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Essential Oils For Our Four-Legged Friends

Essential Oils For Our Four-Legged Friends

If you are an animal lover and have pets at home, you know that they are literally another member of the family. We love our animals and we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. If you have made the choice to use all natural beauty products, household cleaners, organic foods, etc., shouldn’t you spread that practice onto your pet? Of course you should! Dogs in particular can benefit in many different ways from essential oils! Here are some tips, tricks and things to keep in mind when starting an essential oil practice on your pet.

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Relieve: Natural Pain Therapy using Arnica

Relieve: Natural Pain Therapy using Arnica

Aches? Pains? Have we got a product for you! Introducing Relieve; a new all natural pain management line that is specially formulated using Arnica Montana and Essential Oils to target issues like muscle and joint pain, muscle strain, swelling, muscle stiffness, and bruising. Relieve is chemical free, non-greasy, and long lasting. It deeply penetrates and quickly absorbs to provide effective, fast relief.

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We Love Chamomile!

We Love Chamomile!

It may look like a daisy, but don’t be confused! This little beauty makes a great essential oil! Chamomile, a flower that can grow up to one foot in height, has been used in aromatherapy for its benefits through inhalation, consumption, and in topical applications.

Chamomile has been said to be helpful for skin issues such as eczema and irritated skin because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in a wide variety of skin applications for all sorts of issues. For internal use Chamomile, often used as a tea, has been said to promote rest and relaxation and as an aide for upset stomachs.

Do you love Chamomile? Check out these related products by Plantlife Natural Body Care:

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Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile Aromatherapy Soap
Chamomile Aromatherapy Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.

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We Love Rosemary!

We Love Rosemary!

A lot of folklore and tradition surround Rosemary. It has been used to predict the future, determine one’s true love, used as a symbol of loyalty, and as a sign of remembrance. In old times, the bride would wear a wreath of Rosemary on her head while the groom kept a sprig in his pocket as a sign of love. Bundles of Rosemary were also given as weddings presents. Today, Rosemary is typically used in culinary. Sure you’ve tasted it lots of times as it’s a common herb used in cooking, but why use Rosemary essential oil? Keep reading and find out why we love Rosemary!

The latin name for Rosemary is Rosmarinus Officinalis. The first word, Rosmarinus, means dew of the sea. Rosemary received that name for being able to survive on just the incoming water on the air from the sea. It is a tough plant that survives with very little water. The second word, Officinalis, means used officially in medicine.

Rosemary has been said to be helpful in improving memory. In a study in 2003, this oil was said to have a significant improvement on working memory and attention span, while helping to keep the mind alert when inhaled. It also naturally contains antioxidants like Carnosic acid and Rosmarinic acid which can help aid in protecting the skin from free radicals and UV damage. Another natural compound in Rosemary is Caffeic acid which has shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Ursolic acid, also present in Rosemary, is a natural compound shown to aid in decreasing white fat obesity and may be a potential cardioprotective compound. This acid is also present in foods such as apples, cranberries, and prunes. Another noteworthy compound present in Rosemary is Betulinic acid which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial properties.

Along with these amazing natural properties, Rosemary has also been said to help in hair care. It can help stimulate hair follicles to increase hair growth, helping hair to grow stronger and longer. Rosemary is also said to aid in preventing dandruff and help flaky, dry scalp, especially when combined with Tea Tree oil. It’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties may also benefit such conditions as eczema and acne while helping to tone skin, creating a healthier appearance.

Need some tips for using Rosemary essential oil? Try adding it to a carrier oil and doing hair treatments or dilute with your favorite carrier oil and use as a moisturizer! Check out our Natural Recipes section for more information, recipes, and tips to get started using essential oils.

Do you love Rosemary but don’t use essential oils? Try out our Rosemary Tea Tree aromatherapy herbal soap!

 

 

Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.

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We Love Peppermint!

We Love Peppermint!

