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CBD Softgels or Tinctures: Which Should You Choose?

We have exciting news… Plant Therapy now offers CBD Softgels! For some of you, that’s the news you’ve been waiting for. For others, you might wonder you should try softgels instead of tinctures, or vice versa. We’re here to give you all the information so that you can be sure whatever product you choose is the right one for you. Let’s take a look at the differences between softgels and tinctures!

And if you’re still not sure if CBD is right for you, we have a number of amazing resources to help you learn what CBD is, how it works with your endocannabinoid system, and how to get started with CBD

Plant Therapy Broad Spectrum CBD Tinctures and Softgels

Softgels vs Tinctures

Meet the newest addition to our line of CBD products: Softgels. Softgels offer a familiar and easy way to take your daily CBD. Our softgels are 15 mg capsules available in 30 count and 60 count. Softgels are a great choice for a beginner or anyone starting out with CBD. The entry-level dose allows you to find the ideal daily amount for your body and needs. The 15 mg capsules are designed for people who have minor issues that supporting your endocannabinoid system functioning may help, like mild anxiety, minor sleep problems and more.

The softgels join our extensive line of CBD Tinctures. The tinctures are designed to be taken sublingually (holding under the tongue for 60 seconds and then swallowing). They are available in 500 mg, 1000 mg, and 2500 mg bottles, not to mention multiple flavors. The options allow more room for you to experiment and find the right dosage for your personal needs.

Plant Therapy Broad Spectrum CBD Softgels
Pros for CBD Softgels
  • Familiar: It’s just like taking your daily vitamin.
  • Discreet: Don’t like busting out your tinctures at the office? Now you can take the softgels with you on the go.
  • Entry-Level Dosage: The 15 mg capsule is ideal for beginners who are just starting out with CBD.
  • No Flavor: The softgels are easy to swallow and don’t leave behind an aftertaste or flavor. They are great for those who aren’t a fan of the coconut oil used in the tinctures.

Plant Therapy Broad Spectrum CBD Tinctures

Pros for CBD Tinctures
  • Multiple Strengths: Unlike the softgels, our tinctures are available in multiple strengths, allowing you to customize your daily CBD to your needs.
  • Multiple Flavors: Whether you prefer to keep your tincture unflavored or like a little something extra for when you’re holding it under your tongue, you’ve got options.
  • Higher Bioavailability: Taking CBD sublingually has the highest rate of bioavailability, which means more of the CBD gets absorbed into your system.

Plant Therapy CBD Tinctures, Deep Relief Balms, and Roll-Ons

Which Should You Choose?

Ultimately this is entirely a personal preference. Both methods have certain advantages that the other doesn’t. You can decide which features are most important to you and what products fit your lifestyle best. Prefer something simple, discreet and easy to take? Our CBD softgels were made with you in mind. Prefer to experiment or try higher doses? Our CBD tinctures offer a number of strengths to suit your needs. No matter which method you decide to go with, we want you to feel confident in your choice. Both are excellent options for taking your daily CBD and supporting your endocannabinoid system. And if you have any questions regarding CBD, be sure to check out our blog for more fantastic information or reach out to our Customer Satisfaction team at [email protected]

February Oil of the Month Reveal: Sichuan Pepper

You don’t want to miss this month’s Oil of the Month Club selection! Sichuan Pepper has a totally unique aroma and surprising therapeutic benefits to bring to your collection.

*Don’t have Sichuan Pepper? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

February Oil of the Month Reveal: Sichuan Pepper CO2

Sichuan Pepper CO2

Sichuan pepper is a spice from the Sichuan cuisine of China’s southwestern Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and the city of Chongqing, where it has been cultivated for more than 20 years. Despite the name, Zanthoxylum schinifolium, it is not related to black pepper or chili peppers (which belong to the Piperaceae Family). Instead, it belongs to the Rutaceae family, the citrus family, which explains its zesty olfactive notes. The Sichuan pepper is mainly used in essential oils, spices, food additives, and Chinese Traditional Medicine. Harvested from June to September or October, the farmers need to dry it under the sun for one day before sieving and filtering the collection to remove the twigs. The pepper berry and the leaves are finally brought to the local markets to be sold.

Different from any other ingredient in the pepper botanical family, Sichuan Pepper CO2 brings to mind the citrus facets of Petitgrain, while the metallic effect gives a tingling sensation and a unique, complex, and spicy profile. Extracted directly from the berries by supercritical CO2 extraction, Sichuan Pepper CO2 offers a pure and clean profile that is very close to the natural raw material.

In addition to its unique scent profile, this CO2 extract is rich in linalool.  This makes it an ideal choice for promoting rest and relaxation. Additionally, its limonene content provides uplifting properties. You can apply Sichuan Pepper topically to ease discomfort and aid digestion. Dilute to 2-3% in a carrier oil or lotion and massage onto the abdomen. Also, Sichuan Pepper CO2 is a trendy and unique ingredient that is widely used in perfumery! You can use it to create a unique perfume blend that will be totally your own.

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A Walk in the Garden Diffuser Blend

Reminiscent of spending time in a garden or greenhouse, this diffuser blend is relaxing, refreshing and will help create a calming, positive atmosphere.

What you’ll need:

Add these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all drops to your Plant Therapy diffuser.

 

Some Things to Know

For a printable version, click here.

FriYAY: Cold Season Edition

Let’s face it: every season is cold season. Try as we might, it’s hard to avoid the sniffles, coughs, and germs that are going around school and the office all year long. There are things you can do to help protect yourself like wash your hands regularly, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep every night.  Essential oils are another fantastic way to help boost your immune system and protect your family from seasonal illnesses. Germ Fighter, Cypress and Manuka all deserve a spot in your medicine cabinet. Let’s find out why!

Plant Therapy Germ Fighter Blend

Germ Fighter

Germ Fighter is one of our favorite blends, and for good reason! This powerful blend combines Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon Cassia, and Rosemary for maximum benefit. Germ Fighter supports a healthy immune system and helps you stay healthy when you’ve been exposed to colds, germs, and seasonal threats. But if you’re unlucky enough to get sick (it happens to the best of us), Germ Fighter can also help your body get back to its natural state after sickness has you down and out.

As if this wasn’t reason enough to have this blend in your arsenal, Germ Fighter makes a great addition to your DIY household cleaners. We especially like using it in the bathroom, but it really is a fantastic option for your whole home. We have easy DIYs that use Germ Fighter in an all-purpose cleaner and foaming hand soap.

How to Use

If you’re using Germ Fighter topically, dilute 0.5-2% in a carrier oil or our Aloe Jelly. You can also add 2-3 drops to your Plant Therapy diffuser to help freshen the air and boost your immune system.

Some Things to Know

Plant Therapy Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress

Cypress has a wonderful fresh, clean aroma that is herbaceous, spicy, with a slightly woodsy evergreen scent. Not only is the aroma pleasant, but it also is incredibly helpful when it comes to your respiratory system.  It has 50% alpha-pinene which is helpful in keeping germs at bay and shortening the length of your sickness. Cypress is also helpful for relaxing the lungs and opening your airways, which is especially needed when a cold makes it hard to breathe. This offers optimal oxygen intake, allowing you to take nice, deep breaths.

While Cypress is fantastic to have on hand when you’re feeling sick or stuffed up, it has a number of other incredible uses. It can help provide emotional support when you’re feeling sad or down. If you’re dealing with any bumps and bruises, try applying it topically to help relieve swelling and pain and improve blood circulation. Plus, its astringent properties prevent excessive blood flow to promote clotting by tightening the tissues. Cypress can also help combat oily skin! It’s fresh, woodsy fragrance makes it an ideal choice to add to men’s skincare products.

How to Use

When you’re using Cypress topically, whether as a chest rub or in a facial serum, dilute to 2-4% in a carrier oil or lotion. You can also add 3-4 drops to your diffuser to help support a healthy respiratory system or soothe feelings of sadness or grief.

Some Things to Know

  • KidSafe: Yes
  • Pregnancy & Nursing Safe: Yes
  • Pup & Pony Approved: Yes
  • Shelf Life: 2-3 years

Plant Therapy Manuka Essential Oil

Manuka

If you haven’t been introduced to Manuka yet, let’s fix that. This wonderful oil is distilled from the Manuka tree in New Zealand. Although often compared to or called Tea Tree, it’s different in composition and aroma. It has a sweet, herbaceous scent that can be calming during times of worry. Manuka is especially useful for when your respiratory system is feeling irritated from pollen or a cold. Try diffusing with Cypress or Pine for a fresh aroma that can help you breathe easier and support your respiratory system.

Perhaps one of the greatest uses for Manuka is in skincare. This fantastic oil helps clear blemishes, calm irritation, soothe a dry scalp and so much more. Whether you’re dealing with oily skin, looking to get your scalp back on track or need to relieve bug bites, Manuka is the oil for you!

How to Use

To add Manuka to your skincare routine, dilute to 2-4% in your favorite carrier oil and apply it to your face to help with blemishes, irritated or oily skin.  Diffuse 3-4 drops in your diffuser to help bolster you emotionally or ease breathing.

