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Acne, athlete’s foot and head lice … it’s a jungle out there. But there are powerful essential oil tools to conquer the wild in your neighborhood. Your first line of defense against the onslaught of the day is, of course, your skin. It’s an amazing organ that protects your body against infection, stress and environmental impacts. But this front-line defense needs your support too. Keep your skin healthy and resilient with powerful Tea Tree oil.

Many essential oils offer benefits for skincare (toning, anti-aging, moisturizing, reducing the appearance of blemishes), but no single oil has the versatility and power of organic Tea Tree essential oil. In one bottle, you can find the power to ease topical irritations, reduce the appearance of swelling, tackle skin blemishes, ease athlete’s foot, reduce the appearance of acne and drown head lice.

Tea Tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, found in Australia. It can be used in myriad powerful ways to keep your skin in healthy condition. It works well for all skin types but is remarkably potent. Tea Tree needs to be properly diluted before being applied to the skin or it may cause irritation. Tea Tree essential oil should never be swallowed. Try a few of these at-home applications for common skin complaints with this all-natural solution:

Tea Tree oil for Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can be caused by several sources—irritants, infections or inflammation. Tea Tree is a pure essential oil that can help with many of these sources for feelings of relief from inflamed or itchy skin. Blend a few drops of tea tree oil into a moisturizer or carrier oil and apply it to your skin a few times per day to ease feelings of itching and irritation, especially on the feet or scalp.

Tea Tree oil for Infections and Cuts

The antibacterial properties of Tea Tree essential oil make it a good way to promote skincare and healing for minor scratches, wounds and cuts. Keep the injured area clean and covered. Blend a drop of Tea Tree oil into a teaspoon of wound ointment cream and apply as directed throughout the day.

Tea Tree oil for Acne

Tea tree oil is popular for treating facial blemishes, calming the appearance of redness, swelling and inflammation on the face. Essential oils include constituents that may help to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Dilute three drops of tea tree oil into two ounces of witch hazel and use it as a toner several times per day. You may want to try using a face wash, moisturizer, or spot treatment with added Tea Tree essential oil to augment the aromatherapy effect.

For improved focus, a healthier body, less stress and a balanced mood … you’ve got the thyme. You may not yet know that certified organic Thyme essential oil is a uniquely powerful tool for healthier systems and a more natural environment. It could become your next best friend, aromatherapy-wise. Thyme is one of the lesser-known essential oils, but just because it isn’t all flash and glitter doesn’t mean it isn’t full of good stuff—B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid, for instance. It’s good for addressing everything from circulation to stress relief. If you wonder how to use Thyme essential oil effectively in your home, here are a few quick tips:

Support Your Circulation

If you experience occasional cold hands and feet, or achiness in your large muscles, you may have bad circulation. As part of a bigger solution, try diluting a few drops of Thyme into a tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil for a potent and effective massage oil that goes more than skin deep. Apply a small amount of the dilution directly to the skin and rub in gentle, deep strokes across your limbs and toward your heart (or get a friend to lend a hand). The combination of Thyme and a relaxing deep massage can benefit your circulatory health.

Breathe Easy

If you are feeling congested, add a few drops of essential oil to your ultrasonic diffuser, combining Thyme with Peppermint or Eucalyptus essential oil to promote feelings of relief in your chest. Thyme works well to loosen feelings of tightness in the chest and leaves your whole body feeling refreshed and relieved from the sniffles. 

Shoo-Fly

Thyme essential oil works well as an insect repellent. You can use it to deter mosquitoes, gnats, flies, no-see-ums and other pesky bugs by using this highly concentrated full-strength oil around windows and doors, or dilute it with a lotion or carrier oil and apply it to your skin. 

Monthly Comfort

If you ride the emotional roller-coaster every month, you may want to consider adding Thyme to your support strategy. The sweet, herbal scent is a smart addition to a mood blend, especially one designed to help you find hormonal balance during rough times of the month. Consider combining sweet Thyme with Clary Sage and Fennel for a powerhouse combination to handle monthly mood swings and feelings of physical cramps and aches.

Namaste

Relieve feelings of stress with the powerful effects of aromatherapy using Thyme essential oil. Combine Thyme with the spice-and-wood scent of Lavender essential oil and a drop or two of Cedarwood essential oil in a diffuser for feelings of emotional release and calm, even on tough days. Bring the blend with you to work and breathe in deeply for feelings of calm and focus when you need it most. 

