Gum Disease Affects More Than Just Your Mouth

We all know how important it is to take care of your heart. We try to eat right and exercise to ensure that our body stays healthy. But did you know that your oral health can impact your heart health as well? Gum disease is directly related to heart disease. Keeping our teeth in tip-top shape should be about far more than just a great looking smile and fresh breath.

Check out this informative infographic from Delta Dental – it may just change your perspective on the importance of keeping your mouth healthy.


According to the infographic, people with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease, 1.5 times as likely to suffer a fatal heart attack, and three times as likely to suffer a stroke. Those are pretty startling numbers – especially when you were at first unaware that your gums had anything to do with that vital organ pumping away in your chest.

Brushing your teeth just isn’t enough. Going that extra mile by flossing and rinsing regularly is just as important.

A great way to conveniently add a step to your oral care routine is with tea tree chewing sticks. Tea tree chewing sticks, made from birchwood, are great for cleaning those hard to reach places a toothbrush can’t get to, removing both the food particles that cause bad breath and the plaque that causes gum disease. These toothpick-like devices are small enough to carry with you and use any time, and they leave you with a clean, fresh feeling in your mouth.

Don’t let your heart suffer because you don’t take great care of your teeth. Show your teeth some love by introducing tea tree chewing sticks to your health care regimen. Your mouth – and your heart – will thank you.

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laven1Lavender oil needs no introduction. We’ve all been introduced to its calming scent at one point or another, or have taken to adding it to certain dishes or as part of our regular cleaning routines. Lavender oil is found in many products, from soap and shampoo to tea. But you don’t need to be buying products containing lavender to reap the benefits of this amazing essential oil. This week we talk lavender oil for the skin – one little bottle of pure lavender oil can do a lot!

Using lavender oil for the skin:

  • Acne – Lavender oil is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne. This is because It inhibits the bacteria that causes acne, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, and reduces scarring. To use it as an acne fighter, just add a few drops to a natural face cream and use as a moisturizer or cleanser.
  • Eczema, a general term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated, can also be calmed with lavender oil. To use, add a few drops to a carrier oil and gently apply to dry, itchy skin. Adding a few drops to calamine lotion may also help.
  • Minor burns. Whether sunburns or contact burns, lavender oil can help soothe, kill bacteria, and reduce the chances of scarring. To use, put 2-3 drops Lavender oil on a minor burn to decrease pain.
  • Chapped or sunburnt lips. Sunburnt skin isn’t the only thing to benefit from lavender oil. Simply apply a few drops to dry, chapped lips for soothing, natural relief.
  • Scalp care. A dry itchy scalp will benefit from a hot oil treatment containing lavender. To use, mix three parts coconut oil and one part jojoba oil, then add several drops of lavender oil. Wrap your hair in a hot towel for about 10 minutes and rinse well.
  • For a general glow, place your face over a bowl of freshly boiled water with a few drops of lavender oil. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam which acts as a carrier carrying the benefits of the oil to your pores.

Whether you already use lavender oil on a regular basis, for anything from getting a good night’s sleep to soothing sore muscles, or are just starting out, you can now add a number of great uses for lavender oil for the skin to your list.

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tp3Tea tree oil has long been celebrated for its long list of benefits – and skin care tops the list. There are so many great uses for tea tree oil when it comes to skin care. This week, we turn to our friends at Chatelaine – they’ve created a list of some of their faves.

Here are Chatelaine’s five ways to get better skin with tea tree oil:

  • Sunburn relief
  • Rehydrate
  • Moisturize hair and scalp
  • Fight and prevent breakouts
  • Treat dry cuticles and nails

Read more about how here: http://www.chatelaine.com/living/five-ways-to-get-better-skin-with-tea-tree-oil/.

To stock up or find out more about all of the great, all natural, tea tree oil products from Thursday Plantation, please visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.


tp2Tea tree oil is well known for its various lifestyle uses. As a powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial agent, its applications range from everything from acne to natural house cleaning. However, when it comes to natural oral health, it is not as well known – even though it is just as powerful!

