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How to Start Using CBD: A Beginner’s Guide

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

You’ve bought your first bottle of CBD, you’re excited about the potential health benefits, and you’re ready to try CBD for yourself.  Welcome to the newest way to support your health!

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

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

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


How to Start With CBD

At Plant Therapy, our CBD is made specifically to be taken sublingually – which means held under the tongue for 60 seconds and then swallowed. There are many different products containing CBD on the market that are meant to be used in different ways. But here at Plant Therapy, we will only be discussing ingesting our CBD sublingually – or under the tongue.

Ingesting CBD sublingually lets this supplement be absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth and be sent directly to your bloodstream, where it circulates through the body and interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system.


Getting Started

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDTo get the maximum full-body health-supporting effect from Plant Therapy’s CBD, measure the desired amount in the dropper, place one dropper-full at a time under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing. 

Holding it under your tongue instead of swallowing right away is important. When taken sublingually (as Plant Therapy CBD is designed to be taken), your absorption rate is up to 12%-35%, which is actually pretty high! This way you need less, and your bottle goes further.

Now, will it hurt you to put our CBD onto your skin topically? No. Our CBD is diluted directly into Fractionated Coconut Oil, so it’s safe to put on your skin. But while it may be safe for this type of CBD product, it’s just a less effective way to use it.


Go Slowly – It’s Important!

how to start using CBD

I know it can be tempting to take a lot of CBD at once, right away, to see for yourself what the effects might be – but don’t. Here’s why:

Everyone responds differently to CBD, so it’s important to pay attention to your own body’s needs. Determining the ideal serving for you may take some trial and error. With this in mind, we recommend starting with a low serving, gradually increasing as needed. You may not need to continue increasing your intake once you find a serving that works best for your unique body.


Choosing the Best Serving Size and Strength for You

If you’re trying CBD for the first time, it’s important to know which strength and serving size are best for you. Because CBD comes as a tincture, it allows you to have more control over the amount you choose to take for your own needs.


Choosing a CBD Strength

Though they all come in 30 mL bottles, Plant Therapy’s CBD comes in four different strengths – or amount of CBD in the tincture.

For most issues, we recommend starting with a 100 mg or 500 mg bottle and see if you need to increase your strength after you’ve tried CBD for 1-2 weeks. This is for several reasons. It’s important any time you’re introducing a new substance to your body not to overload your system. You want to give yourself time to see how CBD affects your body. And lastly, it’s expensive!

100 mg/6 mg serving size bottle of CBD

This serving is just enough to tell you if you’ll like the flavor and effects of ingesting our CBD and lets you move up to a stronger serving if needed.

500 mg/16 mg serving size bottle of CBD

The 500 mg strength is designed for people who have minor issues that supporting your endocannabinoid system functioning may help, like mild anxiety, minor sleep problems and more.

1000 mg/33 mg serving size bottle of CBD

This serving strength is the best option for people who are looking to use CBD every day in support of their endocannabinoid system for issues such as insomnia, more acute anxiety and minor perceptions of pain.

2500 mg/83 mg serving size bottle of CBD

This serving strength is best for those who have more severe or acute issues. But again, please remember to consult with your doctor if you are already taking medications.


Choosing a Serving Size – Start Slow

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highEveryone responds differently to CBD, so it’s important to pay attention to your own body’s needs. Determining the ideal serving for you may take some trial and error. With this in mind, we recommend starting with a low serving, gradually increasing as needed. You may not need to continue increasing your intake once you find a serving that works best for your unique body.

Here is Plant Therapy’s serving size chart that goes into more detail. You can also download your own copy of our serving size chart to keep on hand.

But the basic rule of thumb is to start with one dropper-full of the strength you choose and work your way up as needed.


How Long Does CBD Take to Work?

Woman sleeping in bedThis is a tricky question. CBD, while it does show promise as a way of managing the perception of pain, anxiety, sleep, and more, is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

I know I’ve said it before, but when starting to take CBD, it’s important to experiment with different ways and times of using it. Everyone is different, and your body’s needs may not be the same as someone else’s.


CBD and Pain Management

Woman crouching in stomach painOne of the hardest concerns to deal with and one of the most talked-about potential benefits of using CBD as a supplement to your body’s own endocannabinoid system is potential pain management. 

Types of pain:

Neuropathic pain: This type of pain is mostly created and sustained by the glutamatergic system. Glutamate is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for turning neurons on, which is great (sometimes).

Inflammatory pain: This kind of pain is related to neuropathic pain, except it’s not limited to just neurons. Some examples of inflammatory pain are arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and ulcerative colitis, and even more common conditions like headaches, cramps, muscle aches, and pains.

The endocannabinoid system (eCS) helps manage both kinds of pain. Taking CBD to support the endocannabinoid system (eCS) can be ‘neuroprotective’, which means it may inhibit glutamate release and other inflammatory agents. This means CBD, by promoting eCS health, may help with sensations like prickling, tingling, and burning that come with neuropathic pain, and help soothe overall perception of inflammatory pain as well.

CBD may be an effective way for you to support healthy eCS functioning. But CBD may also interact with some medications. Science is still in the beginning stages of studying CBD and how it applies to health and medicine, so it’s important to consult your doctor when deciding to use CBD to treat pain.

When using CBD to help with pain management, consider the kind of pain you are trying to reduce. If you want to minimize sore muscles after a workout or long day at work, try taking CBD before you head out the door. If you’re looking to help reduce inflammation by supporting the eCS, then you may want to take CBD daily as a supplement, to help reduce the overall perception of pain.

