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What to Look for in Essential Oils

The quality of essential oils vary greatly. As a consumer, it can be difficult to assess quality, especially if you are not sure about what to look for. If you want to take advantage of the many benefits the various essential oils have to offer, you want to be sure that you’re using high quality ones.  That’s what this week’s blog is all about – what to look for in essential oils.

The quality of an oil depends on a number of different factors. Three of the most important are the plants from which the oils are derived, the packaging and handling of the products, and the storage.

The plants themselves. The quality of essential oils can be negatively impacted by the use of pesticides and other chemicals, the variability in altitude, soil conditions and rainfall, and the difficulty of differentiating plant species and varieties. TP screens for environmental contamination and uses no pesticides.

Packaging and handling: Other considerations include packaging, storage, and handling. Chemical degradation can occur with exposure to heat, light, or oxygen. Essential oils from citrus products are especially prone to oxidation that can quickly alter the chemistry of those essential oils.

Storage: Essential oils should be stored in tightly closed, darkened glass containers in a cool place to ensure lasting quality. We recommend writing the date on the bottle after opening it so you can keep track of your own essential oils. Oxidation rates vary, but most essential oils can be safely used for 1-2 years or more after opening.

Another way to assess the quality of the essential oil is by asking a few simple questions.

  1. Is the country of origin provided? Several essential oils can only be found in certain regions of the world? While you, as a consumer, may not know these origins, aromatherapists are likely to, and so displaying the country shows that the company is serious about providing for all who are in the market for that oil, not just general consumers.
  2. Is the Latin name of the plant provided? This will help you determine if you’re purchasing the right species.
  3. Is it pure? When you’re looking for the best essential oil, you want the label to read 100%. It is as simple as that. If it doesn’t, or if it is less than, it has most likely been mixed with something else. You don’t want that.
  4. How much does it cost? This isn’t so much about the cost itself, but how it compares to other brands. Due to the plants themselves and the processing required, essential oils, as a whole, are not cheap – at least not the good ones. If you believe you’ve found ‘an amazing deal,’ you’re probably not buying the best you can (or even something remotely close to the best). You get what you pay for.
  5. Is the company recognized for its product? If the company can claim a number of accolades, or is recognized for its research and development, chances are you’re looking at a quality essential oil.

Thursday Plantation 100% essential oils are well known for their quality – both by recognized organizations and by the public. The entire process, from planting and harvesting, to processing, to packaging and shipping, is fine-tuned to ensure the end product is of the highest quality – so you get the best essential oil available.

Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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When your mind is at peace, your body feels the effects, in a good way. However, even if you’re in peak physical condition, if you also suffer from anxiety your mind just won’t be in tune with your body. Anxiety is one of the most common forms of mental illness in North America, and although many turn to pharmaceutical offerings for relief, more and more Canadians are looking for alternatives for treating anxiety without drugs. There are several, very effective methods for alleviating anxiety, often using things you already have.

#1. Lavender oil. Lavender oil has long been celebrated as the wonder sleep ‘non’ drug, but several studies have found that it is also highly effective in treating the symptoms of anxiety.[1] Simply place a few drops in your diffuser, rub a few drops together in your hands and breathe deep, or rub it you’re your feet, temples, or wrists to help ease your stress and anxiety symptoms.

#2. Colour. Embrace your inner kindergartner and break out the crayons and the colouring book. The focus required helps to ease your brain, eliciting a relaxed mindset. This is because the action of colouring allows your brain to ‘switch off’ for a time, focussing instead on the moment.

#3 Dig in the dirt. Gardening or working with your hands in the outdoors is somewhat similar to colouring as far as the focussing and ‘switching off’ aspect, but it may also have to do with the dirt itself. Studies have actually found that there is a specific species of bacteria, called Mycobacterium vaccae, found in soil which can lower anxiety and improve your mood by releasing serotonin.

#4. Walk. Or really engage in any form of physical activity at all. Exercise releases dopamine, a ‘pleasure hormone,’ which leaves you feeling great. Exercise also works because it helps to expel anxiety and stress that has built up.

