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Essential Oils for Maskne, Irritation & Dryness

As 2020 continues, it’s become clear that masks aren’t going anywhere any time soon. So we do our part and wear a mask at the store, at school, and even at work. And of course, we’re happy to protect others and slow the spread of the virus, but it’s quite possible that your skin is not happy. In fact, it makes its objection known all over your face. We’ve put together some tips and tricks for using essential oils and other natural products to help deal with irritation and acne from wearing a face mask (also known as “maskne”).

Young girls wearing face masks to school - dealing with maskne

Start with the Mask

Before we get to the good stuff, it’s important to talk about what’s causing the irritation and maskne in the first place: your mask. Natural materials like cotton will be softer on your skin, which may lessen the irritation over time. Also, make sure it properly fits. If it’s too loose, the fabric may rub against the delicate skin on your face more than it should and cause further irritation.

And lastly, don’t forget to wash your masks! We know it’s easy to toss in your purse or on your car dashboard and not really think about it. But because it sits right against your skin for long periods of time, it’s absorbing your face oils and sweat and trapping it there. Instead, make sure to use a fresh mask as often as you can and wash your face before and after you wear a mask for long periods of time.

Woman looking at herself in the mirror and touching her face

Less is More

With your skin being under extra stress, now is the time to pare down your skincare routine. Start by easing up on the makeup (or nix it all together, no one can see anyway). Stick with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, preferably with clean ingredients and without harsh fragrances. It’s also not the time to go switching up your skincare routine by trying new products. If you’ve got something that works, keep with it until after masks have served their purpose. 

Plant Therapy Healing Balm

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

We can’t stress this enough… moisturize! Not only will it help keep things from getting too dry, but it will help create an extra barrier between your face and the mask. If your skin is still doing alright but needs some extra moisture, we have a number of great carrier oil blends like Younger Glo, Clear Complex, and DermiSoothe.

But if your skin is crying out for help, we have two words for you: Healing Balm. This wonderful balm moisturizes, relieves dry, irritated skin, and leaves the skin feeling silky and soft. It blends Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Tamanu, Olive Oil, and Calendula. These nourishing ingredients can help soothe irritation and dryness, potentially minimize friction with a mask, and not clog your pores like petroleum jelly will. 

Start by taking a pea-size amount, rubbing it between the tips of your fingers, and applying it to the affected area.

Plant Therapy Hydrosols

Hydrosols Are Your Friend

Before we jump to the essential oils, it’s important to keep in mind that your skin is under a lot of stress right now. It’s worth exploring gentler options first and upgrading to essential oils if it’s needed. In addition to our unscented Healing Balm, hydrosols provide a gentle and effective way to help soothe skin. Because the friction from your mask is opening up small cuts and abrasions on your skin allowing bacteria easier access, Tea Tree Hydrosol is a great option as it helps keep the skin clear and may even help with blemishes and maskne. Plus it’s safe to use throughout the day as it’s needed. If you’re not dealing with acne but more general irritation, Lavender, Helichrysum, and Chamomile are all gentle and soothing hydrosols. You can either spritz directly on your face or use a cotton ball for more direct application.

tea tree essential oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

There are many incredible oils that can help with skin concerns, there’s one that you should turn to in times like this… Tea Tree. Tea Tree, with its green medicinal and woody aroma, is renowned for its ability to help with blemishes, oily skin, maskne and other issues you thought you left back in your teenage years. Dilute Tea Tree to 1-2%  in a roll-on and use as needed for a short term spot treatment. It can also be combined with Lavender, Helichrysum, or Frankincense in our Aloe Jelly for more soothing benefits! 

Aloe Maskne Relief DIY

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Combine Aloe Jelly and essential oils and apply as needed to blemishes. This is a 1.5% dilution.

*We understand that masks are a controversial topic and not everyone chooses to wear one. The information in this blog is not intended to spark a debate regarding masks but rather to help those who wear masks regularly or are required to and may be experiencing skin concerns as a result.

Plant Therapy’s Commitment to Affordable Quality

Plant Therapy Affordable Lemon, Tea Tree & Orange essential oils

When it comes to essential oils, we know most people have one concern on their minds: purity. And understandably so! Using 100% pure, unadulterated essential oils means you get everything good from those oils… and avoid becoming one of the cautionary tales you read about on the internet where Peppermint is cut with water or a blend is mostly coconut oil or Rose is actually Geranium.

And if you spend enough time shopping around, you might think that you’d need to pay a little higher price tag to get that purity. Au contraire!  Pure essential oils have a cost, but at a certain point, you stop paying for the oil in the bottle and start paying for the name on the bottle.

