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5 Essential Oils for More Energy

lady waking with energy It’s the first month of a brand new year! Don’t let the grey skies and chilly air drain your energy. Try these bright, invigorating essential oils to help get you up and at it with all the energy you need.

Ginger Root CO2

The warm and spicy aroma of Ginger Root CO2 may be just what you need to boost your energy — especially when it’s cold outside. Its warming properties contrast nicely with the winter weather. Ginger Root is also a great way to lift your mood and may consequently increase your willpower to stay energized through whatever it is you want to accomplish!

Peppermint

peppermint essential oil for energy

For a quick burst of energy whenever you need it, reach for Peppermint Essential Oil. Fresh, cool, and unmistakable, this popular oil will invigorate your mind and body. It promotes energy and alertness, making it perfect for any time of the day – whether bright and early in the morning, during that unfortunate afternoon slump, or once you make it back home to the family after a long day. Diffuse it or add about 4 drops to a teaspoon of carrier oil and rub onto your wrists to enjoy the aroma.

Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus Globulus is a fantastic choice to lift your spirits and focus your mind. It also brings warmth to the body and promotes healthy circulation; when your body feels good, it responds with elevated energy levels. Not only that, but as one of the most recognized essential oils to help with respiratory issues, Eucalyptus can support clear breathing and the flow of energizing oxygen throughout the body.

Lime

Citrus scents are typically very energizing, and Lime is no exception. When you want to add a zesty punch to your environment, this is great to diffuse for its uplifting and invigorating properties. The sweet, clean citrus aroma can help improve clarity and focus while also encouraging mental energy. Try adding one drop of Lime to 3 drops each of Grapefruit Pink and Orange Sweet to your diffuser for a wonderfully refreshing citrus blend that helps brighten the mood.

To learn more about Lime, check out 4 Surprising Benefits of Lime Essential Oil.

Grapefruit Pink

grapefruit essential oil for energy

With its sweet, juicy fresh citrus scent, Grapefruit Pink helps bring about a refreshed and brighter mood. Like many citrus essential oils, it is known for its ability to boost energy levels and mental alertness. It can also help relieve adrenal fatigue, which may occur with people who feel constantly lethargic. Plus, it is known to benefit the immune system! This helps you feel healthy and ready to tackle any task that comes your way.

For more great information about Grapefruit Pink, make sure to read Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week.

couple looking energetic and happy

If you want to learn more about essential oils that can help you stay energized, both mentally and physically, be sure to check out the blog Get a Natural Energy Boost With Essential Oils.

Take on a New Hobby: Essential Oils

take on a new hobby with essential oils

Is there really any better time in the year to try to learn something new than right now? No way! The new year is here and one of the best ways to celebrate it is to commit yourself to work toward a healthier body and mind.

Learning something new can be a frustrating and daunting experience. Do you have what it takes? Are you even smart enough? Where in the world will you find the time and energy? While learning a new skill definitely takes a huge amount of commitment, there are some essential oils that can provide a bit of support.

And let’s face it, we could all use a little extra support when we’re trying hard to better ourselves.

Taking up a new skill with essential oils

Let’s take a look at a few essential oils that can help boost your brainpower by promoting clarity, alertness, energy, and more!

Basil Linalool

This is one of the finest oils available for calming and focusing the mind, making it perfect for learning that new skill. It is known to be uplifting while quelling any racing, disorganized thoughts that are hindering your ability to learn. For a clear, focused mind, this is just what you need to stay sharp–in fact, that is exactly why Basil Linalool is used in both our Brain Aid and Clarity blends.

If you’ve had a long day at work and need to unwind a bit before settling down with your new hobby, Basil Linalool’s high linalool content makes it very relaxing and calming. Plus, it is very useful in easing tension in the head and neck area, helping you stay in the right mindset [1]. Diffuse it alone or alongside Bergamot and Clary Sage for a soothing blend. For topical application, dilute to 3% and apply to your wrists for a nice pick-me-up.

learning a new skill or hobby with essential oils

Petitgrain

Energize your mood and prepare yourself to learn something new with this bitter-sweet, woody, and floral essential oil. It comforts the mind after a long day and reins in emotions that are running wild [1]. With this, you can settle yourself down peacefully in front of a book, canvas, tightrope (hey—we don’t know what you’re learning. It could be anything!) and enjoy a clear and uplifted mind.

