Essential Oils to Beat the Winter Blues
When winter approaches, many of us start to notice a lack of energy during this time of the year. Gray skies, shorter days, reduced activity and the falling temperatures can contribute to what many of us experience at one time or another: the infamous “Winter Blues.” If you find your spirits in need of a lift, essential oils are favoured by many to do just that. Here are some of the top oils to relieve these symptoms and help give you a much needed energy boost. Simply add several drops to your bath water or oil burner.
Orange: When we think of “orange,” we automatically think of sun and Vitamin C. This is a perfect oil to add a little drop of summer sunshine into your bath or oil burner.
Grapefruit: Also invigorating, this oil is perfect for those days you are feeling tired and unmotivated.
Ylang Ylang: Use this oil in moderation, but its intense sweet and floral aroma is relaxing and soothing. This is a wonderful oil to assist with depression and insomnia.
Ginger: With a warm, spicy and woody scent, this is an excellent essential oil for when colds, coughs and aches and pains associated with the flu occur.
Cypress: Another woody and refreshing aroma, this oil is touted for its ability for soothing anger and irritability.
Bergamot: This refreshing and fruity citrus oil is known for its calming and uplifting qualities, as well as providing subtle relief from colds and sore throats.
Clary Sage: A strong, musky scent, this herbal essence is reported to assist with sleep, headaches and migraines.
Jasmine: One of the more popular essential oils, this rich floral scent helps with stress, restores energy and calms the senses after a long day.
For a relaxing bath to beat the “Winter Blues,” try this combination of essential oils:
- 4 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 4 drops Orange essential oil
- 2 drops Ylang-ylang essential oil.
Add to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes inhaling the aromas. Keep bath water away from eyes as it may sting.