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Staying Healthy Through the Holidays Using Essential Oils

 It’s that wonderful time of the year when we celebrate with friends and family. Since most of our celebrations are indoors, it also brings the likelihood for colds and flu to make their comeback. Here are some tips to stay healthy while celebrating.

Diffuse Essential Oils

How amazing that many of the essential oils whose aromas remind us of the season can also help keep the air and environment clear and clean, can help support our respiratory health, and can uplift our mood as we move into the dark time of the year (for the Northern hemisphere). Diffusing these essential oils will also create a festive atmosphere as well.

Here are some oils to consider:

Pine Oils

Pine oils such as Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) and Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica) contain high amounts of compounds called alpha(a)-pinene and beta(B)-pinene which are known to help support respiratory issues. They also bring in the freshness of being outdoors and their aroma reminds us of Christmas trees.

Citrus Oils

Citrus oils such as Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) and Orange (Citrus sinensis) contain high amounts of a compound called d-limonene. D-limonene is also known to help support respiratory issues, but these oils, along with other citrus oils, also help uplift our mood during the long dark months of winter.

Spice Oils

Spice oils such as Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum) and Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum) bring in the aroma of holiday baking. These essential oils contain compounds that help support our immune system. These spicy essential oils should be used in very small amounts, but a little goes a long way and you can’t miss their warm and uplifting aromas.

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