And remember, CBD is not an immediate pain reliever. For every body CBD will work differently, but this isn’t a supplement that is going to work instead of traditional over-the-counter pain killers like ibuprofen. Where those types of pain relief work usually within 20 minutes, CBD may take longer to work on the body, or you may need to take it in a different way.


CBD to Support Healthy Sleep

How to start using CBDCBD is not a sedative in the technical sense. Instead, CBD helps supports balance in your entire body by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which means potentially better overall functioning, and better sleep.

If your issue is the quality of your sleep, supporting your endocannabinoid system with CBD may help you get a good night’s rest. CBD offers people suffering from sleep issues a more natural, gentler option. 

For example, some people might find that chronic sleep issues are improved by taking CBD on a regular basis, daily, shortly before bed. Try taking one dropper-full right before you get comfortable in bed and see if CBD helps support a good night’s sleep for you. If one dropper-full doesn’t work, try increasing your serving size to 1.5 dropper-fulls the next night, and so on, to see how much CBD you need to support your sleep.

If you have more acute sleep issues, like occasional trouble relaxing before bed, then CBD use may be useful only when you’re having trouble sleeping, shortly before bed. Try taking CBD as-needed, as an aid instead of a daily supplement. 


CBD and Supporting Mental Health

Anxiety is one of the most common emotional and behavioral concerns faced by our society today. 

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

When taking CBD for anxiety, as with everything, it’s important to keep in mind your own body’s needs. This encompasses everything from your weight, age, metabolism, fitness level and severity of symptoms. So in this case, it really is important to talk to your doctor, especially if you’re planning on taking CBD for more severe anxiety-related concerns or if you are already taking a prescription medication to support your mental health. 

As with any concern, we recommend starting at a lower serving and working your way up, paying careful attention to how your body reacts.

For more general anxiety issues, you might try using CBD regularly at a dose that works for your body and helps ease daily symptoms. For times of acute anxiety, try taking a dose before or during times of high anxiety to see if that gives you relief in the situation. 

And once again, don’t be discouraged if your first try doesn’t work right away. Building up to the strength and serving size that’s right for you is trial and error, especially when it comes to mental health.

If you want to learn even more about CBD, be sure to check out these great resources that go more in-depth on this topic.

*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.

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


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Plant Therapy Coupon Codes: Explained

We all love a good deal, especially when that good deal is on essential oils! But using and combining different discounts and coupon codes can get confusing – which is why we’ve put together this detailed FAQ for using Plant Therapy coupons to get yourself the best deals.

Just remember, these are our general guidelines for coupon codes and sales at Plant Therapy, but there will of sometimes be exceptions. When that happens we’ll be sure to spell out those exceptions clearly, so there’s no confusion!


What kinds of coupon codes does Plant Therapy have?

plant therapy coupon code FAQPlant Therapy has several different kinds of coupon codes. The most common are:

  • % off your purchase (Example: Get 20% off your purchase)
  • % off of specific products (Example: Get 15% off carrier oils)
  • $X off a purchase of at least $X (Example: Spend $50, get $10 off or, get 10% off when you spend $60 or more)
  • Free gift with purchase (Example: Spend $30, get a free oil)


How do free gift with purchase codes work?

plant therapy coupon code FAQThese coupon codes get you a free gift with your purchase (yay!) as long as you meet the requirements of the promotion. 

For example, some promotions and sales will need you to spend a certain amount of money, like $30, to get your freebie. Or some sales might require you to buy a specific item to get the free gift, like buy Rose Otto, get a free Blue Tansy 5 mL. 


Do free gifts with purchase codes stack with other coupon codes? 

plant therapy coupon code FAQYou can stack your gift with purchase coupon codes, but only with other discounts, not for more free gifts. If that sounds confusing, let me explain:

You can stack a coupon for a free gift with purchase with a % off on a product, but not with another free gift. For example:

This will work:

Spend $30 get a free gift + 15% off carrier oils = You’re good!

This won’t work: 

Spend $40 get a scarf  + spend $30 to get a CS Cares Blend = No go

So basically free item coupon codes work with discounts, but not with each other. 


Can I stack free gifts with purchase codes with free stickers?

mercury retrograde blendThere is one exception to the gift with purchase coupon stacking rule with other free items, and that’s stickers or our leaf bottle opener. You can always get your free sticker or free leaf opener, even when you use a free gift with purchase coupon code. 


How do % off coupon codes work?

plant therapy coupon code FAQCoupon codes for a % off will either work with specific products (like carrier oils, blends, etc) or be a % off your total purchase (like 10% off sitewide). 


Can I use two different % off discount codes together?

plant therapy coupon code FAQDiscounts for a % off products can be combined as long as they’re for discounts on different products. But a discount off your total purchase will not stack with discounts off specific items. For example: 

This will work: 

20% off carrier oils + 15% blends = win/win

This won’t work: 

20% off your entire purchase + 15% off carrier oils = no stacking

That means that a 10% off sitewide discount won’t work with 15% off diffusers. 


Can I stack my PT Perqs rewards with free gift with purchase codes?

plant therapy coupon code FAQYour points can totally be combined with any of our other coupons, sales, and promos, scoring you some serious deals. The only thing your points can’t buy you are Plant Therapy gift cards or gift certificates.


Can I stack my PT Perqs rewards with % off discounts?

plant therapy coupon code FAQYour points can totally be combined with any of our other coupons, sales, and promos, scoring you some serious deals. The only thing your points can’t buy you are Plant Therapy gift cards or gift certificates.


