Sunday, December 7, 2014

Plant Therapy Organic Essential Oils Review + Recipes

If you're anything like me, you love trying new things! I've heard such good things about essential oils and just had to give them a try! When I received these in the mail, it was like a 5 year old at Christmas time. Literally. The more and more research that I do, the more addicted I become! Essential oils can be used for an endless amount of things.

Before I tell you about my cool creations, let me tell you about the brand. After doing much research (but I'm still no expert), I decided upon Plant Therapy organic oils. While I don't think Organic are absolutely necessary, I just feel more comfortable knowing that there weren't harsh chemicals used in the growing process. After looking from brand to brand, I chose Plant Therapy for the fact that the oils were affordable and the company appears completely legit. Plus, they have an incredible amount of items to choose from. Everything from essential oils, to diffusers, to carrier oils, to accessories are available for purchase.

So, as you can see above, I went ahead and purchased the Organic Essential Oil Sampler Gift Set! Cute packaging, right!? I chose this package because I wanted a variety and this package contained the basics at a lower price than buying individual bottles.

I bet you're wondering what each essential oil does and what it smells like, right? Because the oils are extremely concentrated, the scents are very strong but most are to be diluted in carrier oils (such as almond, coconut, etc.) before use. So....the scents that I describe are the pure oil scents that may change when diluted. I will also put a few uses of each oil that I have either tried myself or researched.

Scent: Similar to Vicks Vapor Rub
Uses: Respiratory, Sore muscles

Scent: This ones pretty self explanatory! (:
Uses: Diffusion, Cosmetics, Hair

Scent: Like a green herb in your spice cabinet
Uses: Hair, Brain Booster

Scent: Woodsy, maybe even like a mens cologne
Uses: Hair, Skin issues

Sweet Orange
Scent: Exactly like a fresh peeled orange
Uses: Diffusion, Cleaning Products

Scent: Hard to describe but almost like a sour/tangy scent
Uses: Bug repellent

Onto the good stuff! Check out these awesome recipes that I have tried out with my sampler set! By the way...the toilet bombs listed below are literally...the BOMB! Easy to make and smell just incredible!

Toilet Bombs

- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid (fruit fresh)
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 15 to 20 drops essential oil (I used Sweet Orange)
- Sheet Pan
- Parchment Paper
- Measureing Spoons
- Spray Bottle (Optional)

1. Add the baking soda to a mixing bowl and use a fork to break up any clumps. Baking soda naturally cleans and eliminates icky odors, making it the perfect base for the fizzies. Add the citric acid, or powdered produce preservative, which you can find near the canning supplies at your local grocery store, and give things a stir. The citric acid adds the oomph to these cleaners.

2. In a small glass, mix together the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which work together to help clean your commode. Now drop by drop, add the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If you add the liquid all at once, you'll have a huge mess due to the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid!

3. Now add the essential oil and gently mix. Any fragrance works wonderfully, but something fresh like wintergreen, lemongrass, or lavender leaves a wonderful lingering scent.

4. Use a one-half teaspoon to scoop and mold the mixture into small half rounds and then tap onto a parchment-covered sheet pan. You can spritz the rounds with equal parts vinegar and water to create a crust, which helps hold them together. Let dry for at least four hours or overnight.

5. Place the dried fizzies in a sealable glass jar and keep next to your commode, making sure to stick on a label so they aren't mistaken for breath mints! The next time things get smelly, after flushing, drop in a tablet and you'll love how things freshen up in no time.
Recipe courtesy of Popsugar

Diffuser Liquid

- 1/3 cup water (distilled is best)
- 2 teaspoons isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- 20 drops essential oil (I used peppermint)

If making your own diffuser (I just refilled a purchased wick diffuser):

- Bamboo skewers
- Short Bottle with a small opening

1. Combine the water and alcohol in a small bottle. Next add in the essential oil.

2. Trim down the bamboo skewers to a size about twice as long as your bottle. This gets rid of the sharp pointy ends of the bamboo skewers too.

3. Put several of the trimmed bamboo skewers into the bottle.
Recipe courtesy of The Make Your Own Zone

Fabric Softener/Scent Booster

- 2 cups epsom salt
- 15 to 20 drops essential oil (I used Sweet Orange)

1. Mix epsom salt and essential oil in a bowl (mix well!).
2. Transfer to an airtight glass container (I used an old candle jar).

That is just a taste of what you can do with essential oils! They can also be used to make all kinds of cosmetics, help with anxiety/stress, cure infections, relaxation and so much more. The possibilities are endless. go and create some more goodies!
Ta-ta for now! (:


  1. Awesome post Sarah! I have really gotten into EO lately and love how you can find a use for them for EVERYTHING!! :-) The toilet bombs are a cute idea too :-D

  2. I need to get into this..I keep saying I will! This is a great post for beginners! Thanks ;-)

  3. I have heard so much buzz about essential oils recently. It seems like there are tons of uses for them.

  4. I'd like the oranges. I always say peeling an orange is the world's best room refresher. :)

  5. I would love to try Eucalyptus essential oil. i have been hearing a lot about their great benefits lately

  6. I love essential oils and have some from Plant Therapy in the house. I need to try those toilet bombs and the fabric softener as I want to be healthy across the house.

  7. I am loving essential oils lately! The toilet bombs are a genius idea!

  8. I am so intrigued by essential oils and you just peaked my curiosity even more! I love everything you can do with them!

  9. I keep telling myself I need to learn more about essential oils! Totally intrigued by the toilet bombs, think it's time to find a rep :) Thank you!

  10. I have my own essential oils company and I purchase from a wholesaler, BUT when there are certain items I can't get from the wholesaler, or they are out of stock, I ALWAYS go to Plant Therapy. As a business owner, I am discriminate about the quality of oils that I use and Plant Therapy is really top notch. On top of that, their customer service is impeccable. I really love all the items that you made. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I've always heard about all of the amazing things you can do with essential oils, this is great!

  12. I am just so interested in the toliet bombs! They remind me of my bath bombs, just so easy to use and smell amazing. I am very interested in essential oils!

  13. Thanks for this post! I attended an event last year and I learned so many great uses for Essential oils. I'm definitely interested in trying the toilet bombs.

  14. I've heard so many things about essential Oils...I probably will end up trying them soon. Everyone know just loves them.

  15. This is an amazing and thorough review, I am not yet on the essential oils bandwagon but i am heading there. Love that you found a use for all of them

  16. This an AWESOME post! I've been wanting to find a good bathroom spray that's made only with essential oils etc but it still works. These may be even better than that and I'm going to give them a try. Thank you!! This is, by far, the most useful thing I've stumbled on in a while.

  17. We are using a lot of Vicks Vapor Rub at our house when we are sick. Never thought on using eucalyptus essiental oils instead. Have to give it a try!

  18. I seem to be the only person who doesn't use essential oils. I should learn more.