Simple essential oils blend can come to the rescue for your mood and emotions during this holiday season.
Believe it or not, the Holiday Season is just around the corner.
All too often, the holidays are the most challenging season of the year due to time that is centered around family and friends with the added stress that comes with such a busy time of the year.
But it is never too early to get ready and start adding some healthy self-care routines into your busy daily schedule. In no time those routines will become your rituals, and thus, will do only good for you. Something about those essential oils blends for health and beauty that is inherently soothing—maybe it’s mixing the ingredients and knowing what you feed your skin with. So let’s experiment what this simple, yet powerful Mood Balancing Anointing Oil can do for you, but first thing first. What is a mood vs. emotion?
In traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM), essential oils are used to soothe and calm the spirit in a variety of ways. When we have an immediate but fleeting reaction, such as frustration while driving, TCM considers this response a mood. When a feeling becomes lodged in our psyche, such as chronic road rage, TCM considers this an emotion - habitual and best addressed by essential oils with long-lasting effects.
Keep reading to learn which essential oils can come to the rescue:
Anger: Clary Sage, German Chamomile, Lavender, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Anxiety: Frankincense, German Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang
Balances Mood: Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rosewood
Depression and Stress Management: Frankincense, German Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Petigrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Tangerine
Elevates Mood: Lavender, Peppermint, Petigrain,
Help Overcome Fear: Basil, Fennel, Peppermint, Spikenard, Vetiver
Loss and Grief: Fir, Hyssop Decumbens, Niaouli, Pine, Rose
Pent - Up Emotions: Cedarwood, Eucalyptus
Regulates Emotion: Carrot Seed, German Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint
Mood - Balancing Anointing Oil
Put a drop on your fingers and anoint the center of your chest and pulse points.
You can alter this recipe by substituting given essential oils with those you find in a list above. It all depends on what mood or emotion you would like to address at any given time.
Making and applying your brand new mood enhancing anointing oil we all great, but here are few more tips how you can change things around this holiday season for you and your family.
Cautionary Note: Always follow Safety & Testing Steps ( in our
19 ESSENTIAL OILS WITH SERIOUS SLEEP-BOOSTING POWERS )when making your blends and working with essential oils.
We all know that positive thinking is powerful stuff: It can keep you calm, reduce your stress hormone (cortisol). (Seriously.) Happy thoughts can also help develop your prefrontal cortex—AKA the area of your brain that supports creativity. Sounds heady, but the practice itself could be as simple as reciting a mantra or affirmation.
There are ancient ones such as “sat nam” (“truth identified”), which Kundalini yogis swear by. There are a bunch of modern versions you can find, it’s all about finding what works for you. Here, for example, some advice from few experts:
1. Seek a fresh perspective
Make a change. Take one task that drives you crazy during the holidays and tackles it in a new way. A fresh approach just might make a difference. For example, if you dread having to send out holiday cards, enlist your husband and split the list.
2. Be satisfied with "good enough"
"Don't always go for bigger and better," when planning your holiday, advises Loretta LaRoche, author of Life Is Not a Stress Rehearsal. "Does the tree have to be bussed in from the hinterlands of Alaska?" she quips. "Isn't a little bush enough?”
3. Throw away your shopping list
LaRoche forgoes the stress of shopping for family members in favor of sharing special moments and experiences. She may treat loved ones to a holiday show, for example, or breakfast at a fancy hotel. "Instead of having a package to rip open, we have this wonderful day together," she says.
4. Drop expensive, high-stress rituals
If you're dragging your kids off to see The Nutcracker—it's a tradition!—but they're whining every step of the way, make a switch. True, families thrive on traditions, but it's less about the event itself, which your kids may have outgrown, and more about time together. If your kids are complaining, drop expensive, high-stress rituals in favor of something simple and universally appealing, like a Christmas Eve chocolate-chip pancake feast.
5. Focus on what's most important
That massive pile of holiday cards needs to get mailed ASAP, but just the thought of it gives you writer's cramp? "Refocus on what's most important to you," says life coach Linda Hedberg. "If you're overwhelmed with dozens of cards to send out, ask yourself, Which are the 10 most important ones?" Send those and put the rest on the back burner. Or just send an e-card to everyone on your list. Bonus: It's eco-friendly!
6. Hold on to daily rituals
If you like to read for half an hour before bed, don't give it up in favor of yet another holiday chore. Our everyday practices help calm and center us.
Please share what's your mantras, rituals, DIY remedies, that uplift your spirit during Holiday Season.
Yours in health,
Julia F. Bitton, ND
Founder and product maker at Dr. Fedorenko True Organic