learn more about Lemon Essential Oil, check out these blogs:

 

Lemon Essential Oil DIYs

Lemon essential oil is a wonderful, zesty and tangy-scented oil perfect for helping increase energy and boost mood.

Here are some great last-minute DIYs using Lemon essential oil:Plant Therapy Bright and Cheerful Inhaler BlendPlant Therapy KidSafe Saving Faces DIY Project Recipe stickerDIY Flawless Feet essential oil DIYsCandy Hearts diffuser blend essential oil DIYsMaking memories master blend essential oil DIYs

For a community of essential oil enthusiasts where you can share tips, tricks and DIYs, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group.

How to Manage Stress Through the Holidays

Christmas and the holidays can be a special and magical time for so many families. But it can also be one of the most hectic, stressful times of the year that will leave you saying “bah humbug”. After all, the beautiful moments we see on Instagram don’t really tell us the whole truth. Sure, that pie is perfect, but we don’t the mess of dirty dishes still in the sink. The idyllic post with kids who are quietly watching a Christmas movie doesn’t show you that just minutes before they were fighting. And maybe all the focus on family and spending time with your loved ones only reminds you of loved ones who have passed or relationships that are broken. Whatever the cause for holiday stress, there are some things you can do to help manage the craziness so you can enjoy the season.

 

Take Some You Time

You’ve spent time creating your shopping list, tracking down the perfect gifts, planning the family meals, decorating, baking, wrapping… and oh the list goes on. It can be stressful trying to stay on top of it all. It’s important in all of the chaos to take some time to yourself. So much of the holiday season focuses on supporting the needs of others, but it can be easy to take that too far. You may start to feel like you have no time for yourself since your energy is always used on what other people need. But it won’t be long until your stress level has you feeling both mentally and physically spent. Remember. it’s OKAY to say no. The holidays are there for your enjoyment as well. You can absolutely politely decline an engagement or party if you’re really wanting some quiet time to yourself. Enjoy that bubble bath or silly Christmas rom-com. Say yes to the cookies, take a deep breath and take some time to yourself.

 

Stay Active

On the subject of Christmas cookies, it’s important to enjoy life and indulge a little bit while also paying attention to our health and bodies. As tempting as it might be to forgo the gym or regular exercise habits in December, don’t forget that when you constantly miss out on your regular exercise, your mood can be negatively impacted. Even if you’re not up to trekking the gym in the cold weather or going for a run, there are plenty of other ways to keep yourself moving. Taking just 20 minutes out of your evening for some deep stretching on the living room floor can really help you relax and wind down from the day’s stress.

 

Reach Out for Support

Hands holding on together

If you’re feeling stressed out right now, trust us, you are not alone. A lot of people are struggling with stress this time of year, for so many different reasons! Maybe you’re worried about giving enough presents, making sure every holiday event goes perfectly, or even wondering what to do with your kids during their winter break from school. No matter what is making your holidays hectic, don’t be afraid to reach out for support if you need it. Family and friends are often more than happy to help! Especially when they know they can count on you to return the favor if they need it.

 

And Reach for Essential Oils

plant therapy organic essential oils

When you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, reach for an essential oil that can help calm you down. If you’re at home, you can diffuse, make a relaxing bath, or enjoy a linen spray to help soothe holiday nerves. When you’re out and about, fill up your personal inhaler with your favorite calming oil and pull it out whenever the stress is building up. You could also whip up an easy lotion using an unscented base and a few drops of your favorite comforting essential oil. Here are a few oils that are known for their relaxing and calming properties.

  • Chamomile: Add either the Roman or German variety to your favorite bath salt DIY as a way to unwind after a long day or diffuse just before bedtime to help the mind relax before sleep.
  • Vetiver: This oil is calming, soothing and can even help release negative feelings associated with stress. It blends beautifully with many floral essential oils, so play around with it to find a calming aroma that suits you.
  • Bergamot: This fresh-smelling oil is excellent for brightening the mood and lifting spirits. If stress has you feeling down, let this beautiful citrusy and fruity fragrance help boost your mood.
  • Relax: Wonderful for emotional support, this blend helps promote a peaceful state of mind and creates a relaxing environment. Perfect for melting away all of that holiday stress.
  • Let It Go: This blend is excellent when you want to bring a sense of peace and calm to your life. If you’re experiencing nervous irritation from stress, add a few drops to your personal inhaler and enjoy! 
  • Grapefruit: If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up to help you get through the day, Grapefruit is the ideal choice. Its sweet, juicy fresh citrus scent can help to lighten up mental fatigue and moodiness.
  • Spruce Black: In addition to smelling like a beautiful Christmas tree, Spruce Black, along with other coniferous oils, are wonderful for lifting the spirits and beating the winter blues.
  • Calming the Child: Contrary to what you might think, this one’s for adults too! The sweet and fruity aroma of this synergy helps to promote a tranquil atmosphere. Diffuse it throughout the day or just before bedtime to help calm the mind and slow turbulent emotions.

 

Give CBD a Try

CBD bundles

CBD has so many potential benefits, including helping with stress and anxiety! We have several different strengths (and even some holiday bundles) for you to choose from. We recommend starting at a lower serving and working your way up, paying careful attention to how your body reacts.

For more great tips and tricks for managing the holidays, be sure to  Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group!

