This winter, Celebrate the Trees
I am a woman who loves my firs. Noble, Douglas, Balsam.... they all bring a rich, heavenly aroma to the air that reminds me to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
As I battled a pesky cold earlier this month, I thought about how these trees and others naturally exhibit antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. I wondered if it wasn't merely coincidence that we bring them inside this time of year when colds and flu are prevalent.
Run “history of the Christmas tree” through an online search engine, however, and you'll pull up articles that reference 16th-century Germany as the origin for the holiday tradition (suddenly the lyrics of Tannenbaum spring to mind!). Protestant leader Martin Luther is credited for bringing the traditional lights to the tree in the form of candles.
Dig a little deeper into the Christmas tree's roots and you'll find reference to an ancient practice of covering one's home in evergreens to celebrate eternal life and help ward of the devil. Well, there you go! As I lay in bed while a nasty virus chews all over me — I've decided this was a devil of sorts. Quick! Time for some tree aromas!
Whether you're looking for an immunity boost for this time of year or are just looking to revel in some warming winter aromas while you get your holiday shopping lists together, here are some suggestions from my shop.
Christmas Morn candle aroma
A woodsy smell comes from fir and cedar but there is also cinnamon, nutmeg, blood orange, rose and smoke. A unique blend that will put you in the holiday spirit.
Pacific Woods Authentic Soap
Along with other ingredients, this soap features cedar, fir and birch which provide warming rustic tones perfect for the bathroom shower or kitchen hand washing.
“Forest Floor” aromatherapy spritzer
This one is great for spreading a light woodsy aroma through your home. It features cedar, black spruce, cinnamon and petitgrain. Petitgrain is derived from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree.
Wishing a happy (and healthy) holiday season.