Blog Posts by Jessica Cobb | Plant Therapy | - Page 23 of 80

The Plant Therapy website uses cookies for a variety of reasons. By accessing or using the Plant Therapy website you agree to the use of cookies. You can read our cookie policy here.

Your cart is currently empty.

Naturally Blended

All posts by Plant Therapy

Diffusing at Parties: Is It Safe to Diffuse in Public?

We love essential oils, you love essential oils, everybody else should love essential oils (I mean, right?)….but sometimes it can be easy to get carried away. With all of the holiday gatherings coming up, we here at Plant Therapy want to send out a friendly safe-usage reminder: Don’t diffuse in public!

When you diffuse in public, unpredictable reactions may occur. Why is this? Well, everyone has to breathe. And just because you respond well to an essential oil diffused into the air, doesn’t mean everyone else will, too. Babies, pregnant or nursing women, pets, and individuals on certain medications or who have medical conditions can be at risk of adverse reactions to what’s being publicly diffused.

Some people have specific allergies to certain chemical components in essential oils as well! Inhaling specific oils can make them feel nauseous, light-headed, irritable – honestly, the list of symptoms could go on and on.

You just don’t know how everyone will respond, so why take the risk? It’s always best to err on the side of caution so that you don’t unintentionally harm your party guests.

But don’t worry!

We know you still want to use your oils, especially with the overwhelming demands this season can bring. Personal aromatherapy inhalers are ideal for public situations, especially since you can use whatever oil or blend is personally best for you. Aromatherapy diffuser lockets are also a nice option to enjoy your favorite oils whenever you want!

Thank you to all of our amazing customers making safe and conscientious essential oil choices!

7 Essential Beard-Tending Tips + DIY Essential Oil Shaving Cream

Guys, this one’s for you!

Do you have a beard? Do you want one? Well as we’ve mentioned before, Plant Therapy loves beards. Our founder, Chris Jones, personally knows a thing or two about the bearded life.

No-shave November is upon us, which means it’s time to give yourself permission to let your beard do its own glorious thing for a full 30 days.

But growing a beard isn’t as simple as just skipping your morning shave all month; To keep that mane manageable you need more than just a scrub in the shower. Head-turning facial hair happens when you pamper your beard.

Our No-Shave November contest starts Monday, November 5th, 2018 and ‪ends Friday, November 30th, (2018)
Just snap a picture of your (or your loved ones) glorious beard or facial hair growth, and upload your photo to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #PTBeard and tag @planttherapy.

What can you win?

Five winners will each win a Plant Therapy Beard Set of their choice and a $50.00 Plant Therapy Store Credit! And no one is saying you can’t buy your own oils with that $50, maybe throw a little something in there for yourself too!

And while you’re working on your epic facial mane this No-Shave November, get $5.00 off a Plant Therapy Beard Set using code: BEARD all November long!

Here are our top tips to help you grow an award-winning beard:

1. Keep it clean

Dude, we can’t stress this enough. Make sure you wash your beard daily, as often as your hair. Comb after meals to avoid crumbs. Clean beards are kissable beards!

Tip: Don’t towel-dry your beard, it can cause frizz and split ends (long-haired gents and ladies have known this for years!)

2. Keeps stray hairs tamed

Don’t be afraid to trim strays, keeping things streamlined and well-groomed. Just comb your beard into it’s desired shape, and gently trim any strays with a sharp pair of scissors.

Pro tip: Don’t over-trim! Do one hair at a time to avoid accidentally slicing off a patch of hair you wanted to keep.

3. Moisturize

Add some of Plant Therapy’s All-Natural Beard Oil to your stock of grooming supplies. Beard oil moisturizes hair follicles and the skin beneath it, tames flyaways, eliminates flakes, and keeps those whiskers healthy, clean, and looking great!

Plant Therapy has two great-smelling beard oils: Smokey Lumberjack and Urban Fresh. Smokey Lumberjack features the essential oils of Patchouli and Cedarwood for a deep, smokey scent. Urban Fresh – with Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Lemon – has a bold, fresh smell. 

3. Use a natural beard balm

Many beard balms contain silicone, which does a great job making hair look shiny and smooth…but doesn’t offer any extra moisture or nourishment.

Plant Therapy Beard Balm conditions and helps revive your beard, promoting healthy hair growth. Our Beard Balm will help keep your beard together without feeling heavy or greasy, while naturally conditioning your hair.

4. Blow dry unwanted curls away

Curls cramping your style? You might not think of it, but the blow dryer isn’t just for ladies anymore. Blasting your beard while it’s wet with the dryer will help give you a straight, neat beard and tames curls.

