Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Season

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, however, this is a post about the Holiday season, and will apply to you, even if you don't practice the traditions of Christmas.  We live in rural North Dakota, which means a lot of SNOW this time of year.  Today, i'm sitting in my living room, next to my Christmas tree, with my computer, and a cup of Wassail (recipe below) because there's a weather advisory and we're supposed to get another 10-12" of snow.  What do you do under these circumstances?  You appreciate the roof over your head, the heat keeping everyone warm, the food that you've canned, dried, frozen, and stored that will keep your family fed in case you get snowed in, and of course the quality time together, knowing everyone is safe.

One of my favorite things to diffuse this time of year, is Young Livings blend- Christmas Spirit!  It pretty much combines all of the amazing smells of this Holiday, into one bottle!  Orange, Cinnamon, and Spruce create the feelings of happy times, and enhances the joyful moments that are often associated with the Holiday Season.  This blend not only smells amazing, but can also be beneficial in keeping our Immune Systems happy, and healthy!  So, this post is going to be about some ideas on how to use Christmas Spirit in your home and why you won't be able to get enough of it!

Christmas Spirit Essential OilChristmas Spirit

Combining the simple, nostalgic scents of OrangeCinnamon Bark, and Spruce essential oils, Christmas Spirit™ is the perfect embodiment of the holidays.
  • Create a peaceful atmosphere by diffusing Christmas Spirit anywhere in the house!
  • Give new life to potpourri by adding a few drops of Christmas Spirit. Pro tip: Leave the potpourri in a drawer to gently infuse your socks with its spicy scent.
  • Add a personal touch to your holiday cards by adding a few drops of Christmas Spirit to water, then using the dilution to wet the seal of your envelopes.

I love adding Christmas Spirit to my holiday potpourri containers, it adds a beautiful aroma with no artificial, "scents' or "fragrances".  I usually dump my potpourri into a large metal bowl, add around 10 drops of Christmas Spirit Essential Oil, and then cover and shake throughout the day to really infuse smell into the potpourri.  We have also sealed our Holiday card envelopes with oil infused water, but if you want and extra kick, simply place your cards into a ziplock bag, add 3-5 drops of Christmas Spirit EO onto a cotton round, and seal into the bag.  Let set for 2 days and your cards with be infused with the wonderful aroma!

Once the Holidays are done, and it's time to pack up all of my decorations- this is one of my favorite times to use Christmas Spirit!  I add cotton rounds with 1-2 drops of the oil into all of my totes, bags, containers, etc.  When they're closed up and stored, the smell remains, so next year when you open your containers, you're automatically reminded of the Holiday Season and it brings immediate joy, and excitement for what's to come.

Here are some of my favorite recipes to enjoy throughout the Holiday Season as well! Enjoy...