Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that have been around for centuries. Frankincense was even used to anoint Jesus upon birth. A hydrophobic, concentrated liquid of plants and flowers can be used to heal, clean and do just about anything else for the body, mind and soul that you can imagine. Here’s how you can introduce these “magical” healing oils into your home.
Aches & Pains The analgesic compounds in essential oils are their secret to easing a variety of common pains and ailments. Our winner for headache relief is lavender by a landslide. If you suffer from arthritis, then frankincense can help limit the production of inflammatory molecules. If your back is causing you pain try several drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to cool inflamed joints. We always recommend using a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil to help dilute the essential oil and strongly advise that you never apply it directly to the skin!
Cleaning Did you know that some essential oils have the power to kill bacteria and mold? Oh yes! But remember, a little can go a long way, so don’t overdo it. Try lemon, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus oils combined with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar for an all purpose, DIY cleaner.
Personal Care Free yourself of the harmful chemical and phony fragrances found in most personal care products. Make them over with essentials oils! Lavender, which can be applied directly to the skin, makes a great perfume. Tea tree is great for acne-prone or oily skin and clary sage fights fine lines. Many natural personal care brands incorporate essential oils into their products, or you can experiment with your own mixes and blends!
Topically As mentioned above, you want to use a carrier oil when applying most essential oils topically to the skin. Tea tree and lavender are great for topical use, however, you’ll want to do a small, isolated skin test to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction before going all-in on a major application. Some great areas of the body to apply oils are your temples for stress, the bridge of your nose for a sinus infection and between the eyebrows when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Gardening Yup, that’s right, you can control garden pests with essential oils! Throw out your chemical-laden garden bug killer. Just combine 8 ounces of water with a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s soap and 6 drops of essentials oil (like peppermint) to repel unwelcome garden guests such as beetles and aphids. Apply every few days to keep the pesky guys at bay.
Remember that essential oils are derived from plants and can cause a reaction if you are allergic! Like we mentioned earlier, always test a small patch of skin before using all over. Also, like with any major change in your routine, consult a professional before making the long term switch!
How do you use essential oils in your daily life? Share below!
It’s the time of year again, and with the Spring Equinox comes a time of renewal. That also means that it’s time to clean house, literally. And we are all about products that are good for the environment while simultaneously standing strong against dirt and grime.
Here’s some multi-purpose green cleaning essentials to help you get started…
Dr. Bronners is not your average soap. How can you be average when, as its iconic label clearly states, it has “18 in one uses” and features plant-based surfactants with natural spruce and fir-needle oils. See? Not your run-of-the mill ingredients. Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner is equally effective with hard or soft water and is 100% cruelty-free.
Baking soda can be used in a ton of DIY cleaning recipes in virtually every room of the house. It can be used as a vital ingredient in toilet bowl scrub, all-purpose clean, even air freshener. It’s deodorizing properties make it perfect for tackling tough cleaning jobs.
Here’s some other type of products you should use to give your house a green clean from top to bottom. Check out our DIY recipes for making your own, but if that’s not your thing or your don’t have the time, we shared some other options too.
Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle.
This wood cleaner not only cleans wood but its nutty aroma will have you happy to be cleaning (sorta). It’s formulated to clean grease and make your wood surfaces shine. It’s non-toxic biodegradable, never tested on animals.
Combine all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Do not use on wood.
This is an all-around great cleaner. Seventh Generation is known for creating authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home. They select ingredients that have minimal scent and don’t assault your sense of smell like so many conventional, chemical-based products.
Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Home at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Winter calls for some extra time spent indoors and for many people is the best time of the year for getting cozy.
Cold winter and snow days are a great opportunity to make your home really cozy and extra comfortable. One of the best ways to do that is to light up some candles around the house. The days are shorter and the nights are longer and this combination sets up a perfect time and place for a few candles.
Candles are essential for peak winter living and they can not only light up and warm up your home but also bring a little of bit of good mood and aroma to your place.
If you don’t like scented candles, there are plenty of unscented ones that can light up the house and still bring up a nice, cozy feeling. On the other hand, if you love an extra touch, fill the air with cozy scents from your favorite candles. You have a ton of options from the traditional vanilla, lavender, mint, and cinnamon to more exotic ones such as coconut and spice pomegranate. Plus, candles made of natural essential oils may have real health benefits when they are lit in your home as aromatherapy candles are known to promote relaxation, clean up the air your breath, improve mood and much more. With so many options available, you can be sure to find your favorite or, perhaps, try a new one this winter.
Along with candles, you can get creative in creating a little ambiance in your home. Hot chocolate, music, books, and baking are just a few examples of how you can get more coziness in your home during the cold, winter months.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to present a top-quality brand of aromatherapy products to our customers: Notagmo.
