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Appreciation: The Blend Made Just for YOU!

Appreciation: The Blend Made Just for YOU!

If there’s one thing Plant Therapy loves more than essential oils, it’s our customers!

This year for Customer Appreciation, we created the ultimate gift for you, our loyal customers: A limited-edition essential oil blend made just to capture how much we love (and appreciate) YOU!

The Hype Is Real

Appreciation: The Blend Made Just for YOU!

If you look up the definition of appreciation, you’ll find it means “recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.” We couldn’t agree more!

During Customer Appreciation, we do our very best every year to show you how much you mean to us. We offer everything from exclusive deals on your favorite products to extra-special gifts with purchase and tons of surprises.

This year, we’re going one step further. We’re launching your new favorite blend and we know you’re going to love it.

Appreciation: Your Own Blend!

We wanted to create something that brings you as much joy as you bring us.

Our Appreciation blend combines Sweet Orange, Bergamot, and Lemon for bright. These happy notes will spark joy, boost your mind’s clarity and help reduce worry.

Frankincense and Sandalwood help calm your emotions. Rose Absolute symbolizes love (like how much we love you!) and has even more calming benefits. Ylang Ylang Complete uplifts your mind to allow for inspiration.

So basically this blend, like you, is our BFF!

Is CBD Legal?

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist:

It’s a hot button question for anyone looking to explore the world of CBD usage: Is CBD legal, and if it is, where?

Is CBD legal in my state?

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDThe short and unfortunately confusing answer is this: Kind of

The legalities of CBD can be tricky. Technically, the Farm Bill which was signed by President Trump on December 20, 2018, made CBD and hemp legal in the United States. 

The Farm Bill and what it means

Sprout coming up in a farm with tractor in the backgroundBefore the Farm Bill, hemp was considered an illegal substance by the Justice Department. CBD also feel under the restrictions of the Controlled Substances Act. Currently, the Department of Agriculture manages hemp crop growth, so CBD is no longer considered a controlled substance. 

Essentially, this bill legalized the growing and transportation of cannabis-related products, including CBD oil, on a federal level. The requirements currently are that the hemp being grown and transported must contain less than 0.3% of that famous and controversial cannabinoid, Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol ( or THC).

This means that broad-spectrum CBD is technically legal federally, but it gets stickier when you’re talking full-spectrum products.

But is CBD legal in my state?

active couple using CBD to be healthierThe unfortunate fact is that individual states still have the final word on cannabis products and if they’re legal to grow and purchase within state lines. We will always recommend checking on your individual state’s current laws before making the decision to purchase or consume CBD.

If you live in one of those states that still classifies full-spectrum CBD as illegal, you cannot legally purchase or use CBD oil, so it’s important to educate yourself. As the stigma around CBD and cannabis continues to disappear and more research is done, this could change. Many states laws differ greatly from each other, and many are changing rapidly. 

The bottom line: Do your homework! 

Resources:

Cherney, Max A. “Hemp is now legal in the U.S., so what does that mean for pot companies?” Market Watch. 23 December 2018.

Everclear 101: Essential Oils and Everclear

By Kristin Lail, Certified Aromatherapist & SEOR Admin

Have you ever read one of our recipes and noticed that it called for Everclear?  Maybe you didn’t know what it was or maybe you did and wondered why we recommended this bottle of liquid sin for an oily DIY.  So, we’re going to learn all about Everclear and address all of the frequently asked questions about it. What is the purpose? Why do we use it? How do we use it and where can you find it?

What is Everclear? 

Everclear 101 essential oils and everclear

Quite simply, Everclear is a brand name of grain alcohol that is bottled at a higher proof than cheaper vodkas. Everclear comes in two proofs, 151 (75.5% alcohol) and 190 (95% alcohol).   This information is important to know but we’ll come back to that in just a bit. [1]

Why and how to use Everclear?

everclear 101: everclear and essential oilsThere are a few reasons why Everclear is a great choice for water-based DIYs.  The first reason is solubilization. Solubilization means to make something (like oil) soluble (dispersable) in water. [2]

It should be common knowledge that water and oils do not mix. When water and oil come into contact with one another, the two separate. Oils mixed in water will float to the surface. If making a perfume, this means that undiluted essential oils will come into contact with the skin.  One could say that if you’re making a linen spray that solubilization is less important. However, from personal experience, these undiluted oil droplets will come into contact with clothing and leave spots that are a nightmare to remove. Keep in mind that for solubilization, you will want to use a minimum of 151 proof. If you can get your hands on 190 proof, this will do a much better job of solubilizing your essential oils.  

So how do you use Everclear as a solubilizer? Simply add essential oils to the alcohol first. Let it sit for at least an hour so that the oils can fully solubilize before adding water into the mix. I prefer to let my essential oils and Everclear meld for 2-3 days when I plan to apply topically, such as for perfume. 

The second reason why Everclear is a great choice is that alcohol can be an effective preservative when used at the right percentages. 

