I have spent every one of my glorious 28 Christmas’ at home in the North East with my relatives. This year my husband and I have decided to stay in Nashville and spend our first Christmas as a married couple in the same geographical space. Because I won’t be cozy in my parents house with all of their decorations, sounds and smells of Christmas cheer, I have taken it upon myself to create that same feeling in my own home. I have also decided that all of my staff and clients will be benefiting from essential oils this season whether they like it or not. Just kidding, if someone didn’t like them, I would (more than likely..) knock it off.
So what’s the special blend for that nostalgic Christmas magic?
BALSAM FIR NEEDLE
Similar to pine, but possibly less familiar. When mixed with Rosemary, Balsam Fir Needle makes my office and living room smell like someone just dragged in a Christmas tree.
Other benefits besides smelling awesome:
- Has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
- Reduces fatigue
- Works as a sinus relief remedy
- Combats cold and flu symptoms
- Effective muscle ache relief
- Boosts respiratory function
The other half of this festive duo is Rosemary which I use year round in my massage therapy practice because of it’s many benefits.
- Enhances blood circulation
- Improves cognitive function
- Boosts immune system
- Used as stress remedy
- Good for hair growth
- Provides relief from respiratory infections
I like to add a hint of Lavender to the Balsam Fir Needle and Rosemary in order to “soften” the blend. It’s the most popular essential oil in the world and for good reason.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Supports brain function
- Antibacterial and antifungal
- Relieves headaches
- Antidepressant qualities
- Improves sleep and mood
I don’t have one specific brand of essential oils that I buy but there are some that I recommend when asked. At The Lotus Room we use DoTERRA and I think they’re great. I find that Now and Aura Cacia are both accessible, good quality brands that are reasonably priced. I would definitely suggest that if you are buying any essential oils online, make sure they are coming directly from the source. Remember that it is easy for sellers to be deceiving with online shopping.
Balsam fir needle, rosemary, and lavendar have been my go-to oils so far this year but there are so many others that embody that Christmas spirit. Cinnamon, clove, peppermint, frankincense and myrrh easily come to mind. Enjoy experimenting with your own blends this holiday season and reap all of the many benefits that essential oils have to offer.
Have fun being festive!
All the best,
Disclaimer: As with all essential oils, some people are more sensitive than others. Proceed with caution if you take certain medications related to sleep, depression or if you are pregnant. Always discuss with your doctor if you are unsure if essential oils are safe for you.