The holidays are right around the corner. While it might be easy to daydream about decorating the tree while cookies bake the oven, often times the holiday season is anything but idyllic. It can be stressful having family town while juggling the “perfect” Christmas feast and shopping for everyone on the list. Luckily essential oils can be a fantastic way to help reduce stress during the hectic season. We’ve put together a list of our most calming, therapeutic oils.
If you’re looking a calming essential oil, Chamomile is an excellent place to start. Plant Therapy offers two different varieties: Chamomile Roman and Chamomile German. The differences between the two are subtle and both are perfect for creating a relaxing environment. Use Chamomile Roman has more of a strong, sweet aroma while or use Chamomile German has more of a sweet, green aroma. Add either one to your favorite bath salt DIY as a way to unwind after a long day or diffuse just before bedtime to help the mind relax before sleep.
Melissa essential oil has soft, fresh, lemony scent that helps to lift the spirits while encouraging a calm. Only a small amount is needed to enjoy its therapeutic properties. Combine it with other soothing oils like Bergamot, Lavender and Rose Absolute for a complex and pleasant aroma.
This oil is known for it’s soothing, relaxing fragrance. This oil is steam distilled from the flower and has a sweet, intense floral fragrance. It can be incredibly soothing and help ease the mind. It is also known for being an aphrodisiac. So if you and your special someone need some time to yourselves, consider using this in your favorite carrier oil for a romantic massage.
Speaking of Rose Absolute, it’s rich floral scent has many calming benefits. Not only does it promote relaxation, but it is also very good for combatting signs of aging. Even when the holidays are stressful, you can use this oil to help replenish tired skin.
This essential oil is a very popular choice for it’s relaxing and balancing properties. Additionally, it has an earthy, woodsy, smoky scent that would be a perfect compliment the more floral essential oils listed here.
The last oil on the list is Bergamot. It is a favorite choice for many aromatherapists as it has a fantastic citrusy fragrance and is known its ability to help ease worry and reduce stress. It pairs well with both Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.
Bonus: Pre-made blends:
In case blending sounds like too much work when you have holiday dinners to cook and shopping to do, we’ve got you covered with these pre-made Plant Therapy blends: