Whether we’re aware of it or not, this oil is a product many of us use on a regular basis. Derived from the reddish pulp of the fruit of the oil palms, the oil is used in food manufacturing, in beauty products as well as a biofuel. To give a little context behind the extensive uses of this versatile product:
The oil is found in ice cream, margarine, packaged bread as well as in many packaged foods in the industry. In fact, it is the most used vegetable oil in the world. Not only used in the food industry, but this versatile product is often used in health, cosmetic and cleaning products, including lipsticks, shampoos, soaps, and detergents. The oil is also used as a biodiesel.
Although palm oil is used in numerous industries ranging from food to diesel, the product has attracted the concern of several environmental groups and organisations due to the production method. Due to deforestation in the tropics where the palm oil trees are grown, and due to the social problems that have risen due to allegations of human rights violations among production workers and growers, the environmental and ethical production of palm oil has come under question and has become a topic of discussion among the community.
In order to manufacture the product, forests have been cleared in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia to make space for the trees to grow. They are then ultimately harvested. This process has significantly impacted the environmental ecosystem leading to deforestation and biodiversity loss especially among rainforests. In fact, this manufacturing process has resulted in the significant habitat loss of the surviving species of orangutan, one species being the Sumatran orangutans now critically endangered due to the cultivation of palm oil.
The destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests is a global crisis and the development of deforestation in order for palm trees to be planted is a root cause of Indonesia’s forest and peatland fires, with many fires being deliberately started to clear land before planting. This process of burning has gone so far as to ground flights and has forced the closure of schools and offices, such that happened in 2015 when peatland fires spread across large areas of Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua. This deforestation of forests for the salvation of pulp and oil pams has devastated he rainforest ecosystem, destroying the vital habitat for tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, orangutans, and other endangered species.
Palm oil development has not only raised environmental concerns but has resulted in significant social conflict in areas where this product is grown and cultivated. Regions with significant production rates of palm oil have experiences violations of indigenous land rights, increased influxes of illegal immigrant labour and labour practices as well as other related human rights violations. Although the palm oil industry provides employment opportunities and has also shown to improve local community’s infrastructure, social services and has reduced poverty, palm tree plantation comes with its consequences. Palm oil plantations have developed lands without the consultation of the indigenous people inhabiting the land. This has resulted in social conflict. The use of illegal immigrants in Malaysia has also raised concerns about the working conditions within the industry. Due to this, the cultivation and plantation of palm has raised concern with regard to where we are to draw the ethical and moral boundaries.
Here at Euclove, we understand the drastic implications behind the plantation of palm trees for palm, and we recognise the many environmental and social consequences that have resulted due to the manufacturing process. Due to this, palm oil is not an ingredient in any of Euclove’s products. Although palm oil provides many moisturising properties often used in many cleaning products, here at Euclove we have successfully found ways to avoid using the oil while also obtaining an equally affective result. We have achieved this by substituting palm with more environmentally friendly oils including coconut and neem oil. In our floor cleaner for example, glycerine, derived from coconut oil is a natural by-product of our liquid soap making process and contain numerous moisturising properties. It is family safe, made in Australia and cruelty free. And made without palm oil!
Here at Euclove, we support the environmental and social movement toward reducing palm oil manufacturing and believe it is of vital importance to find newer more energy efficient ways of attaining successful results with our products. In order to better our environment, in order to better our community, and in order to better our world, Euclove has chosen to take the moral path toward achieving a better, brighter future. For our families, our health and for our planet.
This is a guest post by Fern Ho. When Fern was in her late 20s, she developed a nasty rash, head to toe that took weeks to diagnose. She was told to she has to just “live with it”. Doing her own research and with advice from trusted health professionals, she came to realise the power and potential of natural whole foods and the benefits to the immune system.
Her journey inspired her to create Flovour Pop products to help reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
Throughout October 2021, we will be including samples of her yummy seasonings with all Euclove product orders!
Healthy eating has long been associated with “boring” foods that squashes the pleasure or joy of eating. There’s often the expectation that a healthy meal has little or no flavour, such as eating a tasteless salad without dressing or “rabbit-food”, because bland food is commonly perceived to be healthier.
In fact, after interviewing many Nutritionists and Dietitians, I’ve learnt that the opposite is true. Instead, eating a wide variety of wholefoods that are generously seasoned with different herbs and spices is the key to a healthy and well balanced diet.
