I am so very thankful for the holiday season. Our family managed to bake cookies, decorate the tree and visit with friends all without the cold and flu symptoms typical of wintertime. I owe much of our good health to essential oils. We have been diffusing a few drops every morning and bathing with the oils in the evening. While we appreciate the oils and their ability to ward off germs we are also enjoying the nostalgic aromas that waft through the air. The conifer oils offer so many luscious scents that pair so very well with hot apple cider and warm fires. One of our favorites to use during this time of the year comes from the Spruce tree. The pine needles of this lovely tree are steam distilled in order to create the essential oil known as Spruce. It has a fresh and fruity smell that not only helps rid the air of microbes but also aids in relaxation. Try to diffuse 2 drops each of Spruce, Cedar wood and Clary Sage before bedtime for a blissful night’s sleep. Spruce essential oil contains antiseptic, tonic, diuretic, astringent and expectorant properties. If anyone in your family is dealing with respiratory ailments just apply a few drops of Spruce essential oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and rub on the chest and feet for immediate relief. You could also add 5 drops of Spruce essential oil to a spray bottle full of water and spray on the bedding of a sick one before a nap. This is a fabulous essential oil to use during massage therapy as it not only decreases muscular aches and pains but also reduces arthritic symptoms in the body. Often times the cooler months bring on issues like sciatica and lumbago both of which respond well to the application of Spruce essential oil. This essential oil has even been known to decrease bone pain so it would be wise to carry a bottle with on the hill if you’re participating in snow sports. Please allow us to treat you to a Spruce infused foot soak this winter season with a few drops of a blend that we carry called Balance. You will leave feeling grounded, relaxed and pain free!
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By: Kristen and Bethany