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The Throat Chakra: True Expression

Continuing with our journey through the seven chakras, today we reach the 5th chakra – the throat chakra. If you haven’t been keeping up with our blogs this week, make sure to read through our first four chakra posts. You’ll learn all about them and how aromatherapy contributes to our wellness in these specific areas!

The throat chakra’s location rests at the center of the neck, just above the “v” of the collar bone and below the larynx. It encompasses the anatomical areas of the thyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, and tongue – making it the chakra that aligns with the communication and expression of yourself [4] Our True Expression blend is designed to support this chakra with its cooling, fruity, and refreshing aroma, made with the essential oils of Ho WoodLavender FineSpearmint, and Blue Tansy.

Your Throat Chakra

plant therapy essential oils throat chakra true expression blendThe throat chakra represents your ability to produce clear and flowing communication with ourselves and others. The energy that flows freely through this narrow passage in our chakra system supports the mind and body link vital to understanding our own needs.[4, 9] An unblocked Throat Chakra allows us to speak our minds in ways that are compassionate and proactive.

The turquoise chakra

plant therapy essential oils chakra essential oil blends throat chakraThe throat chakra is represented by the color turquoise or aquamarine blue.

The symbol of the throat chakra is made up of a circle with sixteen petals and crescent with a circle inside of it. Sometimes, it is shown as a circle containing a downward-pointing triangle with another circle inside.

What happens when your throat chakra is blocked?

We’ve all come across people who use their voice in toxic ways. Lying, gossiping, manipulating, and being verbally abusive are signs of a blocked throat chakra. [1] Additionally, those who are too fearful to speak and lack the confidence to express themselves truthfully may also have an unhealthy 5th chakra. 

When blocked by fear, the throat chakra can easily become congested with our repressed ability to express our true essence. Physically, symptoms may include hearing problems, neck pain, dental issues, a chronic sore throat, and teeth grinding. [4, 7]

Bringing your Throat Chakra into balance:

There is a delicate balance when authentically expressing yourself. Being truthful – in a way that is kind and compassionate – does not always come easily to everyone. This may be because it is so much easier to say what you think someone wants to hear rather than speak truthfully. Maybe it’s because you imagine ridicule and judgment for speaking genuinely. Either way, unblocking your throat chakra means finding the confidence within yourself to verbalize your own personal truths, opinions, needs, and wants. This chakra allows you to connect to your own ability to identify and speak your needs with integrity. [5, 6]

Use your voice in any way to get that positive energy flowing through your throat chakra. Sing, read out loud, speak up when in public, and laugh – laugh as much as you can! Maybe you need to practice using your voice, and that’s okay. Write down what you want to learn to express to others and practice saying it out loud. Communication isn’t just about using your voice, though; communication is also about listening. [1, 8] When others are speaking, practice active listening – don’t passively “hear” the words, but really listen, understand, and respond purposefully.

True Expression is soothing, cooling, and calming to the spirit while nurturing a sense of self-esteem, confidence, and strength. This unique blend helps to release energetic congestion to create a sense of opening and expansion.

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 True Expression to 1% in your favorite carrier oil. You can anoint the area of your throat chakra by massaging this intentionally in a clockwise direction.  

Yoga for the throat chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends throat chakra

To improve the ability to communicate clearly, use True Expression to activate your Throat Chakra. Apply the oil blend to your throat, settle into the pose and repeat, “My thoughts are positive, and I express myself truthfully and clearly.”

True Expression essential oils pendant

Try this DIY Pendant using True Expression to help connect to your inner essence, as well as higher consciousness, to know and outwardly express your authentic self through truth. 

What you’ll need:

  • Premade Clay Pendant

OR

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What you’ll do:

Add a drop or two of True Expression to the premade clay pendant, while holding the pendant away from your body. If making the pendant, follow the baking/drying instructions on your clay (don’t forget to add the hole for the cord or string). This necklace should sit in the area of the fifth chakra, which is the point just above the V of the collarbone and under the larynx.

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. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pgs. 55, 57-58, 61-62
  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. Judith, A. (2016). Wheels of Life: A users guide to the Chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.pg. 234, 236 – 238
  5. 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. 26
  6. Rathor, R.K. (2014) The Seven Chakra System of Hatha Yoga. Retrieved from https://www.aurawellnesscenter.com/2013/08/14/the-seven-chakra-system-of-hatha-yoga
  7. chakras.info/opening-throat-chakra
  8. chakras.info/throat-chakra-blockage
  9. chakras.info/throat-chakra

The Heart Chakra: Loving Compassion

If you’ve been following our blogs this week, then you know we have been talking all about the amazing energy centers in our bodies – chakras! Starting at the base of the spine for the root chakra, then up to our lower abdomen to greet the sacral chakra, and traveling higher to our solar plexus chakra just under the breastbone, we have learned how subtle aromatherapy can greatly enhance your self-care practices.

Today we come to the 4th chakra – the heart chakra. Not surprisingly, the area of this chakra is located at the center of the breast bone. [3, 4] It corresponds with not only the heart, but also the lungs, thymus gland, and cardiac plexus. Sitting at the middle point to all seven chakras [1], the heart chakra is the center of our ability to offer unconditional love and acceptance to ourselves and others. [4] Our Loving Compassion blend is designed to support this chakra with its soothing, softly rosy and green aroma, composed of the essential oils of Grapefruit Pink, Rhododendron, Bergamot, and Rose Otto.

Your Heart Chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends heart chakraThe heart chakra represents your ability to give and receive love. This chakra can be easily and deeply wounded, greatly affecting our wellbeing. Healing our own hearts allows us to help heal the world around us. When we love ourselves for who we are, we can offer love to others, viewing them with compassion, acceptance, and kindness. 

The Green Chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends heart chakraEven though most of us think of pink or red colors when we think about the heart, the heart chakra is actually associated with the color green.

The symbol for the heart chakra is made of a circle with twelve petals and a downward-pointing triangle with an upward-pointing triangle, making a six-pointed star.