Without the addition of a preservative, water-based DIYs will begin microbial growth within three days of formulation, even if storing in the refrigerator. Using distilled water and sanitized equipment is not enough to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and other dangerous bacteria. [3] 

The failure to properly preserve your DIY could result in potentially life-altering complications such as recurrent yeast infections, staph infections, contact dermatitis or even toxic shock syndrome. [4]

This is where Everclear comes in handy. When used at 20-30% of the product total, 120 proof grain alcohol can work as a preservative.  Rather than looking for a solubilizer and a preservative, Everclear will cover for both. It’s a win-win! 

What can I use Everclear in?

DIY Pest SprayYou can use Everclear in water-based oily DIYs. These might include but are not limited to, pest sprays, perfume, room and linen sprays, or cleaning products. Since I haven’t mentioned it already, Everclear is an excellent choice for cleaning DIYs because high grain alcohol does a stellar job at disinfecting surfaces.[5] Emulsifier, preservative, and added cleaning power? Yes, please!    

The only thing to keep in mind is that alcohol can be a little drying to sensitive skin. However, I’ve never personally experienced this when using at the recommended 20-30%.  Also, for those who wonder whether you should use this with your kiddos, that’s completely a personal choice. There is a possibility of absorbing some of the alcohol but it would likely take a very high percentage of it to have an effect. While I am personally okay with using at 20-30% for a DIY pest spray with my own children, I cannot make this choice for everyone and would recommend personal research and doing what you feel is best for your own family.

Where can you find Everclear? 

Where can you find Everclear? 

The answer to this is going to vary by location within the United States and it may be banned in some countries.  In some states, you can find Everclear at any local store that sells spirits or liquors. In other states, like mine, you can only find Everclear in state dispensaries called the Alcohol Beverage Control.  If you’re unsure of where to find Everclear, I would contact your local beverage control or store that has a liquor license. 

Make sure that you check out these great essential oil DIYs using Everclear:

Is Everclear right for you?

carrier oilsWhile Everclear is a great choice as a solubilizer and preservative,  some families may have strong moral convictions or family situations where alcohol is not the best choice.  In this instance, you will want to look for alternatives, whether it is perfumer’s alcohol or the addition of an emulsifier and preservative

If you still have concerns about using Everclear, do not hesitate to reach out to our team of Certified Aromatherapists at [email protected]. I would also love to invite you to check our Safe Essential Oil Recipes group on Facebook for DIY recipes and support! 

Sources:

1: “Everclear (Alcohol).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 24 June 2019, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everclear_(alcohol)

2: “Solubilisation.” Solubilisation – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, www.sciencedirect.com/topics/pharmacology-toxicology-and-pharmaceutical-science/solubilisation.

3: Fioravanti, Kayla. “Why Cosmetics Need Preservatives.” Personal Care Truth or Scare, 9 July 2010, personalcaretruth.com/2010/06/why-cosmetics-need-preservatives/.

4: “Preservative Information.” Preservative Information | Cosmetics Info, cosmeticsinfo.org/preservative-information.

5: “Chemical Disinfectants; Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities”, https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/disinfection-methods/chemical.html

What is CBD?

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist: 

The world of CBD is filled with almost unpronounceable terms like “endocannabinoid system,” and seemingly magical claims about all the wonderful things it can do. But what you’re probably really wondering is: What can CBD do for me and why should I try it?

The reasons to try CBD are very convincing when you really look at all the potential benefits of such a simple, natural supplement. But let’s start with the basics:

What is CBD?

Plant Therapy CBDCO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) is extracted from industrial hemp – cannabis. It’s a safe, natural extract commonly thought to be incredibly helpful with a variety of issues. The benefits are due to natural chemicals in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids.

Cannabinoids are the chemical components of cannabis we think of as “CBD.” CBD is produced naturally by your body and also by many plants, especially cannabis.

Yes, you did read that correctly! Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids! But let me explain a little further. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to talk about the two most important kinds of cannabinoids:

  • Endocannabinoids are the type of cannabinoids that occur naturally in your own body.
  • Phytocannabinoids come from plants, including cannabis.

Both types of cannabinoids interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (eCS) to help maintain full-body balance.

The term CBD is actually a little misleading as well. While we think of it as the “everything else” in the cannabis plant apart from THC (which we’ll get to in a second), there are actually many other cannabinoids in cannabis. Including some you’ve probably never heard of like CBN, CBC, CBG and many, many more. We also know these other cannabinoids can interact in beneficial ways with your body’s eCS.

But the industry term “CBD” has almost become synonymous with a wide range of CBD products. So to make this complicated topic easier to understand, when we at Plant Therapy say “CBD” we’ll be talking about the broad range of useful phytocannabinoids (the ones that come from cannabis).

What can CBD do for me?

Plant Therapy CBDThe short answer is that CBD can potentially do a lot!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let CBD work on your behalf, doing the work of supporting your eCS, helping maintain balance and health.

Why is Plant Therapy selling CBD?

