For most people, it’s common to stress about life’s worries – those things that may cause concern or stress. What’s more, for those who suffer from severe anxiety, the worry or stress can become overwhelming and impact their daily lives. For some, the answer is a chemical treatment to ease stress. For others, a more natural solution works just as well. If you’re curious about that natural alternative, today we’re talking about the basics of using lavender oil for anxiety.
Lavender oil is known to be an effective natural treatment for many ailments including relieving nervousness, restlessness, and insomnia and thus it has become a very common treatment method for those with anxiety. It works by calming and soothing the mind, helping you relax.
Here are a few effective ways for using lavender oil for anxiety:
A great way to use lavender oil for anxiety is with a diffuser. A diffuser disperses the oil’s soothing and healing properties into the air quickly. Bring one to the office and keep it on at your desk, turn one on in the kitchen while you’re cooking, or have one in your bedroom to help calm your mind when you’re ready for bed.
In the morning or before bed, a soothing bath with lavender essential oil is a great way to relax your mind and your body. Just add a few drops to the hot water and soak.
If you know that you get anxious during the day, keep an inhaler on hand – something you can pull out of your pocket or purse, use, then put away. You can find fairly inexpensive refillable essential oil inhalers on Amazon and fill them with lavender oil. Then, whenever you’re feeling stressed, you have your inhaler on hand and can use it discreetly.
Roll-ons are also popular. You can use a roll-on on your wrists, the back of your neck, the soles of your feet, even your temples. If you make your own, make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil. Like an inhaler, this is an easy on-the-go solution that you can use anywhere. This is also good for motion sickness or if you’re a nervous flyer.
If your anxiety is bad at night and keeps you from sleeping, place a few drops of lavender oil on a cloth and slide it in your pillowcase.
If you suffer from anxiety, but are looking for an alternative to drugs, lavender oil may just be the answer. Try one or all of these methods for effective relief.
At Thursday Plantation, we carry only the highest quality essential oils, including lavender oil for anxiety.
Find yours today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
We’ve all heard about the natural cleaning power of vinegar. Using it around the house for various cleaning tasks has become very popular for those looking for a green alternative to traditional cleaning products. The only problem with natural cleaning with vinegar, we think, is the smell. While it cleans like a superhero, the overwhelming aroma can make it hard to enjoy that clean house!
Why is vinegar such a great natural cleanser? According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “the acid in vinegar crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and prompts a release of protons, which causes the cell to die.” This makes it perfect for many household cleaning tasks.
But again, the smell…
That’s where eucalyptus and tea tree oil come in. Not only are these two powerful natural cleaners in their own right – they’ll kill germs like nothing else – they can also overpower the scent of vinegar, leaving you with a fresh, clean smell.
Here are some great recipes for household cleaning that use vinegar and eucalyptus and/or tea tree oil:
Multi-purpose cleaner: to make a multi-purpose cleaner that’s good for the whole house, mix 10 drops of eucalyptus oil into two cups of hot water and a half cup of vinegar. Mix well. Just remember, using vinegar on marble or granite can eat away at the stone, so don’t use it for these surfaces.
Bathroom scrub: Add 15 drops of tea tree oil to a combination of water, vinegar, baking soda and castile soap. The baking soda lifts stains, the vinegar breaks down the bacteria, and the tea tree oil boosts the cleaning power to fight bacteria and mold and overpowers the smell of the vinegar.
Washing machine cleaner: give your washing machine a good cleaning by adding 10-15 drops and running it on the hot cycle. This will remove any bacteria and odours caused by that bacteria!
We even have a great recipe for a heavy-duty natural floor cleaner featuring both eucalyptus and tea tree oil right here: http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/natural-floor-cleaner-the-power-of-eucalyptus-and-tea-tree-oil/.
When it comes to natural cleaning with vinegar, you can really up the ante by adding the grime fighting power of tea tree and eucalyptus oil – and keep your house from smelling like salt and vinegar chips!
At Thursday Plantation, we carry only the highest quality essential oils – those best suited for pairing with natural cleaning with vinegar.
Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
By now you’ve probably come to understand that there are a ton of different ways to get the benefits of essential oils – everything from natural first aid, natural home cleaning, even natural stress relief. Aromatherapy is a widely popular way to reap those benefits, and this week we thought we’d break it down to show you how!
When you inhale essential oils, the highly sensitive cells in the back of the nostrils are stimulated, sending signals directly to the brain – that’s why aromatherapy is so effective. There are a number of different ways that essential oils can be used as inhalants: steam inhalation, with a diffuser, with an inhaler. The method you choose will largely depend on the oil and what you’re hoping to achieve.