The intersecting triangles represent air as an element. They also symbolize the union of what might seem like opposite types of energies, such as male and female, or spirit and matter.

What happens when your heart chakra is out of balance?

Woman sitting sad and stressedWhen your heart chakra is unbalanced, you may be overcome with a flood of negative emotions towards yourself and others. A broken heart, a traumatic experience, the loss of a loved one, and disappointment from those you look up to, are just a few ways this chakra can become blocked.

The feeling of having a “heavy heart” from sadness, loneliness, and rejection may warp into constant suspicions and fears about the intentions of those around you, especially in your closest relationships. [3, 4] Physically, a blocked heart chakra may lead to respiratory illnesses, heart abnormalities, upper back pain, and poor circulation. [1] 

Balancing your heart chakra:

Woman relaxing at homeLiving your life without an open heart chakra would mean missing out on all of the joy genuine and accepting relationships can bring you.[2] It’s important to encourage the balance of your chakras to help improve your perception about yourself and others to move out of this place of negativity. Shift your state of mind to focus on positive aspects of everything your life has to offer. And never underestimate the power of regularly considering what you are grateful for. [2, 4]

Loving Compassion supports your heart chakra by helping to ease wounds of the heart and nourish the spirit. It helps to clear and cleanse deep wounds and blocks while opening and uplifting the heart center.

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 Loving Compassion 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.  

Yoga for the heart chakra:

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends heart chakraTo open your heart, use the Loving Compassion blend to activate the Heart Chakra. Apply it to the center of your chest and think to yourself, “I am grateful, filled with love that I give and receive. I love.”

Loving Compassion lotion

Try this DIY Lotion using Loving Compassion to help invite positive energy and encourage a joyful outlook for your life! 

What you’ll need:

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To use, anoint your chest, shoulders, or arms. This invites in positive energy and will promote feelings of unconditional love for self and others.

 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. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pg. 41-42
  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. 22
  3. Healing the heart chakra. http://www.chakras.info/heart-chakra-healing/
  4. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 199-202
  5. 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
  6. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 67, 92, 238, 258
  7. Judith, A. (2016). Wheels of Life: A users guide to the Chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications. pg. 205

The Solar Plexus Chakra: Self Manifestation

This week, we’ve been moving along our chakras or energy centers of your body. Monday we talked about the root chakra, located at the base of your spine. Yesterday, we discussed the sacral chakra, found on your lower abdomen. Today, we go further upwards to get to know the 3rd chakra – the solar plexus chakra.

Located at that tiny space just under your breastbone and above your belly button, the solar plexus chakra is the point of our personal power. When this chakra is blocked you can feel powerless, but when open you experience your full strength of purpose. Plant Therapy’s Self Manifestation blend is designed to support this chakra with its softly sweet punch of spice, made with the essential oils of Black Pepper, Cardamom, Davana, and Grapefruit Pink.

Your solar plexus chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends solar plexus chakraThe solar plexus chakra represents your source of personal power, helping guide you to your own authentic identity. When you invest in self-growth, you gain independence and a sense of self-worth.

When your solar plexus chakra is open and healthy, you experience a more honest perception of who you are. This is the center of your self-esteem, willpower, and self-discipline. When this energy is flowing naturally and openly, it lets you be proactive in your life and strengthens your sense of self-empowerment.

The yellow chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends solar plexus chakraThe solar plexus chakra represented by the color yellow. Since it’s associated with fire as an element, it’s also sometimes depicted by a yellowish red.

The main elements of the solar plexus chakra are a circle with ten petals and a downward-pointing triangle. The inverted triangle represents fire and transformative power that this energy center has.

What happens when your solar plexus chakra is out of balance?

Woman hunched over with stomach painWhen your solar plexus chakra is blocked (or unbalanced), your self-confidence and motivation can take a serious hit. You may start to see yourself as a victim of circumstances and feel powerless to control the direction of your life Physically, a blocked [1] solar plexus can cause digestion issues, gallstones, weight gain or loss, indigestion, and stomach ulcers. Generally no fun!

Unblocking (or balancing) your solar plexus chakra:

Take a walk outside to enjoy a bright, sunny day. It’s time to take charge of your life. Don’t view yourself as a victim; instead, practice speaking up for yourself and taking care of your needs. Step outside of your comfort zone and try new things – especially things that might scare you. If you have people in your life who are constant naysayers giving off a barrage of unconstructive criticism and negativity, take a step back and evaluate those relationships. Are they helpful or harmful? [4, 5]

Self Manifestation supports your solar plexus chakra by quieting the mind so that you can look inward to tap into our own sense of self. Doing this will strengthen your sense of self-empowerment and confidence, so you can start reaching for new heights!

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 Self Manifestation to 1% in your favorite carrier oil. You can apply this oil (diluted) directly to the area of your solar plexus chakra, which sits just under your breastbone and above your belly button, by massaging this intentionally in a clockwise direction.  

Helping your solar plexus chakra regain balance [2, 3] helps to invite positive, cleansing energy to support the manifestation of our purpose while encouraging warmth and graciousness toward others. Self Manifestation will help you open up this energetic area of your body.

Yoga for the solar plexus chakra:

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends solar plexus chakraBuild confidence and minimize digestion issues with the Self Manifestation oil to activate the Solar Plexus Chakra. Apply it above your navel and repeat the affirmation, “I am positively empowered and successful.”

Self Manifestation solid perfume

Try this DIY Solid Perfume using Self Manifestation to help nourish your sense of self-worth with courage, confidence, and optimism.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Tbsp Beeswax pearls
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Jojoba Carrier Oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
  • 15 drops Self Manifestation

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What you’ll do:

Melt beeswax over a double boiler. Stir in carrier oil. Remove from heat. Stir in 15 drops of Self Manifestation. Pour into small tins or jars and cap tightly to cool. To use, anoint and massage the area of your third chakra, the solar plexus, which is the tiny area under the breast bone and above the belly button.

