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Customize Your Signature Scent: DIY Perfume Using Essential Oils

Customize Your Signature Scent: DIY Perfume Using Essential Oils

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love…”
– Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Of the five senses, scent is arguably the most powerful – it has the ability to trigger memories, tell stories, announce a presence, and even make us fall in love. Scent is also extremely personal, varying from individual to individual; often, people talk their a “signature scent,” which they wear every day. But if you don’t have one, how can you find yours?

The perfume industry makes billions of dollars annually selling scents, and many of them do smell incredible; unfortunately, most manufactured perfumes are laden with toxins and chemicals that have been linked to severe allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and even cancer. This means that perfume probably isn’t the best thing to spritz on your skin, the largest and most porous organ!

However, perfumes made from all-natural essential oils are not only healthy for your skin – they’ll blend with the scents of your own body to create a scent that’s completely unique. At Plantlife, our essential oils are 100% pure and therapeutic grade with no additives or fillers, so you can feel good about what you use on your skin. We have a full range of single note oils available, as well as ready-made oil blends that make a great starting point.

With Plantlife’s essential oils, it’s easy to create your own signature scent: just experiment with different combinations until you find that special one! When you can’t stop smelling your wrists or you’re getting compliments left and right, you’ll know you’ve found it. Below are a few starter recipes for your own DIY perfume – aromatic, toxin-free, and 100% natural!

DIY Essential Oil Elixirs:

Earthy Elixir: Warm, grounded, and deep.
8 drops of Sandalwood Oil, 3 drops of Lavender Oil, 1 drop of Cedarwood Oil.

Sensual Elixir: Sexy, musky, and dangerous.
2 drops of Bergamot Oil, 1 drop of Jasmine Oil, 1 drop of Rosewood Oil, 2 drops of Sandalwood Oil.

Romantic Elixir: Delicate, floral, and feminine.
5 drops of Palmarosa Oil, 3 drops of Rosewood Oil, 1 drop of Frankincense Oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Oil.

Energetic Elixir: Youthful, fresh, and flirty.
9 drops of Grapefruit Oil, 1 drop of Neroli Oil, 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Oil.

DIY Essential Oil PerfumeWhat You’ll Need:

1 tablespoon carrier oil – preferably sweet almond, grapeseed, or jojoba oil
1 tablespoon vodka (optional)
Essential oils of choice
Filtered water
Bottle for shaking
Perfume bottle

Directions:

Mix all ingredients except water together and let sit for 48 hours (or longer if you’d like a stronger scent). Vodka helps the scent last longer, but feel free to omit if you prefer to be alcohol-free. Then, add 2 tablespoons of filtered water to the blend. Shake the bottle and pour the mixture through a coffee filter to get rid of any sediment. Pour your perfume into a spritz bottle and you’re done! For the longest possible shelf life, store in a cool, dark place.

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Balance Your Chakras With These Essential Oils

Balance Your Chakras With These Essential Oils

The use of essential oils to balance the chakra system has been in practice for thousands of years. It is believed that there are seven primary chakras and 21 lesser chakras: each of the seven main chakras is tied to a particular region and influences different emotions. Although these energy centers aren’t visible to the eye, they are thought to help connect the physical body and the spirit.

Your chakras can be out of balance if they are flowing with negative energy, but they can be re-balanced with the proper use of essential oils. Different oils are useful for each of the seven primary chakras.

The base chakra, located at the tailbone, is said to be where the sense of security is located. To balance this area, use patchouli, myrrh, rosewood, thyme, or frankincense oils. The sacral chakra, which houses creativity and sexuality, is in the lower abdomen; for this chakra, use sandalwood oil as an aphrodisiac and jasmine, rose, and cardamom oils for enhanced creativity.

Next is the solar plexus chakra, which is in the stomach. This area is connected to self-confidence and can be balanced with oils like grapefruit, juniper, cedarwood, and black pepper. Fourth is the heart chakra, one of the most important areas; rose oil can be used here for its romantic properties, along with geranium, bergamot, jasmine, and lavender oils.

Moving up the body, the throat chakra is considered the center of self-expression. Chamomile, peppermint, and eucalyptus oils are all used for this chakra, helping cure ailments like sore throats and congestion. The third eye, located on the forehead between the eyes, is the sixth chakra; this is the center of intuition. Frankincense, sage, and lavender oils can be used in this area to soothe headaches and clear the mind. Finally the crown chakra on the top of the head can be balanced with frankincense — one of the oldest essential oils — which enhances spirituality and helps bring clarity.

After you’ve chosen which oils you’d like to use, don’t forget to blend them with carrier oil before applying. Lie down and apply the chosen oil to the chakra, massaging the oil into your skin while relaxing and setting an intention for your healing. If you are balancing only one chakra, once the oil has been absorbed, you can meditate or simply breathe slowly and evenly, allowing the oil work its magic.

Grapefruit 100% Pure Essential Oil
Cedarwood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Jasmine 100% Pure Essential Oil
Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil
Rosewood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Juniper Berry 100% Pure Essential Oil
Myrrh 100% Pure Essential Oil
Black Pepper 100% Pure Essential Oik
Thyme 100% Pure Essential Oil

 

Geranium 100% Pure Essential Oil
Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oil
Patchouli 100% Pure Essential Oil
Bergamot 100% Pure Essential Oil
Clary Sage 100% Pure Essential Oil
Eucalyptus 100% Pure Essential Oil
Sandalwood 100% Pure Essential Oil
Chamomile 100% Pure Essential Oil
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Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils At Home

Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils At Home

We thought now would be a great time to teach you five awesome ways to use essential oils at home. Using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils is important when trying to experience the full powers of these amazing oils. Products labeled as “fragrance oils,” “perfume oils,” or “natural fragrance” can contain synthetic chemicals that are toxic. They are not Essential Oils and should NOT be substituted for pure essential oil.

1) Massage

Essential oils are used to help achieve the maximum healing result during a massage. The therapeutic properties of essential oils penetrate deeply into the skin. They circulate throughout the system providing optimum benefit to the mind and body. The oils will quickly absorb into the skin and senses, making them excellent for massage. In addition, inhaling the vapors enhance emotional and physical well being.

How to use essential oils with a massage:

  • Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage into the area needing treatment.
  • Apply a few drops to a cloth and inhale.
  • Use a diffuser in the massage room to disperse essential oils into the air.
  • Use essential oils in the steam room (add to water).
  • Make your own essential oil blend/massage oil (use our scent free massage oil as a base) or use Plantlife Aromatherapy Massage Oil (synergistic formula of essential oils) for your next massage.

2) Compress

Using compresses is a simple yet effective way to treat specific concerns such as pain, sprains, and circulation problems.

Make your own compress with a thin cotton hand towel soaked in a solution of hot or ice cold water and essential oil. Dip the towel in the solution and wring out excess water then apply the towel to the area needing relief.

A cold compress is excellent for swelling, bruising, headaches and fever. A hot compress is good for muscle pain, cramps and boils. To determine what essential oils are used for a specific ailment or treatment, get a book on Aromatherapy.

3) Bathing

Taking a bath is an age old ritual for cleansing and relaxation. Maximize the benefits of a warm bath by adding essential oil to the bath water.

Just add a few drops to the water to soothe the stresses away.

Add some Epsom salt to ease muscle aches and pains or try Plantlife’s Aromatherapy Bath Salts (which contains the perfect mixture of mineral rich ingredients and 100% pure essential).

4) Diffusing

Diffusing essential oils releases molecules into the air and aids in reducing bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors. It also promotes well being unlike synthetic fragrance. Only a few drops of essential oil are needed for the benefits of diffusion (always diffuse essential oils in water).

Diffuse Eucalyptus during the flu season, it is great to ward off sickness. Try Lavender to calm your mind and promote sleep.

