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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Recycling is more than sorting the appropriate waste into blue plastic bins. While separating and recycling what we haul out to the curb once a week is incredibly important, there are even more ways we can better care for the planet, help reduce emissions and care for our future health!
Buy products made with recycled materials
Thanks to a strong push in the eco-friendly movement, there are more and more environmentally responsible brands stocking shelves with products made from recycled materials. Buying recycled paper and disposable products reduce the need to cut down more trees. Most recycled products are unbleached and free of dyes and harsh chemicals—making them hypoallergenic and safer for your home!
Ditch the one-time-use plastics
We’ve known for a while that one of the biggest environmental offenders are plastic water bottles. On average, it takes one plastic water bottle 450 years to decompose! Making the simple switch to a reusable water bottle can make a huge, positive impact on the environment. We can also be conscious about purchasing products that are returnable, reusable or refillable when possible. Buy in bulk to limit individually wrapped products, and keep an eye out for products with recyclable packaging!
Limit food waste
Fresh produce and foods are excellent for your health, but often food goes bad before you can eat it—especially when shopping for multiple family members. Spoiled food that is tossed ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Store leftovers properly and track what your family eats in a week and try shopping for a week at a time. This allows you to buy fresh foods, and even though your trips to the store will be more frequent, less of the food will end in the trash!
Reduce the mail you receive
Going paperless is a great way to reduce paper waste in your home. Unsubscribe from print catalogs and magazines and opt for digital versions instead. Even most credit card companies and banks offer paperless payment options so all your bills can be waste-free as well. Going digital will reduce your junk mail accrual and will be less paper waste to manage on recycle day!
Be mindful of e-waste
Technology is rapidly changing and electronics are becoming obsolete more frequently than ever, and e-waste can be toxic if not disposed of properly. If your electronics are broken and can’t be donated, check to see if the manufacturer offers a take-back program. Retailers like Best Buy and Staples also offer free electronic recycling services!
Bright, airy, living spaces aren’t exclusive to Pinterest boards and lifestyle blogs. Like most of you, I found motivation to refresh my space with warmer weather on the radar. Looking around my house at every misplaced item, dusty surface, and dirty article of clothing—I couldn’t help but dread the daunting task at hand.
Deciding this wouldn’t be a successful or enjoyable experience if I attempted to clean my entire house at once, I wrote out every task and created a master checklist for spring cleaning! Print it out and check off each completed task as you go (such a satisfying feeling!). Take on one room per day and you’ll have a clean house in two weekends!
Some tips on getting started…
#1 Use natural, household products to get a thorough clean that’s free of dangerous chemicals and better for the environment! You can even make your own! Find out how here.
#2 Tackle the kitchen and bathroom first! They’ll take a lot more energy than other rooms, so check those boxes off early.
#3 When decluttering, take items out of their usual places, put them in a pile, pick up each item one-by-one and ask yourself “Do I need this? Do I use this? Does this make me happy?” I’ve found physically handling each item makes me more selective in what I keep, leading to much less clutter to manage! I learned this tip from the KonMari tidying method. It was an instant life-changer, you can learn more here!
#4 Have fun with it! When your physical space is clean and tidy, your mental space will feel a lot clearer as well! Think of it as active meditating. 🙂
The LuckyVitamin Spring Cleaning Checklist
__ Declutter! Go through all products/utensils.
__ Clean stove and surfaces
__ Clean Dishwasher and small appliances (blender, toaster etc.)
__ Wipe out and reorganize pantry
__ Scrub fridge and toss expired food
__ Clean the sink and the area underneath
__ Wipe out and reorganize cabinets
__ Wipe walls, garbage can, and mop floors
__ Tackle your wardrobe: declutter, reorganize, donate or discard!
__ Clean any mirrors, windows, blinds etc.
__ Deep clean mattress, wash pillows and bedding
__ Vacuum/mop floor, get under the furniture!
__ Clean all furniture, dust surfaces, knick-knacks & décor
__ Declutter all hygiene/beauty products!
__ Clean out medicine cabinet and other shelves/storage
__ Clean shower & tub
__ Clean blinds & walls, mop floor
__ Clean toilet, dust mirror & surfaces, empty trash!
__ Declutter odds & ends—discard, donate or sell!
__ Wash cushions, blankets & any sofa covers
__ Clean carpets/rugs, wipe surfaces
__ Clean TV and electronics
__ Vacuum, sweep & mop the floor—getting under the furniture!
__ Clean walls, dust décor
__ Clean windows, blinds & curtains
__ Clean washing machine & dryer
__ Sweep back deck/patio (time for outdoor furniture?!)
__ Wash car
__ Cleaning day of choice! Do a final sweep & tidy up loose ends
__ Empty vacuum, organize cleaning supplies & do a happy dance because YOU DID IT!
Take a deep breath and enjoy your fresh start to spring! How did you do? Share your spring cleaning tips and organization hacks 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.
