This Holiday Season, it is more important than ever for each of us to do our part to recreate Peace on Earth. This is the first time I have ever mentioned politics in Wholistically Speaking, however, the current political circus is having a detrimental effect on many of us. I see it in my friends and family and that distresses me even more. It did not start with this election, but with unprecedented anger and hatred toward the current administration over the last eight years. It has, however, culminated with this election.
We have gone through a presidential election that has left many of us unhappy, angry, worried for our future and the future of America, and even grief-stricken for the loss of progress we have made in treating all Americans equally and with respectful consideration.
On the flip side, there are many who are excited about the prospects of the new twist on politics. Then, on the far side, there are those who think that the recent election has given them permission and justification to step back in time to when one group of people was thought superior to other groups. What better time to support Peace on Earth, one-by-one.
For those of us who crave Peace on Earth, it is important that we send out peaceful, hopeful thoughts. After all, what we send out is what comes back to us three-fold, and understanding this, we need to do everything possible to bring peace and calm back to our families, our friends and even our politicians. This year, why not choose Christmas presents that support peace, calm and hope for the future?
Essential oils and a diffuser are a wonderful place to start. Begamot oil has a calming effect easing fear and tension. It has a delightful sweet, tangy citrusy scent and reminds me of Childhood Christmases when our Church handed out goody bags to us which included oranges. Pink Grapefruit elevates mood and eases nervous exhaustion while Red Mandarin soothes agitation and calms restless children of all ages. Clary Sage eases stress, tension and balances/lifts mood while Lemongrass brightens and also elevates mood.
The rich, earthy aroma of Patchouli balances emotions, Sweet Marjoram eases nervous exhaustion, and Thyme eases mental fatigue. Geranium is soothing and balances nerves. And then there is Rose. This wonderful scent is comforting and calming in matters of the heart while promoting affection and warmth. I think we could use a lot of Rose!
Myrrh and Frankincense were two of the three gifts presented to Baby Jesus in Bethlehem by the Three Wise Men. Myrrh promotes emotional balance and well-being and is associated with strength and endurance while the rich aroma of Frankincense helps us find our center and elevates our mood. It is also associated with the Three Wise Men. Come to think of it, our politicians could certainly benefit from the counsel of Three Wise Men!
Sandalwood is a favorite of many and is especially important now because it lightens and harmonizes mood. Harmony is much desired right now! We cannot forget the calming properties of Lavender and Chamomile. These two EOs have been used for centuries and maybe even millenniums for calming, relaxation and promoting sleep.
You can use any of the mentioned oils by themselves or you can mix your own blend using several of the oils, however, this can get expensive. Nature’s Sunshine has a blend of oils including Lavender, Orange, Atlas Cedar, Ylang Ylang, Blue Tansy and Vanilla called Refuge which would be an excellent choice if you are just giving one oil. I always keep this one in stock in my Herb Cottage!
High quality EOs are not inexpensive, however, why not spend your Christmas budget on something that will be healing for the mind, spirit and body for the next year! Add a good book on aromatherapy like Aromatheray For Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay and your gift is complete.
FYI: When you are buying your EOs, there are several words you do not want to see on the bottle including fragrance, synthetic, GMO, perfume, fragrance oil, Nature-identical oil, extenders, and dilutants. In fact, if your bottle of EO has anything listed in ingredients except essential oil, the oil is not pure. I use only pure, organic EOs.
Remember, our thoughts and emotions have energy and that energy is released into the world. With so many negative emotions surrounding this election, the negative energy that has been unleashed attracts even more negativity, hate and anger. On Christmas Eve, why not spend a few minutes focusing completely on sending out beneficial, peaceful and loving energy to everyone you know and also to all who have had a part in the undoing of Peace on Earth–with, of course, your diffuser sending out a wonderful, calming and harmonizing scent.
Holistically speaking, you cannot have a healthy body, mind and spirit while having hateful and angry thoughts. Do yourself a favor and surround yourself with an aura of positive thoughts for yourself, your family and your country.
I wish for you a happy, peaceful Holiday Season and for that peacefulness and happiness to extend throughout the New Year!Important Note! The information in Wholistically Speaking is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and/or treat diseases. If you have a health problem, I highly recommend you consult a competent health practitioner and educate yourself before embarking on any course of treatment.