Holiday Essential Oils
The Holiday is the perfect time to enjoy blending and diffusing Essential Oils that will get us into the spirit of the season! Whether their aroma is telling a story or creating a calming, uplifting feeling; you can guarantee that they will maintain a level of health throughout your home, as they permeate the air.
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Frankincense and Myrrh resin were widely available when the Magi visited the baby Jesus around 5B.C. and would have been considered practical gifts with many uses. The expensive resins were symbolic as well. Frankincense, which was often burned, symbolized prayer rising to the heavens like smoke; while myrrh, which was often used for burials, symbolized death and served as a purifier. Frankincense has a warm, pungent, sweet smell, while Myrrh has a warm, rich, spicy balsamic smell.
Cinnamon, Clove, and Ginger are well-known warming spices of the holiday season. These spices have been around for centuries, while Cinnamon dates back to 2800 BC. Spices were a highly valued trade commodity, and only the wealthy were able to afford them. They were commonly used for medicine, perfume, incense, and flavoring. They are well known for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Using these particular spices, Spice merchants living in England in the 16th century protected themselves from the plague as they looted the bodies of the sick and dying. (per la Immunity Blend has them all)
Fir Needle, Scotch Pine, and Spruce all bring the crisp clean scent of winter. Ancient history tells us how people hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows during the Winter Solstice. In many countries, it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness. In the 8th century, Germany started the tradition of bringing in the whole evergreen tree or Tannenbaum. The aroma of these essential oils eases ailments of the respiratory system, like colds and cough. They also help reduce stress-related conditions, which is commonly needed during the holiday season and dark winter months.
Orange, Tangerine, and Mandarin create a sweet, happy, delicious reminder of the holidays. Oranges and other citrus fruits were once a precious luxury in Europe and North America, enjoyed for only a brief period each year. Bright, sunny, and bursting with fragrant juice, oranges, tangerines, and other citrus made welcome Christmas gifts, especially in the midst of cold winter, when Vitamin C, A, or B were needed to stay healthy. Not only will citrus help with stimulating the immune system but their aroma is energizing and uplifting. Perfect for the winter months that might create cabin fever.
Peppermint and Spearmint remind us of the cool, sweet candy of the holidays. Around the 17th century, candy canes became a popular adornment for the Christmas tree. Traditionally, the mint flavor was used, leaving a coolness in your mouth, reminding us of the cold and snow associated with the holiday season. Peppermint and Spearmint are both anti-infectious and assist in respiratory ailments. Both have a strong minty smell, while spearmint is a little sweeter than peppermint.
The delicious aroma of Cocoa Absolute and Vanilla top off the holidays with a satisfying and heavenly aroma. The story of Santa Claus started during the 3rd century with Saint Nicholas. He was a devout Christian and dedicated his life to God, where he used his rich inheritance to give to the needy and poor. Through the centuries, many stories and legends were told of St. Nicholas’ life and his deeds; one of which where he gave away coins and goodies to the poor children. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th. Chocolate coins became a tradition to be given as a gift, used to decorate the Christmas tree, and fill the stockings of children around St. Nicholas Day and Christmas Day to remember his good deeds! Cocoa Absolute and Vanilla will help calm and reduce stress during the holiday season while bringing an aroma of delicious happiness into the home.
Holiday Essential Oil Recipes
1 drop Ginger Root
2 drops Cinnamon Bark
1 drop Clove Bud
6 drops Orange
3 drops Mandarin
4 drops Peppermint
4 drops Vanilla
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