Some Things to Know

  • KidSafe: Yes
  • Pregnancy & Nursing Safe: Yes
  • Pup & Pony Approved: No
  • Shelf Life: 2-3 years

Cold season and essential oils: Plant Therapy Cypress, Manuka and Germ Fighter

Germ Fighter All-Purpose Cleaner DIY

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup peroxide (the regular kind that you find in a brown bottle)
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 45 drops of Germ Fighter
  • 1 teaspoon Castile Soap or Sal-Suds

What you’ll do:

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto surfaces and wipe off to clean. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

FriYAY: Resolution Check-In Edition

FriYAY: Resolution Check-In Edition

Okay, so it’s mid-February and for many of us, New Year’s resolutions are a distant memory. Life’s back to normal and we’ve given up on any real change actually happening this year. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are some incredible essential oil blends that can help you with your goals, even if you’ve already given them up. So dust off that planner you filled out in the first week of January, revisit those goals you carefully planned out, and learn how Muscle Aid, Munchy Stop and Worry Free can help.

Plant Therapy Muscle Aid Essential Oil Blend and Roll-On

Muscle Aid

If your goals this year included anything like losing weight, getting healthy, or getting in shape, you might have spent some time at the gym. And those first workouts are usually the most painful. Sore muscles make it hard to get the motivation to get back to the gym. Muscle Aid can help soothe your muscles and relieve tension. It combines Wintergreen, Camphor and Pine Scots for an exceptionally soothing, calming and cooling effect. The minty herbaceous fresh scent is also refreshing to the senses.

Muscle Aid’s benefits aren’t just limited to recent trips to the gym. It can also help if you slept wrong or if stress has your muscles tight and tense. This blend will soon be your go-to whenever your aching muscles need relief.

*Persons taking blood-thinning medication or who have bleeding disorders, recent major surgery, salicylate sensitivity, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid this blend.

How to Use

Muscle Aid is designed to be used topically. Dilute to 5% in your favorite carrier oil and apply directly to your sore muscles, either before or after a workout.

Some Things to Know

  • Ingredients: WintergreenCamphor, and Pine Scots.
  • KidSafe: No
  • Pregnancy & Nursing Safe: No
  • Pup & Pony Approved: No
  • Shelf Life: 2-3 years

Plant Therapy Worry Free Essential Oil Blend

Worry Free

Whether or not you made a resolution (or kept them), there’s one thing we could all use a little less of in our lives: worry. Our Worry Free blend helps bring that much needed calm when stress, anxiety, and worry have you feeling tense.  It combines Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang Complete, Australian Sandalwood, Peru Balsam, and Roman Chamomile to create a powerfully relaxing blend. When life’s chaos, worry, and anxiety get to be too much, diffuse Worry Free to help promote a tranquil state of mind. It’s especially great to use before bed to help calm a racing mind or rampant emotions.

If you have a difficult time winding down before bed, try diffusing Worry Free 30 minutes before your normal bedtime. It can help you find peace and serenity from the chaos caused by the day.

How to Use

Add 3-4 drops to your aromatherapy inhaler to help create a tranquil, calming atmosphere. To use Worry Free topically, dilute to 3% in your favorite carrier oil or lotion.

Some Things to Know

FriYAY: Resolution Check-In Edition

Munchy Stop

Eating healthy isn’t always easy. It takes extra effort to plan and shop… and resist those darn cravings. Sometimes it can feel like you need superhuman willpower to stay the course. That’s where Munchy Stop comes in. It contains Copaiba Oleoresin, Grapefruit Pink, Turmeric CO2, Lemon Myrtle, and Yuzu for an aroma that is bright and citrusy. Combined with exercise and healthy eating, this blend naturally promotes healthy weight management and can even help boost willpower! The best way to enjoy the benefits of Munchy Stop is to use a personal inhaler or add it to hand cream so you can take a whiff whenever you feel those cravings sneak up on you.

While the bright, citrusy aroma will help you feel energized and boost willpower, there’s a couple things you can do to get the most out of this amazing blend. When you first start using Munchy Stop, take a few whiffs right after you eat a good meal and feel full. Over time, your brain will begin to associate this citrusy aroma with the feeling of being full. Then when the snack attack starts to creep up, take out your Munchy Stop, breathe deep, and stay strong!

How to Use

Add a few drops of Munchy Stop to a personal aromatherapy inhaler to keep with you throughout the day. If you want to make a hand cream or otherwise use Munchy Stop topically, dilute to 1-3% in a lotion or carrier oil.

Some Things to Know

Plant Therapy Munchy Stop Essential Oil Blend and Roll-On

Munchy Stop Personal Inhaler DIY

What you’ll need:

Add these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add 7-10 drops to the aromatherapy inhaler and inhale when your cravings kick in.