¼ cup olive oil
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
10 drops lavender
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.
2 cups water
½ teaspoon Dr Bronners
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
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.
Lucky Vitamin continues to introduce new brands to our customers and today we are adding a pretty cool, modern line of homeware products: Black + Blum.
Black + Blum offers a one-of-kind line of products to help you get healthy, save money, and protect the environment. Black + Blum has taken a fresh and much needed look at lunch boxes as well as water bottles, cutlery and other accessories that go with them.
Taking your own food and drink to work or school has many health benefits. When you know what you are eating, it’s easier to follow a balanced diet and maintain portion control. Plus, you can save money instead of buying overpriced convenience take-outs. It’s also important to help the environment and Black + Blum products are ideal to minimize food waste by eating reinvented leftovers and reduce packaging waste by avoiding takeout food.
Black + Blum is passionate about creating beautiful, original designs which are underpinned with functionality. With an eclectic taste shown through the varying aesthetics of the products’ different ranges, Black + Blum designs in house but also collaborates with the most talented designers worldwide, bringing the finest products to market. Whether you are eating al desko or al fresco, frugally feasting on last night’s leftovers or a foodie experimenting with new recipes; use your lunch break as the chance to escape, recharge, talk with family and friends and celebrate what you eat.
You can save even more when you shop Black + Blum products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.
Filed Under: Aromatherapy
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.
It’s not too late. Shopping holiday gifts
can literally be done in the last-minute. A lot of people seem too busy to shop presents ahead of time and the only option left is to do it as time expires. Since online shopping has become very popular, last-minute shopping
is now a little bit easier as you can still find the perfect gifts
and have it delivered to your door only a few days, even hours before you need them.
Lucky Vitamin has prepared a special Healthy Holiday Gift Guide to help your find the perfect gift. Click here to see all the suggested ideas available at our discounted prices.
Here you can find tons of exercise and fitness products, the perfect present for the fitness fanatic or anyone aiming to reach their fitness goals. The New Year is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for these types of gifts.
Personal care items can also be an excellent choice. Choose from items FOR HER or FOR HIM, and find great gifts for you mom, dad, brothers, sisters, and friends.
FOR THE DIYERS is one of the most interesting sections. Here you can find a perfect gift to support their next great project. Choose from many options that may spark their creativity and can also be fun.
Let’s not forget our furry friends. You pet deserves just as much love as anyone else on your gift list. Click here and find the perfect present for your furry friend.
Lucky Vitamin is introducing an eco-friend line of products to our customers: EcoSouLife.
EcoSouLife manufactures environmentally friendly apparel, accessories, and tableware made from plant based sources and recycled materials. The sustainably modern designs are all biodegradable or biodisposable, replacing everyday harmful plastics and melamines with guilt-free and affordable alternatives.
All EcoSouLife products are non-GMO and available with accessible prices. The company ensures that designs are modern, unique, and functional. Convenient and easy-to-use, EcoSouLife products are the perfect fit for busy lifestyles, whilst ensuring the health of our planet and the people we love.
EcoSouLife is an award winning Australian brand that aims to inspire an ever-growing environmentally conscious global network. The company is fully dedicated to changing consumer habits by offering eco-friendly, biodegradable tableware, and specifically aim to educate the next generation, hoping to create a society of environmentally aware adults who understand the part they take in guaranteeing a cleaner environment.
EcoSouLife products are made from the latest natural fibers and sustainable materials. With a range of rice husk, corn starch, and sugarcane, these products are safer for you and safer for the planet. With clever processing methods, EcoSouLife transforms these vegetable based waste products into everyday table, lifestyle and outdoor ranges as an alternative to traditional plastics. Choose from picnic and camper sets, tableware, cutlery outdoor products, cups, storage boxes, and much more.
Save even more when you shop EcoSouLife products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce Meal Prep Haven
, a superior line of food containers for meals and snacks.
Meal Prep Haven offers high quality, portion control food containers designed by fitness enthusiasts eager to help others meet their goals and made with only BPA free and FDA approved polymers.
Built for meal preppers, by meal preppers, Meal Prep Haven knows preparation is the key to meeting your fitness goals, providing the right tools and mindset to help you stay happy, fit and healthy.
Meal Prep Haven airtight food containers are built to last. Fully reinforced to ensure long-term use while preventing cracks, these lunch containers will last with you and come with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Each meal prep container stores up to 17 oz. of food, making it an excellent way to control portion size and effectively lose weight and build muscle. Meal Prep Haven’s lunch boxes can withstand the freezer, fridge, microwave and dishwasher (top rack). Stackable and easy to store while prepping meals in advance for the week ahead, you can pop them in the freezer for long term storage and thaw them in the fridge overnight for the next day’s meal.
Meal Prep Haven food containers are perfect for eating on the go, at home or wherever you are. Save time and money by prepping your meals in advance and never fall behind your diet schedule.
You can save even more when you shop Meal Prep Haven products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet: Repurpose
Repurpose offers an entire line of eco-friendly products exclusively from plants and are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment. Single use plastics are not sustainable and Repurpose believes we can positively impact the environment by changing everyday behavior.
Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled in the United States. These products are designed to be thrown away but unfortunately are made of a finite resource: petroleum. Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exist today and about 8% of the world’s oil supply is used to make single plastics.
These alarming numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as waste is by far the biggest issue. The North Pacific gyre off the coast of California is home to the great Pacific garbage patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. In order to give you a better idea, the floating mass of plastic found in these waters is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.
Repurpose creates products that are made from only plants, which are annually renewable resources. The company compostable are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo. Repurpose products fit into any waste management system including traditional landfills.
Save even more when you shop Repurpose products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.
Aaah, college. Where studying (wink!) all night, early morning classes and microwaved meals become part of the new normal. But one thing that doesn’t have to change is your adherence to your eco conscious lifestyle. While keeping your dorm room spic and span may not rank high on your to-do list you can still use cleaning products that are safe for you and the earth.
Air Fresheners – Don’t get a rep for having a stinky dorm room or apartment! Before you grab that aerosol can, did you know that conventional air fresheners can be endocrine disruptors and cause major health problems? Ditch them for one of our favorites, made with natural essential oils and fragrance to quickly freshen that mile-high pile of dirty laundry. The non-aerosol bottle is earth-friendly and its lavender fragrance will be sure to relax, soothe and relieve fatigue for even the most stressed out scholar.
Multi-Surface –Between studying and classes, who has time to think about cleaning solutions for all of the different surfaces in your room? Keep things simple with an easy spray-and-wipe multi-surface cleaner. This brand eradicates over 99.99% of household germs from hard, nonporous surface, including Influenza A, Salmonella and E. coli. You can use it on everything from bathroom sinks, desks, garbage cans and mini fridges.
Wipes – Don’t fall victim to the classic “we’re in the area so we’re just going to drop in for a few minutes” surprise visit from mom and dad. Use these natural wipes to give your room a polished look in mere minutes. No water, suds or rinsing required! Effortlessly wipe away dirt from your books, desk, floors and window sills with these biodegradable, durable and disposable wipes. And, because they are biodegradable, you can safely toss them without harming the environment.
Filed Under: Green Living
at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Late spring, early summer is the time of the year when people start really enjoying the outdoors. Camping, hiking, picnics, grilling, fishing and many other activities can be a lot of fun, unless unwanted visitors come to “bug” your good time: mosquitos. Lucky Vitamin has good news and is happy to introduce a couple of great products to keep these bugs away from your fun this year: Murphy’s Naturals
Murphy’s Naturals offers all-natural products that can effectively keep away mosquitos and are made from responsibly sourced plant based ingredients. The company leaves out all of the chemicals and toxins and instead focus on providing amazing earth-friendly products that will help others through its purchases.
Murphy’s Naturals has two options of insect repellent products: mosquitos sticks and mosquitos candles. The sticks are made with all natural incense sticks from a unique fusion of sustainable bamboo, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary, and contain no petroleum or any toxins. Formulated with significantly more repellent oils than other insect products, Murphy’s Mosquito Sticks deliver an effective and refreshing fragrance so you can enjoy life outdoors. The second option is Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Candle. This unique natural repellent candle contains a fusion of sustainable palm wax, citronella, lemongrass and rosemary. Formulated with no D.E.E.T., petroleum or any toxins, Murphy’s Mosquito Candle delivers an effective and refreshing fragrance to create a pleasant bite-free environment.