Whether you consider yourself an uber-low maintenance person, or if you tend to dive diva-deep into your skin care routine, paying attention to your skin protects it from the harsh effects of environmental stress and health problems, and keeps you looking and feeling your best. Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition that is sometimes accompanied by scaling, itching or cracking. If left untreated, dry skin can get worse—so taking steps to address the problem sooner than later helps you to feel comfortable and reduces the risk of ongoing problems.

Dryness of the skin occurs for a variety of reasons—you might have naturally dry skin, or have occasional contact dermatitis (which is when your skin reacts to something it touches). Older skin tends to be more dry and cold weather can exacerbate an irritation. No matter the cause, the key to resilient skin is understanding what kind of support your particular skin type needs to overcome the problem. 

Choosing a Cleanser

It’s important to use a gentle cleanser to keep your body and face free from dirt and bacteria. Use one that works for your skin type – not just whatever bar or body wash you happen to have in the cupboard. For dry skin, choose a mild liquid soap, one without alcohol or added chemical fragrance. Add a drop or two of organic Lavender essential oil to tone and repair the effects of daily environmental exposure. For mixed skin types, or a complexion that is only occasionally dry, add a drop of geranium essential oil. Wash your face gently, taking care not to scrub too hard to avoid irritation and stress. Don’t use hot water to rinse – just warm. If your splash is too hot, it removes the natural oils your skin needs to stay comfortable. 

Moisturizing

A good quality moisturizing lotion should be used every time you wash. Similar to cleansers, it’s important to fine-tune the moisturizer to your skin type. Oily skin can benefit from a natural, common carrier oil, such as rosehip, to dilute essential oils like frankincense and add benefits for long-term skin health. Skin that borders on dry could benefit from a lighter lotion base with a few drops of certified organic tea tree and lavender essential oils (or both). Moisturizing prevents your skin from drying out and leaves it hydrated and smooth. Your lotion will work best if you apply it to skin that is slightly damp, just after washing. 

Setting the Tone

A toner is usually applied after washing at the end of the day and can be effective for smoothing, softening, and calming irritated skin. Commercial toners often contain ingredients that aggravate sensitive skin types—but you can easily create your own natural toner customized with your favorite essential oils. Essential oils in skincare can replenish and restore nutrients to your skin and can diminish the appearance of redness and dryness.

Once upon a time, the most common strategy for weight loss promoted restricting your food intake with low-calorie diets. Who knew, despite the promises for beach-ready bodies, that restrictive dieting could actually mess with your brain? With a strict schedule of things like plain celery and unsweetened yogurt, these diets promised great results … and occasionally delivered (in the short term)—just to pile on the pounds afterward in a never-ending rebound battle.

We were all casualties of this faulty dieting culture and it’s taken a couple of frustrating decades to figure out what went wrong. Experts now recommend a new, healthier (and slower) approach to weight management called intuitive eating. It may not seem sexy, but it’s a promising approach, and the health benefits of essential oils can assist you in finding success, stability and body satisfaction with this new strategy.

Cinnamon Satisfaction

Intuitive eating isn’t a diet … and in fact thoroughly rejects dieting culture. But the idea of intuitive eating has a lot of nutrition experts, body coaches, and normal folk with a bit of extra weight interested in knowing more. Intuitive eating means honoring your hunger by giving your body adequate energy. With healthy habits and mindfulness, this approach strives to help you to avoid the primal drive in your brain that causes you—sooner or later—to overeat after skipping too many meals.


When you eat in a way that brings you pleasure, you feel satisfied and content. Creating this experience for yourself more often helps you to decide that you’ve had enough. Using an essential oils diffuser during meals can help you to slow down and savor the experience. Also, diffusing certified organic Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark and Fennel will fill your senses with joy and long-term satiation.

Making Peace with Your Body and Mind

Eating intuitively encourages peace with food. It means ending self-imposed restrictions and strict “off-limits” categories. This sort of thinking, experts say, leads to feelings of deprivation that cause you to lose control. Quit classifying yourself as “good” when you deprive yourself, or “bad” if you indulge. Instead, just listen for signals in your body that tell you when you are no longer hungry. Observe the subtle signs communicating that you are comfortably full.


Find ways to comfort, nurture, entertain and resolve emotional issues without using food. This is where essential oils can also be a powerful ally. Do essential oils actually work for this purpose? Boredom, anger, loneliness and anxiety each have their own emotional source that food won’t fix. You can use aromatherapy to help you deal with the root of these emotions and fill your senses with deep satisfaction.

When you use an intuitive eating framework, you work to accept your body for what it is and strive for a realistic potential. Feel good about who you are, rather than motivating yourself by being critical, demanding or insulting. Don’t exercise like a robot. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calories you are burning. You don’t have to eat a perfect diet or look a certain way, to be a healthy person. It’s what you do and what you eat, consistently over the long term, that matters.

