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Kimberly’s Top 5 Chart

 

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Have you met Kimberly? She is one of the administrators of the Safe Essential Oil Recipe group on Facebook. She has finished up her examination for her Aromatherapy Certification and is in the midst of her case studies now! We enjoy working with Kimberly and wanted to share her thoughts with you! This is the fifth in a series of Top 5 Charts from Plant Therapy’s Aromatherapists. Did you catch the others? If not, there are links at the end of this post!

A big thank you to Kimberly for sharing her Top 5 choices with us, you can see that although we all hold similar levels of education, we still choose differently. I think this speaks to the many wonderful uses for essential oils and that there is no “one size fits all” recommendations that can be made. This is why it’s so important to consult with a local Certified Aromatherapist to discuss your concerns. While we can make general recommendations, a much better recommendation can be made by someone local to you based on your health history, medications and other factors.

 

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You can find the other’s by clicking Christina’s Top 5 Chart, Retha’s Top 5 Chart, Sue’s Top 5 Chart or Lori’s Top 5 Chart. Don’t forget these are printable. Simply click the Chart and it opens in a new window. You can then choose to print from your browsers menu (typically top left of the screen).  If you have questions, or concerns regarding any information you have seen in the blog, please contact us by email at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for a more in-depth conversation! We are happy to assist you in any way we can.


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Introduction to “The Bridge”

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Welcome to “The Bridge”!

The Bridge is a blog designed to help explain the “whys” and “hows” surrounding common medical concerns. Demystifying medical language and explaining the rationale behind treatments for medical concerns is part of what I do. From the perspective of both Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist, I’ll be providing information from both the Western/allopathic and complementary/alternative medical points of view.

What this blog is NOT: While I am a licensed Registered Nurse (R.N.), I am not a medical doctor. I can’t diagnose and offer treatments for known medical conditions. Any information on this blog is not meant as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed physician, and you’ll often see me say, “You should go see your doctor for that”.

Essential oils are obtained from marvelous naturally occurring substances and can help alleviate common symptoms that plague us regularly…..sniffly noses and sneezing during pollen season, keeping bugs away from us on a picnic or hike, helping ease head pain after a difficult day at work, soothing a grieving spirit, and helping support an effort to quit smoking.

What essential oils CANNOT do is cure diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer, and other medical afflictions. There are companies out there that want you to believe that essential oils CAN cure these and other disease states. This is untrue. Essential oils help support mind, body, and spirit in the individual’s effort to help heal her/himself.


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Word of the Week: Expectorant

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Expectorant

These fall into a few categories

  1. Warming and stimulating. These are perfect for drying & expelling mucus. Oils that may preform this function are Basil, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, pine, eucalyptus, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, and frankincense.
  2. Relaxing. Wonderful for soothing dry coughs. Essential oils that can help are sandalwood, cedar wood, and Roman Chamomile
  3. Suppressant. Relax and suppress the cough, especially useful at night when sleep can be impaired by constant coughing. Oils include Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Cypress, and Pine


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Hydrosol Profiles: Witch Hazel

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Today, we continue our monthly feature of hydrosols. Today let’s take a closer look at my personal favorite, witch hazel hydrosol! This is one of the more versatile hydrosols and I just love the way it smells lightly of marshmallows! Why don’t we take a look at the profile and learn a few ways we can incorporate witch hazel hydrosol into your daily routine!

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What else can you do with this wonderful hydrosol? Take a look:

Don’t forget, these are printable!! You should have a collection now, between the essential oils profiles and the hydrosols! 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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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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I want to begin this post with a huge THANK YOU to each of you, the followers of this blog. This month I celebrate my 1st full year of working with Plant Therapy. I am privileged and honored to share with each of you each week. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and look forward to meeting the rest! In celebration of this time – Plant Therapy has graciously agreed to offer you a chance to WIN 1 of 3 Christina’s Top 14 Package. A package they let me select to share with the winner!!

 

Christina's Top 14

The contest is open starting RIGHT now and will be open until 11 am CT May 8, 2015. For a chance to win enter via Rafflecopter by clicking this link: Win 1 of 3 Christina’s Top 14 Set

Now on with the Mother’s Day Extravaganza

They are the women who give us life or take us into their hearts, fix every scrape with a kiss and spend endless hours comforting, cleaning and sacrificing so that our lives are a little better. These woman aren’t superheros (although they should be) they are Mothers! They come in every shape, size and color and most people wouldn’t trade theirs for the world. Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Let’s get started on a few project to pamper your favorite Mama and show her just how much she means to YOU!!

