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5 Essential Oils Uses That Will Improve Your Health

5 Essential Oils Uses That Will Improve Your Health

The sense of smell is a very powerful one when it comes to one’s wellbeing. Scents have the ability to make you feel calm, happy, relaxed, and productive. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for both medicinal and health purposes. Their uses include everything from vanity, aromatherapy, medicinal purposes, and household cleaning products.

The particles that are included in them are extracted from different parts of plants, including the leaves, flowers, bark, peels, resin, and roots. Their benefits come from their antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. The benefit of using them rather than traditional medicines is their ability to act as a natural medicine without the side effects that prescription drugs may have.

There are many ways that you can use essential oils to benefit your health. Whether you are looking for a natural skincare or a sleep aid they have the ability to help you. There are some tips that are important to remember for using essential oils, regardless of the type. It is best to invest in high-quality oils that are therapeutic-grade. These should not be applied directly to the skin because their high concentration may cause an adverse reaction. Here are some effective and safe ways to use them.

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Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy involves using essential oils to combat health problems. A popular way of using aromatherapy is to put the oils into a diffuser. The diffuser works by releasing the oil molecules into the air, which creates a mist for you to breathe. You can use different blends of oils, depending on your goal.

You can also do aromatherapy by adding some drops of essential oil to a bath. For example, if you are looking for a natural sleep aid, add some lavender oils to your nightly bath to help induce sleep. Inhaling lavender can reduce stress hormones in your body, which helps you relax. You can also sprinkle a few drops on your pillow before going to sleep. Lavender is a very versatile oil, as it is not only used for sleep, but it can also be effective for healing bruises, skin irritations, and cuts as well.

Topical Uses

While many essential oils cannot be applied directly to the skin, they can be diluted and added to skin products such as lotions and soaps. You can use them and create your own skin products personalizing them to your specific health needs. For example, many choose to add rosemary essential oil to their beauty products. Rosemary oil can benefit hair growth when it is applied to the scalp, so add a few drops to your conditioner. Rosemary also helps improve memory, so adding it to a lotion you will wear all day can have a beneficial effect.

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Cleaning

Make all natural cleaning products using essential oils for a pleasant smelling and effective everyday household cleaner. For example, you can wipe the glass doors of your shower that are covered with soap scum with a few drops of lemon essential oil every other week. This will help protect the glass from grime buildup.

Another way you can use essential oils for cleaning is to clean the toilets. Add just two teaspoons of tea tree essential oil mixed with two cups of plain water to a spray bottle. After combining these, spray the mixture around the inside of the toilet’s rim. Let it sit for a half hour before scrubbing it clean. You can also put a few drops of oil inside the toilet paper tube, which will release the scent every time the paper is used.

Baking

Essential oil used in baking recipes can bring a concentrated flavor to your confections. The result is a savory dinner or a delectable sweet treat. Many people choose to add essential oils to their morning green smoothie. A certain blend may be used for weight loss or just for added taste. One great combination (for smoothies) is equal parts of grapefruit, tangerine, spearmint, and lemon essential oils.

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You can also make baked goods, such as lavender cookies, by adding just one to two drops of lavender essential oil to the cookie batter before baking. This will help flavor the cookies while also providing a relaxing and enticing scent.

Make sure to do your research beforehand, so you’re aware of what essential oils you can use for baking and what ones you can’t.

Kill Pests

Get rid of an insect problem either indoors or outdoors with the safe and effective use of essential oils. There are several ways they can kill and repel bugs both around your house as well as in your garden. You can use them as a bug spray, in your watering can, and even in candles to keep insects away.

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One example is the use of orange oil. Orange oil is a great bug repellent because it clears out entire colonies of bugs and prevents their re-infestation, rather than just killing them individually. Orange essential oil is harmless to humans, however, it is lethal to most insects due to its ability to dissolve the waxy coating on an insect’s exoskeleton. One use of orange oil can destroy an entire colony of ants, and also prevent re-infestation.

There are many beneficial uses for essential oils and several different ways you can use them. Determine your goals from them and then find the right mixture for you.

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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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