Plant Therapy has always been committed to bringing our customers pure, quality essential oils at a price that won’t break the bank. We believe essential oils and their many wonderful benefits should be accessible to everyone. We work very hard to keep our costs down and simplify the supply chain so that that savings can be passed onto you. Here are a few of the ways that we have been able to keep our costs down so we can offer you a quality and affordable essential oils.

Ylang Ylang Distillery

Direct Relationships

Sourcing essential oils is something that we take very seriously. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to develop direct relationships with farms, growers, and suppliers around the world. These connections allow us to ensure that we’re getting pure essential oils directly from the source. And because these oils don’t pass through several hands to get to us, it doesn’t needlessly inflate the price and keeps things affordable.

Once we’re sent a batch of oil, we put it through rigorous testing. And if it doesn’t match our high standards, we send it back. 

You can read more about some of the travels, adventures, and connections we’ve made over the years as we’ve sourced truly exquisite essential oils:

Affordable Oregano and Cinnamon essential oils

Bottled in Twin Falls

Once we source our essential oils, all of the bottling, packaging, fulfillment, and shipping is done right here in Twin Falls, Idaho. This allows us to maintain strict quality control over our products, whether it’s the essential oils or body care. And by taking care of the entire process in one location, from putting our products into the bottles and sealing the caps to getting them ready to ship to your doorstep, we’re able to keep our costs down and pass that savings down to you so you have access to an affordable product.

But that’s not the only thing that happens in our Twin Falls headquarters! Our customer satisfaction team, product development team, and executive team are also located in the same building. This allows for open communication and collaboration between all the departments.

Plant Therapy Affordable Immune Aid, Germ Fighter & Defender

Direct to Consumer

And last but certainly not least, we offer directly to consumer prices. In addition to getting our essential oils directly from the source, we offer them directly to you. And that’s why there are no middlemen or retailers or distributors or an upline to inflate the final price that you pay. We also don’t have a sales team or commissions or sales incentive giveaways that will try to encourage you into buying more oils than you need or rope you into buying a minimum every month. The result is an affordable price for your essential oils.

Certified Aromatherapists on Staff

While keeping things affordable will always be at the forefront of what we do, it wouldn’t mean anything if we weren’t also offering pure oils, precisely formulated blends, safety information, and clean ingredients in our body care. By employing several certified aromatherapists, our experts are part of the entire process ensuring exceptional product quality at every step. And we’ll always be honest about what our essential oils can, and can’t, do.

All of these measures combined have allowed us to offer affordable essential oils. Whenever we are able to save, we make sure to pass that savings onto you. 

How did you find PT? Tell us in the comments!

Cleaners vs Disinfectants – What’s the Difference?

cleaners vs disinfectants

Keeping our homes clean, safe, and healthy is more important now than ever. It’s not only a point of pride when our counters are so clean they practically sparkle, but we also want to create a healthy environment for the whole family. Using the right products can help make sure you clean up food spills and muddy paw prints as well as any cooking messes from raw meat.

Let’s talk about the difference between surface cleaners, disinfectants, and sanitizers and the best uses for each.

Surface cleaners

Surface Cleaners

Surface Cleaners… the workhorse of your cleaning cabinet. They’ll clean countertops, fridges, tiles, linoleum, floors, microwaves, stovetops, door handles, coffee tables, and anything else that might need polished. They’ll have ingredients and compounds that break up dirt and cut through grease and grime. 

And while these cleaners are great for cleaning up spills, wiping up dirt and removing grease, they won’t disinfect or kill germs unless the bottle explicitly states that it will. But chances are that for everyday messes and cleaning, you won’t need to disinfect.

Multi-Surface Cleaners come in all shapes, sizes, and smells. Some use harsher ingredients and synthetic fragrance and others use more natural ingredients to clean your home. Which brings us to our Defender Multi-Surface Cleaner! This cleaning concentrate is powered by plants and essentials oils to give you a powerful clean in your home. The naturally derived ingredients effortlessly cut through grease, grime, and dirt leaving you with seriously clean and positively sparkling surfaces.

disinfectants

Disinfectants

Disinfectants serve a different purpose when it comes to cleaning. Even with dirt and food messes cleaned up, there might be harmful bacteria from raw meat, anything to do with the toilet, or high touch surfaces. Disinfectants will kill 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses on your surfaces. These types of cleaners are easy to spot on store shelves as they’ll usually have their antibacterial claim on the bottle. 

If you’re in the market for a disinfectant, the CDC provides a list of EPA registered household disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19. It’s also important to follow the directions for the individual cleaners as they might require different amounts of contact time to kill bacteria and viruses. Gloves and proper ventilation are also recommended to make sure you avoid any irritation.

