Scents and flavors help us celebrate the abundances of the season. Holidays – whichever we’re celebrating at the moment – give us a chance to rejoice with the special treats we love. One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season are the fragrances and flavors. Warm and spicy, or sweet and flowery, they not only enhance our present experiences but bring back some of our most precious memories. And if our holidays haven’t always been pleasant, just by tasting or smelling something comforting and delicious we can begin to build new memories and happy traditions for ourselves.
Aromatherapy supports wellbeing throughout all our senses. Hundreds of years of anecdotal data and endless clinical tests prove nature’s little wonders are pretty astounding healing tools, and I’ve personally experienced some incredible physical transformations using oils of the highest quality. But it’s the affect essential oils can have on our emotional and mental wellbeing that I find most intriguing.
Pure fragrance can add a dimension to our everyday experience we just can’t get visualizing, tapping or adjusting our Feng Shui. In fact, when we visualize, one of the reasons we often can’t manifest our desires is that we aren’t including the fullness of the experience in our projections, just a one- dimensional picture on a screen in our minds. The Universe always delivers based on our vibrational signature. If the image we project is one of lacking or vagueness, that is what we’ll get! With just one drop, essential oils entrain us to a higher vibration more in alignment with our desires. Then the powerful vibrations of taste, smell, security and a fullness of positive emotions rush forward spurring our visualizations quickly into our real-life reality.
Scents we personally find pleasant are associated with safety, comfort and happy memories. We won’t find a good smell in a dangerous place.
Some of my happiest childhood holiday memories include the fragrance and taste of Peppermint. Between candy canes and candles, this clean, happy fragrance has been a staple of our family holidays for generations. I’ve been making this White Chocolate Peppermint and gifting it to friends, family and even clients for decades. A smash hit, this sweet treat has a sweet secret: it helps curb the appetite!
Peppermint Essential Oil works on more than just pests and health problems, it’s been clinically proven to help clear away – not suppress! – the appetite! That’s right: this little gem helps us actually release and let go of overwhelming cravings for foods of all kinds. When the urges are released, we don’t have to fight our willpower to stop overeating. Nope. We simple don’t have the desire to eat more than what our body needs.
“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
A great thing to do during the holidays to keep fitness in check is to eat a few pieces of homemade Peppermint White Chocolate made with therapeutic-grade Peppermint Essential Oil when hunger arises between meals and as an after dinner treat to help avoid overeating too much dessert. Adding the oil to tea or other beverages can also help in abating the appetite. (One caution: Peppermint Essential Oil is strong, so start with one drop and add to taste.)
More than just a flavoring for sweets, Peppermint Essential Oil is an amazing little “first-aid kit” all in one little drop! I use it to quickly dissipate headaches and muscle pains, and as a terrific digestive aid.
As a child I suffered terrible allergies and eventually asthma. Always sick with some upper respiratory stuffiness I was also always taking some kind of medicine. It wasn’t until I became an energy practitioner my mother revealed every Christmas my need for decongestants dropped dramatically. We didn’t have essential oils, but we did have candy canes and I devoured them. I remember our first Christmas in Florida specifically because I had my first asthma attack, and one of the ways I soothed myself was to inhale the peppermint from my candy cane. Now I know that applying or diffusing just a few drops of Peppermint really helps me release stuffiness and relax my breathing. But I don’t wait until I’m unwell to use this wonderful oil, it’s part of my every day wellbeing.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison, Inventor
Whether you’re in the middle of holiday preparations or just want to access some of the happy, healthy and invigorating qualities the joyful intention of the Christmas season offers, try some therapeutic-grade Peppermint Essential Oil to create your own Living Harmony.