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How Peppermint Essential Oil Almost Killed Me

As shocking as this blog post title may sound, it is true. Peppermint Essential Oil almost killed me some weeks ago, and I would feel dead guilty if I didn’t share my experience with the internet. So let me start from the beginning. I won’t be naming the exact name of the branded diffuser and peppermint Essential Oil I used because I don’t believe it is relevant. What happened to me would likely have happened even with a different brand of essential oils.

 

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How it all started

So I got my hands on some bottles of essentials oils and a diffuser and decided to give them a go. Prior to me trying these oils, I have heard a lot about them and their benefits. So I was eager to experience it all. I got my hands on some little bottles of Peppermint Essential Oils (about 3/4ml) and I diluted it with water because there were no clear instructions on how to dilute them. I didn’t know how many drops to add or not add, so I poured in the entire oil of the tiny bottle into water. Now that I know what I know, that was a crazy thing to do.

 

 

The Peppermint Essential Oil attack

The diffuser had instructions that stated it could be use for 12 hours straight. I was planning to have it on for a few hours before dashing out for the school run. So I settled down on the sofa with my laptop and took it all in. At first, it started off great. I liked the fragrance and I found it all relaxing. After an hour of the diffuser being on, it suddenly started. I couldn’t breathe and I felt really dizzy. The whole room started to spin really fast and I thought my head was going to explode. I struggled to get off the sofa and away from the living room, into the hallway.

Once I got out, I then realise I had to switch the diffuser off. So I struggled to get back into the living room to switch off the diffuser get out as fast as I could. I then thought of going outside but I was worried I would fall down and bang my head. The whole room was still spinning very fast and I felt I was choking. It felt like I was having an out-of-body experience. The ground was vibrating, it was so scary.

 

 

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The aftermath

So I opened the windows and doors, and dashed upstairs to the bedroom as fast as I could. After about 15 minutes, the room spinning reduced but I still felt very sick and dizzy. I was also craving for sugar all of a sudden. I think it was my body guiding on what to do to save myself. So I got my hands on some juice and cookies, and that helped a lot. I got the toxic smell out of the house and started to feel slightly better after a few hours. But I still didn’t feel like my old self. My old self took weeks to fully come back and my body is not 100% back to how I was prior to the essential oil incident, if I am being completely honest.

 

Why this happened

This happened to me because I had no idea how strong essential oils are. I thought they were just like any other fragrance oil. If I knew how strong they were I won’t have ever tried them. I won’t have taken the gamble. One thing that shocked me was the lack of instructions on the bottle. For such a strong and can I say dangerous product, I was quite shocked it didn’t have clear instructions on how to use. I was also shocked the diffuser stated it could be use for 12 hours. After the experience I had and the extensive research I have now done, I think 12 hours of using essential oils is a very ling time. You really shouldn’t be having it on longer than for 30/40 minutes maximum.

What I found even more shocking is the lack of information online. It took me forever to find relevant information on the dangers of essential oils and how best to use them. Most of the essential oils information online is wrong. They are all about the amazing benefits of essential oils and hardly anything about the dangers of using them wrongly.

 

My advice

I hope this post comes in handy for someone today. I am not completely against essential oils but I don’t recommend them. If you are going to use any essential oil, make sure you know what you are doing. Treat essential oils as you would prescription drugs. I don’t see myself ever using essential oils by myself again. Essential Oils have become very popular and many see them as the next thing to try. But we need to remember that there is so much power in that little bottle. If you don’t need it, don’t use it. There are loads of beauty/health products around today, but we don’t have to use them all.

 

 

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Affordable Christmas Stocking Fillers

October is almost over and the countdown to Christmas is on! I have started thinking of Christmas as you would have spotted on my Instagram story. Christmas presents have been on mind so I have started shopping for gifts. I am currently grabbing items for stocking fillers. Which is why I am writing this Christmas Stocking Fillers Gift Guide post.

Here are some affordable items you could fill up your stockings with –

 

Ramer Sponges

Ramer Sponges are great items for Stocking Fillers, and there is a Ramer Sponge for everyone. These sponges come in various shapes, sizes and designs. If you are stuck on Christmas Stocking Fillers gift ideas, then you will find these suggestions very useful.

 

 

Ultra Soft Baby Sponge Twin Pack £2.99

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I love the texture of this baby sponge. This would be great in a little one’s stocking. It is very affordable and so useful. The fact that it is a twin pack means you get more value for money too! A couple of these packs will definitively be in some stockings this Christmas. I know a few cuties that would find these sponges very useful.

 

 

Super Soft Body Sponge £2.99

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This Ramer sponge is ideal for travel as it is lightweight and small. I really like the compact size and the mint colour. It feels great on the skin. This would be a perfect Christmas Stocking Filler for kids and young adults.

 

Invigorating Body Sponge £2.99

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This Ramer sponge is one of my favourites. I love the fact that it a firm, lightly exfoliating sponge. The round shape and burgundy colour caught my eye instantly. It would definitely work as a great stocking filler.