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. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 67, 92, 238, 258
  2. https://www.the-energy-healing-site.com/healing-the-chakras.html
  3. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pg. 38
  4. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pg. 33
  5. Judith, A. (2016). Wheels of Life: A users guide to the Chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.pg. 159, 172-173

The Sacral Chakra: Joyful Creation

Yesterday, we took a look into how the 1st chakra, also called the Root Chakra, affects our sense of security and feelings of being grounded. Now let’s move upwards from the base of our spine to the point on our lower abdomen, an inch or two under the belly button. This is where the 2nd chakra resides – the Sacral Chakra – and we can encourage balance by using aromatherapy as a powerful support for your overall wellness in this area.

Today’s focus is our Joyful Creation blend. Designed to support your sacral chakra, Joyful Creation has a lushly layered and smooth floral scent that continues to unfold as it reaches the senses. It’s created using the essential oils and extracts of Coriander SeedGeranium BourbonOrange Sweet, and Jasmine Absolute.

Your sacral chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends joyful creationThe sacral chakra represents your ability to experience emotional security, passion, and pleasure in creative expression and connection to others. It’s your center of passion and creative energy that propels you to enjoy doing the things you really love with joy and self-acceptance.

When all is well with your sacral chakra, we experience the healthy emotions of pleasure, gratification, intimacy, and desire. These positive feelings stimulate our sense of creativity, connection, growth, and change.

Sacral chakra color: Orange

The sacral chakra is represented by a saturated orange color. The rich orange of the second chakra is translucent and has a transparent quality.

The symbol of the sacral chakra is composed of a circle with six petals and a crescent moon.

The circle represents the elements of water. The moon crescent is colored in silver and symbolizes the connection of the energy the moon has with water. These symbols point to the close relationship between the phases of the moon and the fluctuations in the water and the emotions.

The symbol of the moon also relates to the feminine menstrual cycle that takes the same number of days to complete.

What happens when your sacral chakra is blocked or out of balance?

woman holding her stomach in discomfortWhen your sacral chakra is blocked or unbalanced, your relationship with yourself and others may become disconnected and cold. Trusting in yourself to explore your passions could be overtaken by feelings of insecurity, timidity, and guilt. You may experience attachment issues, misuse sexual energy, or cling to toxic relationships. [4] Physically, symptoms generally occur in the regions of the lower abdomen, back, and reproductive and digestive organs. Pain in these areas, abnormal bowel movements, and impotence may result from a blocked sacral chakra. [3] 

Unblocking (or balancing) your sacral chakra:

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends joyful creationGive yourself positive affirmations, dive into your favorite creative expressions, dance like no one’s watching, and sing your heart out in the car! Unblocking the sacral chakra means unlocking your inner passions and releasing them to the world. You need to let go of negative emotional baggage, heal your unbalanced chakra and make space for positive, creative energy! [4]

Joyful Creation supports your sacral chakra by nurturing your spontaneity, passion, and expansion in the birth of new concepts. Enliven your senses with harmony, warmth, and enthusiasm in all of your relationships – including the relationship you have with yourself.

Having a healthy sacral chakra helps to clear energetic blocks related to relationships and creative expression. Joyful Creation will help you open up this energetic area of your body.

Yoga pose for the sacral chakra:

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends joyful creationIncrease joy and creative energy by using Joyful Creation to activate the Sacral Chakra. Apply it to your lower abdomen. Breathe into the pose and repeat to yourself, “I am radiant, beautiful, strong and enjoy a healthy and passionate life.”

Joyful Creation Air Purifier

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 Joyful Creation to 1% in your favorite carrier oil. You can anoint the area of your sacral chakra, your lower abdomen, by massaging this intentionally in a clockwise direction.  

Try this DIY Medley using Joyful Creation to plug into your own positive, creative, and passionate energies. Use it at home to support closeness in your relationships, at work to promote a creative space, or anywhere you want to invite a sense of joy and enthusiasm in moving forward toward transformation.

What you’ll need:

Add Joyful Creation to your cart

What you’ll do:

Measure out the baking soda and add to the jar. Stir in Joyful Creation into the baking soda and combine well. Place a coffee filter on the top and screw on the lid. To support new growth and encourage warmth and closeness in relationships. Open the jar and enjoy the aroma. Shake every few days to renew the scent.

Want to learn more?

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

Sources:

  1. 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
  2. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 8, 206, 268
  3. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pg 22-26
  4. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pgs. 67, 92, 238, 258

The Root Chakra: Grounded Foundation

If you’re looking to bring more intentional, self-balancing practices to your self-care routine, stop right here!

Aromatherapy provides powerful support for your spirit, helping you achieve a greater sense of balance from the inside out. Our Chakra Blends are crafted specifically to help balance all seven chakras, or energy centers, within your body.

Today’s focus is our Grounded Foundation blend. Designed to support your 1st chakra, or Root Chakra, Grounded Foundation has a rich, earthy blend with a hint of sweet spice. It’s created using sacred, treasured oils, including Spikenard, Frankincense Carteri CO2Palo Santo, and Vetiver.

Your root chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blendsThe root chakra, located at the base of the spine, represents your foundation and feeling of being grounded.

When all is well with your root chakra, you’ll feel a sense of safety, security, and calmness. You may feel strongly rooted and confident enough to tackle new challenges. This makes a properly balanced root chakra vital whenever you’re trying something new or pursuing a major life goal.

The red chakra

plant therapy chakra essential oil blends grounded foundationThe root chakra is represented by a rich vermilion red. In the spectrum of chakra colors, this red symbolizes strength, vitality, and stimulates our instinctual tendencies.

The symbol of your root chakra is composed of a four-petaled lotus flower, often stylized as a circle with four petals, with a downward-pointing triangle.

The downward-pointing triangle symbolizes the spirit connecting with matter, grounding it to the earth. It’s seen as the center of our vital life force.

What happens when your root chakra is blocked or out of balance?

