Aromatherapy Recipes and Relaxation Tips
The cold winter weather sometimes gives us aches and anxiety. But no need to worry! We prepared some winter aromatherapy recipes and relaxation tips. These will provide you with your desired comfort and relaxation for the rest of the day.
Aromatherapy for Winter Blues
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects around 5 percent of the US population, but we can all feel a bit flat at this time of the year. Fewer hours of daylight, less sunshine, and having to deal with cold weather all contribute to a general feeling of lethargy, and once the holidays are over, it can feel as if the sunny skies of spring are a long way away.
Aromatherapy is an effective way to lift your spirits naturally; try these aromatic tips to boost your mood on chilly, miserable winter days.
Winter Aromatherapy Blends
Some essential oils naturally work well at this time of year. A couple of our favorites are:
- 3 drops Orange
- 2 drops Grapefruit
- 3 drops Bergamot
- One drop Neroli
- One drop Jasmine
For a winter-busting massage oil blend, multiply the number of drops by two so that you have ten drops of essential oil and add them to a dark bottle. Mix the drops with one fl. ounce carrier oil and shake well.
You can also use them in a diffuser; multiply the number of drops above by four so that there are 20 drops in total, add to a dark-colored glass bottle and mix well. Add the pure essential oil drops to a diffuser and enjoy.
Ten Minute Relaxation Tips
We know you’re busy. There’s always so much to do, and you can feel stressed, overworked, and strung out. But who has the time to relax? You do. Just take ten minutes and try one of the tips below. We promise it will make all the difference.
- Sometimes a bit of attention to your breathing is all you need. Breathe deeply and slowly for ten minutes, and it can help decrease your blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
- Smell the flowers. Sniff some essential oil. It’s not an old wives tale; lavender really can help you relax. The scent of lavender can be so potent in helping you relax; it’s available in pulse point roll-ons, sprays, and more to help you take time out. Combine lavender essential oil with the breathing tip, and you’re onto a winner.
- Rub your hands. Give yourself a DIY hand massage to calm yourself down in stressful moments. A ten-minute rub of the undersides of your thumb, hands, and fingers can help banish stress.
Cold feet? Here are a few exercises to warm you up!
Cold feet are one of the miseries of winter, it’s easy to keep your body warm, but hands and feet tend to get colder and stay colder much faster. If you’re plagued with frozen cold toes, once you’ve ruled out any medical conditions, try these moves to take the chill off.
- Clapping your feet on the floor
- Sit on a chair or the floor and slap the floor with the bottoms of your feet. Change the rhythm from slow to fast and keep going for at least five minutes to get the blood circulating.
- Foot rotation. Sit down in a comfortable position and lift your foot off the floor. Start by rotating clockwise and then anti-clockwise position 10-20 times. This should also get the blood moving, warming your toes up for you.
- Practice picking things up. Sit down and lay a pencil or something similar on the floor at your feet. Try to pick it up with your left foot and then your right foot. Repeat several times until you feel things begin to warm up.
- Toes to heels. Stand up on the tip of your toes for about a minute and then slowly drop back down to your heels. Repeat up to ten times until you start to feel a bit warmer.
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