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Cold Weather Cures

Brrrrrrr. It's cold! The winter months are challenge for many of us. The lack of sunlight can bring on seasonal depression. We have to fight colds/flu and other infectious disease. The cold, wind and artificial heat can dry our skin from head to toe. And we are more prone to injuries such as slipping on ice or muscle strains from shoveling. And, to state the obvious, cold weather makes us cold. Let's tackle these discomforts one at a time.

Below are essential oils selections which target each winter woe. Read The Many Methods of Aromatherapy to find effective ways to use essential oils.


 
Seasonal Depression: With shorter periods of sunlight, many of us fall into seasonal sadness.Citrus essential oils such as Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, and Bergamot are very uplifting. These are the primary oils I turn to when fighting depression and blue moods. Adding floral oils like Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium can bring on a relaxing quality; while adding spice oils like Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Black Pepper, and Ginger will bring out more energizing qualities. Citrus and Spice essential oils are also very helpful for cold and flu prevention which is an exceptional bonus this time of year.

 
Low Energy - Cold weather makes some of us tired. We want to hibernate like the bears, but don't have time to nap all day. As stated above Citrus and Spice oils add energy while acting as a preventives for colds, flu and chills. Even more stimulating are oils like, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Pine Needle which not only help prevent colds but offer clearing relief of your sinuses and respiratory track. Many Herbal Oils such as Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, and Garden Sage are also helpful for alertness and clear sinuses.Check out Powerful Peppermint Essential Oil to read more about the most awakening essential oil.
 
Dry Skin: Skin can get very dry and tight in the winter months. When it gets really bad your skin can chap, 
crack, peel, and hurt. Some of the best essential oils for dry skin are thick and deep, like Benzoin, Balsam Peru, Patchouli, and Frankincense. To help help heal those cuts and cracks try Lavender, Geranium or Chamomile Essential Oils. Read Scents, Salves & Supplements Stunning Skin to learn more about keeping your skin healthy using essential oils.

 

Dry Scalp and Dandruff - Cold weather and dry heat can also make our scalp feel tight, dry and often flaky. Some essential oils to moisturize your scalp are: Balsam Peru, Patchouli, and Frankincense. Some essential oils to help dandruff,  itchy and oily scalp are: Teatree, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.
Some good Essential oils for Dandruff with a dry to normal scalp are: Rosemary, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang. For an extreme cases of dandruff Cade oil (made from the wood of the Juniper tree and smells strongly smokey like a campfire) is highly effective for extremely dry scalp, dandruff, and psoriasis of scalp. Link to My Favorite Homemade Soap/Shampoo and Shaving Foam Recipe
to learn to make a shampoo. Click on Lecithin - The Best Natural Ingredient You've Never Heard Of to learn how I make a conditioner. Or mix essential oils with Argan or Coconut oils for scalp massage before shampooing (use about 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of coconut and/or argan oil.  Learn more about the benefits of Coconut Products by reading Going Coconuts! and more about Argan Oil by reading All about Argan Oil.


Colds/Flu- In addition to using the Cold/Flu oils mentioned above in the SAD and Low Energy categories, check out  Essential Oils to help Prevent & Treat Colds, Flu, and other Infectious Diseases to learn about more essential oils and methods to treat and prevent winter illnesses.To keep your home clean and germ free despite sick family members or guests read The Easy Way to a Clean and Healthy Home


Healing From Slips on Ice It's been awhile since I slipped on the ice. But I did have an indoor accident falling down the stairs last year. I broke my hand in 3 places. I was warned I may feel a twinge for years to come. But, it healed quickly and I have no pain or disfigurement. Read Essential Oils for Healing from Injuries
to see the simple healing methods I used.

Easing Aches from Shoveling: We all know massage feels great. It is a way  to ease stress, increase circulation, and give ourselves a chance to relax. The Greek physician, Hypocrites, known as the "Father of Medicine," studied the effects of essential oils. In approximately 400 B.C., he wrote, "The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day." Many essential oils can be used in massage oils to ease the aches and pains associated with muscle strain. Amongst them are: Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Bay, and Hyssop. Arnica oil can help fight pain, but can be toxic in large amounts, so only use small amounts and well diluted.

Using Essential Oils to feel Warmer: Spice oils add heat. These need to be used very sparingly or else they can burn your skin. However, a small amount of spice oils in a lotion (2 or 3 drops per ounce of lotion) can help you keep warm if you are outside in the cold for extended periods of time. Try Clove bud, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, or Ginger essential oils to add a layer of warmth on with your lotion.

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