Feeling threatened, panicked, or anxious? This could mean your root chakra is blocked! These unpleasant feelings can take over your thoughts and make you feel uncertain, and question yourself. Physically, a blocked root chakra could cause a sore lower back, low energy levels, and cold extremities. [6, 7]

Unblocking (or balancing) your root chakra

plant therapy essential oils for relaxation

Grounded Foundations supports your root chakra by soothing, calming, and relaxing you when you’re feeling disconnected and distressed. 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.

If you decide to use it topically, dilute Grounded Foundation to 1% in your favorite carrier oil. You can anoint the base of your spine, by massaging this intentionally in a clockwise direction.

Having a balanced root chakra helps to create a sense of security, protection, and hope and supports feelings of trust and belonging. [8] Grounded Foundation will help you open up this energetic area of your body.

Yoga pose for the root chakra:

Create a sense of calm and security with the Grounded Foundation essential oil blend to activate the Root Chakra. Apply it to the tops of the feet, settle into Mountain Pose and repeat the affirmation, “I am peaceful, grounded, protected and secure.”

Grounded Foundation foot cream

Try this DIY Foot Cream using Grounded Foundation to feel firmly grounded and centered, while allowing a sense of expansiveness and higher connection. Using a foot cream helps to pull energy back down in the subtle body toward the ground to feel more grounded.

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do: 

To use, mix the body cream and Grounded Foundation and massage onto your feet to enjoy a deep sense of connection and grounding to the world around you.

Want to learn more?

Plant Therapy chakra blends essential oilsOur Certified Aromatherapists have written other great articles that dive deeper into the subjects of chakras and subtle aromatherapy:

Sources:

  1. Judith, A. (2006). Chakra Balancing. Boulder, CO: Sounds True. pgs 8-9.
  2. Judith, A. (2016). Wheels of Life: A users guide to the Chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.pgs. 66-67,71, 75, 92, 110, 205, 238, 258
  3. 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.
  4. Hewitt, J. (2001) The Complete  Yoga Book. New York, NY: Schocken Books.     pg. 462
  5. 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
  6. http://www.chakras.info/root-chakra-healing/
  7. http://chakrasbalancing.com/symptoms-of-chakra-imbalance/
  8. https://www.the-energy-healing-site.com/healing-the-chakras.html
  9. Mercier, P. (2007). The Chakra Bible: The definitive guide to working with chakras. London: Godsfield Press. pg. 67-68, 92, 238, 258

Essential Oils and Travel: A Complete Guide

Ahhh, the joys of travel. Whether it’s by plane, train, boat, automobile or any other mode, the need to get out there and go is strong. But as truly exhilarating as exploring new places can be, venturing outside of our normal routines can also take a toll on our well-being. And without the comforts of home, simple ailments like headaches, stomachaches, motion sickness, stress, jet lag, anxiety, sore muscles, and even bug bites can feel like a major imposition. Fortunately, with a little preparation and some smart packing, you can soothe those travel-related ills and get on with your trip.

Here are some of the most common ways essential oils are being used to help people feel their best when traveling:

Stress and Anxiety

Woman sitting at her desk stressed outNo matter where your trip takes you, there’s a good chance that unexpected circumstances–things like lost luggage, heavy traffic, delayed flights, and long security lines–will add worry to your itinerary. So, make sure you have the right essential oils for stress and anxiety There is a wide range of relaxation-promoting essential oils available. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from, including popular floral scents like lavender and bergamot, and lesser-known oils like basil. In addition, blended essential oils like Worry Free Synergy or Relax Synergy are a convenient way to get the benefits of multiple oils at once or our newest blend: No Worries. 

Immune support

Use Elemi Essential Oil to help boost your immune systemJet lag, changes in diet and activity level, altered sleeping patterns–all of these travel-related factors can put added stress on your immune system. Combine that with exposure to new foods, viruses, bugs and bacteria, and you could have a perfect storm for travel-related illness. However, having the right essential oils on hand may be able to help you avoid getting sick on your next trip.

Orange sweet essential oil, for example, is a popular, uplifting scent that’s often used to freshen a room, relieve nervous tension and support the immune system. There are also essential oil blends designed to boost the immune system. For easy use on the road, just dilute with your favorite carrier oil in a roller and apply topically to your chest and neck. And if you want to avoid the germs altogether, you can always make your own DIY hand sanitizer to bring with you.

Headaches

Woman crouching in stomach painWhether it’s a result of dehydration from flying or just from the stress of trying to get from one place to another, headaches are a common complaint when traveling. In addition to carrying a water bottle and drinking regularly, it’s a good idea to have headache remedies on hand.

Peppermint essential oil is a popular natural way to help with headache issues that have been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years. And modern science supports its use. According to a 2015 Review of Essential Oils, when peppermint essential oil is applied around the head and temple, it produces good results. Just make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba before applying. Straight peppermint essential oil can irritate the skin. Other popular options for headache relief include eucalyptus essential oil and blends like Tension Relief Synergy.

Insomnia

Not being able to sleep is never fun. But when you’re away from home, it can be especially problematic. Those racing thoughts–and the resulting fatigue—can put a serious damper on your work performance and/or your ability to enjoy yourself. Fortunately, traditional sleep medicines and all their side effects aren’t your only option.

According to a 2014 review, essential oils may be helpful for mild sleep disturbances and help support healthy sleep. And lavender essential oil, in particular, stands out. Often used in pillow sprays, lotions and Epsom salt baths, it has a sweet, dry scent that promotes calm and relaxation. Other essential oils known for their ability to help with insomnia include mandarin, vetiver and rose absolute. There are even special blends for kids that can safely help promote calmness and relaxation before bedtime, so everyone can wake up refreshed and ready to go.

Jet Lag

Lady walking through the airport with a suitcaseJust ask any experienced traveler: Jet lag can put a damper on even the most well-planned excursions. Fly across a couple of time zones and you might find yourself dealing with fatigue, irritability and maybe even gastrointestinal problems. It’s all due to your circadian rhythms. This internal “clock” tells your body when to stay awake and when to go to sleep.

