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So Fresh and So Clean: Natural Cleaning with Vinegar

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.

 

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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.

 

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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:

  • Sensitivity
  • 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.

 

 

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There are so many amazing ways to use essential oils at home – everything from natural acne treatments, to sleep aids, to insect repellents – but we’re sure you get tired sometimes of hearing us rant and rave about them! This week, we thought we’d let someone else get a word in.

We came across this great article from Lonny, which we thought shared some pretty great uses for essential oils – some we hadn’t even heard of! According to the article (and our personal philosophy!), essential oils “can be easily incorporated into any part of your life, from beauty to medicine to household products.”

Here are the ways the article suggests taking advantage:

  • To clear out cooking smells and other interesting kitchen aromas
  • To reduce aches and pains or help your body relax
  • As an all-natural household cleaner
  • To kill airborne bacteria that can make you and your family sick
  • To spruce up an unscented candle

Find all of the recipes and how-to directions here: http://www.lonny.com/See+It+Now/articles/59XZZWcmyqi/How+Use+Essential+Oils+Home.

Whether you are looking to replace some of the medicines in your medicine cabinet, ditch some of those harsh chemical cleaners, or just help your brain relax, there are some great ways to use essential oils to do so!

For even more essential oil uses, don’t forget to check out the 100 Uses for TP section of our website at http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/100uses/.

Looking to stock up? We’ve got you covered.

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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.

You can stock up today by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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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.

Find out more by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca/

 

 

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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.

Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

 

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