Keep your home fresh by diffusing Grapefruit or Lemon. Each essential oil has its own wonderful aroma and healing properties that are enjoyed through inhalation.

Check out this video to learn how to diffuse essential oils:

5) Cleaning

Using essential oils to clean with is safe and non-toxic for the whole family. Make your own cleaning products easily by combining your favorite essential oil with simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda or liquid soap.

Get a book on Aromatherapy for which essential oils are best to clean with and recipes.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Make your own air freshener by adding 5-10 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.
  • Add lavender to your laundry wash or dryer sheet to freshen and brighten your clothes.
  • Use Peppermint to keep the mice away.
  • Eliminate bacteria by adding Tea Tree to the rinse water when cleaning your counter tops and floors.
  • Make your carpet smell naturally clean and fresh with essential oil.

Existing Products

Use essential oils in any existing product to add value to the products! As an example, add Tea Tree to your favorite shampoo and conditioner instead of buying the expensive brand and get the same benefits. Even use essential oil for a craft project! Essential oils are nature’s gift to us! They are pure plant extracts and contain healing, therapeutic value. They are excellent for health, wellness and a natural lifestyle. Enjoy!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Our everyday hustle and bustle can get in the way of taking time out for ourselves. It also has been a pretty hectic year for a lot of people. Giving the gift of relaxation will bring a little bit of joy to those who receive it and remind them to take a moment for themselves. Tis’ the season for giving after all! If you’re not too sure on what to buy a loved one, don’t fear Plantlife is here! We’ve created a list of our products that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

 Top 6 Aromatherapy Herbal Soaps

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Price: $33.95

We’ve put our customer favorite soaps in one set! They are crafted by hand in small batches using the “cold processing” method. This means that no heat is added to the soap pots, which ensures that all the healing and beneficial properties of each ingredient is retained in every bar. They’re also 100% vegan!

Vanilla Orange: This soap is rich in antioxidants and helps to refresh dull, dry skin.

Peppermint: Historical records as far back as 1600 B.C. document peppermint’s medicinal qualities. Its scent is stimulating and revitalizing and is said to spark the child within.

Oatmeal Almond:  This soap is made with oatmeal to soothe and ground almonds to gently exfoliate. A good facial soap as it calms oily, dry or flaky skin.

Patchouli: The perfect soap to use before meditation or romance. Its lingering aroma stays on the skin and is excellent for dry, cracked, chapped, inflamed or aged skin.

Lemongrass: Enriched with organic calendula extract for silky, healing suds, this soap deep cleans, tones and revitalizes. Useful for oily or acne prone skin.

Lavender: Lavender has long been considered the most gentle and versatile of herbs with a wide variety of uses to its credit. Lavender’s aroma soothes the body and spirit.

Best of the Best Set

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Price: $78.00

Know an essential oil lover or someone wanting to start a collection? Our Best of the Best Set is a perfect gift! It contains 14 of our top selling 100% pure essential oils. Set includes a 10ml of Tangerine, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Bergamot, Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Spearmint and Sweet Orange essential oils.

Spa Therapy Set- Stress Relief

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Price: $27.95

Life can be stressful, so we created a set to help ease the mind, body and spirit. Our Stress Relief Spa-Therapy kit contains a 4 oz bar of Lavender aromatherapy herbal soap, 4 oz Stress Relief aromatherapy massage oil, 3 oz Stress Relief therapeutic mineral bath salt and an exfoliating hand scrubber. Everything you need to unwind.

Top Blends 3 Pack
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Price: $28.50

Our essential oil blends are 100% therapeutic grade. This makes them perfect for diffusing or DIY projects such as massage oils, perfumes, or hair care products. The oils are a great gift for anyone especially new moms! Set includes one 10ml each of oil.

Breath Easy Essential Oil:  This blend is choc full of essential oils known for their respiratory support. Also effective for muscle aches and pains.

