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Natural Spring Cleaning: Great Ways to Clean Using Essential Oils

With spring in full bloom, many of us are taking time out of our already busy schedules to do the annual spring clean. We love using essential oils for natural spring cleaning. In truth, we love using essential oils for cleaning any time of the year.

Why are essential oils the perfect addition to your natural spring cleaning routine? Oils such as tea tree and eucalyptus are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties – not to mention their fresh clean scents. This makes them perfect for overall cleaning and for specific tasks, such as fighting mold and mildew in the shower or bath.

We recently ran across this fantastic blog from Well and Good that we thought we’d share. It has some great DIY recipes for natural cleaning products using essential oils, including an all-purpose cleaner, a degreaser, and a toilet bowl cleaner.

Check it out: https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/natural-cleaning-products-with-essential-oil-diy/.

Here are a few other examples of how you can add essential oils to your natural spring cleaning routine:

  • Freshen up the trash can by adding a few drops of lavender to 1 tbsp of baking soda and sprinkling into the bottom.
  • Mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with one cup of baking soda and then sprinkle it on your carpets before vacuuming to freshen the air and disinfect carpets.
  • We mentioned mold and mildew before. Blend 15 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, then spray directly on the affected areas (don’t rinse).
  • Get hardwood floors gleaming by mixing ½ cup distilled white vinegar and 3 drops of lemon essential oil into a large bucket of warm water, then get mopping.

When it comes to natural spring cleaning, toss those chemical cleaners and welcome essential oils into your life!

At Thursday Plantation, we make spring cleaning with essential oils easy.

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Pain relief, better sleep, household cleaning, skin care, reduced stress and anxiety, oral health, combating cold and flu symptoms – the list of essential oil benefits goes on and on. Over the last decade especially, essential oils have become increasingly popular, and not just with those looking to live a holistic, drug-free lifestyle, although the drug-free alternative to treating many ailments remains a major draw for many. So, are essential oils just a passing trend? All signs point to no – so why are essential oils so popular?

While often considered a fad, essential oils have actually been around for centuries. For example, tea tree oil was relied upon by aborigines in Australia and New Zealand going back well before it was ‘discovered’ by James Cook and his crew in 1770 , and lavender oil was used by the Romans to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair almost 2500 years ago. Yes, we’re not talking years here, we’re talking YEARS…

An essential oil is a volatile liquid extracted from a plant. These plants are grown all over the world and thus essential oils can be native to many different areas. Depending on the oil, the benefits can be derived through inhalation, ingestion, or absorption – making them very easy to use.

So, again, why the hype? Most of the popularity comes from the aforementioned versatility. The ability to use one bottle for a number of different uses makes it a pretty handy little go-to. However, a lot of the reason for their popularity is their status as natural.

As an alternative to chemicals – and a very effective one at that – essential oils give you the choice to heal, clean, sooth, relieve, etc., without relying on chemicals or dealing with any adverse side effects. That in itself is a major draw. Think about it this way: if you can use eucalyptus oil to sooth chest congestion rather than cough syrup, or peppermint oil to repel bugs rather than bug spray, why wouldn’t you?

Whether you use essential oils as part of an all natural lifestyle or just like to supplement with some alternatives to what else is available, it is a pretty sure bet that these little beauties in a bottle are not going anywhere.

At Thursday Plantation, we like to think we stay on trend – and that means we continue to celebrate our very own essential oils.

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As we enter April we’re finally entering the season that features some of the best things the year has to offer: spring flowers, warmer weather, and the wonderful, long-awaited spring clean! This year, make that spring clean that much more exciting by making it easier. Eucalyptus oil is a wizard when it comes to household cleaning – and it means all those chemicals you use are no longer necessary.

Eucalyptus oil is great for all natural cleaning because of its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and deodorizing properties. And not only that – it leaves your home smelling fresh and clean.

Eucalyptus oil is an amazing grease buster so take advantage of it in the kitchen. To remove dirt and grime around the oven, add two teaspoons to a spray bottle full of water, then add a teaspoon of dish soap and shake gently. Now use it to clean the stovetop, the microwave, even the kitchen sink.

Cut the bacteria in the bathroom. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of hot water, then add 1/8 tsp dish soap and of course your eucalyptus oil (6 drops). Pour into a spray bottle and shake before each use. Attack the bathtub, the counter, and the toilet.

You can even use it to clean your floors – check out this video to see just how easy it is:

This spring, make spring cleaning a breeze with eucalyptus oil. It’ll quickly become your favourite.

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We’ve recently added peppermint essential oil to our growing list of essential oil products and we could not be more excited. To help celebrate, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s blog to filling you in on the top peppermint oil uses and benefits so you can learn more about taking advantage! Peppermint essential oil is almost as versatile as lavender oil, and that means a laundry lists of ways you can use it every day! Let’s get started.

Top 10 peppermint oil uses and benefits

  1. Get energized. The cooling aroma of peppermint oil will perk you up like nothing else. A few whiffs are an effective pick me up for late night study sessions or the early morning commute.
  2. Heal a headache. Peppermint oil has the ability to improve circulation and relax tense muscles, making it the perfect treatment for tension and migraine headaches. Apply a few drops to your forehead and temples for pain relief.
  3. Pep up your shampoo. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your regular morning shampoo and conditioner to stimulate the scalp. It’s powerful soothing scent will also help wake up your mind. Because it is a powerful antiseptic, peppermint is also effective at removing dandruff.
  4. Beat the bloat. Because it relaxes the muscles of your intestines, peppermint oil is effective at reducing bloating and gas. Try drinking a glass of peppermint tea when you’re feeling uncomfortable or adding a drop of peppermint oil to your water before eating.
  5. Cool down the burn. Peppermint oil is great for hydrating sunburnt skin and relieving the pain from too much time outside without sunscreen. Blend peppermint oil with coconut oil and apply it directly to the affected area.
  6. Fight a fever. Thanks to its natural cooling effects, peppermint oil is an excellent natural alternative treatment to bring down a fever, especially in children. Simply mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on the neck and on the bottom of the feet to help stabilize a fever instead of using aspirin or other drugs.
  7. Sooth inflammation. Peppermint oil has calming effects on skin inflammation and mixing peppermint and lavender oil together can improve eczema and psoriasis when applied topically.
  8. Combat a cold. Like eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil’s soothing, cooling aroma can help to relieve the symptoms of a cold, such as nasal and chest congestion. Add a few drops to your diffuser and relax.
  9. Manage muscle pain. Peppermint oil is a very effective natural painkiller and muscle relaxant, so if you’ve had an especially difficult workout or pulled a muscle in your back, combine some peppermint oil with a carrier oil and massage it in or add some to a hot bath and soak.
  10. No more nausea. When you’re feeling nauseous and nothing seems to be helping, try adding a drop of peppermint oil to water and drinking it, or rubbing 1-2 drops behind your ears. This can start to settle your stomach almost instantly.

See? We told you it was versatile. See the peppermint oil uses and benefits for yourself.

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