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Having Trouble Sleeping?

Having Trouble Sleeping?

Do you ever reminisce back to when naps were a requirement for your day? We loathed them at the time, but now we beg for them after a long work day. As we get older sometimes life’s priorities don’t allow us to get a proper nights sleep but no matter what your lifestyle may be, a good night sleep is essential for your body. During sleep, the brain rests busy neurons and forms new pathways so you’re ready to take on the world in the morning. In children and young adults, the brain releases growth hormones during sleep. While you’re sleeping, your body is also producing proteins that help cells repair damage. The amount of sleep that a person needs varies from one person to another, but on average most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested. Teens need an average of about nine hours of sleep per night, and children need nine hours of nightly sleep or more, depending on their age.


The side effects of lack of sleep effect every aspect of your day to day life that even stimulants like caffeine cannot override. When you’re deprived of sleep, your brain can’t function properly, affecting your cognitive abilities and emotional state. So, it’s time to put down your coffee and grab a pillow. If you are having trouble falling asleep or are unable to sleep throughout the night, we have the perfect blend for you! Our Sleep Tight is a synergistic blend of 100% pure essential oils that help lull the body, mind and spirit into deep relaxation to help bring sleep and peacefulness.


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The Benefits of Yoga

The Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. As it happens, Western science is starting to provide some concrete clues as to how yoga works to improve health, heal aches and pains, and keep sickness at bay. Once you hear about the benefits, you’ll have even more motivation to step onto your mat!

  • Increases flexibility.
  • Increases muscle strength and tone.
  • Improves respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Helps maintain a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Improves cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improves athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.
  • Improves posture.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Improves digestion.

Our Yoga 3 Pack was created to enhance your session from start to finish. These three amazing essential oil blends were created to help guide you in your yoga journey.

Balance Essential Oil Blend: Formulated with essential oils known for their ability to harmonize and balance the mind and body. A perfect blend for those suffering from hormonal issues. Especially helpful for PMS and Menopause symptoms.

Focus Essential Oil Blend: Stay focused with this 100% pure blend of essential oils known to stimulate brain activity, concentration and memory. Good for mental fatigue, depression, stress and forgetfulness. Helpful for high demand situations.

Meditate Essential Oil Blend: Enhance inner awareness and create an aromatic sanctuary with this blend of pure essential oils. Use during meditation, yoga, massage or for those who seek peace of mind, rest and spirituality.


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Reasons To Shop Organic: Fruits and Vegetables With The Most Pesticides

Reasons To Shop Organic: Fruits and Vegetables With The Most Pesticides

Here at Plantlife we pride ourselves in using pure ingredients. We source the highest and freshest quality of raw materials to ensure we supply the best product possible. There are no short cuts taken from start to finish. We list all of our ingredients clearly on the labels to ensure transparency with our customers.  Our mission is to aid the overall health and wellness of our customers. “For People and Planet” will always be the motto we live by. With that being said it’s vital to know what risks you are taking when putting anything on or in your body.

When it comes to shopping for fruits and veggies the process should be like a walk in the park. After all, they are great for your health and well-being. However, nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 (the most recent year tested) contained pesticide residues. Unfortunately these findings show the conventional fruit and produce industries are ignoring that American consumers want produce with less pesticides.  Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, decided to take action. They shined a light on a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods such as fetal development and childhood.  EWG compiles two lists every year called “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fifteen” to help when shopping non organic produce and fruit. Switching over to an all organic diet can prove to be too costly for some. Their goal is to help those that can’t afford purchasing all organic items by identifying fruits and vegetables that test low in pesticide residue. By doing so it allows you to make the choice and purchase organic for the ones that test higher.

Dirty Dozen 2016

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

Note: Hot Peppers, Kale, and Collard greens didn’t meet the ranking criteria, but were frequently found to be contaminated with highly toxic pesticides and should be purchased organic.

Clean Fifteen 2016

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn*
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas*
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Honeydew Melon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Cauliflower

*A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GE seed stock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.

EWG has more detailed information here:

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What’s The Deal With Oatmeal?

What’s The Deal With Oatmeal?

Superfood. Miracle. Whatever else people want market it as; these sorts of tactics serve only to obfuscate the facts. When it comes to overall health, the common oat is one of your best friends. Oatmeal, after all, is so much more than just food.


Oats have been a dietary staple for many countries to get their nutrition in various forms from porridge to ale, but it’s also used in health and beauty products as well. It’s easy to overlook the fact that most of the lotions and skin creams you can buy on the shelf contain oats. One popular brand, for example, takes its namesake directly from the scientific name for the common oat, as they use colloidal oats as one of the key ingredients in their products. It’s disappointing that most of them, however, surround this beneficial grain in a bath of chemical synthetics to formulate their lotions and body creams.

