Even if you love the holiday season and look forward to it every year, I think we can both agree that added stress is a part of the package. Perhaps the pressure is travel-related, relative-related, schedule-related, or something else among a long list of common stressors. Whatever it is that is stressing you out — essential oils could be the answer to helping you handle the holiday stress this year and beyond.
Here are a few of my favourite uplifting aromas to relieve stress quickly.
Essential oils for traveling
Are you driving for hours in a car full of kids? Do you have plans to fly across the country? There’s an essential oil for that to keep you calm and anxiety-free. Lavender is a known calming essential oil, though if you combine it with earthy vetiver, you’ll be on track for soothing your fears and apprehensions.
Essential oils for arrival
So now you’re there, and you’re feeling that unease of where to go next. Maybe you’re trying to find your luggage. Perhaps you’re trying to find a cab. Whatever the case, try using something woodsy, as this will help keep you more grounded. Think spruce, cedarwood, or frankincense. Put a few drops in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. The heat from your body will keep releasing the scent, which will keep you feeling more at home even when you’re miles and miles away from it.
Essential oils for your skin
Holiday stress, traveling or not, eating differently, can make an impact on your skin. And let’s say it’s likely not the impact you’re looking for when you’re gearing up to take loads of happy family photos. Lavender is great for your skin woes since it soothes it so well. You don’t always need a carrier oil to apply it to your skin, either. Small spot treatment may be acceptable without the carrier oil. Lavender has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibiotic properties, which can help relieve dry, seasonally worn skin.
Essential oils for family stress
No matter how much you love your family, there’s bound to be some stress surrounding it. Even if spirits are high and everyone’s happy to be seeing each other this year, there’s always a chance for something to go awry. Being prepared for this is simple, and this is where bergamot comes in for a calming yet energetic feeling to refresh your spirit.
Essential oils for after meals
If you’re eating more decadent meals than you’re typically used to throughout the holidays, utilizing some citrus, ginger, or peppermint essential oils can help you digest and feel less sluggish after eating.
Carry essential oils in your bag to help you feel at peace during the holidays, and you’ll be better able to enjoy the moment!
Not all essential oils are created equal, though. It’s important to pick the highest-quality, naturally sourced essential oils you can find. I personally love and use the Eco brand of essential oils, but there are others out there.