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Evoke: The Science of Scent, Emotion and Classical Conditioning

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Obviously, here at Plant Therapy, we love scents. We’re lucky enough to live with so many amazing essential oil scents every day! Scent packs a powerful punch because of a psychological phenomenon called classical conditioning.

So what’s classical conditioning?

Classical conditioning is a kind of learning that had a major influence on psychology and how we understand the brain. It was originally discovered by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov, maybe you’ve heard of the phrase ‘Pavlov’s dogs?’ Classical conditioning works by pairing an environmental stimulus and a naturally occurring stimulus.

Classical conditioning pairs a neutral signal before a naturally occurring reflex. In Pavlov’s well-known experiment with his dogs, the neutral signal was the sound of a tone and the reflex was drooling in response to food. By pairing the neutral stimulus with the environmental stimulus (presenting the dog’s food), the sound of the tone alone made the dogs drool, even without there being any food around.

Ok, that sounds very confusing. Here it is a little simpler: Classical conditioning works by pairing one thing with another until those two things become linked forever in your mind.

Examples of classical conditioning

Evoke: Scent and Classical Conditioning, How to Pair Scent and EmotionKnow how you can’t even stand the smell of your ex-boyfriend’s Axe body spray? That’s classical conditioning.

Do you have a specific food that makes you instantly sick when you smell it? Maybe because you ate or drank too much of it as a young child, or because that one Chinese place in college gave you food poisoning. That feeling of nausea is your classically conditioned response to that food’s scent.

The smell of your mother’s perfume bringing a rush of the feelings of comfort and love is another great example.

The three stages of scent and classical conditioning

Evoke: Scent and Classical Conditioning, How to Pair Scent and EmotionStage 1: Pre-conditioning:

In this phase, no new pairs have been made between a response and anything else. Instead, you have a naturally-occurring stimulus (like your mother) and a naturally occurring response (how warm and comfortable you feel around her).

  • Natural stimuli: Something that already exists and gives you good feelings
  • Natural response: The good feelings you feel towards the natural stimuli.

We’re going to focus on pairing this natural response with new stimuli. In this case, the scent of your mom’s perfume.

Stage 2: During Conditioning:

During this second part of the classical conditioning process, a new stimulus that hasn’t been paired with anything yet (like your mom’s perfume) is paired with the already existing responses, like the feeling of warmth and care you feel around her.

This stage works best when you can pair your new stimulus with the old one more than once. A great example of this is that every time you hug your mom, you smell her perfume and feel loved.

Stage 3: After Conditioning:

Now the new pair has been formed in your brain, your mother’s perfume now makes you feel warm and comforted, even when all you’re smelling is the scent itself.

The role of scent and classical conditioning

Evoke: Scent and Classical Conditioning, How to Pair Scent and EmotionThe perception of scent is the brains most powerful tool for pairing stimuli and responses with memory.

It works like this: Remember your ex-boyfriend’s Axe body spray? When you smell it now you remember him (and how obnoxious he was) don’t you?

Well, the scent of his body spray became paired in your memory with that person. And this happens for all of us! That’s why your mom’s perfume on a scarf can give you those same great feeling of comfort and love.

In other words, certain fragrances give you good feelings because they remind you of good times or people you love, like your mom’s perfume. And certain smells (like Axe body spray) are paired with negative memories.

Plus, science has found that the scents most likely to evoke happy feelings are one that puts you and your family in a good mood (3).

Using Evoke to create emotions with scent

Evoke: Scent and Classical Conditioning, How to Pair Scent and Emotion

So how can you make Evoke work in your home, to create intentional deep connections?

We know that you can repeatedly pair a chosen scent with good feelings or memories already occurring in your home to create these powerful paired connections in your brain.

Use Excite as a chic handmade perfume to make your boyfriend miss you when you’re on a work trip.

Diffuse Jubilation during the holiday season every year on Christmas Eve to pair those feelings of hope and anticipation for Christmas morning with the distinctive scent.

Use Verve when you’re entertaining your friends for game or movie night, and soon everyone will say ‘what’s that smell? It smells amazing, just like [your name here]’s house!” Your home will become cemented in your loved one’s minds with the unique scent of your choosing.

Sources:

  1. Nalls, G. (2010). Dating, Mating, and Olfaction: Little known side effects of hormone-based birth control. Psychology Today.
  2. Furlow, F. (1996). The Smell of Love. Psychology Today.
  3. Lafta, A. (2015). How Our Sense Of Smell Makes Us Fall In Love And Stay In Love. Elite Daily.

Evoke: The Romance of Scent

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Scent and emotion

Evoke: Romance and scentTry and remember exactly what your favorite scent smells like.  It’s actually pretty hard, isn’t it? Yet when you’re exposed to certain scents, you’ll suddenly remember vivid details of a distant childhood memory, a person, or time gone by.

Some scents even affect us physiologically in measurable ways. Scientists studying scent and human physiology have found some really interesting things:

  • A faint trace of lemon will make people feel healthier.
  • Lavender helps boost your mood.
  • A whiff of lavender plus eucalyptus may boost your respiratory rate and feelings of relaxation.
  • The scent of Rose oil can help reduce blood pressure.

Findings like these have helped lead to the rise of the Essential Oil industry. As aromatherapists, we can point to scientific findings that show how smell can dramatically affect our moods and body as evidence that essential oils can really help improve your emotional life (2).

Emotion, scent, and intention

Evoke: Romance and scentBut what about being more intentional than that?

In addition to your natural scent, essential oils, perfumes, and colognes add complexity to our feelings associated with smell. We have the ability to intentionally pair scent with strong emotions to deepen those already strong connections.

Perfumes and colognes have strong links to memory, and you can use this link to make your significant other miss you when you’re not around or spark feelings of romance even before your big date night.

Scents are tied to our emotions and memory

Evoke: Romance and scentIt works like this: If you’ve ever smelled a cheap men’s body spray after seventh grade, you probably felt transported back to middle school gym class, right?

In other words, the scent becomes paired in your memory with a time, place, experience or person. And this happens for all of us!

Certain fragrances can give you warm fuzzies because they remind us of certain times or people, like your mom’s perfume, your seventh-grade crush, or the person you want to miss you when you’re not there.

Plus, science has found that the scents most likely to evoke romantic or happy feelings are one that puts you (or him) in a good mood (3).

Evoke: Designed for emotion

Plant Therapy Evoke natural scents woman smelling evokeThis is where Evoke comes in. Plant Therapy’s Evoke fragrances are so much more than just scents: we combined essential oils with essential oil isolates to create deep, complex scents that are made to stick in the memory of you and your loved ones.

Evoke was formulated to be paired with your emotions, to create more than just a memorable scent. Evoke helps you create an experience.

Pairing Evoke Scents and romance

For example, try having your man sniff each Evoke scent and pick his favorite (on you!)

  • Create a rollerball for yourself using his (or her) favorite scent, and wear it around them.
  • Make a simple perfume spray and spray it on your hair.
  • Borrow his hoodie and wear your favorite scent, then give it back smelling like your signature Evoke perfume.
  • Leave him notes letting him know you’re thinking of him, scented with his favorite Evoke blend.

Pair these scent cues with small romantic gestures like lingering kisses or running your fingers through his hair. Nuzzle up under his chin and let him breathe in the scent that will become your signature.

Sources:

  1. Nalls, G. (2010). Dating, Mating, and Olfaction: Little known side effects of hormone-based birth control. Psychology Today.
  2. Furlow, F. (1996). The Smell of Love. Psychology Today.
  3. Lafta, A. (2015). How Our Sense Of Smell Makes Us Fall In Love And Stay In Love. Elite Daily.

Shop by Scent: The Fragrance Wheel

Woman smelling a pink roseWith so many amazing essential oils scents to choose from, sometimes narrowing down your favorites can feel a bit overwhelming. After all, how many people really know what essential oils like Cajeput or Vetiver smell like? Fortunately, we’re here to help you make “scents” of it all, with easy-to-use tools like the Plant Therapy Fragrance Wheel.

Want to Narrow Down Your Favorites? Find Your Family with Plant Therapy’s Fragrance Wheel!

Conveniently located on our downloads page, the fragrance wheel lets you view all of our essential oils in one location. Using 10 color categories, it puts each individual scent into a Fragrance Family—Herbal, Medicinal, Floral, Spice, Wood, Fruity, Mint, Foodlike, Earthy or Fresh.

This is key because once you know what a few of your favorite scents are, it’s easy to look up what fragrance family they belong to and use this information as a guide for choosing other options you’ll be happy with. You can also use fragrance family information to help steer you away from scents that are less likely to appeal to you.  

By allowing you to easily locate essential oils with similar scents, fragrance families can save you significant time and money. So let’s get better acquainted with a few star members of each one:

Herbal Family

Juniper Berry essential oilWhen we think of the word herbal, it’s often the spice rack that comes to mind first— conjuring up the smells of homemade meals and familiar favorites like Basil, Dill, Thyme, and Oregano. But as the largest fragrance family on the wheel, this category has a lot of amazing aromas to offer.  

The herbal family is broken down into two categories: fresh and green. Popular options in the fresh category include sweet, calming scents like Basil Essential Oil and Chamomile as well as woody scents like germ-fighting Thyme, to name a few.

Green herbal fragrances include favorites like the uplifting scent of Lemongrass Essential Oil and the soothing scent of Chamomile, often used to ease children and adults into sleep. Lesser-known offerings in the green category include oils like Juniper Berry.  Harvested from the same berry used to make gin, this incredible essential oil is a natural purifier that can also be helpful when diluted and used topically on achy muscles.

Medicinal Family

tea tree essential oilAhh, the smell of Eucalyptus. For many of us, this strong and familiar scent is synonymous with treating a cough or chest cold. It’s also the most widely known essential oil in the medicinal family. Used all over the world to help with respiratory problems, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is also used to support aching muscles and joints and even help stimulate mental focus.

Another very popular option in the medicinal family is Tea Tree Essential Oil. Known primarily for its uses as a skincare ingredient that may help ease irritation and redness, this strong, refreshing scent is often a key ingredient in shampoo and natural home-cleaning products.

