Aromatherapy Blends to Relieve Christmas Stress

It’s almost Christmas!!! And that could mean for some of us – a lot of different emotions and moods. Mostly, we like to think of Christmas as a happy, memorable time however stress still manages to get its ugly head into our fun time. From family in town to possibly painful memories, you may need to ‘take the edge’ off at times during this holiday. And no, we aren’t talking about substance abuse people! We want to remain our feisty selves this holiday, so we take the edge off the healthy way – with aromatherapy! And don’t roll your eyes – this stuff WORKS. I just dabbed a little mandarin and sandalwood on a cotton ball after pulling an all-nighter of wrapping gifts and Bamb! – back to “All-smiles Ms. Fesity!”

Don’t know much about Aromatherapy?…Aromatherapy is based on the principle that natural fragrances, or essential oils, from certain plants or flowers can affect our moods, and consequently how we think or feel at any given time.

Practitioners of Aromatherapy believe that aromatherapy oils have medicinal benefits including antidepressant and antibacterial properties, and much more in between!

Certain essential oils can trigger physical or emotional effects on their own. For instance, lavender is a widely known calming agent (a.k.a use when in-laws are in town), whereas peppermint is a mood lifter (a.k.a. – if you unwrapped a gift that was a total fail). Other oils are blended to achieve a desired physiological or psychological effect, for example blending ylang ylang with grapefruit relieves stress.
The following are popular essential oils (and blends) that corresponds to your desired mood. Add a few drops into a diffuser, a pot of hot water, or simply to a cotton ball and watch that Christmas mood transformation take hold!
*Do not apply drops directly to your skin; blend with carrier oils or lotions if you want to apply it that way.

Stress Relief
Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

Anxiety/Fear
Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood

Self Esteem
Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary

Sadness/Grief
Bergamot, Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Fatigue
Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood

Agitation
Chamomile (Roman), Lavendar, Mandarin, Sandalwood

Isolation
Chamomile (Roman), Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Rose

Memory Boosters
Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Aphrodisiac
Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang