Christmas is almost upon us! It’s a time of family gatherings and gifts, festivities and feasts. It is also a time to delight your senses with wonderful fragrances like the smell of delicious roasts, scented candles and freshly cut Christmas trees. With that said, here are some of the best and most beneficial essential oils you can use to make your Christmas extra special:
- Pine needle
The wonderfully uplifting aroma of pine needle essential oil is not only refreshing and energizing, it is also highly beneficial for alleviating adrenal fatigue, boosting mood and improving mental clarity. Other health benefits include its ability to reduce inflammation, protect against sinus infections, clear mucus and phlegm, treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, boost the immune system, fight fungal and viral infections, and protect your home and body from a wide variety of germs.
- Cinnamon essential oil
The spicy fragrance of cinnamon is warming, comforting and strengthening. cinnamon essential oil helps to focus the mind, balance blood sugar and boost energy levels – especially when you’re back home after all that Christmas shopping!
- Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense is a wonderfully relaxing oil (hence its use in meditation), and is ideal for keeping you chilled during the hectic run up to Christmas, and through all the celebrations. Use frankincense essential oil in your burner or diffuser to radiate a beautiful atmosphere of serenity when your nerves become frazzled or frayed, and to calm and soothe over excited children (or adults!)
- Clove essential oil
The wonderful warm and full-bodied aroma of clove essential oil is useful during the Christmas season to mask bad breath, treat cavities (from too many mince pies), boost immunity, reduce stress, improve sleep quality, alleviate indigestion and nausea, and even act as an effective insect repellent!
- Ginger essential oil
Ginger is especially useful for an upset stomach during the Christmas season. It is one of the best remedies for indigestion, stomach ache, dyspepsia, colic, spasms, diarrhea, flatulence and other stomach and bowel related problems. Ginger can be used to treat food poisoning, intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery. It is also effective against nausea, motion sickness and vomiting.
- Nutmeg essential oil
Here’s another essential oil to help combat Christmas fatigue. Nutmeg is an excellent sedative, helping reduce anxiety and depression, as well as alleviating stress and mental exhaustion. It also acts as an effective liver and kidney tonic, helping remove toxins from the liver and uric acid from the kidneys.
- Sweet orange essential oil
Sweet orange is an effective sedative, especially if you’re feeling anxious, angry or on edge! It also rapidly reduces inflammation, both internal or external, such as from the excessive intake of spices, fever, infections, side effects of antibiotics, gas, or the ingestion of toxic substances.
- Black Pepper Essential Oil
Black pepper essential oil has analgesic qualities that make it ideal for relieving pain, stiffness, headaches and hangovers. If is also beneficial for digestion because it stimulates the whole digestive system, from the salivary glands in the mouth to the large intestine, including promoting secretion of digestive juices like acids and bile into the stomach to facilitate digestion.
- Anise Essential Oil
The lovely licorice scent of anise essential oil helps balancing digestion. It is particularly useful for conditions like indigestion, stomach cramps, nausea and flatulence. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, is an excellent decongestant and expectorant and even helps boost metabolism.
Myrrh is a powerful antimicrobial and antiviral. It also helps boost immunity, reduces exceed mucous & phlegm, stimulates blood circulation and reduces inflammation. In fact, myrrh oil is a total body tonic that up-regulates all the systems and organs in the body!
How to Use Essential Oils?
– Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle or aircon unit.
– Use in a humidifier or air purifier.
– Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens.
– Add oil to a batch of laundry
– Use in household surface cleaners
– Burn in a ceramic oil burner or add a few drops to candles
– Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
– Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
– Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
– Mix with a carrier oil and massage into skin
The Final Word
These 10 essential oils are a wonderful way to fragrance your home with some Christmas cheer as well as provide some additional benefits to make the festive season both happy and healthy for you and your family.