If emotional duress is distracting you away from your goal, try adding 2 drops each of Petitgrain and Mandarin to your diffuser to help lift out of feelings of mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. You can also dilute to 1-3% and apply to your wrists, inhaling as needed to help stay focused on your present goals.

Rosemary 1,8-Cineole

Throughout history, Rosemary has been known to provide benefits for mental clarity, memory, and concentration. Inhaling the aroma can affect cognition by promoting healthy neurological functions [2]. It also helps your body deliver blood to your brain, which can stimulate your ability to focus and help sharpen your mind. When your mind is ready to absorb new information, you can learn a new skill more quickly and easily, making it a more pleasurable experience overall!

learning new skill with essential oils

Peppermint Western U.S.

Like Peppermint Essential Oil, the Western U.S. version is wonderfully stimulating and uplifting to the senses. It has that familiar, cool, grassy-minty scent you know and love, but is slightly smoother and more refined. This is due to several minor constituents being at slightly different levels. Learning a new skill can be very unpleasant if your mind is wandering or your energy is low, so Peppermint Western U.S. is a great oil to reach for when you know you could use a bit of a boost!

The aroma is wonderful to enhance alertness. Diffuse it or dilute it to 2-5% in a carrier oil. You can apply topically when you’re feeling a little under the weather or you have muscle and tension discomfort distracting you from your goals.

Jack Pine

If you are someone who is quickly invigorated by the fresh aroma of pine oils, Jack Pine is a must-have when you’re learning something new. It is refreshing and uplifting, helping to create a clear and clean environment that is perfect for exploring new interests. The mood-lifting properties help push away cluttered, unproductive thoughts to promote calm and collected behavior.

Joyful Creation Chakra Blend

plant therapy joyful creation essential oil blend

This unique blend of essential oils was designed to help nurture creativity, passion, and expansion in the birth of new concepts. So if you’ve been sitting on an idea for a long time about something you would like to learn, Joyful Creation may be just what you need to get your mind and heart set on the commitment. It has a gorgeous layered and smooth floral scent that invites a sense of joy and enthusiasm in moving forward. This helps to motivate you in the best way possible!

Learn more about Joyful Creation with the blog Joyful Creation for the Sacral Chakra + Medley Diffuser Blend.

Sources:

[1] Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness Paperback. Pgs. 35, 97.

[2] Mojay, G. (2005). Aromatherapy for healing the spirit: A guide to restoring emotional and mental balance through essential oils. London: Gaia. pg. 146.

Essential Oils to Help Quit Smoking

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Chances are, if you’re reading this, either you or someone you know is one of the millions of people who smoke cigarettes every day. Making the decision to quit smoking is not a small undertaking and requires a ton of support. Regularly using certain essential oils can be very helpful during this journey by soothing common symptoms brought on by nicotine withdrawal, such as irritation, sleeplessness, and, of course, cravings. Let’s check out some of our favorite single oils and blends worth trying out if you or someone you know wants to kick their habit for good.

broken cigarette on a calendar to quit smoking

And don’t forget to check out THIS blog to learn more about how essential oils can help out anyone who wants to quit smoking.

Black Pepper

Often regarded as the most effective essential oil to help quit smoking, Black Pepper is a must-have for anyone seriously interested in using aromatherapy to help quit. It can help curb the cravings associated with nicotine withdrawal, as well as help alleviate feelings of anxiety [1].

Cardamom

Plant Therapy's Cardamom Essential Oil to help quit smoking

This spicy essential oil is perfect to encourage a calm, clear, focused, problem-solving mindset. When motivation begins to waver, reach for Cardamom to help you get back on track with your goals. It can help restore feelings of control, making it very empowering and helping to strengthen your resolve to quit.

Check out THIS blog to learn more about Cardamom Essential Oil.

Neroli

Arguably some of the most trying parts about nicotine withdrawal are the feelings of irritation and nervous tension. When every day becomes a struggle to keep your mood balanced and positive, these symptoms can be miserable. Use Neroli when you need to uplift your spirit, boost your mood, and help climb out of an unhappy mental rut. For a calming blend to add to a personal inhaler, try 6 drops of Black Pepper, 6 drops of Cypress, and 3 drops of Neroli.