What exactly is tea tree oil? Also called melaleuca, this essential oil is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is a well-known natural disinfectant and an effective antiseptic that is active against many bacteria, viruses and fungi, including some that are resistant to antibiotics.

Tea tree oil is great for natural oral health because it fights infectious microorganisms that destroy tissues in the mouth, cause plaque, receding gums and tartar deposits. When used as part of a regular oral hygiene regimen, it can help fight against bad breath, gingivitis and gum disease.

Tea tree oil oral health uses:

  • Tea tree oil, when used in a mouthwash, has anti-deodorant properties, flushing out food particles and freshening the breath.
  • Tea tree oil can also be used as a daily preventive measure against gum disease which is caused by plaque buildup. Since gum disease creates inflammation of the gums, redness, swelling, and bleeding, swollen and sore gums can be rubbed directly with tea tree oil or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of water and swish around mouth twice daily.
  • Tea tree oil is also effective when battling a toothache. Rinse teeth with a mixture of 3-5 drops of tea tree oil to a mouthwash and gargle.
  • Tea tree oil toothpaste – one which is fluoride and sugar free – is also a great addition for daily brushing.
  • Mouth sores or canker sores and cold sores can also be treated effectively with tea tree oil.
  • Tea tree oil chewing sticks are also great for cleaning the hard to reach places a toothbrush can’t get too, removing both the food particles that cause bad breath and the plaque that causes gum disease.

Thursday Plantation has an entire line of tea tree oil natural oral care products which can be used as part of your daily oral health routine. Don’t neglect your oral health!

For more about Thursday Plantation tea tree oil chewing sticks or tea tree oil toothpaste, please visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.



tp2Eucalyptus oil is well known for its many medicinal/health uses. Its aromatic scent makes it ideal for clearing airways and helping soothe congestion. That’s great, but those things are not all it is good for. Ever thought about using it as part of your daily beauty routine? If you haven’t, today we are talking eucalyptus oil for hair care – so you may just start!

–   Eucalyptus oil for hair growth through follicle stimulation. Eucalyptus oil can help encourage healthy hair growth by massaging the oil into the scalp and root ends. Since this stimulation works by getting blood flowing around the follicles, eucalyptus oil aids in this because it is known to promote proper blood vessel constriction. As blood circulates throughout the area, hair follicle growth is stimulated, and the individual shafts of hair become stronger and more elastic as nutrients flow to their roots. Once it has had time to penetrate the scalp, rinse thoroughly.

–   Eucalyptus oil is also great for improving shine, thickness and overall hair health. Thanks to its antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-viral, and anti-septic properties, eucalyptus oil works to boost hair’s natural health. The best way to get the most effective results is through a really complicated process: first, apply to your hair, massaging from the scalp all through the hair, then rinse out. Ok, not so complicated – it’s actually quite simply really. No pain, big gain.

–   For scalp care, eucalyptus oil is also effective in relieving symptoms associated with mild psoriasis and dry scalp. When the scalp becomes red, dry, itchy and begins to flake, often because of overly dry skin or a sudden overproduction in hair oils, it may seem counterproductive to add more oil to a scalp in this condition, but it often proves beneficial. Blood flow can help eliminate the build up of bacteria in hair follicles internally, and naturally moisturizes and soothes irritated skin, too. And since it is a natural antiseptic and antifungal agent, it works to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth in the upper layers of the scalp and hair follicles.

One more thing before we go: no matter how you use eucalyptus oil for hair health, don’t leave it on too long. We know that it can be tempting to assume that the longer it stays on, the better it will work – but this isn’t the case. After all, it is still an oil, and if left on too long can actually reduce shine, lead to build-up, and cause a greasy, dull appearance.

Don’t just use eucalyptus oil to clear a cough – use it to help your hair stay healthy and beautiful, naturally.

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