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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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