Can I use coupon codes in the Plant Therapy retail stores? 

plant therapy coupon code FAQYes! If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of our retail stores, most promos will also work in our retail stores, no printing required. 


Do I need a coupon code for free shipping?

plant therapy coupon code FAQNo, Plant Therapy offers free shipping on every order, to all our customers in the United States. You’re welcome! That means using your Plant Therapy coupon codes will never, ever cancel our free shipping policy. 


Can I use discounts or coupons to buy gift cards?

plant therapy holiday christmas morningNo, you can’t use discount codes or free gifts with purchase to buy Plant Therapy gift cards. This means that no coupon codes stack when buying a gift card, whether it’s 15% off your total purchase or a free gift. 


Can I still use discounts or coupons when I pay with a gift card? 

plant therapy coupon code FAQYes! You can still get discounts and free gifts with purchase when you pay with a Plant Therapy Gift card. 

How many PT Perqs rewards points can I redeem at once?

plant therapy coupon code FAQYou can use up to $50 in rewards in a single transaction. That’s a lot of oils!

That means you could redeem that $50 and walk away with a bottle of Organic Australian Sandalwood ($49.95) for zero dollars after redeeming your 1,000 points. And we all need some Sandalwood in our life.

Just so you know: Your points expire if you have six months of inactivity in your PT Perqs account. That means if you don’t make a purchase, write a review or answer a blog post question for six months – you lose your points.

But let’s be real: “I totally go six months without buying oils,” said no one, ever.


Can I use my PT Perqs points together with a sale or coupon code?

plant therapy coupon code FAQYour points can totally be combined with any of our other coupons, sales, and promos, scoring you some serious deals. The only thing your points can’t buy you are Plant Therapy gift cards or gift certificates.

Note: You can’t use more than one of these referral coupon codes at once, and they also don’t stack with each other or with other coupons or discounts.

For more questions about our PT Perqs program, you can check out how to use it to save money on essential oils in this blog post

Ask Our Experts: Natural Living

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist 

We all love essential oils, that goes without saying. Essential oils let you naturally support your health, both mental and physical. But Plant Therapy is about more than just essential oils – we are passionate about all things natural living.

So today we’re answering your questions not just about mental health, but everything related to natural living!


Natural Living: Mental Health

sleep deprived essential oils for sexuality and romance

Nyree Preiser asks: “What is good to help with mood swings and tension?”


Hi Nyree! Mood swings are the worst, I completely understand! Especially as we go into the Holiday season, which is filled with magic (but also stress).

There are a lot of things you can do to naturally help reduce tension, stress and mood swings that come with it.

Essential oils won’t cure your emotional issues (such as depression, anxiety or stress) but they can absolutely help boost your self-care routine. But before we get into that, check out our blog post on inhalation. Essential oils are especially great for pairing with meditation to help reduce stress and tension.

So how can you use essential oils during meditation?

1.  Diffusion

Using Plant Therapy’s AromaFuse Diffuser makes it easy to fill your environment with wonderful scents that help with relaxation and focus. Just start diffusing a few minutes before you meditate, and enjoy the way the essential oil or blend deepens your connection to your environment and helps you feel more peaceful and positive.

If you want to try a specific oil, you can check out our Meditation Blend. It helps evoke a calm alertness that will help bring you into a deep meditative state of mind.

2. Topical application

Certain essential oils are known to enhance the meditation experience. When appropriately diluted in a carrier oil, essential oils can be applied to several areas of your body, including:

  • Wrists
  • Temples
  • Soles of your feet
  • Behind the knees

More great blogs about meditation: 

To learn even more about how essential oils can help support mental health and natural living, check out these other great blog posts:


Natural Living: Allergy Relief

Use Elemi Essential Oil to help boost your immune system

Sally Mullins askes:  “With fall and winter quickly approaching in Indiana, and my sinuses wreaking havoc on me most of the winter, I would much appreciate any recipes for a diffuser and inhaler recipes or any other suggestions. Thanks in advance.”


Help with allergies is one of our most-asked questions here at Plant Therapy, and one of my family personally deals with every year.

You have allergies like woah. So does my 7-year-old son. And I’ll let you in on the single best natural allergy aid I’ve found.


Clear Again Blend!

I seriously can’t talk enough about this blend and its amazing ability to help with allergy symptoms! Our Marketing Director, Mykeah Kranzler, recommended this blend when I started working at PT and we’ve been using it ever since. Literally every night during the Spring and Fall, when my allergies are the worst.

Diffuse Clear Again or keep it in a personal inhaler. I have some serious, unpleasantly not-pretty seasonal allergies and this blend is my savior. I diffuse Clear Again at night and it drastically helps my breathing, itching, and sneezing (and helps curb the miserable runny nose, too).

We also make a KidSafe version of Clear Again, Sneezy Stop, for kids under 10.

Now, this might sound like an advertisement for a Plant Therapy blend, but I swear to you this product is on my “must-have” list even if I wasn’t working for PT. It’s that good!

But in case you don’t want to run out and buy Clear Again, there are tons of other essential oils that are also great for allergy symptoms.

Our team here at Plant Therapy Certified Aromatherapists have nailed down 5 essential oils that really help ease symptoms caused by seasonal allergies.

If you want to read even more about essential oils and allergies, we have some great blog posts so you can do a deeper dive into this hot topic.


Natural Living and Allergies, More Tips:

1. Keep your house vacuumed! This has been a game-changer for me, and I’m not kidding when I say we vacuum our house almost every day.

