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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.

References
1: Wax, D. (2018, January 03). Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write. Retrieved from https://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/writing-and-remembering-why-we-remember-what-we-write.html
2: 3 Scientific Links Between Handwriting Your Notes and Memory. (2016, August 03). Retrieved from https://redbooth.com/blog/handwriting-and-memory

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

Add Crystal Carfresh Diffuser to your cart

 

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.

Instructions

  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!

Topical vs. Sublingual Ways to Use CBD

Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Can I use Plant Therapy’s CBD topically?

We get this question a lot. And it’s no wonder why. CBD applied topically for pain is incredibly common and many people suffer from chronic localized pain and hope CBD will help. We hear you!

But the answer to this question is a little more complicated. It has to do with how much CBD your body can absorb when used in different ways. Let’s talk about why in more depth.

To talk about CBD and if you can (or should) use it topically, we have to talk about something called bioavailability.

 

Bioavailability: How much CBD is absorbed into your bloodstream

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDCBD products come in many forms, including salves, lotions, tinctures, oils, liquids, capsules and more. And on top of that, CBD also comes in different concentrations. But each of these methods requires different usage methods.

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

Bioavailability is not just about the serving size of your CBD but is also affected by the method of consumption or use.

Topical absorption rate: 5-10%

When used topically, your skin takes a while to absorb the products and is not the most direct way to reach your bloodstream. When applied topically, only about 5-10% of the CBD you use will actually make it into your bloodstream. That means if you take a 100 mg serving size and use it topically, only 5 mg actually makes it into your bloodstream, and generally, it takes about 15 mg to even start to see a difference in symptoms.

Now that doesn’t mean that using CBD topically won’t work for you! Many people report topical CBD is very beneficial, especially for localized pain and discomfort or even some skin issues. But this may vary from person to person and it’s a little harder to measure.

Sublingual absorption rate: 12-35%

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highWhen taken sublingually (as Plant Therapy CBD is designed to be taken), your absorption rate shoots up to 12%-35%, which is actually pretty high!

Sublingual use involves dropping the CBD liquid into your mouth and holding it under your tongue for 60 seconds. This method’s increase is due to the sublingual gland under your tongue. When a substance is administered to this gland, it gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream. That means that for every 100 mg serving size of CBD taken sublingually you absorb 12-35 mg, more than enough to potentially see effects. And as a bonus, it works much faster as well! Because this method of use is more direct, it impacts your body much sooner than even taking CBD orally and simply swallowing it.

What’s the verdict?

So while the short answer is that it won’t hurt you to use Plant Therapy’s CBD topically (it is a natural product after all!), it isn’t the most effective use of your product. Here at Plant Therapy, we wanted to make sure that our first CBD product was the most effective product to pass on to our customers!

Back-to-school Healthy Scalp Spray

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Back-to-School Healthy Scalp Spray DIY

It’s back-to-school season. And along with the joy of new backpacks, anxiety about new teachers and a fresh start comes a different kind of unique challenge…dun dun duuuuuuunnn….LICE.

All parents live in fear of their child bringing home a note with “…one of your classmates has been diagnosed with lice.” We all want to make sure that not only do our own children avoid the dreaded little bug, but also ensure we’re taking whatever precautions we can to prevent it in the first place.

We do have a wonderful, effective blend for this issue called Get ‘Em Gone, which you can also use in this DIY. But for the purposes of making this as quick and easy to make as possible, we created this DIY from oils you probably already have in your essential oil collection: Tea Tree and Lavender.

 

Why Tea Tree + Lavender

You already love Lavender and probably Tea Tree too. But for lice? I bet you’re wondering why we chose these two oils in this case. There’s a great reason! In 2010, a study was done on the effectiveness of essential oils to help ward off lice, specifically. It found that Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils killed lice in 97.6% of cases. That’s pretty effective!

 

Back-to-school Healthy Scalp Spray

Back-to-School Healthy Scalp Spray DIY

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils to your spray bottle, then add Fractionated Coconut Oil until full. Spray down your child’s scalp 1-2 times a day to promote scalp health and support lice deterrence.*

*NOTE: Make sure you rinse out the product after use! This product is not meant to be used without rinsing out your child’s hair. 

