Just imagine! Healthy, happy holidays full of joy and peace.
The holidays are the most stressful time of year for many people and it’s no surprise. We are busy with shopping, parties, working, traveling, which can all lead to overeating, skipping workouts, and the list goes on and on. Too much stress can wreak havoc on your immune system.
But you may be surprised to know how simple it is to get stress reducing essential oils into your daily life, so we can transform the holiday season together.
Shop til you drop
Let’s face it, the stores are overcrowded and hectic, which can cause anyone stress during this time of year. Here are a couple of ideas to help you get through it with ease. Open a bottle of oil and give it a whiff!. Orange, peppermint, or grapefruit will awaken and energize your senses in a matter of seconds. You can also try a calming oil such as lavender or serenity to reduce your anxiety/stress.
Holiday travel is completely fabulous in every way when you lessen the aggravation by having a few key essential oils that will make travel easy peasy. A glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.
Lavender is a MUST! It’s small enough to carry in your purse or glove compartment. This amazing oil not only smells good, but is useful in so many ways from treating cuts, scrapes, burns, etc.
When you feel a headache coming on, apply a drop of peppermint on your temples.
If you’re traveling with children, you know how important it is keeping them calm and focused during your trip. Place a drop or two of Roman Chamomile onto your finger and rub it on the back of their neck, on their favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
Let’s face it– when traveling, people and places don’t always smell good. Try carrying a bottle of oil like Holiday Joy, peppermint, lavender, lemon or on guard in a spray bottle with some water to keep the odors away.
Meditation increases mental productivity by clearing away the clutter and allowing you to feel connected with others. And it doesn’t cost a thing! Place a drop of grounding oil like Lavender or Patchouli (known as the oil of peace) into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and take a deep inhale slowly. You will feel a difference in your mood immediately.
Stay Healthy through the Holidays
Don’t be so hard on yourself this holiday season. One of the things you can strive to do is adding a fresh juice each day. Try a drop of orange, lime, or lemon essential oil to your juice. Adding in a drop of peppermint to your cup of tea has added benefits to keep you healthy through the Holidays. The essential oil must be Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (I use DoTerra) for ingesting. Enjoy your holiday traditions and don’t eat beyond what feels good to you.
During the Holidays, we get so busy that our workouts are non- existent. Try to get at least 30 minutes of good healthy exercise in each day (with one to two days of rest). You will feel much better through the holidays. Exercise is excellent for depression, weight maintenance and your overall general health. Oils for increased physical performance are grapefruit, ginger, basil, lavender and peppermint. Massage a few drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil (i.e. almond, jojoba, coconut) onto the chest, back, or legs.
Relax with Essential Oils
Want an incredible, relaxing, spa like experience? Next to topical application, taking a warm bath with oils is an incredibly effective method of aromatherapy. After your tub is filled, add 3 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil blend. You’ll want to wait until you turn the water off to add these oils, then swirl into your bath water using your hands.
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Sharon Dangles is a Certified Health Coach, weight loss & detox specialist. Based in New Lenox, Illinois, Sharon assists clients via phone or email. Sharon helps busy women by resetting priorities, visualizing what you really want, and reshaping your life. She created a simple lifestyle program for busy women on-the-go who wanted to be Slim, Sexy, & Smart too. Sharon graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.