We are still in the winter season, and although the warmer spring weather is just around the corner, that doesn’t mean the those pesky cold and flu germs are taking a break. With many of us finally braving the cold and heading out again, the chances of coming into contact with those germs is even greater, and thus many of us are still fighting off those cold symptoms in a major way. Eucalyptus oil is a great addition to your medicine cabinet, and if you’re sitting not-so-pretty with a cough or cold, it is the answer for natural relief.
Eucalyptus oil, obtained from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, is native to Australia and has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating properties make it the perfect contestant to battle cold and flu symptoms.
Treating cold symptoms naturally with eucalyptus oil is easy – and there are several different ways to get relief:
#1. If your nose is blocked and you’re forced to breathe through your mouth (not a pretty sight, we know, nor a comfortable one), add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a pot of boiling water. Put a towel over your head and carefully place your face over the pot and inhale the vapours. It is essential that you inhale the vapours through your nose and exhale through your mouth as this will help reduce the inflammation of your mucosal linings, expelling the built up phlegm.
#2. If blocked sinuses are making it difficult to sleep, you have a few options. One thing you can do it put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth and place it in your pillowcase. You can also use a diffuser to infuse the air with the scent of the oil. Both will help unblock a stuffy nose and clear clogged airways, helping you get that necessary good night sleep.
#3. Don’t have a diffuser or even a clean cloth handy (we know, laundry just isn’t on the to-do list when you’re sick)? Luckily eucalyptus oil can even be applied directly to the skin and inhaled. By applying it to your chest, neck, temples and back when you have a cold, the strong aroma of the oil acts as a vapor that relieves congestion.
#4. If your muscles are screaming at you for some relief – yet another symptom of a cold or the flu – try rubbing the oil on aching muscles neat or by combining in a carrier oil. Even just adding several drops in a warm bath or on the floor of the tub before a hot shower can help relieve sore muscles in addition to opening up airways, providing almost instant relief from blocked sinuses.
When you’re suffering from cold symptoms, reach for a bottle of eucalyptus oil – it covers all the bases. Breathe deep. Relax.
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Acne: the all too common facial frustration. Most of us have dealt with it at some point in our lives, and unfortunately, for many of us, what we hoped would go away after high school still hasn’t received the message to clear out. Whether you suffer from the occasional breakout, or are constantly looking for something new in the hopes that those blemishes will finally take a hike, the end goal remains the same – no more acne. This week we’re covering moisturizing acne-prone skin to aid the process.
Most individuals who suffer from acne-prone skin have oily skin, however a small percentage suffer from dry skin. Whatever your situation, one thing remains the same – your skin wants moisture. Far too often, those with oily skin assume that adding moisture, especially in the form of a face cream, will further clog pores or increase the oil on the face. As a result, some skip the moisture step altogether. Today we tell you that is the worst thing you can do!
When your face is dry, this leads to the overproduction of oil. More oil = more acne. So, you need to be hydrating your face without clogging your pores. Moisturizing acne-prone skin not only helps to halt that overproduction of oil, it also helps to loosen sebum built up in your pores – that’s what causes acne. This is especially true when you’re using the right moisturizer.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of tea tree oil for acne, so it only makes sense to include a facial moisturizer containing tea tree oil to your routine. Once you’ve cleansed your face with a tea tree oil wash, follow it up with a face cream specially formulated for acne-prone skin.
What to look for: you want to make sure that the moisturizer you choose is lightweight so as not to clog the pores or make the face look greasy. Look for other ingredients such as vitamin E and rosehip oil, along with tea tree oil, to get the perfect balance of essential oils to nourish and clear out the bacteria. This will help restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier in a way that helps soothe the skin while maintaining control over your acne.
At Thursday Plantation we’ve got an entire line of tea tree oil products developed specifically for acne-prone skin. Cleansers, toners, spot treatments, and of course a wonderful tea tree face cream that moisturizes without clogging your pores. When it comes to moisturizing acne-prone skin, Thursday Plantation has you covered.
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If first impressions are important, then your mouth is under a lot of pressure. According to the Canadian Dental Association, poor oral health can have major impacts on both your body and your mind. This week, we discuss those impacts and how natural oral care with tea tree oil can help you bring forth your most glowing smile.
Toothaches, missing teeth, oral infections – all of these things impact the way you speak, even eat, and thus can have a major impact on the way you conduct yourself throughout the day. Self-confidence can also be negatively affected – if you’re feeling self-conscious about the state of your mouth, this can show in your behaviour.
However, it isn’t just mental health that is affected. Gum disease is a well-known result of poor oral health, starting first as gingivitis, causing gums to become tender and swollen gums and sometimes bleed. Gum disease can follow if this is left untreated, causing gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, allowing the bacteria to destroy the underlying bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease and poor oral health can also lead to a number of other ailments, some quite serious. Links have been found between diabetes, heart disease and stroke, dementia, even respiratory illness.
So, if you know that not taking care of your teeth means you’re actually neglecting a lot of other parts of your body, why not do something about it?
Are we suggesting weekly visits to the dentist? No, that’s not realistic – nor is it necessary. Just change up your routine and add mouth care products containing tea tree oil.
For example, an all natural toothpaste containing tea tree oil takes advantage of the essential oil’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, meaning plaque and oral bacteria are no match for this wonder. You also don’t have to worry about fluoride. You can expect healthy teeth and gums and great smelling breath – without the chemicals.
In between brushings, when you just don’t have a convenient place to brush those pearly whites, try chewing sticks with tea tree oil. Chewing sticks are small toothpick-like sticks that you can chew on anywhere, anytime. Doing so helps to clean between the teeth and around the gum line. They also freshen your breath! Those infused with tea tree oil have the added benefit of being anti-bacterial, and choose a cinnamon flavoured stick for a burst of clean flavour.
Taking care of your teeth is so important. The right natural oral care routine, one featuring tea tree oil, is a great way to keep your teeth and gums clean and disease-free.
For more information, check out Thursday Plantation’s entire line of natural oral care products featuring tea tree oil.
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We’ve often talked about tea tree oil as the amazing first aid wonder in a bottle. Its antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties make it perfect for treating all kinds of ailments. If you’re looking for a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ as far as first aid, look no further – tea tree oil is it.
Tea tree oil can be used at full strength, applied directly to the skin with a cotton swab, or added to a carrier oil or lotion and then applied to the affected areas.
Here are just some of the uses:
- Athlete’s foot
- Insect bites
At bath time, tea tree oil can even help heal cuts and scrapes. Find out how with this quick video:
At Thursday Plantation, we know how easy it is to fill the medicine cabinet with tons of chemical-filled first aid treatments. We also know how much better it is to toss those in favour of tea tree oil.
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