If you happen to be one of the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, you know the discomfort of a sneeze-filled day. Allergies are – quite literally – a headache. Seasonal allergies peak when molds release spores, and grasses, trees and weeds release pollen. But you aren’t safe indoors either. Allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, mold and cockroach droppings all trigger allergic reactions

There is no shortage of chemical remedies … it’s a billion-dollar industry! But, the side effects of medications can be problematic. Using essential oils is a more natural way to ease the allergy burden—or to augment your over-the-counter support. Some of the most commonly used essential oils for relieving allergy symptoms include certified organic Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree and Peppermint.

Calming, clean-scented Lavender is cleansing and calming. In addition to helping you maintain healthy breathing and strong airways, Lavender’s sweet scent promotes relaxation and aids in reducing headaches. For a topical remedy, massage a few drops of diluted Lavender oil under your nose and apply directly to the skin every two hours during problem episodes, or diffuse for nighttime relief.

The fresh scent of Lemon essential oil is cleansing and anti-inflammatory. It can be beneficial for people who feel allergies most in their head. This gentle citrus oil is both focusing and uplifting – a great combination for those struggling with exhaustion and mental fatigue. Plus, one of the best ways to minimize indoor allergens is by getting rid of dust mites – the most common trigger of allergy symptoms inside the home. Use a damp cloth with a few drops of full-strength Lemon to clean surfaces. Place several drops of Lemon essential oil into your vacuum cleaner bag so that the motor can diffuse it as you move through your rooms.

Many harsh chemicals found in household cleaners have adverse effects and can aggravate symptoms in people who have allergies. If you are sensitive, use environmentally friendly cleaning products made with natural ingredients. Add 20 drops of certified organic Tea Tree oil and a tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of water. The mixture can then be used to spray areas prone to mold, and across mattresses and other textiles to kill dust mites.

Peppermint oil can help support the airways and relieve headaches. This sweet mentholated scent aids allergy sufferers with feelings of easy breathing. Experiment with different amounts of Peppermint oil to find what works best for you and your family. On a side note, these powerful essential oils are also a serendipitous combination. Try one or two drops of each blended together in your diffuser to get your body through your next allergy attack with natural relief and a soothing effect.

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that exercise is good for your body. Regular physical activity keeps your weight at healthy levels, maintains muscle mass, and keeps joints and tendons comfortably flexible as you age. But, did you also know that exercise is good for your mental health too? Regular exercise benefits your brain, especially when you combine good physical habits with powerful aromatherapy practices targeted toward whole-body wellness. 

When you make an effort to keep your body active, it’s not a coincidence that you feel less anxious, less stressed and generally happier. Exercise releases dopamine, changes the stress hormones in your bloodstream and eases feelings of anxiety. But you can enjoy even more benefits from your exercise routine with the synergistic benefits of essential oil aromatherapy. Here is how to use essential oils health benefits to augment that happy-brain effect.

The Routine
The key to long-term fitness is to do it often … even on cold, dark winter mornings when you really don’t feel like getting out of bed. Help yourself by creating a pre-workout routine using N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize Blend. This mix of bright citrus oils and energizing natural peppermint oil will get your muscles and mind in the right state to rock your sweat session. Diffuse a few drops of Energize Blend for 30 minutes before your workout to ease your body into activity, and you’ll likely feel more energized when you step off the treadmill as when you put that first groggy foot on the floor for the morning.

Turning Up the Intensity
It’s not until you get really moving that your body begins to release dopamine, a chemical that plays a key role in mental balance and whole-body happiness. As we age, we lose some of our natural stores of dopamine—but these can be replaced during any form of exercise in what is termed as a “runner’s high.” You can reach this natural state of euphoria faster by warming your muscles with a dilution of certified organic eucalyptus essential oil. The sweet honey-and-mint scent of this oil offers your body a natural boost to help you reach peak performance more efficiently.

Rapid Recovery
Athletes and medical advice both say that allowing time for your muscles to recover between hard-core exercise is almost important as the exercise itself. Help your muscles and mind ease into recovery mode with the mellow floral-wood spice of certified organic lavender essential oil. Rub a dilution deep into muscles and joints for feelings of relief from soreness and stress. And breathe the sweet scent to help wind down emotionally after an especially intense session.

So the next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, use the power of aromatherapy to get off the couch and get some exercise. You’ll not only feel more energized and calm — you’ll be a healthier and happier person. Whether you’re an ultra-marathon guru or a fresh Zumba recruit, everybody could use a little support to take their exercise efforts to the next level.

