Now it's time to really dig into the holiday season. It really is a wonderful time of year full of good food, time with family, and lots of celebration. But it can also get stressful.
Here at the farm, we've been wholeheartedly embracing the essential oils that God has brought into our lives. They've helped us sort out physical, mental, and emotional knots that come with daily life. Because we've enjoyed them so, we want to share our top holiday uses for essential oils with you.
- Stress relief. As much as you may love this time of year, it can also be a stressful time. Social obligations, financial worries, and growing to-do lists (including buying and wrapping all of those gifts) can put a strain on your joy. Young Living's oils are not only soothing to the mind, but they actually have stress-relieving properties, too. For instance, Stress Away, Valor, and Peace & Calming are essential oil blends that smell SO good! A dab on the wrists or a few drops in your diffuser can go a long way in helping you handle your anxiety.
- Skincare. Does anyone else get terribly dry, chapped skin in the winter? Yeah, it's not fun. It even makes simple tasks like washing the dishes uncomfortable. We've found that lavender works wonders for soothing stressed skin. It relieves cuts, burns, and even itchy rashes. Melrose also makes for smooth, soft skin, which is especially hard to get when it's cold outside!
- A good night's sleep. Okay, so maybe you don't have ANY trouble crashing when your head hits the pillow at night. But for those of us who do, certain oils can bring comfort and relief for us insomniacs. Peace & Calming and Lavender are great for slowing down and inducing sleep. You can use either one to make soothing pillow spray, too. Just a few drops of your chosen oil in a small, stainless steel spray bottle may help you doze off -- and make your pillow smell sweet, too.
- Air purification. Doesn't matter if you're trying to mask the scent of wet dogs or scorched pies, seriously. We've used Purification to eliminate all kinds of unpleasant odors, even down to a dirty dishwasher. What's even better? Orange, cinnamon bark, clove, and Thieves smell divine in the diffuser! Drop some of those in your diffuser while you're baking sugar cookies and it'll smell like Christmas in your house all month.
- Recipes. Orange, basil, cinnamon bark, rosemary -- there are so many oils to use in cooking and baking, which is really just another reminder of how versatile these little bottles can be. Whether you're cooking up a Christmas ham or a batch of brownies, there's probably an oil that will fit nicely into your recipe.
We can't help but share these oils, so let us know if you're interested in attending any of our upcoming classes here at the farm! We'll have Essential Oils 101and -- we're especially excited about this one -- Essential Oils of the Bible! Want to find out more? Let us know here! And while you're at it, be sure to share some of YOUR favorite ways to use essential oils during the holidays!
P.S. They make great gifts, too!