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  • 6 Essential Oils Your Mom Will Love (Seriously)

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    Rick-rolling you? This close to Mother’s Day? OF COURSE we wouldn’t do that to you. This really is a 7th Floor Vapes Overlord-Certified Blog Post all about 6 essential oils your mom (or your mother figure) will totally love.

    If you’ve ever bent near a plumeria bush and taken in its gentle, tropical scent … then you’re already well acquainted with essential oils. The same compounds that give our favorite plants and herbs their scent can be harnessed from the organic material. Then, we can put it into little glass bottles and enjoy the scent of eucalyptus wherever we go. Without actually having to lug around a whole eucalyptus tree. It’s terribly convenient.

    Aside from the perfect preservation of its scent, a plant’s essential oil also contains many or all the compounds in the plant that we use for medicinal, detoxifying, relaxation, or general health purposes. Let’s run through six essential oils that will make your mummy dearest smile on Mother’s Day.


    1. Lime Essential Oil

    Known around the globe as half of the Sprite flavors and a garnish for fajitas, limes have a distinct smell and taste. Lime is a member of the citrus family. And just like the rest of the squad, limes contain high concentrations of limonene – a hydrocarbon compound that’s great for cleansing and purification. Adding a drop of lime essential oil to mom’s water will add a refreshing, stimulating burst of flavor. Or, Mom could diffuse a little lime in the aroma top of her Super Surfer. Just throwin’ that out there.


    2. Wintergreen Essential Oil

    We know what you’re thinking – “But 7th Floor Vapes blog-writing overlord, it’s not even winter!” Yes, you’re right. But in the immortal words of Eddard Stark, “Winter will be here again in a few months probs.” The solution to a lack of winter? Wintergreen, of course! This essential oil comes from the wintergreen shrub found in the rural mountains of Nepal. You’re familiar with wintergreen from gum, candies, toothpaste, and retirement homes. But what you may NOT know about wintergreen essential oil is that it’s great as a massage oil after exercise or working around the house. One note of caution, though. A little dab’ll do ya.


    3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

    Have you ever seen a stressed-out koala? We haven’t either. That’s because there’s no such thing as a stressed-out koala. And THAT’S because this favorite food of adorable Aussie bears not only helps to cleanse the air (and even surfaces), it’s also great for relaxation. After a long day of work or chastising you about your college grades, Mom can add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to her bath and enjoy a clear, refreshed mind.


    4. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

    Since we got winter covered already, if your Mom is more of an autumn, cinnamon bark essential oil may be her favorite. We get this fragrant spice from the cinnamon tree, which actually grows to 45 feet high. Besides being a natural insect repellent, a apple pie additive, and the name of a really confusing DC comics character, cinnamon also has a whole bunch of health benefits. Mom can add a couple drops of cinnamon bark essential oil to her tea to soothe a sore throat. Or, she could diffuse it in her Silver Surfer Vaporizer to help boost her immune system. Which, in turn, is a great way to bribe her for more pies.


    5. Sweet Fennel Essential Oil

    Ahhhh. Sweet, sweet fennel. This ultra-versatile herb finds a use in Gujarati cuisine, Chinese five-spice powder, German salads, and fennel seeds are even the primary flavor component in the Italian sausage on your delicious meat lover’s pizza. So, yeah…fennel’s been around the culinary block. But it’s also been a health staple since the days of ancient Rome. Sweet fennel essential oil can help promote healthy digestion, support a healthy respiratory system, and even improve circulation. Mom will love it like she loves to remind you to put on a jacket when it’s nippy out.


    6. Ginger Essential Oil

    Sourced from Madagascar, you say? Can be used for more than just a sushi garnish? Also describes the world’s most attractive beards? Why, yes! Ginger is basically awesome. You know it’s an unique little kitchen spice. But did you know that ginger also aids in digestion? In fact, ginger essential oil can even help you with carsickness. So, if you’re taking Mom on a little road trip this Mother’s Day, she can place a drop of ginger essential oil in her hands and inhale it to keep from getting the Nissan Nausea. We just made that up, but it would be a terrible name for a car. Unless the car only had three wheels, but 4 places for wheels. Digressing…


    Of course, these are just OUR favorite essential oils for Mother’s Day and beyond. What other super-thoughtful gift could you get your super-mom? A Super Surfer Vaporizer! We know she’ll love it.

