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Top 3 Reasons Blue Tansy is a Must Have

Plant Therapy blue Tansy essential oilBy Tyler Hagan,
Certified Aromatherapist & SEOR Facebook Admin

For those who know me (Hi! I’m Tyler from SEOR!), it’s no surprise that I absolutely ADORE Blue Tansy. I love the smell, the deep dark blue color, and most importantly the benefits packed into the tiny bottle. It is truly a remarkable essential oil. If you haven’t read about Plant Therapy’s trip to Morocco in search of Blue Tansy, you should definitely do that now, here. It will give you a great appreciation for not only the oil, but the plant, farms, and distillers.

To give you some background on Tanacetum annuum, it is a perennial, herbaceous plant commonly referred to as Blue Tansy or Moroccan Chamomile. It is a seasonal crop that requires optimal growing conditions so it may be scarce and unavailable at times.  Plant Therapy’s version of this essential oil is sourced from Morocco from a green, hairy plant that produces small yellow flowers.

So you probably find yourself asking, why should I buy it? What benefits does it have? Let me enlighten you with my top 3 uses for Blue Tansy.

And don’t forget that today only, Plant Therapy is offering up a FREE 2.5 ml Blue Tansy with $35 Purchase with coupon code COZY19!

1. Promote calmness and relaxation

Blue Tansy to me is very relaxing and helps promote a sense of calmness that I just don’t find with oils. The dark, deep blue color paired with complex and sweet aroma is just so relaxing.

After long, stressful winter days, I like to come home and diffuse 3 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Cedarwood Atlas, and 1 drop of Blue Tansy to help melt away the stress of the day.

2. Support a healthy respiratory system during times of high seasonal pollen

As someone who loves to spend time outdoors, especially in the spring and early fall, I rely heavily on essential oils to help keep me healthy and breathing easily, especially Blue Tansy. I keep my Respiratory Powerhouse inhaler in my pockets at all times as it’s packed with powerful oils that help make my outdoor adventures possible.

You can make your own Respiratory Powerhouse inhaler by adding 4 drops of Saro, 3 drops of Ho Wood, 2 drops of Blue Tansy, 2 drops of Lemon, and 1 drop of Cedarwood Atlas to your personal inhaler.

3. Promote healthy feeling skin.

Blue Tansy is a useful essential oil for many different things as we’ve discussed so far. But what about its topical uses? Well, never fear! Blue Tansy makes a fabulous addition to your skincare routines as it helps promote healthy looking skin, leaving you looking and feeling better than ever.

Use it in your favorite facial serums, hand lotions, or body butter alongside your other favorite skincare essential oils.

Teething and Essential Oils: A Definitive Guide

a baby teething with a plastic teether Whew! Now that we got essential oil safety with infants and toddlers out of the way, we can move on to talking about the common issues facing parents with little ones under the age of 2. Now, take a second to think about what these common issues may be. I would almost bet that teething came to mind. If it didn’t, well… consider yourself lucky. Really, really, REALLY lucky. But for those of us who have had to deal with it, and those poor souls that are dealing with it as we speak, it’s a big issue.

Things to Consider

a baby boy sitting on a blue slideBefore moving any further on this blog post, I would like to encourage those who haven’t read our previous blog post on how to use essential oils with infants and toddlers to do so now. You can check it out here.

Once you’ve done so, you’ll have a better understanding of how to move forward. You’ll know which oils are safe to use, what dilution rates are safe to use, and why all of that good stuff is important.

I do want to emphasize the importance of only using KidSafe labeled essential oils. Oils like Cinnamon, Peppermint, and Clove are NEVER safe to use with small children, and should even be avoided for older children. But that’s a topic for another day.

Keep in mind as well that we do not recommend nor promote the internal application of essential oils. Please do not apply any essential oils, diluted or undiluted, inside the mouths of your little ones.

