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Are you feeling gloomy just like the weather outside? Then you are experiencing winter blues.
During these cold winter months, you may find yourself feeling more lethargic and demotivated. This is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression and the lack of sunlight that comes with the winter months. There are several ways that can help you fight the ugly winter blues. One of these is essential oils. These oils are natural, therapeutic oils that can help battle seasonal depression by revitalizing your mood.
Not all oils are the same and not all provide the same effects. So, here are 6 essential oils that will treat SAD and leave you feeling happy during winters. Add it to diffusers or inhale them directly to get the best possible effects.
1. Lavender Oil
If you feel stressed and exhausted, a lavender essential oil is ideal for you. This oil has a fresh, sweet and slightly camphorous aroma. One of the most versatile oils, lavender calms your nerves, decreases mood swings, insomnia, and aches and pains. This oil has been used for centuries as a powerful sleeping aid. Before bed, put a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow to help induce better sleep. You can also add a few drops of this essential oil onto a cloth and smell it.
2. Frankincense Oil
Frankincense essential oil has a range of benefits when it comes to relieving symptoms of SAD. This oil has a sweet and woody scent with notes of lemon. It is known to promote the system of self-healing power of our body. It helps awaken the mind and reduces the feelings of stress and anxiety. Frankincense essential oil can be applied to the feet or the back of the neck to calm the body and mind. If you suffer from breathing issues like asthma which gets worse during winters, this oil can be your best friend.
3. Peppermint Oil
Another oil that can help eliminate winter blues is peppermint oil. It helps eliminate tiredness and anxiety. It has an incredibly revitalizing aroma that can relax your body and mind to stay in bed. Sprinkle a few drops in the hands, rub them together to release the scent and breathe slowly. This essential oil is best used in a diffuser for maximum effect. Peppermint oil also helps decrease food cravings, best for controlling the desire to stock up on carbs.
4. Basil Essential Oil
Basil essential oil has a warm, sweet, freshly floral smell. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage, calm the nervous system, and reduce inflammation. Basil also helps reduce fatigue and uplifts your mood. It also clears the mind and improves circulation, for improved concentration which lacks during the chilly winter. For best results use it through a diffuser where it is typically mixed with peppermint oil.
5. Rose Essential Oil
Rose is the ‘queen of all essential oils’. This has a unique floral, slightly spicy, honey-like odor. If you are feeling lonely, this oil can produce peace and balance between your body and mind. Rose oil can be added to a diffuser or applied on the onto the back of the neck or the temples. You can also put some drops in your bath, or soak a few cotton balls in it and carry them in your bag. This will help you reduce anxiety levels and act as an ani-depressant.
6. Lemon Essential Oil
Last but not least, lemon essential oil has a refreshing and citrusy scent. This helps in defending the body against infection, it has been shown to boost both dopamine (feel-good hormones) which is responsible for regulating mood swings. Pour it into a diffuser or dab some drops onto your wrists to brighten your day immediately.
Winter doesn’t need to take a toll on your mental health. Now, we know that there is a clear connection between aroma and emotion. We hope that these natural essential oils help you overcome the winter blues. Share this article with the people you love. Also, don’t forget to mention your favorite essential oil.