Calm Essential Oil: Agitated or stressed out? Find your  inner sanctuary with this synergistic blend of pure, therapeutic essential oils known for their calming properties.

Protect: Inspired by a story about four thieves, this blend is made with pure essential oils known for their immune supportive and cleansing properties.

Body Oil 4 Pack

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Price: $46.95

Body oils are an amazing way to moisturize your body without the greasy feeling of lotion. These oils are formulated to create soft and silky skin using rich plant oils that quickly absorb and leave a light aroma. Our Body Oils lock in the skin’s natural moisture when used on clean, freshly bathed skin. This 4 pack is an economical way of sampling our best selling body oils.

Ginger Berry Body Oil: A light, fruity aroma that everyone loves! A pure blend of essential oils makes this one smell good enough to eat.

Orange Blossom Body Oil: A refreshing and uplifting aroma and the perfect natural skin conditioning oil.

Lemongrass Body Oil: Perks up the spirits with the fresh, citrus aroma of Lemongrass. Makes the skin smell so clean!

Lavender Body Oil: This oil is a must have for after sun care but perfect for daily use. Lavender’s healing and soothing properties aid burned, dry or troubled skin.

There are a lot more amazing sets available at www.plantlife.net. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to receive 25% off your order!

 

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Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday Sale!

Don’t miss out on our amazing Black Friday Sale! You will receive 45% off the entire site, FREE shipping, and a FREE gift set with the minimum purchase of $50 dollars. No discount code needed. This sale starts Friday November 25th and ends Sunday November 27th! www.plantlife.net

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Body Oil or Massage Oil, What’s The Difference?

Body Oil or Massage Oil, What’s The Difference?

We here at Plantlife frequently receive a great question and we thought it was high time to address this question publicly. What is the difference between Plantlife Body Oils and Massage Oils?

From viscosity to therapeutic benefit, there are several noticeable variances in the composition of these products. That being said, both the Massage Oils and Body Oils contain 100% pure, therapeutic grade (Grade A) essential oils.

A word about carrier oils:

By definition, carrier (aka base or vegetable) oils come from plants and are usually pressed from the kernels, seeds or nuts. In aromatherapy, they are used to dilute essential oils prior to topical application.

We have specially formulated all our body and massage oils from specific carrier oils known for their excellent topical and therapeutic benefits. It is especially important to note that all of the carrier oils we use are 100% pure, food grade oils. This means our carrier oils (each individually) are FDA approved for consumption. We all know what nourishes the body, nourishes the skin!

Our chosen base oils:

Apricot Kernel – This pure oil is light yet emollient and is high in oleic and linoleic acids. It is recommended for mature, sensitive, inflamed, irritated or dry skin making it quite a versatile oil. Apricot Kernel is a base for all of our body oils.

Sweet Almond – This high quality nut oil is a great for softening and conditioning the skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Sweet Almond is light and easily penetrates the skin. It is used in both our Massage and Body oils.

Jojoba – Jojoba offers the traits of both an oil and a wax to make it an ideal ingredient for massage oil formulation. Jojoba closely resembles the natural sebum within our skin and can help balance the skin’s natural oil. It contains a natural anti-inflammatory called myristic acid and can aid those who suffer from arthritis and rheumatism.

Grape Seed – Research suggests Grape Seed Oil is beneficial in the treatment of such conditions as acne and dermatitis, age spots, sunburn, rheumatoid arthritis, winkles and stretch marks to name a few. The skin absorbs this oil quickly without leaving the dreaded greasy residue behind.

Massage Oil Base –  When properly mixed with other essential oils, it creates a massage oil with a beautiful aroma and easily glides with the motions of massage.

So what’s the big difference?

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Plantlife Massage Oils were designed from some of the aforementioned carrier oils for a thicker concentration of oil that glides smoothly during massage. Additionally, we created specially formulated, synergistic therapy essential oil blends for every massage oil we carry.

Plantlife Body Oils were formulated especially to create soft and silky skin, using rich plant oils that quickly absorb and leave a light aroma.

