Cheer up! Beat the holiday beats with Aura Cacia

Beat the Holiday Blues. We've all felt a little blue during the holidays. Maybe you're unable to spend time with friends and family. Maybe you can't get that perfect gift for someone you love. Or maybe you just long for the simple holidays of a distant past. Whatever the cause of your melancholy, Aura Cacia essential oils can help prevent holiday blues from wearing on your emotional and physical health.

cheering essential oilsComfort and Joy. Peppermint and spearmint oils help create a cheering and uplifting environment, as do the green, summery-fresh fragrance of sweet basil and the fruity fullness of grapefruit and tangerine essences.

Or dispel sadness with the calming, reassuring and comforting aromas of neroli (orange flower), rose otto and rose absolute. These precious essences are as powerful and emotionally supporting as a warm hug from a loved one.

Sandalwood and cedarwood are centering and balancing. Vetiver is grounding and promotes a sense of tenacity (hang in there baby!), while oils of frankincense and myrrh help facilitate the emotional release and mental expression of pent-up grief, (get it all out/don't bottle things up), and, finally, eucalyptus inspires us to check ourselves and take a deep, slow breath.

Tips for fighting the holiday blues with essential oils:

pine conesCreate an ambience of stability by sprinkling a bowl of pine cones with several drops each of cedarwood, frankincense and myrrh essential oils.

Evoke the atmosphere of subtropical sunshine by adding a few drops of grapefruit and tangerine to a pan of simmering water.

Place a single drop of peppermint or spearmint oil in the palm of one hand, rub hands together, cup them over your face and inhale the uplifting aroma.

Carry a small vial of "aromatic rescue" in the form of rose otto, neroli, or rose absolute oil. When anything gets you down, simply sniff the open bottle and feel any emotional turmoil dissolve away.

mineral bathsWintertime Cheer Mineral Bath
1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup sodium bicarbonate
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1/2 teaspoon frankincense essential oil
1/2 teaspoon tangerine essential oil

Combine dry ingredients, then blend in the essential oils. Divide mix up into small airtight jars or tins. Include instructions to add 1/4 cup to bath and give extras to friends who could use a little cheering up!

There's no reason to let the holiday hubbub bring you down when essential oils and aromatherapy can do so much to lift your spirits. Look forward to the season and craft a fragrant gift to nurture body and soul.

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ESSENTIAL OIL OF THE MONTH

LEMONGRASS

Lemongrass essential oilSweet, fresh, citrusy, earthy and, well, lemony and grassy! The aroma of lemongrass is instantly recognizable and quite distinctive. The oil is distilled from the freshly chopped blades of a tall tropical grass, the same herb that is such an integral flavoring in certain cuisines — Thai food, for example. Lemongrass oil boosts the spirits as well as the body's own natural defenses, and it provides a powerfully purifying addition to home care products such as surface cleaners and room deodorizers.

Purifying Lemongrass Scrubbing Powder
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 teaspoons sea salt (table grind)
1 teaspoon Borax
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix dry ingredients. Sprinkle with essential oils and just enough water to slightly dampen powder. Safe for metal pots and pans.

Air Purifying Lemongrass Diffusion
1/4 cup water
9 drops lemongrass essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
Place ingredients in the bowl of a candle lamp diffuser. Light candle.

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