Our Top 5 Singles to Get Started With Essential Oils

Plant Therapy single essential oils

If you’re just starting out in essential oils, there are a few great single oils to get you started. Each one of these oils is simple, versatile and can help with a wide range of issues. Use them buy themselves for their unique aromas and properties or try your hand at blending to creating invigorating diffuser blends, citrusy cleaning recipes or soothing skin creams. The possibilities are endless! And as many essential oil enthusiasts already know, these are oils you’ll reach for again and again.

 

Lavender

Essential oil bottles next to lavender flowers

The unmistakable herbaceous and floral aroma of Lavender has become synonymous with rest and relaxation. So it should come as no surprise that Lavender essential is wonderful for helping you relax at the end of a long day and ease into sleep at night. You can add it to your diffuser to help promote relaxation and sleep. Try combining with other soothing oils like Bergamot, Chamomile or Vetiver.

Lavender is also great to have on hand for a variety of skin concerns. It can help smooth wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars and promote a healthy complexion. You can dilute in your favorite unscented lotion or carrier oil to 2-5% and apply it topically. It’s also unmatched in its ability to help soothe burns, whether it’s a minor cooking burn or a sunburn.

If you’re looking for some great recipes, check out our Top 5 DIYs with Lavender Essential Oil.

 

Lemon

plant therapy lemon essential oil

The fresh, zesty, and juicy scent of Lemon essential oil is bright and refreshing. It can be diffused to create an energizing atmosphere and help clear the air. Try adding equal drops Lemon and Peppermint for a particularly invigorating blend. Lemon essential oil is also a wonderful addition to any DIY cleaning recipes. When you use Lemon for cleaning, its refreshing scent works as a nice pick-me-up while you clean. It’s a particularly good choice for cleaning the kitchen sink where odors tend to accumulate. It’s also great to add a few drops to your laundry for an extra-fresh citrus boost.

Keep in mind that Lemon can cause a phototoxic reaction when applied topically. To avoid this, dilute to a maximum of 2% in a carrier oil.

 

Peppermint

Plant Therapy Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is another refreshing, invigorating oil that has a number of versatile uses. One of its unique benefits is that it has a cooling effect when it’s applied topically. This can be especially beneficial for helping to relieve head and neck tension. Try diluting Peppermint to 5% in a roll-on bottle so you can apply it to your temples or neck next time you feel a headache coming on. It’s also great for muscle aches and strains.

Another amazing benefit of Peppermint is that it helps with nausea, carsickness and general stomach issues. It helps relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract so that you can get on properly digesting. And for any time you’re feeling sick to your stomach or nauseated, you can dilute Peppermint in a carrier oil and apply it directly to your stomach. Or whip up our Tummy Troubles Inhaler Blend to have on your next plane, train or automobile trip.

You can also try combining Peppermint and Lemon in your cleaning DIYs. Not only is it effective against a wide range of germs at a dilution of 1%, but it also has an invigorating aroma that can give you a boost of energy.

 

Sweet Orange

orange sweet essential oil

Known as the “Happy Oil”,  Sweet Orange has a juicy-fresh, light citrus scent that can help freshen stale rooms and reduce nervous tension. It is a wonderful oil to enjoy 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 Bud, it reminds us of the holidays. Finally, in the winter, it can be a bright spot during cold evenings.

Next time you’re feeling frazzled and need a little pick-me-up, add Sweet Orange to your diffuser for its fresh aroma and ability to help relieve nervous tension.  One incredible way to use it is to combine Sweet Orange with Vanilla and use it in the bath. This smells just like a creamsicle and is the yummiest smelling bath! Try it and enjoy feeling emotionally uplifted and completely chill when you get out of the tub.

 

Tea Tree

tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree is a go-to for tons of skincare needs. It has a fresh, medicinal, green wood scent. In addition to helping with skin blemishes and irritations, it’s also a great one to use for cleaning because of its ability to fight odors and promote healthier air quality. Musty towels, gym bags, and stinky shoes don’t stand a chance against Tea Tree! For a quick and easy all-purpose cleaner, check out this DIY.

Another great use for Tea Tree is to help with congestion and sinus trouble. Combine Lemon and Tea Tree in a facial steam to help ease breathing. To learn more about how to use essential oils in a steam, check out this post.

If you’re just getting started with essential oils, be sure to check out our Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) for tips, advice and of course, recipes.

Black Friday: Here’s What You Should Splurge On

Black Friday is here, and that means waiting to grab the best deals, and stocking up on those expensive items. But what should you be buying at Plant Therapy? We’ve got you covered with this list of the must-haves that you should be using your site-wide discounts on!

 

CBD 2500 mg Tincture

CBD bundlesGive the gift of CBD this year, or just pick some up for yourself!

If you’re a CBD user, have a medium to large body mass, high metabolism, or have more serious concerns associated with the endocannabinoid system, our 83 mg broad-spectrum THC-free CO2 Hemp Extract CBD was designed to work for you. With a serving size formulated for robust everyday use, 83 mg was created as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy function.

And if you prefer our 1,000 mg Tincture, we’ve got you covered with the perfect CBD bundle – just for the holidays!

 

Advent Calendar 

advent calendarCelebrate the holiday season with Plant Therapy! Even better than Santa, for a limited time only we’re releasing our first essential oil advent calendar! Twelve different oily surprises let you count down to Christmas and infuse your holidays with essential oils. This fun and festive tree-shaped advent calendar comes packed with past and present customer favorites in exclusive 5 mL bottles. Filled with some of your favorite essential oils and blends, each bottle comes dressed up for the season in a new, limited-edition holiday label. Diffuse each daily treat to keep your holiday season filled with comfort and joy!

 

Holiday Lip Balms

butterscotch candy lip balmHelp moisturize and heal dry, chapped lips, protect against the elements, and keep lips feeling soft and smooth with our Holiday Lip Balm Set. Meadowfoam is moisturizing and antioxidant-rich. Stable Shea Butter has moisturizing and emollient properties, while beeswax has conditioning and protecting properties. Enjoy the fun scents and flavors of these large-sized lip balms.

  • Butterscotch Candy: A strong, sweet butterscotch flavor and rich balm take you back to an old-fashioned holiday candy. Butterscotch Candy is not pregnancy or nursing safe.
  • Gingerbread Cookie: Give yourself a subtly sweet treat with a spicy ginger note, and gingerbread-cookie memories. Gingerbread Cookie is not pregnancy or nursing safe.
  • Peppermint Orange: A light citrus with a minty undertone for a slight cooling effect evokes all kinds of orange holiday treats. Peppermint Orange is safe for pregnant mothers but not nursing safe.

You can find more of our lip balms on our balms page if holiday flavors are not for you!

 

Powered by Oils Sweatshirt

Drop Shop SweatshirtOur soft, slouchy sweatshirt is a staple that can be styled with everything in your closet. With a wide-necked fit that can be worn on or off the shoulder, our sweatshirt lets you stay relaxed and “Powered by Oils.” Screen printed in white on heathered grey ringspun cotton and polyfleece, this sweatshirt has a wide rib-knit hem and cuffs.

Perfect for any situation, from cuddling up on cool nights to topping off your workout gear, this sweatshirt was made to make every oil lover feel complete. Five different unisex sizes – S, M, L, XL, 2XL – make it easy to find your perfect fit, so you can pick your own level of comfort.

Want more Plant Therapy branded merch? Check out our Drop Shop for even more ways to rock your love of essential oils!

 

Forest Friends KidSafe Diffuser

KidSafe diffuser forest friendsThis diffuser is the perfect thing to add under the tree for the little ones in your life! With three different interchangeable ears, our fun Forest Friends diffuser can turn into a feisty fox, cute bunny or precious bear. Use the music feature to play a gentle natural lullaby, and choose from blue, purple or candlelight night light settings.

This diffuser is made of safe-for-kids plastic and silicone, holds up to 145 mL of water, and diffusion covers up to a 484-square foot area. The Forest Friends diffuser requires no chemicals or heat, allowing the essential oils to retain all of their natural benefits and chemical profile. Three different sound volumes keep the noise level right where your child is comfortable.

 

Rose Otto Undiluted

Rose essential oilOh, Rose Otto! You’re so fragrant, have so many uses, but man do you have a high price tag!

This fragrant essential oil is known for its wonderful, classic floral scent that is comforting and timeless. Rose Otto can be helpful during times of duress and extreme sadness. It is also gentle to the skin and helps heal dry, reddened patches.

A little of this oil goes a long way, so only a drop is necessary to utilize its benefits.

Add a drop to your favorite body cream or Plant Therapy carrier oil and apply to areas affected by dry, reddened skin. Use in a personal inhaler or aromatherapy diffuser, or create a natural perfume by adding a drop to your favorite lotion or body cream. Just be sure to dilute this oil well as to not overwhelm your senses.

 

Precious Flowers Set

Flowers in the sunshineOpen the lid of this petite display box to reveal three of the most treasured floral scents in the essential oil world! Our Precious Flowers Set contains 5 mL each of Jasmine Absolute, Neroli, and Rose Absolute. Each of these unique florals carries profound emotional effects.

  • Jasmine Absolute: Jasmine Absolute is an incredible oil known for its distinctive, exotic floral aroma that is often used in perfumery. Its intoxicating smell is known as an aphrodisiac that increases feelings of love and romance. Additionally, it is uplifting to the senses and helps create a positive atmosphere.
  • Neroli: Neroli is the perfect essential oil for when you need a break from the world. This absolutely delightful and vibrant floral essential oil comes from the bitter orange blossoms found in Egypt. It is one of the most comforting and effective essential oils when dealing with grief, nervous tension, or exhaustion. Neroli is often used in skin care to promote a healthy complexion.
  • Rose Absolute: Highly prized for its rich floral scent, Rose Absolute is well known for its calming properties. It helps soothe emotions and bring calm in the midst of fresh grief. It also aids in skin rejuvenation by supporting smooth skin and helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Chakra Essential Oil Set

chakra set bottles in boxPlant Therapy created a special line to help balance the seven major chakras of your natural energy system via our Chakras Set. Chakras are subtle energy centers that intersect with our mind, body, and spirit.

These chakras are located along our spine in ascending order from base to crown. When our chakras are in balance our natural energy flows smoothly creating a sense of overall wellbeing.

Use these essential oil blends when you want to incorporate self-balancing rituals into your self-care routine.

The Chakra Set includes a 10 mL bottle of each of the seven chakras synergies. The set is packaged in a round box that’s perfect for gifting and includes a booklet with detailed information on each of the blends. Each blend targets a different energy area and has a variety of aromas and can be used by inhalation or diluted and used for topical application. The seven chakras in order are Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Brow/Third Eye, and Crown.

 

UltraFuse Essential Oil Diffuser

Our Ultrafuse™ Essential Oil Diffuser is the biggest, most feature-heavy diffuser we offer. This is a sleek and powerful diffuser that combines ultrasonic technology with an easy to use interface designed with your needs in mind. With five LED color light display options, Bluetooth connectivity, and a remote control, you’ll love the convenience and simple, modern design that is sure to complement any decor. Additionally, this beautiful diffuser is created with a rare, natural purple clay using ancient Chinese craftsmanship passed down through generations, making it a unique and charming addition to your home, and the perfect gift for yourself this holiday season!

For even more ways to splurge, be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide for limited-edition bundles, and the newest products!

Natural Fragrances and Flavors – Explained

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Plant Therapy has recently launched some exciting new products, from lip balm to body butter, and the ingredients might look a little different. Why? Because in addition to essential oils, we’ve enhanced the scent and experience of these products using some natural fragrances and flavors. And we’re sure you’ve got questions about how they’re used and what they are!

With our commitment to transparency and to honor the trust our customers have in us, we want to tell you exactly what these natural fragrances and flavors are and what they mean to you.

 

What is a natural fragrance?

naturally unscented body butterIf you start looking at your perfumes, body sprays, colognes, even some cleaning products, you’ll notice ingredients are often called a “fragrance” or “perfume.” This term can really mean a whole cocktail of ingredients, ranging from synthetic ones to natural ones. But with the term “natural fragrance,” you can be sure that these fragrances contain only ingredients that are actually, physically obtained from plants using distillation, expression, and extraction. There is absolutely nothing synthetic about these fragrances.

We were able to create exciting and exotic fragrances in our new Body Crèmes and Body Butters by using only natural fragrance that comes from isolates, extracts, and essential oils. For example, our Grapefruit Cardamom Age-Defying Body Crème is scented using essential oils while the Crisp Pear & Quince Age-Defying Body Crème is scented with these isolates and extracts. But most importantly, you can trust that the scents and fragrances start in nature.

For an even more in-depth look at what each ingredient in our body care products actually is and where it comes from, check out this blog post.

 

So what does “natural” really mean?

natural fragranceThe International Fragrance Association (IFRA) only allows fragrances marked as “natural” when they align with the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9235. Generally, ISO 9235 does not allow synthetically reconstituted essential oils, synthetic nature-identical ingredients, and intentionally chemically modified natural raw materials to be described as “natural.”

This means that “natural” fragrances must actually be natural.

 

Why not just label these ingredients the same as our essential oil blends?

natural fragranceEach of our essential oil blends is made entirely from essential oils, absolutes, oleoresins, or extracts. Natural fragrances, however, are made up of isolates.

Isolates are naturally occurring single chemicals that have been “isolated” from their natural sources. This might sound a bit confusing, but it’s pretty easy to break down (and doesn’t make these fragrances less natural).

For instance, let’s take Geranium Bourbon. If you look at the GC-MS report, you’ll notice Geranium contains a ton of key constituents, including citronellol, geraniol, and linalool. It’s those constituents that are isolated from the entire essential oil mixture and can be purposed for other uses.

So when we create an isolate, we take the constituents that create the familiar scents we love and isolate them in order to capture even more complex fragrance blends.

 

How do you get an isolate?

Essentials of Blending: How To Blend Essential OilsThere are other ways to get isolates, but fractional distillation is the most common. In its most basic sense, fractional distillation involves the separation of a liquid into fractions (different parts) that have different boiling points.

As plant material is heated, the vapor rises into a long column above the still. The vapor is repeatedly condensed and re-evaporated as it moves toward the top, which distills the vapor many times. The less volatile fractions in the vapor run back down the column after they condense, concentrating near the bottom. The more volatile fractions often re-evaporate and move upward, concentrating near the top. Because of this process, the column can be tapped at various levels to draw off different fractions – and give us different scents.

 

What is a “Natural Flavor?”

lip balmThe FDA defines a natural flavor as “a substance extracted, distilled or similarly derived from plant or animal matter, either as is or after it has been roasted, heated or fermented, and whose function is for flavor, not nutrition.”

The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations describes a “natural flavorant” as:

“The essential oil, oleoresin, essence, or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating, or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit, or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf, or any other edible portions of a plant, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose primary function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

But this doesn’t necessarily mean the “natural flavors” in your cereal are simply crushed-up fruits and nuts. Instead, they’re probably made of chemicals originally found in blueberries, isolated and enhanced, then added into your foods (or lip balms) in a lab. That does not mean they’re not natural. Just like fragrances, these are isolated pieces of a natural product that we can use in making things (like lip balm) to give them the desired flavor.
Artificial flavors, on the other hand, are usually entirely man-made, as opposed to being made from a natural source. If the distinction seems a little hard to understand to you, you’re not alone. Here’s a basic breakdown:
  • Natural flavors: Flavors made with an extract from an actual fruit/vegetable/plant that grows in nature.
  • Artificial flavors: Flavors made in a test tube by scientists.

 

What does all of this mean for you?

By using isolates, along with pure essential oils and their natural compounds, we can offer our customers a much wider variety of amazing aromas to use when scenting your home, flavoring your lip balms or adding fragrance to your body care products. It gives us an opportunity to make some really unique blends that are all completely natural, yet unlike anything we’ve carried before.

We sincerely hope you enjoy our natural fragrances and are as excited about this new aroma and flavor adventure as we are!

Interested in learning more about the International Organization for Standardization? Here, you can find information on ISO 9235: https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:9235:ed-2:v1:en

You can also learn more about isolates in this blog post.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] And don’t forget to join our Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR), for information, recipes, and just about everything you could ever want to know about essential oils!