The oils are versatile and somewhat interchangeable in that you can certainly use the body oil as lighter massage oil if desired. Plantlife massage oil can be used as a body oil to help condition and soften the skin, keeping it moisturized through the drying winter months.

How to use:

Massage Oil: Simply rub oil into tense or sensitive areas as needed or apply to moist skin after bathing.

Body Oil: For best results, apply to clean, damp skin after a shower or bath. Body oil can also be added to a warm bath for a soothing and fragrant bathing experience!

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Acne and Hemp Seed Oil

Acne and Hemp Seed Oil

While there are many uses for Hemp seed oil, the topic I want to delve into today is acne because it is relatable to almost everyone. Believe it or not, acne can rear its ugly head differently according to the season we are in. The only difference? It determines whether you’re more likely to see blackheads and whiteheads or pimples, papules and pustules (more common in the summer.)

Often, acne breakouts are not about what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body. So watch your diet as there’s a good chance you might be giving into your food cravings and loading up on processed foods and sugar-laden cold blended drinks that can cause your skin to breakout.

In some environments, the heat and humidity is a huge contributor to clogged pores, however, dry heat can make people who suffer from extremely dry skin slather on moisturizer to combat the dryness. This again could interfere with your skin’s sebum levels as dense moisturizers can clog the pores.

And let’s not ignore the fact that oils from your hair and skin transfer onto the surfaces you’re in contact with (like your pillow), and transfer back onto your skin—with the added germs. Lastly, the dead skin cells accumulate and if not exfoliated, can literally create an unhealthy layer all over your skin.

Our Favorite Resolve:
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Hemp seed oil. It is now considered the holy grail of skincare solutions.

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species Cannabis sativa. It is produced by cold pressing the seeds and then extracting the oil. Hemp was the first plant to be domestically cultivated around 8000 B.C. in Mesopotamia (present-day Turkey) and was grown for fiber and food. Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil makes for an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for acne, as well as dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It has anti-inflammatory properties which will help temper the irritated puffiness around your cheeks. Hemp oil works best for acne-prone skin as it is light,

therefore, upon application, it does not feel greasy or clog the pores. It restores the skin elasticity and increases water retention capacity in tissues. The antioxidants and protein improve collagen production to reverse the signs of aging as well.

Here’s what you do:

Simply wet your face with warm water. This will open your pores. Once you’ve done this, take a few drops of hemp oil and rub it into your skin thoroughly. Once you’re satisfied, simply pat dry with a towel.

How to store it:

It is recommended that it be kept in a cool dark place, so keeping it in your refrigerator is a good idea especially during the summer, but not required. This is because it contains a high amount of polyunsaturated fats and oxidizes fairly quickly. (The only drawback about using it for skincare is to go to the kitchen to get it, but so worth it!)

 

For more fun, use this recipe below on your next summer salad mix! This tasty addition is a great compliment to top a variety of favorite foods and is healthy too…

***Garlic Hemp Oil Salad Dressing***

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INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup hemp oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ⅛ tsp pepper

    INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Fully whisk all ingredients together.
  • Let sit for one hour to allow the flavor to fully manifest.
  • Shake well and drizzle! Enjoy!

 

 

Written by: Kristen Parker

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Summer Time and Insects

Summer Time and Insects

It’s that time again! Time for lots of fun in the sun whether it be at the beach or lake, summer calls for plenty of all the good stuff the hot season has to bring! Most can hardly wait for that hard earned, fun packed vacation… that is until the bugs are there to greet us…and if vacation isn’t calling, these pesky insects may already be where we call home, often lurking in moist areas where we can’t always see or hear them, day or night. The bugs that like to bite us and our pets are the ones we worry about the most. Our 100% all natural products are a sure way to protect against summer time bug bites…check out our exclusive line!

