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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 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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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.

 

Have any questions or comments? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 3

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 3

 

 

September is National Arthritis month and in recognition, we are featuring a different bath salt on sale every week on our website throughout September. Along side this sale, we are taking the opportunity to give you a brief history of bathing, salt, and the benefits water and bath salts can have when used! This is part 3 in our 4 part article, all about salt!

Why is salt so beneficial? Salt is salt, right? There are so many types of salt to talk about, but in this article, we will narrow it down to the type used in our bath salts, Celtic Sea salt and what is in it that is so beneficial.

 

A Brief History of Salt

Salt has been around forever and humans have been using it for just about as long. In the beginning, people would trade salt for gold and also used it to preserve food to keep it from going bad. It helped civilization to store food for longer amounts of time, making them less dependent on roaming herds. For a long time, salt bars were used as currency. It was so valuable, Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in it and in ancient Greece, slaves were traded for it. Salt determined the wealth of cities and funded wars. It was a hard item to obtain so it was very valuable, highly sought after, and was most often used in trading. These trade routes used for transporting salt are called the “salt roads.”

Salt has had other meanings besides wealth throughout history. It was used at Stonehenge for Druid rituals as a symbol of life-giving and in early Japan, was sprinkled on theatre stages before a performance to ward off evil spirits. In Arab countries, salt used to be used as a sign of friendship and to close a deal. In the Bible, salt was used metaphorically as good men are referred to being “the salt of the earth.”

From culinary to health to preventing ice on roads during winter months or softening hard water, salt is all around us and used for a wide variety of things. The types of salt used for bath salts are unlike regular table salt. Table salt has been bleached, iodized, and put through many other harsh steps that change its molecular structure and take out vital minerals, which is why this salt needs to be eaten in moderation as it can cause health problems. The right type of salt can be very beneficial to our bodies as it contains minerals we need that our bodies do not produce on their own. Salts used in bath salts or in Thalassotherapy (sea salt bath therapy) still contain all of their natural minerals that the body absorbs through water.

 

Of all the sea salts, Celtic Sea salt contains the most minerals and has the lowest amount of sodium. Once dissolved in water, it also has a very similar likeness to human blood and body fluids, which make it better for your body to absorb. Celtic Sea salt comes from the northern coast of France and is still harvested using a 2000 year old Celtic farming method. Harvesters of the salt use wooden rakes to scrape the layers of salt out of the sea and into piles. The reason wood rakes are used is because metal can change the molecular structure of the minerals contained in salt. This old Celtic farming method of using wooden rakes ensures the purity and balance of the minerals in the salt.

What’s In It?

So what is in Celtic Sea salt that makes it so great for the body? A few of the types of minerals in Celtic Sea salt are chloride, iron, sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper, manganese, silicon, and fluoride. These trace minerals are important to your body. They act as facilitators for biological reactions meaning they help carry the brain’s messages throughout the nervous system, improve muscle response, and help the body absorb the nutrients it gets from food.

Sodium and Chloride help regulate acidity in the body and sodium maintains pH balance in cellular fluid. Both are necessary for osmosis and electrolyte balance. Iron is needed for cell function and blood utilization. Magnesium aids in cell functionality and is necessary for muscle contraction and absorption of amino acids. Potassium helps stimulate nerve impulses and muscle contractions, stimulates kidney and adrenal function, and is also important for biosynthesis of protein. Calcium is used to build healthy bones and teeth, stimulates muscles and nerves, helps blood coagulation, and is necessary for regulating a healthy heartbeat. Zinc is beneficial for growth, development, immune system response, insulin synthesis, and can help prevent bacterial infections. Copper aids in the absorption of iron and vitamin C. Manganese is necessary for use of glucose, lipid synthesis and metabolism, and pancreatic function and development. Silicon helps with bone growth and formation, and may help keep skin young looking and keep hair and nails healthy. Fluoride keeps teeth enamel strong and helps the body absorb calcium.

