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Sue’s Top 5 Chart

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Sue was generous in sharing her “Top 5″ picks that she uses for her family. Thanks, Sue!

Sue'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: Carrot Seed

 

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Carrot seed oil is a big stinker! I mean it – it really stinks. It’s redeeming feature is that it’s so great for skin! This is one of the oils we have in our Anti-Age Synergy and also in Soft Skin Synergy. If you can get past the smell (which, honestly, isn’t that bad!) you’ll fall in love!

CarrotSeedWe hope you’re learning a lot through these profiles! Have you been printing them out? If not, start now and create your own reference notebook! Contact us at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes for more information ! As always, we are happy to help you learn more about your essential oils!

 


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Word of the Week: Cephalic

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Cephalic

 

Essential oils that fall into this category: TO use, add to your diffuser for 30-60 minutes or create a personal inhaler to use when needed.

  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom

Do have other questions? Email our Aromatherapists at Aromatherapist@plantherapy.com, or join our Facebook group: Safe Essential Oil Recipes!


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DIY hemorrhoids pads

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It’s sort of an unspoken thing – people get hemorrhoids. How can we deal with them in a discreet and more natural way? Well – I set out to create my own hemorrhoid pads at home! This is an easy project, and I bet you have much of it on hand! Let’s get started:

What you’ll need:

  • witch hazel hydrosol
  • cypress essential oil
  • 20-25 cotton rounds {I got the larger ones}
  • glass container to store

What you’ll do:

  1. Measure out about 1/4 cup of witch hazel hydrosol
  2. Add 9-18 drops cypress essential oil (9 = 1% dilution, 18 = 2% dilution)
  3. Place cotton rounds into container
  4. Pour hydrosol/essential oil mixture over the pads
  5. Use as needed to relief of symptoms of hemorrhoids

Wasn’t that simple? Be sure to let me know how this works out for you!If you have questions or concerns regarding any of this information, please emails one of our Aromatherapists at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com or join our Facebook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes. 


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Retha’s Top 5 Chart

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If you missed the first installment in this series, you can find it here: Christina’s Top 5 Chart. Retha was kind enough to share her “Top 5″ picks that she uses in her own home with her family.

Retha'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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Is there anything essential oils CAN’T do?

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Essential oils are so amazing, and in recent years have caused quite the trend in natural personal care. Empowering families and allowing some to avoid visits to the doctor, take care of minor injuries and calm or uplift spirits. We can all agree that essential oils are amazing tools.

It’s a miracle! Or is it?

Yes, yes there are things that essential oils don’t do. At Plant Therapy – we strive for transparency and the education of our customers. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a few things that essential oils DO NOT do:

  1. Essential oils do not CURE diseases. Instead, essential oils help support functions {like immune response} that allow the body to do it’s job more efficiently. This is why we recommend you do not use essential oils daily, as a preventative, but rather when needed for illnesses. We don’t use antibiotics BEFORE we become ill, so why use an essential oil in the same way? For injuries, this means increasing blood flow or reducing swelling allowing the body to do the work of healing. Essential oils do not “heal” the injury. In the case of an injury, it’s best to use essential oils for the shortest time possible, then either rotate it with something else or discontinue use.
  2. Essential oils do NOT replace medication. Listen, I am just as “natural” as the next person. I strive for balance in my own life and urge you to do the same. It’s important to remember that we have come so far in the medical world. Physicians attend years of schooling in order to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat illnesses and other concerns. It’s foolish to think we can exist in a world without allopathic medicine. For emotional support or to manage minor pain – essential oils can be an amazing tools. There is a time and place for modern medicine, and please don’t replace your prescription medication without first consulting with your family doctor.
  3. Essential oils should NOT be your go-to for every situation. Essential oils AREN’T for everyone or all situations. We don’t recommend using essential oils in or near the eyes for pink eye. We don’t recommend using essential oils in the vagina (ouch!). We don’t recommend some essential oils for use on children (especially those under 2 years old). There is a time and a place for the use of essential oils. You can learn more about age or other specific situations in the following blog posts: Essential Oils & Children and Pregnancy & Nursing. Also, please remember there are oils to avoid if you take certain medications or have certain health concerns, like diabetes or a blood clotting disorder.
  4. Essential oils DON’T last forever. We have discussed this in some detail before. Essential oils do have a shelf life, and you need to know what that is. Although they don’t expire (like food) once they oxidize, they can cause irritation to the skin or mucus membranes. For a refresher, refer to these three posts: Do Essential Oil Expire?, Proper Essential Oil Storage, and Essential Oil Shelf Life (includes a chart!).

 

Finally, much to my chagrin, essential oils will NOT clean your house unless YOU do the cleaning. Darn, right?

The purpose of this isn’t scare you off of ever trying or using essential oils. Rather, it’s to set reasonable expectations of what you can expect if you do choose to use them. We live in world where everything is “THE BEST” and sensationalized to the extreme. Going back to our roots and acknowledging that living cleanly, eating wholesome food and doing our very best to reduce the stresses around us are the BEST way to care for ourselves. using tools, like essential oils, herbs, supplements and even prescription medications can give us a better quality of life. Let’s not follow blindly and use those tools to our detriment, instead let’s educate ourselves and live life to the fullest!

For ANY questions you may have regarding this or other information you see on this blog, please contact one of our Certified Aromatherapists by email at aromatherapist@planttherapy.com We look forward to helping you in any way we can, and that may be to point you in another direction!


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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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