4 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY, STRESS-FREE THANKSGIVING + A RECIPE

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I know the holidays can be stressful.  Essential oils can help keep everyone in your life this holiday season healthy and calm.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a stress-free, healthy family sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table?  Click here to learn about my favorite essential oils for calming.  Plus, you can cook with them and forget about having to buy all those expensive fresh herbs!

Here are 4 tips on how to use essential oils for a stress-free and naturally healthy Thanksgiving!

1. Green Clean Your Home

If you’re like me, you spend hours cleaning your home top to bottom before your family comes to visit.  Indoor air pollution from common household cleaning products can lead to so many health problems I won’t even list them here.  You can start your holiday off right by using natural cleaning products that are easy to make and that don’t pollute the air your family will be breathing while they visit.  You can use essential oils and things you probably already have in your house for cooking (vinegar and baking soda) to make all-natural, chemical-free cleaning products.  I promise, with a little elbow grease, these are very effective and they have naturally occurring, yet potent therapeutic properties.

Here are some tips for a bathroom cleaner, room spray, or surface cleaner: *remember to use only 100% pure essential oils or you may be unwittingly adding synthetic chemicals to your cleaning products.  

  • Use 2-3 drops Lemon essential oil undiluted on a damp cleaning cloth to wipe surfaces (ever notice how many commercial cleaning products contain “essence of lemon?”  Don’t get confused by that statement, many of them are 100% synthetic.)
  • Add 5 drops of Bergamot or wild orange essential oils to 2 cups of white vinegar to make a surface cleaner
  • Make a paste with ½ cup of baking soda; add enough water to form a paste then add 4 drops of Melaleuca (a.ka. tea tree oil) and 4 drops lemon and use to clean bathroom surfaces
  • After adding your natural dish washing detergent to your dishwasher, add a drop of Lemon essential oil into the reservoir.

 2. Decorate Simply and Create a Peaceful Ambiance

I used to stress about decorating my home and dinning table for the holidays.  Decorations can be expensive and they take time out of your busy schedule to purchase.

Here’s an idea:  pick up some of those beautiful fallen leaves and press them between the pages of a book for a few days.  Once they’ve dried you can sprinkle them across the dinning room table, or take some string and thread the leaves together to make a garland for the dining room.

Still have some dried herbs and want to flavor your cooking with essential oils instead?   Why not use them to add to your centerpieces or to decorate your holiday dishes?

Here’s a natural aromatic room spray you can make to help create a peaceful ambiance:

    • 3 Tbs Witch Hazel (alcohol-free)
    • 3 Tbs filtered water
    • 6 drops Wild Orange essential oil
    • 1 drop Cinnamon essential oil
    • 2 drops White Fir essential oil
    • 1 drop Lemon essential oil
    • 4 oz glass spray bottle

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3. Maintain Your Energy and Healthy Digestive Function

I know how it goes with the holidays.  All the preparations and cooking and talking and eating and shopping and more eating and more cooking and talking…..phew!  I’m getting drained just thinking about everything.  You’ll want to make sure to keep yourself nourished, keep your digestion moving optimally, and get plenty of rest. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  If you start to feel run down, you may want to increase your intake of vitamin B (remember, not all essential oils are created equal, the same goes for supplements.  You want to make sure you’re taking supplements that are made with whole food nutrients. Whole grains and nuts will help you maintain energy as well so be sure to eat plenty.  And remember, don’t skip breakfast!  If you’re in a rush, try this delicious Green Gingerbread Breakfast Smoothie. If your digestion is moving slowly, you may feel sluggish as a result.  Get everything moving by using a probiotic supplement twice a day and a digestive enzyme supplement with each meal.  Add Peppermint essential oil to your drinking water to aid digestion. You’ll also want to make sure to get plenty of sleep.  I know this can be difficult with everything going on.  You can use Lavender or Roman Chamomile essential oils to help you sleep better.

4.  Cook with Essential Oils

Cooking during the holidays can be a great way to bond with family.  I have many fond memories learning to cook from my extended family.  I Essential oils can give your Thanksgiving meal a lot of flavor, plus, your family will get health benefits from them too!

Here’s a great Sweet Potato Casserole recipe to try:

What You Need:

  • 4 large sweet potatoes or yams, cooked and peeled
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Juice of half of an orange
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 drops Cinnamon essential oil

Pecan Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 drops Cinnamon essential oil

Directions:

    1. Place cooked sweet potatoes, coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, nutmeg, orange juice, and Cinnamon essential oil into a large bowl. With a hand mixer, blend until everything is combined. If desired, you can add more maple syrup or essential oil.
    2. Spread into an oven-safe dish and set aside.
    3. Combine all topping ingredients until pecans are well coated. Sprinkle on top of sweet potatoes.
    4. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until pecans have slightly browned. Serve warm.

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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

 

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