Your nose is underrated, according to science. Besides being an excellent way to identify wet dog and wasabi, your olfactory sense is a direct path to your brain—emotions, memories, even the chemical toolbox your brain uses to keep your body healthy. Research has shown that childhood memories linked to scent stay with you throughout life. That means the smell of woodsmoke or the sweet tang of orange peel can pull you back to experiences and emotions across decades of time—and this mental shortcut can be used as a safe, easy-to-use form of alternative medicine

When you understand the biophysical mechanics behind aromatherapy, it makes sense that this process has an outsized physical and psychological impact using just your sense of smell. From perceptions of physical pain to emotional catharsis, studies have shown that aromatherapy offers multiple powerful health benefits, including:

Aromatherapy works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which sends messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. By tapping into this master control system, numerous serious health problems can be eased and mental/emotional challenges can be alleviated.

Can I Try Aromatherapy on My Own? 

One of the biggest advantages of essential oil aromatherapy is that anyone with a good sense of smell can give it a go. When used as recommended, the vast majority of essential oils are both safe and easy to use. We suggest starting with a simple experiment … breathe the scent of an essential oil directly from the bottle. Take note of how you feel, and how your body reacts over the next several hours. When you find an oil you like, you can also get efficient exposure to using an ultrasonic diffuser. These simple devices use tap water and a few drops of essential oil to fill a room with aromatherapy mist. They also offer the advantage of allowing you to easily blend two or more of your favorite oils for a synergistic effect.

Which Essential Oils Should I Use?

When first experimenting with aromatherapy, begin by looking at an essential oil uses chart to determine what kind of results you want for your body. Is your goal deeper relaxation? Try N8 Essentials certified organic Lavender essential oil. Do you need energy late in the day? Go for our certified organic Orange or Peppermint essential oils. Each N8 product has a nuanced aromatherapy effect—Eucalyptus offers warm focus, Geranium brings a tension-busting emotional calm. The essential oil that will work best for your body depends both on your physical chemistry and your mental association with that particular scent. So jump in and begin experimenting with essential oil aromatherapy … it’s a sweet and comforting way to practice natural self-care for both your body and your mind.

Are you packing away your holiday decorations and taking down the lights? Wait! There is one holiday essential you shouldn’t pack up just yet—your certified organic Frankincense essential oil. Sure, this holiday superstar makes an excellent addition to a room’s seasonal ambiance, but Frankincense has aromatherapy staying power beyond the (relatively) short holiday season.

You may not know that Frankincense has concentrated power when applied topically or used for aromatherapy purposes in your home. It is a cathartic tool for feelings of relief from joint and nerve pain, works as your skin’s best friend protecting against the appearance of aging, and operates on a deep level to protect and promote overall digestive health. So step away from the bubble wrap and take a moment to learn how Frankincense could benefit your body from January to next year’s jingle bells.

Natural Skin Protection

Powerful Frankincense has long been a preferred ingredient for the best skin care. The compounds in this ancient oil are used to prevent signs of aging, minimize skin damage, reduce the appearance of lines, and prevent certain types of blemishes. Experts recommend diluting Frankincense with a natural carrier oil such as Rosehip (if you have oily-to-normal skin) or Jojoba Oil (for complexions on the dry side of the scale) and applying nightly after cleansing. Organic Frankincense, such as that sold by N8 Essentials, is especially recommended when used on a daily basis or over large areas of the skin as an extra precaution against introduced contaminants.

Frankincense for Pain Relief

Whether you are shaking off winter stiffness or stretching through a summer strain, you can use a dilution of Frankincense as a natural remedy to ease feelings of discomfort in your joints, muscles and nerves. This potent oil can be blended with Peppermint oil or Eucalyptus oil and gently massaged into stiff fingers, wrists and extremities for feelings of warmth and deep relief.

Settle the Gut

You may not know that Frankincense has aromatherapy power to ease feelings of discomfort in the stomach and digestive system. It can be used to augment other treatments to alleviate regular stomach upset and feelings of cramping in the lower gut. You can either dilute the oil and massage into the lower abdomen, or diffuse a few drops of essential oil blended with a complimentary companion such as Lavender essential oil, through an ultrasonic diffuser. Breathe deeply for aromatherapy effect.

So go ahead and take down the snowman decor for the season, but keep your Frankincense essential oil front and center for all-season health benefits using the natural power of essential oil aromatherapy. 

