Pregnancy, for almost every woman, is a whirlwind experience of emotions and symptoms. So much is happening to your body while your baby develops, and those things can really take a toll on your body and mind. Everything from morning sickness to lack of sleep can leave you irritable, but these feelings are often countered by the fact that that little human growing inside you is going to be well worth it.
Essential oils during pregnancy seem to be a controversial topic. While some expectant parents are adamant that all should be avoided, others believe that certain oils can work well at alleviating some of the things we talked about above.
This week we are covering some of the dos and don’ts with regard to the use of essential oils during pregnancy. Just remember, while we stand by this advice, it is always a good idea to speak with your family physician/midwife first.
Let’s start with the don’ts. Most doctors tend to agree that essential oil usage should be avoided during the first trimester. While there are many oils that are safe for use in the second and third trimesters, when baby is more developed, they too should be kept on the shelf during those first, super important months.
Also, ingestion should be avoided during pregnancy and while nursing. There are several ways to use essential oils when pregnant, but ingestion should not be on the list.
When used topically especially, dilution is important.
When using a diffuser, don’t let is run for long periods of time.
We believe the safest approach is less is more – women’s bodies are more sensitive when pregnant, so too much of a good thing can be not so good.
Ok, so which oils are a no and which are a go?
Here is a short list of some of the oils to avoid, throughout your entire pregnancy:
|Camphor (brown or yellow)||Cassia||Cedarwood|
|Hyssop||Jaborandi leaf||Juniper berry|
|Melilotus||Origanum||Parsley (large doses)|
|Savory (summer)||Tansy||Thyme red (large doses)|
Here are some of the most popular oils that are safe to use during the second and third trimesters:
|Sweet Orange||Tea Tree||Ylang ylang|
How to use them? The safest ways to use essential oils when pregnant is aromatically– in a diffuser, but for short periods of time, and topically – diluted in a carrier oil/lotion.
In the end, our best advice is to take care and be cautious. When in doubt, just check with your healthcare professional before use.
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We’ve officially come to the height of summer, and that means the heat waves we experienced in June and July are not quite finished for the season and those pesky bugs that seem to swarm are still going to be sticking around for a while. Many of us will still be taking advantage of the long, warm summer days, spending the weekends camping, at the cottage, or maybe even on a nice long hike through the woods. All of these activities, however, can mean annoying results – but we’ve got the solution: essential oils for allergies.
Instead of giving you our own advice, which, of course, is the best, we thought we’d be fair and give someone else a shot. We often turn to Dr. Josh Axe for essential oil suggestions, and this week is no different. So, here is what he has to say about essential oil for allergies:
“People who suffer from allergies are often told to avoid triggers, but that is nearly impossible when the seasons are changing and our immune systems are impaired by the food industry and environmental toxins. Thankfully, some powerful essential oils serve as a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies and boost our immune systems. These essential oils for allergies have the ability to chemically support the body and help it to overcome hypersensitivity.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Essential oils, such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, basil oil and eucalyptus oil, thanks to their various antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, etc., properties, are Mother Nature’s answer to allergies. For example, tea tree oil is fantastic for ridding your environment of airborne pathogens that cause allergies, and as an antiseptic agent with anti-inflammatory properties it is great on insect bites or allergic reactions of the skin. Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. It contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Check out more uses for essential oils for allergies from Dr. Axe here: https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-allergies/.
Enjoy the rest of your summer – stock up on essential oils today and don’t let those allergies keep you indoors.
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Tea tree oil has a long and impressive history, having been used for centuries by Indigenous groups in Australia and New Zealand in various ways. Thursday Plantation’s history may not go back as far (ok, not nearly as far), but our very own history is no less impressive or important. This week we get back to our roots and tell you our story.
In 1973, after learning about tea tree oil and its various uses and becoming fascinated by the antibacterial power of the oil, Eric White invested in a piece of land in northern New South Wales and started growing and harvesting tea tree plants. Convinced of its applications in the modern world, Eric began extensive research and lobbying, and finally, in 1976, a Crown Lease in Bungawalbyn – homeland of the best quality therapeutic tea trees – was granted. That lease arrived by weekly post, on a Thursday…such a monumental day deserved recognition all on its own, and as a result, Thursday Plantation was born.
When Eric’s health began to fail, his step-son Christopher and wife Lynda took on the mission of bringing tea tree oil to the rest of the world’s attention. Although they had little to grow from, living in an area with no power or running water, on land that was regularly inundated and cut off, sometimes for weeks at a time, by the floods of the region, nothing could break their spirit. They followed Eric’s footsteps, starting local, selling the tea tree oil Eric had created at markets in the area and working their way from there.