 

This wonderful solid perfume can be found at www.essentialoilblogging.com

This wonderful solid perfume can be found at http://www.essentialoilblogging.com

Solid Perfume : A lovely solid perfume to make your mom feel extra special! You can follow my recipe idea or create your very own fragrance. Apply by wiping finger over perfume and dabbing on pulse points. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Add beeswax to glass container, double boiler or other melting apparatus
  2. Once the beeswax being to melt, add the jojoba
  3. Once the waxes are melted together, remove from heat.
  4. Working quickly, add 25 drops balance synergy & 4-6 drops Patchouli
  5. Allow to cool

 

Moisturing mist for your Mother www.essentailoilblogging.com

Moisturing mist for your Mother http://www.essentailoilblogging.com

Moisturizing Body Mist: Did you know that Fractionated Coconut Oil has the ability to be sprayed? Create a moisturizing mist that can be used when you’re just out of the shower! Mom is going to have soft, glowing skin!

What you’ll need:

*Use caution with Lime and use NO MORE than 4 drops per ounce of carrier to avoid problems in the sun. For more information on phototoxic reactions, please read this article: Sun Safety If you choose not to use lime, try sweet orange instead for a “creamsicle” scent!

What you’ll do:

  1. Add coconut oil to your sprayer bottle
  2. For each ounce of coconut oil, add 4 drops Spearmint, 2 drops of lime and 2 drops of vanilla CO2
  3. Shake a bit to combine
  4. Spray on skin & rub in

 

Inhalers are an easy but thoughtful gift to give to your Mom. They are a great way for Mom to think about you each time she uses one and their easy to take along in her purse or pocket!

Personal inhalers are a great way to show Mom you care!

Personal inhalers are a great way to show Mom you care!

Tension inhaler:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Follow the steps in this video:  Personal Inhaler
  2. Add 10-15 drops of Tension Relief OR 5 drops of black pepper and 10 drops of sweet orange
  3. Cap up & have your mom sniff as needed to reduce tension

 

Up & at ’em inhaler:

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Follow the steps in this video: Personal Inhaler
  2. Add 10-15 drops of Energy Synergy OR choose from one of the other energy recipes above
  3. Use 5 drops either peppermint, spearmint or rosemary and 10 drops of either sweet orange, lime or lemon

 

Not feeling crafty, but need a super easy Mother’s Day Gift? Try Peppermint Foot Cream and offer your mom a foot rub!! Use this diffuser blend to help her relax and enjoy her special day – after all, think of everything she has done for you!

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Thank you for honoring your mother this Mother’s Day! If you have questions, concerns or comments please being touch with us via email at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or come on over and join our Facebook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes where you can meet other essential oil users and share recipes and ideas! We look forward to seeing you soon…


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Explore your essential oils: Neroli

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Neroli didn’t start off as one of my favorites, but it’s has found it’s way into my “must have” collection. Neroli is a rather versitile oil and simply amazing when inhaled to boost mood and uplift the spirit. It can be used in skin care and even in room sprays or bath products. Let’s take a look:

Neroli

 

Are you looking for ways to incorporate Neroli into your routine?

  1. Use 6 drops Neroli, 4 drops sweet orange and 3-4 drops vanilla on a cotton wick for use in a personal inhaler. Use this during stressful moments or when you need a calming influence.
  2. Create a beautiful linen spray by adding 4 drops neroli, 4 drops lavender, 1 drops patchouli and 1 drop ylang ylang to 2 ounces of water. Shake well each time, then mist linens before bed for a wonderfully relaxing nights sleep. *not for use with children under age 10
  3. To 1 ounce of carrier or unscented lotion add, 1 drop neroli with 3-4 drops of tea tree oil to soothe acne prone skin. Use nightly after cleansing the face.

 

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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Lori’s Top 5 Chart

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Lori is our fantastic officer manager as well as one of Plant Therapy’s Certified Aromatherapists. She has been looking forward to sharing her “Top 5″ picks. A special thanks to Lori for taking the time to let us know which oils are her favorites!! This is the fourth chart we’ve featured, you can see the other’s by clicking Christina’s Top 5 Chart, Retha’s Top 5 Chart or Sue’s Top 5 Chart Don’t forget these are printable. Simply click the Chart and it opens in a new window. You can then choose to print from your browsers menu (typically top left of the screen). Enjoy!

 

Loris Top 5

Although we all hold similar levels of education, we still choose differently. I think this speaks to the many wonderful uses for essential oils and that there is no “one size fits all” recommendations that can be made. This is why it’s so important to consult with a local Certified Aromatherapist to discuss your concerns. While we can make general recommendations, a much better recommendation can be made by someone local to you based on your health history, medications and other factors.

If you have questions, or concerns regarding any information you have seen in the blog, please contact us by email at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com for a more in-depth conversation! We are happy to assist you in any way we can.

 

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