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5 ways to use essential oils for wellbeing

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“I’m so busy”, “My weekend is so full”, “I’ve got so much to do”.

I’m sure we’ve all used a variation on one of these statements lately, and are all too familiar with the feeling of being slightly overwhelmed by the amount of commitments we’ve made. We’re often in a rush, feeling like we don't have enough time to ourselves, and that we’re a little behind on all the things we need to do, let alone all the things we’d like to do. This modern life can be fast-paced and frantic. With work taking up more and more of our time, the rising cost of living, social media and 24/7 news intruding into our homes at all hours, the pressure can take its toll on our mental and physical wellbeing.

It’s interesting to note, then, the emergence over the last few years of many small movements that seem to counter this frenzied pace by encouraging us to slow down and find balance. The Danish concept of Hygge, Marie Kondo's methods for decluttering our space and mind, mindfulness and meditation apps and practices, and the resurgence of aromatherapy for an instant mood-boost. These form a part of the increasing global movement focusing on the importance of self care and the maintenance of our mental wellbeing. Some of these trends you may have heard of, or perhaps have tried yourself, some may seem like a bit of fun, and some more practical, but there is a similar idea behind all of them: slow down, relax, reflect, and find content, even if it’s just for those few moments.

Here at earthYARD we combat stress and find calm by tapping into what we know best, the restorative powers of essential oils. Here are just five ways you can use essential oils to help you find peace and calm, or to help you find the inner strength needed to tackle your day:

FRANKINCENSE OIL

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Frankincense Oil is extracted from tree resin, and has been used and valued since ancient times. It smells balsamic and slightly sweet and spicy, and blends well with Bergamot, Black Pepper and Sandalwood. You may find the aroma of Frankincense Oil to be warm, uplifting, and stimulating, which could make it great for times when you need to de-stress and give your mind or mood a boost.

Usage suggestion: Try adding 1-2 drops onto facial blotters or a little strip of baking paper and pop into your wallet or handbag for a mobile calmness wherever you go.

BUDDHAWOOD OIL

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Buddha Wood Oil is extracted from a small tree native to Australia, and it is often used as a meditation aid. It has a beautiful, deep woodsy, whisky scent, and blends well with Sandalwood, Bergamot and Clove Bud Oil. The aroma of Buddha Wood Oil may bring balance and grounding to your day, which could make it great for those times you want to encourage feelings of relaxation and peace.

Usage suggestion: Diffuse 5 drops of Buddha Wood with 3 drops of Orange and 2 Drops of Sage for a peaceful ambience at home – perfect for a post busy day quick meditation session.

HUSH BLEND

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Created by earthYARD combining Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Marjoram, Lavender, Orange, Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang. Hush Blend was designed to be calming and comforting, which could make it great for when you are feeling anxious, or wish to refocus and be in the moment.

Usage suggestion: Splash a few drops across the shower floor before stepping in (not too much or you may slip) let the steam fill the room and focus on the sounds of water.

FORCE BLEND

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Designed by earthYARD and features Rosemary, Grapefruit and Peppermint with Myrrh, Citrus and Cedarwood. Force Blend was created to help you rally your inner resources and push through the day, you may find it useful for those times you are running on little sleep or when you need to find a little motivation.

Usage suggestion: You can wear Force Blend on diffuser jewellery but my personal favourite is 3 drops into a small amount of our base cream for an all-over wearable armour.

SANDALWOOD ALBUM OIL

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Sandalwood Oil is derived from the aromatic wood of the Australian Sandalwood Album tree. It’s aroma is sweet and woody, and it blends well with Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Orange among many others. You may find the aroma of Sandalwood to bring clarity, and be soothing and sensual, which could be great for when you need to clear your mind and focus, as well as for setting a romantic mood.

Usage suggestion: Dilute into Jojoba or your favourite carrier oil for a natural meditative perfume or add a few drops to some natural laundry detergent and create mindful wash.

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Eradicate toxins and mould naturally

All Natural DIY Mould Remover

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Before the rise of the commercial modern-day cleaners we recognise today, the way we dealt with cleaning conundrums in the home was simpler. Some home grown wisdom, a little bit of elbow grease, and a remedy often made of natural ingredients that were easy to obtain, or already in the home. Many households are returning to these tried and true remedies in an effort to reduce toxins in the home, reduce their waste, and save money. earthYARD stocks a wide range of natural ingredients that can help you on your way to being a DIY master.

As Winter takes hold in Australia, many of us are spending more time in the warmth indoors, and keeping the doors and windows shut tight against cold and drafts. Wintry hibernation habits such as hot, steamy showers and drying clothes indoors, coupled with sometimes ineffective ventilation, can create a warm and moist environment which is perfect for enticing an unwanted guest into your home: Mould.

Mould is part of a group of organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeast. It thrives in the moist, dark areas of your home that lack adequate ventilation. Mould spreads via tiny particles called spores, which are carried in the air. These spores are present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, and may cause health problems if inhaled by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. According to a fact sheet provided by NSW Health*, The people with the greatest risk of health problems from contact with mould are:

  • People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions
  • People with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV infection, cancer patients taking chemotherapy or people who have received an organ transplant)
  • People with chronic lung diseases (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema)

Symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, irritation of the eyes and skin and sometimes wheezing. This is why it’s so important to keep mould at bay. To make sure mould doesn’t take hold in the dark, moist areas of your home, try some of these practical preventative measures:

  • Maintain proper ventilation: use exhaust fans when cooking, bathing or using a clothes dryer, and when the weather permits open windows to provide cross ventilation.
  • Reduce humidity: Limit the use of humidifiers, limit the number of houseplants in your home and don’t let them sit in trays of water.
  • Control moisture: Repair leaks and plumbing issues, and if water does enter your home, completely clean and dry carpets, etc and discard anything that cannot be cleaned and dried completely.

If you do discover mould this winter, there are many ways to remove it. There are a trove of homemade, DIY options that can reduce your environmental footprint, reduce your use of single-use plastic packaging, and are also gentle on the household budget. Instead of introducing further toxins into your home by using harsh commercial cleaners, try a natural home remedy to remove mould like the one below.

All Natural DIY Mould Remover Recipe

Ingredients:
½ Cup Bi Carb Soda
¼ cup White Vinegar
10 drops each Cold Pressed Lemon Oil and Clove Bud Oil

Method:
In a deep bowl mix the essential oils into the vinegar until evenly dispersed.
Mix in the bi carb soda a tablespoon at a time until you have a running paste.
Using gloves, dip a damp cloth into the mixture and wipe over mould area until covered.
Leave to set and dry (this will take approximately 10-15 minutes).
Scrub the dried paste to ensure you get everything.
Wipe clean with a cloth and hot water.
Repeat every few months to maintain a mould free space.

Note: As you’re working you will notice your paste begins to harden. You can increase flow by adding a touch more vinegar or a splash of hot water.

*Access NSW Health Fact sheet on mould here:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/mould.aspx