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Christmas in July – FINAL DAY!!!!!!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY – REPEAT ANY SALE!!

Here are the codes for the last day’s sale! This is by far the best (and most favorite) of all the Christmas in July 2015 sales.

Know why?

Its your chance to choose ANY* or ALL* of the sales that you saw over the past few weeks!! So hold onto your sunglasses & check out this list because the coupon codes have changed:

NEW COUPON CODES!!

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 per household. You can NOT use the same coupon code on multiple orders. You can take advantage of every offer but they have to be in separate transactions. You can NOT take advantage of multiple offers in one order! Coupon codes can NOT be used toward the purchase of gift certificates.

*Please note DAY 3 – FREE GIFT and DAY 29- FREE SURPRISE are not included in this repeat sale.

Each banner is clickable and will take you to the Plant Therapy page or to the product category! Happy Shopping!


DAY 1 – Free Undiluted Lemon with $15+ purchase

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DAY 2 – 10% off any essential oil set

Day 2B


DAY 4 – Calming the Child set ONLY $24.95

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DAY 5 – Free International Shipping

Day 5B


DAY 6 – 20% off Germ Fighter (any size)

Day 6B


DAY 7 – 25% off cases (except convertible cases)

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DAY 8 – $10 off $30+ purchase

***COUPON CANNOT BE USED TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF SETS***

Day 8B


DAY 9 – 50% off POPULAR Products Package

Day 9 B


DAY 10 – 15% off Helichrysum Italicum

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DAY 11 – 20% off all HYDROSOLS

Day 11 B


DAY 12 – Complete Insect Repellant Kit for ONLY $16.99

Day 12B


DAY 13 – 20% off Let it Go

Day 13B


DAY 14 – FREE 16 oz Fractionated Coconut with $50+ purchase

Day 14B


DAY 15 – 15% off KidSafe Synergies

Day 15B


DAY 16 – Peppermint Set for ONLY $24.99

(Mistake on graphic. The 10 ml undiluted Peppermint that comes with this set is NOT Organic Peppermint)

Day 16B


DAY 17 – 10% off ALL Body Care Products

Day 17B


DAY 18 – 40% off CONVERTIBLE cases

Day 18B


DAY 19 – 15 % off ANY Diffuser

Day 19B


DAY 20 – FREE Organic Orange with $20+ purchase

Day 20 B


DAY 21 – 20% off Tension Relief (any size)

Day 21B


DAY 22 – 15% off ALL Carrier Oils

Day 22B


DAY 23 – 20% off Cedarwood Virginian AND/OR Organic Cedarwood Atlantica

Day 23B


DAY 24 – 15% off PT Fan Gear

Day 24B


DAY 25 – 30% off Organic Citronella

Day 25B


DAY 26 – Lavender Set for ONLY $29.95

Day 26B


DAY 27 – 40% off Holiday Synergy

Day 27B


DAY 28 – 20% off Energy Synergy

Day 28B


DAY 30 – Grab Bags {this is an awesome deal!}Day 30B

 


 

We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this month FULL of sales. We have had a blast getting to know you, packaging up your products and interacting with you all! Thank you, from each of us at Plant Therapy. Our customers are truly amazing & we appreciate each and every one of you!

Please feel free to get in touch with us via email our amazing Customer Service Team at cs@planttherapy.com with any questions or concerns with your orders. Email our Aromatherapists at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com with essential oil questions or concerns and DON’T forget about our amazing Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes ~ where you can hang out with some other Plant Therapy fans and chat about recipes, questions and just have FUN!

 


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Rash Roundup, Part 1

 

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**NOTE: This post is an overview of the most common childhood rashes. Not every disease that causes a rash in children is discussed. Also, not every possible consequence/side effect of a disease state is discussed, only the most common symptoms. If your child has a rash that is accompanied by fever, headache, vomiting, lethargy or other worrisome symptoms, a call to the pediatrician or in some cases an ER visit is warranted. Please be aware that the subject of vaccination is a personal one and has passionate opinions on both sides of the aisle.  I will not entertain discussion of the vaccination issue here or in the comments, as that is not the purpose of this post.**

 

Skin rashes are universal in children as their developing immune systems are challenged by viruses, bacteria, and fungi in the environment. With the exception of contact conditions like poison ivy or a metal allergy, many rashes are a common external manifestation of an internal condition. Part One of this series discusses rashes caused by common viruses and bacteria. Part Two will discuss fungal rashes and those caused by external contact, such as poison ivy or heat rash.

Viral Rashes (Exanthems)

In medical terms, a rash or eruption on the skin is called an exanthem, while the term viral exanthem means that the rash is caused by infection with a virus. Viral exanthems are very common in childhood but can affect adults as well. Five rash-producing illnesses often seen in childhood are discussed below.

