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Herbs for the Holidays

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As seen in the Home Herbalist Magazine. 

 

Some of my favorite memories about the holidays have to do with the smells!  The cooking of the food, the smell of spruce, cinnamon, clove, peppermint and so many more.  Let’s talk about some herbs you can easily incorporate herbs into your festivities.

 

 

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) - during the holidays it seems we can become overworked and overstressed quite quickly. Lavender is a lovely herb to have around to help you relax. You can drop one or two drops of the essential oil onto a cotton ball or tissue and inhale. Please be careful not to get the undiluted essential oils on your skin. The herb can be added to a bath with some Epsom salts to unwind after a long day or be used to make delicious scones for your holiday breakfast. Traditionally lavender has been known to calm, reduce emotional overload and tension, provide inner peace, reduces anxiety and fear, help you feel calm and in control, sleep, relieve headaches, bug bites, stings and itching, reduce pain and heal the skin.