With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many people are starting to get excited about eating that one favorite dish they really only get to eat once a year. Each Thanksgiving meal has a sort of personality—mashed potatoes are warm and generally inviting to all, while green bean casserole might be for the bolder eater. Likewise, your favorite Thanksgiving dish probably reflects on your family’s traditions and even a little bit about your own personality.
What you might not think is that the scents, appearances, and effects of some of these Thanksgiving dishes can also be described by MONQ personal diffuser blends. So, if you’re looking for a fun way to literally spice up your favorite dish this holiday season, try pairing it with its complementary essential oil blend.
Dinner Rolls – Zen
If you feel like bread is often a great temporary solution to almost all of your problems, you’re absolutely right. There’s a level of unparalleled relaxation that the scent and melt-in-your-mouth taste and texture of freshly baked dinner rolls provides. And paired with cold butter? Even better.
That’s why Zen is the perfect pairing for this Thanksgiving staple. It’s really like the butter to the bread, heightening the stress-relieving effects you may experience from dinner rolls with a relaxing blend of frankincense, sweet orange, and ylang-ylang. And just as dinner rolls are really what holds the whole meal together, Zen is staple diffuser you want to carry with you during Thanksgiving and beyond.
Cornbread – Relieve
Though not as universally popular as dinner rolls, cornbread does provide one of the same benefits: it’s bread, and bread at Thanksgiving means happiness. Also, within the mix of cornmeal, butter, and milk in cornbread there’s some extra layer of comfort that dinner rolls simply don’t compare to.
That’s why cornbread not only relaxes but relieves, making Relieve the perfect pairing for this Southern comfort food.
Cranberry Sauce – Sexy
This one’s really pretty simple—with its bold color and simultaneously sweet and tart flavor, cranberry sauce is the perfect complement to Sexy. Not only will this blend allow you to reap the benefits provided by jasmine, lime, and patchouli essential oils, but you get the benefit of color-coordinating your diffuser with your favorite side dish. What more could you ask for?
Mashed Potatoes – Happy
From the taste to the texture to the memories you most definitely associate with them, mashed potatoes are a comfort food through and through. If this Thanksgiving staple makes you feel happier, it only seems natural to heighten that feeling by pairing this meal with Happy.
Green Bean Casserole – Vibrant
Definitely one of the bolder Thanksgiving dishes, this mix of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and french fried onions is definitely not for everyone. But, if you love this side dish, you really love it. And there’s no denying that with the pop of green from the beans and the crunchy topping of the fried onions, this dish definitely stands out at the dinner table.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes – Active
Simple, but classic, in a world of dishes like sweet potato casserole and pie, roasted sweet potatoes are probably the healthiest sweet potato dish you can have at your dinner table. However, it’s still delicious and filled with flavor, leaving you feeling full, but not too full to run the Turkey Trot (or eat more food) the next day. This healthy spin on an autumn staple pairs perfectly with Active.
Turkey – Sleepy
Of course, no list of Thanksgiving staple foods would be complete without the main dish. However, Thanksgiving turkey is well known not only because it’s the staple food but because of the common belief that eating turkey makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner.
This comes from the idea that turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which forms the basis of brain chemicals that typically make people tired. However, studies have shown that the amount of tryptophan found in turkey is actually not significant enough to make people tired, and more commonly eaten foods like cheddar cheese actually have more tryptophan than turkey.1
But, for the entertainment value, Sleepy does seem like a fun pairing for a food notoriously known to induce sleep. Plus, if you’re trying to get as much sleep as possible before heading back to school or work, this blend of kava kava, lavender, and chamomile will help you achieve that, even if the turkey won’t.
Tofurkey – Healthy
If you’re opting for a vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving this year, tofurkey will likely be your go-to turkey substitute. With a blend of wheat protein and organic tofu, Tofurkey would pair well with Healthy. If you’re starting to set New Year’s resolutions and hoping to become more active after the holiday season, this healthy dish and its corresponding diffuser can help you get started.
Stuffing – Forest
No Thanksgiving celebration is complete without the stuffing, and whether you opt for a store-bought or a homemade option, this combination of vegetables, herbs, and bread cubes is a favorite dish for many. It’s also probably the most flavorful dish, featuring a blend of herbs like sage and black pepper.
This makes it a perfect pair for Forest MONQ, with the combination of black spruce, douglas fir, and sandalwood essential oils in the diffuser complementing the herbs in the stuffing. Additionally, this blend contains both ginger and peppermint which have been shown to curb appetite and stimulate digestion. You’ll be needing both of those benefits if you plan to stuff your face with stuffing this Thanksgiving.2
Clam Chowder – Ocean
Though this dish probably won’t be found at most Thanksgiving tables, it’s a great, hearty option that’s not only tasty but pays homage to some of the foods present at the very first Thanksgiving celebration. Records indicate that at the 1621 Thanksgiving feast, dishes included waterfowl, lobsters, wild salmon, and clams.3
So, if you’re getting tired of some of the more traditional Thanksgiving foods, incorporate some seafood into your meal with this creamy combination of clams, potatoes, onions, and celery. The flavor of this soup pairs perfectly with Ocean.
Apple Cider or Eggnog – Mountain
Thanksgiving marks the transition from apple cider to eggnog season, so why not feature both at your Thanksgiving meal? And whether it’s the taste of crisp apples and spicy cinnamon in apple cider or the nostalgia of cold winter nights swirled into eggnog, both of these drinks pair well with Mountain as they remind you of the quickly-approaching winter and holiday season.
Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin Spice
There’s no better pair for this popular Thanksgiving staple than Pumpkin Spice. With a blend of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this diffuser will not only complement the flavors of pumpkin pie but also provide a range of health benefits, including nostalgia therapy.
If it seems like you’ve done the exact same thing for Thanksgiving for the past decade and have eaten the same foods, pairing a complementary diffuser with your favorite Thanksgiving dish can spice things up this year. The essential oils in these personal diffusers can not only reinforce the happiness and nostalgia of the holiday season but can also provide a range of other mental and physical benefits to help get you through the rest of the year.
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