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Essentials Videos: Festive Fall Candle

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year to make your home feel cozy and your friends and family feel appreciated! With this Festive Fall Candle DIY, you could do both! With just a little bit of time and some basic craft supplies, you’ll love making this great smelling candle!

Use any one of our Fall Blends to give this candle an aroma that’s perfect for the season. They are great to spruce up your fall decor or to make as gifts for the people you love! To create a candle using a KidSafe Fall Blend, make sure to use Harvest Moon

Festive Fall Candle

What you’ll need:

  • Pint-size jar
  • Leaf cutout
  • Craft paint
  • Sponge brush
  • 8 ounces of Beeswax Pearls
  • 30-35 drops of your favorite Fall Blend
  • 10-inch wax wick
  • Accent ribbon

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What you’ll do:

  1. Secure the cutout to the jar.
  2. Using a sponge brush, paint all exposed area.
  3. Allow to set until completely dry.
  4. Remove the cutout.
  5. Melt beeswax over a double boiler.
  6. Remove from heat and add your chosen Fall Blend and stir.
  7. Carefully pour into the jar.
  8. Place the wick in the middle and wrap the excess around a pencil or dowel to keep the wick in place.
  9. Allow to set up completely.
  10. Trim wick to 1 inch.
  11. Tie a decorative piece of ribbon around the neck of the jar.

Festive fall candle DIY

And don’t forget, time is almost out to purchase our Fall Blends! Check out these DIYs using these amazing blends for some more great festive fall ideas:

Essential Oils and Joint Discomfort

using essential oils to help alleviate arthritis joint pain

Ongoing, persistent joint pain can cause daily discomfort. Everyday tasks can become frustrating and painful, severely reducing your ability to live life at its fullest. Arthritis, the all-encompassing term for joint pain and joint disease, affects more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children and is the leading cause of disability among adults in America [1]. Inflamed joints, swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decrease in range of motion are often associated with arthritis.

Thankfully, essential oils are concentrated compounds with the ability to help maintain comfort when joint pain is interfering with your life. These suggestions are merely that — suggestions. How an individual reacts to an essential oil is very unique and may require some trial and error to find out what truly works best for your personal situation.

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite essential oils for arthritis:

Ginger

ginger root can be used to support arthritis discomfort

Ginger is widely known to help reduce inflammation, which consequently can lower the pain and discomfort associated with stiff and sore joints. A study from the University of Miami was reported on by the Arthritis Foundation to show that ginger extract affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level. The study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. The ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo [2].

So if you’re looking for a good essential oil to help provide relief to your discomfort, our Ginger Root CO2 would be a good place to start. Just keep in mind that this is a powerful oil and only needs a 1% dilution. Add it to your favorite carrier oil and massage onto the affected area. You could try warming the carrier oil or using a warm compress to help increase relief.

Frankincense

frankincense can be used to help alleviate arthritis joint pain

Frankincense Essential Oil can inhibit certain inflammatory molecules that may be present for people suffering from arthritis, making it a great option to help reduce discomfort associated with joints and tendons [3]. Studies have shown that the decreased progress of these inflammatory molecules helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue, which reduces inflammation [4]. Plus, it smells fantastic and can rejuvenate skin — making it a wonderful essential oil to apply topically!

It’s as simple as adding 2 drops of Frankincense into a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil (that makes a 2% dilution), and massaging it onto the areas that are needing some relief!

Eucalyptus

eucalyptus can help alleviate arthritis joint pain

With its characteristic penetrating and refreshing aroma, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is pretty popular around the world. It’s widely known for supporting respiratory issues, but it has demonstrated its ability to reduce the perception of pain while calming swelling and inflammation [5].

Plant Therapy carries three different Eucalyptus oils: Globulus, Radiata, and Dives. Dilute each of these to 2-4% in a carrier oil and rub onto aching or swollen joints for some relief.

Copaiba

copaiba oleoresin can help relieve joint pain, arthritis discomfort

Copaiba is widely known for its ability to help alleviate sore muscles and joints. It’s a prime candidate for an essential oil that supports the pain-relieving needs of those suffering from arthritis. This is due in part to its large quantity of beta-caryophyllene, which interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the body and releasing beta-endorphin [6].

This is such hopeful news for the millions of people around the world who suffer from daily chronic pain! Try adding 2 drops each of Copaiba Oleoresin and Frankincense Serrata in a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and massage onto the areas of concern.

Lavender

lavender can be used to help alleviate joint pain arthritis discomfort

Inflamed, stiff joints are not the least bit comfortable to deal with throughout the day. And even though we can’t all live pain-free all the time, we can use Lavender Essential Oil to feel more comfortable. Lavender’s pain-relieving properties have been widely studied [7], and results from these studies tell us that topically applying Lavender is an amazing way to soothe discomfort.

When diluted to 2-5%, this sweetly scented oil can be massaged onto the aches and pains causing discomfort. The additional benefit of using Lavender is that this oil is known to have soothing effects on the mind. This is great to help calm the frustration associated with living day to day with arthritis.

Turmeric

turmeric can help alleviate joint pain arthritis discomfort

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 inflamed joints? An active constituent in Turmeric, called curcumin, has demonstrated soothing effects on joints and may be effective at helping relieve some of the discomforts for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis [8].

In fact, a study out of Japan has shown that curcumin significantly reduces inflammation due to its relationship with interleukin-6, an inflammatory cytokine known to be involved in the arthritis process [9].

Rapid Relief Blend

Rapid relief synergy blend to help alleviate joint pain arthritis discomfort

Relief for uncomfortable, sore joints is what this blend was made for! With the warming oils of Clove Bud, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Cassia, Ginger Root CO2, and Thyme Thymol, plus the added therapeutic benefits of Peppermint, Laurel Leaf,  Chamomile German, and Juniper Berry, using Rapid Relief guarantees you will be using an expertly blended mix of essential oils that will help warm the area of concern and increase circulation, giving you a sense of relief and ease.

Dilute to 5% in Aloe Vera Jelly or your favorite carrier oil and massage directly onto the area of concern.

 

Sources:

[1] What is Arthritis? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/understanding-arthritis/what-is-arthritis.php

[2] Health benefits of Ginger for Arthritis. (2015). Retrieved from http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-ginger/

[3] Blain, E., Ali, A.,, Duance, V.. (2010). Boswellia frereana (frankincense) suppresses cytokine-induced matrix metalloproteinase expression and production of pro-inflammatory molecules in articular cartilage. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19943332

[4] Hamidpour, R., Hamidpour, S., Hamidpour, M., & Shahlari, M. (2013). Frankincense (乳香 Rǔ Xiāng; Boswellia Species): From the Selection of Traditional Applications to the Novel Phytotherapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Serious Diseases. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 3(4), 221–226. http://doi.org/10.4103/2225-4110.119723

[5] Jun, Y., Kang, P., Min, S., Lee, J., Kim, H., & Seol, G. (2013). Effect of Eucalyptus Oil Inhalation on Pain and Inflammatory Responses after Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/249322327_Effect_of_Eucalyptus_Oil_Inhalation_on_Pain_and_Inflammatory_Responses_after_Total_Knee_Replacement_A_Randomized_Clinical_Trial

[6] Copaiba Oil. Retrieved from https://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/copaiba-oil/

[7] Silva, GL., Luft, C., Lunardelli, A., Amaral, RH., Melo, DA., Donadio, MV., Nunes FB., De Azambuja, MS., Santana, JC., Moraes, CM., Mello, RO., Cassel, E., Pereira, MA., De Oliveira, JR. (2015).  Antioxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of lavender essential oil. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, 87(2, Suppl. ), 1397-1408. Epub August 04, 2015.https://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201520150056

[8] Curcumin. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/curcumin

[9] Wada, T., Araki, Y., Sato, K., Aizaki, Y., Yokota, K., Kim, Y., Oda, H., Kurokawa, R., Mimura, T. (2014). Aberrant histone acetylation contributes to elevated interleukin-6 production in rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24513290

Essentials Video: Fall Blend Reed Diffuser DIY

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to make sure your home is guest-ready! Festive autumn smells make a world of difference when entertaining, which is why our Fall Blends Set is perfect for enhancing your seasonal celebrations! Passive diffusion is a great idea to spruce up the aroma in any room. Try making a reed diffuser for a totally customizable way to get your home ready this season. You choose the scent, vase, and diffuser sticks, making this one-of-a-kind and perfect to complement any decor! 

DIY Reed Diffuser

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

  1. Add coconut oil, vodka, and Spiced Orange to a glass measuring cup.
  2. Stir with one of the reed diffuser sticks until it is well blended.
  3. Pour into a vase and insert the reeds.

*Refresh with a few drops of Spiced Orange when the scent begins to dissipate.

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Buddha Wood: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

buddha wood essential oil spotlight oil of the week

Buddha Wood

  • Latin name: Eremophila mitchelli
  • Aroma Description: A deep, woody aroma.

Therapeutic benefits

  • Promotes peace and relaxation.
  • Encourages “staying in the moment.”
  • Very calming.
  • Emotionally grounding.

Kidsafe?

No! This oil is NOT KidSafe.

Dilution instructions:

We recommend a dilution of 2-5% for topical application.

Diffusion instructions:

To encourage peace and relaxation or to support meditation or yoga practices, diffuse in your aromatherapy diffuser. Also, Buddha Wood blends nicely with a wide range of citrus, woodsy, and spicy oils. It has a thick, viscous texture and is sometimes used in place of Sandalwood.

Oils to blend with:

Amyris, Bergamot, Cedarwood Virginian, Clove Bud, Coffee, Copaiba Oleoresin, Cypress, Davana, Jasmine Absolute, Lavender, Marjoram Sweet, Neroli, Orange Sweet, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Australian, Vetiver, Turmeric CO2, and Ylang Ylang Complete.

Masculine Cologne Roll-On:

In a 10 mL roll-on bottle, add 9 drops of Buddha Wood, 3 drops of Bergamot, and 3 drops of Patchouli. Then fill the remaining space of your roll-on bottle with your favorite carrier oil! Roll on your wrists to enjoy this deeply relaxing aroma.

mellow mind diffuser blend

Mellow Mind DIY:  

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy a grounding blend that supports a sense of peace and helps to calm a busy mind.

mellow mind diffuser blend

Try out Buddha Wood today and save 15% with coupon code SPOTLIGHT22!

Elemi Essential Oil 101

Aphrodisiac linen spray with elemi essential oil

Let’s talk about an amazing essential oil that may not be on your radar — yet! Say hello to Elemi! This lesser known oil is actually a distant relative to Frankincense and Myrrh, and similarly, is acquired through the steam distillation of a tree’s resinous gum. Its tree, the Canarium luzonicum, is a large evergreen native to the tropical forests of the Philippines. Not only does this tree create a fragrant essential oil, but its seeds, nuts, and fruit pulp are all edible and the bark is used in baths to help provide postpartum relief [1]. This is a pretty awesome plant!

Its essential oil is equally as useful.

elemi essential oil

It provides support to the respiratory system, can help reduce inflammation [1], and is a wonderful way to rejuvenate dull or mature skin. Elemi is rich in monoterpenes and is especially high in limonene. Limonene, often found in citrus essential oils, is known to boost the immune system by activating white blood cells [2]. It is also known to promote the skin healing process when superficial wounds occur [3]. In general, resin-based oils are great for reducing the appearance of scars and supporting healthy tissue regrowth [4].  

Elemi has a lovely tangy-sweet scent with hints of musk. It’s peppery with a touch of citrus as well, giving this essential oil a very unique and complex aroma profile. To enjoy the grounding and balancing effects of Elemi, diffuse during meditation practices or use in an aromatherapy inhaler to help with mood as needed. It can help clear a cluttered mind, making it easier to focus on whatever you need to get done.

Elemi’s dermatological uses include supporting aged and dry complexions, balancing sebum (the natural oil your body produces), and reducing the appearance of wrinkles [5]. To restore healthy, younger-looking skin, dilute Elemi to 1% in your favorite carrier oil and apply to your face. Or, add 2 drops each of Elemi, Lavender, and Neroli to 4 teaspoons of a skin supporting carrier oil, like Rosehip or Meadowfoam, for a powerful anti-aging blend.

