Frigid winter temperatures are now upon us in so many areas across the United States and northern regions of the world. Some winter days are breathtakingly beautiful with bright, sunny skies gleaming down on blankets of soft, white snow. But not all winter days are filled with clear skies and sunshine. Some winter days can look downright bleak, especially with the hours of daylight being far fewer than in the summertime.
Unlike synthetic aromatics that merely smell pleasant, many essential oils and other pure, natural aromatics are anti-bacterial, anti-viral and can be beneficial in an array of other ways. The use of pure essential oils and products made with them can potentially help warm the spirits and help keep you physically and emotionally strong. Everyone is different, so I don't want to imply and cannot guarantee that the use of essential oils will keep you free of illness and the winter blahs, but I have personally found them to be of great assistance.
Diffusion is often the easiest and most customizable way to personalize your aromatherapy experience. Skin care and massage products made with natural essential oils can also be incredibly helpful. I tend to diffuse essential oils at all times of the year, but the oils that I diffuse can vary depending on the temperature, my particular needs and mood. The aromatherapy personal care products that I make for myself or purchase from AromaWeb's valued advertisers are often selected for both their skin nourishing properties and their ability to enhance mood and help ward off bacteria and viruses.
Here are a few ways that aromatherapy can play a special part in warming up your winter and potentially helping to keep you free of illness or reduce their duration:
Enhancing Your Mood:
Diffusing essential oils, most particularly those that are uplifting and energizing can help combat the "winter blues" and make days in which you're stuck indoors much more pleasant. During the daytime, I lean towards using blends that emphasize citrus notes as they are so cheerful, fresh and uplifting. AromaWeb's article entitled Aromatherapy Tips for Combating the Winter Blues and Holiday Blues provides tips and oil suggestions for helping uplift your mood at this chilly time of year.
Warming the Spirits
To especially warm my spirits, I like to include a drop or two of warming/spicy essential oils like ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg in my diffuser blends. The spicy oils are especially potent in strength. Be conservative in the amount that you use. For a list and links to spice oil profiles, blending ideas and recipes that include warming ginger, zesty cinnamon and other spicy oils, read AromaWeb's Essential Oils for Winter and the Holidays article.
Fighting Cold and Flu Bugs
Many essential oils are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral. The regular but safe use of essential oils has kept my immune system healthy and has helped to ward off the bacteria, viruses and microbes that can lead to illnesses. I still get sick from time to time, but my colds/flus are far fewer and last for a shorter duration than before I implemented the use of essential oils into my lifestyle. For more information, read Reducing the Risk of Contracting Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy on AromaWeb.
Eliminating Stuffy Odors
With windows shut tight during the winter months, diffusing essential oils can help keep your home from smelling stuffy or stale. Citrus essential oils are especially helpful in clearing out old odors. Lemon is a particularly good choice and it is also helpful in ridding a room of smoky odors.
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