Tip: Sanitizers and disinfectants both serve the same purpose of killing bacteria. However, a disinfectant is subjected to much more rigorous standards than a sanitizer.

 

Household Disinfectants

You don’t have to go straight for a store-bought disinfectant to make sure your home is properly rid of bacteria and viruses. Bleach, peroxide, or alcohol solutions can all be used as a disinfectant.

  • Bleach solution: Double check your bleach isn’t expired and has a sodium hypochlorite concentration of 5%–6%. If it does, you can mix four teaspoons of bleach in one quart of room temperature water. Spray on your surfaces and allow to air dry.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol 70%: When it comes to alcohol solutions a 60-80% is ideal for disinfecting and a 70% solution is the sweet spot. Much like bleach, simply spray your surface down and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes. One benefit of alcohol is that it evaporates quickly.
  • Everclear: Provided the proof is 151 or higher, Everclear contains enough ethanol (at least 70%) to disinfect surfaces. The downside is that it can get pricey and isn’t available everywhere. 

And our personal favorite…

  • Hydrogen Peroxide: A 3% peroxide solution (the kind available at most drug stores and supermarkets) has been shown to be an effective disinfectant. Simply spray on your surfaces, allow to sit for at least 5-10 minutes and wipe down.

Keep in mind that some of these options have the potential to damage surfaces. It’s important to do your research and test an inconspicuous area first. 

What Won’t Disinfect

Another important note, although we loooove essential oils, and some EOs even have antimicrobial properties, they aren’t enough to properly disinfect surfaces, especially when we have a pandemic on our hands. But they do make wonderful additions to cleaning DIYs or for adding a burst of freshness into your home. Similarly, vinegar, although a useful addition for cleaning, doesn’t have disinfecting properties.

 

Which Comes First? 

This is simple, use your favorite (cough *Defender*) cleaner to clean up any dirt, food messes, grease, or grime on your surfaces. By cleaning first, you’re cutting down on the amount of work a disinfectant needs to do, which means less exposure to those harsher products.

If you’ve been working with raw meat, anyone is sick, or it’s within six feet of the toilet, it’s time to disinfect. For a helpful list of how often you should clean or disinfect, check out this guide.

Back to School with Plant Therapy

Back to School with PT

This year’s back to school is unlike any other.  Whether you’re homeschooling or sending your kiddos back to the classroom, you’ve had to make some tough choices this year. We know you take your children’s wellbeing seriously and you took care to make the right decision for your family. And whatever you’ve decided, we’re here to help with tips, tricks, and products to make this back to school a safe and successful learning experience.

BACK TO SCHOOL…
WHATEVER THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR YOU

Young girl doing homework at the table with KidSafe essential oil blends

 

 

 

At home or in the classroom, we believe having the right KidSafe essential oil blends can make a huge difference in your children’s routine. Experiment with your kids and help them find the essential oil homework-helpers they enjoy. We highly recommend Study Time and Hocus Focus for supporting focus and concentration. And Happy Place is there to help when anxious fidgeting gets distracting.

 

 

Ready for School KidSafe essential oil blend set

 

 

 

 

If you are a crafty DIY-parent, try our Ready for School Kidsafe Set! With six different KidSafe blends tailored to all your school-focused needs, you can make lotions, roll-ons, balms, and more. With all the fun ways to incorporate essential oils into the school day, you can help keep your young students happy, healthy, and engaged.

 

 

 

 

KidSafe Study Time essential oil blendKidSafe Hocus Focus essential oil blendKidSafe Happy Place essential oil blend

 

IF YOU’RE HOMESCHOOLING

Kudos to everyone tackling homeschooling this year! As you transform parts of your house from a cozy family home to a fun classroom we believe essential oils can help you make your daily transitions.

Hello Sunshine KidSafe blend

 

 

 

Sticking to a routine isn’t easy! Especially when the classroom is 10 feet away instead of a 10-minute drive away. Our newest KidSafe blend Hello Sunshine is here to help encourage all the kiddos (and adults) to wake up and feel excited for the learning-filled day ahead of them. Its vibrant and uplifting scent can be diffused in the early morning to promote a happy mood.

 

 

 

KidSafe No Worries and Calming the Child on a table

 

 

 

If your kiddos are struggling with the challenges of learning at home or being away from their normal classroom environment, try diffusing Calming the Child or No Worries to keep spirits lifted and emotions managed. Both these KidSafe blends are sweet, citrusy, and uplifting. They can help ease worry while promoting a light, calm atmosphere.

