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Topical use vs Inhalation: when & how?

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We are often asked “How do I know where to put these essential oils on my body?” Well let’s take the guess work out of this by answering a few questions and then checking out a handy chart!

 

As always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!

 


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DIY Cayenne Salve

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I often like to highlight the other products, aside from essential oils, that Plant Therapy has to offer. Our beeswax is awesome, since it comes in this easy-to-measure pellet form. I just love the smell, it reminds me of being outside after the hay has been mowed! Our carrier oils are fabulous, and whatever one you choose it’s sure to be a winner. Finally, these awesome round, twist-up tubes! They all come together in this lovely balm that can be used for your sore muscles or aching back after a long day on the sports field or in the garden! No need to rub it in, the tube does all the work!

DIY CayenneSalve

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do: 

  1. Measure 1/2 cup carrier oil of choice into saucepan
  2. Add 2 tsp of cayenne powder to the carrier oil
  3. Warm over low heat for about 30 minutes, then turn off and allow to cool
  4. Strain to remove the cayenne solids from the oil
  5. Return the oil (now a beautiful orange) to heat and re-warm
  6. Weigh, then set aside, 1 ounce of beeswax (approx. 2-3 TBSP)
  7. Once oil is warm, add beeswax and allow to melt
  8. Pour into tubes, allow to cool until solid

 

Next time I make this for myself, I am considering using 1 tsp cayenne and 1 tsp ground ginger to infuse my oil. Rub this lovely balm into your skin to soothe any minor discomfort you may have! The tube provides great application without worry of getting it onto your hands (and later in or near your eyes, ouch!). If you do get some on your hands, be sure to wash well!

As always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!

 


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Confused by Carrier Oil Choices?

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I am often asked “Which carrier is best for _______?” To help you navigate the benefits of these amazing carrier oils, I wanted to give you a bit more information about each one, including an appropriate skin type. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Each carrier has its own set of properties that make it a good choice for certain reasons. I wanted to begin with a small selection, so let’s check out the following carriers and how you can incorporate them into your aromatherapy experience:

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.07.19 PMApricot Kernel Oil is a lovely choice for mature skin or as the base of a massage blend. This carrier is cold pressed from the kernel of apricots and results in light yellow oil that smells faintly nutty. Apricot kernel oil is readily absorbed by the skin and leaves a smooth and moisturized result behind.

Apricot Kernel oil can be combined with other carriers for a soothing & moisturizing massage blend. Use 2 parts apricot, 1 part avocado and 1 part camellia seed oils. You may add essential oils to this base, if desired.

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.06.52 PMAvocado Oil can be a lovely choice for dry skin. This thick, rich oil has very little scent and typically has a light green color. It is best blended with another carrier, such as camellia seed or meadowfoam.

 Can be used as a hair mask, combine 1/4 cup of avocado oil with essential oils of your choice and apply to hair. Allow to sit on hair for a few hours or overnight (use a shower cap if you need to sleep!). To wash out, use shampoo on “dry” hair, rubbing it in well, then rinse and repeat the shampoo process!

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.06.29 PMCamellia Seed is cold pressed from the seed of a flower native to China and Japan. This carrier is light to golden yellow in color and provides protection to mature skin and improves appearance Camellia is easily absorbed into the skin, providing a silky finish with no greasy feeling.

A lovely serum for dry (or mature) skin can be made by combining 1 part Avocado oil, 1 part Evening Primrose with 2 parts Camellia oil. Essential oils that are beneficial for a healthy complexion can be found in these blog posts:

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.06.02 PMEvening Primrose provides a wonderful boost when combined with other carriers. This nourishing carrier is cold pressed from the seeds of an evening-blooming flower and is yellow in color. Used alone, it leaves an oily feeling on the skin and is best combined with other carriers like Camellia or Meadowfoam to reduce this greasiness. Evening Primrose oil provides the base for our body cream. Refined to remove the unpleasant scent, in the refining process there are no solvents used, instead it is refined by heat.  Our evening primrose is not bleached.

Evening Primrose oil can be used to soothe cramping during menstrual cycles. Use as the base for any blend found in this post: Women’s Health Concerns and smooth over belly to reduce discomfort.

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.05.34 PMJojoba is actually a liquid wax with a very long shelf life. It’s very like our own natural sebum, which makes it ideal for cosmetic reasons. Jojoba has a soft, pleasant scent and leaves a nice barrier on the skin, but with a satiny finish so you don’t feel sticky!

Jojoba can be used to create a solid perfume like the one found in this post Solid Perfume  from Mother’s Day. It can even as the base of a bath oil.

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.04.54 PMSesame Seed is a rich carrier that is cold pressed from sesame seeds. The oil absorbs fully into the skin leaving only a whisper of oil behind. The scent of this carrier is distinct, and may overpower other scents. Sesame seed oil ranges in color from golden yellow to golden brown and has a distinct aroma. A favorite of massage therapists and aromatherapists since it’s non-staining!

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 2.03.55 PMSunflower Seed Oil is a pale to golden yellow carrier that has been cold pressed from the seeds of the sunny flower! Sunflower oil is deeply nourishing and amazing for dry or damaged skin. Since it’s easily absorbed into the skin, sunflower oil is a great base for your blending needs. Sunflower oil makes up the base of our Sunflower Body Cream, as well!

 

Thanks for joining me as we create new products to benefit your family, the possibilities are endless! If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel free to email us at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com Plant Therapy has a staff of 5 Aromatherapists who are happy to answer your questions about essential oils! We also have a fabulous Facebook group which you can find by clicking here: Safe Essential Oil Recipes where you can hang out with other Plant Therapy fans and share amazing recipes, tips and other essential oil related topics!


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DIY Eye Serum

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Let’s face it, it’s the end of summer. We’ve vacationed, gardened, spent time with our families and friend and we are tired. Well, at least I am! So I set out to find something to help me look less tired! I rely on my morning cup of coffee to put some pep in my step and I thought it would also be useful to pep up my looks. Check out how below…

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What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Place coffee grounds in glass jar
  2. Pour meadowfoam to cover (about 1/4 cup)
  3. Allow to sit for a week or so
  4. Strain the coffee grounds out of the carrier
  5. Decant into 10 mL bottle(s)
  6. To use: smooth under eyes after each cleansing

I hope you enjoy your perkier looking eyes! Let us know if you decide to make this project & how it works for you!

Why did I choose Meadowfoam for this project? Meadowfoam Carrier Oil contains 98% fatty acids long-chain carbon atoms. It is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols, and is one of the most stable lipids known and will actually extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. As a result, it has an extremely long shelf life. Meadowfoam Carrier Oil has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and is highly recommended for use in cosmetics and skin care products especially for its UV protection properties. It is a key ingredient in many different products such as suntan lotion, massage oils and lotions, hand/facial creams, hair and scalp products, cuticle repair cream, foundations, rouges, face powders, lip sticks, shampoos, shaving creams and various other balms. Meadowfoam absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel.

Don’t forget – as always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!


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Christmas in July – Day 22

Join us as we celebrate Christmas in July. Sales change daily – watch here for details each day to take advantage of these awesome sales!

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Bug Repellant Lotion Bars

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We have a lot of issues with mosquitos and other creepy bugs and while I love these bug wipes I don’t always have them with me. I set out to create something that I could keep in my purse with minimal mess and then when we’re out & about and the bugs start bugging us – we can tell them to BUG off! 😉 Join me in making these awesome lotion bars that keep the bugs away!

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What you’ll need: 

  • 3 ounces cacao butter
  • 3 ounces coconut oil
  • 3 ounces beeswax
  • silicone molds, I used mini silicon muffin cups!

What you’ll do: 

  1. Warm a medium pan with water on the stove
  2. Weigh all ingredients into glass dishes
  3. Place all ingredients, except essential oils, into a larger glass bowl or measuring cup
  4. Place glass bowl over pan of simmering water
  5. Melt butter, oil & wax
  6. Remove from heat and stir in 36 drops of ban the bugs essential oil
  7. Pour into silicon molds
  8. Cool
  9. To apply simply rub over skin, allowing your own body heat to gently melt the lotion bars into your skin.

We hope that you find this information helpful during your outdoor adventures! Stay safe out there! For ANY questions you may have regarding this or other information you see on this blog, please contact one of our Certified Aromatherapists by email at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or hop on over to Facebook and join our Safe Essential Oil Recipes group! We look forward to helping you in any way we can!


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DIY Cuticle Balm

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Recently I have discovered that I don’t take very good care of my nails. So in a concerted effort to do better, I wanted to create an easy cuticle balm to keep my ragged cuticles looking their best. We focus a lot on essential oils at Plant Therapy! But many don’t realize we offer a variety of other items to help you make the MOST of your essential oils. Let’s take a look at some of the other great products Plant Therapy offers. I want to showcase two of my favorites today in this simple DIY.

Jojoba oil is one of my favorite carriers. It’s actually a liquid wax and has an incredibly long shelf life. I love to infuse vanilla beans into mine to use in many of my DIY projects. I also really love it for  use on the skin since it’s so nourishing.

Beeswax is what holds many of my projects together. using a combination on butters, essential oils and carrier oils I have been able to replace most things I used to buy at the store with homemade (and better for me) versions. Not only does beeswax help keep lotions and creams together, but it is also very nourishing to the skin and can create a barrier to avoid moisture loss. Perfect for hands that are in the dishes quite a bit!

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 TBSP beeswax
  • 2 TBSP Jojoba oil
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • empty lip balm tubes or small pots

What you’ll do:

  1. Melt beeswax in a glass bowl over simmer water
  2. Add jojoba and stir. You’ll notice when you add the cooler jojoba oil, it may solidify slightly then remelt. This is fine.
  3. Add honey, stir to combine
  4. Pour into lip balm tubes.

 

This project makes 6-7 tubes so you can share with your friends or keep one in your purse and one on your night stand with extras!!

Of course, if you’d like to scent your cuticle balm you are welcome to add a few (4-5 drop) of an essential oil or essential oil blend. One I might recommend is Silky Soft – which is wonderful for skin! We hope that you enjoy this recipe and if you have any questions, please be in touch with us via email at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com