No matter what is happening in your life, the holidays always come…
When you were young or if you had small children it was easy to get excited about the holiday season. Every day there was something new and fun to do… Baking cookies, decorating the tree, attending a school Christmas concert or going out to look at holidays lights & store window displays.
But as you & your children got older it seemed as if some, if not most of the magic & fun were gone. For me, my children are grown and our family traditions have changed. What I finally realized is that I need to honor the part of me that still misses seeing those excited little faces at holiday time. Transition and change are a fact of life. and it is my attitude to those changes that will affect how I feel throughout the upcoming season.
If you are going thru a transition, or are simply overdoing it, take a few moments for yourself each and every day to check in and see how you are feeling. Self-care is always important, and some days it is more important than others. Things that I like to do for myself especially at this time of year are actually very simple: a warm, relaxing bath, then having a cup of tea while curling up with a good book and of course diffusing some essential oils.
It depends on my mood which essential oil blend that I like to diffuse. At this time of year, I like to diffuse essential oils like Douglas Fir, Pine, Juniper or a citrus like Red Mandarin. I love to use Mandarin at this time of year. It takes me back to my childhood; I remember my mom putting out a big bowl of Mandarin oranges on our coffee table as part of our holiday decorations.
Red Mandarin, Latin name Citrus Reticulata is native to southern China and was brought to Europe around 1805. As Mandarins grew in popularity, they were soon “commercially cultivated” in southern Europe, northern Africa, and they were soon introduced to the Americas, South Africa, and Australia. Mandarin is a lightly scented, citrus oil that is good for easing stress and its calming and relaxing properties make it a good choice to use at bedtime. (It is mild enough to be used around young children & the elderly). It is said to useful for digestive upsets, muscular & joint pain as well as skin care.
(When properly diluted Mandarin is non-toxic, a non-irritant & non-sensitizing. If you are allergic to citrus fruit, it is best to avoid using this oil).
The older that I get, I find that I want the holidays to be a quieter, more introspective time. This year instead of overdoing, I think that I’m going to be under-doing. Less baking, less decorating, less gifting. Just Less! What I want more of is time; to reflect and just be. I also want more time to connect with the important people in my life. As I have been reminded lately, life is short, and all we really have is this moment…
I wish you many quiet moments & lots of Self-Care this Holiday Season…
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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- Lawless. Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Thorsons, 2002