Self-care is vital year-round, but sometimes, during the busy holiday season, taking care of yourself is something that gets placed on the back burner. But it’s actually during the bustling times that self-care is the most important. Choose to be proactive with your self-care efforts! You’ll set yourself up to stay healthier, be present during memorable moments, and truly enjoy the lively season. Here are a few self-care practices to try during the holiday season.
Diffuse Essential Oils
While all the popular scents of the holidays are enjoyable, being more deliberate in the aromas you inhale can be transformative for your mood. Adding essential oils purposefully to your diffuser will allow you to breathe in a continual, steady infusion and enjoy a long-lasting aromatic experience.
Select an essential oil that supports your current attitude or feelings best. Reach for Lavender if you are looking for a sense of calmness or peace. Citrus is a good option if you need a revitalizing push or want to be uplifted. Eucalyptus is an awesome oil for clarity and helps to sharpen your focus.
Diffusing oils delightfully pairs with a yoga session, meditation exercise, or journaling activity.
Take a Steam Shower
A hot, steamy shower is an easy-to-curate, at-home self-care practice. The warmth helps get your blood flowing, which will invigorate tired muscles. The steam will open up blood vessels and begin to naturally lower blood pressure. The entire process will help you unwind and destress, fostering an overall sense of well-being.
Our 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist was created to give you a therapeutic spa-like steam room experience right in your own bathroom. Simply turn on the hot water in your shower to get started. When it starts to get steamy, spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist into the steam cloud, away from your eyes.
Rest, Rest, and Rest
We simply cannot overstate the importance of rest. No one can be at their best when they are tired, run-down, and out of energy. But we know that seems like a lofty order during the stressful season when you have a mile-long list of things to do! Plus, it can be difficult to wind down after a full day of shopping, cleaning, and prepping.
For a little support before bedtime, consider a pillow spray or diffusing essential oils like Lavender and Chamomile in a diffuser on your night stand. Pillow sprays are essential oil-based products that are sprayed directly onto bed pillows (or linens). This provides an aromatherapeutic experience that prepares the body, mind, and mood for optimal relaxation. We answered all your pillow spray questions here.
We actually prefer diffusing rather than spraying directly onto linens since there is a lesser chance of contact irritation. Plus diffusing will last for hours!
One Product Does it All
When we created our 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist, we created a diverse product that can be used in many different ways.
First, as we mentioned above, use it in your shower for the ultimate steam relaxation adventure. But you can also use our ShowerMist as a naturally-effective pillow spray alternative. A few sprays on your pillow will allow you to breathe in those amazing benefits while you sleep. Finally, you can add our ShowerMist to a diffuser. Just spray a small bit into the water of your diffuser to steadily release the sensational aroma of the essential oil.
All of our blends are carefully formulated, using only the finest ingredients available on the world market. Plus we offer a variety of scent infusions that can support your current state of mind or the state of mind you want to be in. (Check out our variety pack!)
How do you practice self-care during the holidays?
With school back in session, students and parents alike can use essential oils to naturally increase their focus and decrease mental fatigue. But which essential oils or products should you use? We’re sharing the best option to reach for depending on your needs and the time of day.
Arise & Shine: Wake Up with Citrus
There is a reason people reach for a glass of orange juice in the mornings. Citrus (whether lime, lemon, grapefruit, orange, or some fusion of those) provides an uplifting scent that can naturally boost your energy. This is why the mornings are a great time to embrace the aromatherapeutic effects of Citrus. It’ll wake you up, heighten your senses, and elevate your mood. Our Citrus-Infused Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist permeates your morning shower with the powers of Citrus. You’ll be ready for whatever comes your way!
Time to Focus? Reach for Peppermint
Peppermint is known to improve concentration, making it the best option for when you need to buckle down and focus. The invigorating scent triggers the part of the brain that controls mental clarity, providing the alertness you need to be at your best. It can also aid in lowering your stress level and improving your memory. Diffusing our Menthol Crystals releases the amazing potential of Peppermint right into your office or classroom. You’ll have a clear mind ready for the task at hand!