    Or, you could get your mom THIS for Mother’s Day.

    Click Here to Browse Our Selections of Essential Oils.

    Until next time, Ride the Wave!

  • The Best Herbs for Respiratory Health This Winter

    Unlike your abs because you haven’t been hitting the gym lately, your respiratory system is constantly at work. And if you live in high-altitude areas like we do, your respiratory system is doing serious work. Whether you’re awake, asleep, or somewhere in between browsing Facebook, your lungs are hard at work pulling vital oxygen into your system.

    As the days of the year tick by and the temperatures drop, your immune system gets a bit more compromised. Because your body is busy using energy to keep you warm and alert, your respiratory system may not be able to filter out all the bacteria, dust, spores, viruses, and other pollutants you happen to come across.

    Unless you’re still living in Vault 111, your system is pretty much under constant attack from outside irritants. With that in mind, you should give your respiratory system a little boost this winter with these super-tough herbs.

     

    1. Peppermint.

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    For most people, winter is marked when the Pumpkin Spice everything makes its full transition to peppermint everything. This is an especially popular herb in wintertime recipes for good reason. Peppermint contains menthol, which not only soothes sore throats but also relaxes the muscles of your respiratory tract to encourage better breathing. Along with its antihistamine effects, peppermint also makes a great, natural decongestant. Plus, peppermint has the added bonus of being delicious.

     

    2. Oregano.

    When Sal over at Villapiano’s Pizza is sprinkling a little extra oregano on your meat lover’s slice, he’s actually doing you a big favor. Oregano contains a ton of nutrients, vitamins, and other trace minerals that act as a booster to your immune system. Not only does it help support good overall immune health, oregano is also great for clearing the way for airflow through your nasal passages. Whether in an essential oil or in dried form, oregano is one of those “super-herbs” that you should always keep on hand.

     

    3. Plantain Leaves.

    If you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” you know that when Costard hurts his shin, it’s plantain (not Tylenol) he cries out for. That’s because even as far back as the 1500s, plantains have been prized for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties. When it comes to your respiratory system, plantain leaves can work their magic to help relieve a cough, a tickle in your throat, or just about any other lung irritation – especially irritation caused by dry air.

     

    4. Eucalyptus.

    Eucalyptus is the greatest thing to come out of Australia since Russell Crowe. Or maybe we have that backwards. In any event, eucalyptus is a common ingredient in throat lozenges and oil diffusions for good reason. Natural eucalyptus contains this nifty little compound called cineole, which fights nasal congestion, soothes inflamed sinuses, eases coughs, and acts as an expectorant to help loosen mucus in your lungs. Plus, “eucalyptus” is super fun to say.

     

    DoterraGroupedWhether you’re packing your SideKick with up to a quarter gram of dried herbs, or you’re using the aromatherapy dish on your Super Surfer to diffuse oils, give your respiratory system a good boost this winter with these wonder-herbs.

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  • Super Surfer Temperature Setting Basics

    So, you did it. You made the jump and invested in the Mack Daddy of all vaporizers – The Super Surfer by 7th Floor Vapes. You now wield the mighty power of the world’s most versatile vape. However, with great power comes great responsibility, young Spider-Man.

    You already know that the Super Surfer boasts a taste-enhancing glass-on-glass design. You’re up to speed on the Super Surfer’s ceramic heating element that provides adjustable heating throughout the chamber. And you’re already aware that your Super Surfer can diffuse essential oils, heat your pumpkin spice wax melts for whole-house autumn-smelling goodness, as well as perfectly vaporize your favorite dried herbs and flowers. And now it’s time to go pro.

