Aroma and scent conjure memories as nothing else possibly could. These scents may be of that warm early summer evening spent on the beach, picnicking in a lush secluded forested area, or the holidays of your youth spent with family and loved ones.
The holiday season is full of scents and smells from the fresh-cut Christmas tree, to the potpourri in the centerpiece, to the cooking aroma of the feast about to be enjoyed.
These are some of the best essential oils to have in your cabinet for the holiday season. Not only do they smell amazing, they also contain many healing benefits.
Quick Reminder ~ Always check with your doctor before ingesting essential oils ~ even those generally considered safe.
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Enjoy re-discovering the health benefits of essential oils and herbs that our ancestors already knew worked!
Check out these amazing essential oils along with benefits associated with each oil.
Peppermint is most commonly found in foods and supplements. In an essential oil form, peppermint has a cooling sensation when placed on the skin. Peppermint is generally considered safe to diffuse, apply to skin, and to ingest.
Warning ~ When ingested in large amounts, peppermint can cause heartburn and can have possible interactions with medications making the medication difficult for the body to metabolize leading to side effects.
Peppermint is useful as:
- Relieves nausea and motion sickness.
- A peppermint tea will help with stomach ailments.
- Some people also claim that the peppermint smell causes them to feel full therefore reducing their appetite.
Not only does wintergreen have a lovely sweet, fresh scent similar to mint, it also provides many benefits from numerous uses. This is from a highly poisonous plant, therefore; do not ingest!
Analgesic ~ When applied to a sore area of the body, wintergreen increases circulation of the blood bringing warmth to the area. Regular use, is shown to ease arthritis pain.
- Induces Relaxation ~ Wintergreen is known to relieve stress and tension inducing a relaxed state.
- Provides Relief ~ congestion in the chest, breathing trouble, asthma, spasmodic coughs,
- Eases Tummy Trouble ~ digestive disorders, spasmodic diarrhea, and various nervous afflictions.
- Releases Gas ~ Never take this essential oil internally, rather blend with a carrier oil and rub on the stomach. This will aid in releasing the built up gas.
3. Cinnamon Leaf
Cinnamon leaf essential oil is known for its distinct musky spicy scent.
Cinnamon leaf is a great essential oil to have in your healer toolbox with the following health benefits:
- Eases Muscle Pain ~ provides a warming and soothing effect when applied to the skin that helps ease muscular aches, sprains, rheumatism and arthritis.
I, personally, am unable to use cinnamon leaf essential oil on my body even heavily diluted as it burns my skin. Many people have this same reaction. This is a good reminder to always mix essential oils with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil and test on your inner elbow skin for a skin reaction.
4. Clove Bud
Clove bud is an aromatic spice typically used in Indian and Chinese cultures seasoning.
Clove bud essential oil is also used:
- Helps ease respiratory problems, such as cough, colds, sinusitis, asthma and tuberculosis
- Chewing on a clove bud is said to help sore throats.
- Antiseptic ~ apply topically to assist in addressing fungal infections, wounds and cuts.
Fir essential oil with its fresh, woodsy and earthy scent conjures memories of Christmas’ past and the holiday season.
Fir needle essential oil is used in healing:
- Fights Sore Throat and Respiratory Infections
- Eases Fatigue
- Soothes Muscle Aches
- Calms Arthritis
Cedarwood essential oil has a pleasing scent with its sweet and woodsy aroma.
This essential oils has many uses:
- Disinfects Wounds
- Kills Fungal Infections
- Eases Arthritis
- Boosts the Respiratory System
- Helps with Insomnia
- Clears the Skin of Blemishes
- Releases Toxins from the Body
- Calms Symptoms of ADHD
- Most Commonly Known to Soothe Insect Bites
Ginger widely uses as a spice in foods has many other uses as well. Ginger is amazingly versatile in that it can be ingested as well as diffused and used topically.
- Treats Upset Stomach and Supports Digestion.
- Heals Infections.
- Aids Respiratory Problems.
- Reduces Inflammation.
- Strengthens Heart Health.
- High Levels of Antioxidants.
- Natural Aphrodisiac.
- Relieves Anxiety.
Frankincense essential oil is one of the oldest known commonly used herb and oil. Throughout history, this has been used in religion ceremonies, most notably Christianity.
- Helps Reduce Stress and Depression
- Helps Boost Immune System Function and Prevents Illness
- Astringent and Can Kill Harmful Germs and Bacteria
- Heals Skin and Prevents Signs of Aging
- Improves Memory
- Eases Digestion
- Aids in Sleep
- Decrease Inflammation and Pain
9. Wild Orange
Wild orange essential oil, many times referred to as sweet orange essential oil, freshens up many essential oil blends with its fresh, yet sweet aroma.
- Improves Mood
- Fights Fatigue
- Aids in Mental Clarity
- Purifies the Air
- Supports Healthy Immune System
- Curbs Appetite
Vanilla essential oil has widely used in culinary feats but is now becoming more known for its amazing healing properties:
- Tranquilizing and Relaxing Substance
Anticarcinogenic ~ Protects against free radicals
Febrifuge ~ Fights infections and reduces fevers
11. Juniper Berry
Juniper berry essential oil has a distinctive aroma that is woody, sweet, fresh and crisp. Juniper Berry Essential Oil blends well with woodsy scented oils such as cedarwood, sandalwood, rosewood, cypress, and fir needle.
- Calms and Eases Stress without the sedative effects found in other essential oils
- Cleanses and Purifies your space when burned
I, for one, love to incorporate essential oils into all parts of my life. As the seasons change and holidays come around, I love testing out different blends to enjoy in my diffuser.
Please remember that essential oils and herbs can be very potent so please practice essential oil safety.
- Keep away from children and pets
- Do not get near eyes
- Do not drip directly into ears
- Discuss essential oils with your doctor if you:
- are pregnant
- have epilepsy, seizures or asthma
- have a skin condition
- Do not diffuse around infants younger than six months old
- Be sure that pets have the ability to leave the room where the diffuser is in use.
We would love to hear in the comments what essential oils blends you create at this wonderful winter time of the year!
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