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Explore your essential oils: Ylang Ylang

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Ylang Ylang essential oil has a very unique scent. Personally, I use it in small amounts to help round  out scents and in blends where my goal is a general relaxing feeling. Ylang Ylang is wonderful for the nervous system! Let’s discover a few other uses for this beautiful oil.

Ylang Ylang

Need a few other options for using your Ylang Ylang? Try one of these awesome ideas:

  1. Add Ylang Ylang to vetiver and orange for a soothing bath
  2. Combine with bergamot, tangerine and vanilla for a unique lotion scent.
  3. Diffuse Ylang Ylang with Patchouli and Lime for a unique scent in your home!

If you have questions, contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Safe Essential Oil Recipe Group on Facebook. We are here to help, so just let us know how we can be of service!


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Christina’s Top 5 Chart

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I get asked often “what do you use most?” So I though I would put together my “Top 5″ choices for a a few different categories and share with you in a printable form! These are the oils I find myself using most often and may be different that the ones you choose. I’ve asked Retha Nesmith, Lori Chase and Sue Pace to put together their “Top 5″ lists too so you can see the differences! Look for those in future posts.

Christina's 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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Explore your essential oils: Patchouli

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Patchouli is a rather dividing essential oil. People either love it or they hate it. I happen to be in the LOVE camp! This rich, deep aroma is excellent for relaxing, grounding and calming the spirit. Let me share a few ways that I use patchouli in my own home:

Patchouli

 

  1. I add 6-9 drops of Patchouli to 2 ounces of macadamia nut oil. Store in a bottle with a glass dropper and apply to face nightly after cleansing. This is my FAVORITE serum. I have especially dry skin and it’s amazing…
  2. Diffuse 2 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Cedarwood and 3 drops Lavender for a relaxing evening yoga, prayer or meditation session.
  3. Use 9-12 drops of Patchouli with 4 drops sweet orange for a daily perfume. Mix into melted 1/2 ounce beeswax and 1 ounce jojoba – allow to solidify in a small tin. Dab a bit on pulse points.

If you have questions, contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or  join our Safe Essential Oil Recipe Group on Facebook.


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Spring Cleaning Round-up!!

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We have some really great cleaning recipes on our blog. I wanted to take the opportunity to round them all up for you in one place. Plus, add a few new hints, tips and even a few NEW recipes! It’s almost time to throw open your windows, air out the house and get down to the business of spring cleaning! This time of renewal and rejuvenation always occurs when the weather warms up and the crocuses pop out of the soil! As we prepare to enjoy the sun again, let’s take a look at these great cleaning recipes!

All purpose cleaner

Carpet cleaner

Microfiber couch cleaner

Carpet, Mattress and More… cleaning powder

Counter wipes

Now let’s take a look at some *new* recipes to the blog for spring cleaning!

Essential oils that may be helpful for these recipes:

  • Orange: can help in cutting grease, fingerprints, and smells amazing
  • Lemon: that fresh, clean scent and lemon is also amazing for it’s grease cutting power
  • Lavender: A soft scent that is fantastic when used in cleaning products, especially for laundry applications.
  • Tea Tree: a wonderful disinfectant and helpful when cleaning in bathrooms!
  • Or try our “Spring Cleaning Set” which contains Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Citrus Burst and Germ Fighter.

 

Laundry soap bombs

What you’ll need: 

  • 1 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup grated soap, of your choice
  • 2 TBSP epsom salt
  • 3 TBSP hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oil of your choice

What you’ll do: 

  1. Combine “dry” ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. Combine “wet” ingredients in a separate measuring cup
  3. A little at a time, add the wet to the dry, stirring to combine
  4. Continue until all the wet ingredients are added. The resulting mixture will be slightly damp
  5. Use a small scoop or TBSP to place rounds onto parchment or sil-pat
  6. Allow to air dry for 8-12 hours. Once dry store in tightly lidded container
  7. Use 1 round per load of laundry, or 2 for those really dirty loads

 

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This epsom salt fabric softener is super simple and has great results!

 

Fabric softener

This is a quick and easy project that leaves your clothes soft and with a hint of scent!

