One of my favorite things about the holidays isn’t the gift buying, and decorating, nor is it the parties and the food (ok, maybe a little bit of that). My favorite part of the holidays is the smell. The smell of freshly cut trees, the warmth of cinnamon sticks, and the aroma of freshly baked sugar cookies. The memories they evoke from the past and present are exciting and soothing and an incredible benefit to one’s overall mental health.
It’s long been believed that aromatherapy is an effective holistic practice that incorporates the health of spirit, mind, and body. We also know that aromatherapy also supports temporary relief from pain, immune system health and an overall healthy mood.
Adding a few drops of essential oil, or a mixture of such, to your diffuser will fill your home with the aromatic scent; you can even add to your bath or favorite lotion.
Here are our top essential oil picks for the holidays!
Frankincense has a fruity, balsamic and slightly spicy aroma that has long been used in religious ceremonies in Ancient Egypt and Middle Eastern cultures. It also has a number of potential health benefits, blending well with bergamot, cinnamon, grapefruit, lavender, pine, sandalwood, vetiver and more.
Clove oil immediately reminds one of the holiday spirit evoking a spicy and aromatic scent that was initially used in ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations. In small quantities, it may support healthy looking skin, dental health and is often used in toothpastes and mouthwashes. Clove oil blends well with allspice, bergamot, clary sage, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemon, vanilla, and ylang-ylang.
Is there anything that says Christmas better than Peppermint oil? Peppermint is quite popular in soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, gum, tea and ice cream. Other than promoting good moods, it also brings temporary relief from head pain and supports the digestive season. Peppermint oil blends well with basil, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, orange, rosemary, and tea tree.
The epitome of the season is the fresh scent of a newly cut tree. White fir captures that scent and adds a calming aroma to the season. The woodsy scent makes an excellent addition to air fresheners, cleaner, and is known to promote a healthy metabolism. Blends well with balsam, lemon, pine, orange, and rosemary.
Imagine the way you feel when you walk into a kitchen with freshly baked cookies; doesn’t that sound divine? Add vanilla to your diffuser and watch the mood change! Also, known for its antioxidant properties, vanilla supports overall health by promoting a healthy sleep and mood as well. Blends with bergamot, frankincense, jasmine, lemon, orange, rose, sandalwood, peppermint, cinnamon, and ylang-ylang beautifully.
At your next visit, talk to us about our various oils and what would work best with the mood you want to evoke in your home. We can also help select the perfect oils for a holiday gift!