Are you suffering from the winter blues? I think I am! When I was taking the photo in my last post I got excited about the prospect of spring coming. Premature I know, but I’m really aching to feel the sunlight on my face and to see the colour of new blooms against the greyness.
We’ve recently had a couple of days of beautiful spring weather. Blue skies and warm sunshine. Perfect for getting out of bed and doing something interesting. Today is a different story though and I would much rather stay cocooned in my duvet than venture out into the grey stillness of winter.
For a long time I didn’t realise that I was affected by the weather and gave myself a hard time when experiencing a change in mood and a lack of energy. I’m finally starting to recognise these patterns though, and while I like to get out and make the most of the nice weather, I’m also finding ways to cope with the dreary days. Getting a fire going, baking bread and scones, reading and researching, and even getting out there for a hard run then coming back to a steaming hot bath.
I also use my store of essential oils to transport myself to a sunnier place and find that they have a subtle but noticeable effect on my mood. If you’d like to use essential oils in a bath* or burner** then why not try some of my favourite blues-busting combinations:
- Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara) and Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) take us to the orange groves of Mallorca or Andalusia and are both well-known for their uplifting properties.
- Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera) and Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) transport us to the hotter climes of Morocco and lazy travels through sun-bleached landscapes.
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris ct linalol), Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) make us feel like we’re in the hills of Tuscany, breathing in the fresh scent of summer.
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides), Ginger (zingiber officinalis) and Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) with their heady aromas take us on a discovery tour to the spice plantations of southern India and Indonesia.
- Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Lavandin (Lavandula burnati) and Bergamot (Citrus aurantium bergamia) take us trekking along pine-clad beaches and through the lavender fields of Tasmania.
If you like the sound of these combinations why not try them out for yourself?
*For an essential oil bath add 4-6 drops of essential oil to 10ml of liquid castile soap or fragrance free shampoo and add to your bath
**For use in a burner add 2-4 drops of essential oil to a small amount of water (or follow instructions on the burner)
What do you do to bust the winter blues? Hit reply to leave me a comment and let me know.