 

What’s On Sale This Week

This week, we are featuring our Stress Relief Therapeutic Bath Salt on sale for 20% off on our website. Our Stress Relief bath salt is a synergistic formula specially combined to soothe the nerves and calm the mind, perfect after a hard day of work or anytime you feel overwhelmed. We use hand harvested Celtic Sea salt that contains over 84 vital trace minerals that are essential to our bodies.

Next week will be the last part in our 4 part article and we will be wrapping up with some recipes and other facts you should know. Don’t forget to check it out!

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 2

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 2

 

September is National Arthritis month and in recognition, we are featuring a different bath salt on sale every week on our website throughout September. Along side this sale, we are taking the opportunity to give you a brief history of bathing, salt, and the benefits water and bath salts can have when used! This is part 2 in our 4 part article, the benefits of water!

 

 

The Benefits Of Water – Part 2

Water has been seen throughout the ages as cleansing, refreshing, healing, and as a sign of renewal and a source of life. Our bodies are 85% water and it makes up 9/10s of our blood, saliva, plasma, lymphatic fluid, synovial fluid in the joints, and cerebrospinal fluid. It carries hormones, proteins, and helps deliver chemical messengers and signals from our brain to the rest of our body. It flushes toxic wastes, makes our cells big and healthy, and helps lubricate our moving parts.

Water is a universal solvent and it carries with it minerals that can be absorbed by the skin, which is why adding salts and essential oils to your bath can be beneficial. Additives like salt or oil can be absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream in as little as 2 to 15 minutes. The heat from water in a bath opens our pores to help absorb minerals and aids in dilating blood vessels, boosts circulation, and helps detoxify our body. The suspension of our body in water also helps bring relief from gravity’s pull on our muscles and joints.

Bathing is so beneficial to our bodies that there have been types of therapy developed around using water to help heal the body. Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat various ailments by using water’s physical propertiessuch as temperature and pressure. It is a broad term and refers mainly to all forms of water therapy. It can help bring relief and aid to diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, and fibromyalgia, improve circulation, and help reduce swelling, aches, pains, and improve many other conditions.

A type of water therapy, Balneotherapy is the treatment of disease by using mineral waters externally and is typically used at spas in the form of hot or cold baths, hot tubs, saunas, or wet compresses. Similar to Balneotherapy, another form of therapy using water is Thalassotherapy. It is the same concept, but uses specifically sea water and salt from various seas. Hydrotherapy is becoming more popular nowadays as people are looking for natural ways to help heal the body and as spas are becoming more common.

We’ve talked a lot about the physical benefits of taking a bath, but there are also some psychological benefits as well. As the water reduces tension on the body and relaxes muscles, the mind will also release stress and unwind. Baths have been shown to help people relieve stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, mild depression, and help people feel more positive overall. Observations have shown that people feel renewed and purified after a bath.

 

This Week On Sale!

While we recommend all our salts to add to your bath, for this second week in September, the featured salt is our Detox Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salt. This formula is specially designed to extract the toxins and free radicals from the body using a blend of essential oils and Celtic Sea salt. Our salts contain 84 vital trace minerals the body doesn’t produce on its own that are essential to our bodies.

Stay tuned for next week’s article, part 3 in our 4 part article which will be all about salt!

 

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Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 1

Therapeutic Benefits of Bathing and Mineral Salts: Part 1

 

 

September is National Arthritis month and in recognition, we are featuring a different bath salt on sale every week on our website throughout September. Along side this sale, we are taking the opportunity to give you a brief history of bathing, salt, and the benefits water and bath salts can have when used!

So how many of you actually take a bath instead of a shower? Probably not a majority of you. Or maybe you spend your time soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi instead of a bathtub. In some cultures, like in Turkey and Japan, bathing is still a major part of life. Not many people today have time for a bath, but maybe this four part article will convince you to take some time to bathe.