PeppermintCultivated worldwide, this perennial herb has been used in areas such as Europe and Asia for centuries. In Egypt, it has been discovered in tombs dating back to 1000 BC. Peppermint’s popularity in industries such as culinary and cosmetics have soared due to its compellingly fresh, minty aroma and flavor. With so many essential oils to choose from, it may be hard to decide which one is a must-have for your home, but Peppermint is definitely on our list and here’s why!

Steam distilled from the leaves of the Mentha x piperita, Peppermint’s aroma is minty and herbaceous. When applied to the skin, it creates a cooling effect. This is due to a naturally occurring compound in Peppermint called menthol which affects certain cold-sensitive nerve receptors in the skin and tissues. Because of this cooling property, menthol has been used to help ease minor sore throats, minor muscle aches and pains, muscle cramps, indigestion, arthritis, itching, and as a decongestant.

 

Peppermint’s natural properties have also been shown to be an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, viricide, anti-bacterial and an insect-repellent. In a double-blind, placebo controlled study in 2007, peppermint oil, when taken in enteric-coated capsules, was shown to help improve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Another study in 2011 again resulted in evidence suggesting that peppermint oil was helpful for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, when taken in too large amount peppermint oil may cause heartburn. It has also been shown to help relieve headaches when used diluted and applied to the hairline and neck.

Can’t wait to try Peppermint essential oil yourself? Get it now at www.plantlife.net and try out on such recipes such as a room spray (helps repel spiders! Recipe below) or in a diffuser to help create a cooling atmosphere!

Love peppermint but don’t want to use the essential oil? Check out these other products that use peppermint essential oil:

 

Spider Repellent:

Create your own room spray to help repel spiders and create a cool environment in your home! Combine 5 to 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil with distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray in corners or in areas spiders are likely to make a home. Spray as needed.

 

 

Please Note: This information is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. Never use undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin, always perform a small patch test with the diluted essential oil to an insensitive part of the skin.

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NEW! Aromatherapy Personal Mists

NEW! Aromatherapy Personal Mists

 

We are proud to present our new Aromatherapy Personal Mists! Therapy in a bottle is now convenient enough to take with you anywhere. Planes, cars, purses, or bags, its use of the powerful properties of essential oils will create an aromatic sanctuary wherever you go. Available now in six unique blends for only $11.95 a bottle on our website, www.plantlife.net.

 

 

 

 

Using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oil, each Mist has its own distinctive therapeutic value. Read on to find out which Mist is right for you!

 

breathe
Breathe – With essential oils such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Camphor, Breathe is a blend for those suffering from a cold, flu, or allergies. By harnessing the properties of essential oils known for their exceptional respiratory support, we’ve created a natural way to help ease the frustrations of being sick.

Calm

 

Calm – A blend for those of us needing to find our inner peace. When you’re feeling stressed, agitated, or in need of calming, the soothing properties of essential oils such as Lavender and Bergamot will help provide the peace and serenity you desire.

 

energy
Energy – This blend is a boost in a bottle! Using stimulating essential oils such as Basil, Lemongrass, and Rosemary, this Mist will aid in clearing mental fatigue and invigorating your mind, body and spirit.

 

purify

 

Purify – Help keep your environment free from germs the natural way using the antibacterial and antiviral properties of essential oils such as Tea tree, Eucalyptus, and Lemon. The perfect size to stash in your bag

for on the go use while traveling or at home.

Uplift

 

Uplift – Don’t let negativity keep you feeling down! This blend of mood elevating essential oils like Sweet Orange, Lime, and Tangerine will help inspire a positive perspective.

 

wellbeing

 

Well Being – Tackle those “off” days with renewed vigor with this Mist, created specifically for aiding in restoring your center and renewing your well being. By using a blend essential oils such as Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang, their restorative properties will help balance your mind and body the natural way

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Better Skin Now! Exfoliation and Hydration

Better Skin Now! Exfoliation and Hydration

 

Winter is over, Spring is coming to an end, and summer is right around the corner. Time to break out the bathing suits and shorts… but wait! Winter has left you with flaky, dry, and scaly skin! Not to fear, Plantlife is here to talk about how important exfoliation and hydration is to your skin and not just after winter, but all lifetime long! Available now for the month of May, we are offering an Exfoliation Kit on our website, to help you achieve beautiful skin!