Diffuser Blends to Match Your Favorite Rom-Com

Diffuser Blends to Match Your Favorite Rom-Com

Oh, rom-coms… how we love them. Do they give us unrealistic standards for love and romance? Sure. But do they fill our hearts with all the mushy goodness that comes from seeing two people fall in love? Absolutely! So this Valentine’s Day, add one of these fun diffuser blends to your diffuser to go along with your favorite rom-com. And for the more serious types, we’ve added a couple blends for those who appreciate a more tragic romance.

Diffuser Blends to Match Your Favorite Rom-Com: Jerry Maguire

You Had Me at Hello

Seriously, who can forget this line? And of course… you complete me. My heart melts.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

 

I’m Just A Girl, Standing in Front of a Boy

….asking him to love her. And to think that line didn’t work! Thankfully, things all worked out in the end.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

Diffuser Blends to Match Your Favorite Rom-Com: Moonstruck

Snap Out of It!

Nothing can get in the way of true love… not a slap in the face or even an engagement to the older brother.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

 

Hello, Gorgeous

Not all romances have a happy ending. But thanks to Funny Girl, we can enjoy the brilliant comedy of Barbra Streisand as we belt out Don’t Rain on My Parade.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

Diffuser Blends to Match Your Favorite Rom-Com: The Notebook

If You’re a Bird, I’m a Bird

Hands up if you cry every time you watch The Notebook…. Especially the ending. Excuse me while I go grab a tissue.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

 

Just As You Are

There’s nothing more heartwarming than Mr. Darcy telling Bridget that he loves her, just as she is.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

Diffuser Blends to Match Your Favorite Rom-Com: Sweet Home Alabama

So I Can Kiss You Anytime I Want

Patrick Dempsey or Josh Lucas? How could anyone choose! Luckily, we don’t have to. We just get to sit back and enjoy these two dreamy men try to win Reese Witherspoon.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

 

Then I Shall Have to Make You Wings

Ever After is the most beautiful and amazing version of Cinderella… ever. Now excuse me while I go rewatch it for the hundredth time.

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add all these essential oils to your aromatherapy diffuser.

 

Share your favorite rom-coms in the comments!

Be Your Own Valentine

Woman standing in front of a pink flowers outside

By Melissa Johnson, Content Manager

Valentine’s Day… It’s the celebration of love and romance and all things cheesy. It can also be a painful reminder that anyone not lucky enough to be in a relationship on February 14th is alone. No chocolates, no flowers, no teddy bears, no fancy date night. As a single thirty-something, I’m all too familiar with the pangs of jealousy that pop up when I see those red and pink aisles at the grocery store, couples posting about their perfect relationships on social media, or even our new Be Mine blend (even though it is seriously adorable).

With a holiday so entirely devoted to couples, it’s easy to sit on the sidelines, maybe wallow with a little ice cream and try to move on with our lives. But no more! It’s time to be your own Valentine. Treat yourself how you would want your significant other to treat you. Send flowers to yourself, enjoy dinner at a fancy restaurant, remind yourself that you are valuable and worth loving. Don’t wait to live your life until there’s someone else in it. Which I know is easier said than done (and I’m determined to take my own advice this year).

Because essential oils somehow make everything better, even loneliness, here are a few ways you can use EOs to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day.

Woman relaxing in a bubble bath

Pamper Session

A good pamper session looks different for everyone… Maybe it’s giving yourself a pedicure, indulging in a nice bubble bath, or shaving your legs all the way to the top (who has time for that anyway?). Whether you’re cozying up at home or hitting the town, treat your body to some extra love and attention, even if you’re the only one who gets to appreciate it. Plus, adding essential oils to the mix can help provide some skin-loving goodness and a few extra therapeutic benefits when you’re feeling a little down.

Pedicure

Put on a fun rom-com (or something decidedly not romantic if you’re feeling a little salty), grab your nail polish, and get ready to show off your toes. Our Fabulous Foot Scrub DIY is the perfect place to start. You’ll combine Himalayan and Epsom Salt in a blend of Coconut and Sunflower Carrier Oils. The added Peppermint, Tea Tree and Orange essential oils add a fresh, cooling sensation to this simple scrub. Then you’ll massage the scrub onto your feet to exfoliate, smooth,  and moisturize. Once you’ve rinsed the scrub off your feet, use your favorite lotion or our Age Defying Body Crème for extra soft skin. Your toes (and heels) will thank you!

Plant Therapy Get Relaxed Bubble Bath: Essential Oils and Loneliness

Bubble Bath

Nothing says luxurious alone time like a long, relaxing soak in the bath. Light a few candles, grab a glass of wine and your favorite book, and soak in all the goodness. Our Get Relaxed Bubble Bath provides extra foamy goodness with all the benefits of our Relax Essential Oil Blend. The oils in that blend were specially chosen to help promote a peaceful, tranquil state of mind. It can be particularly beneficial after a trying day when you need some emotional support. Which is perfect because being single on Valentine’s Day is the very definition of a trying day.

