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Not All Oils Created Equal: Why Tea Tree Essential Oil Quality is Important

As the popularity of essential oils grows, so too does our knowledge of what constitutes quality. With the wealth of available essential oil products out there, it is never surprising when we receive inquiries regarding how to determine quality. Consumers are becoming more and more aware of standards and ingredients they should watch out for as essential oil quality indicators and how to be sure the oils they are using are the best.

As our most popular brand of essential oil, we receive a significant number of inquiries regarding tea tree oil, so we wanted to take an opportunity to discuss just how important tea tree essential oil quality is and how to judge it.

Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The concentration of the Terpine-4-oL component in the oil has a strong correlation to the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil, and thus it should be something you look at when determining quality. The highest quality tea tree oil will meet or exceed the European Pharmacopeia and ISO standards. To be most effective and safe, your tea tree needs to be high quality.

Another good indication of quality is the amount of 1-8 cineole in the oil. This has been associated with skin irritations and so a very low limit for it, as well as the content of p-cymene, should be set. High p-cymene in a tea tree oil is a strong indication that the TTO has degraded. A limit significantly lower than the upper limit in both the European and ISO standard ensures a product is of the highest quality at release and remains so until the end of its shelf life.

When searching for quality, with tea tree oil or any other essential oil, be sure to look for oils that are 100% pure. Additionally, be sure that oils are tested for purity to ensure they’ve not been altered or standardized.

Also, make sure the oils are packaged in dark amber glass bottles. This ensure the oil’s properties remain intact. Most essential oils oxidize quickly when exposed to light, causing them to lose their medicinal components, so the amber glass is important. Furthermore, the solvent properties of some oils like tea tree and eucalyptus can break down plastic packaging which would leach the resin into the oil.

At Thursday Plantation, we strive to provide only the highest quality essential oils. Our entire process – from start to finish – has been refined to ensure that our oils remain pure and to the highest standards. We go above and beyond regulatory standards, offering only the best.

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We are supper excited about the recent launch of Thursday Plantation peppermint oil, and to celebrate we are going to share some of our favourite uses for this amazingly versatile liquid! From natural bug repellant to appetite suppressant, fever reducer to muscle pain reliever, peppermint oil is a great essential oil to keep on hand!

As one of the oldest European herbs used for medicinal purposes, peppermint oil is well known for its cooling, calming sensations. Derived by steam distillation of the leaves, peppermint is actually a hybrid of spearmint and water mint, with the most active ingredients being menthol and menthone.

The benefits of peppermint oil are numerous. Often used in aromatherapy, it also serves as an effective topical and oral treatment. Common uses include relief of stomach aches, headaches, muscle tension, respiratory congestion relief, as well as improved mental focus and boosted energy levels.

Want to learn about how to use it? Here’s a quick reference guide to help you discover the many ways you can use peppermint oil everyday! Thanks Dr. Axe!

Whether you are looking for an alternative to chemical treatments for these various ailments or just love the scent of peppermint, it makes sense to include it in your medicine cabinet.

At Thursday Plantation, we know how valuable this little oil is.

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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.

Thursday Plantation has you covered. Stock up on lavender oil to get the benefits today.

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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!

Want to stock up on Thursday Plantation essential oils?

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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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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.

Check them out today by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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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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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.

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