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Home and the Dog Itself: Control a Smelly Dog with Essential Oils

Dogs can really complete a family. They’re cuddly, cute, happy to see you when you get home from work. There’s nothing like a night relaxing in front of the TV, petting good old Sparky. You lift your hand up to smooth back your hair and — EW! What is that? Why does it smell like good old Sparky has been rolling around in something, well, good and old?

You have a smelly dog and need to remove pet odour — and fast. But there’s no reason to send Sparky to the dog shed. You can remove pet odour and stop a smelly dog the natural way — by using essential oils.

First things first when using essential oils for dogs. You want to use an essential oil that is antibacterial. We love eucalyptus essential oil, lavender essential oil, pure peppermint oil, or pure tea tree oil. These will eliminate germs and bacteria.

You may also want to choose an oil that is antiviral. Tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus are all great choices. You can use these oils to clean a spot on the rug or floor that may have been contaminated — either by a “gift” your pet left behind or one that absorbed some of the smell.

If it’s more a musk that’s hanging around the house, you can also use essential oils to purify the air. Eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint are all great for this, depending on the scent you’re craving. You can create a natural air freshener, use a diffuser, or make a DIY odour absorbent using baking soda. This can be a good one to keep around a litter box or rabbit/hamster cage.

Pets are more sensitive to essential oils than humans as they are smaller and have lower body weights. Some tips to make sure they stay safe while you clean:

  • Don’t let them ingest essential oils. Even if it’s well-diluted, it could still be harmful.
  • Don’t use your essential oils undiluted. Even if it can be used topically on human skin, it may be too potent for your pet.
  • Don’t diffuse essential oils for too long in closed spaces.

The next time Sparky comes home smelling like the dog he is, you’ll be armed with an arsenal of natural, great-smelling tricks to keep your home fresh.

Thursday Plantation Canada has the essential oils you need to keep your home fresh and free of smelly dogs.

Get yours today by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Anyone who’s caught a winter cold or cough knows the agony: weeks of hacking and sneezing and generally feeling not right. Fatigue, stuffiness, just… blah.

It can get to the point where when you do find something that offers relief, it can feel, well, orgasmic. Enter eucalyptus essential oil.

Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural germicide. Its woodsy scent was made for clearing clogged sinuses and relieving nasty coughs. And as a bonus, it’s a natural cold remedy — no pharmaceuticals or potentially chemical compounds needed. Eucalyputus oil shouldn’t be taken orally, but there are plenty of other ways to reap the benefits.

  1. Breathe It In

To relieve a stuffed nose, use several drops of eucalyptus oil in a diffuser, put some in a bowl of hot water, a hot bath, or even in a vaporizer.

  1. Prevent Airborne Infection

One of the worst parts of catching a cold or cough is how quickly it can spread to friends and family. While you might feel better in a week, it can take much longer for the viral infection to work its way through the rest of your family, and that can mean days the kids have to stay home from school, missed work, and generally a lot of hassle that spreads far beyond your initial sickness. Eucalyptus essential oil can help stop the spread. Try putting three drops of eucalyptus oil and three drops of tea tree oil in a diffuser and letting it permeate your whole house.

  1. Calm a Cough

You can use eucalyptus oil topically, which can bring serious relief to a stubborn chest cough. A chest rub can feel wonderful. You can also put eucalyptus oil on a cloth and inhale the scent close to your nose.

  1. Relieve an Aching Body.

You know the drill — what starts as a stuffy nose and chest cough can make your whole body hurt, especially if you can’t sleep. The aches and pains on your joints can make the whole thing that much worse. Luckily, eucalyptus oil is to the rescue! Try putting some in the bath and relaxing. Or add some to a carrier oil for a body massage blend.

The next time a cough or cold hits, you don’t have to resort to harsh pharmaceuticals. Try relieving it the natural way with eucalyptus essential oil.

Thursday Plantation Canada has high-quality 100% pure eucalyptus essential oil.

Get yours today by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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The UFC of the aromatherapy world — scented candles or pure essential oils in a diffuser? Who would win in a fight?

We’ve got pure essential oils on one side of the ring and scented candles on the other. They’re warmed up, hydrated, and ready to go at it. Let’s put them to the test.

Round One: Scent

Comparing the smells of pure essential oils and scented candles is a little like comparing apples and oranges — it all depends on preference. You might love one scent and hate another. It’s all about discovering what aroma works for you. If you live in a small space or want the scent contained to one room, scented candles could be a good choice as they tend to have less of a smell range.

