Lavender has long been celebrated for its calming and relaxing properties and soothing scent. It comes from, you guessed it, the lavender plant, an evergreen shrub with clumps of beautiful purple flowers. It is originally native to northern Africa but today it is grown throughout Europe, North America and Australia. The benefits of lavender oil for relaxation are well known, and today we’ve got a few tips to help you take advantage.
Lavender has a pretty impressive history. It has been used for over 2,500 years by various civilizations. Ancient Persians, Greeks, and Romans added the flowers to their bathwater to help wash and purify their skin. Egyptians used lavender as a perfume and during the mummification process. Later, in Medieval Europe, it was used as a natural disinfectant and deodorant, scatted throughout the rushes on floors. Here are a few tips on how to use it today.
- To calm anxiety, apply lavender oil to the temples or forehead to relieve stress.
- To fight fatigue, add a few drops to a warm foot bath and let your feet soak.
- In the shower, add a few drops to your shampoo and wash as normal.
- Place a few drops on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale whenever you are feeling anxious.
- Nervous flyer? Rub some lavender oil on the soles of your feet, your wrists and your temples for an immediate calming effect.
- To help improve sleep, place a few drops on a cloth or tissue and place under your pillow.
- Use lavender oil in a diffuser anywhere in the house to help create a calming environment.
- Add some lavender to the bath and soak before getting into bed.
- Rub a few drops of the oil into your palms, then cup your hands and breathe in the calming scent.
The benefits of lavender oil for calming and balancing the mind are well known simply because it works!
Lavender oil is considered the most versatile oil. Not only is it the perfect natural relaxation tool, it is also great for all-natural cleaning, for natural healing of cuts and scrapes, for natural soothing of insect bites, even for natural dandruff relief.
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We can finally thank Mother Nature for the wonderful weather and being able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and high temps! Just being able to throw on sandals and a sundress makes us happy and we can’t get enough!
Our friend Gabrielle Lacasse over at DentelleEtFleurs.com put together this fun video about her favourite things for spring – “Oils, Vinyls and Jumpsuits”. And yes, we know it’s summer, but we just had to share!
Check it out!
We’re also loving essential oils, obviously, and the long list of amazing things you can use them for!
Here’s one of our most recent favourites – DIY avocado hair mask. Check out the recipe shared by our friend Hillory over at First Time Things: http://firsttimethings.com/my-first-time-making-a-diy-avocado-hair-mask/.
What are your favourite things for summer 2017? Tell us on Twitter @thursplantation!
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Eucalyptus oil is an effective expectorant that helps to clear blocked sinuses, relieve lung congestion and open stuffed nasal passageways. One of the best ways to use it to get natural relief from spring allergies is with a DIY vapour rub. We shared a recipe for one last week – check it out here: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/using-eucalyptus-oil-for-cough-and-cold-relief-diy-vapour-rub/
Rubbing some on your chest is a great way to open up airways. You can also use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser to alleviate congestion.
Tea tree oil is also great for spring allergies if you’re prone to rashes. Tea tree oil’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it ideal for relief of itching and swelling caused by allergies. To relieve the itching, try putting a few drops of tea tree oil in your bath, or adding a few drops to your lotion or hand cream.
If those clogged sinuses make your head ache, try lavender oil. Lavender has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect option for natural relief from spring allergies. It can stop the pain and inhibit the inflammatory response of the sinuses, giving your head a break. You can apply it neat to your temples, add it to a diffuser, or try placing a few drops on a tissue and placing it under your pillow at night.
Other Relief Tips
- If you exercise outside, whether with a brisk walk or a run, or even your daily yoga routine, consider moving that routine to the evening. Most people with allergies tend to find their symptoms at their peak in the morning, perhaps because many trees release their pollen at first light, and ragweed pollen tends to worse in the middle of the day.
- Try adding turmeric, a spice common in curry and Indian cuisine, to your recipe list. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been found to act as a decongestant, helping to reduce allergy symptoms.
- Keep windows closed during the day. For the same reason you might want to move your exercise time, so too might you want to consider closing windows during the day.
- Up your cleaning routine. Every time you enter your home, you’re bringing those allergens inside, so even just one extra vacuuming session a week can make a big difference. The more dust and pollen that is swirling around at home, the more likely you are to experience your allergy symptoms.
- Make sure that your appliances have HEPA filters – including the vacuum cleaner. Using HEPA filters in your air conditioner or heating system can help ease allergy symptoms, as can a freestanding air purifier with a HEPA filter in a high-traffic area.
Even though many of us enjoy those spring flowers, the impacts to our sinuses are something we could definitely do without. These tips for natural relief from spring allergies can really help if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional medications.
At Thursday Plantation, we have the essential oils that make enjoying spring a little easier.
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The spring season isn’t typically associated with cough and cold symptoms, even though many of us experience congestion and stuffiness as the weather warms up. Whether this is as a result of springtime allergies or just a regular cold, the laboured breathing, especially at night, can make it harder to sleep or even just make it through the day with all cylinders firing. Of course, you can turn to those non-natural remedies for relief, or you can try eucalyptus oil for cough and cold relief.
Most of us probably remember using (or still do use) that typical chest rub to help open up airways – the one with the familiar soothing scent and cooling feeling when lathered on. However, the non-natural ingredients in such products may not be the best thing for you, so why not go the all-natural route instead? You can get the same results using ingredients that are not chemical-based, ingredients such as coconut oil and eucalyptus oil for cough and cold relief.
Here’s our DIY vapour rub recipe. This is a great, all-natural alternative to the store-bought version, and it is super easy to make. It’s made with essential oils and beeswax and coconut oil as a carrier. Together these all-natural ingredients have the same impact, without all the side-effects. Chemicals need not apply.
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
Start by melting your beeswax in a double-boiler, stirring constantly. Once it is completely melted, let it cool for a few minutes, then add your coconut oil and your essential oils. Stir until all the ingredients are blended well together. Store the blended mixture in an air-tight container and let it infuse for 24 hours before use. This can be stored and used for a year!
If you’re making this for small children, consider using about half the concentration of essential oils to further dilute it for those with more sensitive skin.
That familiar scent we all associate with the store-bought brands comes from eucalyptus oil for cough and colds, but with many other chemical additives, so why not get the same relief using all-natural ingredients?
Using Thursday Plantation eucalyptus essential oil, you can get natural relief from that bothersome springtime cough and cold with DIY vapour rub. Breathe deeply for maximum results.
Find it at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.