2. Change your air vents. My husband has been religiously changing our vents every two months and it’s helped tremendously with the air quality inside our home (which means fewer allergies!)

3. Dust your car’s interior. I keep a package of wet wipes in my car and wipe the interior of my car down every couple of days. It’s amazing how much dust and pollen can accumulate when you have your windows down.

4. Use Himalayan Sea Salt! There are many ways to use Himalayan Sea Salt, and it’s a fantastic natural air purifier. I have not one, but three Himalayan Sea Salt lamps in my house, but even better is a salt inhaler.

salt inhaler is probably one of the lesser-known ways to use Himalayan Sea Salt, but it shouldn’t be overlooked! It can help bring down inflammation and ease breathing. But how does it work? Basically, when you breathe through a Himalayan salt inhaler, moisture present in the air you breathe gathers microscopic particles of Himalayan salt from the inhaler and brings them to your lungs. This, in turn, helps bring down inflammation by moistening mucus membranes in your lungs.

Check out our blog post on all the ways you can use Himalayan Sea Salt in your life.


Natural Living: Cleaning

Woman cleaning her kitchen cupboards

Kerrie Dingler wants to know:I’d love some cleaning ideas. I currently use vinegar water for most things. I have a cat and a 7-year-old son.”


Hi Kerrie! This is a hot topic in natural living and we get asked all the time how to start replacing your cleaning products with safer, more natural versions.

You’re already off to a great start! Vinegar is a fantastic natural cleanser and great for a base for your DIYs. But there are also tons of other ways you can boost your natural cleaning routine.


Essential Oils – Obviously!

There are essential oils that have properties that are effective for cleaning and that can be added to your routine.

Some of our favorites for cleaning are LemonOrange SweetLavenderPalmarosa, or Tea Tree. When I need something easy and already-blended, I reach for  Germ Destroyer as an addition to my cleaning DIYs.

If you don’t have kids, there are some great non-KidSafe oils for cleaning. LemongrassBasil, and Thyme are wonderful for use in a DIY cleaning spray.  You can also try combining CinnamonEucalyptus, and Peppermint, Not only do these oils smell fabulous together, they’re super effective for cleaning purposes.

If you’re looking for recipes to use in your cleaning routine, check out this helpful blog post, The Guide to Spring Cleaning.



If you need help with zapping foul odors, you can try checking out our Deodorizing blend. It really works! I’ve used in to make this carpet cleaner.

DIY Deodorizing Carpet Cleaning Powder

What you’ll need:

Add Deodorizing to your cart

What you’ll do:

  1. Put 1 cup of baking soda into a container.
  2. Add 10-15 drops of Deodorizing.
  3. Add another cup of baking soda and 10-15 more drops of Deodorizer.
  4. Shake well, sprinkle on carpets and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes before vacuuming.


All-Purpose Cleaner

If you’re looking for a great all-purpose cleaner that goes a step above simple vinegar, try this recipe (my personal favorite).

Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add everything to the bottle and shake to mix. Spray and wipe off to clean!

Disclaimer: Due to the water content, this product should be stored in the fridge and used within a week. Otherwise, add a preservative, such as Optiphen Plus or Germall Plus.

We have so, so many wonderful blog posts on natural cleaning, here are some more resources:

And don’t forget to head on over to our Safe Essential Oil Recipes Facebook group for even more inspiration and information!

GC/MS Testing: Why You Need to Care

This week we’re going to hit on GC/MS reports and their importance. As some of our long term customers may have noticed, things change as far as our KidSafe classification is concerned. An oil may be classified as KidSafe for a while and then one day you may notice it no longer boasts the KidSafe logo. Or vice versa. An oil may not be KidSafe for a period of time, but all of a sudden may switch to being KidSafe. Why do you think this is?


Why Do You Need to Care About GC/MS?

GC/MS testing and why you should careThat’s an easy one. It’s because the oil has changed. What? An oil can change? Yep, it’s true. They can change. And they do ALL THE TIME. That is one of the reasons we include GC/MS testing batch numbers on each of our bottles and why batch numbers are important. You may be asking “how does an oil change?”. It’s just nature.

As we all know, no one plant is the same. For those familiar with farming, no crop season is the same. Sometimes there is too much water, sometimes there isn’t enough water. Sometimes natural disasters happen and crops have to be completely regrown. Or sometimes the temperature is much lower, sometimes it’s higher. All of these things can affect plants and other crops. When the plant changes, so do the chemicals the plants produce.


GC/MS Reports in a Nutshell

GC/MS testing and why you should careWhat does that have to do with a GC/MS report? Simple. A GC/MS report is a chemical analysis of a substance and it lists all of the different chemical constituents that make up the chemical or substance, in our case essential oils. Each batch of essential oil goes through the GC/MS testing process.

If you go and look at the reports for different batches of oil, you’ll notice that the numbers change slightly, or sometimes drastically. No GC/MS report for different batches of the same oil should be exactly identical… ever. BECAUSE no crop season is going to be completely identical, it’s just nature. If you ever see an essential oil GC/MS report that is completely identical to a previous batch at any company… you should be alarmed because that just isn’t natural.

If you notice that they are slightly different or vary batch to batch, that’s a pretty good sign that you’re getting an unadulterated oil. There is no standardization of natural essential oils.


What Does All This Mean for You?

carrier oil infusionsSo what does that mean for KidSafe? It just means that while an oil may or may not be KidSafe at one moment, it may change depending on the crop. Where the crop was located. What the weather factors were like. And because of these changes, the chemical constituents and their levels have changed.