 

 

 

Young girl cuddling Aroma Plush Pals

 

 

 

Are your kiddos missing their classmates? Use any one of our Aroma Plush Pals with their favorite soothing KidSafe blend as their new super squishy schoolmates. Or fill the Safety Scent Cartridge with a study blend for a focus-filled boost. Birch Bear, Briar Bunny, and Flora Fox are ready to be part of your classroom!

 

 

 

 

 

While the weather is still nice, why not take your lessons outdoors! Try these easy Scented Crayons and Sidewalk Chalk DIYs to make a fun, fragrant craft time.

KidSafe Calming the Child essential oil blendKidSafe Hello Sunshine essential oil blendNo Worries KidSafe essential oil blend

IF YOU’RE GOING BACK TO THE CLASSROOM. . .

For parents helping their kiddos navigate the new norm in the classroom… our hearts are with you. Between masks, social distancing, and rigid cleaning practices, this first day of school is going to be a lot different, and a lot more difficult, than your kids are probably expecting. We have a variety of products that can help them fight off seasonal threats, boost their immune system, and stay calm throughout the day.

Germ Destroyer and Immune Boom on a kitchen counter

 

 

 

Our favorite KidSafe essential oil blends for fighting off seasonal threats are Immune Boom, Defender, and Germ Destroyer. Try diluting one of these blends in a lotion and applying before school. Or add them to an aromatherapy inhaler so your kiddos can take a whiff whenever they need.

 

 

Lavender essential oil roll on in a locker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let your kids take control of their own aromatherapy with the KidSafe Starter Roll-On Set… or any roll-on for that matter! These roll-ons are prediluted and ready to go. You can teach your older kids about essential oils and show them how to use the roll-ons. Then they can use their favorite roll-ons throughout the day.

 

 

 

Unscented hand sanitizer in a school cubby

 

 

 

 

 

Clean hands are a must for back to school! It’s the perfect time to walk your kiddos through proper handwashing techniques. And we also have 2-oz. Hand Sanitizers so kids can keep one in their bag, cubby, or at their desk when soap and water are unavailable. 

 

 

 

 

Young girls wearing masks with aroma plush pal clips on their backpacks

 

 

 

If your kids are getting a little nervous with all the changes this year, try sending them to school with a little fuzzy friend. Clip one (or multiple) of our Aroma Plush Pal Clips to your child’s bag for them to take with them to school. Pre-load the scent cartridge with one of their favorite KidSafe essential oil blends so they’ll benefit from the familiarity and comfort of the aroma.

 

 

 

 

 

KidSafe Germ Destroyer essential oil blendKidSafe Defender essential oil blendKidSafe Immune Boom essential oil blend

Although everything is a little (okay… a lot) different this year, we are hoping for a successful school year for everyone. And we hope some of these products can make this transition a little easier for kids and parents alike.
For a fun a way to kick off the school year, try making these DIY Study Diffuser Stones to put in your at-home classroom or on your homework table. 

STUDY SESSION DIFFUSER STONES

Sometimes, taking a mental break from schoolwork and doing something creative is just what your kids need. To stimulate their creativity try making these wonderful DIY Diffuser Stones that can be paired with any of the above blends and more! 

Study Session Diffuser Stones DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

With a small amount of lotion on your hands, squeeze clay to soften it. Roll the clay to 1/4-1/2 inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes. Then use a toothpick to create a small hole at the top. Once the clay has dried, add a string and a few drops of your chosen essential oil. Hang on or near your homework station for a fun passive diffuser.

*For a printable version, click here.

What else have you done to prepare your family for the school year? Share your DIYs, tips and tricks, and life lessons with us in the comments below!

Is Full Spectrum CBD Right For You?

It’s been over a year since Plant Therapy released our first CBD product. Since then, we’ve expanded our collection to include several topical options, fun new flavors, and specialized products (CBD+iso) to help with specific issues. And now we’re pleased to add Full-Spectrum CBD to the list!

If you’ve been in the CBD world for a while, you know exactly what it is and have already placed your order. But if you’re left wondering exactly what the difference is and if Full Spectrum CBD is right for you, then you’re in the right place!

Full Spectrum CBD

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

When shopping for CBD products, you’ll usually find three different kinds. 

  • CBD Isolates contain only one cannabinoid because it has been isolated from everything else in the plant. CBD is the most common option, but other cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, and CBN can also be isolated.
  • Broad Spectrum CBD, which is what Plant Therapy has sold up to this point, has the THC completely removed while keeping all of the other cannabinoids at the amount naturally found in the plant.
  • And lastly, we have Full Spectrum CBD which contains all of the cannabinoids as well as small (and legal) amounts of THC.

