The weeks before Christmas can be very hectic, and it seems like Christmas arrives a little earlier each year?
In times like this, we forget, or we are too tired, to look after ourselves. We don’t drink enough water, instead choosing tea or coffee or cola to quench our thirst, we feel too tired or have no time for exercise, and it’s all too tempting when we don’t feel like preparing a healthy meal for ourselves, to just grab some chocolate to fill us up … sound familiar?
Christmas time should be about relaxing and spending time with loved ones, but for many people, the weeks before can be very stressful.
Excessive physical or mental strain can cause the bodies stress response to kick in. If we feel stressed for a long time and/or constantly tense, this can be very damaging to many organs in our bodies. Scientists discovered that in cases like this the body gradually fixes the physique’s unhealthy reaction, creating a chain of processes that will change immunological stability to a pathological condition that can manifest in disease.
So with this in mind, it’s important to try to find a little bit of balance in our everyday lives. It’s not easy, but it is doable. Every little thing you do for yourself can help to make you feel better, or even more balanced. Things like just a few drops of essential oil in your oil burner or bath.
Depending on how you feel, or how you want to feel, you can choose from relaxing, uplifting, calming, energizing … so many different essential oils to choose from.
Here’s a recap of two of my favourites:
Sweet Orange – Citrus sinesis
When the days are dark, gloomy, wet and cold, inhaling sweet orange is like bringing sunshine to your life. The refreshing and cheerful character of this oil brings joy and warmth to your day. In situations when we take life too seriously, we forget to laugh, or we fear the unknown, this is when we should choose sweet orange.
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary is a brilliant, invigorating essential oil. This oil is known for its stimulating effect on the central nervous system and is used for poor concentration. Inhaling rosemary is also recommended for respiratory problems, such as bronchitis and sinusitis.
Rosemary should not be used during pregnancy, and by people suffering from epilepsy or high blood pressure.
For me, there is nothing better than a nice hot relaxing bath, with my favourite essential oil, after a long and tiring day in the salon.
If you’ve never tried using essential oils in the bath before, there are a few things you should consider:
Using essential oils directly in a bath is very likely to cause skin irritation. Hot water makes the skin more sensitive, and because essential oils don’t dissolve in water they will contact your skin undiluted.
There are some commonly known dispersants like Epsom salts, table salt, full-fat milk, or even vodka … but they don’t work. Instead of these, you can use vegetable oil – jojoba or fractionated coconut oil are very good because they are less greasy.
If you wish to use salts, this is fine, but just be sure to dilute the essential oils in the vegetable oil first and then add the Epsom salt, Dead sea salt or table salt.
The mixture of essential oils and vegetable oils will float on water, some will stick to the side of the bath and also on your skin, so the whole experience can be a bit slippery, so do be careful!
Foaming baths are also good for diluting essential oils, just add 5-10 drops of your favourite essential oil in about 15ml (1 tablespoon) of bath base.
Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy 😊