But if you want more bang for your buck, a pure essential oil diffuser has more of a capacity to scent your whole house — or at least a larger portion of it. Scented candles can also be more expensive. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, whereas a diffuser lasts much longer and you only have to replace the oil inside. You can also switch up your scents more easily with a diffuser. Try lavender essential oil one night and peppermint the next.

Round Two: Ambience

Scented candles can be good for ambience. Firelight flicking on the kitchen table, a few wicks around the bathtub, some extra romance for the nightstand. But with that ambience comes real risk — fire. It’s important to keep a close eye on your candles when you’re lighting up. A little bit of negligence or an accidental swipe from a child or pet could lead to disaster. Pure essential oil diffusers are the safer way to go and they smell just as great. Plus, more and more essential oil diffusers are being made with lights inside. You can get different bulbs and change the colour depending on the oil you have inside.

Round Three: Relaxation

The final round of the debate. Presumably, the reason you’re looking for aromatherapy is to relax. Whether it’s by the bathtub, with a cup of tea by the window, or curled up in bed with a good book, having a sweet smell at your side can make it all the better.

Here’s the trouble with scented candles — they can aggravate existing health problems. Smoke in closed or small rooms can be inhaled (or set off the smoke detector — that beeping noise is the opposite of relaxing). Essential oils are much kinder to the nose and, depending which oil you use, can actually help clear your sinuses! (If you’re in need of a nasal detox, check out our eucalyptus essential oil.)

Other health benefits of scented candles are also questionable. If you do decide to go with a scented candle, make sure you’re checking the wax source. A lot of the so-called scents from candles are anything but natural. They can be made up of synthetic chemicals that may smell good, but aren’t necessarily environmentally friendly or healthy to be breathing in. Many scented candles have wicks that are made with lead-core and even a few hours of burning can create high levels of airborne heavy metals.

By choosing a pure essential oil diffuser and selecting a brand that is organic and natural (like Thursday Plantation Canada!) you’re guaranteeing and great smell and great health.

Thursday Plantation Canada is your source for high-quality essential oils.

Visit us at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca for more.

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Keeping your house clean can feel like a never-ending battle. You go through cleaning products like water, the bills add up, and what’s worse, you know you’re spraying harmful chemicals around your house but aren’t sure of the natural cleaning alternative.

Take a breath. You’ve got this — have you tried cleaning with essential oils?

Cleaning with essential oils is perhaps one of their greatest uses — and there are a lot of great uses for essential oils!

Cleaning with essential oils is:

  • Budget friendly
  • Effective & non-toxic
  • Makes your home smell great

New studies are coming out every day warning about the dangers of chemicals in cleaning products. Maybe you’re a pet owner whose dog broke out in an allergic reaction due to a spray used in your kitchen. Or maybe you have a toddler who likes to crawl around on the carpet. Even if it’s just you in the house, you want to make sure you’re leading the healthiest life possible — and coming home to a fresh-smelling oasis. That’s where essential oils come in.

Here are just some of the ways you can use essential oils the next time you clean your house:

  1. Tea tree oil

Tea tree essential oil fights germs, bacteria, and viruses. It’s an antifungal and can help fight mildew in the shower. Use it to make homemade wipes, hand soap, or a daily shower spray.

  1. Lavender oil

Lavender essential oil is naturally antibacterial and one of the best smelling oils. It pairs well with vinegar. Good for use in homemade dish soap and linen spray to elevate washing dishes and laundry day.

  1. Eucalyptus oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is natural germicide and one of the most popular cleaning products in Australia. It’s a powerful dust mite buster. Mix some eucalyptus oil with baking soda to deep clean your mattress or put use in a dry wash for stuffed animals. You can even add a few drops to your next wash cycle. Soaking soiled clothes in 1 tsp of eucalyptus oil before washing can get rid of the toughest of dirt. It’s also great for stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom. Try putting a few drops in the toilet. It can also be used for removing pencil marks from the wall and table and removing sticky labels.

  1. Peppermint oil

Peppermint essential oil is antibacterial. Its cool, invigorating smell makes it a great addition to spray cleaners and natural deodorant spray. Mix it with water to deter ants.

Adding essential oils to your cleaning routine can save you money — you won’t have to rely on chemical products — and can be better for you. If you’re skeptical, try just one thing on our list. We predict you’ll be so hooked, you’ll soon be an essential oils convert.

