Essential Oils to the Rescue for the Holidays

Without a doubt, the Holidays will be different this year!

But hopefully, you will be carrying on with some of your family traditions.

Decorating, cooking and baking, and even treating yourself to a gift can do so much to help boost our health.

And adding essential oils to your life, now or at any time, helps to give your body what it needs physically, mentally, and emotionally without any side-effects.

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.) 

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 of 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.

 

STAYING HEALTHY

All year we have been using extra precautions to stay healthy.

But even with all the precautions, sometimes we let ourselves get run down and that’s a perfect opportunity for us to get sick. Plus the change in weather doesn’t help.

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 one of these essential oils to chamomile tea.

SADNESS

That’s a big one at this time of year and especially this year.

Focusing on the positive and being grateful for all you have can help boost your emotions.

But sometimes you just have a sad day. And that’s ok. Just don’t dwell on it for too long or bigger health issues can develop. The blends Peace and Console may help on those days.

And when you want to be uplifted, citrus oils are always a good choice as are Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Joyful or Uplifting blend.  Put a few drops of one of these oils in a diffuser, on the palms of your hands and inhale or just inhale directly 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 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. (If you have a cat, you might want to skip the Lavender.)

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 that 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, set up your Complimentary Essential Oil Introduction with me.

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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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