Beat the Mid-Day Slump With…Pick Your Favorite!
There are actually a few different essential oil options that can provide the support you need to beat the mid-day slump. Play around with different options to find what works best for you. The refreshing scent of Citrus will provide a zesty jolt. Or, the powerful, exhilarating scent of Peppermint will sharpen your clarity. Another terrific option is Eucalyptus. The strong, sharp aroma of greens is revitalizing and will help you get back on your feet quickly.
If you often find yourself feeling sluggish midday, here are 5 More Ways to Beat Midday Fatigue fast and naturally.
Brain Fog? Start at Night With Lavender
Mental fatigue or “brain fog” generally stems from physical fatigue or inadequate sleep. So the remedy begins with at night. Using Lavender before bed (along with helpful sleep habits) can improve sleep quality and duration, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed. Lavender is a soothing scent, known for its calming properties. The sweet, floral aroma will reduce stress and help quiet a racing mind.
The calming effects of a Yoga ritual before bed can be life-changing, especially when combined with our Lavender-Infused Pure Eucalyptus Oil Yoga Mat Cleaner. Simply spray on your mat (and wipe clean) before and after practice to enjoy the aromatic benefits during your practice.
Which essential oils do you reach for to boost energy and combat mental fatigue? Let us know in the comments!
You’ve got your Tea Tree oil, but now what? How exactly do you use it to experience the popular benefits of this renowned essential oil? Here are some simple tips to rock your tea tree oil use for a healthier, more holistic lifestyle.
Remember: Tea Tree oil is a powerful, potent oil. Just a few drops will go a long way in providing symptomatic relief. Because of its strength, however, Tea Tree oil should usually be mixed with a carrier oil to avoid side effects. This doesn’t dilute the power of the essential oil; it simply protects the contact area.
Scalp Treatment: If you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp, Tea Tree oil will remove dead skin cells and moisturize the affected areas. Simply add 3-4 drops of Tea Tree oil into your favorite natural shampoo to defeat dandruff. This will soothe the itchy skin and promote healthy hair growth.
Cleaning: To make your own natural cleaning spray, mix a few drops of Tea Tree oil with hot water or distilled white vinegar. This will disinfect the areas you spray, plus deodorize your room with the warm, astringent scent. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to your washing machine to thoroughly disinfect laundry.
Acne: If you are prone to breakouts, Tea Tree oil may be the remedy you need. Using a Q-tip or cotton applicator, carefully dab a bit of the oil straight onto the acne. Since Tea Tree oil is very strong, which can cause severe dryness, dilute the oil by first dipping your Q-tip in water.
Wounds/Scars: Tea Tree oil is the perfect addition to your first aid kit. In fact, it’s been hailed as a “medicine cabinet in a bottle.” It can minimize itching, disinfect wounds, and soothe the redness of sunburns, bug bites, and minor scrapes. It can even promote healing of scars by helping to reduce inflammation. Add 1-2 drops of Tea Tree oil to a healing carrier oil such as Macadamia Nut oil and apply it to the affected area. Or you can use it “neat” (without a carrier oil) directly on the area.
Steam Shower: When you are suffering from allergies or sinus blockage, Tea Tree oil can act as a decongestant. Inhaling the scent will open up your nasal passageways, allowing you to breathe easier. The best way to experience the aromatherapeutic benefits is during your shower. Our Tea Tree Infused Pure Eucalpytus Oil ShowerMist, which combines Tea Tree oil with 100% pure Eucalyptus Oil, works with the steam to open up a stuffy nose.
Diffuser: An essential oil diffuser can allow you to breathe in the purifying benefits of the warm, clarifying scent of Tea Tree oil. Add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to the water tank in your diffuser to help you breathe better, remove bad odors, purify the air, create a lovely smelling ambiance for your room, and uplift your mood.
How else do you use Tea Tree oil? With these ideas, we know you’ll be ready to rock your Tea Tree oil and fully experience the benefits of this amazing essential oil.
