Essential oils to help ease the winter blahs

It’s  about this time of year that I really start to feel winter. Yes I know we live in Canada and we always have winter so it shouldn’t be a surprise.  True, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take when it gets so cold out that your nostrils freeze 30 seconds after you go out the door and you waddle down the street hoping you won’t slip on ice and break something.  There are many beautiful parts to winter like skating, skiing, building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. There is also something that comes with the not so nice part of winter called  SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it’s real. I’m sure many of you are familiar with it. I think most of us have experienced it at one point or another, they say even kids and pets get it.

For many this is the time of year when you might be feeling more tired, lethargic, unmotivated and  generally crusty. You also might find you are catching more colds and flus or that they are lingering longer. One thing I like to use to help me get through this blah time are essential oils. Depending on the oil you use they can uplift your spirits, boost your immune, clear you head and give you a bit more zip to make it through the rest of winter.They are all natural, inexpensive and pretty easy to find.

Here are some winter power oils I like:

Lemon – Lemon smells amazing, reminding us of summer sunshine and that alone can make you smile. Lemon helps to defend the body against infection because it stimulates the production of white blood cells. It can help with bronchitis and flu.

Sweet Orange – Orange is an anti -depressant. It is incredibly uplifting and also can help against colds and flu.  Orange can be used around the house as a deodorizer. It also can help calm nausea.

Ginger – Ginger keeps you warm and cozy. It is great for arthritis and rheumatism. This oil is great for travel sickness, cold, flu and fevers. It can also help with cramps and muscle spasms. *Ginger is a very strong oil so you need to make sure you mix it with a carrier so it doesn’t irritate your skin.

Thyme – This oil works with the  immune, respiratory and muscular systems. It can help with coughing, bronchitis and pneumonia. It is a stimulant that helps boost the immune system. It helps reduce feeling of fatigue and can boost the energy of people who are recovering from illness. * This is a very strong oil which should not be used during pregnancy, if you have high blood pressure or very sensitive skin

Remember pure essential oils are powerful and need to be used properly. Here are some safe ways to use your oils:

  • A few drops on a tissue and inhale as needed
  • Mix a few drops into an unscented body lotion or carrier oil like grapeseed and apply to the body
  • Add water and 10 drops of oil to a room diffuser ( the kind that has a tea light in the bottom, or the plug in kind)
  •  Add some oils to all natural unscented cleaning products and use around your house. Baking soda and vinegar are great all natural cleaning options.
  • Make a room mister with essential oils.  Mix the oils with  grain alcohol or glycerin and add filtered water. Shake well and spray.

I leave you with the thought that spring is less than 2 months away. Yay!

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