The feasts and family gatherings between Thanksgiving and New Years are always filled with a few of our favorite things: holiday scents.
Did you know that many of our favorite festive aromas double duty as essential oils?
From the savory smell of rosemary to the warming spices of cinnamon and clove, oils offer homeopathic remedies that create serenity during these (at times) hectic months of year. Here are our four picks to get you into the spirit of the season:
Muscle Relaxer: Peppermint oil will serve your home well as its versatility enables it to be used aromatically, topically and internally. Let the popular holiday scent waft throughout your home with a diffuser. If the hustle and bustle of the season brings a bit of stress, rub the oil on your temples, forehead, back and neck to alleviate headaches and relax muscles.
Sweet Tooth Soother: Clove is a proven anti-inflammatory and pain reducer, best known to reduce pain associated with dental problems thanks to containing eugenol. A study by the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (1) showed that eugenol is much more effective than using another analgesic in the mouth after teeth were extracted in patients. Soothe your sweet tooth pains with a few dabs of clove oil directly on the area that hurts (be sure not to ingest the oil).
Cold Fighter: You might already have cinnamon sticks stocked for your favorite hot beverages, but add cinnamon oil to your pantry as it can boost your immune system and help fight infection. Historical evidence has shown it was part of a mixture of oils used by grave-robbing bandits to protect themselves during the plague in the 15th century. If you’re fighting a cold, drink some hot lemon water with cinnamon oil and honey.
Memory Booster: You might have always thought Rosemary was only good as an aromatic herb for roasted poultry or lamb, but it is also a powerful essential oil. A recent study has shown it helps improve memory and alertness (2). Use it in your diffuser to breath in the aroma at home before heading out to shop for the loved ones on your shopping list.