Try scented therapy
When it all feels a bit much, indulge in an aromatherapy ritual that works wonders for festive brain overload. Surprisingly, it’s a hair treatment. ‘It nourishes dry, cold-weather hair, but also calms the mind, encouraging a good night’s sleep,’ enthuses aromatherapy expert Ines Willis.
Melt 40g coconut oil in a bowl (bain-marie-style), add 10ml avocado oil (brilliant for treating a dry scalp).
Add the following essential oils*: 2 drops vetiver (grounding and calming), 2 drops cedarwood atlas (restorative) and 4 drops mandarin (good if you overthink or worry).
Stir together and leave to set. Apply generously on to hands, then massage into the scalp with your fingertips. Wrap a scarf or cloth over your hair and leave overnight, breathing in the soothing fragrance. THE RESULT? Amazing zzzs, tension eased and fabulous party hair! Ines Willis practises aromatherapy massage in south-west London (exanimo-aromatherapy.com). Visit nealsyardremedies.com to find essential and base oils.