What & When to Diffuse

lavender essential oil being diffusedLet’s talk about what to diffuse and when to diffuse it. Can diffusion really help with teething related dilemmas? Absolutely, more than you’d think!

One thing that almost always comes along with teething is meltdowns. Our little ones meltdown, and we ourselves as parents meltdown. It’s not a pretty sight. This is when diffusion comes into play. When you or your little one is at wit’s end, try diffusing some calming oils for 10 or 15 minutes.

Some of my top oils to help with these emotionally turbulent times are Bergamot, Lavender, Cedarwood Atlas, and Vetiver. If you are so drained that you just can’t fathom blending together oils for the diffuser, stick with an essential oil blend that’s already been created for you, Calming the Child. Just diffusing for a short period of time can go a long way to making everyone feel better, and that’s our ultimate goal here.

What & When to Apply

little boy teething with a green teether So now that we’ve talked about what and when to diffuse, let’s talk about what and when to apply. We’ve tried all the fancy teethers, the frozen fruit, or perhaps pickles in a mesh pouch (nope, just me?). Nothing has worked thus far. SO now what? Can essential oils lend a hand? You betcha! But first, I’d recommend trying something gentler than essential oils.

A great friend of mine, Chamomile Hydrosol, can go a long way at helping to ease our little ones into more of a state of bliss. All you have to do is soak a warm rag into a little bit of Chamomile hydrosol and warm water, and gently rub it on the gums. For older little ones, you can even let them use the rag as a teether toy but only do this with supervision. After you’ve exacerbated gentler options like diffusion or hydrosol, it’s okay to move onto essential oils.

Roman Chamomile and/or Lavender are safe, gentle oils that can lend a hand during these troubling times. Using them is simple. Just dilute Roman Chamomile, Lavender, or a blend of both in a gentle carrier oil like Jojoba at a low, appropriate dilution for your little one. Here are the dilutions you should use for each age group:

  • For little ones 0-3 months, you should use a low 0.1% or 1 drop of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
  • For little ones, 3-24 months, you should use a low 0.25% dilution or 2 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

Once you’ve blended your essential oils and a carrier oil, gently apply it to your little one’s outside jawline. Do not apply any essential oils inside the mouth of your little one, and be careful not to over apply. You only need a very little bit. This application can be done a couple times a day, as needed. 

Questions or Concerns?

Whenever you have doubts, questions, or just need some reassurance using essential oils on your teething infants and toddlers, you can always email one of our certified aromatherapists at [email protected] or check out our group on Facebook, Safe Essential Oil Recipes.

A Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely with Infants and Toddlers

A Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely with Infants and ToddlersHere at Plant Therapy, we believe in empowering our customers with safe essential oil information to ensure they get the most out of all their essential oils. We’ve talked about dilution, KidSafe essential oils, and many more educational topics. For those of you who are familiar with our KidSafe line of essential oils, you probably already know that they were formulated for common concerns faced by parents with children 2 and up. But what about children under the age of 2? Can I use essential oils on children under 2? What oils can I use? What dilution rates should I use? These are some of the questions we get asked by our customers a lot, and we have decided it is time to provide. So, without further ado, let’s take a deeper look into using essential oils safely with our littlest children.

Can I use essential oils on children under 2?

A Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely with Infants and ToddlersThe short answer, yes! Essential oils can be used on and around children under the age of 2. But there are some things to take into consideration. For instance, the essentials you choose to use, how you decide to use them, and what dilution you decide to use.

Which essential oils can I use?

A Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely with Infants and ToddlersWe took the guesswork out of determining which essential oils are safe to use with our little ones. All you have to do is look for the KidSafe logo. When properly diluted, essential oils marked with the KidSafe logo are gentle enough to be used on our littlest children.

What dilution rate should I use?

The dilution rate you use with your little ones is the most important thing to take into consideration when using essential oils with children under 2. As always, we recommend starting with the lowest dilution and working your way up as necessary. Here are the dilution guidelines you should follow for infants and toddlers:

For children ages 0-3 months, we recommend using 1-2 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of a carrier oil when used for whole body application. This would leave you with a dilution of 0.1%-0.2%.

