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Be Safe in the Sun!

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Phototoxicity is defined by wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phototoxicity) as a chemically induced skin irritation requiring light that does not involve the immune system. It is a type of photosensitivity. 

The skin response resembles an exaggerated sunburn. The involved chemical may enter into the skin by topical administration or it may reach the skin via systemic circulation following ingestion or parenteral administration. The chemical needs to be “photoactive”, which means that when it absorbs photons, the absorbed energy produces molecular changes that cause toxicity. Many synthetic compounds, including drug substances like tetracyclines or fluoroquinolones, are known to cause these effects. Surface contact with some such chemicals causes photodermatitis; many plants cause phytophotodermatitis. Light-induced toxicity is a common phenomenon in humans; however, it also occurs in other animals.

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So what does this mean in regards to essential oils? Well, this means there are a few that you want to avoid if you are going to be out in the sun! They contain chemical compounds, called Furanocoumarins, that enhance this reaction on the skin. The oil reacts with the UV rays and can cause skin reactions like redding or darkening of the skin, rashes and  itchiness. Avoid these oils in creams, lotions and other blends made with carrier oils to ensure that you won’t have a reaction in the sun.

Of course, nothing can be THAT easy, right? The oils that are steam distilled do not contain the same compounds in cold pressed versions. Therapeutically, these oils remain comparable. The others in the “safe” list do not naturally contain the phototoxic compounds. You can buy bergeptene-free bergamot, which is NOT phototoxic. So – you can use some of the oils on the “do not use” list if you follow VERY specific guidelines. They are outlined below.

For every ONE OUNCE of carrier you can safely use:

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Using these guidelines, you can feel assured that you & your family can safely use essential oils in the sun! Get out there and enjoy summer – safely! As always, please leave a comment below or email us with if you have questions. If you need help choosing oils that are right for your situation email us at aromatherapist@plant therapy.com


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DIY Sore Throat Care

 

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This is something that we all experience. You wake up, your throat is scratchy and you really don’t have time for that! Before you head to the doctor, let me share my go-to sore throat care checklist.

  1. Gargle with warm salt water. This may seem pretty basic, but salt is excellent for cleaning and killing germs!
  2. Start the tea kettle. Warm tea, with a touch of honey and lemon is a perfect sore throat soother! There are several kinds of tea marketed just for sore throats. They are full of good herbs that help to coat the throat and reduce inflammation and reduce symptoms.
  3. Still sore? Try this throat spray: The Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and the apple cider and tea tree oil will help to clear the infection.SoreThroatSpray
  4. Last in my “defense against the sore throat” kit is this wonderful little nugget of information

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These few ideas should have you feeling better in no time. I know taking it easy is hard in the fast-paced world we live in. If you can, take time to simply rest because it’s the best way to allow your body to heal! Wishing you wellness!


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Feature Friday: Coriander

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We chose to highlight Coriander this week since it’s one of the lesser known oils that will be included in our *NEW* Kid Safe line of essential oils. Coriander Oil has a sweet, peppery, slightly fruity smell and blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain and Rose. Coriander is included in the flowing Kid Safe synergies Lice Away, Sweet Dreams, Eczema Helper, and Smell Your Best.

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Here are a few ways that you can incorporate coriander into your essential oil collection!

  1. Use 3 drops Coriander and 3 drops sweet orange in 1/2 cup epsom salt, then add to bath.
  2.  For a great diffuser blend combine Coriander with bergamot and sweet orange for clarity & focus!
  3. To soothe eczema in 1 ounce of Almond carrier oil add 3 drops lavender, 2 drops coriander, 2 drops of patchouli and 2 drops of sandalwood.

 

As always, don’t forget to print out this profile & add it to your essential oil notebook!! More to come in the following weeks! If you have questions please email one of our certified aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Christmas In July Day 25- July 25th ONLY

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 **PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY**

(Only one coupon code per order. Our website does NOT allow multiple coupons per order. Each coupon code can ONLY be used once. You can NOT use the same coupon code on multiple orders. You can use every coupon code but they have to be in separate transactions.)

July 1st: $10 off a purchase of $25 or more. Use coupon code: julychristmas1

*Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST. Cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Cannot be used towards the purchase of gift certificates. 

 

July 2nd: 15% off Helichrysum essential oil. Use coupon code: julychristmas2

*Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Coupon cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Coupon only good at http://www.planttherapy.com. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST

 

July 3rd: 15% off any diffuser (excluding soapstone diffusers). Use coupon code: julychristmas3

*EXCLUDING Soapstone diffusers. Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Coupon cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST. Coupon good at http://www.planttherapy.com.

 

July 4th: 10% off any essential oil set. Use coupon code: julychristmas4

*Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Coupon cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Coupon good at http://www.planttherapy.com only. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST.  

 

July 5th: Buy 5 ml Chamomile German and 10 ml Tea Tree and get Tea Tree for FREE. Use coupon code: julychristmas5

*Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Only one free Tea Tree per customer. Coupon cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Coupon good at http://www.planttherapy.com ONLY. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST.  Coupon good ONLY when 5 ml Chamomile German AND 10 ml Tea Tree are purchased. (Undiluted and non-organic oils only.)

