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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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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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A blending practical {Interactive}

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This is something I have been looking forward to sharing with you. The oils used in this practical are among my favorites. I don’t particularly care for Ylang Ylang, as it’s very strong in scent. Although typically when you prepare  for blending you do so on a perfume strip, I chose to add my essential oils to the wick of a personal inhaler. This way I can enjoy my blend again and again.

I began with the 1 drop of Roman Chamomile. This essential oil is at first very floral but then I noticed grassy undertones. It reminded me very much of freshly mown hay. That is a scent that takes me back to childhood and growing up on a farm. Next I added the 8 drops of lavender. This lavender has a sharp, almost camphorous scent. I notice the floral notes second. It’s not what I think most people expect when they think of lavender. It certainly balances the sweetness of the Roman Chamomile. Next, I moved onto Bergamot. This is perhaps my most favorite essential oil. I love the bright, fresh citrus scent. I smile anytime I smell bergamot, it’s like bottled sunshine. Finally, the Ylang Ylang. I was careful with this one since it is a stronger scent and I knew I likely only wanted 1 drop. I have seen many descriptions of Ylang Ylang, but it always brings to mind dying irises. As a child my mother has gardens full of them and they had a very distinct aroma as they bloomed, then died.

My final blend for my inhaler is as follows:

  • 1 drop Roman Chamomile – middle note, strong scent
  • 8 drops Lavender – top note, medium strength scent
  • 2 drops Bergamot – top note, light scent
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang – middle/base note, strong scent

I was surprised on several of these essential oils that they reminded me very much of being a child. I am always amazed at the power of scent. I also enjoy smelling different kinds of lavender, as they always seem to be different than I expect. I know better, now, that the “lavender” lotions from stores aren’t truly authentic! To learn more about the power of scent, read Inhale! The underused power of Smell.

Will you be trying this at home? I now keep this inhaler on my desk for when I am overwhelmed and need a “brain break”


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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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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


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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.