 

Part 1: A Brief History of Bathing

Bathing has been around for thousands of years and has come and gone from popularity over the turning centuries. As early as 3000 B.C., water has been seen as a purifying element for the body and soul and has had deep religious meaning. Bathing throughout this period commonly took place as steam baths or cold baths. There have also been remains of bathing rooms found to date as early as 1700 B.C. from

the Palace of Knossos in Crete. The Egyptians, like Cleopatra, used to soak in the mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea around 69 B.C. and Homer, a famous Greek poet and writer, wrote about the heroes of his books taking baths to regain their strength. Hippocrates, a Greek physician, used to write about the healing power of water and salt and regularly encouraged patients to soak in sea water from 460-377 B.C.

In the time of the Romans, bathing was probably at its peak in popularity. After working hard all day, Romans would join together at the bath to wash away their aches and mental frustrations. They saw bathing as an art, turning it into a time to talk about business, socialize, spend time with friends and family, and least important, get clean. These people, like Homer, Hippocrates, and Cleopatra, knew that bathing had much more to offer than just washing off the dirt; it offered peace, relaxation, reflection, self-indulgence and relief from worries, diseases, aches, and pains. They witnessed that a freshly bathed person felt renewed, purified, and peaceful.

The art of bathing waned slightly after the fall of the Roman Empire but did not disappear completely. Bathing took place in the Middle Ages as well, but then declined sharply after the Renaissance as water was thought to carry diseases. Religious views of bathing being a sin of self-indulgence also contributed to the decline in popularity. Forms of water therapy began to emerge again as people like Vincent Priessnitz and Sebastian Kneipp developed their own techniques. Other information and research about hydrotherapy was made publicly available thanks to people such as J.S. Hahn who wrote On the Power and Effect of Cold Water and Dr. James Currie who wrote Medical Reports, on the Effects of Water, Cold and Warm, as a remedy in Fever and Other

 

Diseases, Whether applied to the Surface of the Body, or used Internally. Many other books have been published and hydrotherapy is still continued to be researched.
Today bathing has regained its popularity as people are searching alternative forms of therapy for their ailments or just to relax and relieve stress. The increasing amount of spas has been contributing to its growth in popularity as they provide forms of water therapy making it more available to the public. Although the average person is busy with responsibilities and the stressful moments of their life, we hope you will take the time to bathe and discover the many benefits water (and our bath salt) has to offer.

 

 

 

This Week on Sale!

For this first week in September, we are featuring our Sore Muscle Therapeutic Bath Salt on sale for 20% off on our website. Our Sore Muscle bath salt is a unique combination of essential oils and mineral salts specifically intended to aid in relaxing sore, tired, and over worked muscles and reduce pain and inflammation. We use hand harvested Celtic Sea salt that contains over 84 vital trace minerals that are essential to our bodies.

Come back next week for Part 2 of our article as we will be talking all about the benefits water can have when you take a bath!

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Our Favorite Things…

Our Favorite Things…

 

I know this isn’t “The Sound of Music” nor am I Oprah but, I thought it would be fun to share a few of our employees favorite things with you so you can see that we love and use the wonderful products we make!

So I polled some of the front office crew and asked them to share their favorite Plantlife product and why they enjoy using it. Here’s what I got!

 

Patty Taulbee – Does a little of everything but not much of anything…

Favorite Product: Bar Soap

OK so the running joke with people who know me is that I always have a “new favorite” product. If you spend any time with me, you would hear all about what is good for you and what is not good for you (skin is your largest organ and EVERYTHING gets absorbed into your system)! I always look past the marketing hype on everything and look at the results…results ALWAYS speak the truth!

When I was getting into making my own body care products years ago, I did so because the result from products I was using caused dry skin, cracked skin, chemical sensitivity, weird bumps on my skin, clogged pores, and the list goes on. All I knew was that the more I slathered stuff on, the worse it got. Now, many years later, I understand why and I am grateful that I cared enough about myself to not listen to the marketing hype but do my own research and come to my own conclusions. I’m supposed to be writing about my favorite Plantlife product but had to precede it with a little about me…so whoever reads this understands I’m not just trying to promote product.

