counting your blessings, sharing your bountiful harvest and for celebrating your abundance. In the United States we call this day Thanksgiving. It is a tradition of gathering with family, setting a festive din- ner table laden with turkey, pumpkin pie and all the delightful trimmings associated with a bountiful harvest.

C Most frequently held after the end of

the harvest season, thanks giving ceremo- nies have ritually been celebrated at vari- ous times throughout human history. Giving thanks is a tradition that has evolved over time, many of its root’s pre- date written history. Throughout its heri- tage, a day of giving thanks has aspects of harvest and celebration. It is also a time of remembrance for what has been and what is to come. Giving thanks is the celebration of abundance. It is a day for sharing one’s bounty with others in joy and gratitude. With the wonderful food, joyous cel-

ebrations and gathering of family you might say that the holiday is a celebration of the senses. Warm fires, delicious food, and delightful smells reach deeply into our memories stirring the images of past mo- ments in mysterious and wondrous ways. Thanksgiving always reminds me of

arving out time to give thanks is celebrated in many cultures around the world. It is a day set aside for

Essential Oils

Thankful for

Growing up, I remember the aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie, holiday cookies, cranberry sauce, mulled cider, and closer still to Thanksgiving, the scent of balsam fir and the excitement of Christ- mas to come.

I think we all have special memories for the scents of fall and the holiday season to come. Just one whiff and we’re taken back to those moments, fondly reliving them year after year. One of my favorite ways to relive and celebrate is by recreat- ing them with essential oils. Not only am I able to enjoy the memories of family and pumpkin spice, I can also reap the benefits of essential oils just by breathing them in. They can help kill airborne bacteria and viruses and thereby lessen the chanc- es of catching a cold or flu, they can de- odorize the home (which is especially useful when expecting guests), and they can promote a sense of joy.

wonderful aromas and the people and places I have shared them with. The days become colder, fires crackle in the hearth, and everyone is sharing, caring, and all around having a festive time with one another. In the sprit of the best holiday of the year, I thought I might share some of my favorite essential oils and a few blends to help you get in the holiday spirit.

So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorites! Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Scent: Sweet, warm, spicy. Action: Aphrodisiac, stimulating, warm- ing.

Cautions: Drug interaction, may inhibit blood clotting, skin sensitization (moder-

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