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5 Ways to Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle!

5 ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle!

In today’s world, taking steps to protect our environment has become more important than ever. And the truth is, living an eco-friendly lifestyle is much easier than you might think!

Here at Inspire Me Naturally, we are big believers in reducing waste and minimising our carbon footprint on the earth. One of the best places to start? By making a few simple changes at home, and looking for eco-friendly alternatives where possible to some of our most commonly used products.

If you’re currently looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, keep reading for 5 ways to get started.

Swap plastic bags for reusable produce bags

Did you know that an estimated 3.76 billion plastic bags are contributed to landfill each year in Australia? With many Australian supermarkets putting a ban on plastic bags from the 1st of July, there has never been a better time to make the switch to reusable alternatives.

Our reusable cotton produce bags are not only environmentally friendly, but also help your goods stay fresh for longer. We also love our convenient Trolley Buddy shopping bags, made from recycled materials and including a thermal insulation pocket to keep your groceries cool!

Make the switch to reusable coffee pods

Australians use billions of coffee pods daily, with the traditional aluminium and plastic pods taking anywhere between 150-500 years to break down in landfill.

One way to help reduce this waste is to make the switch to reusable coffee pods instead. Our reusable coffee capsules are designed for lifetime use, allowing you to enjoy your morning brew each day without contributing to landfill.

Go bamboo

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, and these days there are so many great eco-friendly bamboo products available for some of our most common household items.

From bamboo toothbrushes to bamboo cutlery and even bamboo phone speakers, take a moment to think about where you may be able to reduce plastic by choosing bamboo.

Use a travel cup

Australians throw out over 3 billion coffee cups and lids each year, making them one of the biggest contributors to landfill.

With the war on waste becoming more important than ever, reusable travel cups are now being embraced as a smarter, eco-friendly alternative. You’ll also find most cafes offer discounted coffee pricing in return. Our bamboo eco travel cups are made with natural bamboo fibre and are environmentally responsible & reusable.

Say no to bottled water

Although it may seem convenient to buy plastic bottles of water on the go, it’s much friendlier on the environment (and your wallet!) to fill up a reusable drink bottle from home for everyday use. BPA-free or stainless steel reusable drink bottles are a better alternative for regular use, and are also free from harmful plastics.

Here at Inspire Me Naturally we are proud to stock a great range of eco-friendly products – you can check out our Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Home and Healthy Bathroom collections online, with AfterPay available. We’ve also made a commitment to using eco-friendly packaging for all purchases!

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How to use essential oils for hair health!

essential oils for hair health

When you think about it, we really do put our hair through an awful lot. From blow drying and straightening, to the constant use of styling products and sprays, it’s easy to see how our hair follicles can become dry, damaged and irritated over time!

Just like the products we use on our skin and put into our bodies, we should also be mindful of the products we use for our hair. Unfortunately, many common hair products are loaded with synthetic chemicals that could end up causing more harm than good.

We are huge advocates for looking at healthier alternatives wherever possible, and when it comes to hair care we can’t go past essential oils! Essential oils are 100% natural, and certain oils are also rich with properties that can improve the quality of our hair – from moisturising to stimulating hair growth and even treating dandruff!

Which essential oils are best for hair growth?

If you struggle to grow out your hair and want to speed up the process, the following essential oils are known for their stimulating properties:

Which essential oils are best for hair damage?

Are you dealing with split ends, dry follicles or brittle colour damage? The best essential oils for you will be those that are highly nourishing, in order to penetrate and moisturise your hair from deep within, such as:

Which essential oils are best for treating dandruff?

Flaky, itchy dandruff can be seriously irritating. You’ll want to use soothing oils to calm and disinfect your scalp, like:

How to use essential oils safely for hair health:

If you decide to introduce essential oils into your hair care routine, it’s important to choose high-quality oils (like doTERRA oils) that are 100% pure.

Essential oils can be potent, so you don’t want to apply them directly to your hair or scalp as this could cause irritation. Instead, you should always dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil before application.

Here are just a few ways you can easily implement essential oils into your everyday routine:

  • Dilute a few drops of your chosen essential oil with some coconut oil, and massage into your hair from the scalp down to the roots. Leave in as a treatment for 15-30 minutes, before washing hair as normal.

  • Add a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil to your bottle of shampoo and conditioner (we love coconut oil shampoo and conditioner!)

  • Dilute 3 drops of your chosen essential oil with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and use this as a hair rinse after washing.

Essential oils really are an amazing addition to your hair care routine, once you know which oils are best suited and how to use them. Just keep the above tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to healthy, happy hair – the natural way!

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How does aromatherapy jewellery work and what are the benefits?

aromatherapy jewellery benefits

Aromatherapy is a type of alternative healing that has been utilised for centuries. It’s the process of using natural oils extracted from plant and flower sources to treat a range of issues, from anxiety to mental health and our overall wellbeing. If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts, you’ll know exactly why we are such huge advocates for aromatherapy – the benefits really are endless!

There are so many ways to introduce the benefits of aromatherapy into your everyday life – in particular, through the use of essential oils for topical application, diffusers and even detox bath soaks. But what about aromatherapy jewellery?

What is aromatherapy jewellery?

Custom jewellery is one of the newest ways to experience aromatherapy, through the use of necklaces, lockets and bracelets that carry essential oils. Aromatherapy jewellery is designed to gradually release the chemical properties of its contained essential oils, essentially becoming a portable, on-the-go diffuser that can be used anywhere, anytime!

What are the benefits of aromatherapy jewellery?

Because aromatherapy jewellery acts as a diffuser, it allows the wearer to experience the benefits of essential oils through the method of inhalation. When we inhale essential oils, their unique molecules enter our bloodstream and begin to take effect on our bodies.

Different essential oils have different uses, so you can choose an essential oil that suits your own unique requirements. For example, lavender oil is incredible for assisting with anxiety and stress, while peppermint oil is perfect for improving mental clarity and motivation.

Instead of relying on a diffuser that sits at home or at the office, aromatherapy jewellery allows you to continue experiencing the benefits of essential oils throughout the entire day, wherever you might be. Another benefit of aromatherapy jewellery is their ability to extend the lifespan of your essential oils – in some jewellery, a drop of two of your chosen essential oils can easily last up to 1 week.

What are the different kinds of aromatherapy jewellery?

Aromatherapy jewellery is available in a variety of different styles, but usually contain either lava stones or essential oil pads.

Lava stones are porous beads filled with natural air pockets that are sourced from deep within the grounds of the Earth. Their porous nature gives them the ability to slowly diffuse essential oils throughout their naturally occurring holes and voids. When our body heat warms up the stones (by wearing them against our skin as bracelets or necklaces),  they begin to release the fragrance of the oils.

Alternatively, some necklaces and lockets contain an essential oil pad. The unique design of the pads have been created to allow the essential oils within to release slowly and effectively over time. The essential oil pads can be washed in warm water to clean, and then re-used again and again, allowing you to experiment with different essential oils according to your mood or situation.

Where can you purchase aromatherapy jewellery?

We have actually just introduced a beautiful range of aromatherapy jewellery including necklaces, lockets and bracelets here at Inspire Me Naturally! You can browse our new collection online here – all of our jewellery can be used alongisde our range of doTERRA essential oils. We also have AfterPay and ZipPay available, so you can buy now and pay later.

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