Our fast-paced modern lives makes the convenience of eating fast-foods and pre-packaged snack foods hard to avoid. It’s well recognised that many pre-packaged and takeaway fast foods have higher amounts of salt, fat and sugar both natural and artificial that make them great tasting, but aren’t actually great for our bodies. Although it may be hard not to crave these flavours there are other equally flavourful alternatives we can introduce into our diets that are great for our both taste buds and our health!
Spices have been used for centuries, since ancient civilisation, to season our foods. Many well-loved home-cooked meals and traditional recipes make delicious use of these spices and herbs. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, bland or plain – in fact adding herbs and spices to our meals not only makes them more palatable and enjoyable but brings many health benefits.
The health benefits of common spices
There’s no need to go hunting for exotic spices in speciality shops. Some of the most common spices that you can find in the supermarket or your local grocery store have wonderful health benefits, such as black peppercorns and ginger.
Black Peppercorn – an ancient and highly valuable spice
A prized spice in ancient Greece, Rome and the Middle Ages, black pepper is well known for its use in both flavouring and preserving food.
It has also been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine to aid digestive problems by stimulating “agni” and “chi”, the energy/fires associated with our digestive system.
Research has also shown that piperine can enhance absorption of certain nutrients with low bioavailability. One of these is the bioactive compound, curcumin, found in turmeric, hence the common pairing of turmeric and black pepper. Normally enzymes through our gastro-intenstinal tract breakdown bioactive compounds, such as curcumin, before our body can absorb them, but piperine has been found to inhibit these enzymes thus allowing greater absorption of these beneficial compounds.
The use of black pepper dates back over 4,000 years ago, where it has been traded as a valuable ingredient, referred to as black gold, and used as a form of trading currency. Folklore has it that Attila the Hun demanded black peppercorns as ransom from Rome!
Ginger – a warming digestive aid
Ginger is another easily found spice that has long been used to aid digestion, as well as support immune health and to fight colds and the flu. Gingerol is the bioactive compound in ginger which offers anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits. It helps to stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes to support digestion as well as reduce bloating and gas. It also contains the enzyme, zingibain, which breaks down protein, including casein found in milk and dairy.
Ginger is a warming ingredient that stimulates circulation and helps with digestion, by aiding stomach muscle movement and nutrient absorption.
The botanical name for Ginger comes from the Sanskrit word meaning horn-shaped, in reference to the shape of the ginger nodules that grow from its roots.
Turmeric – a powerful anti-inflammatory spice
Turmeric is from the same family as ginger, and is now increasingly common to find in supermarkets and grocery stores.
It is a highly valued spice in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and has long been used for digestive problems. It aids digestion by increasing the output of digestive enzymes, including the production of bile for the digestion of fats.
Curcumin, the antioxidant compound in turmeric, which gives it its striking orangey-yellow colour, offers many anti-inflammatory health benefits. This includes increasing the secretion of stomach mucus to help protect our stomach lining from gastric acid, as well as helping to prevent gas and bloating as food is being digested in our intestines. It can also help support our gut microbiome by encouraging the growth of good gut bacteria and increase our ability to absorb nutrients by healing damaged colon walls due to bad bacteria. As an antioxidant it helps support the liver in its detoxification processes.
So the good news is that you’ll likely have some of these common spices in your pantry and already use them regularly, such as cracked black pepper, to season your meals.
Cumin seeds – a global spice used on many continents
Cumin has traditionally been used to help indigestion and is a recognised carminative that relieves bloating and gas. Scientific research has shown that cumin contains the bioactive compound, thymol, which aids in the digestive process: first, stimulating the salivary gland in our mouths as we chew food and then promoting the secretion of enzymes and bile as food digests in our gastrointestinal tract. A pilot study has shown it can help reduce symptoms from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Similar to coriander seeds, cumin has long been used as a spice all over the world from Indian to Middle Eastern, North African and Latin American cuisines.
Coriander seeds – a spice rich in antioxidants
Coriander seeds have been used in traditional Ayurvedic practice for many benefits. From relieving fevers, coughs and colds, to quenching excessive thirst, urinary disorders and as a heart tonic. It is often taken as a tea to aid digestive problems, either alone or in combination with fennel and cumin, to help with bloating, cramping and flatulence.
Scientific research has found that coriander seeds are rich in antioxidants. In particular, the bioactive compound, linalool, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, potentially offering anticancer and neuroprotective properties. The active compounds in coriander seeds can help lower blood sugar levels and support heart-health by lowering bad cholesterol while increasing the good.
