Back-to-School Survival Kit

Back-to-School Survival Kit
This academic year promises to be challenging, but we’ve got some tried and true natural solutions to help you power through. Whether you’re homeschooling, sending your kids off to school, or heading to school as a teacher or student yourself, these products are here to support a focused mind and a healthy body.
Pranarom Certified Organic Immune Defense Solution bottle and box.

Immune Defense Solution

Start the day by diffusing a few drops of this tonic for the immune system. Its refreshing aroma of eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary wakes up and stimulates the mind while supporting your body’s natural defenses.

Pranarom Certified Organic Mental Clarity Wellness Formula bottle and box.

Mental Clarity

Help keep your mind sharp with a quick palm inhalation: apply a drop of Mental Clarity to your palms, and rub together. Lightly cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breathe deeply five times. Great before tests and between classes!

Pranarom Certified Organic Stress Recovery Wellness Formula bottle and box.

Stress Recovery

It’s important for both kids and adults to tune in to their emotions and any tension that may be building up in muscles. This could be just a few moments of breathing, stretching, meditation or prayer. Our Stress Recovery is great for encouraging both mind and body to relax and let go of whatever’s not serving you and your health.


Pranarom Certified Organic Down Time Wellness Formula bottle and box.

Down Time

With homework, deadlines and everything else that needs to be done, it’s easy to forget how important sleep is. Our Down Time wellness blend is formulated to help tell the body that it’s time for rest. Diffuse half an hour before bed, turning off technology, dimming the lights and allowing yourself to unwind.


Give yourself some grace this year, and don’t forget that crucial self-care time! These small, simple steps can have a big impact on your health when practiced regularly. We hope these tips help you and your loved ones approach this academic year with a little more confidence. You’ve got this!

Article by: Hanna Stensgaard

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Pranarom Certified Organic Vanilla Essential Oil bottle and plants.
Stress Relieving DIY Recipes


Bewitching Vanilla from Madagascar!

Smooth, rich, sweet, deep, spicy – there are so many adjectives to define the smell of delicious vanilla oil. In this time of crisis and confinement, it’s not uncommon to feel a little stressed or depressed. The comforting aroma of vanilla can help counter this – but where does this precious oil come from, and what makes it so special? A Gift of Comfort & Joy from Mexico to Madagascar Vanilla comes from the fruit of an orchid and is native to Central America. Until the end of the 18th century, pods were collected from wild orchids and pollination was done by small bees. In 1880 the French colonists brought vanilla to Madagascar, transplanting the finest roots onto the island. Today, the country’s ideal climate and the ancestral know-how of its people make Madagascar vanilla some of the best in the world. This is the vanilla (vanilla planifolia) that we harvest for its aromatic extract. The process of obtaining the vanilla pods is not easy, which is part of what makes this warm and spicy aroma so precious. Here’s how it’s done: 1. Lianas (vines) are planted at the end of the dry season at farms in Madagascar. 2. Plants grow and mature for three years. 3. The orchid blooms over a period of approximately three months. 4. The flowers are pollinated by hand, between 10 am and 12 noon, October to November. 5. The harvesting of the first mature pods takes place the following June and July. 6. The ripe vanilla bean, which is green in color, is heated in water to about 150-160 degrees. Scalding stops the ripening of the vanilla pods and triggers a chemical reaction that is responsible for the aroma of vanillin (the aroma of vanilla). 7. Then comes the steaming, which allows the pod to finally take its chocolate brown color. 8. The vanilla bean is dried in the sun, then dried in the shade for 2-3 months. As you can see, the production of vanilla takes 4-5 years, from planting the vanilla cuttings to placing the final vanilla pods on the market. Although long and arduous, this very traditional method produces the finest aromatic experience. All About the Aroma: Benefits for Mind & Body We all know vanilla for its heavenly aroma and flavor, but that’s only a part of its potential. In recent years, the scientific world has taken a keen interest in vanillin, an aromatic constituent of vanilla, for its therapeutic potential. Vanilla not only tastes and smells good – it can help you feel good, too! When you’re feeling down, vanilla is exceptional for supporting positivity while soothing tension. On stressful days, take a few moments to breathe deeply and enjoy vanilla’s scent. CO2 Extraction Our high-quality, highly titrated vanilla oil is the result of CO2 extraction, a natural and plant-friendly process that extracts the plant’s precious molecules. Unlike other chemical solvent extraction processes, supercritical CO2 extraction does not leave behind any concerning chemical residue. Similar to steam distillation, CO2 is gentle on the molecules being extracted, preserving their vitality and their exquisite scent. The result is an extremely concentrated extract that we dilute with jojoba for safe skin application. Bibliography Pediatrics. 2005 Jan;115(1):83-8. Olfactory stimulation prevents apnea in premature newborns. Marlier L1, Gaugler C, Messer J. • Iran J Pediatr. 2013 Jun; 23(3): 261–268. Olfactory Stimulation by Vanillin Prevents Apnea in Premature Newborn Infants Mitra Edraki, MS,*,1 Hajar Pourpulad, MS,2 Marzie Kargar, MS,2 Narjes Pishva, PhD,3 Najaf Zare, PhD,4 and Hashem Montaseri, PhD5 • Psychiatry Res. 2015 Feb 28;225(3):509-14. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.11.056. Epub 2014 Dec 9. Vanillin-induced amelioration of depression-like behaviors in rats by modulating monoamine neurotransmitters in the brain. Xu J1, Xu H2, Liu Y3, He H4, Li G5. • Indian J Pharmacol. 2013 Mar-Apr;45(2):141-4. doi: 10.4103/0253-7613.108292. Evaluation of antidepressant activity of vanillin in mice. Shoeb A1, Chowta M, Pallempati G, Rai A, Singh A. • Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Feb;1810(2):170-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2010.11.004. Epub 2010 Nov 21. Evaluation of antioxidant activity of vanillin by using multiple antioxidant assays. Tai A1, Sawano T, Yazama F, Ito H