The Benefits of CBD

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Why CBD?

active couple using CBD to be healthierCBD is one of the most popular products in the natural health sphere right now. And for good reason! The potential benefits of CBD are incredibly exciting.

These days, it seems everyone is talking about CBD oil. The media is buzzing about CBD – whether it is the next best thing for pain relief, insomnia, seizures, anxiety or one of the many other conditions it’s purported to help. This natural remedy is taking the world by storm. Yet, with so much buzz, there are still a lot of questions left unanswered. Fortunately, we’ve got answers–about what CBD is, how it’s used and how it may benefit you.

But before we get too far into the details, let’s start with the basics.

 

CBD Oil: What It Is and What It Isn’t

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highCBD oil is a substance extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabis has been 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 and it becomes broad-spectrum. Broad-spectrum CBD offers all benefits that the plant has to offer, also known as “the entourage effect”.

CBD is a natural way to support your body’s endocannabinoid system and overall health. Natural, plant-derived cannabinoids (CBD) help support your body’s natural endocannabinoid levels. 

 

What is Your Endocannabinoid System?

CBDYour endocannabinoid system (eCS) is incredibly important to your overall health. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by your body and work holistically to maintain general wellbeing. Your brain, immune system, organs, connective tissues, and glands all make use of your endocannabinoid system. Many bodily functions are also regulated by this system, including the feelings of pain, mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, and many, many more.* 

When your endocannabinoid system is out of balance, it can become difficult for your body to regulate itself. You can become more susceptible to developing diseases and illnesses. An endocannabinoid deficiency may cause a person to experience many systemic issues. Issues with the digestive system, certain behavioral or mood concerns including stress and anxiety, and even some motor and cognitive concerns, have been linked to the endocannabinoid system.*

A healthy endocannabinoid system means you sleep well, your moods are more regulated, your nervous system processes pain normally, your memory works clearly, and your digestive system functions properly.*

 

Common Types of CBD Products

CBD plant therapy tinctures and balm

CBD 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.

 

How Does CBD Work?

Plant Therapy CBDBecause CBD works with your body instead of against it, cannabinoids are a natural way to help your body maintain homeostasis.* 

CBD works by naturally supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid system and supporting your body’s endocannabinoid levels with cannabinoids found in hemp. By supporting your body’s own endocannabinoids, you can help keep your body working properly and maintaining homeostasis. CBD also prevents enzymes from breaking down your body’s own natural endocannabinoids, which lets your body retain more endocannabinoids and function properly on its own.*

 

How Can CBD Help?

natural ways to support breastfeedingThe short answer is that CBD can potentially do a lot!

CBD interacts with your body’s own endocannabinoid system (or eCS for short). Your eCS regulates a huge range of bodily processes like your appetite, pain, mood, memory, the nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress…and so much more it’s hard to type it all out. If you’re curious like me, you can read even more about your eCS here, but for the sake of simplicity, I think you get the idea. The eCS is pretty important for your optimal health!

So what happens when your eCS doesn’t function properly? If you’re chronically deficient in endocannabinoids or have an overactive eCS that produces too much, it can throw your whole body out of balance. Modern science has found that endocannabinoid issues are found in nearly all pathological conditions.

Let that sink in for a minute. This system, that science has only recently discovered, is involved in nearly all pathological conditions.

That means using CBD to support your endocannabinoid system functioning has incredible therapeutic potential for many human diseases:

  • Pain and inflammation: A healthy eCS has the potential to significantly reduce opioid dependency for chronic pain and has potent anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Mental health: Anxiety, depression, and other conditions may be improved when CBD is used to support the eCS, and as an addition to traditional mental health treatment.
  • Other neurological effects: CBD has protective effects on the liver, may be an anticonvulsant and may help reduce seizures.
  • Other findings: Regular use of CBD may help gastrointestinal issues, drug addiction, and more.

And while CBD is working hard in your body by supporting a healthy endocannabinoid system responses, what do you get to do? Sit back and relax!

 

Plant Therapy’s Broad-Spectrum CBD Products are THC-free. 

Each bottle of Plant Therapy’s Hemp Extract CBD or Deep Relief Balm is broad-spectrum and THC-free, which means you get the endocannabinoid system benefits with none (0.0%) of the THC. This means there is no sensation of being “high”. 

 

Plant Therapy CBD Products

CBD BalmDeep Relief Balm: 

  • 500 mg per 2 oz tin
  • 1000 mg per 2 oz tin

Broad-Spectrum CBD tinctures: Comes in Cinnamint, Pina Colada & Unflavored

  • 100 mg (6 mg/mL serving size)
  • 500 mg (16 mg/mL serving size)
  • 1000 mg (33 mg/mL serving size)
  • 2500 mg (83 mg/mL serving size)

 

Using Topical CBD With a CBD Tincture: 

CBD BalmIt’s safe to say you might want to try combining CBD methods, especially when your issue is both systemic and localized, or you feel like you could benefit from both types. This is absolutely ok and may even multiply the benefits of your CBD intake. Just as with all other CBD use, make sure you go slowly. CBD tinctures may be taken regularly to support systemic bodily balance. Topical CBD may be used directly on the area(s) of concern. And any strength of topical CBD may be combined with any serving size of CBD tincture, to customize your CBD for your own personal needs. 

But just keep in mind that high levels of CBD may cause liver damage, so do not exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day. 

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:

 

 References:

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.

Martens S, Mithöfer A. Flavones and flavone synthases. Phytochemistry. 2005 Oct;66(20):2399-407. Epub 2005 Aug 30.

