You’ve been bitten by the essential oils bug. You know all about their versatility, usefulness, and are hooked on your ability to save money and live a healthier lifestyle. Only one question remains — where to buy essential oils?
Where to buy essential oils — and where to find essential oils in Canada — can often be confusing for those just starting out. But we have your shopping guide so you’re never left high-and-dry without your eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, or peppermint essential oil.
For those who love to handle a product in-store, this is for you. A large number of big-box retailers sell essential oils in Canada. Our own Thursday Plantation brand is sold across Canada at Walmart and Loblaws locations. In Ontario, Thursday Plantation Canada essential oils are also sold at Rexall, Goodness Me!, Whole Foods, Zehrs Markets, and Fortinos.
For a full list of Thursday Plantation retailers separated by province, visit http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/thursday-plantation-retailers-in-canada/.
In-store, essential oils products can most often be found in the pharmacy or first-aid section, near where you would find the Band-Aids.
Of course, in today’s world, e-commerce is how many choose to shop. If you prefer ordering with your mouse, rather than your feet, you can find essential oils products online at different retailers. Walmart sells our Thursday Plantation Canada products on its website, as does well.ca. We also have them for sale on our own site, www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Consumer Best Tips
When you’re shopping for essential oils in Canada, you want to make sure you’re buying high-quality blend. But high-quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. You want to make sure you’re not buying a fake, though.
- The Look
Pure, unadulterated essential oils don’t play well with water. This can come in handy for spotting hidden nuts, seeds, or vegetable oils. Place a single drop on white printer paper and let it dry. If there’s an oily ring left behind, it may not be pure.
- The Label
Look for essential oils that are labelled as 100% pure and pharmaceutical grade. It should also list the essential oil name in Latin.
- The Bottle
All essential oils must be stored in glass containers, because the chemical compounds break down and react with plastic. What’s more, the glass bottles should be dark blue or amber to protect the oil from degrading ultraviolet radiation.
- The Feel & How It Pours
Pure essential oils have a little slip, but for the most part don’t feel thick or greasy. Heavy, richly coloured essential oils can be the exception.
To buy your 100% pure, pharmaceutical grade essential oils in Canada, Thursday Plantation Canada has you covered.
Visit us at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Pets, hockey bags, that mysterious musty smell that lingers around the washing machine — all can contribute to a home that, well, doesn’t smell as fresh as it could.
But you’re a savvy consumer and you know the answer to fresher air doesn’t lie in spraying harsh chemicals around your house. You want a solution that smells great and is great for you. We have your answer: an essential oil air freshener.
Sure, you’ve probably thought of putting essential oils in a diffuser. And a diffuser is one of our favourite natural living ways to get the scent of essential oils wafting through your home. But if you’re in need of an upgraded diffuser, or just want to try something new, consider these alternatives for a great essential oil air freshener:
- Use a pinecone.
It doesn’t get more natural than a pinecone — straight from Mother Nature herself. And there are plenty outside during the fall in Canada. We love this tip from Bustle: take a few pinecones, put them in a basket, and add a few drops of essential oil. Lavender essential oil is a great choice! You only need one to two drops of oil per pinecone. The benefit of the basket is that you can move it from room to room as needed.
- Make your own essential oil air freshener.
So much easier than buying a spray from the grocery store — and so much better for you, too. If you’re in the market for a natural air freshener, try making an essential oil spritz. Add three to four drops of your favourite essential oil to about a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake it before each use and then give it a spray. Try using our eucalyptus essential oil for a woodsy refresher that can help keep your sinuses clear.
- Deodorize carpets.
Especially if you have pets, you know how smelly the rug can become. But we can save you the time and expense of a steam clean. Lifestyle blogger Jill Nystul recommends mixing borax, baking soda, and essential oils in a bowl. Shake the mixture over your carpet and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Once time is up, vacuum your rug. It’s that simple!
- Secretly keep bathroom smells at bay.
It’s no secret the bathroom is one of the places in the house that could use the most deodorizing. But what is secret is how easily you’ll be able to hide this natural air freshener! Take a cotton swab and dab the end into your favourite essential oil, then tuck the swab into your toilet paper roll. Use more than one swab if a stronger scent is needed.