Stress Relieving DIY Recipes

These are certainly stressful times! It’s been an unforgiving six months since the onset of the pandemic, and most of us, world-wide, are experiencing total exhaustion. The new normal has demanded that we let go of expectations and embrace a more “go with the flow” mindset. Easier said than done! Continual and unrelenting low grade stress can take a terrible toll on our well-being. So how can we shift our perspective and change the way we react to stress? Is there a way we can avoid falling prey to its grip. Absolutely! It all starts with more self-care, and one of the most powerful wellness tools we can use is aromatherapy. Essential oils are easy to use, offer immediate relief and remind us of nature’s beauty. Here are 3 stress relieving aromatic remedies you can make at home to kick start your self-care routine and keep yourself feeling relaxed amidst all the uncertainty. Aromatic Mist A great product to carry with you for whenever you feel stress creeping in, or before bed to help you wind down. Black Spruce has a great affinity to our breath (which slows down our stress response) and a calming effect on the nervous system Supplies: 2oz spray bottle, glass or plastic with a fine mist spraye 2oz of distilled water A glass or stainless steel measuring cup A set of measuring spoons A blank label Essential Oils: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 14 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana) 16 drops Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) 2 drops Instructions: Measure out the distilled water and pour into your bottle. Add to your essential oils to the bottle. Screw in the spray mister and shake well. Take the blank label, give your spray a name, write out the ingredients, and affix the bottle. To Use: Always shake well before use, and use as often as needed, spraying lightly around your head and shoulders. Make sure to keep the direction of the sprayer away from your eyes and at least 6-8 inches from your face. Aromatic Bath Salts This recipe is enough for one bath or 3-4 foot baths. If you don’t want to use the entire batch for one bath, you can measure out half and save the rest for later in a glass jar. The oils in this recipe are inspired by those traditionally blended for meditation practice. Atlas Cedarwood is the centerpiece with its grounding, soothing properties. Supplies: 4 TBSP of epsom salts 4 TBSP of sea salts A glass or stainless steel bowl for mixing Measuring spoons Glass, wooden, or metal stirrer Glass jar with cap Blank label Essential Oils: Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) 16 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) 8 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) 16 drops Instructions: Measure out each salt and mix together in your bowl. Add your essential oils, string well to make sure they are incorporated. Use immediately, or save for later in your glass jar with the lid tightly closed. Make sure to label your jar and give your bath salts a name. To Use: It’s best to first run the water to your desired temperature and depth and then get in. While you are in the tub, pour in the salts and swish around to dissolve. Aromatic Massage Oil This recipe is enough for 1-2 full body massages. You can also use a small amount for spot treatments, too. This blend focuses on soothing muscle tension brought on by mental stress. Clary Sage, Marjoram and Roman Chamomile work together to offer a deeply releasing blend that simultaneously quiets the mind. Supplies: 3 TBSP of your favorite carrier oil (Pranarom offers a few great options, like Sweet Almond and Jojoba that offer a nice soft, smooth feeling on the skin and work well for massage.) 1 TBSP of an herbal oil, like Pranarom’s Calendula or Arnica Virgin Plant Oils. Herbal infused oils are another powerful way to soothe skin and muscle tissue, and are perfect for stress related aches and discomfort. A set of measuring spoons. An empty 2 oz bottle with cap. A blank label. Essential Oils: Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) 6 drops Marjoram (Origanum majorana) 8 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) 14 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) 2 drops Instructions: Measure out carrier and herbal oils into your bottle, and shake gently to blend. Add your essential oils, and shake until they are well incorporated. Make sure to label your jar and give your massage oil a name. How to Use: Measure out between 1 to 2 tsp of oil and rub gently but firmly on achy areas, adding more oil when needed. Can be used as often as necessary. Tip: If DIY blending isn’t your thing, Pranarom has some powerful already-blended-for-you products, like their Stress Recovery and the Down Time wellness formulas. They feature essential oils like Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Sweet Marjoram to encourage the mind and body to relax and be still. You can easily use these wellness formulas in the DIY recipes above. Enjoy! post by | Amy Galper, B.A. MA. Certified Aromatherapist Amy is a nationally celebrated educator, author, entrepreneur and formulator in the world of organic health and wellness. She is the co-author of “Plant Powered Beauty,” and her new book, the “Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy,” will be launching fall 2020. Amy’s passion is empowering and inspiring others through a holistic lens that starts with mindfulness and reflection, leading to total wellbeing. Learn more about Amy at and on Instagram @amygalper.