The spirit of the season is upon us.
This means the holiday rush is compiled atop of all the other happenings of current events.
Anyone feeling a need for a little breather from all this stress, trauma, and drama?
As many of you are aware, I am a strong proponent of how essential oils support body, brain, and mental health as they modulate our psychology and biochemistry for the better!
Along with the aromatic influence of essential oils, their chemical composition influences neurotransmitter signaling, brain functioning and blood flow, brain wave patterns, and hormonal modulation. They are a powerful tool that enhances mood and have also been used to help one get “unstuck” from negative patterns and addictions. (R, R, R)
With the upcoming holiday events and all the excitement, stress, and emotional upheavals they bring, it is imperative for us to be well equipped with our essential oils and emotional oil blends. This is the time of year that everyone needs a little bit extra “olfaction fortification.”
In this post, I will review some of my favorite scents for the holiday season.
The Sacred Scents
Some of my favorite essential oils for the holiday season are the sacred scents, frankincense and myrrh. Following are explanations of some of the benefits of these two ancient oils.
Frankincense is appropriately deemed the “King of Essential Oils.” This is due to its powerful effects and multifaceted uses. There are various species and distinct chemotypes of frankincense oils. Although their benefits are similar, each one has specific characteristics.
A commonality among the most well-known frankincense oil species is that they are all loaded with health and mood promoting properties. Boswellia sacra and B. carterii are both high in pinene content, aka phytoncides. Boswellia freeana, another popular frankincense oil species, is higher in terpene content. Finally, Boswellia carterii, which, depending on the company, may contain the additional neurological-supportive compound incensole.
It is easy for one to get lost in the biochemical soup of different compounds when deciding which frankincense oil to choose. I discussed this topic in detail in an article series aimed to help clarify this form of “Boswellia Bewilderment.” I also summarized the key points in this accompanying video.
I always say, “a good quality frankincense oil is better than no frankincense oil at all.” That being said, you may want to try different species and find what works best with your individual biochemistry.
Whichever type of frankincense oil you choose, it can be applied topically, diluted in a carrier oil, or diffused to create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort, and stability. It is my go-to oil for mediation and prayer. Inhale it straight from the bottle for an instant aromatic boost of upliftment.
A sidekick to frankincense oil, myrrh oil is high in sesquiterpenes. These compounds are beneficial to the brain, nervous system, and cellular health and defense. It can be used with frankincense and in various blends to further support brain health.
Myrrh oil is also beneficial to soothe the skin as it calms the mind-body. It is a beautiful way to enhance both inner and outer beauty.
One of my favorite oil mixtures to help with achieving a mindset of belief contains a combination of fir, spruce, coriander, bergamot, frankincense, ylang ylang, and geranium.
This blend is intended to encourage feelings of faith, inner strength, and vitality. Each oil has a specific aromatic influence. The frankincense, bergamot, and ylang ylang oils enhance mood and have heart-balancing effects. Geranium oil offers many hormonal and emotional balancing proprieties. Finally, the fir and spruce oils provide stress relief and grounding.
The believe blend is wonderful to diffuse during trying times and when one is seeking to support positive beliefs. It can be used aromatically or applied in a carrier oil topically.
The “Christmas Blend”
My favorite essential oil holiday scent is an enticing combination of cinnamon, orange, and black spruce. When diffused together, they smell like “Christmas.” It multitasks to uplift emotions as it defends against unwelcome “buggy” winter visitors.
A Joyful Blend
This blend of essential oils elevates the mood. It has oils that are beneficial to the nervous, immune, and cardiovascular systems, hormones, and digestion. It also is powerful for alleviating stress. I use it for my naturopathic medicine clients to enhance feelings of self-love, self-care, and to promote more human connection in one’s life.
One of my favorite applications for the joy blend is to apply it diluted directly over the heart after inhaling it straight from the bottle.
You can read more about the various single essential oils and their properties in this mixture here.
A Blend for Abundance
This blend for abundance contains a variety of spice and grounding essential oils. The combination is meant to awaken one to receiving all the good each day can bring. Many use it with the intention to attract prosperity in all areas of life including career, finances, relationships, and health.
The essential oils in this mix are specific for inflammation modulation, digestive support, antioxidant protection, inhibiting unwanted microbe growth, blood sugar balancing, uplifting mood, and grounding.
You can read about the various single essential oils in this blend and their properties here.
Making the Days a Bit Merrier and Brighter
The holidays are often a time of beauty and reflection; however, as with everything there is “good and bad.”
I’ve just provided you with a summary of some of my favorite single and essential oils blends to help fortify your resiliency and assist you with your mind-body wellness.
During this particular holiday season, it’s nice to have extra support to balance our emotions and strengthen our body.
Which will you try?
Please share this with article with those who need a little more comforting and wellness support at this moment in time.
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Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
According to experts and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no approved standard of care treatment, cure, or preventative for COVID-19. Supportive measures and containment are in full force as a result. Please see the CDC website and your state’s website for more information and updates. They also state when to contact your physician related to symptoms and travel history, exposures. Please read my more detailed article on this subject here.
This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.
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