Plant Therapy CBDAt Plant Therapy, everything we do ties back into our desire to do as much good for as many people as possible. After carefully researching CBD and all the potential health benefits that can come from supporting your eCS with cannabinoids, we feel that this product has the potential to do a great deal of good for a large number of people.

But like everything we do, Plant Therapy is bringing our company values to this new product.

Safety: You can trust that we are transparent about our product and what it does. We don’t make unsubstantiated claims. We do cite our resources and provide GC/MS tests for each oil (including CO2 Hemp Extract). This way you know exactly which chemical constituents go into your CBD.

Quality: High-quality products have always been a priority, but CBD is incredibly important. We sourced the highest-quality product right here in the United States from reputable, ethical growers. We also test each batch of CBD to ensure that we exceed the stated mg per serving by a minimum of 3%. Our testing is done through an independent lab which verifies each batch, and the testing corresponds to the lot number printed on the bottle.

Education: Our team will provide continuing education through content, videos, downloads, and trained staff members.

Pricing: Low, fair, and affordable pricing has always been our first priority.

Will CBD get me “high?”

Plant Therapy CBDNow that you know what CBD is, let’s discuss the next obvious question, and the one on the minds of lawmakers and CBD newbies alike: Will CBD get you high?

This is the big one and the reason that hemp is such a controversial topic right now. Luckily, we’ve got an easy (and comforting) answer for you: No, CBD will not get you high.

In fact, not only will CBD not get you high, it actually can’t get you high. CBD isn’t the chemical compound in cannabis that causes the psychotropic effects commonly associated with cannabis. Which means no “high” whatsoever.

CBD is non-psychoactive, which means cannabinoids themselves don’t (and can’t) cause the “high” feeling associated with marijuana use. That comes from THC, a different chemical compound found in cannabis and the culprit behind that high feeling. 

The most common form of CBD is actually an isolate. Which, if you’ve read our past blog post on isolates, you’ll remember means that the specific chemical component, in this case, cannabidiol (CBD), is isolated from the whole plant compound using a process called chromatography. That leaves you with just the part of the plant you want to use.

Other than the CBD isolate, there are two other common terms you’ll see when describing CBD:

  • Full-spectrum CBD: Contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3%.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: Starts as full-spectrum CBD, and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum.

Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD contains all the other beneficial chemical constituents of the hemp plant, which means you get all the benefits of the other chemical constituents (called the “entourage effect”), as well as the benefits of cannabidiol, without the high feeling.

Can CBD cause me to fail a drug test?

Plant Therapy CBDThis is a tricky question, but it’s fair to say you probably won’t fail a drug test using CBD. Our CBD is THC-free, But passing or failing a drug test does depend on the kind of test being performed.

There are two types of drug tests. The first type of drug test looks for cannabidiol, which is a phytocannabinoid. This test is no longer federally legal. That said, some companies may not have updated their testing requirements to meet the new legal standards.

Most workplace drug screens and tests target Delta 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and do not target or detect the presence of cannabidiol (CBD) or other legal natural hemp-based constituents. So we really recommend checking with your employer to learn which type of drug test they perform if you’re choosing to use CBD, just to make sure.

*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.

References:

Ashley, E. (2017). Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil, & Hemp Seed Oil: The Cannabis Medicines of Aromatherapy’s Own Medical Marijuana. The Secret Healer Oils Profiles, Vol. 8.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report. (2017). Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22.

Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10;373(11):1048-58.

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

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

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

“The Brain Loves CBD: What are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?” (2018). CBD Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

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

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

Full-Spectrum Vs. Broad-Spectrum CBD

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist: 

Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolated CBD: What’s the Difference?

Plant Therapy CBD full-spectrum vs broad-spectrumWhen we’re talking about CBD, there are three different kinds: Broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and isolate. These terms refer to what other chemical constituents are found in your CBD product.

Our Plant Therapy CO2 Hemp Extract is a broad-spectrum CBD, meaning you get all the benefits of the other chemical constituents in the hemp plant, as well as the benefits of cannabidiol. But we’re going to discuss in more detail what that means.

THC, CBD and how they work with your body

Plant Therapy CBD full-spectrum vs broad-spectrumFirst, let’s take a look at how THC and CBD work in your body.

Your body’s endocannabinoid system, which we’ve discussed in more detail in this blog post, is made of three main parts: Your CB1 receptors (mainly in your brain), 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 the cannabinoids produced by your body.

CBD is naturally non-psychoactive because it does not bind with the same endocannabinoid receptors as THC. It’s THC’s ability to bind with CB1 receptors that give it it’s famous psychoactive effects. What this means, is that CBD can’t make you “high” the same way THC can.

CBD as an isolate

The most common form of CBD is actually an isolate (like fractionated coconut oil) because it has been isolated from the plant compound using a process called chromatography and contains only cannabidiol, without any of the other chemical constituents of the cannabis plant. This assures that there can’t be any psychoactive effects from THC.

That leaves you with just the part of the plant you want to use, which is good!

