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FriYAY – It’s All About Focus!

FriYAY: Focus Edition

The sun is finally shining consistently and the temperatures are rising steadily. As each day passes, it seems to be getting hotter and hotter. Not to mention, pools are beginning to open up, and that means swimming! Oh, and it’s already June, which means there is only a handful of weeks left before we kick-off… JULY CUSTOMER APPRECIATION MONTH! If you are anything like the rest of us at Plant Therapy, you are so excited and it’s all you can think about. We know how hard it is to focus on the tasks at hand when there is so much going on around you, including the upcoming and oh-so-amazing JCAM. That’s why for this FriYAY, we are talking all about focus! That way you can get. it. done. and enjoy the best parts of summer.

FriYAY: Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus has your back if you need to focus, but don’t care too much for the more herbal aromas. Instead, Hocus Focus boasts a more citrusy scent with steam-distilled Lime and Bergamot. Other ingredients include Petitgrain, helping promote alertness, while Atlas Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile are soothing and calming to the mind and body. Vetiver is renowned for its ability to bring balance and alleviate the “mind chatter” which can cause us to lose focus on the task at hand.  Created specifically for focus, this essential oil blend is sure to help support concentration and fight fidgeting. 

How to Use

Diffuse using 2-3 drops in a diffuser where the whole family can enjoy it. Or you can dilute to 2-4% in a carrier oil and apply to the wrists, back of neck or chest.

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FriYAY: A+ Attention

A+ Attention

Plant Therapy’s A+ Attention is the perfect blend for those who love clean, herbal aromas with sweet and woody undertones and who need some extra help staying focused. Packed with focus-boosting essential oils like Petitgrain, Bergamot, and Pink Grapefruit, it’s sure to turn off all that brain chatter and eliminate some of the mental interference that keeps you from being the boss we know you are. Oh, the best part of all, it’s KidSafe and Pup & Pony safe! This means your entire household can enjoy the benefits. 

How to Use

You can add 2-3 drops of A+ Attention to your aromatherapy diffuser. Or you can dilute it to  2-4% dilution with your favorite carrier oil and apply topically to your child’s chest, back of neck and/or wrist.

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FriYAY: Brain Aid

Brain Aid

For adults only, we have another focus-enhancing option for you – Brain Aid! Our Brain Aid essential oil blend is made from a combination of mentally stimulating oils known for boosting mental focus and energy. Featuring a unique combination of citrus and spice, this blend of Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, Palmarosa, Juniper Berry, Basil Linalool, Lemon, Rosemary 1,8 Cineole, Peppermint, May Chang, and Star Anise is sure to help keep you on the path for success and owning the world. After all, nobody deserves it more than you do! 

How to Use

Add Brain Aid to an aromatherapy necklace or personal inhaler to enjoy the benefits while you work. You can also dilute it to 2-5% in a carrier oil and apply it to your wrists or hands.

Some Things to Know

Put It All Together Now

Now that you have three AMAZING blends to choose from let’s talk about how to use them. For those of you who prefer to keep it simple, these blends can be thrown in the diffuser, or even used in a personal inhaler or on an aromatherapy necklace. For people who prefer to get a little more crafty, try some desktop smelling salts!

Desktop Smelling Salts DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Fill your Mason jar up to about halfway with your coarse Pink Himalayan salt and about 25-30 drops of your chosen essential oil blend. Place your fabric over the top of the jar and hold it in place using a jar-ring. If you don’t have a jar-ring to tighten around the fabric, you can use your Jute Twine to tie it down. This gives it a cute, rustic look. Place your finished product on your desk while you work and get busy reaping the benefits! 

FriYAY: Foot Care Edition

FriYAY: Fabulous Feet Edition

As the weather is warming up and summertime approaches, it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room. Yep, we are calling out your feet. Having been covered for practically forever, they aren’t exactly ready for flip flops or open-toed sandals. Rough, flakey, and possibly a little itchy and smelly, right? No judgment here, it happens to the best of us! And don’t worry, because it’s FriYAY and Plant Therapy is here to help with deep discounts on foot care products to get ready for summer.

Peppermint Lotion

Peppermint Lotion

Enriched with the amazing benefits of Apricot, Olive, Grapeseed, and Coconut oils, our Peppermint Lotion contains exactly what your feet need to get ready for summer. Its thick, rich texture absorbs quickly leaving your feet feeling silky smooth and ready for a busy day of showing off. Plus, our Peppermint Lotion is infused with cooling Peppermint Essential Oil to soothe itchy, irritated winter skin. 

Plant Therapy Healing Balm

Healing Balm

For those of you whose feet need a little bit more love, look no further than our amazing Healing Balm! Healing Balm is naturally gentle, soothing, and is perfect for all skin types, especially dry, cracked, irritated skin. Restore your heels by applying a generous amount of Healing Balm nightly and covering with a clean pair of cotton socks. When you wake up, your feet will thank you. 