Notagmo offers a unique line of Non-GMO Project Verified aromatherapy products designed and manufactured for a better state of mind. The company believes that nature should be kept pure and is fully committed to sustainability. Not only are all products made with sustainable plants, but all the internal operations are 100% paperless for reduced environmental impact. Plus, Notagmo is fully Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant.
Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and is a fascinating alternative medicine that involves the use of plant materials, known as essential oils, which can be aromatically inhaled by patients of a wide variety of health conditions. Aromas are powerful and some of aromatherapy health benefits include its ability to reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, induce sleep, minimize headaches, boost cognitive performance, strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, improve digestion, and increase circulation.
Notagmo products are made of 100% pure essential oils, one of the few Non-GMO Project Verified product lines for 100% pure essential oils. By using Non-GMO Project Verified essential oils you are using a product that was made the way nature intended. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO product supply chain, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. They believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.
Most of us know cinnamon best as the star ingredient for so many of our most beloved breakfasts and baked goods. From french toast to coffee cake to snickerdoodles, none of them would be possible without the familiar cinnamon stick.
But what about cinnamon oil? Yes, there is such a thing!
Cinnamon oil has been used around the globe to treat numerous medical issues — everything from diabetes to immune support. Cinnamon has antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties and is versatile enough to be ingested (yum!) or applied topically.
Diabetes – If you know someone with high blood sugar levels, then we definitely recommend cinnamon. Researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center found that cinnamon has a polyphenol compound called MHCP which synergizes with insulin to help those suffering with type 2 diabetes.
Bad Breath – Instead of masking bad breath with one of the many offshoots of the mint family tree, try using cinnamon. Why? Because cinnamon’s properties don’t just hide olor-causing bacteria lurking in your month, it kills it. Try making your own mouthwash using one cup of water and one teaspoon of cinnamon, baking soda and honey. Add the juice of two lemons and store in a mason jar. Way better than the scary “antiseptic”, mouth-burning blue stuff.
Digestion – Cinnamon can eliminate excess gas from the intestines and creates a more alkaline environment in your digestive organs making it a great natural remedy for an upset stomach or morning sickness.
Room Freshener – The aroma of cinnamon ignites nostalgic thoughts of home-baked goods, fall and warmth. Now is the time to fill your home with these scents. Try a lovely room diffuser or candle.
Mosquito Repellent – We all know bug spray is loaded with toxic chemicals. Deter those skeeters the natural way withcinnamon. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cinnamon is a great source of cinnamaldehyde, which contains an active compound that kills mosquitos dead.
If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy try blending several healing oils to create your very own scent and enhance their effectiveness. Some of our favorite blending oils with cinnamon are lavender, lemon, rosemary and geranium. Remember to always use a carrier oil when blending and do a test spot to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction.
Try to relax and reduce anxiety with some of these stress reducing tips!
Meditation – Research published din the JAMA Internal Medicine found meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. It’s easy and free. We suggest beginning with a morning meditation for ten minutes daily. To get started find a quiet space and sit comfortable. Start to focus on the breath and close your eyes. If your mind begins to wander, stop yourself and bring your focis back to your breathing.
Coloring – Once associate with an activity for children, coloring is now trending as a therapeutic creative way to combat stress. The e American Art Therapy Association views the process for creating art as an outlet to resolve emotional conflict, explore feelings and relieve anxiety. When we color we focus on the activity itself and not our problems.
Ecotherapy – this relative new form pf psychology also known as green therapy or nature therapy, believes idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature.
Supplements – There are a variety of supplements out there to relieve stress but the one we’re going to focus on is magnesium. In today modern diet, our body is depleted in various vitamins and minerals due to poor soil and polluted waters which causes our food to be void of these vital nutrients. One important mineral is magnesium because it plays an important role in many biochemical reactions. It’s basically natural chill pill that has been shown to enable muscle relaxation.
Essential Oils – The beautiful aroma of plants can be a natural solution for stress relief. Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to quiet the mind and promote overall well-being. Essential oils are created using an extraction method utilizing different parts of a plant including flowers, bark, leaves and roots. It’s always best to look for pure grade essential oils that don’t have chemical additives. Our favorites for calling your nerves are lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang and bergamot.
By gaining deeper understanding of essential oils and how to use them safely, you can understand how to bring more balance, happiness and vitality into your daily life. Learn how to make DIY essential oil holiday gifts to share with others this holiday season!
Lucky Vitamin is having a new kind of sale and this time the term “give it a try” fits perfectly. Our DIY Sale gives our customers an opportunity to choose interesting products to help you “do it yourself” whether you are brewing something or getting creative with aromatherapy oils.
DIY, do it yourself, is the simple method of building or creating things from raw materials without the aid of experts or professionals. In other words, you make it from scratch instead of buying an already made product. So, let’s have a look at what types of DIY products you can find at our DIY Sale at LuckyVitmain.com.
Brewing kits are one of the best ways to make your beverage exactly the way you like it. DIY kits, such as the ones for coffee and kombucha, also give you the opportunity to get creative. Add a little extra spicy to your coffee, with some vanilla or mint flavor, or change up the kombucha recipe to improve its consistency and taste.
Speaking of getting creative, essential oils are one of the most popular DIY products as you can make a ton of different products from these amazing oils. Perfume, body scrubs, air spray, all-purpose salve, lip balms, soaps, shampoo and much more can be done from essential oils and other natural ingredients.
As we talk about natural ingredients, have a look at some of these great “grown your own” vegetable products. Garden in a can help you grown your own basil. How about if you can purchase a Mushroom kit to grown your own mushrooms out of a box? Yes, that’s possible. It’s incredible!
DIY products gives you a chance to get creative, save money, and get something with no unwanted ingredients. Plus, DIY can turn into a great hobby too!
Lucky Vitamin is happy to present another premium brand of aromatherapy products: Aromatherapaes.
Aromatherapaes offers a top quality line of products including lotions, washes, scrubs, bath effervescents, and much more. Each product is designed and formulated with a unique blend of beneficial essential oils to promote many health benefits to you. The company combines the best natural ingredients with the time-tested principles of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapaes products contain only natural ingredients and do not contain synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, or GMO. Made in their own California facility, Aromatherapaes is formulated to meet the Natural Products Association standard, which ensures purity and sustainability. To meet the standard, a product must contain at least 95% certified natural ingredients, and the balance must consist of certified-safe-synthetics that have no natural alternative. The NPA seal lets you know you are getting a safe and truly natural product.
Winter and cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin. So while you may be busy with holiday parties, shopping and baking, take some time to soothe your dry and flaky skin with these DIY bath recipes. Epsom salt will soothe and relax sore muscles, baking soda detoxifies the body and seal salt exfoliates the skin. Let the aroma from your favorite essential oil melt your stress away.
Aromatherapy can be fun in so many different ways. Essential oils have the ability to provide health benefits as well as creating special scents for your home. Mixing and matching essential oils is another great other way to have some fun with aromatherapy and we present you 5 aromatheraphy blends and their health benefits.
1. Eucalyptus + Peppermint = Clear Sinuses
Pretty simple method. If you are congested, just add a few drops of eucalyptus and peppermint oils to a tub with hot water. Get in, and make sure you breathe the vapors, which help open up the sinuses. A simple and relaxing way to treat chronic sinus problems.
2. Lavender + Bergamot = Relaxation
Lavender essential oils have been known to promote relaxation but if you are looking for an extra, add bergamot oil as well. This citrus oil not contain a wonderful smell but can also help relax your body and you mind.
3. Lemon + Rosemary = Clear Your Mind
A common combination used by many aromatherapy lovers, lemon and rosemary may be helpful to clear your mind. Rosemary has a stimulating effect on the central nerve system and along with lemon oil can help clear your mind as well as increase focus and attention.
4. Geranium + Lavender + Rose = Calming
The combination of geranium, lavender, and rose can be found in some personal care products such as shampoos and skin lotions. Plus, this combo is often used for a relaxing bath.
5. Cedarwood + Lemon = Stress Relief
Another great pair of essential oils, cedarwood and lemon are useful for purposes of relaxation and some people believe they work together to promote stress relief.
Calling all mamas to be! Does it seem like you’re spending as much time figuring out what to pack in your overnight hospital bag as you have been researching pediatricians and creating elaborate stroller comparison spreadsheets? There’s a lot of information out there and everybody seems to have an opinion on what classifies as “must brings”.
Besides the obvious staples like toiletries, comfy clothes and an outfit for your little one, if you’re like me and planning a natural birth, there’s a whole lot more to think about. After attending hours of workshop and seminars from doulas and midwives, here a list of must-haves to help you on your labor journey.
Magnesium Oil – Makes a great labor aid by relaxing the muscles. This stuff will definitely come in handy during contractions. Have your doula or birth partner gently massage some magnesium oil into your skin during labor.
Honey Sticks – Labor has been compared to running a marathon, so you need to maintain your stamina for the long haul. The sweet honey stick helps by giving you a sugary burst of energy to power you through the valleys of a natural birth. If you’re delivering at a hospital with strict restrictions around food and drink, honey sticks are even more crucial since they’re considered a liquid!
