We often feel we have to “get through” the winter months in the uk.
Short days, damp grey weather, frequent colds and coughs and the busy festive period can take their toll on our health and vitality.
Essential oils can be used easily and effectively at home to give support and make us feel better in body, mind and spirit.
To combat low or gloomy feelings brought about by short days and miserable weather, turn to the Citrus oils.
Essential oils of:
Orange, Bergamot, Lime, Grapefruit and Lemon are zingy and refeshing and will help put a spring in your step if you are feeling low.
They have a sunny quality that help alleviate depression and lethargy resulting from S.A.D or just general
lack of daylight.
A few drops on a tissue or in the shower will help you feel refeshed and uplifted.
If you suffer from stiffness, cold extremities and feel cold and sluggish generally in cold, damp weather you will benefit from using warming, invigorating essential oils that help improve the circulation and get the blood flowing.
Essential oils from Spices such as Ginger, Cinnamon Leaf, Black Pepper, Clove Bud and Cardamon can all be used to help warm you up just as you use them in cooking.
Spices should be used with caution as they have a strong action. They can cause irritation if used in a hot bath or on sensitive skin.
A few drops of a spice oil blended with a herbal essential oil such as Rosemary, Eucalyptus or Sweet Marjoram in a bland base cream can help improve blood flow, ease stiffness and provide warmth.
When you are feeling frazzled and in need of some peace, essential oils can help to soothe you.
Lavender is famous for its soothing and comforting aroma and can be combined beautifully with Frankincense and Myrrh.
Infamous as the original Christmas gifts the resinous oils of Frankincense and Myrrh have been used in incense for centuries and can be used very succesfully in a burner/ vapouriser to help create a calm atmosphere.
We need to take particular care to strengthen our immune system in Winter. Regular use of essential oils in burners, baths, steams and chest rubs can help boost your imune system and alleviate the symptoms of colds and coughs.
Helpful essential oils include Eucalyptus, Ravintsara, Manuka (pictured), Niaouli, Tea Tree, Pine and Thyme.
Myrtle is especially good for children
Aroma-inhalers can be made with pure essential oils to help with headaches, blocked sinuses, sore throats, coughs, chest infections, ear aches etc
Bespoke remedies made to order are available from my website:www.vitalityaromatherapy.co.uk
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Blends to try:
Winter Zest: Bergamot, Orange and Lime
Winter Warmer: Rosemary, Ginger and Black Pepper
Winter Tonic: Ravintsara, Eucalyptus Radiata and Lemon
Winter Peace: Frankincense, Myrrh and Lavender