Essential Oils for Beating the Wintertime Blues

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Feeling a little down? It happens… especially during winter time when overcast days seem to stretch on. I found this helpful article by Healing Solutions that explains how using essential oils can naturally boost your energy and resolve.

The Uplifting Power of Essential Oils

It’s pretty normal to feel a little down during the cold winter months and health professionals have found a number of different contributors to SAD including: a lack of sunlight, poor diet, and low-quality sleep. Use these energizing and uplifting essential oils to give your mood a boost this winter!

  • Citrus. The scent of citrus essential oils can really transform your mood. The invigorating fragrance is known to stimulate the mind and improve functions of the brain including mood and productivity. Citrus has a strong smell and energetic essence that’s great for use in your diffuser, as a home cleaning solution, or even in topical rubs to calm feelings of anger and anxiousness. There are so many to choose from, too, including: Clementine, Key Lime, Neroli, Blood Orange, Sweet Orange, Wild Orange, Mandarin, Petitgrain, and Tangerine. Try the Citrus Bliss Blend, too!
  • German Chamomile. Everybody can feel down from time to time. Use the power of German Chamomile to stimulate your senses and lift feelings of sadness, disappointment, and sluggishness. Just smelling the soothing and calming fragrance is enough to relax the nervous system and eliminate SAD symptoms. Add just a few drops to a warm bath or to your diffuser to gain the mood-boosting benefits. German Chamomile blends well with other feel-good oils like Citrus, Tea Tree, Jasmine, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang.
  • Hydacheim. This exotic and aromatic flower delivers a volatile oil with a sweet and spicy scent that is wonderful on its own. But it’s more than just a pleasant fragrance. Hydacheim’s active plant essences are actually known to work wonders on the human nervous system. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, you can use Hydacheim oil to calm mental and physical stressors as it has a powerful tranquilizing effect.
  • Rosemary. This herb has many common uses around the house (especially in the kitchen), but did you know that the fragrant oils it contains are known to improve mental functions, too? Health practitioners have found the essential oil of Rosemary to enhance memory, reduce mental fatigue, and improve alertness and focus. Topically, it’s also a great pain reliever for muscles and joints… even headaches! The fragrance of this stimulating oil is ideal for aromatherapy first thing in the morning. Blends well with other mood-boosting essential oils including: Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Peppermint.
  • Lavender. This oil is effectively uplifting with a floral fragrance that calms all types of stress. Because of its ability to soothe the mind and body, Lavender has been used to enhance sleep, relaxation, and mood in both children and adults. The gentle aroma eases anxiety, worry, muscle tension, and negative thoughts.

*LNS Note: If you are allergic to any of these essential oils, discontinue use. For example, if you're allergic to lavender flowers, you will most likely be allergic to the essential oil as well.

How Essential Oils Work on Your Mood

Essential oils are more than just fragrances. Because they are derived from plant material, they contain what many have called “plant essences” - the active chemical compounds inherent to the original plant that often constitute the medicinal properties of your essential oils. While medical professionals don’t yet know exactly how different essential oils are able to influence subtle energies to positively impact emotional health, their use in aromatherapy is well-known to help manage stress, reduce anxiety, and contribute to a feeling of well-being.

Aromatherapy. Apply a few drops of your favorite mood-boosting essential oils to your palm and rub your hands together. Gently inhale the aroma from your hands, and then exhale slowly. A few deep breaths should help to improve your mood in just minutes! Alternatively, you can add the oil to your diffuser for longer-lasting aromatic benefits.

*LNS Note: You can also add drops of essential oils to a light-simmering pan of water on the stove to move the relaxing smells throughout the house.

Topical. You can use essential oils for a relaxing massage by diluting them in a carrier oil, adding them to your favorite unscented lotions, or using them to make homemade salves/muscle rubs. Apply to specific pulse points including the wrist, neck, base of the spine, bottom of the feet, and the temples.

Soak. Including essential oils in a foot soak or a sea salt bath is a great way to relieve stress and melt away tensions. Use any of the above-listed oils, or blend together your favorites for a unique scent and powerful aromatic benefits.

A Note on Quality

When using essential oils for medicinal purposes, the quality of the oil becomes the most important factor. Some companies make essential oils that do not contain even the minimum amounts of active plant compounds needed to provide a therapeutic effect. They are simply perfumes.

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