Essential oils are wonderful. They smell great, offer tons of health benefits and can even help cleaning your home. Loaded with naturally antibacterial properties, essential oils are the ideal ingredient for homemade DIY cleaning products. Add oils to clean up and sanitize your kitchen or bathroom or use to enhance your laundry routine. Let’s look at some of the best oils for cleaning and disinfecting your home.
1. Tea Tree
Tea tree oil fights germs, bacteria and viruses in everything from homemade wipes to hand soap and much more. Plus, tea tree oil can be used against bugs helping to deter lice and other pests.
Loaded with natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties, rosemary essential oils can be used in many different ways for home cleaning. From homemade soaps to laundry detergent, air freshener sprays to remove stubborn stains, rosemary can be mixed with washing soda,
baking soda, and vinegar to create a powerful stain remover product.
3. Citrus Seed Extract
A powerful antimicrobial agent, citrus seed extract is often used for dishwashing products. Also labeled as grapefruit seed extract, these essential oils are considered natural degreasers and can be very helpful in your kitchen
One of the best-smelling naturally antibacterial essential oils, lavender can be mixed with another common natural cleaner: vinegar. Just add 4-5 drops of lavender to your vinegar cleaning mixture for its natural antibacterial properties as well as an enhanced scent.
Eucalyptus is a natural germicide which can help clean and sanitize your home leaving a “great smell” in the air. A powerful dust mite buster, eucalyptus is great for stinky jobs in the kitchen and bathroom, plus it can help to deter pests.
Another essential oil that can leave your house smelling great after cleaning, peppermint contains antibacterial properties that can be used in spray cleaners and natural deodorant spray. Easy-to use, you just need to mix 10-15 drops of peppermint with a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and use the air freshener along cracks and crevices to deter ants and spiders.
A common ingredient in cleaners, pine oil is effective at killing yeast spores, E.coli and other household germs. Pine is a strong and powerful ingredient, perfect for ridding the bathroom of mold and mildew and cleaning hard floors while leaving a natural fresh scent.
If you are trying to achieve better sleep but want to avoid sleeping pills, essential oils can be a great option for you. Essential oils are known to provide multiple health benefits and some of them have been studied for their sleep-aiding properties. Let’s check out 5 science-backed essential oils for better sleep.
Lavender essential oil has been studied extensively for its effects on the nervous system. Research has concluded that inhaling lavender oil helps the body enter a relaxed state, which is essential for better sleep and to prevent insomnia. Additionally, a recent study found that lavender inhalation together with sleep hygiene improved sleep quality in college students with self-reported sleep issues. Lavender has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity. For relaxation before bedtime, just mix a few drops of lavender in a spray bottle of distilled water and spray it in the room.
A well-known calming tea, chamomile can be useful for treating digestive and stomach issues. Studies have shown that chamomile contains mild sedative properties and its essential oils can be helpful to promote relaxation before bedtime.
Bergamot essential oil has been used to induce relaxation. One study concluded that bergamot oil mixed with lavender and ylang-ylang can help reduce stress and elevate mood.
Cedarwood essential oil has a woody, outdoorsy, and sweet aroma. This oil has been used since ancient times for several purposes including promoting improvements in sleep quality as well as memory, mood and emotions.
Ylang-ylang essential oil appeared to help relieve anxiety. Since ancient times, ylang-ylang has been used to calm, relieve stress, and relax the body and modern research continues to support the benefits of this essential oil.
Unfortunately, many people have a difficult time sleeping well these days. Stress, busy schedules, and hectic lifestyles often lead to difficulties falling asleep and sleeping throughout the night. Evening rituals or bedtime routines can be an excellent way to improve your overall sleep. The purpose of these activities is to relax and de-stress your mind and body, helping you calm down, sleep longer and better. Let’s look at 6 things you can add to your evening ritual for better sleep.
1. Magnesium Supplement
Magnesium is well known for its ability to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Studies have suggested that this mineral helps decrease cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which keeps you up at night. Magnesium also promotes muscle relaxation and can help mood disorders.
2. Herbal Teas
Some herbal teas contain relaxing agents that can help sooth your nerves, improve blood flow, and make you feel more relaxed. The best herbal teas for sleep include chamomile, valerian, lavender, peppermint, and passion flower.
3. Taking a Bath
A hot bath is one of the best ways to promote relaxation. Immersion in warm/hot water is known to be extremely therapeutic and can significantly help relax your mind and soul after a stressful day.
4. Cooler Bedroom
Turn down the thermostat in your bedroom to improve the quality of your sleep. The National Sleep foundation recommends that the room temperature should be kept around 65 degrees in order to keep you cooler and prevent restless nights from feeling too hot.
5. Use an EO Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser can help improve your sleep as these essential oils have soothing and relaxing aroma therapeutic properties. Look for valerian, lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, frankincense, geranium, patchouli, ylang, and bergamot.
Stretching is another great way to promote relaxation and improve overall sleep. Stretch for a few minutes to reduce stiff joints and cramping muscles as well as to prevent injuries and reduce built-up tension and stress.
We’re right in the thick of Fall! Soon we’ll find ourselves spending more time inside and these blends are perfect for bringing in those comfy fall feelings. Each blend is spicy, sweet, refreshing and instantly puts you in a good mood—filling your home with the good vibes of the season! Just add the oils to your diffuser and you’re good to go.
Whether you’re entertaining or having a cozy night in, give these blends a try and let us know what you think!
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Aromatherapy is so much more than cleverly named and pleasant smelling candles. When practiced correctly, and to the fullest, aromatherapy has the potential to not only enhance and elevate moods but positively alter fundamental brain functions in amazing ways.
With another summer firmly in our rearview, and with several months of colder weather and darker days ahead, now is a great time to unlock the full slate of healing and rejuvenating benefits aromatherapy can offer. Whether you work in an office or stay at home with your littles, get through these hectic times with these essential oil blends that will have you feeling laser-focused and ready to conquer the world (or just back to school season).
Memory & Concentration Blend
This blend uses rosemary essential oil which is known for boosting memory and concentration. Throw in some lemon essential oil to heighten the senses and you’ve got yourself a dynamic pairing that will keep you on point all day.
Pour the carrier oil (jojoba) in a glass dropper bottle or a roller bottle. Then add your essential oils. With essential oils it’s important to remember that a little goes a long way. Just add a drop or two and rub on your temples.
Crunchy Concentration Blend
Calling all bohemians! Sandalwood is the star of this earthy blend that provides a sense of clarity and pairs well with the calming effect of patchouli.
If asked, “what’s your largest organ?” it’s doubtful that “skin” would be in most people’s top 10 (or even top 100) guesses – but it’s true. And what you apply TO your skin can greatly affect not only how you look, but how you feel.
Feel the glow by following our clear skin commandments…
1. Drink water
This is not only about downing eight glasses a day but starting your morning right with hot water and lemon. It helps aid digestion and is a better alternative to coffee.
2. Practice self-care
Take time for self-care. Take that yoga class you’ve been meaning to for ages. Planning time for self-care can reduce stress-inducing hormones that wreak havoc on your skin.
Help cover any nutrient gaps with supplements. A daily multivitamin with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and chromium all play an essential role in reducing excess sebum, helps build collagen and repairs skin cells.
4. Eat a balanced diet
A well-balanced diet high in antioxidants and omegas will do your skin (and your health) a world of good. Start stocking up on blueberries, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes – all great sources of the types of antioxidants that help fight acne and result in radiant skin . Acne has another enemy in the form of Omega-3s. Consuming salmon, nutsand olive oil help reduce inflammation, a root cause of those pesky blemishes.
Get plenty of “beauty sleep.” Less sleep lowers circulation, which could leave you looking pale and washed out. Your body’s cellular renewal occurs at night, so the night time really is the right time to apply as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients as it needs.
Mix together everything except the aloe and vitamin E oil until a paste forms. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove using a warm cloth. Follow up by applying the aloe vera and vitamin e oil to prevent overdrying.
Place coconut oil in a quart sized pot and melt until liquid. Pour into glass bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Stir together until well mixed and place in a quart sized Mason jar. To use, scoop out a small amount and add a little water for a creamier like texture. Give some extra love to areas that need some extra exfoliating like knees, elbows and feet.
Filed Under: Aromatherapy at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of essential oil products to our customers: Earth Philosophy.
Earth Philosophy is an artisan operation that grows organic herbs and harness their healing properties for use in natural wellness and skin care products. All products are properly formulated for topical application, providing a safe and convenient way to bring the many benefits of plant therapy into our daily lives.
Earth Philosophy evolved from a common philosophy of living simply, knowledgably, and naturally. The company’s philosophy is simple: sustain nature, as nature sustains you.
Earth Philosophy grows herbs from organic seeds and cultivate those using environmentally sustainable methods. The herbs are hand-harvested and extracted into fresh herbal oils and tinctures before being hand-blended with essential oils and organic sunflower oil to create ready-to-use herbal and essential oil blends that provide plant-based alternatives to many mainstream health and beauty items.
Earth Philosophy fresh essential oil blends are produced in small batches, using only organic, Non-GMO, GC/MS tested ingredients. This brand offers single oils, skin mists, and therapeutic wellness oil blends.
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!