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Hydrosol Profiles: Lavender

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Everyone has enjoyed the profiles we have been doing on essential oils. I figured it was time to learn more about our hydrosols. Every ew weeks we will feature a different hydrosol, show you more about that specific one and then give a few ways you can consider using it in your home or with your family or pets.

First up, Lavender.

Lavender hydrosol is great for any skin type and is soft & gentle on the skin. You might expect this hydrosol to smell strongly of lavender. Don’t be fooled when you open it and it doesn’t. The scent is lighter and earthier than lavender essential oil you might be used to. Take a look at this profile and then check out the ideas for use below the graphic! This is printable {click the one at the bottom to print}, so go ahead and start a new notebook or folder of hydrosols for your reference collection!

 

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Suggestions for use:

  1.  When dusting furniture, spray your dust rag (lightly) with lavender hydrosol and wipe surfaces. You’ll leave a wonderful scent behind and find the chore a bit less mundane.
  2. Freshen your pets’ coat by spritzing with a 50/50 dilution of lavender hydrosol with distilled water as you groom. Not only will this reduce static & unease with grooming, but also leave your pets fur refreshed.
  3. Mist bed linens, freshly laundered clothes or pet beds with lavender hydrosol, for a calm relaxing environment in every area of your home.

If you have questions, comments or other concerns please contact our aromatherapists at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com. Also, please join us on Facebook in our Safe Essential Oil Recipe Group.


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Discover Plant Therapy – The People behind the scenes!

 

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You may know this logo, right?

You may even use some of our products.

However, what you may not know is there is a tireless team of awesome staff, fantastic customer service agents and a warehouse full of people so nice, you’ll want to get to know them better! Plant Therapy is an essential oil company with just over 30 employees and I’m not sure that I’ve had more fun in a 72 hour period than I did when I took a trip to Twin Falls, Idaho in December of last year. For those of you who don’t know, I am one of Plant Therapy’s on-staff Certified Aromatherapists. I work from home, in the great state of Kansas, and this was my first opportunity to see all the behind the scenes action in Idaho! You’re in for a treat – I am going to introduce you to these amazing people!

First, I want to tell you about my trip. I hate flying! I’d rather have walked, but I don’t have a covered wagon and 6 months to travel, so I flew. I arrived in Twin Falls in the afternoon, and let me tell you – it’s a sweet little town! I toured the warehouses (yes there are TWO!) and met my co-workers. That evening was the company Christmas party – you can tell how much they enjoy working with each other, it was a blast! The next day I was able to really see how the customer service team takes care of our customers! They are amazing, but you already knew that. I was amazed at the efficiency and kindness with which they go about assisting our customers with all their questions & concerns. Leaving Twin Falls the following morning, I felt I had a much better appreciation for how Plant Therapy operates. Let me tell you – our customers are at the heart of every decision that is made!

See this face? This is my "I hate flying face" !!

See this face? This is my “I hate flying face” !!

Somewhere over Utah!

Somewhere over Utah!

Winging out over the pacific !! I flew to LAX before heading onto Idaho...

Winging out over the pacific !! I flew to LAX before heading onto Idaho…

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Staff Christmas Party

THIS is your Plant Therapy Team!!

THIS is your Plant Therapy Team!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Now, I have the privilege to introduce you to the operation & the people behind the scenes! *

My first stop was the fulfillment warehouse. I was shocked to learn they had JUST moved in a few days before my trip. They accomplished this overnight & seamlessly resumed operations the next day (all during the CHRISTMAS SALE, too!) WOW – that is dedication. Right?

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The next day I got to hang out with our awesome customer service team: WOW! They are the sweetest (and busiest) people I have met!! I also got a chance to meet my fellow Aromatherapists – in person! While we work together on a daily basis, behind the scenes and with our customers, it was a great chance to get to know each other more personally and chat about how to make our customers’ experience even better!

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Then, I got to see order fulfillment in action! Ms. Vicki is most hilarious person & she really loves making sure your orders are packed and get safely underway to your house! I am only sorry that I didn’t get a picture of her! She is seriously one of the funniest people I met on my trip! This is a fulfillment station. Each packing expert works in one of these large cubes. Every bottle of essential oil is within an arm’s reach and they can quickly & efficiently get your order prepared for shipment.

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Finally, I got to sit down in a meeting with Chris (Owner, Plant Therapy), Paul (COO – Plant Therapy) & Retha and we discussed all the FUN new products, the upcoming changes we can expect, and a few other surprises that you all will see throughout this coming year! Who’s excited now? I know you’ll be on the edge of your seat to see all the awesome new stuff we’ve cooked up for you!

Thanks for tagging along on my trip to Idaho! It was a blast and I am grateful for the experience! I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes glance at how we work for you! If you have any questions, concerns or other comments you can email us at cs@planttherapy.com or aromatherapist@planttherapy.com.


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Blending 101 (part 2)

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In a follow up to the Blending 101  post from last month, let’s continue to look at blending techniques so that you feel more confident in creating your own aromatic masterpieces!

Basic Blending

Blending for your diffuser! Sometimes I do this “on the fly” and just add oils that I know will go nicely together. Other times I blend with specific concerns in mind. Let me show you how I take on that challenge.

First, I choose an oil that I’d like to be the “main event”. In many cases this is the one with the therapeutic properties I’d like to highlight, such as lavender for relaxation. Now, I’ll take a look at our website at www.planttherapy.com and click on that particular oil! Notice that there is a lot of information to be found on the description page! One is “Blends well with:” and gives a list of other oils that compliment or enhance the scent/therapeutic properties of the oil you’ve chosen {see below} Once again we want to define an intention for this blend. My intention is to create a relaxing, yet uplifting environment. So take a look and notice that bergamot is among the oils that may blend well with lavender. I love the uplifting and calming properties of bergamot as well. So now I have lavender & bergamot. I also know that I love deep, grounding scents {you may not, or this may not fit your intention} so I am also going to choose patchouli.

 

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To create this blend, I will use the method noted in Blending 101 and keep track of my drops using hash marks. In your notebook, give your recipe a name, note the oils used and how many drops. If you enjoy the scent, now you can replicate it. If you don’t, make a note on what you would change next time!  Many of my favorite diffuser blends have been “happy accidents” where I don’t think too hard about it, but since I know what I like and what my intention is, it becomes easy to choose essential oils that work well together to quit that purpose! To do this, you can make use of the suggested uses section of the description. This gives you some ideas how you might use this oil. By NO MEANS are these the only way it can be used. Take the intention of the oil, and apply to other areas of your life!

Other helpful hints:

  • Citrus oils can brighten deep scents if you’re not particularly a fan of essential oils like patchouli or vetiver.
  • To round out cloying, overly sweet or strong floral scents, use a grounding oil in small quantities (1 drop usually is plenty) to round out the scent. Grounding oils include patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, or frankincense.
  • Mints and citruses go beautifully together and are often favorites for when you have company or guests!

For further questions, comments or concerns please contact us at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com


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Valentines Day DIY

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Valentines Day should be a day where you show your significant others, children & friends how much they mean to you {well, we really should do this every day, but let’s make a special effort for this occasion!} Why don’t we create some lovely small items to gift to your loved ones this Valentines Day!

I have created 3 DIY projects for you today. Once geared towards kids, one that can be given to your friends & family and another that can be shared with your significant other. Need a great EASY gift, try our Romance Set – in convenient roll on form!

 

What you’ll need:

Sugar Shower Cubes:

  • 6 ounces of sugar
  • 2 ounces of coconut oil {the solid kind!}
  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 1/2 ounce cocoa butter
  • essential oils of your choice {I used Calming the Child}

Massage Oil:

Lotion bars:

  • 3 ounces cacao butter
  • 3 ounces coconut oil {the solid kind}
  • 3 ounces beeswax
  • silicone molds, hearts are a great choice
  • essential oils of your choice – kids love orange !! 

Sweetheart Diffuser Blend: 

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What you’ll do:

Sugar Shower Cubes:

  1. Add 6 ounces of sugar to a medium glass bowl
  2. In separate bowl, melt remaining ingredients (except essential oils) until all liquid
  3. Combine oils/butters with sugar
  4. Add essential oils
  5. Mix well
  6. Pat into silicon molds
  7. Allow to sitting fridge for 30 minutes to firm up
  8. Use in the shower to scrub arms & legs to soft, smooth skin!
  9. Store in the fridge for best use, they got a little “mushy” if not kept cool.

 

Massage Oil:

  1. Add carrier to 2 ounce dropper bottle
  2. Drop in the following amounts of essential oils 12 drops sandalwood, 5 drops ylang ylang, 5 drops vanilla, 1 drop of cinnamon leaf and 1 drop of jasmine.
  3. Place lid on the bottle and mix well by rubbing bottle between palms
  4. Enjoy a massage with your significant other ;)

Lotion bars:

  1. Warm a medium pan with water on the stove
  2. Weigh all ingredients into glass dishes
  3. Place all ingredients, except essential oils, into a larger glass bowl or measuring cup
  4. Place glass bowl over pan of simmering water
  5. Melt butter, oil & wax
  6. Remove from heat and stir in 36 drops of essential oil
  7. Pour into silicon molds
  8. Cool
  9. Package

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