But here’s the beautiful part, this amount of THC is not enough to give you those high feelings. And because there is less than 0.3% THC, it’s federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill! Although it is worth noting that state laws are still a little all over the place. We recommend customers research their local legislation before purchasing. Also, we are currently shipping Full Spectrum CBD everywhere in the US except Idaho.

What Are the Benefits of Full Spectrum?

Both Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum CBD support your overall health and wellbeing by working with your endocannabinoid system, or eCS, (more on that here) to help create homeostasis for several functions such as mood, appetite, memory, digestion, respiration, perceived sensations of pain, and much more.

The small amount of THC included in full-spectrum products binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain while CBD binds to the CB2 receptors. Because of the way the different cannabinoids and THC interact with your receptors, the entourage effect may be more powerful. The entourage effect is when different compounds have a greater effect together than they would individually.  Many find that Full Spectrum is more effective and even helps with more intense issues than just Broad Spectrum CBD. So if you’re not seeing the effects you were hoping for with broad-spectrum, it might be worth making the leap to Full Spectrum CBD!

Plant Therapy Full Spectrum

Is Full Spectrum Right for You?

There are a couple of questions you can answer right off the bat that could help give you a quick answer.

First, are you drug tested at work? 

Some employers have policies regarding the use of CBD products, especially when THC is concerned. And while the amount of THC is small, we recommend using caution as it may potentially pop-up on a drug screen. This ultimately comes down to your own comfort level and your employer’s drug policy.

If Full Spectrum CBD isn’t an option for you, you can safely use our Broad Spectrum CBD (which shouldn’t cause you to fail a drug test). 

Are you comfortable with THC?

First thing’s first, when used as directed, the less than 0.3% of THC won’t give you a high feeling. And Full Spectrum CBD is considerably different from what you might find in states where cannabis is fully legal. That being said, we understand that Full Spectrum CBD isn’t going to be for everyone. If you’re uncomfortable with even the slightest amount of THC in your products, then you can continue using Broad Spectrum CBD knowing that it has absolutely no THC.

Are you loving the CBD you’re already taking?

If you’re enjoying the benefits of your Broad-Spectrum CBD and feel like it’s totally working for you, keep with it! There’s no reason you have to try Full Spectrum. But if you like to experiment with your CBD or are just plain curious if Full Spectrum has what you’re looking for, what are you waiting for!?

Full Spectrum Options

We offer Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in 500 mg and 1500 mg strengths. If you are getting started with CBD or are looking to support overall health and wellbeing., choose the 500 mg.  The 1500 mg is ideal for anyone who is comfortable with CBD or has a higher tolerance to CBD. If you prefer softgels, you’re in luck! We also offer 15 mg softgels in both 30 and 60 count.

Three Fall-Tastic DIYs for Our All the Fall Essential Oil Blends

We know it’s still really hot outside – but we’re really excited to get a jump on fall! Before you know it the hot days will fade into fall breezes and we’ll be holding a pumpkin spice latte once again! We’re bringing you everything fall, starting with all your favorite blends, including… 

  • Maple Leaf: Sugary, sweet notes and subtle woody notes with just a hint of spice.
  • Harvest Moon: Crisp and clean citrusy scent. Woodsy notes with a sweet spiciness.
  • Fireside Flannel: Crisp, fresh notes, and subtle sweetness. It will instantly remind you of a campfire.
  • Pumpkin Pie: The sweet and spicy scent loved by many pie fanatics.
  • Autumn Breeze: Sweet, uplifting aroma with a herbaceous undertone.
  • Fall Rain: Crisp, coniferous scent. This blend is perfect for promoting a calm mind and body.

You can purchase these favorites in the All the Fall Set (all 6 blends included) or in a Build Your Own Set with your top 3 blends. If you build your own set, use code MY3SET to get 10% off! Either way, we’ve made it easy to fill your home with cozy aromas.

And, since we’re launching All the Fall a little early, we’re sharing new fall-tastic DIYs to help you use all your fall oils now! In the past we’ve used these warm and inviting scents in DIY Reed Diffusers, DIY Wooden Diffuser Blocks, Passive Diffusion Paper Crafts, and much more! Grab your favorite blends and try one of our DIYs below. 

Bottle of Harvest Moon Essential Oil

Refreshingly Fall Vapor Rub

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do: 

Melt Beeswax Pearls over a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and add Almond Oil and essential oils. Stir to combine. Pour into a small jar or tins and allow to cool. Rub onto your chest to help ease congestion.

*For a printable version, click here.