#5. Have a cup of tea. Try green or chamomile for the most positive results. Green tea is great during the day. It contains the amino acid L-theanine which has been shown to lower the levels of anxiety in the brain. Try chamomile at night, before bed, as it helps to calm and relax you, making it easier to get to sleep.

Anxiety, depending on the severity, can be debilitating. Whether you rely on the pharmaceutical approach to treating your symptoms but want to add to the regimen, or if you’re looking for alternatives for treating anxiety without drugs, incorporating these things into your daily routine can make a big difference.

Visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today to find lavender oil to help reduce your symptoms of anxiety naturally.

 

 

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With the weather still deciding just what it wants to do – last week snowy and cold one day, rainy and warm the next – it is prime time for cough and cold symptoms to creep up on us. Getting caught out in this unpredictable weather can give our bodies a shock. If you’re suffering, we’ve got the solution – essential oils for cough, sinus relief, headaches, muscle aches and more. Thursday Plantation to the rescue!

Check out some of the amazing reviews of our Thursday Plantation essential oils trio that we sent out in a #TPWinterRescue kit!

Fitness instructor Suzi Fevens had this to say in her blog Confessions of a Fitness Instructor:

“These ‘three fabulous oils’ will serve you so well in the winter months (and all year round) for a whole host of uses both when ill and well.”

She also provides a great DIY recipe for essential oil epsom salts for a relaxing and reviving soak in the tub. Check it out here: https://www.confessionsofafitnessinstructor.com/2017/02/natural-cold-flu-remedies/.

Mom and beauty blogger Christine over at Mom Loves Makeup also provided a great review and followed it up with some great advice for cold sufferers:

“There are many different essential oils out there, but today I’m focusing on three powerhouse oils from Thursday Plantation; Lavender, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. These three can help you maintain your health and combat colds and flu this winter (and all year round!)”

Check out her blog here: http://momlovesmakeup.blogspot.ca/2017/02/thursday-plantations-cold-and-flu.html.

Our friend Madeline at Classically Contemporary had this to say:

When a cold hits, “Luckily, we can fight that flu with a #TPWINTERRESCUE kit! Thursday Plantation is a brand respected and relied on by many.”

She also has some great tips on how to take advantage of these essential oils! Check the review out here: http://www.classicallycontemporary.com/2017/02/fight-the-cold-thursday-plantation.html.

Prairie beauty blogger Trysh chimed in over at her blog Prairie Beauty Love. She too sang Thursday Plantation’s praises:

“Certain essential oils are great for relieving symptoms of colds and headaches, for soothing anxiety, and for helping to treat breakouts – and others just smell really, really good, so I quite enjoy using them in a variety of different ways in my everyday life.”

Check out her blog here: http://www.prairiebeautylove.ca/2017/02/essential-oils-thursday-planatation.html.

Thanks to all of you for these kind words and awesome shares as far as ways to use essential oils, not only to beat cough and cold symptoms, but any day of the week!

Want to get your own Thursday Plantation essential oils?

Please visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.

 

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Sleep – we all need it, that’s a fundamental fact of life. Too little sleep and we’re talking not only a supreme lack of energy, but also a weakened immune system, sluggish thought processing, weight gain and even a compromised ability to properly regulate your blood sugar. So, if you’re not getting enough sleep, we’re here to help. Lavender oil is well-known for its sleep inducing properties, so here are a few ways to take advantage.

Take a warm bath. What better way is there to relax the mind and body than a hot soak in the tub?  Help get your body ready for sleep by adding several drops of lavender oil to the bath water as the tub fills up. Also, try adding some Epson salts – stress drains the body of magnesium and Epsom salts are rich in this very important mineral.

Fill the air and breathe deep by adding some lavender oil to an essential oil diffuser. This will not only help you sleep, it will fill your bedroom with a soothing, refreshing scent.

Or, for something super easy yet super effective, try some lavender scented pillows. Check out this video on how:

Using lavender oil for sleep is an easy, all natural way to get those required hours in. Don’t let too few hours make you cranky – or your body and mind angry either. Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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