At Plant Therapy, we analyze and do GC/MS testing EVERY BATCH OF OIL we receive. We then make adjustments as necessary. It’s not that we’re trying to contradict ourselves, we just care about you and your family. If something changes and it’s no longer safe, we want you to know that, so we take off our KidSafe logo.


Never Just Assume an Oil Is Safe

GC/MS testing and why you should careIt’s important to never assume that an oil is safe or not safe. Always look for the KidSafe logo on our Plant Therapy products. And if you ever just aren’t sure… ask! And in your spare time if you like a challenge or want to seriously learn more about essential oils ~ start studying the GC/MS reports and the chemical constituents that make up your oils. You’ll learn a lot, and you’ll start to have a greater appreciation for your oils. If you want to read more about GC/MS reports and how to read them, check out our blog post here.

Do you want more Pro-Tips like this one? Check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes for more featured posts, recipes, and fun!

Mark your Calendars for International Day of the Elderly – October 1!

You might not know it, but tomorrow is International Day of Elderly! But what does that mean, and why do we celebrate it?


International Day of the ElderlyOlder woman riding bike happily outdoors with pink roses in the background

Back in the ’90s, the United Nations designated October 1 as the International Day of the Elderly. This day was set aside to respond to the concerns, opportunities, and challenges faced by this growing population. As health care has gotten better around the world, people are living longer, meaning the population considered ‘elderly’ is growing at increasingly fast rates.

Almost  700 million people are over the age of 60, and it’s predicted that by 2050 a full 20% of the world’s population will be over 60. This day is a reminder to pay attention to the particular needs faced by this rapidly growing population and put a focus on creating a functioning society for all ages and stages of life.

Just as important is recognizing the contributions that most men and women over 60 continue to make during this stage in our lives.

The UN web page about International Day of the Elderly says the following:

“Living up to the Secretary-General’s guiding principle of “Leaving No-One Behind” necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to “Build the Future We Want”, we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.”


Plant Therapy Celebrates People of All Ages

active couple using CBD to be healthierHere at plant therapy, we care about health and natural living for all ages. Which is exactly why we’re calling out this special day, and reminding you to call your mother, visit your dad, and say thank you to your grandparents tomorrow! Take the time to appreciate the people in your life over 60!

For more reading, you can check out these great blog posts:

Journaling for Essential Oil Enthusiasts

By Kristin Lail, Certified Aromatherapist

Journaling is a wonderful way to document your essential oils, recipes and important facts about your oils. Just like when a person writes out their thoughts and feelings as a way to get to know their inner self, journaling about your essential oils can help you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for your oils.

Benefits of Journaling

An open notebook with pink roses and feminine decor

Our brain is divided into regions that process visual, emotional, auditory, verbal communication and so on. Each region of the brain processes this information differently. Though we all have our own special ways of learning, when we take notes, something incredible happens. Written notes and even drawings are processed by a part of the brain that handles spatial tasks and utilizing this part of the brain enhances memory retention. [1]

Experts agree that pen and paper is actually the most effective method for understanding new concepts and retaining that information. This is because most people can type faster than they can write. When documenting digitally on a laptop, a person tends to document notes verbatim. A person who writes information in a notebook or journal has to work to summarize and filter relevant information in their own words which increases the ability to recall information. [2]

Journaling Methods

Woman's hand writing in her notebook

Journaling is very popular right now and there is no right or wrong way to go about it. You might decide to use a notebook, 3×5 cards, a 3 ring binder, or even Google Docs if you really want to go digital. Or you can also use Plant Therapy’s Essential Oil Organizer and Journal. You might decide to decorate your binder or journal, doodle or draw pictures of the plant that the essential oil came from or just keep things simple by adding written text.

Your journal should be an expression of who you are and should encourage you to spend time learning about and exploring your essential oils and the plants they come from.

Supplies Needed

plant therapy essential oil journal

What to Journal?

With supplies in hand, you can begin your journaling! You may consider adding the following to your essential oil journal:

  • Common and botanical name
  • Safety concerns (KidSafe, Pregnancy Safe, Nursing Safe, Pup & Pony Approved, Max dermal dilutions, contraindications)
  • Purchase information (shelf life, lot #, company purchased from, purchase date, bottle size)
  • Properties of the oil and what you would use it for
  • Personal thoughts and experiences with the oil
  • Key constituents and their individual properties (serious enthusiasts may even want to reference studies)
  • Interesting facts about the oil
  • Perfumery note
  • Recipes

You can keep things as simple or detailed as desired. The important thing is to have fun. Journaling opens up so many possibilities to expand our knowledge and express our creativity while creating a treasured resource that you can refer to time and time again.

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

1: Wax, D. (2018, January 03). Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write. Retrieved from
2: 3 Scientific Links Between Handwriting Your Notes and Memory. (2016, August 03). Retrieved from

Celebrate National Girls Night in – With Essential Oils!

September 22 is National Girls Night in Day! Founded just recently in 2018, this special national day was created to bring women and girls together and give them a reason to celebrate.


Celebrate by Staying In

girls night in spa nightYou don’t need to hit the town in order to have a fantastic night with your besties! A girl’s night is all about unwinding and spending quality time with your squad – and a girl’s night in is a great way to catch up with all your favorite people.

National Girls’ Night In, was founded by Ketel One Botanical as a way to raise awareness of women’s wellness and encourage the forming of solid friendships, and to celebrate the importance of women connecting with other women, and unwinding.