Problems arise when this internal clock remains synched to your original time zone. However, having a few key essential oils for travel on hand can help your body adjust to time changes faster and minimize the effects of jet lag. Peppermint essential oil, for instance, is known for its revitalizing and energizing properties. Inhaling this strong, fresh scent is a great way to wake up a foggy mind. A few drops of lemon and eucalyptus globulus essential oil sprinkled on the shower floor can also help shake off grogginess. Chamomile essential oil, on the other hand, is a calming and relaxing scent that can help circadian rhythms adjust more quickly at bedtime so you can get to sleep.

Motion Sickness/Nausea

Girls smiling on a road tripWhen queasiness hits, once again, it’s peppermint essential oil to the rescue. Inhaled straight from the bottle or diluted and applied to the temples or back of the neck, this fresh, cooling scent is the most popular home remedy for motion sickness and nausea. Another tried and true option is ginger. It’s common knowledge that sipping ginger tea or drinking ginger ale can help with a queasy stomach. So, it makes sense that ginger essential oil is often used in essential oil blends for stomach upset. Just dilute with your favorite carrier oil and massage directly on the stomach. It can also be helpful to make a personal inhaler that can be used on the go for long car and plane rides.

Digestion issues

Mom comforting child feeling sickThat essential oil blend you packed for nausea? Turns out it may do double-duty for digestion issues as well. When diluted with a carrier oil and rolled or massaged onto the abdomen, stomach relief blends may help calm nausea, encourage smooth digestion, ease gas and bloating and promote regularity. Other essential oils that are helpful for tummy troubles include ginger root and dill weed. For children, sweet-smelling spearmint essential oil and blends like Tummy All Better are a safe and convenient way to keep everyone feeling their best on long trips.

Bug Bites

Girl itching bug bite on her armTraveling for vacation often means more time outdoors or in tropical climates, and that can mean more bugs–and possibly bites. Luckily, essential oils can help in several ways. First, fragrances like citronella and lemon eucalyptus may be helpful in repelling insects. For those who want the power of many oils at once, pre-made blends can also be used in the same way to help keep pesky critters at bay.  

But what if the bugs find their way to you and you end up with a bunch of itchy, inflamed bites?  It turns out there are several essential oils that have antimicrobial properties that may help reduce the risk of infection. Of these, peppermint essential oil is a favorite due to its fresh scent and cooling sensation on the skin. Tea tree essential oil is another popular choice for bug bites. Not only does it have the potential to reduce the risk of infection, but research in a study in the British Journal of Dermatology also suggests that it may reduce histamine (and therefore itching) when applied topically.

4 Essential Travel Tips

Couple walking in the airport with bagsWhen it comes to traveling with essential oils, the most important thing to know is this: it’s easier than you think. Thanks to a whole array of innovative solutions like balms, creams, pre-made rollers, portable aromatherapy inhalers, travel-sized essential oil diffusers and carrying cases for bottles, you can transport your favorite essential oils safely to your final destination without worrying about spilling or leakage.

Tip #1: Take time to plan ahead

Women's feet soaking up the beach sunNo matter where you’re going or why planning ahead is the single most important thing you can do to ensure you have all the essential oils and accessories you need to make your trip as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Start by considering what kind of issues/ailments you’re likely to encounter. If you’re traveling to a remote tropical location, bug bites and digestive issues may be a concern. Headed off on a stressful work trip? You may want remedies for things like headache and insomnia.

Also, think about the modes of transportation you’ll be using. Airplane travel may require extra careful packing to ensure your essential oils don’t leak in transit. And certain items, like mini USB diffusers, might be better suited for car trips where you’re not seated near strangers. The bottom line is, by taking the time to consider the unique circumstances of your trip, you’re more likely to have the essential oils you need at-the-ready.

Tip #2: On planes, make packing a priority

diaper bagWhen navigating airline travel with essential oils, packing is key. And whether you’re checking luggage or putting all your liquids in the quart-sized Ziploc bag that’s allowed for carry-ons, preventing leaks should be your primary concern. Be sure to double-check all lids because many oils can eat through plastic bags. By using a carrying case designed especially for essential oils AND then placing it in a plastic bag, you can minimize your chances of a leak onto your clothes or belongings.  Spray bottles tend to leak, so pack them empty if you need them for pillow or room sprays, and then add water and essential oils at your destination.

Planes use recirculated air. So, it’s best not to use essential oils when flying, and definitely, don’t open a bottle and risk having it spill on a plane full of people who may not love the scent as much as you do. However, if there’s an oil that you really want to use, apply it to your body or a piece of jewelry designed for essential oils before boarding.

Tip #3: Put the brakes on car spills

Cars are a great place to use essential oils. However, once again, spillage is a major concern. Drop an open bottle between your seats and it could be filling your car with fragrance for a very long time! In order to prevent spills, go for options like rollers, sprays and mini USB diffusers that you can prepare before getting into your vehicle. Packing pre-made rollers for kids is another great way to be prepared for minor ailments and boo-boos along the way.

Tip #4: Don’t forget your hotel room essentials

Plant Therapy Evoke natural scentIt’s a fact: No matter how much you paid for your accommodations, a strange or musty odor in the room can make it feel less than luxurious. Fortunately, having the right essential oils on hand can help you freshen things up and make you feel good about where you’re staying.

Popular room-freshening scents include staples like Lemon and Orange, as well as lesser-known options like Kumquat. Just take an empty spray bottle and make a DIY room or linen spray. Spray in the air, on pillows and bed linens or use to wipe down bathroom counters and fixtures. You can even pour a few drops near the drain in the shower for a spa-like shower experience. For an even stronger scent, pack a small diffuser that you can leave running. This can be especially good for those who use lavender essential oil to help promote sleep.

Bottom line? Bring the scents that soothe you.

Spa scalp massage essential oilNo matter where you’re going, essential oils may be able to help make your trip more enjoyable. All it takes is a little bit of planning, smart packing, and preparation and you’ll be ready to breathe in all the new adventures life has for you.

The Importance of Infant Massage

By Tyler Hagan, Certified Aromatherapist & SEOR Admin


As parents, we face a pretty daunting task that lasts way beyond 18 years from birth. Our job starts before the baby is born and way beyond birth through their adulthood. I know we’ve all joked about “getting through the next 18 years”… but you all know it’s true. Our job as parents will never stop.

But what if I told you that the little things we do for our children as infants would be life lasting and would set a foundation that they are going to build the rest of their life on? Pretty intimidating. If you don’t think so, I’d suggest you be a little more honest with yourself (kidding! or am I?).

What if I also told you that there are small, surefire ways to start a healthy foundation for your youngsters? Well, it is true, and we’re going to take a deeper look into a very special way to do it.

Infant massage is a simple, easy to implement way to encourage healthy physical and emotional well-being in infants and toddlers and it starts day one of lives. When a baby is born, they are gently massaged as they are being cleaned and dried off. This not only helps relax the baby, but also encourages them to take that very first breath.

The benefits don’t stop there, however. When you touch your baby, you’re stimulating their sense of touch as well, which positively impacts their psychological and social development. Positive touch through massage can also aid in weight gain, supporting a healthy immune system, reducing stress, and promoting overall relaxation for parent and child. It’s also important as it helps build a strong, healthy bond between parent and child as well.

I’d like to challenge all of us parents with infants and toddlers to being implementing massage into our daily routines. It’s easy, and it doesn’t really have to take too much time at all. Here are a couple simple ways to utilize our beloved aromatics into this practice and some different ways to practice massage on our little ones.

INFUSED MASSAGE OIL

Essential oil bottles next to chamomile and lavender flowers

  • 2 oz Organic Jojoba Oil
  • 1/4 cup Dried Lavender Buds
  • 1/4 cup Dried Calendula Petals

In a clean bottle, infuse your jojoba oil with your dried lavender buds and calendula petals. The longer you let these herbals marinate in the oil, the stronger the infusion, but feel free to use the oil immediately.

HYDROSOLS FOR MASSAGE

plant therapy hydrosolsAnother simple way to implement aromatics into our massage routines are with hydrosols. Hydrosols are gentle and effective enough for little ones and can be used for a wide variety of things. Depending on the hydrosol you choose, they can be both uplifting and relaxing for our little ones. I love blending our lavender and rose hydrosols together in a small spritz bottle. I let it sit out for a few minutes to warm up a little, and then I just spritz it on my little guy when I massage him. Once you’ve massaged your little one with the hydrosol, you can follow it up with your infused massage oil, or just plain jojoba oil.

INFANT MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

nursing motherThere are many different techniques you can use to massage your little ones, all of which are super simple and can be easily done at home or on the go.

BELLY MASSAGE

Belly Massages are great and can really help get things moving during those troubling times for little ones that result in upset. To do it, you just place your hand above their belly button and use the tips of your fingers to gently rub in a circular motion, repeating as many times as necessary. You want to be firm, yet very gentle.

ARM MASSAGE

Arm massages are SUPER relaxing and very easy to do. All you have to do is hold your baby’s arm between your hands, and gently twist from left and right. You don’t want to twist too much, just so that your rubbing it in a back and forth motion, much like a roll. Start at baby’s shoulder and work your way down to their wrist and back up again.

LEG MASSAGE

Leg massages, just like arm massages are very relaxing and comforting. Just gently give your baby’s leg a squeeze using your whole hand to wrap the leg. Start at the thigh and working your way down to their ankle, repeat this a couple of times, and then switch legs.

FOOT MASSAGE

adult hands holding little baby feetWhile foot massages can be very comforting to our little ones, you want to make sure you’re very gentle and aren’t causing discomfort. Not all babies or toddlers will tolerate this type of massage, so be sure to read your baby’s emotional cues and body language. To practice this technique gently hold your baby’s foot in your hand with your thumb positioned on the soles of their feet. Gently rub your thumb in a clockwise motion for a few minutes. Switch feet back and forth as necessary.

For more helpful tips, tricks, and advice for your little ones, check out our Essential Oil for Infants and Toddlers blog post, our Essential Oils for Teething blog post, and our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes!

Six Natural Ways Keep Your Furry Friends Safe This Summer

Summer is here and we’re stoked for it. But no one is more stoked than our pets: Warm temps, grassy yards, balls to catch and swimming are just as fun for our furry friends.

But pet safety is even more important during the summer months, especially when the temperatures start to rise.

1. Never ever, ever leave your pet in a hot car.

Summertime dog out of car windowIt can take just minutes – MINUTES – for your pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car.

Most people don’t realize how big of an issue this can be, but think about this: On a 78-degree day, the temperature in your car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and top 160 degrees if parked directly in the sun!

Your best bet is to leave your pet home and inside on hot or even pretty warm days. If you’re driving around with your dog or cat in the car, bring water and a water dish and take your pet with you when you go inside a store.

2. Remember, paws get scorched too!

Paw Balm from Plant TherapyWhen the sun is out, it’s no wonder we don’t like walking around in bare feet on asphalt or metal. It can get really hot, sometimes hot enough to burn your toes! Even though your pet has extra-tough skin on their paws, that hot asphalt can be scorching to your pet’s toes too.

When walking your furry friends, try to keep them off of hot asphalt while walking; not only can it burn little paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to your pet overheating.

Along those same lines, it’s not a good idea to drive around with your dog in the bed of a truck either because of the hot metal surface which can also burn paws.

To keep your pet’s paws moisturized and promote healing, use our Pup & Pony Paw Balm regularly to help keep their skin in tip-top shape.

3. Keep your pets calm during fireworks.

Woman using Pup & Pony blend with her dogThe loud noises, bright lights and high-pitched tones of fireworks can be very frightening and disturbing to some pets (remember, their hearing is much better than ours). In order to keep your pets safe from flying sparks and sometimes harsh chemicals that make up fireworks, it’s best to keep your furry friends at home.

But keeping them home doesn’t always fix their anxiety! To keep your pet from becoming upset at the noises, make sure you keep them indoors in a safe, comfortable and familiar location.

You can also try this Confident K9 DIY Linen Spray on your pup’s bedding to help keep them calm during firework season.

This spray uses one of our brand new Pup & Pony blends! Confident K9 was specifically created to help with dogs who struggle with being alone. It promotes relaxation, supports confidence, and soothes worry so they can relax when their favorite person is away.

What you’ll need:

  • 18-36 drops of Confident K9
  • 1.5 ounces of water
  • .5 ounces of Everclear
  • Empty spray bottle

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure out water and Everclear in separate measuring cups.
  2. Mix essential oils into Everclear and then add water in slowly.
  3. Pour into an empty spray bottle.
  4. Spray dogs bed or horses linens lightly and allow to dry.

*If you do not want to use Everclear, then an emulsifier and preservative would be necessary. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Before using this linen spray, make sure you’ve properly introduced your pup to essential oils and they have a positive association with these blends. Then you know you can safely use this spray while you are away. Also, the Everclear acts as an emulsifier in this recipe. It evaporates quickly, making it safe to use around pets. Just be sure to leave time for the spray to dry before bedtime.

4. Always provide water and shade.

Woman using Pup & Pony blend with her dogEspecially if you leave your pet outdoors during the day, water and shade are sometimes the difference between health and sickness. Remember that your little fur baby has just that – a fur coat. Meaning those high temps may be even more intense for your animal.

Do your best to keep your pet cool and comfortable when you’re not home. Even if you are home, and you and your pet are out in the sun for a long period of time, make sure there’s plenty of water available to avoid dehydration. Also, get your pet into the shade as much as possible, and provide shade for them to lay in during the day.

5. Stay safe at cookouts.

Evoke your best summer ever picnic on the beachBeach picnics and backyard BBQs are a blast, but the food and drinks served can often be not-so-great for our pets. Add to that the fact that during these events food and drinks are often on the ground or within reach of little doggy legs, and you’ve got a potential recipe for trouble.

Keep your pets away from foods that might be hazardous, like alcohol, soda, grapes, onions, and of course – chocolate.

6. Don’t forget a haircut!

pup & pony essential oils for dogsIf you have a pet has a very thick or long coat, and will be outside for long periods of time, consider giving your fur baby a haircut! Just don’t cut too short, because pets can get sunburns too. One inch is a good length for hair to help your pet cool off while still avoiding sunburn.

If you want to learn even more about using essential oils and pets, check out our Pup & Pony line and pet-related section of our Plant Therapy blog!

Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist & Content 
Manager

Ask Our Experts: Hydrosols

plant therapy hydrosolsSo…what is a hydrosol?

Kristie Cannon Newman says:

This is going to sound dumb, but what exactly is a hydrosol and what is it used for?”

 

Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist and Content Manager

Thanks Kristie, and don’t worry, there are no dumb questions! Hydrosols can sometimes be a bit of a mystery, but we’re here to clear that up today.

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

A  hydrosol, according to Suzanne Catty,  is a chemistry term meaning “water solution.” Hydrosols are also known by a variety of other names:

  • hydrolats
  • hydrolates
  • floral waters or
  • plant waters

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

Why do I need hydrosols?

Pris Palin wants to know:

Why do I need hydrosols?”

 

Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist and Content Manager

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

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

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

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

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

Plus, you can blend them, just like you would blend essential oils, to get the best benefits of multiple different types!

Let’s say you love misting your pillow with Lavender Hydrosol before going to bed to help you get great sleep. That great, but try adding a bit of Chamomile Hydrosol and see how well they work together! They both have incredibly relaxing properties and sweet floral aromas, but the mixture of them together creates a brand new aroma to fall asleep to.

A great hydrosol blend of that helps control breakouts and skin blemishes is a mix of 2 ounces of Tea Tree Hydrosol with 1 ounce of Rose Hydrosol. Just give your face a spritz before bed after you wash it, then follow it up with a dab of Jojoba Carrier Oil as a moisturizer.

You can read more about blending hydrosols in this great blog post.

Rose Hydrosol: How to use it!

Pink rose petals spilling out of a stillLelia Hayden asked:

Can I just spray my Rose hydrosol directly on my face if my eyes are closed? Is that okay? Also, can I spray the Rose on my son’s skin (not face)?”

 

Tyler Hagan, Certified Aromatherapist & SEOR Admin

Thanks SO much for your question, Lelia! Rose hydrosol is gentle enough to use directly on the face and is a customer favorite as a facial cleanser. Rose hydrosol is also a great option for your little one as it is gentle and calming. You could pair it with our Lavender hydrosol as a bed spritz to help promote relaxation, or directly on his skin paired with a relaxing massage.

Best uses for Melissa Hydrosols?

Laura Gordon wants to know:

“What are the best uses for Melissa hydrosol?”

 

Kristin Lail, Certified Aromatherapist and SEOR Admin

This is a wonderfully calming and uplifting hydrosol that can be sprayed directly on the skin or clothing of adults, kiddos or even babies.  During times of stress, the hydrosol can be used as a room or linen spray to create a calming and peaceful environment.

In addition to being an excellent choice for soothing the spirit, this hydrosol is a powerhouse at soothing skin irritation.  I have found it to be particularly helpful during the summer months when the kiddos manage to get into poison oak. Just a spritz or two as needed through the day and it’s looking better in no time! It also works well for other irritations as well such as soothing dry, itchy skin and as a toner for blemish prone skin.

We hope you loved talking about hydrosols as much as we love using them! To learn even more, make sure to join our Safe Essential Oils Facebook group. Tell Tyler, one of your Plant Therapy certified aromatherapists and your SEOR admin, hi from the Plant Therapy blog!

Evoke Your Best Summer Ever

Summer: It’s not always the stress-free blissful two months it was when you were still in school! Summer can either make or break you. For some people, summer is forever a warm, golden time for making memories, but for some, summer can be a stress-filled rush to fit in everything you need to get done.

Plant Therapy Evoke Your Best Summer Ever

Having your best summer ever isn’t about doing the most, it’s about getting the most out of what you’re doing.

