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Vetiver: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Vetiver essential oil: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Vetiver

Latin name: Vetiveria zizanioides

Aroma Description: strong powerful earthy, woody, smoky scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Promotes relaxation and balance
  • Can help calm the mind before bedtime.
  • Supports a healthy immune system.
  • Gentle and effective for fighting skin blemishes.

Kidsafe?

Yes! Vetiver essential oil IS a KidSafe oil.

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Vetiver essential oil: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Dilution instructions:

Add a drop to your favorite face wash to help fight skin blemishes.

Diffusion instructions:

Add a drop of Vetiver essential oil (a little goes a long way) to your diffuser or personal inhaler and inhale for 30 minutes before bedtime to help calm the mind before sleep.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense Serrata, Helichrysum Italicum, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram Sweet, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Black Pepper, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Australian, Turmeric CO2.

Get 15% off Vetiver essential oil today with promo code SPOTLIGHT30!

And don’t forget to check out all our other essential oil spotlights on our the Spotlight Page of Plant Therapy’s blog!

Fountain of Youth Face Serum DIY

fountain of youth face serum essential oilsWho doesn’t want younger, healthier looking skin? But with so many products on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one, let alone find one with all natural ingredients. Luckily, many essential oils have skin rejuvenating, smoothing, and brightening properties. This fountain of Youth Face Serum combines many of them.

fountain of youth face serum

Frankincense Frereana is highly prized for its ability to help smooth the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry and damaged skin. Carrot Seed is another incredible essential oil that softens and smooths your skin. The last essential oil in this serum is Ylang Ylang Complete, which excellent for helping your skin retain moisture. Once you’ve blended these oils together in the carrier oil, massage onto your face after cleansing.

Fountain of Youth Face Serum

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend essential oils and carrier oils together thoroughly. Massage onto face after cleansing.

Essentials Video: Sore Muscles Master Blend

For many of us, the new year means new resolutions, and getting in shape is often at the top of the list. If your muscles are protesting the new workout routine  (or maybe you’re just ramping up your current regimen), use this Sore Muscles Master Blend to help ease muscle pain. It uses the therapeutic benefits of Eucalyptus Dives and Juniper Berry essential oils to create a soothing balm for your post-workout routine!

Essentials Video: Sore Muscles Master Blend diy

Sore Muscles Master Blend

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend together and use in a 3% dilution in your favorite carrier oil and massage onto areas of concern.

Note: Meant for sore muscles.

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Eucalyptus Dives: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Eucalyptus Dives: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Eucalyptus Dives

Latin name: Eucalyptus dives

Aroma Description: strong herbaceous, woody, minty scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Helps stop sniffles and clear up congestion.
  • Can help revitalize the senses and give you a mental boost.
  • The clean aroma can freshen the space you are in and be a useful oil in cleaning products.
  • Fights blemishes when added to your skincare routine.

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Eucalyptus Dives: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Kidsafe?

Yes! Eucalyptus Dives IS a KidSafe oil.

Dilution instructions:

Add a few drops to a tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and use as a chest rub to help ease congestion and clear breathing.

Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your diffuser or place 1-2 drops in a large bowl of water that is just too hot for skin contact (not boiling) and inhale for 5 minutes.

Oils to blend with:

Balm Mint Bush, Basil Linalool, Black Pepper, Cajeput, Cedarwood, Citronella, Fragonia, Frankincense, Ginger Root CO2, Kunzea, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary 1,8-Cineole, and Tea Tree.

Be sure to check out all of our previous Spotlight Oils as well for even more great info!

Get 15% off Eucalyptus Dives today with promo code SPOTLIGHT29!

Top 4 Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper Berry essential oilIt’s official. We love Juniper Berry Essential Oil. It has a fresh, crisp aroma and a variety of therapeutic benefits. Plus, this essential oil is ideal for helping you succeed with your new year’s resolutions. Check out a few of our favorite ways to incorporate this handy little oil into your everyday life.

1. Slimming Gel

Top 4 Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

We all do it. Resolve to get fit in the new year. Maybe you join a gym and go for a couple weeks, but it’s easy to lose momentum. Give your workouts a boost with this easy Juniper Berry Slimming Gel. It can help firm and tighten the skin in problem areas.

2. Joint Rub

Top 4 Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

One of the many side effects of a good workout can be muscle and joint pain. Combine Juniper Berry with your favorite carrier oil and massage into the affected areas. This oil helps produce skin warmth which can ease the feelings of congestion and tightness.

3. Calm nervous tension

Top 4 Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Maybe you’ve opted for a different kind of new years resolution: quitting smoking, easing up on caffeine, or cutting out junk food. While these are admirable goals, let’s be honest, it can make us just a little bit cranky. Keep Juniper Berry handy in your personal diffuser or use passive diffusion to help with the nervous tension associated with cravings and withdrawal.

4. Air Freshener

Top 4 Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil

With temperatures dropping outside, it often leaves us bundled up inside with central heating blaring. The winter months can leave the air stale and stuffy. Add a few drops of Juniper Berry essential oil to your diffuser to help freshen and clean the air. Plus the sharp, green woody aroma is a pleasant scent to have around your home!

Essentials Video: Juniper Berry Slimming Gel DIY

New Year, new resolutions… new you! If you’re like so many of us, you’ve resolved to get healthy in 2019. While you’re planning healthy lunches and looking for a workout plan, whip up this DIY Juniper Berry Slimming Gel to help firm and tighten the skin in your problem areas.

