Written for Woodlot by Dr. Deanna Weiss, ND
It’s that time of year again when many of us feel excited yet overwhelmed with celebrations and commitments. Besides taking care of your basic needs (getting enough sleep, eating well, not overbooking your schedule) I wanted to share a few other ways to support yourself during the holidays.
Listed below is my favourite collection of plants to help calm your body and mind this holiday season:
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
This soothing herb is calming when prepared as a loose-leaf tea, or refreshing when added as an oil to a dark chocolate treat.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
The calming scent of lavender encourages us to take a deep breath this holiday season. Sprinkle a few flowers on a baked treat (such as shortbread cookies), add the essential oil to a diffuser, or tie a sprig of lavender onto gifts for your nature-loving friends.
Orange (Citrus sp.)
Fresh oranges paired with cinnamon and cloves is a holiday staple for many. Use the essential oil as an uplifting aromatherapy, or simply add orange slices to holiday beverages like mulled wine or hot cider.
Oat (Avena sativa)
Eating cooked oats the morning before a day of festivities grounds and supports your nervous system. Bake oats into a granola or crisp, and combine with fruit for a nutritious and delicious dessert option.
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Before your guests arrive, light bundles of sage to cleanse the rooms of your home. This season you may also want to try cooking with crushed sage leaves: add sage to your favourite savoury dishes, such as cranberry stuffing or roasted potatoes.