Floral Family

plant Therapy lavender essential oilWith so many wonderful floral scents to choose from, narrowing them down to just a few can be a challenge. Fortunately, the fragrance wheel makes it a bit easier by creating two categories: fresh and sweet.  Let’s start with an option in the fresh category. Lavender is perhaps the world’s best-known essential oil and has been used for centuries to promote feelings of calm and relaxation. These days you’ll find it as a key ingredient in things like lotions, soaps, and shampoos.  It’s also widely used in diffusers and in natural pillow spray recipes to help promote sleep.

Another well-known favorite in the fresh category is Rose Essential Oil. One of the more valuable essential oils, this luxurious scent often requires thousands of kilograms of petals to make just one kilogram of product.

Oils found in the sweet category are less recognizable but just as useful in capturing these beautiful floral scents. Intensely sweet Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, for instance, is perfect for use in perfumes and mixed with a carrier to create a relaxing and romantic massage blend.

Spice Family

ginger rootWith names like black pepper, garlic, allspice, and ginger, offerings in the spice family are often overlooked because people associate these plants with cooking ingredients, not the powerful essential oils they are. Take Clove Bud Essential Oil, for instance. With a rich, warm scent that smells just like the spice, it can be diluted and used as an effective home cleaner. Diffused, it becomes a tool to help support a healthy immune system. Best of all, when mixed with other oils like sweet orange, cinnamon, and ginger, it creates a cozy blend that conjures up images of crisp autumn days and the holiday season.

Another versatile option in the spice family is Ginger Root Essential Oil. With a strong aroma and fresh, woody lemon scent, it’s traditionally used for its warming properties and to help aid in digestion and stimulate blood flow. It can also be diluted and used topically to help treat the normal muscle and joint pains that accompany aging.  

Wood Family

Vetiver essential oil Plant TherapyPerhaps the least-known of all of the fragrance families, the wood family has some amazing essential oils to choose from for those who gravitate toward the warm scent of trees, bark, and earth. Helichrysum Essential Oil, for instance, is unsurpassed in helping rejuvenate the skin and is effective on all kinds of blemishes. One of the sweeter essential oil scents, it is also believed to help boost normal immune function and soothe away anger and destructive feelings.

Another wood family member worth mentioning is Vetiver Essential Oil.  A root oil with a pleasantly strong scent that is both earthy and smoky, it’s renowned for its ability to bring relaxation and balance and is often used to calm the mind and encourage sleep. Its unique aroma also makes it a popular ingredient in natural perfumes and skin products.

Fruity Family

grapefruit essential oilA favorite among many essential oil users, the fruity family is known for its energizing and uplifting scents. To help further categorize them, these oils are divided into two types—fresh and sweet. The fresh category, in particular, has so many wonderful citrusy offerings that it can be hard to choose just one or two. But let’s start with a great staple for any essential oil user: grapefruit. Cold-pressed from the peel of the fruit, this sweet, tangy scent is renowned for its ability to help brighten your mood and ease mental fatigue. There are even studies like this one that suggest that the scent of Grapefruit Essential Oil may help control appetite

Another popular oil in the fresh category is Lemon Essential Oil.  A fresh, zesty uplifting essential oil that has been used for centuries to revitalize and support a healthy immune system, it’s found in all kinds of natural cleaners and room fresheners.

The sweet category of the fruity family offers some lesser-known but equally as appealing options. Bergamot Essential Oil, for instance, is beloved for its uniquely citrusy floral scent. Vibrant and uplifting, bergamot is often used to help boost the mind and ease worries. It’s also been known to help combat teenage skin problems.

The sweet category also includes one of two chamomile offerings, Chamomile German Essential Oil. Like its Roman counterpart, this oil is well-known for its calming properties and ability to help ease people into sleep with its strong, sweet, herbaceous odor. The German version is also frequently used to help children who struggle with focus.

Mint Family

Peppermint essential oil from Plant TherapyAmong the strongest of essential oil scents, the mint family contains one of the most recognizable smells on the planet—peppermint. As a member of the menthol subcategory, Peppermint Essential Oil has an invigorating scent that has been revered for centuries for its revitalizing properties and is often used to help promote alertness, relieve headaches and calm digestive difficulties. Due to its menthol content, peppermint also has a unique cooling effect that can be soothing on the skin.

The second mint subcategory is warm. It contains another popular scent—spearmint. When diffused, this sweet, uplifting scent may help improve concentration and ease physical tension in the head and neck. Spearmint Essential Oil is also kid-safe and is often diluted and applied to the stomach to help relieve queasiness and/or bloating in children.

Foodlike Family

Plant Therapy's Vanilla essential oilThe foodlike family is small but mighty and includes two familiar favorites, coffee, and vanilla. The highly invigorating and warm scent of Coffee Essential Oil blends wonderfully with essential oils like Cedarwood and Vanilla and is a great way to awaken the senses first thing in the morning. It’s also a common ingredient in natural body scrubs, lotions, and soaps.

