Lavender essential oil is well known for soothing the mind and body. It is often used to reduce anxiety and stress and as a good natural antidepressant, which is excellent when the daylight seems harder to come-by this time of the year. It is known to promote better, more restful sleep – something we could all use.
In addition to calming the mind and body, lavender is a natural analgesic- so it is a great natural helper with pain. It is an anti-inflammatory, so it may help speed the recovery of torn muscle tissue and is often used for arthritis, nerve pain, and muscle spasms. It has a very cooling effect, especially when you spray it on.
Want some ideas to take advantage of lavender essential oil this winter? Here are just a few!
- Put a couple drops of lavender oil on a towel folded in the bottom of the laundry basket to stop even the dirtiest clothes from stinking up your bedroom/closet.
- Stressed? Put 5-10 drops into a warm bath. The steam will help release the properties, and the warmth will just help you relax.
- Mix a few drops with water in a small spray bottle and spray it onto your pillow every night. This will help clear your mind and help you achieve that restful sleep we were talking about earlier.
- Keeping skin moisturized is crucial during the dry winter season. Add a few drops to unscented lotion, then rub it in circular motions to help it enter your pores.
- Add a few drops to your vacuum bag to help release the scent of lavender throughout your home as you clean.
- Equip your home with an essential oil diffuser and add a few drops of lavender oil whenever you’re looking for a little pick-me-up.
- Keep cold and flu germs at bay with a cleaner made with lavender oil (mix it with water in a spray bottle).
- Too late to avoid that sniffly nose? Break up congestion by adding five drops to your humidifier each day.
- Get some instant relief, and instant immune boosting properties, by adding 1 – 3 drops of lavender oil to a travel size package of tissues.
At Thursday Plantation, we know how great lavender oil is – hence the reason we are always sharing great uses for it with you. Want to stock up before the winter really hits us hard?
Find your lavender essential oil at Thursday Plantation: www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
For many of us, the morning routine is similar. We get up, have a shower, get dressed, do our hair and then take out the makeup. Whether you are a minimalist when it comes to makeup, or your everyday look calls for a little more, most of us use some form of makeup brush on the regular. But does your regular routine also include a makeup brush cleaner?
Think about it this way: as we use our makeup brushes, old makeup, dead skin, dirt oil and bacteria become embedded deep within the bristles…ummm, yuck. If you aren’t cleaning those brushes on a semi-regular basis at least, where do you think that gunk is going? That’s right – back into your pores. Hello pimples or other skin irritants…
The good thing is, just because the gunk gets trapped, doesn’t mean you have to toss those brushes – you just have to clean them.
Here’s our recipe for your own DIY makeup brush cleaner using tea tree oil and lavender oil.
What you’ll need:
- Bowl of warm water (about 1 ½ cups)
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 8-10 drops tea tree oil
- 8-10 drops lavender oil
Yep, that’s it. Blend your ingredients together – you’re ready.
Start by giving your brushes a quick rinse under lukewarm water – nothing too dramatic, just a brief rinse will do. Then swirl the bristles gently around the bottom of the bowl containing your mixture. You don’t want to be too rough – notice we didn’t include elbow grease on the ingredient list – let the essential oils work their magic. Also, try to avoid getting any part of the handle wet – that can break down the glue that holds the bristles together, causing your brushes to suffer early onset baldness.
Once you’ve cleaned them all, lay them flat on a clean, dry towel and let dry (preferably overnight).
Voila, gunk free makeup brushes.
Want more tips on how to use essential oils in your everyday beauty regimen?
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Movember men: it is time to get growing. In support of Men’s Health Month, men across the globe will be sporting some (usually new) facial hair, and raising money for a great cause. We want to do our part by offering up some Movember shaving tips, including using essential oil for shaving. We’ve got some great tips on using essential oil for shaving – lavender and tea tree oil are among the best, and they top our list.
Thanks to their antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties – not to mention their powerful healing abilities – these two essential oils are great for Movember.
Before shaving = lavender essential oil for shaving
Lavender oil is your new best friend. It helps condition your facial hair, softens the beard and prepares the skin for a close and comfortable shave while protecting the skin from razor burn. Add a few drops to a warm towel to soak your face before you shave.
After shaving = tea tree oil for shaving
Sometimes shaving can irritate our faces, or open up the pores and let in that bacteria that leads to acne. A great, all-natural way to combat this is with tea tree oil. A 5% solution of tea tree oil is as effective as a 5% solution of benzoyl peroxide – without all of those harsh chemicals. Add some to your post-shave moisturizer to help soothe the skin and keep acne at bay.
Tea tree oil is also great for razor burn and ingrown hairs. Not only are these uncomfortable and unsightly, if they become infected they can be downright painful. To soothe and clear up after shaving, gently swab some tea tree oil onto your face using a damp cotton ball (to dilute).
If you cut yourself while shaving, gently apply diluted tea tree oil to those small cuts to aid in the healing process.
Other Movember Shaving Tips
- Go with the grain – against will get a closer shave, sure, but will often result in razor burn and ingrown hairs.
- Use a hot towel to steam your face — it’ll help soften facial hair, for a smoother shave.
- Save your drain by spreading out a plastic bag in the sink to collect that facial hair that didn’t make the cut (or rather, did).
At Thursday Plantation, we have the best essential oil for shaving – lavender and tea tree oil. Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Gently coaxed from leaves and plants, flowers and fruits, essential oils are one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts, containing potent natural properties that can be used for everything from medicine to beauty, household cleaning to disinfecting. It should come as no surprise then that some of the best ways to use essential oils are at home – with your very own DIY spa day.
This week we thought we’d take a look at the best ways to use essential oils to pamper yourself! Relax and enjoy.
Start with a soothing scalp treatment. Blend 10-15 drops of tea tree oil into a glass bottle (a re-sealable light-blocking one will help keep it longer) filled ¾ with a carrier oil – jojoba, olive or avocado oils are great. Pour a generous amount into your palms, warm it, then massage it into your scalp. Start with this step and leave it on while you enjoy all of your other spa treatments. Repeat regularly to stimulate the scalp, promote hair growth and keep scalp problems, like dandruff, away.
Follow this relaxing scalp massage up with a eucalyptus oil bath to boost respiratory health, strengthen the immune system, protect skin health, ease tension and anxiety, lower blood sugar, eliminate inflammation, and fight against bacterial infection (whoa, we know, a pretty impressive list!). Just fill the tub, put a few drops in your hand and swish it around in the water. Add a little more if the smell is not strong enough.
Ready to move on to your toes? Start the perfect pedicure by removing all of your old polish. Then fill a large bucket with warm water, add a teaspoon of tea tree oil (to banish stinky bacteria), a capful of witch hazel (to cleanse and tone), a half cup of Epsom salts (to rejuvenate), and three drops of lavender oil (to heal and freshen). Soak your feet for as long as you’d like, then get painting.
Once you’re primped and primed, with a cleansed scalp and calm toes, finish off the day with a DIY lavender oil water to keep you calm all week long. Pour 2 cups of distilled water into a small spray bottle, then add 16 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 tbsp. of witch hazel. Shake well before you use.
Don’t want to head out of the house or pay an arm and a leg for a day at the spa? Just make it a DIY spa day at home with your favourite essential oils.
For more essential oil uses, please visit Thursday Plantation at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.