So break out your favorite rom-coms, grab a couple bottles of Rosé, and bust out your essential oils for some girl’s night in spa-themed DIYs! On Saturday, Sept. 22, you have a perfect excuse to host a killer get-together, while staying in your PJs and fluffy slippers.


His and Hers Pre-Shaving Oil

His and Hers Pre Shaving Oil

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend ingredients together. Put a few drops in the palm of your hand. Gently massage into skin prior to lathering and shaving.


Ylang Ylang Youth Face SerumYlang Ylang Youth Face Serum recipe from Plant Therapy

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend essential oils and carrier oils together thoroughly. Massage onto face after cleansing.


Coffee Body Scrub BarsGet Glowing Coffee Body Scrub Bars

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

  1. Melt 1/2 cup of soap base. Microwave at 15-second intervals.
  2.  Add Coconut Oil. Stir well.
  3.  Add espresso and ground coffee and blend thoroughly.
  4.  Add Bergamot.
  5.  Once completely mixed, pour into silicone molds and allow to sit for at least 2 hours. Use up to two times a week for exfoliation.


Banana Lip Polish

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

In a small bowl, combine your food coloring, flavoring, and carrier oil. Stir in your sugar until fully saturated. Store in a small tin and use whenever lips need smoothed and polished.


Tropical Body Scrub

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Put the soap base and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 15-30 seconds until melted. Add 39 drops of Tropical Passion or Honeybell and mix well. Add sugar and mix to incorporate. It will begin to harden fast. Microwave for just 10-15 second more and pour into a mold of your choice. Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles.


Vanilla Infused Jojoba Oil

spa night essential oil DIYs

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add about a half an ounce of Vanilla Oleoresin to your glass bottle. Fill the remaining bottle with Jojoba Oil. Allow to sit for two weeks, making sure to shake the jar each day. Use a pipette to remove the infused Vanilla Infused Jojoba Oil. The oleoresin will remain in the original bottle, ready to infuse your next batch.


Summer Nights Body Oil

spa night essential oil DIY

(from this blog post)

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Mix your essential oils with your carrier oil in a small bowl, then pour into your pump bottle. Apply to dry areas for silky, smooth and fantastically scented skin.

A New Way to Diffuse on the Go – Meet Our Crystal Carfresh Diffuser!

You already diffuse at home, keep a personal inhaler with you at all times for emergencies and probably wear aromatherapy jewelry. But the most overlooked space in our lives for diffusion isn’t obvious: Our cars!

According to one study, Americans spend 18 days a year or more in their cars, and at least 8 hours a week. It’s no wonder then that your car can become almost a second home, almost an extension of yourself. That same study reported that 45% of people cried when they had to give up a vehicle they were attached to (I know I have!) which just goes to show you how important that time spent in your car can be.

But it’s also a missed opportunity – time spent in the car is 8 hours a week that we could be using to better our mental and physical health, instead of raging at the drivers around us or counting the minutes until you get home.  This is where our newest must-have essential oil accessory comes in. Meet the Crystal Carfresh Diffuser!


Crystal Carfresh: Chic passive diffusion

crystal carfresh diffuser passive diffusionGet chic on-the-go diffusion with Plant Therapy’s Crystal Carfresh Diffuser. Make your commute much more bearable – it takes just 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend to fill your car with whichever scent you choose. The simple, easy-to-use magnetic lock and replaceable refill stick make this diffuser your go-to for the car. Shaped like a long black facet-cut stone, this diffuser looks like a crystal when the light hits it while driving.

*refills sold separately

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What is passive diffusion?

Girls smiling on a road tripPassive diffusion is defined as “The natural process in which the atoms, molecules or ions of different substances intermix due to their spontaneous random motion”.

You already know that you can reap the benefits of essential oils by simply bringing a bottle of essential oils to your nose and inhaling. But using an essential oil diffuser, like the Crystal Carfresh, lets you enjoy the benefits of essential oils hands-free and safely in the car.

Inhalation is an effective method of use for essential oils, so we made our Crystal Carfresh diffuser very convenient to use, as well as portable. The refill stick has a protective crystal-like shell so there is less evaporation of essential oils.

The Crystal Carfresh works the same way personal aromatherapy inhalers work: By dropping oil onto a cotton wick inside an inhaler. If you want personal and quick access to the benefits of essential oils with no water or electricity required, wherever you want to go, the Crystal Carfresh diffuser makes a great choice.


How to use the Crystal Carfresh Diffuser

crystal carfresh diffuser passive diffusionThe Crystal Carfresh diffuser is simple and easy to use! It’s held together by magnets, so simply pull apart the two halves to get to the felt pad inside.


  1. Hold the metal clip base and pull out the crystal magnet cover.
  2. Add 5-6 drops of essential oil evenly onto the refill stick.
  3. Place the crystal magnet cover back on the metal clip base
  4. Clip the diffuser to the car vent.

Whether you like your refill pad totally soaked or use just a few drops, this will fill your car with scent.

One last tip: Make sure your essential oils go on the side that faces the air vent for maximum scent!