 

Even though it might be tempting to pack every weekend and spare moment with road trips, BBQs and yard projects, it’s important to make space in your schedule for rest and relaxation too! Having your best summer ever isn’t about doing the most, it’s about getting the most out of what you’re doing.

Scent can be a vital part of any whole-body experience. We’ve gone into detail on how scents help us evoke emotional responses, how to pair romance and scent to create an even deeper connection, and an in-depth look at how scent works on our body using classical conditioning. But what does that have to do with summer?

Plant Therapy infused Evoke setIt’s important during these fleeting summer months to really set the right mood, which is why we created our Infused Evoke summer blends. Fresh, Vital and Lively each come perfect for pairing with every adventure, every road trip and every warm late night during your best summer ever!

1. Take a breather.

Woman sitting outside meditating and relaxingMake sure that even if you don’t feel like you have time, you schedule a few minutes for yourself to rest, relax and something to look forward to. We’ve got a great blog post on how to use scents for self-care and meditation, but if you’re looking to take an even more active approach to add meditation to your daily routine, check these out:

Meditation blog posts:

2. Don’t plan too much – inject some spontaneity!

Evoke your best summer ever picnic on the beachEmbrace new experiences! Trying new things helps push us out of our comfort zone, create new memories and shared experiences. When we’re doing something new, we pay closer attention to what’s happening. This means you’re essentially using your new experience to block out all that mental “noise” we always carry around in our heads during daily life. So don’t be scared this summer to try new activities while on vacation (water, sports, dance classes, new foods) Take your living outside the box, be open to new experiences and joy.

Take our Vital scent with you everywhere you go, and let the juicy citrus notes set the mood for summer spontaneity with this DIY perfume:

Vital Summer Scent Roll-on

Vital essential oil roll onWhat You’ll Need:

  • 6 drops of your Vital natural fragrance
  • 6 drops Polysorbate 20
  • 10 mL Everclear, Witch Hazel, or Vodka
  • 10 mL rollerball bottle

What You’ll Do:

Blend Vital with 10 mL Everlcear, Witch Hazel or Vodka. Pour into your rollerball and put on the cap. Roll onto pulse points and get ready for whatever comes your way!

3. Focus on family and friends

This one might seem obvious, but after spending the rest of the year at work it’s nice to branch back out and connect with your high school friends, mom friends or even relatives. Summer isn’t just about adventure, it’s about memories. Take this time to make some plans with friends you haven’t seen all year. Choose now to reconnect, make new memories and savor your time together.

Meet for a cup of coffee at the local favorite place, meet up at the pool or just hang out at your house. Take time to schedule mini-vacations with your family. Choose a day to stay in bed and binge Netflix with your partner and order a pizza. Binge-watch Game of Thrones, or just choose a romantic movie. Make the people in your life your priority.

4. Enjoy the experience

Summertime dog out of car windowYou assume that going on vacation means you’ll have an amazing time. But does it really? Funny enough, research shows that most people are happier while planning and looking forward to their vacations than they are during or after them.

You heard that right! That means for most of us, the anticipation of your vacation is actually way better than the reality.

Relaxation is an exception to this rule. People who rate their vacations as being “very relaxing” are the ones who are the happiest while on vacation. Only by actually enjoying your relaxation while on vacation, can you use a trip to help feel happier year-round. So the question is, how do you make your vacation relaxing? The answer is mindfulness (and we’ll go more into that later).

5. Start journaling

plant Therapy journalJournaling is not only a great way to remember your summer fun for years to come, but it’s also a great way to make sure you’re really savoring every experience.

Try these three easy ways to start journaling this summer, no matter how crunched for time you are:

  • Bullet journal: Try writing down quick, easily digested notes every day, but don’t limit yourself to a to-do list. Bullet journaling is all about tracking emotions, experiences and making journaling easy for everyone.
  • Sketching: You don’t have to be an artist to get the benefits of creating art. Just sitting down to doodle or sketch out a little scene helps you to remember small details of your summer adventures.
  • Lists: Make lists focused on positivity! Try listing 25 beautiful things that surround you, 10 things you’d love to do by summer’s end, or your top 5 good things that happened that day. This helps you stay focused on and appreciate all the amazing things that happen every day.

To make journaling even more impactful, try this easy way to scent your journal with your own unique cue that it’s time to write, and focus on positive, uplifting thoughts.

Fresh mindfulness scented journal tissue

Evoke fresh summer essential oil blendWhat you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add one drop of Meditation to a single tissue. Wave the tissue briefly to help air it out. Fold the tissue and use as a placeholder in your journal.

Check out even more ways using the emotion of scent can help support journaling mindfully in this great blog post.

6. Make mindfulness a choice

Mindfulness is defined as an awareness of your moment-to-moment experience, without making judgments. Mindfulness helps boost your memory, increases your ability to focus and reduces stress. When you’re in summer vacation mode, mindfulness can be the difference between feeling stressed out and truly enjoying yourself.

Vacations aren’t always relaxing. Like we said before, people experience more joy during the planning and waiting time before their vacation, then when they’re actually on vacation.

Mindfulness gives you permission to truly be on vacation, in your body and your mind. It gives you the clarity to really focus on unique experiences and enjoying a new place. The goal is for your mind to be in the same place as your body so that you’re soaking in and enjoying every moment of your vacations. You’re replacing anxiety with relaxation and joy.

7. Last but not least: Get outside!

Plant Therapy essential oils get outsideDude, the weather is amazing out there. Get outside and enjoy the activities you can only do during the summer months! Get outside, play some sports. Take a hike. Float the river or go to the beach. Soak up some sun!

Look for chances to be present in nature all around you. Notice the smells of fresh-cut grass, flowers, and sun-soaked skin. Go have your best summer ever!

Sources: 

[1] Niles, A. N., Haltom, K. E., Mulvenna, C. M., Lieberman, M. D., & Stanton, A. L. (2013). Randomized controlled trial of expressive writing for psychological and physical health: the moderating role of emotional expressivity. Anxiety, stress, and coping, 27(1), 1-17.

[2] Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2010). Gratitude and well being: the benefits of appreciation. Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township)), 7(11), 18-22.

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