The holidays are a sensory extravaganza with all the beautiful things to see, taste, and smell. Using natural essential oils is a great way to bring the scents of the holidays into your home. Using essential oils in place of their synthetic counterparts brings added benefits that go beyond their delicious scents. In addition to smelling great, many essential oils have antibacterial/antiviral properties that can help stop the spread of colds and flus.
Spicy scents like cinnamon and cloves are a favorite at Christmas time. Other popular spicy scents are peppermint, ginger, nutmeg and pine. These can be easily diffused throughout your home. There are many options available for diffusing essential oils, including using them in potpourri or sachets. Wickless candles or oil burners are inexpensive and are a great way to use essential oils for aromatherapy. You can also find easy instructions online to make your own.
Its officially winter, which means cold and flu season is in full swing. Almost everyone sees their fair share of illness at this time of year. Frequent hand washing, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of rest can help you avoid the worst of it, but it's good to have a back up plan in place, just in case you do catch a virus. Making essential oils part of your sick-day care routine can help you feel better, faster.
It's best to begin treating cold and flu symptoms as soon as they crop up. Waiting until you have a full-blown illness can make it harder to make headway against the virus. Most essential oils work by way of aromatherapy to help clear sinuses, settle an upset stomach, or give you some extra energy.
Our skin faces a unique set of challenges in the winter. Running the heater, wearing heavier fabrics, and a lack of time in the sun can all contribute to winter skin problems. All of these problems can be addressed by using essential oils to care for your skin when the weather turns chilly.
If you find that your skin is dry and flaky in some spots but overly oily in others, you may want to consider using a balancing cream to bring it back into harmony. Creams containing geranium or lavender oil can have a balancing effect on the skin and help smooth out any minor problems.