It's that time of year. Everyone is sniffling and sneezing, flu bugs are crawling around on every surface, and the dreaded dark days aren't coming to an end just yet.
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Thursday Plantation is a brand respected and relied on by many. When browsing around for natural wellness products like essential oils, I always find that it's hard to tell which brands are "the best".
You must make sure that when adding essential oils to your arsenal, they're marked 100% pure. Artificial oils will ruin diffusers and might be dangerous to inhale. My advice would be to avoid Amazon or eBay and look to brands like Thursday Plantation, which can be tracked down at your good 'ol local drugstore.
In addition to the ideas above, I like to use my essential oils around the house in the following ways:
- Add a few drops of oil into the centre of a toilet paper roll for a light fragrance in the bathroom
- Use a finished cardboard toilet roll under your counter or in a garbage can to act as a temporary deodorizer - continue to add drops of essential oils when the scent runs through
- Add 10-30 drops into a spray bottle of distilled water - shake it up and use as a room spray
- No diffuser? No problem. Simply keep a bowl of hot water in your bedroom overnight, with 10 drops of essential oil inside to purify the air and help you sleep
- Add a few drops to a piece of cloth and hang it in your linen cupboard to keep sheets and towels smelling fresh - I love the mix of eucalyptus and citrus, like grapefruit or sweet orange
|My Himalayan salt lamp has a little diffuser cup at the top | Saje Wellness essential oil diffusers|
I've noticed that there's a fine line between using not enough oil and too much when diffusing. With spearmint or sweet orange oil, for example, the scent can get overly sweet very quickly. Start off with a few drops, and continue to add one or two more if needed.
I'm also partial to using my oils in my beauty routine. Here's how:
- Mix 10 drops of eucalyptus oil with a cup of epsom salts in a warm bath - this creates the most spa-like aroma, and you can follow up with a cool shower to relax your muscles
- Directly apply a mix of carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed) mixed with a drop of tea tree oil on acne or cold sores to take advantage of its antibacterial and antiviral properties - just don't ingest it
- Sinus steaming: add a few drops into a bowl or sink of hot water, then lean over with a towel covering your head and the bowl - this works as a natural alternative to Vicks
- Mix lavender oil or tea tree oil in with your moisturizer (featured here) tea tree especially can feel great on tired feet or fatigued muscles as it provides a cooling sensation on the skin
- Massage a drop or two into temples - this aromatherapy massage can be done with a carrier oil mentioned above, and you can follow these steps
Ranging from $10 - $20 per bottle, Thursday Plantation essential oils won't break the bank. One 25 or 50 mL bottle will last at least a year for me. Make sure to leave these oils in their amber bottles to avoid oxidation.
Thursday Plantation is sold at Walmart, Rexall, Whole Foods, Goodness Me, The Big Carrot, Well.ca, Nature's Emporium, Loblaws and independent health food stores.
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