 

July 6th: Buy 16 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil and 10 ml undiluted Grapefruit Pink and get Grapefruit for FREE. Use coupon code: julychristmas6

*To get the free 10 ml undiluted Grapefruit pink, order must contain 16 oz Fractionated Coconut Oil AND 10 ml undiluted Grapefruit pink. Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Only one free Grapefruit per customer. Coupon cannot be combined with any other discount or offer. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST.

 

July 7th: $7 off Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. Use coupon code: julychristmas7

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July 8th: Sale Not Available

 

July 9th: 20% off Germ Fighter synergy. Use coupon code: julychristmas9

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July 10th: Buy 10 ml Insect Shield and 10 ml Citronella and get Citronella for FREE. Use coupon code: julychristmas10

*Coupon can only be used once per customer. Only one coupon per order. Coupon cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.  Order must include 10 ml Insect Shield AND 10 ml Citronella. Only non-organic and undiluted qualify for discount. Only one free Citronella per customer. Coupon expires July 25th, 11:59 pm CST.

 

July 11th: 10% off your total purchase. Use coupon code: julychristmas11

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July 12th: 20% off Headache Relief synergy. Use coupon code: julychristmas12

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July 13th: 25% off Essential Oil Wooden Box. Use coupon code: julychristmas13

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July 14th: 15% off Chamomile Roman. Use coupon code: julychristmas14

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July 15th: Buy 16 oz Grapeseed carrier oil and 10 ml undiluted Sensual synergy and get the Sensual synergy for free. Use coupon code: julychristmas15

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July 16th: 20% of Lemon essential oil. Use coupon code: julychristmas16

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July 17th: Buy 10 ml undiluted, non organic Lavender Population and 10 ml undiluted, non organic Cajeput and get Cajeput for free. Use coupon code: julychristmas17

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July 18th: Same sale as July 3rd. Use coupon code: julychristmas3

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July 20th: 10% off Soapstone diffuser. Use coupon code: julychristmas20th

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July 23rd: 15% off all carrier oils. Use coupon code: julychristmas23

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Do You Have Empty Bottles?

 

Do you have a bunch of empty essential oil bottles sitting around? I know I do!!! The worst part is I wish I could do something with them. Getting the smell and residue of the prior oil out of the glass bottle isn’t too hard – let me show you how I clean out my bottles!

What you’ll need:

  • a medium glass bowl
  • white vinegar
  • water

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What you’ll do:

  1. place your empty glass essential oil bottles into your glass bowl
  2. cover with vinegar and water I use a mix of each!
  3. Allow to soak for at least 2 hours, or overnight
  4. Rinse well after soaking

Here’s some AWESOME news! I have the toughest time getting the smell out of the caps & reducers. SOOOO, We now have available a package of 12 caps and reducers for sale! You can reuse your bottles and have nice clean caps for your personal blends! Get your caps & reducers today!

Enjoy!!

 


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Kids & Essential Oils Safety

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Kids and Essential Oil Safety

We all want the best for our kids. In a world where there are so many synthetics and chemicals, it’s nice to have the option of using something more natural. However, just because something is natural doesn’t make it completely safe. Essential oils should be used with caution around children. Education is the key to safe use!

While we do not generally recommend the use of many essential oils in children under 2 years old, there are a limited number that can be used with children aged 6 months – 2 years but they need to be used sparingly and with a safe dilution.

Why the age restrictions?

All children are different! These are general guidelines and you must find what works for your family. However, there are certain oils to avoid with children such as birch and wintergreen because of the concern of developing Reye’s Syndrome. Oils high in menthol or 1,8-cineole should also be avoided since they can cause breathing concerns with young children. While this is rare – it can occur and should be taken seriously when choosing essential oils. The good news is there are so many oils that cover some of the same therapeutic properties that age-appropriate oils are easy to find!

Children under the age of two have the most restrictions on use. Essential oils for use on children ages 2 – 10 can be found here – kid safe chart. Once a child has reached age 10, unless they’ve shown a sensitivity or other reaction, nearly all oils are safe for use.

 Dilution rate

What is a dilution rate? This refers to the amount of essential oil in comparison to the amount of carrier oil (like grapeseed or coconut oil). We have a reference chart that lists the proper dilution rates. For children age 2 – 10 we recommend a 0.5% – 1% dilution. Here are a few of the reasons you want to dilute your oils:

  1. To avoid skin reactions like rashes and phototoxicity (a severe sun reaction)
  2. Children are still developing and their bodies don’t react in the same way an adults does.
  3. To avoid a systemic issue like hepatoxicity or neurotoxicity (which are rare, but can occur).

 

Constituents to avoid

There are a few constituents that you want to avoid using on children under the age of 6. They are listed below with the reasons why you’d want to avoid them

  1. Menthol. High menthol content in an essential oil, as found in Japanese peppermint and Peppermint, can slow breathing in very young children.
  1. 1,8-Cineole. In excess of 40%, this is another constituent that can slow breathing in young children as previously mentioned. Found in Eucalyptus.
  1. Methyl salicylate. Some people have sensitivity and this can cause issues for kids who have symptoms of ADHD. Also – this should be avoided generally in kids because of Reye’s Syndrome (as mentioned above)

UPDATED KID SAFE CHART:

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Choice of oils

At Plant Therapy – our focus is on customer satisfaction and safety. We wanted to offer a line of oils that you know are safe for use on your children. The oils chosen are all gentle, yet effective. Our goal is to empower our customers and allow you to make the best choices for your family’s health. If you have any questions regarding these or other oils that we offer – please contact one of our certified aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com

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