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  • 5 Aromatherapy Hacks You Need for the Holidays

    Essential Oil TherapyThe holidays can be a joyous, celebratory time, or they can be stressful, depressing, and anxiety-ridden. If they’re the former for you, you don’t really need these hacks, but they’ll still smell great. If, however, your holiday experience tends to be the latter, there’s an essential oil (or several) that just may be able to help.

    • Citrus – If the short days and lack of sunlight are getting you down, try diffusing one of the citrus oils – orange, lemon, tangerine, bergamot, grapefruit, or lime – throughout your home or office. The citrus oils are uplifting and energizing. Bonus: They smell like liquid sunshine.
    • Evergreens – Any of the pines, spruces, or firs are excellent this time of year, especially if colds and flu abound in your household. It’s best to start diffusing these anti-microbial oils before anyone gets sick, but if the colds, flu, or other respiratory ailments have already hit, you can still benefit from their germ-fighting and expectorant properties. Bonus: Many people also find that the evergreen oils are very grounding and centering during the frenzied and hectic holiday season.
    • Mint – If you tend to push yourself to do too much at the holidays and find yourself worn out, try diffusing some peppermint or spearmint. Both are stimulating and will give you a little energy boost. It’s no substitute for getting enough rest, but there’s this  Bonus: Your home or office will smell like a candy cane.
    • Spices – If the holidays tend to be a time of doom and gloom or if the bad weather gives you a slight case of cabin fever, try diffusing one or more of the spice oils – clove, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, or allspice.  These aromas tend to be warming and cheering and will make you want to curl up by the fire (or space heater) with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Bonus: Your home will smell like someone’s been doing some amazing things in your kitchen.
    • Any combination of the above – Seriously. Most of these oils blend well and create lovely blends with one another. Bonus: You may discover the perfect blend that you vastly prefer to any single oil.

    Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, let me know what oils you like to diffuse during the midwinter holidays. Do you have a blend that you’re particularly fond of? What do you like about it/them?