For other areas of your body, dilute up to 3%. When sore, overworked muscles are getting you down, massage diluted Elemi directly onto the areas of concern. Perfect for after a good workout or if your day left you with uncomfortable, tense muscles.

Try this wonderful blend using Elemi for a sensual, spicy, citrusy, and sweet linen spray!

Aphrodisiac Linen Spray

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add water, Everclear, and essential oils to a spray bottle. Shake well before each use!

aphrodisiac linen spray with elemi essential oil

Sources:

[1]. Gray, A. Canarium luzonicum. Retrieved from https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Canarium+luzonicum

[2]. Chemical Families: Monoterpenes. Retrieved from https://www.aromahead.com/online-course/aromatherapy-certification-program/reference/chemical-families/monoterpenes

[3]. Worwood, V. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 584.

[4] Elemi Essential Oil Spotlight. Retrieved from http://info.aromahead.com/elemi-essential-oil

[5]. Orchard, A., & van Vuuren, S. (2017). Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM, 2017, 4517971. http://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4517971

Essential Oils for Soothing a Sore Throat

achy throat relief diy

The very common, very unpleasant symptoms of a sore throat hit all of us at some point or another, especially as the weather turns colder. This common viral or bacterial infection, also known as pharyngitis, is not just bad news for the person dealing with it — many times, sore throats can be contagious and spread quickly.

The scratchy, raw feeling inside your throat can cause continuous pain and make swallowing and talking much more difficult than it should be!

Many essential oils, with their ability to boost our immune system, calm inflammation, and soothe discomfort, can provide relief when a sore throat has you feeling down. Check out some of our recommendations if you are experiencing a sore throat:

1. Sandalwood Australian

When a sore throat ails you, Sandalwood is an excellent oil to reach for. Not only does it have a simply heavenly aroma that is both sweet and woody, but it also can help reduce inflammation and discomfort.

To use it topically, begin with a 1% dilution in your favorite carrier oil and apply to the throat. Because skin in this area can be more delicate than other areas of your body, it’s good practice to start at a lower dilution and work your way up from there (no higher than 3%). This depends on your individual reaction to it.  

2. Peppermint

Peppermint is an all-around great essential oil to have in your first-aid kit. One of its primary constituents, menthol, is used commonly in many sore throat remedies.

If applied topically, the high menthol content gives the oil a cooling effect. This in itself would feel great on a sore throat! Recent studies have also found Peppermint to help the body recover when seasonal threats begin to take their toll [1,2].

3. Thyme Linalool

This powerful essential oil has therapeutic properties that make it great for a throat that needs a little help. A 2011 study showed that Thyme protects your body against icky illnesses that go around by boosting the immune system and supporting respiratory health [3].

4. Tea Tree

If your throat is feeling sore, Tea Tree has properties that help support the body’s healing process and help protect against other seasonal threats [4].

This popular, fresh and medicinal smelling essential oil is incredibly versatile. It is another great go-to when you are feeling under the weather.

5. Germ Fighter & KidSafe Germ Destroyer

Both blends are packed with amazing essential oils that can help keep your body on alert when your immune system is under attack. Try the Germ Fighter Pre-Diluted Roll-On or the Germ Destroyer Pre-Diluted Roll-On to apply directly to the hands to keep them clean and help prevent those germs from spreading!

There are also a few ways you can use these essential oils to help encourage respiratory health:

1. Apply Topically

Essential Oils for Soothing a Sore ThroatMix one of these essential oils with your favorite carrier and apply directly to the outside of the throat. Begin at a 1% dilution.

Depending on how your body reacts to it, you may choose to increase the dilution based on our maximum topical recommendation for that specific oil. If you want, you could even cool or warm the carrier oil if that feels good for you.

2. Steam Inhalation

woman in towel adding oil to tubAdd a single drop of essential oil to a bowl filled with very hot (but not quite boiling) water. Drape a towel over your head, close your eyes, and lean in close to the bowl and breathe.

You can also choose to inhale the steam without a towel if that is too intense for you.

3. Diffusion

Essential Oils for Soothing a Sore ThroatUse the intermittent timer on your diffuser and let it run for 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off. Doing this can help clean the air and may prevent the infection from spreading.

4. Gargling 

Essential Oils for Soothing a Sore ThroatDilute your chosen essential oil to 1% in the carrier oil of your choice. Fractionated Coconut Oil is flavorless, odorless, and has a thin consistency, which may make it easy to gargle. Gargle for about 30 seconds and then spit out (in your trash so you don’t clog the sink drain!).

Just a warning: don’t expect this to taste great. But feeling better will be worth it! You can also gargle Pink Himalayan Salt in warm water if you have sensitive taste buds.

5. Hydrosols

Essential Oils for Soothing a Sore ThroatThese gentle products can be very calming and soothing when a sore throat strikes. They do not require any dilution and can be used in a variety of ways. Try Lavender Hydrosol or half Chamomile Hydrosol with half Tea Tree Hydrosol.

Spray directly on the throat as often as needed or use it with along with a warm compress on the outside of the throat. You may also gargle with hydrosols to find some comfort.

Achy Throat Relief

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To use, blend the essential oils with the carrier oil and apply to the neck.

achy throat relief DIY

Sources:

[1] Singh, R., Shushn, M., & Belkheir, A. (2011). Antibacterial and antioxidant activities of Mentha piperita L. Arabian Journal of Chemistry. Volume 8, Issue 3. Pgs. 322-328. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1878535211000232

[2 ]Thosar, N., Basak, S., Bahadure, R. N., & Rajurkar, M. (2013). Antimicrobial efficacy of five essential oils against oral pathogens: An in vitro study. European Journal of Dentistry, 7(Suppl 1), S71–S77. http://doi.org/10.4103/1305-7456.119078

[3] Sienkiewicz, M., Lysakowska, M., Ciećwierz, J., Denys, P., & Kowalczyk, E. (2011). Antibacterial activity of thyme and lavender essential oils. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22313307

[4] Thosar, N., Basak, S., Bahadure, R. N., & Rajurkar, M. (2013). Antimicrobial efficacy of five essential oils against oral pathogens: An in vitro study. European Journal of Dentistry, 7(Suppl 1), S71–S77. http://doi.org/10.4103/1305-7456.119078

Happy Halloween: Transform Your Diffuser Into A Witch’s Cauldron!

monster mash DIY diffuser blends for Halloween

Enjoy these fun, spooky, sweet, and spicy diffuser blends that are sure to make your Halloween celebrations a little more fun! No matter what you’re doing this Halloween – hosting a party, hanging out with the family, or handing out candy to all the ghouls and goblins that knock on your door, it’s the perfect time to turn your diffuser into a “witch’s cauldron”!

For each of these recipes, add the essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser to help create an extra spooky atmosphere!

And don’t forget, this month you can take Plant Therapy trick-or-treating with you with you exclusive treat bag! Spend $25 and get it free with coupon code TREAT. 

Monster Mash 

KidSafe: No
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monster mash DIY diffuser blend for halloween

Mummy, please!

KidSafe: No
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Candied Fruit Flies

KidSafe: Yes
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Haunted House

KidSafe: No
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Deep Woods

KidSafe: Yes
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Trick or Treat

KidSafe: Yes
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For more awesome ideas and a community of amazing essential oil enthusiasts, be sure to check out our SEOR Facebook group!

Essential Oils and Restless Legs Syndrome: Everything You Need to Know

Plant Therapy Laid-Back Legs DIY restless legs syndrome

If you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), you know how unpleasant the symptoms can be. Trying to do something as simple as relaxing with a good book suddenly becomes a nightmare. The aching, throbbing, pulling, crawling, and creeping feelings in your legs create an irresistible urge to move them again and again…not very relaxing at all. And since these uncomfortable feelings may happen most often when you’re trying to go to sleep, enjoying a good night’s rest may seem impossible [1].

Disrupted sleep can lead to exhaustion, mood changes, struggles with maintaining concentration, and more.

legs DIY restless legs syndrome relief

So what can you do?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for RLS, but applying certain essential oils topically on the areas of discomfort may help be calming. Use essential oils that have properties known to reduce discomfort associated with spasms, cramps, and muscle pulls, and essential oils commonly used to promote relaxation.

Oils that promote mental and physical relaxation are also great choices to help relax you, and those busy legs, before going to sleep.

Give our recommendations a try or try our Laid-Back Legs topical blend to help settle down those restless legs!

Check out this blog on Magnesium Body Pudding for a silky, smooth, and therapeutic blend that you can customize to help with discomfort, sleep, or relaxation!

Laid-Back Legs

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To use, add all the ingredients together and gently massage onto your legs 1-2 times a day.

Plant Therapy Laid-Back legs DIY restless leg syndrome

*Substitute Frankincense Carteri for Frankincense Serrata to make this recipe KidSafe! You can also substitute the unscented cream for your favorite carrier oil.

 

Sources:

[1] Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet. (2017). NINDS NIH Publication No. 17-4847. Retrieved from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Restless-Legs-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet

Essentials Video: Paper Pumpkins

Now that it’s fall, the days are getting a little chillier, but don’t the indoors seem to get a little cozier? We turn on the heater, decorate with the warm colors of autumn, and diffuse our favorite spicy, fall-tastic essential oils! It’s also the perfect time of year to get crafty. These adorable paper pumpkins make a perfect decoration for any room in your home to add a touch of the season.

Paper Pumpkins

What you’ll need:
  • Harvest Moon Fall Blend (any of the Fall Blends are great; however, this one is KidSafe)
  • 3 pieces 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • 1 Pipe cleaner per pumpkin
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Ruler

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What you’ll do:
  1. Cut 16-24 strips of paper in the following dimensions; Small: 6 inches long by ½ inch wide. Medium: 9 inches long by 3/4 inch wide. Large: 12 inches long by 1 inch wide.
  2. Punch a small hole near both ends of the paper strips.
  3. Put one end of the pipe cleaner through the holes in the paper and loop to keep the paper from falling off, pattern side down (at the looped end of the wire).
  4. Pick up the bottom paper strip and thread the wire through the hole on the other end. Do this in order, bottom strip first.
  5. Make a tight loop in the pipe cleaner so the paper will stay in place and twist it to curl the ‘vine.’
  6. To use, place 1 drop of Harvest Moon on the top of each pipe cleaner.

Plant Therapy Paper Pumpkins DIY

Cardamom: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Plant Therapy Cardamom Essential Oil

Cardamom

  • Latin name: Elettaria cardamomum
  • Aroma Description: Spicy, green aroma

Therapeutic benefits

  • One of the traditional “warming” oils.
  • Comforting to upset tummies.
  • Uplifting for emotional lows.
  • Inspires sensuality.
  • Calms the respiratory system.

Kidsafe?

Yes! This IS a KidSafe oil.

Dilution instructions:

When using topically, we recommend a dilution of 2-5%.

Diffusion instructions:

Diffuse at home to enjoy a spicy aroma that is both stimulating and uplifting. It is great to help assist with the occasional case of a low mood and can be used alone or in a blend to enhance romantic desire.

Where Cardamom is used on the body:

To help minimize discomfort from inflammation, add 5 drops of Cardamom, 5 drops of Frankincense Serrata, 5 drops of Chamomile German CO2, and 3 drops of Marjoram Sweet to one ounce of your favorite carrier oil. Apply this blend to the areas of concern to help feel more comfortable.

Oils to blend with:

Balsam Fir, Cinnamon Cassia, Clove Bud, Frankincense Carteri, Lemon, Orange Sweet, Pine Scots, and Spruce Hemlock.

Tummy Troubles Inhaler Blend

When we’re overcome with an uncomfortable stomach, possibly from being on a boat or in a car for too long, Cardamom works wonderfully in a personal aromatherapy inhaler. Add 7 drops of Cardamom, 5 drops of Ginger Root CO2, and 3 drops of Peppermint to your inhaler and use as needed for the occasional digestive upset.

Comforting Spice Diffuser Blend

Plant Therapy comforting spice diffuser blend

What you’ll need:

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To use, add the essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser and enjoy the comforting and spicy aroma!

Plant Therapy Comforting Spice Diffuser Blend

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