‘Tis the season to stay grounded, breathe freely and inhale the sweetness of the holidays!
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways this time of year – here are three of my favorite holiday aromatherapy recipes:
- Holiday Spice. Put 2oz (1/4 cup) of preferably warm distilled water in the bowl of a candlelit diffuser. Add 25-30 drops sweet orange oil, 15 drops cinnamon oil, and 10 drops clove oil. This will fill your home with a delicious aroma akin to a cup of warm apple cider. Sometimes I also add vanilla oil or a small dash of vanilla extract.
- Breath Easy. This one is wonderful during cold and flu season! Fill a 2oz glass mister bottle with distilled water, leaving a little room at the top. Add 15 -20 drops eucalyptus oil, 10 drops of peppermint oil, and 10 drops of spearmint oil. Shake gently before use. I like to mist this blend on my couch and pillows. You can also spritz it on a tissue, place the tissue up to your nose and inhale deeply when you’re feeling congested or need a little energizing zing! A few drops of lemon oil makes a nice uplifting variation. You can also cut this recipe in half depending on what kind of bottle you have, or play around with different strengths.
- Ground Yourself. Place 15 drops vetiver oil, 10 drops sandalwood oil, and 10 drops vanilla oil in a 1 oz glass bottle. (I’m not a big patchouli fan, but if you are you can try adding 3-5 drops). Fill with jojoba or grapeseed oil, which are two very good carrier oils. This is an excellent foot massage oil after a warm bath! It can also simply be applied to the wrists and inhaled. It has a very woodsy/earthy aroma.
If you’ve never worked with essential oils before and would like to get started, my favorite place to order oils and supplies is Mountain Rose Herbs. One of the reasons I like them so much (besides their terrific prices) is that they use predominately organic and fair trade ingredients. You can also search Etsy.com for a wider selection of beautifully handmade ceramic diffusers, and your local Health Food store likely carries essential & carrier oils.
Experiment on your own, and/or give the gift of aromatherapy to a loved one!
Sissy St. John has been practicing and teaching Yoga since 1998 on both the West and the East Coast. She trained in LA with the original founders of YogaWorks; Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, and studied extensively with Annie Carpenter, Sean Corn, Vinnie Marino. In 2006 Sissy moved from LA to New York to study under the guidance and tutelage of Yogiraj Alan Finger, creator and founder of ISHTA Yoga. She now resides permanently in Manhattan with her husband and little boy, and teaches around the city – private clientele, corporates, and at YogaWorks on the Eastside. Aside from yoga her great passions include baking, writing and creating her scentsational aromatherapy blends!
Her popular Prenatal DVD as well as her Organic Beauty Oils are both available on her website: www.sissystjohn.com and Etsy.com/ SissyStJohn. Follow her on twitter @yogasissy