Plant Therapy Deodorizing Blend

Deodorizing Blend

Foot care should include our shoes, right? It’s time to put the winter boots away for the summer, but not before restoring them to fresh, usable condition! That’s where our Deodorizing blend comes in to play. Boasting the powerful essential oils of Palmarosa, Lemon, Patchouli, Coriander, Pink Grapefruit, Cypress, Bergamot, and Tea Tree, our Deodorizing blend is exactly what you need to eliminate that winter funk and get your shoes ready for summertime storage. It’s simple, too! All you need is an organza bag, baking soda, Deodorizing essential oil blend, and your stinky shoes. Pour some baking soda into your organza bag and drop about 10-12 drops of essential oil into it. Give it a light shake and place one in each shoe. It’s that simple!

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FriYAY: Deodorizing Healing Balm

Deodorizing Healing Balm DIY

Sometimes your feet need more than a little bit of help. This easy Deodorizing Healing Balm will help your feet feel soft and smooth while banishing the stink.

What You’ll Need:
  • 2 oz Healing Balm
  • 36 drops Deodorizing Blend

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What You’ll Do:

This one is too easy. Simply take 2 ounces of Healing Balm, melt it down and mix in 36 drops of Deodorizing Blend. Once hardened, apply to your feet before bed and wear a clean pair of cotton socks. Boom: your feet will be feeling fine and smelling fresh.

Need more DIYs in your life? Check out our Fabulous Foot Scrub!

Hello Sunshine: Essential Oils to Help Start Your Day Right

Hello Sunshine KidSafe Essential Oil Blend

Mornings can be brutal. Mornings with kids? Forget about it, it’s game over. Mornings with kids are jam-packed with chores like making breakfast, making lunches, getting them dressed and ready for school. But none of these things top the biggest task of all… actually getting them out of bed! Never fear, though. We are going to dive down into the BEST essential oils to get your kids up and at ‘em and ready to face whatever the day has to offer. 

Lemons on a blue background

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is a must-have essential oil in any home user’s toolbox, especially when it comes to energizing and uplifting. This powerful essential oil boasts a bright, fresh, and zesty aroma that is sure to fill your whole family up with happiness and cheer. It’s invigorating to the senses, which makes it the perfect choice for the early morning dreary. Throw it in the diffuser and get on your way. 

grapefruit pink essential oil

Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

Pink Grapefruit, much like Lemon, is an excellent choice for the morning. It’s bright, uplifting, and is sure to energize your entire family. With its sweet and juicy aroma, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil is the perfect addition to any morning routine to ensure you’re fully awake and you are ready to shine. 

Hello Sunshine KidSafe Essential Oil Blend

Hello Sunshine

While single essential oils are a great place to start, sometimes you need a blend that has it all. So say aloha to our newest and greatest KidSafe essential oil blend: Hello Sunshine! It is no surprise to any parent that children occasionally need a little help waking up and getting ready in the morning. Let’s be real, we all do! Hello Sunshine is just what you need to help brighten up the day and leave the whole family energized.

Hello Sunshine starts with bright and refreshing Grapefruit to help lighten fatigue and moodiness. It’s followed by Black Pepper, which offers its stimulating benefits. Balsam Fir, Sweet Orange, and Juniper Berry all bring their uplifting and calming properties to this fantastic blend. Finally, Cedarwood promotes a positive, calm atmosphere while Sandalwood soothes emotions. The result is a bright, citrus, woodsy blend that will help you and your family start your day right with a happy, positive mood. What more do you need?

For those of you who like to diffuse, try diffusing 2-3 drops of essential oil per 100 mL of water. Hello Sunshine works excellently in a personal inhaler. All you need to do is place 15 drops of Hello Sunshine on your cotton wick and snap the inhaler shut. Inhale whenever you or your child needs that extra oomph. If topical application is more your style, Hello Sunshine can be diluted to 2-3% in a carrier oil of your choice depending on what you need. 

Hello Sunshine KidSafe Essential Oil Blend

Hello Sunshine Coloring Page

We made a fun little extra something for the kiddos! Well, adults can totally enjoy it too. Our Hello Sunshine Coloring Page can be printed off at home as many times as you want and colored-in however you want. What are you waiting for? Get coloring!

Why Can’t I Apply Essential Oils Undiluted (aka Neat)?

At some point in your essential oil journey, you’ve probably wondered whether or not you could apply your essential oils undiluted. Some of you have probably taken a leap of faith and just did it. And a lot of you have probably heard a friend or loved one say that it was completely safe as long as the oils you’re using are 100% pure. Well, we’re here to tell you that applying essential oils undiluted (also known as “neat”) is not only wasteful but can actually be detrimental to your skin or overall well being. 

