We have just had word from the North Pole that Santa is into organic essential oils, and his little elves are also very busy filling orders. (We suspect they have opened one of our Serenity oil collection gift boxes to remain calm and relaxed). 😉 But seriously, adding some of nature’s healing droplets to your wishlist is as easy as (pumpkin) pie, making essential oils this season’s best stocking fillers.
The Christmas holiday season is not the same without the traditional spicy aromas wafting from eggnog, glühwein, mince pies and gingerbread cookies. Just for starters, we’re talking cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and oranges. And when you add an aromatherapy twist to the season with these spicy organic oils, we guarantee you peace, calm and a happy new year.
We’re anticipating that our seasonal selection of holiday season oils will take you on a virtual tour of a fragrant spice market - allowing you to indulge in a powerful and fantastic journey of the senses. For centuries, spices have been applauded for their antioxidant properties, and organic essential oils have simply become a natural variant.
Here are our top ‘Aromatherapy 5 spice’ essential oils reminiscent of the Holiday Season:
Spice #1 Cinnamon
“Her freckles looked as if someone had blown cinnamon across her nose and high cheekbones.” -Jo Ann Brown
Highly versatile, organic Cinnamon bark essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is known to have a variety of health benefits. It contains the compound ‘cinnamaldehyde’, which may help reduce inflammation and act as an antimicrobial. It is also said to stimulate circulation, reduce stress and relieve pain.
Dilute drops of this warming and comforting essential oil in a carrier oil and add to your bath, or rub onto your skin, or use in a diffuser to combat any seasonal shopping exhaustion.
Christmassy tip: Add a few drops to pine cone decorations to bring the outdoors in.
(Please note - Cinnamon bark essential oil is not safe for kids or for women who are pregnant or nursing).
Spice #2 Cardamom
“The mother of all spices is cardamom.” -Aaj Ka Gyaan
Cardamom essential oil blends well with citrus oils (try sweet orange for a quintessential Christmassy scent) and is safe for kids over 10 years. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid and ingest to aid with digestion or add to a diffuser for mental clarity.
Spice #3 Cloves
His voice was cloves and nightingales, it took us to spice markets in the Celebs, we drifted with him on a houseboat beyond the Coral Sea. We were like cobras following a reed flute.’ -Janet Fitch
Christmas is not Christmas without cloves - stuck in oranges, added to baked hams, sprinkled in cookies, and now added your collection of organic essential oils.
Organic Clove bud oil (Syzygium aromaticum) is reputed to be excellent for relieving toothache or jaw pain. It contains ‘eugenol,’ which is a natural anaesthetic for temporary pain relief. (Add two to three drops to a neutral carrier oil, such as olive oil or canola oil, and rub onto the affected area using a cotton ball or swab). Within 5 -10 minutes you should feel the numbness set in. Reapply every 2-3 hours as needed.
When inhaled, Clove bud oil has also been known to relieve respiratory conditions such as coughs and asthma. (Avoid giving undiluted clove oil to children).
Spice #4 Ginger
"I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough and go ice skating and maybe even hold hands." -Buddy the Elf
Nicknamed the ‘oil of empowerment,’ ginger essential oil (Zingiber officinale) is an energizing oil with a wonderfully intense aroma. Diluted in a carrier oil, it may enhance concentration and reduce feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, dizziness, and fatigue. Used medicinally, it aids digestion and reduces inflammation. (Organic Ginger essential oil is not safe for kids).
Spice #5 Black Pepper
“The spicy tingle that prickles at the nose is from the alkaloid piperine that's present in abundance in black pepper!” -Yuto Tsukuda
Not a traditional Christmas spice and not very well known, we thought we’d add this one as a twist to our list. Black Pepper essential oil (Piper nigrum) is said to reduce minor pain in muscles and joints. As an antispasmodic, it may help to support the digestive system by helping with bloating, spasms or cramps - helpful at this time of the year.
Organic Black Pepper essential oil is also known as an anti-arthritic and anti-rheumatic and it may also help with mental fatigue or depression. For tired feet, add 1 drop each of organic Black Pepper and Patchouli oils to a thick foot cream and rub into feet. Slip into some woollen socks and snuggle up in front of a crackling fire.
For fresh-smelling bedding, create your own linen spray: In a spray bottle, mix 7-8 drops each of Black Pepper, Nutmeg and Sweet Orange oils with 1 cup of water. Shake and spritz. (Black pepper oil is safe for kids).
If you are looking to spice up your Christmas gifts this year, then Sanctus Essence is stepping in as one of Santa’s helpers. Our individual organic essential and carrier oils make wonderful stocking fillers and hostess gifts.
But to make life really easy this holiday season, you could just head to our Gift Box Collection and spoil family and friends (or even yourself). As it is Christmas, our spiced gift boxes are a perfect choice to spread some aromatherapy love this season.