 

Exfoliation? What’s that?

The word exfoliate comes from the Latin word exfoliatus, which means to strip off the leaves. Similar to a tree, your body also sheds its “leaves” (skin cells) to prepare for incoming new cells. Skin has two main layers: the Epidermis (outer layer) and the Dermis (lower layer). New skin cells are produced in the Dermis and are pushed upwards to the Epidermis, forcing dead skin cells to shed. “Why are my skin cells dying?” you may be wondering, but dead skin cells are natural and are a good thing! When skin cells are pushed into the Epidermis they slowly age, becoming acidic and filling with Keratin. The Keratin filled cells help protect your skin from outside elements and from moisture loss. As we age, cells can fill with Keratin and die at an uneven rate and also accumulate in areas creating dry, flaky patches of skin. Exfoliating your skin helps keep the natural process of shedding dead cells balanced and preventing patchy skin. Exfoliation also gives your skin a more healthy, glowing, and youthful appearance as it helps newer skin cells to surface.

There are two types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Chemical exfoliation includes chemical peels by skin specialists or different types of acids that promote skin peeling. Mechanical exfoliation involves physical scrubbing of the skin by using loofahs or ramies (like Plantlife Hemp & Bamboo scrubbers!), or brushes. As we do not recommend using chemicals on the skin, we will only be talking about mechanical exfoliation.

 

How Do I Exfoliate Without Damaging My Skin?

The skin is your body’s largest organ so it makes sense why you would want to take care of it. Exfoliating can appear damaging since it literally is scraping off skin cells and can temporarily leave skin red. However, exfoliation is like helping your skin breathe. As skin varies in thickness on different locations of the body, it has different requirements for proper exfoliation. We will break it into three main areas to keep it simple: face, body, and feet. It is important to remember to always exfoliate on wet, clean skin!

The skin on the face is the thinnest and most delicate. Over-exfoliation of this area can be damaging. The face should be exfoliated softly and not more than once a week. Do not use pumice or rock exfoliates on the face. Scrubs for the face should have finely ground ingredients and brushes, scrubbers, or cloths should be gentle and soft. Men in particular benefit from exfoliating the face as it uncovers the hair follicles for better shaving results.

Skin located on the body (arms, legs, torso, but avoiding private areas) is tougher than skin on the face. The body can be exfoliated more than once a week, but using brushes, scrubbers, or cloths should be soft and gentle like Plantlife Hemp & Bamboo scrubbers. Legs and arms greatly benefit from exfoliation, making them soft and keeping them smooth. Exfoliation of the body can also help prevent body acne such as back acne.

The bottom of the feet have the thickest portion of skin and can handle rougher exfoliation. Pumice and other porous volcanic rocks are typically used for exfoliation of the feet. Feet can also be exfoliated more than once a week.

 

I’ve Exfoliated, Now What?

Exfoliation is only the first step to a healthier skin appearance. The next step is hydration! Sloughing off dead cells can leave your skin thirsty and feeling dry and unprotected because the dead skin cells filled with Keratin help prevent moisture loss. When you hydrate, the skin cells retain the hydration, helping prevent dry skin patches and flaking skin and improve overall look and feel. It is also important to note that skin hydration is not just topical! Remember to drink plenty of water every day. This will improve your overall appearance by help your body flush toxins from the skin and reduce pore size and help prevent blemishes. Plantlife body oils are the perfect way to easily hydrate your skin after a bath or shower!

 

Easy as 1…2…

Better looking skin doesn’t have to be difficult to achieve or expensive. Exfoliating and hydrating are both simple ways that should go hand in hand in your skin care regime. If incorporated into your routine, not only will you have better skin in time for summer, but you’ll be taking care of your body’s largest organ for life!

