4 Reasons to Use Essential Oils This Christmas

Holiday Essential OilsWith Christmas already here next week, you’re likely already in the spirit of the season. Aromas from boughs of evergreens and holiday baking fill your home and put you in a festive mood.

But you may also be experiencing the stress of the season, especially if you’re traveling or hosting the family get-together. Before you give into your bah-humbugs, take a minute to discover how essential oils can help you make your holidays a bit brighter.

  1. Essential oils reduce stress

They can also help you relax, release frustration, and soothe your anxiety. Here are the top oils for stress reduction and relaxation:

  • bergamot
  • chamomile
  • lavender
  • rose
  • sandalwood
  • ylang
  1. Essential oils give your energy and mood a boost

The holidays take a lot out of us. These essential oils can help you stay energized as you prep for Christmas travel and company:

  • balsam
  • geranium
  • lemon
  • orange
  1. Essential oils help keep your emotions in check

Christmastime can conjure up all sorts of emotions, leaving us feeling adrift. Here are the top three essential oils for feeling grounded:

  1. Essential oils can ease indigestion

It’s true! These essential oils can help with the gas, bloating, and stomach upset that accompanies eating too many Christmas treats:

The scents of many of these essential oils complement the season. Balsam, citrus, cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint are festive and benefit your overall wellbeing. Add these oils to a body oil for a wearable scent, diffuse them to add scent to a room, or put a drop or two on the inside of your toilet paper rolls to freshen up the bathroom.

However you choose to use them, essential oils can help you relax and enjoy the holiday season. For great deals these and other essential oils, including free shipping on orders over $50, shop GetGreenwithGene.com or contact me!

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance

Get Your Employees Ready for Cold and Flu Season

Prevent cold and flu at the office.With the first major snowfall come and gone, winter’s finally arrived in the Twin Cities. The cold and flu season is also in full swing. Colds and the flu will get passed around the workplace, leading to lost productivity. According to a CVS Health survey, the majority of employees will go to work despite having a cold or the flu. Most don’t want to use up valuable PTO, but others also reported they feared lost wages or the wrath of a mad boss who expects them to be at work no matter what.

But requiring sick employees to report to work is a lose-lose situation. The employee loses out on the time he or she needs to get back to 100%, and the employer loses productivity, profitability, and even puts other employees’ health at risk.

Fortunately, you can avoid lost productivity and profitability with an ounce or two of education and prevention.

Stop the cold and flu with education

To avoid a cold or flu epidemic at the office, educate your employees on why it’s important to stay home when they’re ill. Explicitly state you do NOT want them to come in with a fever or other flu and cold symptoms. Explain your sick leave policies thoroughly so people understand when and if to use their time.

Hold a flu prevention workshop at the office. Explain the symptoms of cold and flu, home care, and when to call the doctor. Train employees on the importance of wiping down desk surfaces regularly, washing hands frequently, and avoiding sharing pens, computers, and food.

Prevention starts at the workplace

Provide your employees with the tools they need to prevent the spread of germs. Keep your bathrooms well-stocked with soap and paper towels and provide hand sanitizer for employees to use throughout the office. Ask a health care clinic to come to your workplace and offer flu shots to your employees. Ask employees to sign up for time slots and make sure they keep the appointment.

Finally, create a policy that encourages employees to work from home when they’re feeling under the weather. Many tasks can be performed at home online or over the phone. Working from home is a good option for employees who are ill but feel well enough to get a little work done.

Don’t let your workplace be ground zero for the cold and flu season. Educate your employees on how these illnesses spread and help them prevent the spread of germs at the office. For more cold and flu tips, contact me!

Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance