Essential oils hold a special place in my heart, as they were the "gateway drug" to a healthy lifestyle for me. If it wasn't for stumbling across them while trying to find a cure for my debilitating period cramps, I wouldn't be the health nut I am today and I wouldn't get to share everything I know with you!
Because of this deep connection to my oils and because I like to be prepared for anything that may arise at any time, whenever I leave town overnight I take about half of my oil stash with me. But since I know that not everyone has the space or the stash for that, then I want to take today to share my core oils that I never leave home without, especially over the holidays!
Often called the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils, Lavender truly seems to do it all. It is relaxing when trying to fall asleep in an unfamiliar bed, it is useful for skin irritations when the detergent on the sheets causes itching and redness, and it is super handy to have when being on the front lines of the holiday baking marathon leaves you with more burns than you would like to admit.
This oil will quickly become your best friend if you tend to overeat during the holidays. Simply inhaling it is very useful for indigestion and nausea, and rubbing a drop or two (well diluted) over your stomach can help it work even faster. Not to mention it is one of the most Christmasy scents there is, so diffusing it can help everyone get into the holiday spirit!
There is something about traveling that for some people can trigger an attack of the sniffles. If this is you, and you would like to actually be able to smell and taste the Christmas feast for a change, then Eucalyptus is a must-pack for you!
Simply inhaling it can bring an instant feeling of clarity in the sinus region, and it is easy to make a vapor rub by diluting it in a little lotion or coconut oil and applying it to the chest or under the nose. There are several different types of Eucalyptus that are made into oils, so you want to make sure to get the right type for your needs. Eucalyptus globulus is the type that has been studied the most for respiratory applications and is also my personal favorite.
4.) A Stress Blend
If you struggle with anxiety, then there is a good likelihood that holiday gatherings make it worse than ever, however it is no fun to feel on the edge of snapping while you are trying to enjoy the company of family and friends. Because of this I carry around a stress relieving blend in my purse and apply it frequently. Not only does it make me smell like I have on a fancy perfume, but it pulls me back from the edge and keeps me from having to hide out in the bathroom to catch a minute to myself. Most companies have their own version of this, so find one that fits your budget and your sense of smell!
I would love to hear what your favorite oils are during the holiday season!