5. Keep it combed

Invest in a good fine-tooth grooming comb, and use it regularly. A quick comb-through after a shower, when you wake up and after a meal will keep your beard clean and in check.

6. Embrace grays

No-Shave November: 7 Essential Beard-Tending Tips + DIY Essential Oil Shaving CreamThis just in: grays are hot. They make you look distinguished and add character to your face. Don’t keep your face shaved for fear of revealing a few silver strands! Ladies love a beard, especially one with a little salt-and-pepper.

7. We mustache you: don’t forget your upper lip

Unless you’ve decided to go with mutton chops or a chin strap (and we really hope you didn’t) growing a great beard means growing a mustache as well.

Keep your lips clear and clean by trimming under your nose and over your lips with a pair of sharp grooming scissors, and invest in a good mustache wax.

In celebration of No-Shave November, our aromatherapy team put together this manly essential oil infused shaving cream recipe:

Manly Fresh Essential Oil Shaving Cream

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Melt together Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Jojoba, and Fractionated Coconut Oil together in a double boiler. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Allow mixture to cool and harden. Put baking soda in a bowl and mix well with an electric hand mixer. Store in airtight container.

No-Shave November: 7 Essential Beard-Tending Tips + DIY Essential Oil Shaving Cream

Oil of the Month favorites are HERE!

oil of the month essential oils magnolia flower, sea fennel, and moldavian dragonhead

You said you loved them so we’re bringing them back! Some of your favorite Oil of the Month essential oils are now available for purchase.

Sea Fennelsea fennel essential oil

Straight from the beautiful coastline of Greece comes Sea Fennel, an essential oil with a history dating back to ancient mythology. It has wonderful skin renewing and regenerative properties, making it wonderful for aging skin to help improve tone and radiance. This KidSafe oil also helps with digestive and respiratory issues.

Check out THIS blog to learn more about Sea Fennel!

Magnolia Flower

magnolia flower

The uniquely sweet, fruity, and exotic aroma of Magnolia Flower can help ease worry and tension in both the mind and the body. Coming from the Michelia Alba tree in China, this essential oil is rich in the constituent Linalool, which is well known for its soothing and calming capabilities. Its lightly floral aroma blends beautifully with many other essential oils and is an excellent addition to any essential oil collection.

Check out THIS blog to learn more about Magnolia Flower!

Moldavian Dragonhead

Moldavian dragonhead essential oil has an aroma like vintage lemon drops

This rare and precious essential oil brings a host of benefits and a beautifully soft, spicy lemony scent, reminiscent of vintage, natural lemon drops. Reach for it to help reduce digestive upset, support the immune system, and fight against seasonal threats. Plus, it’s great to help calm the mind and uplift the mood.

Check out THIS blog to learn more about Moldavian Dragonhead!

So what is the Oil of the Month Club, anyway?

If you have a bit of an adventurous side when it comes to essential oils, you’re going to love what Plant Therapy has to offer every single month. Rare essential oils, unique blends, absolutes, essence oils, and CO2s – anything could be waiting in your mailbox!

Check the club out HERE to become a member.

The Top 5 Benefits of Helichrysum

The high(ish) price tag on Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil has a reason behind it: Helichrysum is a powerhouse oil and it’s so widely used that it’s now in shorter and shorter supply (7). Actually, true Helichrysum Italicum Oil, also known as Immortelle, is grown only in a few spots around the world and is unsurpassed in its ability to rejuvenate the look of healthy, unblemished skin.

Helichrysum originally comes from the Mediterranean, where this plant has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, especially in countries like Italy, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, and Bosnia and Herzegovina (3).

In the quest to figure out what makes Helichrysum Italicum so useful, there have been many scientific studies conducted in the last several decades. The focus of many of these studies has been to figure out exactly how Helichrysum Essential Oil works as a natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent.

Modern science is helping to confirm what traditional people have known for centuries: Helichrysum Essential Oil contains special properties that make it an excellent antioxidant, an antibacterial, an anti-fungal, and an anti-inflammatory. It contains the major constituents of:

  • a-Pinene
  • Gamma-Curcumene
  • Neryl acetate
  • B-Selinene
  • Italidione I
  • B-Caryophyllene
  • ar-Curcumene
  • Italicene

Because of these useful chemical components, this essential oil can be used in many, many different ways to help boost health (6). Some of its most popular uses are for treating wounds, infections, digestive problems, supporting the nervous system and heart health, and helping with respiratory issues (1).

1. It’s great for your skin’s health.

woman using body sprayOne scientific review found that Helichrysum’s flavonoids and terpene compounds were effective in fighting against dangerous bacteria that can cause issues ranging from minor skin rashes to much more serious problems (4).

Thanks to Helichrysum’s anti-inflammatory properties, people also frequently use this essential oil on scars to discourage inflammation, help aid in healing, and keep skin healthy. This essential oil also has anti-allergenic properties, making it a great natural remedy to help with the irritation that comes with hives (4).

To use Helichrysum Essential Oil for soothing and healing the skin, combine 2-3 drops with one Tbsp carrier oil (like Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil) and rub the mixture onto the area of concern. This is great for use on irritated skin, redness, scars, blemishes, rashes, and shaving irritation. And if you have a rash or poison ivy, applying Helichrysum mixed with Lavender Essential Oil can help cool and soothe itching.

2. It helps boost your skincare routine.

Another great way to use Helichrysum Essential Oil is on the skin as a natural way to help keep skin healthy and blemish-free.

Helichrysum makes a great addition to your daily skin routine. The added benefit to this oil is that it works without drying the skin, or causing any other irritating side effects (like the ones by harsh chemical acne treatments or medications).

3. It’s a natural way to help keep your stomach feeling great.

Helichrysum can help stimulate the secretion of gastric juices that are needed to break down food and prevent indigestion. For example: For thousands of years in Turkish folk medicine, the oil has been used as a diuretic, helping to avoid feelings of bloating by helping draw out excess water out of the body, and for relieving stomachaches (3).

The flowers of Helichrysum Italicum is also a traditional remedy for intestinal complaints and have been used historically as a herbal tea for relieving digestive, stomach-related issues.

Scientific research has tested Helichrysum Italicum as a natural remedy for digestive upset and intestinal diseases. Additionally, animal research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology demonstrated Helichrysum’s natural antispasmodic properties, the reason it’s able to help with symptoms of intestinal complaints (2).

4. It helps keeps your kidneys healthy

Helichrysum Essential Oil is often used to help prevent kidney stones and promote kidney health, keeping your kidney’s and liver refreshed and protected.

5. It has immune-boosting properties.

Since the biggest part of the immune system is located in the gut, and Helichrysum Essential Oil can help boost bodily immunity, it makes this essential oil a no-brainer to turn to when keeping your immune system in top shape. Also, in clinical studies, the flavonoids and phloroglucinols of Helichrysum Oil helped stop harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. 

Sources: 

  1. Daniela, R. Formisano, C. Senatore, F. Piacente, S. Pagano, E. Capasso, E. Borrelli, F. Angelo A. (2013) Intestinal antispasmodic effects of Helichrysum italicum (Roth) Don ssp. italicum and chemical identification of the active ingredients. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
  2. Martinez-de Oliveira, J. (2014) Helichrysum italicum: from traditional use to scientific data. Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
  3. Nostro A, Bisignano G, Angela Cannatelli M, Crisafi G, Paola Germanò M, Alonzo V. (2001) Effects of Helichrysum italicum extract on growth and enzymatic activity of Staphylococcus aureus. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
  4. Robbins, W. (2018) Helichrysum Essential Oil (Immortelle Essential Oil). AromaWeb.
  5. Tisserand, R. (1995) Essential Oil Safety.
  6. Tisserand, R. (2014) Robert Tisserand Interviewed on Ingestion, Dilution and Other Safety Issues. Robert Tisserand.

Essentials Video: Exotic Escape Bath Salts DIY

Sometimes when the weather is a little chilly outside, nothing beats a warm, cozy bath. The unique blend of essential oils used in this Bath Salts DIY is perfect for the autumn season with it’s warm, spicy, and light citrus scent!

Exotic Escapes Bath Salts

What you’ll need:
2 tbsp Body Wash, unscented
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
2 drops Ginger Root CO2
2 drops Cardamom
1 drop Orange Sweet

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:
Mix your body wash and essential oils in a small bowl, and stir. Once the oils and body wash are combined, mix in your Epsom salts. Add to your bath for an exotic scented treat!

Essentials Video: Exotic Escape Bath Salts DIY

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out tons of other great videos, tutorials, and DIYs on our Video page!

Helichrysum Italicum: Spotlight Essential Oil of the Week

Helichrysum Italicum spotlight oil of the week

Helichrysum Italicum

  • Latin name: Helichrysum italicum
  • Aroma Description: Sweet, warm, herbal woody aroma

Therapeutic benefits

  • Ideal For All Types of Skin Blemishes
  • Boosts Normal Immune Function
  • Soothes Away Deep Emotional Feelings
  • Reduces the Appearance of Scars and Wrinkles

Kidsafe?

Yes! This IS a KidSafe oil.

Dilution instructions:

For topical application, we recommend a dilution of 3-5%. For facial application, we recommend a 1% dilution.

Diffusion instructions:

Use in your aromatherapy diffuser, personal inhaler, or diffuser necklace to help soothe away deep emotional feelings and diffuse anger and destructive feelings leaving you uplifted and ready to move forward.

Where Helichrysum Italicum is used on the body:

This amazing oil is extremely useful in skin rejuvenation, as it counteracts the visible signs of aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helping smooth skin. Add it to your favorite body cream or lotion for more radiant skin.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Geranium Egyptian, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose Absolute, and Rosemary 1,8-Cineole.

Sun Soother Blend

To help comfort your skin after too much sun exposure, add 3 drops of Helichrysum Italicum, 9 drops of Lavender, and 6 drops of Frankincense Frereana to 1 ounce of Aloe Vera Jelly. Apply to the impacted area for relief! This blend is KidSafe.

On the Mend Roller Blend

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add essential oils to empty 10 mL roll-on bottle and fill the rest with carrier oil. Apply directly to the impacted area twice daily.

on the mend roller blend with helichrysum italicum

October Oil of the Month: Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange Fruit Essences

Holy wow, do we have a juicy triple treat for this Oil of the Month!

Behold, your own set of fruit essence oils, including Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange! But, these aren’t your everyday citrus oils. Hold onto your hats, because this trio is about to elevate your experience with the essential nature of the citrus family.

Because of the way they are extracted from plants, essences pack a more potent scent bringing forth an intense, brighter, fresher sense of the actual fruit itself. Rather than coming from the cold pressed rind like their essential oil cousins, essences are distilled from the juice of the fruit.

We introduced essences with the Tropical Passion Synergy Oil of the Month. In that instance, we used Orange Essence Oil boost this scent to a higher level of sumptuousness.

Background

Essence oils are extracted as part of the process to create fruit juice. During the last phase, volatile oils float to the top of the tanks where they are collected and distilled to separate them from the water of the juice source.

Lemon Essence OilLemon source for lemon essential oil Citrus limon

This well-known fruit ripens to its bright yellow color on small evergreen trees cultivated around the world. The lemon fruit is ubiquitous in flavoring food and beverages and in scenting perfumes and personal care products.

Historically, the actual fruit has been employed for illnesses from infection to arthritic conditions.[1]

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

Mandarin Green Essence Oil

Mandarin Oranges for Essence Oils

Citrus nobilis

Closely related to the tangerine, the mandarin in native to Asia, and especially southern China. The small evergreen tree is now cultivated in Europe, the Middle East, and Brazil, while its more familiar cousin, the tangerine, took root in Texas, Florida, and California.

In the historical healing arts, the mandarin fruit’s gentle nature has been considered ideal to support digestive issues for children and the elderly. Its beautiful citrus scent is used as a flavoring agent in sweet liquors and in personal care products, especially colognes[2]

This version of Mandarin Essence Oil has been harvested early enough to yield the green and yellow oils, rather than the reddish oils from later harvests. This particular variety also has a dimethyl anthranilate note, which highlights the fruit’s concord grape-like attributes.

Orange Essence OilOrange EssenceCitrus sinensis

Originating in China, the beloved sweet orange fruit grows on a small evergreen tree. In the United States, the sweet orange is iconic in its association with the sunshine cultures and crop industries of California and Florida.

In Europe, sweet orange can be found more extensively around the Mediterranean. The orange fruit is important in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of ailments[3]

Orange Essence Oil differs from Orange Sweet Essential Oil with its strong effervescent, fruity top note and additional aldehydes (approximately 0.5%). The chemical makeup is otherwise nearly identical to Orange Sweet Essential Oil. 

Benefits

Essence Oils provide similar benefits to their essential oil counterparts. You can use essences interchangeably with their essential oil counterparts in your synergies with the benefit of a big boost to the scent.

Some of the potential benefits to consider include the following:

Lemon Essence Oil Citrus limon

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Supports Concentration and Focus
  • Provides Respiratory During Seasonal Illness
  • Offers Immune Support
  • Helps to Brighten Skin’s Appearance
  • Cleansing and Clearing

Mandarin Green Essence Oil Citrus nobilis

  • Calming and Refreshing
  • Uplifting
  • Soothes Nervous Tension
  • Soothes Restlessness
  • Eases Digestive Upset
  • Supports Slumber

Orange Essence Oil Citrus sinensis

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Clearing and Refreshing
  • Eases Worry
  • Soothes Nervous Tension
  • Soothes Digestive Distress
  • Supports the Immune System

Blending

In addition to considering the benefits for your synergies, we recommend you become familiar with the more intense scents of the essences in relation to their essential oil counterparts.

Because of their aromatic strength, you may wish to adjust your synergies to accommodate your preferred scent profiles.

Lemon Essence Oil Citrus limon

Lemon Essence Oil has an intense, citrus scent. It is perfect to add a boost of fresh zest to your synergy. Additionally, Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, making it useful in applications where discoloration may be problematic.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: Lemon Essence Oil can cause photosensitivity. To avoid this we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical application.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Mandarin Green Essence Oil Citrus nobilis

Mandarin Green Essence Oil has an intense, sweet, fresh citrus scent. It will add a burst of sweet richness to any blend.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: None Known.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Orange Essence Oil Citrus sinensis

Orange Essence Oil offers an intense, fresh citrus aroma. Use Orange Essence Oil to brighten up your blends.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: None Known

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

This synergy is just bursting with the combined fresh and fruity scents from this special set of citrus essences oils.

Mandarin, lemon and orange fruit essencesFresh and Fruity Synergy

You can use this synergy to clear the air with its deliciously bright and refreshing scent and when seeking to calm your senses, soothe your spirit, and lift your mood.

What you’ll need:

Add 5 drops per 100 ml of water to your diffuser, 15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler, or use topically with the proper dilution ratios.

Kidsafe: Yes

Cautions: Lemon Essence Oil can cause photosensitivity. To avoid this we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical application.

  • Bergamot Mint was offered as an Oil of the Month Selection. Check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

Sources:

[1] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

[2] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

[3] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

 

And the Mystery Oil Is…Zombie Blood!

And the Mystery Essential Oil Is...Zombie Blood

Get ready for Halloween with the spookiest of holiday blends–Zombie Blood!

Have no fear. No zombies were harmed in the making this essential oil. Instead, we took a few of our best KidSafe oils and let them simmer in our cauldron to create a festive, uplifting and immune-boosting potion.  This blend combines Orange Blood, Frankincense Carteri, Lavandin, Grapefruit Pink, Lemon Steam Distilled, Juniper Berry, and Marjoram Sweet.

Add a few drops of Zombie Blood to your favorite diffuser for a fresh and fruity aroma. Also, the uplifting atmosphere is sure to impress your most ghoulish of guests.

If you’re looking for more spooktacular Halloween ideas, check out this post some more of our frightfully fantastic diffuser blends

Zombie Blood Synergy Blend

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential Oils

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsOnce you start getting into essential oils, you can quickly find yourself with an extensive collection. Keeping a few on the kitchen counter, a few in the bathroom and a few by your bed can soon turn into a disorganized mess. We’ve given you a few great oily organizing hacks in the past, but today we’re doing a deep-dive into how to properly store and organize your essential oil!

Before you know it, you have half-empty bottles, bottles with no labels, carrier oils and other supplies all over the house and never where you need them to be. A total mess! You know that there are many types of storage and carrying cases for essential oils but choosing one and figuring out how to use it can be daunting. If you are feeling overwhelmed because of the disorganized state of your essential oils collection, it’s time to relax. We’ve got a simple plan for you to get your oils organized and get them stored in a way that works for you.

4 Steps to Getting Organized:

So where do you start? We’re telling you!

1. Bring them out into One Place

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsThe first step to getting a handle on your essential oils organization is to get them all together out in one place. Go through the house and check every room. You never know where you may have set down a bottle and forgot about it. Go through your bathroom drawers, your kitchen, laundry room, your purse, the car. You’ll be surprised where you find them and happy when you spot that bottle of vetiver you haven’t seen all month. Get your carrier oils, empty bottles, rollers and any supplies you use to make your essential oil creations. Put everything out on a table where you can see it all.

2. Inventory and Purge

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsIt’s easy to hang on to things we love, even when it’s time to give them up. Chances are you have “hoarded” a few essential oils that are past their prime. Even the most seasoned essential oils professionals are guilty of holding on to old oils for too long. While it’s nice to have many oils “just in case,” using an expired oil will be less effective and can be harmful. If you haven’t been storing your oils the right way, they could be damaged by light and heat. Thankfully, most essential oils will last a long time, but it can be hard to tell when they expire. An essential oil inventory is a great time to get rid of the old and make way for the new. If you are not sure how to tell if it’s time to throw out an oil, here is a simple guide.

Open questionable bottles of oil and give them a smell test. If you use your oils regularly, you should be familiar with the aroma and hopefully can tell if the smell has changed. An oil that has gone bad can have a different smell than fresh oil.

Have you noticed a difference in the way your skin reacts to any oils? If you begin to experience irritation or redness with an oil, it is possible that the chemical composition has changed and it’s time to throw it out. 

Do you have any “mystery oil blends” without labels? If any of your oils seem questionable, it’s probably time to toss them. Just like medication, you are using essential oils for your health. You should know what you are using and make sure your oils aren’t expired. Using an expired essential oil can be harmful and it won’t be as effective.

