Now that the holidays are over, we’re left with the harsh reality of another three or four months of cold, dark winter. January can be a tough month for many people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as the days are short, the weather is cold, and there aren’t any holidays to look forward to. But even the most cheerful people can experience winter blues. There are many ways to overcome these sad sensations, such as taking vitamin D3 supplements, spending time in the sun, and engaging in physical exercise. But if you’re one of those unfortunate people who need a little bit more help getting through the bleakest months of the year, aromatherapy has been proven to work.
Our Favourite Essential Oils for Improving Your Mood
Not all essential oils are created equal. And even though you may enjoy the smell of certain scents, the oils may not provide the effects you’re looking for. There are a number of essential oils that have been proven to improve your mood, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and lower stress; all factors in one’s overall wellbeing. To build an arsenal of essential oils this winter, be sure to include the following:
- Lavender oil
- Citrus oils (bergamot, lemongrass, sweet orange, grapefruit)
Just a few drops of your favourite oils are enough to improve your cognitive function, boost your energy, and make you feel content. Many of these essential provide more than one benefit, so there’s no wrong combination per se. If you aren’t sure what oil combinations work best, ask an aromatherapy expert or look Online for popular recipes.
Different Ways to Get Your Aromatherapy Fix
Before using aromatherapy in your home, it’s important to understand just how powerful these oils are. Never apply pure oil to your skin unless you have tested it before. Do not ingest pure oil by itself as it can give you an upset stomach. And definitely keep them out of reach of children.
There are many ways to experience the positive effects of essential oils in a safe manner, most obviously through aromatherapy. If you have an essential oil diffuser, place a few drops in the water to let the vapours circulate through the room. If you do not have a diffuser, you can add a few drops to your bathwater or into a bowl of steaming hot water. For a more restful night sleep, combine water, a bit of rubbing alcohol, and essential oils (try a blend of lavender and cedarwood) into a spray bottle, and spray onto your pillow at night before bedtime.
Add rosemary, tea tree, lemongrass, or pine oil to your floor steamer to give your floors an extra shine and to leave your room smelling fresh. You may not realize it, but every time you breathe in these powerful essential oils, your entire body—like your nervous, immune, and respiratory systems—are responding.
The Best Way to Benefit from Aromatherapy
Of course, incorporating essential oils into massage therapy is guaranteed to help you feel their positive effects. As our massage therapists apply essential oil blends into your skin, their hands work the oils into your pores, which allows you to absorb the oils faster, leaving you feeling relaxed and content.
If you’re suffering from the winter blues this January, a relaxing massage may be what your body is craving. A soothing blend of stress-relieving massage techniques mixed with essential oils will help you see the sunnier side of winter and get you through the coldest days of the year. Book your appointment Online today.