Russo EB. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. Br J Pharmacol. 2011 Aug;163(7):1344-64.

Tisserand, R. (2016). Retrieved from https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/cannabis-oil/

“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/

Pacher, P. (2013). Modulating the endocannabinoid system in human health and disease: successes and failures. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684164/

“What is CBD?” (2019) Project CBD. Retrieved from https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/what-is-cbd

 

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.

Bottles are filled by volume. Some bottle sizes may not be filled to the top, but do contain the volume of oil specified.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Topical vs. Ingesting CBD: What’s Right for You

CBD is one of the most popular products in the natural health sphere right now, and it’s getting a lot of buzz. And for good reason! The potential benefits of CBD are incredibly exciting. CBD can not only help support your endocannabinoid system but also has the potential to help relieve occasional discomfort when applied topically, especially for localized concerns.

 

Common Types of CBD Products

CBD plant therapy tinctures and balm

CBD products come in many forms, including salves, lotions, tinctures, oils, liquids, capsules and more. And on top of that, CBD also comes in different concentrations. But each of these methods requires different usage methods. Each of these different methods has different rates of bioavailability. 

Bioavailability, or the rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream, is a big factor in the “which CBD serving size/product is right for me” equation. In addition to the strength of your CBD product, bioavailability will determine how much of the CBD actually makes it into your bloodstream. Fun fact: Bioavailability isn’t just for CBD! Your doctor uses this known factor to calculate any standard dose of any prescriptions.

Bioavailability is not just about the serving size of your CBD but is also affected by the method of consumption or use, and there are two mains kinds of CBD use you’ll see most often:

CBD Tinctures: 

CBD tinctureWhen 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. This method also has the highest rate of bioavailability at up to 40% of your CBD getting absorbed into your bloodstream, making it perfect for supporting overall health.

Plant Therapy’s CBD Tinctures are designed for maximum sublingual absorption, so they are suited to total body and eCS support.

Topical CBD: 

CBD balmMany 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. Topical bioavailability for CBD is usually a little less than sublingual use, closer to 10%, but topical CBD can offer potential localized relief nonetheless. Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief Balm combines beneficial essential oils with CBD to maximize local relief of discomfort.

 

How Does CBD Work?

CBDBecause CBD works with your body instead of against it, cannabinoids are a natural way to help your body maintain homeostasis.* 

CBD works by naturally supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid system and supporting your body’s endocannabinoid levels with cannabinoids found in hemp. By supporting your body’s own endocannabinoid levels, you can help keep your body working properly and maintaining homeostasis. CBD also prevents enzymes from breaking down your body’s own natural endocannabinoids, which lets your body retain more endocannabinoids and function properly on its own.*

Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief CBD Balm combines valuable terpenes from the essential oils in the product with the benefits of CBD to work synergistically together in order to help relieve discomfort in localized areas of concern. 

 

Essential Oils + CBD and the Intentional Use of Terpenes

how to start using CBDPart of what makes our Plant Therapy Deep Relief CBD Balm effective is our use of essential oils in conjunction with our topical CBD. We know that the entourage effect is an important part of how CBD works with our Endocannabinoid System and combining the beneficial terpenes of these therapeutic essential oils allows them to work synergistically together to further support bodily health.

  • Copaiba Oleoresin: High in Beta-Caryophyllene, a terpene that is known for helping to reduce inflammation and ease muscles. Over the last decade, caryophyllene gained scientific attention when it was identified as one of the first non-cannabinoids to directly activate cannabinoid receptors. Therefore, the effects of caryophyllene may be due to this terpene’s effect on our endocannabinoid system.
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil: High in Neral, a terpene that is known to help reduce inflammation and ease pain sensations, this terpene also has sedative properties. This oil is also high in Geranial which can be calming and may help promote mental and physical well being.
  • Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil: Terpinen rich, which may help ease discomfort and can also be calming. 
  • Lavandin Essential Oil: Contains 1,8-Cineole which may help support healthy circulation. Lavandin is also high in Linalool and Linalyl Acetate, which may calm muscles and also help soothe anxiety and worry. 

 

Carefully Chosen Carrier Oils and Butters

Essentials of Blending: How To Blend Essential OilsAn important piece that often gets lost when you’re reading the label of a topical CBD product – which oils and types of butters were chosen to create the balm itself. 

Now, you might not think that this is important, but each different product that goes into your CBD balm base has its own unique properties that work to complement the CBD. Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief Balm has a very carefully chosen blend of natural carriers to help support the effects of the CBD. 

  • Evening Primrose Carrier Oil: Moisturizing, penetrates the skin deeply and may help reduce inflammation.
  • Jojoba Carrier Oil: Extends the benefits of other ingredients, is highly stable, and non-greasy.
  • Beeswax: Anti-inflammatory, hydrating and helps the balm retain its texture.
  • Shea Butter: Anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and skin-softening properties.
  • Cocoa Butter: Moisturizing.

Just remember, though the carrier oils in topical CBD may have moisturizing properties that are beneficial and moisturizing, our clean, natural Body Butters or Healing Balm might be a better choice for you if you are looking for a moisturizer. 

 

Plant Therapy’s Broad-Spectrum CBD Products are THC-free.

Each bottle of Plant Therapy’s Hemp Extract CBD or Deep Relief Balm is broad-spectrum and THC-free, which means you get the endocannabinoid system benefits with none (0.0%) of the THC. This means there is no sensation of being “high”. 