Expensive, inedible breakfast food.

Oats themselves are higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates than most other whole grains, so it makes sense of why poor students would be able to live off of them for so long. Not to mention the fact that they contain more than 20 unique polyphenols (called avenantheamides), which have strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching qualities. Research has also shown that a diet that includes oats to help lower LDL (see: Bad) Cholesterol, and fight hunger by keeping you fuller longer. And being full means keeping your weight in check. It’s also been found that oats may help reduce the risk of health issues such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. But why stop there when an early introduction of oats in a child’s diet can reduce the risk of asthma; or the fact that the high beta-glucan count present stimulates the immune system and helps inhibit tumors.

4 out of 5 doctors agree: it’s kind of mushy.

One question remains, though. Why is everyone putting it in skincare products? First off, oatmeal is a natural moisturizer, as the beta-glucan and polysaccharides present form a fine film on your skin, while penetrating deep to restore moisture while also exfoliating dead skin cells. Due to the anti-inflammatory property of oats, they’re a great way to relieve itchiness, and beneficial for your dog’s skin as well. Oats ground into a fine powder are often used for this purpose, before being combined with water; these ground oats can also be used as a dry shampoo as they absorb excess oils and dirt on the scalp to reduce the appearance and feel of dirty hair. Oats have been used for thousands of years for treating eczema, poison ivy, insect bites and skin infections due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-itch properties, and now you can make it work for you with these recipes:

  • Hand Scrub:

Mix up some oatmeal and honey, then add a dash of olive oil. For a wonderful aroma, add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Great for sensitive skin because of the gentle exfoliating properties, just make sure your sink can handle the roughage!

  • Bath Soak:

Dry weather got you down? Use ½ to 1 cup of finely ground outs to your bath tub as it fills with warm water, drop in some Lavender essential oil, then soak for 15-30 minutes to cleanse your skin, and lock in that much needed moisture. Makes for a great sunburn treatment.

  • Moisturizer:

There’s two ways to enjoy the moisturizing powers of Oatmeal. For starts, you can grind up two cups of dry oats, and then add a cup of lukewarm milk, and a tablespoon of honey. If you’re not a fan of measuring out honey, instead use 1 cup of ground oats, a mashed banana, and some lukewarm milk. Both recipes should be stirred until smooth and applied to your skin for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

With all these benefits, it’s no wonder why people go gaga over oatmeal these days. How do you use Oatmeal in your daily routine? Let us know in the comments!



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The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 4

The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 4


In the weeks past we’ve talked Carrier Oils, touched on Skin Bars, and covered Body Oils. This is the final week of our Winter Skincare Blog Series where we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of Body Lotions.

Cold weather has long since come to roost. If for some reason you haven’t been moisturizing, it’s probably wreaked havoc on your skin. But there is still hope. Even if you haven’t been following along this month with our tips on moisturizing and protecting your skin, there’s still time to reap the benefits. Here’s a recap of what we talked about all month long: Skin Bars to clean up without drying out, Body Oils before you step out of the shower to lock in moisture, and apply Carrier Oils for even more protection. Our hope is to give you the best tools possible to survive this winter, and there’s only one thing left to discuss.

Body Lotion.LotionWhen you need a quick shot of moisture to your suffering skin, nothing does the job quite like lotion.

Most lotions on the market can leave you feeling greasy or sticky, but Plantlife’s Moisturizing Body Lotion will hydrate your skin without leaving an unattractive residue. It’s not about making dry skin oily, but soft and silky smooth. It’s also an accomplished alternative to all those harmful parabens, chemicals, and synthetics, because these lotions are made with organic ingredients, and essential oils.PL_Lotions_Group_Med

With three fantastic aromas to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Lavender is a versatile herb with a long list of benefits, great for soothing and calming all skin types. Grab Lemongrass to perk up your spirits with it’s the crisp, fresh scent. It’s also a great lotion for the warm months, making it a great choice all year round. If you want to refresh your skin, nothing does the job better than the warm essence and sweet aroma of Vanilla Orange. Or you can just buy all three in a convenient bundle pack!

No matter the lotion you choose, it’ll be the perfect tool to add to your winter skincare kit. But the best part of all? You can use these tips all year long for wonderful skin that never stops glowing.

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The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 1

The Best Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Winter, Part 1

Winter is no longer coming, it’s here. Your favorite holidays are on their way, but you’ll have to be smart about the cold weather if you want to survive with the proper grace and aplomb. First, the facts: Cold air holds less moisture and heaters won’t help the situation. Both will cause your skin to dry out and once that happens you’ll be stuck in an arms race (sometimes literally) to fight the damage as its happening. The best way to combat dry skin? Preventative measures.

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