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10 Essential Oil Hacks for Busy Parents!

essential oil hacks for busy parents

There’s no doubt that being a parent is extremely rewarding, but let’s be honest. It also comes hand in hand with lack of sleep, build up of household chores, messy stains and stress – just to name a few!

Sometimes a helping hand is needed, and we love using essential oils at home for everything from head lice to cleaning and immunity support.

Keep reading for 10 essential oil hacks to make life easier for busy parents!

Focus hack

Kids need help concentrating on their homework? Diffuse some peppermint oil during study time to help them focus and stay on track.

Stress relief hack

If you or your kids struggle with stress or anxiety, mix some coconut oil with 1-2 drops of lavender oil and massage into the wrists each morning before school or work to inhale throughout the day as needed.

Head lice hack

Get rid of those pesky little critters by adding 5-8 drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray 3 times a day (focusing on the roots of the hair). After 2 days, wet the hair and use a nit comb to remove the dead lice easily. Alternatively, add a few drops to the kids shampoo to help prevent the infestation!

Stain remover hack

Add stained clothes to your washing machine and run the water until covered. Then, add 1 cup of vinegar, ½ cup of salt, and 3 drops of tea tree oil and let soak for 1 hour before continuing the wash cycle as usual.

Chemical-free cleaner hack

Create your own natural cleaner using On Guard to help reduce toxins throughout the home. Simply mix a few drops of On Guard with a spray bottle of water for a multi-purpose surface cleaner.

House smells hack

Say goodbye to household odours by diffusing bergamot oil, grapefruit oil or lemon oil throughout the home as a natural deodoriser.

Immunity support hack

During cold and flu season, boost your family’s immunity system by diffusing antibacterial and antiviral oils such as tea tree oil and On Guard to help prevent sickness.

Vacuum cleaning hack

To help your home smell fresh and clean, add a couple of drops of lavender oil to a cotton ball and hoover up as you begin to vacuum.

Perfume hack

Run out of perfume and need a quick alternative? Simply mix your favourite essential oil scent (we love geranium, sandalwood and ylang-ylang!) with a carrier oil and dab gently onto your wrists and neck.

Better sleep hack

If you or your kids are struggling to sleep, lavender oil can work wonders. Mix a few drops with coconut oil and massage gently into the soles of the feet before bed, add a couple of drops to a pre-bedtime bath, or diffuse throughout the evening to create a restful atmosphere.

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The Best Natural Remedies for Headaches and Migraines

Best essential oils for headache pain

If you’ve ever struggled with headaches or migraines, you’ll know just how debilitating they can be. Finding pain relief for headaches can sometimes feel impossible – but did you know there are some natural remedies to help?

From essential oils to magnesium supplements and Himalayan salt lamps, keep reading as we run through some of the best natural ways to relieve headache pain.

Essential oils for headaches

Essential oils can be used as an alternate remedy when it comes to easing and soothing headache pain naturally. These natural plant extracts offer a variety of health benefits and have been used in aromatherapy practices for centuries.

Certain essential oils are renowned for their pain relief benefits above others. These include:

There are a few different ways to use essential oils for headache pain relief.

  • Mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage gently into the temples and across the forehead
  • Add a few drops to a cotton pad or tissue and inhale deeply
  • Add a few drops to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes

Magnesium for headaches

Headache pain can sometimes be linked to low magnesium levels in our bodies. If your headache is combined with feelings of fatigue, low energy, muscle cramps or nausea, this may be a sign of magnesium deficiency.

To safely raise your magnesium levels and help alleviate ongoing headache pain, try incorporating more magnesium-rich foods like spinach, almonds, avocados and bananas into your diet. Or, create a relaxing bath soak using magnesium flakes.

Himalayan salt lamps for headaches

If your headaches are caused by using electronics like mobile phones, tablets and laptops, you may be reacting to an overexposure of the positive ions generated by these items. Being exposed to positive ions can leave us feeling drained and stressed, along with creating consistent headaches.

Himalayan salt lamps can help to counteract these positive ions, as they naturally produce negative ions – the ions that make you feel refreshed, clear and energised. These are the same ions that are often found by the crashing waves of the ocean, or at the bottom of a waterfall. Consider placing a Himalayan salt lamp in the areas of the home or office where you spend the most time around electronics to help prevent headaches caused by these items.

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Why is Magnesium So Important (and are you getting enough?)

Why is magnesium so important

Magnesium is one of the most vital minerals for the everyday functions of both our brain and bodies, but so many of us are actually magnesium deficient.

So why exactly is magnesium so important, what does it do, and how can you tell whether you’re getting enough?

Keep reading to learn more about the role magnesium plays in health and wellness, along with some tips on incorporating more magnesium into your diet and lifestyle.

What does magnesium actually do?

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 reactions within our bodies – and in actual fact, every cell in our bodies requires adequate magnesium levels to function!

This is why magnesium is one of 7 “macrominerals” – the minerals we need to consume in relatively large amounts each day. Magnesium helps our bodies in many different ways, including:

  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Encouraging restful sleep
  • Improving circulation
  • Strengthening bones and teeth
  • Reducing the risk of diabetes
  • Promoting heart health
  • Preventing kidney stone formation
  • Relieving muscle cramps
  • Assisting with the production of protein
  • Aiding digestion of carbohydrates
  • Helping to absorb Vitamin D
  • Assisting weight loss
  • Preventing osteoporosis
  • Balancing hormones

Just to name a few! It’s easy to see why magnesium is just so vital to keep our mind and bodies functioning smoothly.

How much magnesium do we need?

With this being said, how much magnesium do we need for optimum health and wellness? Everyone is different, so it’s best to consult with a doctor before looking to increase your magnesium intake. As a guide, the National Institute of Health recommends the following:

  • 1-3 years: 80mg per day
  • 4-8 years: 130mg per day
  • 9-13 years: 240mg per day
  • 14-18 years (male): 410mg per day
  • 14-18 years (female): 360mg per day
  • 19+ (male): 400-420 mg per day
  • 19+ (female): 310 – 320mg per day
  • During pregnancy: 350-400mg per day
  • During breastfeeding: 310 – 360mg per day

How to tell if you are low in magnesium

Our magnesium levels can be depleted due to a lack of magnesium in our diet, along with the consumption of caffeine, sugar, processed food and alcohol.

If you’re worried you might be low in magnesium, the following signs may be an indication to look out for:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Muscle soreness or spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Carbohydrate cravings
  • Headaches
  • Fuzziness or difficulty concentrating

Remember to consult your doctor regarding your signs and symptoms for a professional diagnosis.

How to get enough magnesium

Luckily, magnesium is readily available in many different foods. These include:

  • Dark, leafy greens such as spinach
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Brocolli
  • Oats
  • Brown rice
  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter

However, if you’re struggling to consume enough magnesium through your diet, you might choose a magnesium supplement to help you meet your daily requirements. Soaking in magnesium flakes is one of the best ways to safely raise magnesium levels in your body, as it can easily be absorbed through your skin.

Soaking in magnesium flakes for 30 minutes a few times a week can help to raise your magnesium levels quickly and conveniently. Our tip: add some Himalayan salt or a few drops of essential oils to make it a soothing and relaxing experience!

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