The beginning of a new year—a new decade, in fact—has such a feeling of possibility. It’s like having your pen poised over a blank page, waiting for a new history to be written. While nobody can know exactly what’s destined for the coming year, health analysts have made some intriguing predictions—essential oil breakthroughs, trends, and in-demand products for every body. Want a peek into where essential oils are headed in 2020? Here’s a rundown of the biggest trends:

Essential Oils for Stress Relief

We are, apparently, an uptight nation. Chronic stress can lead to some of the biggest health problems a person might face; high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. So it makes sense that essential oils used for stress relief continue to be in demand for everyone from media influencers to at-home seniors. In 2020 its predicted that the grounding, earthy scent of Cedarwood essential oil will lead the pack, followed closely by the trustworthy floral-spiced Lavender essential oil, both great choices for naturally lowering your stress response and for enjoying better sleep patterns, especially when sourced organically.

Synergy with CBD

It’s no secret that CBD (Hemp Oil) has vaulted in popularity over the past year. As more consumers discover the health benefits from this remarkable natural product, essential oils that augment the rhythms of CBD will top the charts. Leading blends that work in tandem with CBD products include Bergamot essential oil for calming feelings of anxiety and Peppermint essential oil to aid in digestion. Bergamot is one of the lesser-known citrus oils, and has warm vanilla-scented overtones. Peppermint is, of course, the sweet and all-natural cousin of sugary candy-canes. These two certainly aren’t the only essential oils that pair well with the natural strengths of CBD, but they are two of the most effective, making them trends to watch in the new year.

Hitting the Gym

People are already gearing up for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games … or at least doing a few crunches at the gym … because essential oils that support exercise have been flagged as products to watch over the coming months. As more people become invested in solutions rooted in alternative medicine, products like Rosemary and Eucalyptus essential oil have risen in popularity. When properly diluted and used topically, these two oils can soothe sore muscles and deeply relax feelings of joint and tendon pain, especially after periods of intense exertion and for repetition strain. 

While we don’t have access to a crystal ball, we feel confident that these six essential oils will lead the pack into the new decade. But popularity matters much less than performance—whether your favorite oil is a hit or a hidden gem, you can find the best essential oils brands and CBD products right here at N8 Essentials.


Top 6 Essential Oils for the Coming Year

Cedarwood: Woody and earthy, great for stress-relief applications

Lavender: A trusty tool for better sleep and relaxation

Bergamot: A lesser-known citrus with sweet vanilla overtones

Peppermint: A familiar and delicious scent to support healthy digestion

Rosemary: Soothe sore muscles and joints after focused exertion

Eucalyptus: Use topically for better exercise and fitness

Ready for a quick pop quiz? Pencils down … it only has one (important) question—what is the best essential oil company, and why? You might have thought you’d left tests behind when you finished high school chemistry. But don’t sweat this one—this time you are handing out the grades, and we’re in the hot seat.

 In all honesty, we’ve got this one in the bag. At N8 Essentials we have a deep and enduring passion for quality. We rigorously test every product for purity and potency so that you can have complete trust in the natural products we offer. And when we say every product, we mean exactly that—from our USDA Certified Organic essential oils sourced from organic botanicals to our triple-tested CBD (hemp oil) products. You can even scan the QR code on our CBD packaging to see the results for the very product you have in your hands. Visit hemptestingcenter.com and enter the lot number from the package for all the detailed results of that product.

 As a consumer, how do I identify good quality essential oils?

In a world full of counterfeits, forgeries and imposters, it’s all too easy for a consumer to feel lost in the hype. So we don’t try to persuade you about the quality of our natural products with questionable messaging or scare tactics. We just show you the science. We use only authentic essential oils with zero added filler or chemical fragrances—don’t fall for lower-quality alternatives containing perfumes and synthetic oils. We start with our own rigorous in-house testing with our Ph.D. chemists, and then add third-party testers to triple-test our products and post the reports for you to enjoy. Each oil is rigorously GC-MS tested for quality by independent research. This includes screenings for purity (to confirm that our products are exactly what they say they are), potency (to ensure that the strength of the oil is what we and our customers expect), and quality (because we know what you expect). For those looking to support their health naturally, N8 Essentials offers the most trusted products available.

 Why the Perfectionism? 

It’s simple, we want to be the most trusted natural health brand, known for setting the standard in the natural health industry. What brand of essential oils do you trust most? If it isn’t N8 Essentials, we would enjoy earning your trust. You may have sensed that it’s a bit of the wild west out there in the essential oil industry. Standards, rules, and regulations are still in flux for many of the natural products that you’ve come to depend on and love, and some people are happy to take advantage of that fact. Think of us as a breath of honesty. We impose strict quality standards on ourselves … not because it’s required of us, but because it’s the right thing to do.

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