The Christmas season is supposed to be a joyful time, filled with warmth, love and memories. But for many people, it can be quite overwhelming. All of the shopping, commitments, to-do lists and cooking can take a toll on us physically, mentally and spiritually.
For those of us who prefer to manage our health naturally, essential oils can help us keep our spirits up and maintain our energy during this very busy season of the year.
Here are some common conditions and the oils that have been found to provide relief:
Anxiety. Who hasn’t felt overwhelmed and anxious at one time or another, especially during the holidays? Rather than having an anxiety-filled season this year, why not use the following oils to help you stay relaxed even when the pressure is on?
Suggested oils for mild anxiety: Lavender, orange, lemon, roman chamomile, valerian, melissa, copaiba, ylang ylang, angelica, basil, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, hinoki, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, lime, marjoram, onycha, patchouli, pine, rose, sandalwood, tangerine and tsuga (grounding).
Sadness. Many of us feel sad and overwhelmed with various issues at this time of year, such as relationship conflicts, loneliness and feeling socially disconnected. The following oils may help improve your mood and help you face the holiday season with greater joy and peace.
Suggested oils for mild sadness: Frankincense, lavender, lemon, orange, bergamot, ylang ylang, rosemary rosewood, tangerine, grapefruit, jasmine, neroli, sage, basil, clary sage, geranium, ginger, juniper, onycha, patchouli, pepper, ravintsara, roman chamomile and sandalwood.
Stress and the holiday season often go hand-in-hand. The following oils may help you feel much less stressed throughout the holidays, and enjoy the activities that you engage in more: lavender, ylang, ylang, bergamot, lemon, basil, clary sage, cypress, elemi, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, marjoram, neroli, onycha (benzoin), pine, Roman chamomile, rosewood, spruce and tangerine.
Lack of energy. With all of the activity during the holidays it’s very easy to get tuckered out. While it is critical to prioritize and say “no” to unnecessary activities, the following oils can help increase your energy and get you through a busy day.
Suggested oils to help increase energy: Fir, peppermint, basil, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, myrtle, nutmeg (increases), orange, palo santo, rosemary, thyme and grapefruit.
Hangovers. Have a little too much to drink at the holiday party last night? Try the following oils to help revive you: lemon, grapefruit, fennel, lavender, rose, rosemary and sandalwood.
Headaches. Don’t let a pounding headache rule or ruin your day. Try these oils to halt a headache in its tracks: peppermint, rosemary, basil, calamus, cardamom, clove, cumin, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, marjoram and sage lavender.
Digestive system. Got tummy troubles from eating too much at your family holiday gathering? Try these oils to help with digestive discomfort and indigestion: peppermint, ginger, lavender, thyme, grapefruit, orange, angelica, cardamom, copaiba, coriander, cumin, goldenrod and ginger.
Sleep. Need some help getting to sleep and staying asleep while waiting for Santa’s arrival? Try lavender (apply on the spine), valerian (for sleep disturbances), marjoram, and roman chamomile oils.
When choosing an essential oil be sure to use only therapeutic-grade oils, which are the highest quality and the most effective. Using low quality essential oils may not only be ineffective for the results that you are seeking, but they also may be harmful because they can contain chemicals and solvents.
As always, consult with a health practitioner to determine if essential oils are right for you and for your personal health condition(s). Not all essential oils are right for everyone, and those with serious health conditions should work with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine the best solution for them.
What essential oils would you add to this list? Share your advice in the section below: