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How to Calm Your Kids When Life is Scary

Kids playing and drawing

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! 

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.

Adult smelling Kidsafe Hello Sunshine

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

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! 

FriYAY: Summer Mood Edition

Friyay Summer Mood Edition: Tropical Passion, Honeybell & lavender hydrosol

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. 

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.

Summertime Mason Jar Lamps DIY

Summertime Set Mason Jar Lamp 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:

Add The Summertime Set to your cart

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.

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.

Some Things to Know

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.

Some Things to Know

 

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.  

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