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Breathe Easy, Naturally, with Eucalyptus Essential Oil

eucalyptus essential oil smThe many benefits of eucalyptus essential oil are well-known and wide ranging thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Its medical qualities have made it quite popular the world over, and it is used for a variety of different purposes.

This week we are looking at one of those purposes in particular: the use of eucalyptus essential oil for respiratory issues. Eucalyptus oil comes from the fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus is native to Australia, and Australia remains the prime source, but it has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa.

Eucalyptus essential oil has proven to be effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Studies have also found that eucalyptus oil has immune boosting properties, so it helps your body react to infections more efficiently. So, without further ado, here are our tips for the best ways to use eucalyptus essential oil to get relief from respiratory issues:

Runny, stuffy nose: Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a pot of boiling water. Carefully place your face over the pot, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam through your nose, exhaling through the mouth. This helps reduce the inflammation of your mucosal linings, expels the phlegm built up in your airways and helps make you breathe easier. Do this at least three times a day for a severe cold and two times a day for a moderate one.

Clear your airways at night: Apply a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a cloth and place it in your pillow. The continuous but gradual release of the eucalyptus scent will help unblock your airways and make it easier to breathe, resulting in a better night’s sleep.

Ok, but these are really only things you can do at home. Don’t worry, the next one is good no matter where you are!

Chest and cough relief anytime: Eucalyptus oil can be applied to the skin and inhaled. By applying it to your chest, neck, temples and back when you have a cold, the strong aroma of the oil acts as a vapor that, when inhaled, relieves congestion. You can either put it directly on the skin or add it to your favourite unscented moisturizer.

As an all-natural remedy for respiratory issues, eucalyptus essential oil really takes the cake! Thursday Plantation has you covered: www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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A few weeks ago we let Dr. Axe do the talking, going over why eucalyptus oil was so great. The response was so good that we thought we’d head back to the good doc for his advice on the many benefits of lavender oil!

According to Dr. Axe, “today, lavender is the most used essential oil in the world,” and for good reason. “Ancient texts tell us that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years. The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air.” It really has been around – and used – for a long time!

Check out his easy to understand infographic that touches on the top 7 benefits of lavender oil for our use in the 21st century:

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Benefits in a nutshell:

  • Reduces anxiety and emotional stress
  • Heals burns and wounds
  • Improves sleep
  • Restores skin complexion and reduces acne
  • Slows aging with powerful antioxidants
  • Improves eczema and psoriasis
  • Alleviates headaches

You can check out the article in full here: http://draxe.com/lavender-oil-benefits/.

Lavender oil really is great for helping heal a number of different ailments – get yours today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Foot Odour smI remember a few years ago, my family and I were sitting at the airport getting ready to fly down south for a family reunion. Our flight was delayed, and so my sister, deciding to get comfortable, took her shoes off. Within a few minutes, people all around the gate were looking around trying to find the source of an interesting smell that had arisen seemingly out of nowhere…after recognizing that the source was actually my sister’s feet, we couldn’t get her to put the shoes on fast enough. Let’s just say she was down one pair of shoes by the time we returned.

Sure, that was some pretty funky foot odour, but I know she is not alone.

What causes foot odour? The function of sweat glands is to keep the skin moist and to regulate temperature when the weather is hot. However, there are more sweat glands in our feet than anywhere else in the body, and unlike the sweat glands in other places, the sweat glands in the feet secrete all the time, not just in response to heat or exercise. Feet start to smell when bacteria in the skin starts to break down the sweat as it comes from the pores, resulting in that oh so wonderful cheesy aroma.

Here are the main causes of sweaty, cheesy feet:

  • Wearing the same shoes every day – if sweat soaks into the shoes and you wear them again before they are dry, hello smell…
  • Poor personal hygiene.
  • Hormonal changes can cause feet to sweat more, so teenagers and pregnant women are especially prone.
  • Stress
  • Hyperhidrosis, a condition which causes you to sweat more than usual.

So how can you naturally beat those smelly feet at their own game? Here are some tips

  • Wash feet every day, well.
  • Wear a fresh pair of socks.
  • Try to avoid wearing the same shoes every day.
  • Get a foot powder and foot spray containing tea tree oil. Look for one that contains corn starch to prevent excess moisture by absorbing perspiration, leaving feet dry and comfortable.