3. Decide How You Want Them Organized

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsNow that you separated the good from the bad, it’s time to decide how you want your oils organized. This is a personal decision, and there is no right or wrong way to go about it. Some people choose to order their oils alphabetically, which is a simple way to make it easy to grab the oil you are looking for very quickly.

Another favorite way to organize is by properties. If you find yourself reaching for a “calming oil” or an “uplifting oil,” rather than a specific botanical, this might be the method for you. You also might want to organize them by specific use like cleaning, bug control, wellness, seasonal support, etc. If you do a lot of traveling, you might want to have a travel set and a home set. Put any duplicates or smaller bottles in your travel set, so it’s ready to grab when you hit the road.

If you find yourself using certain oils almost exclusively in specific areas of the house, why not organize them by room? Make a category for the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, etc. This is an excellent way to utilize duplicates if there are a few you use in many places and organizing by category is a fun way to utilize color-coded stickers.

Choose a method of organization that brings you joy. Essential oils are personal and even looking at the bottles can bring up positive emotions. Organize them in a way that highlights how you value them and how they work to better your life.

4. Inventory List and Labels

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsYou can make it easier on yourself in the future by creating an inventory list. Writing down what oils you have and when you bought them can simplify the inventory process for next time and prevent the waste from having to toss out mystery oils. Make sure to include carrier oils or any ingredients you use to mix with your essential oils. When you make blends, homemade body care products or cleaners, always label them and add them to your list. It might seem like a chore, but once you have a list, you’ll know what’s on hand and save yourself a lot of time in the long run.

Storing your Essential Oils

Now that you’ve organized your oils, how do you store them? We’ve got some great ideas for you!

1. Display Racks and Shelves

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsDecorative racks are a neat way to display the oils you love. Racks can keep your oils organized and easy to grab when you need them. Nail polish racks work perfect for holding all sizes of essential oil bottles, and they usually have a top shelf that can fit larger oil bottles and other containers.

Shelves are another great way to keep your oils all together in one place. You can place them all in one room or have smaller sets of shelves to organize your oils in the different rooms you use them. Shelves are the perfect way to keep your oils in the same place as your accessories, so you have everything you need right in a convenient location.

If you are a crafty person, wooden essential oil racks or shelves can be fun DIY projects. There are many different types you can buy. Some mount on the wall, while others can be placed on a shelf or surface. You can even get racks that rotate!

2. Drawers

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsIf you have an extra drawer in the bedroom or kitchen, you can turn it into an essential oils drawer. Rather than just tossing oil bottles into a drawer haphazardly, utilize inserts to keep them organized. There are many types of drawer dividers you can make or buy. Some provide an individual slot for each oil, while others separate the drawer into sections to organize oils into groups.

3. Boxes

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsEssential oil storage boxes come in many varieties and sizes. Sixteen- to 32-hole wood storage boxes are common, and a great way to keep them together and portable so you can move them throughout the house. Colored sticker labels are a neat way to keep oils organized in a wooden storage box. You can write the name of the botanical on the label, so you don’t have to lift up each bottle and read the label while looking for a specific oil.

4. Storage Bins

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsWhile there are fancier options, there is nothing wrong with storing your essential oils in simple storage bins. Choose a size that works for your lifestyle and the number of oils you want to store. Some plastic bins even come with organizational dividers you can use for putting your oils in categories. You can always make simple dividers with thin cardboard (think a cereal box) and some decorative duct tape. Use this opportunity to get crafty and decorate your bin in a way that sparks joy!

5. Travel cases

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsWhile wooden boxes are an attractive and functional way to store your oils in your home, you might want to invest in a travel case if you take them with you on the road. Travel cases are similar to other storage boxes, but they are made of a padded material to prevent the bottles from jiggling around and breaking. You might even want to use one in your home if you move your oils around a lot. Essential oils can be expensive, so think of it as a way to protect your investment.

6. Refrigerator Storage

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential OilsWhen essential oils get hot, there is an increased risk that that oils will oxidize, especially citrus oils. When essential oils oxidize, they start to lose their potency, so you need to keep them in a cool, dark place to protect your investment. You may have heard of people storing their oils in the refrigerator, but is it really necessary? No. But if you are having a hard time finding a place that is cool and dark, the fridge can be a simple solution. If you decide to keep them in the fridge, seal them up in a bag or airtight box so your food won’t absorb their aroma. Finding extra room in your refrigerator can be a challenge, so dedicating a small fridge for oil storage is even better!

