By Alexa Santory
Getting in the Holiday Spirit
And just like that ladies and germs, another year down and it still feels like January 2018 was five months long. The holidays are simultaneously the most wonderful and most stressful time of the year. Between shopping and traveling and partying, and still having to cater to your everyday tasks, getting into the spirit of Christmas gets a little harder the older we get. Today we’re gonna be talking all about how to get your space into the Christmas spirit, the natural way of course!
Essential Oils for Holiday Cheer
When we think of holiday scents, some of the first things that come to mind are peppermint, cinnamon, vanilla, and maybe even a little cranberry. There’s no doubt that good smells can lift your mood, so why not bring a little essential oil goodness into your space for some holiday spirit? Essential oils are known for their mood lifting benefits and the right scents in your home before the holidays can really change the whole vibe. Essential oil diffusers come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s really your preference. Personally, I’d go with an oil warmer because I find that they make the scent more noticeable.
Let’s get into some of the best essential oils to use in your space this season!
Vanilla: this one kind of goes without saying, especially if you want your house to smell like fresh baked cookies. Vanilla essential oil is super relaxing and helps promote good sleep. It’s also great for reducing stress and anxiety! Perfect after a long day of holiday shopping!
Cinnamon: a scent that’s just a bit spicier to offset the super sweet scent of vanilla, cinnamon essential oil is warm and super stimulating. It’s great for fighting free radicals and viruses, and it also boosts the immune system. No one wants to be sick during the holidays!
Peppermint: easily the most invigorating, peppermint oil is super stimulating and helps you feel alert and awake. This one is a good one to use in the morning when you’re still half asleep or if you’re still a lil hungover from that holiday party last night.
Ginger: another one for those of us who want our space to smell like cookies, what says Christmas more than the scent of ginger? Ginger oil has been found to relieve anxiety and it has a high antioxidant content. Mix this with a few drops of vanilla oil if you wanna smell like you live in a gingerbread house.
Frankincense and myrrh: a twofer of biblical proportions, these two oils are the oils to use in your home if you wanna think “Christmas” as soon as you walk through the door. If you don’t know what they smell like, they’re both pretty earthy and warm, with frankincense having a fruitier scent and myrrh smelling similar to licorice. The two oils combined make for a great combination that boosts the immune system and soothes anxiety!
Putting an oil warmer or diffuser in a few rooms in your house, or even just in your bedroom, is a great way to stimulate your senses and get you into a warm mood!
Decorating your home is one of the most fun parts of the holidays and a lot of people I know get really into it, while others couldn’t care less and just put up a tree and call it a day. For those of us who are somewhere in the middle, it’s a good idea to introduce some more sustainable and natural decorations into your space. A good place to start? A poinsettia plant!
We’ve all seen ‘em, and you can’t look at them without thinking “Christmas!” These low maintenance plants last for about as long as the holiday season and add a nice, colorful bit of life to your space. We’re big advocates of keeping plants in your home and this one is the definitive holiday plant. They can be a bit pricey, but splurging a bit is a theme for the holidays, no?
DIY Ornament Wreath
If DIY is more your thing and your mom is offering you a ton of old ornaments you don’t have space on your tree for, why not upcycle them and make a wreath? It’s super inexpensive compared to ones you can get from a store, plus the DIY element will make you wanna show it off that much more! All you need is a base, some ornaments, and a hot glue gun!
ClaCali shows us how to make one with stuff from the dollar store
Popcorn and Cranberry Garland
Wrap your Christmas tree in some (delicious) garland using stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. Please note: it’s not to be eaten and is solely for decorative purposes!! Keep your baby cousins and small dogs away from the garland! I remember seeing popcorn garland on TV and in movies and wondering if people actually made it, and it turns out it’s actually a pretty popular Christmas decoration because it’s so inexpensive! The cranberries add a colorful element, plus they smell really nice!
A DIY video showing how to make popcorn garland
Become an electrical engineer and make your own!! No, I’m totally kidding, but definitely opt for LED string lights to save a bit of money on your electric bill. LED lights are way more energy efficient and don’t burn out quite as fast. 1000bulbs.com has a wide array of string lights in every color of the rainbow. If you’re looking for something a bit more cozy and vibe-y, try these from Urban Outfitters -- the copper wire adds a nice touch.
Your house already smells good from all the oils, but potpourri adds a pretty, visual element. Make your own using a bunch of Christmas-y scented ingredients!
DIY Stovetop potpourri!
Don't forget your stocking stuffers!
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