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For Busy People: The Complete Guide To Using Lavender Oil

For Busy People: The Complete Guide To Using Lavender Oil

If you only use one essential oil, make sure it is lavender oil!

It is one of the most versatile essential oils, and it is most commonly known for its calming effects on the body. The relaxing scent helps your mind to unwind, but the benefits of lavender oil don’t end there; it can also be used to help cure various physical problems.

Having a bottle of lavender oil in your home gives you a mini first aid kit, food flavoring, perfume and a mood pick-me-up. Check out how to use lavender oil to cure physical and emotional problems below.

1. Aching muscles

If you have aching muscles after a tough work-out, run yourself a lavender bath to help soothe your aching muscles. Simply add a few drops of oil to the water before you jump in!

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2. Calming

Lavender is well-known for its calming effect on the body. Add two drops of lavender oil to your cupped palms, then hold your face over your palms and breathe deeply if you are feeling stressed out. Simply breathing like this for a minute or two will calm you.

3. Insomnia

A study found that elderly psychiatric patients sleep better and are more alert during the daytime when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil. If you struggle to sleep, put a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow before you go to sleep. Breathing in the lavender scented air will help to induce sleep.

4. Earache

To relieve earache, warm a bottle of lavender in hot water for a few minutes, then massage a few warm drops around your ears and throat.

5. Mosquito bite

Mosquitoes seriously hate the smell of lavender, so you can prevent bites by splashing diluted lavender onto your legs and arms before going out. You can also dab lavender oil onto bites to soothe the need for itching and the inflammation.

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6. Headache

Relive headache pain by making a lavender compress for your head. Simply soak the compress in very cold water before sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil onto it. Rest with the compress on your forehead until you feel better.

7. Minor burns

If you have suffered a minor burn, first immerse the area in cold water for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards gently pat lavender oil onto the area to relieve pain and minimize the risk of scarring.

8. Motion sickness

Alleviate motion sickness by placing a drop of lavender oil on your navel or your ears. This will help to reduce the feeling of nausea.

9. Fevers

If anyone in your family has a fever, sponge them gently with room-temperature water with a drop of lavender oil in it. This can be used on small children and babies as well as adults.

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10. Small cuts

Simply place a drop of lavender oil on a cut to help kill bacteria and clean the wound.

11. Eczema

You can mix lavender oil with another kind of vegetable oil (coconut, olive, or sesame, for example) to help with any irritation caused by eczema. Mix a few drops of each and gently massage onto the afflicted area.

12. Hay fever

Do you suffer from itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose every summer? Try rubbing lavender oil on your palms and inhaling the scent to relieve symptoms of hay fever.

13. Acne

Many aromatherapists say that lavender oil is one of the best natural ways to treat acne. Add a few drops to a plain cream and use a few times a week as a moisturizer.

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14. Dry skin and lips

Dry, chapped lips can be re-hydrated with a small amount of lavender oil; simply rub a few drops onto the dry area.

15. Flavoring

Is there anything that lavender can’t do? It can also be used as a delicious flavoring to add to many recipes. We recommend adding a drop of lavender oil to green tea for enhanced flavor. It also works well in salads and desserts!

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Last Updated on November 5, 2020

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on Small Tasks

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

3. Upgrade Yourself

Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a Friend

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

7. Read a Book (or Blog)

The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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8. Have a Quick Nap

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

    One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

    9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

    10. Find Some Competition

    When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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    11. Go Exercise

    Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

    If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

    12. Take a Few Vacation Days

    If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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