Additional Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Properly Organizing and Storing Essential Oils

  • Always keep your essential oils in their dark glass bottles in a cool, dry location. Don’t transfer your oils into another container unless you are making blends or products.
  • When you do use recipes to mix your oils, store your homemade products in dark glass containers or safe plastic containers made from PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Essential oils will break down in heat and light. Proper storage is critical to keep them fresh and to work effectively.
  • If you must store your oils in the kitchen (we don’t recommend it), make sure to keep them away from the stove or the oven. Definitely, don’t put them on the kitchen window sill.
  • Always secure your bottle by placing the lids on correctly. When caps are kept loose, they can allow the oil to evaporate, which can reduce their aroma and effectiveness. If the lids are on too tight, the bottles can crack.
  • Keep a separate box for empty oil bottles. You can reuse your larger bottles for blends and save money by buying bigger quantities of carrier oils and transferring them to smaller reusable containers. If you have a bottle you can’t repurpose, always recycle!
  • When you properly store your oils, they can keep their aroma and benefits for years to come.
  • Always keep your essential oils out of children’s reach. Treat them like any other substance or medication that is potentially dangerous. Essential oils are very concentrated and can be extremely dangerous if used the wrong way

To get the most out of your essential oils, you need to make sure they are in excellent condition. Organizing and adequately storing your oils can help them last longer and help you access them more easily. When they are spread around all over the house, you are less likely to use them on a regular basis, more likely to lose money on your investment and less likely to find the oil you are looking for when you need it. Once you get into essential oils, it’s easy to grow a collection pretty quickly, so having a system of keeping them organized is crucial. Take a weekend afternoon and get them ordered. It will be well worth it in the long run.

 

Good Girl Gone

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist

Last month, I shared my journey as a recovering control freak in this blog:

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes Control

My need was not to control others. It was to control my environment and circumstances on a misguided search for a sense of security.

As part of that dynamic, I did my absolute best to perform and produce out of a need to please. I believed if I did my part, everything would turn out right.

But, in certain significant circumstances, my partners in these plays weren’t participating. Recognizing that I had no control of these particular outcomes helped me learn to let go. And, I was able to refocus my energy on managing my own mindset as a means of promoting peace within.

So, in keeping on trend, I wanted to talk about a related topic I touched on in that blog.

In my case, the Control Seeker’s first cousin: The Good Girl.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlThe Good Girl is not about being nice through everyday acts of kindness and living a life of compassion.

Nope. The Good Girl is all that run amok. She doesn’t make those choices from a place of peace. Instead, she lets a life of “should” drive her decisions often to her own detriment.

The Good Girl is the people pleaser. Avoids making waves. Concerned about not being seen as nice. The one who cannot say no. Fears letting others down.

Raise your hand if you know her (or him), too.

Are you the one everyone calls to do things because you can’t say no? Do you often end up with a plate that is overfilled, or in situations in which you would rather not be?

Do you feel like others take advantage of your good nature? Do you feel a sense of stress or resentment that your own needs are not being met? Oh, you bet I know her too! We wrestle quite often in my pursuit of peace. It was that dratted Good Girl who aided and abetted the Control Seeker in my relentless search for security.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlIn fact, the Good Girl stemmed from my own sense of insecurity, taking over my identity and how I presented myself to others through my personality.

In my case, the Good Girl needs to be needed because she believes she is valued and loved for how she performs and produces. That’s not something that is necessarily top of mind. It is learned behavior that became embedded in my being. And, this is another case where our beliefs, perceived as the only way to be, can actually create an imbalance to our own wellbeing.

I believed the Good Girl would be infinitely more likable and acceptable than my authentic self whom I could hear shouting “no, I don’t want to” in the recesses of my being.

But, to say those things out loud might cause confrontation, or possibly cost my place in my professional or personal tribe, because it wouldn’t be pleasing to others. Potentially rocking the boat felt like it could shake up my sense of stability. So, I said “yes” to satisfy my need for security, because I thought this is what I “should” do.

And, it is that sense of “should” that drives The Good Girl. I should do this. I shouldn’t do that. Defining decisions by the sense of should becomes the barometer for how to go about life. But, living in a state of “should” can be an act of self-betrayal.

We begin to listen to what we hear in our minds rather than we know in our guts. We may lose our connection completely from our own intuition and inner guidance. And, we may lose touch with our own authentic selves as we slap the Good Girl’s smile on our face as a mask no matter what.

\We may measure ourselves by the affirmation of others. And, we keep perfecting our performance for love and acceptance rather than as an act of self-expression.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes Control

Under all that pressure to perform, we may experience distress of the mind, stress to the body, negative emotions below the surface and a scattering of our own spirit. Living in this sustained state of should can have an impact on our overall wellbeing, our outlook on life, and our sense of self.

