Essential Oils for Holidays
Essential Oils Perfect for Holidays
Inviting your loved ones into your home to celebrate the holidays can be extra comforting if you add aromatherapy to your party! Below is a list of fantastic essential oils you’ll want to add to your holiday gift list.
Vanilla is mainly used for culinary uses to sweeten desserts and foods but it is also used as a favorite in aromatherapy. Vanilla has a comforting scent that most people absolutely adore. It can be used to naturally scent candles, soaps and other comfort products. Vanilla is made from vanilla beans. Vanilla extract is made by extracting the vanilla flavor with alcohol and is different from vanilla “essential oil” which is actually a compound called an “absolute.” Essential oils and absolutes are oils produced by plants, flowers or herbs. To produce vanilla absolute, the vanilla bean is placed into a drum and introduced to a solvent along with heat. The solvent is then removed, which creates something called a resinoid. The resinoid is treated with alcohol to separate the aromatic compounds. Vanilla is mainly used for comfort and food uses. It is a favorite in diffuser recipes and pairs wonderfully with other oils such as peppermint, lavender and lime.
Cinnamon is an internationally renowned spice used for many purposes. The most common type of Cinnamon sold in North America is cinnamomum aromaticum, which is grown in southeastern Asia. Cinnamon essential oil can provide a warm, inviting scent to your diffuser blends and is a great way to freshen your home without using toxic air freshening products or chemical laden candles. It is important to note that cinnamon essential oil is very concentrated and can cause skin irritation and burns if applied without a carrier oil. If you are using cinnamon essential oil topically, be sure you are diluting it with a safe, organic carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil. Recommended ratios are 4-6 teaspoons of carrier oil per one drop of cinnamon essential oil. Discontinue use immediately if irritation or burns occur. Do not use on children or on pets. Do not get into eyes, nasal passages or open sores.
People with respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies or environmental sensitivities need to use caution when diffusing cinnamon essential oil, as it can be irritating to the respiratory tract.
Fir needle essential oil is derived from fir trees and created by the steam distillation process. Fir needle essential oil can be created from two types of fir trees, Balsam fir trees or silver fir trees.
Fir essential oil contains many healing compounds such as: tricyclene, alpha-pinene, camphene, limonene and myrcene. These chemicals have been shown to promote antimicrobial activities against bacteria and certain types of fungi.
Fir needle essential oil can be applied topically as a natural analgesic, which can be used to relax muscles and aid in muscle recovery. It is also widely used in aromatherapy recipes because of its rich forest fragrance and can make your home smell like a Christmas tree!
Peppermint is categorized as a perennial herb. It gets its scientific name “Mentha” because of the Greek legend of a mythical nymph who supposedly transformed into this plant.
When diffused aromatically, peppermint essential oil can induce a happier mood and has been shown to promote concentration and focus. Adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil to your household or office diffuser can help you feel better and be more productive.
Sweet orange essential oil is a cold pressed oil extracted from the rind of oranges. This essential oil is an affordable natural remedy with many health benefits and is a favorite food additive in various dishes. It is most widely used for its energy boosting and anti-anxiety effects.
Mary Tylor Naturals is proud to offer a selection of high-quality essential oils to improve your well-being. Our full line of essential oils are 100% pure. We stand by our motto, “Better Ingredients for a Better Life!”