Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Holistic Health

Beat the "bah humbug" holiday blues

See also

The stress and exhaustion of the holiday season can make you ill. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and New Year's celebrations are all about light, but can leave you feeling down right "blue," in the mood department. Enter, the essential healing of Aromatherapy 101!

Essential oils work their physical, emotional and psychological wonders by interacting with the olfactory nerves, or entering through the skin, thus, affecting the limbic system in the brain. Aromatherapy is both an art and a science rooted in the healing practices of ancient civilizations.

"Fragrance is processed in the area of the brain that also processes memory and emotion," says Mindy Green, co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art.

A good deal of perfumed products claim aromatherapy and the benefits of essential oils, but if they're made with synthetic fragrance; they're fake. To keep your energy up this holiday season, try these essential oil traditions.

Cinnamon: Warming and spicy; this essential oil is reputed to attract wealth and abundance. *Add 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil to 2 quarts of water in a saucepan. Simmer low and allow the fragrance to waft throughout your home.

Rose: Rose oil sparks romantic passion and opens the heart to forgiveness and unconditional love. *Add 2-3 drops in a carrier oil like jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. Apply to temples, wrists and over your heart.

Peppermint: A stimulating, tongue-tingling, holiday favorite; peppermint oil eases motion sickness and is a great remedy for stomach upset. *Add 2 drops to a mug of soothing herbal tea.

Lavender: Lavender oil is a one-step shop! Deeply relaxing and earthy, lavender is calming and centering. This oil can create a sense of security and grounding. *Add a few drops of lavender oil to your favorite body oil, body butter or shower gel.

Geranium: Refreshing and energizing; Geranium is used to release negative memories and fear of abandonment. *Rub a few drops between your palms and on the bottoms of your feet.

Aromatherapy can help you restore your inner peace. By combining this practice with your faith, when life totally spins out of control, you can remember to take a deep breath and EXHALE.

"Living healthy step at a time"



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

Related Videos:

  • Food shortages could be critical by mid-century.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517471019" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Moldy Suitecase
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518020258" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Religious music brings benefit to seniors' mental health, says a new study
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518114888" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!