Silky Legs

Raise your hands if you go into full sasquatch mode when you’re single. There’s no shame in letting the leg hair grow free. After all, we shouldn’t be shaving because society tells us to or just to impress a man. If we shave our legs, it should be for ourselves, because we want to. So if like me, you love nothing more than the feeling of freshly shaved legs and clean sheets, here are some simple DIYs to help you achieve that gloriously smooth shave.

Plant Therapy Body Creme and Body Butter

  • Body Scrub: A close shave starts with a good scrub. It helps remove some of the dead skin cells and excess dirt while cleaning out your pores. Our Get Glowing Coffee Scrub Bars will do just that!
  • Shaving Oil: Shaving cream has been the go-to for so long. But once you try the Silky Legs Shaving Oil, you won’t want to go back! The natural ingredients will nourish and smooth your skin getting you the closest shave. Plus, you can also see what you’re doing, which makes for far fewer missed patches. This DIY also includes the skin-soothing goodness of Lavender, Rose, and Bergamot.
  • Lavender Hydrosol: Soothing and gentle, Lavender Hydrosol is the ideal choice to help calm any razor burn and soothe irritation for sensitive skin.
  • Moisturizer: The final touch for silky smooth legs? Moisturizer! Our Age-Defying Body Crèmes not only have rich ingredients that will moisturize your skin, but also ingredients that will help fight signs of aging.

Be Mine Blend (For Reals)

Was Be Mine created to set a romantic mood for couples? Yes. Does it positively scream cutesy adorableness that reminds us we don’t have someone to share it with? Pretty much. But does that mean that us single people don’t get to enjoy it? Absolutely not! It has a beautiful, zesty, sweet aroma that is great for everybody. Because here’s the thing, the same therapeutic benefits of these oils that make this blend useful as an aphrodisiac also make it useful when you’re feeling down or anxious about your state of singlehood. The citrusy aromas of Bergamot and Orange Essence can help boost your mood and calm nerves. Patchouli and Sandalwood are both grounding and relaxing. The combination creates this fun blend that is uplifting, calming and relaxing. You can even bundle it with some adorable socks!

Plant Therapy Rose Absolute: Essential Oils and Loneliness

Essential Oils and Loneliness

Let’s be honest, being single is hard. It doesn’t matter if you’re a career singleton like me or find yourself newly single this year, it’s still hard. It’s hard being on your own with no one to share a meal with (and share the cleanup with). It’s hard seeing fancy events or shows you want to go to, but then realizing your only option is to go alone. It’s hard going to bed alone and waking up alone. It’s hard to long to be held or touched, only to settle for the lovable snuggles of your one…..okay,  three….cats. Being single is just plain hard.

While essential oils certainly can’t cure loneliness, they can help soothe some of the ache that comes with it. Frankincense and Rose are both excellent places to start. These oils are well-known for their ability to help during times of grief and sorrow. They can help create an atmosphere of comfort and peace when you’re feeling alone. Bergamot is another wonderful choice. It has a lovely fruity aroma with warm, floral undertones. It helps ease feelings of anxiety, especially during times of sadness and loneliness. Also, Clary Sage can help balance emotions and create a calm atmosphere when feelings start to get overwhelming. These are just a few of the essential oils that can help when the feelings of loneliness get to be too much.

Just remember, nothing lasts forever. And even though we’re single on Valentine’s Day, we can’t use it as an excuse to not live our lives or treat ourselves well. This year, let’s be our own Valentine.

FriYAY: Romance Edition

FriYAY Romance Edition: Marvelous Massage, Sensual & Rose Absolute

Welcome to the first-ever FriYAY! Each weekend, we will showcase three of our amazing products and teach you all about what makes them special and how to put them to use. Plus, you’ll get a discount. That’s a lot to get excited about, so let’s dive in to this week’s FriYAY (Romance Edition).

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, there’s no better time to shop for some essentials that will make your evening truly special: Sensual, Marvelous Massage, and Rose Absolute.

 

Sensual

This essential oil blend was created with one purpose in mind: to help couples set a romantic mood in the bedroom. Scents already play a powerful role in setting an atmosphere and sparking pleasant memories. Using essential oils for their natural aroma and therapeutic benefits will only enhance the experience.

FriYAY Romance Edition: Sensual Essential Oil Blend

The romantic, rich scents of Sensual help you get in the mood by promoting relaxation and stimulating the senses. The floral overtones of Ylang Ylang Complete and Jasmine Absolute give way to the more subtle, woody notes of Australian Sandalwood and Patchouli. Orange Sweet and Lavender round out the blend for an overall balance. The result is a blend that helps you achieve that sexy, feel-good ambiance you’re looking for on your romantic evening in.

In addition to having a rich, pleasing aroma that will help set the mood, the essential oils included in this blend offer their own therapeutic properties to enhance your night. Ylang Ylang, with a cheerful and exotic scent, can help ease worry and stress while promoting a positive outlook. Sandalwood and Patchouli offer their traditionally romantic scents while helping create a calm, relaxing atmosphere. 

How to Use

Add a drop or two of Sensual to your diffuser to help set a romantic atmosphere. It also works well in a massage oil (more on that later) or other body care products like lotion or perfume. Just dilute to 2-4% in a carrier oil or lotion.

Some Things to Know

FriYAY Romance Edition: Marvelous Massage Carrier Oil Blend

Marvelous Massage

This carrier oil blend is seriously one of our favorites! The name says it all, this blend was created specifically for bodywork. Once you try it, you won’t want to use any other massage oil. It can be used by itself, but also makes an ideal base for your favorite essential oils. If you’re wanting to be a bit adventurous this Valentine’s, Marvelous Massage can help turn your ordinary massage into an extraordinary sensual massage.  Just remember, if you’re using EO’s in your sensual massage oil not to get it in any *ahem* sensitive areas.

Marvelous Massage contains Almond Carrier Oil, which softens and conditions dry, irritated skin. Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil provides great “slip” and Jojoba Golden Carrier Oil has excellent sebum balancing abilities. Meadowfoam Carrier Oil has superior moisturizing properties and Sunflower Carrier Oil is rich in Vitamins A, B, D and E. The combination of these oils will not only help create an excellent massage experience but also nourish and soften the skin.

Some Things to Know

FriYAY Romance Edition: Rose Absolute

Rose Absolute

Instead of a dozen red roses, get your honey something that will last much longer and smell just as sweet: Rose Absolute. This essential oil has a sweet, rich, floral aroma that smells like its floral counterpart. Plant Therapy’s Rose Absolute comes from the Rosa x centifolia, commonly called the Cabbage Rose or Rose Maroc. It’s an old-fashioned style rose, with many layers of thin pink petals, that thrives in long, hot Moroccan summers.

This beautiful oil is prized for its ability to promote relaxation before sleep. It also helps soothe emotions and bring calm in the midst of fresh grief, making it useful for emotionally turbulent times. Rose Absolute is also a great oil to add to your skincare routine! Whether your skin is inflamed, dehydrated, dull or just needs some love, Rose can help.  It’s great for all skin types but is especially wonderful for dry, mature, and sensitive skin.

How to Use

Add 2-3 drops to your diffuser and enjoy the fresh floral aroma and the calming, soothing benefits. To take advantage of the skin-loving goodness of Rose Absolute, dilute to 0.5-1% for facial applications or dilute up 2% for full-body applications.

Some Things to Know

FriYAY Romance Edition: Sensual Marvelous Massage Oil

Sensual Massage Oil DIY

What you’ll need:

Add these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Add 18 drops to 2 ounces Marvelous Massage for a 1% dilution. Massage onto your partner to promote togetherness and add a little romance to your bedroom.

Get Organized: Journaling Essential Oils

Get Organized: Journaling Essential Oil Organizer

Journaling is a fantastic way to express your love for all things essential oils! It allows you to keep track of your stores, record your recipes and blends and document your experiences with different oils. Plus journaling about your essential oils can help you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for your the oils in your collection.

 

Why Journal?

Our brain is divided into regions that process visual, emotional, auditory, verbal communication and so on. And each region of the brain processes this information differently. Though we all have our own best ways of learning, when we take notes, something pretty special happens. Written notes, and even drawings, are processed by a part of the brain that handles spatial tasks. Utilizing this part of the brain enhances memory retention! [1]

Even though using your computer is an option for journaling, experts agree that sitting down with pen and paper is actually the most effective method for understanding new concepts and retaining information. This is because most people can type faster than they can write. When typing out your notes on a laptop, a person tends to document notes verbatim. A person who writes information in a notebook or journal has to work to summarize and filter relevant information in their own words which increases the ability to recall information. [2] Sounds like a great reason to stick with pen and paper!

Get Organized: Journaling Essential Oil Organizer

Meet Our Essential Oil Organizer

While any old notebook will absolutely do the trick, we have something tailor-made for you. Our Essential Oil Organizer is has everything you need! There are five sections included in this journal: My Single Oils, My Blends, My Recipes, EO Wishlist, and EO Education. The double-sided pages include specific prompts to ensure you are keeping track of useful information, such as purchase date, shelf life, therapeutic properties, cautions, ingredients, and anything else you want to record.