Myth: If Your Oils are 100% Pure, They’re Completely Safe!

This is a common misconception that gets tossed around a lot in the aromatherapy community, especially in certain markets. In order to use essential oils safely and effectively, it’s important to understand that this is not even close to the truth. On the contrary, it’s because your essential oils are 100% pure and natural that they are not completely safe to use undiluted. Essential oils are heavily concentrated volatile oils found in and extracted from plants. These volatile oils are composed of hundreds, if not thousands, of different chemicals that make up the overall oil. It’s these different chemical constituents that give the essential oils their “magic powers”, but also what makes them potentially dangerous. Don’t worry, we’ll come back to this one.

Peppermint, Cinnamon, Oregano, Lemon

Some Oils Are Hot, While Some Are Cold 

As an essential oil home enthusiast, it’s important to remember that not all oils are the same. Some of your oils can actually pack a pretty big punch. Cinnamon, for example, can be a very hot oil with a very specific maximum dermal rate. A max dermal rate is the maximum rate at which you should dilute your essential oil. Anything higher than this can cause significant irritation and burning to the skin. It could also irritate your mucous membranes and respiratory tract. When diluted and applied to the skin, you’ll notice that Cinnamon, along with other hot oils like Oregano, provides a warming effect. When applied undiluted, these warming effects can become very hot, rather than warm,  which can lead to burns on the skin or even sensitization.

While some are hot, there are a few oils that are cooling. Peppermint, for example, is very high in menthol, which gives it a cooling effect when applied topically or even inhaled.  This cooling effect makes Peppermint Essential Oil great for alleviating discomfort. But using it undiluted can be too cooling and extremely uncomfortable. Much like Cinnamon, these properties can also lead to sensitization and burning, especially when applied to a large area of the body (which is also why Peppermint should never be used in the bath). 

Using Oils Neat Increases Likelihood of Sensitization

We’ve already mentioned it a time or two, but now’s the time to talk a little bit about sensitization. Sensitization, also known as allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), is an allergic immune response from the body. This immune response is essentially an allergic reaction where your body is saying enough is enough. Your body begins fighting off what it senses as a problem. These reactions often occur at the site of application, but not always. It can also occur at other sites of the body. For example, if you apply an essential oil to the arm, the reaction can occur on the chest, leg, or just about anywhere else on the body. Some common signs of sensitization include itchy skin, bumpy rash, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.

By applying essential oils undiluted on the skin over time, your body can begin to trigger an immune response which can lead to sensitization. When you dilute your essential oils, you decrease the likelihood of this happening. This is important to remember when you’re choosing whether or not to dilute, or which dilution you’re choosing to use. The less carrier oil you use in ratio to essential oils, the more likely you are to become sensitized. The more carrier oil you use in ratio to essential oils, the less likely you are to become sensitized. Generally, we recommend sticking to a 1-2% dilution. Some oils, as stated above, require a much more conservative dilution than that. Always pay attention to the max dermal rates listed on bottles or product pages to avoid any unnecessary risks. 

Some Essential Oils Are Phototoxic

Phototoxic? What does that mean? The term “phototoxic” or “phototoxicity” just means that there are specific essential oils that can cause pretty significant damage that when you put them on your skin and go out into the sun. The effects of phototoxic oils include severe burning, blistering, and discoloration. While phototoxicity should not be taken lightly, it’s not something to stress about when you follow proper dilution recommendations.

Two examples of highly phototoxic oils are Cold-Pressed Lemon and Cold-Pressed Lime. In order to avoid phototoxic concerns, Lemon must be diluted at 2% or less, and Lime must be diluted at 0.7%. It’s important to remember that phototoxic reactions can occur up to 18 hours after the oil has been applied to the skin and then exposed to UV light. So even if a reaction doesn’t occur right away, don’t dismiss the idea, it could still happen. A great option for avoiding a phototoxic reaction altogether is to use a personal inhaler.

Applying Essential Oils Undiluted is Wasteful

Essential oils are powerful, volatile oils, that have the potential and ability to change our lives for the better. They can help promote uplifting environments, calm rampant emotions, soothe irritated skin, and much more. And they have this ability, even when diluted. According to Andrea Butje, a renowned essential oil educator, it takes every petal from nearly 30-50 roses to produce ONE drop of Rose Essential Oil. It takes approximately 3 pounds of lavender buds to produce a 15ml bottle of Lavender Essential Oil. When you put all of that into perspective, applying essential oils undiluted isn’t economical and it’s definitely not sustainable. 