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Plantlife Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Top Ten Picks for 2012

Plantlife Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Top Ten Picks for 2012

Not sure what to give the host of next weekend’s holiday party? Did you pick the hardest to shop for person for Secret Santa? Or maybe you’re confused about what to get for the in laws? Tis’ the season to give, naturally! We have ten suggestions that will fit anyone on your list and have them saying ahhhhh…romatherapy!

 

 

10. Soap Grains In a Soap Sack

Aromatherapy soap grains in this all natural, exfoliating soap sack is our top pick to fit any sort of gift giving situation this holiday season! Use in the shower for a whole new type of clean, just make sure to hang to dry when done to get the most out of this long lasting present. Soap grains come in several aromas: Cassia Clove, Vanilla Orange, Patchouli, or Lemongrass. Finished with the grains? The soap sack also fits a regular sized bar of Plantlife soap. At $2.95, you can’t really go wrong with this gift!

 

9. Animal Mitts

Does your shopping list include kids? Or maybe the kids at heart? Plantlife Animal Mitts are fun (and soft!) for every age. The cute creatures make bath time happy and clean using natural fibers to gently wash away dirt. Animal mitts come in Cow, Frog, Monkey, Panda, and Puppy. Each mitt is priced at $6.00, a great value! If you like the animal mitts, we also recommend checking out the animal ramies.

 

8. Holiday Essential Oil Blend

Who doesn’t love the smell of Christmas time? Well now it comes in a bottle! Blending Cinnamon, Orange, Clove, and a few other aromas, Holiday Essential Oil Blend is perfect for creating that Christmas scent all year round. This gift is great for people who love essential oils or who are looking for natural ways to scent their home. Can be used in a variety of ways, such as in diffusers, drawer fresheners, or scent your own products. At $9.40 for a bottle, it’s a great deal.

 

7. Cassia Clove or Peppermint Aromatherapy Herbal Soap

Plantlife aromatherapy bar soap is a tried and true favorite, perfect for the hard to shop for person. They’ll love your gift even before they open it as a hint of quality ingredients can be smelled through the wrapping. To keep with the holiday theme, we recommend our Cassia Clove or Peppermint aromas for this time of year. Cassia Clove is a warm, comforting blend of Cassia, Cinnamon, and ground clove while Peppermint is refreshing, cooling, and invigorating. Only $5.95 a bar! If you don’t like Cassia Clove or Peppermint, we also recommend Oatmeal Almond.

 

6. Holiday Candles 3 Pack

Another great gift for anyone on your list is the Holiday Candles 3 Pack. Plantlife Aromatherapy candles are made with pure essential oils and plant based waxes. They burn cleaner than other soy based candles and provide a wonderful smell. The holiday candles come in three aromas: Mountain Pine, Vanilla Peppermint, and Orange Spice packaged in a festive holiday box. A perfect ready to go gift for $22.95!

 

5. Basic Sampler Set

Know someone who loves essential oils or is just beginning? This is the perfect set to get them! The Basic Sampler Set includes our top 6 selling essential oils in an eco-friendly, recyclable box. Each bottle is 10ml and is filled with 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oil. Essential oils can be used in many ways and each has their own unique aroma and benefits. Not sure how to use essential oils? Check out the Natural Recipes section of the blog! Get it now for only $43.00.

 

4. Herbal Lip Balms

Herbal Lip Balm is one of the first products Plantlife sold. Since its creation, herbal lip balm has been a hit, and it will be a hit for anyone on your list as well! We recommend it as a stocking stuffer or just a little thinking of you during the holidays gift. We also recommend trying the Herb-P and the Peppymint flavors! Lip balms start at $2.50.

 

3. Body Wash and Lotion Combo Set – Vanilla Orange

The all natural Body Wash and Lotion Combo Set is perfect for anyone who loves to be clean but doesn’t like bar soap and wants beautiful, moisturized skin! The body wash is SLS, chemical, and preservative free, safe for all ages and skin types. Paired with the body wash is a non-greasy lotion made with all natural ingredients that’ll leave your skin lightly scented. Included in the set is a Hemp and Bamboo hand scrubber that creates the perfect, gentle exfoliation and is also made from all natural fibers. The elastic band on the back is a fit for any hand. We recommend Vanilla Orange as it is one of our favorites, but the set also comes in Lemongrass or Lavender for only $26.35.

