For most of us, chores are a necessary evil. Not only do we not want to see the mess of a dirty house, we also want to make sure our homes are clean for our health and the health of our families. Many of us turn to the “germ fighting power” of those off-the-shelf cleaners, the ones that fight germs with chemicals.
However, when you consider that your kids play on the floors and your pets sleep on the floors, is using something that is full of chemicals really the best idea? Maybe not.
Not only are many of these chemicals harmful for us, they’re also bad for the environment! We’re potentially harming Mother Nature as well as ourselves.
So, what’s the alternative? We’re not just going to stop washing the floors altogether – that’s not really a realistic option, we know. The answer is simple: essential oils.
Various essential oils are very effective when it comes to cleaning. Here we are thinking specifically of eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil. Both have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and disinfectant properties which make them powerful germ fighters. Together, these are as effective – if not more effective – than all those chemicals you’re already using. And, they are safe for the environment.
If you’re looking for a way to ditch the chemicals and go all-natural with your floor cleaning routine, here’s our recipe for an all-natural, heavy duty floor cleaner that works well on all types of flooring – tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, even ceramic.
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 1 tablespoon castile soap
- 8 drops each of eucalyptus and tea tree oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
Mix ingredients well into a large bucket of warm water. Mop as usual. Once you’re finished, go over it again with warm, clean water to remove any residue.
As far as natural germ fighting power, eucalyptus and tea tree oil are your best bet. For floors that shine, count on them!
At Thursday Plantation, we offer the highest quality essential oils, including eucalyptus and tea tree oil. Use them for all your house cleaning needs!
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The spring season isn’t typically associated with cough and cold symptoms, even though many of us experience congestion and stuffiness as the weather warms up. Whether this is as a result of springtime allergies or just a regular cold, the laboured breathing, especially at night, can make it harder to sleep or even just make it through the day with all cylinders firing. Of course, you can turn to those non-natural remedies for relief, or you can try eucalyptus oil for cough and cold relief.
Most of us probably remember using (or still do use) that typical chest rub to help open up airways – the one with the familiar soothing scent and cooling feeling when lathered on. However, the non-natural ingredients in such products may not be the best thing for you, so why not go the all-natural route instead? You can get the same results using ingredients that are not chemical-based, ingredients such as coconut oil and eucalyptus oil for cough and cold relief.
Here’s our DIY vapour rub recipe. This is a great, all-natural alternative to the store-bought version, and it is super easy to make. It’s made with essential oils and beeswax and coconut oil as a carrier. Together these all-natural ingredients have the same impact, without all the side-effects. Chemicals need not apply.
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
Start by melting your beeswax in a double-boiler, stirring constantly. Once it is completely melted, let it cool for a few minutes, then add your coconut oil and your essential oils. Stir until all the ingredients are blended well together. Store the blended mixture in an air-tight container and let it infuse for 24 hours before use. This can be stored and used for a year!
If you’re making this for small children, consider using about half the concentration of essential oils to further dilute it for those with more sensitive skin.
That familiar scent we all associate with the store-bought brands comes from eucalyptus oil for cough and colds, but with many other chemical additives, so why not get the same relief using all-natural ingredients?
Using Thursday Plantation eucalyptus essential oil, you can get natural relief from that bothersome springtime cough and cold with DIY vapour rub. Breathe deeply for maximum results.
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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.
Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
We are still in the winter season, and although the warmer spring weather is just around the corner, that doesn’t mean the those pesky cold and flu germs are taking a break. With many of us finally braving the cold and heading out again, the chances of coming into contact with those germs is even greater, and thus many of us are still fighting off those cold symptoms in a major way. Eucalyptus oil is a great addition to your medicine cabinet, and if you’re sitting not-so-pretty with a cough or cold, it is the answer for natural relief.
Eucalyptus oil, obtained from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, is native to Australia and has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating properties make it the perfect contestant to battle cold and flu symptoms.
Treating cold symptoms naturally with eucalyptus oil is easy – and there are several different ways to get relief:
#1. If your nose is blocked and you’re forced to breathe through your mouth (not a pretty sight, we know, nor a comfortable one), add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a pot of boiling water. Put a towel over your head and carefully place your face over the pot and inhale the vapours. It is essential that you inhale the vapours through your nose and exhale through your mouth as this will help reduce the inflammation of your mucosal linings, expelling the built up phlegm.
#2. If blocked sinuses are making it difficult to sleep, you have a few options. One thing you can do it put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth and place it in your pillowcase. You can also use a diffuser to infuse the air with the scent of the oil. Both will help unblock a stuffy nose and clear clogged airways, helping you get that necessary good night sleep.
#3. Don’t have a diffuser or even a clean cloth handy (we know, laundry just isn’t on the to-do list when you’re sick)? Luckily eucalyptus oil can even be applied directly to the skin and inhaled. By applying it to your chest, neck, temples and back when you have a cold, the strong aroma of the oil acts as a vapor that relieves congestion.
#4. If your muscles are screaming at you for some relief – yet another symptom of a cold or the flu – try rubbing the oil on aching muscles neat or by combining in a carrier oil. Even just adding several drops in a warm bath or on the floor of the tub before a hot shower can help relieve sore muscles in addition to opening up airways, providing almost instant relief from blocked sinuses.
When you’re suffering from cold symptoms, reach for a bottle of eucalyptus oil – it covers all the bases. Breathe deep. Relax.
Find all natural eucalyptus essential oil today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca and starting treating cold symptoms naturally.
We’ve all heard it before: eucalyptus oil is awesome for the winter – but have you ever actually taken a moment and looked at how or why? If not, we’ve got you covered this week with a blog full of eucalyptus oil uses for the winter.
First off, why is eucalyptus oil so amazing when the weather turns cold and so many of us inevitably turn sniffly and congested? Eucalyptus oil comes from the eucalyptus tree, a fast-growing evergreen tree native to Australia. There are more than 700 different species of eucalyptus in the world, of which at least 500 produce some type of essential oil. The oil is distilled from the dried leaves of the tree, resulting in a colourless liquid with a strong woodsy, fresh, sweet smell. It is well know as a decongestant and for relieving pain and inflammation of the respiratory tract mucous membranes, coughs, asthma, bronchitis, sinus pain and inflammation, and respiratory infections. It is also used as an antiseptic, insect repellent, and treatment option for wounds, burns, and ulcer.
So, what are all of those great eucalyptus oil uses for the winter that we keep talking about? Here are just a few:
- In a diffuser: add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a diffuser and place it in your bedroom. Since we often get stuffed up while sleeping, this can help reduce congestion resulting in a great sleep.
- Quick nasal fix: add a drop or two to a cotton ball and sniff it when your nose is feeling extra stuffy.
- For a soothing bath before bed: blend 7 drops of eucalyptus oil to ¼ cup of Epsom salts. Use this in the bath for a quick soak for sore muscles.
- Steam inhalation: boil some water in the kettle and pour into a bowl or in a pot over the stove, add several drops of eucalyptus and place your head over the bowl/pot with a towel covering it. Breathe deeply.
- As a soothing chest rub: at bedtime, or really whenever you need a relief from the mucus buildup, apply eucalyptus oil to your chest, neck, temples and back. If this is too strong, mix with a carrier oil before application. The strong scent of the oil acts as a vapour that, when inhaled, relieves chest congestion.
- In a mist to soothe sinuses: mix 6 drops of eucalyptus oil and 6 drops of lavender into ½ ounce of water in a small spray bottle for an easy breathing mist.
This winter, when that annual cold hits, be ready. Rely on eucalyptus oil to relieve stubborn sinus and chest congestion naturally.
Want more eucalyptus oil uses to get you through the winter, or all year round?
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Frustrated by the sticky residue left from labels or stickers – that annoying residue that doesn’t seem to come off no matter what you do? Don’t fret – eucalyptus oil to the rescue – the sticky residue rescue.
Here’s how to use eucalyptus oil to remove sticky residue:
Want to stock up on eucalyptus oil to make removing sticky residue easy – or for any of the amazing uses of this amazingly versatile essential oil? Thursday Plantation has you covered.
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Eucalyptus oil is well known for its many medicinal/health uses. Its aromatic scent makes it ideal for clearing airways and helping soothe congestion. That’s great, but those things are not all it is good for. Ever thought about using it as part of your daily beauty routine? If you haven’t, today we are talking eucalyptus oil for hair care – so you may just start!
– Eucalyptus oil for hair growth through follicle stimulation. Eucalyptus oil can help encourage healthy hair growth by massaging the oil into the scalp and root ends. Since this stimulation works by getting blood flowing around the follicles, eucalyptus oil aids in this because it is known to promote proper blood vessel constriction. As blood circulates throughout the area, hair follicle growth is stimulated, and the individual shafts of hair become stronger and more elastic as nutrients flow to their roots. Once it has had time to penetrate the scalp, rinse thoroughly.
– Eucalyptus oil is also great for improving shine, thickness and overall hair health. Thanks to its antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-viral, and anti-septic properties, eucalyptus oil works to boost hair’s natural health. The best way to get the most effective results is through a really complicated process: first, apply to your hair, massaging from the scalp all through the hair, then rinse out. Ok, not so complicated – it’s actually quite simply really. No pain, big gain.
– For scalp care, eucalyptus oil is also effective in relieving symptoms associated with mild psoriasis and dry scalp. When the scalp becomes red, dry, itchy and begins to flake, often because of overly dry skin or a sudden overproduction in hair oils, it may seem counterproductive to add more oil to a scalp in this condition, but it often proves beneficial. Blood flow can help eliminate the build up of bacteria in hair follicles internally, and naturally moisturizes and soothes irritated skin, too. And since it is a natural antiseptic and antifungal agent, it works to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth in the upper layers of the scalp and hair follicles.
One more thing before we go: no matter how you use eucalyptus oil for hair health, don’t leave it on too long. We know that it can be tempting to assume that the longer it stays on, the better it will work – but this isn’t the case. After all, it is still an oil, and if left on too long can actually reduce shine, lead to build-up, and cause a greasy, dull appearance.
Don’t just use eucalyptus oil to clear a cough – use it to help your hair stay healthy and beautiful, naturally.
Want to grab some eucalyptus oil for hair care today? Please visit Thursday Plantation at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Eucalyptus oil uses #76 – add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the mop bucket for floors that shine, without chemicals. Find out more at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
Breathe it in – that fresh, woodsy scent that clears the airways and revitalizes the mind and body. We are into eucalyptus essential oil week 3 – last week we promised to give you some eucalyptus essential oil uses, and we are living up to that promise. Check out our handy infographic to find out some of the best ways to take advantage of this versatile little oil.
From cold and flu season to household chores, eucalyptus essential oil uses are pretty wide-ranging.
Want to start taking advantage and clear the air (and your head)?
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We are into week 2 of our eucalyptus oil blog series – last week we broke things down and got back to the basics, and this week we will dive a little deeper and talk about why this essential oil is so fantastic. Ready to learn about eucalyptus oil benefits? We’ve got you covered.
First, check out this great video from ActiveBeat. It covers some of the same background we covered last week, as well as some of the science behind the oil – we’ll let them cover that stuff!
So what are the benefits of eucalyptus oil? Here are just a few:
- The antibacterial properties in eucalyptus oil make it ideal for treating wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings.In addition to soothing the affected area, it also protects an open wound or irritated area from developing infections from microbial activity and exposure to the air.
- Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, even asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- Eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature, which makes it great for treating muscle pain. Massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relieve stress and pain.
As you’ve seen and heard, there are a number of important natural health benefits of eucalyptus oil. Want to know just how to use it? Stay tuned – next week we’ll cover some of these as well as a bunch of other great uses.
Want to start taking advantage of eucalyptus oil benefits now?
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