How to Dilute Your Essential Oils

Diluting essential oils is not hard to do at all. The first thing you have to do is choose a carrier oil. For those of you unfamiliar with carrier oils or need a little more help understanding them, I would suggest checking out our blog post, Carrier Oils: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know. Next, you want to choose your dilution rate, and figure out how much essential oil and carrier oil you need. Check out our blog post, How to Dilute Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Guide, for more detailed instructions on dilution. It’s also important to know what to do in an essential oil emergency, so while you are busy studying, definitely also check out our blog post on what to do in an essential oil emergency here.  

The Top 12 Essentials for Your DIY Cabinet

Plant Therapy DIY Cabinet

Beyond essential oils, have you ever wondered what other essentials you should keep in your DIY cabinet? Don’t worry, the list isn’t as long as you’d think and you probably already have some of these things in your pantry. With this list of the top 12 things you should always keep stocked in your DIY cabinet, you’ll be able to tackle most of the DIY recipes on our blog! 

Plant Therapy Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Like keeping things simple? Then Fractionated Coconut Oil is the carrier oil for you. Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO for short) absorbs into the skin at a remarkable rate making it the ideal carrier for many people. It’s thin, odorless, colorless, and extremely light, which is vital for on-the-go uses like roller bottles. Compared to other carrier oils, it’s also reasonably inexpensive. Also, unlike most other carrier oils, Fractionated Coconut Oil is resistant to rancidity, meaning it has a longer shelf life. Under proper storage conditions (cool, dark place), it can last at least two years. 

Jojoba Oil

Fractionated Coconut Oil, while versatile, isn’t the most nourishing carrier oil for the skin. If nourishment and skin health is something you find yourself looking for, Jojoba is BOSS. While commonly referred to as a carrier oil, Jojoba is a wax that closely resembles the natural sebum of human skin and is extremely rich in Vitamin E. It has a slightly thick consistency so a little bit goes a long way. Like Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba has a rather long shelf life as well. If kept in a cool, dark place, Jojoba can last almost indefinitely.

 

Argan Oil

Argan Oil is almost considered a cure-all in the cosmetic industry. It is renowned for its incredible conditioning and anti-aging properties, as well as for its remarkable nourishment properties for hair. It’s gentle, making it a go-to carrier oil for sensitive skin or those who are prone to breakouts. Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, Argan Oil is known to make dull complexions glow, diminish the appearance of fine lines, and restore skin elasticity. It’s fantastic to use in any face serums you want to whip up.

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt

While Pink Himalayan salt is impressive, sometimes you need to revert to good old Epsom salt. Epsom salt is a popular choice for those struggling with things like muscle soreness and stress. It dissolves quickly and isn’t harsh on the skin. Because Epsom salt is high in magnesium, it can help promote sleep and reduce stress. It’s relatively inexpensive and readily available, which makes it a must-have in your DIY cabinet.

 

Pink Himalayan Salt

Our All-Natural Pink Himalayan Salt is the perfect salt for body care products. It is chock-full of minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, which makes it great for overall skin health. If you want an easily dissolvable salt for a nice relaxing bath soak, this is what you want. Well known for its fantastic health benefits, our All Natural Pink Himalayan Salt is the highest quality, food-grade, Himalayan Salt available on the market. Because it’s food-grade, it can be used in cooking preparations, too. So why not have it in your DIY cabinet? 

Plan Therapy Beeswax Pearls

Beeswax

Beeswax is essential for those interested in making salves and balms. Plant Therapy’s Yellow All Natural Beeswax Pearls are characterized by their golden yellow color and a naturally mild, sweet aroma. Plant Therapy provides beeswax pearls that are small in size, making them easier to measure and melt when compared to thick bars of beeswax that require cutting and grinding. Keep in mind that beeswax is a natural product, so the color and scent can vary from batch to batch. 

Plant Therapy Shea Butter

Shea Butter Or Cocoa Butter

Shea Butter is a naturally creamy butter high in Vitamins A and E, as well as other essential fatty acids and minerals. Renowned for its luxurious moisturizing properties, Shea Butter is the go-to product for revitalizing dry, damaged skin. It is most commonly used in lotions, creams, balms, and soaps due to its smooth finish. Keep in mind that Shea Butter can have a strong nutty aroma, so it’s recommended to pair it with your favorite essential oils to help lighten the smell.

Plant Therapy Cocoa Butter

You can also use Cocoa Butter! It’s rich in Vitamin E, making it the ideal butter for overall skin health. It can help reduce dryness and is soothing to even the most irritated and sensitive skin types. Because of its rich and creamy texture, Cocoa Butter is perfect in lotion, cream, and balm formulations. Oh, and the most critical part, it has a rich, sweet chocolate aroma. Mix it with a little bit of beeswax, Jojoba, and Peppermint, and you’ll have yourself a beautiful, cocoa-mint lip balm! 

Plant Therapy Age Defying Body Creme

Unscented Lotion or Body Butter

Carrier oils are always a fantastic option for skincare, but sometimes a lotion or body butter is really what you need. Whether you’re creating a creamy lotion for its aroma or taking advantage of the therapeutic properties of your oils, an unscented lotion is a quick and easy way to incorporate your favorite essential oils into your body care routine. Our Unscented Olive Lotion is great for everyday purposes. Or try our Age-Defying Body Crème for ultimate skin nourishment.

Aloe Jelly

Aloe Jelly is an excellent unscented base for DIY essential oil projects. It’s hydrating and gentle on sensitive skin, making it ideal for things like sunburn, and other skin-irritating issues. It penetrates deeply, helping to soothe even the most irritated skin. To maximize hydration, apply Aloe Jelly after showering. It can even be used after shaving to reduce irritation and razor bumps. 

 

Castile Soap

Castile Soap is a natural detergent alternative made from premium ingredients. Plant Therapy only uses the 100% pure ingredients of Saponified Organic Coconut, Olive and Jojoba Oils, Rosemary Extract, Organic Aloe Vera in our Unscented Castile soap. Because our Castile soap is unscented, it’s perfect for DIY projects. You can use it to make hand, face and body washes. It can also be used to make non-toxic cleaning products for washing dishes, mopping, and your other household chores. 

Baking Soda

Many of our customers have turned to essential oils to live healthier, toxin-free lives. Because of this shift to cleaner products, many of our customers are also looking for easy, natural, DIY cleaning recipes and products to use in their homes. If that’s you, you need baking soda. Baking Soda has so many uses, ranging from deodorizing to cleaning stuck, dried-on foods from stovetops. Because it’s so versatile and used in so many cleaning recipes, it’s crucial to have on hand.

Everclear

Everclear

Everclear is a brand name of grain alcohol that is bottled at a higher proof than cheaper vodkas typically found at grocery stores. While not available everywhere, Everclear usually comes in two proofs, 151 (75.5% alcohol) and 190 (95% alcohol). If you can get your hands on it, either one of these proofs is perfect for your DIY cabinet, as it’s the easiest option when it comes to solubilizing and preserving water-based DIYs. While we won’t get into the technicalities of this type of product formulation here, you can read more about it in our Everclear 101 post. 

 

Don’t Forget the Tools! 

In addition to all of the useful products and ingredients we’ve shared throughout this blog post, it’s essential to have all the essential tools. We recommend that you have a dedicated set of gadgets for your essential oil DIYs to prevent any cross-contamination. Some of the recommended tools and devices you should consider getting for your DIY cabinet include measuring cups, measuring spoons, mixing spoons, mixing bowls, and containers (like roll-on bottles, glass spray bottles, empty lotion bottles, etc).

What else do you keep in your DIY cabinets? Let us know in the comments!

How to Stay Focused While Working from Home

Stay focused at home with Lemon

So many of us have found ourselves facing a new reality amid this global pandemic. And let’s be honest, this new reality comes with a pretty big adjustment period. Some are having to create and maintain a strict budget, learn to cook and meal plan, and adjust to being at home all day in general. And for others, it’s dealing with a new level of stress and anxiety about work, going to work, having work to do, or having to figure out how to make working from home actually work. Trying to stay focused is hard on the best of days, but throw in things like a global pandemic and it can make it even harder to stay on task and focus on what’s important.

Whatever life has thrown at you during these challenging times, we want to help you be able to buckle down and accomplish everything you need to get done. So we’ve compiled a list of ways that all of us (even the PT crew who’s stuck at home) who are now working from home can stay focused and make it a success. 

How to stay focused working from home with Brain Aid

Keep a Dedicated Workspace

When working from home, it’s important to keep a dedicated workspace that is separate from your everyday life. This workspace can be a corner in the kitchen, a nook in the living room, or it can be a home office you set up in a spare bedroom. It just needs to be a special place dedicated solely to work. If you can manage it, try to stay away from setting up your workspace in the bedroom. It will make it easier to separate work life from home life.

 

Avoid Social Media

It’s important when working from home to avoid any disruptions that are going to cause you to become distracted and lose focus. One of the biggest distractions people have today is social media. Social media tends to pull you in for extended periods, which takes away from the task at hand. While scrolling through endless memes or new recipes might help the time pass, try to save it for your off time so you can stay productive and avoid working later than you have to.

How to stay focused at home with Coffee essential oil

Make the Most Out of Your Breaks

One of the hardest things to remember to do when working from home is to take your breaks. Whether it be a fifteen-minute break here or there or a lunch break, be sure to get up and walk away for a little bit. If you find yourself struggling, try using your essential oils to give yourself a little boost. Put some Coffee Essential Oil in your diffuser and take in the aroma. It may not give you that caffeine kick you are used to, but you’d be surprised how much just the smell of coffee can make a difference to the spirit.