The sweet, rich scent of Vanilla Essential Oil is safe for kids, making it a great choice for DIY aromatherapy products like soaps, lotions, and sprays, as well as festive holiday blends. With a warm and inviting aroma, it can also be added to a carrier oil to create sensual blends that help promote relaxation and reduce nervous tension.

Earthy Family

Plant Therapy the Fantastic Franks essential oilSought after since ancient times for its spiritual and therapeutic uses, Frankincense Essential Oil is the most well-known of all of the offerings in the earthy family. Steam-distilled from the tree sap of Boswellia trees, it has a green, balsamic, lemon-wood scent that’s perfect for meditation practices and is known to bring comfort during times of sorrow. It is also used to relieve joint pain, support the immune system and as an ingredient in rejuvenating facial serums and creams.

Myrrh Essential Oil is another offering in the earthy family that dates back thousands of years. Its dry, resinous amber-wood aroma is often used in meditation to create a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere and, when diffused, it can help relieve nervous tension and promote feelings of strength. Like Frankincense, it’s also a prized ingredient in facial products for mature skin.

Green Family

Pinecone on a stumpThe green family is composed of two categories: fresh and earthy. And, anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of smelling a freshly cut Christmas tree can appreciate these offerings. Balsam Fir Essential Oil, for example, has a fresh, evergreen scent that’s not only excellent for holiday blends but has many year-round uses. Added to a carrier oil, it is an excellent choice for calming overworked muscles and joints. Diffused or applied topically to the chest, it can help support a healthy respiratory system. This essential oil is even known to help balance emotions.

In a category all by itself, Carrot Seed Essential Oil is the only offering in the earthy family. With a distinctive scent that is all at once woody, earthy, slightly spicy, strong and herbaceous, it can be diffused to help relieve worry, promote relaxation and aid digestive and respiratory systems. It’s also used in face creams and serums for its ability to help rejuvenate and moisturize tired skin.

Conclusion

The fact is, figuring out what essential oil scents you like best is a fun and enlightening journey. So, whether you use the Plant Therapy Fragrance Wheel, recommendations from friends or just your own instincts, be sure to take your time and really take in the full array of offerings. By being open to essential oil scents that are new or unfamiliar, you just might find some new and unexpected favorites.

Introducing: Planting Kindness!

2018 is behind us, and Plant Therapy is charging into 2019 with the excitement and energy that our customers have come to expect.  

Many of you know that Plant Therapy is a locally owned and operated essential oil company, but you may not know how passionate we are about giving back.

Since the beginning, Plant Therapy owners and staff have placed donations, service work, and local support at the core of what we do and how we operate. Each year, we set aside a portion of the proceeds from each unit sold, to fund philanthropic local and national causes.

A quick note about 2018

Plant Therapy Planing kindnessIn 2018 Plant Therapy donated over $240,000. These donations range from little league football teams to large organization like Make a Wish and The Boys and Girls Club. Our owner, Chris Jones, is quick to say “yes!” and always eager to support causes, both near and far. Our loyal and growing customer base is who we have to thank for the growth of our donation fund each year, and we have a special announcement for 2019.  

Plant Therapy was able to help over 200 Organizations thanks to YOUR SUPPORT.  Here are just a few with links to their sites. We encourage you to check out their causes and support them in any way you can:  

Introducing…Planting Kindness!

plant therapy planting kindnessWe are very excited and extremely proud to introduce our “Planting Kindness” program. This program is a product of all of the love and support from our amazing customers. Our Plant Therapy family of employees is beyond proud to be a part of something bigger than each one of us can be alone.

Planting Kindness will be at the heart of what we do. We have so many amazing things planned for 2019 and we can’t wait to share them with you. Plus, each full-time Plant Therapy employee is provided paid service hours, giving us the ability to make an impact to causes we care about personally as part of this mission.  

Our Goals:

plant therapy planting kindnessAlong with our local and national beneficiaries, this year Plant Therapy will travel to Africa to continue a clean water project that they started in 2014. This project will provide necessary running water to villages in Liberia.

We’ll be keeping you informed and updated on the progress on all of our Planting Kindness projects here in our PT Blog.  Subscribe to receive our emails to stay up to date on what we’re doing and be a part of the conversation on our social media platforms.

You can also watch our social sites (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & SEOR) for up to date information and details on how you can jump in and lend a hand if the Planting Kindness vibe motivates you as much as it does us.  Follow our philanthropy by watching for our #PlantingKindness tags attached to our acts of kindness.    

Introducing Plant Therapy’s Newest KidSafe Blend: 💩 PoopEase!

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Poopease essential oil blend on a tan dish: For When You Need to Get Going AgainConstipation can be a common problem for kiddos, and Plant Therapy wants you to be prepared.

What can start as a little bit of difficulty on the toilet can easily turn into a more serious issue if you can’t get everything moving along smoothly in time.

Often dry stools are uncomfortable or even painful for our kiddos to pass, which can make afraid of the toilet!  And avoiding the toilet just makes the entire situation worse. PoopEase can help get the potty process moving along, making for a much more pleasant bathroom experience for you and your child!