Tips for getting the most out of your Crystal Carfresh Diffuser

Obviously, our Crystal Carfresh diffuser is safe! But to get the most and longest use out of your diffuser, we’ve got a few tips:

  • Use the refill stick included with your purchase. For best result, we recommend that you use Plant Therapy essential oils.
  • Be sure to use a clean refill stick with each different essential oil.
  • Please do not store essential oils in automobiles with high in-car temperatures and sun exposure.
  • Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be handled with care, including the amount for each use.
  • Wash hands after handling the refill stick to prevent eye or skin irritation.
  • Avoid dripping or spilling the essential oil to prevent staining. If essential oil dripping accidentally occurs, wipe off immediately.
  • Keep away from children under 3 yrs. and pets to avoid accidental choking or ingestion.
  • The refill stick is not food. Please do not ingest (even if it smells amazing!)
  • Don’t use other materials or DIY versions of the refill stick – it could change the efficacy of the essential oils.
  • Be aware that heat or air conditioning will affect how the scent of the oil permeates the car.
  • Add more essential oils as needed as scent begins to fade.


How often should you replace your refill pad?

As often as needed, it’s really personal preference. You’ll notice it’s time to change out your refill pad when it stops holding scents as long, or when it loses efficacy as the rate of absorption lessons over time.


Help! I can’t smell my oils!

Can’t smell your essential oils? There might be a couple things causing this issue:

• Too little essential oil in the refill stick
• The refill stick can become worn after prolonged use

To fix this issue, there are a couple things you can do:

• For best performance, we recommend using Plant Therapy essential oils or other unadulterated oils.
• Consider adding more oil according to personal preference.
• Please replace with a new refill stick.


Can I keep essential oils in the car?Ladies enjoying a car ride

Our Crystal Carfresh essential oil diffuser can be kept in the car and will be completely fine at temperatures up to 185 degrees.  But don’t keep your oils in the car! Generally, essential oils have the longest shelf life when stored in a cool, dry place.


Essential oils for car sickness:

woman holding her stomach in discomfort passive diffusionWe’ve already talked before about why you should be diffusing on road trips.  One of the major reasons for this is that car sickness or nausea can be a serious problem. Diffusing essential oils to support digestive health can potentially be helpful in avoiding this issue.

  1. Peppermint: Fresh and familiar, Peppermint Essential Oil is the perfect buddy to take with you on the road. Got a tummy in distress? Peppermint helps to relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract so that you can get on properly digesting. And when everything is moving along like it should be, say goodbye to feeling cramped, bloated, and gassy [1]. It is also known for easing feelings of nausea, making it perfect for anyone who tends to get motion sickness when they are in a car for too long.
  2. Ginger Root CO2: Getting car sick can quickly destroy a road trip. Let’s not dive into the gross specifics of it, but basically, if there’s a way to help stop that nausea in its tracks, why not give it a try? You’ve probably heard of ginger snap cookies and ginger sodas to help a stomach on the edge, right? Well, the same concept applies to Ginger Essential Oil. It has shown to support a healthy digestive system overall, but especially when experiencing nausea [2].  Inhaling it deeply is such a quick and easy way to settle the stomach down and get some relief!
  3. Cardamom: This spicy and warm essential oil is a great go-to for helping to relieve nausea, abdominal cramping, and gas. That makes it perfect for long car rides that can cause discomfort on long road trips.

Use these oils alone or blend them together to create a very effective inhaler blend that will help keep tummies calm and comfortable!


Other options for passive diffusion:

Top 5 CBD Myths Debunked & Explained

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

The world of CBD is filled with misinformation, myths, and rumors. Because this type of product is so new, it’s hard to know what’s true and what isn’t. Today we’re addressing five of the top 5 CBD myths, and debunking them.


1. CBD Myth: CBD “cures” things.

active couple using CBD to be healthierLet’s be really clear: CBD is not a cure – it’s a way of naturally supplementing your body’s existing endocannabinoid (eCS) system.

CBD is the natural, plant-derived cannabinoid, and helps supplement and support your body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids levels, supporting your endocannabinoid system in functioning properly.

Endocannabinoids are produced naturally and work holistically to maintain healthy functions throughout your entire body: Your brain, immune system, organs, connective tissues, and glands, all make use of this amazing system. Your endocannabinoid system helps to create bodily homeostasis. This homeostasis is key to maintaining a number of bodily functions, including your 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.

CBD supplements are naturally created endocannabinoids that help keep the receptors working at optimal capacity. CBD is a safe, natural way to support the overall health of your body’s endocannabinoid system.

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

So, while CBD is not a “cure,” it may be able to help support your eCS in healthy functioning, which may support symptom relief. It’s just important to remember that when you’re trying CBD, you need to pay close attention to your individual body’s responses and needs. Remember, you are unique, and CBD works differently on everybody.


2. CBD Myth: CBD is Psychoactive.

Top 5 CBD Myths Debunked & ExplainedThe answer to this CBD myth is actually simple! No, CBD will not get you high, not even a little bit. There is no way it can make you feel “high.” But what does that mean?

The explanation as to why CBD can’t get you high is a little more complicated. But it comes down to understanding how CBD and THC work in your body, and on your body’s endocannabinoid system (eCS).

CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not bind with the same eCS receptors as THC. It’s THC’s ability to bind with CB1 receptors that give it it’s famous psychoactive effects. CBD does not work the same way on the brain as THC, which means it doesn’t cause the ‘high’ feeling.

Your body’s endocannabinoid system, which we’ve discussed in more detail above, is made of three main parts: Your CB1 receptors (mainly in your brain) and CB2 receptors (mainly in your body), and your body’s naturally-produced endocannabinoids.

Phytocannabinoids, like those produced from cannabis (hemp) plants, can interact with your body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors in the same way your body’s endocannabinoids do, which means they can help supplement your body’s own healthy eCS functioning.