 

2. Sore Muscle Spa Therapy Kit

This kit is something special for someone special! If you aren’t sure what to choose and want to get a gift that has some variety, the Spa Therapy Kits are for you. Our favorite is the Sore Muscle Spa Therapy Kit which includes one 3 oz Sore Muscle therapeutic mineral bath salt, one 4 oz Sore Muscle massage oil, exfoliating hand scrubber and a Peppermint aromatherapy herbal soap. Makes an amazing gift for $18.60!

 

1. Foam Soap Value Set – Lemongrass

Our final favorite and number one recommended gift is the Foam Soap Value Set in Lemongrass. The crisp, clean aroma of lemongrass is an instant favorite, our top seller, and works for kitchen, bathroom, or really anywhere. The foam soap is thick enough to use for shaving, safe enough to wash your fruits and vegetables, gentle enough for all ages, skin types, and so versatile that you can also use it as an all-natural dog shampoo! The set includes one ready to use 8 oz foam soap pump and a 16 oz refill all for $18.15! Our favorite aroma is Lemongrass, but the set can also be purchased in all our other foam soap aromas as well.

 

Did we miss your favorite product on the list? Leave us a comment with what you think should be added and why!

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salt: Part 4

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salt: Part 4

If you’ve been following along with our 4 part article, you know that we’ve been talking all about the history of bathing, the benefits of water, and all about salt and it’s benefits. If you haven’t been reading, you should go check out parts 1, 2, and 3! We hope you’ve enjoyed our article and hope you have learned a little something about bathing and salt! This last part is just a short wrap up to summarize what we’ve been talking about and a few recipes for you to try out!

A Quick Summary

We covered that water is refreshing, purifying, and a necessary part of life. Our body is made up of water from our saliva, to blood, to our cells and joints. The minerals in water help our bodies function, absorb and utilize all the nutrients we eat and drink. Bathing is a great way to absorb those minerals and has been used throughout the ages by the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and even Hippocrates. Bathing today is seen as forms of hydrotherapy such as thallassotherapy and balneotherapy or even just soaking in a hot tub.

Salt has been revolutionary to civilization by helping preserve food and for currency. Unrefined, unprocessed salts such as Celtic Sea salt, Dead Sea salt, and Epsom salts still contain all their minerals that our body needs and cannot produce on their own. A bath is a great way for those minerals to be absorbed by our body and a way to relax and bring peace. Celtic Sea salt has the most minerals and is used in Plantlife Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salts. It is still harvested today in the same 2000 year old tradition with wooden rakes.

What’s On Sale This Week!

For this final week in September, we are featuring Relax Therapeutic Mineral Bath salt. It has a fresh, warming aroma that soothes and calms the body and mind for total relaxation. It’s perfect for every day use after a hard day at work. While

A Few Simple Recipes

If you don’t have time for a bath or don’t have a bath, you can always try a foot or hand soak. Just add salts to a comfortably warm bucket of water and soak!

 

Exfoliating Body Scrub

Plantlife mineral bath salt and massage oil can be combined to make an exfoliating body scrub. Just add massage oil to the bath salt until the mixture becomes wet, but not soaked. Mix and apply. You can also try this mixture with olive oil instead of massage oil.

 

Scent Your Own Salt

For every 3oz of bath salt (one box of Plantlife Mineral Bath Salt), add 10-15 drops of any essential oil of your choice. Mix and store in a glass container.
A few combinations of essential oils you may want to try are:

 

Bath Bombs

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir. If you pour too fast, the mixture might begin to foam. The mixture should clump together. Pack tightly into mold and then carefully remove from mold. Let dry for 1-2 days and store in airtight container.

 

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