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25 Days of Christmas: Day Thirteen

Today's diffuser blend is a favorite of mine, with it's herb-y fresh scent. As a milder alternative to other mint essential oils, Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is gentle enough to use topically or while cooking—without losing any of its freshness. Spearmint is a perennial plant that grows 11–40 inches tall and flourishes in temperate climates. It is widely used in gums, candies, and dental products for its minty taste, and to promote fresh breath. Spearmint Vitality has been used for centuries for its digestive benefits. Its sweet, refreshing aroma is cleansing and uplifting, making it ideal to evoke a sense of focus and positive mood. Spearmint is very different from Peppermint, making it a milder option to use on children and those with sensitive skin. In cooking, Spearmint Vitality is frequently used in salads, drinks, and desserts, but it can also be used in homemade salad dressings and to marinate meats. You can also use a drop of Spearmint Vitality to instantly freshen your breath!

The Peppermint (Mentha piperita) plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. A high menthol content—like that found in the Young Living Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, our Peppermint Vitality also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function when taken internally. I like to use it in one of my favorite rollers for seasonal respiratory support. It also is great to use as a natural bug repellent!

The spicy, yet herbal nature of Basil (Ocimum basilicum) makes it a versatile oil that can be used to promote focus and alertness, or to add a little extra flavor while cooking. Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to reduce anxious feelings. Basil provides great benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application to help reduce feelings of tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil Vitality is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, supports cardiovascular and nervous system health when consumed internally, and it is also cooling to the skin. The aroma of Basil helps promote a sense of focus and a stress-relieving experience. It promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused.

While it is frequently used for cooking, Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent. Rosemary is an aromatic shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Th essential oil is steam distilled from the perennial shrub's needle-like leaves that can remain evergreen in warmer climates. The botanical, which is part of the mint family, is native to Mediterranean regions and has blue or purple flowers that give it an understated beauty. The familiar woodsy, energizing scent of Rosemary essential oil—as well as its robust, herbaceous aroma—has made it popular in aromatic and personal care products. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has so many benefits. Rosemary Vitality supports healthy digestion and internal organ function. Long revered by experts, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary's herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy. Diffusing it can help to maintain concentration. Taken internally, Rosemary Vitality helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.

Christmas Mint:

2 drops Spearmint

2 drops Peppermint

1 drops Rosemary

1 drop Basil