Eventually recognising that Thursday Plantation could use a little help, Christopher and Lynda established the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association and began lobbying the government to get involved in supporting research and building up awareness of the wonder and value of Australian tea tree oil. The Australian government got behind them with agricultural research, followed by detailed scientific studies on the applications of the oil. And, as they say, the rest is history.
Since these humble beginnings, Thursday Plantation has grown into a globally recognized brand, know for innovation and quality. We’ve also amassed an impressive list of firsts that we are very proud of:
- 1st scientifically developed tea tree plantation in the world
- 1st to gain therapeutic recognition for commercially produced tea tree oil
- 1st to guarantee the main germicidal active, terpinen 4-ol exceeds minimum specification of Australian and International standards by at least 33%
- 1st to ensure lower para-cymene and cineole content than the Standards to ensure minimisation of potential skin irritation
- 1st commercial manufacturer to screen for environmental contamination to ensure pesticide free tea tree oil
At Thursday Plantation we are proud of where we come from and are happy to be able to share the magic of tea tree oil with the world.
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We often write blogs about the many uses for tea tree oil, both for your body and for your home, and even we have to admit that we sometimes get tired of hearing our own voice. With that in mind, this week we thought we’d take a different approach! A few weeks ago our friend Catherine Sugrue, contributor for the blog Do The Daniel, posted a great blog and we just had to share. In it, she shares some of her favourite uses for tea tree oil – some well known and others not so common knowledge. That being said, all are uses that we love!
Check out the full blog here: https://dothedaniel.com/health-nutrition/health-nutrition-a-holistic-nutritionists-guide-to-using-tea-tree-oil/.
One of our favourites, and one of those less well known uses we mentioned earlier, is tea tree oil for yeast infections. Lady bits, as Catherine so names them, are sensitive – usually in a good way, but sometimes in a bad way, and when bacterial vaginosis gets to growing down there, is can be a sign of something bigger going on with your body. Luckily, tea tree oil has been shown to combat a yeast infection – your all natural fixer.
Why tea tree oil works: tea tree oil contains compounds called terpenoids, which have antifungal properties. These compounds kill Candida, the yeast responsible for vaginal infection, effectively ridding your body of this painful and irritating condition.
How can it be used? There are several ways in which tea tree oil can be used to cure a yeast infection. We found a great resource that explains several of them over at Livestrong.com: http://www.livestrong.com/article/361191-how-to-use-tea-tree-oil-for-yeast-infections/.
What other great uses did Catherine share? Everything from a household cleaner and natural air freshener, to skin cleaning and cut and wound healing.
We’ve always known tea tree oil is great for so any things, but it is always nice to see that others agree!
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Smoking is terrible for your heath – smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. This is not a new, nor an unknown, fact. There are thousands of studies released each year that condemn this habit, citing the many health impacts this addiction can have. If you’re a smoker, you’ve heard all of the facts and stats, and yet something keeps holding you back. Most smokers have said, at least once, that they are going to quit, but we can all appreciate that that is often easier said than done. This week, to help those looking to commit, we’ve got some surprising tips to quit smoking to give you a little boost.
Check out Dr. Oz’s top 5 tips for quitting smoking that you may not have thought of before:
- Have a glass of milk. Yep, milk. According to a study done by Duke University, smokers who participated in the study reported that drinking milk worsened the taste of cigarettes, making them less likely to want to smoke. But stay away from the coffee and alcohol – these two seemed to have the opposite effect.
- There are many benefits to hitting the gym or working out at home – but did you know that exercise is a great way to beat those cravings? Something as simple as a brisk walk can help engage your brain’s emotion centers and relieve stress that can make you want to light up.
- Get chewing. Often one of the hardest parts about quitting smoking is the physical aspect of the habit. Chew sticks can help with the psychological aspects of withdrawal by keeping both your mouth and your hands busy – and keeping your breath fresh and your teeth clean.
- Hypnosis anyone? Many studies have shown that hypnosis can work – some report a success rate of up to 66%. The key with hypnosis though is that you have to want to quit – commitment is crucial.
- Acupuncture may help. While there isn’t much research to support this theory, Dr. Oz notes that it may be successful because “acupuncture involves the placement of tiny needles in the body to release feel-good chemicals that could help manage the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.”
Read more about how and why these tips will help here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/sharecare/sharecare-top-5-surprising-ways-to-quit-smoking.
Ready to break the habit? Use these lesser known tips to quit smoking and achieve success today.
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