 

Plant Therapy CBD Products

Plant Therapy CBDPlant Therapy offers both topical and oral CBD options in order to give our customers flexible options for CBD use. 

Deep Relief Balm: 

  • 500 mg per 2 oz tin
  • 1,000 mg per 2 oz tin

Broad-Spectrum CBD tinctures: Comes in Cinnamint, Pina Colada & Unflavored

  • 100 mg (6 mg/mL serving size)
  • 500 mg (16 mg/mL serving size)
  • 1000 mg (33 mg/mL serving size)
  • 2500 mg (83 mg/mL serving size)

 

Using Topical CBD with a CBD Tincture: 

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDIt’s safe to say you might want to try combining CBD methods, especially when your issue is both systemic and localized, or you feel like you could benefit from both types. This is absolutely ok and may even multiply the benefits of your CBD intake. Just as with all other CBD use, make sure you go slowly. CBD tinctures may be taken regularly to support systemic bodily balance. Topical CBD may be used directly on the area(s) of concern. And any strength of topical CBD may be combined with any serving size of CBD tincture to customize your CBD for your own personal needs. 

But just keep in mind that high levels of CBD may cause liver damage, so do not exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day. 

 

References:

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.

Martens S, Mithöfer A. Flavones and flavone synthases. Phytochemistry. 2005 Oct;66(20):2399-407. Epub 2005 Aug 30.

Russo EB. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. Br J Pharmacol. 2011 Aug;163(7):1344-64.

Tisserand, R. (2016). Retrieved from https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/cannabis-oil/

“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/

Pacher, P. (2013). Modulating the endocannabinoid system in human health and disease: successes and failures. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684164/

“What is CBD?” (2019) Project CBD. Retrieved from https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/what-is-cbd

 

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.

Bottles are filled by volume. Some bottle sizes may not be filled to the top, but do contain the volume of oil specified.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

How to Use Topical CBD

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Topical CBD! One of the most popular products on the market and one of the newest trending products for supporting joint and muscle health, topically applied CBD is all over the natural health news right now. These products usually take the form of CBD-infused creams, or in our case – balms. But how do you use it? We’ll break it down: 

CBD applied topically for pain is incredibly common and many people suffer from chronic localized pain and hope CBD will help. We hear you!

First things first: Always speak with a doctor before using CBD, especially if you already take other medications. It’s very unlikely, but CBD may possibly cause drug interactions. So if you’re taking medication for pain, inflammation, arthritis or other concerns, make sure you talk to your doctor about CBD and if it’s right for you.

 

The Benefits of Topical CBD

CBD balmTopical creams or balms are one of the most popular products utilizing CBD. A topical option is perfect for those who not only might need full-body support for their eCS but also suffer from topical concerns. Topical CBD is popular with athletes, the elderly, or anyone looking for localized relief of occasional discomfort. 

Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief CBD Balms are the perfect combination of CBD, essential oils, and moisturizing ingredients. This balm is great for muscles, joints and occasional discomfort and combines the valuable terpenes of therapeutic essential oils with the cannabinoids in our broad-spectrum CBD.

 

How to Use Topical CBD

CBD BalmApply your topical CBD product to the areas of concern. Avoid using topicals with essential oils on your face, near your eyes or other mucous membranes. And if you’re using our Deep Relief Balm, limit your use to a pea-sized amount, 1-3 times a day.

With Deep Relief Balm, a little bit goes a long way. You can use just a small pea-sized amount – and in order to avoid wastage, we recommend focusing on some key areas that commonly suffer from local issues:

  • Neck & shoulders
  • Hands, wrists, arms
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Feet and ankles
  • Other areas of concern

 

Where Can You Use Topical CBD?

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDThough commonly used on joints or in places that experience occasional muscle pain, CBD can be applied to any area of concern except the face, near your eyes or any mucous membranes. Some products are designed for use on the face, but because of the essential oils infused in our topical CBD products, we don’t recommend use on the face. 

 

Choosing a Topical CBD Strength

CBD BalmChoosing a strength of CBD can be confusing, but topical CBD use simplifies this process. 

Those with a medium to large body mass and/or medium to high body fat may benefit from the higher strength CBD balm more than the lower strength balm. Those with a smaller body mass and low body fat may benefit more from using the lower strength CBD balm. Just like with our CBD tinctures, we suggest that you gradually move to a higher strength until you experience your desired effect. 

 

Essential Oils + CBD and the Intentional Use of Terpenes

CBD plant therapy tinctures and balm

Part of what makes our Plant Therapy Deep Relief CBD Balm different and special is our use of essential oils with our topical CBD. We know that the entourage effect is an important part of how CBD works with our Endocannabinoid System and combining the beneficial terpenes of these therapeutic essential oils allows them to work synergistically together to further support bodily health.

  • Copaiba Oleoresin: High in Beta-Caryophyllene, a terpene that is known for helping to reduce inflammation and ease muscles. Over the last decade, caryophyllene gained scientific attention when it was identified as one of the first non-cannabinoids to directly activate cannabinoid receptors. Therefore, the effects of caryophyllene may be due to this terpene’s effect on our endocannabinoid system.
  • Lemongrass Essential Oil: High in Neral, a terpene that is known to help reduce inflammation and ease pain sensations, this terpene also has sedative properties. This oil is also high in Geranial which can be calming and may help promote mental and physical well being.
  • Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil: Terpinen rich, which may help ease discomfort and can also be calming. 
  • Lavandin Essential Oil: Contains 1,8-Cineole which may help support healthy circulation. Lavandin is also high in Linalool and Linalyl Acetate, which may calm muscles and also help soothe anxiety and worry. 