 

Ramer Sponges Cleansing Shammy £2.35

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This Cleansing Shammy for sensitive skin would be a great gift for a beauty lover. It gently removes all traces of make-up, leaving your skin feeling soft and clean. I really like this product as a gift idea for a stocking filler. It works so well.

 

Ramer Sponges Performance Sports Towel £11.99

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This Ramer Sponges Performance Sports Towel is a great idea for a stocking filler. I like the fact that it is a large size highly absorbent towel. It is great for gym/fitness lovers. The towels come in different colours – mint, ocean blue, pink and teal.

What do you think of these Ramer Sponges products?

 

 

Kathleen Naturals Tranquil Mini Bubble Bath and Shower Gel £10/50ml

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This Tranquil Fields Bubble Bath and Shower Gel by Kathleen is simply amazing. I love the fragrance and how it feels on my skin. This product left my skin clean, soft and smelling real good.

It is a relaxing bubble bath and shower gel and it would make a nice little gift this Christmas. I adore everything about this product and the size makes it idea for a stocking filler.

 

 

Sanex Zero% Moisturising Sensitive Skin Hand Cream £3.99/75ml

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This unfragranced Moisturising Hand Cream is great for Sensitive skin. It is enriched with natural moisturisers, and contains 0% parabens, 0% colourants, and 0% fragrance. I like that the hand cream is so pure, the whole family can use it. A lovely idea for a stocking filler. Many hands would thank you for this Sanex hand cream.

 

Sanex Zero% Body Moisturiser £5.99/250ml

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Another great idea for a stocking this Christmas is this Sanex unfragranced Body Moisturiseris. This lotion is great for Sensitive skin. It is a quickly absorbing formula, enriched with natural moisturisers. I like the fact that this lotion provides long-lasting moisture and it is suitable for the whole family.

 

 

Palmolive Gourmet Coconut Shower Gel £1.80/250ml

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This Palmolive creamy body wash with Coconut extract leaves the skin moisturised and smelling good. I think it is a great idea for a stocking filler this Christmas. It is very handy and affordable. I am currently using this shower gel now and seriously loving it.

 

Palmolive Luminous Shower Gel £1.80/250ml

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This is another shower gel I really like. It the ultimate body wash with the non-greasy formula, which will leave the skin feeling velvety and soft. I also like the light price tag. I love the simple packaging and the lovely fragrance.

 

This post has proved that you don’t have to spend a fortune on Stocking Fillers. These products are very useful but yet affordable. They are great products for the whole family.

 

Have you started your Christmas shopping? What do you think of these stocking filler ideas?

 

 

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Want younger looking skin? Read this first.

There comes a point where we really have to start thinking about our skin routine. Did you know that as soon as you hit 21 your skin is classed as “mature”. Shocking, right? Your skin might feel drier, your foundation might appear patchy on your face, you might have sudden blotches or red marks, or even oily, shiny patches that can ruin a good photo. So when your skin does hit its “old age” what can you do to keep it looking at feeling youthful? Switch up your moisturiser for something that targets dry skin? Get more facials? Discover the best bb cream for combination skin? With so much to think about and so many products to choose from it can be difficult to know where to begin. But don’t worry.

Read on for some skin maintenance tips and beauty ideas that will keep your skin looking as young as you feel!

 

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Avoid those long, hot showers!

We all like a hot, steamy shower to help wake us up in the morning – it’s almost as crucial as a cup of coffee. But you might want to swap those long hot showers, for shorter, cooler sprays if you want to keep your skin looking and feeling soft and young. Hot showers strip your skin of their essential oils and effectively dry out your skin by stripping it of its moisture. So keep the shower cool and keep it to about ten minutes.

 

Look for the signs

Unsure if you need to exfoliate? Or need to moisturise more? Take a finger and lightly scratch your skin, if it leaves a white mark then your skin is not only dry but crying out for you to rid it of all those dead skin cells. Get yourself exfoliated and moisturised, pronto.

 

Keep it simple

When it comes to beauty products for your face, the simpler the better. Steer clear of products that contain perfume, colour, bubbles and anything that claims to be anti-bacterial. All these will irritate you skin and might make blotchy red skin look angrier.

 

Want soft hands and feet?

If your hands are dry and your feet not much better, then this little trick will help. On an evening before bed, slather lots of moisturiser on your feet and hands, then cover with a pair of light fabric gloves/socks. When you wake in the morning, your skin will feel incredible.

 

Get sweaty

Surely getting all hot and sweaty will clog your pores right? Wrong! Did you know that working up a sweat is a natural way to eliminate the toxins that build up under your skin. And, regular exercise gets your blood pumping – which means better circulation and blood flow – which is good for your skin!

Skin destroyers

We know the dangers of tanning and UV rays but so many of us take the risk. If you want youthful looking skin then you must steer clear of these infamous skin destroyers: tanning beds, smoking and sunbathing. All of these age your skin prematurely!

 

Do you have any skincare tips to share?

 

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