That’s where Plant Therapy’s PoopEase comes in! This blend was created with your little one’s pooping problems in mind. It helps promote relaxation and ease the anxiety that comes with having a “hard” time going #2.

Our new PoopEase Blend:

PoopEase: Plant Therapy natural essential oil blend to help easy bowel discomfortIf you’re using our blend, dilute PoopEase to 2-4% in your favorite carrier oil and apply in a circular motion on your kiddo’s lower abdomen.

This blend is best when you apply it right before bedtime, to help with relaxing. Because constipation can take several days to clear up, try applying PoopEase 1-2 times a day for a few days to see noticeable effects for your little one.

Our PoopEase in an easy-to-use Roll-on:

Poopease plant therapy's new all-natural way to get going againThe pre-diluted roll-on is perfect for using when you have an on-the-go emergency poo. This new blend is diluted to 4% in Fractionated Coconut Oil. It’s ready to be applied straight from the tube!

To use this blend most effectively, apply PoopEase in a circular motion to the lower abdomen to help relax your kiddo, especially right before bedtime, to help get things going again.

And don’t forget to check out all the other amazing KidSafe essential oil blends from Plant Therapy!

Evoke: The Emotion of Scent

How do you Evoke emotion with scent?

Plant Therapy Evoke natural scents woman smelling evokeScent has no personal significance until it becomes connected to something else with meaning in your life. Your husband’s cologne or your mom’s perfume are some great examples. Or think of the feeling you get when you smell a roasting turkey at Thanksgiving.

When you first encounter a scent, your brain starts forming nerve connections that intertwine a new scent with emotions. The ability of the brain to process both scent and emotion are rooted in the same place in your brain: The limbic system. The olfactory center of your brain also interacts directly with your hippocampus, the area involved in the formation of new memories.

In addition to being the sense most closely linked to memory, your sense of smell is highly emotive.  The perfume industry was developed around the connection between scent and emotion, with perfume companies creating fragrances that attempt to evoke a vast array of emotions and feelings; from desire, to power, vitality, relaxation and even attraction.

In other words, there is no other sense like your sense of smell, no other sense has the ability to create these deep connections tied directly into your emotions.

Practically this might mean that using scent you can evoke emotions tied to that scent: The scent of a loved one while you’re apart, the feeling of a cozy, warm family dinner, or the burst of energy you feel after a great night’s sleep.

This is why when you smell your husband’s cologne when he’s traveling for work, you can almost feel him at that moment.

More than a photo, the scent you associate with these strong memories and emotions has the power to create the feeling, and the emotions, of your memory.

To create new memories, pick a distinctive scent that many people haven’t encountered yet, and start using it in those moments you want to attach to your memory. Diffuse Jubilation during a big family Christmas dinner, apply Excite before a big job interview to get that same energy boost you felt when you used it after your last gym session.

Meet Evoke: The emotion of scent

Plant Therapy Celebrate Evoke Natural Fragrance setA Fragrance has the power to transport you, to transform your mood, to enhance your ability to feel emotions by tapping into the part of the brain responsible for memory. Bring the emotion of fragrance into your home with Plant Therapy’s new line of natural scents: Evoke.

Evoke is the new line of natural fragrance products exclusively from Plant Therapy, characterized by complex, deep, emotive scents. These new products are derived from the natural aromatic components of essential oils (or isolates).

Another thing that makes isolates and the Evoke line even more amazing is that while they were created mostly for aroma and to evoke emotion, they still carry over many of the properties of the essential oils and isolates in them. This means that you may find a blend that works well for you in other areas of your life.

Get to know Evoke:

Plant Therapy Celebrate Evoke Natural Fragrance setCelebrate natural fragrance set

Different scents evoke different feelings – the excitement you feel before a big date, the joy you feel when you realize a goal, the admiration, and love you feel for your family. All of these emotions have been captured in our Celebrate Set.

  • Excite Blend: Your enthusiasm will bubble over when you smell our Excite Blend. Excite is woody and fresh, with notes of tangy tangerine, peppered rose, green foliage, and warm cedar woods. The hints of black pepper and tea tree make this blend an exciting addition to any collection.
  • Jubilation Blend: Find joy every day with our Jubilation Blend. With notes of lush berries and crushed peppercorn, Grandiflora rose and luminous musks, this blend is complex and beautiful. Combined with fresh and floral scents, this blend is a lovely addition to any home fragrance collection.
  • Revere Blend: A blend that recalls love and admiration, this floral yet spicy blend will entice you with notes of apple blossoms and citrus, along with rose absolute, dewy greens, and soft musks. Spice up your collection with this seductive blend.

Add CELEBRATE to your cart

Evoke Thrive Plant Therapy natural scents setThrive natural fragrance set

Your senses will flourish when you experience the blends in our Thrive Set.  Influenced by vintage spirits, this collection is spicy, woody, and fresh, with undertones of warm sweetness that will inspire you to thrive.

  • Spirit: This blend is lively and warm, spirit-filled and woody, with notes of caramelized sugar, bourbon whiskey, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla balsam. The hints of lemon bitters, cinnamon leaf, and cedarwood make this a warm and complex blend.
  • Verve: Verve is woody and sweet, and sparkles with notes of lemon fizz and cardamom, along with sweet tobacco notes, warm sultry woods, and a hint of amber and vanilla. This blend embodies vitality, and a sexy, sweet feeling.
  • Zest: Fresh and spicy scents make this blend a delightful addition to any natural fragrance collection. With notes of peppercorn, juniper berry, and aquatic florals mixed with lime zest, lemon peel, and ambery musk tones, this blend feels exciting and vivacious.

Add THRIVE to your cart

Formulated with natural isolates, each blend contains the 100% natural aromatic components of essential oils. These unique blends include many all natural fragrances designed specially to create beautiful scents for diffusion, applying topically, or enjoying in your aromatherapy necklace or personal inhaler.

Each Evoke blend comes in an undiluted 10 mL bottle and is packaged together in an attractive and convenient display box. Topical dilution varies per blend, for a full list of ingredients and cautions please visit https://www.planttherapy.com/evoke.

Get started pairing emotions with scent today

Plant Therapy Evoke natural scentAt Plant Therapy, we have so many amazingly simple and chic projects to let you immediately begin pairing these complex scents with the emotions of your life.

Essential Oils and Sleep + Plant Therapy’s Exclusive New Sleep Sets!

A night of deep, quality sleep is a great way to set yourself up for success. Unfortunately, we don’t all get the quality rest we need, which can lead to plenty of unfortunate side-effects. Grogginess, irritation, feeling unwell, or even just daydreaming about being back in your bed all day…this is not the recipe for an energized and productive day! 

But it’s just as important to your sleep to create a soothing routine before hitting the sack. Routine alerts your body to the fact that it’s time to sleep now and allows your mind to wind down. Check out a few of our fun new sleep sets (and a few handy tips) to help you get an awesome night’s sleep.

Plant Therapy Essential Oils Sleep Tight Sleep SetsSleep Tight Set:

  • Sleep Tight 10 mL EO blend
  • Silky Sleep Tight Eyemask
  • Sleep Tight Body Cream (4oz)
  • Lavender Hydrosol (4oz)
  • Sleep Tight Bubble Bath (4oz)
  • Sleep Tight Earplugs
  • Chic zippered travel bag
  • Sleep Tips Card

Plant Therapy Sweet SlKidSafe Sweet Slumber Set:

  • Sweet Slumber 10 mL blend
  • Sweet Slumber Roll-on
  • Eye mask
  • Sweet Slumber Bubble Bath (4 oz)
  • Cute zippered bag
  • Sleep Tips for kids card

sleeping soundlySleep Tips:

  • Avoid screen time two hours before bed to avoid sleep-disrupting blue light.
  • Take a warm relaxing bath with your Sleep Tight Essential Oil bubble bath before bed.
  • Plan your exercise during the day, instead of right before heading to bed.
  • Get lots of bright sunlight during the day to help set your body’s internal clock.
  • Start diffusing our Sleep Tight blend in your bedroom 30 minutes before bed.
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to create a routine.
  • Try not to drink anything right before bed.
  • Spend a few minutes reading before you fall asleep.
  • Make sure you have a comfy pillow and warm blanket.

These tips are great for all ages! Each sleep set comes with a handy card with tips for encouraging great sleep, specifically designed with either adults or kiddos in mind!

Introducing: Plant Therapy’s Fruit Essence Set!

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Plant Therapy Orange Lemon and Mandarin fruit essence setHelp us welcome Plant Therapy’s newest amazing product: The Fruit Essence Set. Each unique essence captures what we love best about these favorite citrus essential oils while providing scents that are brighter than ever.

Formerly available as an Oil of the Month, the Fruit Essence Set contains three 10 mL bottles: Orange Essence Oil, Mandarin Green Essence Oil, and Lemon Essence Oil. Plus they come perfectly packaged together in a cute, natural wooden box.

What’s the difference between an essential oil and an “essence” oil?

Mandarin Green, Orange, and Lemon essential oils are produced by either being cold pressed or steam distilled from the peels of the fruit. “essence oils” are distilled from the fruit itself.

An “essence” is a byproduct of juicing citrus fruits. When the fruit juice is concentrated, essence oils come to the surface and are separated by vacuum distillation. This removes all of the water and produces an essence.

The result is that essence oils have a ‘juicier’ scent than their essential counterparts.

Orange essence fruit oil plant therapyOrange Essence Oil

Originating in China, the Sweet Orange fruit grows on a small evergreen tree. In the United States, the sweet orange is iconically associated with the sunshine cultures and crop industries of California and Florida. In Europe, sweet orange can be found more extensively around the Mediterranean. The orange fruit is important in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of ailments.

Orange Essence Oil has an intense, fresh citrus scent that uplifts and helps energize, while also helping to calm worry and tension. As a co-product of the production of orange juice, Orange Essence differs from Orange Sweet with its strong, effervescent, fruity top note and additional aldehydes (approximately 0.5%). Otherwise, the chemical makeup is almost identical to Orange Sweet and offers the same uplifting benefits.

Use Orange Essence Oil to brighten up any blend! Try adding 3 drops of Orange Essence, 3 drops of Grapefruit Pink, and 3 drops of Mandarin to your Plant Therapy diffuser for a bright, uplifting experience.

For topical use, try diluting Orange Essence Oil to 1-3% in your favorite carrier oil.

Mandarin Green Fruit Essence Oil Plant TherapyMandarin Green Essence Oil

Closely related to Tangerine, the Mandarin in native to Asia, especially southern China. However, the small evergreen tree it grows on is now grown in Europe, the Middle East, and Brazil.

Historically, the mandarin fruit’s gentle nature has been considered ideal to support digestive issues in children and the elderly. Its beautiful citrus scent is used as a flavoring agent in sweet liquors, personal care products, and more.

Mandarin Green Essence Oil has an intense, sweet, fresh citrus scent that’s great for helping soothe tension or worry. This green oil has been harvested early enough to yield the green and yellow oils, rather than the reddish oils harvested later for Mandarin essential oil. This particular oil has a dimethyl anthranilate note, which makes it perfect to give an added burst of sweet richness to any blend.

Mandarin Green Essence Oil can be used instead of, or with, your Mandarin Essential Oil! Try adding 6 drops of Mandarin Green Essence and 3 drops of Lavender to your Plant Therapy diffuser to promote relaxation before bedtime.

If you want to use this oil topically, try diluting it to 1-3% in your favorite carrier oil.

lemon fruit essence oil plant therapyLemon Essence Oil

This well-known fruit ripens to its bright yellow color on small evergreen trees grown around the world. The lemon fruit is used everywhere in food flavors, beverages and in scenting perfumes and personal care products. Historically, the actual lemon fruit has been employed for illnesses from infection to arthritic conditions.

While similar to Lemon Steam Distilled Essential Oil in chemical makeup, Lemon Essence Oil offers a noticeable estery fruitiness, which is unique to essence oils. Because Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, it is useful in applications where discoloration is a problem.

Lemon Essence Oil has an intense, fresh, zesty citrus scent that people find energizing and uplifting. Lemon Steam Distilled has a similar chemical makeup, but Lemon Essence Oil offers a juicier scent, which is what essence oils do best!

Use Lemon Essence to add a pop of zesty freshness to any blend! Try mixing 4 drops Lemon Essence, 2 drops Peppermint plus 2 drops Eucalyptus to your favorite diffuser to get you going in the AM. For topical use, dilute 1-2% in your favorite carrier oil.

Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, making it useful in applications where discoloration may be problematic. Lemon Essence oil can also cause photosensitivity in some cases. To avoid this, keep your maximum dilution at or below 2% when using on the skin.

Make sure to pick up your own Essence Oil Set today! You won’t believe how much you’re going to love these juicy, fruity oils for spring and summer!

Hydrosols: They’re Not Just for Summer Anymore!

What is a Hydrosol?

plant therapy hydrosols

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

A  “hydrosol”  is actually a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” Hydrosols may also be known by several other names:

  • Hydrolats
  • Hydrolates
  • Floral Waters
  • Plant Waters

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

How to use Hydrosols:

There are tons of unexpected ways to use hydrosols. They have the benefit of being essentially safe for anyone to use. They can be used undiluted on the skin for adults, children, pregnant and nursing women,  the elderly, and even most pets. You can use them in DIY products (like lotions), or spray on your skin as a toner. You can even mix them together!

With almost no cautions, hydrosols truly are a perfect first-use item if you’re a beginning aromatherapy user. That’s not to say there aren’t a few rules to follow. Two excellent reference books are:

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

Hydrosols do need to be stored properly. A cool, dark environment (like a refrigerator) is best, and make sure to check them often for any cloudiness or mold.

Since hydrosols contain no preservatives, they have relatively short shelf lives of between 6 months to 2  years. However, since hydrosols are relatively inexpensive, it’s more economical to use them up and buy new ones when you need them than to save them for special uses.

So basically, you’ll love hydrosols.

Hydrosols are also amazingly gentle, safe, and easy-to-use products that can be used in tons of ways. They’re more diluted than essential oils since a hydrosol is – very simply put – the light and refreshing aromatic water that is distilled with essential oils.

Here are some of our favorite uses for hydrosols:

1. Facial Toners

girl looking in a mirror washing faceRose, Helichrysum, Tea Tree, and Melissa Organic Hydrosols make wonderful facial toners. They are safe and gentle enough to use directly on the face. Just spray onto a cotton pad and wipe onto your face.

Helichrysum and Rose help balance the skin by reducing facial redness or dryness. Melissa and Tea Tree promote healthy skin as well, especially for those who are prone to blemishes. You can also add these to facial products you currently use to enjoy their benefits.

Try out this DIY dry skin toner mix, using just hydrosols!

Dry Skin Toner DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix together in a 4-ounce bottle and spritz the face after cleansing. Refrigerate between uses.

2. Soothe minor cooking burns

mom and kid cookingLavender, Rose, and Chamomile Organic Hydrosols are incredibly soothing to skin with minor burns. If you’ve got a small burn, just spritz on the affected skin to help soothe any redness.

3. Help keep yourself in a great, relaxed mood

Happy couple running into the sunsetRose, Melissa, and Lavender Organic Hydrosols help bring comfort and calm after a long, hectic day. They can also help during times of sadness, to uplift and calm your senses.  Spray them directly onto your skin, clothes, pillows, or linens to help freshen scent and give you a relaxing whiff. You can also add ¼ – ½ cup of hydrosol to a warm bath to help relax.

4. Help keep you sleeping soundly

sleeping soundlyFor a relaxing atmosphere that promotes a good night of rest, try Lavender, Chamomile, or Rose Organic Hydrosol. You can mist it on linens, furniture, and pillows before bedtime to help unwind and relax. These hydrosols are also wonderful for babies and young children, to promote calmness and help soothe them to sleep.

5. Use Hydrosols safely with babies and toddlers

two boys and brothers laying together on a bedLavender Hydrosol is great to help promote sleep and relaxation for even the fussiest babies. You can spritz the Lavender Hydrosol directly on the baby, or you can spritz the baby’s bed right before bedtime.

Plant Therapy’s Chamomile Hydrosol is excellent at providing some gentle, soothing comfort that typically accompanies teething. Soak a clean, warm washcloth in our chamomile hydrosols and gently rub it on the gums or outer jawline. If your little one develops some skin sensitivity or irritation, our Helichrysum Hydrosol is gentle, soothing, and perfect for your little one.

For more great information on how to use your essential oils with babies and toddlers (including hydrosols), check out these two great blog posts:

6. Keep skin healthy

hydrosols being used on a cotton padWinter skin can often be dry and itchy, even when it’s snowing outside. To help soothe dry, itchy skin and keep it soft and happy, Tea Tree, Peppermint, and Lavender Organic Hydrosols provide quick relief. Just spray on the area of concern and let air dry.

Dry winter skin can also lead to overactive oil glands – and acne. If you have skin that is prone to blemishes and breakouts, keep it healthy and happy with Tea Tree, Melissa, and Chamomile Organic Hydrosols. They all make amazing compliments to your current skincare routine. 

These are just some of our favorite ways to use hydrosols, but trust us—there are so many more ways! Check out each product page to learn more.

Plant Therapy’s Top 5 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Dives

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is an incredibly useful and therapeutic oil. Like many of the essential oils that Plant Therapy, there is more than one variety to choose from.

The only KidSafe Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Dives, is the best choice if you have small children. This variety of Eucalyptus comes from Australia and has a strong herbaceous, woody, minty aroma that is both stimulating and can be uplifting.

1. Maintain healthy respiration

Plant Therapy's Top 5 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Dives

Eucalyptus Dives contains 40-55% of the chemical constituent piperitone and is a safe alternative to the cineole-rich Eucalyptus Globulus or Radiata. It is jam-packed with therapeutic properties and is the perfect KidSafe choice to help stop sniffles, break up phlegm, clear up congestion, ward of seasonal threats, and shorten seasonal illnesses. This essential oil is great for helping my sick ones get better faster, helping my healthy ones stay healthy, and offering respiratory support to help them breathe with ease!

Place 1 drop of Eucalyptus Dives in a large bowl of water that is just too hot for skin contact (not boiling) and inhaler for 5 minutes. Please keep in mind that this specific method is not safe for small children. Alternatively, mix at a 5% dilution in a carrier oil or balm and use as a chest rub to help promote clear breathing and break up congestion.

You can make an amazing DIY Vapor Rub that helps kids and adults alike breath easier.

2. Help alleviate sore muscle symptoms

Plant Therapy's Top 5 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Dives

The refreshing properties of Eucalyptus Dives can help treat tired feet in a relaxing foot bath.

After a long day, add a few drops of Eucalyptus Dives to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and mix well. Then, add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt dissolved in warm water; soak your feet and enjoy the refreshing, rejuvenating foot bath that your feet deserve.

Check out even more info about how Eucalyptus can help keep your joints working smoothly.

3. Provide a mental boost

Plant Therapy's Top 5 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Dives

The stimulating aroma can help give you a mental boost when you are lacking the pep you need. The uplifting scent can help revitalize the senses and freshen up the space you are in.

If you need a boost, try diffusing this blend crafted by one of Plant Therapy’s aromatherapists:

4. Freshen up a stale room

Plant Therapy's Top 5 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Dives

Diffuse Eucalyptus Dives in your favorite aromatherapy diffuser to help keep your room free of funky smells.

5. Add to household cleaners to help boost their effectiveness

Plant Therapy's Top 5 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Dives

It is also another favorite essential oil to use in household cleaners to give an extra boost to your cleaning regimen. And it leaves your house smelling wonderfully fresh!

Get 15% off Eucalyptus Dives today with promo code SPOTLIGHT29!

For even more awesome info on how you can use Eucalyptus Dives, check out our Oil of the Month blog post all about it! And be sure to join our Safe Essential Oil Recipes Facebook group and see how tons of other oil enthusiasts are using this powerhouse oil.

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