Guest Post by Jennifer Davis
It’s that time of year where life speeds up! While we enjoy the holidays, often they add much stress to our lives. Essential oils are a great way to help navigate all the feelings that come with this time of year and provide a moment of self-care so we can enjoy time with family. Most people prefer using oils aromatically, but (depending on the oil) you can also use them topically or internally. When you breathe essential oils or put them on your skin, they get "excited"; they move in and out of tissues and get to work.
To scent the air, add two drops of each of your chosen essential oils to water in a diffuser. When creating an oil blend for topical application, start with a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil in a small roller bottle; add two drops of each essential oil.
Ideas for blends to help with common challenges of the season:
Need Peace and Calming? Cardamom helps those that are easily frustrated; Cassia brings gladness to your heart; Cinnamon brings harmony and dispels fears of rejection. Top these off with some Wild Orange to lighten your mood.
Want a Good Night’s Sleep? A restful blend contains Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Wood, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Vanilla and Sandalwood. All these oils support the various reasons we struggle with getting good rest. This blend is great for children also!
Facing Some Family Drama? Oils that come from deeply rooted trees, such as Siberian Fir and Black Spruce, help to feel grounded by bringing stability, comfort and balance. Add Bergamot for self-acceptance and enhanced self-esteem. A drop of Cinnamon brings a feeling of harmony.
Did You Over-Eat? This will happen, so be prepared with a digestive blend of Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway, Coriander, Tarragon and Fennel. Just apply to your belly, or add to water after a meal. As an added bonus, this is a great blend to help you feel sorted out when you’ve taken on too many obligations and your "plate is too full".
Want a Little Help Saying “No” to Too Many Treats? This is probably where most blow their diets and feel guilty in January as a result. Saying “no” will be a tad easier with a blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger and Cinnamon. Put a dab on your tongue or sip in water to curb those cravings.
Need Some Extra Energy? Dab one drop each of Wild Orange and Peppermint to the bottoms of your feet; alternatively, you can rub the drops in your hands and inhale deeply for a quick pick-me-up. Wild Orange is uplifting and helps melt away the scarcity mindset, while Peppermint lightens the heart and increases feelings of excitement.
Do the Holidays Bring Feelings of Grief and Loneliness? Lime brings back a zest for life, while Ylang Ylang focuses on feelings of joylessness. Geranium is a gentle oil for when you are feeling abandonment and loss. Apply these oils over the chest or heart.
What I love about essential oils the most is how they do so much and you can experiment to find the ones that serve you best. Essential oils keep you healthy both mentally and physically. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the oils I use and I’ll send you some of my favorite diffuser blend recipes to make your holidays a lot more enjoyable!
As an essential oil educator, Jennifer challenges the way people think about healthcare with workshops on natural health and incorporating essential oils into daily life. Her passion for this work began when her youngest child was an infant and someone took the time to help her learn natural remedies. More than 10 years later her four kids are quite accustomed to grabbing an oil bottle for their complaints! Jennifer offers private wellness consultations for families who want to start using essential oils, as well as business coaching for those who want to become an educator.
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