 

Stay Energized

Staying energized throughout the workday is important when it comes to maintaining focus. If you start to feel your eyes falling out of your head, or you start dozing off at the computer, try eating a healthy snack. A few desk-friendly options are popcorn, boiled eggs, carrot sticks, and apples. These snacks not only help keep you full, but they will also help restore and maintain energy. If you need an even bigger boost, consider grabbing an Energy Synergy Pre-Diluted Roll-On. It’s jam-packed with essential oils known to help promote an uplifting and energized atmosphere and feeling. You will love the beautiful aromas of Blood Orange, Peppermint, and Lemon! Or check out our top five energizing single essential oils.

Coffee, Brain Aid, Hocus Focus, Lemon essential oils

Diffuse

Diffusion is an easy thing to do while working from home. Plus you no longer have to worry about diffusing around your coworkers (unless of course, your new office mates have four paws, whiskers and like to join in on your video conferences). There are lots of focus inducing essential oil options to choose from. Some of Plant Therapy’s favorites are Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Pink Grapefruit, and Basil. If you prefer a pre-made blend, we have A+ Attention, Hocus Focus, Clarity, and Energy. You really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose! Just plug-in your diffuser, add water and drop in your essential oils. Just remember to diffuse for a little while at a time. We recommend 30 minutes of diffusion time every hour as needed. 

We hope these tips help you make the most of your new home office situation. Remember, it’s not forever! Before long, we’ll be back at the office and commiserating with coworkers around the water cooler.

Which Germ-Busting, Immune-Boosting Blend Should You Choose?

Plant Therapy Immune Aid, Germ Fighter & Defender

Plant Therapy believes in giving our customers the best experience possible while helping them achieve a fulfilling, amazing life. And part of that is living happy, healthy lives. We offer several germ-busting and immune-boosting blends to help support and strengthen the body and overall wellbeing. Let’s take a look at some of these incredible blends so you can decide which one is right for you and your family.

Plant Therapy Germ Fighter Essential Oil Blend

Germ Fighter

Germ Fighter was created to protect you from seasonal threats and symptoms that occur during times like winter (or really any time). It’s packed full of some of the strongest essential oil plants and nature has to offer. Germ Fighter will help keep your body on high alert once exposed to unwanted threats such as illness. To help keep yourself well, mix one drop of Germ Fighter into one tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil and massage into your feet before bed, and again upon waking. Germ Fighter also smells great when diffused! Just be sure to diffuse it in small increments (we recommend 15 minutes on, 30-60 minutes off), and to keep it away from children.

Plant Therapy Germ Destroyer Essential Oil Blend

Germ Destroyer

Germ Destroyer is our KidSafe equivalent of Germ Fighter. It boasts ingredients like Sweet Marjoram, Spruce, and Rosalina which are gentle enough for children, yet highly effective and powerful against the small things that hold you down during times of unwanted threats. Not only are these oils great for children, but they are also perfect for adults as well. Rest assured that with our Germ Destroyer blend, your whole family will be on the road to good health and wellbeing. Using our Germ Destroyer blend is simple. Apply a 2-3% dilution to your child’s chest using one of your favorite unscented lotions or creams. Alternatively, use our Germ Destroyer blend in all of your favorite household-cleaning DIYs for year-round support. 

Plant Therapy immune-boosting Immune Aid Essential Oil Blend

Immune Aid

Let’s face it. As an adult, you probably do things that aren’t the greatest for your body or your immune system. Long hours at work, living on coffee, and maintaining high levels of pressure caring for your home and family all contribute to an immune system that is shot and needs a boost. That’s where Plant Therapy’s Immune Aid comes in. A special team of aromatherapists created this blend to help keep you healthy and to support the overall function of your immune system. This immune-boosting blend helps lift you up, energize you, and get you to where you need to be. It’s perfect for day-to-day support before your body becomes exposed to unwanted threats. Apply it to your neck and chest diluted to 2% in your favorite carrier oil, or diffuse it into the air.

Plant Therapy Immune Boom Essential Oil Blend

Immune Boom

Immune Boom is our KidSafe equivalent of Immune Aid. It’s the perfect choice to help keep your children healthy by supporting a regular immune system through times of stress, the challenges of school, and just everyday life. To help support a healthy immune system for your child, we recommend diffusing a few drops of Immune Boom in your home in the morning before school. You can also dilute our KidSafe Immune Boom into your favorite carrier oil at a 2-4% dilution and apply it down your child’s spine and on the tops of their feet. 

Plant Therapy Defender Essential Oil Roll-On

Defender

Our KidSafe Defender is an alternative to Immune Boom for those who don’t like the distinctly Dill aroma that our Immune Boom boasts. Defender, much like Immune Boom, helps support your children and family against the threat of seasonal illnesses with the immune-supportive essential oils of Blood Orange, Frankincense, Lavandin, Juniper, and more. Defender works perfectly diffused or applied to the chest and spine at a 2-4% dilution using your favorite carrier oil. 

No matter which way you decide to go, all these blends are amazing ways to help support the health and wellbeing of you and your family.

Everything Spring Closet & Drawer Sachet DIY

Everything Spring Closet & Drawer Sachet DIY

Spring is here and it is time to start changing the furnace filters, eliminating all of the winter dust, and cleaning out your closets to make room for these beautiful DIY Closet and Dresser Drawer Sachets! When paired with a blend from our new Everything Spring set, these sachets are just what you need to make your stuffy closets and drawers a little less… stuffy. And as an added bonus, your clothes will smell amazing! Be sure to check out the pdf to find printable tags you can attach to each of your sachets.

 

1. Gather all of your supplies.

Everything Spring Sachets

You’ll need a 6×12 inch piece of fabric, hem tape, a ruler, ¼ cup Epsom Salt, ½ cup White Rice, and 18-20 drops of your favorite Everything Spring blend. 

 

2. Fold your fabric into a 6×6 square.

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets

 

3. Measure out and cut two 6-inch pieces of hem tape to fit two sides of your square. 

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets

 

4. Lay your hem tape on the edges of the patterned side of your fabric and iron each side for about 30 seconds.

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets

Wait about 30 more seconds for the hem tape to dry before moving on to the next step. 

 

5. Turn the fabric out so that the patterned side is facing outward.

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets

 

6. To make your filling, combine your white rice, Epsom salt, and essential oils. 

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets

You’ll need ¼ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup white rice and 18-20 drops of Rainy Days, Fresh Meadow or Spring Dawn.

 

7. Using a measuring cup or scoop, fill your sachet.

Be sure to leave enough room to close your sachet at the end. 

 

8. Measure out a piece of hem tape for the final edge.

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets

Once measured and cut, attach it to the inside edge of your sachet and iron shut. 

Everything Spring Sachets

Ta-da! You are done! Place your beautiful sachet inside your dresser drawer for a clean and spring-filled experience. 

 

Everything Spring Closet & Drawer Sachet

Everything Spring Closet & Dresser Drawer Sachets DIY

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Fold your fabric to make a 6×6 in. square. Cut hem tape for two sides. Lay hem tape on the edges of the patterned side of the fabric. Iron each side with tape for about 30 seconds. Allow drying for about 30 seconds. Turn the fabric out so the patterned side is facing outward. In a bowl, mix Epsom salt, rice, and essential oil. Fill sachet with the desired amount of mixture. Close final sachet edge with hem tape and iron for 30 seconds to seal. Place in a dresser drawer for a refreshing, spring-like aroma.

For a printable version, click here.

How to Tackle Spring Projects with Our Spring Blends

Plant Therapy Everything Spring Essential Oil Blends Set

Hello, spring! You heard it, winter is out the door and spring is coming in full force. And Plant Therapy is very excited to get the spring festivities started! There are so many fun things to do this time of year. You can dye eggs (have you ever tried natural egg dying?), plant all kinds of different plants in the garden (while using essential oils to maintain your garden), and most importantly, enjoy the fresh air from open windows or long walks in the park. Now, while we love to think about the joy and new life this season brings, it is also important to prepare for some of the not-so-fun things spring has to offer… like spring cleaning and seasonal allergies. Lucky for you, we’ve got some exciting new spring blends to make life a little bit easier.

Plant Therapy is so excited to introduce two completely new spring blends: Rainy Days and Spring Dawn. And of course, customer-favorite Fresh Meadow is back for a limited time only! You can score all three spring blends in our limited-edition Everything Spring Set.

Plant Therapy Rainy Days Essential Oil Blend

Rainy Days

Rainy Days is a soft and sweet essential oil blend with a damp, earthy, fir-like undertone. Orange Essence, Copaiba Oleoresin, Lemon, Fir Needle, Amyris, Ho Wood, and Coriander combine to make a blend reminiscent of spring days and gentle warm rain showers. It makes a fabulous additive in this easy to make dusting spray that will help prevent dust from gathering on your furniture. As an added bonus, Rainy Days is also excellent for helping loosen up some of that springtime stuffiness and easing your breathing.

Rainy Days Dusting Spray

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth until shiny.

*Store in the fridge and use within a couple weeks. If you want, you can add a preservative to prolong shelf life.

