The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Essential Oils for Your Body

September 25th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Essential oils are taken by distilling plants whose oils can have certain therapeutic properties. The process uses different parts from different kinds of plants, such as roots, leaves, stems, and even the flowers and tree bark.
These oils can either be used by themselves or as a base for a perfume, and are often either topically applied on the skin or inhaled as a fragrance (this makes them widely used for aromatherapy).

When used properly, essential oils are not just relaxing, but also boost your immune system and relieve headaches and stress that comes after a long day’s work, which makes them great to have for your home or office in Singapore.

Do’s
If you know how to use essential oils the right way, they can actually have benefits for you. Here are a few ways that they should be completely okay for you to use:

• Try it if you’re anxious. Even though they won’t take all your stress away, essential oils such as those made from lavender and chamomile can work wonders in helping to keep you calm and relaxed.

• Tell your doctor. As much as possible, your doctor should know if you are using essential oils especially if you happen to be taking medications – essential oils and medications can sometimes cause allergic reactions to occur.

• Toss out old oils. Because of how long they have been exposed to oxygen in the air, essential oils also have a shelf life and you should toss them out if they haven’t been used for more than three years.

Don’ts
There are also ways that don’t allow these essential oils to work their benefits onto your body but instead cause adverse effects, such as the following:

• Rub them anywhere. While you can rub certain oils on your arms and legs, they may not be safe to apply to your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Some examples of these include lemon and peppermint oils.

• Trust buzzwords. Certain natural substances can be irritating and cause allergic reactions, even if the label says it’s “pure”. To be safe, test the oil out by applying a small amount onto a small area of your skin to see how your body will respond.

• Use them on injured or inflamed skin. Unwanted skin reactions can happen when you’re not diluting your oils, and this can especially be dangerous on injured or inflamed skin.

But perhaps the most important thing you want to consider when using essential oils is the age – children under the age of 1 and pregnant women may get allergic reactions to certain oils. Before using essential oils at home or in your office, always be sure to consult your doctor.

How to Make Your Own Essential Oils in 5 Simple Steps

September 25th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Essential oils have been used for a long time, and if you’ve ever tried to use them at least once, you know that they can be quite expensive, especially if they have certain antibacterial and antiviral properties.

While they are similar to fragrance oils, the difference between the two is that fragrance oils simply imitate the smell, while essential oils are the plant’s essence concentrated and have more benefits.

Fortunately, you don’t always have to spend a lot to get the oils you want. With the right know-how, you can make your own oils for your own use at home anytime, anywhere.

On Choosing Plants
You can use a good number of garden-variety herbs when it comes to making your own essential oil. Some types of plants you can use for making oils include peppermint, rose, and even lemon.

These aromatic oils are made from different plant parts, and the best way to make sure you get as much of the extract that you can is by chopping them. Ideally, you want 3-4 cups of chopped plant materials to get you started.

In addition to the chopped up plants, here are the supplies you need to make your own essential oils:
• Crock pot with a cover
• Water
• Time

The Process of Making Essential Oils
1. Place the chopped-up plant material in the crock pot and add distilled water (it should fill up to ¾ the crock pot. Cover the pot with the lid upside-down and place the crock on the stove.

2. Heat the water on high, and turn it down to low once the water starts to get hot. When the setting is on low, leave the crock to simmer on the low setting for three to four hours.

3. Once the plant material has cooked down after simmering, turn off the heat and let it cool down enough before placing the contents into the refrigerator (you can transfer the plant material and the water if the crock pot doesn’t fit) and leaving it overnight.

4. Take the pot out the next morning and carefully lift the fond. This fond is the oil that you want, and it will melt down quickly if you’re not quick enough. Place this in a properly labeled bottle and seal it.

5. If there is a bit of liquid-based fluid on the bottom, you can heat the oil on a gentle simmer for a short amount of time to allow that liquid to turn to steam and separate. Once it’s separated, store it in a colored glass container in a cold, dark place. Doing this will help to keep the oil in good condition for as long as possible.

