Written by qualified Aromatherapist - Alissa Geddes
As the long sunny days and joyful seasons pass some us may find that we begin to feel melancholy, unmotivated and have difficulties sleeping in our usual pattern. Although researchers are still studying the phenomena of seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D. most suggest that it is due to a decreased amount of sunshine and light that occurs during autumn and winter. Certainly, if prolonged or difficult feelings of depression occur than the first step would be to consult a primary health care practitioner. However, you may find aromatherapy can help to uplift your spirits, and pull you out of a slump. Aromatherapy can play a nurturing and supportive role to help carry us through the autumn (and winter) blues.
It can be difficult to know which essential oils are best suited to your needs, so we've compiled a list of some of our go-to oils to help you create your own winter blends.
These oils can be helpful to address a depressed state of mind:
These essential oils will help to uplift the spirits and reduce apathy:
These essential oils promote happiness and joy, perfect for the cooler months:
Using the above list as a guide, choose up to 3 essential oils that appeal to you. The essential oil blend can be used for massage, in a bath, in a diffuser or as a perfume. Most essential oils can be helpful during difficult times so experiment and create a blend that includes some of your favourite essential oils too. If problems persist, we recommend consulting with a health care professional. With the support of your community of family, friends and health care practitioners’ brighter days are ahead.
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.
The best thing about making your own body scrub (except being toxic free and all natural) is that you get to choose your favourite consistency and fragrance. You can start by making only a small amount and experimenting. Here is our favourite recipe for a beautiful detoxifying and refreshing all natural body scrub.