But while CBD on its own may have some benefits, we now understand that many of the positive effects of the cannabis plant come from the way the many chemical constituents, not just CBD, interact with each other. This is called the “entourage effect” and we’ll talk about it more in a minute. First, let’s go over the differences between different types of CBD products.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD starts as full-spectrum CBD and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum. This means that all the other wonderful and useful chemical constituents that make up the cannabis plant are still intact, but there’s no chance of any psychoactive effects at all.

These other constituents include many potent terpene alcohols, especially linalool. Linalool is familiar to anyone in the essential oil industry as the piece that gives some of our favorite oils (like Lavender) their therapeutic properties. Linalool can also be found in oranges, hops, pepper…and many more.

Full-spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3%, a small enough amount that it still won’t have a psychoactive effect at all. Many people taking CBD find that this small amount of THC helps with more serious issues.

What is the “entourage effect?”

Plant Therapy CBD full-spectrum vs broad-spectrumLike essential oils, cannabis is composed of many different chemical constituents, especially terpenes. And just like with essential oils, cannabis terpenes can affect your body by making you feel stimulated or sedated, depending on which ones a plant contains.

When CBD works with these other chemical constituents, it’s called the “entourage effect” and multiplies the usefulness of the product. Basically, 100 milligrams of isolated single-molecule CBD is not equal to 100 milligrams of a CBD-rich whole plant hemp extract. Those extra constituents are incredibly useful.

For example, Myrcene can help reduce resistance in the blood-brain barrier. Pinene can help improve memory and when combined with THC, it can help slow the psychoactive effects. When you combine pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene it may help with anxiety symptoms.

So you can see why maintaining as many of the plant’s complex chemical structure as possible can be hugely beneficial!

Plant Therapy’s CBD

Like everything we do, Plant Therapy is bringing our company values to this new product.

Safety: You can trust that we are transparent about our product and what it does. We don’t make unsubstantiated claims. We do cite our resources and provide GC/MS tests for each oil (including CO2 Hemp Extract). This way you know exactly which chemical constituents go into your CBD.

Quality: High-quality products have always been a priority, but CBD is incredibly important. We sourced the highest-quality product right here in the United States from reputable, ethical growers.  

Education: Our team will provide continuing education through content, videos, downloads, and trained staff members.

Pricing: Low, fair, and affordable pricing has always been our first priority.

To learn more, visit our CBD page for more information.

References:

Ashley, E. (2017). Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil, & Hemp Seed Oil: The Cannabis Medicines of Aromatherapy’s Own Medical Marijuana. The Secret Healer Oils Profiles, Vol. 8.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report. (2017). Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22.

Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10;373(11):1048-58.

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

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

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

“The Brain Loves CBD: What are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?” (2018). CBD Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

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

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

*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.

How to Use CBD

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

You’ve been researching, and the potential health benefits of CO2 Hemp Extract are looking pretty compelling. You may even be ready to try CBD for yourself.  

But 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. This means you should talk to your doctor if you decide to use CBD for serious concerns, and pay attention to your own body’s needs when deciding what strength and which serving size to use.

How to use CBD

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highAt Plant Therapy our CO2 Hemp Extract (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.

How to use our dropper

To get the maximum effect from Plant Therapy’s CBD, measure the desired amount in the dropper, place one dropperful at a time under your tongue and hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing.

CBD and pain management

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDPain. One 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.

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 concerts, 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.

CBD and sleep

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDIf your issues are around quality of sleep, supporting your endocannabinoid system with CBD may help. But how?

Well when it comes to sleep aids, there are many common over-the-counter options that could be helpful. Generally, the concern with these less natural options are the side effects: In some cases, people who use sleep aids have issues with grogginess, tiredness and decreased energy levels. CBD could offer 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. 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.

CBD and anxiety

sleep deprived essential oils for sexuality and romanceAnxiety is one of the most common emotional and behavioral concerns faced by our society today. A 2017 report released by the World Health Organization suggests nearly 264 million people are living with anxiety worldwide.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that anxiety disorders are a regular cause of a number of sleep issues, including those that might lead to insomnia. CBD may offer a more natural option for dealing with anxiety.

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, 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.

Generally, 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, try using CBD regularly at a dose that works for your body and helps ease symptoms. For times of acute anxiety, try taking a dose before or during times of high anxiety to see if that give you relief.

Choosing the strength that’s right for you

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDSo you’re ready to try CBD but aren’t quite sure which strength is right for you? Each bottle of our CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) was formulated with different needs and levels of use in mind.

100 mg/6 mg serving size bottle of CBD

If you’re just starting to explore cannabinoids as a natural way to support your endocannabinoid system for better overall health, our 6 mg serving size of CBD is the perfect place to start. With a serving size just high enough to test out the flavor and explore possibilities, 6 mg is ideal to figure out how CBD can work for you.

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

If you’re looking to support your endocannabinoid system and overall health in a natural way and you’re looking for a good entry level of cannabinoids for everyday use, our 16 mg per serving of CBD was made with you in mind. A 16 mg serving allows you to find the unique amount for daily use ideal for your body.

