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Personal Inhaler Tips & Tricks

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This little device goes by a few different names. Personal Inhaler, Aromastick, Aromatherapy Inhaler, and many others. Often times we recommend making a personal inhaler. What does this mean? This is a way to take your aromatherapy with you when you travel, head to work or school or anytime your not at home near your diffuser. Since inhalation is such an effective method of use for essential oils, it’s a perfect solution. Want to learn more about inhalation? Check out “Inhale! The underused power of smell” Let’s explore how to use them properly and then check out some good blends for use in them!

Personal Inhalers

As you can see from the above graphic, there are several parts to the inhaler.

  1. The wick is where you drop 10-15 drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend
  2. The Inhaler is the part that you sniff from
  3. The lid or cover keeps the scent from dissipating too quickly
  4. the base keeps everything sealed up tight

Need a more in-depth tutorial? Check out this YouTube Video on exactly  how to prepare an inhaler for use!!

Now let’s get onto the good stuff, the recipes! There are endless possibilities – so please don’t let this list limit your imagination. However, here are some general ideas for certain circumstances. Remember that for the most part, it only take 10-15 drops TOTAL essential oil!

  1. Uplifting: 5 drops neroli, 4 drops sweet orange, 2 drops vanilla
  2. Nausea: 5 drops of ginger, 5 drops of grapefruit
  3. Energizing: 5 drops mandarin, 5 drops of lime, 5 drops of spearmint
  4. Relaxation: 6 drops petitgrain, 4 drops lavender, 3 drops cedarwood
  5. Emotional: 5 drops lavender, 5 drops of helichrysum, 3 drops of frankincense, 3 drops marjoram
  6. Focus/Calm: 10-15 drops of A+Attention, OR {for adults} 10 drops lemon, 5 drops rosemary, OR {for kids} 10 drops sweet orange, 5 drops cedarwood

Be sure to let me know how these work out for you!If you have questions or concerns regarding any of this information, please emails one of our Aromatherapists at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes and share your favorite inhaler recipes with us! See you soon.


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Aromatherapy for Men

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Fathers Day is just around the corner. We don’t often take the time to let the men in our lives know how much we appreciate everything they do for (and with) us. My dad taught me to ride my first bike, took me fishing, built snow dragons and taught me the value of hard work. My husband supports all my ambitions, is a fantastic Daddy to our two girls and also happens to be my best friend. I have many friends who are also amazing men in their own right.

I am guilty of not making it known how much I appreciate these wonderful men in my life. So, why not make something special to show your man how much you care. Perhaps you’re making something for your Dad, your significant other or your best friend. Let’s get started on some projects sure to pamper your favorite guy!!

We chose 5 drops of Cedarwood and 4 drops of Sandalwood for this lovely beard oil!

We chose 5 drops of Cedarwood and 4 drops of Sandalwood for this lovely beard oil!

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Here are a few quick personal inhaler ideas, which can easily be placed  pocket and used at work, while out & about or even at home! Never made an inhaler? Check out this easy, DIY video to learn more: How to create a personal inhaler.

Relaxing Personal Inhaler {for men}

Drop 5 drops cedarwood, 5 drops lavender and 2 drops vanilla onto the cotton wick. Cap & gift to your favorite guy!

Energizing Personal Inhaler {for men}

Drop 7 drops Black Pepper, 5 Drops Sweet Orange & 3 drops Lemon onto the cotton wick. Cap & give your guy the energy he needs to get through the day!

Need a quick and easy gift for your important dude? This Car Diffuser may be just what you’re looking for. Let Dad wake up on  his way to work, and unwind on his way home! Add your favorite synergy like Energy or Clarity Synergy to give him some get up & go OR choose a calming blend like StressFree or Self Esteem Synergy for the drive home!

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I hope that the special man in your life will appreciate these thoughtful gifts! We are here to answer any questions you might have, and look forward to hearing about how YOU pampered your guy! Please send us an email with your thoughts, concerns, or questions at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com and while you’re at it, head over to Facebook and join our Safe Essential Oil Recipes group! We have a lot of fun exchanging ideas, sharing recipes and supporting safe use! We will look forward to meeting you soon.


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Valentines Day DIY

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Valentines Day should be a day where you show your significant others, children & friends how much they mean to you {well, we really should do this every day, but let’s make a special effort for this occasion!} Why don’t we create some lovely small items to gift to your loved ones this Valentines Day!

I have created 3 DIY projects for you today. Once geared towards kids, one that can be given to your friends & family and another that can be shared with your significant other. Need a great EASY gift, try our Romance Set – in convenient roll on form!

 

What you’ll need:

Sugar Shower Cubes:

  • 6 ounces of sugar
  • 2 ounces of coconut oil {the solid kind!}
  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 1/2 ounce cocoa butter
  • essential oils of your choice {I used Calming the Child}

Massage Oil:

Lotion bars:

  • 3 ounces cacao butter
  • 3 ounces coconut oil {the solid kind}
  • 3 ounces beeswax
  • silicone molds, hearts are a great choice
  • essential oils of your choice – kids love orange !! 

Sweetheart Diffuser Blend: 

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What you’ll do:

Sugar Shower Cubes:

  1. Add 6 ounces of sugar to a medium glass bowl
  2. In separate bowl, melt remaining ingredients (except essential oils) until all liquid
  3. Combine oils/butters with sugar
  4. Add essential oils
  5. Mix well
  6. Pat into silicon molds
  7. Allow to sitting fridge for 30 minutes to firm up
  8. Use in the shower to scrub arms & legs to soft, smooth skin!
  9. Store in the fridge for best use, they got a little “mushy” if not kept cool.

 

Massage Oil:

  1. Add carrier to 2 ounce dropper bottle
  2. Drop in the following amounts of essential oils 12 drops sandalwood, 5 drops ylang ylang, 5 drops vanilla, 1 drop of cinnamon leaf and 1 drop of jasmine.
  3. Place lid on the bottle and mix well by rubbing bottle between palms
  4. Enjoy a massage with your significant other 😉

Lotion bars:

  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 essential oil
  7. Pour into silicon molds
  8. Cool
  9. Package

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Magnesium Body Pudding

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Today’s DIY project is something I have been mulling over for a long, long time. Ok – not that long but at least the past two years or so. I am so excited to share this with you.This is a divine body product. I was put off by other magnesium products, since they tend to be drying and leave a stickiness behind on your hands. I was unable to avoid the stickiness, but this product is smooth, silky and very moisturizing! I hope you like it as much as I do!!!!

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What you’ll need:

  • Small saucepan
  • Small glass (pyrex) bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • Immersion blender
  • 1/2 cup melted magnesium flakes*
  • 1/4 cup mango butter
  • 3 tbsp jojoba
  • 3 tbsp beeswax, shredded (or about 0.5 ounces)
  • 2 tbsp hydrosol (I used lavender – stay tuned for hydrosols, coming soon!)
  • 12-15 drops essential oils of your choice. I used “Nighty night

*melt magnesium flakes by placing in a container and allowing to sit at room temp for several days until melted. Alternately, you could add 2 tbsp hot water to 1/2 cup magnesium flakes. Your final product will be a bit thinner.

What you’ll do:

  1. In a small glass bowl over simmering water (makeshift double boiler) combine mango butter, jojoba and beeswax. Allow to melt. Remove from heat
  2. In small saucepan, pour melted magnesium flakes. Gently warm over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat
  3. Add hydrosol, mixing briefly
  4. Add your essential oils to the melted butter/wax
  5. Using immersion blender, begin blending the cooling butter/wax
  6. Slowly dribbling in the magnesium/hydrosol mixture. Continue blending
  7. At this point you’ll notice the product firms up into a “gel” type consistency -It reminded me of pudding, hence the name – Keep blending
  8. Finally, after adding all the liquid, scoop into a container
  9. This makes 1 cup of product
  10. Store in airtight container. I take out about a weeks worth, and keep the rest in the refrigerator

 

I use this magnesium body pudding on my feet twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. I love it! I shared a sample this recipe with a friend, who was having trouble falling asleep at night. She then wanted me to help her learn to make some and now she swears by it! I hope you have the same success – please be in touch if you have further questions contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Feature Friday: Orange

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Orange essential oil is wonderful all year long. In the spring it reminds us of fresh new beginnings. In the summer, it is the quintessential sunshine scent. By fall, combined with cinnamon and clove it reminds us of the holidays. Finally in the winter, it can be a bright spot during cold evenings.

Sweet Orange

My all-time favorite way to use sweet orange is to combine it with vanilla and use it in the bath. This smells JUST like a creamsicle and is the  yummiest smelling bath! Try it and hopefully you feel emotional uplifted and completely chill when you get out of the tub!

Now, instead of ME giving YOU lots recipe ideas this week, please comment below with YOUR favorite way to use sweet orange!! I am so excited to see all the ways you guys make use of sweet orange!!

If you have questions or comments regarding anything you’ve read here or other places on the blog, please contact one of our Certified Aromatherapist at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for more information! Hop on over to Facebook and join our recipe group as well. Safe Essential Oil Recipes.

