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Your health: Essential oils may combat overindulgence during the holidays

Sarah McCallum
Special to the Sun

Coconut oil can be used for larger areas, like the bottoms of the feet and the belly.

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — We all know how easy it is to stray from our healthy eating habits while vacationing over the holidays. We are typically bombarded with sweets, desserts and heavy foods filled with gravy and salt.

All of these ingredients tend to lead to bloating and general malaise. Even those who are able to pass on the treats may end up having a few too many glasses of eggnog. Alcohol, sugar, salt and unhealthy fats can turn a fun weekend into one big headache.

I prepare ahead of time by packing a few of my favorite detoxifying essential oils. Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger and Spearmint essential oils may help combat the negative effects of overindulgence by decreasing indigestion and reducing tension in the head and neck.

Before embarking upon your trip to visit with family, pack a bottle or two of your go-to oils so you can easily apply when needed. Bring a small jar of coconut oil for those larger areas like the bottoms of the feet and the belly.

It's also a good idea to have some extra lotion or vegetable oil on hand so that you are able to topically apply essential oils like Ginger to children with sensitive skin. I like to apply Spearmint essential oil to my neck and wrists before entering a get together for a little extra boost in energy.

If I do decide to imbibe in some red wine, my routine includes a glass of water with one drop of Peppermint and one drop of Lemon essential oil about 20 minutes before turning in for the night. This way I am safeguarding against waking up with a hangover.

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The worst way to welcome Christmas morning is hungover and fatigued, in my opinion. These essential oils are just a few examples for helping ensure a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care in Tahoe Vista. Visit northlakemassageandskincare.com to learn more.