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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 March 13, 2019

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. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well 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. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

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, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which 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 a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up 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. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

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.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

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.

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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 end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

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

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

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.

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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 why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

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, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

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

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. 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. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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