Holiday stress is no jolly matter. No one wants to have spend the first few weeks of January sending “Sorry, I said your turkey was dry” texts to their mother-in-law over and over. You need a way to beat the stress, stay calm, and actually remember that, oh yeah, you looked forward to the holiday season once upon a time. You need calming essential oils.
The natural stress relief found in calming essential oils are long and well-researched. Lavender essential oil in particular is shown to be soothing and can even help you sleep when those visions of how sugarplums could lead to diabetes keep you up to late at night.
According to Prevention, these are the biggest things people stress about over the holidays:
68%: Crowds and long lines
37%: Gaining weight
37%: Getting into debt
28%: Gift shopping
24%: Seeing certain relatives
23%: Seasonal music
19%: Disappointing gifts
16%: Having to attend holiday parties or events
15%: Having to be nice
12%: Holiday tipping
The good news — calming essential oils can help!
Crowds and long lines
Studies show the effects of acute stress over the holidays can have dangerous long-term effects. A survey by eBay found your heart rate may increase as much as 33% while you’re out shopping — the physiological equivalent of running a marathon! But you don’t need to give up shopping at stores. Try putting a couple dabs of lavender essential oil on your neck or in your shampoo for a secret pick-me-up.
Studies show that peppermint essential oil is a natural appetite suppressor. Try putting some peppermint oil in a diffuser and letting it waft around the whole house. Peppermint oil smells like the holidays and it will help curb your snacking — win-win.
Did you know you can bring essential oils into the car with you? Put some on a cloth and place it on your dashboard then listen to your favourite podcast. We guarantee you’ll have a much more enjoyable drive, even if you do get stuck in traffic.
Seeing certain relatives
Give the gift of calm, or be the hostess with the mostest. You can use soothing essential oils, such as lavender essential oil, or invigorating ones, such as eucalyptus essential oil, to influence those around you. If you’re hosting for the holidays, set out an essential oils diffuser to keep your guests calm. You can also make some fun DIY decorations that incorporate essential oils, such as pinecones in a basket with a few drops of essential oils on top. If you’re going to someone else’s house, bring your essential oils with you for a hostess gift and suggest setting them out for the party! Much more unique than a bottle of wine and, bonus, you’ll secretly be relaxing all holiday long.
Abundance Naturally has the calming essential oils you need for natural stress relief. Find out more at www.abundancenaturally.com.