Welcoming with Gratitude the Gifts of November!
This is one of my favorite months of the year. Besides gaining one hour of sleep, November contains a holiday dear to my heart, Thanksgiving. This sacred day to me represents a time when loved ones all gather together “to share in the year’s harvest” and give thanks for all our blessings. The presents received are not material, but in the presence of those who surround us and the memories we share of those special people who have touched our lives in passing.
Having gratitude is not just a “Pollyanna” emotion, it’s a profound healing expression. Scientists have researched the wellness benefits of cultivating gratitude. These include associations with well-being, less visits to physicians, better relationships, as a motivator of actions, improved sleep, and cardiovascular health.
Still, holidays can also be stressful if we get lost in the business of prepping or caught up in unhealthy family dynamics. Furthermore, November is also the time when one of the most heated, debated, and internationally–emotionally charged American elections comes to a close. I have provided a blog on how to mitigate the stress of the election and holidays on my homepage here.
Now, I want to provide you with an overview of some of my favorite essential oils for preparing me for a peaceful and happy holiday season.
Emotions in a Bottle
These precious oils not only support our bodies but they also balance our emotional health as well. Furthermore, inhaling these sacred scents can enhance togetherness and mitigate the belly discomfort that tends to occur with the Turkey Day feast.
Here is a list of my top five essential oils for upcoming holy and family celebrations:
Sacred Frankincense: This oil is a rare species of frankincense that is grown and distilled in Oman. It has many health benefits to support our body, mind, and spirit through the holiday season that are too long to list. Click here for Part I and Part II of my series on “What’s so Sacred About Frankincense.”
Frankincense: What better way to begin the month of thanks with the “gifts of the season,” including another species of frankincense and myrrh essential oils? Click here to learn more about frankincense and how it differs from sacred frankincense.
Myrrh: Click here to learn more about the underappreciated “sidekick” to frankincense and how it can be used to support the immune system and brain.
A Blend of Christmas Joy: Consider a blend of Orange, Cinnamon, and Spruce essential oils. I love to diffuse it in my home as soon as the cold air hits. The smell provokes happy memories of holidays and reminders of the sweet-smells of the season of giving! Click here to learn more about Christmas Spirit.
Peppermint Oil: A perfect remedy for the gastrointestinal discomfort that can occur with consuming too many “treats.” Visit my essential oils database to view all five articles on peppermint.
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.