In this busy day and age, quality time can be hard to come by, even when we're staying at home. Between juggling full-time jobs, school assignments and activities, and other obligations, simply sitting down to dinner with the whole family can feel challenging.
When you do finally find yourselves constantly together, the stress of the day can get in the way of true connection. By adding a few essential oils to your home you can make quality time a much more enjoyable experience.
Think about what scents make you feel calm, more alert, or help you de-stress after a long day. Get the family together and make a list of all of your favorite scents. Try to keep essential oils on hand that everyone enjoys. By keeping a diffuser in the main room of your home, everyone can add their favorite blend of oils whenever they pass by.
Highlighted below are the best essential oil blends that you can add to this diffuser in order to enhance quality time with your family.
Easing Stress and Anxiety
Jobs, homework, and sibling rivalry can make tensions high in the home. When you feel an argument coming on, diffuse a blend of essential oils that can help everyone relax. Lavender , ylang-ylang , chamomile, and bergamot are all excellent for reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. Diffuse a blend of your favorite relaxing oils whenever anyone in the home is feeling stressed.
You can also keep a roller bottle on hand of a blend of soothing essential oils and fractionated coconut oil for easy use on the go. Whenever you feel tension, gently rub this mixture onto the temples, the back of the neck, or the wrists.
Fighting Off Fatigue
Waking children up for school can be an arduous process. To energize everyone in the household, start diffusing a blend of citrus oils before the alarms start to go off. Blend together oils such as lime , lemon , sweet orange, and grapefruit .
You can also bring everyone together for an afternoon to make an energizing body wash or scrub. Add a blend of citrus oils to these products to use during morning showers. The fresh scent will help fight off feelings of drowsiness and help prepare everyone for the day ahead.
Cleansing the Air
The state of your home can greatly affect the way that everyone in the family interacts with each other. A stuffy atmosphere, clutter, and indistinguishable smells can bring down everyone’s mood. Dust off those shelves, organize the living room, open the windows, and diffuse a blend of essential oils to create a fresh atmosphere.
Is your child's room smelling a little … off? If laundry keeps piling up or you’ve made a particularly fragrant meal, using essential oils to cleanse the air can help everyone breathe easier. Try diffusing a blend of fresh scents such as peppermint , lemongrass , eucalyptus, and tea tree oils .
Celebrating the Seasons
There’s something really lovely about walking into your home during the holidays and smelling the scents of cinnamon and pine. The holiday season seems to be the time of the year when most candles are burnt and the familiar scents of winter—pine, cinnamon, and peppermint—permeate the air. The same warm feeling can be recreated during all seasons of the year.
In winter, diffuse essential oils such as peppermint , cinnamon leaf , clove , black pepper , frankincense , black spruce , Douglas fir, and cedarwood .
In spring, focus on floral scents such as lavender , geranium , chamomile , jasmine, and ylang-ylang .
In the summer, diffuse the fresh, uplifting scents of basil , clary sage , cypress , lemon balm, and neroli .
In the fall, focus more on the warm, spicy scents of ginger, patchouli , sandalwood , myrrh, and Peruvian balsam .
Sensory memory is extremely powerful, and olfactory memory plays the largest role in nostalgia. By creating an uplifting atmosphere for your family through the use of essential oils, you can bring everyone together and create warm memories in the process.
To really bring the family together, blend together essential oils to create your own unique fragrances. Have everyone create their own unique blend of oils based on their preferences. Everyone can have a small bottle of blended oils that they can add to their own homemade cleaning products and body care products. Experiment with salves, lotions, bath bombs, body scrubs, and more. The possibilities are endless.
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