Thursday Plantation Canada can help fill your essential oil needs for cleaning.

Visit us at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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Ah, the holidays. The most joyous time of the year. Family is coming to stay. Friends are visiting and bringing wine and spirits. Carollers are dropping by. The kids are home from school. The pets are cooped up inside while a blanket of snow covers the landscape outside. Ideal, right?

Except… the family won’t leave. Your mother’s nagging you about why you still haven’t hung up that portrait of Michael Bublé she got you last year. You may have had just a glass too much of that wine your friend brought. The carollers could use a tuning fork. The kids are arguing over whose turn it is to use the video game system. The dog prefers to stay inside barking at the snow instead of going out in it… In short, you’ve got one major headache.

Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. You can regain your calm without having to resort to extreme measures. There’s effective natural headache relief accessible to you. So, walk away from the pain relief aisle of the drug store. You don’t need to pop pills, hit the egg nog, or dip in for another handful of chocolates. All you need is a little essential oil.

Unlike pain relievers, essential oils are all natural and can provide natural headache relief, aid circulation, and destress. They can also boost your immune system.

Here are our tried-and-true methods for using essential oils for headaches:

  1. Rub some pure lavender oil on your forehead. After a stressful day of work, it can give you almost instant relief. Lavender oil can also aid sleep, meaning you’ll get more rest and be happier in the morning.
  2. Apply peppermint essential oil topically across the forehead. This can alleviate a tension headache.
  3. Massage lavender or peppermint oil into the temples to relieve migraine headaches and ease feelings of nausea and anxiety.
  4. Use eucalyptus or peppermint oil topically on the temples, forehead, and wrists to alleviate stress and reduce tension. You can also add oil to your bath water for a great destresser.
  5. Using eucalyptus oil topically on the chest, the top of the nose, and the temples can open up the nasal passages and relieve sinus tension.
  6. Place diffusers strategically around your house with your favourite essential oils. It will keep both you and your guests calm. If you don’t have a diffuser, or want to be more discreet, you can incorporate essential oils into your holiday decorating. Place a few drops on a basket of pinecones. Put a few drops of oil in a glass decorated with snowflakes.

Peppermint essential oil in particular smells like the holidays, so your guests might think it’s all part of the holiday spirit — making you look like a great host, and keeping you de-stressed.

Don’t let the holidays stress you out. Remember, they only come once a year and when they’re over you’ll miss all the time you got to spend with your family and loved ones. Thursday Plantation Canada can help you maintain your peace with natural headache relief.

Get your favourite essential oils at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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The holiday season is the time to give gifts. But selecting that perfect present can be stress-inducing. You want to show you care without breaking the bank and you want to pick something that will add value to the person you’re gifting.

We have the perfect solution — the no hassle, affordable, unique gift idea they’ll actually use: essential oil kits.

Whether the person you’re gifting is an experienced essential oils user or a newbie, essential oil kits would be great either way. For the expert, if they’re already into oils, they’ll appreciate having new stock. After all, once you start getting into essential oils, you begin discovering all the incredible uses for them — freshening up your home, destressing, decongesting… the list goes on. Your family member or friend who uses essential oils is likely running low on something and would be grateful to have more delivered.

If the person you’re gifting is new to essential oils, then congratulations! You get to introduce them to something that could be life-changing. Here’s the thing: we know essential oils are wonderful and have many varied uses. But it’s so much more than their versatility.

One of the main reasons we are so passionate about essential oils here at Thursday Plantation Canada is because of the life they allow us to lead — a natural, healthy life, as free as possible from harsh chemicals. So not only could your friend or loved one find a new interest with essential oils kits, but they could also save money (due to not having to buy as many over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, being able to use essential oils in place of chemical air fresheners, etc.) and they’ll be creating a healthier environment to boot. It’s basically a win-win-win and you’ll come away looking like the best gift-giver ever!

More than that, if you’re an essential oils user, giving a friend or co-worker the gift of a kit could open up even more shared interests between the two of you. You’ll be able to talk about your favourite scents, different uses you’ve discovered, and how you’re replacing items you once bought at the store. You’ll be creating a deeper relationship and be embracing a healthier lifestyle all at the same time.

Our Thursday Plantation Canada essential oil kits make the perfect gift.

Find out where we’re sold or order online at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.

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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.

  1. Retailers

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.

  1. Online

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

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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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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