Bottle of Pumpkin Pie Essential Oil

Sugar ‘n Spice Wax Melts

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Melt Beeswax Pearls and solid coconut oil over a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and add essential oils. Stir to combine. Pour into small silicone molds and allow to cool. Add one melt to your wax warmer to enjoy the sweet or spicy fall aroma.

*For a printable version, click here.

Bottle of Fireside Flannel Essential Oil

Passive Diffuser Pinecones

What you’ll need:

Optional:

  • Small bamboo skewers
  • Hot glue gun

What you’ll do:

Combine your essential oils and Everclear in a two-ounce spray bottle and allow to meld. Fill the remaining bottle with water and shake well. Liberally spray your pinecones and place in a zip-top bag for 1-2 days. Display scented pinecones in a decorative bowl.

Optional:

To turn pinecones into decorative picks for your floral arrangements, start by hot-gluing a small skewer or stick to the bottom of each pinecone. Then spray liberally and place in a zip-top bag for 1-2 days. Place scented pinecone picks in your fall wreaths and floral arrangements for an extra special touch.

*For a printable version, click here.

Maple Bar Lip Balm

Still Can’t Get Enough Fall-themed Treats?

In addition to these warm and cozy blends, we’re launching a bunch of fall-scented products! We have Age-Defying Body Crème in fall scents, CBD Oil Drops in Vanilla Chai, and our personal favorite: Maple Bar Lip Balms! Check out the line-up here: All The Fall.

Fall Bucket List Sheet

Ready to start planning your fall crafts and fun to-dos? Download our Fall Bucket List to help you make the most of the season! Download here.

Essential Oils and Laundry: DIY Dryer Sheets & Linen Spray

Tea Tree essential oil from plant therapy

Here at Plant Therapy, we’re always looking for new ways to help everyone live healthier, more natural lives. We’re always working on the latest naturally derived products and recipes that you can use in your everyday life. And let’s be real, one of the most common chores we all share is laundry.  And because it’s summertime… there is a lot of laundry.

We’re here to bring you all the DIY goods so you can care for your clothes naturally. Our DIY recipes contain super affordable, easily obtainable ingredients that are not only natural, but great for your family! The fresh and cleansing essential oils of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Ho Wood, Lavender Fine, and Balm Mint Bush make these recipes the perfect solution for all your laundry needs.

Mom and daughter doing laundry together

While you probably already have a favorite natural and gentle detergent you pick up at the store,  did you know you can have an affordable, do-it-yourself dryer sheet to help soften up your laundry and help remove static? Vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener without leaving behind a residue or overpowering aroma. The addition of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus helps freshen and deodorize every load laundry. All you need are some lightweight strips of cotton fabric to act as the dryer sheets and you’ll be in business!

And don’t forget the need for an affordable linen spray to help freshen up blankets and curtains before monthly washes. The combination of Lavender and Ho Wood is soft and calming while Balm Mint Bush adds a burst of cool freshness. Simply spritz and enjoy the amazing aromatherapy benefits of these oils.

DIY Fresh & Clean Dryer Sheets

Fresh & Clean DIY Dryer Sheets

What you’ll need:

  • Strips of cloth or old washcloths
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 12 drops Tea Tree
  • 12 drops Eucalyptus

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What you’ll do:

Combine vinegar and essential oils in a mason jar or other container. Shake well to combine and add strips of cloth. Use in your dryer as a natural fabric softener. Store in the fridge and use within a week.

For a printable version, click here.

Cool and Calm Linen Spray DIY

Cool & Calm Linen Spray 

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do: 

Combine your essential oils and Everclear in a 2-ounce bottle. Allow to meld. Fill the rest with water and spritz on linens for a cool, calming aroma.

For a printable version, click here.

His & Hers After Shave Skin Soother DIY

His and Hers After Shave Skin Soother

We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to hit the town (or the beach or the boardwalk or your neighborhood pool) this summer and realize that you definitely need a quick shave. For some lucky souls, this is no big deal. It’ll take like… 5 minutes tops. But for those of us who struggle with extremely sensitive skin or a five-o’clock shadow at 10 in the morning, shaving does more damage than not shaving at all to begin with. Yep, we’re talking about that red, bumpy, irritated skin that plagues us every time we shave. Well, fear no more! Calm that worrisome skin and get ready to hit the town this summer with flawless, smooooooth skin with our new His & Hers After Shave Skin Soother DIYs. 

Each of the carrier oils and essential oils was selected to provide an amazing post-shave experience. Sweet Almond oil and Apricot paired with the soothing and calming oils of Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Vetiver provide a fresh feel while promoting overall skin health and healing. This combination of oil not only helps the skin feel great, but it smells smokey, green, and masculine. For the ladies, Almond Oil and Sunflower were chosen to provide a quick-absorbing, yet luxurious feel after shaving. These carrier oils paired with Lavender Essential Oil, Frankincense Frereana, and Roman Chamomile create a beautiful glow on the skin all while providing a sweet subtle aroma you’re sure to enjoy.

Hers After Shave Skin Soother

Hers After Shave Skin Soother

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in a 4-ounce pump bottle. Apply to irritated skin after shaving.

His After Shave Skin Soother

His After Shave Skin Soother

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in a 4-ounce pump bottle. Apply to irritated skin after shaving.

New Revitalize Day & Night Oils Infused with CBD

Plant Therapy Revitalize Day and Night Oils

If there are two things we love, it’s skincare and essential oils. We’ve enjoyed cooking up a variety of DIYs and new products (Age-Defying Body Crèmes anyone?) for just about every skin type and concern. But we knew that to take skincare to the next level, it would require an extra something special that just can’t be made at home. So we went to work sourcing and testing exotic and ultra-nourishing oils like Kahari Melon Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil, and Marula Oil. We also created unique and luxurious combinations of essential oils for your day and night skincare needs. Plus the CBD elevates these face oils to something truly exceptional. The result is our brand new Revitalize Day and Night Face Oils. They’ll help you achieve the glowing, smooth skin that will be sure to turn heads where ever you go.

Plant Therapy Revitalize Day Oils

Revitalize Day Oil Infused with CBD

Start your day off right with our luxurious Revitalize Day Oil. It combines powerfully moisturizing oils like Camelia Seed, Kalahari Melon, and Pomegranate Oils with the skin-loving benefits of Bergamot, Sandalwood, and Helichrysum essential oils. The result is a face oil that will moisturize and hydrate your skin while penetrating deeply. Revitalizing, hydrating, and softening, Revitalize Day Oil has age-defying properties that help improve overall tone while helping with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How to Use

Apply 4-6 drops to clean, dry face avoiding the eye area. Gently tap the product into the face and neck area with your fingertips. This will help promote deeper penetration. Allow to absorb completely before applying makeup.

Plant Therapy Revitalize Night Oils

Revitalize Night Oil Infused with CBD

No skincare routine is complete without something intensely moisturizing to work while you sleep. Perfectly complementing the Revitalize Day Oil, the Revitalize Night Oil combines intensely moisturizing oils like Argan, Marula, and Evening Primrose with the skin-loving benefits of Chamomile, Blue Tansy and Neroli essential oils. Designed to be used at the end of your day, Revitalize Night Oil has age-defying and restorative properties that work as you sleep to help enhance your skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so you awaken looking rested and rejuvenated.

How to Use

Apply 4-6 drops to clean, dry face avoiding the eye area. Gently tap the product into the face and neck area with your fingertips. This will help promote deeper penetration. Allow to absorb completely before going to bed.

Infused with CBD

All the Ingredients

Our Revitalize Face OIls use only premium, natural ingredients to give your face the care and attention it deserves. Both the day and night oils have their own unique ingredients to make them the complete package. 

It is important to note that you need to use this product as directed for 30-60 days to see noticeable results. After several days to weeks, the skin will become more balanced and the product will feel less oily and absorb more readily. Also, it is common for some people to experience breakouts when switching to a new skincare product. If you do experience this, the effect should be minimal and clear up quickly. Both oils have a shelf life of one year.

Revitalize Day Oil Infused with CBD

  • Camellia Seed Oil: Soothes and moisturizes while helping improve elasticity.
  • Kalahari Melon Oil: Rich in linoleic, helps reduce excess oil and clear pores.
  • Sachi Inchi Oil: Great for all skin types, it promotes healthy skin while soothing and hydrating without clogging pores.
  • Pomegranate Seed Oil: Excellent for mature skin, helps unclog pores.
  • Cranberry Seed Oil: Rich in Omega 3 and six fatty acids, helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier while soothing dry skin.
  • Grapeseed Oil: Silky smooth, it has emollient and astringent properties which make it great for all skin types.
  • Blackberry Seed Oil: Rich in Vitamin C, helps combat blemishes and other skin issues.
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, and Triolein: These are Skin Replacement Lipids that help restore the cutaneous barrier, which also reduces Trans Epidermal Water Loss (basically when water evaporates through your skin into the outside environment). This is all fancy speak for “helps hydrate your skin”.
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant benefits which can help slow down the skin’s aging process.
  • CBD: Helps balance oil and may also help with inflammation.
  • Bergamot, Sandalwood Australian, Helichrysum Italicum, Myrrh, Geranium Bourbon, and Rosemary essential oils: Helps balance and smooth skin while promoting bright, soft skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil: Helps soothe the skin.
  • Lecithin: Great for all skin types, helps moisturize skin.

