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Explore your essential oils: Lemon

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Lemon is so bright & fresh. It’s my personal favorite for cleaning or brightening my mood. I enjoy it during the winter when the dreary days get to me! You can safely  use up to 12 drops per OUNCE of carrier on your skin without concern for a phytotoxic reaction. Let’s check out the profile:

Lemon

Here are a few ways I use lemon in my home

  1. Combine 1/2 cup baking soda with a tsp of dish soap and a tbsp of peroxide. Add 8 drops of lemon, stir will to combine. Use this paste to shine your stainless steel sink or remove the labels from glass jars!
  2. Diffuse with Lavender for a refreshing, just cleaned scent! It’s wonderful for your mood.

 

As always – please don’t forget to print this! You should have quite a collection by now. If you’ve missed any of these profiles you can check under the “Feature Friday” or “Explore your essential oils” categories!


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DETOX: Myth or Reality?

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While we are still fresh in the New Year – many people make decisions to be more healthy. For you that might mean simply moving more each day, or eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, or reducing your toxic load by changing your cleaning products. Whatever you decide I am sure the word “detox” has entered into your minds. In order to better understand what this means, let’s define “detoxification.”

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As you can see this typically relates to individuals who make the choice to stop using drugs or alcohol. However, somehow we have let this word creep into our lives – in other ways. It’s now very trendy to “detox” using juices or smoothie cleanses. I think this is a bit misleading. Let me tell you why:

Our bodies are VERY efficient machines that have a very low tolerance for deviation from “normal” conditions. Our digestive and excretory systems work to process our food and excrete what the body doesn’t need. Our circulatory system works in concert with this circulating the glucose and oxygen needed for proper health to all parts of the body. There is no “build up” of toxic items in our bodies, if there were you’d know it. You would need medical intervention if your kidneys suddenly stopped filtering or your liver stopped doing it’s job of producing bile to aid in digestion of fats.

But what about those juice cleanses? Well, those are wonderful. A gentle way to re-set your body and prepare for a healthier lifestyle. The symptoms experienced by people {headaches, body aches, fatigue} during the period where they are just drinking juices or smoothies are a symptom of withdrawal from sugar and processed foods. This is not a “detox” but rather your body coming to terms with no longer being fed quick energy found in simple sugars.

There are a few issues with the mentality of “detoxing”. In posts like What is Sensitization and Can essential oils be ingested we have discussed the “why” of not ingesting essential oils or using them “neat” on the skin. The reactions that occur when essential oils are misused are NOT detox reactions. There is NO such thing. These are simple burns, irritations, rashes or other issues that must be addressed before permanent damage is done.

In order to overcome this thought process, let’s take a look at how a holistic approach to your health can make a tremendous difference. Personally, I know that essential oils will not “cure” my problems magically, but they are a wonderful tool to help support natural processes already occurring in my own body. When I am not feeling well, I can use  Germ Fighter synergy to help keep my family healthy but I don’t rely on it as my only tool. We consume lots of bone broth and take elderberry syrup or echinacea to maintain proper immune function. When I am tired; peppermint can be a quick pick me up but I also know that getting plenty of rest and properly hydrating have a lot to do with how I feel physically.

As we embark on this New Year, perhaps you have a desire to “be” healthier. I encourage you to learn about many ways to be healthier.

  • Drink plenty of water, daily you should consume about half your body weight (in ounces) of water.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep. Limit “screen time” about an hour before bed and sleep in a darkened room.
  • Find ways to reduce stress. Learn to say “No”, set boundaries and be forgiving of yourself.
  • Eat a balanced diet with good quality fats, fresh fruits & vegetables and protein. Limit sugars (of all kinds) and  limit carbohydrates. Food is your FIRST and BEST medicine.
  • Use herbal support when necessary. Don’t know much about herbs? Find a naturopathic physician in your area.
  • Use essential oils via diffusion, inhaler or diluted properly to avoid any skin reactions/allergies. Always know which oils you should or should not be using based on medications, state of health of age {for children}.

I wish you the very best this New Year and look forward to this journey thorough essential oils where we can learn, share & grow together!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact on of our on-staff aromatherapists at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Explore your Essential Oils: Juniper Berry

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Juniper berry is very useful in reducing extra fluid being stored in the body. Coupled with good dry bushing techniques can be incredibly helpful in regards to the lymph system. Used in combination with dry brushing, this is a powerful tool to maintain proper lymphatic function. That’s not all Juniper Berry is good for, let’s take a closer look to find out more:

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Want to incorporate Juniper Berry into your essential oil collection. Here are a few other ideas how you can begin using it today:

  1. Since Juniper Berry is such a good diuretic, it’s useful is assisting in the break down and flushing of uric acid (so if you have gout, this is a useful oil).
  2. Diffuse Juniper Berry during colds and flus to assist the body with proper immune function.
  3. Diffuse during stressful situations to calm and quiet the mind!

 

Don’t forget that if you CLICK the profile above it will open into a new window, which you can then print to keep in your personal binder! We have many other profiles published under the “Feature Friday” heading. Enjoy!


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So now you have an essential oil collection…

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If you took part in our 25 Days of Christmas sale – you’ve probably amassed quite a collection of essential oils. Now the problem is – what in the world to do with all of them? Aside from storing them properly, as we discussed in Proper Essential Oil Storage, you want to have them neat and organized. Here’s a few quick points from that blog post:

  • Keep bottles tightly capped, with original reducer & cap in place.
  • Store bottles in a cool, dark place (ideally refrigerator) to prolong shelf life
  • Keep all bottles standing up right

If you have questions about the shelf life of each oil. I encourage you to check out a few other posts:

  1. Essential Oil Shelf Life – with chart
  2. Lemon on the Rocks – By Robert Tisserand

One benefit to buying from Plant Therapy – the awesome labels on the top of each bottle! This way, if you store them in a box-type container, you can see what you’re looking for without taking out each bottle! Want a helpful hint? If you have oils from other companies, you can use a 1/2″ round hold punch and the blank space on the sticker receipt from Plant Therapy to punch your OWN lid labels!

My personal favorite storage item is this carrying case. It’s sleek, easy to zip closed and stores in a minimal amount of space. However, it’s totally up to you how to want to store your essential oils. Grouped by therapeutic property? Alphabetically? By Color? The possibilities are endless, what matters is they are stored properly, safely, and in a manner in which you will know where they are when you need them!

How do you store your essential oils? Share your photos and give others inspiration to organize their essential oils! Doe have other questions? Email our Aromatherapists at Aromatherapist@plantherapy.com, or join our Facebook group: Safe Essential Oil Recipes!

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