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Our Herbal Insect soap is the first layer of natural prevention against the most troublesome pest attacks. This Deet-free soap contains no chemicals or synthetic ingredients. For best results, follow with our Herbal Insect Body Oil and at the beginning and end of each day, use this to ensure clean skin and to keep the insect pests away!

The Herbal Insect Body Oil is a chemical free, 100% natural insect repellent made with your comfort and health in mind! We use a blend of pure plant essential oils known for their insect repelling properties. These proven natural ingredients provide a layer of protection on the skin leaving it soft and fresh smelling. Safe enough for daily use. Use this day and night to work as a 24 hour protectant.

Diffuse our Herbal Insect Essential Oil in your home or outdoors. It is a perfect blend of 100% pure essential oils known for their insect repellent properties. No chemical scent, just a fresh, citrus aroma to ward off pests.

So you forgot to use our other Herbal Insect products and are now plagued with itchy, irritated, insect bitten skin! Not to worry, we’ve created this special, ultra-soothing repair balm to control bite symptoms and promote healing.

In the case of a bug bite that one may be allergic to or one that may become infected, be sure to seek medical attention right away.

So remember, you can enjoy this summer and where ever you go year round, and keep those pesky bugs away at the same time!

 

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Muscle spasms and Massage

Muscle spasms and Massage

If you’ve ever suffered from an intense and overwhelming pain in any muscle of your body then you’ve most likely experienced a muscle spasm, also commonly known as a “Charley Horse”. These muscle contractions often flare up suddenly and with little or no warning.  The causes vary but most of us have endured at least one in our life time, and everyone is susceptible regardless of their general state of physical health. As a fitness instructor, I have certainly tolerated my share of muscle spasms, among other pleasures.

Fortunately, for most of us there are a number of remedies readily available, and the good news is that Plantlife’s come from an organic and natural origin! Regular stretch, coupled with increased supplemental mineral intake such as potassium and magnesium, along with water hydration to the muscle blood flow are essential to nurturing a muscle that has just suffered a cramp or spasm. To drive this blood flow we look to physical circulation…or massage!

Massage is an excellent way to break up the fibers that succumb to this less than fun and involuntary muscle contraction. Plantlife’s Sore Muscle Aromatherapy Massage Oil or Plantlife’s Relieve Arnica Oil are a must for helping those stubborn muscles relax they’re unwanted energy and alleviate that pain. The synergistic formula of essential oil used in these products help penetrate and soothe tired, overworked and depleted muscles. Use these products to gently massage in a small but dynamic circular motion or in a static compression manner to trigger pressure points. Go a step further and take a warm bath (or a jacuzzi) with Plantlife Sore Muscle or Relieve Bath Salt which includes Epsom salt. Plantlife Bath Salts provide a good mineral boost due to the high content of minerals in the formula. Complete your restorative process and follow with Plantlife Relieve Arnica Balm to bring those irritated muscles back to a proactive, yet calm manner.

This easy and natural therapy should be performed on a consistent basis, especially to the muscles that are most prone to repeat offender cramps or spasms. Talk to your massage therapist about using our essential oils and blends during your massage regimen as a total body treatment and for continued use to manage a healthy and tranquil lifestyle!

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Why Plantlife Uses Vitamin E From Sunflowers

Why Plantlife Uses Vitamin E From Sunflowers

Sunflower seeds are the best whole food source of vitamin E, according to the USDA Nutrient Database. Vitamin E is both a nutrient and antioxidant, and the oil in its purest form is extremely versatile. It also helps neutralize skin damage from free radicals and environmental exposures such as pollution and ultraviolet radiation. This amazing antioxidant boost collagen production, supports new cell growth, and speeds up cell regeneration.

Did you know..

  • Vitamin E from Sunflower is a purified extract in the same form as it occurs naturally, where synthetic is produced using chemical reactions and purification.
  • None of the world’s sunflower crops have been tampered with by genetic engineers.
  • 100% of Sunflower is completely non-allergenic. Soybean is one of the big “eight” allergens and must be purified extensively in order for allergens to be removed

 

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