Essential Oils that Will Defeat Allergy Season!

Many of us suffer from allergies. The sneezing, the watery eyes, the runny nose…it’s literally the worst! Luckily, here at Nature’s Flavors, holistic health is naturally embedded into our products. Let’s talk about a few essential oils that will help you conquer allergy season!

Which Essential Oils Should I Use?

The first oil is an oldie but a goodie! It’s literally the one essential oil that we all know and love… lavender! Undoubtedly, lavender is the solution to all of our problems. Well, just kidding, but it is pretty amazing. In addition to allergies, lavender helps with sleeplessness, stress, and even disinfecting! When it comes to allergies, lavender will provide you with relief because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Basically, if lavender was a superpower, I would want it to be mine.

Next up is a dreamy blend of ravensara, sandalwood, and frankincense essential oil. This combination will help your allergy symptoms by relieving those itchy and runny noses. Moreover, these essential oils will unblock stubborn nasal passages and stop the annoying sneezing.

Eucalyptus oil is another anti-inflammatory that is great for allergies! In addition to tea tree, you can use peppermint and lemon essential oil to help you find that allergy relief you’re looking for.

How Do I Use Them?

We have definitely talked about aromatherapy here on the blog before in regard to stress, sleep issues, and even aches and pains. The same method can be used for allergy relief. After reading the list above, pick out a few of those essential oils and throw them in a diffuser with some water. Depending on the size of your diffuser and the size of your room (or house), the diffuser will fill your space with those essential oils. Not only will it smell realllyyyyyy good, but you will be reaping the benefits of the various properties within the essential oils. This is what’s going to ultimately help you feel some allergy relief.

Occasionally, you may want to switch up the way you use your essential oils. No problem! All you have to do is purchase a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba, and add your essential oils to it. This turns your usual diffuser cocktail into a versatile body oil. Furthermore, you can add drops of your essential oils to bath salts, body wash, or even your favorite lotion. This way, you can get some allergy relief in the morning after your shower or when you are winding down with a bath.

The Bottom Line

Essential oils are great for allergy relief! They are all-natural and can provide you with more benefits than just allergy relief. Shop our all-natural and organic essential oils here. 😉

Turn It Off: How To Conserve The Planet’s Energy

As Earth Day gets closer, the team here at Nature’s Flavors wants to keep sharing tips on how to love our planet! While recycling might be the first thing to come to mind, saving electricity is super important.

What Does Saving Electricity Do?

Surprisingly, when we make an effort to conserve electricity, it has a huge domino effect. It affects the air we breathe, our water, and the environment around us. Basically, by saving energy, we reduce both water and air resources which in turn, reduces our use of natural resources. Keep in mind, natural resources are not unlimited.

Energy + Pollution = ?

Air pollution is an overwhelming problem for our planet. In order to meet the global demand for energy, we burn what are called “fossil fuels”. For instance, we burn gas, coal, and oil in order to produce energy. In effect, this energy fuels everyday things such as cars, heating systems, and kitchens. As well as resourceful places such as power plants and factories.

By the same token, these fossil fuels are detrimental to human health and development. Constant inhalation of this air pollution can lead to asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, and even poor brain development.

How Can I Help?

There are sooooo many ways to conserve energy, but we thought we’d give you the top 5 easiest ways to do this!

First, switch out all of your regular lightbulbs for LED ones! Standard lightbulbs waste 95% of the energy they use just to produce heat, which is SUCH a waste.

Second, set all of your computers and as many electronic devices as you can to hibernate or fall asleep. That way, if you walk away from the computer for a long period of time, it will reduce the amount of energy it’s using in idle.

Third, wash your clothes in cold water! Washing machines and laundry detergents work best with cold water, therefore saving you some money.

Fourth, regularly clean your appliances. Most washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc., have some sort of filter or drain that needs to be cleaned regularly. Leaving these parts of the appliances dirty overtime will just make them work harder which makes them use more energy.

Fifth, unplug everything you can when you aren’t using it! Idle energy usage is a real thing and can totally be avoided. Not to mention doing a combination of everything can significantly lower your electricity bill! I mean, who doesn’t love saving money?

Bottom Line

There’s a lot we can do to help save energy, and it doesn’t have to be too difficult. If you’re interested in what else you can do to show our planet some love, check out Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet.

Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet

With Earth Day approaching, the team at Nature’s Flavors wanted to give you some tips on living a more sustainable life. Sustainability is something we all could be better at. Loving our planet is loving ourselves!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The most common rule of thumb out there. This is an easy first step! We can easily reduce a lot of things we use. As a matter of fact, you can start with simple things. So, you can make sure to turn the light off when you leave a room. Or, turn of the water while you brush your teeth. You can even make sure to not use your thermostat when you aren’t home and switch your light bulbs to LEDs so they use less energy!

Practicing the habit of reusing is also a great method of sustainability. Although plastic is generally frowned upon, your day-to-day tupperware helps reduce waste! Comparatively, it’s also a great idea to invest in reusable water bottles and shopping bags. Undeniably, all three of these small changes will make a positive impact.

Despite the fact that we should usually avoid the use of plastic, sometimes it’s inevitable. For this reason, you should try to recycle all plastics. This includes bottles, straws, cups, containers, all of them! With this in mind, you can do this by dedicating a certain trash can or bin to recyclables. Undoubtedly, doing this will eventually pile up, so from that point forward, you can take your plastics to a local recycling center or even look into local recycling events in your area.

What Else Can I Do?

A very common and well liked practice is going paperless. Provided that we unavoidably get mail on a daily basis, there are certain ways you can reduce your mail. Enrolling in “paperless” statements with your credit cards and banks is great for sustainability. You can also start buying your produce from a local farmer’s market or farm. Doing this helps reduce “wasteful transportation emissions”. In addition, shopping local farmer’s markets not only help you get the freshest produce, but also helps farm families keep doing what they love.

As mentioned earlier, reducing plastic is important! When out at restaurants or out for your favorite coffee, simply say no to a straw. If you absolutely have to have a straw with your drink (like me), you can explore reusable stainless steel straws that are environmentally friendly! They come in all sorts of fun colors, sizes, and lengths, so you’ll never have to be without a straw.

The Bottom Line

We all have to do our part in loving our planet, and baby steps are the way to go! If you would like to read more about doing your part, check out Why You Should Start A Compost Today or Smells Like Clean Spirit: Using Essential Oils To Fight Bacteria.