Having family and friends over during the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. After all, getting your home ready for guests takes a lot more than just decorations and meal planning. One great way to bring some calm can be as simple as diffusing the right essential oil blend. …
With the increasing amount of stress in today’s world, many people are turning to outlets like Yoga and meditation to unwind and relax the body. But did you know it is also a perfect time to incorporate essential oils? With their therapeutic benefits, essential oils can help assist in focusing and centering your mind body and spirit during these activities as well as relax and unwind before and after! Read on to find a few great recipes to help enhance your well-being! …
“April showers bring May flowers!” For a limited time only we are offering the Flower Essential Oil 3 Pack containing three of our most popular flower essential oils: Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and Lavender. As a bonus, we threw in two of our favorite floral soaps: Lavender and Rosewood Geranium! …
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.
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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.
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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
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
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!
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:
- Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange – Soothing and renewing
- Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium – Soothing
- Pine, Rosemary, Eucalyptus – Refreshing, forest-y
- Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang – Uplifting
- Lemongrass, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lavender – Refreshing
- Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver – Sleepy
- Or try one of our great Essential Oil blends!
- 8 oz. baking soda
- 4 oz Citric Acid
- 4 oz. Plantlife Therapeutic Mineral Bath Salt (Scent Free)
- 3/4 tsp water (preferably distilled)
- 2 tsp. Plantlife Essential oil of your choice
- 2.5 tsp light carrier oil such as Sweet Almond or Jojoba
- A mold of some kind
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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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!
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!