You know that whirring-through-space feeling the holidays tends to bring? Everything tumbling around, moving overly fast, twisted out of the normal routine and amplified by familial turbulence. It’s enough to make you wish for some powerful, calming potion you serve your family (and yourself).
Try this: close your eyes and inhale the scent of warm gingerbread, mulled spices or freshly cut pine. There’s hardly anything as powerful as a scent to bring you back into your body and down to Earth.
If you don’t happen to have gingerbread cookies wafting their spicy aroma through your home at all hours, however—essential oils are the perfect short-cut.
This holiday season, as scheduling demands increase, credit card balances bulge, frazzled emotions intensify, and family gatherings loom, try using scent as that powerful, calming potion. Your family might not even notice the subtle warmth of scents like sandalwood when they enter your home, but the effects can be great nonetheless.
Grounding during the holidays can be simple. All you have to do is breathe.
4 Essential Oil Tips to Stay Grounded
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Try diluting this blend in water and misting your carpets or floor rugs gently. The effect is similar to putting a rooting essential oil like Sandalwood on the bottoms of your feet—it’s calming and grounding—and this way guests can reap the benefits without you actually rubbing oil on their soles.
- Mix 2 drops sandalwood oil, 2 drops bergamot oil, and 2 drops frankincense oil in a spray bottle of water
- Gently mist your floor coverings
Vetiver Massage Oil
Get rooted with vetiver, which comes from a unique grass plant. Vetiver grass grows roots deep down into the earth and the oil, with its warm and earthy aroma, comes from those roots.
- Mix a few drops of Vetiver oil into a carrier oil like grapeseed or almond for use in calming massages
- You can massage this oil onto your neck, shoulders or chest, or have someone rub it along your spine.
Sweet Dreams Blend
If shopping lists are dancing in your nighttime head instead of sugarplum fairies, take time to ground before you sleep. Deep rest can make a world of difference as you tackle the holidays.
- Mix 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 6 drops Geranium, 3 drops Lemon, and 4 drops Sandalwood
- Rub a drop of this blend into your pressure points (temples, wrists, back of your neck) before bed
Oils can naturally calm your body’s “fight or flight” response, using scent to cue your body to “rest and digest.” When you’re on the go—maybe holiday shopping in a busy mall or battling traffic—you need that cue to act quickly. Roll-on blends (like these pre-mixed ones from doTERRA) are wonderful to have on hand. Here is one of the best ones to make yourself:
- Mix 10 drops Myrrh, 7 drops Patchouli, and 10 drops Ylang Ylang with a premium-grade fractionated coconut oil
- Put your blend in a small roll-on bottle and carry it with you wherever you go!
Next time that whirring-through-space feeling starts taking you over—take a deep breath. Uplifting yourself is so much easier when you’re grounded.
Try natural remedies and aromatherapy as discussed above and test their effects for yourself. If you'd like to purchase DoTerra essential oils, visit Habits for Health. You can also view DoTerra's 2017 holiday gift guide here.
For more on holistic health and healthy habits, visit our sister website, Habits for Wholeness.
Enid Spitz is a writer and yoga instructor based in Charleston, SC. She previously lived in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, where she was a newspaper editor and researched yoga for traumatic brain Injury. Heartmanity combines Enid's passions for social well-being, neuroscience and yoga. When not writing or on the yoga mat, she is an avid traveler, enjoys a good whiskey, and loves being outdoors. Twitter: @enidrosalyn, Instagram: @littleyogibird.