What a Smart Traveller Shouldn’t Wear to the Airport

August 16th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

We are always on a pursuit of sporting a trendy #ootd in every destination, whether it’s just the office or the airport. And while we have done enough travelling to know what’s appropriate and what’s not at the airport, there are still a few things we can learn from more frequent travellers. Here are surprisingly common things many women wear to airports but shouldn’t be.

1. Maxi Skirts and Dresses
If you hate the idea of getting patted down, then wearing a skirt or dress—whether short or long—is not the best outfit for you, since the airport officer will have to closely check that you’re not hiding anything under that skirt. Your easiest way to go: jeans or leggings.

2. Lace-Up Footwear
This one is a no-brainer. While your lace-up sandals and knee-high buckled boots have earned hundreds of likes and hearts on Facebook and Instagram, it likely won’t make your co-passengers happy when it’s causing you to hold up a long line just trying to remove them. Keep it easy for everyone by wearing slip on sneakers or basic ballet flats instead.

3. Cargo Shorts or Pants
Other than fussy footwear, cargo shorts and pants are one of the most difficult clothing pieces at the airport. Every pocket can set off the alarm, because most likely it always has something in each pocket. Even when the officer reminds you to remove everything from your pockets, there are always some keys or coins that you forgot to remove form a hidden pocket.

4. Lots of Jewelleries
Metal jewelleries and accessories will always alarm the metal detector. One of the most common item that causes delay is the Cartier Love bracelet as this luxe bracelet can only be removed using a screwdriver.

5. Voluminous Clothing Pieces
While you may opt to wear the bulkiest coat you have instead of fitting it inside your luggage, it can be a cause of alarm when passing through the airport security. Your bulky clothing item can raise warning flags as you might be hiding something in there. Again, keep it basic and simple, otherwise you will have to go the extra screening to get through the airport security.

We get it—it’s fun to dress up. But save your ootds when you get to your destination. When heading to the airport, you can still look stylish without holding up long lines or getting yourself into security troubles by keeping your outfit chic and simple.

Giving Back: The Dos and Don’ts of Donating

August 16th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

It’s always nice to be generous. It’s even nicer for your home as you de-clutter and get rid of things you no longer use. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when rummaging your closet for clothes and items to stock up on your donation pile.

DO inspect every piece of clothing
You went through every drawer and section of your closet, and have a huge pile of clothing waiting to be donated. Before bagging up these items, make sure to inspect each of the pieces to ensure they are in good condition. Check every pocket for coins or trash, make sure there’s no missing button and free of rips, stains and damages.
DO also donate entertainment materials

Your tastes for entertainment may change. If you are overloaded with magazines, books, DVDs, video games and audiotapes that no longer interest you, share the joy these items bring by donating them to those in need. Got an old but still function radio or DVD player? They are all acceptable for donations as well.

DO donate not just clothes
Clothes are the most common household items that people donate. However, toys, framed pictures, stuffed animals, small power tools, baskets, ornaments, sports equipment, glassware, silverware, utensils, blankets, pillows, curtains and exercise equipment are equally good as well—as long as they are in good condition.

DON’T donate awfully outdated clothing styles
This means, no shoulder pads and bell-bottom jeans. Clothing pieces are generally considered to be “in style” if they are purchased within the last five years. The classic closet staples, like plain tees, little black dress and button down shirts, never goes out of style. Avoid items that are obviously outdated. If you wouldn’t want to wear a particular style or piece of clothing, chances are no one else will either.

DON’T donate larger appliances
While a functioning radio and TV are okay for donation, refrigerators, stoves and freezers should go on the ‘do not donate’ pile for safety and health reasons. Second-hand appliances are difficult to guarantee that they are still safe to use. Rather than donating these major appliances, call a local trash collector company and arrange for safe disposal of these items.

DON’T donate used undergarments
Your clothes are welcome for donations, but skip donating thongs, panties, bras, girdles and briefs. Instead, add in some hats, ties, scarves and accessories like wallets, purses and belts. Although there are a few organizations that accept clean underwear donations, not many find these items appropriate.

Now that you know the dos and don’ts of donating, start looking around your room and closet for gently used treasures you’re ready to let go of.

Why You Should Not Regret Spending Money on Travel

July 26th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

There are always justifications not to travel: Busy schedule, fear of flying to dangerous countries and most of all, limited budget! If you’re going to listen to those resounding reasons, you’ll probably not going to make traveling on your list. And chances are you’ll end up with regrets.

One of the most heard excuses for not traveling is to wait until when there’s more money, but this is an ill-advice for some. Karl Pillemer, a Gerontologist, interviewed elderly respondents and putting off traveling is one of the most commonly shared regrets. This too, was backed up by a separate research conducted by the British Heart Foundation where participants were asked to list down the things they wanted to do the most in life, it appeared that traveling the world and living abroad dominated the answers. According to blog.homeaway.sg, making the most of your time is worth the time.

While it’s true that our hard-earned money over the years is so precious, and that it represents our efforts, money itself is just a medium of exchange and of isn’t any value. Truth be told, it is living that actually means something.

It’s about saving up for tomorrow while also creating an exciting way to live and enjoy an enriching life today. Discipline in handling our finances drives our monetary goals but enjoying ourselves with our loved ones is the truest reward we aspire. We want it all, the finances to maintain the lifestyle we desire for the future and the kind of life we want to live now—while we still can, while we are still young, because we all know we won’t be forever.

A vacation isn’t solely about “traveling,” it can mean more than that. It represents time for yourself and with the people you love the most. It’s a bunch of selfies and hilarious shots you take that you can look back on and smile about. It records a memory where nothing else mattered (not even Facebook) in this world but you and your loved ones. It’s straightforward to say waiting to grow old before making that happen is not recommended because by then, it might be too late. You have your health now. With frugal discipline, affordable travel options are possible.

One day, you’ll look back and ask yourself if you made the most of your time on this Earth. When you do, you want to make sure it’s a resounding yes! More than exploring and experiencing something you’ve never had before, it’s about the time that you will never take back.

Refuse to apologize for the money you spare for traveling and for not waiting years to encounter the world firsthand. If you focus too much on saving more money, you might look back and realize you had never truly lived.

6 Reminders to Comfort You in Times of Loneliness

July 26th, 2018 by Editor | Permalink

Your heart starts beating faster, your body temperature rises, tears are slowly gathering in your eyes, and the stories in your mind are getting out of hand—as though you’re about to see your life and dreams all crashing down under you.

Sometimes, when loneliness takes over, for whatever reason, it can make anyone feel powerless—except that isn’t true. It’s normal and human to feel like this but we are the owners of this feeling, and we have the power to will it away.

When days get a little rough, may these simple and real life reminders comfort you:

1. This too shall pass, and faster if I don’t resist it
It is a wave that you must allow to hit you—ride the current and let it take you somewhere for a little while until it passes. Going against the tide will prolong your struggle; strong waves will eventually spit you out so just go where the flow is and it is going to be alright.

2. Your thoughts hurt you when you allow them to
Thoughts are only what they seem. They do not bear meanings unless you let them. When they visit your head, allow them to come in and go out, but do not fuel them nor make them stay. They are not necessarily your reality and often times, they do not represent it. You have to assert power over them.

3. There is no need for you to have everything figured out right now
You don’t need to figure out everything you are supposed to do or not in your life in one sitting. Take one day at a time, breathe, calm your mind and heart, and then you can make clearer, better decisions. Remember that life is a marathon and not a sprint.

4. Your time will come and never doubt that even for a second
The right circumstances will never skip the person whom they are meant for. You may be struggling about achieving your dreams or due to other things right now, but every person in this world has his own time to shine, you just have to believe your own.

5. You will get out of this and this can make you braver
What pains you is what can actually strengthen you. You can manage whatever happens, it does not matter how many times it hit you, what matters is the fact you choose to stand up every single time—and that is bravery. Remind yourself that you are way stronger now than what you were before.

6. A lot more things are going right
Notice the little things that are going right for you. You are safe, someone loves you, you are not hungry, you are not homeless, and you have a job. Keep this going until you feel the anxiety and tension leaving. As Goh Keng Swee says, to avoid wrong things is to do nothing at all, and that is the ultimate wrong act. Slowly but surely, you can clean up your mind from unwanted thoughts. Count your blessings.