By qualified Aromatherapist - Alissa Geddes
Winter is a time for inner reflection and hibernation. Our inner life can mirror nature; plant growth slows and the soil has a chance to rest and repair ready for the warmer active months ahead. The winter blues and melancholy can also feature during this season. Essential oils with uplifting and balancing properties can gently support and lift our spirits.
Begin by choosing essential oils with the desired properties and spend some time inhaling the healing scent from the bottle. The oils that resonate with us will be the ones to use, they will smell ‘divine’ and ‘delicious’. Now we can choose how to apply the essential oils in a way that will be simple, fit into our lifestyle and will allow us some restorative down time.
Studies have shown that the effectiveness of an essential oil is increased if the person liked the aroma. During times of difficult emotions, you may choose to use your favourite essential oil to support you.
Quick fix: A few deep inhalations from the bottle of essential oil can help when you are at work, in the car or anytime you need a quick break from strong emotions.
Diffuser: Making a diffuser blend is a creative process that allows you to be active in processing unwanted or difficult emotions. As with a perfume blend inhale each essential oil you plan to use and reflect on your response to each scent. Follow the instructions of your diffuser.
Perfume: Create a personalised blend of essential oils. Add 10 drops to a roller bottle and top up with a carrier oil. Take a few deep inhalations from the bottle of your chosen essential oil and take a moment to notice how you feel, does the aroma appeal to you, does it bring any thoughts or memories to mind? Add the essential oil to the blend if you enjoy the aroma. Apply the perfume to the inside of your wrists for aromatic support throughout the day.
Bath: What could be more nurturing than lowering yourself into beautifully aromatic water? Add up to 8 drops of essential oil in a small amount of carrier oil to warm bath water. Relax and breathe in the healing scent of essential oils.
Massage: A customised body massage blend can be used for massaging yourself, find a helpful loved one or take to your professional massage therapist for them to apply to you. A 2.5% dilution in 30mls is 15 drops of essential oil. 30mls of carrier oil is usually enough for a full body massage.
Treat yourself to a balancing and nourishing aromatherapy ritual with ECO. Emotional Restore Pack including Bergamot, Geranium, Cedarwood & Frankincense essential oils.
We are now well aware of the impact of single use plastics, product packaging and fast consumption on both our health and the environment. Besides takeaway coffee cups, plastic water bottles and plastic straws, there is a multitude of household products used daily that are packaged in plastic.
To help you get started, we selected some of our favourites DIY recipes you can easily make at home using essential oils.
In the last few years, there has been an increasing awareness about the important role our digestive system plays in maintaining overall health. Hippocrates said: "All disease begins in the gut."There are a variety of things we can do to help support our digestive health, beginning with what we eat. Focusing on nutrient dense, fiber rich and probiotics foods can significantly improve digestive health. Other lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, improving sleep and staying active can help maintain healthy digestion.
Because of their anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic qualities, essential oils can be a great way to naturally prevent and treat digestive issues such as nausea, constipation and spasming.