Want to beat the winter blues? Why not try out these essential oils I’ve picked to include in my January Oils guide, perfect for beating those cold, dark winter days…
January can be a hard month both physically and emotionally. Finding ways to make one of the longest months of the year more bearable is something I have been looking into for some years.
Some years the winter seems to take less toll on our bodies, and yet others seem both emotionally and physically draining. For those years and in preparation for those feelings, I have turned to essential oils to aid my journey through the cold.
If you haven’t used essential oils before, please read this article before trying any. Although these may seem harmless and everyone uses them, there are certain things you need to know before trying them.
These oils have been chosen through both research and use. I have been using essential oils since my teens. Originally it was just out of pleasure, to make my room smell nice, but then once I looked into them more deeply, I came to understand just how amazing these little bottles can be.
Over the coming year, I am going to create a series of posts for each month documenting the oils and blend I like to use each month. As the year progresses and the seasons change, so do the oils I use and how I use them.
Oils for Winter emotional wellbeing
In an article published in 2013, researchers from Xiamen University, China, commented:
“Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine) thereby further regulating mood.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23531112.
Mentioned in the study above, Bergamot is one of the main oils I diffuse when I’m feeling low. Bergamot is an uplifting and refreshing oil and has a fresh yet subtle spicy lemon smell that has a warm balsamic undertone. You may be familiar with it from its use in Earl Grey tea.
I tend to use this blended with lemon and orange oil in my diffuser but you can also use it in a bath or massage blend.
As mentioned above, Lemon is part of my daily diffuser blend to lighten the mood of our home. It is also an oil that I tend to use throughout the year too. It is great for clearing your head, whether that is down to a cold or emotional exhaustion.
I also use this oil in some of my cleaning recipes and a few drops in my hoover to freshen a room as I’m cleaning.
Geranium is one of those all-rounder oils that you need to have on hand no matter what time of the year. Yet, I tend to use it most during the winter months. It’s rosy, sweet fragrance can uplift and relax you, depending on what your body needs.
I tend to use this in a bath oil, perfect for soothing those winter blues in warm water.
Oils for Winter physical wellbeing
These following oils are perfect for those viruses and ailments we tend to catch during January.
This oil is another great all-rounder and one I use the most. It’s medicinal scent lets you know that it is going to stop those viruses, bacteria and fungi in their tracks.
I always carry around a small bottle of tea tree mixed with 9 parts of carrier oil as an emergency first aid kit. It is great for cuts, burns and stings amongst other ailments.
This oil has been used for a very long time yet it is relatively new to me. With it’s warming properties, I tend to use black spruce in an inhalation bowl with hot water to alleviate colds and coughs.
You can also massage it onto your chest when mixed in a carrier oil.
This is one many of us use all year round to fight off coughs and colds. I tend to use it most during the winter months as this is when my youngest’s chest issues tend to play up. Now we have cats in the home, I try to use other oils as you should not use Eucalyptus around cats.
When I do use it, I will again use it in steam inhalation for 5 minutes under a towel over a bowl of hot water. Be careful when using this method with children as if the bowl tips you could scold them.
What oils do you use during the winter months to keep your mood and illness at bay?