What you’ll need:

  • Epsom salt
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • A container for storage
  • A scoop, measuring spoon or other item to dispense the crystals

What you’ll do:

  1. For each cup of Epsom salt, add 10 drops of your chosen essential oil.
  2. Mix well
  3. Store in tightly capped container
  4. Use 1-2 TBSP per load of laundry. Place in your softer dispenser

 

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Stainless Steel Appliance Polish

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup Olive oil or other vegetable oil
  • 2-3 drops of orange or lemon essential oil
  • soft cloth

What you’ll do:

  1. In glass jar or container, combine the vegetable oil with the 2-3 drops of your chosen essential oil
  2. Dab a small amount onto your soft cloth
  3. Use small circular motion, polish stainless steel
  4. Continue to buff until fingerprints, grime and smudges are removed

 

Tub & Sink cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup castile soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 20 drops sweet orange, grapefruit or lemon essential oil
  • mold, small plastic container or other item to make a “bar” {see below for more information}

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium glass bowl
  2. Mix well to blend together
  3. Press paste into mold and allow to dry for a few hours, until firm
  4. Once set, remove from mold (I used an old 4 inch round butter container)
  5. To use the bar: wet and rub the surface of your sink or tub. The bar will gently remove dirt and soap scum. Wipe clean with a damp rag. Rinse with cool water.
  6. Enjoy your beautifully clean tub or sink!

 

Window Spray

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces Water
  • 1 TBSP Ammonia
  • 1 tsp Rubbing alcohol
  • Essential oils of your choice

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine everything in a 32 ounce spray bottle
  2. Spritz windows, wipe with soft cloth
  3. Ta-da! Sparkling clean glass!!

 

Need some great recipe combination ideas for essential oils? Check out these ones to get you started:

Fresh Kitchen: 15 drops each lavender & lemon
Disinfecting: 15 drops tea tree oil, 10 drops lemon and 5 drops rosemary
Fresh & Fruity: 20 drops sweet orange, 10 drops grapefruit and 5 drops vanilla
OR instead use one of our germ synergies (Germ Destroyer or Germ Fighter!)

We sincerely hope that when the warm weather finally makes an appearance, you’re ready to get down to cleaning! Open up your home and let the sunshine in! These project only take a few minutes and will leave your home looking & smelling beautiful! 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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The question of substitution…

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There is a question I get many times a day “What can I substitute for _________________?” In some cases this is a simple switch. Most citrus oils can be interchangeably. Although there are a few exceptions – just like there is to anything in life. Mandarin and Tangerine are especially useful for calming while Grapefruit and Lime are wonderful for putting a pep in your step. This also depends on what you’re combining in a blend.

There are times when there is no simple answer. I’ll use an analogy: you wouldn’t substitute baking soda for baking powder in a recipe. They have different functions, even though they both say “baking”. A straight up substitution is not always possible. In order to illustrate my point better I will use some examples. For each let’s look at what each oil DOES in the recipe. Then we can find appropriate oils to use in place of one if we don’t have it. It’s the action of each oil we are looking at, not just the oil itself.

Example 1:

Find a “recipe” for pain that contains Frankincense, Ginger and German Chamomile. Here is what each oil is “good for” in this blend:

  • Frankincense (serrata) can be helpful in reducing inflammation and any achiness due to arthritis or joint pain.
  • Ginger, can be useful in relieving muscle tension and creating a sense of warmth which can increase blood flow and reduce pain.
  • German Chamomile is also very useful for inflammation and can be helpful for dull aching pain.

So what we have is a list of things that are very good at reducing inflammation, creating warmth and assisting in the alleviation of pain. Now, what if I don’t have Frankincense? I want to look for something that is similar on a chemical level, meaning it contains the same constituents in similar percentages.

How do I find that out?

A GC/MS is the answer! These aren’t super easy to read and even I am still learning the small details that you can take away from a report like this. The more you learn, the better you can figure out the intricacies of the chemical makeup of the essential oils.

Another way to to take a look at therapeutic actions. Frankincense is useful for inflammation and reducing the pain from arthritis. So you’d want a similar action from another oil. Two that come to mind are copaiba and marjoram. Either would be acceptable as a substitution if you didn’t have frankincense.

Example 2:

Finding a recipe for cough and cold that contains Fir Needle, Palmarosa and Cedarwood. BUT, I don’t have Fir Needle!!! Using the same process as above we can find something else to use in our blend. First, let’s take a look at chemical makeup. We also need to take a look at what Fir Needle does. The essential oil profiles, found here: Profiles and here: More Profiles, can be very useful in determining this information.

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Once we have this information, we can choose another oil with similar properties. Ones that I would suggest to replace Fir Needle would be Rosalina or Pine – since we want to encourage  better or easier breathing along with loosening mucus. Each of those have similar actions and can be useful as a substitute.

I hope this gives you a better of idea of why the question “What can I substitute for ______?” is one that doesn’t always have an easy answer. Don’t get frustrated, or give up. We’re here to help! Contact us at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com and let us help you through creating a blend or using different essential oils since you don’t have a particular one on hand. We do ask that you let us know if you are taking medications, have any medical concerns (like high blood pressure, diabetes, etc) or other things you’d think we’d need to know to assist you best! We look forward to helping you.

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