 

Carefully Chosen Carrier Oils and Butters

Essentials of Blending: How To Blend Essential OilsAn important piece that often gets lost when you’re reading the label of a topical CBD product – which oils and butters were chosen to create the balm itself. 

Now, you might not think that this is important, but each different product that goes into your CBD balm base has its own unique properties that work to complement the CBD. Plant Therapy’s Deep Relief Balm has a very carefully chosen blend of natural carriers to help support the effects of the CBD. 

  • Evening Primrose Carrier Oil: Moisturizing, penetrates the skin deeply and may help reduce inflammation.
  • Jojoba Carrier Oil: Extends the benefits of other ingredients, is highly stable, and non-greasy.
  • Beeswax: Anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and helps the balm retain its texture.
  • Shea Butter: Anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and skin-softening properties.
  • Cocoa Butter: Moisturizing.

Just remember, though the carrier oils in topical CBD may have moisturizing properties that are beneficial, our clean, natural Body Butters or Healing Balm might be a better choice for you if you are looking for a moisturizer. 

 

Seeing Results

CBD balmOne of the top questions we get when we’re discussing CBD is “how long to wait before seeing results?”. The answer isn’t always a simple one. Since everyone is different, and every human body is different, there is no way to determine how long it will take. In some instances, you will notice a difference within minutes to hours, but it could take several days depending on the individual and the concern you’re trying to address.

Though topical CBD absorbs fairly quickly, absorption rates can vary slightly for each individual. Topical CBD will absorb faster on fatty parts of the body such as thighs and slower on less fatty areas such as knees and elbows.

With this in mind, try applying a small amount of the Deep Relief balm to the areas of concern and give it at least an hour. If you experience nothing, then try applying a little bit more to see if a larger amount might be helpful. And remember, it may take up to several weeks to see the long-lasting effects of your CBD Balm.

You might be shocked by how well just a few milligrams works, so go slowly! 

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:

 

 References:

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.

Martens S, Mithöfer A. Flavones and flavone synthases. Phytochemistry. 2005 Oct;66(20):2399-407. Epub 2005 Aug 30.

Russo EB. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects. Br J Pharmacol. 2011 Aug;163(7):1344-64.

Tisserand, R. (2016). Retrieved from https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/cannabis-oil/

“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/

Pacher, P. (2013). Modulating the endocannabinoid system in human health and disease: successes and failures. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684164/

“What is CBD?” (2019) Project CBD. Retrieved from https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/what-is-cbd

 

If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or under a doctors care, please consult with a physician or qualified professional before using this product.

Bottles are filled by volume. Some bottle sizes may not be filled to the top, but do contain the volume of oil specified.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

Mindful Living: Thankfulness

Gratitude. Thankfulness. We all know what those words mean, but how often do we really think about how gratitude affects us and the people around us? This time of year, gratitude and being thankful are on everyone’s mind, but practicing mindful gratitude all year long can enrich your life in ways you might not even realize.

Actively practicing gratitude is more than just reminding yourself to be grateful. Think about the last time someone genuinely recognized your hard work and effort or your good qualities and said thank you when they didn’t have to. It probably left you with a glow that lasted all day, maybe all week. When someone shows you gratitude it can change your whole day, and make you feel valued and appreciated.

But practicing gratitude is so much more than just saying thank you.

Look for Reasons to be Grateful

Gratitude, or feeling thankful, is an emotion we experience when we express or feel appreciation for what we have or for those around us.

We’ve all been in positions where the negative is easy to see. That boss who is terrible to work for, the spouse who’s always forgetting to do the dishes, the child who is difficult and headstrong. When we’re in the middle of difficult situations, it’s hard to focus on the positive, much less be thankful.

But when you actively practice gratitude, it sharpens your attention for the good and positive in your life, which helps you be thankful for even small things that might otherwise go unnoticed or taken for granted.

Try looking around you and finding those reasons to be thankful. Maybe your husband forgets to do the dishes, but he always takes the time to make you a cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe your difficult child still asks for kisses every night before bed. Those small moments are worth savoring. And an attitude of being thankful brings these small moments of joy to the forefront of your mind.

 

Say Thank You Out Loud

Sometimes harder than looking for gratitude, is the act of saying thank you.

Sure, we may notice when your husband does the dishes, or when your co-worker goes out of their way to help you, or when your boss goes to bat for you, but – how often do we actually say thank you?

Gratitude strengthens relationships. Being thankful connects us to other people. It takes work to actively reach out and say thank you, to express gratitude to another person. It makes us vulnerable but also connects us to each other and helps to make everyone around you feel appreciated and valuable.

 

Keep Gratitude on Your Mind

Family happy at the beachHere are some ideas for keeping gratitude, and thankfulness, at the front of your mind:

  • Keep a journal of the things that bring you joy in daily life.
  • Write down at least one good thing a day, and identify why.
  • Write thank-you notes, or say thank you to others who you notice doing good for you and others.
  • Think about those people who inspire you, and why. Tell them!

A happy life is not one free of negativity and irritation. Instead, a happy life is a life where negativity and irritation are not fed with continued negativity. These minor issues are graciously acknowledged and humbly accepted, making them an opportunity to learn.

Gratitude, or a thankful mindset, lets us notice the blessings of everyday life and distracts us from any negativity. Being mindful and cultivating thankfulness allows us to react to negative events with grace, acceptance, and positivity.

 

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