For a fun community of essential oil lovers and other helpful DIYs, make sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group!

Here’s What You Should Be Diffusing This Fall

Fall is almost here! And we know that as soon as Starbucks starts busting out the Pumpkin Spice Lattes – we want our houses to smell as much like fall as possible. Here’s just a start for what you should be diffusing this fall.

 

Finally Fall Set

Finally fall essential oil fall blends What You Should be Diffusing This FallOur annual Fall Blends are here, featuring our first entirely KidSafe seasonal set! We heard your prayers and we delivered. This year every single blend in our Finally Fall set is safe to diffuse and use around your kiddos!

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Fall Rain

Finally fall essential oil fall blends What You Should be Diffusing This FallThe crisp, coniferous scent of Fall Rain reminds us of rainy days spent in the forest. One sniff of this lovely blend will instantly transport you to the beautiful, coastal, wooded forests of the Pacific Northwest. Therapeutically, Fall Rain is the perfect blend to help ease breathing, calm the mind and body, and encourage a restful night of sleep.

 

Harvest MoonFinally fall essential oil fall blends What You Should be Diffusing This Fall

This is the perfect blend to bring that crisp, clean smell of fall indoors and freshen up any room with its uplifting scent. Bergamot adds that citrusy note. Cedarwood offers that woodsy outdoor note. Fir Needle and Juniper give this blend that forest-fresh feeling. Cardamom tops it off with a sweet spiciness. These oils together can help ease congestion during times of seasonal illness and soothe sore muscles due to overexertion.

 

Maple Leaf

Finally fall essential oil fall blends What You Should be Diffusing This FallPlant Therapy’s Maple Leaf Blend is the perfect fall scent to instill a sense of warmth and comfort during cold fall days. The sugary sweet notes of Vanilla Oleoresin and German Chamomile CO2 remind us of the last warm days spent hiking in autumn. Cedarwood grounds the blend with a subtle woody sweet note and Cardamom brings a hint of spice.

 

Other Iconic Fall Scents:

What if you don’t have our Finally Fall set on hand yet and still want to get in the fall mood? Well here are the essential oil singles that you probably already have in your collection to get you started right now!

 

Cinnamon cinnamon bark essential oil What You Should be Diffusing This Fall

An essential oil that smells like grandma’s kitchen? Yes, please! Cinnamon not only has a warm, inviting aroma but is also warming to the skin and can help with aging joints. Plus, when you’re diffusing this fall, Cinnamon is an obvious choice!

You can also check out this blog post on all the Cinnamon Essential Oil Types and How They’re Different for more info on this staple oil.

 

Copaiba copaiba oleoresin essential oil What You Should be Diffusing This Fall

Relaxing and calming with a sweet vanilla-y note, Copaiba is the perfect sweet note to add to your spicier, woody fall diffuser blends. Plus, it’s one of the most useful essential oils in your EO collection.

Read about The Top 5 Amazing (and Surprising) Benefits of Copaiba Essential Oil in this blog post!

 

Sweet Orange

orange sweet essential oil What You Should be Diffusing This FallKnown as the “Happy Oil”,  it has a juicy-fresh, light citrus scent can help freshen stale rooms and reduce nervous tension. But it’s also perfect when you’re diffusing this fall because it adds a little sweetness to the spicy or woody oils we love in the fall.

 

Any of the ‘Woodsplant therapy sandalwood What You Should be Diffusing This Fall

  • Sandalwood: We have 8 ideas for using Sandalwood, but it’s the soft, woody scent that makes this classic oil perfect for fall.
  • Cedarwood: This oil has a dry woody aroma, slightly smoky, balsamic, and very subtle with a hint of spice.
  • Ho Wood: This woody, slightly floral and camphorous scent is the perfect note to add to your sweeter fall diffuser blends.

 

Don’t forget to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group for more great ways to use these four oils!

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