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If you tend to hibernate over the winter months, this time of year can feel like a transition. Days begin to warm, sunshine becomes more plentiful and you may even venture out of your burrow on occasion, into the great outdoors. Essential oils can offer support through the physical and emotional shift your body makes from winter to spring.
If a thorough spring cleaning is part of your annual ritual, make it a healthy one. Banish the dust, detritus and litter of the winter without using chemical cleaners in your home or around your kids and pets. Use a damp cloth with a few drops of full-strength certified organic Lemon essential oil to clean surfaces. The sweet ambiance and natural strength of this powerful essential oil will purify your home without leaving a chemical residue or toxic fumes. Try placing a few drops of Lemon into your vacuum so the air movement can diffuse the cleansing scent as you move through your home. Wash pillowcases, sheets, and blankets in very hot water combined with a few drops of Lemon and Tea Tree oil added directly to your machine’s wash cycle. Spritz a dilution with a few drops of full-strength oil and water directly onto non-washable items.
For other indoor jobs, use environmentally friendly cleaning products with purely natural ingredients. Add 20 drops of Lemon essential oil and a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of water or witch hazel. The mixture can be used to spray on bathroom fittings and other areas prone to mold, and on to mattresses and other textiles to kill dust mites.
Spring allergies generally peak when trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air and outdoor molds release spores. Depending on where you live and what you are sensitive to, allergic reactions can be intense. The calming, clean-scented power of Lavender is a cleansing and calming support for people who suffer from springtime allergies. In addition to maintaining healthy breathing and strong airways, Lavender’s calming scent promotes relaxation and can aid in alleviating headaches. Diffuse a few drops for 15 minutes every 2 hours, or diffuse a diluted amount next to your bed for feelings of relief.
If you need extra energy to emerge from the winter doldrums, combine three drops of Lemon, two Peppermint oil and one Lavender essential oil in an essential oils diffuser and mist for feelings of emotional uplift, energy and resolve. This simple combination will have you embracing your next sun-filled day with a positive outlook and refreshed motivation.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Essential oils have been used for health and healing for more than 6,000 years. Dating back as far as 4500BC, ancient Egypt, Greece, Persia, and other regions were renowned for their aromatic oils. Today, essential oils are commonly used in therapeutic baths, aromatherapy, topical lotions, and various health remedies. Essential oils are concentrated oils derived from the distillation of leaves, flowers, stems, bark and the roots of plants.
The majority of essential oils are clear in color but some have an amber tone such as lemongrass, patchouli, and orange. Likewise, the colors of some oils are light green, yellow and even dark blue. For the most part, essential oils are used externally as in aromatherapy or topically. However, some oils can be taken orally with specialized instructions.
Balancing moods, boosting energy levels, helping with sleep problems, relieving pain, nausea and stress, even easing certain skin issues like eczema and dry skin. In truth, the benefits of essential oils are wide-ranging in part because they contain many medicinal properties. Aromatherapy alone can be effective in treating psychological, physical and aesthetic conditions like acne and aging skin. Several essential oils have been shown to have antifungal and antiseptic properties that can be used for cuts, as a disinfectant and for other skin conditions. Additionally, some oils have been known to ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Of the many essential oils available, you’ll want to keep these in your medicine cabinet.
Lavender – relieves stress and anxiety, induces sleep, helps heal wounds
Orange – a strong antibacterial, great for acne, kills candida yeast
Lemon – improves digestion, relieves nausea, promotes weight loss, reduces acne
Tea Tree – an antiseptic for infections, athlete’s foot, bites, stings, lice, eczema, psoriasis
Eucalyptus – antiseptic, stimulate cardiac activity, relieve fevers (applied topically)
Peppermint – improves digestion, aids in nausea, respiratory issues and stomach problems
One of the best ways to enjoy essential oils is by diffusing them with a diffuser. This type of aromatherapy has a wide variety of health benefits when used properly. Some of the most effective aromatic scents to diffuse include:
Lavender – relaxing, lowers blood pressure
Cedarwood – calming, relaxing, helps with sleep
Peppermint – comforting and energizing, improves memory
Lemongrass – insect repellent, lower anxiety, alleviate stress
Lemon – improves mood, promotes well-being, increases energy
Frankincense – refreshes a room, relieves stress, reduces negative emotions
Cinnamon Bark – stimulates circulation, reduces irritability, increases concentration
One of the most popular and leading essential oils is CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD oil is one version composed of many parts of the hemp plant but contains no THC (it is non-psychoactive). As of late, there are over 20,000 published studies about CBD and its medical (health) benefits. Equally, cannabinoids for pets are now specially prepared to safely allow your animal to experience the benefits CBD.
When it comes to choosing an essential oil brand, you want the very best. But frankly, not all essential oils are created equal. At N8 Essentials, all of our essential oils are certified organic, so you know you’re getting the safest and most pure product on the market. Nevertheless, there are certain elements to look for and some very important features to consider before selecting a product.
Check for purity and quality. Although there is no standard definition for “pure”, the quality of the oil pertains to many factors. Look for a company that has high standards and uses certified organic oils. The making of the oil will often be monitored from start to finish, for example.
We pick our ingredients from a variety of high-integrity sources. Our essential oils are USDA certified organic. Essential oils with the USDA certified organic seal are the only essentials oils that have any oversight, regulation controls and protecting the environment protocols in place that includes the condition of the soil prior to planting all the way through to bottling. They are free of harmful pesticides and chemicals and are therefore the only essential oils available that protect the earth and the farmer, as well as having complete peace of mind in quality control.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as a natural and safe solution for health and wellness. But it is always advised to talk to a healthcare professional before using products that you are unfamiliar with. Again, not all oils are created equal. Using oils that contain the best and most organic processes and ingredients (like N8 Essentials) is what you’ll want to locate.
Whether you are brand new to essential oils, or maybe they’re already a part of your daily routine, we’d love for you to see the benefits of high quality, certified organic essential oils. There is so much to learn about them and the rewards they can bring to you and your family. The possibilities are limitless.
Unless you’ve somehow tapped into Captain Kirk’s teleportation technology, travel is not easy. It’s never fun to stay cramped for hours behind a steering wheel or belted into a tiny and remarkably uncomfortable airline seat. It only gets more challenging if you have a kid strapped in a car seat just eight inches behind your head for hours at a time … or, heaven forbid, in your lap on the plane. But there are ways to make your journey a little bit easier by using essential oils.
Take, for instance, your road trip last summer. You didn’t realize when you looked at the map that those tiny squiggles meant that the road you planned to drive had switchbacks that would challenge the most ironclad stomach. After three hours of left, right, left, right, left … your stomach is ready to abandon ship. Thankfully you’ve stashed certified organic ginger and lemon in the car. A few drops in a car diffuser or on a tissue fills your space with sweet tummy relief and lets you power through to your destination.
Or think back to the time you flew to Albuquerque for a three-day conference. By the time you get back to your hotel room at the conclusion of the last meeting, all you want to do is crawl into bed with the music loud enough to drown out the convention speaker’s voice droning on in your head. And the weird chemical-must smell of the hotel room isn’t helping you feel any better. Lucky for you, you packed a bottle of certified organic lavender and geranium blend and are able to do a little emergency aromatherapy to ease your stress headache and fill your space with calm energy and focus.
Or maybe you are finally on that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand, but intense jet lag is killing your mojo. A jeep tour leaves early in the morning, and you need some serious help waking up your brain to be ready. Good thing you packed N8 Essential’s certified organic Energize blend and a personal inhaler. In just a few minutes you are on your feet and ready for the adventure of the day. No matter how you travel, enjoy the destination more with the help and support of powerful essential oil singles and blends.
When the weather turns cool and the sun drops below the horizon earlier every evening, who doesn’t love the warm ambiance of a flickering candle and the sweet natural scent of essential oils? Combining essential oils with soy candles gives them a clean, warm, nurturing scent. Soy wax is simple to work with, easy to melt, and a cinch to clean up … all of which makes these candles a good candidate for a simple DIY project at home. Essential oil scented soy candles also make great personalized gifts for family and friends. To begin, you’ll need a few supplies:
How to make your candle:
Experiment with the types and amount of essential oils you add to find the scent you prefer. Great combinations include certified organic bergamot and clove, or certified organic lavender and vetiver. Or, just add on of N8 Essential’s pre-mixed blends for a balanced and supportive aromatherapy experience. But don’t go too crazy … soy wax candles won’t solidify properly if you add too much essential oil. If you struggle with the texture of the wax, you can purchase an optional product called palm stearic, which will help your candle achieve the correct texture, even with extra essential oil.
With so many delicious scents to choose from, you’ll be able to craft a candle that creates ambiance and aromatherapy benefits that meet your needs.