Bonus! You can even purchase refill pages if you ever run out.

 

What to Journal?

With a notebook or essential oil organizer, pens and your essential oils in hand, you can begin your journaling! Here are a few things you might want to add to your journal:

  • Common and botanical name
  • Safety concerns (KidSafe, Pregnancy Safe, Nursing Safe, Pup & Pony Approved, max dermal dilutions, contraindications)
  • Purchase information (shelf life, lot #, company purchased from, purchase date, bottle size)
  • Properties of the oil and what you would use it for
  • Personal thoughts and experiences with the oil
  • Key constituents and their individual properties (serious enthusiasts may even want to reference studies)
  • Interesting facts about the oil
  • Perfumery note
  • Recipes

You can keep things as simple or detailed as you want. You can use a simple composition notebook or go for the Essential Oil Organizer. The important thing is to have fun. Journaling opens up so many possibilities to expand our knowledge and express our creativity while creating a treasured resource that you can refer to time and time again.

 

To join a community of fellow essential oil enthusiasts, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group.

References
1: Wax, D. (2018, January 03). Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write. Retrieved from https://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/writing-and-remembering-why-we-remember-what-we-write.html
2: 3 Scientific Links Between Handwriting Your Notes and Memory. (2016, August 03). Retrieved from https://redbooth.com/blog/handwriting-and-memory

How to Substitute Essential Oils

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We’ve all been there. You find a new DIY or a diffuser blend to try and you don’t have one of the oils. So you need to find an oil to substitute, but which one? Substitution, although intimidating at first, isn’t as tricky as you might think. You don’t need to have a degree in aromatherapy or extensive training in essential oils to find the right oil to use. You can always reach out to us with any questions, but we created an amazing tool to help you feel confident in substituting oils when you’re making DIYs and blends. By asking yourself the right questions, you can be a pro at working with what you have on hand.

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But First, Why You Shouldn’t Substitute

Before we get to the good stuff, there’s something to be said about not substituting oils in recipes. Whenever someone creates a recipe with essential oils, whether for therapeutic or aromatic purposes, the oils were chosen for a reason. No two oils smell identical or have the same chemical makeup. So whenever you alter a recipe, you are changing the end result. That’s not to say it won’t work or smell good, but it won’t be the same. At the same time, we understand that it might not be feasible or practical to own every essential oil ever (but that’s the dream though, am I right?). Before you rush to find an oil to use instead of the one you don’t have, just take a moment to make sure that changing the recipe won’t change the intent of the recipe.

 

No Two Oils Are Created Equal

When you’re substituting it’s important to remember that no two oils are created equal. This isn’t to scare you away from substituting, just to remind you that there are things to keep in mind as you do it. Here are things you’ll need to consider as you’re choosing an oil from your collection to use.

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Is it KidSafe, Pregnancy & Nursing Safe or Pup & Pony Approved?

This one really only matters if you’re using the recipes on or around kids, pregnant or nursing women, or your dogs. As you’re looking through your essential oils stock, you can eliminate any potential oil substitutes by checking for a KidSafe label or referencing our Pregnancy & Nursing Safe and Pup & Pony Approved charts.

 

Are the dilution rates the same?

One of the easiest ways to substitute is to use a different variety of the same oil. But they won’t always have the same dilution rates for topical use. Steam Distilled Lime can safely be used topically when diluted to 2-4%, but regular Lime can only be used at 0.7%. Another example is Thyme Thymol, which can be diluted to 1.4%, and Thyme Linalool, which can be diluted to 4.5%.

Make sure to double-check labels to make sure any oils you’re using have similar dilution rates. If they don’t, you can adjust the number of drops used in the recipe. Unfortunately, there may be math required. But to make life easier, you can use our dilution chart!

Is it a top, middle or base note?

When it comes to aromatic blends, one thing that makes for an exceptional blend is that it has top, middle and base notes. If you need to use a different oil, try to choose one that falls within the same category. This should be fairly easy as similar oils tend to be grouped together. For example, most citrus oils are top notes. They’ll often be the first thing you notice in a blend and they’re usually the first to evaporate. Middle notes help give body and fullness to the blend. Base notes, often woodsy or rich oils, provide a foundation for the blend and will linger the longest. You can check out a complete list of top, middle and base notes here.

 

Helpful Resources for Substitution

We have many, many resources to help give you all the information you need to make a substitution and learn more about your oils. Here are some things you might want to take a look at as you make your DIYs and blends.

 

How to Substitute Essential Oils

And here we are! Armed with some useful charts and information about your oils, you can follow this flow chart along to find the right oil to use. Keep in mind, you might not even find a suitable oil to substitute, and that’s okay! Many recipes still work if you leave an oil out. You can either increase the drops of other oils to make up the difference or leave it out altogether. Just remember to pay attention to dilution rates. But above all, don’t let the fact that you don’t have every oil ever stop you from enjoying the ones you do have.