Lavender Essential Oil – Not only does this essential oil smell great but its therapeutic benefits will help you relax, too, which is vital during labor. Lavender has also been found to reduce headaches and backaches too!
Coconut Water – You wouldn’t run a marathon without downing plenty of water on the way, would you? In labor, hydration is key! Coconut water is a natural isotonic – simply put, it helps quickly replace lost fluids — loaded with electrolytes.
Protein Bar – After your baby is born, chances are that you’ll be very hungry. Ravenous, even. If you deliver during the middle of the night, the hospital cafeteria will likely be closed, so plan ahead and bring a couple of protein bars along with you. Your body will need to replenish itself after all the hard work.
Ginger – No one wants to be nauseous or vomiting during labor, but it happens. Be prepared with some of ginger candies. Ginger has been shown to be effective in preventing and easing nausea. Plus, the sugar will give you some added energy when you’re feeling down.
Birth Ball – There’s a ton of pain management techniques for labor but a birth ball is a definite. It’s versatile and can be used in different positions to help turn and move your baby down the birth canal. During early labor, rocking and bouncing can decrease back pain.
Good luck with your natural birth. If you have an amazing birth story we’d love to hear from you!
Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 6:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Attention essential oils lovers, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are proud to introduce another premium brand of essential oils to our customers: BlueNutra.
BlueNutra offers a unique selection of essential oils that are 100% pure, undiluted and made only with the highest quality ingredients. The company believes in the incredible benefits and power of essential oils and have created products that are revolutionizing the way people manage their well-being.
BlueNutra’s main goals are to provide the highest quality essential oils at an amazing “blow your socks off” price. The company also believes that it’s important not only to offer great products but also to deliver the best content, tools, and resources to educate customers on how to get the most out of essential oils.
Essential oils are powerful and useful in many ways and BlueNutra’s trained and passionate staff is available to guide you through the process of discovering the best oils for you. Not all essential oils are created equal and BlueNutra scours the planet to bring you essential oils that are 100% pure, undiluted and of the highest quality possible. The company purchases each oil from top suppliers around the entire globe in large volume and negotiate the “hands down” best prices possible, passing those savings on to you, the consumer!
Additionally, you can save even more when you shop BlueNutra products at Lucky Vitamin. Just enter promotional code AUG15NEW15 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this special offer ends 08/31/2015.
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Would you like to help our planet by planting a tree? Lucky Vitamin is very proud to present a new brand which can make that possible by simply buying a product: Color Earth.
Let’s explain it a little better. Color Earth pledges that for every product sold, they will plant a tree in the developing world, helping growing food, restoring soil and building a sustainable future for people in rural communities all over the globe.
Color Earth offers a superior line of products to improve and fortify your health as well as make you feel good about supporting a refreshing cause. The company creates high-quality, effective and affordable products which are made using living ingredients from nature.
Since Mother Nature is the source of all these wonderful ingredients used in all Color Earth products, the company has decided to pay nature back by creating this amazing initiative: for every Color Earth supplement and Chocolate a Day product purchased, they’ll plant a tree in the world. In this way, your purchase of their products not only gives something back to your body, but also gives something back to this beautiful earth that we live on and to beautiful people in need.
Color Earth believes in creating high-quality and effective products using only unique living ingredients from nature to help the body recognize and utilize them better. Many Color Earth products contain herbal and vegetable fortifications such as barberry, wheat grass, passion flower, horsetail, basil, carob, alfalfa, cabbage, spirulina, garlic, Echinacea, chlorella, sprouted barley and many more.
As the holiday season comes to end, we are usually left feeling run down and tired. From the late nights to the abundance of food and drinks, our bodies are left vulnerable and exposed to more toxins than ever. Well, it’s time to reboot and rebuild our internal defenses with a revitalizing bath and delicious tonic.
The main ingredient in this recipe is Epsom Salt which draws out the toxins. You’ll also notice yourself sweating while in the bath. Don’t be alarmed, this is just the ground ginger working its magic by increasing your heat levels and getting those nasty impurities out. Just remember not to soak longer than twenty minutes and drink water afterwards to aid the flushing out toxins.
Directions: Combine all of the ingredients into a warm but not hot bath. Sit back and relax.
Turmeric is all the rage in the health community due to its immune boosting, anti-inflammatory and gut healing properties. For thousands of years Turmeric has been valued in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India. You will not be disappointed when you take a sip of sunshine in a glass.
Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a mug and add warm (not boiling) water. For a creamery drink, you can add warm coconut milk! You will not be disappointed when you take a sip of sunshine in a glass.