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Why do we get ill at Christmas time?

Why do we always seem to fall ill at Christmas time? 

For many, the festive season can be a time of sniffles, coughs, and the dreaded winter blues. It seems that getting sick during Christmas has become a common tradition for some. In this blog, I explore why we often find ourselves under the weather during the holidays and discover natural ways to boost our immune systems.

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Understanding Christmas time sickness:

Several factors contribute to the increased vulnerability to illnesses during the Christmas season:

  • Cold Weather: Winter brings colder temperatures, and exposure to cold air can weaken our immune defenses, making us more susceptible to viruses.

  • Stress and Fatigue: The hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, combined with increased social obligations, can lead to heightened stress levels and fatigue, both of which compromise the immune system.

  • Indoor Crowds: Gathering indoors for holiday parties and events can facilitate the spread of germs, increasing the likelihood of catching a cold or the flu.

  • Unhealthy Habits: During the holidays, people often indulge in less-than-healthy food and drink choices, which can impact the body's ability to fight off infections.

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy:

  • Boost Your Immune System: Prioritise a nutrient-rich diet, stay hydrated, and ensure adequate sleep to fortify your immune system against seasonal threats.

  • Manage Stress: Incorporate stress-reducing activities like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga to keep your mind and body in balance.

  • Stay Active: Regular exercise helps maintain a strong immune system and supports overall well-being.

  • Essential Oils for Wellness: Essential Oils offer a natural and aromatic approach to health. Essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender are known for their immune-boosting and antibacterial properties. Diffusing these oils in your home can create a fragrant and therapeutic environment.

What essential oils are good to boost your immune system?

  • Eucalyptus Oil: Known for its respiratory benefits, eucalyptus oil can help ease congestion and support clear breathing.

  • Essential Oil Care SetTea Tree Oil: With its powerful antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil is effective in fighting off bacteria and viruses.

  • Lavender Oil: Renowned for its calming effects, lavender oil promotes relaxation and a restful sleep, crucial for a healthy immune system.


While the holiday season can be challenging on our immune systems, there are natural ways to stay healthy and enjoy the festivities. By incorporating essential oils into your wellness routine, you can enhance your body's defenses and create a fragrant and uplifting atmosphere in your home. Here's to a happy, healthy, and naturally festive season!

As always, please do let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help.

Talk soon,

B x

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