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Thanksgiving’s Ancient Origins

Thanksgiving, an annual celebration of the harvest and its bounty, falls under a category of festivals that spans cultures, continents and millennia. In ancient times, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans feasted and paid tribute to their gods after the fall harvest.

Although the American concept of Thanksgiving developed in the colonies of New England, by the Pilgrims, it has its roots in English traditions dating back to the 1500’s. The Puritans and Separatists, who arrived later, also brought with them their traditions of holidays, days of fasting and days of feasting and celebration to thank God in times of plenty.

Thanksgiving seems like a holiday that's as American as apple pie, but actually we see that there are variants of this day all around the world. Their meanings, dates, and customs may vary, but they all revolve around the concept of gratitude. Thanksgiving then, is a practice of abundance. By sharing your bounty with others, your harvest is multiplied.

Essential oils are a great way to promote positive feelings and create that warm and cozy atmosphere in your home. The warm and cozy category of essential oils are mood enhancers and aphrodisiacs which promote good feelings and create an aura of attraction around you. As in today’s celebrations, social gatherings and celebrations in the ancient past were also opportunities for courtship and meeting one’s marriage partner.

Some more of my favorite Fall and Holiday Essential Oils are:

Cypress:

Stands for Transition, Transformation and Renewal. Its use was first recorded in Ancient Egypt as an incense and medicine. According to Gabriel Mojay, its purpose is to enliven   and regulate the flow of blood. Cypress has been dedicated to the astrological sign of Pluto, a sign of psychological transformation. It has the potential to unearth fears that block change.

Ylang Ylang:

Its name comes from the Phillipine “alang-ilang”, meaning flowers that flutter or hang in the breeze. Used in perfumery for centuries, it is also a potent aphrodisiac. The oil helps to reunite our emotional and sensual natures, soothes and entices and opens and centers us.

Juniper Berry:

It is the berries that are used as a medicine, spice and for essential oil. It was considered a panacea through the Middle Ages, and hot baths of the crushed berries were prescribed for infections of the respiratory tract. Like Thyme and Ginger, it is also a powerful stimulator of the body’s Yang energy. A powerful tonic, warming and stimulating, benefits chronic tiredness, cold hands and feet, lower backache and fluid retention. Juniper oil helps to break through psychological stagnation and helps purge us of worry and self-absorption that is rooted in fear of failure.

More of My Favorite Diffuser Blends:

Gratitude Holiday Blend:

  • 20 drops Sweet Orange
  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 10 drops Cypress
  • 10 drops Pine Needle
  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops Ginger
  • 5 drops Clove
  • 10 drops Cinnamon Bark

Mix all into a 10 ml. dropper cap bottle and dispense 5-8 drops into your diffuser.

Add these directly into your diffuser:

Gingerbread:

  • 3 drops Ginger
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark

Winter Snow:

  • 2 drops Juniper Berry
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 4 drops Pine Needle or Fir

All of these recipes can be adapted to taste for Room & Pillow spray and Household cleaner.

Room and Pillow Spray:

1/4 cup of Witch Hazel to 8 oz. distilled or filtered water, and 40-50 drops of your oils of choice.

Household Cleaner: 

¼ cup of white vinegar to 8-10 oz. of distilled or filtered water and 20-30 drops of oils of your choice, to taste since some oils are stronger than others but these are approximate proportions.

Some benefits and properties of these essential oil blends are for immune support, energizing, uplifting, de-congesting and cleansing. It also helps bring balance to the body and the sweet, warm and spicy smells help to release anger. When diffusing, you can take advantage of its aromatic properties, say a positive affirmation, a special prayer, or give thanks, and use them at the start of each season to set your intentions for that season.

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Essentially Yours,

Paula Naples

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