The coriander plant, also known as cilantro in the Americas, has been widely used in many cuisines, from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines to Mexican, Indian and Chinese. Coriander is related to the parsley, carrot and celery family of plants.
Fennel seeds – a “cooling” spice
Fennel seeds were known to be consumed in honey by early olympians for strength and endurance. This ancient herb has been long used to help with a variety of digestive and respiratory ailments from indigestion, gas and constipation to bronchitis and sinus problems.
In Ayurvedic medicine, fennel seeds are often prepared as a tea and taken as a detoxifier, with a “cooling” effect on the body.
Nutrient dense seeds and nuts
Apart from spice seeds helping to make our meals more flavourful, seeds together with nuts are known to be one of nature’s most nutrient dense foods, which is no surprise as the seed of a plant is where all the necessary nutrients are packed in and stored for a new plant to grow. Some seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts are particularly high in certain essential minerals that we often lack in our modern diets.
Sunflower seeds – a good source of essential minerals
Sunflower seeds, like pumpkin seeds, are a good source of healthy poly and monounsaturated fats which are better for heart health, and can help lower the potential for high blood pressure.
They’re a great source of Vitamin E and Selenium which act as antioxidants to protect against free radical compounds in our body that cause illness and ageing. Research has shown that Selenium can help lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimers.
Sunflower seeds are also a good source of zinc, a quarter cup of dry roasted sunflower seeds will give you 10% of your daily Recommended Dietary Intake. Zinc together with Selenium offer anti-inflammatory properties to help support our immune system and fight infections.
It’s also good for skin health with its combination of omega 3 fatty acids (polyunsatured fats), zinc, and vitamin E.
Sunflowers are native to North America, where Native Americans used sunflower seeds as a grounded flour as well as a purple dye, while the dry stalks were used as a building material.
Pumpkin seeds – for rest and relaxation
Pumpkin seeds, also sometimes called pepitas, are a rich source of minerals, healthy poly and monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and protein.
Pepitas are a rich source of Magnesium, which our body uses to regulate sleep and so it can help with better sleep and insomnia prevention. It also has high levels of the amino acid tryptophan which is used in our body to produce serotonin and melatonin to relax and promote sleep.
Not only is the Magnesium important for regulating sleep, it also helps regulate blood sugar levels. This together with the high fibre and protein content of Pepitas make them a good source of nutrition and contribute to a feeling of satiety. Research has also shown that the fibre and good omega-3 fatty acids in pepitas can help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease.
Overall, pepitas can help support immune health and wellbeing with its high Zinc and Vitamin E content.
Brazil nuts – for good immune health
Brazil nuts are one of the larger nuts, and like other nuts are still energy and nutrient dense.
Native to South America, Brazil nuts can be found in the Amazonian forests of its moniker Brazil, as well as Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.
Adding a Flavour Pop!
Knowing that our modern lives are always going to be busy, I wanted an easy way to incorporate all these health giving spices and ingredients into my everyday meals and snacks. That’s how I started Flavour Pop, where I’ve blended these “superfood” ingredients into easy to use non-cook spice shakers that can be shaken onto any meal from avocado on toast to soups, salads and veggies, as well as meats and seafood, for a real pop of natural flavour!
We would all agree that having clean living and working surroundings promotes good health. However, what should be taken into account is that most household cleaners are made up of a harsh cocktail of toxins. Even though leaving the cleaning activity to professional hands is a convenience, returning to a home cleaned with toxic chemicals may leave you exposed to the invisible dangers involved when cleaning with such chemicals. One of the best ways to avoid the many risks associated with using harmful cleaning products and combat the harm being done to the environment is switching to using as many green products as possible. The cleaning supplies don’t need to be toxic to be effective and generate the desired results. There is a myriad of benefits for you when you switch to using natural and eco-friendly cleaning products that go way beyond having spotless surfaces. Here are 5 of our favourites:
1. Better Indoor Air Quality
Most of us assume that the air we breathe indoors is less polluted than the outdoor air. The US EPA has estimated that, on average, the indoor quality of the air is 2-5 times worse than the outdoor. Unlike the USA, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment currently has no specific controls on indoor air quality, apart from workplace situations under the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. However, it is more than obvious that the risk of health effects from inhaling polluted indoor air depends on how many toxic chemicals are in the air, how long, and how often a person breathes it in. While it’s almost impossible to completely avoid chemical emission and achieve perfect air quality, it is possible to limit exposure, enhance the indoor air quality by keeping the area well-ventilated and reduce the sources of pollution that include smoking, cooking practices, heating, renovation materials, household products, etc.
One of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality which also happens to be the easiest to cut off are the products we use in our home. Many of the chemicals within household cleaning products contain inorganic compounds like ammonia and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, perchloroethylene, benzene, naphthalene, nitrogen dioxide. All of the above are listed by SCHER as indoor pollutants of concern because of their adverse health effects. Furthermore, these compounds are classified as known or suspected to be carcinogenic. Numerous studies have shown particular indoor air pollutants cause respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and allergies depending on the level and time of exposure. Each chemical has its own toxicity and potential of causing different health issues. The major exposure route for these substances is inhalation. A lot of conventional cleaning products, especially glass cleaners dry up very quickly as they’re using VOCs such as acetone or non-organic compounds like ammonia. These substances evaporate at room temperature. The moment the chemical is sprayed it starts to circulate in the air and might cause acute eye, nose, throat irritation, fatigue, headache, dizziness, or worsening of asthma symptoms. If your goal is to create a safer and healthier household, we highly suggest replacing the toxic glass cleaner with eco-friendly.
Our natural Euclove® Glass & Mirror Cleaner is free from any synthetic chemicals and promotes easier breathing as it contains menthol. It is very easy to use and delivers a streak-free shine, leaving the surfaces impressively clear especially when used with a microfiber cloth. The pure essential oil blend of eucalyptus, lemongrass, camphor, and tea tree will not only give your surfaces a unique and fresh smell but also has antibacterial properties and naturally fights insects.
Another place we got very close to inhaling these hazardous toxins is the bathroom. Most of the bathroom cleaners come in spray packaging as well. A large number of studies have demonstrated that cleaning work, especially when associated with the use of household cleaning sprays, bleach, or other chlorine-based compounds, ammonia, and disinfectants found in the bathroom cleaners, has relevant implications on health and is often associated with adult asthma.
Almost everyone would agree that bathroom cleaning with conventional products is one of the worst cleaning jobs around the house and the smell of the chemicals lingers. Bring a little aromatherapy into your bathroom cleaning routine with Euclove® Bathroom Cleaner. The fragrance from our pure essential oil blend is long-lasting and excellent at deodorizing. Instead of toxins, we use powerful 100% natural ingredients to zap germs and remove dirt that won’t affect your health. Our plant- and the oil-powered formula is tough on soap scum, grime and grease. We use tea tree and clove bud oil to remove and keep away mold and mildew in bathrooms and showers. The product is suitable on most bathroom surfaces like ceramic, tiles, tapware, shower screens.
2. Safe for Children & Pets
The toxic chemicals are not only absorbed via inhalation but ingestion and dermal absorption. Every parent keeps the hazardous cleaning products out of reach and sight of their children, yet the most common poisoning in children age 5 years or less were personal care products and household cleaning substances – report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers says. Even though we cannot emphasize enough the importance of using natural products around children, most often they do contain pure essential oils that might cause lighter side effects than the conventional products if swallowed in big quantities. Therefore, should be kept out of reach of children at all times.
Even if we examine the option of our children to swallow these chemicals, the truth is as long as we use harsh products, our young ones will still ingest and absorb through their skin a portion of the toxins. On the other hand, their health won’t be affected if they ingest the same small portion of a natural oil-based cleaning product remains as essential oils are even linked to health.
In addition to babies and small children, pets as well are susceptible to household cleaners that contain harmful chemicals. If we have a pet or children at home, it’s normal to question how the flooring is affecting them as they spend a lot of time playing and crawling on the floor. Not only do they touch surfaces but they want to taste everything, especially their hands. Frequent use of household cleaning products, besides respiratory effects, is associated with rhinitis and other allergic symptoms in children.
The good news is natural cleaning products, in general, don’t have this risk. We highly recommend trying out our pure essential oil-based Euclove® Floor Cleaner that leaves no toxic residue. We promise it will be a big relief to know that kids and pets can be safely playing on the floor. Our 100% natural formula will clean and sanitize your floors even better than conventional products. It eats up oil and grease stains thanks to the natural coconut soap.