CBD does not bind to cannabinoid receptors the same way as THC. It acts more on CB2 receptors, which are much more dispersed throughout the body than CB1 receptors which are located primarily in the brain. And instead of attaching directly onto the receptor, CBD impacts them indirectly. CBD may activate the other receptors and signals throughout the body, like TRPV1 receptors, which are involved with inflammation and pain regulation.

Additionally, unlike THC, most CBD comes from the male cannabis plants, the ones that make hemp. This means that the potent psychoactive effects of THC are not going to happen by consuming CBD.


3. CBD Myth: CBD makes you tired.

Top 5 CBD Myths Debunked & ExplainedCBD is not a sedative in the technical sense. Instead, CBD helps supports balance in your entire body by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which means potentially better overall functioning, and better sleep.

The real truth is that everyone’s body is different. In some people, the imbalance in their eCS systems is such that using CBD will assist in developing more regular sleep patterns. Some personal reports, however, suggest that in smaller serving sizes CBD could even support feelings of alertness and energy. The bottom line is that CBD affects everyone differently depending on your own body’s needs.

While one of the possible effects of CBD is that is may promote better sleep through better eCS functioning, the myth that CBD makes you ‘tired’ isn’t always true. This effect depends on both the serving size you choose and the unique needs of your own eCS. If what you need are more of the endocannabinoids that work to support healthy sleep, CBD may help to promote healthy sleep without making you initially sleepy. But remember everyone’s body is different!


4. CBD Myth: CBD doesn’t work.

Top 5 CBD Myths Debunked & ExplainedSo you got excited, bought and tried Plant Therapy’s CBD and…nothing happened? You might want to believe CBD is just a marketing scam or snake oil.

Of all the CBD myths, this is the one we hear most often. Fortunately, this myth also doesn’t require much of an explanation. We’ve all heard stories of someone taking CBD for 1-2 weeks and having…nothing happen. So what’s going on?

Here’s the truth: There wasn’t an issue related to an unbalanced eCS they were trying to support by using CBD in the first place. This might be like taking Tylenol for a week when you’re not even in any pain. What exactly are you evaluating with your experiment? It makes sense that nothing would happen if nothing was wrong to begin with.

Before you try CBD, consider if you have a condition or symptom that might be helped by using CBD. Then decide if using CBD to support your eCS and natural bodily balance is right for you.


5. CBD Myth: CBD is addictive

Top 5 CBD Myths Debunked & ExplainedOne of the biggest worries people often have when they begin to use CBD is…is CBD addictive. Current scientific research and anecdotal evidence say no.

Additionally, because CBD is not addictive and non-psychoactive it may help support endocannabinoid health during withdrawal. In individuals suffering from addiction, CBD may be helpful, but be sure to talk to your doctor.


No matter what you decide about CBD, understand that there’s more to this potentially beneficial product than common myths. Do your research! Read some more about CBD for yourself, and make the best choice for you!

September 13th is the Harvest Moon!

Cancel any plans you have tonight: Did you know tonight’s the Harvest Moon? Take a peek outside, sit on your porch with a glass of wine and a cozy blanket, and take in the sight of a gorgeous Harvest Moon.


Why is it called the Harvest Moon?

plant therapy harvest moonEvery fall (for the Nothern Hemisphere) and for several evenings, the moon will rise just after sunset. Due to the reflection of light from the sun, the moon will be abundantly bright, very early in the evening. Historically, before the invention of electric lights, this extra light was incredibly helpful to farmers harvesting their summer crops. That’s why it’s called a “Harvest” Moon! The light of the moon allowed farmers to keep harvesting, despite the dwindling daylight hours.

The name “Harvest Moon” was also popularized in the early 20th century by the song Shine On Harvest Moon:

Shine On Harvest Moon
By Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1903)

Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky,
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since January, February, June or July
Snowtime ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on harvest moon,
For me and my gal.


What makes the Harvest Moon different?

plant therapy harvest moonThe Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox when the sun sets just as the moon rises in the Nothern Hemisphere. Because the Harvest Moon rises right after sunset several nights in a row, the moon appears to be much bigger and brighter in the sky. In 2019 the Harvest Moon occurs tonight, September 13th! Look for it shortly after sunset, and watch the show!

The Harvest Moon also carries a powerful mystique because of its size and orange color. But the orange color of the moon is actually due to the fact that you’re looking through a greater thickness of Eath’s atmosphere than when you look directly up.

The fact that the moon looks bigger is actually a different visual trick called the Moon Illusion, and we still don’t know quite how it works, adding to the mysticism of the illusion.


Harvest Moon essential oil blend

Finally fall essential oil fall blends harvest moonCelebrate this gorgeous natural even with Plant Therapy’s Harvest Moon fall blend! Reminiscent of freshly fallen autumn leaves crunching below your feet on a crisp fall morning. Bergamot provides a subtle hint of sweetness and Cedarwood amps up the woodsy forest aroma. Fir Needle and Juniper Berry give this blend a crisp, clean mountain air feel, while Cardamom shines through bringing a warmth to the blend. Together, these oils can help to ease congestion during times of seasonal illness and soothe sore muscles due to overexertion.


Harvest Moon Salve

Woman applying white cream to legWhat you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Place the metal band from the jar in the bottom of a pan of water, and then place your half-pint jar on it. Melt completely, stirring occasionally. Carefully remove from the heat and stir in 45-50 drops of Harvest Moon. Allow the salve to fully cool with the lid on to prevent the oils from evaporating. This salve can be rubbed on the chest to clear congestion or onto sore muscles.

And be sure to check out our blog post on what else you should be diffusing this fall!

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