 

Roseola

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Roseola, also known as roseola infantum, is a generally mild illness. Roseola is caused by two viruses from the herpes virus family, though they’re not the same strains that cause oral cold sores or genital herpes. Roseola is most common in children 6 months to 2 years of age and is rarely seen after age four.[1]  The incubation period of roseola (incubation period is defined as the time period from when the infection enters the body until the time symptoms appear) is 1-2 weeks. Roseola is spread by the droplet route when an infected person coughs or sneezes virus-laden particles and usually is transmitted by a healthy-looking person before any symptoms  occur. The abrupt onset of fever is the first symptom to appear; it usually lasts 2-3 days and may be high (102-103); other symptoms during this period are uncommon. The rash associated with roseola usually starts around the third or fourth day after fever onset and appears as raised red bumps on the back of the neck or upper back, spreading quickly over the trunk to the arms and legs. The rash usually lasts 2-3 days, is not itchy and children often feel and act like their normal selves during this time.  Treatment is supportive, meaning bed rest if the child is fatigued and plenty of fluids. Most modern doctors are now returning to the wisdom of their elders by not treating fever unless your child’s discomfort is extreme.  Some comfort measures to consider before reaching for oral fever reducing medication are:

  • Tepid (lukewarm) bath or sponge bath. Bathing in water colder than lukewarm causes shivering, which is actually the body’s innate response to try and raise its temperature (such as when we shiver in the wintertime).
  • Cool cloth to the forehead
  • Frequent sips of broth/soups
  • Elderberry syrup to help support immunity (elderberry syrup can be purchased at most pharmacies in a pinch; here’s a good recipe for making your own if you have elderberries on hand)
  • Roman chamomile hydrosol in a sponge bath or cloth to the forehead

When your child has roseola, it’s best to keep them home from daycare or school for a few days. Frequent hand washing to prevent the disease spread is important.

 

Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19)

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Fifth disease (also known as erythema infectiosum) was originally named as part of a group of common childhood illness. It was the “fifth” viral rash-causing disease seen in children along with measles, rubella, varicella, and roseola. The cause of fifth disease is parvovirus B19, but should not be confused with the parvovirus that dogs and cats get. Parvovirus seen in animals is not transmissible to humans. Fifth disease is most commonly seen in school-age children between the ages of 5-15, but anyone may be infected by it. Transmission is via respiratory droplets such as from coughing or sneezing. [2]

Fifth disease often begins after an incubation period of 4-14 days with a low-grade fever, sniffles and headache. Symptoms are generally mild and pass within a couple of days, and parents conclude that the child is “over” the illness.  However, in most cases of fifth disease, a bright red rash then breaks out on the face, giving rise to the term “slapped cheek” appearance.  Most people with fifth disease are only infectious during the time they have the mild cold-type symptoms, before the appearance of the rash. The illness is generally mild and passes within 5-7 days; however, those with compromised immune systems or pregnant women may be affected more severely. If you are pregnant and contract fifth disease, check with your obstetrician; however, serious complications are not common.  Persons with a certain type of anemia and/or a compromised immune system should contact their doctor for advice.

Treatment is focused on relieving discomfort associated with the cold-type symptoms like rest and frequent fluids. Washing hands frequently to prevent disease spread and covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing is always good practice. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into their bent elbow, not their hands.  Once the rash appears, it’s considered safe to send your child back to school or daycare.

 

Hand/Foot/Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus)

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Hand-foot-mouth disease (HFM) is a common illness caused by a member of the Coxsackievirus “A” family.  Hand-Foot-Mouth disease is not the same as Hoof and Mouth Disease, which affects animal livestock and can’t be transmitted from animals to humans. It occurs mainly during the summer and fall in the U.S. and mostly affects those in the 6 months-3 years age range but can occur at any age.  Hand-Foot-Mouth disease is highly contagious with an incubation period of about 1 week, being passed through either direct contact (touch) with an infected person or object or by coughing or sneezing (droplet).  It’s characterized by painful blisters on the inside of the mouth and throat and the palms of hands/soles of the feet; the blisters generally last five to seven days and may burst and peel. Sores in the mouth and throat may be so painful that the child has little interest in eating or drinking.  Coxsackievirus may also be accompanied by fever, headache, or body aches, but many children don’t have these symptoms. Hand-Foot-Mouth disease is considered to be most contagious during the first few days of the illness, and it’s recommended that kids stay home from daycare or school for a few days to avoid spreading the infection. [3]

Treatment is directed towards replacing fluids with frequent small sips of fluids or sucking on popsicles.  Frequent hand-washing is important in helping prevent the spread of illness, though getting children to comply is often difficult because of the uncomfortable blisters on their hands.

