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Christmas is a wonderful time that most people looking forward to but it can also be a very stressful time of year for many. If you’re feeling stressed out doing last minute shopping or struggling with indigestion after your Christmas dinner, essential oils can provide a welcome relief. Diffusing essential oils like clove, cinnamon, douglas fir and nutmeg are a great way to set the festive mood and make your home smell wonderful when family & friends visit.

Stress

Whether it’s the complicated social interactions at this time of year or the stress of the mounting costs of all those presents, there’s no denying Christmas brings its own share of headaches and stresses. Inhaling wild orange or lavender before guests arrive can help you feel calm minded and less anxious. Citrus oils are uplifting and provide a great mood boost. Mixing lavender or roman chamomile with Epsom salts in a bath is a great way to rest weary muscles after a hectic day of running around the shops.

Sickness

It’s the time of year for colds & coughs so to avoid spending Christmas day sneezing into your turkey, give your system a boost by using oils like clove and lemon to help ward off threats and improve immunity. If you’re unlucky enough to catch a cold or flu then oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint will help to open up airways and help to clear a stuffy nose.

Sleep

For the kids watching out for Santa and refusing to sleep on Christmas eve, diffusing calming oils can be a really effective way to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep. Roman chamomile, lavender, marjoram and Ylang Ylang are some good choices for calming busy minds.

Over Indulging

Christmas dinner & pudding followed by turkey sandwiches and chocolates – suffice to say most people spend Christmas night suffering with indigestion. Essential oils like peppermint and ginger will help with bloating and digestive discomfort. Most social interactions at this time of year also include alcohol so applying peppermint to your temples will help with the following day’s headache. Taking lemon and grapefruit essential oils internally can help with hangovers by assisting your liver to detox and inhaling them will provide a nice lift when you’re feeling unwell.

 

‘Santa’s Sleepy Blend’

1 drop Bergamot

1 drop frankincense

1 drop roman chamomile

2 tbsp fractionated coconut oil

Combine essential oils with coconut oil & massage onto soles of feet

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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I’m Caroline – a health & wellness coach, Pilates Instructor, wife and busy mother of one. I’m a big advocate for living a natural lifestyle and love learning about ways to improve my overall wellbeing. I love nutritious food and you’ll often find me boring people with my talk of green smoothies, mindfulness and essential oils. I wasn’t always quite so passionate about healthy living but when my own digestive problems became impossible to ignore; I discovered the only way I was going to feel better was by addressing the root cause of my symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes. I learnt that embracing good nutrition was the key to taking back control of my own health. Looking back, I now know many of my health problems began as a teenager, but during that time I saw conditions like acne as normal and something you simply had to ‘grow out of’. I spent my 20s tormented with mouth ulcers and digestive problems but when test results showed I was not coeliac; I carried on eating pizzas, bread and all the other gluten packed staples of a 20 somethings diet. As I approached my 30th birthday I decided I’d had enough and it was time for a major change. I began by doing food intolerance tests and read countless books on nutrition and elimination diets. As soon as I cut wheat & gluten out of my diet the mouth ulcers disappeared, I began to sleep better, my constant thirst went away and I no longer felt those awful afternoon slumps and sugar cravings. My digestive problems went away almost immediately and the more I cooked with basic natural ingredients the better I began to feel. Over the past 5 years I’ve worked hard to prioritise my health and the health of my family. My interest in food and health led me to study dietary counselling and to become a Health & Wellness Coach. My wellness journey has brought me into contact with many likeminded people and has expanded my concept of what it means to be in ‘great health’. Good food and nutrition is one big part of the puzzle for me but I also understand how the way you feel can determine the state of your overall health and wellbeing. I have learnt to practice transcendental meditation and continue to learn and work on my own self-awareness. Shortly after my daughter was born I was introduced to essential oils and using these oils daily has enhanced the health of our family – physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s an exciting time to be a part of a growing ‘wellness community’. I’m passionate about feeling good and helping others on their journey to wellness. I love being involved in the positive changes people make to their lifestyle as they embrace good health.