Autumn Blues? Try Essential Oils

Finding it increasingly tough to wake up in the morning or to find the energy to do all the activities you enjoyed during the summer months? With autumn creeping in, many of us are aware of the negative effects the darker mornings and rainy days have on us; a holistic way of combating this fatigue is to indulge in some essential oil practices.

Essential oils generate the stimulation of the nerve endings in the olfactory bulb, which lies at the back of the nose. This then engages a part of the brain called the limbic system, associated with instincts, emotions and memories. Add a few drops of oils to a diffuser. bath or massage oil for the following effects:

  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara) can be uplifting, balancing, calming, and refreshing when used as an inhalant or with a diffuser.
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) has a fresh, sweet, fruity scent (it’s often described as being like sunshine in a bottle!), and has an uplifting, cheerful effect. Bergamot can help with anxiety, stress, tension, agitation, depression, and insomnia.
  • Lemon (Citrus limonum) can stimulate the white blood cells that defend the body against infection. Lemon is refreshing and cooling, brings clarity to mind and emotions, restores vitality, and encourages clear thinking.
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara) has a light, sweet floral fragrance, extracted from the flowers of bitter orange. Neroli has a balancing tonic effect on the nervous system and can be relaxing and uplifting. It is great for treating anxiety, nervous tension, and depression and its ability to stimulate new cell growth makes it very valuable in skin care.
  • Jasmine’s (Jasminum grandiflorum) heady aroma is considered emotionally warming and is very useful for relieving sexual anxiety and fear. The oil is very relaxing and promotes happiness and relaxation.

So, dust off those bottles and start running a nice warm bath and let the aromas of the oils and the tranquility of the bathroom ease away any autumn blues.

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