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

If you’re ready to support the overall health and function of your endocannabinoid system on a daily basis in a natural way, our 33 mg serving of CBD was designed for your needs. With an amount formulated for regular, everyday use, 33 mg is perfect for use as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy function.

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

If you’re a CBD user, have a medium to large body mass, high metabolism, or have more serious concerns associated with the endocannabinoid system, our 83 mg serving of CBD was designed to work for you. Formulated for robust everyday use, 83 mg was created as a supplement to maintain long-term healthy functioning in people with more severe symptoms.

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 the serving size that’s right for you

plant therapy CBD how to use CBDChoosing a serving size is slightly different than choosing a strength. Your serving size refers to how many dropperfuls you choose to take per serving.

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.

It’s also important to note that in very high levels, CBD may cause liver damage. So it’s important not to exceed 45 mg per 5 lbs of body weight per day.

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.

In conclusion, CBD may be the right choice for your body, but remember to use our serving guidelines and make sure to consult with your doctor, especially if you’re looking for help with more serious or acute concerns.

*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

References:

Ashley, E. (2017). Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil, & Hemp Seed Oil: The Cannabis Medicines of Aromatherapy’s Own Medical Marijuana. The Secret Healer Oils Profiles, Vol. 8.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report. (2017). Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22.

Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10;373(11):1048-58.

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

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

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

“The Brain Loves CBD: What are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?” (2018). CBD Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

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

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

n.a., “Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates,” World Health Organization, Geneva, 2017

E. Musty, “Cannabinoids and anxiety,” in Cannabinoids as Therapeutics, Basel, Birkhäuser, 2005, pp. 141-147.

S. Crippa, G. N. Deremusson, T. B. Ferrari and a. others, “Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report,” Journal of Psychopharmacology, vol. 25, no. 1, 2010.

n.a., “CANNABIDIOL (CBD) Critical Review Report,” World Health Organization, Geneva, 2018.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist: 

With all the buzz about CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD), there’s one term you’ve probably heard kicked around: The endocannabinoid system.

It’s a mouthful to say. And what it is, what exactly it does and how it works might seem like a mystery. But understanding your endocannabinoid system is actually the key to understanding how CBD may be able to impact your life.

What is your endocannabinoid system?

Plant Therapy CBD endocannabinoid systemMore than just a long and hard to pronounce term that most people may never have heard of, your endocannabinoid system (or eCS for short) has always been a part of your body. But this incredibly fascinating and complex system was only recently discovered by scientists in 1988.

Potentially your largest endocrine system, the eCS regulates a huge range of bodily processes like your appetite, pain, mood, memory, the nervous system, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, stress…and so much more it’s hard to type it all out.

Where is it in the body?

Plant Therapy CBD endocannabinoid systemNow you have an overview of what your eCS does, but where is it?

The short answer is that your eCS occurs throughout your whole body. As an endocrine system, your eCS is part of your body’s natural function. Endocannabinoids (and their receptors) can be found in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and cells… throughout your body.

Essentially, your eCS is a key part of your body’s overall health and is found in all different parts of your body.

What does your endocannabinoid system do?

Plant Therapy CBD endocannabinoid systemYour brain, immune system, organs, connective tissues, and glands all make use of your endocannabinoid system (eCS). A number of your bodily functions are also regulated by your eCS, including the feelings of pain, mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, and many, many more.

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

How does your eCS work?

Plant Therapy CBD endocannabinoid systemYour eCS is very carefully balanced. Your body produces more or fewer endocannabinoids based on what’s needed to establish homeostasis while leaving the rest of the body’s systems alone.

The eCS consists of three main parts: Endocannabinoids (ones that are produced by your own body) and two different endocannabinoid receptors. The two receptors are: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are concentrated mostly in your brain and nervous system. Because they’re mostly found in the brain, CB1 receptors are responsible for regulating your moods, emotions, bodily movement, appetite, memory, and much more.

CB2 receptors are found mostly in your immune system, but also throughout your whole body. CB2 receptors are also be found in major organs like your heart, liver, kidneys, blood vessels, bones, and reproductive organs, and they are responsible for a variety of functions. When we think of pain and inflammation due to an eCS imbalance, you’re generally thinking of your CB2 receptors.

How does CBD help?

CO2 Hemp Extract (CBD) supplements your body’s naturally created endocannabinoids to keep the receptors working at peak capacity. Similar to how we use vitamin C to kick start our immune system, CO2 Hemp Extract CBD acts almost as a kick-starter to help the functions of the body’s central regulatory system.

When your endocannabinoid system is out of balance, it becomes difficult for your body to regulate itself, and may open yourself up to developing a host of concerns, diseases, and illnesses.

An out-of-balance eCS can cause many kinds of issues, including digestive system problems, certain behavioral or mood issues including stress and anxiety, and even some motor and cognitive concerns. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples.

Pain and Inflammation: Cannabinoids have been recognized worldwide as a natural way to reduce chronic pain. Cannabinoids appear to be able to help modulate inflammation and impact neuronal transmission in pain pathways

Mental health: Cannabinoids have been shown to help regulate the body’s stress response, which may lead to a decrease in stress and anxiety and an uplift in your feeling of general well-being.

