If you want to make your home smell special this Christmas then a mixture of pure organic essential oils that could fill the room with aromas of wood, spice and citrus would be the perfect way to go. Essential oils like Frankincense, Myrrh, Pine, Nutmeg, Orange, Sandalwood and Clove are Christmas favourites. They all enhance those special feelings of celebration, connection and good cheer.
Every day I personally use my Diffuser in my home or car. It is something I have done for the past three decades and it is a habit that will continue. You can use a glazed candle ceramic vaporiser as well or simply stick to an electric ultra-sonic Diffuser. Use it in the kitchen, bedroom, and lounge, at dinner parties, in the office, hospital or even at school. In fact, anywhere you want to enhance how people feel – then a Diffuser is perfect! I even travel with one and have a car diffuser too!
Diffusing is simple. You can check them out here, it’s stunning. Fill the unit with water to the correct height. Place 6-8 drops in total of your chosen oils into the water and switch the unit on. If you are using a vaporiser then light a candle at the base of the unit and within a minute your oils will be vaporising into the air affecting everyone who walks into that space. It is not uncommon to have people comment that they ‘smell’ their way to your home when you use essential oils.
One of my favourite annual rituals begins on December 1st. I choose my favourite four festive oils Frankincense, Myrrh, Pine and Orange to make a special Christmas blend and tend to use this combination mainly at this time of year – and for the whole month of December. It is incredible how this blend enhances all those yummy feelings associated with Christmas.
And let’s face it this year has been a bit of a hum-dinger for most. Certainly not the year we thought it would be. So my intention with this particular podcast is that we end the year how we want to end it. Hopefully uplifted, grateful and happy.
What I love about creating festive rituals is that you create aromatic anchors for this special time of year.
You may recall various smells throughout your life that if you smelt today would instantly transport you back to a certain time. This is what I mean with aromatic anchoring – when a smell anchors you to a certain memory or experience. For some it could be the smell of cut grass takes them back to their childhood or school days, for others the smell of a certain perfume or aftershave reminds them of someone. This is particularly interesting if you meet someone new who is wearing the same aroma that someone from your past wore. Depending on how that relationship ended this will have a huge impact on the way you feel the minute you smell it! There are hundreds upon hundreds of aromatic anchors for all of us. Our children always used to comment on Santa and the holidays once they could smell this combination of oils. We anchored that further by reading the Christmas Story or The Night Before Christmas (actually all of our Christmas books) and together we counted down the sleeps to the big day. This aroma created an aromatic anchor for them.
You may recall Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold were the gifts bestowed on Jesus Christ by the three wise men. Well, Frankincense and Myrrh are joined by Pine and Orange to make my special Christmas blend. I sincerely hope you try it, it’s amazing.
Frankincense is an oil that instils tranquillity. Throughout history, it has been used for its spiritual and religious qualities. It will bring courage and strength to all occasions. It is rejuvenating, comforting and fortifying. It is also a mild expectorant and will assist in rejuvenating the skin. It is deeply relaxing.
Myrrh is renowned for promoting endurance and as a support for demanding physical and emotional performance. It has also been considered a most precious oil throughout history. It is inspiring, warming and fortifying. Myrrh is an excellent antiseptic oil that can help strengthen the lungs. It is a great skin tonic, is cooling to wounds and helps create a more positive outlook.
Pine is our wonderful Christmas tree. It is invigorating, refreshing and inspiring. Pine has a stimulating effect on the body and helps to improve oxygen flow and breathing. It is clearing to the mind and helps revive creative forces.
Orange is the oil for celebration and exuberance. It has an energising, refreshing fragrance. Orange enhances communication and helps create more joy and compatibility. In a Diffuser, it is excellent for setting the mood for entertaining. Orange is refreshing, uplifting and enlightening.
You can see then how wonderful these four oils would be in combination and why they are perfect together at this time of year.
You could also go for the delicious Festive Spirit Blend from Twenty8 which contains the gorgeous oils of orange, clove and cinnamon.
Remember the key to aromatherapy is to use high-quality, organic essential oils and use diffusers and vaporisers from a reputable source. A Diffuser and a couple of oils would make a great Christmas present for someone special, maybe even yourself! Of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention including a good reference book ‘Like Chocolate for Women’ and ‘The Art Of Self Love‘ are the perfect reference guides! Not to mention the amazing Aroma Cards that have 50 incredible oil profiles that make it particularly easy to use and learn.
And finally, in the build-up to the big day, I just want to remind you to take special care of YOU. Use your precious oils. And create delicious aromatic anchors for you and your family no matter what their age.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas…make sure you get that Diffuser going!
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