Healthy Beginnings

Try these essential oils to bring calm this holiday season

Frankincense essential oil can help sooth your concerns around the holiday season.

The holidays are here! Parties, fun, parades, gifts to buy and wrap, rushing here and there, shuffling the kids around to parties and sports … and getting the decorations up, cooking for the big day, getting ready for the visiting family members, making all the goodies … and the gifts — eek, the gifts, who needs what, where can I find it, EEK, THE STRESS!

Ah, yes, the stress of the “fun holidays,” which sometimes are not so fun, so let’s turn that around and take a minute for ourselves and allow our minds and bodies to relax. Take a breath, inhale some aromatherapy oils and get back on course to having the happy holidays we all dream about.

To calm the mind, use a diffuser to send these oils throughout your home, or you can even get a car diffuser or a smaller one for your office. Some of my favorites are a combination of Cedar, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Orange.

Another good combo is Lemongrass, Patchouli, Chamomile and Lavender. Many people just use Lavender, but when using a combination, you get better results. It covers more levels for the body and mind and spirit. After all, isn’t that what this is all about, joyful celebration and the spirit of this time of the year?

A great soothing blend is Wintergreen, Camphor, Rosemary, Fir needle, Juniper Berry, Peppermint and one of my favorite oils, Frankincense.

Many folks get into a funk during the holidays, expecting to be as happy as everyone seems to be, and having trouble coping with all of it.

To help with elevating your mood, try a combination of Bergamot, Lime, Geranium and Ylang Ylang. Another good combo is Lemongrass, Ylang Ylang, Clove, Cumin and Orange.

Uplifting oils generally run in the citrus family, like Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit, while adding spicy oils like Cinnamon, Peppermint and Ginger can really add the lift that we can all use during these harried days.

And don’t forget to do some exercise, yoga or simple stretching regularly to keep the body moving. It helps with alleviating stress.

Another stress-relieving technique that has some real science behind it is to start with some simple meditation. Even sitting quietly and doing deep breathing will help immensely. Easing the mind into unwinding also helps the body to unwind.

OK, now we have the stress under control, so let’s get ready for the celebration. Lights are up, decorations looking good, food is ready — now we need the mood to be set.

For a wonderful holiday atmosphere, let’s get that diffuser going with some Pine, Cypress, Eucalyptus and Sandalwood. Or we can mix together some Spruce, Cedarwood and Juniper Berries, about 30 drops of each, and make a hydrosol by combining with water, about 4 ounces, and spray on the tree or wreath. Add a little Orange or Clove and you have a great holiday aroma for your guests to enjoy.

My hope is for you to try some of these simple methods to have a de-stressed holiday season. And also please have a wonderful, healthy new year.

Elaine Brooks is owner of The Herb Lady, located in Sparks. Visit or call 775-356-1499 to learn more.