Quit Smoking – Advice to Help You Get Started

Quitting Smoking smWe have all heard the stats and figures. We know the data. Smoking is terrible for our health, but even knowing this information, if you’re a smoker, you know the constant battle to rid your life of the habit. If you’ve tried once, you’ve probably tried a dozen times. Now it is time to try something different. If you’re ready to quit, we can help.

According to Health Canada, “Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health. Any attempt to quit smoking will make you stronger. It’s never too late to reap the benefits, some of which happen within the first few days. With the right combination of practice, determination and support, you will be able to stop smoking for good!”

The minute you stop smoking, your body will begin cleansing itself of tobacco toxins. Two days after you quit, your risk of heart attack will start decreasing. Ready to quit? Your body will thank you!

One of the hardest parts about quitting smoking is the physical motion itself – this is common knowledge. The repetitive motion of smoking is one that your brain responds to and acknowledges as part of the addiction. By getting rid of the motion altogether, you make it harder for your brain to deal with the change. Instead, replace the object, not the motion.

Some people recognize this and replace the cigarette with food. For some this works, but for others it has the adverse effect of impacting weight management goals and can leave the individual with negative feelings towards to goal to quit smoking.

Instead, opt for something that not only avoids this issue – weight gain – but also helps deal with the damage done to your mouth. Tea Tree chewing sticks are becoming increasingly popular amongst those trying to break the habit, and for good reason. Not only do they replace the object, they deliver tea tree oil to the mouth and gums, working to fight gum disease at the source and freshening the breath.

Tea tree chewing sticks are birchwood toothpicks infused with tea tree oil, cinnamon oil and spearmint oil to clean between teeth and around the gum line. They are also effective in removing food particles and plaque from those hard to reach places a toothbrush can’t get to.

Quitting smoking is tough, but chewing sticks may just be the answer you’re looking for.

For more about Thursday Plantation tea tree oil chewing sticks to help you quit smoking, please visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.


Welcome to week two of our lavender oil blog series. Last week we dove right into the many lavender oil benefits, and this week we are changing things up with a video that covers some of those same benefits as well as some of the science behind this versatile essential oil.

First, check out this great video from ActiveBeat.

Ok, let’s get the science out of the way so we can actually talk about why we love lavender! Lavender oil is the essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender. This results in two forms – lavender flower oil, a colourless oil which is insoluble in water, and Lavender Spike Oil, a distillate from the herb Lavandula latifolia.

Lavender essential oil, like all essential oils, is not a pure compound; it is a complex mixture of naturally occurring phytochemicals, including linalool and linalyl acetate. Other components include α-pinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, cis- and trans-ocimene, 3-octanone, camphor, caryophyllene, terpinen-4-ol and lavendulyl acetate.

Ok great – so now that we’ve covered that, let’s get to the good stuff. Lavender oil is beneficial because of its disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and aromatherapy properties. It is used for everything from relaxation to treating respiratory issues.

Want to know how to take advantage of these benefits? Stay tuned – next week we will cover just that!

For more info or to stock up on lavender oil please visit Thursday Plantation today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.


We’ve all been there: ready to meet someone new, prepping for a big meeting, even just carrying on a conversation with a friend. Then we remember that juicy burger and onion rings we had for lunch – how likely is it that the food particles have now caused our breath to smell a little less, well, fresh. Bad breath causes are plentiful, but since almost 90% of bad breath originates in the mouth, we should probably focus on the cures that start there too!

Bad breath effects over 50% of the population. It is most often caused by halitosis, the bacteria that breaks down food particles and creates by-products which then lead to bad breath. And most of the time, this is due to a few different sources, usually poor dental hygiene.

Check out this great infographic from oral health coach Carrie Ibbetson. It has some great information about bad breath causes and cures:

bad breath

As you may have noticed, halitosis bacteria likes to hang out in those hard to reach places – the ones that your toothbrush just can’t seem to secure an invite for. This oral exclusivity breeds bad breath.

Chewing sticks are the solution. Tea tree chewing sticks work to get rid of bad breath by getting into those nooks and crannies and cleaning out the food particles. They also deliver antibacterial and antimicrobial tea tree to the gum line to help fight gum disease!

Now, no matter where you are, you can kick halitosis to the curb and tell bad breath to take a hike.

Want to start showing your mouth a little love? Visit Thursday Plantation today for more about tea tree oil chewing sticks: www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.


Lavender essential oilsWe’ve spent the last two months focussing on particular essential oils, tea tree and eucalyptus oil to be exact, and this month is no different. We start off this series with a lavender essential oil guide, looking at the basics and some background. Well-known for its ability to calm and relax the nerves, lavender oil is actually great for a number of uses and has been used for hundreds of years.

The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its clean, fresh scent. Egyptians, Phoenicians and the people of Arabia used lavender as a perfume and also for mummification by wrapping the dead in lavender-dipped shrouds. Ancient Greeks used Lavender nardus, named so after the Syrian city of Naarda, and it was commonly called Nard. It was one of the holy herbs used to prepare the Holy Essence and Nard, or ‘spikenard,’ is mentioned in the Christian bible in the ‘Song of Solomon,’ among other places. The Greeks used lavender to scent their beds, baths, clothing and even their hair. It was also the Greeks who discovered the essential oil’s medicinal properties.

Lavender essential oil is extracted, primarily through steam distillation, from the flowers of the lavender plant. It is used as a disinfectant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and for aromatherapy.

The health benefits of lavender essential oil are many. Here are just a few of the most common.

  • Ability to eliminate nervous tension, calm and relax the mind
  • Relieve pain
  • Disinfect the scalp and skin
  • Enhance blood circulation
  • Treat respiratory problems
  • Treat headaches
  • Soothe and heal insect bites
  • Soothe sunburns and small cuts
  • Acne

Lavender essential oil is also used for internal medical conditions, including indigestion and heartburn.

Aside from medical uses, dried lavender flowers are used as fragrant filler to freshen linens and the oil is commonly used to freshen the air. It is also used in cooking.

Over the next few weeks we will continue to look at the many great benefits and uses of lavender essential oil, so be sure to check back!

Want to start taking advantage right away? Visit Thursday Plantation online today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.