If you want to learn even more about how CBD works, you can learn more in this great blog post.

*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.

References:

Ashley, E. (2017). Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil, & Hemp Seed Oil: The Cannabis Medicines of Aromatherapy’s Own Medical Marijuana. The Secret Healer Oils Profiles, Vol. 8.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report. (2017). Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22.

Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10;373(11):1048-58.

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

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

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

“The Brain Loves CBD: What are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?” (2018). CBD Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

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

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

Will CBD Get Me High?

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist: 

The biggest question, and the most controversial when we’re talking about CBD is this: Will CBD get you high?

Will CBD get me high?

The answer to this question 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).

THC, CBD and how they work with your bodyplant therapy CBD will CBD get me high

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.

Your body’s endocannabinoid system, which we’ve discussed in more detail in this blog post, 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.

The Cannabis (Hemp) Plant:

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highThe cannabis plant belongs to the genus Cannabaceae, which is a big family of flowering plants and includes so much more than just it’s most famous member, cannabis. For example, this family also includes Humulus lupulus, or hops, which are famously used worldwide as a beer ingredient worldwide and has been for hundreds of years.

Cannabis itself is a dioecious plant, which means that there are both male and female plants and they rely on each other for pollination. Male plants, with their fibrous tissues and tall limbs, is where preferred hemp comes from. Throughout history, hemp has been used to make clothes, paper, rope, shoes—all kinds of things. Fun fact: both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were drafted on hemp paper!

Female plants, on the other hand, are shorter and stockier. This doesn’t make them good for fibrous purposes, like hemp, but they do have their own unique characteristics. It’s from the female plants where we get nutritious hemp seeds from. And it’s from her small resin glands, called trichomes, where THC synthesizes from. So when we hear the word “marijuana,” you should know this typically refers to the female cannabis plant.

THC (or Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol)

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highOne of the most well-known chemicals found in cannabis, (the other being CBD) THC really is the culprit that gives cannabis its mixed reputation and uncertain future. But what exactly is it?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical in cannabis that gives you that “high” feeling. Feeling “high” sounds like kind of casual term, but in popular culture, this is the term we associate the most with the psychoactive effects of THC.

Like we talked about above, cannabis has both male and female plants. Females have trichomes, which are microscopic protrusions made up of a stalk and a head that look a little bit like tiny, clear mushrooms.

Trichomes appear on the surface of the female plant’s buds, leaves, and (less often) the stalk. THC synthesizes in the heads of these trichomes. When inhaled or consumed in high enough quantities, THC molecules bind directly to CB1 receptors in the brain, causing the well-known psychoactive effect.

THC goes right to the CB1 receptors, stimulating parts of the brain that respond to pleasure and releases our happy-brain chemical called dopamine. All said and done, you end up experiencing the infamous “high.”

CBD

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highUnlike 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. But it gets even better! 

Plant Therapy’s CBD is broad-spectrum, which means our CBD product is THC-free.

So what does this mean? CBD will not get you high. Not even a little bit.

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. It does this by activating other receptors and signals throughout the body, like TRPV1 receptors, which are involved with inflammation and pain regulation.

Oh, and CBD contains beta-caryophyllene, an endocannabinoid system stimulating terpene that is known as a potent anti-inflammatory agent.

And while CBD is working hard in your body by influencing your endocannabinoid system, what do you get to do? Sit back and relax! CBD works to support your eCS system to help relax muscles, reduce inflammation, ease feelings of stress and anxiety, and so much more! It is developing quite a reputation for its ability to assist in relieving both short term and chronic pain, as well as reducing symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. It does all this with absolutely no psychoactive side-effects.

Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolated CBD: What’s the Difference?

plant therapy CBD will CBD get me highWhen we’re talking about CBD, there are three different kinds: Broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and isolated. These terms refer to what other chemical constituents are included in your CBD product.

The most common form of CBD is actually an isolate (like fractionated coconut oil) because it has been isolated from the plant compound using a process called chromatography and contains only cannabidiol, without any of the other chemical constituents of the cannabis plant. This assures that there can’t be any psychoactive effects from THC.

Full-spectrum CBD contains trace amounts of THC. The legal limit for these types of products is less than 0.3% and it still is a small enough amount that it won’t have a psychoactive effect at all. We really mean it! 

But remember, Plant Therapy CBD is broad-spectrum and THC-free. Which means there’s no chance of a psychoactive effect.

Broad-spectrum CBD starts as full-spectrum CBD and when the THC is removed, it becomes broad-spectrum. This means that all the other wonderful and useful chemical constituents that make up the cannabis plant are still intact, but there’s no chance of any psychoactive effects at all. These other constituents include many potent terpene alcohols, especially linalool. Linalool is familiar to anyone in the essential oil industry as the piece that gives some of our favorite oils (like Lavender) their therapeutic properties.

To learn more about CBD, check out some of our other great resources.

*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.

