by Stephanie Chambers and Dr. Christoph Streicher

canstockphoto31130375 new years resolutionsInstead of ushering the New Year with alchohol, you may like to try this ritual:

Put  a drop or 2 of diluted Frankincense Essential Oil on your forehead. Dilite it to 3-5% in Jojoba or Hazelnut oil. Start creating a wish / resolution list for 2016. Put on another drop. Read the list to yourself (or you can do the whole ritual in a circle of friends). Finish with another drop of Frankincense.

You can do this on New Year's Eve or anytime in the early days of 2016.

Work out a plan of how you are going to achieve your goals, and include in this plan which essential oils you need to help you to fulfill them!

Here are some essential oils and essential oil blends that traditionally people have found helpful for common resolutions:

Stop eating too much / stop smoking

Quit Craving Roll-On or Quit Craving Synergy contain essential oils like Helichrysum, Pink Grapefruit, Black Pepper, Clove Bud, Spearmint, Lime and Bitter Orange that have traditionally been used to help people to cope with addictive urges while detoxifying and energizing the body to release underlying emotional imbalances. They help promote a feeling of calm, centeredness and peace.

If your aim is to eat less, you could try Moderation Of Appetite Synergy, which contains Sweet Fennel, Pink Grapefruit and Petitgrain Bigarade essential oils, which help bring more awareness to your body's genuine needs and have a deeply calming effect. 

Exercise more

According to books like “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley, you should aim to do an hour of exercise each day (ideally in the morning). Do aerobic exercise on one day (e.g. a slow jog and walking when you need a rest) and lift weights on alternate days to build strength.

You should build up slowly, but if you happen to over-do it, you can try Amrita’s Muscle Tension Roll-On Relief, which contains anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving essential oils like Birch, Eucalyptus Radiata and Lemongrass. 

Be less stressed

Practices like meditation and yoga can certainly help you feel less hassled. Essential oils can also help. You may like to try Stress Free Roll-On Relief, which contains essential oils like Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Lavender Extra, Red Mandarine and Pink Grapefruit.

Lavender is calming and can help dissolve negative thoughts and worries in an overactive mind. It helps stabilize emotions and reduces tension. Red Mandarine is mood-enhancing and tension-relieving, as well as giving the blend its sweet citrus scent. Rose Geranium helps treat depression. It is said to enhance mood, relieve anxiety and regulate female hormones, easing PMS symptoms. Ylang Ylang Extra soothes the heart and cardiovascular system, reducing blood pressure and creating a relaxed state of mind and body. It also helps make you naturally receptive to sensuality. Pink Grapefruit has playful, cheerful effects on the emotions and is said to help alleviate depression. It also helps prevent stress-based eating. Together, these essential oils create a synergy that builds on the strengths of each oil to reduce stress and tension.

So in the New Year, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, pressured and stressed on a daily basis, reach for this roll-on (or use the synergy, which contains similar essential oils). And if you don’t connect with this blend, you may like to try Anxiety Free Roll-On Relief (or Synergy). It contains Ylang Ylang Extra, Myrrh and Bergamot essential oils, which have a similar effect.

Be more spiritual

Spending time reading spiritual texts and journaling, as well as meditation and yoga practice, can help you be more spiritual. Essential oils like Frankincense, Sandalwood and Spikenard can help deepen your spiritual connection.

Onward we go to success

Whatever your resolutions for 2016, we wish you success in achieving them. If you would like to share some of your resolutions and plans for this coming year and how essential oils can help you achieve them, please comment below. Thanks for sharing!


Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.