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.
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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.
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Back to school can be stressful: having to wake up early for class, homework, plus all the other stressors that come with the end of summer holidays. If you deal with acne on a regular basis, you can add that to the list. However, we’ve got some tips for back to school-ready skin to help make things a little easier – including using tea tree oil for acne.
Tea tree oil for acne is a great natural alternative to those harsh, chemical-filled cleansers many rely on for clear skin. It works as well as these cleansers – but you don’t have to worry about any nasty side-effects! Here are a few tips on how to use it:
- Spot treatment – dab some tea tree oil on a cotton swab or cotton ball and apply it to your face wherever you have problem areas. Don’t rinse.
- Toner – mix four drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water, put some on a cotton pad and go over your face and neck after cleansing. Store it in a glass jar and shake well before each use.
- Moisturizer – in a small, airtight container, combine 10 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and ½ teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply at night to clean skin and rinse it off in the morning. Store it in a cool, dark place.
- Face mask – once a week, mix four drops of tea tree oil with an egg white. Whisk it together and apply it to a clean face. Leave it on for about 15 minutes, then rinse well. Save it for the weekend and relax and de-stress while you’re waiting for it to dry.
Here are some other tips to help in your quest for clear skin:
- Get enough sleep. The odd all-nighter may be unavoidable, but don’t try and overdo it – this will show on your skin!
- Drink lots of water.
- Wear your sunscreen!
- Keep your face moisturized. If the natural oils in your skin are stripped (often the result of harsh astringents or cleansers), it will work to produce more oil, thus leading to pimples.
- Make sure you’re washing the day’s makeup from your skin every night before bed (or even better, whenever you get home).
- Change your pillowcase often.
Show your best face to the world. Use these back to school-ready skincare tips for beautiful skin, no matter the stress in your life!
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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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Kids are accident prone – all parents know this. With the summer in full swing, and kids out playing in the part, riding their bikes, or having fun at their favourite sport, it is more than likely they’ll come home with cuts and scrapes at least once over the course of the season.
If you’re looking for a first aid alternative to heal cuts and scrapes naturally, turn to tea tree oil. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory healing powers make it the first aid wonder of the essential oil world!
Here’s how to use it:
Want to stock up on tea tree oil to help heal cuts and scrapes naturally – or to find out more about the many amazing uses of this versatile essential oil? Thursday Plantation has you covered.
Find out more at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.
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.
Visit www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.
Tea tree oil is well-known as a powerful natural acne fighter, and this week we thought we’d change it up a bit with a few different DIY methods for using this amazing essential oil to say bye-bye to blemishes!
Tea tree oil works for acne because it contains terpinen-4, an antimicrobial agent which destroys the bacteria that causes acne. Its powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties don’t hurt either. Together these make it the perfect alternative to those other chemical-filled options. Additionally, instead of stripping those oils from your skin as the chemical treatments do, tea tree oil helps to balance skin’s natural oil production. It penetrates deep into the skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores, and dry out blemishes.
Tea Tree Oil Acne Treatments
- One of the best ways to add tea tree oil to your acne-fighting routine is by adding it to your regular cleanser and moisturizer. Simply add 2-6 drops to your favourite products and use as you normally would.
- For a natural spot treatment, place a few drops of tea tree oil onto a damp cotton ball (to dilute the tea tree oil), then gently dab onto pimples or spots. This will help to reduce redness and swelling and clear up the blemishes.
- Another great way to open up those pores and loosen the bacteria, allowing your cleaner to strip it away, is with a tea tree oil stream. Start by boiling a pot of water and pouring the water into a large bowl. Add 5 drops of tea tree oil into the bowl and blend. Drape a towel over your head and lean into the steam for 5 minutes. Repeat on a weekly basis.
- For a great soothing recipe, mix a few drops of tea tree oil and two teaspoons aloe vera gel and apply to the affected areas of your face before bed. In the morning, rinse with water and pat dry.
- For breakouts, mix equal portions of grape seed and jojoba oils and then add a few drops of tea tree oil in a small bowl. Spread the oil mask all over your face, leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse.
When it comes to natural acne fighters, tea tree oil packs a powerful punch, and these simple DIY acne treatment recipes are really effective.
Want to ditch those harsh chemicals and start taking advantage of the benefits of tea tree oil for acne? Thursday Plantation Canada has you covered.
Find out more by visiting www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.
In Australia, tea tree oil is often celebrated as the natural cure-all for a variety of ailments. In Canada, we may not be quite there yet, but the popularity of tea tree oil, especially as a natural antiseptic, is growing rapidly, and for good reason. More and more families are recognizing the advantages of clearing out the family medicine cabinet and relying on tea tree oil for a vast array of first aid uses.
First of all, why are we talking tea tree oil as part of the first aid kit? An essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia, tea tree oil has been widely used throughout Australia for centuries because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal and, of course, antiseptic properties. Thanks to these properties, tea tree oil is the perfect all-natural medicine.
What can tea tree oil be used for? Here is a short (yes, this is short) list of the uses of this versatile essential oil:
- Abrasions and minor cuts and scrapes
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Dry cuticles
- Fungal infections (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Ingrown hairs
- Insect bites
- Muscle aches and pains
As you can see, the list of healing uses for tea tree oil is impressive. We were not exaggerating when we said it is celebrated as nature’s cure-all!
If you’re looking for ways to use tea tree oil for some of its healing powers, check out how others use it at http://thursdayplantationcanada.ca/100uses/.
If you’re looking to ditch your chemical-based antiseptics, why not grab some tea tree oil? It covers so many different things that you’ll be shocked how often you come to rely on it! You may even find yourself branching out to other household uses, such as all-natural cleaning! It really is good for so many things.
At Thursday Plantation, our tea tree essential oil is of the highest-quality, meaning you get the most benefits of this multipurpose natural resource.
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Acne: the all too common facial frustration. Most of us have dealt with it at some point in our lives, and unfortunately, for many of us, what we hoped would go away after high school still hasn’t received the message to clear out. Whether you suffer from the occasional breakout, or are constantly looking for something new in the hopes that those blemishes will finally take a hike, the end goal remains the same – no more acne. This week we’re covering moisturizing acne-prone skin to aid the process.
Most individuals who suffer from acne-prone skin have oily skin, however a small percentage suffer from dry skin. Whatever your situation, one thing remains the same – your skin wants moisture. Far too often, those with oily skin assume that adding moisture, especially in the form of a face cream, will further clog pores or increase the oil on the face. As a result, some skip the moisture step altogether. Today we tell you that is the worst thing you can do!
When your face is dry, this leads to the overproduction of oil. More oil = more acne. So, you need to be hydrating your face without clogging your pores. Moisturizing acne-prone skin not only helps to halt that overproduction of oil, it also helps to loosen sebum built up in your pores – that’s what causes acne. This is especially true when you’re using the right moisturizer.
We’ve all heard about the benefits of tea tree oil for acne, so it only makes sense to include a facial moisturizer containing tea tree oil to your routine. Once you’ve cleansed your face with a tea tree oil wash, follow it up with a face cream specially formulated for acne-prone skin.
What to look for: you want to make sure that the moisturizer you choose is lightweight so as not to clog the pores or make the face look greasy. Look for other ingredients such as vitamin E and rosehip oil, along with tea tree oil, to get the perfect balance of essential oils to nourish and clear out the bacteria. This will help restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier in a way that helps soothe the skin while maintaining control over your acne.
At Thursday Plantation we’ve got an entire line of tea tree oil products developed specifically for acne-prone skin. Cleansers, toners, spot treatments, and of course a wonderful tea tree face cream that moisturizes without clogging your pores. When it comes to moisturizing acne-prone skin, Thursday Plantation has you covered.
Find out more at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca today.
We’ve often talked about tea tree oil as the amazing first aid wonder in a bottle. Its antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties make it perfect for treating all kinds of ailments. If you’re looking for a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ as far as first aid, look no further – tea tree oil is it.
Tea tree oil can be used at full strength, applied directly to the skin with a cotton swab, or added to a carrier oil or lotion and then applied to the affected areas.
Here are just some of the uses:
- Athlete’s foot
- Insect bites
At bath time, tea tree oil can even help heal cuts and scrapes. Find out how with this quick video:
At Thursday Plantation, we know how easy it is to fill the medicine cabinet with tons of chemical-filled first aid treatments. We also know how much better it is to toss those in favour of tea tree oil.
Stock up today at www.thursdayplantationcanada.ca.