By subverting our own needs and identity, we are not living in integrity with our selves, nor in relationships with others. To be who and all we are truly meant to be, the Good Girl needs to be gone. She’s like the uninvited guest who crashes the party drowning out delight with doubts and downers. And, she is clever at convincing you that everything will be ok if you do it her way.

Because my Good Girl behavior became so entrenched it literally became my way to be. But, coupled with my Control Seeker’s need for security, this prolonged state of imbalance contributed to sustained distress that led to sustained stress that led to serious chronic conditions.

But, it was only after the experience of a life-altering accident, that I became aware of their existence in the process of working with professionals to restore my overall wellbeing. For me, learning about the Good Girl myth was part and parcel in discovering that control is an Illusion.

Together, these false senses of self were complicit in creating a cascade of unhealthy coping mechanisms. My need to feel secure in certain situations, and with my place in the world, overrode my need to know and speak my truth.

With the help of my healers, I learned to shift from a state of sightless insecurity to insightful clarity helped me to see my way to a more balanced way to be. It is that sense of conscious awareness that keeps me from automatically flipping the Good Girl default button.

Now, when feeling discomfort with a decision, I see it, acknowledge it, process it (some would say over-process, but that’s probably a topic for another blog), and then allow myself to make the best choices based on my capacity to give and still be in balance with myself.

Honestly, I still struggle at times. Though I am a writer, I can still feel a sense of dissonance and discomfort when I want to avoid confrontation but need to respond in the moment. And, so, I have learned to work through not only my own inner dialogue but also in gaining comfort with how to express myself to others.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlI’ve learned that no is a complete sentence. And, somewhere along the way, I read that Jackie Kennedy would simply reply to requests with something along the lines of “I’m sorry that will not be possible.” I personally like this option. Still no room for debate, nor pushback, because it is also a complete sentence with absolutely no excuses.

For me, making these changes requires digging deep to extricate and exorcize the Good Girl so entrenched in my mind and spirit. I am still a work in progress. But, when I remain present, I can check myself. When I wander off, I can bring myself back. It is simple, but it isn’t always easy. Yet, my pursuit of balance and inner peace, for a higher state of wellbeing, is worth it.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlWhen working with our psyche, aromatherapy can serve as an amazing ally in supporting our effort to enhance our overall sense of wellbeing.

As we do the work at home and with professionals, essential oils can help to support our transition and transformation by:

  • Calming the mind and mental chatter
  • Soothing our emotions
  • Supporting introspection
  • Connecting us to a state of higher consciousness
  • Encouraging a sense of strength and empowerment
  • Helping to bring a sense of harmony to our spirit

I find this effect to be especially expansive when combined with self-balancing practices to create an aromatic anchor. This synergy for the senses helps keep me present and grounded on my path.

In this case, inhalation is often the most effective approach as it has almost an immediate effect on our mind and spirit. For this reason, I prefer carrying my synergies for this purpose in a personal aromatherapy inhaler so I have them as needed in the moment.

In this particular case, I personally practice:

  • Intentions – setting a clear purpose and using an aromatic synergy with that purpose in mind.
  •  Affirmations – replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts in the present tense with the aid of aromatherapy.

 Learning to Let Go for the Girl Who Likes ControlAnd, here is a synergy created with the purpose of changing my entrenched Good Girl patterns:

 Good Girl Gone Synergy

 This synergy is grounding, calming, comforting and uplifting to the senses. This synergy can help support a sense of personal strength and confidence when faced with decisions driven by worry.

It can help to bring clarity by encouraging us to connect with our intuition and inner guidance. It can help us to identify and express our own needs in integrity with ourselves and with others.

And, it can support us in bringing a greater sense of balance by helping to clear old emotional patterns and energy blocks and supporting us in releasing them from our being.

What You’ll Need:

  • 6 drops Black Pepper Piper nigrum
  • 3 drop Blue Cypress Callitris intratropica
  • 3 drop Magnolia Flower Michelia alba*
  • 3 drop Rhododendron Rhododendron anthopogon*

Add all these products to your cart

*Magnolia Flower and Rhododendron were featured as Oil of the Month selections. Check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

What You’ll Do:

Add 5 drops per 100 ml of water to your diffuser, 15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler, or add one drop to your aromatherapy diffuser locket.

KidSafe: No

Cautions: Blue Cypress Should not be used with pregnancy or breastfeeding mothers. For Magnolia Flower, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1% for topical application.

 


Sources:

Keim, Joni, and Ruah Bull. Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques: Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils. CreateSpace, 2015.

Shutes, Jade. The Dynamics of Blending: a Guide to Blending and Reference Manual for Essential Oils and Base Materials. The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies.

 

%d bloggers like this: