How have you been faring this holiday season, mama? We find this time of year brings a mix of joy, anxiety, gratitude and stress wrapped up in a package almost as pretty as those under the tree.
Trust us, we know that it can be hard to find relaxing downtime with the combination of travel, shopping, parties, and the never-ending buzz of Christmastime activities. It can all be exhausting for sure — but ultimately you deserve to relax and enjoy the festive season as much as anyone. That’s why we’re focused on helping you #findyourzen this time of year.
If you follow us on Instagram you’ll find daily inspiration to help you find your zen and keep your zen right through the holidays. But today we’re sharing one of our go-to items to help you make it through the holidays.
We’ve picked five of our favorite essential oils to help you stay healthy, invigorated, and as stress-free as possible this holiday season. Each one serves a slightly different purpose, so be sure to only use them as needed.
The good news is, these essential oils are all safe for use during pregnancy. However, if pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to avoid applying any oils directly to your skin as they are highly concentrated. Placing a few drops of your chosen essential oil in a diffuser will do the trick. If you don’t have a diffuser at home, we really love this one.
5 Essential Oils for the Holidays
Wild orange: This essential oil stimulates and purifies at the same time, and delivers a wide array of health benefits. In particular, it will give your immune system a boost and keep you feeling awake, both of which are super important in the lead up to Christmas — no one wants to get sick and everyone wants to feel energized to enjoy it! Citrus oils are known for being energizing and wild orange is suited for those days when you need a bit of a boost.
Lavender: Craving a night of peaceful sleep? We’ll guess the answer to that is, always: yes. Well, lavender is for you, boo. This oil will help ease feelings of tension while providing a calming and relaxing atmosphere to help you unwind and drift off to a blissful sleep. Perfect to help you catch some good shut-eye before things really get busy.
Bergamot: If you’re craving a bit of balance, this is the essential oil for you. Bergamot is calming and soothing and will help you unwind – but it’s unique in that it also has an uplifting quality to it to give you a welcome breath of energy. Balance is always needed around the holidays and it’s great to have as you move into the new year. This is the best oil to help you achieve it.
Peppermint: Almost all holidays have one thing in common: hearty meals around a dinner table. There’s also the seemingly endless temptation of sweet treats this time of year, and this oil will help see you through it. Peppermint oil is noted for helping with digestion so you can feel your best, no matter what hits the dinner table. It can also improve breathing and naturally repels bugs to help you avoid catching a cold over Christmas break.
Frankincense: We had to include this one on the list as the smell itself instantly conjures up that warm, hygge-like sensation of the holidays. Frankincense is a great go-to oil when you’re looking for some peace, relaxation, overall wellness, and satisfaction; isn’t that what we’re all after this time of year?
As we’re nearing the end of yet another year — and in fact, the end of the decade — it often becomes a time of past reflection and future goal-setting. While that’s important, we also encourage you to spend time focusing on your present moment and revel in the joy of family and friends gathered at home for the holidays. To help you embrace these simple pleasures and be more mindful – check out our posts on How to Make Your Life More Hygge and How to Use Mindfulness in Your Life as a Busy Mom.
From all of us at Baby2Body, we wish you a very healthy and especially happy holiday season! For more tips and advice on wellness and relaxation techniques, follow us on Instagram and check out our free ios app.