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HOW to read the dilution chart

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The dilution chart. We often get asked just HOW in the world you read this thing. We realize that this might seem intimidating – but we promise it’s not as bad as it seems! It’s important to remember that ANYTIME you apply essential oils to the skin, you’ll want to use a carrier oil. This chart helps you find the right ratio for your situation. Check out the illustration below for some guidance and the following discussion for some clarifications:

Dilution Chart Explination

Once you learn how to how to read the chart there often are more questions:

1. How do I know which dilution rate to use?

For normal, daily use we recommend a dilution rate of 2%. For acute situations, like an injury or temporary condition you can go up to 5% for a SHORT period of time. How long is this? Typically less than 2 weeks.

 2. How do I get .5 of a drop?

You don’t. If you really want to be exact, you need to increase the amount of carrier until you come across a whole number! If you can’t do this, just round DOWN to the next whole number (example 1.5 drops becomes just 1 drop).

3. What about use on the face?

This normally means you’d like to blend into a facial serum or cream and will be using it daily. Stick to 1% dilution – the skin on your face is more sensitive and you should use a lower dilution.

4. What about my kids? or Babies?

For use with children, you can see guidelines in the bottom block. For the most part, we feel like a 2% dilution for spot treatments is fine. You’ll notice that this block refers to WHOLE BODY APPLICATION. Since we rarely cover our entire bodies in essential oils – a 2% dilution is fine.

5. What is “whole body application”?

In the case of a massage (or body cream) where a large portion of the skin is covered, you want to use a lower dilution. Since so much surface area is affected, this increases the total rate of absorption for your body.

That should cover most of the FAQs regarding this dilution chart. However, 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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Hydrosol Profile: Geranium

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Geranium Hydrosol is much lighter in scent that the essential oil. In fact, I prefer it in room sprays since it’s lighter fragrance isn’t as overpowering!

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What else can you do with Geranium Hydrosol? Check out a few other ideas below:

  • When you need a mood boost, spritz yourself with some Geranium hydrosol
  • Use 1 cup of water with 1/4 cup of geranium hydrosol in a spray bottle to mist clothing fresh out of the dryer. This accomplishes two goals, a soothing, soft scent along with loosening any last wrinkles from the garment

You should have a collection now, between the essential oils profiles and the hydrosols! Don’t forget, these are printable!! Our goal is to get you as much information so you can make educated decisions for yourself and your family when using natural products! Enjoy! If you have any questions regarding these or any other recipes you find on our blog, please be in touch by emailing us at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com We look forward to helping you in any way that we can.


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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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New to essential oil – Part 2

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Previously, in New to Essential Oils? we took a look at some basic posts to get your started. Since we feel it’s always a good idea to refresh on the basics, let’s continue with some additional information that can be very useful as you begin your journey with essential oils. Here are a few additional educational blog posts that explain some of the concepts needed to enjoy aromatherapy responsibly with your family & friends:

How do we “get” essential oils from plants? Do you want to learn more about the various extraction methods? Check out these posts

For help differentiating between different “kinds” of the same essential oils read about why knowing your Latin Binomials (names) is so important

Hydrosols are HOT! Check out what they are and how to use them in the following posts

Dilution is a crucial lesson! Learn how to read our dilution chart in the following post

Did you know there are some essential oils that should be used in limited amounts on the skin? Learn more about maximum dilutions by checking out this post

Finally, we are often asked which books we’d recommend for those new to use aromatherapy, this is the list of recommended books that contain up-to-date safety information and are easy to understand.

For the beginner – intermediate user:

1. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon & Lora Cantele
2. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
3. The Essential Oils Handbook by Jennie Harding
4. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell

For more advance information:

1. Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand & Young
2. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia
3. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals By Len & Shirley Price
4. Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare by Jane Buckle

Wow! After reading all this great information, you should have a much better handle on how to use essential oils safely. 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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Fastest Growing Essential Oil Company According to Inc. Magazine

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What an amazing journey. Since our inception in 2011, Plant Therapy has seen tremendous growth and

transformation. We have quickly become one of the most trusted names in the essential oil industry.

Being ranked #31 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list of fasted growing private business in America is a true honor

and really there are two groups of people responsible for this: our customers and our staff. We really do

have the best of both.

Our customers are passionate, loving, patient and loyal. We appreciate them as people, not just sales

numbers. Each one is on their own aromatherapy journey (many on a life changing journey of natural

health) and we are grateful that they have chosen to take us along. We genuinely listen to their

concerns and try our best to treat them right.

Our staff is hard working, friendly, honest and just good people. As we grow it is exciting to see

friendships being fostered and lives being transformed. We have people from all walks of life and in age

ranges from mid-teens to the mid-60s. We control almost every aspect of the business in-house. From

production (bottling, labeling, etc.) to order fulfillment and post fulfillment customer service. We try to

utilize the strengths of each of our staff members to the best of their ability and to encourage their own

personal development.

This business success has also allowed us to be an influence for good in the lives of thousands of people.

Since 2011 we have donated over $400,000 to charitable organizations and people in need. This can be

as simple as providing a tank of gas for a stranded traveler or work on more complicated projects like

digging wells in remote African villages. I believe that true earthly joy comes in giving service to others.

I am often asked how we have been able to grow the business so successfully in such a short period of

time. I have reflected a lot about that these past couple of months. I grew up in a home with an

entrepreneurial father. Almost my entire life he had been self-employed while my mother was a stay at

home mom. I am one of 6 children (5 boys) and both parents taught us to work hard and be generous.

As I reflect on my childhood, I think it is funny how I learned some of the most important things about

how to run a business in my pre-school years. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Don’t

cheat. If you screw up fess up to it and learn from it. Play fair. Don’t quit just because it’s hard. Be

honest. Don’t cut. These may seem like simple concepts, but I believe they are the foundation of any

successful relationship. Whether it is with a spouse or a customer. Plant Therapy’s customers know they

can trust us. When we say we will do something, they know we do everything in our power to follow

through. That is the foundation to a successful business (and life).

I love and appreciate our customers and our staff. I am grateful for the trust they have placed in us.

Thank you for an amazing first three years of business! I look forward to many more.

Chris Jones, President

Plant Therapy Inc.


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New to essential oils?

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We LOVE educating our customers on the safe use of essential oils. So – here are a few great blog posts to get your started. For some, this may be repeat information – but it’s always a good idea to brush up on your reading to be sure you’re doing it right! These posts are very basic and contain additional information that we feel is really important in order to have a working knowledge of using essential oils safely with members of your family. So before you make your first order or apply your essential oils to your skin – take a few minutes and check out the following blog posts:

Learn the basics in this 101 blog post:
Have kids? Learn about which oils are safe to use with your little ones:
Pregnant? Nursing? Looking to become Pregnant? Learn how to use aromatherapy safely through your pregnancy:
Heard you can drop oils in your water? Or consume in other ways? You may rethink that after reading this:
Learn about what a carrier oil is and why it’s important:
Inhalation is a fabulous way to use essential oils, learn more here:
Dilution is KEY when dealing with essential oils on the skin. To avoid an issue, check out this post:
Botanical or Latin names are important to understand which essential oils you are using, find out more:

Check back with us in a bit to see MORE beginner posts and explanations to help you make the most of your essential oils (safely)!! Of course, as always, we want to hear from you! You can contact us by emailing Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. Don’t forget – you can also 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!