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Explore your essential oils: Valerian

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Let’s learn more about Valerian. While it’s a bit of a stinker, it is extremely useful for insomnia or restlessness. Valerian’s ability to soothe  and relax is unsurpassed both as an essential oil and an herb. Why don’t we take a closer look & then I will share a few ways I use valerian at home.

Valerian

 

Does Valerian sound like something you want to add to your essential oil collection? Here are a few ways I like to use it for myself.

  1. Diffuse a single drop of valerian with 2 drops of patchouli and 4 drops of sweet orange for a lovely way to relax before bed.
  2. Use a single drop of valerian in a personal inhaler with 4-5 drops of cedarwood and 3-4 drops mandarin to reduce tension or soothe nervousness.

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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Explore your essential oils: Neroli

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Neroli didn’t start off as one of my favorites, but it’s has found it’s way into my “must have” collection. Neroli is a rather versitile oil and simply amazing when inhaled to boost mood and uplift the spirit. It can be used in skin care and even in room sprays or bath products. Let’s take a look:

Neroli

 

Are you looking for ways to incorporate Neroli into your routine?

  1. Use 6 drops Neroli, 4 drops sweet orange and 3-4 drops vanilla on a cotton wick for use in a personal inhaler. Use this during stressful moments or when you need a calming influence.
  2. Create a beautiful linen spray by adding 4 drops neroli, 4 drops lavender, 1 drops patchouli and 1 drop ylang ylang to 2 ounces of water. Shake well each time, then mist linens before bed for a wonderfully relaxing nights sleep. *not for use with children under age 10
  3. To 1 ounce of carrier or unscented lotion add, 1 drop neroli with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil to soothe acne prone skin. Use nightly after cleansing the face.

 

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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Explore your essential oils: Carrot Seed

 

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Carrot seed oil is a big stinker! I mean it – it really stinks. It’s redeeming feature is that it’s so great for skin! This is one of the oils we have in our Anti-Age Synergy and also in Soft Skin Synergy. If you can get past the smell (which, honestly, isn’t that bad!) you’ll fall in love!

CarrotSeedWe hope you’re learning a lot through these profiles! Have you been printing them out? If not, start now and create your own reference notebook! Contact us at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes for more information ! As always, we are happy to help you learn more about your essential oils!

 


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Explore your essential oils: Ylang Ylang

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Ylang Ylang essential oil has a very unique scent. Personally, I use it in small amounts to help round  out scents and in blends where my goal is a general relaxing feeling. Ylang Ylang is wonderful for the nervous system! Let’s discover a few other uses for this beautiful oil.

Ylang Ylang

Need a few other options for using your Ylang Ylang? Try one of these awesome ideas:

  1. Add Ylang Ylang to vetiver and orange for a soothing bath
  2. Combine with bergamot, tangerine and vanilla for a unique lotion scent.
  3. Diffuse Ylang Ylang with Patchouli and Lime for a unique scent in your home!

If you have questions, contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Safe Essential Oil Recipe Group on Facebook. We are here to help, so just let us know how we can be of service!


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Explore your essential oils: Patchouli

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Patchouli is a rather dividing essential oil. People either love it or they hate it. I happen to be in the LOVE camp! This rich, deep aroma is excellent for relaxing, grounding and calming the spirit. Let me share a few ways that I use patchouli in my own home:

Patchouli

 

  1. I add 6-9 drops of Patchouli to 2 ounces of macadamia nut oil. Store in a bottle with a glass dropper and apply to face nightly after cleansing. This is my FAVORITE serum. I have especially dry skin and it’s amazing…
  2. Diffuse 2 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Cedarwood and 3 drops Lavender for a relaxing evening yoga, prayer or meditation session.
  3. Use 9-12 drops of Patchouli with 4 drops sweet orange for a daily perfume. Mix into melted 1/2 ounce beeswax and 1 ounce jojoba – allow to solidify in a small tin. Dab a bit on pulse points.