The plant-based solution is excellent for most types of hard flooring including tiles, ceramic, timber, bamboo, porcelain, engineered floors, slate, hardwood, laminate. Your floors will smell like the beautiful Australian blue-gum eucalyptus which has natural anti-bacterial properties and provides a streak-free finish.
We all are aware that cleaning the kitchen surfaces and equipment ensures clean food preparation is carried out. If the work area has not been sanitized properly, it can contaminate food with germs and bacteria such as Salmonella and cause food poisoning. Proper maintenance of the kitchen reduces the possibility of pests as well. Therefore, besides the floor, the kitchen is another critical place from where you and your loved ones could ingest harsh chemicals from the cleaning substances. Health and safety is the single most important factor as to why it is important to clean your kitchen with natural cleaning products, especially when you prepare food for babies and children as they are far more sensitive than adults. Furthermore, switching to green cleaning products is an excellent learning experience on health and the environment for young children.
For you to harness the power of plants and with a promise to make green cleaning a reality, we have created Euclove® Kitchen Cleaner. Our kitchen cleaner is anti-bacterial, anti-septic and fights insects at the same time. The product is biodegradable, fragrance-free, and non-GMO, with naturally derived oils like eucalyptus, camphor, tea tree and clove bud oil.
If you are looking for a pure cleaner that provides a streak-free finish for your stainless steel appliances – we got you covered. Our Certified Vegan Euclove® Stainless Steel Cleaner is tough on grease and dirt but gentle on your, and your loved one’s health. Free from synthetic chemicals, your stainless steel surfaces will be spotless, disinfected and smell beautiful.
3. Help Your Belongings Last Longer
One of the best benefits of making the switch to natural cleaning products is their long-lasting effects. Traditional cleaning products more often fail to be sustainable, or in other words, the harsh chemicals tend to negatively affect the life and texture of your belongings. Let’s have a look at few examples in the section below.
Abrasive cleaners may remove stains and build-up in sinks. Over time, the surfaces may appear stained or discoloured as the abrasiveness could permanently scratch the surface. The same applies to highly acidic cleaning products. On top of it, if we accidentally drop a bit of, let’s say acidic toilet bowl cleaner on our clothes or carpet, it will bleach the colour right away.
Mixing and combining different toxins to improve the cleaning performance, even in case you use one chemical on top of another, due to the potential chemical reaction not only affects our health but is another reason why our surfaces are more prone to damage.
A lot of people when they decide to go chemical-free, instead of buying natural cleaners they use products found around the house like vinegar. At first glance, it may seem that vinegar cleans so well as its acidity is high, but over time, the acid can damage the surfaces you are cleaning. For example, if you use it on hardwood, at first it may seem clean, but eventually, you will start to notice it damages the finish. Other examples are natural stones like marble, granite, and travertine. If the surface of the stone is shiny, it will be obvious right away, if not, the acid in the vinegar will etch the surface and the damage will become apparent over time.
With our natural Euclove® Cleaning Products, you can ensure that you add to the longevity of your belongings. Even though we put so much effort to make our products gentle with your surfaces and health, you should make sure to pay attention to the manufacturer directions given on the label on all our cleaning products. If in doubt, please contact us – we are more than happy to help you. One extra tip we have for you is to always use the correct dilution ratios to prevent damage.
4. Cruelty-free & Vegan-friendly
Many – but not all-natural cleaning companies strive to create sustainable products that have taken a stand against animal testing. Although there have been no proven scientific studies that cruelty-free products are better for us, many companies still do support animal testing and/or use ingredients derived from animals. The biggest misconception around cruelty-free products is that one should be vegan/vegetarian to support such products. The truth is, it’s far beyond a matter of diet.
Luckily, some governments around the world have already banned animal testing. Yet, there are many other countries left with laws that state-specific groups of laboratory animals aren’t protected with the other existing animal abuse laws. In our opinion, this view is nonsensical and unethical. The poor animals used in experiments are confined to small cages and bad conditions, but they’re also being tortured, maimed, and ultimately killed.
We were being told that tests are being performed on animals to ensure the products are safe enough for humans. Nowadays technology is increasingly being developed and we have many cruelty-free alternatives to animal testing such as in vitro testing, cultured cell tissues testing as well as computer models. The reason why some companies still choose animal testing over alternatives is because animal testing has the advantage of being low-cost. Therefore, animals are only being used because they’re a more affordable option for these companies.
When we were setting up the foundations of Euclove®, it was of big importance to us to create products that are vegan-friendly as we don’t use any animal ingredients and products are cruelty-free as we don’t want to harm animals in the development of our products. We believe that each time we choose to purchase products that are vegan and cruelty-free, we make a conscious decision to support our own and the health of our planet as well as the wellbeing of all beings that live on it. By voting with our money, we can truly influence more companies to go cruelty-free.
Choosing cruelty-free products opens a door towards a healthier life. Many mainstream brands are full of harsh or toxic chemicals that do nothing in your favour and on top of it, they affect your health. Our body absorbs everything we feed it, so why not choose to feed it with ingredients from nature, why not choose 100% natural, plant-based and cruelty-free products.
5. Better for the Environment
Last but not least, choosing natural products is better for the environment. Toxic, nongreen cleaning products are potentially hazardous for the environment as well. These products are released to the environment during normal use when rinsing down the drain or through evaporation of volatile organic compounds. In that way, customers using products packed with harsh chemicals contribute directly to air and water pollution.
Furthermore, the process of creating the cleaning products affects the environment. Different government sets different laws and has different regulations when it comes to production, therefore, it’s difficult to be sure if a particular company is taking proper care of the toxic waste they create.
Even though standard sewage treatment effectively reduces or removes most cleaning product constituents in wastewaters, certain ingredients in cleaning products are inadequately treated. A study found that alkylphenol ethoxylates, which is a common surfactant ingredient in cleaners, have shown health effects in the wildlife exposed to polluted waters through disruption of the endocrine system. This example is one of many surfactants used in conventional products that are threatening aquatic life, and biodegrade slowly or biodegrade into more toxic chemicals.
There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to feel refreshed in the morning. Its the best feeling! Not only is it a feeling, there are proven health benefits that come with getting a good rest at night.
Aside from the obvious benefits of rest and recharge, getting a good night’s rest is essential to improving our health. Studies have shown that a good quality sleep is important for our immune system and helps support healthy brain function.
Over the last few decades, the amount of sleep and the quality of sleep have both declined, thanks to constant dings and reminders from our phones – a study by National Institutes of Health shows. Life has never been more fast paced, so we wanted to take a moment to slow down and give you some proven tips to get a better night’s sleep.
1. Avoid the devices
Sounds obvious, but we’re prone to checking our phone that one last time before going to bed! Exposure to blue light that our devices emit in large amounts is one of the main causes of disturbed sleep. But we need phone alarms to wake us up in the morning – so, here are some suggestions:
Install an app that blocks blue light, these are available for both iPhone and Android
Avoid watching TV at least 2 hours before bed
If you have your phone next to your bed for your alarm, turn it upside down so you can’t see the screen. This helps avoid the temptation to check your notifications, not to mention the light from the screen disturbing your sleep
2. Take a melatonin supplement
Melatonin is one of the key hormones that signals your brain when its time to relax and go to bed. So, these supplements are a great sleep aid and often used to treat insomnia. Mr Vitamins have a great range available online.
3. Essential oils can help you relax
Essential oils like Lavender and Vetiver are commonly used in aromatherapy and are believed to promote calmness and wellness. They’re also known to help with anxiety according to studies.
Our Bedding & Mattress spray is a great way to ensure a great night’s sleep. Spray it over your bedding, pillows, sheets and linen 5-10 minutes before you go to bed. It has a unique blend of essential oils including Lavender oil from France for its calming properties, Vetiver oil from India for its sleep aiding and stress relieving properties. We also infuse Blue Gum Eucalyptus oil from northern New South Wales made right here in Australia for its antibacterial properties.
Many factors help to make your bedroom comfy – temperature, noise, a comfy mattress and pillow, the list goes on.
Essential oil diffusers are a really nice addition to any bedroom. The right blend of essential oils can make it easier to breathe. You can choose an ultrasonic diffuser like the ones from Biome, they atomise water and essential oils. Because there’s not heat or burning, it preserves the oils’ original structure. Some of these also act as a night light!
5. Exercise and dinner time
Eating late at night can affect the natural release of melatonin and interfere with your sleep. This has also been proven in medical research.
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve not just your health, but also your sleep. Randomised controlled trials and research shows that exercise almost halved the time it took to fall asleep!
While exercise is beneficial, doing it too close to bedtime doesn’t help. This is because of the stimulatory effect of exercise which increases alertness, awareness and hormones like adrenaline.
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