For spot usage, you can use 3-9 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier.

For children ages 3-24 months, we recommend using 2-4 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier when used for whole body application. This would leave you with a dilution of 0.25%-0.5%.

For spot usage, you can use 9-27 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce carrier.

Why are KidSafe essential oils and dilution rates important?

Using KidSafe essential oils and low dilution rates is important when used on children under the age of 2 for almost the same reasons it’s important for children 2 and up. It’s no surprise that younger children have super sensitive skin. The thin, sensitive skin is much more permeable to essential oils than the skin of an older child or adult. Too high a dilution could cause skin irritation and other problems later down the road.

Are there gentler options?

A Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely with Infants and Toddlers

Having spoken briefly about the risks of using essential oils topically on our little ones, you may be asking… are there gentler options available? The answer is yes!

One of our favorite ways to share essential oils with our little ones creates an emotional and physical bond between baby and parent through touch. To use this method, all you have to do is apply the KidSafe essential oils to yourself using a low, 1% dilution and then snuggling your baby closely. This allows the baby to obtain the essential oils benefits in an easy, gentle way.

Hydrosols are another great option for babies and can be used for a variety of things. Lavender hydrosol is great to help promote sleep and relaxation for even the fussiest babies. You can spritz the lavender hydrosol directly on the baby, or you can spritz the baby’s bed right before bedtime. Our Chamomile hydrosol is excellent at providing some gentle, soothing comfort that typically accompanies teething. Soak a clean, warm washcloth in our chamomile hydrosols and gently rub it on the gums or outer jawline. If your little one develops some skin sensitivity or irritation, our Helichrysum hydrosol is gentle, soothing, and perfect for your little one.

Another product we’d recommend for your little one is our Organic Healing Balm. The Organic Healing Balm is gentle and soothing. It’s great for your little one’s sensitive skin and can help provide some relief from dry, irritated skin. It is packed with wonderful, organic carrier oils, butters, and beeswax, and is even infused with Calendula! It’s the swiss army knife of products for parents with little ones.

You can also use infused carrier oils (or just plain carrier oils!) on your little one without any added essential oils. This is an excellent option for relaxing baby and helping promote a healthy relationship between baby and parent. I love infusing our Organic Jojoba carrier oil with organic lavender buds for a gentle, relaxing massage oil. Just fill a sterile jar halfway with organic lavender buds, and then fill it with our Organic Jojoba carrier oil, or another carrier oil of your choice. Let it sit and infuse in a dark, cool place for a couple of weeks. Once you’ve let it infuse, strain the lavender buds, and use as needed.

So what about diffusion?

A Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely with Infants and ToddlersWe’ve talked about how to use essential oils safely through topical application, as well as other safe ways to use essential oils on little ones, but what about diffusion? We recommend diffusing KidSafe essential oils for 30-60 minutes a few times a day. It is also worth noting that there are fewer risks diffusing than using essential oils topically. We recommend taking that into consideration when deciding how to use your KidSafe essential oils with your little ones. If you can accomplish your goals by diffusing, that would be the way to go.

When should I use essential oils on my little one?

We have talked about which essential oils to use, how to use them, some of the safety concerns that come with essential oil use, and some safer alternatives to essential oil use. Now you are probably asking, When should I use essential oils on my little infants and toddlers? Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer.

It’s important to remember that even KidSafe essential oils are powerful tools that should be used with intention. As parents and practicing essential oil users, we must ask the question, do the benefits outweigh the risks? If the answer is no, essential oils may not be the way to go. Another question we have to ask ourselves is, is there an effective option that is safer with fewer risks? If you answered yes, then try those things first.

Lastly, you have to ask yourself, What am I trying to accomplish? This goes back to using essential oils with intention. If there isn’t a reason for using essential oils on your little one, it’s best not to. If you’ve gone through all of the non-essential oil recommendations mentioned above, and the issue still persists, moving onto essential oils may be your next step. But should you use topical application or diffusion?

If the reason is physical (think skin irritation, discomfort from teething, etc.), topical application may be the best choice. Just remember to use the proper dilution for your child.

If the reason is more internal (lack of sleep, respiratory support, etc.), diffusion may be best. Just remember to limit diffusion to 30-60 minutes, a few times a day as needed.

Keep in mind that whenever you have doubts, questions, or just need some reassurance using essential oils on your infants and toddlers, you can always email one of our certified aromatherapists at [email protected] or check out our group on Facebook, Safe Essential Oil Recipes.

Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep2:00 am…2:20 am… 2:47 am ….still no sleep.

There’s nothing worse than sleepless nights. Sometimes it goes on for days, sometimes for months or years. But no matter how long it lasts, it’s miserable.

There are tons of reasons for lack of sleep. Noise, exposure to electronic devices,  hormone changes, stress, or worry: Take your pick. And whatever the reason, not sleeping can seriously affect your health.

 

Essential oils can promote relaxation, helping with falling asleep.

Essential Oils for SleepCalming not only to the mind but also to the body, these oils can help to quiet intrusive thoughts, and relax tense muscles, promoting sleep. Plant Therapy has some great synergies just for this purpose.

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Top 5 Essential Oils: Tyler’s Picks

By Tyler Hagan, Aromatherapist

Hello everyone! My name is Tyler Hagan, and I’ve had the privilege  of working for Plant Therapy since October of 2017. I spend almost all of my time in our lovely Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR), but you can often times find me answering your questions via email. 😊 I have been a long time customer of Plant Therapy and a long time member in SEOR. Aromatherapy is my biggest passion in life, and I love being able to work with others to spread safe essential oil knowledge far and wide.

Prior to being employed by Plant Therapy I was a preschool teacher for several years. I’ve worked in several childcare settings, developmental preschools, elementary schools, and churches. Teaching has always been one of my biggest passions in life.

I am happily married to my best friend and we have one little guy together, and I have two lovely stepkiddos . Besides spending time with my family, I also enjoy reading, whipping up DIY projects in the kitchen, watching movies, organizing, and gardening. Our favorite family pastime is camping, when the weather permits.

One of the hardest tasks I’ve encountered working at Plant Therapy is narrowing down my top 5 essential oils. I love SO many different essential oils, it’s hard to just pick 5, however, I’ve narrowed it down to the following essential oils below.

Blue Tansy Tanacetum annuum, is easily my #1  favorite essential oil. It is very uplifting, and it gives me that extra emotional boost I need throughout the year. For someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, it is a must to help keep my chest clear and breathing strong. It’s a big feature in my Free and Clear inhaler blend for my adventures in the great outdoors.

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Free and Clear Inhaler Blend

Cedarwood Atlas Cedrus atlantica, is a close second. It’s sweet yet spicy aroma is extremely calming and can be used to settle the crazy emotions and tension that follow a long, busy day. I love to diffuse it alongside my third favorite oil, Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides.

For those that have never used Vetiver Vetiveria zizanioides, you must give it a try! It’s earthy, smoky aroma is just what I need at the end of the day to calm the constant chattering in my head. It also helps keep me calm and healthy throughout the year, which is always a huge plus.

One thing I struggle with daily is getting out of bed in the morning. Ask anyone who knows me, I am not a morning person, and I’m not exactly fun to be around straight out of bed. After many years of struggling, I found essential oils, and my life has forever been changed. And it’s all thanks to my fourth and fifth favorites, Grapefruit Pink Citrus x paradisi, and Bergamot Citrus bergamia. These two oils, blended together in the diffuser, is Tyler’s Saving Grace.

 

top 5 essential oilsTyler’s Saving Grace Diffuser Blend

*You can substitute the steam distilled for cold pressed. It will change the aroma slightly, but it’ll still be uplifting and energizing. 😊

 

February Oil of the Month – Douglas Fir and Silver Fir

Trees Of Winter

I used to live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The presence of Douglas Fir trees dotted our landscape for many miles. It is a rugged and strikingly beautiful terrain. The fragrance of these giants is also present, as you breathe in that sweet and balsam-like aroma everywhere.  It is cleansing, grounding, uplifting, and restoring.

Plant Therapy gives us the gift of Fir trees this month with not one, but two essential oils. Douglas Fir and Silver Fir are the featured oils for the month of February. As they were going around the office to preview, I became excited for our customers as I took in the scent of the oils, one at a time.  Douglas Fir essential oil has that familiar conifer scent with a subtle apple note to it. The Silver fir is different, yet also inspiring and boosting to the mind.

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Essential Oils in the Bath

 

The only thing more relaxing than a bath at the end of a hard day is perhaps adding a little of your favorite essential oil or essential oil blend and letting the aroma surround you. The busy thoughts dissipate, the sore, tired muscles relax and one can even momentarily drift off.

It can be wonderful or it can be miserable if essential oils are not added to the bath correctly. As aromatherapists, we have heard stories of major irritations,  including to children, from something seemingly benign as citrus oils or Lavender. Usually, it is the delicate area that hits the water first, but it can be anywhere on the body.

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Essential Oils and Preventing Hair Loss

Reduce hair loss with essential oils

When considering hair loss treatments, natural remedies like essential oils may prove helpful.

Hair is more than just a protective covering for our noggin. For most people, it means much more. It’s often the first thing people notice about us. It is part of our identity, our expression and creativity. It is part of our vanity and youthfulness. And, for some, it’s a statement.

Hair care products continue to rise in popularity and in dollars every year as we search for that perfect panacea for flowing tresses.

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January Oil of the Month: Massoia Bark

Plant Therapy is all about making our customers happy and thinking outside the box. When the recent vanilla shortage left us without that sweet, buttery, decadent scent, we came up with Peru Balsam for December’s Oil of the Month. For January, we have a different yummyness (technical term).

Massoia Bark, whose botanical name is Cryptocaria Massoy or Massioa, is steam distilled from the bark of the Massoia tree. This exotic beauty comes to us from Indonesia.

Massoia Bark, whose botanical name is Cryptocaria Massoy or Massioa, is steam distilled from the bark of the Massoia tree.This oil is valued for it’s unique scent, which is perfume-like. It has a buttery, sweet scent. It reminds me of a pastry shop or cookie.

The main constituent within this essential oil is Lactone. It is what is responsible for the creamy, coconut-like aroma. The Lactone, a rare constituent in essential oils, is  also responsible for the irritation to the skin. Consequently, we do not recommend Massoia Bark for kids, nor for topical use. It is meant for diffusing and aroma only.

Click Here to download the Massoia Bark info sheet.

This calming and decadent essential oil is great for emotional needs and to pamper yourself.  It is not for little runny noses. It is not for cleaning. It is not for toenail problems. Massoia Bark is simply a great diffuser oil that works great while you are soaking in the tub, while you are dreaming of your next vacation, and while eating chocolates!

Here is a diffuser recipe for just such an occasion
If you are a member of Plant Therapy’s Oil of the Month Club, how have you enjoyed Massoia Bark? Let us know in the comments section!

Top 8 Essential Oils for Sore Muscle Relief

Essential oils can help provide relief from sore, achy muscles and joints.

Did you know: The No. 1 most common New Year’s resolution, according to a 2015 Nielsen survey, is to “Stay fit and healthy.”

With weight loss and health atop most people’s New Year’s to-do list, more exercise is essential. The extra physical activity can often lead to sore muscles.

Our New Year New You goal at Plant Therapy is to help you succeed in 2018. That’s why we’ve created this essential oils reference guide to relieving sore muscles and achy joints.

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