Essential Oils to the Rescue for the Holidays

Shopping, parties, guests, family, cooking, cleaning, stress – it all is happening at the same time during the Holiday season and it seems like you have no help. But essential oils can come to your rescue. As the saying goes: “There’s an oil for that!”

Many people think that essential oils are just for diffusing to make a room smell good. But they actually have multitudes of properties to help with physical and emotional issues. And have been used for centuries to do just that.

Essential oils are nature’s gift to us. They are a pure and natural way to give the body what it needs. However, you need to do your homework as many companies use chemicals, toxins, synthetics and even added fragrance to their oils which won’t provide the same benefits as using a pure essential oil.  (Here’s a link if you would like to learn more about essential oils and the company I use and recommend: http://livebalancednaturally.com/essential-oils/)

So let’s look at some specific ways essential oils can rescue you so you can get through this Holiday season. And any other time you are faced with these situations.

CLEANING

It might not be spring but we all seem to clean even more at the Holidays. Using essential oils to clean with not only makes your home smell great but citrus oils are also antibacterial, can cut through grease and make you feel happy – an added benefit!  Add 3-4 drops Lemon, Orange or Lime oil to ½ cup white vinegar and 2 cups water for a glass and tile cleaner.

COOKING

Don’t you just hate it when you are making a recipe and run out of an ingredient? Well, if you have that ingredient in an essential oil, you can easily substitute it with the oil.

Oils such as Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Peppermint and citrus oils are great in cooking and baking. Plus you are getting the added therapeutic value of the essential oil.

Since oils are so potent, it’s best to dip a toothpick into the oil and swirl the toothpick into your recipe. You can always add more oil, but you can’t take it out!

Make sure your oil bottle is labeled safe for ingesting and has a Supplement Fact label on it. All oils cannot be ingested.

Check out the recipe at the end of this blog for Quinoa Pilaf using essential oils.

STAYING HEALTHY

With all the added work at this time of year, we sometimes neglect our health and get run down which makes it easier for us to be more susceptible to get sick.

Some oils which can help with coughs and colds are: Myrrh, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Protective Blend and Respiratory Blend. Dab a drop of Lavender on your throat if you are getting a sore throat. (Make sure to use a carrier oil such as Coconut, Olive, or Sesame first on children, anyone with sensitive skin or just as a precaution.)

DIGESTION

It’s bound to happen – too much food, foods you don’t usually eat, and emotions can all cause digestive issues.

Try a couple of drops of Peppermint, Ginger, Cardamom, Lavender, Fennel or the Digestive Blend to help with digestive discomfort and indigestion. Or add a drop of the essential oil to chamomile tea.

SADNESS

So much marketing shows happy people, families getting together, friends partying but for some the Holidays may be sad. Or you just may have a sad day.

Citrus oils are always uplifting as are Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Joyful or Uplifting blend.  Put a few drops of one of these oils in a diffuser or on some cotton balls or just inhale right from the bottle.

HEADACHES

No explanations needed as to what might cause a headache at the Holidays but they can ruin your day at any time.

Try a couple of drops of Peppermint, Frankincense, Lavender, Eucalyptus or Tension Blend on your temples.

CALMING

Not only do you need to try to stay calm, you probably need to help keep others calm as well – including pets.

As it’s probably not going to work asking everyone to put on a drop of an essential oil as they enter your home, the next best thing is to diffuse them. The oils will go into the air and help to calm everyone.

Essential oils such a Lavender, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, Frankincense or Restful Blend will help to calm the atmosphere.

You could also put a drop of any of these oils on children’s blankets or stuffed animals to help them sleep. Or do the same for yourself if you need help sleeping!

And one more thing, which may or may not apply to you, but at the Holidays some people tend to indulge in too many adult beverages, so here’s a recipe just in case you have a HANGOVER:

2 drops Orange, 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Lemon and 1 drop Ginger in water and drink!

These are just a few essential oils which can help to rescue you over the Holidays. Hope you will give them a try if needed and let me know how they worked for you.

Or if you have any essential oil recipes that you have used for these issues, I’d love to hear from you.

And if you would like to learn more about how essential oils can help you stay healthy at any time of the year, contact me here: http://livebalancednaturally.com/contact/

In Peace and Good Health,

Patti

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Quinoa Pilaf
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Quinoa Pilaf
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Servings
4-6
Instructions
  1. Toast Quinoa in a dry skillet for about 2 minutes or until golden brown. Stir frequently. Bring 2 cups of the broth or water to a boil, add Quinoa and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Place Quinoa into a bowl, fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. In a saute pan, heat the Ghee or Olive Oil over medium heat. Add the Chili Flakes, Black Pepper, Leeks or Onions, Tamari and Garlic. Saute until Leeks are browned. Add a little more broth if the mixture begins to dry.
  3. Add the Zucchini and Yellow Squash and simmer about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the greens and continue to saute until the greens are just wilted.
  5. Remove from the heat and drain any excess. Set aside.
  6. Add the Cilantro, Oregano, Chili Powder or Paprika and Tomato to the Quinoa. Stir together then add the vegetable mixture. Stir all ingredients together.
Recipe Notes

This can be served as a hot pilaf dish or a cold salad on a bed of greens.

* If using essential oils, make sure they are labeled for ingestion and they have a Supplement Fact label on the bottle.

Also, stir the oil in with a toothpick rather than dropping from the bottle. One drop of an essential oil is extremely potent and may be too much.

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4 thoughts on “Essential Oils to the Rescue for the Holidays

  1. Lauren

    Essential Oils are vital to my wellbeing. I use a lot of lavender. Thank you for the reminders…I definitely should be using them more in my cooking!

    • Patti Stevens

      Totally agree about them being vital to our wellbeing. We use them daily in numerous ways. I have a video of Uncommon Uses for Lavender you might be interested in:https://youtu.be/gs44POLJOy0

  2. EO’s have so many uses. Many more than people realize. The only one I have not gotten into yet is cooking with it.

    • Patti Stevens

      You are so right but fortunately more and more people are learning about all the healthy benefits of essential oils. Give them a try in cooking and baking, it’s so helpful especially if you are out of the fresh ingredient.

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