'Tis the season to do everything to excess and suffer the consequences it seems, but there are some amazing essential oils to help you through the festive season and to also help you deal with the stresses and strains of the holidays. Yes, Christmas is a great time when families and friends gather to deck the halls and jingle their bells but when it all gets a little too much, I love using essential oils and there are many ways they can be used. Mixed with carrier oils, they can be used for massages. They can be sprinkled in baths and also used as a room spray by mixing 15-20 drops of essential oil in 250 ml of water in a plant spray. Simply shake the bottle well and fragrance your room with a number of scents and let aromatherapy waft your troubles away! Do remember that essential oils shouldn't be taken internally although some antiseptic oils such as tea tree, sage and thyme, are great for the natural treatment of sore throats. Just mix two drops of either of these oils with half a glass of water to make a great gargle which will relieve those sore throat symptoms. Here are some more of my favourite amazing essential oils that I like to use, not just during the holiday season but all year round.
We all know that this essence is associated with the nativity, with one of the Three Wise Men bestowing a gift of Frankincense upon the baby Jesus. And how thoughtful, as this woody and spicy essence has so many healing benefits. Research has shown it to help with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and to also improve asthma. It is also reported to have helped in the management of symptoms of those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. But if you're not unfortunate enough to suffer from any of these ailments you can still benefit from the elevating and soothing effect this aroma has on the emotions, as it instils peace and calm in all those who use it. It really helps to alleviate anxiety and lift your mood. So when things are getting a little too much over the holiday season, as it sometimes does, sprinkle a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale. It's one of the most amazing essential oils to use.