Well we sure did get spoiled by that Christmas heat wave but winter is surely here! The unseasonable warmth was so lovely but it almost felt eerie. I saw a woman in a tank top out and about on Christmas day. With all the extra time and anticipation of the inevitable you would think we would be well prepared for the blustery white stuff but the snow tires haven’t even made it on to our cars yet!
Winter is tough. I try my very best to keep a positive mindset. I love the beauty, the stillness, the hibernation, the almost cleansing quality to a blanket of fresh snow…BUT it still gets to me sometime: The cold, the long grey days, the early nights not to mention the endless shoveling.
The dreaded WINTER BLUES. You may feel cold, fatigued, irritable, unfocused and just generally down.
One of the of the easiest and most effective ways to help combat the winter blues is aromatherapy. Aside from the cold and lack of sunlight one of the biggest contributors to the general sense of malaise in the wintertime is the stale one note air. Our sniffers are desperate for some of the variety and freshness that the other seasons offer.
One great thing about aromatherapy is that you can really take a targeted approach.
Depressed? Try a whiff of an uplifting scent. Citrus oils such as lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and lime are very effective mood boosters as well as fresh herbal and floral scents such as basil, sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, rose, or ylang ylang.
Fatigued or unfocused? Minty and freshly herbaceous scents like peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary and basil are all great for waking you up and helping promote clarity. I actually spritzed a little peppermint around the room when writing this!
Chilled to the bone? Spicy oils like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger are all helpful for creating a sensation
of warmth. You could add them to a stovetop simmer or diffuser and allow the warming scents to infuse your home. Drinking a tea or cooking with these warming spices (not the oils!) can also heat you up from within.
Many of these combine well together. Citrus oils and spicy oils blend nicely as well as minty and herbaceous scents and floral and herbaceous or floral and citrus. Really it could go any which way depending on your scent preferences.
All that you need to do to reap the benefits of Aromatherapy is to smell the oil. You could literally sniff it right out of the bottle, but you could also add it to a cotton ball, handkerchief or other carrier. Other ways to utilize the scent include: adding a few drops to a spritzer bottle to make a room spray or body spray, adding a few drops to a carrier oil such as olive, sweet almond, jojoba or any other neutrally scented oil to create a massage oil or a perfume, or adding a few drops to a warm bath.