    Your Super Surfer is SUPER efficient when it comes to heating plant material, but in order to optimize your vaporizing experience, it’s important to keep temperatures in mind. While you should definitely experiment with your own herbal blends, here are some starting temperature points for some of the more popular herbs, roots, and flowers:

     

    Low Vaporizing Temperatures

    To put the following herbs and flowers on their best behavior, they should be vaporized at around 100°C to 125°C (212°F to 257°F).

    • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
    • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
    • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
    • Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
    • Maypop/Passionflower (Passiflora incarnate)
    • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
    • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
    • Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)
    • Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)

     

    Medium Vaporizing Temperatures

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    This list of green goodness is best heated to around 130°C to 175°C (266°F to 347°F).

    • Coffee (Coffea arabica)
    • Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
    • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
    • Ginkgo/Maidenhair (Ginkgo biloba)
    • Guarana (Paullinia cupana)
    • Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes lucida)
    • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

     

    High Vaporizing Temperatures

    No, that’s not a play on words. These herbs, roots, and flowers will vaporize best at temperatures of around 180°C to 200°C (356°F to 392°F).

    • Aloe Vera (Aloe vera)
    • Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale)
    • Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
    • Green Tea (Camellia sinensis)
    • Hops (Humulus lupulus)
    • Kava Kava Root (Piper methysticum)
    • Kola Nut (Cola acuminate)
    • Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii)
    • Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)*
    • Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)

     

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    As you experiment with different blends, you should also experiment with the 7 different colors and 11 different settings for the LED mood lights in your Super Surfer. Are you a “lavender with turquoise mood lights” kind of gal? Maybe you’re a “spearmint with pale blue mood lights” sort of fellow. Or, maybe you’re rocking a party of one with a “green tea and medium color flash” approach. Whatever your blend, and however you roll, your Super Surfer will serve you well for years to come.

    The world is your oyster, you vaporizing super star. Ride the wave!

     

    Click here for more information on the Super Surfer Vaporizer by 7th Floor Vapes.

     

     

     

    * = [Editor’s Note: This is a plant species. Please don’t attempt to vaporize your Lucky Charms.]

  • The Health Benefits of Vaping Lavender

    Long before Lavender Brown from House Gryffindor joined Dumbledore’s Army, and long before lavender was unfairly labelled as the color “Soap” in the Crayola palette (seriously, look that up), the flowering plant lavender was used the world over for religious and medicinal purposes. In fact, ancient texts indicate that lavender oil has been used by humans for more than 2,500 years.

    One of the first names for lavender was the Greek word “naardus,” after the Syrian city of Naarda; where lavender was grown and pressed into oil for use in medicine and cooking. As if it wasn’t versatile enough, the Romans even used lavender as an addition to their baths.

    Fast-forward to the 21st Century. Though we’re still using it in bath bombs, the health benefits of lavender are front and center as its ancient healing properties meet modern vaping technology. Here are some of the possible health benefits of vaping lavender:

     

    1. Lavender is a Great Stress Reliever.

    Those Romans were onto something with their ancient lavender bath bombs. Studies have shown that using lavender before bedtime can even help you relax and promote a good night’s sleep. In fact, one published study found that lavender immediately helped men and women who suffered from insomnia.

    That’s lavender-eamy.

     

    2. Lavender Can Help with Headaches.despair-513529_1280

    Though many people apply lavender essential oils directly to their temples for relief from tension headaches or migraines, vaping lavender can be even more effective in relieving your headache symptoms. The European Journal of Neurology found that inhaling lavender for just 15 minutes could bring significant relief from migraines. This is a great reason to keep your SideKick Portable Vaporizer by your side and packed with up to ¼ gram of dried lavender (and some peppermint for good measure).

    Ah, the sweet scent of relief. Pun intended. Don’t judge.

