The Christmas and holiday season is a perfect time to add essential oils! Use them in an aromatherapy diffuser in your home or add some to your next massage! Essential oils can bring seasonal smells to your home, as well as ward off seasonal depression and increase immunity to the cold and flu viruses circulating this time of year. There are many wonderful choices that can be used on their own or combined in a custom blend.
Here are some great essential oils to try!
Pine essential oil makes a lot of sense for this season! Diffuse pine oil in your home to make your house smell like a freshly cut Christmas tree! A benefit of pine is that it can also boost your metabolism, which may help you handle all of the extra calories from holiday eating.
Peppermint is also heavily associated with the Christmas season, showing up in candy canes and other holiday desserts. Peppermint essential oil has a lovely scent, energizes, and promotes relaxation with its cleansing scent. Peppermint oil can also be taken internally to sooth the stomach, easing indigestion, nausea, and gas. Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink before a meal to aid with digestion.
Cedarwood essential oil has a rich, woodsy smell and will make your house smell nice when used in an aromatherapy diffuser. Cedarwood is also detoxifying, stimulates the metabolism, and soothes coughs from winter colds or flu.
Lavender is a summer floral that is not often associated with winter, but it is an excellent addition to an aromatherapy massage. Lavender is a balancing oil, helping the body with pain relief, stress, and insomnia. Its gentle scent is uplifting and may help ward off seasonal depression.
Eucalyptus oil is an excellent addition to a massage, particularly during cold and flu season. Eucalyptus is an antiseptic agent, it can help ward off germs, as well as eases chest and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus oil is also used during massage to ease sore muscles.