The holidays are upon us, the bustling time of menu planning, gathering gifts and creating a beautiful environment for traditions abound!   It can be overwhelming.   

If we aren’t careful, we will miss a couple of key factors in holiday festivities. 

Scented candles and air fresheners are a popular way to create a festive atmosphere at gatherings.  For many, the aroma of pine, gingerbread, pumpkin or cinnamon makes the room feel more welcoming. Unfortunately, most scented candles can have a negative impact on indoor air quality and individual health. 

The fragrance alone is the biggest offender of using these types of air enhancers. The average scented candle can release harmful chemicals into the air — even when unlit. While we may enjoy the fragrance of scented candles and air fresheners in our home during the holiday season they may be damaging our health. Rather than damaging the health of our guests, utilizing essential oils is a lovely way to bring in a warm holiday feel.

Diffusing essential oils releases molecules of the oils into the air, allowing you and guests to breathe them in. This is a two-fold benefit. Not only do the essential oils smell incredible and create that same inviting feel that you are looking for from a scented candle, but by diffusing them you are able to direct the mood of the entire room. Just by simply inhaling these powerful plant oils, the mind is instantly at ease and feeling relaxed; a much desired affect during any holiday gathering. Within twenty seconds the emotional benefit of each oil can be felt within the brain in a way that soothes even the most tense person.

Imagine having the aroma of Cinnamon, Spruce and Orange wafting through your home, creating a feeling of grounding and joy to all who inhale the scent.   Christmas Spirit essential oil blend contains those three amazing oils which pull up warm Christmas memories.   Consider Peace and Calming diffusing during a workplace party.  The benefits of using essential oils are endless. When applied topically, these oils are able to penetrate the skin, and giving you a solid feeling of stability and peace as you face a tense holiday gathering. The holidays aren’t always so jolly for many and using essential oils can be a perfect way to lift any mood and calm occasional anxiety. Again, within seconds the molecules soothe the mind and allow for the brain receptors to fire and wire the way they were meant to, creating connections for clear thinking rather than trails of anxiety. 

One perfect oil to have in your pocket throughout this time of year is Valor. The strength, courage, and calming you receive from this oil blend is astounding.  Use when you need a boost of confidence. The history comes from when Romans were headed into battle, they would take baths in these types of oils. Scripture mentions the Israelites "oiling the shields" as a sign of God's protection.

You can enjoy the scents of the holidays in a way that actually supports your immune system and not weaken your lungs. Essential oils can be an amazing tool in your holiday toolbox this busy season.  

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