As Autumn nears its end, the days are growing colder and darkness starts to come in early. The vibrant hues of Autumn foliage have begun to fade, and trees shed their leaves creating a littering of colour on the ground. Heaters and open fires are being turned on or lit, and your snuggly, warmer clothes are now at the forefront of your wardrobe just knowing that Winter is just around the corner.
Winter can be a challenging season for many people, as the cold weather and reduced daylight hours can take a toll on our mental and physical health. However, with change comes new opportunities, new routines and rituals for our days. Practising self care and mindfulness during the Winter months is essential for maintaining a sense of wellbeing and happiness.
I am one that has always loved Winter, curling up with a good book, hot tea, and lots of lush blankets and pillows adorning my chairs and couches. But the last couple of years I have struggled more as it gets colder. I miss being outside for many hours of the day, the sun on my skin and just the warmth that embodies everything. o I have started to adapt myself to the change of seasons, just to make the transition a little easier.
One of the first things I do when the weather cools, and this has become a favourite seasonal ritual, is to explore and change up the essential oils for everyday use. Moving from the brighter, sweeter oils, I introduce deeper, warming oils into my daily routine. I love to create blends with more woody aromas such as, but not limited to, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Siberian Fir.
Essential oils can be a great addition to your Winter routine, as they have many benefits that can help you during the colder months, lifting your spirit, warming your rooms with inviting, cosy aromas. However they do more for you than just setting a beautiful atmosphere in your home, they can also help combat those cold and flu germs, and boost your immune system!