Waves of nausea are intense and can hit without warning. Whether caused by stress, digestive issues, medication side effects, or a myriad of other reasons, nausea is sudden, unpleasant, and you want it gone fast! Fortunately, there are several different remedies. Plus, all our suggestions support your healthy, holistic lifestyle.
When your upset stomach makes it difficult to consume the remedy you need, we recommend turning to essential oils. Essential oils penetrate the skin and circulate throughout the body in a matter of minutes. They also work just as well when inhaled deeply into the lungs.
A popular choice for natural nausea relief is Ginger. Ginger is actually derived from a flavorful root known for its sweet, peppery flavor. It can help in treating pregnancy-induced morning sickness, motion sickness, and even nausea after a surgical procedure. This spice is readily available as a lozenge or candy and in teas or ale.
When nausea strikes, many people also reach for Peppermint. And for good reason, too! Peppermint’s strong scent can pack an aromatherapeutic punch. It naturally calms your stomach muscles, which in turn, brings about relief from tightness, sourness, or general discomfort. Items as simple as peppermint tea, gum, or candies can help.
Finally, a lesser-known, but a still effective natural remedy for nausea is lemon and other citrus fruit. The citric acid helps aid digestion and soothe your stomach.
Our top picks for natural nausea relief are our Mint-Infused or Citrus-Infused Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMists. Each product contains 100% pure Eucalyptus oil and 100% pure botanical oils. Simply spray the mist directly into the steam of a shower, get in, and breathe deeply to let the oils do their work. This all-natural, plant-based, steam-distilled mist has no synthetics, alcohols, or petrochemicals.
Other Nausea Relief Tips
Another idea to try for nausea relief is acupressure, the technique of applying pressure to a specific area to release tension, promote circulation, and in turn, relieve symptoms. The pressure point for nausea is located on the inner wrist area. Many people also try light, gentle yoga, deep breathing techniques to de-stress, and activated charcoal. Here’s a blog post that explores those options more in-depth.
We hope you found some ideas to try next time nausea strikes. As an important reminder, if your stomach nausea is more than an inconvenient discomfort, please seek medical attention. Severe cramping, localized pain, or any other sudden symptoms should be examined by a doctor.
What are your go-to remedies for nausea relief? Please share below!
Have you considered using a pillow spray or mist to help provide a better night’s sleep? We’re answering some of your top questions about this soothing product. We’re exploring the benefits of a pillow mist, discussing ingredients, and sharing our preferred alternative. (Spoiler alert: you can use our ShowerMists outside the shower!)
What is a pillow spray or pillow mist?
A pillow spray is an essential oil-based product sprayed directly onto bed pillows (or linens) to provide an aromatherapeutic experience. Usually, the mist is added right before bed. Once dry, the scent prepares the body, mind, and mood for optimal relaxation.
Some of the common essential oils found in pillow sprays are Lavender (for its amazing, calming effects), Menthol (for its aide in opening nasal passageways), and Eucalyptus (for an exhilarating, delightful experience.)
What are the benefits of pillow spray?
Pillow sprays are infused with aromatherapy ingredients, so a deep inhale will provide you with the aromatic benefits of your preferred scent. This includes restfulness, relaxation, and calmness, which all work together to provide optimal rest. Additionally, pillow sprays are easy to use — a light mist is all you need. Since it is sprayed directly on to your pillow or sheets (right where you’ll be snuggling for hours), the full effects are experienced without much effort.
How much does a pillow spray cost?
The cost of pillow sprays vary depending on size, ingredients, and brand. Expect to pay between $30 and $80 (or more!) for 8 oz. of product — the ingredients of which may not be evident and the quality questionable. Keep reading to know what to look for.
Are pillow sprays safe?
Yes — if you do a little research. With so many different ones on the market, it is important to find a pillow spray with only safe ingredients. Some claim to be “natural” or “organic” but contain other dilutants or alcohol (keep an eye out for Ethanol, a type of alcohol which is a solvent used to extract botanical oils). This can increase the chance for an allergic reaction and reduce the effectiveness.
Our advice: Always have a look at the label to see what’s in the product. If the label doesn’t clearly indicate what’s in it, be cautious or skip it entirely for another that lists all the ingredients and has third-party testing to ensure quality and purity. See our rundown of the pros and cons of pillow mists.
Is there an alternative to pillow sprays?
Yes! EuroSpa Aromatics has captured the aromatic benefits of an easy-to-use pillow spray but added the possibility of shower use with our 100% Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist. This all-natural, plant-based, steam-distilled mist has no synthetics, alcohols, or petrochemicals. It is 100% pure Eucalyptus oil, and our infusions use 100% pure botanical oils.
Our ShowerMists can be enjoyed in several ways. First and foremost, you can use it as a naturally-effective pillow spray alternative. Yes! Simply spritz a few sprays on your pillow, wait a few seconds for it to dry, and breathe in those amazing benefits while you sleep! Or use it to create a spa-like steam room experience in your own shower. When your shower starts to get steamy, spritz a few sprays into the steam cloud, away from your eyes. Finally, if you prefer, you can even add it to a diffuser.
In our ShowerMists, we kept all the good, removed the bad, and created a product that functions in multiple ways. Now that you have a little more information about pillow sprays, we hope you will be able to find the one that best supports your relaxation goals.
Back to school is an exciting time of year! Teachers are working hard to make their classrooms an inviting, creative space. Students are stirring with the excitement of meeting friends and learning new things. And parents are prepping the home in anticipation of a new, healthy routine.
To prepare everyone for an A+ experience that very first day, use essential oils as part of your home or classroom daily routine.
You’ve poured your heart and soul into creatively planning the best ways to reach your students and teach the material. Still, you may have a secret weapon at your disposal sure to increase attention (and retention): diffusing essential oils.
For a classroom, our Menthol Crystals can be a multi-purpose powerhouse. These all-natural crystals are colorless and clear and are a natural by-product of steam-distilled peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint is one of the top essential oils known to improve focus and concentration. The scent is an invigorating one that will stimulate the young minds in your classroom, allowing them a chance to better focus on and retain the day’s lesson.
An added bonus of our Menthol Crystals: they can be used to deodorize your room! You can easily freshen the air after the students return from an extra active recess or P.E. class.
Back to school brings new friends, new things to learn, and, unfortunately, new germs! While you’re gearing up for the routine of back to school, make sure you’re giving your student (and your home!) the best possible immunity boost.
With just some basic ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and, of course, your favorite essential oil, you can make your own natural, all-purpose cleaners very easily. (Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, and Lemon are some of our favorite oils for cleaning.) With our recipes, you can quickly clean your windows, toilets, and countertops to keep a germ-free house despite your busy schedule.
Using essential oils in your cleaning can help keep germs at bay and break down grease and grime. An added benefit is the lovely scent that these plant-based oils release throughout your home.
With the summer behind you, it’s now time to dive in and do your best work — whether that’s in the classroom or on the sports field. You’ll be studying hard, pushing your body, and finding rest when you can. For many students, essential oils can be your go-to tool for being your best.
To prepare for your day, choose something with a citrus twist in the mornings. Orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime are energizing scents that will improve your ability to focus. Whether your day starts with a history quiz or a group assignment, you can walk into the classroom ready to master the material.
After a hard practice, your muscles will benefit from the cooling relief of Peppermint. Our Mint-Infused Pure Eucalyptus ShowerMist will transform your basic shower into a spa-like steam room and give your muscles the rest they need. After running a hot shower, simply spritz a few sprays of the ShowerMist into the steam and away from the face. Younger students can feel lighter effects by spraying the edge of their tub while soaking. If you need added relief for those sore muscles, try our recipe here for a homemade muscle rub.
Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or student, essential oils can be one of the most “essential” back to school items on your list. Which one of these ideas will you try this school year? Let us know in the comments!
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