Revitalize Night Oil Infused with CBD

  • Argan Oil: Comprised of roughly 80% fatty acids, helps hydrate and smooth the skin.
  • Marula Oil: Excellent for aging skin, helps soften, smooth, and hydrate dry or mature skin.
  • Evening Primrose Oil: Fantastic for mature skin, it helps soothe irritation and dryness.
  • Grapeseed Oil: Silky smooth, it has emollient and astringent properties which make it great for all skin types.
  • Avocado Oil: Rich in Vitamins A and E, helps nourish dry, irritated or mature skin.
  • Chia Seed Oil: High in fatty acids, Vitamin B3 and zinc, helps maintain moisture levels while helping with excess oil.
  • Sacha Inchi Oil: Great for all skin types, it promotes healthy skin while soothing and hydrating without clogging pores.
  • Vitamin E: Antioxidant benefits which can help slow down the skin’s aging process.
  • CBD: Helps balance oil and may also help with inflammation. 
  • Roman Chamomile, Blood Orange, Blue Tansy, Neroli, Rosemary, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang Extra, and German Chamomile essential oils: Helps soothe skin while reducing redness and restoring skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil: Helps soothe the skin.
  • Lecithin: Great for all skin types, helps moisturize skin.

Planting Kindness with Idaho Gives

Each year, Plant Therapy has the opportunity to give back to the local community through Idaho Gives, an amazing program designed to bring the state together to help local nonprofits. This event helps raise money and awareness for a variety of local causes. And this year, supporting local causes is all the more important because of the increased needs in the nonprofit sector.

Planting Kindness with Idaho Gives

Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley

Plant Therapy kicked off Idaho Gives with a $10,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley. They do incredible work by providing a safe place for children and youth can reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Our children are our future and we want to support and care for them. Chris Jones, CEO of Plant Therapy, did an interview for the Boys and Girls Club newsletter and we are excited to share it with you here.

Describe your involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley.

From day one, Plant Therapy’s mission has been to positively impact as many lives as possible. We have a particular interest in helping vulnerable children and youth. Involvement with the Boys & Girls Club was an easy decision, where we can help fulfill that mission and our donations can go a long way.

How do you encourage your employees at Plant Therapy to give back to the community?

I think the best way to “influence” people is to lead by example. People definitely care more about what you do, than what you say. For the first several years of being in business, we kept many of our donations private, not even sharing that information with our team. I am a pretty private person, and it just feels natural to keep our philanthropy work to ourselves. But I have realized that by encouraging others to help out, and by leading by example, we can broaden our reach and ultimately impact more lives. We also formed Planting Kindness to encourage even more involvement. Through Planting Kindness, we do several things in our community, like trail cleanup, serving at the food bank, etc. We also match all qualifying employee donations up to $2000 per employee per year. The impact has been tremendous, with several of our team members independently donating to causes that are important to them.

Why do you personally feel it is important to give back to your community? 

We ARE the community, just like a wave is part of the ocean, but also the ocean itself. Everything that goes on in our community will impact us either directly or indirectly. If we can be an influence for good in our own community, we can all become better and create better lives for everyone. The ripple effect is real.

What do you think sets the Magic Valley apart from other communities? 

There are so many great things about the Magic Valley- but really it comes down to people. There are so many good people here.

As a business owner, what values do you try to instill in your employees and your company? 

We have several company values that are a reflection of our own personal values. We really try to hire genuinely good people that live their life the same way in the office as they do on their own time. Those specific values include (in no specific order) 1) People first company, 2) Operate with absolute integrity, 3) Attitude of continuous improvement, 4) Never satisfied with the status quo, 5) Maintain flexibility, 6) Enjoy the journey, 7) Can do attitude.

Hand planting a small sprout outdoors

Idaho Gives Donations

The Boys and Girls Club is an organization that is near and dear to our hearts. But it wouldn’t be Idaho Gives if we didn’t spread some kindness around. Here are the other organizations that Plant Therapy has been blessed to give back to.

  • Rock Creek Food Pantry: $1,000
  • Mustard Seed Ministries: $1,500
  • Twin Falls Senior Citizen’s Federation: $1,500
  • Twin Falls Optimist Youth House: $2,500
  • Rising Stars Therapeutic Riding Center: $1,000
  • Because Kids Grieve: $1,000
  • Voices Against Violence: $2,500

 

Thank You to Our Customers

All of this would not be possible with the loyalty and support of our incredible customers. Thank you for being part of our mission to give back to the community and make a better world for generations to come.

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