Essential oils are magic! You can’t tell me otherwise. They are the essence, the life force of Mother Nature and they are so powerful! My love for essential oils started about 10 years ago. Since times of Ancient Egypt, oils have been used in rituals, for cooking and beautification. In fact ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians used essential oils for rituals and religious practices, recognizing the oils’ ability to influence human feelings. They aren’t new to humanity or ritual.
Oils are used for the mind, body, spirit, and home making them the perfect compliment to anyone’s lifestyle. Pure essential oils are all natural and free of additives. Quality is important when buying oils. I personally love and trust doTERRA.
Essential oils are extracted from the different parts of plant life. They are naturally occurring compounds within plants that help the plant to grow and thrive. Think of them as the immune system of plants. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.
There are so many amazing properties that are great for your mind, body, and soul! If you want to go deeper in essential oil knowledge you can learn more in iOil Holistic Care.
How you can use essential oils to honor winter solstice, deal with family, and care for your mental health!
Essential Oils for Yule
There are many ways you can hold space and ritual in honor of Yule. Selecting a sacred evergreen is one way many celebrate. Pines, Fir, and Juniper are all in the Evergreen family. They are also available as essential oils! Create an essential oil Yule Blend using Juniper, Cedarwood, and/or Fir. You can also add some Cinnamon (always a delicious holiday scent), you can use this blend to anoint your candles, or even yourself before beginning your ritual. Add a few sprigs of your Evergreen tree into a carrier oil and make an Evergreen oil that you can use through out the year. Did you know Evergreens are also great for abundance! Keep your money Evergreen all year long, by anointing it with your Evergreen Oil.
Peppermint in the form of candy canes are often used, you can supplement this with a drop of peppermint oil instead!
Rosemary essential oil is associated with the Sun, you can add a few drops of oil to your melted candle wax or even add sprigs of Rosemary on your altar.
You can use Sunflower Oil as the carrier oil. What a way to greet the coming sun!
Yuletide Oil Blend
1 oz. Carrier Oil – Sunflower, Almond, Olive, Grapeseed, Jojoba
2 drops Juniper
3 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Fir
3 drops Cinnamon
1 oz. Carrier Oil – Sunflower, Almond, Olive, Grapeseed, Jojoba
6 drops Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint
3 drops Cedarwood
Sprigs of Evergreen Trees
8 oz. of Oil
Make sure your Evergreen sprigs are clean and free of bugs. Rinse them in cool water and pat them to dry. Let them air dry for a few days.
Once clean and dry, place them into the mason jar with the oil of your choosing. Store in a dark place and allow it to sit for several days. You can remove the sprigs or leave them soaking in the oil.
Oils for the Family
Do you have family drama? Are there some family members you can’t go without seeing but others you try to avoid? It’s okay I get it. Not all families are perfect. Coming together during the holidays can be fun and exciting. It can also be stressful or painful. Don’t worry there’s an oil for that!
An essential oil diffuser is a great way to get the benefits of aromatherapy to everyone visiting for the holidays. It makes using aromatherapy simple and anyone can do it! Not only are you able to provide amazing benefits to everyone around, but you are also eliminating the need for chemical fresheners in your home. What better way to honor nature, by reducing your footprint and toxic load.
Emotional aromatherapy uses essential oils to boost your mood and emotions. This is how I started my journey with oils and came to fall in love with them.
I’ll share some essential oil blends that are perfect for keeping the peace and spreading love during the holidays, or at any time!
Peace Be With Me
2 drops Wild Orange
2 drops Sandalwood
2 drops Myrrh
4 drops Douglass Fir
This would be a very earthy blend, you can use only one of the woody scents, if you like the more uplifting and light smelling blends. Another blend to try is below:
3 drops Douglass Fir
3 drops Wild Orange
6 drops Cinnamon
DoTERRA has an set of oils specifically for emotions that I love! Watch this video for more info on the entire kit.
The two oils I would diffuse are Peace and Cheer!
Peace helps to bring about feelings of reassurance and peace. It helps to eliminate worries and fear.
Cheer brings joy! It helps to uplift and promotes positivity.
Both of these are blended by doTERRA to elicit specific emotional responses. Try it! You will be amazed at how well they work.
I am a mental health advocate. This time of the year can be hard for people for so many reasons. I mentioned family above. Dealing with family can trigger issues. Also not having loved ones around can trigger emotional upsets as well. Throw in the darkness and cold that comes with winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) is real and affects a lot of people.
There are a lot of oils that can help boost your mood if you are feeling depressed or anxious. This is not to replace medical care in anyway, but another way to support yourself holistically.
Lavender is a great oil for helping to relax and maintain a sense of calm. On an emotional level lavender also helps you to feel valued, cherished, and worthy! Which you are! Let’s take an affirmation break: I am Valued! I am Cherished! I am Worthy! And so it is!
Peppermint is energizing. During a time where you may not have energy, this gives you the boost that you need while also, bringing feelings of happiness.
Lemon essential oil is another great oil that is uplifiting, cheerful, and promotes positivity. It also helps you to feel centered.
Balance is a blend of doTERRAs oils that help you to feel connected and supported. This is another oil that I would highly recommend to help you focus, feeling calm and secure.
I will be launching my own essential oil blend called Holiday Cheer because at one point in time the holidays were so stressful and sad for me. I know what it’s like to be depressed, anxious, and lonely for the holidays and it’s not fun at all. Being able to create something that supports others in their time of need makes me so happy!
There are many oils and each of them can benefit your mind, body, and soul in a variety of ways, learn what oils will best support your wellness needs during a free wellness consult.
If you’re being challenged mentally or emotionally get support. Know that you are magical and the universe supports you.
Using Essential Oils Safely
*** DO YOUR RESEARCH OR ASK BEFORE USING AND/OR CONSUMING AN OIL IF YOU AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH ESSENTIAL OILS. THERE ARE SOME TOXIC OILS OUT THERE THAT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN INTERNALLY AT ALL SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL ***
Possible skin sensitivity.
Keep out of reach of children.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Certain oils, especially citrus oils like lemon and bergomt create skin sensitivity. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
Not all oils are made the same. There are companies that sell oils that are chemicals or chemically altered. I use oils on my skin, in my food, as well as smell them. I want to use the best oils because I don’t want to add more chemicals to my body. I used to use cheap oils, but when I got pregnant with my daughter and started researching different things I learned how oils are manipulated because the oil industry isn’t really regulated.
No one is checking for purity, just making sure that no one attributes cures to the use of natural oils. In researching I found a company who was all about purity and backed their stuff up with science. I got a sample of their products and I could tell the difference from the oils I was using before immediately. I started using doterra oils and haven’t looked back since.
Jovanhanna K. Tisdale is The Spiritual Love Coach at Positive Forward Movement
Jovanhana helps women transform pain into love. For those who may be hurting, unhappy, struggle with confidence, or have challenges in your relationships. She creates a safe place for women to heal and transform their lives, through love!