Learn more about Neroli with Explore Your Essential Oils: Neroli

hand refusing cigarettes from another hand

Coriander Seed

The warming and calming fragrance of Coriander Seed is wonderful to aid in relaxation and elevate your mood. When irritation begins to creep up, especially during the first few weeks of nicotine withdrawal, Coriander can help provide the relief and mental focus you need to stay on track with your goals.

Check out this Weekly Spotlight blog to learn more about Coriander Essential Oil.

Melissa

Tension in the head and neck can be a pretty common occurrence for anyone trying to kick their smoking habit. Thankfully, Melissa’s beautiful grassy, lemony scent can help provide relief to this discomfort. It is also known to inspire joy, hope, and feelings of peace — another great reason to give this oil a good whiff when you’re not feeling so great.

Try adding 3 drops of Frankincense Carteri, and 2 drops each of Melissa and Lavender to your diffuser to enjoy a wonderfully comfortable atmosphere that can help lift you up into a positive mindset.

Worry Free Blend

Plant Therapy Rose Gold Diffuser and Worry Free Blend to help stop smoking

Ease bad mood moments away with our Worry Free Blend (also available as a pre-diluted roll-on!). The gorgeous aroma created from this blend of Lavender, Marjoram Sweet, Ylang Ylang Complete, Sandalwood Australian, Peru Balsam, and Chamomile Roman will have you in a relaxed state of mind so that you can better cope with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Curb the Urge Inhaler Blend

curb the urge inhaler blend diy essential oils to quit smoking

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:
Inhale throughout the day when needed to reduce feelings of irritability.

Source:

[1] Rose, J., & Behm, F. (1994). Inhalation of vapor from black pepper extract reduces smoking withdrawal symptoms. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8033760

How to Eat Healthy with Essential Oils

How to eat healthy with essential oils resolution eat healthier

Eating too much sugary, salty, carby, junk food is a sure-fire way to derail any resolutions you may have about eating healthy this year! While resisting all that goodness takes a ton of self-control, there are some essential oils that can help you stick with your goal. And no, we are not implying that you add essential oils to your food; however, inhaling certain scents can really help to curb your junk food cravings.

lady choosing to eat healthy food over junk food

But how in the world does that work?

Well, scent plays a huge role in our hunger cues. When we use essential oils, inhalation is the single most effective way to receive their benefits. When aromas reach the olfactory bulb, they not only trigger the limbic system (emotional center), but it triggers your hypothalamus, too, which is the portion of your brain connected to satiety. Odor molecules actually inform your brain that you have eaten enough and you are full. Basically, it is not only our stomach that dictates our hunger!

To learn more, check out this blog: Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight? 

Eating salad and healthy food

But now let’s get to the oils you need to help you eat more healthy food, more often. These bright and sweet suggestions can help trick your brain into thinking you’ve already satisfied your sweet tooth, which can help reduce junk food cravings! Some can also reduce feelings of worry, exhaustion, and nervous tension, making it less likely to give into stress-eating.

Orange Sweet

plant therapy orange sweet essential oil to help eat healthier

The sweet aroma of Orange Sweet can help deter sugary cravings. It is also known to reduce stress, which can lead to snacking.

Peru Balsam

Stave off sugary cravings with this sweet vanilla-like aroma. It can also calm nervous tension, which can help prevent nervous eating habits.

Lemon Tea Tree

lemon tea tree essential oil for helping to eat healthier

Known to brighten sour moods, this tart, and refreshing smelling essential oil can help reduce cravings for sweet foods.

Yuzu

Bright, uplifting, zesty, and tart, the aroma of Yuzu can give your brain the burst of yumminess it needs to think of something other than junk food. Plus, it can help reduce feelings of worry and tension, which is great to avoid stress snacking.

Fennel Sweet

Known for its divisive licorice-like aroma, Fennel Sweet is an amazing essential oil for digestive health. And since a healthy gut helps you feel good in all kinds of ways, it may absolutely keep you motivated toward your healthy eating goals! It also helps provide some relief to uncomfortable tummy issues, such as gas and bloating.

hand holding doughnut and apple, choosing between healthy food and junk food

Get More Exercise Using Essential Oils

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Most of us could all benefit from adding a bit more exercise into our lives. But it can be so hard! We go to work, take care of our families, manage bills, and every other adult-ish task in between. Squeezing in even that half hour of exercise can be a chore. And let’s be honest, none of us want to take on another chore. So the trick to getting in some daily exercise is to change your perception about it; don’t think of it as something you have to do, but rather something that you want to do. Get excited about exercise! Enjoy spending the time working on yourself and feel good about all the new energy you are bringing into your life.

women exercising

Using essential oils alongside your workout goals is a great way to stay motivated and get the most out of each and every exercise you commit to. Let’s take a look at a few great essential oil options:

Eucalyptus Globulus

This oil is great to use topically because of its ability to ease soreness and promote a healthy inflammatory response. In fact, many over-the-counter medications for joint and muscle health include this potent essential oil for that reason. It is ideal to help comfort muscles that are sore and tired after a strenuous workout, helping to make the whole exercise experience much better! You can also diffuse it to help increase your energy and sustain a positive mood.

Tea Tree

tea tree essential oil plant therapy

The fresh, medicinal, green-woodsy scent is a great way to freshen up your at-home gym or even to use before and after exercising on public gym equipment. It can also boost energy levels and support your body’s immune response, helping to prepare your mind and body for an awesome workout!

Orange Blood

If you’re coming home after an unpleasantly stressful day at work, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. Thankfully, diffusing Orange Blood can help you put aside the stressors of the day and focus on your own well being. When diffused, it offers that energizing, uplifting, and stimulating citrusy scent that is great for a pick-me-up.

Balm Mint Bush

This amazing essential oil offers a rich mint aroma with crisp eucalyptus notes that will help to uplift your mood and energize your environment. It is rich in methol content, making it perfect to help ease respiratory agitation so that you can enjoy your workout!

Energy Blend

If you can’t tell by the very obvious name, this blend of essential oils was designed especially to boost your energy! When your energy level is low, exercising just doesn’t work out very well — but when energy is high, you can feel more confident and capable of pushing yourself to get a really great workout. The uplifting oils of Orange Blood and Geranium Egyptian help to ease away tension from daily stress and balance emotions; Peppermint and Lemon add an energizing burst to help stay alert and focused; Ginger Root and Eucalyptus Globulus bring warmth and healthy circulation to revitalize the mind and body.

woman exercising

Rapid Relief Blend

It’s not just muscles that can cause discomfort after exercise; sore joints can also be an unpleasant side effect after working out. Thankfully, Rapid Relief can help! The essential oils used in this blend can help warm the areas of concern and increase circulation — helping provide a sense of relief and ease. Just don’t forget the carrier oil. Dilute to 3-5% in order to safely use on skin.

Get Organized This Year: How Essential Oils Can Help

essential oils to help with organization resolution get organized

Is your heart set on getting more organized this year? Maybe you’re sick of your home being chaotic, with clothes spilling out of dresser drawers and a food pantry that seems to expand onto the kitchen counters. Maybe that 2018 daily planner has gone mostly untouched the past year even though you really, really had big plans to use it.

Well, this year, whatever your “getting more organized” goals include, we want to help! Let’s clue you into some really amazing essential oils to help you stay focused, motivated, and ready to organize 2019!

using essential oils and aromatherapy inhalers to get organized

Vetiver

Organize your thoughts, plans, and priorities with this amazing essential oil. It has relaxing and calming properties that help to release negative feelings associated with stress so that you can get yourself in a more positive and productive mindset. Vetiver is also known to support difficulty with following directions and a hyperactive mind, making it easier for you to settle in with your project and stay focused until the end.

And if you’re a perfectionist, you may find Vetiver to be your new favorite essential oil; it can center and ground your mind, allowing you to appreciate the hard work you’re putting forth without that nagging feeling that it’s still not enough [1].

Learn more about Vetiver: Everything You Need to Know About Using Vetiver Essential Oil.

May Chang

Sometimes all we need to organize our life is some energy, motivation, and positive thinking! May Chang has an uplifting and stimulating fresh aroma. It clears the mind, improves focus, and may just be that spark you need to get up and after your goals. This is an especially great choice if you love bright, lemony scents. It can help to bring in a bit of sunshine when your energy is low.

Plus, if your current state of unorganized clutteredness is driving you nuts, May Chang is great to reduce feelings of nervous tension, anxiety, and stress [2].

plant therapy essential oils for organization

Buddha Wood

When we make personal resolutions for self-improvement, it’s just too easy to bend, change, or break the rules of that pact we made with ourselves.

To achieve that focused, in-the-moment mindset needed to succeed, Buddha Wood can help. It has a wonderfully calming, deep forest aroma that helps keep your thoughts at the moment and grounded so you can focus on your organizational goals. Plus, it blends beautifully with a wide range of citrusy and spicy oils! This makes it perfect if you want to create a personal motivational or uplifting blend.

Learn more about Buddha Wood: Buddha Wood: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week.

Peppermint

peppermint essential oil with aromafuse diffuser

Maintaining organization requires energy, motivation, and a clear head. Diffuse Peppermint or dilute it and apply topically to enjoy its refreshing and energizing properties. It is also great to help reduce symptoms of an uncomfortable headache, which can definitely derail any plans you have to organize!

Frankincense Carteri

If you’re looking for an essential oil to help clear your head and keep you grounded, this is the one! Frankincense Carteri can help with emotional issues that may be distracting you from your ability to organize. It’s soothing to diffuse and is a great choice for a personal aromatherapy inhaler.

Clear Intuition Chakra Blend

Plant Therapy Clear Intuition to help with organization

Are you worried about your passion for organization waning not long after you make your resolution? Then Clear Intuition may be just what you need. This unique blend of essential oils can help quiet the mind and encourage introspection, helping you to think clearly about why you tried to commit to your resolutions in the first place. And sometimes all we need is a little reminder of what’s important to us to help push us in the right direction.

Sources:

[1] Mojay, G. (2005). Aromatherapy for healing the spirit: A guide to restoring emotional and mental balance through essential oils. London: Gaia. pg. 125.

[2] Worwood, V. (2016). The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy 25th-anniversary edition. San Rafael, CA: New World Library. pg. 604.

How to Save Money Using Essential Oils

How to save money with essential oils resolution save money

Whether you’re saving up for a fun family vacation, working hard to lower your credit card payments, or just want some extra spending money, buying essential oils is probably the last thing on your mind. But hear me out! Take a quick look at your bathroom counter. How many creams, lotions, masks, and scrubs are sitting there? How many times do you scoop out that very last little bit of moisturizer before realizing it’s that time again — time to buy another one! And a quality moisturizer doesn’t often come cheap.

Now it’s your kitchen’s turn. How fast do you go through your chemical-laden all-purpose cleaner? Your drying hand sanitizer? The wood polish? All of these items add up fast, but there’s nothing you can do about it, right? It’s not like you can make themselves…

money going into piggy bank

Wait! Yes you can!

And it’s so easy and cost effective, you’ll be wondering to yourself why you haven’t been doing it all along. Take a look at a few of the most popular essential oils you can incorporate into your life every day! You may really enjoy using them, so much in fact that you find yourself slowly replacing your regular cleaners and body products with these all-natural wonders.

Lavender

lavender essential oil used in body care products

Oh so versatile, Lavender Essential Oil is great to use for anything from skincare to laundry. It makes a wonderful addition to handmade soaps, helps soothe itchy skin, and can be added into a countless number of DIYs.

Want to learn more about Lavender? Check out 10 Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil.

Lemon

lemons and cleaning products

You already know the scent of Lemon shows up in all kinds of different cleaning products. So instead of paying for that aroma to mingle with a long list of unpronounceable chemicals, why not just try the essential oil? It’s great for cleaning just about every part of the house. And that bright, uplifting aroma? Well it just makes those household chores a touch more tolerable!

Not particularly a fan of Lemon but want another great citrus to clean with? Lime Essential Oil has that fresh, tart, and motivating aroma, along with being a great oil to clean with. Orange Sweet Essential Oil is similarly uplifting, great for cleaning, and a wonderful choice for anyone just starting out with all-natural products.

Try swapping out your store-bought carpet cleaner for this homemade recipe!

Tea Tree

tea tree essential oil plant therapy

Another easy-to-find ingredient in tons of household and personal products, Tea Tree can help with anything from stubborn zits to musty smelling towels. And don’t forget to pack in your first aid kit! It works wonderfully to support a clean environment and promotes healthier air quality during times of seasonal illness.

This all-purpose cleaner uses the amazing properties of Tea Tree to help get a deep-down clean without any unwanted chemical additions.

Frankincense Frereana

High-end body lotions and creams are often marketed in such a way that it seems like you have to have them if you want smooth, healthy skin. In reality, though, that’s just not true. Many essential oils, such as Frankincense Frereana, are packed with properties that make them nothing less than luxurious for dry, damaged skin. If you haven’t tried swapping out your moisturizer for a teaspoon of Jojoba Carrier Oil and a single drop of Frankincense Frereana, well, maybe it’s time you took the leap. Or try your hand at blending with this oatmeal mask that soothes, softens, and gently exfoliates skin.

woman cleaning

Spearmint

This refreshing and minty essential oil has a multitude of practical everyday uses. It’s great to help lift your mood, soothe an upset stomach, help with concentration, and of course, cleaning! Diffuse it to help improve your home’s air and add to household cleaning products. Learn more about all the ways to add more Spearmint to your life with Six Ways to use Spearmint Essential Oil.

Don’t forget to check out our Downloads page for tons of great DIYs! And if you want to learn more about how essential oils can help you around the house, these blogs offer some great information and recipes:

Essential Oils and Stress Relief

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We could all benefit from better stress management — that’s probably why it’s one of the most common New Year resolutions. When we don’t give ourselves a chance to unwind, that stress can build up and make us feel miserable. Extreme amounts of stress can even have serious health consequences, affecting the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine, and central nervous systems.

woman not looking stressed out

So if that’s something you’re aiming to improve this year, essential oils can be a wonderful complement to all of your self-care practices. Give these single oils and blends a try to help relieve stress:

Lavandin

Don’t worry — it’s not spelled wrong. LavandIN is a beautiful hybrid of true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). It is rich in linalool and linalyl acetate, just like Lavender, but also includes 1,8-cineole and camphor, making it a bit different aromatically and therapeutically. It is emotionally calming, helps to ease feelings of stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety [1]. If you love Lavender, you may find yourself feeling the same way about Lavandin. Its aroma is similar to Lavender but absolutely has its own unique personality.

Sandalwood (all kinds)

The beautifully soft and creamy aroma of this essential oil is well known to positively influence the mind. It has a cooling, calming, and toning effect on the nervous system, making it great for hot and agitational emotional states related to stress [2]. It is excellent for encouraging relaxation when diffused or inhaled. Plus, it’s a perfect meditation companion to help clear the mind from everyday worries.

To learn more about Sandalwood (and to give this really relaxing bath salts DIY a try!) check out these blogs:

Bergamot

This bright, uplifting, fresh-smelling oil is excellent for a mind and body feeling bogged down by stress. It promotes relaxation by increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the branch of the central nervous system that helps balance heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Use it alongside other uplifting and comforting essential oils, such as Rose Absolute, Chamomile Roman, or Sandalwood to stabilize your mood and release pent-up stressed out feelings [1]. If stress is also resulting in unproductive or addictive behaviors, Bergamot may help redirect that nervous energy to something more positive [2].

Check out The Five Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil to learn more about this wonderful oil.

Copaiba Oleoresin

copaiba oleoresin plant therapy

When stress puts a strain on your immune system, your whole body can feel the effects. Tension in the head and neck along with achy muscles can make the end of a stressful day feel even worse. Copaiba is widely known for its ability to help alleviate soreness in these areas, partly due to its large quantity of beta-caryophyllene. This unique chemical constituent may target parts of the brain that help minimize feelings of sadness and discouragement [3].

Try blending 2 drops each of Copaiba Oleoresin and Frankincense Serrata in a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and apply topically to help alleviate soreness. For an emotionally grounding blend, add 3 drops of Copaiba Oleoresin, 2 drops of Frankincense Carteri, and 4 drops of Orange Sweet to your diffuser.

To learn more about Copaiba Oleoresin, check out this blog:

Top 5 Amazing (and Surprising) Benefits of Copaiba Oil

Sage Dalmatian

The warm, spicy, and herbaceous aroma of Sage Dalmatian may not immediately come to mind when you think of essential oils for stress relief, but it should! Sage offers a wide variety of benefits. It helps support symptoms of stress, such as emotional exhaustion, nervousness, mental fatigue, and head and neck tension. However, keep in mind that Sage is rich in a powerful ketone called thujone. When applying topically, keep the dilution no higher than 0.4% and use with care.

Try this blend using several of the essential oils mentioned in this blog!

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Chillax Bath Blend

chillax bath blend essential oils and stress relief

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Store in an airtight container. Makes enough for 2 baths; pour into warm, running bath water.

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Sources:

[1] Purchon, N., & Cantele, L. (2014). The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness Paperback. Pg. 39.

[2] Mojay, G. (2000). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils Paperback. Pg. 53.

[3] Leaf Science. “β-Caryophyllene: A Terpene For Anxiety and Depression.” [Online]. Available: http://www.leafscience.com/2014/07/08/b-caryophyllene-terpene-anxiety-depression/. [Accessed 6 January 2017].

Essential Oils for Sleep

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A night of deep, quality sleep is a great way to set yourself up for success. Unfortunately, we don’t all get the good rest we need, which can lead to plenty of unfortunate side-effects. Grogginess, irritation, feeling unwell, or even just daydreaming about being back in your bed all day…this is not the recipe for an energized and productive day! 

Now, let’s get to the essential oils…

Mandarin

mandarin essential oil for sleep

The fresh, bright aroma of Mandarin is incredibly wonderful for soothing and mellowing the mind and body before bed. When you’ve had a long day and just need some peace of mind before laying down, inhaling Mandarin is a great way to reduce nervous tension. Dilute it to 2-5% and use topically, or include it in a relaxing bath; add 3 drops to 2 teaspoons of body wash. If you want to enjoy Mandarin in a heavenly bath blend, add 1 drop each of Mandarin and Sandalwood Australian with 3 drops of Bergamot Mint to a tablespoon of bubble bath and a cup of Epsom salt. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some time to yourself before heading off to bed.

To learn more about Mandarin, visit Mandarin Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week.

Chamomile Roman

This gentle giant of an oil is well known for helping both adults and children get a good night’s sleep. Its sweet apple-fruity aroma has long been favored to help calm the nervous system and help ease physical and emotional tension. Chamomile Roman also provides support for feelings of irritability and stress, which can quickly derail plans of sleep if left unchecked!

Learn more about this wonderful essential oil by checking out Chamomile German VS. Chamomile Roman.

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Ylang Ylang

The incredibly sweet and floral fragrance of Ylang Ylang is excellent for calming the mind and reducing feelings of worries. If you love flowery-smelling oils, this quickly may become one of your favorite before-bedtime-oils! It supports a lifted mood and a warm and open heart so that you can drift off into dreamland with good thoughts in your head.

Learn more about Ylang Ylang at Our 4 Favorite Ways to Use Ylang Ylang.

Vanilla

Vanilla Oleoresin essential oil

It’s hard not to love the sweet, rich smell of Vanilla. It can relieve feelings of tension and agitation, making it a perfect choice after a long, stressful day. Plus, it soothes the mind and is even known to be slightly sedative, making it a great oil to use before bed!

Check out more ideas for here: Vanilla Oleoresin Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week.

Marjoram Sweet

Sometimes it’s not just our mind that needs to calm down before sleep — it’s our body, too. Marjoram is a favorite for many people who are looking to calm and soothe tired muscles. If you’ve been working your muscles hard during the day, they end up feeling too uncomfortable for you to enjoy a full night of sleep. Try diluting it in your favorite carrier oil and massaging it on your muscles, or add it to a warm bath (after safely diluting it to 2% in body wash of course!) before bedtime.

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Jasmine

The lovely floral aroma of Jasmine is calming to the mind and body. A deep inhale can leave you feeling happy, content, and in a great mindset to get deep, quality sleep. Only a little bit is needed if you choose to blend it with other relaxing essential oils, as the aroma is very heady and quick to take over!

Check out this blog to learn more: Jasmine Absolute Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week.

Rose 

Plant Therapy Rose essential oil

We all want to fall asleep feeling secure and grounded, and that is exactly what Rose can encourage. Whether you’re feeling sad or angry, the aroma of Rose can act as a comforting hug when you need it the most.

To learn more, check out Rose Absolute Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week.

Geranium Egyptian & Bourbon

With its fresh, green, floral aroma, Geranium is a popular essential oil choice for sleep. It can uplift the senses while also help in easing the tension associated with worry and stress, promoting restful sleep. This is also a great choice for women who are undergoing hormonal changes as it has a balancing effect on emotions and mood, helping you to fall asleep faster and for longer periods of time.

Learn more about Geranium Egyptian here: Which Geranium Should You Choose.

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Essential Oils and Weight Loss

Essential oils and weight loss for lose weight resolution

When the new year finally rolls around, so does one of the most common of all New Year Resolutions: weight loss. Whether you’re aiming to lose a life-changing amount or want to shed just a few pounds to fit into your favorite jeans a bit better, essential oils are a really great tool to help you on your weight loss journey.

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Essential oils can directly influence your appetite and support a healthy digestive process.

It’s a real struggle to lose pounds when your mind is focused on food — especially unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. And you also need to consider how your body is taking in the food you do decide to eat. Are enough nutrients being absorbed? Is your digestive track flowing smoothly or is it a blocked-up, uncomfortable mess? No matter your concern, there is an essential oil that can support your goals.

If you want to learn more information about how smell affects our hunger cues, check out this blog:

Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight?

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Here are a few of our favorite essential oils and blends to support your weight loss goal. Keep in mind that we can all experience essential oils in our own unique way, so personal experimentation may be in order! Hopefully, this list will provide you with a jumping off point for your journey:

Grapefruit

The sweet, fresh, citrusy aroma of this essential oil isn’t the only thing it’s good for. Grapefruit actually works to activate enzymes that help your body break down brown body fat, which is a special type of fat that can burn calories at a very high rate. In fact, brown body fat can generate three hundred times more heat than any other tissue in the body [1]! Not only that, but Grapefruit is rich in certain compounds, such as D-limonene, that help support the metabolism. It also supports the cleansing and drainage of lymphatic glands, allowing for better nutrient absorption in tissues and the bloodstream [2].

To use, diffuse alone or in a blend, or dilute to 1% in a carrier oil and apply topically to the stomach to help support the digestive system.

Ginger Root CO2

When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s important to consider ways to support your digestion and absorption of nutrients. Ginger Root CO2 contains the constituent gingerol, which has been shown to reduce disease-causing inflammation in your intestines and overall improve absorption of the vitamins and minerals you’re consuming [3]. And if you’re absorbing more vitamins and minerals, then you’re helping to support your body’s cellular energy and help create weight loss.

Enjoy the warm and spicy scent in a diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler. To apply topically, dilute to 1% and massage on the abdomen to aid in digestion and stimulate circulation.

Cinnamon Leaf

A happy gut is important for healthy, long-term weight loss. Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil contains certain compounds that are known to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the upper gastrointestinal tract that can aid in digestion. One of these compounds is eugenol, which Cinnamon Leaf contains a very high percentage of. Eugenol may reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhea [4].

When using Cinnamon Leaf, keep in mind that this essential oil is a mucous membrane irritant and can cause coughing or irritation to the nose, eyes, and mouth. Very little of this powerful oil is needed to enjoy its benefits — dilute to a maximum of 0.6% if you would like to apply it topically or diffuse it for small amounts of time or in a blend with other essential oils.

Lemon

So bright and fresh, Lemon Essential Oil is great to use for a multitude of uses, including helping with weight loss goals.  When the weather is grey and dreary outside, Lemon can add a pop of brightness into your life, helping to motivate you out of the winter blues. Diffuse or use in your personal aromatherapy inhaler or necklace to enjoy this amazing citrus oil.

Turmeric CO2

This warm, spicy scent may be familiar to cooking enthusiasts, but did you know you can use Turmeric Essential Oil to help provide comfort to stomach issues? When uncomfortable bloating, gas, and cramping is deterring you away from your weight loss goals, add a couple of drops to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil and massage onto the abdomen.

Stop the Snacking Inhaler Blend

Stop Snacking Inhaler Blend recipe

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Add drops to personal aromatherapy inhaler and inhale immediately after eating a meal.

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Sources:

[1] King, G. What is Brown Fat? Key Facts to Boost Your Metabolism. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/brown-fat-boost-metabolism/

[2] Nagai, K., Niijima, A., Horii, Y., Shen, J., & Tanida, M. (2014). Olfactory stimulatory with grapefruit and lavender oils change autonomic nerve activity and physiological function. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25002406

[3] Bode AM, Dong Z. The Amazing and Mighty Ginger. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 7. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

[4] Zainol, N. A., Ming, T. S., & Darwis, Y. (2015). Development and Characterization of Cinnamon Leaf Oil Nanocream for Topical Application. Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 77(4), 422-33. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4649780/

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