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Make your home smell like Christmas.
By Sophie Leaver
Health & Wellbeing Writer
Now that the festive season is in full swing, the days of December jingle on with the jolly sound of Christmas carols, and the chilly winter weather is brightened by the sparkling decorations and lights.
But for me, nothing quite conjures up the holiday spirit like the aroma of Christmas. Different smells can evoke different memories and emotions for each person, and aromatherapy is a powerful tool to treat your senses.
Used by many different cultures for centuries, many believe that aromatherapy can also counteract anxiety, ease depression, increase energy levels, boost cognitive performance, induce sleep, and speed up the body’s healing process. Others use aromatherapy as a spiritual or meditative tool. Frankincense oil, for example, has long been combined with prayer and meditation because its rich balsamic character, that penetrates deeply into the lungs and inspires a rhythm of slow, relaxed breathing.
Filling your home with the warming, spicy, and wintery scents of Christmas can be extremely welcoming when you have friends and family over. It can also be very calming and soothing to get you through the busy season, when tensions are often high, schedules are packed, and champagne is flowing. You can pick and choose different aromas, play with recipes, and indulge in safe and natural aromas without turning to synthetic sprays and air fresheners. So this Christmas, why not try blending, diffusing, and basking in the smells of Christmas joy!
Below are two different recipes to get you started. However, part of the joy of aromatherapy is the creativity that it allows, so feel free to adapt these combinations to suit your own senses and moods, and continue to experiment with different scents once the holiday season is over. Why not mark the New Year with an invigorating, refreshing scent to set you in a positive frame of mind for the year ahead?
Keep in mind that essential oils can be used in different ways. If you’re using them personally, you can directly inhale the scent by holding the bottle a few inches from the nose and gently breathing in. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a tissue or cloth, and gently breathe in the aroma from that. Otherwise, if you’re using the oils to fill your home with an aroma, you can use a good quality diffuser or a ceramic essential oil burner.
The Christmas Tree Blend
This diffusion is a mix of fresh, earthy and woody smells that will have you dreaming of strolling through the evergreens. The natural aromas also help to clear and focus the mind and stabilise the emotions. The overall effect is both purifying and energising.
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops pine essential oil
4 drops cypress essential oil
2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
This blend is warming, comforting, and smells delicious! It is the perfect aroma to fill the house when you’re curling up next to the fire on a chilly Christmas eve.
3 drops orange
1 drop nutmeg
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop clove
1 drop cardamom
1 drop frankincense
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
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- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks