Is winter taking a toll on your body and spirit? Have no fear - essential oils are here! When this thoughtful care package arrived from Thursday Plantation*, I knew I would put these oils to good use. After educating myself on the power of mother nature years ago, I've been a fan of essentials oils in my skin care, but it isn't until recently that I've come to appreciate their many other uses.
I'll be breaking down the many ways you can incorporate essential oils into your day in the colder months, featuring these three gems from Thursday Plantation: Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil.
Eucalyptus leaves aren't just good for koalas (aka their main food source)! In its extracted oil form, one of its most well-known uses is to relieve cold and flu symptoms:
- Place a few drops into water and soak your dry, tired feet for instant relief
- Add a few drops to your bath for a soothing effect
- Mix a few drops with water and spritz on your pillow before bed or in the air for easier breathing and a better sleep
- Make your own vapour rub by adding a few drops to coconut oil to treat bronchitis, dry cough and asthma
- Sprinkle a couple of drops into a towel and inhale to clear a stuffy nose
- Boost your immune system by adding a few drops to a diffuser and inhaling deeply
- Make your own hand sanitizer spray by adding a few drops to distilled water to kill germs
Tea Tree Oil:
You may have heard of tea tree oil, especially if you deal with breakouts like me since it is commonly used in acne treatments. But did you know that this oil can be used in more than just your skincare?
- Add a drop to a glass of water, gargle and spit out to relieve a sore throat
- Add a couple of drops to your bath with some epsom salt to soothe aches and pains related to the cold and flu
- Massage a few drops into your scalp to help get rid of dry scalp and dandruff
- Add a drop to a bowl of hot water and place a towel over your head and breathe the steam in to relieve sinus infections
- Have a cold sore? Massage the oil directly on it 3-4 times throughout the day to treat it
- To heal dry cough, add a few drops to a bowl of water and leave it at your bedside overnight to help you breathe more easily
- Massage a few drops onto your forehead to get rid of a headache or migraine
Ever since I visited a lavender farm a few summers ago, I have been obsessed with using lavender facial spray as a refresher. Known for its calming properties, lavender oil can be used in many different ways:
- Add a few drops to your night cream for a good night's sleep
- Have a fever? Add a drop or two to lukewarm water and use it to wash your body to bring it down
- Add a couple of drops to your bath for complete relaxation
- Mix it with a carrier oil and use it instead of a conventional lip balm to soothe dry, chapped lips
- Rub a drop behind your ears or on your navel to treat nausea
- Massage a drop or two on your temples to alleviate stress and anxiety
- Dry eyes? Apply a drop near the bridge of your nose to stimulate tear production
You can purchase Thursday Plantation products online through Abundance Naturally and Well.ca, at major retailers in Canada such as Walmart, Rexall and Whole Foods Market as well as at select health food stores.
Have you tried any of these DIYs before? Let me know what you plan on trying in the comments!
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