Plantlife products are all awesome…for many reasons. Probably the most important one is the ingredients. It’s like cooking, if you use fresh, high quality ingredients, your dish will have more nutritional value and taste better. All Plantlife products are made with the purest, freshest, highest quality ingredients.

When I think about which Plantlife product is my favorite, I can’t decide. They are all awesome and so healthy for the body. I think though if I have to choose one, it would be our soap. Plantlife soap is very moisturizing, has a fairly neutral Ph and always makes me feel soft and clean (and the aromas are all soooooooo yummy). Every time I take a different soap home from work, I report back and tell everyone about my “new favorite” (Plantlife has 28 different soaps)! I’ve tried other products to wash with but I always go back to our bar soap…why, because of the results and the aromas!


Nancy Baldini – National Sales Manager (really)

Favorite Product: Sore Muscle Massage Oil

My favorite product is the Sore Muscle massage oil. After a long commute sitting in rush hour traffic, by the time I get home my shoulders and back are so tense, I immediately turn to my sore muscle massage oil. Within minutes the tension is gone and the soreness has faded away. I also massage the bottoms of my feet after working a long day at a trade show or just wearing those “oh so cute” shoes (that are not so cute by the end of the day).


Judy Smith – Everybody’s Favorite Person (in the whole world)
Favorite Product: Foam Soap (Fresh Mint to be specific) and Herbal Lip Balm

I simply cannot live without Fresh Mint Foam Soap. I love the fresh and lively aroma of this soap and the clean rinse formula. I really like the fact that I can clean almost any surface and the aroma fills the air and lasts all day.

Running a close second to the Foam Soap, you’ll never find me without an Herbal Lip balm (or ten). I don’t really use the lip balm the traditional way. With my advanced wisdom (age) comes pretty thin skin which is prone to minor cuts and scrapes. The herbal lip balm eases the pain and helps my skin to heal quickly without scarring.


Jennifer Howe – Tid Bits and Whatnots Coordinator (I just made that title up)
Favorite Product: Geranium Essential Oil

This one took me a while. I was just so torn between the Sore Muscle Bath Salts and the Geranium EO but, a decision had to be made and I went with the one product I use most often. I don’t exercise enough to warrant Sore Muscle Salt baths every night…

Let’s put aside the fact that I adore the floral aroma of Geranium Essential Oil almost as much as I love “new baby smell”, the insane and numerous benefits of this wonder essential oil make it my numero uno, most favorite product ever in history. Ok, that’s a little dramatic but seriously folks, it’s in the top five for certain.

I first used Geranium in my homemade skincare products (including toner and body oil) and loved the effects. The toner tightened and brightened while the body oil moisturized and balanced my skin. The more I researched, the more in love with the oil I fell.

Having an hormonal imbalance can be quite disturbing (just ask my husband of 12 years). The aroma-therapeutic effect of Geranium helps to balance my hormones, therefore my emotions, therefore my life. As an added bonus, just 10 drops in my bath water, helps quiet my tumultuous mind before bedtime.


Carrie Garcia – Production Manager (biggest job of all!)
Favorite Product: Ginger Berry Body Oil and Lemongrass Body Wash

I had to pick two because there is no way I could choose just one! For me, the Ginger Berry Body Oil is the best thing since sliced bread. Nothing beats rubbing the oil into my skin after a shower or bath and feeling the softening effects hours later. Also, I’m a busy mom and don’t have time to get regular pedicures so I rub a little Body Oil into my feet after the shower and they stay soft and supple with no cracking or sandpaper texture.

I have to also choose Lemongrass Body Wash because my kids love it. With three boys (4 if you count my husband), you can imagine soap is a hot commodity in our house. The Body Wash is not only a hygienic alternative to bar soap since it’s shared but, it also makes a great bubble bath. Plus, I don’t have slippery pieces of soap to scrub off the bottom of the tub afterwards.

Remember, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email us at info@plantlife.net or give us a call Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 5:00pm PST.

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New Plantlife Products!

New Plantlife Products!

 

We are thrilled to introduce you to the newest additions to the Plantlife product line! As you know, we here at Plantlife are crazy about our 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.  We love them so much, we use these top quality oils in our entire body care line of products as well as in our daily life!  This is why we are excited to announce we have released 18 new essential oils and 6 convenient essential oil sets for sale at www.plantlife.net now. For more information on the new essential oils, sets and a special Plantlife coupon, please read below.

New Essential Oils

Black Pepper – Black Pepper is a natural anti-spasmodic and has been used to relieve cramps, muscle pulls, strains and spasms.  It is best known for its warming and stimulating effects as it improves circulation. Uses: Compress, topical applications

Chamomile – Widely used for pain and stress relief, healing wounds and arthritic inflammations.  It is a strong anti-inflammatory and is soothing for the nerves. Uses: topical applications, diffusion

Cistus – Popular uses include treating infected wounds, skin ulcers, as a skin rejuvenator, Bronchitis, coughs, colds and as an ambient aroma to facilitate meditation.  Uses:  topical applications, diffusion.

Coriander – Effective for digestive issues, arthritis, fatigue and exhaustion, oily skin, stiffness and stomach cramps.  Uses: Compress, topical applications, diffusion.

Dill – This oil helps promote relaxation and sleep, aids digestive issues, helps to repel insects and is excellent for cleaning.  Uses:  diffusion, homemade cleaning products.

Frankincense – It has been used for centuries for meditation and spiritual practices and is prized for its many medicinal, spiritual and skin care application.  Uses: diffusion, topical applications.

Hyssop – Hyssop is useful for dermatitis, minor cuts and bruises.  It is also widely used for respiratory conditions. Uses: diffusion, topical applications, compress.

Jasmine – Jasmine has been referred to as the king of oils.  Jasmine’s known uses are as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antispasmodic and is very popular in anti-wrinkle creams and skin care lines.  Uses: diffusion, topical applications.

Lime – Like its citrus brethren, lime is good for colds, sore throats fever and infections.  It is a strong antiseptic, antiviral and bactericidal compound. Uses: Diffusion, homemade cleaning products

Myrrh – This oil has powerful antiseptic and astringent properties.  It is great for wound healing, clearing mucus, and chronic bronchitis.  Uses: diffusion, topical applications.

Myrtle – In ancient times Myrtle was used to remedy sore throats, coughs and respiratory issues.  A good oil to diffuse to life the spirit. Uses:  Diffusion

Oregano – This oil is considered “natures cure all” and is reputed to have potent antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties. Uses: topical applications, diffusion, homemade cleaners, spritzes.

Rosewood – This oil is credited with being bactericidal, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, an immune system stimulant, tissue regenerator, antidepressant and antimicrobial.  Uses: diffusion, topical applications.

Spikenard – Used in ancient times as part of religious rituals, this earthy oil is credited with balancing and grounding effects and assists with developing inward reflection.  Uses: Diffusion, topical applications, compresses.

Spruce – Recommended for exhaustion, mental tension, muscle aches and stiffness, respiratory congestion, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, infection and poor circulation. Uses: Diffusion, topical applications.

Tarragon – This oil supports the digestive system and acts as a good deodorant.  Avoid during pregnancy.  Uses: topical application, diffusion.

Thyme –Thyme is a strong antibacterial, fungicide and antiviral agent and is beneficial in boosting the immune system.  Uses: Diffusion, topical applications, homemade cleaners.

Wintergreen – A traditional native North American remedy used for muscle tension, aches and pains and to aid breathing.  Uses: Diffusion, topical applications.

 

New Essential Oil SetsEach set includes 6 – 10ml bottles.