     

    3. Lavender Has Awesome Antioxidant Properties.

    Without getting too sciency, the miracle of human life involves some pretty intricate chemical processes. Probably the most common microbiological risk factor for nearly every human disease involves the presence of free radicals in the body. These toxins and pollutants can be introduced via your environment or even the food you’re eating. Now, that sounds super-scary, but your body does a boss job of releasing nifty little enzymes called “antioxidants” to banish free radicals from your system.

    However, if your body’s free radical burden is great enough (due to a compromised immune system or your Cheetos and Mountain Dew Code Red diet), your body can have a tough time producing those antioxidants. The solution? Put down the Cheetos and pick up some lavender. Researchers in China found that lavender gives you a Gretzky-esque slap shot assist in producing three of your body’s biggest, baddest antioxidants – catalase, superoxide dismutate, and glutathione.

    So besides smelling awesome and helping to round up Blast-Ended Skrewts in a Hogwarts Care of Magical Creatures class, lavender can go a long way to promote healthy sleep, relieve headache symptoms, and protect your body from disease.

    With the ultra-versatile Super Surfer Vaporizer from 7th Floor Vapes, you can vape dried lavender, diffuse your favorite lavender essential oils, or even enjoy lavender wax melts as you step into your Gryffindor pajamas and settle in for sweet dreams.

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  • 5 Ways a Vaporizer Can Get You Through Your First Semester

    For centuries, we’ve been brewing teas, chopping salads, and rubbing dabs of essential oil on our bodies. But eating, drinking, and rubbing on the skin aren’t the only ways to take in all the vital compounds in your favorite herbs and flowers. In fact, each of those delivery methods pales in comparison to our personal favorite – vaporizing.

    “Wait, so I can vaporize my favorite herbs, flowers, and oils?”

    In the immortal words of Mr. Miyagi, “Of course, Daniel-San.”

    These 5 herbs and flowers could help you focus during a study session, get a good night’s sleep, or even help you digest that 3:00am gas station burrito you totally shouldn’t have eaten (but we’re totally not judging).

     

    1. Green Tea

    Hailed the world over for its anti-aging and antioxidant properties, green tea can also provide you with a boost in energy and focus while you’re dialing in to get your study on. While boiling water can damage some of the polyphenols and flavonol found in this delicious-tasting plant, vaporizing green tea leaves much more of the good stuff intact.

     

    2. Lavender

    So if you spill a huge bottle of lavender oil all over your living room rug, are you very stressed or very relaxed? Thankfully, if you’re vaporizing this sweet-smelling plant, you’ll never have to find out. Lavender is commonly used in aromatherapy for its ability to keep you calm and relaxed. If you’re stressing about a test, pack your SideKick with up to a ¼ gram of lavender and exhale your stress away.

     

    3. Peppermint

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    The super-refreshing King of the Mint Family is a staple for vaporizer veterans. Not only does peppermint leave you feeling alert and focused, it can also aid digestion and relieve abdominal discomfort. Peppermint is also an age-old remedy from headaches. Wonder-plant? We definitely think so.

     

    4. Chamomile

    Because of its amazing ability to combat anxiety and help promote relaxing sleep, chamomile is a common ingredient in bed-time teas. But the calming, soothing qualities of these daisy-like plants can be enjoyed even more with your vaporizer. Try a pinch of eucalyptus or peppermint with your chamomile for a relaxing bed-time experience.

     

    5. Thyme

    This evergreen herb and superstar in the culinary world contains a whole bunch of a neat antiseptic compound called “thymol.” While the mystery of thymol’s name may never become unraveled, its ability to keep your lungs in good shape and improve your digestive health are no joke. Thyme also has anti-parasitic and anti-microbial properties, meaning it can help cleanse your system from harmful microbial colonies. And as an added benefit to your thyme vaporizing experience, you could say “It’s Thyme Time,” for a little bit of dad-joke satisfaction.

     

    Our Silver Surfer line of high-quality vaporizers are a great choice for your home or bedroom, and The SideKick by 7th Floor Vapes is the best choice for vaporizing your favorite dried flowers and herbs on-the-go.

    Click here to learn more about The SideKick by 7th Floor Vapes.

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