 

Varicella

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Varicella (chicken pox) is a disease that was once common in childhood, but is less common today due to a widespread vaccination campaign begun in the U.S in the 1980s. It is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a member of the herpes virus family. The infection is spread either through direct contact (touch) with an infected person or object but is much more commonly spread by droplets through sneezing or coughing. In the U.S., varicella is most commonly seen in unvaccinated children aged 9-11.  The illness has a short incubation period of 1-2 days and usually begins with headache, cough, fever and lack of appetite; a raised red rash typically appears a day or two after the start of the first symptoms.[4]

The varicella rash goes through distinct phases: red, swollen bumps or spots start on the child’s trunk. Spread to the face and neck is usual and is less common on the arms and legs. The bumps turn into fluid-filled blisters; the blisters then swell and pop, leaking their fluid. The third stage is when the lesions “crust” over. Infected persons are most contagious from 1-3 days before the appearance of a rash until the blistered areas crust over, usually 5-7 days after the rash first appears.

The majority of people who get varicella recover completely and uneventfully, though a small minority may develop serious complications. These include children or adults with weakened immune systems stemming from chronic illness or cancer, and pregnant women. Those persons should contact their physician immediately to discuss treatment options.

Treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms. The itching associated with varicella infection can be fierce, and secondary skin infections in small children from scratching are fairly common. Therefore, frequent oatmeal baths, cool compresses, and sometimes antihistamines are employed to help reduce itching.  A soothing hydrosol like lavender or Roman chamomile could be added to the baths or compresses*.

 

Bacterial Rashes (Exanthems)

A bacterial exanthem is a rash caused by being infected with a bacterium. These infections are much less common than viral exanthems and the treatment is different. The most common bacterial exanthem is caused by scarlet fever.

Scarlet Fever

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Scarlet fever (also known as scarlatina) is caused by the same bacterium that is the source of strep throat, Streptococcus pyogenes group A.  Strep is spread by either direct or droplet contact and scarlet fever develops in a small percentage of infected people. It is generally a mild illness and easily cured by antibiotics. If left untreated, however, it can lead to serious complications like rheumatic fever, kidney damage, and pneumonia. Scarlet fever most often occurs in children aged 5-12 after a fairly wide incubation period of 12 hours to 7 days but it can affect older teens and adults as well. The illness starts with complaints of a dry, scratchy, or sore throat accompanied by fever, headache, nausea, and fatigue. After 1-3 days, a bright red rash develops. The scarlet fever rash is usually spread evenly over the body and has a rough, “sand-papery” feel. The tongue may be swollen and very red, having what is called a “strawberry-like” appearance.

Treatment is with an appropriate antibiotic, and after a full 24 hours of dosing, it’s considered safe to return to school, daycare, or work. Frequent sips of broth and other fluids will help soothe a sore throat; and as with most other transmissible illnesses, hand washing to prevent spread of the disease is of critical importance.

Next week, part two of the Rash Roundup will discuss externally produced rashes such as ringworm, poison ivy, and heat rash. See you then on The Bridge!

We want you to learn as much as you want about essential oils and how to use them safely.  If you have any questions, comments or other concerns you are welcome to email us at Aromatherapist@plantherapy.com or come join us on Facebook at Safe Essential Oil Recipes!

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1.  Roseola. Mayo Clinic website.  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/roseola/basics/definition/con-20023511

2.  Fifth Disease. Centers for Disease Control website. http://www.cdc.gov/parvovirusB19/fifth-disease.html

3. Coxsackieviruses. Medscape e-medicine website. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/215241-overview

4. Varicella. Pubmed Health website.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024798/

5. Scarlet fever. MedicineNet website. http://www.medicinenet.com/scarlet_fever_scarlatina/article.htm

 

 


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Hydrosol Profile: Peppermint

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Peppermint Hydrosol is a refreshing, uplifting hydrosol that can be used in many ways. Did you know that our peppermint hydrosol is local to Twin Falls, Idaho? We purchase from a local supplier

Let’s take a look at how you can use peppermint hydrosol in your home.

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What else can you do with this refreshing hydrosol? Let’s explore some other ideas:

  • Mist your pets’ fur to refresh and invigorate. The minty scent will cover that “stinky pet” smell and make the coat easier to brush and less staticky.
  • Use peppermint hydrosol, straight from the fridge, to mist your face & neck after a long, hot day. It will be refreshing and cooling.
  • Add a 2 TBSP of peppermint hydrosol to your lemonade in the summer for a refreshing, cooling drink!

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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