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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bring A Bit Of Aromatherapy To The Home Gently

There are many ways to use aromatherapy, and it can help to induce a certain mood around your home. Many find that specific scents will help reduce anxiety, increase energy, and even alleviate pain when used in conjunction with other treatment alternatives. Aromatherapy products and supplies make wonderful gifts, too, when you want to give someone special a great gift that feels indulgent.

Consider the following aromatherapy products to add scents to your home:

Tealight oil warmer

There are some amazing tealight oil warmers, and if you are uncomfortable with lighting candles, many are electric. These gently warm the essential oil to exude the therapeutic fragrance that you select. For all-day use, add a few drops of water to the oil in the burner for a slightly lighter scent.

Some benefits of essential oil include:

  • Peppermint oil can help a headache, and it will give the home a holiday scent.

  • Citrus scents, such as lemon and orange, can increase energy and fight fatigue. These also bring a fresh, clean scent to the home.

  • Reduce chronic pain with the scent of rosemary and eucalyptus.

Wax cubes

Wax cubes are a great alternative to a candle, and don’t require an open-flame to emit fragrance. These are pieces of scented wax that can be gently melted, in the same fashion as an oil warmer–often in the same device! Look for slow-melting cubes, of beeswax or soy, for gifts that will be adored by others.

Tips for using wax cubes include:

  • Clean your wax burner in-between uses to keep the scents clean and fresh.

  • Before washing, submerge the burner with wax in cold water. This will make it scrape clean easily.

  • Look for scents that could be mixed and matched, to create custom fragrances. For instance, buy a package of apple scented wax and one of cinnamon scented wax, and melt together for a fresh baked pie scent.

Oil diffusers

Oil diffusers are another way to enjoy the scents of your favorite essential oils. These don’t require burners or tealights, and are often found in decorative styles that bring an aesthetic quality to the home. The scent of these may be a bit fainter than when you warm the oil, but it could be a practical all-day option for the bedroom or bath.

Diffusing essential oils is easy; here’s how:

  • First, purchase diffuser sticks from a craft store or aromatherapy site.

  • Drop oil on the end of the stick, saturating as desired for a stronger scent.

  • Place the sticks in a tall vase or glass, with the oil-soaked end up.

  • Add a couple drops of oil every day or so, and replace when the sticks seem oily and stale.

If you haven’t tried aromatherapy in your home, you could be missing out on a wide range of therapeutic benefits that this trend provides. Try giving someone else the gift of aromatherapy with a clever oil burner and some alluring essential oils this holiday!

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Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tips For Winterizing Your Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs, bushes and hedges provide year-round greenery to your landscape. They require proper care to survive and look their best through the cold winter season. A little bit of preparation this fall, along with regular maintenance throughout winter and into spring, will keep them healthy.

Lessen the Snow Load

Heavy snow can split open an evergreen hedge or bush. In most cases, the shrub will recover. Occasionally, however, a heavy load can cause broken branches or a fractured trunk.

To lessen the weight of the snow on top your evergreen, brush it off with a broom. Sweep upward from the bottom of the bush towards the top. Downward sweeping can damage branches.

Watch the Wind

Loss of moisture during cold, windy weather can leave evergreens looking desiccated or burned. You have two options to protect them.

  1. Wrap the evergreen with burlap. Wrapping burlap around your evergreen protects from wind damage, but it can also overheat or damage the bush. Make sure you remove any wrapping before temperatures warm above freezing.

  2. Erect a windbreak on the windward side of the bush. Install two stakes on either side of the evergreen and stretch the burlap between them. It won’t damage the bush, since it’s not in contact with the needles or leaves.

Protect the Roots

Frost heave occurs when the roots begin to lift out of the soil during winter freeze and thaw cycles. Cover the ground around your evergreens with a 2 to 4 inch layer of mulch to insulate the roots and minimize frost heave. Avoid mulching against the trunk – leave a 3-inch space between the trunk and mulch to avoid trunk rot problems.

Water is also important during dry periods when the ground isn’t frozen. Your evergreens are only semi-dormant, so they may need a drink in the winter if temperatures don’t drop low enough to freeze.

A Timely Trim

Spring and early summer is pruning time. Wait until your evergreens begin to put on new needles or leaves before you prune out any damaged wood. Your tree service company can tell you the best time to prune in your area.

When pruning the shrubs, avoid the flat-top cut. Instead, prune them in a pyramidal or rounded shape. This allows snow to slide off the bushes the following winter, instead of sitting on top and splitting the branches.

Evergreens are typically hardy plants. Even if your shrubs suffer some winter damage, they will likely recover over the summer, especially with careful tree care.

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