Plant Therapy Spring Dawn Essential Oil Blend

Spring Dawn

The bright, sweet floral scents of Spring Dawn will bring you right to a flower-filled meadow watching the sunrise. This blend of Pink Grapefruit, Lavender Diva, Mandarin Essence, Magnolia Flower, Linalyl Acetate, and Pink Berries CO2 is therapeutically uplifting. Use this beautiful blend to create an uplifting environment anywhere you need it with this lovely, Spring Dawn Room & Linen Spray. 

Spring Dawn Room & Linen Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 30 ml 190 Proof Everclear or Vodka
  • 85 ml Distilled Water
  • 100 drops of Spring Dawn
  • 4oz Spray bottle

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What you’ll do:

Combine essential oil and alcohol and mix well. Allow your essential oil and alcohol mixture to sit for a couple of hours. Once your couple hours is up, combine the essential oil and alcohol mixture and your distilled water in your spray bottle. Shake well, spritz the air, and enjoy.

Plant Therapy Fresh Meadow Essential Oil Blend

Fresh Meadow

A harmonious blend of citrus and sweet with a hint of spice, Fresh Meadow combines Orange Essence, Amyris, Bergamot, Steam Distilled Ginger Root and Jasmine Absolute for an uplifting and calming essential oil blend that brings the scent of a spring breeze into your home. Fresh Meadow will help you spring into action and get whatever you need to get done finished once and for all. That’s what makes it the key ingredient in our easy, DIY Carpet Deodorizer, which is guaranteed to make any room in the house the place to be. 

Fresh Meadow Carpet Deodorizer

What you’ll need: 

  • Container with shaker lid
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 20-25 drops of Fresh Meadow

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What you’ll do:

Put one cup of baking soda into a container. Add 10-15 drops of essential oil. Add another cup of baking soda and 10-15 more drops of essential oil. Shake well, sprinkle on carpets and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes. Thoroughly vacuum the room and enjoy!

Natural Solutions for Headache Relief

woman in bed with a headache

If you suffer from chronic headaches, you have probably tried everything you could to eliminate downtime associated with your achy head (not to mention all the other symptoms that come with it). Whether you deal with cluster headaches, tension headaches, or migraines, there are a few natural things you can try to help get back up on your feet and live your life to the fullest. Here are some simple, natural solutions you can use at home, in the office, or on the go next time you feel a headache coming on.

 

Drink Lots of Water

There are two main reasons to drink water when you suffer from chronic headaches. The first reason being that dehydration and water deprivation can actually cause the onset of headaches. [1] The second reason is that drinking water and staying hydrated can lessen the effects headaches have on our bodies and can reduce overall downtime. [2] Talk about a win-win!

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Get a Sufficient Amount of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep wreaks havoc on your whole body. If you are not getting at least six hours of sleep, your body isn’t going to function to its full potential which, in some people, can lead to headaches, lack of energy, and more. Luckily, we have a detailed guide on how to support healthy sleep here. If you know you haven’t slept well and a headache strikes, try taking an hour-long nap to help reset the body. 

 

Use a Cold Compress

Applying an ice pack or cold compress is an easy, effective way to reduce inflammation. In turn, this can help alleviate the discomfort of a headache. Just remove an ice pack or compress from the freezer, wrap it in a small towel, and apply to the back of the neck, your forehead, or gently on your temples. 

Plant Therapy KidSafe Knockin' Noggin Essential Oil Blend

Apply Essential Oils

One of our goals at Plant Therapy is to provide our customers with products they can use to better themselves and live healthier fuller lives. One way we accomplish this goal is by creating blends that can help ease some of the day-to-day issues you may encounter, such as headaches. Knockin’ Noggin, Tension Tamer, and Tension Relief are three blends we created that can help and are definitely worth checking out. To use, you just dilute to 1% and apply to the back of the neck and your temples. Or spring for the roll-ons to have them on hand and ready-to-go.

For those of you who enjoy blending your own essential oils, never fear. There are many different essential oils that are known to be beneficial to those who suffer from frequent headaches. Here is a list of essential oils you might consider:

Peppermint

Peppermint is beneficial for those who suffer from headaches for two reasons. The first reason is that it can help relieve the acute pain associated with headaches when diluted and applied to the back of the neck and the temples. It can also help reduce nausea, a common side-effect of headaches. [3] [4]

Lavender

Lavender can help reduce stress levels and provide an overall calming environment which can help prevent and reduce the overall effects of a headache. [5] When blended with Peppermint, it is sure to help relax the body and reduce the discomfort experienced with your headache. 

woman sitting on her couch, relaxed

But, Wait!

It’s important to remember that essential oils are not for everyone when it comes to headaches. Those who suffer from chronic migraines may have different triggers, including strong smells which could make the pain and discomfort worse. Because of this, we recommend starting with one or two oils at a time and at very low levels. If you experience any enhanced discomfort, please discontinue use. If you don’t, you can experiment to find the blend that helps you most.

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