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The Healing Power of Plants: Plant Therapy Essential Oils

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Part One of A Four Part Series: Plant Therapy Essential Oils

As I hear more and more about all of the toxic chemicals found in commercial household cleansing and bath and beauty products, I have become more interested in using all-natural products including oils from companies like Plant Therapy essential oils.

And although many companies are now making more ‘green’ or ‘all natural’ products, the majority are quite pricey and hard to afford for someone on a tight budget.  So my solution has been to start learning how to make my own household cleansers, bath products, beauty products, and more.

Essential oils not only add scent to these recipes, but they also contribute their own cleansing and healing properties.


If you are not familiar with essential oils, they are basically the highly-concentrated, aromatic liquids derived from plants and flowers that are vital to the plant’s ability to grow, live, evolve, adapt, and defend itself from pests, disease, and harsh environmental conditions.  They are known to be the essence of the plant, hence the name…essential oil.

The oils are extracted by different methods, including steam distillation, cold pressed, and others.  They are used in perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, food, and drink flavoring, and for adding scents to incense and household cleaning products.

Essential oils are popular not only for their aromatherapeutic properties but also for their healing, medicinal, and cleansing properties. Different oils serve different purposes.

Essential Oils can be purchased at many health food stores and alternative health retailers, as well as on the internet, but you need to be sure that what you are getting is 100% pure, not diluted, and that you don’t get them confused with fragrance oils.


I recently came across a wonderful site for all things having to do with Essential Oils;  one that was kind enough to send some of their oils for review, Plant Therapy Essential Oils.

Plant Therapy carries every type of Essential Oil you could want, as well as anything having to do with the oils such as diffusers, books, cases, empty bottles and so much more.  All Plant Therapy Essential Oils are 100% pure and natural, free from any chemicals or pesticides, undiluted, and therapeutic grade.

I was given the opportunity to select the oils I wanted, and since I had some specific recipes I wanted to make, I chose Lavender (my absolute favorite scent in the world!), Sweet Orange, Lemon, and Tea Tree Oil.

Lavender Oil (Lavandula officinalis)

Known for its strong floral scent, and its therapeutic properties including an analgesic, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-toxic, diuretic, deodorant, hypotensive, insecticide, parasitical, sedative, stimulant and many more. You can apply a few drops to minor burns;  put a few drops on a cotton ball next to your bed for a good night’s sleep; or diffuse it into the air to calm your mind, body, and spirit after a stressful day.

Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis)

The sweet orange essential oil has a medium-strength fresh, sweet citrus scent. Know for its therapeutic properties such as antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive, stimulant (nervous), and tonic (cardiac, circulatory).  It can be applied to combat colds, constipation, dull skin, flatulence, the flu, gums, slow digestion, and relieve stress.

Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum)

Another of my favorite Plant Therapy Essential Oils, it has a strong, fresh, citrus scent, and is known to be a great cleanser, also known to have antiseptic properties as well as cooling and refreshing qualities. Studies have shown it helps concentration, and it can also be used to treat cuts and boils.

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea Tree Essential Oil has a medium-strength, fresh, camphoraceous scent, and is best known for its antimicrobial properties.  It contains the compound Terpenin-4-oil which is thought to combat all three types of infectious organisms (bacteria, fungi, and viruses).  It can be used to fight dandruff, acne, athlete’s foot, lice, eczema, and psoriasis.  Tea Tree oil can be found in creams, ointments, lotions, soaps, and shampoos.

I found all of the Plant Therapy Essential oils to be exactly what I needed for my three favorite recipes!  Each oil came in a dark, glass bottle in order to preserve the integrity of the oil. The bottles were each 1/3 fl. oz. (10 ml).


All of these Plant Therapy Essential Oils, plus many more can be purchased directly through Plant Therapy at  Prices vary depending on the oil you want, and all orders in the U.S. (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) will ship for free! They do ship to Alaska, Hawaii, and outside the US, but rates will vary.

Don’t miss the next three posts in this series as I will show you three of my favorite recipes using the above essential oils including a fantastic DIY all-purpose cleaner, a DIY fabric softener recipe, and a DIY air freshener recipe all made with Plant Therapy Essential Oils.

I received this product for free for the purpose of review. Regardless, all opinions are my own.

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Thursday 4th of April 2013

I've made some nice home made gifts with essential oils and my favorite ones are the orange and lemon scents.

Dawn Kropp

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

I love the smell of Lavender!


Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

I like that these are plant based. I will have to check out all of there products. I like the natural approach.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

i love tea tree oil and need to try out the rest of these!

Just Short

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

I use essential oil and I've been looking for a new place to buy them. I'll be checking out plant therapy. Thanks for sharing.

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