ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
There’s no better time than the Holidays to break out your essential oils collection. Essential oils can enhance your holiday joy, warm you up on a cold day, and help you get closer to your faith. Not to mention that essential oils also have several health benefits, from boosting your immune system to helping you clear emotional trauma. Something we can all use during these difficult times of coronavirus. Hopefully, these Essential Oils will help make this a very enjoyable Holiday Season.
Along with gold, the 3 wise men gifted the baby Jesus two other equally precious commodities at the time: frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense was not only a big deal during the time of Jesus, but was also used in religious ceremonies dating back to the ancient Egyptians.
In addition to being burned as incense for religious ceremonies, frankincense has long been used to treat a number of different ailments. Studies have shown that this oil stimulates the immune system, making it ideal for helping prevent sickness during the holidays. Research also shows that frankincense can reduce anxiety and stress, which is something we often experience during the holiday season.
Like Frankincense, myrrh is derived from the Burseraceae plant family and was viewed as a valuable substance by many ancient civilizations. Myrrh was often burned with frankincense during religious ceremonies, and also has a number of medicinal uses.
One particular study found that myrrh normalized blood lipid profiles in mice and also decreased body weight gain. If you tend to overeat during the holidays, this oil may prevent you from adding on those extra pounds. With myrrh, you also get similar immune system benefits as frankincense offers.
Also similar to frankincense, myrrh has an earthy, fruity, and slightly spicy aroma that’s sure to enhance your holiday spirit.
The scent of pine is associated with the holiday season for obvious reasons. Diffusing this oil will give your home that invigorating Christmas-tree smell. But in addition to the pleasant aroma, pine can provide more benefits for you throughout the season, including:
So, make sure to add pine essential oil to your daily routine to help you better digest that delicious Christmas food, breathe easier, and reduce pain so you can have a more fulfilling Holiday experience.
The tradition of putting oranges in Christmas stockings is still observed by many families today. Legend has it that St. Nicholas dropped 3 sacks of gold down the chimney to pay the dowries for a poor man’s daughters. Oranges became a symbol of these sacks of gold that were generously given. And though orange is anything but extravagant today, they were a great luxury to have previous to the 20th century.
Using an orange essential oil at Christmastime may remind you of the importance of this and other holiday traditions. But beyond that, orange is known as a mood booster and stress reducer. One particular study found that oranges can not only lower blood pressure but also increase feelings of comfort.
Oranges are also rich in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, which makes their essential oils potent immune-system boosters. And due to their antibacterial properties, they make for a fantastic home cleaner.
The woody, spicy scent of cypress makes it a wonderful oil to diffuse during the holidays. The ancient Greeks loved this oil for its comforting smell and its ability to clear the mind and senses.
Cypress also helps you breathe easier, and can even be effective at treating respiratory conditions caused by bacterial growth. Additionally, cypress can also help you speed up the emotional healing process. So if you are dealing with grief from a loss during the holidays or have other past traumas, cypress can be used to help you purge those emotions.
Fir trees share many of the same characteristics as pine trees, including their woodsy, earthy smell. Some of the most popular Christmas trees are firs, including the silver, Fraser, Douglas, and balsam fir. Most fir essential oils are processed from the balsam and silver fir species.
In addition to their invigorating Christmas-tree smell, fir essential oil offers several benefits for your health and wellness, including:
Like orange, fir also makes a great household cleaner because of its antibacterial properties, not to mention leaving behind a great smell!
HOW TO DIFFUSE ESSENTIAL OILS
You might be wondering how to diffuse essential oils… it’s easy! You just add a little water to the diffuser basin. Some manufacturers will say to use tap water or distilled water—if so, just add accordingly. Then, add about five drops of your oil. Plug it in, start it up, and—voila!—you are diffusing.
Diffusing essential oils is one of the easiest ways to reap all the benefits of aromatherapy. These benefits can include:
These are pretty much what they sound like: thin sticks that look like reeds and can be placed into a decorative vase, where they soak up essential oils and gently disperse the scent through evaporation. If you eat with disposable chopsticks and are into upcycling, you can use the chopsticks as reed diffusers.
TISSUE OR COTTON BALL DIFFUSERS
A few drops of essential oil placed on either a tissue or a few cotton balls can provide a small amount of aromatherapy scent, one step above an air-freshener, until the oil evaporates.
All of these Essential Oils will help us tremendously to make this a very wonderful Holiday Season.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL
BREATHE IN YOUR ESSENTIAL OIL
BREATHE OUT YOUR INNER TURMOIL.
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