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Relaxing After the Holiday Craziness

Can you believe it? The busy holiday season is winding down to a close. After all the hustle and bustle of November and December, it’s finally time to put your feet up and relax. But sometimes that easier said than done — let us help you find some post-holiday stress relief and get prepared for the awesome new year ahead of you!

holiday season with children relaxing

Time for a fresh start.

Did a Christmas bomb of wrapping paper, tape, and cardboard explode in your house? Do cookie crumbs, candy wrappers, and mysterious spots of glitter sprinkle your floor? Have your children strategically avoided all of their chores for the last few days to play with their new toys? Well, it’s really hard to relax if your home is a mess. It’s time to turn up the music, gather up the family, and clean up that big mess Santa made! Trust us — you’ll feel better when you do.

Do less, enjoy more.

The holiday season really glorifies the act of being “busy.” There’s so much to do, so many people to see and events to attend…it’s time to unwind now. Give yourself permission to veg out a bit and enjoy doing the things that you want to do — whatever that might be. This may also be a great time to practice calming meditation, or, if that’s not something you’re interested in, then just take a few deep, intentional breaths to help you relax and refresh after the busy holidays.

Regain your routine.

The holiday season can really mess up our regular day-to-day routine. That’s not necessarily a bad thing of course, but it is important to get your routine back in place, especially if you have children who are about to go back to school after a couple weeks off. Try to stick to a time in the evening to turn off the electronics, quiet down the house, and focus on relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.

Try some essential oils that are both refreshing and relaxing to recuperate after the holidays!

Orange Sweet Essential Oil from Plant Therapy to help relax

Orange Sweet

This quintessential sunshine scent is wonderful all year long because it is so cheerful and uplifting. It’s great to use when your nerves are frazzled and your mind is full of worry. Diffuse to help brighten your day (and your home!) or dilute to 2-5% in your favorite carrier oil. You can apply it topically purely to enjoy the scent, but you’ll also be getting the added benefits of Orange Sweet supporting a healthy immune system and helping with digestive issues.

Learn more about Orange Sweet: Orange Sweet Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

Frankincense Frereana

If the hectic holidays have made your skin looking a little dull, you’re going to love this species of Frankincense. Prized for its skin rejuvenating properties, it can help smooth the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and dry or damaged skin. Just make sure to dilute it in your favorite carrier oil or skin cream at 1% for the face, or 3-5% for other areas of the body. Frankincense Frereana is also fantastic to diffuse for its fresh, woody-pine, and lemony scent. It helps support the immune system and promotes relaxation for your whole body, making it a perfect post-Christmas choice!

Learn more about Frankincense Frereana: Which Frankincense Essential Oil Should I Choose?

Ho Wood

If you’re looking for maximum relaxation, you’re going to love Ho Wood. It is one of the most potent sources of naturally occurring linalool, a chemical component known to help reduce symptoms of stress. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for an essential oil to help you relax and unwind, especially if you add it with another essential oil with a high linalool content, such as Lavender. You can diffuse this beautifully fragrant wood oil or mix it with a carrier at a 2-5% dilution and apply topically on your hands or tops of feet.

Copaiba Oleoresin

copaiba oleoresinBeing out and about all holiday season may have taken a toll on your muscles and joints. If those are feeling a bit sore right now, Copaiba Oleoresin may be able to help. This is due in part to its large quantity of beta-caryophyllene, which interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the body and releasing beta-endorphin [1]. What does that mean? It means it can help alleviate sore muscles and joints! Dilute it to 2-4% in a carrier oil and massage it onto the areas of concern. For an emotionally grounding diffuser blend, diffuse 3 drops of Copaiba Oleoresin with 2 drops of Frankincense Carteri and 4 drops of Orange Sweet.

Learn more about Copaiba: Top 5 Amazing (and Surprising) Benefits of Copaiba Oil

Try this KidSafe inhaler blend to enjoy all of these oils working harmoniously together to help you relax and feel great after the holidays!

Holiday Break Inhaler Blend 

holiday break inhaler blend plant therapyWhat you’ll need:

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To use, add to your personal aromatherapy inhaler and use as needed when the holiday season has you feeling a little overwhelmed!


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63 thoughts on “Relaxing After the Holiday Craziness”

  • Thank you, I tried this recipe today. I do like frereana better than carteri for it sweeter scent. Please keep sharing woodsy & resinous relaxing recipes like this, without fir, pines and conifers. Perfect for the winter season.

    1. You can as they have pretty similar therapeutic properties. Frereana has more of a sweeter scent than the other varieties so you may notice a change in the blend’s aroma-but you may like it even more! Give it a try and let us know what you think 🙂

  • I love the oils in this inhaler and I have all of them! I plan to make this inhaler today and carry it with me at all times!

  • Making this tomorrow! I don’t have Frank F but I have Frank C and Frank S so I will sub in one of those. I can’t believe I have everything else! This should come in handy as I take down all of the Christmas decor. I hate that job!

  • I was so excited to see this blend posted, especially after the craziness of the holidays. Yesterday I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and decided to give it a try. I could feel my sanity coming back. Whew!

  • Oh my gosh I needed to read this. Spent the entire holiday break cleaning and being busy, but now that I’m headed back to work tomorrow, I wonder where all the time to relax went! I plan on using January to get back into routines, keep the house clean, and really set aside time to relax. Thanks for the oil suggestions to help me to so!

  • we have 2 MORE Christmas celebrations to go that have been saved for the month of January but they wont be too stressful heading home from my families weekend long Christmas/ New years celebration and we are definitely ready to get back into a routine. we have a 3 yr old with special needs and also a 19 month old. i diffuse lots of different oils to help keep that calm in out home and cant wait to get back to that.

  • This is a very pleasing aroma. I accidentally added too much ho wood but it was still great. My husband even liked it. I think it would be great in the diffuser too. I highly recommend this inhaler.

  • Will this blend also help you relax enough to sleep at night and stay asleep or is there another blend I should try for sleeping?

  • Definitely ready to relax and get back to a better routine! Thank you for the suggested oils. I’ll be trying out the Holiday Break blend for sure!

  • I think I have been convinced to buy orange sweet. I’ve been back and forth on whether or not I truly need it, but I think the scales are tipping to justify buying it.

    1. You’ll notice that photo has been taken off! Unfortunately, it was not the right Frankincense for this blog, and we apologize for any confusion its caused. Serrata remains off our KidSafe list; thank you for asking!

  • I was good until it got to howood. I tried several recipes and application uses for it, and I could not like it. I traded someone for another oil. Another great stress reliever, not mentioned , is a short but brisk walk , with refreshing Peppermint/spearmint on a diffuser necklace or earrings to decompress, and lift your mood.,

  • I diffused this blend just this morning and it smells wonderful! I will have to make an inhaler out of this too. Thank you so much Plant Therapy for the recipe!

  • Good ideas here. Definitely enjoy how uplifting Orange Sweet is. Will have to add the other oils to my collection and give the inhaler blend a try.

    1. Jennifer, there are a couple of different ways to approach this. Ho Wood is very rich in the chemical component linalool, which makes it very relaxing. If you wanted to substitute the Ho Wood for one with similar therapeutic qualities, Lavender would be a good choice. Now, if you want to substitute Ho Wood by its aroma, try Patchouli or Helichrysum Italicum if you have it. Amyris may do well also, but I think the aroma of Sandalwood may be a little too soft for this blend. But don’t forget – experimenting is fun! Try playing around with substitutions to see what you like best. If you make up something you love, let us know! We love to hear about our customer’s creations 🙂

  • I’d like to make this inhaler but I don’t have a frankincense frereana, what would be good substitution for that? Thank you.

  • I have all of those PT oils so this blend is going into an inhaler today. Ho Wood is number one for me in promoting relaxation and I love all of these useful oils. Thanks for a great recipe. Could a master blend be made and a few drops used in a diffuser as well?

  • Definitely trying this blend. I finally have all the ingredients on hand 🙂 It’s been a wonderful but very busy holiday season. I find the hardest part is saying no to extra events and making time for my own little family. This will definitely help us relax and slow down.
    Have a very Happy and Prosperous New Year ❄

    1. Michelle, you can use another type of Frankincense if you don’t have Frereana, but Frereana was chosen specifically for its scent that’s sweeter than the other species of Frankincense. It may smell just fine without Copaiba, but definitely not the same. You’ll have to try it out and let us know how it works out!

  • I love Ho Wood for peaceful feelings. I like to mix it with Orange in my EO locket, especially on super busy days.

  • What a great blog. I love all these oils, but, haven’t put them all together, yet. I am on my way to my “lab”, well, the kitchen, to make an inhaler. I just need grounding, loving, support, to end the year, and bring strength to the new year.
    Thanks for this blog, and this recipe.

  • Thank you so much for this information! I love learning about the benefits and best ways to use PT oils! The recipe is greatly appreciated as it is wonderful to have a base for proportions!

  • Looks like a good rairea to finally order Hi Wood. I have all other oils for that inhaler blend and it sounds wonderful!

  • This is on my to-do list this week! Sounds amazing and just like what I need to start the new year fresh and relaxed

  • I’m definitely going to have to try this one. Would Frank C. be an ok substitute for Frank F.? Orange Sweet is my favorite oil and I’ve been trying to find new blends eo use it in!

    1. You can absolutely substitute Carteri for Frereana, though the overall aroma may be a bit different since Carteri has a much sharper scent than Frereana.

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