Thursday Plantation Canada has more tips on using essential oil air fresheners to turn your home into a paradise.
Visit us today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of the most versatile out there, and we love discovering new ways to use it. We have five essential oil uses you may not have heard of before — and even if you have heard of them, these tricks may be the reminder you need to incorporate eucalyptus essential oil into your regular routine.
- Make vacuuming fun
We love this tip from Thursday Plantation Canada user, Minna! She puts a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil into the vacuum cleaner filter and then when she vacuums it gives off a “lovely clean and fresh smell.” Having a clean house feels great and adding eucalyptus oil to the mix makes it even better. Dare we say this could even make you excited to vacuum?
- Get a caffeine-free energy boost
It’s one of those days where it’s not even 10 a.m. and you’re already on your fourth shot of espresso and still could go back to bed. Or maybe you’re trying to cut back on caffeine. Or you’ve gone out to lunch, come back to the office, and suddenly find yourself longing for a nap. Hey, we’ve all been there. But you don’t need a steady IV of coffee to keep yourself perked up — all you need is some eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptus oil’s woodsy scent can help wake you up and — bonus — feel refreshed. And if you’re feeling foggy due to congestion or a stuffy nose, breathing in some eucalyptus scent can help clear your sinuses, which will also give you that much-needed energy boost.
If you don’t have a diffuser handy, try putting a couple drops on the rug around your office desk, or place some into an empty wine glass or brandy snifter. It will evaporate over the day.
- Ultimate stress and joint pain relief
Eucalyptus oil is great for relieving tired/achy joints, especially when warm water is involved. There are many ways to incorporate eucalyptus into your morning/night routine.
If you’re relaxing in the tub, add two to eight drops (0.1ml – 0.4ml) of undiluted eucalyptus oil with the same amount of shampoo or liquid soap before adding it to the bath. Mix the water gently. For maximum benefit, remain in the bath for 10 minutes. Use two drops of undiluted essential oil the first time and increase by one drop per bath up to a maximum of eight drops. Use once daily.
Only have time for a shower? You can still reap the relaxing benefits. Put two to five drops of Eucalyptus oil on the shower floor and the scent will help calm you down (just be careful where you put them and watch your step — falling in the shower is definitely not relaxing!). You can also put the eucalyptus essential oil drops on a cloth and put the cloth on the shower floor — just keep it out of the direct stream of water so it doesn’t volatize too quickly.
- Silence a cough
If there’s a tickle in your throat you just can’t nix, eucalyptus oil could do the trick. For direct inhalation, apply between one to six drops (0.05ml – 0.3ml) of undiluted essential oil to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale occasionally. You can do so up to three times per day.
You can also use steam inhalation. Add between three to 12 drops (0.15ml – 0.6ml) of undiluted essential oil to a bowl of steaming water/facial steamer. Inhale slowly and deeply for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove Stubborn Stickers
Save your manicure! A couple drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth can remove even the most stuck on of labels. And you don’t have to spend your whole evening standing in the kitchen picking at sticky glue.
Thursday Plantation Canada’s eucalyptus essential oil is free from SLS, parabens, synthetics and fillers. It’s a guaranteed unaltered, pure oil.
For more on our products, call us today at 1.888.481.8446 or visit http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
With the cold weather creeping up on us, relaxing in a nice warm bath is probably the relaxation method of choice for many. Not only that, with the flipflops stored away, and the warm, fuzzy slippers a regular fixture on our feet, a relaxing foot soak is a great way to finish off a busy day. We love to treat our tootsies to a little TLC every now and again, and this week we’ve got the perfect recipe to do just that: DIY peppermint oil sugar scrub.
We are big fans of sugar scrubs – they are a great way to exfoliate – and when you bring essential oils into the equation, you reap the many rewards! Plus, with this recipe, we just love the smell of peppermint, so that’s a total bonus.
We came across this great, all-natural DIY peppermint oil sugar scrub from Gimme Some Oven that we just had to share: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/diy/peppermint-sugar-scrub/.
Not only is this recipe super easy and quick to make for yourself, it also makes a great festive gift that could easily become a fan favourite over the holidays! Keep the recipe and make a bunch for personal holiday presents that your friends and family members will love.
Want to stock up and make your own DIY peppermint oil sugar scrub?
Visit Thursday Plantation at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.
When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? If you haven’t looked at it in a while, it is probably filled with items that are past their expiry date, and it’s time to do a clean out and update. This week, to help make the process easier – and a little more natural – we’ve got a list of essential oils for your first aid kit – oils that will cover almost everything!
Essential oils are well known for their various healing properties, and so it should come as no surprise that such oils are becoming popular in first aid kits. Here is a list of our favourites and what to use them for!
Tea tree oil
- Why it works: Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-viral.
- What can it be used for: Tea tree oil is good for skin irritations, bug bites, athlete’s foot, eczema and psoriasis. It relieves and treats cold sores and dandruff. You can also use it to treat toenail fungus and ringworm, and it is good for minor cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters.
- Why it works: Lavender oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal.
- What can it be used for: Lavender is good for treating burns and cuts, relieving insomnia, reducing stress and anxiety and is a powerful antihistamine. Use it for bug bites or stings, hives, bruises, allergies, inflammation, sunburns, skin irritations, even earaches. It is also great as a natural sleep aid.
- Why it works: Eucalyptus oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic.
- What can it be used for: Eucalyptus oil opens airways so it is good for cold relief, chest and sinus congestion. It is also good for fevers, upset stomachs and allergy relief. You can use it for treating the swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, asthma and respiratory infections.
- Why it works: Peppermint oil is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
- What can it be used for: Peppermint oil is good for nausea and digestive issues, allergies, menstrual problems, fever. It is great for headaches, colds, colic, and heartburn. Use it to relieve muscular aches, pains, sprains and strains.
Stock that first aid kit with essential oils and get rid of the chemical-based products.
At Thursday Plantation, our essential oils are of the highest quality, 100% pure.
Get natural healing today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungus that thrives in warm, humid conditions. It is called athlete’s foot because it is a common ailment in locker rooms or public swimming areas, and is often spread by going barefoot in damp places. That being said, it is highly contagious and can also thrive in your own home in the shower or bathrooms tiles.
The symptoms of athlete’s foot are characterized by itchy or burning toes/feet, excessive peeling skin on the feet/toes, scaling, and pink or raw skin on the feet. When the blisters burst, this can become quite painful. These symptoms most commonly occur between the toes and on the soles of the feet.
There are, of course, a number of over-the-counter ointments or sprays that you can turn to when your feet start to burn, but tea tree oil is an all-natural solution that works just as well (or better – and faster) than the typical anti-fungal medicines.
To treat athlete’s foot with tea tree oil:
- Place 5 drops of the carrier oil of choice on a cotton ball – almond oil is a good one.
- Add 5 drops of tea tree oil.
- Rub the cotton ball on the affected areas of your feet.
- To protect your feet and help the tea tree oil work its magic, put on a pair of clean cotton socks.
- For best results, repeat the process a few times a day, using a clean pair of socks each time.
To make a batch for easy use, mix equal parts carrier oil and tea tree oil in a dark or amber-coloured glass bottle (to help ensure a long life). When ready to use, shake well and apply as above. Store it in a cool, dark place, such as your bathroom cabinet.
A tea tree oil foot soak is also a good way to not only prevent the fungus but also to speed up the healing process. Fill your foot bath or bathtub (partially) and add 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender oil, then soak your feet. Remember to dry your feet well, especially between your toes. Repeat this once daily to speed up healing.
To help prevent athlete’s foot from taking hold, be sure to clean feet well after visiting a public pool, and make sure feet are dry. Also make sure feet are dry before putting on socks, especially during the warm summer months. Consider wearing flip-flops when using public showers. Disinfect any shoes that you think may have come in contact with the fungus.
Stop the painful symptoms of athlete’s foot naturally with tea tree oil. Thursday Plantation has 100% pure, high quality tea tree essential oil to make it easy.
Find it 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.
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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