17 Nov Ensure Winter Wellbeing with Essential Oils
Winters are a great time for snuggling up, sleeping in, and getting warm and cozy in all ways possible. While the joy of Christmas season does brighten up the gloomy weather, this is also the season when we may fall prey to colds and coughs, feel unwell with blocked noses, and suffer aching joints and cold feet.
Something that can truly lift your spirits, bring cheer, and add very real value to your body and mind is essential oils. Indulging in some aromatherapy can be one of the best things you can do for yourself this winter season.
Warming essential oils to the rescue
Cold hands and feet or aching joints are often a result of poor circulation. In fact, those aches and pains can get worse or more frequent because of the weather. You can harness the warming potential of spice-based essential oils such as cardamom, black pepper, ginger, clove bud, marjoram, and rosemary to help boost these areas. Add 2 drops of any 2 or 3 of the above-mentioned essential oils to around 10ml of a carrier oil of your choice, and rub vigorously on your feet, hands, and joints. This will give a nice boost to these areas and bring a nice warm feeling through your body.
Spoil yourself in the bath
Picture this. Soothing music in the background; Candlelight flickering near the bath tub; your aromatherapy bath ready for you to soak yourself in and dissolve all your worries. You could create this scenario and enjoy some at home luxury this winter.
Before your bath why not try some dry body brushing, use a loofah or a dry brush with natural bristles to get your circulation going and to enhance the flow of lymphatic fluid. Brush in quick upward movements to help clear toxins from your body.
Then, once you have run the bath, add essential oils of your choice blended into a little unfragranced bath oil. Lavender, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang: whatever suits your fancy. (We recommend adding the oils right before you enter the bath to prevent them from evaporating too quickly.) Then sit back and relax, perhaps read a book or enjoy a nice cup of your favorite herbal tea whilst you unwind.
Treat your legs and feet to a pampering soak
All that Christmas shopping and lugging around those gifts and goodies can really take a toll on your legs and feet. Give them some well-deserved TLC by soaking them in an equal blend of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Bergamot blended into a little base oil. If your feet are more tired than usual, try a blend of Sweet Marjoram, Black Pepper and Rosemary to melt away those stubborn aches.
Ease heavy head and winter chills
Congestion or blocked sinuses can be a real kill joy. Don’t let them dampen your mood this winter. You can use essential oils in a variety of ways to help with the sniffles or a runny nose.
You can diffuse essential oils in a traditional diffuser or in an ultrasonic one. Alternatively, you can also create an old fashioned steam inhalation, simply add the oils of your choice to a bowl of just boiled water, place a towel over the bowl and inhale the vapors from underneath. Essential oils that can be extremely helpful for winter chills include Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Cypress.
In case you are in a hurry, you can also massage a few drops mixed with some carrier oil on your temples, behind the ears, and on the nape of the neck for them to work their magic.
Keep your skin soft and supple
The winter air can be harsh on the skin and hair, making them dry and rough. The protective and restorative nature of essential oils along with suitable carrier oils ensure your skin and scalp remain hydrated and nourished. In fact, you can even choose to use carrier oils on their own to keep your body moisturized too. Our top picks for this include Jojoba, Evening Primrose, and Sweet Almond oil alongside restorative essential oils such as Rose, Chamomile, and Jasmine.