 

 

 


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Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder

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This is one of my favorite cleaning recipes! It’s a quick and easy DIY that you can use all over your home! Customize your scent & refresh your cleaning routine! Join me in making this multi-purpose powder for your home…

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1-2 cups baking soda
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Container with shaker lid or that you can drill holes into

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Add baking soda to fill 1/2 your jar
  2. Drop a few (10-15 drops) essential oils into your jar
  3. Add the rest of the baking soda
  4. Drop in more essential oils (another 10-15 drops)
  5. Shake well to incorporate the essential oils into the baking soda

Now what?

  • Sprinkle this mix onto your carpets, allow it to sit for 30-60 minutes and vacuum up.
  • Sprinkle onto mattresses, allow to sit for 30 minutes and use your vacuum’s accessory hose to vacuum up.
  • Sprinkle into your kitchen sink, stainless steel, moisten a sponge or wash rag and scrub your sink to a high shine! Rinse well.
  • Pour about a tbsp. into the bottom of your trash pail to absorb stinky trash smells.
  • Use a bit with any citrus to help remove stubborn labels from up cycled jars!

Recipe Ideas:

  • Fresh and clean: Combine 2 parts any citrus & 1 part any mint (example 15 drops lime and 7 drops spearmint)
  • Autumn Splendor: Use 20-30 drops Germ Fighter (use caution with children under age 10)
  • Germ Destroyer: Use 20-30 drops Germ Destroyer
  • Floral Delight: Use 5 drops Ylang Ylang, 4 drops Neroli, 4 drops bergamot, 3 drops vetiver or Patchouli

Enjoy your new household powder! You will find many uses for it!! I truly hope you find this powder  as useful as I do! As always, if you have specific questions or concerns please get in touch with us. You can email our Certified Aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com anytime. We’re happy to help!


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Oil Cleanse Method

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One of the most important things to remember when dealing with your skin is that your body creates oil to help keep your pores clean and free of debris. In order to dissolve this oil and get at the trapped dirt, you need to use oil to cleanse your face.

Now no one is allowed to freak out!  But – that will cause breakouts, right?

No, it won’t. Breakouts happen for several reasons.

  1. Hormonal: Fluctuations in hormones can cause breakout for a variety of reasons. The  underlying cause may even be an undiagnosed autoimmune disorder.
  2. Genetic: Some people are just predisposed to acne.
  3. Psychological: Being stressed out CAN cause acne. When stress is high, the likelihood of a breakout can increase.
  4. Infectious: Some types of bacteria are known to colonize in the pores of the skin. These bacteria can disrupt normal, healthy skin function and result in an acne outbreak.
  5. Diet: Many times eruptions on the skin are a direct result of a food sensitivity or allergy. Finding the root cause can greatly reduce the number of outbreaks.

 

Once you figure out WHY your face is breaking out, you can take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation. Now, back to using oil to clean your face. There are a few guidelines to follow when blending carrier oils to use as your OCM base. First, start with about 20% of the whole as castor oil. Castor oil is drawing and helps to clear the skin of deep dirt in the pores. The remaining 80% is up to you. At the end of this post, you’ll find a few links that can help you choose the carrier that’s right for you.

You’ll want to know what type of skin you have. Perhaps you already know, but if not here is a handy tool I found for you to use to discover your skin type: http://www.wikihow.com/Determine-Your-Skin-Type

Knowing your skin type is useful in choosing which carrier oils will make up your oil cleanse. Adding essential oils is like icing on the cake! You can seriously customize this concept to really fit the goals you have for your skin! Let me give you a few examples.

 

None of these ratios or recipes are set in stone. You may have to experiment a little in order to find what works well for your skin. Always make a small “batch” in order to see how it works, then you can scale up or change as needed. In order to learn more about carrier oils, check out this post: Which Carrier Oil is Best for Me? This will guide you in choosing carrier oils that suit your needs. Other great posts like  DIY Facial Serum and Beauty Masks have helpful recipes that you may consider using to customize your carrier oil blend.

 

So once you’ve made your oil cleanse you’ll follow these step to use it:

  1. Massage a quarter sized amount into the skin
  2. Using hot water, wet a wash cloth and apply over the face to steam the skin (this allows the pores to open and the oils to get inside to help pull out the dirt)
  3. Wipe the skin with that wash cloth
  4. Rinse the wash cloth
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 at least one more time

 

I like to do this in the evening prior to bed. After cleansing with oil, you’ll find you don’t need any additional moisturizer. In the morning, I simply use water and a wash rag to wipe my face clean. I will apply a light serum in the morning!

 

As always if you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com. We can also be found on Facebook at Safe Essential Oil Recipes.