You can save even more when you shop Murphy’s Natural products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAY16NEW16 at checkout to get an extra 15% OFF on all items of this new brand. But hurry, this offer expires 5/31/16.
It’s the best time of the year for one great outdoor activity: gardening
Many people love gardening and can’t wait for warmer days to start growing and cultivating plants. Gardening can be done in two different ways: ornamental plants and useful plants.
Ornamental gardening involves a variety of plants grown for their flowers foliage and a much nicer overall appearance. That’s the case of beautiful gardens with colorful flowers, combined with a neat, well-maintained lawn to make your front yard or your backyard looking great.
On the other hand, useful gardening includes plants grown for consumption and that’s the case of fruits, vegetables, roots and herbs. Some people prefer to grow their own veggies whenever possible, (weather permitting of course) making gardening a year-round practice.
Considered by many as one of the best relaxing activities, gardening also requires a few tool and perhaps a handful of accessories. You don’t have to live in a house to enjoy gardening as this fun activity does not require a lot of space and it can be done on a patio or even be located on a roof or balcony.
It’s hard to say what are the most popular plants in gardening but many people like to grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, sprouts, onions, and berries are they are relatively easy to grow. It’s also important to remember to keep it green and grow all plants without pesticides and, if needed, only using organic fertilizers. This way, flowers, veggies, and fruits produced will not adversely affect people’s health as well as the environment.
Click here to check out our incredible selection of garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.com.
When you spend most of your time indoors it’s important to make sure that your air quality is on point, which is not exactly an easy task considering how many of our everyday household products, such as furniture polish, window cleaners and wall paint contain high levels of air-polluting toxins. These items, and many more, invisibly leach harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia into the air that we breathe. Short-term exposure to these chemicals can have adverse effects on your health, ranging from minor nuisances like mouth or throat irritation all the way up to severe cases of larynx and lung swelling.
Fortunately, many houseplants – as well as being relatively inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing – act as super lo-fi air purifiers. Here are just a few examples of some indoor plants that can help filter out some of the nasty junk lurking around your house…
- A Snake Plant is the absolute easiest plant to care for — no green thumb required. Also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, a snake plant help absorbs formaldehyde and nitrogen oxides.
- Peace Lilies, or Mauna Loa, requires little sun and produces pretty flowers. Place one of these beauties in your bathroom or laundry room to help remove mold spores.
- A pet-friendly Bamboo Palm acts as a natural humidifier and can help neutralize formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
- Besides being known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe has been known to remove xylene and formaldehyde from the air. Plus, Aloe is great to have around for minor cuts or sun burn.
- A Spider Plant is another great low-maintenance plant that removes carbon monoxide and other toxins. They are easy to propagate so you can easily divide them up and place them in as many rooms as you’d like.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another top-quality brand of natural cleaning products to our customers: Vaska Home
Vaska Home offers a new standard in laundry with safe, simple and proven products. The company creates formulas so pure, you can actually drink it. Naturally powerful, Vaska Home does not contain pollutants, irritants, toxins, dyes, or binding agents which allows it to wash clean out of fabric, much like a shampoo for clothes. Clothes are left looking, feeling, and smelling their best while leaving nothing harmful behind, on you, your clothes, or the environment. The Vaska formulation has been certified “natural” by the EPA, who awarded Scent-free Laundry Detergent, as well as the Design for the Environment (DfE) certification.
A pioneer company in green chemistry, Vaska was originally founded in Berkeley, California in 1999, to create a new formula of an efficacious laundry detergent suitable for delicate fabrics, sensitive skin, and the planet. Today, Vaska Home creates products which are environmentally safe, contain no chemical residue, and provides stain removal effectiveness. Vaska’s revolutionary formula has been perfected by a team of scientists over the past decade. The formula’s natural ingredients are derived from herbs and include the essential cleaning agents you need in order to effectively remove visible dirt, grime, stains, and odor from fabrics. Vaska was selected as a Clean Choice Award Winner in Clean Eating Magazine in 2014 and 2015. The brand was also featured in the Household Goods section for earth friendliness.
Additionally, you can save even more when you shop Vaska Home products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code OCT15NEW15 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand but hurry, offer expires October 31st, 2015.