Plant Based Essential Oils Boost
the Mind, Body & Spirit during the Holidays
By Melinda Myers
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[November 18, 2017]
into the hectic holiday season with the help of aromatherapy. The
fragrances of plant-derived essential oils have long been used to
improve the health of our mind, body and spirit.
Boost your energy and increase your focus as you work to balance
work, family and holiday fun. Peppermint has long been prized for
this and so much more. You’ll find it also helps relieve headaches
Freshen your home with the scent of grapefruit. It’s the perfect
solution when unexpected guests drop by for a visit. You may also
find the grapefruit aroma, along with your company, help to lighten
Use eucalyptus essential oil in the fight against colds and flu this
winter. Just place a few drops into a diffuser on your desk at work,
in your bedroom or family room. The diffusers come in a wide array
of shapes and sizes. Some use heat, ultrasonic vibrations, fans or
wood wicks to disperse the fragrance throughout the room. Others,
like the Eden Aroma Diffuser, allow the fragrance to seep through
the porous portion of the diffuser pot and into the room.
Or use a eucalyptus eye mask to help relieve sinus pressure and
sooth tired eyes. Just gently heat or cool the mask, cover your eyes
and relax into a bit of relief.
End your day with relaxing lavender. It helps reduce anxiety,
relieves headaches and improves sleep. Turn up the heat and
fragrance with the Ultimate Lavender Wrap (gardeners.com). Simply
pop the flax, rice and lavender infused insert into the microwave.
Place it back into the cloth cover and drape it over your neck and
shoulders. This can provide relief for those suffering from tense or
aching muscles and winter chills.
Encourage a good night’s sleep by tucking a lavender-filled sachet
under your pillow. Or set a bundle of dried lavender stems in the
bathroom, bedroom or anywhere you want to enjoy the fragrance of a
summer garden and a bit of relaxation.
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When you incorporate some aromatherapy into your
routine you’ll find yourself smiling and more relaxed. The boost in
energy and reduced stress will help you navigate the many
gatherings, rich food and busy schedules ahead. And consider giving
the gift of aromatherapy to someone you love, so they too can enjoy
improved harmony and health into the New Year.
Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small
Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything:
Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated
Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist
and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was
commissioned by Gardener’s Supply for her expertise to write this
article. Myers’s web site is
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