Soon we will be hearing, if not already the Coca Cola advert telling us all that ‘the holidays are coming” and the shops already have their Christmas stock on the shelves as Christmas is not long away now, how will you be spending it? Will it be better than last year now that we can see people again or will you be doing your best to avoid the celebrations as I know not everyone celebrates or enjoys this time of year.
What traditions do you try to keep each year or passed down the family? Well for me Christmas has always been classed as the second celebration in my household growing up as my sister was born on Christmas Day so her birthday was celebrated first then Christmas could start. I always like to hang up my stocking for Santa Claus (even visited him in Lapland when I was 18 years old – a must visit if you can). Other traditions in our family is that my dad makes the Christmas Pudding and Cake (I did the cake for a while but he has taken this role over again), my mum makes the brandy butter, and now I just hel p to eat what they make, which some might find strange as they all contain a lot of alcohol of which I do not drink (gave up when I turned 18!)
So far this year I have started my Christmas shopping in October, well ok only one person’s presents so far and that’s Bailey my little dog, as got to make sure she gets spoilt rotten by Santa Paws, she even had a couple of Christmas jumpers to strut her stuff on the day.
Why not start your own Christmas traditions if you don’t already have one, it could be to wear, the ugliest Christmas Jumper, collect a Christmas decoration from everywhere you travel to (now we can again) or just spend time with the people you want to weather that be friends, family or even strangers.
To get you into the Christmas spirit here are some Christmas aromas that I used all year round when blending up different essential oils/
Christmas Aromas with essential oils
What aromas make you think of Christmas? Could it be the aroma from a real Christmas tree, spices for the Christmas cake or pudding, mulled wine, Mince pie for Santa Claus or the tangerine that Santa will leave in your stocking.
Some of these aromas are used in the Aromatherapy world, here are a few of them and some of their therapeutic properties:
Nutmeg (Myristica fragans) – a lovely warming oil which can help with muscular aches and pains as well as rheumatism, can also help with digestive issues and be used for people with fatigue.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) – Another lovely warming oil, but also have great antimicrobial/antibacterial properties so can be useful for viral infections. Also good for helping with spams in the digestive system and with its warming properties its a great help from the aches and pains you might suffer with in the early stages of a cold or flu.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) – Another great oil that has excellent antiseptic properties to help fight off cold and flu. Can also help to stimulate digestion and restore appetite as well as helping with arthritis, rheumatism or sprains.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – A great oil for helping with poor circulation in the hands and feet as well as helping helping aid poor digestion. Can be good for use with coughs, sinusitis or sore throats.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulate) – Beneficial for calming the intestines, great for helping to calm children down especially if hyperactive or blended with some other essential oils to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) – this oil has similar properties to that of Mandarin, but also good for uplifting the mood or helping with anxiety, nervous or insomnia.
Not forgetting about the gifts from the 3 wise men, unfortunately you can’t get an essential oil from gold, but you can from both Frankincense and Myrrh.
Frankincense – (Boswellia Carter) – is an oil which can help alleviate anxiety or nervous tension, great for helping deal with grief or loss as well as used in skin care for dry or mature skin, scars and wrinkles.
Myrrh ( Commiphora myrrh) – One of the oldest known essential oils mentioned as far back at 4000 years and was used in incense. Nowadays it can be used for helping to stimulate the stomach and digestive system. Also used for helping with wound & ulcer care that are slow to heal, and can be beneficial for helping with coughs and colds.
Would you like to learn more about these and a load more essential oils, how to use them, safety and what you can use them for? Essential Thyme is running workshops called Introduction to Essential Oils, these are 4 hours long and cost £60 per person, or you could look to study at a deeper level on an accredited training course. If you would like more information about any of these please contact Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Essential Thyme Christmas Range:
Here at Essential Thyme, Sandra has also created a range of Christmas Wax Melts available in either 12 or 24 days advent calendars or pigs in baubles
The aromas from these wax melts are as follows:
- Cranberry & Orange
- Frosted Plum
- Crackling Log Fire
- Red Apple Wreath
- Mulled Pear & Cranberry
- Christmas Dinner Table
- Christmas Tree
- Christmas Pudding
- A Merry Morning
- Jingle Bell
- Inspired by SnowFairy
24 day Advent Calendar – https://essential-thyme.co.uk/product/24-day-deluxe-christmas-range-advent-calendars-preorder/
Pigs in Baubles – https://essential-thyme.co.uk/product/pigs-in-baubles/
Or why not come along to one of Essential Thyme’s new workshops and learn how to make your own Christmas Aroma Candles and Wax Melts
Saturday 27th November, 4th December or 18th December 2021
Sunday 28th November or 19th December 2021
Each workshop is for up to 2.5 hours, maximum of 6 people per workshop so if you are interested get your place booked ASAP
Cost is £35 per person, anyone under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult who is taking part on the workshop. Gift Vouchers are also available for workshops in 2022.
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