If you have questions, contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or  join our Safe Essential Oil Recipe Group on Facebook.


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The question of substitution…

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There is a question I get many times a day “What can I substitute for _________________?” In some cases this is a simple switch. Most citrus oils can be interchangeably. Although there are a few exceptions – just like there is to anything in life. Mandarin and Tangerine are especially useful for calming while Grapefruit and Lime are wonderful for putting a pep in your step. This also depends on what you’re combining in a blend.

There are times when there is no simple answer. I’ll use an analogy: you wouldn’t substitute baking soda for baking powder in a recipe. They have different functions, even though they both say “baking”. A straight up substitution is not always possible. In order to illustrate my point better I will use some examples. For each let’s look at what each oil DOES in the recipe. Then we can find appropriate oils to use in place of one if we don’t have it. It’s the action of each oil we are looking at, not just the oil itself.

Example 1:

Find a “recipe” for pain that contains Frankincense, Ginger and German Chamomile. Here is what each oil is “good for” in this blend:

  • Frankincense (serrata) can be helpful in reducing inflammation and any achiness due to arthritis or joint pain.
  • Ginger, can be useful in relieving muscle tension and creating a sense of warmth which can increase blood flow and reduce pain.
  • German Chamomile is also very useful for inflammation and can be helpful for dull aching pain.

So what we have is a list of things that are very good at reducing inflammation, creating warmth and assisting in the alleviation of pain. Now, what if I don’t have Frankincense? I want to look for something that is similar on a chemical level, meaning it contains the same constituents in similar percentages.

How do I find that out?

A GC/MS is the answer! These aren’t super easy to read and even I am still learning the small details that you can take away from a report like this. The more you learn, the better you can figure out the intricacies of the chemical makeup of the essential oils.

Another way to to take a look at therapeutic actions. Frankincense is useful for inflammation and reducing the pain from arthritis. So you’d want a similar action from another oil. Two that come to mind are copaiba and marjoram. Either would be acceptable as a substitution if you didn’t have frankincense.

Example 2:

Finding a recipe for cough and cold that contains Fir Needle, Palmarosa and Cedarwood. BUT, I don’t have Fir Needle!!! Using the same process as above we can find something else to use in our blend. First, let’s take a look at chemical makeup. We also need to take a look at what Fir Needle does. The essential oil profiles, found here: Profiles and here: More Profiles, can be very useful in determining this information.

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Once we have this information, we can choose another oil with similar properties. Ones that I would suggest to replace Fir Needle would be Rosalina or Pine – since we want to encourage  better or easier breathing along with loosening mucus. Each of those have similar actions and can be useful as a substitute.

I hope this gives you a better of idea of why the question “What can I substitute for ______?” is one that doesn’t always have an easy answer. Don’t get frustrated, or give up. We’re here to help! Contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com and let us help you through creating a blend or using different essential oils since you don’t have a particular one on hand. We do ask that you let us know if you are taking medications, have any medical concerns (like high blood pressure, diabetes, etc) or other things you’d think we’d need to know to assist you best! We look forward to helping you.


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Explore your essential oils: Lemon

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Lemon is so bright & fresh. It’s my personal favorite for cleaning or brightening my mood. I enjoy it during the winter when the dreary days get to me! You can safely  use up to 12 drops per OUNCE of carrier on your skin without concern for a phytotoxic reaction. Let’s check out the profile:

Lemon

Here are a few ways I use lemon in my home

  1. Combine 1/2 cup baking soda with a tsp of dish soap and a tbsp of peroxide. Add 8 drops of lemon, stir will to combine. Use this paste to shine your stainless steel sink or remove the labels from glass jars!
  2. Diffuse with Lavender for a refreshing, just cleaned scent! It’s wonderful for your mood.

 

As always – please don’t forget to print this! You should have quite a collection by now. If you’ve missed any of these profiles you can check under the “Feature Friday” or “Explore your essential oils” categories!