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Hydrosols: The Ultimate Guide

We strive to provide the most high quality and diverse selection of aromatherapy materials and supplies possible. This includes things like essential oils, botanical extracts, and these beautiful things called hydrosols. For those of you new to the wonderful world of aromatherapy, you may be wondering what exactly a hydrosol is. A hydrosol, very simply put, is the remaining water left over from the distillation of plants when creating essential oils. Pretty cool, huh? They are very unique and versatile waters that can be used for minor cooking burns, skincare, relaxation, and more (but we’ll talk more about these things later). 

Origins of Hydrosols

There is little truly known about where exactly hydrosols originated from or how long they have existed. According to an article, Brief History of Hydrosols, written by Ann Harman for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, hydrosols came long before essential oils did by hundreds or even thousands of years! It is very likely that as stills developed and expanded through different eras and civilizations that their uses did as well according to the book, Short History of the Art of Distillation,  by R.J. Forbes. Because of the long history distillation has behind it, it should come as no surprise today that we have these amazing and beneficial aromatic tools to help us live healthier, happier lives. 

Rosemary & Frankincense Hydrosols

Are All Hydrosols the Same?

The short answer is no. It’s important to understand that because there is no real governing body over aromatherapy, essential oils, or even hydrosols, there is no set standard on what encompasses a hydrosol or what to even call it when selling on the market. If you were to do a quick search on the internet for hydrosols, you’d like likely see a number of different terms like hydrolate, distillate water, floral water, herbal distillate, aromatic water, and more. While these are all terms that can be used for the same thing, the actual products are not necessarily the same.

While researching which hydrosols are right for you, it is important to remember that when the term hydrosol is used correctly, it refers to the water left over from distillation. Often times companies will sell floral waters, flower waters, or hydrosols that are nothing but essential oils mixed with water, witch hazel, or alcohol. This is not a true hydrosol and should not be used in the same manner. If you aren’t sure what kind of product a company is selling, it’s always okay (and recommended) to ask questions. 

Organic Rose Hydrosol

How to Use Hydrosols

Hydrosols are a safe and gentle way to accomplish delicate tasks where essential oils may be a bit heavy-handed. We’ve put together some of our favorite ways to use hydrosols in another blog post that may benefit you and your family. They’re fantastic for everything from skincare to linen sprays to helping with teething or diaper rash. 

Meet Our Hydrosols

Plant Therapy is very excited to offer nine different certified organic hydrosols including two new offerings, Rosemary and Frankincense! Each one of our beautiful organic hydrosols have unique uses and aromas that you’re sure to fall in love with. Let’s take a deeper look into each of the options we have available for you. 

Rosemary

Our Organic Rosemary Hydrosol has a unique, spicy and herbaceous aroma that is often used to help stimulate the mind and help increase alertness and concentration. It also promotes overall skin and scalp health leaving you with smooth, beautiful skin all year long.

Frankincense

Organic Frankincense Hydrosol is just what you need to enhance your prayer, yoga, or meditation routines as it lends itself to provide calmness and mental clarity. Use it by itself or combine it with another one of your favorite Plant Therapy Hydrosols. Our Organic Frankincense Hydrosol can be used during your skincare routines as a facial toner or makeup remover spray. 

Organic Roman Chamomile and Helichrysum Hydrosols

Roman Chamomile

Both calming and soothing, Roman Chamomile Hydrosol is excellent for the skin and can be used on both children and adults to soothe minor irritations, providing a comforting and moisturizing effect that feels amazing. Additionally, our Organic Roman Chamomile Hydrosol is the perfect option for the unique issues that face infants and toddlers. From teething to diaper irritation, this is definitely the one you want in your arsenal. 

Helichrysum

Plant Therapy’s unique Organic Helichrysum Hydrosol features a beautiful honeyed, herbal, and earthy aroma you are sure to love. It is helpful for a wide range of issues including soothing skin irritations from outdoor pests and plants. Try pairing it with another hydrosol like Frankincense or Rose to help purify and balance the skin. When used as a cold compress, Helichrysum can help soothe sore muscles after a long day or intense workout. 

Lavender

With a deeper, earthier scent than your typical Lavender Essential Oil, Plant Therapy’s Organic Lavender Hydrosol is reminiscent of a lavender field after the rain. It still has the famously calming characteristics of lavender, as well as the unique ability to soothe dry, irritated skin. Use it to promote a good night’s rest and overall relaxation whenever the need arises. 

Organic Peppermint and Melissa Hydrosol

Melissa

With a floral, earthy aroma, Melissa Hydrosol is both uplifting and calming making it the perfect option during terms of tension and worry. When these feelings strike, spritz on the front of your shirt, pillows, or linens to help bring comfort. If you are a sufferer of oily, blemished skin our Organic Melissa Hydrosol makes the perfect post-face wash rinse. 

Peppermint

Plant Therapy’s Organic Peppermint Hydrosol is prized for its cooling, invigorating properties. It’s fresh, minty, and herbal aroma is a popular option for those who suffer from hot flashes and hormonal changes. This invigorating hydrosol is also excellent for foot balms, a relaxing foot bath, or a cooling foot spray. It will leave your feet feeling refreshed after a long day. 

Rose

With a delicate rose garden scent, our Organic Rose Hydrosol helps to bring a sense of well-being and peace to the senses. Use it as a room or linen spray to help assist with emotions when you’re feeling down or stagnant. You can also spritz it on before leaving the house for a fabulously light and floral perfume. Add it to your skincare routine as a cleansing facial toner to help brighten and smooth the toughest skin. 

Tea Tree

Organic Tea Tree Hydrosol is a great item to have on hand to help with minor scuffs and scrapes for both adults and children alike. After rinsing the area with soap and water, simply spray the area of concern to promote healing. This gentle hydrosol also works well as a toner, especially for those who are prone to blemishes and acne. 

 

Now that we’ve talked a little bit about hydrosols… we want to hear from you! What’s your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below!

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woman spraying a linen spray on bedding

Meet Our Linen Spray Test Results (Hint: They’re Awesome)

You have already seen our amazing Linen & Room Sprays, but have you seen the test results that come with them? When it comes to our linen and room sprays, we aren’t talking about GC/MS reports. When formulating these products in-house, we only use the highest quality ingredients and essential oils available. These essential oils have already gone through our strict GC/MS testing process and we already know exactly what goes into each product. When we talk about our linen and room spray tests, we’re talking about our third-party colorfastness test results. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly that is and why you’ll want to check them out. 

Linen spray test results

What Is a Colorfastness Test?

The colorfastness test we have conducted on our linen and room sprays are designed to test the colorfastness of dyed, printed, and other colored textile fabrics when the product is applied. In non-technical terms, it’s a test that shows how our product may or may not cause discoloration in different fabrics. As a part of the test, our linen and room sprays are applied to seven different fabrics; black rayon, white rayon, polished cotton, silk, leather, pleather, and non-treated carpet. 

Pear Blossom Linen & Room Spray

Why Is That Important?

While conducting our research we learned a common question people had regarding different linen and room sprays was “Will they stain or ruin my fabric, couch, curtains, sheets, etcetera?” This third-party colorfastness test helps answer that question. It’ll tell you not only how our linen and room sprays ranked on each fabric using a scale of 1-5 (spoiler alert… we scored an average of 4.8 with only two types of fabric scoring less than 5 when dry), it also has accompanying pictures so you can see for yourself.  Now, it’s important to note that this does not guarantee there won’t be any issues. While discoloration and staining are not likely with most fabrics, there is always a chance there might be. With that being said, we always recommend testing a small, inconspicuous area before applying these types of products to any new fabrics or materials. 

Christmas Tree and Holly Berries Room Sprays

What Else Do You Need to Know?

Like many third-party laboratory testing, this test is not cheap. While we would love to offer unique test results for each and every linen & room spray we sell, it’s just not feasible without significantly increasing the cost of the final product. To keep the cost of our sprays low and more affordable for you, we will always test our permanent lineup of linen and room sprays for colorfastness, but we will not do so for every seasonal offering. Never fear, though! The base recipe for our linen and room sprays does not change because of the essential oil blends used. This means that the test results we do provide for our permanent offerings is still relevant for our seasonal offerings…. like our Christmas Tree and Holly Berries Room Sprays

Now that you know more about our amazing linen and room sprays, which aroma are you most excited about trying? Let us know in the comments! 

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Kids playing and drawing

How to Calm Your Kids When Life is Scary

It’s official, 2020 is a year for the history books. Who would have thought that in a single year we’d not only see a global pandemic, but also see things like murder hornets, invasion of the Saharan dust, and social unrest? These things can be pretty scary for adults, imagine how they can affect our kiddos? Mix all of this stuff up with going back to school, kids not only have to deal with all these odd events life has thrown our way but also normal scary things like meeting a new teacher, making new friends, and navigating new hallways and classrooms. Kids have a lot of stuff on their plates even though they’re just kids. They need a little extra help navigating life, and Plant Therapy wants to help support you and your little ones through these challenging times. We’ve put together a few of our favorite KidSafe blends and a couple of easy tips to help you and your family ease worry in this especially worrisome time.

Two kids drawing pictures with two no worries essential oils bottles

No Worries

No Worries is one of our newer KidSafe blends that showcase some sweet, woody, and citrusy essential oils that help melt away stress, fear, and anxiety. The best part is, it not only smells great, but it’s a great option for both kiddos and adults! To experience the amazing benefits of this blend, all you have to do is toss some in your favorite diffuser or inhaler. If a topical application is your preference, you can dilute to 2-3% in your favorite unscented lotion or body butter and apply before school or at the end of the day (or both on those rather difficult days). 

 

Talk It Out

It’s important when dealing with fear and anxiety in children not to shrug it off or belittle the feelings. Fear and anxiety are real feelings that can’t be shut off or controlled. As children are undergoing emotional development, acknowledge their feelings, validate them, and help them overcome and process them properly. A good way to do this is to talk to your children and, most importantly, listen to them. Set aside some time in the day to sit and talk about what is worrying them. Allow them to be honest and open about it. When they are done, team up and talk about how to help ease their worries. It can be as simple as coming up with a plan together on how to tackle that issue or talk about things you’re already doing to help.

Happy Place Essential oil blend

Happy Place

When fear and anxiety overcome us, finishing out the day, or even the task at hand, can be a challenge. These times make it seem like a meltdown is inevitable and you should just give up. This is when Happy Place comes in handy. When diffused or applied topically, Happy Place can help ease the physical responses that come with fear and anxiety, more specifically, restlessness. 

 

Family Story Time

Just being together as a family can help ease panic, stress, and worry. Having someone to talk to, cuddle, or just be present with makes all the difference in the world. That’s what makes family storytime a great solution to challenging times. It grants us all of the above and more! A good book is not only a great resource to take advantage of for family time, but it also clears the mind and allows us all to embark on a great adventure somewhere else. Diffuse your favorite blends while reading, and you’re all set! 

A kid drawing with two bottles of Calming the Child

Calming the Child

Calming the Child brings emotional support during any challenging and scary times, especially for our kiddos. Beautifully blended, Mandarin, Tangerine, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile essential oils help ease worry and anxiety and restore mental peace. It works well diffused, in a personal inhaler, or can even be used in our Aroma Plush Pals.  Try diffusing Calming the Child during other calming activities like nap time, coloring, play dough, or even legos.

 

Sleep & Relaxation

Getting enough sleep is crucial, especially for our kids. When they’re tired, children have a hard time navigating their feelings, and it all kind of blends together in a melting pot. When this happens, there’s little you can do but just let it work itself out. Sleep is the perfect way to do that. Sleeping allows the brain to take a rest, and your little ones will oftentimes wake up feeling more refreshed and ready for whatever life throws at them. If you need ideas on what oils to use for sleep and relaxation, check out our blog post on Essential Oils for Sleep and Relaxation: Comparisons, Uses, & a DIY. Plus, kids need more sleep than us adults! Making sure they’re getting the recommended amount can make all the difference.

  • Newborns need 14-17 hours of sleep a day.
  • Infants (4-11 months) need 12-15 hours a day.
  • Toddlers (1-2 years) need 11-14 hours a day.
  • Preschool children (3-5 years) need 10-13 hours a day.
  • Children 6-13 years old need 9-11 hours a day.
  • Teenagers need 8-10 hours a day.
  • Adults need 7-9 hours a day. 

What are some of your tried and true methods to calm your kids down when they’re scared? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Adult smelling Kidsafe Hello Sunshine

KidSafe… Not Just For Kids!

Have you ever taken a look at a KidSafe blend and wondered whether it would be okay to use it for yourself? Well, you’re in great company, because it’s one of the most common questions we get asked here at Plant Therapy. Navigating the world of aromatherapy can be confusing, but at Plant Therapy, it doesn’t have to be! Despite the primary colors, cutesy names, and kid-friendly fonts, our KidSafe blends might be a great option for you, no matter how old you are.

What’s the Purpose of KidSafe?

Our KidSafe essential oil blends were created by our team of aromatherapists to target common issues parents face with their kids aged 2 years old and up. We used only 100% pure, undiluted essential oils that have been determined by aromatherapy professionals to be gentle and safe enough for children. If you are interested in learning more about nitty-gritty that goes into creating a KidSafe blend, check out this post.

Man holding KidSafe blends

Is KidSafe Good for Adults?

The real question is… what makes any essential oil or blend good for adults? Just because our KidSafe blends were created for common issues parents face with their children doesn’t mean adults don’t face some of those same issues. It also doesn’t mean that essential oils magically work better for 2-year-olds than they would a 40-year-old. Here’s the thing… essential oils don’t discriminate! The oils that make up our KidSafe blends are the same oils that you use every day for other issues. They just don’t have essential oils that are known to have additional cautions or risks. Because the oils we do use are full-strength undiluted essential oils, they carry the same awesome properties no matter who they’re used with. That’s why KidSafe blends will work just as well for you as they do our little ones.

Man applying prediluted essential oil Roll on

Why Choose KidSafe?

Aromatherapy as a whole is a personal journey that should be tailored to your individual needs and preferences. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to smell, just as everyone has different conditions that need to be addressed. Whether it be skin conditions, allergies, or more serious health conditions, they’re all unique to the individual. It’s these differences that may make a KidSafe blend more appealing or beneficial. For those who need some respiratory support but don’t like the green scent of Eucalyptus might prefer the clean, crisp smell of Sniffle Stopper instead of Respir Aid. For those who are elderly and have skin that tends to be more sensitive and gentle, Sore No More may be a better option than Rapid Relief. It’s all a matter of personal preference and personal need. 

The most important thing to remember is that essential oils are non-discriminatory and fluid. They don’t change depending on how old you are. They don’t care whether you’re male or female. While one thing might work for one person, it may not work for another, and that’s okay. That’s what makes essential oils great. If you are an adult who prefers the oils in a KidSafe blend, then use that blend. It’ll still provide the same great benefits as the non-KidSafe alternative, and you’ll be happier using it. 

back to school

PT’s Favorite KidSafe Blends for Adults

My favorite KidSafe blend is Hello Sunshine! I like to diffuse it on days I need extra motivation to get things done and it’s an added bonus because citrus smells are my go-to!

 

Brooke, Project Manager

 

I loooooove Sniffle Stopper. It smells like the woods in winter and I can’t get enough. And Calming the Child. It’s one of the best smells out there.

 

Melissa, Content Manager

 

One of my personal favorite Kidsafe blends is Shield Me. I use this when I go camping and when I go hiking outdoors. It smells much better than a lot of bug sprays! I love that it’s natural and made with clean ingredients.

 

Faith, Creative Designer

 

My favorite KidSafe blend is Hello Sunshine. It smells awesome, and gives me that extra boost in the morning!

 

Jamie, Marketing Manager

 

Nighty Night is the absolute best KidSafe blend out there. It smells amazing and works great, too!

Tyler, Social Media Community Manager & Feedback Specialist

 

Better Than Kisses is my favorite! I have two toddlers who are very accident-prone. Plus it works wonders on my bumps and bruises too!

Danny, Marketing Associate

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Love It or Hate It: How to Use Our Strongest Smelling Essential Oils

You’ve read the reviews of a new essential oil and decide that it’s worth a try. People have raved about how wonderful it smells, how amazing it’s helped them sleep, and so many more other things that you know you need it in your life. What could go wrong? You place the order, anxiously await its arrival, tear open the packaging, and take a whiff. To your dismay, it smells awful. Not just awful, but it’s one of the strongest smelling essential oils you’ve sniffed. What do you do? 

Love it or hate it?

Believe it or not, there are some essential oils that some people find the smell is just too strong. They can be overbearing and hard to use. You might feel stuck with an essential oil you don’t like. Are they usable at all? Can you mask the smell a little by using another oil? Can you use fewer drops? What if you just hate the smell? Well, we are here to help answer some of your questions, and hopefully, find new ways for you to use the strongest smelling essential oils that you just can’t stand. After all, you don’t want to miss out on the amazing benefits an oil has to offer! We’ll show you how to get the most out of these more controversial oils that maybe have you feeling a little stuck. 

 

Blending With Other Oils

While it may be hard to believe, there is always something to love about an oil, even if it has a strong aroma. For some, it’s the strength of the oil that makes it so attractive and so wonderful. These people will usually tell you that all you need to do to improve the aroma of your oils is to blend them with something else. It could be a stronger grounding smell, or it can be a combination of lighter smells. It really just depends on the oil you’re working with. If you find yourself struggling to decide what to mix with your oils, check out the product page. Under Product Details, every single oil has a list of oils that it blends well with. This is a handy resource for those who just need a little help when blending, especially with those hard to stand oils. 

 

Don’t Judge an Oil by the Bottle

More often than not, essential oils smell a lot stronger from the bottle than they do when diffused or added to a carrier oil. Because of this, it’s important to not give up on an oil purely based on how it smells straight from the bottle. When blended with other oils or mixed into a carrier oil, you may just find it’s exactly what you needed or were looking for in your essential oil journey! You can even try putting a drop on a scent strip, leaving it for a few minutes, and coming back to it to see how the aroma has changed.

Use Fewer Drops

Another simple technique to make stronger oils more bearable is to use less of them. If you want to diffuse a blend of Cinnamon and Peru Balsam, but the Cinnamon is too strong, cut down how many drops you are using. It’s completely okay to use less drops than your diffuser recommends. A key to diffusing strong-smelling oils is to start with less and build from there. Add a drop of your strong oils to the diffuser and see how you like the smell. If it’s not strong enough, add another drop. Start small, and increase only if you think it’s needed. Eventually, you’ll find the right ratio for you, and you’ll save yourself some precious oil because you won’t have to dump it out. You can always add more oil, unfortunately, you cannot take the oil out if there is too much.

 

Meet the Worst Offenders

Everyone’s sniffer is different. So there’s a good chance you might not be a fan of something that’s universally (well, almost) loved. But then there’s a handful of oils that elicit a strong response from just about everyone… and you either love them or you hate them. we’ve got a great diffuser blend for those super strong oils that you struggle to use, not to mention a few reasons why you want to keep these oils around.

Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver

Vetiver is a root oil that is jam-packed with therapeutic properties. Its powerful earthy, woody, smoky scent is pleasantly rich to some or overpoweringly smoky to others. This powerhouse oil is known for its ability to promote relaxation and mental balance. Vetiver is very popular for its bedtime use as it helps calm the mind. Due to its unique aroma, it’s also a wonderful addition to natural perfumery as a base note.

Melt Away Stress Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Cinnamon Cassia

The strong scent of Cinnamon Cassia is very warm and spicy like its relative cinnamon. That wonderful aroma that is familiar in the spice world, is a favorite to create seasonal blends that bring the holidays indoors. Even though it might smell like your favorite holiday, a single drop packs quite a punch. But when blended with softer oils, you can use this powerful oil to create an open, warm environment.

Home Sweet Home Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Ylang Ylang essential oil

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries as a perfume and in religious ceremonies for its rich scent and mood-lifting abilities. To some, its a beautifully sweet and heady floral oil, but others can’t get over the powdery overtones. In spite of its scent, there is no shortage of beneficial uses of Ylang Ylang, but there is no denying that it has a strong aroma that may be hard to work with. Here’s a lovely, uplifting blend for you to try.

Magnetic Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Petitgrain

Petitgrain

Petitgrain Essential Oil originates from Paraguay and is extracted using steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the Seville bitter orange tree. This oil has a woodsy, fresh scent with a hint of floral, but for some, all they can smell is twigs and grass (but not in a good way).  In spite of this (or maybe because of it) the aroma is a favorite for natural perfumery, comforting the mind when emotions are running wild, and is gentle and effective for skincare. 

Sweet Herbal Breeze Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Blue Tansy

Blue Tansy

Our Blue Tansy Essential Oil is a luxurious oil that is cherished and valued for its captivating scent and incredible clearing, calming properties. With a rich lush blue hue and a sweet, fresh scent, Blue Tansy provides unmatched support for healthy respiration during allergy season, helps soothe troubled or irritated skin, and supports self-esteem, confidence and enthusiasm year-round.  But that sweet scent can be sickenly sweet for some. Don’t be afraid to blend it with other oils so you can enjoy the benefits, but without the intensely sweet overtones.

Free & Clear Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Palo Santo Essential Oil

Palo Santo

Originating in South America, Palo Santo comes from the Palo Santo tree that translates in Spanish as “holy wood.” But the cleansing, woodsy scent may have a licorice bend that might make it a little unpleasant. But its benefits make up for it. This sacred tree has been used for centuries for its healing properties and potential to ward off negative energy. Because of the powerful chemical makeup of this oil, it is well known for its healing, calming, and cleansing abilities. 

Island Tango Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Patchouli

The calming scent of Patchouli can help balance feelings of worry and nervous tension, making the perfect partner for meditation and yoga, as well as an amazing tool for sleep. But what if Patchouli isn’t so calming, but just plain strong? This base note can be used sparingly so you still enjoy its benefits. Plus Patchouli is also widely known for its ability to support skin health and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other blemishes.

Summer Slumber

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Add the essential oils to your diffuser and enjoy!

Ever felt stuck on an oil you just can’t stand? What are some ways you’ve been able to use them? Let us know in the comments! 

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Friyay Summer Mood Edition

FriYAY: Summer Mood Edition

Summer is here and it’s time to get those summer beach vibes started. Just picture yourself laying out on the beach on some tropical island. Close your eyes and breathe in the fresh, tropical air. Take in the smell of sweet, tropical citrus carried by the salty ocean breeze. Pure bliss, right? If you are having a hard time going to your happy beach place, we have got just the products you need to set the summer mood this FriYAY and every other day of the year: Tropical Passion, Honeybell and Lavender Hydrosol.

FriYAY Tropical Passon

Tropical Passion

Tropical Passion is a unique aromatherapy blend jam-packed with tropical citrus notes with a delightful pop of spice. This blend boasts the uplifting properties of Red Mandarin, Orange Essence, Tangerine, and Buchu which is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Paired with the spicy-sweet essential oils of Anise, Peru Balsam, and rectified Bitter Almond, you are sure to fall in love with summer again and again. 

How to Use

Diffuse using 2-3 drops in a diffuser to transport yourself to an exotic tropical locale. Or you can dilute to 1-2% in a carrier oil or lotion for a delightfully fruity aroma.

Some Things to Know

FriYAY Honeybell

Honeybell

Honeybell brings you back to life with a luscious and sweet aroma that smells just like summer in a bottle. This unique blend pairs together some common favorite citruses like Sweet Orange, Pink Grapefruit, and Steam Distilled Lime with some less common oils like Buchu, Cognac, and Galbanum. Together, these oils bring you a fresh and juicy aroma you are sure to love. It is exceptionally soothing and relaxing which is just what you need to get the summer juices flowing. 

How to Use

Add a few drops of Honeybell to your Plant Therapy AromaFuse Diffuser for a calming atmosphere that will reduce nervous tension and add a fresh scent to any room.  Or you can dilute to 1-2% in a carrier oil or lotion to uplift the mood and reduce the feeling of worry and tension.

Some Things to Know

  • Ingredients: Orange Sweet, Pink Grapefruit, White Grape, Lime, Galbanum, and Buchu.
  • KidSafe: No
  • Pregnancy & Nursing Safe: No
  • Pup & Pony Approved: No
  • Shelf Life:  1-2 years

Lavender Hydrosol

Lavender Hydrosol

As much as we all love the summer sun, it does pose a little bit of a safety issue in the summer months. After spending the day out in the sun, your skin may feel a little dry and inflamed. The UV rays emitted by the sun has a tendency to have a burning effect on the skin which in turn can hold you back from fully embracing the summer fun. Enter Lavender Hydrosol. If you find yourself suffering from sunburn this summer, spritz some of our Lavender Hydrosol on the area of concern. It’s both soothing and healing which is sure to leave you feeling better than ever. 

Summer Vibes Exfoliating Salt Scrub

Whether it be preparing for summertime adventures or winding down for the day, this exfoliating salt scrub is just what the doctor ordered. It’s also super easy to make!

What you’ll need:

Add all these products to your cart

What you’ll do:

Mix all of the ingredients in an airtight container. Using a spoon, scoop some into your hand and gently work it into the skin. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy silky, smooth skin. 

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What's the deal with Polysorbate?

What’s the Deal with Polysorbate?

When you come to Plant Therapy, we know you are coming for trustworthy and informative information and DIYs. While searching the blog or website, you probably came across an ingredient or two that made you raise an eyebrow and ask, “What the heck is this, and why do I need it?” In most instances, that ingredient was probably an emulsifier or preservative. When talking about emulsifiers, that questionable ingredient was most likely some variant of Polysorbate. This might raise another question, like “Why would PT recommend Polysorbate?” Let’s talk a little bit more about that. 

 

What is Polysorbate?

In purely basic terms, Polysorbates are a class of emulsifiers used in cosmetics, food preparation, and some pharmaceuticals. As mentioned in the emulsifier blog post we linked above, emulsifiers help incompatible substances like oil and water stick together and prevent separation. This is important for essential oil-based products as it helps dilute the essential oils in products that contain water or Witch Hazel. While there are several different types of Polysorbate, the ones you may see most on our blog are Polysorbate 20 and Polysorbate 80. 

Polysorbate

The Difference Between Polysorbate 20 & 80

The number that follows the term Polysorbate relates to the type of fatty acid connected to the ethoxylated sorbitan part of the molecule. This in and out of itself is an entirely different and separate science lesson, so don’t really worry too much about that; focus on the different uses. 

 Polysorbate 20, unlike Polysorbate 80, is used more in cosmetic formulations rather than as an emulsifier and stabilizer in food. In cosmetics, it serves many purposes. Polysorbate 20 serves as an emulsifier and surfactant, as well as a viscosity modifier, stabilizer, and dispersing agent. It works well for lighter oils such as essential oils and is ideal for DIYs like perfumes or body sprays. 

Polysorbate 80 is used in both cosmetic formulations and as an emulsifying and stabilizing additive in the food manufacturing process. It works best for heavier oils such as carrier oils that aren’t as thin and volatile as essential oils. Due to the enhanced emulsifying properties of Polysorbate 80, it is ideal in DIYs such as bath bombs. It greatly reduces the bathtub’s slipperiness as more of the carrier oil is blended with the water. 

Oil droplets not mixing with water

Is It Safe?

This is probably the biggest question you have, and it’s an important one. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) database, both Polysorbate 20 and Polysorbate 80 receive a score of 1-3, depending on usage and purity. They are both not suspected to be an environmental toxin and are both designated safe for limited use in food. The EWG also reports that they are both generally safe and that there is minimal evidence of sense organ toxicity. 

The critical takeaway here is that not all Polysorbate products are created equal. The dangers and risks associated with Polysorbate aren’t with the product itself, but the contamination concerns of lower quality, lower grade Polysorbate products. In both Polysorbate 20 and 80, the contaminants that cause concern are Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane. These contaminants can be avoided by sourcing Polysorbate from reputable suppliers that only provide the best, highest quality products available. 

 

Why Not Use Something More Natural?

The short answer is, there isn’t really another option. There is a natural dispersant called Solubol, but it is a lot harder to source, it is quite a bit more expensive. It also doesn’t have quite the range of ability either. There is of course Everclear,  which can double as both a solubilizer and preservative, but even that isn’t an exact substitution. If you wanted to use Everclear, you would not be able to add the finished product to the bath. It’s also not the nicest on the skin. It’s also not available everywhere.

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Summertime Set Mason Jar Lamp DIY

Summertime Mason Jar Lamps DIY

Finally, it’s summertime. And that means it is time to get outside and enjoy the fresh summer breeze. A lot of people have already decked-out their patios, gardens, and yards for spring, but it’s time for a change! Switch gears from the bright, springy decor and create a more relaxing feel with these super cute Mason Jar Lamps. They are simple to create and are sure to make a huge difference in your space. As an added bonus, this easy DIY pairs perfectly with our new Summertime  Set

And if you’re in need of keeping pesky pests away from your outdoor space, check out our Citronella Pest Control Candle.

1. Gather All Your Supplies

Ingredients to make a DIY lamp

All you need for this Mason Jar Lamp is a mason jar, citrus slices, vegetable oil, and some floating wicks (you can find them on Amazon). And you’re not limited to citrus slices! You can use flowers, petals, or any other decorative item you wish.

 

2. Add It All to Your Jar

Adding oil to a mason jar

Start by adding your citrus slices to the jar and then fill it up 3/4 of the way with water. Combine your essential oils with the vegetable oil and add it to the jar. Once all the oil has risen to the top, you can add the floating wick.

 

3. Light Your Lamp

Summertime Set Outdoor Lamp DIY

All that’s left is to light your Mason Jar Lamp! The vegetable oil provides several hours of burning power to your candle. It’ll make the perfect addition to your porch, patio, or backyard BBQ.

 

Summertime Mason Jar Lamps

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add your citrus slices (or any other decorative items you wish) to your mason jar. Fill the jar ¾ of the way full with water. In a separate dish, combine 30-40 drops of your chosen summer blend with ¼ cup vegetable oil. Pour the vegetable oil into the mason jar, add a floating wick, and light it. Enjoy a fun and festive addition of these Mason Jar Lamps to your summer gatherings.

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FriYAY: Focus Edition

FriYAY – It’s All About Focus!

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.

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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! 

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FriYAY: Fabulous Feet Edition

FriYAY: Foot Care 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!

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