Being around family isn’t easy. Some people love it, some people hate it and others just do it because they’re supposed to. If it’s a torture to you, we want to give you an idea for recovering from it that you’ll love. And if you’d like to enjoy it, we’ve got some tips to share there too.
Have a better holiday than the years before and come out feeling good about it. Here’s how:
Remember the truth: This time is temporary and this is your family. You didn’t choose them, but here they are. Love the good inside them and don’t waste your time arguing. You’re not likely to change anyone’s opinions so don’t bother. If they need to think or act differently that’s their own growth to go through. They’ll grow much faster if you sit back and love them.
Simple Conversation: Avoid talking about major issues, family grudges, politics and personal choices. Talk about simple things like music, the books you’re reading, family vacations or the latest movies. And if the complex topics arise, refer to the last point. Don’t waste your time trying to prove something to anyone. It’s always a dead end or painful experience.
Find Kindness: Look for ways to be kind. Compliment people. Listen carefully and attentively to the other person. (If you’re not bothering to argue or convince them of anything, this should be easy to do, and good practice for your communication skills!) Take it further and look for opportunities to tell people why you appreciate them and what you admire about them. This is sure to up-level the mood in the air.
Recover: It’s no easy task handling family. When you’re done, you want to go home, fall on the couch and put your feet up. So do it. But upgrade the experience. All that effort and conversation (and avoiding arguments) can make you tense and tired. So make sure you have a couple bottles of our Pure Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist, because this will calm your muscles, nerves and mood down so fast. Run a hot shower and spritz a couple sprays into the steam. Get in and just stand there. Breathe. Aromatherapy at this level will work wonders for you. And when you’re done – relax. Put on a movie, read a book or go to bed. You’ve done well.
The holidays are a perfect time for us to be better people. It’s not easy and definitely takes practice, but you can do it. And when you’re done exercising this muscle, you get sweet relief.
From all of us at Eurospa Aromatics, have a beautiful holiday.
One thing that most people can agree on when it comes to the holidays is that the smells are amazing. When you walk into a home and the holiday smells surround you, you’re instantly taken back to your favorite fall and winter memories. But did you know that some of those air fresheners and candles can be filled with toxins? Always choose the natural and safest options for you and your family to create that holiday atmosphere easily and naturally at home.
However, because you’re busy, don’t feel like you need to bake all day to make it happen. Instead, here are a few simple ways to cheat the process, to keep it easy, safe, and just as delicious.
For starters, make your own Simmering Potpourri. It’s quick and easy:
In a small saucepan add:
- 1 cut up or sliced orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks, broken in half (releases the fragrance better than the powder)
- 1 cup of fresh cranberries
- 1 – 2 teaspoons cloves (whole or ground)
- 1 – 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 – 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 – 2 teaspoons vanilla
Fill with water to about 1 inch below the rim (you could also use apple juice or cider). Place your pot on the stove and set it to simmer. Soon, your house will smell like the joyous season you love. And the bonus is you can enjoy it as a tea. Just sweeten as needed.
Other Natural Holiday Scent Ideas
Cinnamon: Place cinnamon sticks in little jars around the house. You can toss a couple cloves, rosemary, and even sprigs of fir to the mix for an added fragrance boost. Tie a gold or scarlet ribbon around the jar, and you’ll finish it with style.
Clove: Diffuse clove oil in an essential oil diffuser.
Coffee: Keep small dishes of coffee beans near your doors and walkways to keep a feeling of warmth and freshness.
Orange: As you use oranges in your meals, throw the peels in the garbage disposal for that citrus burst in the home. You can also add our Citrus-Infused Eucalyptus Oil to your diffuser with cloves for a balanced smell.
Setting the mood for the holidays with natural smells is easy. It’s about combining sweet with spicy and warm.
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Simmer pots are a super simple way to scent your home without the chemicals of sprays and store bought fragrances. They also make great gifts! Maybe you like burning seasonal scented candles, but haven’t tried any natural scents. Or maybe you would like to have a more natural alternative for adding scents to your home. Whatever your preference there couldn’t be anything more quick and easy than homemade aroma recipes that you can simmer on your stove with common ingredients from your kitchen.
Combine your ingredients in a mason jar-you can use whatever quantities you have on hand. I promise it will still make your home smell fantastic!
Here is a list of the type of herbs, spices and fruits you will want to look for:
- Fruit peelings: orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit or apple
- Herbs: lavender, peppermint, sage, thyme, etc.
- Extracts : vanilla, almond, orange, and lemon, etc
- Spices : cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice, etc
- Fill a saucepan ¾ full with water along with your desired combination of peelings, spices, herbs and extracts. Bring mixture to a boil. As soon as it reaches the boiling point, reduce heat to low and simmer. You can also use a small slow cooker to do this. If using a slow cooker, just set heat to high and then turn down. Replenish with more water as needed.
- You can reuse your mixture 1-2 times, depending on the ingredients you put in your mix. Just store in a glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator. The mixture will keep for a few days.
- As you cook stovetop scents you will notice that the ingredients don’t stay pretty looking. You can always refresh your mixture with some new orange or lemon slices to float on the top.
Have fun trying your own combinations of fruit peelings, herbs and spices, and use what you have on hand. You will love how nice and cozy your home smells!
Here are two recipes to choose from:
Cinnamon Apple Spice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
lemon peel orange peel
2 bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves
Sweet Orange Ginger
Orange peels or slices
1 cinnamon stick
Fresh grated or powdered Ginger
2-3 drops of almond extract
We hope you are inspired by this festive activity. Of course, we at Eurospa always think some natural healing scents are good for the home and health. That’s why we specialize in only the finest eucalyptus oil products for both home and commercial use! This holiday season, enjoy these delicious simmer pot recipes and stop grab a healing and rejuvenating stocking stuffer along the way! Tis the season!