There are so many amazing uses for lavender oil, and we know, we’re biased, but Thursday Plantation truly is the best. Whether to help you get a better night’s sleep, in the laundry for a soothing scent booster, on bug bites to soothe the itch or even just in a diffuser to give your home a relaxing calming vibe, lavender oil is so versatile that we think it is pretty fair to say it’s a big miracle in a little bottle.
Why is it so powerful? It’s all about the properties: lavender essential oil is analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, and can act as a mild sedative.
We love this recipe from Everything Mom and Baby for making your own lavender water using Thursday Planation lavender essential oil. As our blogger-friend Erica notes, “I use it for my burns when cooking, healing cuts when the kids get hurt playing to making Aromatic waters and soothing fevers. You can mist this after a shower, mist it on your clothing, brush through your hair. This is also a lovely mist for kids before bed on their pillow.”
Check out the recipe here: http://www.everythingmomandbaby.com/2016/06/old-fashioned-lavender-water/.
Whether you want to stock up to start making your own lavender water, or to have it on hand for the many other handy uses, visit Thursday Plantation today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Cloth diapering has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the last few years. The decision to go the cloth diaper route depends on a number of factors. The benefits are numerous. Unless you opt for a diaper service (which rents out cloth diapers, washes them, and then delivers clean ones), cloth diapers will save you money — most parents spend, on average, about $300 during a child’s diaper-wearing years, versus the $2,000 spent by those who use disposable baby diapers for the same amount of time. Additionally, there are no dies or gels in cloth diapers.
On the flip side, of course, cloth diapers are messy – this is largely unavoidable, unless you go for the ones with removable liners. They are also less absorbent, which means more frequent changes – but this also means less chance of diaper rash, which is a good thing. The mess and more frequent changes can make for awkward away-from-home changes, and more laundry.
If the pros, for you, outweigh the cons, and you’re a cloth diaper convert, how are you cleaning your cloth diapers? What do you use to ensure those articles closest to baby’s sensitive skin are as clean as possible?
Many suggest regular detergent to wash diapers, but adding tea tree oil is a great way to ensure that all of the bacteria is gone before that diaper goes back on baby’s bottom.
Want to know more about using it? We found this great article that talks about how to use it and in what amounts: http://roberttisserand.com/2012/08/tea-tree-cloth-diapers/.
Since tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, it is really effective at killing bacteria, and it leaves the diapers smelling fresh and clean.
Want to stock up to clean up? Visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.
We’ve received a few questions over the last few months about why dilution is so important when it comes to essential oil usage, and to help you better understand the safest ways to use essential oils, this blog will answer some of those questions. Whether you are a firm believer in the value of essential oils and their various benefits already, or are thinking about using them but are unsure how, this blog should help.
Since 95% of the oil evaporates when applying topically, why is dilution so important? While it is true that essential oil evaporates quite quickly, when applied to the skin in its undiluted form the full concentration does stay on the skin for a period of time. And yes, although the skin usually only absorbs 5% of the essential oil when applied, more can be absorbed if applied undiluted. Our skin is sensitive, and dilution is critical to help avoid irritation, sensitization and adverse reactions.
What is the safest dilution ratio for kids? While some essential oils should be avoided on children, others are fine. Check out our earlier blog, Essential Oils Uses for Kids: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/essential-oil-uses-for-kids/, for a list.
Essential oils should never be used undiluted on children. Children, obviously, are smaller, and their bodies have had less contact with ‘new’ things, and thus they require a smaller amount of oil. The safest ratio for children under 6 years old is a .25% dilution and for children over 6 years old, the typical ratio is a 1% dilution. Often a very small amount is needed to do the job.
What is a good rule of thumb when it comes to accurate dilution amounts? A smart guideline for a 1% dilution ratio is one drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. As you increase the ratio, increase the drops (i.e. 2 drops for 2%, 3 drops for 3%, etc.).
When to use which ratios:
* A 1% dilution is ideal for essential oil use on children under age 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, as well as those with sensitive skin or compromised immune systems or other serious health issues.
* A 2% dilution would be safe for long term use for most adults. This is also a good dilution for basic skin care issues and for daily use (i.e. tea tree oil for acne).
* A 3% – 10% dilution is best for short-term use for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion.
* A 25% dilution is occasionally warranted for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain but should not be relied upon for long term use, or daily use.
When applied topically, essential oils are best applied in diluted form, in a carrier oil such as olive oil, avocado oil or rose hip seed oil. To get started using essential oils, check out www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca. Our pure tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus essential oils are great for so many things!
We are super excited to announce that Thursday Plantation lavender oil is now available at Walmart. This amazingly versatile essential oil has so too many uses to list – just take our word for it – you can use it for a ton.
Now, when you want to get a better night’s sleep, relax, sooth sore muscles or even clean naturally, you can conveniently grab a bottle (or 10!) of Thursday Plantation lavender oil at your nearest Walmart!
Last week we covered the often controversial topic of essential oil use during pregnancy – which oils are safe, which are not, and when and how to use them. This week, we thought we’d follow up with another topic that is somewhat debated – essential oil uses for kids. As with pregnancy and nursing, some oils are great for use with kids, while others should stay safely away from little ones. This blog should help clear things up a little bit.
When it comes to essential oil uses for kids, the most important thing to remember is that kids respond differently to oils than adults, and thus the usage of them should differ also. Kids’ bodies are smaller, and so obviously they need less to reach the same levels of effectiveness compared to adults. Additionally, they’ve naturally been exposed to less in their lives, and so have not built up the same ability to handle new things compared to adults.
The key factor for safety is the dilution ratio – don’t ever use essential oils without diluting them first! The safest ratio for children under 6 years old is a .25% dilution and for children over 6 years old, the typical ratio is a 1% dilution. Often a very small amount is needed to do the job.
Which oils should be avoided? Anise/aniseed, basil (Lemon), sweet birch, black seed, cardamom, clove, fennel, garlic, hyssop, lemongrass, lemon balm, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory and wintergreen are all essential oils that you should avoid using on or around children.
Which oils are safe? Here is a great infographic from our friends at Growing Up Herbal – it lists 10 of the most popular essential oils that are safe for children, and how and when to use them!
As with any essential oil, if you have concerns, check with your family physician before use.
Want to learn more about the many benefits and uses of essential oils? Please visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.