Frankincense and Myrrh — we associate these essential oils with the holiday season because of their significance as gifts to the baby Jesus. Clove, Cinnamon, Nutmeg season our apple cider and egg nog.
These and many other essential oils have wondrous emotional and physical benefits. Over a period of six weeks, we’ll explore the magical effects of essential oils as we venture into a deeper connection with the true spirit of the season.
Week 1: Gratitude
Gratitude is the hallmark of the winter holidays. We’ll note our blessings during this first week of our journey together. We’ll also get to know one another by discussing various questions pertinent to our topic in a special Facebook group dedicated to this program. Ylang Ylang, Orange, Helichrysum.
Week 2: Goals
This week we’ll establish our goals for the coming weeks. These goals will revolve around four key areas: nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and giving. We’ll share these goals with one another and continue posting our progress, our struggles, our triumphs to the group. Vetiver, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Ginger, Fennel, Lemon, Peppermint.
Don’t be hard on yourself! Our goal is to simply add in healthy, whole foods each week. Enjoy your holiday traditions, and don’t eat beyond what feels good to you.
Resolve to exercise every day (with one day of rest). You will feel better through the holidays. Exercise is good for depression, weight maintenance, and your general health.
Take time to be grateful each day. By focusing on gratitude, we see our lives from a different perspective. Instead of seeing what is going wrong, we see the more important picture of what is right in our lives.
You don’t have to brag about your giving, but if someone gives and it turns out to be really special, share it with us. You may also want to include it as a part of your goal. In prior years, my goal was to give without cost; it does not have to be an expensive gift, just thoughtful and meaningful
Week 3: Giving
Giving without thought for self and reward is powerfully loving and kind. Monetary value is often meaningless in true generosity. A warm smile, a quiet thank you, a helping hand — these are often the most cherished gifts of all. Cardamom; Geranium.
Week 4: Introspection
The holidays can be overwhelming physically and emotionally. There’s so much to do, so much to eat, so much bustle. It’s easy to get caught up in the maelstrom to the detriment of one’s health and one’s self. We’ll focus a bit on introspection to counter these outside forces. Frankincense, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Vetiver, Roman Chamomile, Clove, Sandalwood, Helichrysum.
Week 5: Self-Love
Charity begins at home is an old truism. It’s worth noting that ‘charity’ used to have the meaning of ‘love’. Until we can love ourselves unconditionally, we can’t truly love others. We’ll take time for ourselves to care for our own needs and to value our own worth. Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Geranium, Frankincense.
Week 6: A New Beginning
Week 6 is the week of the New Year. What do we want the New Year to be? And how do we want to be in the New Year? Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time-honored and useful tradition. (Hawaiian) Sandalwood, Thyme, Lemongrass, Wintergreen, Rosemary.
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The program starts on Monday, November 24, 2014. The program is entirely online, so you don’t need to worry about time and place. We’ll have a private Facebook group where people can share.
Cost of Participation
Well, it’s the season of giving, after all, so the cost of participation is $20, all of which will be contributed to the Healing Hands Foundation.
In addition, you may want to buy some or all of the oils I’ll be describing along the way. The oils are identified with various emotional states that are relevant to each week’s topic. If you’re interested in any of the oils, contact me so we can determine the most economical way for you to purchase them.
I hope to see you in our Facebook group. We’ll approach the winter season with warm hearts and helping hands within a community of supportive people.