Citrus – This fabulous set is made from our most popular citrus oils and includes; Eucalyptus Citriodora, Citronella Ceylon, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Lemon and Grapefruit.

Flower – Who can resist the sweet, calming influences of flower aromas?  This set includes; Lavender, Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile and Cistus

Herb – This incredible multipurpose set is for the herbalist in all of us!  This set includes; Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Black Pepper, Dill and Oregano.

Holiday – This set was specially designed to evoke those wonderful scent memories of the holiday season.  Set includes: Ginger, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg and Allspice

Spice – Now you can get 6 incredibly stimulating spice aromas in one special package.  This set includes:  Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Nutmeg and Ginger.

Tree – We’re getting back to the roots with this woodsy pack!  Set includes:  Spruce, Rosewood, Pine, Fir Needle, Cypress and Cedarwood

Special coupon code for our much appreciated blog readers!

Enter coupon code EOS15 at checkout to receive 15% off any of the Plantlife Essential Oil Sets mentioned above.  Feel free to share this coupon with your friends and family too!  Offer ends 06/29/2011.

 

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Lip Balm…Naturally

Lip Balm…Naturally

 

OK, I admit it. I’m a lip balm addict. Having suffered from cold sores since I was very young, I am constantly focused on my lips and what may cause or prevent an outbreak. It could be 30 unprotected seconds in the sun, a slight fever or, if my husband is really lucky, fluctuating hormones that trigger the cold sore to rear it’s ugly little (or large) head and make my life miserable for a few days.

This weekend I made the biggest mistake a person with problematic lips could make. An impromptu trip to Disneyland in sunny Anaheim, CA with absolutely no Lip Balm in sight. This is seriously unlike me as at any given time, you would find precious tubes full of the silky manna within a three foot radius of my person.

You can only imagine what I awoke to this morning. If you said a blistering, bothersome, behemoth, blight on my life you would be right. My entire bottom lip, a giant cold sore.

Now you can understand my inspiration for today’s article. Even though you may not suffer the embarrassment of cold sores (HSV-1), these lip balms can still be a source of healing comfort for chapped lips and even minor cuts!

Herbal Lip Balm

This is the balm you’ve been looking for!  Our Herbal Lip Balm provides soothing and moisturizing protection for your lips.  Made with organic calendula and chamomile extracts, olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E, it provides healing protection and keeps the lips soft and supple.

We use Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange essential oils for a delicious herbal flavor. This incredibly versatile balm can also be used on minor cuts and scrapes for quick healing and super soothing relief! It’s ideal for your first aid kit too. This little gem of a lip balm is one of our most requested items.

 

The reviews are in:

“Smooth as silk and lasts a long time. Other lip balms tend to make your lips dryer so you have to keep using it more, this one lasts all day!”

From Amazon.com posted by Katherine

 

Herb P Lip Balm

You’ve probably already guessed it, but this is my go to lip balm for helping my lips heal quickly during a “breakout”.  This balm is specially formulated with Eucalyptus, Myrrh and Tea Tree Essential Oils (to name a few) as well as Vitamin E and Olive Oil to not only increase healing time during a breakout but to help prevent breakouts altogether.

This is an excellent balm even if you don’t suffer from Cold Sores and tastes delicious!

 

The Reviews are in:

“When my lips feel dry, I slather them in this lip balm and they feel soft for days after. The lemongrass smell was a bit of a surprise, but I have come to like it a lot. I would buy this again.”

From Amazon.com posted by Michelle in Japan

Peppymint Lip Balm

Made with top notch ingredients like Organic Beeswax, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, this ultra-moisturizing balm leaves your lips tingling! I love using this balm at night for super protection against dry indoor heat.