Plant Therapy How to Substitute Essential Oils Flowchart

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How to Set a Romantic Mood with Be Mine

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Store aisles are littered with splashes of red and pink, chocolates and teddy bears. If you’re trying to find a special way to celebrate with your honey, essential oils can be that extra special touch to bring your evening to the next level. In addition to helping tie a memory to a specific smell, essential oils can also help promote relaxation, romance, and sensuality. Which brings us to our new blend, Be Mine.

Plant Therapy Be Mine Essential Oil Blend

Meet Be Mine

Created especially for Valentine’s Day, Be Mine has a sweet, zesty, floral scent that brings a little spice to your day. It combines traditionally romantic oils with fresh citrus to help create a romantic atmosphere, support mental health, help boost mood, calm nerves, and of course, promote sensuality. Let’s take a look at what each oil brings to the blend.

  • Bergamot: This light, citrus oil offers not only a fresh aroma but also helps boost your mood and create an uplifting atmosphere. It’s well-known for its ability to help calm nerves and ease anxiety. This makes Bergamot great for helping you relax after a long or stressful day, get out of your head, and enjoy the time with your special someone.
  • Orange Essence: Another fresh and citrusy oil, Orange Essence offers its intense orange aroma to the blend. It’s uplifting like Bergamot, but also has an energizing quality (something you know you’ll want for the night ahead). It helps ease worry and tension so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
  • Patchouli: Often found in romantic blends, Patchouli brings a rich, earthy aroma. It’s grounding, relaxing and soothing… just what you’ll want when you’re setting the mood.
  • Damiana: Widely known for its aphrodisiac properties, Damiana has been used in Mexican folk medicine as a love potion. So, of course, it belongs in our Be Mine blend! It’s calming, uplifting and relaxing, while simultaneously helping you focus. In turn, this helps get you in the right kind of mood for intimacy.
  • Sandalwood: This sweet woodsy oil completes Be Mine with its soft, relaxing fragrance. Sandalwood helps relax the mind and body while easing worries.

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Essential Oils as Aphrodisiacs

So you might be wondering how exactly essential oils can help you in the bedroom. Because no, they won’t magically boost your libido or give you the sex drive of someone in their twenties. However, essential oils are wonderful for helping ease some of the underlying issues that might be negatively affecting your sex life like stress, confidence, communication, and fatigue. By using oils or blends like Be Mine, they can help promote relaxation, ease worries, and boost energy, all of which can help you “get in the mood”.

And even if things are going great in the bedroom, essential oils can provide something extra to let your special someone know you put extra time and thought into creating a romantic atmosphere. Additionally, scents are strongly tied to memory, so any time you use a specific blend for your intimate moments, you can tie that scent to the memories and experiences.

Plant Therapy Be Mine Essential Oil Blend with the Passive Lotus Diffuser

How to Set The Mood

There are a number of ways that you can use Be Mine (or Sensual or your own romantic blend) to set the mood on Valentine’s Day. You can choose the one or two that work best for you and your special someone. Just be sure to not overload the senses.

  • Add a few drops to your diffuser. It’s as simple as that! The air will be filled with the sweet aroma of Be Mine.
  • Combine Be Mine with the Passive Lotus Diffuser. Passive diffusion is a simple way to create a more subtle aroma in your space. Plus the stylish lotus design will add a romantic touch.
  • Whip up a linen spray! Just a few spritzes of a linen spray on your sheets and bedding will leave you surrounded by gentle aroma of Be Mine. For a small batch, combine 1/2 ounce Everclear, 1 1/2 ounces water and 18-26 (1-2% dilution depending on preference) drops in a spray bottle.
  • Create a scented massage oil. Our Marvelous Massage blend was created especially for bodywork and has just the right amount of slip. It’s the perfect base for a sensual massage oil. Just make sure that once you add essential oils to avoid contact with any sensitive areas. Dilute Be Mine to 2-3% in Marvelous Massage and enjoy!
  • Make a scented Body Butter. Smell amazing and have silky-soft skin? Yes, please! Both our unscented Body Butters and Body Crèmes provide nourishment and moisture to the skin. It’ll be great after the pre-Valentine’s day shave and leave you subtly smelling like our Be Mine blend.

Plant Therapy Be Mine Body Butter DIY

Be Mine Body Butter

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Measure out your body butter or body crème into the new container. Add 27 drops Be Mine and stir. Massage onto your skin for rich moisturization and a sweet, zesty and floral scent.

Tip: 4 tablespoons is equal to 2 ounces.

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