References

Ashley, E. (2017). Cannabis: CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Hemp Essential Oil, & Hemp Seed Oil: The Cannabis Medicines of Aromatherapy’s Own Medical Marijuana. The Secret Healer Oils Profiles, Vol. 8.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836. doi:10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1

Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report. (2017). Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

ElSohly M, Gul W. Constituents of cannabis sativa. In: Pertwee R, ed. Handbook of Cannabis. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2014:3-22.

Friedman D, Devinsky O. Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Sep 10;373(11):1048-58.

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

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

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

“The Brain Loves CBD: What are the Effects of This Major Cannabinoid?” (2018). CBD Health and Wellness. Retrieved from https://cbdhealthandwellness.net/2018/09/04/the-brain-loves-cbd-what-are-the-effects-of-this-major-cannabinoid/

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

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

The Crown Chakra: Higher Connection

Well — we did it! We’ve journeyed through the chakras and gotten to the top! This week we have traveled from the bottom of our spine to the top of our head, discovering how to use aromatherapy to help bring your chakra into balance each of these energy centers. The powerful support they provide to our spirit gives us a greater sense of balance, from the inside out. 

Today we come to the 7th chakra – the crown chakra. Like a crown, the location of this chakra sits atop the head and — unlike a crown — extends infinitely upward and outward. It connects us to a higher state of consciousness and self-knowledge, so that we may reach our higher self. Our Higher Connection blend is designed to support this chakra with its warm, shimmering, heady scent, made up of the essential oils of Orange BloodFrankincense Carteri CO2Petitgrain, and Neroli.

 Your Crown Chakra

plant therapy essential oil chakra blendsOf all the chakras, the crown chakra is the most difficult to explain. Think of this chakra as pure, conscious energy that connects you to the energy of the entire universe. If you can image the push and pull of two magnets, that invisible but clearly powerful tension, you can imagine your own conscious energy. Like a seed bursting open and stretching out toward the sun, our energy reaches upward to allow higher wisdom to flow downward, nourishing our spiritual growth.

The crown chakra opens our consciousness to higher states, beyond our own personal preoccupations. When we are able to shed ourselves of material fixations and our sense of ego, we can be filled with serenity and peace about life and our relationship to the universal energy that connects all of existence. [3]

The lavender chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blendsThe crown chakra is most commonly seen as being white, although it can also be depicted as deep purple or lavender.

The symbol of the Crown chakra is composed of a circle with a thousand petals. The circle is sometimes compared to the symbol of the full moon.

What happens when your crown chakra is blocked?

Woman sitting sad and stressedThe crown chakra is associated with the brain and the entire nervous system. [3] Because of this, blockage in this chakra can result in very subtle, systematic issues. Depression, mental fog, chronic fatigue, struggling to learn new concepts, and sleep disorders may present themselves.

You may have feelings of living inside your own head and being detached from the world around you. When we are disconnected at this chakra, we can experience false illusions and attachments, which can leave us feeling empty and unsatisfied inside. [2/ 4]

Balancing your crown chakra:

Use Elemi Essential Oil to help increase focus during meditation practicesMeditation is a powerful tool when healing the crown chakra. Immersion in the energy of the 7th chakra helps to transcend from living in the ordinary to a sense of the extraordinary. [2]Balance your meditation with living a life you love so you can remain rooted in your reality while also connecting to the cosmic energy above. [3] As we realize the interconnected nature of everything, we can begin to live with a deeper sense of gratitude. [4] We can also work on balancing the energy of the other chakras in order to keep the crown chakra healthy. [3]

Higher Connection supports your crown chakra by gently encouraging strength in our spiritual growth to know greater love and deeper purpose.

To use this blend, you can add to a personal inhaler or diffuser. Putting a drop or two on a tissue and wafting it away from your nose is another fantastic way to enjoy the benefits of this blend. To apply this amazing aroma topically, dilute Higher Connection to 1% in your favorite carrier oil. You can anoint the area of your heart chakra, your chest, by massaging this intentionally in a clockwise direction.  

Try this DIY Pillow Spritz using Higher Connection to enjoy this divine aroma near the top of your head. Healing the crown chakra will invite in pure, radiant, and joyful energy, allowing connection with greater self-knowledge and our higher selves. 

Yoga for the crown chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blendsTo connect more with the present moment, and spiritual growth, use Higher Connection to active the Crown Chakra. Apply it to the top of your head, relax back into Savasana and concentrate on the words, “I am complete and the divine lives in me.”

High Connection linen spray

What you’ll need:

  • 18 drops of Higher Connection
  • 1.5 ounce of water
  • .5 ounces of Everclear*
  • Empty spray bottle

Add Higher Connection to your cart

What you’ll do:

Measure out water and Everclear in separate measuring cups. Mix essential oils into Everclear and then add water in slowly. Pour into empty spray bottle. Spray linens before bed. 
*Everclear is used in this recipe to allow the essential oils to emulsify properly and to help with preservation. If you do not want to use Everclear then an emulsifier and preservative would be necessary.

**Higher Connection is a KidSafe blend. However, due to the addition to Everclear, it is the customer’s decision if they want to use this spritz around children or not. 

Want to learn more?

Plant Therapy chakra blends essential oilsOur amazing Certified Aromatherapists have written two exceptional blogs that dive deeper into the subjects of chakras and subtle aromatherapy:

sources:

  1. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 38, 67
  2. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pgs 77, 79
  3. Judith, A. (2016). Wheels of Life: A users guide to the Chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.pg. 317, 322, 337, 358
  4. Virginia, K., & Khalsa, D. (2017). Essential kundalini yoga: An invitation to radiant health, unconditional love, and the awakening of your energetic potential. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pgs. 15, 33

The Third Eye or Brow Chakra: Clear Intuition

The universe is made up of energy – and so are you! Tapping into this energy and harnessing it in positive ways can greatly enhance your self-care regimen. Our Chakra blends are designed to support your energy centers, called chakras, so that you can achieve a greater sense of balance, inside and out!

Your 6th chakra is commonly referred to as both the ‘third eye’ chakra and the ‘brow’ chakra. It’s located on your forehead between your eyes. It is widely considered to be the key to your spiritual and psychic abilities.

Our Clear Intuition blend is designed to support this chakra with its softly intoxicating scent, made from the essential oils of Grapefruit PinkClary SageSandalwood Australian, and Spruce Hemlock.

Your Third Eye/Brow Chakra

clear intuition chakra essential oil blends plant therapyIf the name “third eye” sounds familiar, it’s likely because you’ve heard of it before!

Since ancient times, civilizations have recognized the existence of a place in our minds that understands more than what our five senses show us. Concepts like intuition, foresight, and your “sixth sense are all within the domain of the third eye/brown chakra. While your eyes guide physical direction, your 6th chakra sees inward for guidance. Your intuition brings you a clearer perception of your purpose. Ultimately, this chakra supports greater spiritual growth and transformation.

The indigo/deep purple chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blendsThe third eye chakra is most commonly represented indigo or bluish purple. But more than by its color, this chakra is characterized by the quality of its luminescence or soft radiance that reminds us of the moonlight.

The symbol of the third eye chakra has two elements associated with wisdom: An upside down triangle and the lotus flower.

What happens when your third eye/brow chakra is blocked or out of balance?

Woman holding head in apparent frustrationWhen your third eye/brow chakra is blocked it might feel difficult to trust your inner voice, learn new skills, or think with clarity. [4]  Physically, you might get headaches, dizziness, eye issues, and brain lesions. [1] Delusions, disconnections with reality, and addictive behaviors can also be problems with your third eye chakra. [5]

Balancing your third eye or brow chakra:

essential oils for studyingIf you want to open this chakra and get more clarity, insight, and intuition, spend time focusing on your inner voice. Use self-reflection to create a plan for your life’s direction. You might try keeping a dream journal to track your inner thoughts and subconscious mind. [5]

Clear Intuition supports your third eye/brow chakra by promoting the ability to “clearly see” through intuition. It helps quiet your conscious mind and encourage introspection.

To use this blend, you can add to a personal inhaler or diffuser. Putting a drop or two on a tissue and wafting it away from your nose is another fantastic way to enjoy the benefits of this blend. To apply this amazing aroma topically, dilute Clear Intuition to 1% in your favorite carrier oil. You can anoint the area of your third eye/brow chakra by massaging this intentionally in a clockwise direction.  

Yoga for the brow chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends throat chakraTap into your inner guidance and purpose by using Clear Intuition to activate the third eye or brow chakra. Apply it to the center of your forehead and settle into child’s pose. The affirmation is, “I am tuned into wisdom and understand the true meaning of life situations. Seeing the big picture.”

Clear Intuition incense

Try this DIY Incense using Clear Intuition to help connect to a higher state of consciousness and inspire possibility while remaining grounded in peace.

What you’ll need:

  • Blank incense sticks
  • Olive dish (or another long dish)
  • Cup
  • 20 drops of Clear Intuition per incense stick

Add Clear Intuition to your cart

What you’ll do:

Place one blank incense stick in the olive dish. Using about 20 drops of Clear Intuition, coat the incense stick entirely. Set the coated stick upright in a cup to dry for about 15 hours, or until completely dry. Burn during meditation practices to quiet the conscious mind and encourage introspection.

Want to learn more?

Plant Therapy chakra blends essential oilsOne of our amazing Certified Aromatherapists, Ellen Brenner, has written two exceptional blogs that dive deeper into the subjects of chakras and subtle aromatherapy:

Sources:

  1. Judith, A. (2016). Wheels of Life: A users guide to the Chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.pg. 280-281, 298
  2. Virginia, K., & Khalsa, D. (2017). Essential kundalini yoga: An invitation to radiant health, unconditional love, and the awakening of your energetic potential. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pg. 15
  3. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 67, 92, 238, 258
  4. Virginia, K., & Khalsa, D. (2017). Essential kundalini yoga: An invitation to radiant health, unconditional love, and the awakening of your energetic potential. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pg. 28
  5. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pg 66, 69, 73
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