She was thrilled when she saw the box. It surprised me! One afternoon, I rushed into the chemist for a few things I needed on my way home from a meeting. I remembered a friend recommending a humidifier for my teen with a tendency for eczema and dry skin, so I asked the friendly lady stacking shelves about it. Putting the purchase under my arm, I ran into the local store to grab milk before rushing back home, throwing on a load of washing, and heading back out again to get the kids from school.
“Mum, is this for me?” my daughter asked when she spotted the box I left in the living room in my rush. “Yes!” I smiled at her enthusiasm. We set it up in her room, added a splash of eucalyptus oil and away it puffed. She was so excited and it made me glad. I sometimes get weary, as a mother, of that need everyone has of me. But by the same token I feel so very privileged to care for my little ones, and really, it’s a joy to show love to them in this way.
Eucalyptus & Lavender oils are favourites in the humidifier
During the past couple of years I started using essentials oils in my home as a way to tend to my tribe and it makes me feel good to tap into nature’s goodness.
There are three main oils I use in the home from Thursday Plantation: Eucalyptus, Lavender and Tea Tree. The oils are are 100% pure and 100% natural, plus Thursday Plantation oils are available in larger bottles too, which is handy because they last for ages, even though I use them so much.
It’s hard to explain why I enjoy using the oils so much… I guess the oils are to me like Windex is to Gus Portokalos in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. With even just these three oils in my arsenal, I can “fix” almost anything!
Like when my daughter fell of her bike and got a nasty graze; I cleaned it with tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic. Or when my son got an ant bite; we pulled out the trusty tea tree oil again to soothe it. Sinus issues with my daughter can be relieved with a bowl of hot water, eucalyptus oil and towel. Then there’s fresh sheet day! It’s even more delicious with a few drops of calming lavender oil on the pillows.
Fresh Sheet Day
I don’t only use the oils for tending my tribe; they are great for cleaning too. I often get comments from the kids after I wipe the benches down with a microfiber cloth, water and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. It’s the oil I use most for cleaning. The smell takes me back to my own childhood, and the 2-cent eucalyptus lollies mum let me buy as a treat from the tuck shop. Smell is a strong memory anchor, and I trust I’m contributing to creating those little pulls my children will carry with them throughout their life. I like the thought that one day, when they are grown, my children might break open a eucalyptus leaf and remember how our kitchen often smelt after cleaning up a messy family meal and how much they are loved.
I keep bottles of essential oils with my stash in the kitchen
I think that is the key for me: I use the oils as a tool to care for my family and it’s become an extension of the way I show love to them. It makes me feel like some sort of nurturing ninja, and I need that sometimes! Once I started using them, I realised how versatile the oils are around the home and I’m still finding new ways to use them. There’s heaps of inspiration from the 100 uses for TP website I use for ideas too. If you’ve never used essential oils in the home before, give them a try!
Thursday Plantation make a lot of products, not just essential oils, and I’m giving away a fabulous pack of goodies. To enter, all you need to do is answer this question in the comments below: What is your favourite essential oil and why?
Prize pack contains
- OIL CLEANSER 125ML
- BRIGHTENING OIL 60ML
- ROSEHIP OIL RESTORATIVE 25ML
- CLARIFYING OIL 60ML
- JOJOBA OIL 60ML
- FACE MOISTURISER 70G
- NURTURE OIL 60ML
- MACADAMIA OIL 125ML
- ALMOND OIL 125ML
- FIRMING OIL 125ML
Giveaway ends 5:00 pm AEDT on Friday 13th May 2016. Please read the terms and conditions here