Steam inhalation. Steam inhalation is most commonly used for cold relief with an essential oil such as eucalyptus. Because it opens the airways, steam inhalation can really help with chest congestion or a sinus infection. It is also popular when used with tea tree oil for those with acne as it opens the pores and cleans out the bacteria.
Steam inhalation simply involves heating water to a boiling point. Once you’ve turned off the stove or transferred the water from the kettle to a large bowl, add 3-4 drops of essential oil, place your face over the pot or bowl, and place a large towel over your head. Be careful not to put your face too deep into the steam. Then, just breathe deeply for several minutes or until the water cools down.
Using a diffuser. An essential oil diffuser is by far the easiest and longest-lasting way to disperse oils into the air. This method can cover a large space in a short period of time, delivering the benefits of your chosen oil. For example, lavender oil in a diffuser is great if you have trouble sleeping, and eucalyptus oil can help if you’re struggling to sleep because of a cold.
To use a diffuser, simply fill it with water to the max level indicated and add your essential oils. Start with ‘less is more’ so as not to overwhelm – essential oils are potent – you can always add more if you want a stronger smell. Turn it on and relax.
Using an inhaler. An inhaler is another popular method for inhaling essential oils. This involves inhaling the essential oil through a personal inhaler device (or you can make your own) for a quick burst of healing. Lavender oil is a popular inhalant for stress relief or travel sickness, and peppermint oil will help to quickly reduce swelling and inflammation in your nasal passages or invigorate you when energy is low.
Once you’ve filled your inhaler according to the directions, simply bring it up to your nose, place it in your nostril and inhale slowly. Wait a few seconds before doing the other nostril to allow for absorption.
When it comes to the ways you can use essential oils throughout your day, the sky really is the limit: a soothing face steam before bed to open the airways, a calming diffuser in the office to reduce stress, even a quick pick me up to invigorate your senses when your energy is flagging.
At Thursday Plantation, we have only the highest quality essential oils that make taking advantage easy.
Find out more by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.
Essential oils have so many great uses for health and beauty and natural living in general, and so it is no surprise that many pet parents rely on them when it comes to caring for their dogs. It is important to remember that different pets react differently to certain essential oils. Knowing this, you always want to be sure to introduce these oils to your furry friends properly to avoid any surprises. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to using essential oils around your dogs.
A good way to start that introduction is through smell. Wearing essential oils around Spot or using a diffuser with your favourite oils is a good way to do this. You can even do this by offering the closed bottle to them to smell (make sure there is no oil on the outside of the bottle). This will allow you to observe how they react after coming in contact with the smell of the oil.
Once you’ve established that the smell doesn’t bother them, then move on to topical applications for short-term use. Remember: dogs are more sensitive than humans, so you always want to dilute your oils well and be sure that your dilution amounts are correct for the size of your furry family member. We adopt the ‘less is better’ approach, especially when it comes to topical treatments. Mix with a carrier oil – a rate of 1 drop of essential oil to 50 drops of carrier oil is usually a good measure. Also take special care to not get essential oils in your pet’s eyes. To avoid any adverse effects, avoid using essential oils orally with your pets or for extended periods of time.
Note: Cats have a different system in their liver to detoxify and are particularly sensitive to essential oils that contain polyphenolic compounds, so try to stay away from such oils as oregano and thyme, and citrus oils should also be avoided. To be safe, consult your veterinarian before using any essential oil with pets.
Lavender is a great essential oil to use on your pets. If your pet suffers from anxiety, lavender essential oil can be a great way to naturally soothe some of those feelings. A diluted mixture of lavender oil and water sprayed on your dog’s collar can help with nervousness or carsickness. Lavender oil is also great for flea control. Mix 20 drops in a small spray bottle filled with water. Spray this on your dog’s skin for flea control or skin healing, or even relaxation. Adding lavender oil to your dog’s bath water is another effective way to use it. It can also be sprayed on bedding or furniture for odour elimination.
Always remember, just as you’re careful about using essential oils on yourself or your human family members, be just as careful with pets. Improper use can result in:
- Allergic reaction or irritation. Mostly caused by low quality oil.
- Burning and irritation if it gets directly in contact with the nose or eyes.
- Toxicity, when used too frequently and/or improper dosing.
How do you use essential oils around your pets? Any tips? Share them with us on Twitter @thursplantation or Facebook @thursdayplantationcanada.
Want to introduce your pets to essential oils? Find high-quality, pure essential oils from Thursday Plantation at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.