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Ambient Diffusion

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We often talk about diffusers and how to use them. However, what if you don’t have one? Ambient diffusion is your answer – this simply means allowing the essential oils to scent the air without any mechanical means or through the use of heat. Remember those bags of potpourri that line the shelves of craft stores in the fall & winter? That is an excellent example of passive or ambient diffusion. There are a few other ways you can accomplish this outlined below.

Aromastones can be handmade by you using a porous clay and simply rolling to into small shapes. You can decorate them if you wish, but don’t use paint of any kind – this won’t allow the essential oil to absorb. Clay decorations are another fun way to passively diffuse essential oils. These shapes can be round or even cut outs. Think fun cookie cutters! Get your kids involved, this is one where they can express their creativity too.

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Dried fruit, pinecones and other items from nature. Go on a scavenger hunt with your kids and gather up small twigs, pinecones, leaves and other fun organic items. Bring them in (be sure to check them for hitchhiking bug, then shoo those outside) and place them in a pretty bowl. Now, add a sprinkle of your favorite scent and leave it sit on your hall table or bathroom vanity!

Finally, check out out aromashell diffuser. This little guy gently heats the oil that you drop into a metal pan. It’s inexpensive and a nice way to scent your home without overdoing it!

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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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!

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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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Blending 101 (part 2)

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In a follow up to the Blending 101  post from last month, let’s continue to look at blending techniques so that you feel more confident in creating your own aromatic masterpieces!

Basic Blending

Blending for your diffuser! Sometimes I do this “on the fly” and just add oils that I know will go nicely together. Other times I blend with specific concerns in mind. Let me show you how I take on that challenge.

First, I choose an oil that I’d like to be the “main event”. In many cases this is the one with the therapeutic properties I’d like to highlight, such as lavender for relaxation. Now, I’ll take a look at our website at www.planttherapy.com and click on that particular oil! Notice that there is a lot of information to be found on the description page! One is “Blends well with:” and gives a list of other oils that compliment or enhance the scent/therapeutic properties of the oil you’ve chosen {see below} Once again we want to define an intention for this blend. My intention is to create a relaxing, yet uplifting environment. So take a look and notice that bergamot is among the oils that may blend well with lavender. I love the uplifting and calming properties of bergamot as well. So now I have lavender & bergamot. I also know that I love deep, grounding scents {you may not, or this may not fit your intention} so I am also going to choose patchouli.

 

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To create this blend, I will use the method noted in Blending 101 and keep track of my drops using hash marks. In your notebook, give your recipe a name, note the oils used and how many drops. If you enjoy the scent, now you can replicate it. If you don’t, make a note on what you would change next time!  Many of my favorite diffuser blends have been “happy accidents” where I don’t think too hard about it, but since I know what I like and what my intention is, it becomes easy to choose essential oils that work well together to quit that purpose! To do this, you can make use of the suggested uses section of the description. This gives you some ideas how you might use this oil. By NO MEANS are these the only way it can be used. Take the intention of the oil, and apply to other areas of your life!

Other helpful hints:

  • Citrus oils can brighten deep scents if you’re not particularly a fan of essential oils like patchouli or vetiver.
  • To round out cloying, overly sweet or strong floral scents, use a grounding oil in small quantities (1 drop usually is plenty) to round out the scent. Grounding oils include patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, or frankincense.
  • Mints and citruses go beautifully together and are often favorites for when you have company or guests!

For further questions, comments or concerns please contact us at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Welcoming Diffuser Blends

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I am always looking for fun, new diffuser blends when I am having company. I hope some of these will set the “winter” mood in your home! Remember – you can run your diffuser for 60 minutes, then shut it off for 60 minutes. Even better, if your diffuser has interval settings – go ahead and set it for 15 seconds on/15 seconds off and allow it to run for longer periods of time! Diffusers are truly one of my favorite aromatherapy tools & the whole family can benefit! When choosing a diffuser blend, be sure that it’s right for all members of your family (even the little ones and pets!)

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While you’re deciding what holiday scent to add to your diffuser – why not check out today’s sale? Here’s it is:

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That new car smell…

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This really isn’t post about capturing that smell, but it is nice to  have fresh smelling car! It makes the morning commute so much nicer. On long road trips, it’s nice to have a soothing scent to keep the kiddos in check. On the way home from work, it’s a great idea to have something soothing, but invigorating. There are so many great options for using aromatherapy in your vehicle. Here’s how I keep my car smelling fresh!

DIY Car Fresheners

What you’ll need:

  • a small piece of felt
  • some yarn or string
  • a pair of scissors
  • Essential oil or Synergies of your choice

Good choices for in the car are uplifting, bright oils to keep you focused on the drive. Examples are any citrus oil, Spearmint, Rosemary, Go-Go-Go synergy or Invigor-Aid synergy. Always keep in mind who is in the car with you and choose your oils wisely if you have kids riding along! Click here to see our kid safe chart.

I would avoid the use of calming or sedating oils while operating a vehicle.

What you’ll do:

  1.  Cut your felt into a 4-5 inch circle, and make a hole near the top
  2. Run your thread or string through this hole and create a loop for it to hang from your rearview mirror
  3. Drop 3-4 drops of your desired oil or synergy onto your felt circle
  4. Hang this in your car & refresh as needed

 

I hope your car becomes a more pleasant place after you hang your car scent disk! I really enjoy mine & look forward to driving with a pleasant atmosphere! If you have questions, concerns or comments please email us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com and hop on over to our Facebook page – Safe Essential Oil Recipes.

 


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Homework Helper!!

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Well, the kids are back in school! Now we get to spend hours & hours doing homework at the kitchen table! Let’s make this process a little easier!

First, allow your kids some free play time when they get home from school. Letting them release some energy & play will help their concentration later in the evening. Next, give them a snack. A protein-packed snack helps the brain calm down and fuels the body & brain. Finally, provide a quiet or calm space for them to work. At my house, this is the dining room table cleared of all distractions. I am only a few steps away and available for help.

During homework time, get out your diffuser and try one of these blends to help your student get through that evening homework session.

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If you don’t have a diffuser, consider using a personal inhaler with 12-15 drops of your selected blend on the reusable cotton wick! Allow your child to decorate the inhaler tube with his or her name. Empowering children with tools they can use to manage their education is so important!

Don’t underestimate the benefits of a good diet and proper rest, as well! Studies show that proper nutrition and rest are just as important to your child education as the teacher they have or the school they go to! If you have concerns about your child’s concentration, and want more specific help please contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join us on Facebook Safe Essential Oil Recipes