The reviews are in:

“This lip balm is THE BEST. Great moisturizing capabilities, an amazingly fresh scent and cool sensation from the peppermint oil, and a light, natural sheen. I live in a cold city and feel completely lost when I find myself outside without this balm. I’m addicted!”

from Sciabaca.com posted by KO

 

Don’t forget that what goes on the lips gets ingested! It’s important to note that our balms don’t contain anything harmful (like petroleum waxes, fragrance, colorants, etc.). Check the ingredients of anything that goes on the lips to make sure they are organic and/or natural. Your lips will thank you!

 

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Aloe Vera and its Uses

Aloe Vera and its Uses

 

We all know this superior succulent is unmatched at relieving the pain of burns and cuts but, did you know it is an excellent multipurpose tool capable of aiding multiple medicinal maladies? There is a reason this extraordinary plant is referred to as the “plant of immortality” and the “medicine plant”.

In a recent article by Sandy Almendarez in The Natural Products Insider, new insight to the benefits of Aloe Vera are shared by way of multiple case studies. This well written article also sheds light on how Aloe Vera is used (and misused) in the manufacturing process today.

Here are a few key points to the Natural Products Insider article “Aloe Veritas“.

About Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera seems to have evolved right alongside the human species. Like man, it thrives in tropical, warm, dry climates. Quite advantageous for our ancestors, as it is a part of many ancient civilizations’ medicine cabinets—from Egypt to Greece, Arabia and Spain. Today, people around the globe consider it part of their medicinal heritage, including China, India, Japan, Russia, the Caribbean, Jamaica and the United States.”

Why Does it Work?

…Aloe vera gel contains many active constituents, including amino acids, vitamins, minerals, sterols, enzymes and polysaccharides. “All of the ingredients in Aloe Vera are combined and balanced perfectly in nature to provide a soothing tonic for the body’s systems…

…“Aloe works well with the body’s innate immune system to aid in a defense to protect us from the invasion of what is out there.”

Skin Care

Aloe Vera is calming and moisturizing for the skin and cumulative evidence supports its use for helping the body to heal small wounds and burns,” Linsley said. “In fact, a compound present in Aloe vera called acemannan can assist the immune system by boosting the amount of T-lymphocyte cells in the body.

A Brazilian study of 20 women found freeze-dried Aloe Vera extract was an effective ingredient for improving skin hydration and suggested it may be used in moisturizing cosmetic formulations and also as a complement in the treatment of dry skin.”

GI Tract

…Aloe Vera also benefits the gastrointestinal (GI) tract with its wound-healing properties, if one considers GI disturbances as wounds. “Ingestion of Aloe Vera can be of benefit to the GI system, promoting healthy digestion and bowel function,” Linsley said. “It encourages the release of digestive enzymes when the stomach is full, and as an alkalizer, it may prevent excessive acid in the digestive process.”

Diabetes

…a 2006 Japanese study concluded Aloe Vera gel and phytosterols derived from Aloe Vera gel have a long-term blood glucose level control effect and would be useful for the treatment of type 2 diabetes after the researchers evaluated the anti-hyperglycemic effect of Aloe Vera gel and isolated a number of compounds from the gel, specifically lophenol, 24-methyl-lophenol, 24-ethyl-lophenol, cycloartanol and 24-methylene-cycloartanol.16 After administration of the five phytosterols for 28 days in mice, fasting blood glucose levels decreased to approximately 64 percent, 28 percent, 47 percent, 51 percent and 55 percent of control levels, respectively.”

Cancer

While few products in the natural arena tout cancer-abating abilities, Aloe vera has been shown to help reduce tumors and increase lifespan in cancer patients. Back in 1991, Texan researchers noted after 12 weeks, 71 percent of cats that had leukemia and were treated with acemannan were alive and in good health. Normally, the researchers pointed out, 40 percent of cats with feline leukemia are dead within four weeks and 70 percent within eight weeks of the onset of clinical symptoms.”

 

Aloe Vera takes many forms in today’s market from pills to gels to juices to plants.  It is important to always purchase Aloe Vera  carefully and from a trusted manufacturer to ensure the maximum possible benefit.

To read this exceptional article in full, please click here

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