Tea tree oil works because of its antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, making it the perfect solution to foot odour. It will dry up the sweat without over-drying the feet, keeping them fresher, longer. Tea tree oil is also great for foot conditions, such as Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, so it is great to have on hand.

Want to get rid of that embarrassing foot odour? Visit Thursday Plantation today for 100% natural tea tree oil: www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Uses for Eucalyptus Oil smEucalyptus: a tree native to Australia which brings about images of fluffy koalas and a clean, fresh, invigorating scent. Some of us equate this scent with being sick and using certain products containing eucalyptus oil to help soothe a chest cold or deal with flu symptoms – but those are just a minor glimpse of the many great uses that exist for eucalyptus oil.

This week we thought we’d get another’s opinion on the amazing uses for eucalyptus oil – so we found this awesome article from Dr. Axe which discusses some of the other ways to use eucalyptus oil every day!

According to Dr. Axe, “the essential oils extracted from eucalyptus leaves also have powerful medicinal properties.” Thanks to this power, including the many anti-microbial properties, “eucalyptus oil uses have a broad range of health benefits.”

Dr. Axe also talks about the various studies done on the effectiveness of eucalyptus oil, and notes that one of the most exciting revolves around how it can help prevent drug-resistant bacterial infections like drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB): “In addition to discovering 32 active anti-TB compounds in E citriodora, it observed the way that multiple components interacted with each other and discovered that certain combinations literally inhibited airborne TB by over 90 percent! Other studies evaluating the benefits of inhaling eucalyptus show similarly amazing results due to its powerful anti-inflammatory effect.”

Here are his top 10 uses – check out exactly how to use each one here: http://draxe.com/eucalyptus-oil-uses-benefits/

  1. Colds and flu
  2. Hair nourishment
  3. Hand cleaners
  4. Sinus and allergies
  5. Natural cleaning at home
  6. Odour remover
  7. Air cleanser/air freshener
  8. Stain remover
  9. Respiratory problems
  10. Wound treatment

Want to learn more about the many great uses for eucalyptus oil? Visit Thursday Plantation today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Natural Dandruff Treatment smIf you routinely walk in from outside, and have others brush what they think is snow from your shoulders, you need to read on. If you avoid black, or really any dark colours, when getting dressed, you need to read on. If you’re constantly avoiding public places in fear of an unexpected itchy scalp, you need to read on. Really, if you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp and are looking for a natural dandruff treatment, you need to read on, trust us.

What causes dandruff? While the root cause of dandruff is hard to determine, it is often attributed to a few causes:

  • Dry skin. The most typical cause for the flakes is dry skin on your scalp. You can usually tell if this is the cause because the flakes from dry skin are generally smaller and less oily than those from other causes of dandruff, and you’ll likely have dry skin on other places on your body.
  • Irritated, oily skin. This condition is one of the most common causes of dandruff and is often marked by red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales and may affect other parts of the body (eyebrows, backs of ears, etc.).
  • Not shampooing often enough. If you don’t shampoo your hair enough, the oils and skin cells from your scalp can build up, leading to dandruff.
  • Contact dermatitis caused by a sensitivity to hair care products. Usually manifests as red, itchy scalp.
  • Other skin conditions – eczema or psoriasis especially. People with these skin conditions may appear to have dandruff, but it usually isn’t the case.

So dandruff is the issue, and you’ve determined the cause. What can you do now?

Tea tree oil, an essential oil derived from the steam distillation of the leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia, has become a very popular natural dandruff treatment option. Thanks to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil is a gentle yet highly effective treatment option to help get rid of the flakes. Here is why it works:

  • Acts as anti-fungal that kills the bacteria causing the over production of the skin cells which create white flakes.
  • Contains terpinen-4-ol that has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that, when applied to the scalp, penetrates the hair follicles, unclogs them and kills microorganisms that trigger dandruff, itchy scalp and irritation.
  • Has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat itchy scalp effectively.
  • Effectively moisturizes the hair and scalp.
  • Gets rid of the dead skin cells and dirt on the scalp and removes the excess oil and other dirt particles to make your hair shiny and healthy.

Want to use tea tree oil as your go-to natural dandruff treatment? Thursday Plantation has you covered. Find out more at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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