Essentials Video: Juniper Berry Slimming Gel DIY

Juniper Berry Slimming Gel DIY

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:
  1. Measure all ingredients.
  2. In a bowl, mix together well.
  3. Transfer to bottle.
To use:

Apply to areas of concern once a day for up to 4 days. To help maximize results you can wear a wrap for up to 45 minutes a day. Be sure to rinse well after use. The essential oils used in this all-natural gel are known to increase circulation, diminish the appearance of unwanted skin ripples, and firm and tighten your skin.

Juniper Berry: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

plant therapy essential oil spotlight of the week Juniper BerryJuniper Berry

Latin name: Juniperus communis

Aroma Description: Sharp green, woody conifer scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Promotes a calming effect on nervous tension.
  • Natural air purifier when diffused.
  • Resolved to get fit in the new year? Apply topically diluted in a carrier oil to help ease the discomfort of a strenuous workout.
  • Assists with feelings of congestion or tightness in legs.

Kidsafe?

Yes! This oil IS KidSafe.

Dilution instructions:

Add 2 drops of Juniper Berry, two drops of cypress, and 2 drops of Roman chamomile in a carrier oil to apply to areas of soreness after a workout.

spotlight essential oil of the week: Juniper Berry Plant TherapyDiffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your diffuser to use as a natural air purifier or to aid in meditation.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Chamomile Roman, Coriander Seed, Cypress, Fir Needle, Frankincense Frereana, Grapefruit Pink, Laurel Leaf, Blood Orange, and Black Pepper.

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Eucalyptus Dives Vs. Eucalyptus Globulus Vs. Eucaplytus Radiata

Eucalyptus. Just the word conjures up the image of cute and cuddly koalas slowing munching on the leaves of this tree. In addition to being the munchy food of choice for these furry creatures, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is an incredibly useful and therapeutic oil. Like many of the essential oils that Plant Therapy, there is more than one variety to choose from. Before you get overwhelmed and start choosing at random, take a look as we break down each Eucalyptus essential oil and help you decide.

Which Eucalyptus Essential Oil Should I Choose?

Eucalyptus Dives

The only KidSafe oil on this list, Eucalyptus Dives is the optimal choice for any household with small children. This variety originates in Australia and strong herbaceous, woody, minty scent that is stimulating and uplifting. Use it to help clear up sniffles and ease congestion. It can also provide a helpful mental boost when you need a pep or want to freshen a stale room 

Eucalyptus Globulus

Eucalyptus Globulus has a strong, very herbaceous scent with soft woody undertones. In addition to offering respiratory support, it can ease aching muscles and joints. It can also be used to stimulate healthy circulation and bring a feeling of warmth to the body.

Eucalyptus Radiata

This is the mildest of three varieties of Eucalyptus essential oils. It has a crisp, clean, aroma with a hint of citrus and floral. It has many of the same properties and benefits of Eucalyptus Globulus, but with a softer aroma.

Essentials Video: Holly Berries Body Butter DIY

Suffering from dry winter skin? Unfortunately, it is all too common during the colder months. Luckily essential oils are a fantastic addition to your skincare routine. Holly Berries Body Butter combines the nourishing and moisturizing properties of shea butter and sunflower oil with the festive fragrance of Holly Berries blend. Even better, this DIY is KidSafe, making it perfect for the little ones in your life!

Essentials Video: Holly Berries Body Butter DIY

Holly Berries Body Butter

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

  1. In a glass bowl or large measuring cup, warm Sunflower Carrier Oil in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until warm (not hot).
  2. Add Shea Butter and Holly Berries.
  3. Whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Scoop into the jar and cap tightly.

Winter Wellness: Best Essential Oils for Hectic Days

We get it. Life can be hectic sometimes. Balancing work and family, cooking and cleaning, not to mention the holidays, can be downright stressful. Luckily essential oils are here to help.

We’ve rounded up our favorite oils to help you focus on winter wellness, unwind at the end of a hectic day, or keep your sanity during winter.

Calming the Child

Don’t worry, this one’s for adults too! The sweet and fruity aroma of this synergy helps to promote a tranquil atmosphere. Diffuse it throughout the day or just before bedtime to help calm the mind and slow turbulent emotions. It combines Mandarin, Tangerine and Lavender, and the relaxing aroma of Chamomile Roman.

Grapefruit

If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up to help you get through the day, Grapefruit is the ideal choice. It’s sweet, juicy fresh citrus scent can help to lighten up mental fatigue and moodiness.

Patchouli

Not only is Patchouli a popular scent in men’s fragrances, but it can also be used to aid in meditation. Add a few drops to your diffuser to help alleviate nervous tension and worry. It also blends well with another oil on our list: Bergamot.

Let It Go

This blend was specifically designed to evoke a sense of peace and calm.  If you’re experiencing nervous irritation, add a few drops to your personal inhaler and enjoy the aroma of  Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Orange Sweet, and Blue Tansy.

Worry Free

Another great blend, Worry Free helps promote a relaxed state of mind, enabling you to cope better with life’s challenges. To take advantage of its fantastic benefits, add a few drops to your diffuser and diffuse throughout the day for 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off.

Tranquil

Tranquil combines many of the oils on this list, like Bergamot and Patchouli, to create a soothing, pleasant blend. Use it to help to reduce worry and its effects as well as promote a feeling of ease and wellbeing.

Clary Sage

A fantastic KidSafe essential oil, Clary Sage has an earthy, fruity and floral aroma. In addition to being a go-to oil for women’s issues (which we all know can make life even more hectic),  it helps create an atmosphere that is balancing and calming when emotions are rampant.

Bergamot

Bergamot can actually be found in many of these featured essential oil blends and for good reason. This KidSafe oil has a citrusy and fruity fragrance with a warm spicy floral quality, perfect for winter wellness emergencies.

A favorite for many essential oil users, the wonderful aroma is known for its ability to help boost the mind and ease your worries, especially during times of sadness and grief.

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